Saturday, December 27, 2014

Routes & Branches 12/27/14

It has been another big year in Americana music with new releases from many known bands, some new groups as well as an emergence of several new super-groups including The Hard Working Americans, Trigger Hippy and The New Basement Tapes. In an effort to select my favorites of the year I am recapping my monthly choices for the Freeform American Roots chart. Since I try to not repeat an album from one month to the next, there are far too many cd's to fit into one show. This week I focused on the first half of the year along with my choices for the month of December (numbered) since I felt the need to feature them this month. Next week I will focus on the second half of the year.

Lucinda Williams - The Nights Too Long - Lucinda Williams 
(5)Willie May - Everybody But Me - Shaken Tree Blues
Blackie And The Rodeo Kings - Gotta Stay Young - South 
Railroad Earth - Monkey - Last of the Outlaws 
Grant Peeples and the Peeples Republik - Who Woulda Thunk It? (feat. Gurf Morlix) - Punishing the Myth
Matt Andersen - Alberta Gold - Weightless
(6)The Kinks - Alcohol - Muswell Hillbillies + Katalog
Drive-By Truckers - Primer Coat - English Oceans
The String Cheese Incident - Colorado Bluebird Sky - Song in My Head
Shook Twins - Shake - What We Do
Rodney Crowell - Fever On The Bayou - Tarpaper Sky  
Johnny Cash - Baby Ride Easy - Out Amoung The Stars 
(4)Steve Earle - Custer - Look Again to the Wind: Johnny Cash's Bitter Tears Revisited

John Fullbright - Until You Were Gone - Songs
Dave & Phil Alvin - I Feel So Good - Common Ground
Grant Farm - Song of the Wayword Son - Plowin' Time 
The Howlin' Brothers - Monroe - Trouble
(3)Marc Ford - Blue Sky - Holy Ghost 
Shoebox Letters - Crash - Honest Truth
Bruce Robinson and Kelly Willis - Motor City Man - Our Year
Zoe Muth - Mama Needs a Margarita - World of Strangers
Willie Nelson - Wives and Girlfriends - Band Of Brothers 
Yvette Landry - Misery Loves Company - Me & T-Coe's Country
(2)Thompson - Careful - Family
Corb Lund - Truck Got Stuck - Counterfeit Blues
The Mastersons - Closer To You - Good Luck Charm
(1)The New Basement Tapes - Kansas City - Lost On the River

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Routes & Branches 12/20/14

We are upon the holiday season and with that comes my annual Americana "Holiday Style" show in which I play some songs that I never play any other time of the year. Not every track is a holiday song since we still have a few new albums trickling into the station but many are.
I hope that everyone has a safe and happy holiday with the ones they love.

Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn - What Are They Doing In Heaven Today? -  Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn
The Whiskey Belles - Country Christmas - Nothin' Says Christmas Like Whiskey 
Guy Clark - The Coat - Someday The Song Writes You
Dolly Parton - Hard Candy Christmas - The RCA Years 1967-1986
Thompson - Family - Family
Robert Earl Keen - Merry Christmas from the Family - Live At the Ryman 2005
Doug Seegers - There'll Be No Teardrops Tonight (feat. Buddy Miller) - Going Down To the River
John Hiatt - Wintertime Blues - Master of Disaster 
Darol Anger and the Republic of Strings - Father Adieu - Generation Nation
Mark O'Connor - The Christmas Song - An Appalachain Christmas
Ben Hunter & Joe Seamons - Jazz Fiddler - Take Yo Time
Owl Country - Long Gentle Rain - Long Gentle Rain
Steve Earle - Christmas In Washington - El Corazon

The Whiskey Belles - It's Begining to Look a Look a Lot Like Christmas - Nothin' Says Christmas Like Whiskey
Shawn Mullins - Tinseltown - Light You Up
Great American Taxi - Good Night to Boogie - Reckless Habits
Nickel Creek - Christmas Eve - A Dotted Line
Catherine MacLellan - Jack's Song - The Raven's Sun 
Buddy & Julie Miller - The Selfishness In Man - Written In Chalk
Hayes Carll - Grateful for Christmas - KMAG YOYO (& Other American Stories) 
Brian Cutean - Rosepelly Mountain - Guitarred & Feathered
Will Brown - Rainy Day Sketch - Down The Highway 
Sam Baker - Say Grace - Say Grace
Willie May - I'm Goin' Home - Shaken Tree Blues 
Robert Earl Keen - Happy Holidays Y'all - Walking Distance

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Routes & Branches 12/13/14

This week's show mostly focused on recent nominations to the American Roots categories of the Grammys. I didn't have all of the albums nominated but the ones I have I certainly hope will win!!! We will see on February 8th.

