Christmas Joy

Happy Holidays! Proving that there is no war on Christmas and looking forward to the coming year, join Dave Stroud as he shares some of the great holiday chestnuts from years past. He’ll be sharing celebratory sounds from every decade, moving the needle from the 40s to the 10s in a new Deeper Roots Christmas shindig. Tune in for everyone from Sister Rosetta Tharpe to Frank Sinatra to Ella, The Andrews Sisters, Los Straitjackets and Otis Redding’s Merry Christmas Baby. As we barrel out of 2020 as fast as we can, we remind ourselves of the fortunes of the few and the need of the many in this season of desperation. So get out that Georgia vote, folks, and stand steadfast against the anarchy of this dying administration’s push towards fascist principles for power. We have the power to do this. We do.

1Artist Title Album Buy
2Los Lobos Donde Esta Santa Claus? Llegs Navidad Amazon
3Oscar McLollie & His Honey Jumpers Dig That Crazy Santa Claus Blues Blues Christmas Volume 3, 1927-1962 Amazon
4Frankie Laine and Jo Stafford Christmas Roses Christmas On the Country Side Amazon
5The Tractors Swingin' Home for Christmas Have Yourself a Tractors Christmas Amazon
6Johnny Cash/Tommy Cash That Christmasy Feeling The Classic Christmas Album Amazon
7Ella Fitzgerald with The Frank Devol Orchestra What Are You Doing New Year's Eve? Sleigh Full of Songs Amazon
8Eileen Barton The Night Before Christmas Song Coral single 9-60880 Amazon
9Frank Sinatra Santa Claus Is Coming To Town The Christmas Collection Amazon
10Dean Martin I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm The Most Wonderful songs of the year sung by the best / holiday 2002 Amazon
11Frank Sinatra Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas Mistletoe and Merriment Amazon
12Commercial 29. Viceroy Christmas Commercial 1964 Unknown Amazon
13Elvis Presley Santa Claus Is Back In Town Elvis' Christmas Album Amazon
14The Roomates Jingle Bell Rock It's Christmas Time Again Amazon
15The Dragwood Chords Santa's Got a Lead Sled It's Christmas Time Again Amazon
16Darlene Love Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) A Christmas Gift for You from Phil Spector Amazon
17The Beach Boys Little Saint Nick (Single Version) Ultimate Christmas Amazon
18Nick Lowe & Los Straitjackets Winter Wonderland Winter Wonderland (Single) Amazon
19Los Straitjackets Holiday Twist Oh Santa! New & Used Christmas Classics from Yep Roc Amazon
20The Jambalaya Cajun Band Jingle Bell Rock Alligator Stomp 4: Cajun Christmas Amazon
21Otis Redding Merry Christmas Baby Christmas In Soulsville Amazon
22Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys Santa's On His Way Blues, Blues Christmas: Volume 4 – 1925-1962 (Disc 1) Amazon
23The Cats & The Fiddle Hep Cat's Holiday Blues, Blues Christmas (1925-1955) Amazon
24Groovey Joe Poovey & The Big "D" Boys Santa's Helper Blues Blues Christmas Volume 3, 1927-1962 Amazon
25Sister Rosetta Tharpe When They Ring The Golden Bell Blues, Blues Christmas – Volume 2 (1926-1958) Amazon
26Bing Crosby Winter Wonderland The Most Wonderful songs of the year sung by the best / holiday 2002 Amazon
27The Andrews Sisters Christmas Island Golden Age of the Andrews Sisters [Disc 2] Amazon
28Charles Brown Wrap Yourself In A Christmas Package Please Come Home For Christmas Amazon
29Elvis Presley Here Comes Santa Claus (Right Down Santa Claus Lane) Christmas Album Amazon
30The Ravens Silent Night Blues Blues Christmas Volume 3, 1927-1962 Amazon
31Sister Rosetta Tharpe Silent Night, Holy Night Blues, Blues Christmas – Volume 2 (1926-1958) Amazon
32Nick Lowe & Los Straitjackets Let It Snow Winter Wonderland (Single) Amazon
33Hank Snow Blue Christmas Christmas On the Country Side Amazon
34Gayla Peevey I Want A Hippopotamus For Christmas Dr. Demento Presents The Greatest Christmas Novelty CD Of All Time Amazon
35Kathy and Jimmy Zee Santa Claus Rock and Roll Blues Blues Christmas Vol 4 – Disc 2 Amazon
36Loudon Wainwright III Christmas Morning (Album Version) Social Studies Amazon
37The Beach Boys I'll Be Home for Christmas Beach Boys' Christmas Album, The Amazon
38Fats Waller Swingin' Them Jingle Bells Blues, Blues Christmas – Volume 2 (1926-1958) Amazon
39Amos Milburn Christmas (Comes Once A Year) Blues Blues Christmas Volume 3, 1927-1962 Amazon
40Nick Lowe I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day Quality Street: A Seasonal Selection For All The Family Amazon
41The Mavericks Christmas Time Is (Coming 'Round Again) Hey! Merry Christmas! Amazon
42Burl Ives A Holly Jolly Christmas Have a Holly Jolly Christmas Amazon
43Tennessee Ernie Ford A Rootin' Tootin' Santa Claus Christmas On the Country Side Amazon

