Art Rupe Tribute

The story of R&B, gospel, and early rock were embellished by many performers, artists, and personalities. The early influencers behind the scenes also included people like Art Rupe, a native of Pittsburg who lept into the entertainment industry with both feet after the Second World War, co-founding a small West Coast label called Juke Box Records in 1944. Breaking away from his partners, he would later form a label of his own: Specialty Records. His keen ear for what he termed the “secret [that] lay in a big band sound with a churchy feel” was spot on. Specifically, he took the stigma out of the ‘race’ of ‘race records’ of the day and targeted larger audiences. There were dozens of performers that came from the Specialty stable, chief among them being Roy Milton, Percy Mayfield, Sam Cooke and, of course, Little Richard Penniman. Art Rupe passed away this month at the age of 104 and we’ll be sharing the early-to-mid-century classic pieces from a cross-section of Specialty performers that spanned the gospel, R&B and rock genres that Art helped bring into the mainstream.

1Artist Title Album Buy
2Joe Liggins & His Honeydrippers Little Joe's Boogie Joe Liggins & The Honeydrippers Amazon
3Roy Milton & His Solid Senders R.M. Blues Specialty Profiles: Roy Milton Amazon
4Camille Howard You Don't Love Me The Specialty Story Amazon
5Paul Gayten My Rough And Ready Man R&B Outbreak CD 2 Amazon
6Percy Mayfield Strange Things Happening Poet of the Blues Amazon
7Percy Mayfield Please Send Me Someone To Love Blues Masters Vol. 3: Texas Blues Amazon
8Joe Liggins One Sweet Letter Joe Liggins & The Honeydrippers Amazon
9Lloyd Price Lawdy Miss Clawdy Sound Of The City, The – New Orleans [UK] Disc 1 Amazon
10Marvin & Johnny Wine Woogie The Rough And Rowdy Roots Of Rock 'n' Roll, Vol. 5 Amazon
11Jesse & Marvin Dream Girl Specialty Profiles: Larry Williams Amazon
12Joe Houston Orchestra All Night Long Loud, Fast & Out of Control: The Wild Sounds of the '50s [Box] Disc 4 Amazon
13Marvin Phillips Mamo Mamo (Specialty 554) R&B Humdingers Volume 12 Amazon
14Tony Allen & the Champs Nite Owl Doo Wop Box, Vol. 3: 101 More Vocal Group Gems from the Golden Age of Rock-N-Roll Disc 2 Amazon
15Little Richard Keep A Knockin' (ART RUPE) The Absolutely Essential 3 CD Collection Amazon
16Little Richard Tutti Frutti The Absolutely Essential 3 CD Collection Amazon
17Don & Dewey Farmer John Jungle Hop Amazon
18Larry Williams Short Fat Fannie The Rock 'N' Roll Era: 1957 Amazon
19Larry Williams Bony Maronie Loud, Fast & Out of Control: The Wild Sounds of the '50s [Box] Disc 2 Amazon
20Larry Williams Dizzy Miss Lizzy [Album Version] Specialty Profiles: Larry Williams Amazon
21Art Neville That Old Time Rock And Roll His Specialty Recordings Amazon
22Art Neville Belle Amie His Specialty Recordings Amazon
23Hollywood Flames Buzz Buzz Buzz Doo Wop Box Disc 2 Amazon
24Don & Dewey Koko Joe Jungle Hop Amazon
25The Original Gospel Harmonettes Get Away Jordan Good News (Vol 3) Get Away Jordan Amazon
26Dorothy Love Coates & The Original Gospel Harmonettes Love Lifted Me Nuggets Of The Golden Age Of Gospel, 1945-1958 Amazon
27Sam Cooke And The Soul Stirrers He's So Wonderful The Complete Specialty Recordings [Disc 3] Amazon
28Sam Cooke, The Soul Stirrers Come and Go To That Land 101 Great Black Gospel, Vol. 1 Amazon
29Swan Silvertones Trouble In My Way Gospel Music Amazon
30Clifton Chenier Eh, Petite Fille Bayou Blues Amazon
31Clifton Chenier Boppin' The Rock Bayou Blues Amazon
32Frankie Lee Sims Lucy Mae Blues Blues Masters Vol. 3: Texas Blues Amazon
33John Lee Hooker My Baby's Got Something No Friend Around Amazon
34Little Richard Shake A Hand The Absolutely Essential 3 CD Collection Amazon
35Professor Alex Bradford What Folks Say About Me The Great Gospel Men: 27 Classic Performances By The Greatest Gospel Men Amazon
36Brother Joe May Testimony The Great Gospel Men: 27 Classic Performances By The Greatest Gospel Men Amazon

