Sunday, September 27, 2009

Routes and Branches Play List 09/26/09

A number of new albums this week.

Drew Emmitt (Leftover Salmon & Drew Emmitt Band) teamed up with Bill Nershi (String Cheese Incident) to put together a new band which includes Andy Thorn on Banjo and Tyler Grant on Bass. Emmitt and Nershi had crossed paths several times over the years with their former bands and always wanted to play together but never found the time until this year. Their new CD " New Country Blues" is full great new songs.

Pert' Near Sandstone is high octane string band from Minneapolis and St. Paul. Their new album "Needle And Thread" is a mix of original and Traditional tunes trying to revitalize the American stringband tradition. Pert' Near Sandstone will be in Eugene at Sam Bond's Garage on Friday, Oct. 9th.

Chris Smither has a great way of telling stories with his songs and his new CD "Time Stands Still" is just as good as ever.

Other new discs this week include: "Before The Frost" by the Black Crows, "Walk" by Red Rooster, "Be Set Free" by Langhorn Slim and a self titled CD by Todd Adelman & The Love Handles. I really like the Todd Adelman album a lot. They have a great Honky Tonk sound.

Blitzen Trapper - Silver Moon - Black River Killer
Emmitt Nershi Band - These Days - New Country Blues
Poor Man's Whiskey - With A Smile - Dark Side Of The Moonshine
Pert' Near Sandstone - Just One Day - Needle And Thread
Chris Smither - Don't Call Me Stranger - Time Stands Still
Angel Band - Cold Lonesome Down Blackbird Creek - With Roots And Wings
JJ Cale - Roll On - Roll On
Ramblin' Jack Elliot - Death Don't Have No Mercy - A Stranger Here
Old Crow Medicine Show - Motel In Memphis - Tennessee Pusher
Lyle Lovett & His Large Band - I Will Rise Up/ Ain't No More Cane - It's Not Big It's Large

John Hiatt - Old Days - Same Old Man
Black Crows - Good Morning Captain - Before The Frost
Todd Adelman & The Love Handles - Hand Over Your Heart - Todd Adelman & The Love Handles
WPA - Always Have My Love - Works Progress Administration
Mark Knopfler - Cleaning My Gun - Get Lucky
Bob Dylan - Beyond Here Lies Nothin' - Together Through Life
Justin Townes Earle - Midnight At the Movies - Midnight At the Movies
Steve Earle - Colorado Girl - Townes
Sam Baker - Signs - Cotton
Red Rooster - Raining In Los Angeles - Walk
Sideroads - Don't Ask Me To Dance - Destinations
Jonny Burke - Ship Come In - The Long Haul EP
Langhorn Slim - So Glad I'm Coming Home - Be Set Free

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Routes and Branches Play List 09/19/09

This week's big Americana news comes out of Nashville where the Americana Association had their annual Awards Show now in it's tenth year.
Buddy Miller picked up 4 awards including: Artist Of The Year; Duo/Group Of The Year and Album Of The Year for "Written In Chalk" with his wife Julie; and Song Of The Year for the Song "Chalk" written by Julie Miller and performed by Buddy Miller and Patty Griffin. Congratulations to Buddy and Julie for all of their success. You can be sure that "Written In Chalk" is in my top 5 favorites of the year.
The award for New & Emerging Artist Of The Year went to Justin Townes Earle, while Gurf Morlix picked up the Instrumentalist Of The Year Award. There were also several Lifetime Achievement awards of which I featured the artists in this show; Asleep At The Wheel for performance; John Fogerty for Songwriter; and Sam Bush for Instrumentalist.

It was rough for me to hear that Mary Travers of Peter Paul & Mary passed away. Since I was programing our Acoustic Junction show this week I took the opportunity to feature a set of Peter Paul and Mary's music. They were very influential to my learning how to play the guitar when I was in High school. I learned each of the songs I played in the set and "Puff" is still one of my kid's favorites.


