Saturday, March 26, 2011

Routes and Branches Play List 03/26/11

This week I featured Buddy Miller's new album The Majestic Silver Strings. this is an excellent representation of what Americana music is today. As buddy says on the DVD that comes with the CD, "It just seemed natural, Mark, Me and Bill messing up old country songs. It just felt like a natural progression. You guys want to come over to the house and make a record". And that's what they did, set up in the living room and made a record. With some help from a number of guest artists including Emmylou Harris, Shawn Colvin, Patty Giffin, Lee Ann Womack, Ann McCrary and Marc Anthony Thompson helping out on the vocals, Buddy and crew put together a great album of covers from artists like Tex Owens, Lefty Frizzell, Roger Miller, Darrell Edwards and George Jones among others. Now that's Americana!!!

I had two other focus sets in the show, the first featuring the music of John Hiatt. We have a new show on KRVM called "In The Spotlight" (Monday's 9-10 pm.)which features a different artist each week and is hosted by different KRVM DJ's. I will be hosting the show on Monday, April 25th featuring John Hiatt and his many years of making music. Today's set was just a sampling of what I might play that evening.

The other focus set was a last minuet addition to the show featuring the music of Pinetop Perkins who passed away this week at the age of 97. One of the legendary Mississippi blues men Perkins had a major influence on today's American music. May he live on in his music.


Buddy Miller - I Want To Be With You Always - The Majestic Silver Strings
Buddy Miller - Cattle Call - The Majestic Silver Strings
Paul Marshall - The Blackboard In Bakersfield And The Palomino - Weed And Water
Great American Taxi - Get No Better - Reckless Habits
Bill Edwards - Your Presence Is Requested - That's What I'm Talkin' About
John Hiatt - Thing Called Love - Bring The Family
John Hiatt - Seven Little Indians - Stolen Moments
John Hiatt - Pirate Radio - Little Head
Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real - Pali Gap / Hey Baby (New Rising Sun)- Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real
Robert Randolf & The Family Band - Traveling Shoes - We Walk This Road
The Steven L. Smith Band - Big Boss Man - Pieces
D.B. Rielly - Loving You Again - Love Potions And Snake Oil
Buddy Miller - Dang Me - The Majestic Silver Strings

Buddy Miller - Bury Me Not On The Lone Prairie - The Majestic Silver Strings
Pinetop Perkins - Meanest Woman
Pinetop Perkins - Since I Lost My Baby
Pinetop Perkins - Trouble In Mind
The Shinkle Band - Simple Conversation - The Shinkle Band
Merle Haggard - The Road to My Heart - I Am What I Am
G-Love - You've Got To Die - Fixin' To Die
Buddy Miller - Frieght Train - The Majestic Silver Strings
Buddy Miller - That's The Way Love Goes - The Majestic Silver Strings
Amy Speace - It's Too Late To Call It A Night - Land Like A Bird
Hotels And Highways - Train Whistle - Lost River
Buddy Miller - God's Wing'ed Horse - The Majestic Silver Strings

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Routes and Branches Play List 03/19/11

It was good to be back on the air this week. My thanks go out to Shotgun Majors for sitting in for me last week while I was taking care of business.

Back in February I had Tom Russell on my show and I asked him about Americana Radio and his Merle Haggard Tribute Album "Tulare Dust" 1994. At the time of it's release "Tulare Dust" was considered the definition of the Americana Radio format, alternative singer/songwriters doing classic country tunes. Although it is now out of print, a friend of mine had a copy of it and made it available to me to feature on today's show.
I have been listening to it all this past week and I like every cut on it, 15 artists each interpreting Haggard in their own way. Russell opens the album with a wonderful medley of the title track "Tulare Dust/They're Tearin' The Labor Camps Down" and Co-producer Dave Alvin closes it out with his version of "Kern River". In between you have artists like Iris Dement, Peter Case, Dwight Yoakam, Robert Earl Keen....among several more doing a great job with Haggard's songs.


Tom Russell - Tulare Dust/ They're Tearin' The Labor Camps Down - Tulare Dust
Iris Dement - Big City - Tulare Dust
Merle Haggard - I've Seen It Go Away - I Am What I Am
Lucinda Williams - You Don't Have Very Far To Go - Tulare Dust
Lucinda Williams - Butter Cup - Blessed
Drive By Truckers - Cartoon Gold - GO-GO Boots
Punch Brothers - Don't Need No - Antifogmatic
The Apache Relay - American Nomad - American Nomad
The Bridge - Big Wheel - National Bohemian
Peter Case - A Working Man Can't Get Nowhere Today - Tulare Dust
Chris Smither - Don't Call Me Stranger - Time Stands Still
Dave Alvin - Kern River - Tulare Dust
Hayes Carll - Hard Out Here - KMAG YOYO
G-Love - The Road - Fixin' To Die

