Sunday, April 26, 2009

Routes and Branches Play List 04/25/09

This week I had the pleasure of having Chuckanut Drive into the studio for a live performance. They are an Alt. Country band now mostly from the Seattle area except for founding member and song writer for the band, Steve Leslie who still lives on Bellingham which has a road in the area that the band takes their name from. They played a live version of "Kick In Your Door" from their recent album Fidelity Grange and a tune called "Doctor". I compared their song "Becky and Bobby" as a cross between Robert Earl Keen and Wilco. Steve said he liked that comparison and that he is also influence by artists like Dylan and John Prine among others.
Saturday evening was also very special for me with James McMurtry playing in town. He played a great show of many of his classic songs from his recent album "Just Us Kids" to his original album "Too Long In The Waste Land". His band mates the Heartless Bastards with Daren on drums and Ronnie on bass were along for the show, while Tim Holt the other guitarist for the band was on another tour doing sound for The Flatlanders. Without Tim in the mix James says he has to do more with his own guitar playing, which I must say, was very good last night.


The Derek Trucks Band - Down Don't Bother Me - Already Free
Buddy & Julie Miller w/Regina McCrary - One Part, Two Part - Written In Chalk
Slaid Cleaves - Hard To Believe - Everything You Love Will Be Taken Away
Robert Earl Keen - The Road Goes On Forever - Live From Austin TX
Sideroads - Spirit Hwy - Destinations
The Waybacks - Nice To Be Alone - Loaded
Indigo Girls - Second Time Around - Poseidon And The Bitter Bug
John Amos - Johnny Ray Loves Dixie - Invisible Boy
Justin Townes Earle - Poor Fool - Midnight At The Movies
JJ Cale - Who Knew - Roll On
Drew Emmit - River's Risin' - Long Road
Eleven Hundred Spring -V-8 Ford boogie - Country Jam

Chuckanut Drive - Won't Get You Anything - Fidelity Grange
Chuckanut Drive - Kickin' In Your Door - Live in Studio
Chuckanut Drive - Doctor - Live in Studio
Chuckanut Drive - The Ballad Of Becky & Bobby - Fidelity Grange
Star Anna - Black Cat Blues - Crooked Path
Susan Tedeschi - Learning The Hard Way - Back To The River
Ten Foot Tall & 80 Proof - Honky Tonk Honey Train -Princess Of Doom
Hank III - Me & My Friends - Damn Right Rebel Proud
Buckwheat Zydeco - When The Levee Breaks - Lay Your Burden Down
The Lowlands - Gamblin' Soul - The Lowlands
James McMurtry - Fireline Road - Just Us Kids

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Routes and Branches Play List 04/18/09

This week's feature artist was James McMurtry. McMurtry and his band the Heartless Bastards will be coming to Eugene next week as part of a short N.W. Tour that includes Seattle and Portland.
I had the opportunity to talk with James McMurtry on the phone this week. We talked about his album "Just Us Kids", his recent tour of Europe and a childhood story of Ken Kesey teaching him his first word, "Ball" which I mixed in with his music throughout the show.

Even though I could have filled my entire show with McMurtry's music, I also had to play some some Yonder Mountain String Band and Sam Bush after seeing them play together at the McDonald Theater Friday night. I have never seen Sam Bush play so much fiddle but in the mix it was right on. Also really hot were the duelling mandolin leads between Sam and Jeff Austin of Yonder Mountain. A great night of live music.
I also wanted to feature some of the other artists that are playing in Eugene this next week like Star Anna, Chuchanut Drive, Sideroads and Jake Payne & Dixie Creek. Check your local listings for show venues and times.
Tune in to Routes and Branches next week for an in-studio performance by Chuckanut Drive.

James McMurtry - Childish Things - Childish Things
James McMurtry - Just Us Kids - Just Us Kids
James McMurtry - Painting By Numbers - Too Long In The Wasteland
Yonder Mountain String Band - Boatman's Dance - Mountain Tracks Vol. 5
Sam Bush - They're Gonna Miss Me When I'm Gone - King Of My World
Star Anna - Crooked Path - Crooked Path
Chuckanut Drive - Kickin' In Your Door - Fidelity Grange
James McMurtry - Hurricane Party - Just Us Kids
James McMurtry - Bayou Tortous - Just Us Kids
James McMurtry - Ruby and Carlos - Just Us Kids
Sideroads - River - Destinations
Buddy & Julie Miller - Chalk - Written In Chalk
Slaid Cleaves - Beautiful Thing - Everything You Love Will Be Taken Away
John Amos - One Way Highway - Invisible Boy
Jake Payne & Dixie Creek - Colorado - What The Folk Is Roots Music
James McMurtry - The Governor - Just Us Kids
James McMurtry - Paris - It Had To Happen
James McMurtry - Too Long In The Wasteland - Live In Aught-Three
James McMurtry - Levelland - Where'd You Hide The Body
James McMurtry - Ruins Of The Realm - Just Us Kids

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Routes and Branches Play List 04/11/09

In Honor of Merle Hagard turning 72 this past week, I made him the feature artist on this week's show. Merle Hagard was one of the first country style artists that I started listening to as a teenager. I always liked him for his songs like "Mama Tried" and "Workin' Man Blues", to his Honky Tonk songs and of course "Okie From Muskogee".
Speaking of old timers, JJ Cale put on a great show last weekend to a sold out crowd at the WOW Hall. With a show made up of mostly classics with a couple of tunes from his new CD "Roll On" mixed in, JJ showed us he still could rock.

