Dope Head Blues

It’s one of the novelty topics but that’s only whistling in the graveyard now, isn’t it? An episode of vipers and wild nights backstage, a reflection of the party atmosphere and the debauchery that would often take place after long nights of performing and jiving. We’ll also touch on the devil’s weed, as it was once known before the recognition of Victorian sensibilities was ejected in favor of common sense. The music will include primarily blues and jazz but we’ll also dip into some later novelty sounds to keep us all honest with the topics of coke, opium, marijuana, and pills on the agenda. Sweet bath house sounds from Bette Midler, wistful sounds from Phil Lawrence and Dan Hicks take center stage alongside the music of The Cats & The Fiddle, Fats Waller, Barney Bigard, and Cab Calloway. Quite a lineup and quite a topic surrounded by junkies, reefers, hadacol concoctions, and mellow stuff…so we hope you’ll drop by on a Friday morning in Sonoma County.

1Artist Title Album Buy
2Willie Mabon Got To Have Some I'm The Fixer : The Best Of The USA Records Sessions Amazon
3The Ink Spots That Cat Is High Cocaine Blues Amazon
4The Cats & The Fiddle Killin' Jive The Very Best Of Amazon
5The Spirits of Rhythm Junk Man Cocaine Blues Amazon
6Cleo Brown The Stuff Is Here And It's Mellow The Legendary Cleo Brown Amazon
7Champion Jack Dupree Junker's Blues ABC Of The Blues Vol 6 Amazon
8Louis Jordan & His Tympany Five Junco Partner Louis Jordan: Let the Good Times Roll – The Anthology 1938-1953 Amazon
9Dan Hicks & The Hot Licks Long Comma Viper The Blue Thumb Years 1971-1973 Amazon
10Phil Lawrence Viper's Dream Mandolin Heaven Amazon
11Stuff Smith & His Onyx Club Boys You're a Viper Vintage Songs of Sex, Drugs & Cigarettes Amazon
12Louis Armstrong Song Of The Vipers [Album Version] Louis Armstrong: Portrait Of The Artist As A Young Man 1923-1934 Amazon
13Lalo Guerrero Marihuana Boogie Jumpin' Like Mad: Cool Cats & Hip Chicks Non-Stop Dancin' [Disc 1] Amazon
14Bette Midler Marahuana Songs For The New Depression Amazon
15Julia Lee Marijuana Kansas City Star [Disc 4] Amazon
16Fats Waller The Reefer Song Last Testament His Final Recor Amazon
17Barney Bigard Sextet Sweet Marihuana Brown The Ultimate 30's & 40's Reefer Songs Amazon
18Larry Adler Smoking Reefers The Ultimate 30's & 40's Reefer Songs Amazon
19Johnny Price Marijuana, The Devil Flower Hillbillies In Hell (Country Music's Tormented Testament 1952-1974) Amazon
20Johnny Cash Leave That Junk Alone The Man In Black 1954-1958 [Disc 2] Amazon
21Hot Lips Page Feelin' High And Happy Bob Dylan – Radio Radio – Theme Time Radio Hour Volume Four [Disc 3] Amazon
22Ella Fitzgerald When I Get Low I Get High Cryin' Mood Amazon
23Cab Calloway Kickin' The Gong Around The Art Deco Music Collection: Cotton Club Stomp Amazon
24Julia Lee Pipe Dreams Kansas City Star [Disc 5] Amazon
25Tampa Red That Stuff Is Here Tampa Red The Guitar Wizard Amazon
26Cedar Creek Sheik Don't Use That Stuff Never Let The Same Bee Sting You Twice Amazon
27Dick Justice Cocaine Rough Guide To The Blues Songsters Amazon
28Reverend Gary Davis Cocaine Blues Blues And Ragtime Amazon
29Charley Jordan Just A Spoonful Cocaine Blues Amazon
30Slim & Slam Chinatown, My Chinatown Cocaine Blues Amazon
31Dr. John Junko Partner The Ultimate Dr. John Amazon
32The Treniers Hadacole (That's All) They Rock! They Roll! They Swing! Amazon

