Saturday, January 28, 2012

Routes and Branches Play List 01/28/12

New highlights this week are Craig Finn, who took some time off from his band "The Hold Steady" to put together a solo album called "Clear Heart Full Eyes", and even though it is a 2010 release, a new name to me, "Joe Fletcher & The Wrong Reasons" CD "White Lighter". I like both albums but for different reasons. I like Finn's softer country/blues approach to his song writing and the fact that he has found a new friend in Jesus... Fletcher on the other hand sounds a little like Hayes Carll with his song "Drunk & Single" which is one of several songs that I like on this album.


Lucinda Williams - Seeing Black - Blessed
Warren Hayes - Man In Motion - Man In Motion
Bill Kirchen - Devil With The Blue Dress - Hammer Of The Honky-Tonk Gods
The Little Willies - Jolene - For The Good Times
Shawn Mullins - Light You Up - Light You Up
John Lilly - Done Done It - Cold Comfort
Emmitt Nershi Band - Restless Wind - New Country Blues
Craig Finn - Western Pier - Clear Heart Full Eyes
Rodney Crowell - Don't Get Me Started - The Outsider
Railroad Earth - The Jupiter & The 119 - Railroad Earth

Great American Taxi - Cold Lonely Town - Reckless Habits
Willie Nelson Desperados Waiting For A Train This One's For Him: A Tribute To Guy Clark - Guy Clark - L.A. Freeway - Songs And Stories
The Wood Brothers - Shoofly Pie - Smoke Ring Halo
Amos Lee - There I Go Again - As The Crow Flies
Joe Fletcher & The Wrong Reasons - Drunk & Single - White Lighter
The Infamous String Dusters - No More To Leave You Behind - We'll Do It Live
Darrell Scott - Out In The Parking Lot - Long Ride Home
Wilco - Born Alone - The Whole Love
Mark Knopfler & Emmylou Harris - Beachcoming - All The Roadrunning

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Routes and Branches Play List 1/21/12

I just had a good visit with my wife's brother "J" who used to live here in Eugene and returned to Oregon this week to be part of the Renegade Saints 20th Reunion party happening tonight in Portland. J was the band's road manager back in the 90's when the band had a strong following throughout the northwest. A little more on the rock side of Americana, the Renegade Saints were good song writers who played with a lot of feeling.

A few new female artists in the the list this week starting with Katya Chorover and her CD "Big Big Love" which is much more Americana sounding than her name is. Jean Synodines, (another fun to pronounce name) has an interesting CD called "Girls, Good & Otherwise" which is for me one of those disc that has couple of tunes I think are good and the rest I think otherwise. And the third new CD was from Daphne Lee Martin & Raise The Rent called "Dig & Be Dug" which has a little south of the boarder sound on the tune "Rosalita". I'm also liking the Pegi Young & The Survivors debut release "Bracing For Impact". I think its great that she is putting out some of her own music after years taking care of family priorities that Neil couldn't.


Hot Tuna - Angel Of Darkness - Steady As She Goes
Renegade Saints - Delivered - Fear Of The Sky
Renegade Saints - A Letter Home - Mercy Saints Alive
Wilco - The Whole Love - The Whole Love
JJ Grey & Mofro - The Sweetest Thing - Brighter Days
Katya Chorover - Movin' On - Big Big Love
Jean Synodines - The Perfect Crime - Girls, Good & Otherwise
Daphne Lee Martin & Raise The Rent - Rosalita - Dig & Be Dug
Kasey Anderson & The Honkies - Your Side Of Town - Heart Of A Dog
Great American Taxi - Olden Days - Paradise Lost

James McMurtry - Ruby And Carlos - Just Us Kids
Pegi Young & The Survivors - Number 9 Train - Bracing For Impact
Neil Young - Southern Pacific - A Treasure
The Wood Brothers - When I Was Young - Smoke Ring Halo
Poor Man's Whiskey - Angeline - Goodbye California
Devil Makes Three - Old Number 7 - Stomp And Smash
Slaid Cleaves - Breakfast In Hell - Sorrow & Smoke
Drive By Truckers - Used To Be A Cop - Go-Go Boots
Robert Earl Keen - I Gotta Go - Ready For Confetti

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Routes and Branches Play List 01/14/12

You don't need to give me much of a reason for me to play some Steve Earle, so the fact that he will be celebrating another trip around the sun this week is plenty of reason to make him this week's feature artist. The last couple of times I have seen Steve perform he seems to be doing well and even enjoying life and performing. Maybe starting another family has given him more to live for. Happy Birthday Steve.

