Saturday, April 25, 2015

Routes & Branches 4/25/15

I had 3 members of the musical drama Romancing The West stop by the KRVM studios  this afternoon. They are putting together a western tour which will be bring the show to Eugene this summer and were in town to play a show more focused on the talent of Martin Gerschwitz one of the members of the cast who is currently on  a small western tour of his own. Gerschwitz also a member of Iron Butterfly represents the modern music era ('60's to present) of the Romancing The West show which covers the entire history of the western U.S. from pioneer days to the present in a musical, storytelling performance. You can find out more at:

I also had the chance to talk with Jeff Austin this past week about his upcoming show at the WOW Hall on Wednesday. I had planed to air some of our conversation on today's show, but I had some technical difficulties with my recording. Austin is very excited to be exploring new musical territory with his music and proud to be performing with Danny Barnes, Eric Thorin and Ross Martin on this tour. You can find more information about Jeff at:

Dave Alvin - Here In California - West Of The West
Gene Clark - Kansas City Southern - Two Sides To Every Story 
Martin Gerschwitz - Memories of Moscow - Treasures Of Life 
Sons of The Oregon Trail Christina and Velvet Bleu - Where My Home Town Went - Songs of the American West 
Shoebox Letters - One Minute More (Revised) - Buckle Up
Jimmy LaFave - Trying To Get Back To You - The Night Tribe
John Fullbright - Gawd Above - From The Ground Up 
Dwight Yoakam - Man of Constant Sorrow - Second Hand Heart
Drive-By Truckers - Primer Coat - English Oceans 
Sugarcane Jane - Ballad of Sugarcane Jane - Dirt Road's End
Steve Earle & The Dukes - The Usual Time - Terraplane

Feufollet - Tired of Your Tears - Two Universes
Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers - Mr. Saturday Night - Loved Wild Lost
Jeff Austin - What the Night Brings - The Simple Truth
Jeff Austin - Shake Me Up - The Simple Truth
Max Gomez - Love Will Find A Way - Rule the World
James McMurtry - She Loves Me - Complicated Game
Crazy Chestur - Live a Life - Harvest Party
Shakey Graves - If Not for You - And the War Came
The Word - Chocolate Cowboy - Soul Food
Grisman, Leslie, Hargreaves, & Smith - Shrimp Island Reel - The Brotet 
Willie Nelson - Roll Me Up - Heroes
Rhiannon Giddens - Waterboy - Tomorrow Is My Turn

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Routes & Branches 4/18/15

My thanks to Art for sitting for me this weekend.

The Pine Hill Project - I Know You Rider - Tomorrow You're Going [new]
John Hiatt - You're all The Reason I Need - Mystic Pinball
Pokey LaFarge - Actin' A Fool - Something In The Water [new]
Ray Wylie Hubbard - Mr. Musselwhite's Blues - The Ruffian's Misfortune [new]
Lucinda Williams - This Old Heartache - Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone
The Malpass Brothers - Baby, We're Really In Love - The Malpass Brothers [new]
Red Knuckles & The Trailblazers - Goin' Steady - Shades Of The Past
Eilen Jewell - Fist City - Butcher Holler: A Tribute to Loretta Lynn
Rodney Crowell - The Long Journey Home - Tarpaper Sky
Mavis Staples - There's a Devil On The Loose - Have A Little Faith [new]
Rhiannon Giddens - Round About The Mountain - Tomorrow Is My Turn [new]
Mark Knopfler - Lights Of Taormina – Tracker [new]
Melissa Ruth & The Likely Stories - Take My Chances - Riding Mercury
Jimmie Dale Gilmore - Standin' on the Corner - Come On Back
Floyd Domino & Maryann Price - Who Knows What Tomorrow May Bring – Upfront

The Steel Wheels - End Of The World Again - Leave Some Things Behind [new]
Elana James - Ripple - Black Beauty [new]
James McMurtry - Forgotten Coast - Complicated Game [new]
Tom Russell - Lily, Rosemary and the Jack of Hearts - Indians Cowboys Horses Dogs
Eliza Gilkyson - Great Correction - Beautiful World
Joe Ely - Live Forever - Satisfied At Last
Buddy Miller - Sneaky Snake - I Love: Tom T. Hall's Songs of Fox Hollow
Sam Lewis - Things Will Never Be The Same - Waiting On You [new]
Jimmy LaFave - A Place I Have Left Behind - Depending on the Distance
Jack Ingram - Stuff That Works - This One's For Him: A Tribute to Guy Clark
Del Barber - Living With A  Long Way To Go - Prairieography
Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash - Leave A Light On - New Old Story
Rodney Rice - Break Your Heart - Empty Pockets and a Troubled Mind [new]


