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

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