Saturday, December 29, 2012

Routes & Branches 12/29/12

The annual "Best of The Year" show this week. I finally narrowed down my choices for this year's FAR & Away 2012 best of chart. Here is a list of my choices followed by this week's playlist. Be sure to tune in next week when I will feature some of the discs that didn't make it into this show as well as featuring my favorite CD's from local musicians this year.

John Fullbright: From The Ground Up (Blue Dirt )
J P Harris & The Tough Choices: I'll Keep Calling (Cow Island)
Corb Lund: Cabin Fever (New West)
Grant Peeples: Prior Convictions (Gator Bone)
Old Crow Medicine Show: Carry Me Back (ATO)
Marley's Ghost: Jubilee (Sage Arts)

DEBUT ALBUM (up to 3)
Alabama Shakes: Boys & Girls (ATO)
The Time Jumpers  (Rounder)
The Lumineers (dualtone)

This One's For Him (Dualtone)
Even More Songs Of Route 66 (Lazy SOB)
KIN: Songs By Mary Karr & Rodney Crowell (Vanguard)

REISSUE/HISTORIC ALBUM (up to 3) This also covers vintage material appearing for the first time.
The Flatlanders: The Odessa Tapes (New West)
The Hidden Treasures of Taj Mahal (Sony)
Woody Guthrie: Woody At 100 (Smithsonian Folkways)

LIVE ALBUM (up to 3)
Halden Wofford & The Highbeams: Live At Hodi's (Self)
Tedeschi Trucks Band: Everybody's Talkin' (Sony)
Tim O'Brien & Darrell Scott: We're Usually A Lot Better Than This (Full Light)

Lindi Ortega
Brandi Carlile
Chelle Rose

MALE ARTIST (up to 3)
Corb Lund
Grant Peeples
Jimmy LaFave

DUO/GROUP (Up to 3)
Scott Chism & Better Half
Buddy Miller & Jim Lauderdale
The Honeycutters

Sonny Landreth: Elemental Journey (Landfall)
Joe Goldmark: The Wham Of That Steel Man (Lo-Ball)
Jerry Douglass: Traveler (Entertainment One)

SONGWRITER (up to 3)
Chuck Cannon
John Fullbright
Ray Wylie Hubbard

BEST IN THE INDUSTRY (up to 3) This is a back stage deal, record labels, producers, publicists, anyone who’s contributed to the music in any way other than playing it.
Donna Mavity
Sue Dumond
Jenni Finlay

Marley's Ghost - Hank And Audrey - Jubilee
The Time Jumpers - On The Outskirts Of Town - The Time Jumpers
Alabama Shakes - Hold On - Boys & Girls
Sonny Landreth - For You And Forever - Elemental Journey
Joe Goldmark - The High Road - The Wham Of That Steel Man
Old Crow Medicine Show - Mississippi Saturday Night - Carry Me Back
Jimmy LaFave - Land Of Hope And Dreams - Depending On The Distance
Corb Lund - Drink Like You Mean It - Cabin Fever
Chelle Rose - Browder Holler Boy - Ghost Of Browder Holler
Brandie Carlile - Keep Your Heart Young - Bear Creek
Lindi Ortega - Cigarettes & Truckstops - Cigarettes & Truckstops
Taj Mahal - Sweet Mama Janisee - The Hidden Treasures Of Taj Mahal
The Flatlanders - Shadow Of The Moon - The Odessa Tapes
Woody Guthrie - This Land Is Your Land - Woody At 100
Slaid Cleaves - Pickin' California - Even More Songs Of Route 66
Rodney Crowell & Kris Kristofferson - My Father's Advice - Kin: Songs By Mary Karr & Rodney Crowell
Joe Ely - Dublin Blues - This One's For Him
Grant Peeples - Things Have Changed - Prior Convictions
Buddy Miller & Jim Lauderdale - The Train That Carried My Gal From Town - Buddy & Jim
Scott Chism & Better Half - Jet 'N Dewdrop's Farm - Long Haul Steady
Ray Wylie Hubbard - Mother Blues - The Grifter's Hymnal
Tedeschi Trucks Band -  Rollin' And Tumblin' - Everybody's Talkin'
Halden Wofford & The Hi-Beams - Hippie In My House - Live At Hodi's
J P Harris & The Tough Choices - Gear Jammin' Daddy - I'll Keep Calling
Chuck Cannon - You Let The Fox Watch The Hen House - Symphony Of Scars
John Fullbright - All The Time In The World - From The Ground Up

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Routes & Branches 12/22/12

This being the weekend before Christmas it is time for my annual Holiday Show.

