Saturday, September 24, 2011

Routes and Branches Play List 09/24/11

The number of new releases that I have listened to this year has already outpaced last year and we are just beginning to see the fall swell before the holidays. With so many new releases each week it is hard to keep up with them in just two hours of programing, so this week I tried to play some of the new discs that hadn't made it into a show yet. They include Will Hoge, Pieta Brown, Jason Boland & The Stragglers, Ruth Hill, Lydia Loveless and Wilco, all of which have great new tunes that deserve airplay. I'm looking forward to seeing what else arrives in the mail box!!


Robert Plant & Alison Krauss - Gone, Gone, Gone - Raising Sand
Wilco - Born Alone - The Whole Love
Kasey Anderson & The Honkies - My Baby's A Wrecking Ball - Heart Of A Dog
JJ Grey & Mofro - Orange Blossoms - Brighter Days
Jason & The Scorchers - Land Of The Free - Halcyon Times
Pieta Brown - Mercury - Mercury
Flatbed Honeymoon - Sweet Chicago - The Traveler
Dave Alvin & The Guilty Women - River Under The Road - Dave Alvin & The Guilty Women
The Band Of Heathens - LA County Blues - One Foot In The Ether
Jason Boland & The Stragglers - Farmer's Luck - Rancho Alto
Drive By Truckers - Perfect Timing - Brighter Than Creations Dark
Steve Spurgin - Fire On The Kettle - Past Perfect

The Holy Goats - Next Round - Next Round
Ry Cooder - El Corrido De Jesse James - Pull Up Some Dust And Sit Down
Bearfoot - Midnight In Montana - American Story
New Riders Of The Purple Sage - Barracuda Moon - Where I Come From
Ruth Hill - Larry's Guitar - The River Beneath Me
Lydia Loveless - How Many Women - Indestructible Machine
Nikki Lane - Can't Be Satisfied - Walk Of Shame
Kasey Chambers - Devil On Your Back - Little Bird
Greg Brown - I Don't Know Anybody In This Town - Freak Flag
Robert Earl Keen - Play A Train Song - Ready For Confetti
Robert Rolfe Feddersen - Get A Rope - Get A Rope
Will Hoge - Too Old To Die Young - Number Seven
Catherine Maclellan - Snowbird - Silhouette

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Routes and Branches Play List 09/17/11

I had two new CDs that really stood out this week. First I was surprised to see Hugh Laurie's face on the cover of a CD in my mail box. I, like many others, would more readily associate Laurie as the main character on the TV show "House" not a musician releasing a new CD. As he writes in the liner notes of his new album "Let Them Talk" Laurie says "Let this record show that I am a white, middle-class Englishman, openly trespassing on the music and myth of the American south." He may be a white Englishman trespassing on the music of the American south, but he is not the first Englishman to do so and I'm sure he won't be the last and like the ones before Laurie comes through with the chops. A Piano player from the age of 6 Laurie was truly moved to have played piano for one of his idols, Dr. John. Laurie asked Joe Henry to produce this album and he collected an all star cast of musicians to play on it including Jay Bellerose-drums, Kevin Breit-guitars, Mandolin & Mandocello, Greg Leisz- guitar, Lap-steel, Weissenborn, & Mandola, David Piltch-Upright Bass, and Patrick Warren-Field Organ, Autoharp, Accordion and Keys. What an excellent album that I'm sure I will enjoy for years to come.

The second artist to catch my ear this week comes from closer to home,Portland, Oregon. I'm referring to Kasey Anderson and The Honkies new CD "Heart Of A Dog". I was a fan of Anderson's last album "Nowhere Nights" and I feel that this new disc picks up where that album left off with several strong new songs two of which I played on the show today.


Hot Tuna - Mama Let Me Lay It On You - Steady As She Goes
Robert Earl Keen - Ready For Confetti - Ready For Confetti
Ray Bonneville - Good Times - Bad Man's Blood
The Band Of Heathens - Hurricane - Top Hat Crown & The Clapmaster's Son
Payton & Crazywater - I Come From Texas - I Come From Texas
Sarah Pierce - Cowgirls Ride - Bring It On
James McMurtry - Just Us Kids - Just Us Kids
Catherine Maclellan - Stealin' - Silhouette
Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion - Never Too Far From My Heart - Bright Examples
Dan Zanes And Friends w/ Joan Osborne - Everybody's Going To Be Happy - Little Nut Tree
Dan Zanes And Friends - The Farmer Is The One - Little Nut Tree
Guy Clark - If I Needed You - Songs And Stories
John Doe- Walking Out The Door - Keeper

