Sinner’s Playground

The landscape this morning is smothered in ominous clouds as the music we have for you features the gospel beat with a blend of suggestive celebratory, suspicious, and devil-may-care songs. We’ve got the fire and brimstone bible-thumping sounds of Brother Claude Ely, some classic gospel warnings from The Golden Gate Quartet, a pastiche of British Clerkenwell nuggets from The Real Tuesday Weld, The Weavers, Lonnie Johnson, and a whole lot more. An eclectic blend of songs of Satan, dark nights, and sinner’s bemoaning their dirty little religion on another Friday morning collection of sounds on Deeper Roots. Tune in. The ground is saturated with blues, gospel, country, and even some hillbillies from hell…just for you.

1Artist Title Album Buy
2Harry James & His Orchestra/Dick Haymes/Helen Forrest/Dalton Rizzotto & Orchestra The Devil Sat Down And Cried Best Of The Big Bands Amazon
3Golden Gate Quartet Atom and Evil 101 Great Black Gospel, Vol. 1 Amazon
4Warren Zevon Dirty Little Religion Life'll Kill Ya Amazon
5Kane Welch Kaplin Satan's Paradise Lost John Dean Amazon
6Johnny Cash Rusty Cage Unearthed, Vol. 5, Best Of Cash On American Amazon
7Lonnie Johnson Devil's Got The Blues Complete Recorded Works, Vol:1 Amazon
8Bob Brozman Devil's Slide Devil's Slide Amazon
9The Real Tuesday Weld It's a Dirty Job but Somebody's Got to Do It I, Lucifer Amazon
10Sister Rosetta Tharpe Changes The Great Gospel Women Vol. 2 Amazon
11The Real Tuesday Weld The Life and Times of the Clerkenwell Kid I, Lucifer Amazon
12The Gospeleers The Devil's Gonna Get You Black Vocal Groups Vol. 5 (1923-1941) Amazon
13Brother Claude Ely Farther On Satan Get Back Amazon
14Steve Earle Devil's Right Hand Ain't Ever Satisfied: The Steve Earle Collection (2 of 2) Amazon
15Uncle Tupelo Satan, Your Kingdom Must Come Down March 16-20, 1992 Amazon
16The Louvin Brothers Satan And The Saint The Family Who Prays: 26 Classic Tracks Amazon
17Al Clauser & His Oklahoma Outlaws Dance Of The Dodo Bird The Best Of Western Swing Amazon
18Chiwetel Ejiofor I Want To Be Evil (Original Version) Kinky Boots Amazon
19The Robins That Old Black Magic Apple Bobbing Mix Vol. 2 Amazon
20The Swan Silvertones Sinner Man Jesus Rocked The Jukebox: Small Group Black Gospel (1951-1965) Amazon
21The Weavers Sinner Man Traveling on With The Weavers Amazon
22The Harmonizing Four Oh Sinner Jesus Rocked The Jukebox: Small Group Black Gospel (1951-1965) Amazon
23Jesse Winchester Evil Angel Gentleman Of Leisure Amazon
24Calexico Sinner in the Sea Algiers Amazon
25Jimmy Minor Satan's Chauffeur Hillbillies In Hell (Country Music's Tormented Testament 1952-1974) Amazon
26Rusty Dean Sinner Beware Hillbillies in Hell Country Musics Tormented Testament Volume 5 Amazon
27Fern Jones This World Is Not My Home The Glory Road Amazon
28Roscoe Robinson With Huey Brown & The Silver Quintette Sinner's Crossroads Nuggets Of The Golden Age Of Gospel 1945-1958 Amazon
29The Flamingos The Sinner (El Pecador) Requestfully Yours & the Sound Of Amazon
30Daniel Lanois Sleeping in the Devil's Bed For the Beauty of Wynona Amazon
31C.W. Stoneking We Gon' Boogaloo Gon' Boogaloo Amazon
32The Real Tuesday Weld (Still) Terminally Ambivalent Over You I, Lucifer Amazon
33Howlin' Wolf Evil Chess Blues Disc 2 Amazon
34Freddie & The Hitch Hikers Sinners Songs From The Crazy Cramps Collection Disc 01 Amazon

Classic Country Covers

It may be Friday the 13th, but we won’t be bothered with the superstitious. Instead, we’ll go with traditional and popular country nuggets as our topics with some couplings of contemporary and vintage. We’ve gathered a collection of modern country covers from the likes of Rosanne Cash, Solitaire Miles, Charley Crockett, Chuck Mead and others and we’ll be coupling them up with originals and favorites from the distant past. Merle Travis, Red Foley, Hank Williams, and The Louvin Brothers take the stage from a dream-filled past. We’re celebrating country classics from fifties, sixties and seventies and having fun doing it while kicking back. You don’t need to be wearing pretentious boots and hats to appreciate the easy sway of classic country … you just need to close your eyes and appreciate the performances … well, unless you’re driving.