Brian Cutean - Rosepelly Mountain - Guitarred & Feathered
Paul Simon - Getting Ready For Christmas Day - So Beautiful Or So What
Ry Cooder - Christmas Time This Year - Pull Up Some Dust And Sit Down
Nils Erickson, Noellle Hampton, Andre' Moran - I'll Be Home For Christmas - Jazz Up Your Country Christmas
Sonny Landreth feat. The Dixie Cups - Got To Get you Under My Tree - Christmas Gumbo
Heartless Bastards - Blue Christmas - Holidays Rule
Dolly Parton - Hard Candy Christmas - The RCA Years 1967-1986
Art Neville - Christmas Gumbo - Christmas Gumbo
Robert Earl Keen - Merry Christmas From The Family - Live At The Ryman
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy - Last Night (I Went Out With Santa Claus) - Everything You Want For Christmas
Hayes Carll - Grateful For Christmas - KMAG YO-YO 
A Skaggs Family Christmas - Christmas Time's A Coming - A Skaggs Family Christmas Vol. 2
New Grange - While Roving On A Winter's Night - A Christmas Heritage

Drive By Truckers - The Thanksgiving Filter - Go-Go Boots
The Boxmasters - Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer - Chritmas Cheer
Calexico - Green Grows The Holly - Holidays Rule
Robin & Linda Williams - Together Alone - The First Christmas Gift
Catherine Maclellan - Snowbird - Silhouette
Martin Sexton - White Christmas - Camp Holiday
Dave Carter & Tracy Grammer - Giddyup Said Santa Claus - American Noel
David Jacobs Strain - Halfway To The Coast - Terraplane Angel
Mark O'connor - O Christmas Tree - An Appalachian Christmas
Chuck Cannon - Money Don't Matter - Love And Money
John McCutcheon - Christmas In The Trenches - Christmas Cookies: A Concord Calamity

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Routes & Branches 12/15/12

Well the cowboys and the hippies all showed up to fill Sam Bond's Garage last night to see the Turnpike Troubadours and Corb Lund & The Hurtin' Albertans. Needless to say the place was rockin' with "Our Kind of Music"!!! These guys had Eugene sounding like a Texas Roadhouse with everyone dancing and having a good time. The next time they come through we're going to have to find a bigger place to hold the party. I had so much fun that I had to start off the show with a set of tunes played last night.
Other highlights this week focused on a couple of up coming shows here in Eugene. The first of which is our local annual "John Prine Sing-A-Long" which is happening before Christmas this year. Everyone knows at least one or two John Prine songs and this a chance to sing them all. It's like a night of karaoke with a live band for back up and a room full of friends to sing along.
Second was the focus on Kinky Friedman who will be bring his "Bi-Polar Tour" to Eugene this week. Friedman I think will fit right into Eugene judging from the new tour recorded CD.


The Byrds - Drug Store Truck Drivin' Man - Dr. Byrds & Mr. Hyde
Corb Lund - Cows Around - Cabin Fever
Hayes Carll - Little Rock - Little Rock
Turnpike Troubadours - Before The Devil Knows We're Dead - Goodbye Normal Street
Corb Lund - Bible On The Dash - Cabin Fever
Guy Clark - The Cape - Songs & Stories
Slaid Cleaves - Drinkin' Days - Sorrow & Smoke
The Fiddlin' Big Sue Band - Wagon Wheel - The Fiddlin' Big Sue Band
Jonathan Warren & The Billy Goats - Brown Liquor - A Little Something Stronger Than Wine
The Incubators - Viola Lee Blues - Must Hatch
Dennis Price Band - Cold Beer - DPB
The Dusty 45's - Fortunate Man - Fortunate Man

The Stagger & Sway - Sam Bond's Garage - Break Til You Bend
John Prine - Spanish Pipedream - In Person & On Stage
Old Crow Medicine Show - Angel From Montgomery - Songs Of John Prine
John Prine - In Spite Of Ourselves - In Person & On Stage
Drive By Truckers - Daddy's Little Pumpkin - Songs Of John Prine
Kinky Friedman - Sold American - Kinky Friedman's Bi-Polar Tour
Kinky Friedman - We Reserve The To Refuse Service To You - Kinky Friedman's Bi-Polar Tour
Chris Daniels - Sister DeLores - Better Days
Neil Young - Oh Susannah - Americana
Dirty River Boys - Medicine Show - Science Of Flight
Dan Hubbard & The Humidors - All I Want Is You - The Love Show
Jimmy LaFave - Red River Shore - Depending On The Distance

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Route & Branches 12/8/12

This week the nominations for this year's Grammy awards were posted on the Grammy web-site so I looked at all the categories for the bands and artists that I like to play and made them the feature of this week's show. I also played several albums on that were at the top of this month's FAR Chart with a few brand new albums that haven't even been out long to be included on either list.