New music keeps rollin' in these days. A couple of local mentions are; The Whopner County Country Allstars new CD "It's To Loud" and "Destinations" the new CD by the local Americana band Sideroads. Editors Note: I said that Sideroads would be at the Saturday Market next week (4/18), that is incorrect. The correct date is Saturday 4/25 at 2:00pm.


Merle Hagard - Always Late With Your Kisses - Roots Vol. 1
Merle Hagard - Mama Tried - The Best Of Merle Hagard
Willie Nelson - Sunday Morning Coming Down - Naked Willie
Delbert McClinton - Texas Me - Keep Your Soul: A Tribute To Doug Sahm
Son Volt - Windfall - Trace
Dave Alvin - Everett Ruess - Ashgrove
Ramblin' Jack Elliot - Rising High Water Blues - A Stranger Here
Drew Emmitt - Take The Highway - Long Road
Merle Hagard - Workin' Man's Blues - The Best Of Merle Hagard
Merle Hagard - If You've Got The Money - Roots Vol. 1
Guy Clark - Tornado Time In Texas - Workbench Songs
JJ Cale - Roll On - Roll On
Justin Townes Earle - Mama's Eyes - Midnight At The Movies
One Horse - World On Fire - One Horse

Cowboy Junkies - Ooh Las Vegas - Return Of The Grievous Angel
Whopner County Country Allstars - Don't Lie To Me - It's Too Loud
Drive By Truckers - Checkout Time In Vegas - Brighter Than Creations Dark
Yonder Mountain String Band - Left Me In A Hole - Mountain Tracks Vol. 3
Samantha Crain And The Midnight Shivers - Devil's In Boston - Songs Of The Night
Merle Hagard - More Than My Old Guitar - Roots Vol. 1
Merle Hagard w/ Willie Nelson - Pancho & Lefty - The Best Of Merle Hagard
Sideroads - Don't Ask Me To Dance - Destinations
Scott Miller & The Commonwealth - Appalachian Refugee - For Crying Out Loud
Slaid Cleaves - Hard To Believe - Everything You Love Will Be Taken Away
James McMurtry - We Can't Make It Here - Childish Things
Chuckanut Drive - The Ballad Of Becky & Bobby - Fidelity Grange
Merle Hagard - Okie From Muskogee - The Best Of Merle Hagard

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Routes and Branches Play List 04/04/09

With JJ Cale playing in town this Sunday at a sold out show at the WOW hall to benefit the Greenhill Humane Society, I decide to make him the feature artist of today’s show.
JJ Cale is one of my favorite song writers, he has been covered by the likes of Lynyrd Skynyrd, Widespread Panic, Yonder Mountain String Band, Chris Smither , and of course Eric Clapton along with many others. At 70 years old, Cale's new album "Roll On" is one of his best ever.

I also threw in a few brand new songs this week. Slaid Cleeves has a great new disc out and a new band from Cincinnati called One Horse sent me their debut album. I also had the new disc from local artists The Whopner County Country Allstars. I want to thank the Allstars for including me in their thank yous on the liner notes. I'm sure to bring more tracks from all of these artists to the air on upcoming shows.

Finally, I want to say a big Thank You to all of my listeners who have pledged to our Spring fundraiser. It is listeners like you who help to keep KRVM and Routes and Branches on the air.


JJ Cale - After Midnight - JJ Cale Live
JJ Cale & Eric Clapton - Ride The River - The Road To Escondido
JJ Cale - Who Knew - Roll On
Widespread Panic - Travelin' Light - Space Wrangler
Slaid Cleeves - Green Mountains And Me - Everything You Love Will Be Taken Away
Buddy & Julie Miller - Gasoline & Matches - Written In Chalk
Willie Nelson - If You Could See What's Going Through My Mind - Naked Willie
JJ Cale - I'm A Gypsy Man - Troubadour
Lynyrd Skynyrd - Call Me The Breeze - One More From The Road
One Horse - On The Road - One Horse

Derek Trucks Band - Back Where I Started - Already Free
JJ Cale & Eric Clapton - Heads In Georgia - The Road To Escondido
Chris Smither - Magnolia - Happier Blue
JJ Cale - Guitar Man - Guitar Man
The Whopner County Country Allstars - City Limits - It's Too Loud
Los Lobos - And It Didn't Even Bring Me Down - Keep Your Soul, A Tribute to Doug Sahm
JJ Cale - My Baby And Me - Rewind
JJ Cale - Chains Of Love - To Tulsa And Back
Sideroads - Spirit Highway - Destinations
JJ Cale - Down To Memphis - Roll On