Saturday, August 31, 2013

Routes & Branches 8/31/13

Well I normally collect all my CDs with working man songs to play this weekend, but this time I have been overwhelmed with my own work that I haven't had any time to round them all up. But I did grab my Best of Merle Haggard CD and could start the show with Workin' Man Blues.

With it being the end of the month, I also brought along my favorite picks for this month's Freeform American Roots Chart. Number one fav-O-month was Bill Kirchen's 'Seeds & Stems' followed by  Ricky Scaggs & Bruce Hornsby with 'Cluck Ol' Hen', I See Hawks In LA 'Mystery Drug', Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers self titled CD, North Mississippi Allstars  'World Boogie Is Coming'  and Tedeschi Trucks Band with 'Made Up Mind'.

Merle Haggard - Workin' Man Blues - Hag The Best Of Merle Haggard
Tedeschi Trucks Band - Whiskey Legs - Made Up Mind
John Fogerty - Almost Saturday Night - Wrote A Song For Everyone
The Mavericks - Back In Your Arms Again - In Time
Truth & Salvage Co. - Games People Play - Pick Me Up
Truth & Salvage Co. - I'm Not Your Boyfriend - Pick Me Up
North Mississippi Allstars - Goin' To Brownsville - World Boogie Is Coming
Ray Wylie Hubbard - Down Home Country Blues - A. Enlightenment B. Endarkenment
Chicago Farmer - The John Stokes Prison Break Blues - Backenforth, IL
Hayes Carll - Little Rock - Little Rock
Steve Earle - Six Days On The Road - Essential Steve Earle
Sara Petite - If Mama Ain't Happy - Circus Comes To Town
Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers - Little Too Late - Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers

Wild Ponies - Things That Used To Shine - Things That Used To Shine
Allman Brothers Band - Statesboro Blues - Live at The Fillmore East
Kris Kristofferson - Ramblin' Jack - Feeling Mortal
I See Hawks In LA - We Could All Be In Laughlin Tonight - Mystery Drug
Dan Imhoff - Compass - Agraria
Hobo Nephews Of Uncle Frank - When We Were Smokin' - Number One Contender
The Mother Hips - Toughie - Behind Beyond
Ricky Scaggs & Bruce Hornsby - White Wheeled Limosine - Cluck Ol' Hen
Bill Kirchen - Hot Rod Lincoln - Seeds & Stems

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Routes & Branches 8/24/13

My show follows 'The Magical Mystery Tour' which features music from the 60's to early 70's so I often like to play a track that fits my show but also could be played on the Tour which only partly explains why I have started my show this week and last with the Allman Brothers band. The other part of the explanation is that the Portland band 'Brothers and Sisters' will be performing the Allman Brothers' "Live from the Fillmore East album in it's entirety next Saturday at the WOW Hall. This is no garage cover band. It is made up of seasoned Portland musicians including Lewi Longmire and Anita Robinson on guitar, Matt Cadenell and Ryan Spellman for the rhythm section, along with Tim Higgins on bass, Steve Kevin playing keyboards and David Lipkin joining in on harmonica. Their goal is to reproduce the live feel of the album as closely as they can. I hope to have Lewi stop by my show next week to talk more about the band and the music.

So the summer flood of CDs hit me this last week and I had more new discs than I could play today. some of the highlights are Dan Hubbard, Austin Lucas, Delvin Jake, Kevin Abernathy and Willie Nelson with Dolly Parton. I'm still lovin' the new  Bill Kirchen and the  Scaggs & Hornsby CDs.


Allman Brothers Band - In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed - The Allman Brothers Band At Fillmore East
North Mississippi Allstars - Meet Me In The City - World Boogie Is Coming
Sassparilla - New Love - The Darndest Thing
The Stagger & Sway - Sams Bonds Garage - Breack Til You Bend
Shook Twins - Shine On - Window
Dan Hubbard - Livin' In The Heartland - Livin' In The Heartland
Austin Lucas - Alone In Memphis - Stay Reckless
Delvin Jake - Jesus Tell My Mama - Jesus & Mama
Delvin Jake - Mama Tried - Jesus & Mama
I See Hawks In LA - Oklahoma's Going Dry - Mystery Drug
Shinyribs - Somebody Else - Gulf Coast Museum

Bill Kirchen - It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry - Seeds & Stems
Jim Liberato - Jasmine - I'm Not High Anymore
Ricky Scaggs & Bruce Hornsby - The Way It Is - Cluck Ol' Hen
Yarn - Blueskies, Brighter Times & Roses - Leftovers Vol. 2
Chicago Farmer - Everybody In This Town - Backenforth, IL
Dawes - If I Wanted Someone - Nothing Is Wrong
Kevin Abernathy - She Loves Jesus - Some Stories
Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers - Little Too Late - Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers
Mark Knopfler - Got To Have Something - Privateering
Willie Nelson Feat. Dolly Parton - From Here To The Moon And Back - To All The Girls

