Back Country Blues

Back Country Blues
Back Country Blues

Our show features the sounds of the acoustic country blues. We’ll hear from early century greats like Jim Jackson, Luke Jordan, Geeshie Wiley, and Gus Cannon’s Jug Stompers. There will also be a little help from some contemporaries who were their influence by this music. Get ready for some deeper sounds from Daddy Stovepipe, Papa Charlie Jackson, and Frank Stokes to round things out on a chilly evening in the North Bay on Sonoma County community radio.

1Artist Title Album Buy
2Taj Mahal Fishin' Blues The Best Of Taj Mahal Amazon
3John Sebastian Jug Band Music Chasin' Gus' Ghost Amazon
4Cannon's Jug Stompers Bring it with You When You Come Good For What Ails You (2) Music Of The Medicine Shows 1926-1937 Amazon
5Cannon's Jug Stompers Going To Germany The Rose Grew Round The Briar Amazon
6Dick Justice Little Lulie Old Time Music From West VI : Old-Time Music From West Virgi Amazon
7Dick Justice Brown Skin Blues Hillbilly Blues Amazon
8Geeshie Wiley Last Kind Words Mississippi Masters Amazon
9Geeshie Wiley and Elvie Thomas Pick Poor Robin Clean Mississippi Masters Amazon
10Luke Jordan Pick Poor Robin Clean (Eng 16 Aout 1927 Charlotte) Rough Guide To The Blues Songsters Amazon
11Tommie Bradley Nobody's Business if I Do Good For What Ails You (2) Music Of The Medicine Shows 1926-1937 Amazon
12Mississippi John Hurt Praying On The Old Camp Ground Avalon Blues: The Complete 1928 OKeh Recordings Amazon
13Mississippi John Hurt Frankie Avalon Blues: The Complete 1928 OKeh Recordings Amazon
14Mississippi John Hurt Let the Mermaids Flirt With Me The Library of Congress Recordings, Vol. 1 (Disc 1) Amazon
15Frank Stokes How Long Before The Blues: Early American Black Music Scene (Vol. 2) Amazon
16Frank Stokes I Got Mine Good For What Ails You (2) Music Of The Medicine Shows 1926-1937 Amazon
17Henry Thomas Bull Doze Blues Roots of Rock Amazon
18Luke Jordan Church Bell Blues Bill Wyman's Blues Odyssey [Disc 1] Amazon
19Long "Cleve" Reed and Little Harvey Hull ' Down Home Boys Original Stack O' Lee Blues (BP 8030, BP8030B) The Rise & Fall of Paramount Records, Volume 1 (1917-1927) Amazon
20Long "Cleve" Reed and Little Harvey Hull ' Down Home Boys Mama You Don't Know How (BP 8030, BP8030A) The Rise & Fall of Paramount Records, Volume 1 (1917-1927) Amazon
21Daddy Stovepipe & Mississippi Sarah Burleskin' Blues Blues From The Vocalion Vaults Amazon
22Daddy Stovepipe & Mississippi Sarah The Spasm Good For What Ails You: Music Of The Medicine Shows 19261937 Amazon
23Sweet Papa Stovepipe All Birds Look Like Chicken To Me Cluck Old Hen Amazon
24Pink Anderson He's In the Jailhouse Now Gospel, Blues, and Street Songs Amazon
25Will Bennett Railroad Bill Rough Guide To The Blues Songsters Amazon
26Henry Thomas " Ragtime Texas" Railroadin' Some Good For What Ails You: Music Of The Medicine Shows 19261937 Amazon
27Rory Block Railroadin' Some Gone Woman Blues: The Country Blues Collection Amazon
28Papa Charlie Jackson Drop That Sack Papa Charlie Done Sung That Song – [Disc 2] Amazon
29Papa Charlie Jackson Skoodle-Um-Skoo Papa Charlie Jackson Vol. 3 (1928 – 1934) Amazon
30Jim Jackson I Heard the Voice of a Porkchop Good For What Ails You (2) Music Of The Medicine Shows 1926-1937 Amazon
31Jim Jackson Jim Jackson / Jim Jackson" Kansas City Blues, Pt. 1 Blues Classics: '27_'69 [Disc 1] Amazon
32Jim Jackson Love Sick Blues Jim Jackson Vol.2 Amazon
33Geeshie Wiley Skinny Leg Blues The Stuff That Dreams Are Made Of [Disc 2] Amazon

Pop Music of the 1920s

Pop Music of the 1920s
Pop Music of the 1920s

We’ll revisit the third decade of the 20th century where the social and cultural watershed events following the first World War were more than one could have anticipated. The Jazz Age; Prohibition; Radio and the Victrola meant entertainment could be had in the front room, replacing the family and neighborhood parlor entertainment. While the Great Depression loomed on the horizon, the music that found the middle was hopeful and full of man-meets-girl songs were all the rage…even if signs of hard times to come were easily spotted. Listen in for a chronological selection that includes the sounds of Duke Ellington, Paul Whiteman, Annette Hanshaw, Ethel Waters, and the peerless pop icons Al Jolson and Eddie Cantor.

