Saturday, November 22, 2014

Routes & Branches 11/22/14

The Wailin’ Jennys are Nicky Mehta, Ruth Moody and Heather MasseThe Wailin' Jennys stopped by the KRVM studio on their way to a show tonight at the McDonald Theater here in Eugene. They performed a wonderful a cappella version of "Weary Blues From Waitin'" in which their harmonies were wonderful. They are also very talented on their instruments which include guitar, bass, accordion, banjo among others. By balancing family life with the road The Wailin' Jennys selectively perform for their loyal fan base.

Duane Allman - Goin Down Slow - Skydog 
Peggy Young & The Survivors - Lonely Women Make Good Lovers - Lonely In a Crowded Room
The Levon Helm Band - Ain’t That Good News - The Midnight Ramble Sessions [ Vol. 3 ] 
Wailin' Jennys - Weary Blues From Waitin' - Live In The KRVM Studio  
The Wailin' Jennys - Glory Bound - Live At the Mauch Chunk Opera House
Trigger Hippy - Adelaide - Trigger Hippy
Front Country - Like A River - Sake of the Sound 
Steve Earle & The Dukes (& Duchesses) - Warren Hellman's Banjo - The Low Highway
Bela Fleck and Abigaif Washburn - Railroad - Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn 
Jubal Lee Young - Texas Pirate Radio - On a Dark Highway 
David Allen Coe - You Never Called Me By My Name - If That Ain't Contry
Ray Wylie Hubbard - Train Yard - The Grifter's Hymnal
Waylon Jennings - Hittin' the Bottle Again - Right For The Time  Justice
Liz Cooper & the Stampede - Booze and Cigarettes - Monsters
Broken Down Guitars - Keep It Together - Passports 
Katie Garibaldi - Lock the Door, Lose the Key - Follow Your Heart 
Various Arists - Custer - Look Again To The Wind: Johnny Cash's Bitter Tears Revisited 
Railroad Earth - Mighty River - ELKO 
Poor Man's Whiskey - Here In California - Like A River
The New Basement Tapes - Kansas City - Lost On the River 
Ashley Raines & The New West Revue - Work Like The Devil - After The Bruising
Garrett James - Your Ghost - Your Ghost - Single
Paul Thorn - I Don't Like Half The Folks I Love - Pimps And Preachers

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Routes & Branches 11/15/14

Today I had Ashley Raines and Curtis McMurtry, who are sharing a bill at the Axe and Fiddle in Cottage Grove this evening, into the studio to perform a couple of tunes. They may be sharing the stage tonight but that is where the similarities end. Raines is a self taught prolific songwriter who rarely listens to other music, while McMurtry says he listens to jazz and classical music for tonal inspiration and studied music composition at Sarah Lawrence College in New York. Both men have that great singer/storyteller way with their music that will make the evening interesting.

The Kinks - Muswell Hillbilly - Muswell Hillbillies 
JJ Grey & Mofro - Hide & Seek - Georgia Warhorse
Hard Working Americans - Stomp and Holler - First Waltz
North Mississippi All Stars - Moonshine - Electric Blue Watermelon  
The Wailin' Jennys - One More Dollar - Live At the Mauch Chunk Opera House
Calico the band - Dead Reckoning - Rancho California 
Sarah Levecque - Next To Nothin' - Beautiful Defeat
Ray Wylie Hubbard - Mother Blues - The Grifter's Hymnal 2012
Neil Young - Girl From The North Country - A Letter Home
Doug Seegers - There'll Be No Teardrops Tonight (feat. Buddy Miller) - Going Down To the River
Kieth Greeninger - Good Day - New Soul Connection