Buddy & Julie Miller - Gasoline & Matches - Written In Chalk
Buddy & Julie Miller - Chalk - Written In Chalk
Justin Townes Earle - Halfway To Jackson - Midnight At The movies
Gurf Morlix - One more Second - Last Exit To Happyland
Willie Nelson & Asleep At The Wheel - I'm Sittin' On Top Of The World - Willie & The Wheel
Jake Payne & Dixie Creek - Colorado - What The Folk Is Roots Music?
Cross Canadian Ragweed - Burn Like The Sun - Happiness And All The Other Things
One Horse - World On Fire - One Horse
Poor Man's Whiskey - Whiskey In Heaven - Dark Side Of The Moonshine
Drive By Truckers - Like A Rolling Stone - The Fine Print
John Fogerty - Back Home again - The Blue Ridge Rangers Rides Again

Dave Alvin & The Guilty Women - Marie Marie - Dave Alvin & The Guilty Women
Rorbert Earl Keen - The Rose Hotel - The Rose Hotel
Levon Helm - Tennessee Jed - Electric Dirt
Mark Karan - Easy Wind - Walk Through The Fire
Blitzen Trapper - Black River Killer - Black River Killer
Wink Keziah - Sweet Jesus - Hard Times
Hayes Carll - Bad Liver And a Broken Heart - Trouble In Mind
New Riders Of The Purple Sage - Where I Come From - Where I Come From
Sam Bush - Their Gonna Miss Me when I'm gone - King Of My World
Jess Klien - Travelin' Woman - Bound To Love
Lyle Lovett & His Large Band - This Traveling Around - It's Not Big It's Large

John Hiatt - Let's Give This Love A Try - Same Old Man
Peter Paul & Mary - Puff (The Magic Dragon) - The Best Of Peter Paul & Mary
Peter Paul & Mary - Blowin' In The Wind - The Best Of Peter Paul & Mary
Peter Paul & Mary - If I Had A Hammer - The Best Of Peter Paul & Mary
Peter Paul & Mary - Leaving On A Jet Plan - The Best Of Peter Paul & Mary
Pete Seeger - Summertime - American Favorite Ballads Vol. 4
Sam Baker - Who's Gonna Be Your Man - Cotton
Phoebe Blume - Please come Home - The Homing Beasts
Jerry Garcia, David Grissman & Tony Rice - Knockin' On Heaven's Door - The Pizza Tapes
Jim Page - Jesus And The Laughing Deity - Head Full Of Pictures
Loudon Wainwright III - High Wide And Handsome - High Wide And Handsome (The Charlie Poole Project)
Austin Lounge Lizards - Paint Me On Velvet - Paint Me On Velvet
Jim Page - I'd Rather Be Dancing - Head Full Of Pictures

Kevin Burke - Lord Gordon's Reel - Up Close
Greg Brown - Lull It By (Alt. Version) - Dream City (Essential Recordings Vol.2, 1977-2006)
Robin & Linda Williams - Step It Out Nancy - Dixie Highway Sign
Laura Kemp - Rootless Way - May
Buena Vista Social Club - De Camino A La Vereda - Buena Vista Social Club
The Green Cards - Chico Calling - Fascination
Beausoleil - Rouler Et Tourner - Alligator Purse
Paul Winter - River Run - Canyon
Banish Misfortune - High Windy Road - Freest Fancy
Porter Davis - Carter's Tune - Porter Davis

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Routes and Branches Play List 09/12/09

I saw Poor Man's Whiskey this past week on the opening night of their "Dark Side Of The Moonshine" tour. I was totally blown away by their musicianship. I last saw them about a year and a half ago and I thought they were a good bluegrass band then, but this week I saw a much more mature and seasoned band that I couldn't tell wheather they wanted to be a Bluegrass band or a Rock 'N' Roll band.
Poor Man's Whiskey's new CD is a double disk of which the first one is their version of Pink Floyd's "Dark Side Of The Moon". It has a Bluegrass backbone, but it gets as electric as the original when appropriate. For the most part they stick with the original lyrics, except for the tune "Money" which they change the lyrics to Moonshine. Pink Floyd Fans and Bluegrass fans can both enjoy this album.
The second disc is called "Moonshine" and contains 10 new songs which also show how the band has grown. I featured several songs from the disc on this week's show. My show follows a show that features 60's and 70's music so we set it up to play Pink Floyd's "Money" fron the original album to end that show into Poor Man's Whiskey's "Brain Damage" and "Eclipse" to start my show. It was a fun transition.