Guitar Theme

Once considered in its earliest forms a noble instrument, the history of the guitar can be traced back over forty centuries (yes, that’s 4000 years). While we won’t got back quite so far in our exploration, we will explore the popular form of this instrument in song this week. We’re not going after the genius as much as we go after the topic with songs whose theme is that of the guitar. It seems that there has always been a personal connection between the instrument and the player, sometimes as a confidant and others as a foil. Our show will feature yodeling guitars, lonely guitars, Bo’s guitar, long-legged pickers, amigos, and a number of performances about ‘one’s first guitar’. Join Dave Stroud for plenty in a guitar themed journey.

1Artist Title Album Buy
2Steve Earle Guitar Town Just an American Boy Disc 1 Amazon
3Walter Hurdt Fiddle And Guitar Running Wild Classic Field Recordings Amazon
4Jimmie Rodgers You And My Old Guitar Recordings 1927 – 1933 [Disc 1] Amazon
5Jorma Kaukonen More Than My Old Guitar River Of Time Amazon
6Jimmy Murphy That First Guitar of Mine 1951-1956 (Warped 5101) Amazon
7The Seldom Scene Grandpa Getcha Guitar Like We Used To Be Amazon
8The Louvin Brothers Gonna Lay Down My Old Guitar Long Play Collection Amazon
9Byron Parker & His Mountaineers Gonna Lay Down My Old Guitar Byron Parker & His Mountaineers Amazon
10Hardrock Gunter Guitar on the Mountain Gonna Rock 'n' Roll, Gonna Dance All Night Amazon
11Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys Steel Guitar Rag Legends of Country Music Disc 1 Amazon
12Chet Atkins & His Guitar Pickers Telling' My Troubles to My Old Guitar Chet Atkins Guitar Legend:The RCA Years Amazon
13Frank Crumit Plink Plonki Pluck My Guitar Top 100 Classics – The Very Best of Frank Crumit Amazon
14The Brown Bombers of Swing Guitar Swing If You Take Me Back Amazon
15George Morgan Mr Ting-A-Ling (Steel Guitar Man) Room Full of Roses: The George Morgan Collection Amazon
16Jerry Byrd Hilo Steel Guitar Stars Of The Steel Guitar Amazon
17Les Paul Lonely Guitar (feat. Mary Ford) [Remastered] 100 (100 Original Tracks – Remastered) Amazon
18Speedy West & Jimmy Bryant Yodeling Guitar Swingin' On The Strings: The Speedy West & Jimmy Bryant Collection Volume 2 Amazon
19Duane Eddy Play Me Like You Play Your Guitar Dance With The Guitar Man Amazon
20Bo Diddley Bo's Guitar Go Bo Diddley Amazon
21Johnny Powers Me and My Rhythm Guitar The Best of Sun Rockabilly, Vol. 2 Amazon
22Johnny Cash I'm Gonna Sit on the Porch and Pick on My Old Guitar The Essential Johnny Cash 1955-1983 Disc 3 Amazon
23Johnny Cash & June Carter Long-Legged Guitar Pickin' Man Carryin' on With Johnny Cash & June Carter Amazon
24Kitty Wells Amigo's Guitar Greatest Songs Amazon
25Waylon Jennings Guitars That Won't Stay in Tune Clean Shirt Amazon
26Willie Nelson Guitar In the Corner Band of Brothers Amazon
27George Jones Best Guitar Picker The Complete United Artists Solo Singles Amazon
28Robert Earl Keen, Jr. Daddy Frank (The Guitar Man) Tulare Dust: Tribute to Merle Haggard Amazon
29Merle Haggard Daddy Frank (The Guitar Man) Capitol Collector's Series Amazon
30Freddie King Me And My Guitar Texas Cannonball Amazon
31Tony Rice Me and My Guitar Night Flyer: The Singer Songwriter Collection Amazon
32Lucinda Williams Real Live Bleeding Fingers & Broken Guitar Strings World Without Tears Amazon
33Guy Clark The Guitar Somedays the Song Writes You Amazon
34Neil Young This Old Guitar Rare Songs of a Tribute to Hank Amazon