Big Band Blowout!

Swing with us here on Deeper Roots on a Friday morning, one week ahead of the Christmas festivities. The big band sound is that apple pie sound that grew out of the traveling musicians and dance hall bands of the 1920s. From the radio to ballrooms across the land, as the jazz orchestras grew in size, the arrangements had to be formalized to avoid mass confusion. The arranger became the focal point of the band. Improvisation during solos was written into the arrangements but their location and duration were controlled and the vocal stylings grew around the easy flowing style of the evolving jazz that would become known as ‘Swing’. Tune in for two hours of exploration of a century of America’s music.

1Artist Title Album Buy
2Benny Goodman King Porter Stomp RCA Victor Jazz-The First Half-Century-The 30's Amazon
3Benny Carter (With Lionel Hampton Orchestra) I'm in the Mood for Swing RCA Victor Jazz-The First Half-Century-The 30's Amazon
4Chick Webb Go Harlem Stompin' At The Savoy Amazon
5Cab Calloway The Jumpin' Jive Best Of The Big Bands Amazon
6Benny Goodman When Buddha Smiles Stompin' at the Savoy Amazon
7Count Basie Doggin' Around Ken Burns Jazz: Count Basie Amazon
8Artie Shaw & His Orchestra / Artie Shaw's Symphony Swing Begin The Beguine (LP Version) The 30s: Hollywood's Best Amazon
9Glenn Miller Orchestra In The Mood Ken Burns Jazz [Disc 3] Amazon
10Woody Herman Woodchopper's Ball Swingingest Sounds Ever Heard – The Best of the Big Bands Amazon
11Benny Goodman & His Orchestra Why Don't You Do Right Columbia Records' 125th Anniv. Amazon
12Charlie Barnet Skyliner Swingingest Sounds Ever Heard – The Best of the Big Bands Amazon
13Les Brown Bizet Has His Day Best of the Big Bands Amazon
14Woody Herman & His Orchestra Four Brothers Columbia Records' 125th Anniv. Amazon
15Ella Fitzgerald When My Sugar Walks Down the Street Chronological Classics: Ella Fitzgerald 1940-41 Amazon
16Glenn Miller & His Orchestra Tuxedo Junction The Centennial Collection Disc 1 Amazon
17Benny Goodman & His Orchestra Let's Dance Columbia Records' 125th Anniv. Amazon
18Duke Ellington Take The A Train Watch The Closing Doors – A History Of New Yorks Musical Melting Pot Vol 1 1945-59 (CD 1) Amazon
19Tony Pastor Bell Bottom Trousers Nipper's Greatest Hits – The 40's Vol 2 Amazon
20Benny Goodman Sing, Sing, Sing (Part I) Sing, Sing, Sing Amazon
21Woody Herman Apple Honey The Essence of Woody Herman Amazon
22Glenn Miller & His Orchestra Moonlight Serenade The Centennial Collection Disc 1 Amazon
23Artie Shaw Stardust Ray Charles – Music that Matters to Him Amazon
24Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra I'll Be Seeing You Kiss the Boys Goodbye: Classic Songs from World War II, Vol.1 Amazon
25Tommy Dorsey Opus One Stompin' At The Savoy Amazon
26Glenn Miller & His Orchestra A String of Pearls The Centennial Collection Disc 1 Amazon
27Benny Goodman Stompin' At The Savoy Stompin' At The Savoy Amazon
28The Andrew Sisters Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy Double Goldies [CD2] Amazon
29Artie Shaw I Got the Sun in the Morning The Artie Shaw Story – Disc 4 – Little Jazz Amazon
30Harry James You Made Me Love You Time-Life Swing Era – 1940-1941 [Disc 1] Amazon
31Doris Day/Les Brown Sentimental Journey Those Wonderful Years: Sentimental Journey 1930's & 1940's Amazon

