Sunday, April 29, 2012

I had a great time this afternoon talking with Seadar Rose and Aaron Davis from Screen Door Porch. They are out touring behind their second release "The Fate & The Fruit". Originally started as duo of Rose and Davis they are now a 4 piece band with Tom Davidson on bass and Andy Peterson on drums.
From slow melody driven ballads featuring Rose's sultry southern vocals to funky banjo driven rockers, Screen Door Porch delivers a wonderful blend of roots rock which we like to call "Our Kind Of Music".


Lucas Nelson & Promise Of The Real  - Ain't No Answer - Wasted

Willie Nelson w/Kenny Chesney - Worry B Gone - Moment Of Forever
J.D. McPherson - North Side Gal - Signs & Signifiers
Leftover Salmon - Gulf Of Mexico - Aquatic Hitchhiker
The Mastersons - Tell Me It's Alright - Birds Fly South
Patterson Hood & The Downtown 13 - After It's Gone -
The Loving Cup - Nothing Lasts Forever - One Last Hard Goodbye
Tedeschi Trucks Band - Simple Things - Revelator
Karen Collins & The Backroads Band - That There Boogie - No Yodeling On The Radio
Blitzen Trapper - Your Skirts On Fire - Single
Todd Snider - In The Beginning - Agnostic Hymns & Stoner Fables
Todd Snider - Sangria Wine - Time As We Know It
Lindi Ortega  - Little Red Boots - Little Red Boots

Bonnie Raitt - Ain't Gonna Let You Go - Slipstream
Screen Door Porch - Devil's Honey - Live in the KRVM Studio
Screen Door Porch - The Wrinkled Neck Mule - Live in the KRVM Studio
Screen Door Porch - Shift Work - The Fate & The Fruit
Alabama Shakes - Hold On - Boys & Girls
Ray Wylie Hubbard - Mother Blues - The Grifter's Hymnal
Black Prairie - Mystery - Singer, Vol.1:Portland
The James Low Western Front - Medicine Show - Whiskey Farmer
Tara Stonecipher & The Tall Grass - January - Recovery
New Riders Of The Purple Sage - Message In A Bottle - 17 Pine Avenue

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Routes & Branches 4/21/12

I am saddened this week by the passing of another great musician that I have loved and respected most of my life, Mr. Levon Helm.
I was first introduced to Helm and "The Band" by my High School teacher, Steve Sigur who used Helm as an example of what a good drummer is like in his music classes. Since High School and the break up "The Band" in '76 I didn't listen to much of Helm's solo efforts in the '80s but took a listen again in the '90s when Helm and former "Band" mates Rick Danko and Garth Hudson regrouped and put out three more albums under the name "The Band". The album "Jerico" is one of my favorite from this time period.
Since his recovery from throat cancer, Helm came back with some of his best work ever when he created his "Midnight Ramble" performances at his home studio in Woodstock. His last three CDs have all been Grammy winners including his most recent "Ramble At The Ryman". Helm leaves us at the top of his career and he will be dearly missed. Thanks for all of the good tunes. Rest well, Levon.


Levon Helm - Ophelia - Ramble At The Ryman
The Band - Don't Ya Tell Henry - Live At Watkins Glen
The Band - The Caves Of Jericho - Jerico
Levon Helm - Evangeline - Ramble At The Ryman
Mississippi John Hurt - Trouble, I've Had it all My Days - Last Sessions
Todd Snider - In Between Jobs - Agnostic Hymns & Stoner Fables
Paul Thorn - Don't Let Me Down Again - What The Hell Is Going On?
The Chris Robinson Brotherhood - Blue Suede Shoes - Single
Willie Nelson - Just Breathe - Heroes
Levon Helm - Tennessee Jed - Electric Dirt
Levon Helm - The Mountain - Dirt Farmer
Levon Helm - Wide River To Cross - Ramble At The Ryman

New Riders Of The Purple Sage - Prisoner Of Freedom - 17 Pine Avenue
Patrick & Giri - The Weight - Live in the KRVM Studio
Patrick & Giri - Big Yellow Taxi - Live in the KRVM Studio
Patrick & Giri - Don't Give Up - Live in the KRVM Studio
The Mastersons - The Other Shoe - Birds Fly South
Steve Earle - This City - I'll Never Get Out Of This World Alive
The Huckleberrys - Working Girl - Rose Tattoo
The Band - Up On Cripple Creek - Live At Watkins Glen
The Band - When I Paint My Masterpiece - Anthology Vol II
Levon Helm - Rag Mama Rag - Ramble At The Ryman
Levon Helm - When I Go Away - Electric Dirt

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Routes and Branches Play List 04/14/12

Several new releases in this week's list. A couple of favorites in the first hour from New Riders Of The Purple Sage and Ray Wylie Hubbard. I've only listened to each disc a couple of times through, but I can tell that they both have a lot of good tunes on them, even if I can't play some of the best tunes on public radio.
In the second hour I played several new discs from old and new women songwriters including national artists like Bonnie Raitt, Nanci Griffith and Melody Walker, as well as local artist Tara Stonecipher who has a new EP called "Recovery" wich I like several of the tracks.