Ashley Raines - Cheyene Wyoming - Live In The KRVM Studio  
Curtis McMurtry - Foxhole - Live In The KRVM Studio  
Ashley Raines - More Of A Man - Live In The KRVM Studio  
Curtis McMurtry - Chaplinesque - Live In The KRVM Studio  
The Legends & Tim Harwill - Sweet Old Country Music - Dance Floor
Birds Of Chicago - All the City Girls - Live From Space
The Steel Wheels - Breaking Like the Sun - Lay Down, Lay Low
Caleb Klauder Country Band - Satisfied Mind - Western Country 
Peggy Young & The Survivors - Better Livin' Through Chemicals - Lonely In a Crowded Room 
Red Molly - 1952 Vincent Black Lightning - The Red Album

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Routes & Branches 11/8/14

The Hen House Prowlers stopped by the KRVM studios on their way to a show at our local hang that supports bluegrass music, Sam Bond's Garage.  I first saw the Prowlers on Mountain Song at Sea earlier this year. Mountain Song was a bluegrass cruise hosted by The Steep Canyon Rangers and the Hen House Prowlers were one of the bands invited to be a part of the festival at sea. I was totally impressed with the Prowlers sound. These guys are bound to be "Bluegrass Stars" a brand new tune which they performed today on my show this afternoon. Look for a new Prowler CD in the new year.

Bob Dylan & The Band - You Ain't Goin' Nowhere - The Basement Tapes
Bob Dylan & The Band - Folsom Prison Blues - The Basement Tapes
J P Harris & the Tough Choices - A Breaking Heart - Home Is Where The Hurt Is
Tim Harwill & The Legends - Dance Floor - Dance Floor
Kinky Freedman - Sold American - Bi-Polar Tour
Lyle Lovett - Natural Forces - Natural Forces
JJ Grey & Mofro - The Sweetest Thing - Georgia Warhorse
North Mississippi Allstars - Goin' Down South - Shake Hands With Shorty
Doug Seegers - She - Going Down The River
Gram Parsons - Return Of The Grievous Angel - Grievous Angel
Hilary Scott - Whiskey Bottle Dry - Freight Train Love
Guy Clark - L  A Freeway Songs & Stories
Hen House Prowlers - Chop My Money - Live In The KRVM Studio
Hen House Prowlers - Bluegrass Star - Live In The KRVM Studio
Hen House Prowlers - Breaking Ground - Breaking Ground
Marcia Ball - The Tattooed Lady & The Alligator Man - The Tattooed Lady & The Alligator Man
Delbert McClinton & Glen Clark - Been Around a Long Time - Blind Crippled & Crazy
Steve Scott Country - Have You Ever known a Solider? - Those Tears I've Cried
Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit - Tour Of Duty - Here We Rest
Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn - What Are They doing In Heaven Today? - Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn
Shawn Sahm - Mendocino - Keep Your Soul
Dave Alvin - Murrieta's Head - Eleven Eleven

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Routes & Branches 11/1/14

Broken Down Guitars from Bend, Oregon stopped by our studios on their way to the first Grrrlzrock show of the month to talk about their debut album "Passports". The album was the result of winning the 2012 Ninkasi "Last Band Standing" contest which rewarded them with studio time in the Ninkasi studio here in Eugene. Now they are back in town headlining the first of the month long "Grrrlzrock series of shows featuring women musicians. From listening to the tracks we played on the air this afternoon Broken Down Guitars is a band with girls that ROCK!!!

The Levon Helm Band - Drivin’ Wheel - The Midnight Ramble Sessions, Vol. 3
Katie Garibaldi - Lock the Door, Lose the Key - Follow Your Heart
JP Harris and the Tough Choices - Young Women and Old Guitars - Home Is Where the Hurt Is
Tedeschi Trucks Band - Wade In The Water - Everybody's Talkin'
Ronnie Fauss - A Place Out In the Country - Built To Break
The Legends & Tim Harwill - Sweet Old Country Music - Dance Floor 
Liz Cooper & The Stampede - Booze and Cigarettes - Monsters - EP
Seven Handle Circus - And We Danced - Shadows On The Wall
Angaleena Presley - American Middle Class - American Middle Class
Scott Coner - Feels Like Friday - Feels Like Friday
Ray Wylie Hubbard - Mother Blues - The Grifter's Hymnal 
Kieth Greeninger - Good Day - New Soul Connection