Got Blues If You Want It

It’s blues time once more. We’re in for a hard winter and before we roll out the Christmas cheer and jingles, it’s time for some deeper reflection. This week’s Deeper Roots show features music from the great blues performers, acoustic and electric, of the past century: Lightnin’ Hopkins, Howlin’ Wolf, Slim Harpo, Elmore James, Ray Charles, and a large contingent of the usual suspects. We make our way from Highway 51 to 49, the waterfront to the crossroads, buzzin’, shufflin’, walkin’ blues…all for you this week on KRJF community radio here in Sonoma County. Let your conscience be your guide.

1Artist Title Album Buy
2Slim Harpo Got Love If You Want It The Scratch Amazon
3Lightnin' Hopkins Don't Embarrass Me Baby The Complete Prestige-Bluesville Recordings [Disc 4] Amazon
4John Lee Hooker Dimples The Ultimate Collection 1948-1990 [Disc 1] Amazon
5Muddy Waters Trouble No More The Definitive Collection Amazon
6Taj Mahal Statesboro Blues The Best Of Taj Mahal Amazon
7Lowell Fulson Do Me Right Willie Dixon and Friends Vol. 3 Amazon
8Albert King Crosscut Saw Born Under a Bad Sign [RM 2002] Amazon
9Little Junior Parker Feelin' Good Feelin4 Good. The 1952-1962 Recordings Amazon
10John Lee Hooker I Cover The Waterfront The Ultimate Collection 1948-1990 [Disc 2] Amazon
11Jimmy Reed Baby What You Want Me To Do The Very Best of Jimmy Reed Amazon
12Lightnin' Hopkins Mojo Hand The Very Best Of Lightnin' Hopkins Amazon
13Slim Harpo Buzz Me Babe The Excello Singles Anthology Disc 1 Amazon
14The Paul Butterfield Blues Band Walking Blues An Anthology: The Elektra Years Disc 1 Amazon
15Elmore James Whose Muddy Shoes Chess Blues Disc 2 Amazon
16Georgia White The Blues Ain't Nothin' But A Woman Cryin' For Her Man Blues Classics: '27_'69 [Disc 1] Amazon
17Memphis Minnie Dirty Mother For You Blues Classics: '27_'69 [Disc 1] Amazon
18Howlin' Wolf Rockin' Daddy Smokestack Lightning /The Complete Chess Masters 1951-1960 Amazon
19Howlin' Wolf Howlin' For My Darling (Or Baby) Smokestack Lightning /The Complete Chess Masters 1951-1960 Amazon
20Otis Spann Must Have Been The Devil The Best Of Bob Dylan's Theme Time Radio Hour Vol 2 Amazon
21Roosevelt Sykes 44 Blues ABC Of The Blues, Vol. 41 Amazon
22Magic Sam I Feel So Good (I Wanna Boogie) West Side Soul Amazon
23Little Walter Hate To See You Go His Best (Chess 50th Anniversary Collection) Amazon
24Howlin' Wolf 300 Pounds Of Joy The Chess Box Amazon
25Willie Mabon Got to Have It Chess Blues Disc 2 Amazon
26Howlin' Wolf Highway 49 The London Howlin' Wolf Sessions [Disc 1] Amazon
27Elmore James Dust My Broom The Complete Fire And Enjoy Recordings [Disc 1] Amazon
28Muddy Waters The Same Thing Electric Mud Amazon
29Sonny Boy Williamson [II] Let Your Conscience Be Your Guide The Essential Sonny Boy Williamson [MCA/Chess] Disc 1 Amazon
30B.B. King See That My Grave Is Kept Clean One Kind Favor Amazon
31Koko Taylor What Kind of Man Is That? Chess Blues Disc 4 Amazon
32Otis Rush Homework Blues Classics '27_'69 [Disc 3] Amazon