1Artist Title Album Buy
2The Band Long Black Veil Music From Big Pink Amazon
3Rosanne Cash Featuring Jeff Tweedy Long Black Veil (Feat. Jeff Tweedy) The List Amazon
4Lefty Frizzell Long Black Veil Columbia Country Classics, Vol. 3: Americana Amazon
5Johnny Bond Goodbye Old Paint Standard Transcriptions Amazon
6Pharis and Jason Romero Goodbye Old Paint A Wanderer I'll Stay Amazon
7McKinley James Who Will The Next Fool Be Who Will The Next Fool Be (Single) Amazon
8Charlie Rich Who Will the Next Fool Be Sun Ballads 1953-62 Amazon
9Johnny Cash We Must Believe In Magic The Adventures Of Johnny Cash Amazon
10Matt Urmy We Must Believe in Magic (feat. Cowboy Jack Clement) Out of the Ashes Amazon
11The Malpass Brothers Hello Walls The Malpass Brothers Amazon
12Willie Nelson Hello Walls Mr. Record Man – The Early Singles As & BS Amazon
13Henson Cargill Skip a Rope Skip a Rope Amazon
14Charley Crockett Skip A Rope Music City USA Amazon
15Kevin Russell Are You Teasing Me Plain Dirt Fashion Amazon
16The Louvin Brothers Are You Teasing Me Capitol Country Music Classics Amazon
17Eddy Arnold and his Tennessee Plowboys Anytime Nipper's Greatest Hits – The 40's Vol 2 Amazon
18Chuck Mead Anytime You Don't Know Me: Rediscovering Eddy Arnold Amazon
19Dirty Cello Sixteen Tons I May Not Be Perfect Amazon
20Merle Travis Sixteen Tons Hot Pickin' [Disc 1] Amazon
21Spade Cooley & His Orchestra feat. Tex Williams Crazy 'Cause I Love You That's What I Like About The West Amazon
22Solitaire Miles Crazy Cause I Love You Susie Blue and the Lonesome Fellas Amazon
23Whitney Rose There's A Tear In My Beer Heartbreaker of the Year Amazon
24Hank Williams & Hank Williams, Jr. There's A Tear In My Beer Fifty Years Of Hits – Vol 10 Amazon
25Solitaire Miles I Hear You Talkin' Susie Blue and the Lonesome Fellas Amazon
26Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys I Hear You Talkin' The Tiffany Transcriptions Volume 1 Amazon
27Hank Williams You're Gonna Change Fifty Years Of Hits – Vol 11 Amazon
28Tom Petty You're Gonna Change (Or I'm Gonna Leave) Timeless: Hank Williams Tribute Amazon
29Chuck Mead & His Grassy Knoll Boys Settin' The Woods On Fire Back At The Quonset Hut Amazon
30Hank Williams & The Drifting Cowboys Settin' The Woods On Fire Steelin' It: Steeling The Mood Amazon
31Red Foley Tennessee Border Tennessee Saturday Night Amazon
32Chuck Mead & His Grassy Knoll Boys Tennessee Border Back At The Quonset Hut Amazon
33BR5-49 The Price of Love This Is BR549 Amazon
34The Everly Brothers The Price of Love Walk Right Back: The Everly Brothers on Warner Bros. Disc 2 Amazon

Elvis’ Influencers

Elvis Presley’s performances, in particular those from his first decade, were based in some very deep roots. Those roots tapped into almost anything that could be heard in the south on that cultural touchstone of radio. Blues, big band, jazz, hillbilly, pop, gospel and country all played an enormous role in molding the iconic performer he was to become. In our Deeper Roots show this week we’ll be exploring the ‘influencers’ of the day; songs that played on the radio, songs that Elvis personally revealed as his favorites, songs that he enjoyed with his family as a young boy. We’ve got Mahalia and Sister Rosetta tracks, Little Junior Parker and Jimmy Reed, Red Foley and Roy Acuff, and a host of others to share this week so we’re hoping that we can remember how radio’s lifeline to culture that spoke to Elvis in a very, very big way.

