Sunday, December 25, 2011

Routes and Branches Play List 12/24/11

Well it being Christmas Eve it is time again for our annual Ameriacana Christmas show.

But first, I had to pay tribute to Warren Helman who passed away this past week. For the past two years my wife and I have attended and thoroughly enjoyed The Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival which Hellman completely financed each year. This past year we saw Hellman perform with his band The Wronglers. We had no idea that it would be the last time we would hear Hellman play the banjo. The festival will carry on but we will all miss Warren and all he did for the artists and the fans alike.


The Wronglers with Jimmy Dale Gilmore - Deep Ellum Blues - Heirloom Music
The Wronglers with Jimmy Dale Gilmore - If I Should Wander Back - Heirloom Music
Paul Simmon - Getting Ready For Christmas Day - So Beautiful Or So What
Dolly Parton - Hard Candy Christmas - The RCA Years 1967 - 1986
Mandy Barnett - All I Want For Christmas Is You - Winter Wonderland
Ry Cooder - Christmas Time This Year - Pull Up Some Dust And Sit Down
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy - Last Night (I Went Out With Santa Claus)- Everything You Want For Christmas
Sonny Landreth - Got To Get You Under My Tree - Christmas Gumbo
Drive By Truckers - The Thanksgiving Filter - Go-Go Boots
Jill Sobule - Merry Christmas From The Family - You Sleigh Me
Robert Earl Keen - Happy Holidays Y'all - Walking Distance
Alison Krauss - Shimmy Down The Chimney - Shimmy Down The Chimney: A Country Christmas
Brian Cutean - Call Me A Cab - Guitarred & Feathered

New Grange - While Roving On A Winter's Night - A Christmas Heritage
Catherine Maclellan - Snowbird - Silhouette
Last Train Home - Home For Christmas - Holiday Limited
Martin Sexton - Holly Jolly Christmas - A Family Christmas
Indigo Girls - The Wonder Song - Holly Happy Days
Chris Smither - Time To Go Home - Small Revelations
A Skaggs Family Christmas - Christmas Time's A Coming - A Skaggs Family Christmas Vol. 2
Mikki Brisk - Cowgirl Christmas - single
Mike Aiken - Here Comes Santa Claus - Almost Christmas
The Gypsy Hombres - Santa Claus Is Coming To Town - Django Bells
Dave Carter & Tracy Grammer - Giddyup Said Santa Claus - American Noel
The Christmas Jug Band - Santa's Going Crazy This Year - The Christmas Jug Band On The Christmas Highway
The Boxmasters - Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer - Christmas Cheer
Chuck Cannon - Money Don't Matter - Love And Money

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Routes and Branches Play List 12/17/11

This has been a year of a lot of emotional ups and downs. A year for a lot of great new music by so many fine musicians that I'm having trouble narrowing down my favorites to fit into one show. But it has also been a year of loss. For me it was the first time that a close friend and former business partner passed away. In our local music community, one of my favorite bands, The Whopner County Country Allstars, lost their bass player JP Scofield. I did not know JP outside of seeing him perform with the band, but listening to his songs this week I found JP's songs often evolved from his personal life and the difficulties he had getting through each day. I will remember him more for his great performances with the Allstars in which he always seemed to give 110% to putting on a good show and having a good time doing it. We will miss you JP.

This week being the solstice I asked local guitarist Brian Cutean to stop by and play us a couple of tunes and tell us some stories. Brian's guitar work is some of the best instrumental playing around. Even though I consider him more as a folk musician/story teller, his wordless guitar work rivals that of any classical guitarist and is perfect for reflecting on the season and the past year. Check out the concert calendar for Brian's performances this week.


New Riders Of The Purple Sage - Barracuda Moon - Where I Come From
David Lindley & Wally Ingram - Minglewood Blues aka. New Minglewood Blues - Twango Bango Deluxe
Chris Chandler & Paul Benoit - Winter Song / Girl From The North Country - Matadors
The Whopner County Country Allstars - Gallon Of Gals - Always A Pleasure
The Whopner County Country Allstars - Fallin' Bird - It's Too Loud!
The Whopner County Country Allstars - Daisy - 7 - 10 Split
The Whopner County Country Allstars - Kick For Christmas - Always A Pleasure
Lewi Longmire Band - Vanport 1948 - Tales Of The Left Coast Roasters
John Prine - In Spite Of Ourselves - In Person & On Stage
The Avett Brothers - Spanish Pipedream - Broken Hearts & Dirty Windows
Railroad Earth - Old Man and The Land - Elko

