Saturday, January 30, 2010

Routes and Branches Play List 01/30/10

Well,I'm still focused on Steve Earle and Townes Van Zandt this week since my wife found and bought me a copy of Together At The Bluebird Café. It is a live recording of Steve, Townes and Guy Clark from 1995 when they performed at a benefit concert for the Interfaith Dental Clinic at The Bluebird Cafe in Nashville. They each take turns performing their own songs in what seems to be an informal setting. I featured two sets of each artist playing a song. The disc even has Townes telling a story about his own dental needs because of loosing a tooth in a dice game which I didn't have time to play. I closed out my show the way Steve ended his show the other night with his song Copperhead Road.


Reckless Kelly - The Ballad Of Elano De Leone - Somewhere In Time
Townes Van Zandt - Ain't Leavin' Your Love - Together At The Bluebird Café
Guy Clark - Randall Knife - Together At The Bluebird Café
Steve Earle - Tom Ames' Prayer - Together At The Bluebird Café
Sonny Landreth - Old Flame - Levee Town (Bonus Disk)
Maria Muldar & Her Garden Of Joy - Let It Simmer - Good Time Music For Hard Times
Patrick Kavaney & The Last Drags - Spanish Nightmare - Darning Socks For The Apocalypse
The Stagger & Sway - Rubber To The Road - Time Changes
Byan Clark - Midnight Kisses - Gossip Inspiration And Slander
Kris Kristofferson - Closer To The Bone - Closer To The Bone
Dave McGraw & Crow Wing - Westmoreland - Coyotes Came Around
Backyard Tire Fire - Good To Be - Good To Be
Patty Griffin - If I Had My Way - Down Town Church
Emmylou Harris - Old Five And Dimmers Like Me - All I Intended To Be

Suzi Ragsdale - Trouble Maker - Less Of The Same
Guy Clark - Dublin Blues - Together At The Bluebird Café
Steve Earle - I Ain't Ever Satisfied - Together At The Bluebird Café
Townes Van Zandt - Pancho & Lefty - Together At The Bluebird Café
Bearfoot - Before I Go - Doors And Windows
John Hiatt & The Goners - Allmost Fed Up With The Blues - Beneath This Gruff Exterior
Late For The Train - Steady At the Wheel - Coming From So Far Away
Matt The Electrician - Permanent Record - Animal Boy
Mark Wehner - Border Town - Wait….I Wasn't Finished
Mark Karan - Annie Don't Lie - Walk Through The Fire
The Statesboro Revue - Little Girl Like You - Different Kind Of Light
Dave Alvin & The Guilty Women - River Under The Road - Dave Alvin & The Guilty Women
Steve Earle - Cooperhead Road - Together At The Bluebird Café

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Routes and Branches Play List 01/23/10

This week's highlight was seeing Steve Earle for the first time. Steve is looking good on this tour behind his new album Townes. As to be expected the show was mostly a mix of stories and songs by and about Townes Van Zandt. Earle did mix in a few older tunes like The Galway Girl and City of Immigrants in which he also talked about living in New York City. I really appreciate the stories Steve told between songs. It's a rich oral history told just like it was done in the days before TV.
Steve also shared with the audience that he and his wife, Allison Moorer are expecting a baby boy this spring to be named John Henry Earle. Moorer is releasing her new album Crows on February 9th. I just received a copy of it today. Look for some of it on future shows.
Earle also let us know that he has plans to record a new CD this year with T. Bone Burnett. I'm looking forward to that one.

Hayes Carll opened the show for Steve Earle. Hayes performed well, but I think he felt like the opening act which he was. His set was a short mix of songs from his three albums. I was not familiar with Carll's 2nd album Little Rock so I picked up a copy from him. There are several good songs on the album including the title track which I started my show with today.


Hayes Carll - Little Rock - Little Rock
Steve Earle - Mr. Mudd And Mr. Gold - Townes
Steve Earle - (Quicksilver Daydreams of) Maria - Townes
Steve Earle - White Frieghtliner Blues - Townes
Matt The Electrician - Brdge To Nowhere - Animal Boy
Barton Carroll - Shadowman - Together You And I
JJ Cale - Strange Days - Roll On
Guy Clark - All She Wants Is You - Somedays The Song Writes You
Jay Farrar & Ben Gibbard - These Roads Don't Move - One Fast Move Or I'm Gone
Son Volt - Jukebox Of Steel - American Central Dust
Drive By Truckers - Like A Rolling Stone - The Fine Print
Bob Dylan - Jolene - Together Through Life
Backyard Tire Fire - Roadsong #39 - Good To Be
Scott Miller & The Commonwealth - Cheap Ain't Cheap (For Crying Out Loud) - For Crying Out Loud