Those Old Familiars

Quaint, sweet, nostalgic…just a few adjectives to describe today’s music. Digging into the digital bins we’ve surfaced some of the more familiar of tunes from the last century. Early century pop, country, jazz and vocal harmonies all being serenades with upbeat and good natured favorites of the Great American Songbook. We’ll hear from Fats Waller, Eddie Condon, Ted Lewis, the Sons of the Pioneers, and Blind Blake with songs that ring a true bell in the heart. Songs about lazy rivers, love letters, the lovesick blues, and Kentucky moon. Don’t let yourself get carried away as you lean in closer to the speakers. We certainly don’t want you to hurt yourself. KOWS Community radio is a connection worth making with an eclectic blend of sounds from up and down the genre expanses…streaming to planet Earth at Join us.

1Artist Title Album Buy
2Fats Waller Ain't Misbehavin' Music By Fats Waller Amazon
3Gene Austin Love Letters In The Sand A Time To Relax Amazon
4Gene Austin My Blue Heaven A Time To Relax Amazon
5Ted Lewis I'm Crazy 'bout My Baby Is Everybody Happy Now? Amazon
6Bing Crosby Someday, Sweetheart [Single Version] Bing Crosby And Some Jazz Friends Amazon
7The Boswell Sisters Accompanied By The Dorsey Brothers When I Take My Sugar to Tea Those Were The Days. [Disc 1] Amazon
8The Spirits Of Rhythm Nobody's Sweetheart (Remastered) The Spirits of Rhythm feat. Teddy Bunn Amazon
9Eddie Condon Aint' Give Nobody None Of My Jelly Roll That's A Serious Thing Amazon
10Blind Blake Diddie Wah Diddie ABC Of The Blues Vol 5 Amazon
11Emmett Miller Right Or Wrong Minstrel Man From Georgia Amazon
12Milton Brown & His Musical Brownies Right Or Wrong King Of Western Swing Volume One Amazon
13Milton Brown & His Musical Brownies Somebody Stole My Gal Daddy of Western Swing, Vol. 3 : Easy Ridin' Papa Amazon
14Jimmy Wakely Roll Along, Kentucky Moon Vintage Collections Amazon
15Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys Lazy River Tiffany Transcriptions, Vol. 5 Amazon
16Johnny Davis And His Orchestra Sugar The Big Broadcast, Volume 8: Jazz and Popular Music of the 1920s and 1930s Amazon
17Al Clauser & His Oklahoma Outlaws Some Sweet Day The Best Of Western Swing Amazon
18Sons of the Pioneers Prairie Lullaby Songs of the Prairie – CD2 Amazon
19W. Lee & His Hillbilly Boys All I Do Is Dream of You Western Swing Chronicles Vol. 4 1933-1938 Amazon
20Hank Williams Lovesick Blues Artist's Choice: Johnny Cash Amazon
21The Mills Brothers In The Shade Of The Old Apple Tree (L. Armstrong) Mills Brothers – Goldent Greats Amazon
22The Mills Brothers My Little Grass Shack In Kealakekua Hawaii The 1930's Recordings – Chronological Volume 5 Amazon
23Nat King Cole Sweet Lorraine Ray Charles – Music that Matters to Him Amazon
24Louis Armstrong & All His Stars Lazy River The Complete Decca Studio Recordings Of Louis Armstrong And The All Stars [Disc 3] Amazon
25Fats Waller Your Feet's Too Big The Joint Is Jumpin' Amazon
26Dean Martin/Orchestra Pretty Baby That's Amore: The Best of Dean Martin Amazon
27Doris Day Moonlight Bay The Best Of Doris Day Amazon
28Tiny Bradshaw The Sheik of Araby (09-29-34) Breaking Up the House [Disc 1] Amazon
29The Boswell Sisters Shine On, Harvest Moon It's The Girls Amazon
30John Prine/Kacey Musgraves Mental Cruelty For Better, Or Worse Amazon
31The Browns You Nearly Lose Your Mind Classics 1963-1964 (Warped 6384) Amazon
32Cab Calloway 05 I Ain't Got Nobody Chronological 1934-37 Amazon
33Laurel and Hardy Shine on Harvest Moon The Oxford American Southern Sampler 1999 Amazon