Dead Covers

Let’s have ourselves a natural ball. We’ve done shows whose themes include traditional covers done by The Grateful Dead as well as paying tribute to the songwriting talents of Robert Hunter. We’re truckin’ down one more alley of dead themes in today’s show: covers of Grateful Dead songs done by others. And what a lineup we have for you this bright Saturday morning, celebrating springtime in Sonoma County. We’ve got Jorma, Jimmy Buffet, Graham Parker, Joan Osborne, Levon Helm and Bruce Hornsby queued up for you as we celebrate the return of the FM signal for Community Radio in West Sonoma County. That’s right! The rest of the world gets to share Sonoma County with….uh, Sonoma County, as the streaming returns to sharing the stage on a Community Radio signal that runs 24×7. Deeper Roots will celebrate with a New Speedway Boogie, honoring the new FM signal and raising a glass or Ripple with Uncle John’s Band. Tune us in.

1Artist Title Album Buy
2Los Lobos Bertha Deadicated Amazon
3Joan Osborne Brokedown Palace Pretty Little Stranger Amazon
4David Gans Box Of Rain Drop The Bone Amazon
5Indigo Girls Uncle John's Band Deadicated Amazon
6Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley Friend Of The Devil The Country Blues Amazon
7Jorma Kaukonen Operator River Of Time Amazon
8Jimmie Dale Gilmore Ripple One Endless Night Amazon
9Warren Zevon Casey Jones Deadicated Amazon
10Levon Helm Tennessee Jed Electric Dirt Amazon
11Dr. John Deal Deadicated Amazon
12Gregg Allman Black Muddy River Southern Blood Amazon
13David Gans New Speedway Boogie It's A Hand-me-down Amazon
14Jimmy Buffett Uncle John's Band Fruitcakes Amazon
15Larry Campbell Attics of My Life Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams Amazon
16Willie Nelson Stella Blue Songbird Amazon
17Suzanne Vega China Doll Deadicated Amazon
18Graham Parker Sugaree Your Country Amazon
19Bruce Hornsby & The Range Jack Straw Deadicated Amazon
20The Persuasions It Must Have Been the Roses Might As Well… The Persuasions Sing Grateful Dead Amazon
21Rick Danko Ripple Times Like These Amazon

Peace and Happiness

We’ve got ourselves a blend of free form sounds from the Deeper Roots archives with themes of midnight runs, trains, and happiness spiced with instrumental punch. Tune in on a Friday morning on KOWS Community Radio for some oddball tunes from John D. Loudermilk, Bob Gibson, and Chip Taylor and The New Ukrainians. We’re already halfway through the month and we’ll find ourselves with a brighter eclectic blend of sounds from the past century. The antenna is installed and now the volunteers who pedal the wheels to churn those dynamos will soon have our signal spreading it’s joy throughout the county. Go volunteers!!
Tune in why don’t you…

