Saturday, December 28, 2013

Routes & Branches 12/28/13

This being my last show for 2013 I am playing from my favorites of the year. The following list are my choices for this year's FAR & Away chart (Freeform American Routes best of the year).

1) Steve Earle & The Dukes: The Low Highway (New West)
2) Bill Kirchen: Seeds & Stems (Proper)
3) Chicago Farmer: BackenForth, Il (self)
4) The Band Of Heathens: Sunday Morning Record (BOH)
5) Son Volt: Honky Tonk (Rounder)
6) Kristina Murray: Unravelin’ (self)

1) Kristina Murray: Unravelin’ (self)
2) Copper & Coal (self)
3) The Slide Brothers (Dare)
1) Ghost Brothers Of Darkland County (Hear Music)
2) Inside Llewyn Davis (Nonesuch)
3) Billie Joe & Norah: Foeverly (Reprise)

 REISSUE/HISTORIC ALBUM also covers vintage material appearing for the first time.
1) Duane Allman: Sky Dog (Rounder)
2) Dwight Yoakam: 21st Century Hits (New West)
3)  Tim Easton: Before The Revolution (New West)
1) Ricky Scaggs & Bruce Hornsby: Cluck Ol’ Hen (Skaggs Family)
2) Ry Cooder & Corridos Famosos (Nonesuch)
3) The Infamous Stringdusters: Road To Boulder (High Country)

1) Amanda Cevallos
2) Mary Gauthier
3) Patty Griffin

1) Rod Balch
2) Jason Isbell
3) Slaid Cleaves

1) Buddy Miller & Jim Lauderdale
2) The Wood Brothers
3) Steve Martin & Edie Brickell
1) Bill Kirchen
2) The Slide Brothers
3) Greg Leisz
1) Guy Clark
2) Amos Lee
3) Will Hoge
1) Lori Kampa
2) Lynda A. Weingartz
3) Notorious Liz
Local NW
1) The Whiskey Chasers
2)The Fiddlin’ Big Sue Band
3) Fruition

Here what I was able to fit into Today's show.


The Allman Brothers Band - It's Not My Cross To Bear - Skydog
Dwight Yoakam - If Teardrops Were Diamonds - 21st Century Hits
Oscar Isaac & T Bone Burnett - Fare The Well (Dink's Song) - Inside Llewyn Davis
Billie Joe & Norah - I'm Here To Get My Baby Out Of Jail - Foreverly
Jason Isbell - Different Days - Southeastern
Slaid Cleaves - Without Her - Still Fighting The War
Rod Balch - Up The Road - Fort Worth 76102
Patty Griffin - Don't Let Me Die In Florida - American Kid
Mary Gauthier - I Drink - Live At Blue Rock
Amanda Cevallos - I'll Never Honky Tonk You - I'll Never Honky Tonk You
The Wood Brothers - The Muse - The Muse
Buddy Miller & Jim Lauderdale - The Train That Carried My Gal From Town - Buddy & Jim
The Fiddlin' Big Sue Band - Wagon Wheel - The Fiddlin' Big Sue Band

The Whiskey Chasers - One More Pull Of Whiskey - Well For The Worse
Amos Lee - Tricksters, Hucksters, and Scamps - Mountains Of Sorrow, Rivers Of Song
Guy Clark - My Favorite Picture Of You - My Favorite Picture Of You
Ry Cooder & Corridos Famosos - Crazy 'Bout An Automobile - Ry Cooder & Corridos Famosos Live
Ricky Scaggs & Bruce Hornsby - Bluegrass Breakdown - Cluck Ol' Hen
Copper & Coal - The Whole Damn Bottle - Copper & Coal
Kristina Murray - Smoke And Brown Whiskey - Unravelin'
Son Volt - Bakersfield - Honky Tonk
The Band Of Heathens - One More Trip - Sunday Morning Record
Chicago Farmer - Twenty Dollar Bill - BackenForth, Il.
Bill Kirchen - Hot Rod Lincoln - Seeds & Stems

