For the first day of spring I played a whole show of recently released material with one exception, a Townes Van Zandt tune at the end of a set of songs which were either about Townes or that he had a part in the writing. The most unusual of these was the David Broza tune which was an unpublished Townes poem put to music by David. David and Townes played together once at a song pull hosted by Linda Lowe back in 1994 and everyone including Townes' family were surprised that he left Broza a bunch of unpublished poetry. Long story short, Broza has now released a new album Night Dawn of 11 tunes based on Townes poetry and one instrumental which he wrote in Townes honor called "Too Old To Die Young". You can find the entire story at: http://nightdawn.davidbroza.net/.
Also featured on today's show was the disc East Nashville Vol.3 More Music From The Other Side. It is a disc of various artists who come from Nashville's lesser known east side and have recorded with Red Beet Records. of the 19 tracks on the disc I found over half of them to be really good tunes performed by artists that I had never heard of before.
I ended my show with a couple of tracks from the disc Coal Country Music. Coal mining is still a major industry in Appalachia and the CD is a companion to the film Coal Country, which documents the devastation wrought by mountaintop removal and the cycle of coal mining and combustion. 100% of the net proceeds from the sale of the CD go to the Alliance for Appalachia to STOP MOUNTAINTOP REMOVAL. You can go to http://www.coalcountrymusic.com/ to find out more about the film and CD.
Kieran Kane - Way Down Below - East Nashville Vol.3 More Music From The Other Side
Ryan Bingham - I Don't Know - Crazy Hearty Sound Track
Carolina Chocolate Drops - Your Baby Ain't Sweet Like Mine - Genuine Negro Jig
Patty Griffin - If I Had My Way - Down Town Church
Reckless Kelly - I Hold The Bottle, You Hold The Wheel - Somewhere In Time
Carrie Rodriguez - Big Love - Love & Circumstance
Anne McCue - Broken Promise Land - East Nashville Vol. 3 More Music From The Other Side
Leslie & The Badgers - Roomful Of Smoke - Roomful Of Smoke
Diana Catherine & The Thrusty Tweeters - Travelin Man - The Spirit Ranch Sessions
Drive By Truckers - Daddy Learned To Fly - The Big To-Do
Elliot Randall & The Deadmen - Caffeine & Gasoline - Caffeine & Gasoline
Chuck Mead - I Wish It Was Friday - East Nashville Vol. 3 More Music From The Other Side
Kasey Anderson - All Lit Up - Nowhere Nights
Ray Wylie Hubbard - Down Home Country Blues - A.Enlightenment B. Endarkenment (Hint There Is No C.)
Great American Taxi - Reckless Habits - Reckless Habits
David Broza - Southern Cross - Night Dawn (The Unpublished Poetry of Townes Van Zandt
Steve Earll - White Freightliner Blues - Townes
Townes Van Zandt - Ain't Leavin' Your Love - Far Cry From Dead
Matt Urmy - Renaissance Rodeo - East Nashville Vol. 3 More Music From The Other Side
Jack Grace Band - Morning Margaritas - Drinking Songs For Lovers
Texas Tornados - Who's To Blame Senorita? - Esta Bueno!
The Texas Sapphires - Stunt Double - As He Wanders
Will Kimbrough - It Ain't Cool - Wings
Elephant Revival - Ring Around The Moon - Elephant Revival
Cedar Hills Refugees w/ Ralph Stanley - Keys To The Kingdom - Coal Country Music
Jason & The Scorchers - Beat On The Mountain - Coal Country Music