Saturday, April 11, 2015

Routes & Branches 4/11/15


Levon Helm - The Weight - Ramble At the Ryman
Sarah Levecque - Beautiful Defeat - Beautiful Defeat
Mandy Rowden - Borrowed Time (feat. Redd Volkaert) - These Bad Habits
Eilen Jewell - I'm A Honky Tonk Girl - Butcher Holler
Kevin So - June Carter Cash - Countryside
The Band of Heathens - Unsleeping Eye - The Band of Heathens
Ray Wylie Hubbard - Mr. Musselwhite's Blues - The Ruffian's Misfortune
Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives - Jailhouse - Saturday Night/Sunday Morning
Jerry Foster - I'm Gonna Quit - An Ol' Rebel Still Rockin'
Merle Haggard - I've Seen It Go Away  -I Am What I Am 
Fruition - Whippoorwill - Just One of Them Nights
Grisman, Leslie, Hargreaves, & Smith - Little Swamp Waltz - The Brotet

Richard Thompson - Take Care The Road You Choose - Sweet Warrior
The Cerny Brothers - Heart In A Bottle - The Cerny Brothers
Girls Guns & Glory - Be Your Man - Good Luck
Drive-By Truckers - Pauline Hawkins - English Oceans
John Moreland - High on Tulsa Heat - High on Tulsa Heat 
Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell - Chase The Feeling - Old Yellow Moon
Dave & Phil Alvin - Key To The Highway - Common Ground
Rodney Rice - Short Walk to Hell - Empty Pockets and a Troubled Mind
Red Heart Alarm - Greendust - Hammer Anvil Stirrup
Old 97s - Longer Than You've Been Alive - Most Messed Up
David Bromberg Quartet - New Lee Highway Blues - Live In New York City 1982

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Routes & Branches 4/4/15

The Brothers Comatose are coming back to Eugene this week so I started and end the show with them. I'm diggin' on the new Ray Wylie Hubbard so I played a couple of tracks from "The Ruffian's Misfortune" I also counted down my six picks for The Freeform American Roots Chart (*) for the month of March.

The Brothers Comatose - Dead Flowers - Songs from the Stoop 
The Brothers Comatose - Modern Day Sinners - Respect the Van
Old Crow Medicine Show - Doc's Day - Remedy
Pert Near Sandstone - I'm Coming Home - The Hardest Part of Leaving
Shakey Graves - Dearly Departed (feat. Esmé Patterson) - And the War Came 
Brandi Carlile - The Eye - The Firewatcher's Daughter*
Melissa Ruth & The Likely Stories - High Brow Blues - Riding Mercury
Susie Fitzgerald - Restless - Restless
The Mavericks - Pardon Me - Mono*
Ray Wylie Hubbard - Bad on Fords - The Ruffian's Misfortune 
Hayes Carll - Drunken Poet's Dream - Trouble In MInd
Ray Wylie Hubbard - Down By the River - The Ruffian's Misfortune 
The Last Hombres - Mae West - Odd Fellows Rest *
Shoebox Letters - One Minute More (Revised) - Buckle Up
Jeff Austin - What the Night Brings - The Simple Truth
Asleep At the Wheel - Bubbles in My Beer (with The Devil Makes Three) - Still the King : Celebrating the Music of Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys* 
Doug Adamz - High Class Lady - National Steel
Asleep At the Wheel - Trouble in Mind (with Lyle Lovett) - Still the King: Celebrating the Music of Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys*
Luther Dickinson - Yard Man - Rock 'n Roll Blues
Heather Maloney - Otherwise - Making Me Break
The New Basement Tapes - Spanish Mary - Lost On the River
Fruition - Mountain Annie - Just One of Them Nights
Steve Earle & The Dukes - You're the Best Lover That I Ever Had - Terraplane*
Justin Mather - Old Records - Old Records 
Rob Lytle - Drunk Girl - A Hypocrite of Heart and Hope
James McMurtry - Copper Canteen - Complicated Game*
The Brothers Comatose - 120 East - Respect the Van

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Routes & Branches 3/28/14

Attention all Yonder Mountain String Band Fans out there; The band is doing well and sounding better than ever.
The addition of Allie Kral on violin and  Jake Jolliff  replacing former band member Jeff Austin on mandolin have turned out to be excellent choices for the band. Jolliff a former member of the band Joy Kills Sorrow when he won a 2012 national mandolin championship has the licks to easily fill the roll Austin had in the band. The addition of Kral to the line-up really adds to the YMSB sound in two very important ways. First by adding in stellar fiddle playing which previously had been an occasional treat at regular shows, and secondly by the fact that for the first time the band's vocal harmonies include a female voice, something the band says they are enjoying.
YMSB's 6th studio album "Black Sheep" is in the can but not due for release until June, but the band treated us to 3 of the new songs in the KRVM studios this afternoon. I must say that if the rest of the album sounds as good as these three tracks, I will be playing them all on this radio show.   