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Routes & Branches 12/21/13

I have been looking forward to listening to the debut album from the Hard Working Americans since I received their single "Down To The Well" last month, and due to popular demand they moved up their add date for radio stations and sent us a copy of the entire CD. I like the entire album with special appreciation for 'Blackland Farmer', Randy Newman's, 'Mr. President Have Pity On The Working Man' and Hayes Carll's, ' Stomp & Holler'. Snider has always enjoyed the jam band scene and now has his own band to jam with. I recommend checking out the following link to an interview with Snider by Blake Phillips.
So along with the holiday tunes I had a set of John Prine music because we have a local Annual "John Prine Sing-A-Long" night at Sam Bond's Garage. Don't expect John Prine to be there, this is just a bunch of locals who like Prine and his songs and we all take turns singing lead with everyone in the place joining in. It is a fun evening and this year it will happen on Monday Dec 30th.
Paul Simmon - Getting Ready For Christmas Day - So Beautiful Or So What
Catherine Maclellan - Song Bird - Silhouette
Shawn Mullins - Tinsel Town - Light You Up
Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys - Let Her Know - Night Tide
Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys - Tequila Calling - Night Tide
Ry Cooder - Christmas Time This Year - Pull Up Some Dust And Sit Down
Hard Working Americans - Mr. President Have Pity On The Working Man - Hard Working Americans
Steve Earle - Christmas In Washington - El Corazon
David Jacobs-Strain - Come On In My Kitchen - Live From The Left Coast
John Hiatt - Winter Time Blues - Master Of Disaster
Guy Clark - The Coat - Somedays The Song Writes You
Great American Taxi - Good Night To Boogie - Reckless Habits
Johnny Cash - Daddy Sang Bass - Ulitimate Gospel
Hard Working Americans - Blackland Farmer - Hard Working Americans

Robert Earl Keen - Happy Holidays Y'all - Walking Distance
Old Crow Medicine Show - Angel From Montgomery - Broken Hearts & Dirty Windows
John Prine - Glory Of True Love - Fair & Square
Drive By Truckers - Daddy's Little Pumpkin - Broken Hearts & Dirty Windows
John Prine - She Is My Everything - Fair & Square
The Avett Brothers - Spanish Pipedream - Broken Hearts & Dirty Windows
Hayes Carll - Grateful For Christmas - KMAG YO-YO
Hard Working Americans - Stomp & Holler - Hard Working Americans
The Whopner County Country Allstars - Christmas In Prison - It's Too Loud
James McMurtry - Holiday - Childish Things
Dolly Parton - Hard Candy Christmas - The RCA Years 1967 - 1986
Robert Earl Keen - Merry Christmas From The Family - Live At The Ryman
Buddy & Julie Miller - The Selfishness Of Man - Written In Chalk

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Routes & Branches 12/7/13

Well it seems to happen this time of year, when I'm starting to gather together all of my favorite CDs of the year, that I receive a new release that just catches my ear and immediately competes for a slot in my top ten. This time it's  Kristina Murray's debut CD "Unravelin'". Murray has been compared to Emmy Lou Harris, Tammy Wynette and Patsy Cline so I'm finding myself  liking every track which is unusual for a debut album. So we'll see where she lands in my 'Best Of the Year' list.


Rolling Stones - Honky Tonk Women - Hot Rocks
Nicki Blum & The Gramblers - Little Too Late - Nicki Blum & The Gramblers
The Show Ponies - Whiskey & Wine - We're Not Lost
Kristina Murray - The Year Georgia Ran Dry - Unravelin
Kristina Murray - Half Empty - Unravelin
Will Hoge - Daddy Was a Gambling Man - Never Give In
Brothers Comatose - 120 East - Respect The Van
Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys - Missouri Gal - What A Dream It's Been
Billy Joe & Norah - Roving Gambler - Foreverly
Dan Hicks & The Hot Licks - Savin' My Lovin' - Tangled Tales
Len Chandler & Robert Kaufman - Green Green Rocky Road - Inside Llewyn Davis
Steve Martin & Edie Brickell - When You Get To Ashville - Love Has Come For You
Tedeschi Trucks Band - Whiskey Legs - Made Up Mind

Beth Lee & The Breakups - One More Time Again - One More Time Again
Donna The Buffalo - Tonight, Tomorrow And Yesterday - Tonight, Tomorrow And Yesterday
Great American Taxi - Olden Days - Paradise Lost
Hard Working Americans - Down To The Well - Down To The Well
I See Hawks I LA - Oklahoma's Going Dry - Mystery Drug
Yonder Mountain String Band - All The Time - EP 13
The Flannel Attractions - Better Part Of Me - The Flannel Attractions
Copper & Coal - The Whole Damn Bottle - Copper & Coal
Fruition - Just One Of Them Nights - Just One Of Them Nights
The Devil Makes Three - Stranger - I'm A Stranger Here
The Howlin' Brothers - Dixie Fried - The Sun Studio Session
Tom Waits - Goin Out West - Glitter & Doom
Misner & Smith - Lost & Found - Seven Hour Storm