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Routes & Branches 8/17/13

I first want to thank Mike Meyer for sitting in for me last week while I went to Portland to see Todd Snider, Shawn Mullins, Hayes Carll and Sarah Jarosz. It was a wonderful outdoor show at the Oregon Zoo with each artist performing their own set of songs. It was a perfect home town reunion of sorts for Snider. He was in top form and would have told stories all night if the Zoo hadn't had a 10 pm curfew.
This weekend was my friend Al's annual pig roast and in honor of that I started with a set of Barbecue songs. I also featured new music from I See Hawks In LA, Tedeschi Trucks Band and Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion. 


Allman Brothers Band - Blue Sky - Eat A Peach
Old And In The Way - Pig In A Pen - Breakdown
Robert Earl Keen - Barbecue - The Party Never Ends
Marcia Ball - Peace, Love and BBQ - Peace, Love and BBQ
Paul Thorn - I Don't Like Half The Folks I Love - Pimps & Preachers
Too Slim And The Taildraggers - When Whiskey Was My Friend - Blue Heart
I See Hawks In LA - Rock N Roll Cymbal From The Seventies - Mystery Drug
Shinyribs - Sweeter Than The Scars - Gulf Coast Museum
Blakie And The Rodeo Kings - Black Sheep - Kings And Queens
Johnny & June Carter Cash - Jackson - The Essential Johnny Cash
Gram Parsons - Return Of The Grievous Angel - Grievous Angel
Tedeschi Trucks Band - Idle Wind - Made Up Mind

Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion - Not Felling It - Wassaic Way
Shawn Mullins - Catoosa County - Light You Up
Todd Snider - Brenda - Agnostic Hymns & Stoner Fables
Chicago Farmer - Twenty Dollar Bill - Backenforth, IL
The Whiskey Chasers - One More Pull Of Whiskey - Well For The Worse
Steve Martin & Edie Brickell - Love Has Come For You - Love Has Come For You
Whitewater Ramble - Beyer's Canyon - Roots & Groove
Sassparilla - New Love - The Darndest Thing
The Stagger & Sway - River Road - Break Til You Bend
Shook Twins - Potter's Daughter - Window
Big Sandy And His Fly-rite Boys - Missouri Gal - What A Dream It's Been
Bill Kirchen - Down To Seeds & Stems Again - Seeds & Stems

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Routes & Branches 8/3/13

Another great musician has gone on to play in the great band in the beyond. JJ Cale, the understated guitarist of his time who influenced so many other musicians and yet never really attained commercial success.
I was fortunate enough to see JJ Cale the last time he toured through Eugene and I am so glad that I had the chance to see him perform. I always liked his rolling rhythm style of song writing. I could have filled more than 2 hours of his music, but I have to mix it up with some of the new music just to stay current. Here is what I played today.


JJ Cale - Any Way The Wind Blows - Okie
Widespread Panic - Travelin' Light - Space Wrangler
JJ Cale - Travelin' Light - Troubadour
JJ Cale - Waymore's Blues - Rewind
New Country Rehab - Home To You - Ghost Of Your Charms
The Breedings - Two Drinks - Fayette
Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell - Chase The Feeling - Old Yellow
Donna The Buffalo - I Love My Tribe - Tonight, Tomorrow and Yesterday
The Coal Men - Tennessee - Escalator
JJ Cale - Cocaine - Troubadour
JJ Cale & Eric Clapton - Danger - The Road To Escodido
JJ Cale - Golden Ring - Rewind
JJ Cale & Eric Clapton - Ride The River - The Road To Escodido
The California Honeydrops - Carolina Peach - Like You Mean It!

The California Honeydrops - When It Was Wrong - Live
Shawn Mullins - Light You Up - Light You Up
Sarah Jarosz - Song Up In Her Head - Song Up In Her Head
Todd Snider - Tillamook County Jail - Nashville Skyline
Hayes Carll - Bad Liver And A Broken Heart - Trouble In Mind
Ricky Skaggs & Bruce Hornsby - How Mountain Girls Can Love - Cluck Ol' Hen
Bill Kirchen - Hot Rod Lincolin - Seeds & Stems
JJ Cale - Roll On - Roll On
Lynyrd Skynyrd - Call Me The Breeze - One More From The Road
JJ Cale - I'm A Gypsy Man - Troubadour
JJ Cale - Bring Down The Curtain - Roll On