Uprooting Your Roots

Devil Sent the Rain
Devil Sent the Rain

I just finished an excellent book by an excellent writer. I’d like to say this happens more than twice a year but I’m very picky about my writers and more picky about how they can turn a phrase. The book I read was “Devil Sent The Rain” by Tom Piazza, a frequent contributor to the cherished Oxford American magazine. The title is based on the poorly recorded, almost unintelligible, song performed by Charley Patton. The book is a collection of essays, liner notes, and articles that Piazza has assembled to tell stories of American culture that are both personal and powerful. He takes us from Hurricane Katrina to Jimmy Martin, then from Charley Patton to Charlie Chan, then into the worlds of Norman Mailer and Bob Dylan; and oh yes, a little bit of further reflection on the writings of Gustav Flaubert. His excerpt from “True Adventures With the King of Bluegrass” is poignant and worth the price of the book.

One short passage intrigued me because it is extremely relatable in terms of what my own show, Deeper Roots, is all about. Tom Piazza grew up on the East Coast and, for lack of a better term, was an aficionado (if not a connoisseur) of jazz music. His sun rose and set on the be-bop and modern jazz music he was exposed to in the clubs of New York City. While eventually settling in New Orleans (experiencing Hurricane Katrina firsthand), his first real escape into middle America was to settle for a time in Iowa, attending and graduating from the famed Iowa Writer’s Workshop.

Before he left, a friend (and clearly a friend to be remembered) put together a collection of vintage recordings on cassette that Tom would listen to on his drive west. The recordings were of Jimmie Rodgers, Charley Patton, Blind Boy Fuller, Clarence Ashley, and countless others, a collection of some of the most important influences and reflections of the many different cultures that are like so many microclimates spread across the American landscape.

It evidently changed his view of culture and music. While attending the Workshop he would go onto describe this music’s importance to him. “I listened to those tapes the whole three years I was in Iowa. It was like having a giant ham in the refrigerator. You’d just go in and cut yourself another slice”. Could not have said it any better.

Deeper Cole Porter

Deeper Cole Porter
Deeper Cole Porter

American composer Cole Porter wrote words and music for over thirty stage and film musicals. His works were typically a model of sophistication, humor, and charm that would change popular musical theater. Deeper Roots takes a look at this songwriter whose music influenced generations of the American patchwork of styles including country, rock, pop, and R&B. We’ll hear from the torch vocals of Betty Carter, playful LA country from Michael Nesmith, the cool evening jazz of Julie London, rocking R&B from Roy Brown, and the contemporary country sounds of the Texoma All-Stars. And more, of course.

1Artist Title Album Buy
2Ella Fitzgerald It's De-Lovely Cocktails With Cole Porter Amazon
3Texoma All-Stars Don't Fence Me In [*] Boots Too Big to Fill: Tribute to Gene Autry Amazon
4Gene Autry Don't Fence Me In Sing Cowboy Sing [Disc 3] Amazon
5Michael Nesmith Begin The Beguine Tropical Campfires Amazon
6Les Paul Trio Begin The Beguine Trio's Complete Decca Recordings Plus (1936-47) [Disc 1] Amazon
7k.d. lang So in Love Red Hot + Blue: A Tribute to Cole Porter Amazon
8Elvis Presley True Love The King Of Rock 'n' Roll: The Complete 50s Masters [Disc 3] Amazon
9The Flamingos In the Still of the Night Requestfully Yours & the Sound Of Amazon
10Roy Brown Love For A Sale Good Rockin' Tonight Amazon
11Six Hits & A Miss You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To Capitol Records' From The Vaults, Volume 1 – The Birth Of A Label – 1942-43 Amazon
12John Reischman You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To North of the Border Amazon
13Chet Atkins You Do Something To Me Almost Alone Amazon
14Billie Holiday Easy To Love First Issue: Great American Song Book [Disc 1] Amazon
15Lena Horne;Lennie Hayton And His Orchestra At Long Last Love The Essential Lena Horne – The RCA Years Amazon
16Eartha Kitt/Henri René & His Orchestra Let's Do It (Let's Fall in Love) [From in Paris] Purr-Fect: Greatest Hits Amazon
17Julie London My Heart Belongs To Daddy Cocktails With Cole Porter Amazon
18Arthur Lyman Group Love for Sale Music for a Bachelor's Den Amazon
19Blossom Dearie Give Him The Ooh-La-La Give Him The Ooh-La-La Amazon
20Peggy Lee Always True To You In My Fashion Capitol Sings Cole Porter: Anything Goes Amazon
21Dinah Shore It's All Right With Me Capitol Sings Cole Porter: Anything Goes Amazon
22Betty Carter/Ray Charles Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye Genius & Soul: The 50th Anniversary Collection Disc 2 Amazon
23Ann Miller Too Darn Hot The Big Picture: Great Music from Films You Love Amazon
24Martha Tilton With Dean Elliott And His Orchestra Blow, Gabriel, Blow Capitol Sings Cole Porter: Anything Goes Amazon
25Ethel Merman with Fairchild & Carroll & Their Orchestra Down In The Depths (On The 90th Floor) You're The Top: Cole Porter In The 1930 [Disc 3] Amazon
26Mary Martin My Heart Belongs To Daddy – from Night And Day Warner Brothers 75 Years of Film Music (2) Amazon
27Ginny Simms, Cary Grant You're The Top – from Night And Day Warner Brothers 75 Years of Film Music (2) Amazon
28Bing Crosby/Frank Sinatra Well Did You Evah? Sinatra 80th: All the Best Disc 1 Amazon
29Fred Astaire All Of You That's Entertainment! The Best Of The MGM Musicals Amazon
30Frank Sinatra & Anttnio Carlos Jobim I Concentrate On You Francis Albert Sinatra & Antonio Carlos Jobim Amazon
31David Byrne Don't Fence Me In Red Hot + Blue: A Tribute to Cole Porter Amazon
32Cole Porter You're The Top De-Lovely Amazon