1Artist Title Album Buy
2Wynonie Harris Good Rockin' Tonight Pure R&B: Vol. 5- Pioneers [Disc 1] Amazon
3Jimmy Reed & His Trio You Don't Have To Go Plug It In! Turn It Up! – Teil 1: Die Anfdnge 1939 – 1954 Amazon
4Little Junior Parker Mystery Train Bob Dylan Presents: Cover to Cover – The Originals Amazon
5Little Junior Parker Feelin' Good Feelin4 Good. The 1952-1962 Recordings Amazon
6Big Joe Turner Honey Hush Big, Bad & Blue: Anthology [Disc 2] Amazon
7Sammy Price Trio/Sister Rosetta Tharpe Strange Things Happening Everyday The Gospel of Blues Amazon
8Mahalia Jackson Didn't It Rain 16 Most Requested Songs Amazon
9The Statesmen Quartet Somebody Bigger Close Harmony: A History of Southern Gospel Music Amazon
10Hovie Lister & The Statesmen Quartet His Hand Is Mine Country Gospel Classics [Disc 2] Amazon
11The Golden Gate Quartet Joshua Fit The Battle Of Jericho (1946) Vol. 5 (1945-1949) (Complete Recorded Works In Chronologial Order, Vol. 5, 1939-1949) Amazon
12Jimmie Rodgers Frankie And Johnnie Recordings 1927 – 1933 [Disc 2] Amazon
13The Carter Family 042-Can the Circle Be Unbroken Columbia Records' 125th Anniv. Amazon
14Roy Acuff & His Crazy Tennesseans Great Speckled Bird [78rpm Version] Columbia Country Classics Volume 1: The Golden Age Amazon
15Red Foley Old Shep Tennessee Saturday Night Amazon
16Ivory Joe Hunter I Almost Lost My Mind Since I Met You Baby Amazon
17Jumpin' Gene Simmons I Done Told You So SUN Rockabilly Meltdown [[Disc 3]] Amazon
18Elvis Presley Milk Cow Blues The Sun Sessions Amazon
19Johnny Lee Wills And His Boys Milk Cow Blues Decca Country Classics 1934-1973 [Disc 1] Amazon
20Hank Williams Your Cheatin' Heart 24 Greatest Amazon
21Mississippi Slim Try Doin' Right The Sun Country Box CD6 I Was There When It Happened Amazon
22Bill Monroe & His Bluegrass Boys Blue Moon of Kentucky The Best of Bill Monroe Amazon
23Elvis Presley Blue Moon of Kentucky The Tupelo Mississippi Flash CD 2 Amazon
24Dean Martin with Paul Weston & His Dixieland Eight I Don't Care If The Sun Don't Shine Capitol Records' From The Vaults, Volume 5 – Roots Of Rock 'N' Roll – 1944-53 Amazon
25Billy Bunn & His Buddies That's When Your Heartaches Begin Bob Dylan Presents: Radio Radio, Theme Time Radio Hour, Vol. 1 Amazon
26Ella Fitzgerald My Happiness The Chronological Classics 1947-1948 Amazon
27B.B. King Everyday I Have The Blues BB King And Pee Wee Crayton Amazon
28Louis Jordan Caldonia Pure R&B: Vol. 5- Pioneers [Disc 1] Amazon
29Jackie Brenston & His Delta Cats Rocket 88 Pure R&B: Vol. 5- Pioneers [Disc 1] Amazon
30Chuck Berry Maybellene Pure R&B: Vol. 1- Got My Mojo Workin [Disc 2] Amazon
31Billy Ward & The Dominoes Sixty Minute Man Eat to The Beat: The Dirtiest of Them Dirty Blues Amazon
32Big Joe Turner Shake, Rattle and Roll Big Joe Rocks Amazon
33Lloyd Price Lawdy Miss Clawdy Pure R&B: Vol. 5- Pioneers [Disc 1] Amazon
34Big Mama Thornton Hound Dog Pure R&B: Vol. 5- Pioneers [Disc 1] Amazon
35Little Richard Long Tall Sally Blowing The Fuse: 1956 Amazon

Who We Lost 2022

The river of time flows on as our sturdy yet terminal transport is like any raft, a fragile one as our bindings become untethered. Let’s tip our hats and remember those who, over the past century, have contributed to American culture. This morning’s show is about the performers, the songwriters, the session musicians, and those behind the scenes who made a lasting contribution. We thank them as 2022 comes to a close. Tune in for a comprehensive and reflective show, our final Deeper Roots show of 2022, as we look ahead to the new year that is filled with so much promise.