1Artist Title Album Buy
2Chip Taylor & The new Ukrainians Be Kind (Clean) Radio Safe Fuck All The Perfect People Amazon
3Ted Hawkins Peace and Happiness 25 Years of Rounder Records (Disc1) Amazon
4Big Joe Turner Feeling Happy Big Joe Turner: The Definitive Blues Collection [[Disc 2]] Amazon
5Dave Alvin and Phil Alvin Feeling Happy Lost Time Amazon
6The Jive Five I'm A Happy Man Rock Is Dead, But It Won't Lie Down: 24 Greatest Hits Of All Time, Vol. 2 Amazon
7Bob Gibson Joy Joy Joy Joy! The Young and Wonderful Bob Gibson Amazon
8John D. Loudermilk He's Just a Scientist Blue Train Amazon
9The Friends Of Distinction Grazing In The Grass Nipper's Greatest Hits: The 60's, Vol. 1 Amazon
10Sandy Nelson Chop Chop Killer Rhythms & Red Hot Beats – The Definitive Rare Rock & Roll Instrumentals Collection Amazon
11The String-A-Longs Wheels Rock Instrumental Classics, Vol. 2 Amazon
12Ray Bryant Combo The Madison Time, Pt. 1 Rock Instrumental Classics, Vol. 2 Amazon
13Hank Penny Jersey Bounce (Instrumental) King Of Hillbilly Bebop [Disc 2] Amazon
14The Bobby Fuller Four A New Shade Of Blue The Best Of The Bobby Fuller Four Amazon
15Bob Dylan Soon After Midnight Tempest Amazon
16Marc Cohn After Midnight Listening Booth: 1970 Amazon
17Arthur Alexander In The Middle Of It All The Greatest Hits Amazon
18Roger McGuinn Anna Adios Amigo: A Tribute to Arthur Alexander Amazon
19Carlene Carter/Paul Carrack Oh How Happy Twenty-One Good Reasons: The Paul Carrack Collection Amazon
20Johnny Cash Casey Jones (Blood, Sweat & Tears) Come Along And Ride This Train [Disc 1] Amazon
21Mabel Scott Boogie Woogie Choo Choo Train Blues Women Amazon
22Chuck Berry Down Bound Train Johnny B. Goode-His Complete 50's Chess Recordings Amazon
23Dick Flood Hellbound Train Hillbillies In Hell (Country Music's Tormented Testament 1952-1974) Amazon
24Precious Bryant Morning Train Black Snake Moan Soundtrack Amazon
25John Prine Morning Train Fair & Square Amazon
26Harry Nilsson Turn on Your Radio Son of Schmilsson Amazon
27John Hartford Turn Your Radio On Aereo-Plain Amazon
28Rambling Rod Foley Yodeling Radio Joe American Yodeling Amazon
29The Shootouts Radio Jesus Quick Draw Amazon
30The Bootleg Honeys Radio Paint It Red Amazon
31Carlene Carter Radio Sweetheart Two Sides to Every Woman/Musical Shapes Amazon
32B. Bumble & the Stingers Bumble Boogie Rock Instrumental Classics, Vol. 2 Amazon
33The Stampeders Sweet City Woman Les stars du country, vol. 2 Amazon
34The Ink Spots Address Unknown Greatest Hits Amazon
35Fiona Prine/John Prine My Happiness For Better, Or Worse Amazon

Doug Sahm Retrospective

This week we’re taking a look back at a songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, musician, and performer who helped to enlighten a younger set to Tex Mex music, even making inroads into the sixties San Francisco ‘summer of love’ with a top 20 hit in 1965. Considered a child prodigy, he would appear on the Louisiana Hayride by the age of eight and would find his influences in blues, country, r&b, and conjunto sounds from across the border. Our retrospective will feature contemporaries and music from his close-knit cadre of compadres that would go on to form a sort-of supergroup called The Texas Tornados. Tune in on a Spring morning in April for a collection of pure Americana treats from Texas as we overlook (for a brief two hours) its abhorrent decline into a state of hate and anti-democratic principles.