Yonder Mountain String Band - Black Sheep - Live In The KRVM Studio
Yonder Mountain String Band - Anna Lee - Live In The KRVM Studio
Yonder Mountain String Band - Landfall - Live In The KRVM Studio
Tim Obrien - My Girl Waiting For Me - Chicken & Egg 2010 
Asleep At the Wheel - Time Changes Everything (with Buddy Miller) - Still the King: Celebrating the Music of Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys 
Steve Earle & The Dukes - Ain't Nobody's Daddy Now - Terraplane
Mark Knopfler - River Towns - Tracker 
American Aquarium - Man I'm Supposed to Be - Wolves
Striking Matches - Trouble Is As Trouble Does - Nothing But the Silence 
Texas Martha & The House of Twang - Born to Boogie - Long Way From Home 
Marcia Ball - Like There's No Tomorrow - The Tattooed Lady And The Alligator Man

The Ben Davenport Band - Hell of a Day - Slow Start
Dan Weber - (I Deal With) Crazy All Day - What I'm Lookin' For
Jorma Kaukonen - Bar Room Crystal Ball - Ain't in No Hurry
Richie Furay - Some Day w/ Keb Mo - Hand in Hand
James McMurtry - How'm I Gonna Find You Now - Complicated Game
L L Cooper - The Real Deal - Dust Devil 
Pieta Brown - I Want It Back - Mercury
Iris DeMent - Sing the Delta - Sing the Delta
The Keller Sisters - The Rock Bottom - House of Cards
Mulebone - Keep on movin' - Keep on Movin'

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Routes & Branches 3/21/15

A few weeks back I saw some folks busking outside the McDonald Theatre before the Devil Makes Three show. They sounded good so I asked them if they would like to play on my show sometime. Today "Ah Rats!" came by the KRVM studio and played a little ragtime for us. If you like what you heard, you can catch them at Cush on April 7th.

The Mavericks - Stories We Could Tell - Mono
Jerry Jeff Walker - Desperados Waiting For The Train - !Viva Terlingua!
The Last Hombres - Unforgiven Man - Odd Fellows Rest
Joe Pug - Burn and Shine - Windfall 
Melissa Ruth & The Likely Stories - Summer Nights in New Orleans - Riding Mercury 
Mary Gauthier - Last of the Hobo Kings - Live At Blue Rock
Steve Earle & The Dukes - The Tennessee Kid - Terraplane
Ray Wylie Hubbard - All Loose Things - The Ruffian's Misfortune
Michael Jerome Browne - Sliding Delta - Sliding Delta
Steven Graves - Jackson W/ Alysha Antonino - Mission Bell
Pieta Brown - I'm Gone - Mercury
Iris DeMent - The Night I Learned How Not to Pray - Sing the Delta
Good as Gone - Go Fast - Leave The Light On 
Ah Rats! - Minor Medley - Live In The KRVM Studio  
Ah Rats! - Rag Mama - Live In The KRVM Studio  
Ah Rats! - William Howard Taft - Live In The KRVM Studio  
Yonder Mountain String Band - Sideshow Blues - Mountain Tracks: Volume 5 
Greensky Bluegrass - Wings for Wheels - If Sorrows Swim
Tim O'Brien - All I Want - Chicken & Egg 
James McMurtry - Copper Canteen - Complicated Game
Asleep At the Wheel - Trouble in Mind (with Lyle Lovett) - Still the King : Celebrating the Music of Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys 
Patty Griffin - Wherever You Wanna Go - American Kid 
Jerry Jeff Walker - L.A Freeway - Ultimate Jerry Jeff Walker 

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Routes & Branches 3/14/15

My friend Art sat in for me while I was away today.
Here is what he played.
J.J. Cale & Eric Clapton - Ride The River - The Road To Escondido
The Belleville Outfit - Caroline - Wanderin'
Truckstop Honeymoon - Bargain Hunting - Homemade Haircut
Steve Earle - Hillbilly Highway - Guitar Town
Nora Jane Struthers & the Party Line - Dreamin' – Wake [new]
The Whiskey Gentry - Clarkesville - Please Make Welcome
Jimmie Dale Gilmore - Saginaw, Michigan - Come On Back
The Deadfields - The Spark - Often Wrong, Never In Doubt
The Unwanted - It's Cool To Be Green - Music From The Atlantic Fringe
Chip Taylor & Carrie Rodriguez - Do Your Part - Let's Leave This Town
Warren Zevon - Heartache Spoken Here - Mr. Bad Example
Lucinda Williams - This Old Heartache - Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone
John Starling - Willin' - Slidin Home
The Texas Tornados - Is Anybody Goin' To San Antone? - Best of the Texas Tornados

Hard Working Americans - Wrecking Ball - Hard Working Americans
Hey Mavis - What I Am Without You - What I Did [new]
Rodney Rice - Break Your Heart - Empty Pockets and a Troubled Mind [new]
Darrell Scott - Hopkinsville - Long Ride Home
Gurf Morlix - Ain't Going That Way - Fishin' In The Muddy
Lindi Ortega - Gypsy Child - Tin Star
Greensky Bluegrass - The Radio Blues - Tuesday's Letter
Greensky Bluegrass - Runnin' the Briars - Tuesday's Letter
Dave Alvin & the Guilty Women - Boss Of The Blues - Dave Alvin & the Guilty Women
Floyd Domino & Maryann Price - Who Knows What Tomorrow May Bring - Upfront
The Honeycutters - Fancy Car - When Bitter Met Sweet
k.d. lang - Don't Be a Lemming Polka - Reintarnation
Robert Earl Keen - For Love - What I Really Mean
Marley's Ghost - It's All Over Now - Jubilee
John Prine - She Is My Everything - Fair & Square