Brian Cutean - Moon In Your Guitar - Live In The KRVM Studio
Brian Cutean - Look Ma No Hands - Live In The KRVM Studio
Brian Cutean - Day Brought Love - Live In The KRVM Studio
Keb Mo - The Whole Enchilada - The Reflection
Blackie & The Rodeo Kings - I'm Still Loving You - Kings And Queens
Michelle McAfee - Going Home - Up In The Air
David Jacobs-Strain - Rainbow Junkies - Live From The Left Coast
Ray LaMontagne & The Pariah Dogs - Beg Steal Or Borrow - Live Fall 2010
Melissa Ruth & The Likely Stories - Ain't No Whiskey - Ain't No Whiskey
Mandy Barnett - I'll Be Home For Christmas - Winter Wonderland

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Routes and Branches Play List 12/10/11

No theme to this week's show. A couple of new discs this week were Pegi Young's "Bracing For Impact" and Lynn Drury's "Sugar On The Floor". My thanks to Shotgun Majors for turning me onto Lynn Drury. She will probably end up in my favorites of the year, the list of which I am currently putting together.


Tom Waits - Back In the Crowd - Bad As Me
Zoe Muth & The Lost High Rollers - If I Can't Trust You With A Quarter - Starlight Hotel
The Little Willies - If You've Got The Money I've Got The Time - For The Good Times
The Little Willies - Jolene - For The Good Times
Buddy Miller - Worry Too Much - Universal United House Of Prayer
Dave McGraw & Mandy Fer - Forget The Diamonds - Seed Of A Pine
Jimmie Dale Gilmor - I'll Never Get Out Of This World Alive - Come On Back
Big Daddy Love - Southern Hospitality - Let It Grow
Pegi Young - Med Line - Bracing For Impact
Lynn Drury - Sugar On The Floor - Sugar On The Floor
Willie Nelson with Patty Griffin - Angel Flying Too Close To The Ground - Stars & Guitars
Paul Thorn - A Long Way From Tupelo - A Long Way From Tupelo

Blitzen Trapper - Love The Way You Walk Away - American Goldwing
Assembly Of Dust - Cabin John - Found Sound
Jon Pousette-Dart - Better Everyday - Anti Gravity
JJ Grey & Mofo - Brighter Days - Brighter Days
Drive By Truckers - Everybody Needs Love - Sometimes Late At Night
Mary Flower - Hard Day Blues - Misery Loves Company
John Doe - Walkin' Out The Door - Keeper
Caleb Klauder - Hard Times - DANGEROUS Mes & POISONOUS YOUs
Corb Lund - A Game In Town Like This - Losin' Lately Gambler
Brian Cutean - Mississippi John n Taj - Guitarred & Feathered

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Routes and Branches Play List 12/03/11

This week's show was mostly influenced by the announcement of the Grammy nominations this week. There were 4 main categories, Best Americana Album, Best Folk Album, Best Bluegrass Album and Best Blues Album, which I found albums in my collection. What surprised me was that I had all five nominees in the Blues category while all I had in the Americana and Folk groups was 3 of the 5. The only album to catch my attention in the Rock Album category was Wilco's new one "The Whole Love" and I was surprised to see the Decemberists nominated for Best Rock Song and Best Rock Performance for their song "Down By The Water". I never really thought they were rock, but everyone wants to be called rock because that sells better than Americana.

The Flying Burrito Brothers - Juanita - The Definitive Collection
The Flying Burrito Brothers - Wheels - The Definitive Collection
John Lilly - Done, Done It - Cold Comfort
Lydia Loveless - Steve Earle - Indestructible Machine
Steve Earle - Waitin' On The Sky - I'll Never Get Out Of This World Alive
Gillian Welch - The Way It Goes - The Harrow & The Harvest
The Decemberists - Down By The Water - The King Is Dead
Wilco - I Might - The Whole Love
The Kenneth Brian Band - Holdin' On - Welcome To Alabama
Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit - Go It Alone - Here We Rest
Drive By Truckers - Carl Perkins Cadillac - Ugly Buildings, Whores & Politicians
Zoe Muth and The Lost High Rollers - Let's Just Be Friends Tonight - Starlight Hotel
Pert Near Sandstone - Give The Fiddler A Dram - Out On A Spree

Steve Martin & The Steep Canyon Rangers - Go Away, Stop, Turn Around, Come Back - Rare Bird Alert
Alison Krauss & Union Station - My Love Follows You Where You go - Paper Airplane
Emmylou Harris - Hard Bargain - Hard Bargain
Lucinda Williams - Seeing Black - Blessed
Ry Cooder - No Banker Left Behind - Pull Up Some Dust And Sit Down
Halden Wofford & The Hi Beams - Pill Poppin' Country Weirdo - Sinners & Saints
Charlie Daniels Band - Uneasy Rider - The Ultimate CDB
Marcia Ball - That's How It Goes - Roadside Attractions
Keb Mo - Just Lookin' - The Reflection
Warren Haynes - Everyday Will Be Like A Holiday - Man In Motion
Gregg Allman - I Can't Be Satisfied - Low Country Blues
Tedeschi Trucks Band - Love Has Something Else To Say - Revelator