Hugh Laurie - St. James Infirmary - Let Them Talk
Hugh Laurie w/Dr. John - After Your Gone - Let Them Talk
Marcia Ball - That's How It Goes - Roadside Attractions
The Dirt Daubers - Trucks, Tractors & Trains - Wake Up Sinners
Ry Cooder - John Lee Hooker For President - Pull Up Some Dust And Sit Down
Lewi Longmire Band - Save Yourself - Tales Of The Left Coast Roasters
Kasey Anderson & The Honkies - Mercy - Heart Of A Dog
Kasey Anderson & The Honkies - Kasey Anderson's Dream - Heart Of A Dog
Southern Culture On The Skids - Undertaker - Zombified
Blitzen Trapper - Taking It Easy Too Long - American Goldwing
Whitehorse - I'm On Fire - Whitehorse
Robert Earl Keen - I Gotta Go - Ready For Confetti

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Routes and Branches Play List 09/10/11

One of my favorite songwriters, John Prine, is coming to town this week to play a sold out show, so I choose to make his new album "In Person & On Stage" my feature disc on this afternoon's show. It is a great recording of John doing what he does best, sing songs and tell stories. If you are planning on attending John's show then this disc is a must have as a memento.


John Prine - Spanish Pipedream - In Person & On Stage
John Prine w/Iris Dement - In Spite Of Ourselves - In Person & On Stage
Jonell Mosser - When He Gets Home - Fortunes Lost, Fortunes Told
Imelda May - Eternity - Mayhem
Ollabelle - One More Time - Neon Bluebird
Slaid Cleaves - Horseshoe Lounge - Sorrow & Smoke
Slaid Cleaves - Green Mountains & Me - Sorrow & Smoke
Blitzen Trapper - Love The Way You Walk Away - American Goldwing
John Prine - Bear Creek Blues - In Person & On Stage
John Prine - Saddle In The Rain - In Person & On Stage
Gary Nicholson - Lone Star Blues - Texas Songbook

Steve Forbert - Stolen Identity - Place And The Time
Matt The Electrician - All I Know - Accidental Thief
Hoots & Hellmouth - Returning To Pieces - Face First In The Dirt
Mary Gauthier - Sideshow - The Foundling
Dave Alvin - Manzanita - Eleven Eleven
John Prine - Paradise - In Person & On Stage
Neil Young - Are You Ready For The Country - A Treasure
The Band Of Heathens - Hurricane - Top Hat Crown & The Clapmaster's Son
Dar Williams - The Easy way - Promised Land
Joan Osborne - Sweeter Than The Rest - Little Wild One
The Jayhawks - High Water Blues - Mockingbird Time
Drive By Truckers - Gavity's Gone - Ugly Buildings, Whores & Politicians
John Prine - Angel From Montgomery - In Person & On Stage

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Routes and Branches Play List 09/03/11

Labor day weekend so it's time for our annual show dedicated to the working man and related Americana songs. There are of course many songs that would fit into this show and I'm always looking to add to my collection of tunes, so If I didn't play a good tune that you would recommend for next year please let me know about it. With that said, here is this year's list.


Dave Insley - God Loves The Working Man - Here With You Tonight
Dave Alvin - Gary Indiana - Eleven Eleven
Tom Russell - Tulare Dust/They're Tearin' The Labor Camps Down - Tulare Dust
Merle Haggard - Workin' Man Blues - The Best Of Merle Haggard
Levon Helm - Growin' Trade - Electric Dirt
James McMurtry - We Can't Make It Here - Childish Things
John Hiatt - Detroit Made - Dirty Jeans And Mudslide Hymns
Tim O'Brien - Workin' - Chicken & Egg
David Lindley - Do You Want My Job - Twango Bango Deluxe
Mark Stuart & Stacy Earle - Boss Is Watchin' - Town Square
The Holmes Brothers- Edge Of The Ledge - Feed My Soul
Ry Cooder - No Banker Left Behind - Pull Up Some Dust And Sit Down

Los Lobos - Tin Can Trust - Tin Can Trust
Ryan Bingham - Hard Times - Mescalito
Caleb Klauder - Satisfied Mind - Western Country
Nanci Griffith - Cotton's All We Got - The Loving Kind
Johnny Cash - Cotton Fields - The Legend
Old & In The Way - Muleskinner Blues - Breakdown
Keb Mo - We Don't Need It - The Reflection
Grant Peeples - Better Jobs Down In Richmond - Pawnshop
Wayne Hancock - Working At Working - Viper Of Melody
Hank III - Workin' Man - Damn Right Rebel Proud
Dale Watson - Truckin' Man - Best Of The Hightone Years
Steve Earle - Six Days On The Road - Essential Steve Earle
Railroad Earth - Elko - Elko
Merle Haggard - Are The Good Times Really Over - Country Legends: The Working Man