2015 Tributes and Covers

Tributes and Covers
Tributes and Covers

We’re going to take a step away from vintage releases in our first episode of 2016 and look back at last year’s Americana releases, focusing on tributes and covers from some of the very best performers of the time. We’ll hear from Happy Traum, Jorma Kaukonen, Robert Earl Keen Jr., the Alvin Brothers, Bob Dylan, Jonathan Edwards and many others as the cover music from the past century. While most are those of tradition, we’ll also hear covers of Stephen Foster, Carter Family, and Woody Guthrie for good measure. Tribute albums include Bob Dylan’s Shadows in the Night and Asleep at the Wheel’s “Still The King” Bob Wills tribute. Lots of territory to cover so I hope you’ll join in!

1Artist Title Album Buy
2Mavis Staples See That My Grave Is Kept Clean Your Good Fortune (EP) Amazon
3Jorma Kaukonen Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out Ain't In No Hurry Amazon
4Jorma Kaukonen Sweet Fern Ain't In No Hurry Amazon
5Darryl Holter California Stars Radio Songs Amazon
6Darryl Holter Do Re Mi Radio Songs Amazon
7Jonathan Edwards Mole Tomorrow's Child Amazon
8Hamilton County Ramblers Hard Times Hamilton County Ramblers Amazon
9Emmylou Harris Bury Me Beneath The Willow Orthophonic Joy: The 1927 Bristol Sessions Revisited Amazon
10Larry Cordle & The Virginia Luthiers Train On The Island Orthophonic Joy Amazon
11The Cox Family Cash On The Barrelhead Gone Like The Cotton Amazon
12Robert Earl Keen, Jr. Footprints in the Snow Happy Prisoner: The Bluegrass Sessions Amazon
13Lyle Lovett; Robert Earl Keen, Jr. T For Texas Happy Prisoner: The Bluegrass Sessions Amazon
14Asleep at the Wheel Time Changes Everything (with Buddy Miller) Still the King: A Celebration of the Music of Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys Amazon
15Asleep at the Wheel Faded Love (with The Time Jumpers) Still the King: A Celebration of the Music of Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys Amazon
16Robbie O'Connell Pretty Saro Dear Jean: Artists Celebrate Jean Ritchie Amazon
17Happy Traum Careless Love Blues (feat. Jerry Marotta, Byron Isaacs & John Sebastian) Just For the Love Of It Amazon
18Happy Traum I Aint Got No Home (feat. John Sebastian, Byron Isaacs & Jerry Marotta) Just For the Love Of It Amazon
19Spuyten Duyvil Keep your Skillet Good and Greasy Social Hour Music Amazon
20Spuyten Duyvil Make Me A Pallet Social Hour Music Amazon
21Charlie Gracie Just A Closer Walk With Thee Angel on My Shoulder Amazon
22Dave Alvin and Phil Alvin Cherry Red Blues Lost Time Amazon
23Dave Alvin and Phil Alvin World's In A Bad Condition Lost Time Amazon
24The Mavericks Nitty Gritty Mono Amazon
25Bob Dylan That Lucky Old Sun Shadows in the Night Amazon
26Merle Haggard/Willie Nelson Don't Think Twice, It's Alright Django and Jimmie Amazon
27Billy Gibbons And The BFG's Treat Her Right Perfectamundo Amazon
28Larry Campbell Keep Your Lamp Trimmed and Burning Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams Amazon