Broken Down Guitars - Keep It Together - Passports
Broken Down Guitars - Medusa - Passports 
Broken Down Guitars - Broken Down Passports - Passports
The Elders - Even The Great ones Fall - Story Road
Chip Taylor - Track 224 - The Little Prayers Trilogy/ Love & Pain
Sarah Levecque - Next To Nothin' - Beautiful Defeat
Hard Working Americans - Another Train / Working Man Blues - The First Waltz 
Trigger Hippy - Heartache On the Line - Trigger Hippy 
Hen House Prowlers - Breaking Ground - Breaking Ground

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Routes & Branches 10/25/14


Gram Parsons - Cash On The Barrelhead/ Hickory Wind - GP/Grievous Angel
Trigger Hippy - Tennessee Mud - Trigger Hippy
Steve Free - Find Me a Job - Ship of Dreams
James McMurtry - Slew Foot - Childish Things
Sarah Levecque - Just You - Beautiful Defeat
Katie Garibaldi - Love the Hell Out of You - Follow Your Heart
Lucinda Williams - Something Wicked This Way Comes - Down Where The Spirit Meets The Bone
Robert Earl Keen - Shades of Gray - Live At the Ryman
The California Honeydrops - Don't Let the Green Grass Fool You - Honeydrops Live
Alejandro Escovedo - Five Hearts Breaking - Gravity

Hard Working Americans - Blackland Farmer - The First Waltz 
R. W. Hampton - El Paso - This Cowboy
Steve Earle & The Dukes (& Duchesses) - The Low Highway - The Low Highway
Elephant Revival - Grace of a Woman - These Changing Skies
Emmitt-Nershi Band - I Come from the Country - New Country Blues
Trampled By Turtles - Nobody Knows - Wild Animals
Great American Taxi - Reckless Habits - Reckless Habits
David Bromberg - Drivin' Wheel - Only Slightly Mad
Bill Kirchen - Hot Rod Lincoln - Seeds And Stems
John Hiatt - Long Time Comin' - Terms Of My Surrender

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Routes & Branches 10/18/14

I have a  new favorite band and they are called Trigger Hippy!!! They are all great musicians who can write and perform on their own and when combined produce a sound that mixes Americana roots with rock, soul and blues. What more can you ask for.


Los Lobos - On Main Street - Tin Can Trust
Keith Greeninger - Hop in the Truck - Soul Connection
Dave Alvin - Two Lucky Bums - Eleven Eleven
Loudon Wainwright III - Older Than My Old Man Now - Older Than My Old Man Now
Chris Smither - Train Home (feat. Allen Toussaint) - Still On The Levee
The Stray Birds - Simple Man - Best Medicine
Melissa Ruth & The Likely Stories - Summer Nights in New Orleans - Riding Mercury
Angaleena Presley - Dry County Blues - American Middle Class
Gillian Welch - The Way It Goes - The Harrow & The Harvest
Bruce Robinson and Kelly Willis - Motor City Man - Our Year
Alejandro Escovedo - San Antonio Rain - Big Station
John Prine & Emmylou Harris - Angel From Mongomery - In Person & On Stage 
Trigger Hippy - Rise Up Singin' - Trigger Hippy
Trigger Hippy - Dry County - Trigger Hippy
Ronnie Fauss - Eighteen Wheels - Built To Break
Duffy Kane - Truck Drivin' Man - Dead Man Walkin'
The Two Man Gentlemen Band - Time Changes Everything - Enthusiastic Attempts At Hot Swing & String Band Favorites
Wanda Jackson - California Stars - Unfinished Buisness 
The California Honeydrops - When It Was Wrong (Live) - Honeydrops Live
The Pine Hearts - Heartache or the Whiskey - Distant Lights
The Dirty River Boys - Down By The River - The Dirty River Boys
Dwight Yoakam - Long Way To Go - 3 Pears
Lachlan Bryan And The Wildes - Black Coffee - Black Coffee