Assembly Of Dust - All That I Am Now - Some Assembly Required
Cory Chisel & The Wandering Sons - Born Again - Death Won't Send A Letter
James McMurtry - Ruby & Carlos - Live In Europe
Levon Helm - Tennessee Jed - Electric Dirt
Reckless Kelly - Best Forever Yet - Somewhere In Time
Will Phalen & The Stereo Addicts - This Time - Middle West
Ryan Bingham & The Dead Horses - Country Roads - Roadhouse Sun
Austin Collins & The Rainbirds - Worn - Wrong Control
Wilco - You Never Know - Wilco (The Album)
Emmitt Nershi Band - I Come From The Country - New Country Blues
Pert' Near Sandstone - A Lazy Man's Load Is A Heavy One - Needle And Thread
Ray Wylie Hubbard - Loose - A. Enlightenment B. Endarkenment (Hint: There Is No C)
Hayes Carll - Leave Here Standing - Little Rock

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Routes and Branches Play List 01/16/10

I had the Oakland Indie band Powerdove stop by the studio this afternoon. Powerdove is Annie Lewandowski on vocals and guitar, Jason Hoopes on stand-up bass and Alex Vittum on percussion. They are a new group who met each other in school and are out now sharing their music with us in the Northwest. You can find their music at:

Otherwise the show was just another Saturday afternoon R&B mix. I am looking forward to seeing Hayes Carll and Steve Earll this week.


Emmitt Nershi Band - Mango Tango - New Country blues
Powerdove - Spinnin' Daisy - Live in the Studio
Powerdove - Easter Story - Live in the Studio
Barton Carroll - Past Tense - Together You And I
Celeste Starchild - Rick's Café - Demo
Lightin' Hopkins - Once A Gambler - Crazy Heart
Steve Earle - Brand New Companion - Townes
Steve Earle - I Ain't Ever Satisfied - Exit 0
Dave McGraw and Crow Wing - Western Sky - Coyotes Came Around
Lewi Longmire Band - Whatchoo Gonna Do About…? - Fire 'neath The Still
Sara Petite - Coming On Strong - Lead The Parade
John Hiatt - Let's Give this Love A Try - Same Old Man

Sonny Landreth - Levee Town - Levee Town
Ray Wylie Hubbard - Down Home Country Blues - A. Enlightenment B. Endarkenment (Hint: There Is No C)
Matt The Electrician - College - Animal Boy
The Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band - Wal-mart Killed The Country Store - The Whole Fam Damnily
Buddy Miller - When It Comes To You - Midnight And Lonesome
Cee Cee James - I'll Ask The Questions You Tell The Lies - Low Down Where The Snakes Crawl
The Mother Truckers - Love Me Like A Man - Broke, Not Broken
Hayes Carll - Easy Come Easy Go - Flowers And Liquor
Hayes Carll - I Got A Gig - Trouble In Mind
Corb Lund - Rye Whiskey / Time To Switch To Whiskey - Losin' Lately Gambler
James Mc Murtry - Bayou Tortous - Just Us Kids
Robert Earl Keen - On And On - The Rose Hotel
Diane McKoy - I'm Going Home - Ready Or Not Here I Come

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Routes and Branches Play List 01/09/10

This week while I was preparing for my show I saw that Hayes Carll was coming to Portland on the 19th and 20th of this month but not Eugene. Then as I looked a little closer I realized that the reason he wasn't stopping by Eugene this time around was that he was touring with Steve Earll. I didn't even know that Steve was making it out to the west coast. I'm a big fan of Steve Earll but I never have seen him perform. With Hayes Carll opening, these ought to be a couple of hot shows. I don't know if I can make both, but I'm going to try and make one of them.

A few new discs into the station that I liked this week. Ray Wylie Hubbard has released a disc he calls "A. Enlightenment B. Endarkenment (Hint: There Is No C)". It has a number of good tunes on it including "Drunken Poets Dream" which was co-written with Hayes Carll.
Another new disc that I liked this week is from Seattle artist Barton Carroll. His new disc is called "Together You And I". This is Carroll's Fourth release, but the first one that I'm familiar with. From listening to these songs it makes me want to check out his earlier releases.