Folk Songs of North America

Folk Songs of North America
Folk Songs of North America

Folk Songs of North America was first published in 1960. Compiled by Alan Lomax (with melodies transcribed by Peggy Seeger), it featured traditional music organized by locale and topic. The anecdotes provided by Lomax and others were culled from both the oral and transcribed traditions of those who listened and performed. Deeper Roots goes deeper and features sets organized by topical pieces outlined in the book. Performers of the early century are featured including Dock Boggs, David McCarn, Gid Tanner, the Carolina Tar Heels, and The Bently Boys. We’ll also feature a handful of mid-to-late century performers to cap things off. Join Dave Stroud for another two hours of the last century of America’s music on Sonoma County’s newest member-supported radio voice, KWTF 88.1 FM, streaming to the world on

1Artist Title Album Buy
2Alan Lomax Black Is The Color Of My True Love's Hair Ballad Operas-Martins & The Co Amazon
3Dock Boggs Cumberland Gap Bound For Glory Amazon
4Kelly Harrell I Wish I Was A Single Girl Again Amazon
5Pat Carrolls Single Girl Songcatcher Amazon
6The Haden Triplets Single Girl The Haden Triplets Amazon
7Jimmie Driftwood Rattlesnake Song Americana, Vol. 1 Amazon
8Joan Baez John Riley [*] Joan Baez [Bonus Tracks] Amazon
9The Stonemans Shady Grove 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection – Best Of Bluegrass Amazon
10Bill Monroe & His Bluegrass Boys Sally Goodin Bill Monroe: Anthology Amazon
11Andy Griffith Cindy Shouts The Blues And Old Timey Songs Amazon
12Earl Scruggs/Foggy Mountain Boys/Lester Flatt Cripple Creek The Essential Earl Scruggs (2 of 2) Amazon
13Gid Tanner & His Skillet Lickers Cripple Creek And The Skillet Lickers Vol. 1 Amazon
14Coot Grant and Socks Wilson Uncle Joe (Pm 12833, 349-A) The Rise & Fall of Paramount Records, Volume 2 (1928-1932) Amazon
15The Bently Boys Down On Penny's Farm Anthology Of American Folk Music, Vol. 1B: Ballads Amazon
16David McCarn Cotton Mill Colic Gastonia Gallop – Cotton Mill Songs & Hillbilly Blues 1927-1931 Amazon
17Jimmy Martin Roll on Buddy, Roll On First Time Together Amazon
18Lonzo and Oscar Last Ole Dollar 1947-1950 (Warped 4741) Amazon
19Darby & Tarlton Birmingham Jail compliments of Amazon
20Slim Whitman Down In The Valley Country Greats #2 Amazon
21Darby & Tarlton Rising Sun Blues Darby & Tarlton [Disc 3] Amazon
22Don Reno/Red Smiley Mule Skinner Blues Together Again Amazon
23Merle Travis Dark As A Dungeon Hot Pickin' [Disc 1] Amazon
24Bill Morrissey Pay Day Avalon Blues: A Tribute To Mississippi John Hurt Amazon
25Carolina Tar Heels Peg And Awl The History Of Country & Western Music – Vol. 2 Amazon
26Etta Baker & Taj Mahal Johnson Boys Etta Baker With Taj Mahal Amazon
27Kossoy Sisters Featuring Erik Darling The Wagoner's Lad Bluegrass Roots Amazon
28Richard Hawley Who's Gonna Shoe Your Pretty Little Feet? Coles Corner Amazon
29The Whitstein Brothers I'm Troubled Old Time Duets Amazon
30Rosanne Cash Fair And Tender Ladies Songcatcher Amazon
31Flatt & Scruggs On Top of Old Smokey Earl Scruggs: His Family and Friends/Nashville Airplane Amazon
32Kelly Harrell & The Virginia String Band Charles Giteau Anthology Of American Folk Music, Vol. 1B: Ballads Amazon
33Bobby Bare Tom Dooley Darker Than Light Amazon
34Carolina Chocolate Drops Tom Dula Dona Got A Ramblin' Mind Amazon
35Doc Watson Omie Wise The Best of Doc Watson: 1964-1968 Amazon
36Ernest V. Stoneman & Sweet Brothers John Hardy My Rough And Rowdy Ways: Early American Rural Music. Badman Ballads and Hellraising Songs, Vol. 1 Amazon