Steve Earle - Pancho & Lefty - Townes
Steve Earle - The Devil's Right Hand - Copperhead Road
Steve Earle - Six Days On The Road - Essential Steve Earle
Wilco - I Might - The Whole Love
JJ Grey & Mofro - Country Ghetto - Brighter Days
Pegi Young & the Survivors - Med Line - Bracing For Impact
The Great Unknowns - Dead River, Lake County - Homefront
Shoebox Letters - One Minute More - You Or Someone Like You
Steve Earle - Transcendental Blues - Transcendental Blues
Steve Earle - Ashes To Ashes - Jerusalem
Steve Earle - The Galway Girl - Transcendental Blues
Drive By Truckers - Gravity's Gone - A Blessing and A Curse
Blitzen Trapper - American Goldwing - American Goldwing
Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit - Alabama Pines - Here We Rest

Joan Osborne - Shake Your Hips - Bring It On Home
Steve Earle - The Last Gun Fighter Ballad - This One's For Him
Steve Earle - Mr. Mudd And Mr. Gold - Townes
Steve Earle - Down Here Below - Washington Town Square
Steve Earle - Waitin' On The Sky - I'll Never Get Out Of This World Alive
Hugh Laurie - Tipitina - Let Them Talk
Sons Of Fathers - Flatland - Sons Of Fathers
The Band Of Heathens - Gris Gris Satchel - Top Hat Crown & The Clapmaster's Son
Chris Chandler & Paul Beniot - Freedom Is…/ Bird On A Wire - Matadors
Darrell Scott - No Use Living For Today - Long Ride Home
Steve Earle & Alison Moorer - Days Aren't Long Enough - Washington Town Square
Steve Earle - Copperhead Road - Together At The Bluebird Café

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Routes and Branches Play List 01/07/12

I call this show "The Best Of The Rest". There was so much good new music released last year that it couldn't all fit into a single 2-hour show. So this show is another bunch of my favorite releases of 2011 with a few Townes Van Zandt tunes thrown in to honor the anniversary of his passing. We still miss you Townes. At least we have your music.


Townes Van Zandt - Pancho & Lefty - Together At The Bluebird Café
Greg Brown - Freak Flag - Freak Flag
Tyler Fortier - Come Back Home - Fear Of The Unknown
Lucinda Williams - I'm So Happy I Found You - Hank: The Lost Notebooks
Lucinda Williams - Butter Cup - Blessed
The Little Willies - Diesel Smoke, Dangerous Curves - For The Good Times
The Decemberists - Rox In The Box - The King Is Dead
Brown Bird - Fingers To The Bone - Salt For Salt
Rodney Crowell - That Old Time Feeling - This One's For Him
Townes Van Zandt - Tecumseh Valley - A Gentle Evening With Townes Van Zandt
Low Tide Drifters - New Hard Time Blues - New Hard Time Blues
Poor Man's Whiskey - Goodbye California - Goodbye California
Steve Martin & The Steep Canyon Rangers - Women Like To Slow Dance - Rare Bird Alert
Devil Makes Three - Never Learn - Stomp And Smash

The Infamous String Dusters - Get It While You Can - We'll Do It Live
Steve Earle - Little Emperor - I'll Never Get Out Of This World Alive
Greg Allman - Little By Little - Low Country Blues
David Bromberg w/ Levon Helm - Tongue - Use Me
Shoebox Letters - Ain't Enough Tears - Raise A Ruckus
The Jayhawks - Last Cigarette - Tomorrow The Green Grass Legacy Division
Imelda May - Eternity - Mayhem
John Lilly - Come And Go - Cold Comfort
Hugh Laurie - Six Cold Feet - Let Them Talk
Ray Bonneville - Bad Man's Blood - Bad Man's Blood
Ry Cooder - No Banker Left Behind - Pull Up Some Dust And Sit Down
Merle Haggard - Workin' Man Blues - Working In Tennessee
Townes Van Zandt - Dollar Bill Blues - A Far Cry From Dead

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Routes and Branches Play List 12/31/11