Mean Old World

This week’s show is a free form collection of songs from early, middle and late, all blending tradition, pop, rock ‘n roll, soul, and so much more. Little themes and big ones that bring out the best in us and some old favorites as well. Tune in on Friday at 9 for Deeper Roots and we’ll give you some Mills Brothers, John Prine, Ivory Joe Hunter and John Sebastian…oh yes, a little Bo Diddley and some Bette Davis thrown in. Community Radio in Sonoma County is all about eclectic, non-commercial entertainment with voices of your community there to bring you home. It’s a mean old world but it’s also a big, old goofy one and we’ve got the sounds this week on Deeper Roots to prove it.

1Artist Title Album Buy
2Sam Cooke And The Soul Stirrers Mean Old World The Complete Specialty Recordings [Disc 3] Amazon
3Jorma Kaukonen & Tom Hobson I Am The Light Of This World Quah [Bonus Tracks] Amazon
4Lucinda Williams Sweet Old World Sweet Old World Amazon
5Johnny Burnette Big Big World 25 Greatest Hits Amazon
6John Prine It's a Big Old Goofy World The Missing Years Amazon
7Los Lobos We Belong Together La Bamba Amazon
8The Mills Brothers Sixty Seconds Got Together Mills Brothers – Goldent Greats Amazon
9Campus Kids Managua, Nicaragua The Groups Sing [Disc 2] Amazon
10Carmen Miranda Chica Chica Boom Chic The Very Best of Carmen Miranda Amazon
11Sue Foley Cuban Getaway Antone's Women: Bringing You the Best in Blues Amazon
12Dean Martin Memories Are Made Of This Crush On You Amazon
13Nick Lowe Sensitive Man The Old Magic Amazon
14Jack Blanchard & Misty Morgan Tennessee Bird Walk Hard To Find 45s On CD: Pop & Country Classics Amazon
15John Sebastian Red-Eye Express The Best Of John Sebastian Amazon
16Dan Penn Don't Lose Your Good Thing The Fame Recordings Amazon
17Ivory Joe Hunter Since I Met You Baby Since I Met You Baby Amazon
18Ollie & The Nightingales I Got A Sure Thing Stax 50th Anniversary Celebration [Disc 1] Amazon
19The Spinners It's A Shame The Very Best Of Amazon
20Ann Cole Got My Mo-Jo Working (But It Just Won't Work On You) Jump, Jive & Swing Amazon
21Nat King Cole Mona Lisa 30 Greatest Hits Disc 2 Amazon
22Dinning Sisters Oh Monah Almost Sweet And Gentle [Disc 1] Amazon
23Bo Diddley Mona Living The Blues – Chicago Blues Giants Amazon
24Bette Davis They're Either Too Young Or Too Old -from Thank Your Lucky Stars Warner Brothers 75 Years of Film Music (2) Amazon
25The Prisonaires All Alone And Lonely The Prisonaires – Just Walkin' In The Rain Amazon
26John Prine With Dolores Keane It's A Cheating Situation In Spite Of Ourselves Amazon
27Elvis Presley Viva Las Vegas 2nd To None Amazon
28Jo Stafford I Love You You Belong To Me Amazon
29Boswell Sisters I Thank You Mr. Moon Boswell Sisters Amazon
30Boswell Sisters Stop the Sun Stop the Moon Boswell Sisters Amazon
31Bill Kirchen Valley of the Moon (Album) Word To The Wise Amazon