The Songs of Dan Penn

With a new album just released, Dan Penn reminds everyone that there are few songwriters, and only one living, that have influenced (if not defined) the Memphis soul sound as he has. At 78, Dan Penn’s legacy is already sealed with songs that are enduring:  “Do Right Woman, Do Right Man”, “Dark End of the Street”, “Cry Like a Baby”, and so many more. Our show this Friday had to carefully curate tracks from Irma Thomas, Percy Sledge, Solomon Burke, Arthur Alexander, and a couple dozen more to pay proper tribute. As a musician and songwriter, this Muscle Shoals legend deserves a spot in the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame and, while never considered a performer, his catalog includes three solo studio albums, one from 1973, another from 1994, and this year’s Living On Mercy. You’ll hear tracks from these and so much more in this morning’s episode of Deeper Roots.

1Artist Title Album Buy
2Dan Penn Living On Mercy Living On Mercy Amazon
3Otis Redding You Left The Water Running The Muscle Shoals Sound Amazon
4Janis Joplin & The Full Tilt Boogie Band A Woman Left Lonely Pearl Amazon
5Aretha Franklin Do Right Woman, Do Right Man 30 Greatest Hits [Disc 1] Amazon
6James Carr The Dark End of the Street The Essential James Carr Amazon
7Jimmy Hughes Slippin' Around With You After Hours 3 – More Northern Soul Masters Amazon
8The Sweet Inspirations Sweet Inspiration Something's Got A Hold On Me Amazon
9Solomon Burke Take Me (Just As I Am) King Solomon / I Wish I Knew Amazon
10Arthur Alexander Rainbow Road (Album Version) Rainbow Road Amazon
11Marshall Crenshaw I'd Do It All over Again Adios Amigo: A Tribute to Arthur Alexander Amazon
12James & Bobby Purify I'm Your Puppet The Best Of Amazon
13Arthur Conley Take Me (Just As I Am) The Complete Fame Singles Volume 1 Amazon
14Dan Penn Strangest Feeling The Fame Recordings Amazon
15Irma Thomas I Count the Teardrops If You Want It, Come and Get It Amazon
16Irma Thomas Blue in the Heart My Heart's in Memphis: The Songs of Dan Penn Amazon
17Irma Thomas The Joke Is on You My Heart's in Memphis: The Songs of Dan Penn Amazon
18Dan Penn Let Them Talk The Complete Fame Singles Volume 1 Amazon
19The Box Tops Cry Like A Baby The Classic Sixties Collection: 1968 – The Hits That Rocked A Whole Generation Amazon
20The Box Tops People Gonna Talk The Ultimate Box Tops Amazon
21Percy Sledge It Tears Me Up The Atlantic Recordings – Disc 1 Amazon
22Percy Sledge Out Of Left Field It Tears Me Up: The Best Of Percy Sledge Amazon
23Cat Power Woman Left Lonely Jukebox Amazon
24Marcia Ball Look Before You Leap Roadside Attractions Amazon
25Art Freeman Slippin' Around With You The Complete Fame Singles Volume 1 Amazon
26Dan Penn The Puppet AKA I'm Your Puppet The Fame Recordings Amazon
27Dan Penn & Spooner Oldham Ol' Folks Moments From This Theatre Amazon
28Irma Thomas Zero Willpower My Heart's in Memphis: The Songs of Dan Penn Amazon
29Dan Penn Edge Of Love Living On Mercy Amazon