White Powder Muse

Cocaine is one of a few substances that have served as a muse, both in word and effect, in various forms of art throughout history, particularly in the 20th century. Its influence can be found repeatedly in the music industry, peaking in use during the 1980s when it was used by performer and listener as the disco and party-going atmosphere exploded, Contributing to this bacchanal were films depicting its use (and abuse) with plot themes embracing the white powder in storytelling. Cocaine’s impact is predominant in the genres of rock, jazz, and hip-hop and many performers have openly discussed their cocaine use, and its influence can be heard in lyrics, musical styles, and even album artwork. This week’s show looks at this muse with sounds from Margo Price, The Reverend Horton Heat, Lucille Bogan, Fred Neil and a host of others from 1929 to the present.

1Artist Title Album Buy
2Roy Hogsed Cocaine Blues Swinging Hollywood Hillbilly Cowboys Amazon
3Hank Williams III Cocaine Blues Risin' Outlaw Amazon
4Dick Justice Cocaine Old Time Music From West VI : Old-Time Music From West Virgi Amazon
5Carl Martin That New Kind Of Stuff Carl Martin, Tennessee Chocolate Drops, Louie Bluie & Ted Bogan, Willie "61" Blackwell — Complete Recorded Works Amazon
6Lucille Bogan Baking Powder Blues Cocaine Blues Amazon
7Johnny Cash Cocaine Blues Silver Amazon
8Billy Hughes Cocaine Blues Country & Western Hit Parade 1947 Amazon
9Son Volt Cocaine and Ashes American Central Dust Amazon
10The Reverend Horton Heat Bales of Cocaine Holy Roller Amazon
11Hank Thompson & His Brazos Valley Boys Cocaine Blues Dance Ranch Amazon
12Miss Marcy & Her Texas Sugardaddy's Whiskey And Cocaine Deep Ellum Amazon
13Grateful Dead Casey Jones Workingman's Dead Amazon
14The Byrds Take A Whiff On Me Untitled / Unissued [Disc 1] Amazon
15Fred Neil Sweet Cocaine The Many Sides Of Fred Neil [Disc 1] Amazon
16Woody Guthrie Take A Whiff On Me Muleskinner Blues (The Asch Recordings, Vol. 2) Amazon
17Woody Guthrie Bad Lee Brown (Cocaine Blues) (traditional, arr. Woody Guthrie and Cisco Houston) Woody at 100: The Woody Guthrie Centennial Collection [Disc 2] Amazon
18Jackson Browne Cocaine Running On Empty Amazon
19Dave Van Ronk Cocaine Two Sides of Dave Van Ronk Amazon
20Eric Clapton Cocaine Slowhand Amazon
21Margo Price Cocaine Cowboys All American Made Amazon
22Doc & Merle Watson Let the Cocaine Be Live & Pickin' Amazon
23The Manhattan Transfer That Cat Is High Anthology – Down In Birdland (Disc 2) Amazon
24Chick Webb & His Orchestra Wacky Dust Cocaine Blues Amazon
25Louis Armstrong & His Orchestra Kickin' The Gong Around Cocaine Blues Amazon
26Cab Calloway & His Cotton Club Orchestra Kickin' The Gong Around Chronological Cab Calloway (1932-1934) Amazon
27Mills Blue Rhythm Band Kokey Joe Cocaine Blues Amazon
28The Spirits of Rhythm Junk Man Cocaine Blues Amazon
29Curtis Mayfield Pusherman The Very Best Of Curtis Mayfield Amazon
30The Ink Spots That Cat Is High Cocaine Blues Amazon
31Memphis Jug Band Cocaine Habit Blues Cocaine Blues Amazon

Bad Road To The River

It’s been a while since we went free form so today’s show takes our regular breather from genre-focused explorations, theme, retrospectives and artist-inspired shows. There will be all of that found in the mix this morning. Interspersed between some fresh sounds from the likes of Dylan LeBlanc, Charley Crockett, and a newly revealed Johnny Cash nugget, we’ll be sharing everything from Dave Brubeck to Los Indios Tabajaras, Marvin Rainwater, and Johnny Thunder in our show today. From a pair of Memphis Minnie covers, some country classics from Patsy Cline, swinging rhythm from Louis Jordan, and straight-ahead rock from The Doobie Brothers and The Georgia Satellites…it’s a Friday morning full of Duane Eddy tributes and we’ve even got Slim Whitman…just for you on Sonoma County Community Radio, broadcasting on the FM airwaves out of Occidental, California, and streaming to the whole wide world on kowsfm.com/listen. KOWS-LP 92.5 FM is “Free Speech. No Bull” Community Radio.