Brandi Carlile - Raise Hell - Bear Creek
Alabama Shakes - Hold On - Boys & Girls
The Time Jumpers - On The Outskirts Of Town - The Time Jumpers
Yarn - On The Radio - Leftovers Vol. 2
Yarn - Blues Skies, Brighter Times, & Roses - Leftovers Vol. 2 
Kevin Deal - There Goes The Neighborhood - There Goes The Neighborhood
Billy Bratcher - The Sweeper And The Debutant - In The Lobby
Steep Canyon Rangers - Between Midnight And The Dawn - Nobody Knows You
Bonnie Raitt - Right Down The Line - Slipstream
Rachel Brooke - Fox In The Hen House - A Killer's Dream
Rosie Flores - Working Girl's Guitar - Working Girl's Guitar
The Lumineers - Stubborn Love - The Lumineers
Willie Nelson - Desperadoes Waiting For A Train - This One's For Him (A Tribute To Guy Clark)
Joe Ely - Dublin Blues - This One's For Him (A Tribute To Guy Clark)
Ray Willie Hubbard - Home Grown Tomatoes - This One's For Him (A Tribute To Guy Clark)
Radney Foster - L A Freeway - This One's For Him (A Tribute To Guy Clark)
Horse Feathers - Working Poor - House With No Home
Woody Guthrie - Pastures Of Plenty - Woody At 100
Elizabeth Mitchell - Little Seed - Little Seed
Carolina Chocolate Drops - Country Girl - Leaving Eden
Ry Cooder - Brother Is Gone - Election Special
John Fullbright - Gawd Above - From The Ground Up
Buddy Miller & Jim Lauderdale - The Train That Carried My Gal From Town - Buddy & Jim
The JD Hobson Band - Where The Sun Don't Shine - Where The Sun Don't Shine
Corb Lund  - Drink Like You Mean It - Cabin Fever

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Routes & Branches 12/1/12

I had a couple of musical groups into the studio this week. First I saw Jonathan Warren and The Billygoats this week at Cosmic on Thursday and noticed that they were going to still be in the area on Saturday and said to them "would you like to stop by and play some tunes on my show". They have a great roots based sound that they call Progressive Psychobilly Folk Grass. "It's foot stomping music that makes you want to drink a beer and eat a biscuit." It also went well with pizza.

In my second hour this week I had a lovely visit with Alice DiMicele. A long time Eugene favorite Alice's music can be best described as an eclectic blend of Americana folk. She was joined in the studio by her long time band mate Mikey Stevens who lent some tasteful trumpet and guitar leads to Alice's wonderful vocals and guitar.

Yarn - 25 Years - Yarn
Jason Isbell - Heart On A String - Live From Alabama
Band Of Horses - Knock Knock - Mirage Rock
John Hiatt - Adios To California - Dirty Jeans And Mudslide Hymns
Jonathan Warren & The Billygoats - Greyhound - Live In the KRVM Studio
Jonathan Warren & The Billygoats - She Gets The Blues - Live In the KRVM Studio
Twisted Whistle - Dew On The Vine - Through The Mill
Linda McRae - Be Your Own Light - Rough Edges & Ragged Hearts
Shook Twins - Shine On - Window
Sara Watkins - When It Pleases You - Sun Midnight Sun
Alice DiMicele - Wise Old Woman - Live In the KRVM Studio
Alice DiMicele - Down Stream - Live In the KRVM Studio
Alice DiMicele - Tis A Gift To Be Simple Medley - Live In the KRVM Studio
Chris Robinson Brotherhood - Little Lizzie Mae - The Magic Door
Dwight Yoakam - Dim Lights, Thick Smoke - 3 Pears
Rosie Flores - Little But I'm Loud - Working Girl's Guitar
Buddy Miller & Jim Lauderdale - I Lost The Job Of Loving You - Buddy & Jim
Miss Tess - I Never Thought I'd Be Lonely - Sweet Talk
Patchy Sanders - Mrs. Henry - Patchy Sanders
Corb Lund - Bible On The Dash - Cabin Fever