I had 3 focus sets on my show today starting with a couple of my favorite musicians who had birthdays today, Merle Haggard and Eilen Jewel.
I have been listening to Merle Haggard ever since I can remember. It seemed appropriate to start a birthday set of Haggard music with 'Mama Tried' and to finish it with 'I Am What I Am'. Haggard may be just who he is, which is just fine with me. I wish that I had more time to play some of the many artist who have covered Haggard over the years.
Jewel on the other hand has only been a part of my collection since I started hosting Routes & Branches. Even though she is years young than Haggard, Jewel has a way of taking you back to an earlier time when Honky Tonks were where everybody went to have a good time on Saturday night.
The third focus of the show brought back to the present with a live in-studio set from the Shook Twins who stopped by on their way to a show here in Eugene. Hot off a trip to SXSW the band is sounding great!! They have been working on a bunch of new songs which they are going into the studio to record later this month. We had the pleasure of hearing two of them 'Thoughts All In' and 'Crisper' which Laurie wrote. Along with the recording date, the Shook Twins have a bunch of festival dates lined up for the summer including the Oregon Country Fair, The Northwest String Summit and The Cascadia Music Festival. I wish them all the best.
Merle Haggard - Mama Tried - HAG: The Best Of Merle Haggard
Dave Alvin - Kern River - Tulare Dust
Merle Haggard - I Wonder Where I'll Find You At Tonight - Kern River
Merle Haggard - Workin' Man Blues - Working In Tennessee
Merle Haggard - I Am What I Am - I Am What I Am
Poor Man's Whiskey - Like A River - Like A River
Steep Canyon Rangers - As I Go - Nobody Knows You
David Jacobs Strain - Come On Into My Kitchen - Live From The Left Coast
Bobby Bare - John Hardy - Darker Than Light
Robb Moss - Fool's Gold - Sometimes We Win
Yvette Landry - Three Chords And A Bottle - No Man's Land
Beth Lee & The Breakups - Drivin' - One More Time Again
Stella! - One In A Million - Sorry, Stella
The Will Callers - 87 Miles - What Else Is Left
Eilen Jewell - I'm Honky Tonk Girl - Butcher Holler
Eilen Jewell - Shakin' All Over - Sea Of Tears
Eilen Jewell - Warning Signs - Queen Of The Minor Key
Eilen Jewell - Don't Come Home A Drinkin' (With Lovin' On Your Mind) - Butcher Holler
Keller and The Keels - Get It While You Can - Thief
Steve Earle - That All You Got? - The Low Highway
Dead String Brothers - Lucille's Honky Tonk - Cannery Row
Son Volt - Down The Highway - Honky Tonk
Shook Twins - Growing Things - Live In The KRVM Studio
Shook Twins - Thoughts All In - Live In The KRVM Studio
Shook Twins - Crisper - Live In The KRVM Studio
Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell - Chase The Feeling - Old Yellow Moon
Amanda Pearcy - Barking Dogs - Royal Street