1Artist Title Album Buy
2Duane Eddy Forty Miles Of Bad Road Dance With The Guitar Man Amazon
3Dylan LeBlanc Sensitive Kind Pastimes Amazon
4Down Like Silver To the River Light That Match – Single Amazon
5Johnny Thunder Loop De Loop The Very Best Of Johnny Thunder Amazon
6The Georgia Satellites Almost Saturday Night / Rockin' All Over the World Rubaiyat Elektra's 40th Anniversary [Disc 2] (1990) Amazon
7The Doobie Brothers Long Train Runnin' The Very Best Of The Doobie Brothers [Disc 1] Amazon
8Patsy Cline Got A Lot Of Rhythm In My Soul Volume 3 Amazon
9Linda Martell I Almost Called Your Name (Remastered 2022) Color Me Country (Sun Records 70th / Remastered 2022) Amazon
10Slim Whitman Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain The Absolutely Essential 3 CD Collection  2013 Amazon
11Willie Nelson Made In Texas The Border Amazon
12Duane Eddy Dance With The Guitar Man Dance With The Guitar Man Amazon
13Johnny Cash Bury Me Not on the Lone Prairie Come Along And Ride This Train [Disc 2] Amazon
14T Bone Burnett He Came Down The Other Side Amazon
15Charley Crockett Hard Luck & Circumstances $10 Cowboy Amazon
16Jorma Kaukonen Red River Blues Blue Country Heart Amazon
17Jefferson Airplane Embryonic Journey Surrealistic Pillow [Bonus Tracks] Amazon
18The Dave Brubeck Quartet Unsquare Dance Silver Linings Playbook: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Amazon
19Los Indios Tabajaras Always In My Heart Maria Elena/Always In My Heart Amazon
20Ria Valk Santo Domingo (Fernando, Alfredo En Jose) The Wanda Jackson Connection (30 Roots And Covers Of Wanda Jackson) Amazon
21Eileen Barton Fujiyama Mama The Wanda Jackson Connection (30 Roots And Covers Of Wanda Jackson) Amazon
22Marvin Rainwater Baby, Don't Go Whole Lotta Woman Amazon
23Clifton Chenier Me And My Chauffeur King Of The Bayous Amazon
24Louis Jordan Caldonia Living The Blues – Jump Blues & Boogie Amazon
25Jim McCracklin Think Living The Blues – 1965 – 1969 Blues Classics Amazon
26Howlin' Wolf 300 Pounds Of Joy Legends of Guitar – Electric Blues (Vol. 1) Amazon
27Sonny Boy Williamson II One Way Out The Real Folk Blues Amazon
28Jimmy Reed Hush, Hush The Very Best of Jimmy Reed Amazon
29John Lee Hooker It Serves You Right To Suffer The Definitive Collection Amazon
30Johnny Cash Well Alright Songwriter Amazon
31Lydia & Her Melody Strings Just A Queen For A Day The Wanda Jackson Connection (30 Roots And Covers Of Wanda Jackson) Amazon
32Duane Eddy Rebel Rouser Twang Thang: The Duane Eddy Anthology [Disc 1] Amazon
33Duane Eddy Ramrod Twang Thang: The Duane Eddy Anthology [Disc 1] Amazon

That’s The Spirit

There’s hardly a branch or root extension of American music that is not somehow connected the gospel. The themes of love, betrayal, birth, death, and the soul’s redemption have all long been played out repeatedly in the pulpit each and every Sunday. Thoughts and prayers are easily spent when the hard work isn’t as palpable to deal with. This week’s show blends the gospel of the Baptist, Pentacostal and Church of Christ as they were the big leader of the rafter shakers on the way to “Beulah Land” with a little bit of swing and country favorites. Tune in for music that runs the gospel gamut from the Soul Satisfiers of Philadelphia and the Gospel Songbirds to Sister Oda Mae Terrell and the country pairings of the Chuck Wagon Gang, Mac Wiseman, Kitty Wells, and of course, Johnny Cash and Willie Nelson. Deeper Roots revisits some gospel classics in another Friday morning blend of the past 100 years of America’s music. Here on KOWS Community Radio. Free Speech. No Bull.