Pete Sijin - Funeral Train - Better Angels Radio
The Shinkle Band - California Stars - The Shinkle Band
The Shinkle Band - Roadside Blues - The Shinkle Band
Robert Earl Keen & The Sunshine Boys - Daddy Frank - Tulare Dust
Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real - Four Letter Word - Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real
Robert Plant - You Can't Buy My Love - Band Of Joy
Buddy Miller - Why Baby Why - The Majestic Silver Strings
Mason Porter - Dark Hollow - Story Of The Rifle
Robbie Robertson - How To Become Clairvoyant - How To Become Clairvoyant
Danny Schmidt - Man Of Many Moons - Man Of Many Moons
Joe Ely - White Line Fever - Tulare Dust
Billy Joe Shaver - Ramblin' Fever - Tulare Dust
Merle Haggard - I Am What I Am - I Am What I Am

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Routes and Branches 3/12/11

Shotgun Majors here filling in for Tim Little this week. Thanks for tuning in, here's what I played:

Song - Artist - Source

Northern Train - The Hobo Nephews Of Uncle Frank - The Hobo Nephews of Uncle Frank
River Callin' - Musketeer Gripweed - Dyin' Day
No Good Lover - Buddy Miller;Ann McCrary - The Majestic Silver Strings
Welfare Music - The Bottle Rockets - The Brooklyn Side
The Road - G. Love & Special Sauce - Fixin' To Die
Busy Road - Southern Culture On the Skids - The Kudzu Ranch
Girl Of The North Country - Sam Bush - Ice Caps, Peaks of Telluride
Used To Be A Cop - Drive-By Truckers - Go-Go Boots
Nothing You Can't Lose - The Steel Wheels - Red Wing
Movie Loves A Screen - April Smith & The Great Picture Show - Songs For A Sinking Ship
Me and Billy the Kid - Joe Ely - Live at Antone's
Crow In Oklahoma - Nathan Bell - Black Crow Blue
No Excuses - Aunt Martha - No Excuses, Single

Mission Of My Soul - Peter Himmelman - Mission Of My Soul: The Best Of Peter Himmelman
Down By the Water - The Decemberists - The King Is Dead
Man Over - Robinella and the CCstringband - Robinella and the CCstringband
Baby Don't Go - Jim Faddis - One More Ride
Mighty River- Railroad Earth - Elko
Alabama Daydream - Doc Dailey & Magnolia Devil - Victims, Enemies & Old Friends
How I Wish My Train Would Come - North Mississippi Allstars - Keys to the Kingdom
Cypress In The Pines - Damon Fowler - Devil Got His Way
No Sense In Lovin' - Uncle Tupelo - Anodyne
Stolen From Them - Jeff Martin - Gold In The Water
Santa Rosa Plums - Boris McCutcheon - When We Were Big
On a Monday - Ry Cooder - The Ry Cooder Anthology: The UFO Has Landed

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Routes and Branches Play List 03/05/11

The Drive By Truckers are coming to Eugene this week so I decided to make them the featured artist for this week's show. I first saw DBT about 3 years ago in Portland and the show was great with a lot energy from both the band and the crowd. I'm so glad that they are performing in Eugene this time through Oregon. I have read some reviews that say DBT's latest album "Go-Go Boots" is not as good as their past material, but I have to disagree. I think it is some of their best work ever and as a whole I like "Go-Go Boots" better than some of their earlier albums in which I only liked one or two tunes. I also really like how Mike Cooley sounds on this album. His voice has a classic country feel to it on songs like "Pulaski" and "The Weakest Man".


Drive By Truckers - Gravity's Gone - A Blessing And A Curse
Drive By Truckers - Pulaski - Go-Go Boots
Drive By Truckers - Two Daughters And A Beautiful Wife - Brighter Than Creations Dark
David Jacob Strain - Halfway To The Coast - Terraplane Angel
The Punch Brothers - Rye Whiskey - Antifogmatic
The Stagger And Sway - Wyoming - Break Til You Bend
Nanci Griffith - This Heart - Flyer
Drive By Truckers - Carl Perkins' Cadillac - The Dirty South
Drive By Truckers - When I Ran Off And Left Her - Sometimes Late At Night
Patterson Hood - I Understand Now - Murdering Oscar
Buddy Miller - Cattle Call - The Majestic Silver Strings

Robert Plant - Silver Rider - Band Of Joy
Los Lobos - West L.A.Fadeaway - Tin Can Trust
Heartless Bastards - The Mountain - The Mountain
Drive By Truckers - Sandwiches For The Road - Gangstbilly
Hayes Carll - Another Like You - KMAG YO-YO
Jason & The Scorchers - Land Of The Free - Halcyon Times
Drive By Truckers - Used To Be A Cop - Go-Go Boots
Drive By Truckers - Dancin' Ricky - Go-Go Boots
Drive By Truckers - Working This Job - The Big To-Do
Drive By Truckers - Everybody Needs Love - Go-Go Boots