1Artist Title Album Buy
2Doug Sahm (Is Anybody Going To) San Antone Best of Sir Douglas 68-75 Amazon
3Doug Sahm & The Knights Crazy Daisy Wild Streak, Vol. 1 Amazon
4Sir Douglas Quintet She's About A Mover Best Of Sir Douglas Quintet Amazon
5Sir Douglas Quintet The Rains Came Best Of Sir Douglas Quintet Amazon
6Sir Douglas Quintet Mendocino Best of Sir Douglas 68-75 Amazon
7Freddie Fender Before the Next Teardrop Falls Classic Country 1975 – 1979 Amazon
8Doug Sahm It's Gonna Be Easy Complete Atlantic Recordings Disc 1 Amazon
9Doug Sahm Faded Love Complete Atlantic Recordings Disc 1 Amazon
10Frank Black Sunday Sunny Mill Valley Groove Day Honeycomb Amazon
11The Texas Tornados Little Bit Is Better Than Nada 4 Aces Amazon
12The Texas Tornados Who Were You Thinkin' Of The Best Of Texas Tornados Amazon
13The Texas Tornados Wasted Days And Wasted Nights The Best Of Texas Tornados Amazon
14Jerry Lee Lewis The Revolutionary Man Southern Roots Amazon
15Townes Van Zandt Pancho & Lefty (with Freddy Fender, Rubin Ramos & The Texas Revolution, Doug Sahm & Augie Meyer) Texas Rain Amazon
16Amos Garrett, Doug Sahm & Gene Taylor Big Mamou The Return of the Formerly Brothers Amazon
17Amos Garrett, Doug Sahm & Gene Taylor Smack Dab in the Middle The Return of the Formerly Brothers Amazon
18The Mavericks Nitty Gritty (Bonus Track) Mono Amazon
19Uncle Tupelo Give Back The Key To My Heart (feat. Doug Sahm) Anodyne Amazon
20Dwight Yoakam/Flaco Jimenez Carmelita Reprise Please Baby: The Warner Bros. Years Disc 2 Amazon
21Flaco Jiminez The Girls From Texas featuring Ry Cooder (Album Version) Partners Amazon
22Flaco Jiminez Las Golondrinas (Album Version) Partners Amazon
23Augie Meyers Matilda Trippin Out On Triplets Amazon
24Dave Alvin Dynamite Woman Keep Your Soul: A Tribute To Doug Sahm Amazon
25Los Lobos It Didn't Even Bring Me Down Keep Your Soul: A Tribute To Doug Sahm Amazon
26Delbert McClinton Texas Me Keep Your Soul: A Tribute To Doug Sahm Amazon
27The Gourds Nuevo Laredo Keep Your Soul: A Tribute To Doug Sahm Amazon
28Freda and the Firedogs Be Real Keep Your Soul: A Tribute To Doug Sahm Amazon
29Doug Sahm Crazy Crazy Baby The San Antonio Hipster Amazon
30Doug Sahm Sunday Sunny Mill Valley Groove Day Best of Sir Douglas 68-75 Amazon
31The Texas Tornados Soy De San Luis Texas Tornados Amazon

Fool’s Day

It’s a fool’s paradise for all of us as April Fool’s Day lands on a day where Deeper Roots debuts a new episode. So why not take advantage, I say! We’ll fill the airwaves today with songs about fools today and add a garnish of novelty to keep the show moving on notes that are as light as air. Foolish hearts, king of fools, poor little fools, and fools who fall in love. We’ll be featuring a blend of country from Charlie Rich and Dwight Yoakam, blues with Etta James and Delbert McClinton, vocals from The Cadillacs and Frankie Lymon, and the so many more on this April Fool’s Day, 2022. Come on along…and don’t forget that tomorrow is the annual April Fool’s Day Parade in Occidental, home to KOWS.

1Artist Title Album Buy
2Chico Marx Piano playing with Chico & Groucho Horse Feathers Amazon
3Cliff Edwards I'm No Fool Ukulele Ike Amazon
4Charlie Rich Who Will The Next Fool Be Feel Like Going Home: The Essential Charlie Rich Amazon
5The Mavericks Foolish Heart From Dusk Till Dawn Amazon
6Robbie Fulks & Linda Gail Lewis Foolmaker Wild! Wild! Wild! Amazon
7Charley Crockett Fool Somebody Else Welcome To Hard Times Amazon
8Jerry Reed Pity the Fool 1958-1963 (Warped 6141) Amazon
9Johnny Cash Fools Hall Of Fame His Sun Years: Down South Amazon
10Brandi Carlile Sinners Saints and Fools In These Silent Days Amazon
11Rick Nelson Poor Little Fool Greatest Love Songs Amazon
12Connie Francis Everybody's Somebody's Fool Malt Shop Memories: All I Have To Do Is Dream (Disc 1) Amazon
13Brenda Lee Fool No. 1 I Got A Woman : Gems From The Decca Vaults [Disc 3] Amazon
14Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers Why Do Fools Fall In Love Glory Days Of Rock 'N' Roll: Doo-Wop [Disc 1] Amazon
15The Excels My Foolish Heart From The Vaults of Gone Vol. 2 Amazon
16The Cadillacs Cool It, Fool For Collectors Only (Disc 3) Amazon
17Johnny Burnette The Fool Of The Year Point Of No Return: The Liberty Records Story 1962 Amazon
18Etta James Seven Day Fool Northern Soul – The Early Years – 100 Classic And Rare Tracks (CD2) Amazon
19Etta James Fool That I Am Her Best: The Chess 50th Anniversary Collection Amazon
20Ray Charles A Fool for You Pure Genius: The Complete Atlantic Recordings (1952-1959) (1 of 8) Amazon
21Percy Mayfield What a Fool I Was Poet of the Blues Amazon
22Joe Barry Je suis bet pour t'aimer (French version of i'm a fool to care) I'm a Fool to Care: The Complete Recordings 1958-1977, Vol. 1 Amazon
23Mose Allison Fool's Paradise Western Man / Mose In Your Ear Amazon
24Mose Allison Foolkiller Oxford American 10th Anniversary Southern Music CD [Disc 2] "Past Masters" [2008] Amazon
25Aretha Franklin Chain Of Fools Let's Dance: The Best Of Ballroom: Swing, Lindy, Jitterbug and Jive Amazon
26The Pulsators Fool Let's Play! Amazon
27Bobby "Blue" Bland I Pity the Fool Pure R&B: Vol. 1- Got My Mojo Workin [Disc 2] Amazon
28Logan Ledger River of Fools Produced by T-Bone Burnett Amazon
29Delbert McClinton Solid Gold Plated Fool Honky Tonk 'n Blues Amazon
30Billie Holiday I'm A Fool To Want You Lady In Satin Amazon
31Sarah Vaughan Fool's Paradise Young Sassy: It's Magic [Disc 3] Amazon
32Ethel Ennis There's No Fool Like an Old Fool Have You Forgotten? Amazon
33Tony Perkins April Fool On a Rainy Afternoon Amazon
34Professor Longhair Who's Been Fooling You 'Fess: The Professor Longhair Anthology [Disc 1] Amazon