1Artist Title Album Buy
2Rev.Willingham And The Swanee Quintet That's The Spirit I Heard The Angels Singing : Electrifying Black Gospel From the Nashboro Label 1951-1983 Amazon
3Maria Muldaur with Tuba Skinny Swing You Sinners Let's Get Happy Together Amazon
4Tony Bennett Sing You Sinners [#] The Essential Tony Bennett [Columbia/Legacy] Disc 1 Amazon
5The Brothers Comatose Modern Day Sinners Respect The Van Amazon
6Billy Ward & The Dominoes Little Black Train Vol. 4-21 Hits Amazon
7The Robins That's What The Good Book Says Hot R&B and Cool Blues 1946-52 Amazon
8Freddie & The Hitch Hikers Sinners Songs From The Crazy Cramps Collection Disc 01 Amazon
9Gospel Songbirds The Bible Is Right The Best Of Nashboro Gospel Amazon
10Sister O. M. Terrell The Bible's Right Country Gospel 1946-1953 Amazon
11Sister O.M. Terrell I'm Going To That City Preachin' The Gospel – Holy Blues Amazon
12Sister Rosetta Tharpe Look In The Good Book Brother Sister On Tour Amazon
13Soul Satisfiers Of Philadelphia Run On Home And Live With God Powerhouse Gospel Vol 1 Amazon
14The Swan Silvertones Sinner Man Jesus Rocked The Jukebox: Small Group Black Gospel (1951-1965) Amazon
15The Soul Stirrers Sinner Run To Jesus (Take 1) Jesus Rocked The Jukebox: Small Group Black Gospel (1951-1965) Amazon
16The Weavers Sinner Man Wasn't That A Time – Disc 2 – This Land Is Your Land Amazon
17Woody Guthrie Little Black Train Muleskinner Blues (The Asch Recordings, Vol. 2) Amazon
18Johnny Cash I Hung My Head American IV: Man Comes Around Amazon
19Johnny Cash Unclouded Day Voice of the Spirit, Gospel of the South Amazon
20Chuck Wagon Gang Sinner, You'll Miss Heaven 1941-1948 (Warped 4128) Amazon
21Kitty Wells Dust on the Bible Dust on the Bible (1959) Amazon
22Willie Nelson Family Bible One Hell Of A Ride Amazon
23Mac Wiseman I'm Using My Bible For A Roadmap Most Requested Amazon
24Cowboy Copas Four Books In The Bible Heartwarming Gospel – 18 Best of King Gospel Amazon
25Elvis Presley Run On Artist of the Century Disc 2 Amazon
26The Kendalls Heaven's Just A Sin Away Country Gold-1 Amazon
27The Whitstein Brothers Sinner You'd Better Get Ready Old Time Duets Amazon
28Johnny Cash God's Gonna Cut You Down American V: A Hundred Highways Amazon
29Reverend Robert Ballinger And The Gospel Chimes John Saw How Sweet it Was Amazon
30Nina Simone Gin House Blues The Amazing Amazon
31Fern Jones I Am A Pilgrim And A Stranger The Glory Road Amazon
32Sister Rosetta Tharpe Lay Down Your Soul Vol. 3-1946-47 Complete Record Amazon
33Ralph Stanley & The Clinch Mountain Boys Rank Stranger Classic Bluegrass Amazon
34Eddy Arnold Sinner's Prayer Warped 5133 – Eddy Arnold – 1951 Amazon
35Buddy Miller There's A Higher Power Universal United House Of Prayer Amazon
36Johnny Cash The Old Rugged Cross Johnny Cash Sings Precious Memories Amazon