Little Feat - Old Folks Boogie - Waiting For Columbus
Drive By Truckers - Carl Perkin's Cadillac - The Dirty South
New Riders Of The Purple Sage - Message In A Bottle - 17 Pine Avenue
New Riders Of The Purple Sage - Down For The Ride - 17 Pine Avenue
Rodney Crowell - Dancin' Circles Round The Sun - The Outsider
Hayes Carll - Stomp And Holler - KMAG YOYO
Hayes Carll - Drunk Poet's Dream - Touble In Mind
Ray Wylie Hubbard - Coochy Coochy - The Grifter's Hymnal
Ray Wylie Hubbard - Mother Blues - The Grifter's Hymnal
Tedeschi Trucks Band - Learn How To Love - Revelator
Bonnie Raitt - Ain't Gonna Let You Go - Slipstream
Bill Kirchen W/ Maria Muldar - Ain't Got Time For The Blues - Word To The Wise

Janet Robin - This Is Love - Everything Has Changed
Tara Stonecipher And The Tall Grass - Dogs - Recovery
Nanci Griffith - Waiting On A Dark Eyed Gal - Intersection
Melody Walker - Gold Rush Goddess - Gold Rush Goddess
JP Harris & The Tough Choices - Two For The Road - I'll Keep Calling
Joe Ely - Lift Up Your Leg - Man Of Somebody's Dreams
Dave Alvin - Artesia - Man Of Somebody's Dreams
Yonder Mountain String Band - If There's Still Ramblin' In The Rambler > Steep Grade, Sharp Curves - Mountain Tracks Vol. 3
Great American Taxi - A. M. Radio - Paradise Lost
Buzz Cason - Walk The Line - Surf And Turf

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Routes and Branches Play List 04/7/12

I was totally impressed with James Low(from Portland) last weekend at Sam Bond's Garage. For a debut album "Whiskey Farmer" has everything I want from great lyrics to beautiful melodies. The James Low Western Front is a basic 4 piece band James Low: Acoustic Guitar, Dave Camp: Electric guitar, Tim Higgins: Bass and Joe Mengis: drums, but on the CD he has additional musicians including Rob Burger: Pump Organ, Ralph Huntley: Piano Lewi Longmire: Pump Organ and Hammond Organ, Paul Brainard: Pedal Steel, Dobro and Mike Coykendall:Percussion which add a lot to fill out the tunes.

Several birthdays to celebrate on the show this week including Merle Haggard, Emmylou Harris, Eilen Jewel,and Richard Thompson.


Hot Tuna - Mama Let Me Lay It On You - Steady As She Goes
The James Low Western Front - Thinking California - Whiskey Farmer
Rodney Crowell - Shame On The Moon - The Essential Rodney Crowell
Merle Haggard - Workin' Man Blues - Working In Tennessee
Carl Perkins - Blue Suede Shoes
Bryan Clark & The New Lyceum Players - Voodo Flame - Southern Intermission
Chuck Schaeffer - The Earnhardt Jr. Blues - Along These Lines
Jason Isbell And The 400 Unit - Go It Alone - Here We Rest
Darren Jay & The Delta Souls - Workday Blues - Drink My Wine
Levi Lowery - Act Like We Are Lovers - I Confess I was A Fool
Emmylou Harris - New Orleans - Hard Bargain
Eilen Jewel - Warning Signs - Queen Of The Minor Key

Zoe Muth & The Lost High Rollers - Let's Just Be Friends Tonight - Starlight Hotel
Audrey Auld - Looking For Luckenbach - Resurrection Moon
Tracy Weinburg - The Squeaky Wheel - Mountains Of Dreams
Hoots & Hellmouth - Lay Low - Salt
Trampled By Turtles - Alone - Stars And Satellites
Poor Man's Whiskey - Jesus Was A Hippie - Goodbye California
Slaid Cleaves - Sinner's Prayer - Sorrow & Smoke
Chuck Cannon - If I Was Jesus - Symphony Of Scars
Thorton Creek - Half A Smile - A Different Door
Otis Gibbs - Broke And Restless - Harder Than Hammered Hell
Richard Thompson - 1952 Vincent Black Lighting - Rumor and Sigh
Jerry Joseph & The Jackmormons - The Road Home - Happy Book
Chris Chandler & Paul Benoit - Lighting Bugs & Barflies/ Stand By Me - Matadors