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Routes & Branches 10/4/14

This week was the beginning of our Fall fundraiser here at KRVM and I decided to recap the albums I have chosen throughout this year for the Freeform American Roots Chart (FAR Charts). With a couple of exceptions all of the albums played came from these lists. You find the Far Chart at:
At the last minuet I was asked to cover our Acoustic Junction show which follows Routes & Branches so I was able to play most of the albums I had submitted so far this year. Here is what I played.
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Lucinda Williams - The Night's Too Long - 25th Anniversary Live 
Hard Working Americans - Down To the Well - Hard Working Americans 
Railroad Earth - One More Night On The Road - Last of the Outlaws
Rosanne Cash - Modern Blue - The River & The Thread
Shoebox Letters - AnyTime - Better Times
Blackie And The Rodeo - Kings Gotta Stay Young - South
Drive-By Truckers - Primer Coat - English Oceans
Grant Peeples - Who Woulda Thunk It? - Punishing The Myth
Wink Keziah - When I Get Paid - Cowbilly
Chuck Cannon - The Ghost of Johnny Cash - God Shaped Hole
Johnny Cash - I'm Movin' On - Out Amoung The Stars
Rodney Crowell - Fever On The Bayou - Tarpaper Sky
Jim Croce - You Don't Mess Around With Jim - Greatest Hits
Gal Holiday and the Honky Tonk Revue - She's A Killer - Last To Leave
Susan Tedeschi & Derek Trucks - Stand Back - All My Friends: Celebrating the Songs & Voice of Gregg Allman
Dave Alvin and Phil Alvin - Stuff They Call Money - Common Ground: Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin Play and Sing the Songs of Big Bill Broonzy
The Howlin' Brothers - Monroe - Trouble
Yvette Landry - Can I Go Home With You - Me & T-Coe's Country
Leftover Salmon - Bayou Town - Aquatic Hitchhiker
John Fullbright - Until You Were Gone - Songs
Zoe Muth - Mama Needs A Margarite - World of Strangers
Willie Nelson - Wives and Girlfriends - Band Of Brothers
Bruce Robinson and Kelly Willis - Harper Valley PTA - Our Year
Sunny Sweeny - Sunday Dress - Provoked
Kenny Butterill - Gaia Blues (feat. Donovan Leitch) - Troubadour Tales
Curtis McMurtry - Whiskey Sweat - Respectable Enemy
Old Crow Medicine Show - Doc's Day - Remedy
Karen & The Sorrows - Just a Little Heartbreak - The Names of Things
Suzette Lawrence & The Neon Angels - Texas State Line - Tear Up The Honky Tonk
The Mastersons - I Found You - Good Luck Charm
Jim Lauderdale - Doin' Time In Bakersfield - I'm A Song
John Hiatt - Long Time Comin' - Terms Of My Surrender
Corb Lund - Big Butch Bass Bull Fiddle - Counterfeit Blues
Shook Twins - Shake - What We Do
The String Cheese Incident - Colorado Bluebird Sky - Song in My Head
Justin Townes Earle - My Baby Drives - Single Mothers
Keith Greeninger - Hop In The Truck - Soul Connection
Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen - Better (Days Go By) - Cold Spell
Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives - Jailhouse - Saturday Night / Sunday Morning
Melissa Ruth & The Likely Stories - What I Got - Riding Mercury 
Eilen Jewell - Can't Shake These Blues - Link Of Chain: A Songwriters Tribute To Chris Smither
Lucinda Williams - Stand Right By Each Other - Down Where The Spirit Meets The Bone