Americana Covers 2022

We’re taking a bit of a break to pull the covers out. A lot of the covers we’ll be sharing today come from recent years and cut a broad swath through the past, with a special emphasis on ‘modern sounds’ including new wave, country and rock covered by some of the modern Americana performers that you hear on KOWS Community Radio’s Blue Moon Americana each week (and mornings at 5). Tune in for Jason Isbell, Bill Kirchen, Carrie Rodriguez, Sarah Jarosz, Nick Lowe, and a host of others. A fun run of sounds this morning as we kick off spring with fresh Americana covers.

1Artist Title Album Buy
2Solid Air Spirit In The Sky Sonoma County Covers Project Amazon
3Pete Yorn They Don't Know They Don't Know Amazon
4The Teskey Brothers Never Tear Us Apart Never Tear Us Apart (Single) Amazon
5Sarah Jarosz I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For / my future Amazon
6Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit Driver 8 feat. John Paul White Georgia Blue Amazon
7Mo Kenney Yer So Bad Covers Amazon
8Anna Elizabeth Laube Time To Move On Annamania Amazon
9The Band of Heathens featuring Robert Ellis Walls Remote Transmissions Vol 1 Amazon
10Carsie Blanton Party at the End of the World Party At The End of the World (Single) Amazon
11The Dead South People Are Strange Easy Listening For Jerks Part II Amazon
12The WildRoots 01 634-5789 WildRoots Sessions Vol. 1 Amazon
13The Grand Southern The Boys of Summer Don't Say Anything Amazon
14Clint Roberts Just Like Heaven Rose Songs Amazon
15Puss N Boots Joey Sister Amazon
16Tyler Ramsey Back On The Chain Gang Found a Picture of You Amazon
17Vandoliers I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles) I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles) (Single) Amazon
18The Revenue Man (What's So Funny About) Peace, Love and Understanding 25 Years Behind Amazon
19Carrie Rodriguez Big Love Love and Circumstances Amazon
20Nick Lowe Here Comes That Feeling Lay It On Me Amazon
21Bill Kirchen Shelly's Winter Love (feat. Nick Lowe & Paul Carrack) The Proper Years Amazon
22Dylan LeBlanc Expecting to Fly Pastimes Amazon
23Britta Phillips I Am a Child Cinnamon Girl – Women Artists Cover Neil Young for Charity Amazon
24Yonder Mountain String Band Ever Fallen In Love Black Sheep Amazon
25Dwight Yoakam Train in Vain Under the Covers Amazon
26The Dandy Warhols Hells Bells EMI Film & TV – Covers (Disc 2) Amazon
27The Shootouts I Wanna Dance With Somebody Don't Bring Me Down (Single) Amazon