1Artist Title Album Buy
2Robert Gordon The Way I Walk Robert Gordon with Link Wray/Fresh Fish Specials Amazon
3Buddy Holly Peggy Sue Rave On: The Coral Story Amazon
4Little Richard Keep A Knockin' (ART RUPE) The Absolutely Essential 3 CD Collection Amazon
5Ronnie Hawkins Wild Little Willy Ronnie Hawkins Amazon
6Jerry Lee Lewis Great Balls Of Fire 30 Years Of No. 1 Country Hits 2/4 Amazon
7Sandy Nelson &And Then There Were Drums Their Greatest Misses Amazon
8Loretta Lynn The Pill Loretta Lynn Legendery Country Singer Amazon
9The Judds Why Not Me The Best Of Classic Country 80's Amazon
10Jody Miller Queen Of The House All-Time Country Hits 1 Amazon
11C.W. McCall Convoy Super Hits Of The '70s – Have A Nice Day, Vol. 15 Amazon
12Mickey Gilley Room Full Of Roses Columbia Country Classics Volume 2: Honky Tonk Heroes Amazon
13Bill Staines Rompin' Rovin' Days Journey Home Amazon
14Bobbie Nelson Death Ray Boogie Audiobiography (iTunes Exclusive) Amazon
15The Ronettes Be My Baby The Best of the Ronettes Amazon
16Bobby Rydell Forget Him Cameo Parkway 1957-1967 Amazon
17Adam Wade The Writing On The Wall American Music Library: The Hits Of 1961 Amazon
18The Five Satins In the Still of the Night Doo Wop Box Disc 2 Amazon
19The Ventures Perfidia Teen Beat, Volume 3 Amazon
20Brian Hyland Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polkadot Bikini Another Banana Split, please Amazon
21Dwayne Hickman Don't Send a Rabbit Great Googly Moo: Silly Songs from the American Charts Amazon
22Robert Morse I Believe In You The Best of Broadway: The Early '60s Amazon
23The Poppy Family Which Way You Goin' Billy? (SUSAN JACKS) Sounds of the Seventies Pop Nuggets: Early '70s Amazon
24The Spinners I'll Be Around One of a Kind Love Affair Disc 1 Amazon
25The Seekers I'll Never Find Another You Yesterday's Gone [Disc 1] Amazon
26Mary McCaslin Last Cannonball Mystery Train; Classic Railroad Songs, Volume 2 Amazon
27Paul Siebel Louise Woodsmoke and Oranges Amazon
28Kelly Joe Phelps Lead Me On Lead Me On Amazon
29Judy Henske High Flying Bird Troubadours Of The Folk Era Volume Two (Rhino) Amazon
30The Green Fields of America Down By the Tanyard Side (SONG) The Green Fields of America Amazon
31The Young Rascals Good Lovin' (DINO DANELLI) Red, White & Rock Disc 3 Amazon
32Syl Johnson I Resign From Your Love Welcome To The Club Amazon
33The Isley Brothers This Old Heart of Mine (Is Weak for You) Hitsville USA: The Motown Singles Collection 1959-1971 Disc 2 Amazon
34Mable John Your Good Thing (Is About To End) Stax 50th Anniversary Collection [Disc 3] Amazon
35Betty Davis Shoo-b-doop And Cop Him Up South The Great Migration Of Southern Sound, Oxford American Southern Music Issue Volume 23 Amazon
36Ramsey Lewis Trio Wade In The Water The Greatest Hits Amazon
37The Blues Project Lost In The Shuffle Sophisticated Boom Boom: The Shadow Morton Story Amazon
38Janis Joplin & The Full Tilt Boogie Band Mercedes Benz Pearl Amazon
39Fleetwood Mac Everywhere Greatest Hits [Reprise] Amazon
40Olivia Newton-John Hopelessly Devoted To You Grease Amazon
41Irene Cara Fame Sounds Of The Eighties: 1980 Amazon
42Meat Loaf Paradise by the Dashboard Light Rock: Train Kept a Rollin' Disc 2 Amazon
43Procol Harum Whiter Shade of Pale The Big Chill Amazon
44Julee Cruise Floating Floating into the Night Amazon