The River In Music

There are no more essential metaphors to be had in the American story than that of the river. The river is nature’s alliance with mankind and its muse in prose, poetry and song. It is the stuff of dreams, the movement of the clock in Her terms, the news of the day when the banks are breached, and the symbol of biblical ventures of time and home. So we’ll be taking to the river on a Friday in July to feel the warmth of the surface knowing full well that the undercurrent is treacherous and cold beneath the hull. Music this week includes the stories of the Great Flood of 1927 with Barbecue Bob, the baptismal elements from Alison Krauss and Irma Thomas, Central Valley memories from Dave Alvin by way of Merle Haggard, and the poetry of river sounding chants and Paul Robeson’s muscle. Tune in as we drift our way down the Mississippi and beyond on Friday morning on Deeper Roots.

1Artist Title Album Buy
2Marilyn Monroe River Of No Return The Essential Marilyn Monroe Amazon
3Charles Colman & William Eaton River Sounding Chant 5- The Long Road To Freedom : An Anthology Of Black Music Amazon
4Paul Robeson Ol' Man River American Songbook Series: Jerome Kern Amazon
5Marian Anderson Deep River Folk Song America-A 20th Century Revival [Disc 1] Amazon
6Mavis Staples In The Mississippi River (Cd) We'll Never Turn Back Amazon
7Johnny Cash Big River Original Greatest Hits Amazon
8The Carter Family River Of Jordan The Carter Family 1927 – 1934 [Disc 1] Amazon
9Alison Krauss Down to the River to Pray O Brother, Where Art Thou? Amazon
10Delmore Brothers Happy on the Mississippi Shores Brown's Ferry Blues Amazon
11Tennessee Ernie Ford with Orchestra & Chorus conducted by Billy May River Of No Return Capitol Records' From The Vaults, Volume 7 – Capitol Goes To The Movies – 1944-55 Amazon
12Louis Armstrong & All His Stars Lazy River The Complete Decca Studio Recordings Of Louis Armstrong And The All Stars [Disc 3] Amazon
13Snooks Eaglin Going to the River Complete Imperial Recordings Amazon
14Fats Domino Going to the River This Is Gold Disc 1 Amazon
15Dr. John Back By The River Mos' Scocious: The Dr. John Anthology [Disc 2] Amazon
16Robert Hicks Mississippi Heavy Water Blues People Take Warning [Disc 2] Man Vs. Nature Amazon
17Slocan Ramblers Mississippi Heavy Water Blues Queen City Jubilee Amazon
18Joe Shores Mississippi Sounding Calls [A-1] Field Recordings, Vol. 3: Mississippi (1936-1942) Amazon
19Jimmie Rodgers Miss The Mississippi And You Recordings 1927 – 1933 [Disc 5] Amazon
20Leon Redbone Mississippi River Blues Double Time Amazon
21Jimmie Lunceford & His Orchestra Swanee River Swingsation: Jimmie Lunceford Amazon
22Sam Cooke And The Soul Stirrers One More River The Complete Specialty Recordings [Disc 2] Amazon
23Irma Thomas With Henry Butler River Is Waiting Putumayo Presents Rhythm & Blues Amazon
24John Fogerty River Is Waiting Revival Amazon
25Dave Alvin Kern River West of the West Amazon
26Doc Watson Moody River Memories Amazon
27Doc & Merle Watson Deep River Blues Sittin' Here Pickin' the Blues Amazon
28Jorma Kaukonen Red River Blues Blue Country Heart Amazon
29Johnny Rivers Big River The Memphis Sun Recordings Amazon
30The New Christy Minstrels Mighty Mississippi Ramblin' Amazon
31Roy Rogers & Dale Evans Red River Valley 16 Great Songs Of The Old West Amazon

Sister Rosetta

This week’s show celebrates the Godmother of rock ‘n roll who was finally paid tribute with her 2018 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Sister Rosetta Tharpe’s sanctified electric guitar work not only touched on the cusp of soul and blues, but it foretold what was to come less than a decade later. There were the R&B bands, which she would dabble in (much to the chagrin of her followers), that would also have an impact…but it was her sound that influenced and inspired Elvis, Wanda Jackson, Jerry Lee Lewis, and so many others, even to this day. We’ll take a deep dive into the music and story of this legend including some of those who she would draw her own inspirations from. Tune in.