The final disc on my new list this week is actually a movie sound track that was produced by T. Bome Burnett and the late Stephen Bruton called "Crazy Heart". The movie is out is some theaters but none locally yet. It stars Jeff Bridges as Bad Blake, a grizzled singer-songwriter now performing on the Southwestern bowling alley circuit. Bridges plays about a third of the songs on the disc with the others from artists like Buck Owens, Lightin' Hopkins, Townes Van Zandt and Ryan Bingham. Bingham has two songs including the theme song called "The Weary Kind". "Crazy Heart" is a great disc of music, I hope the movie is just as good.


Steve Earle - Pancho & Lefty - Townes
Justin Townes Earle - Mama's Eyes - Midnight At The Movies
Levon Helm - When I Go Away - Electric Dirt
Stagger And Sway - Rubber To The Road - Time Changes
Barton Carroll - The Poor Boy Can't Dance - Together You And I
Dave Matthews Band - Alligator Pie - Big Whiskey
Robert Earl Keen - 10,000 Chinese Walk Into A Bar - The Rose Hotel
Matt The Electrician - Bridge To Nowhere - Animal Boy
Todd Snider - America's Favorite Pastime - The Excitement Plan
Pert' Near Sandstone - Colored Aristocracy - Needle & Thread
Neil Young - Unknown Legend - Dreamin' Man Live
Townes Van Zandt - If I Needed You - Crazy Heart
Ryan Bingham - The Weary Kind - Crazy Heart

Jay Farrar & Ben Gibbard - One Fast Move Or I'm Gone - One Fast Move Or I'm Gone
Ray Wylie Hubbard - Drunken Poet's Dream - A. Enlightenment B. Endarkenment (Hint: There Is No C)
Hayes Crall - Bad Liver And A Broken Heart - Trouble In Mind
Drive By Truckers - Righteous Path - Brighter Than Creation's Dark
The Whopner County Country Allstars - City Limits - It's Too Loud!
The Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band - Worn Out Shoes - The Whole Fam Damnily
Dave McGraw and Crow Wing - Cat Creek - Coyotes Came Around
David Jacob's-Strain - Sawgrass Revival - Liar's Day
Buddy Miller - With God On Our Side - Universal United House Of Prayer
Earl Scruggs, Doc Watson & Ricky Skaggs - Don't Let Your Deal Go Down - The Three Pickers
Molasses - Frankie & Johnny - Green Back Dolla
Powerdove - Birdsong - Quiet Myth
Steve Earle - Colorado Girl - Townes

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Routes and Branches Play List 01/02/10

Happy New Year
This week's show tried to finish up what I started last week. There was so much good music released last year that I couldn't fit all of my favorite albums into a single show. So this week is:
"The Rest of The Best of 2009".


Rosanne Cash - Girl From The North Country - The List
Hot Club Of Cowtown - One Step Closer - Wishful Thinking
Shelly King - Falling Fast - Welcome Home
Michelle Malone - Feather In A Hurricane - Debris
Samantha Crain & The Midnight Shivers - Devils In Boston - Songs In The Night
Tim Eriksen - Oh Death - Tim Eriksen Sampler
Sam Baker - Cotton - Cotton
Wink Keziah - Sometimes You Win - Hard Times
John Arthur Martinez - Can't Out Drink The Truth - Purgatory Road
WPA - Always Have My Love - Works Progress Administration
Mark Stuart And The Bastard Sons - When Loves Comes A Callin' - Bend In The Road
Drive By Truckers - Mama Bake A Pie (Daddy Kill A Chicken)- The Fine Print
John Fogerty - Paradise - The Blue Ridge Rangers Rides Again
Larry Keel & Natural Bridge - Bluegrass In The Backwoods - Backwoods

Trampled By Turtles - Shenandoah - Duluth
Red Rooster - The Places In Between - Walk
The Low Tide Drifters - Portland Rain - Progress & Porchlights
Gumbo - Never Tell Me To Quit - Never Tell Me To Quit
Chuckanut Drive - Warm It Up - Fidelity Grange
Joe Ely - Lift Your Leg - Man Of Somebody's Dreams
Dave Alvin - Dynamite Woman - Keep Your Soul
John Doe & The Sadies - Stop The world And Let Me Off - Country Club
Assembly Of Dust - Second Song - Some Assembly Required
The Band Of Heathens - LA County Blues - One Foot In The Ether
Cross Canadian Ragweed - Burn Like The Sun - Happiness And All The Other Things
Chuck Prophet - Let Freedom Ring! - Let Freedom Ring!
Wilco - You Never Know - Wilco (the album)
Shannon McNally & Hot Sauce - Jack B. Nimble - Coldwater