Sunday, January 27, 2013

Routes & Branches 1/26/13

I had the pleasure of having the Portland band Fruition in to the studio this week. They stopped by on their way to a show at the WOW Hall. Fruition has a base in the string band tradition with the addition of drums and percussion to propel their music to a new level of intensity. Even the slower tracks have hot leads from Mandolin player Mimi Naja and guitarist Jay Cobb Anderson. With a strong rhythm section made up of Kellen Asebrock on guitar, Keith Simon on bass, and Tyler Thompson on drums, Fruition will keep you dancing all night long.
Several good new releases caught my ear this week including Davis Coen's "Hard Luck,  Chicago Farmer with his CD "Backenforth, IL" and the  Kelly Willis & Bruce Robinson CD "Cheater's Game".


Neil Young & Crazy Horse - Cowgirl In The Sand - Crazy Horse Live At The Filmore 1970
Black Prairie - Rock Of Ages - A Tear In The Eye Is A Wound In The Heart
Davis Coen - AAA Whiskey - Hard Luck
Davis Coen - Hard Luck Café - Hard Luck
Chicago Farmer - Everybody In This Town - Backenforth, IL
Chicago Farmer - Twenty Dollar Bill - Backenforth, IL
Dale Watson & His Lonestars - I Lie When I Drink - El Rancho Azul
Daniel Romano - Just Between You And Me - Come Cry With Me
Rob Lutes - The Ship That Sails Today - The Bravest Birds
Railroad Earth - Elko - Elko
Fruition - Wastin' Away - Live In The KRVM Studio
Fruition - Just Close Your Eyes - Live In The KRVM Studio
Fruition - Get In - Live In The KRVM Studio
Lucinda Williams - Righteously - World Without Tears
Nicki Bluhm - Stick With Me - Driftwood
Kelly Willis & Bruce Robinson - Cheater's Game - Cheater's Game
Kelly Willis & Bruce Robinson - Border Radio - Cheater's Game
The Leavers - Coronado's Gold - Once Upon A Time
White Iron Band - St. Louis County - Damn The Nighttime
Solas - Tell God And The Devil - Shamrock City
Jerry Joseph & The Jackmormons - The Road Home - Happy Book

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Routes & Branches 1/19/13

I'm home alone this week while my wife is visiting family down in Florida. Lucky for her that she was able to catch the Sunshine Blues Festival this afternoon while I was on the air. So for my second hour I mostly played artists that she was seeing. Tedeschi Trucks are playing as I write this blog. Unfortunately the sound does not travel over the phone very well.
I did take a one set break to promote and give tickets away for the upcoming Hot Buttered Rum Show (with Fruition) happening next weekend.
Several new tracks in my first hour including some local folks with the group Co Gro and their CD "Subvert The Dominant Paradigm" and a new Americana style remake of "Sunshine Of Your Love" by George Kilby Jr. I also had new music by Daniel Romano, Max Gomez, Aaron Neville and Roadkill Ghost Choir. Daniel Romano reminds me of Gram Parsons so I opened the show with him. Steve Earle celebrated another trip around the sun this week so I had to play his version of Hank Williams "I'll Never Get Out Of This World Alive". Birthday congrats also go out to T-Bone Burnett who produced and played on that CD of Earle's, and to Aaron Neville who will be 72 this week.

Gram Parsons - Return Of The Grievous Angel - Grievous Angel
Daniel Romano - Middle Child - Come Cry With Me
Steve Earle - I'll Never Get Out Of This World Alive - I'll Never Get Out Of This World Alive
Max Gomez - Love Will Find A Way - Rule The World
Aaron Neville - Under The Boardwalk - My True Story
Rick Hornyak - Cigarettes - Marigold
Wynn Taylor & The Working Poor - Blood On The Road - Wynn Taylor & The Working Poor
George Kilby Jr. - Sunshine Of Your Love - Six Pack
Co Gro - Subvert The Dominant Paradigm - Subvert The Dominant Paradigm
Co Gro - Kali's Tune - Subvert The Dominant Paradigm
Roadkill Ghost Choir - Beggars Guild - Quiet Light
Wilco - Via Chicago - Kicking Television
Sonny Landreth - Levee Town - Levee Town
Sonny Landreth - Congo Square - Grant Street
Dr John - Goin' Back To New Orleans - The Very Best Of Dr. John
Hot Buttered Rum - Loretta - Live In The Sierra
Fruition - Big Sky - It Won't Be Long
Hot Buttered Rum - Ramblin' Girl - Live In The Sierra
The Wood Brothers - Shoofly Pie - Smoke Ring Halo
Tedeschi Trucks Band - Everybody's Talkin' - Everybody's Talkin'
Tedeschi Trucks Band - Darling Be Home Soon - Everybody's Talkin'