North Mississippi Allstars - My Home Town - Dead Man's Town: A Tribute To Born In The U.S.A. 
Jesse Winchester - Just So Much - A Reasonable Amount Of Trouble
Eliza Gilkyson - Eliza Jane - The Nocturne Diaries
Old Crow Medicine Show - Brushy Mountain Conjugal Trailer - Remedy
Old Crow Medicine - Show Doc's Day - Remedy
Dave & Phil Alvin - Southern Flood Blues - Common Ground
Dave & Phil Alvin - Key To The Highway - Common Ground 
David Bromberg - Mr. Bojangles (Live) - The Player: A Retrospective
Rhonda Vincent - I Need Somebody Bad Tonight - Only Me
Rhonda Vincent - Drivin' Nails - Only Me
Yvette Landry - Friday Night Special - Should Have Known

Rosanne Cash - Modern Blue - The River & The Thread
Rosanne Cash - A Feather's Not A Bird - The River & The Thread
John Hiatt - Long Time Comin' - Terms Of My Surrender 
John Hiatt - Terms of My Surrender - Terms Of My Surrender
Brantley Gilbert - Before The Bullets Fly - All My Friends: Celebrating the Songs & Voice of Gregg Allman
Shook Twins - Holler It Down - What We Do
The Earls Of Leicester - Dim Lights, Thick Smoke - The Earls of Leicester
Taj Mahal and Gregg Allman - Statesboro Blues - All My Friends: Celebrating the Songs & Voice of Gregg Allman
Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen - Country Song - Cold Spell
Hayes Carll - Drunken Poet's Dream - Trouble In MInd 
Sturgill Simpson - The Promise - Metamodern Sounds in Country Music
Chuck Cannon - Whiskey Drinkin' Preacher - God Shaped Hole 

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Routes & Branches 12/6/14

The Byrds - Hickory Wind - Sweetheart of the Rodeo
The Byrds - Pretty Polly - Sweetheart of the Rodeo
Miss Laurie Ann & The SaddleTones - Big Rig - Ease My Mind
Steve Earle - Guitar Town - Guitar Town 
Trigger Hippy - Dry County - Trigger Hippy
Tom Waits - Back In the Crowd - Bad As Me 
Tom Waits - Going Out West - Glitter & Doom 
Jubilee Riots  - Trying Times - Penny Black
The New Basement Tapes - Kansas City - Lost On the River 
The New Basement Tapes - Spanish Mary - Lost On the River
Chris Chandler & Paul Benoit - Winter Song/ Girl From The North Country - Matadors 
JP Harris and the Tough Choices - Young Women and Old Guitars - Home Is Where the Hurt Is 
Jefferson Berry - Born On Payday (Radio Mix) - Guitar On the River

Dan Hicks & The Hot Licks - Savin' My Lovin' - Tangled Tales
Tommy Talton - The Man From Down Near Waco - Until After Then
Doug Seegers - She (feat. Emmylou Harris) - Going Down To the River
Buddy and Julie Miller - Worry Too Much - Universal United House of Prayer 
Horse Feathers - Working Poor - House With No Home
Bow Thayer & Perfect Trainwreck - 12 Inch Steel - EDEN
Seven Handle Circus - And We Danced - Shadows On The Wall
Old Crow Medicine Show - 8 Dogs 8 Banjos - Remedy
Leftover Salmon - Here Comes The Night - Aquatic Hitchhiker 
John Hiatt - Marlene - Terms Of My Surrender
Thompson - One Life At a Time - Family
Matt Ellis - Texas Sky - The Greatest Escape