1Artist Title Album Buy
2Sister Rosetta Tharpe Down By the Riverside Sister Rosetta Tharpe and the Spirit of Gospel (Vol. 4) Amazon
3Fisk Jubilee Singers Ezekiel Saw De Wheel Folk Blues & Gospel: Will the Circle Be Unbroken Amazon
4Thomas A. Dorsey If You See My Savior Halleluja Gospel & Prayers Amazon
5Golden Gate Quartet Blind Barnabas Mighty Day – 25 Gospel Greats Amazon
6Memphis Minnie I Called You This Morning Queen Of Country Blues Amazon
7Sister O. M. Terrell God's Little Birds Country Gospel 1946-1953 Amazon
8Sister Rosetta Tharpe Didn't It Rain? Sister Rosetta Tharpe and the Spirit of Gospel, Vol. 3 Amazon
9Sister Rosetta Tharpe Four or Five Times Sister Rosetta Tharpe and the Spirit of Gospel, Vol. 2 Amazon
10Sister Marie Knight And The Sam Price Trio Trouble In Mind Nuggets Of The Golden Age Of Gospel 1945-1958 Amazon
11Marie Knight Gospel Train 101 Great Black Gospel, Vol. 1 Amazon
12Sister Rosetta Tharpe Up Above My Head I Hear Music In the Air Sister Rosetta Tharpe and the Spirit of Gospel (Vol. 4) Amazon
13Joan Osborne & The Holmes Brothers Nobody's Fault But Mine Shout, Sister, Shout! – A Tribute to Sister Rosetta Tharpe Amazon
14Sister Rosetta Tharpe Beams of Heaven Sister Rosetta Tharpe and the Spirit of Gospel, Vol. 2 Amazon
15Phoebe Snow Beams of Heaven (feat. The Holmes Brothers) Shout, Sister, Shout! – A Tribute to Sister Rosetta Tharpe Amazon
16Sister Rosetta Tharpe Intro – Didn't It Rain Newport Jazz Festival 7/3/64 Amazon
17Marie Knight Didn't It Rain Shout, Sister, Shout! – A Tribute to Sister Rosetta Tharpe Amazon
18Sister Rosetta Tharpe 99 1/2 Won't Do Gospel Train Amazon
19Sister Rosetta Tharpe Fly Away Sincerely, Sister Rosetta Tharpe Amazon
20Marion Williams – The Stars Of Faith When I Lay This Body Down Nuggets Of The Golden Age Of Gospel, 1945-1958 Amazon
21Mahalia Jackson His Eye Is On The Sparrow Gospels, Spirituals, & Hymns Amazon
22Sister Rosetta Tharpe Two Little Fishes Sincerely, Sister Rosetta Tharpe Amazon
23Fern Jones Strange Things Happening Every Day The Glory Road Amazon
24Brittany Howard That's All Live That's All – RRHOF Amazon
25Sister Rosetta Tharpe That's All Hittin' On All Six: The Charlie Christian Revolution Amazon
26Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Red Foley Have a Little Talk With Jesus 101 Great Black Gospel, Vol. 1 Amazon
27Robert Plant & Alison Krauss Sister Rosetta Goes Before Us Raising Sand Amazon
28Gospel Hebrews Jesus Is All Over Me Boddie Recording Company: Cleveland, Ohio Amazon
29Louis Armstrong Down By The Riverside Louis And The Good Book Amazon
30The Abyssinian Baptist Gospel Choir I Want To Ride That Glory Train Shakin' The Rafters Amazon
31Sister Rosetta Tharpe The Natural Facts Sister Rosetta Tharpe and the Spirit of Gospel (Vol. 4) Amazon