Poor Man's Whiskey - Brain Damage > Eclipse - Dark Side Of The Moonshine
Hot Buttered Rum - Something New - Limbs Akimbo
The Iguanas - Pelican Bay - If You should Ever Fall On Hard Times
Drew Emmit - River's Risin' - Long Road
Cross Canadian Ragweed - Burn Like The Sun - Happenings And All The Other Things
Linda McRae & Cheerful Lonesome - Strength, Hope And Love - Cryin' Out Loud
Sonny Landreth - Broken Hearted Road - Levee Town
The Waybacks - Nice To Be Alone - Loaded
Poor Man's Whiskey - Whiskey In Heaven - Dark Side Of The Moonshine
Ryan Bingham - Country Roads - Roadhouse Sun
The Band Of Heathens - LA County Blues - One Foot In The Ether

Blitzen Trapper - Black River Killer - Black River Killer
Chris Smither - Origin Of The Species - Origin Of The Species
The Drive By Truckers - Rebels - The Fine Print
Noelle Hampton - Always The Same - Thinline
Susan Tedeschi - Love Will - Back To The River
Poor Man's Whiskey - Three Years Gone - Dark Side Of The Moonshine
Dave Alvin & The Guilty Women - Don't Make Promises - Dave Alvin & The Guilty Women
Robert Earl Keen - Out Here In The Middle - Farm Fresh Onions
James McMurtry - Hurricane Party - Just Us Kids
Delbert McClinton - Starting A Rumor - Acquired Taste
Guy Clark - The Guitar - Somedays The Song Writes You
Poor Man's Whiskey - By Your Side - Dark Side Of The Moonshine

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Routes and Branches Play List 9/05/09

I started today's show with Sonny Landreth who performed last night at our Eugene Celebration. His amazing slide guitar work is as great to watch as it is to listen to.
Other than that today's theme in honor of the Labor Day weekend was mostly focused on the working man songs that are common in Americana music. I'm sure that this theme will become a regular for me and I hope to add to my collection of songs each year. This year's list includes several new songs like Sam Baker's "Cotton", Nanci Griffiths' "Cotton's All We Got" and Levon Helm's "Growin' Trade".
I finished the show with a couple of acts that I will be hosting on Sunday's Live broadcast of the Broadway Stage of the Eugene Celebration, Hillstomp and Hot Buttered Rum. See You at The Celebration!!


Sonny Landreth - Road A Plenty - Levee Town
Ryan Bingham - Hard Times - Mescalito
Hank III - Workin' Man - Damn Right Rebel Proud
Mudcrutch - Six Days On The Road - Mudcrutch
Railroad Earth - Been Down This Road - Amen Corner
Jimmy LaFave & Eliza Gilkynson - Pastures Of Plenty - Ribbon of Highway,Endless Skyway
Sam Baker - Cotton - Cotton
Nanci Griffith - Cotton's All We Got - The Loving Kind
Mark Karan - Easy Wind - Walk Through The Fire
Wayne Hancock - Working At Working - Viper Of Melody
Dave Insley - South Of the Border - Here With You Tonight
Dave Insley - God Loves The Working Man - Here With You Tonight
Grant Peeples - Better Jobs Down In Richmond - Pawnshop
Merle Hagard - Workin' Man Blues - The Best Of Merle Hagard

Little Village - Do You Want My Job - Little Village
David Bromberg - Workin' On A Building - Live New York City 1982
John Doe & The Sadies - Stop the World And Let Me Off - Country Club
Hayes Carll - I Got A Gig - Trouble In Mind
David Lindley - Cottonmill Blues - Twango Bango Deluxe
Levon Helm - Growin' Trade - Electric Dirt
John Arthur Martinez - Purgatory Road - Purgatory Road
Railroad Earth - Elko - Elko
Hillstomp - Landlord Blues - After Two But Before Five
Hot Buttered Rum - Well Oiled Machine - Well Oiled Machine