On the eve of a new year I played some of my favorite releases of 2011. This year since I am now a contributor to The Freeform American Roots Chart I put together my favorites show from the list I posted to the chart with a few additions like I extended my top Album list to 11(for 2011) from 6, and I added a NW Local category for artists from the northwest. Of course my list is longer than what I can fit into a two hour radio show, so first is the play list of this week's show followed by my entire list of favorites from 2011. You can find the Freeform American Roots Chart at:


Buddy Miller - Cattle Call - The Majestic Silver Strings
The Wronglers with Jimmy Dale Gilmore - Columbus Stockade Blues - Heirloom Music
Slaid Cleaves - Horseshoe Lounge - Sorrow & Smoke
Lewi Longmire Band - Ballad Of Me & Sweet Marie - Tales Of The Left Coast Roasters
Jack White - You Know That I Know - Hank: The Lost Notebooks
Betty Soo & Doug Cox - Lie To Me - Across The Borderline
Lydia Loveless - How Many Women - Indestructible Machine
Eilen Jewell - Warning Signs - Queen Of The Minor Key
Tedeschi Trucks Band - Come See About Me - Revelator
Ollabelle - You're Gonna Miss Me - Neon Blue Bird
Neil Young/International Harvesters - Southern Pacific - A Treasure

Robert Earl Keen - Play A Train Song - Ready For Confetti
Guy Clark - Maybe I Can Paint Over That - Songs And Stories
Drive By Truckers - Cartoon Gold - Go-Go Boots
John Hiatt - Adios To California - Dirty Jeans And Mudslide Hymns
Blackie & The Rodeo Kings w/ Amy Helm - I'm Still Loving You - Kings And Queens
Catherine Maclellan - Stealin' - Silhouette
Zoe Muth & The Lost High Rollers - If I Can't Trust You With A Quarter - Starlight Hotel
Buddy Miller & Duane Eddy - Sneaky Snake - I Love: Tom T. Hall's Songs Of Fox Hollow
Dave Alvin - Johnny Ace Is Dead - Eleven Eleven
Kasey Anderson - Kasey Anderson's Dream - Heart Of A Dog
Hayes Carll - Another Like You - KMAG YOYO
Great American Taxi - Poor House - Paradise Lost

Routes & Branches Best of 2011

Artist - Album
Best Album
1 - Great American Taxi - Paradise Lost
2 - Hayes Carll - KMAG YOYO
3 - Kasey Anderson and The Honkies - Heart Of A Dog
4 - Dave Alvin - Eleven Eleven
5 - John Hiatt - Dirty Jeans And Mudslide Hymns
6 - Lydia Loveless - Indestructible Machine
7 - Drive By Truckers - Go-Go Boots
8 - Robert Earl Keen - Ready For Confetti
9 - Tedeschi Trucks Band - Revelator
10 - Blackie & The Rodeo Kings - Kings And Queens
11 - Zoe Muth & The Lost High Rollers - Starlight Hotel

Debut Album
1 - The Wronglers with Jimmie Dale Gilmore - Heirloom Music
2 - Ollabelle - Neon Blue Bird
3 - Hugh Laurie - Let Them Talk

Various Artists/Tribute Album
1 - V.A. - Hank: The Lost Notebooks
2 - V.A. - Note Of Hope
3 - V.A. - I Love:Tom T. Hall's Songs Of Fox Hollow

1 - Neil Young & International Harvesters - A Treasure
2 - The Jayhawks - Tomorrow The Green Grass Legacy Division

Live Album
1 - Slaid Cleaves - Sorrow & Smoke
2 - Devil Makes Three - Stomp & Smash
3 - The Infamous Stringdusters - We'll Do It Live

NW Local
1 - Kasey Anderson and The Honkies
2 - The Lewi Longmire Band
3 - Tyle Fortier

Female Artist
1 - Eilen Jewell
2 - Lydia Loveless
3 - Catherine Maclellan

Male Artist
1 - Hayes Carll
2 - Dave Alvin
3 - John Hiatt

1 - Betty Soo & Doug Cox
2 - Brown Bird
3 - Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion

1 - Buddy Miller
2 - Derek Trucks
3 - Greg Leisz

1 - Guy Clark
2 - Robert Earl Keen
3 - Ry Cooder

Best In The Industry
1 - Buddy Miller - Producer
2 - Todd Snider - Producer
3 - Jenni Finlay - Promoter