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Routes & Branches 1/12/13

I'm celebrating my 5th anniversary with KRVM so I brought in a few of the old tunes that I listened to in my youth to mix with some of the music I have enjoyed playing on the show these past few years. I started and ended with Robert Earl Keen since he was our birthday boy for the week. I have always enjoyed a Robert Earl Keen show.  He is a great story teller as well as a good song writer.
I played a Jon Sundell tune because he was instrumental early in my personal journey through the music I play today on Routes and Branches. Jon was my high school humanities/music teacher who took me to meet people like John McCutcheon, The Carter Family's homestead and to June Apple Recording Studios where he recorded his album " The Eagle and The Sparrow". I also played several of my old favorites from Jerry Jeff Walker, Steve Earle, JJ Cale, David Bromberg, Lynyrd Skynyrd and The Charlie Daniels Band most of which was on vynal. Along with the old, I also played some of my newer favorites like Railroad Earth, Ray LaMontagne, Jason Isbell, Drive By Truckers, Chris Robinson Brotherhood and Dave Alvin. It was a fun show!!

Robert Earl Keen - Gringo Honeymoon - Live at The Ryman
Jon Sundell - I've Been all Around This World - The Eagle And The Sparrow
Jerry Jeff Walker - It's A Good Night For Singing - The Ultimate collection
Steve Earle - Copperhead Road - Essential Steve Earle
Loudon Wainwright III - Older Than My Old Man - Older Than My Old Man
Guy Clark - The Guitar - Somedays The Song Writes You
JJ Cale - Anyway The Wind Blows - Okie
David Bromberg - Ride On Out A Ways - Use Me
Railroad Earth - Colorado - Elko
Ray LaMontagne & The Pariah Dogs - Henry Nearly Killed Me - Live  Fall 2010
James McMurtry - Lobo Town -  Saint Mary Of The Woods
New Riders Of The Purple Sage - Shake That Thing - 17 Pine Avenue
Lynyrd Skynyrd - T For Texas - One More From The Road
Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit - Cigarettes & Wine - Live From Alabama
Charlie Daniels Band - Rainbow Ride - Million Mile Reflections
Drive By Truckers - The Righteous Path - Brighter Than Creations Dark
Chris Robinson Brotherhood - Little Lizzie Mae - The Magic Door
Dave Alvin - Murrietta's Head - Eleven Eleven
 Robert Earl Keen - The Road Goes On Forever - The Party Never Ends

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Routes & Branches 1/5/13

There was so much good music released in the past year that I couldn't fit it all into a single 2-hour show last week, so this is the best of the rest 2012. It includes a set of tunes from my favorite local bands and a set from bands mostly from the Portland area. It also includes my choices for the December FAR chart. I finished the show with my favorite song of the year: Corb Lund's "Bible On The Dash"

Neil Young & Crazy Horse - Gallows Pole - Americana
Neil Young & Crazy Horse - Born In Ontario - Psychedelic Pill
Kinky Friedman - The Ballad Of Kevin Barry - Bi-Polar Tour
Leftover Salmon - Bayou Town - Aquatic Hitchhiker
John Hiatt - It All Comes Back Someday - Mystic Pinball
Tara Stonecipher & The Tall Grass - January - Recovery
Wayne Drury Project - New York Central Line - Songs From The Saddlebag
The Fiddlin' Big Sue Band - Wagon Wheel - The Fiddlin' Big Sue Band
Sara Watkins - You And Me - Sun Midnight Sun
Zoe Muth And The Lost Highrollers - Walking The Line - Old Gold
Rosie Flores - Working Girl's Guitar - Working Girl's Guitar
Yarn - On The Radio -  Leftovers Vol 2
Jonathan Warren & The Billygoats - Brown Liquor - A Little Something Stronger Than Wine

Todd Snider - Sangria Wine - Time As We Know It: The songs Of Jerry Jeff Walker
Dwight Yoakam - Dim Lights, Thick Smoke - 3 Pears
Chris Robinson Brotherhood - Rosalee - Big Moon Ritual
The James Low Western Front - Medicine Show - Whiskey Farmer
Cascade Rye - Baby Let's Go - Cascade Rye
Shook Twins - Potter's Daughter  - Window
Shoebox Letters - Frozen In Fargo - Nowadays
Little Feat - Candy Man Blues - Rooster Rag
Buddy Miller & Jim Lauderdale - I Just Lost The Job Of Lovin' You - Buddy & Jim
Dan Weber - Hank & Jesus - Ash And Bone
Otis Gibbs - Broke And Restless - Harder Than Hammered Hell
Corb Lund - Bible On The Dash - Cabin Fever