Category Archives: Early Rock

Diddy Wah Diddy

This morning’s show finds a festive free form summer set featuring the usual suspects and a whole lot of fine sounds from the deeper wells. We’ll be sharing country classics from George Jones, Floyd Tillman, and Pee Wee King as well as some sweet upbeat R&B from Clyde McPhatter, Big Maybelle, and Ivory Joe. Taj Mahal, some doo wop pioneers, and the great Ella Fitzgerald will round things out in a free form fest on Sonoma County Community Radio. Tune in at 9am Pacific at

1Artist Title Album Buy
2Taj Mahal Diddy Wah Diddy Maestro Amazon
3Julia Lee & Her Boy Friends Oh Chuck It (In a Bucket) Kansas City Blues 1944-1949 Disc 2 Amazon
4Hank Williams My Bucket's Got A Hole In It The History Of Country & Western Music – Vol. 18 Amazon
5Hank Williams I Just Don't Like This Kind Of Living The History Of Country & Western Music (Disc 19) Amazon
6Johnny Cash The Night Hank Williams Came To Town Johnny Cash Is Coming To Town & Water From The Wells Of Home Amazon
7Leon Russell Love's Gonna Live Here Legend in My Time – Hank Wilson Vol. III Amazon
8Gal Holiday and the Honky Tonk Revue Jones On the Jukebox Set Two Amazon
9George Jones I Always Get Lucky With You With Mark Knopfler Burn Your Playhouse Down: The Unreleased Duets Amazon
10Porter Wagoner Highway Headin' South The Essential Porter Wagoner Amazon
11Red Saunders & His Orchestra Hambone OKeh Rhythm & Blues Amazon
12Lillian Briggs Can't Stop Voodoo Voodoo: Feisty Fifties Females Amazon
13Big Maybelle Rock House Voodoo Voodoo: Feisty Fifties Females Amazon
14Clyde McPhatter Just to Hold My Hand Atlantic and Mercury Sessions – Disc 1 Amazon
15Ivory Joe Hunter It's A Sin Chronological Ivory Joe Hunter (1950-1951) Amazon
16Ella Fitzgerald & The Ink Spots I'm Making Believe R&B Jukebox Hits 1944 Amazon
17The Ink Spots Whispering Grass (Don't Tell The Trees) Greatest Hits Amazon
18The Dubs Could This Be Magic The Roots Of Frank Zappa Amazon
19The Cadillacs Gloria The Cadillacs Meet The Orioles Amazon
20Pee Wee King Slow Poke Classic Country Hits 'Your Cheatin Heart' Disc 3 Amazon
21Rusty Draper The Shifting Whispering Sands Your Hit Parade – 1955 Amazon
22Floyd Tillman This Cold War With You The History Of Country & Western Music – Vol. 17 Amazon
23Foy Willing Texas Blues History Of Country & Western Music – Vol. 9 Amazon
24Wilf Carter (Montana Slim) X's From Down In Texas – 1958 Dynamite Trail-The Decca Years, 1954-58 Amazon
25The Light Crust Doughboys Stay Out Of The South 1936-1941 Amazon
26Bobby Bare They Covered Up the Old Swimming Hole Memories – RCA Singles 1962 – 1969 Amazon
27Eilen Jewell Whispering Sea Butcher Holler Amazon
28Cookie & His Cupcakes Breaking Up Is Hard To Do Rhythm 'n' Bluesin' By The Bayou – Vocal Groups Amazon
29Big Jay McNeely & His Blue Jays Deacon's Hop Jump, Jive & Swing Amazon
30Little Esther & the Dominoes The Deacon Moves In Rhythm 'N' Blues: Early Doo Wop 1943-55, vol. 1 Amazon
31Bull Moose Jackson Fare Thee Well, Deacon Jones, Fare Thee Well Badman Jackson Thats Me Amazon
32Jimmy Durante Little Bit This, Little Bit That The Great Schnozzle Amazon
33Annette Hanshaw I Want To Be Bad Annette Hanshaw, Volume 6, 1929 (1999) Amazon
34Ozzie & Harriet Nelson I Want the Waiter with the Water The Nelson Touch Amazon
35Taj Mahal Take a Giant Step In Progress and In Motion (1965-1998) (3 of 3) Amazon

Answer Songs

Answer songs. A novelty of the music business that has always had a place but it truly exploded, becoming habit-forming with the advent of Top 30 radio in the fifties and sixties. Seldom was there an answer song that responded to a question that was not a big success. This week on Deeper Roots, it will be a ’round robin’ of ‘question followed by answer’ songs including the obscure (which about 99% of the so-called answer songs were). You’ll be treated to the sounds of Tennessee Ernie Ford, Muddy Waters, Rufus Thomas, Dodie Stevens, and Elvis (of course) on a summer Friday in West Sonoma County.


1Artist Title Album Buy
2Ernest Tubb Rainbow At Midnight The Texas Troubadour ([Disc 1] – Walking The Floor Over You (The Hits Vol.1) Amazon
3Slim Bryant and his Wildcats/Lost John Miller Answer to Rainbow At Midnight Answer to Rainbow At Midnight Amazon
4Hank Thompson & His Brazos Valley Boys The Wild Side Of Life Vintage Collections Amazon
5Kitty Wells It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels The Complete Country Hits Amazon
6Hank Locklin Please Help Me, I'm Falling Nipper's Greatest Hits: The 60's. Vol. 2 Amazon
7Skeeter Davis (I Can't Help You) I'm Falling Too The Essential Skeeter Davis Amazon
8Tennessee Ernie Ford Sixteen Tons Vintage Collections Amazon
9Patsy Montana 16 Pounds Best of Answer Songs vol 2 Amazon
10Merle Haggard Okie From Muskogee Capitol Collector's Series Amazon
11Lowell Levinger Hippie From Olema Get Together- Youngblood Classics Amazon
12Big Mama Thornton Hound Dog Blues Masters Vol. 3: Texas Blues Amazon
13Rufus Thomas Bear Cat Living The Blues – 1953-1954 Blues Classics Amazon
14Elvis Presley Little Sister Elvis' Golden Records (Volume 3) Amazon
15Lavern Baker Hey Memphis Best of Answer Songs vol 2 Amazon
16Elvis Presley Are You Lonesome Tonight Elvis' Golden Records (Volume 3) Amazon
17Dodie Stevens Yes, I'm Lonesome Tonight Ultimate Collection Amazon
18Claude King Wolverton Mountain Classic Country Amazon
19Jo Ann Campbell (I'm the Girl From) Wolverton Mountain Cameo Parkway 1957-1967 Disc 2 Amazon
20Roy Drusky & Priscilla Mitchell Yes Mr. Peters Talking on the Telephone Vol. 2 Amazon
21Justin Tubb & Lorene Mann Hurry Mr. Peters Talking on the Telephone Vol. 2 Amazon
22Muddy Waters (I'm Your) Hoochie Coochie Man Martin Scorsese Presents The Blues Amazon
23Bo Diddley I'm A Man 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection – The Best Of Bo Diddley Amazon
24Muddy Waters Mannish Boy The Definitive Collection Amazon
25The Dominoes Sixty Minute Man The Dawn Of Doo-Wop Vol. 4: Doo-Wop Dancin' Amazon
26Billy Ward & the Dominoes Can't Do Sixty No More Rhythm 'N' Blues: Early Doo Wop 1943-55, vol. 2 Amazon
27The Bobbettes Mr. Lee Atlantic Vocal Groups – [Disc 3] – The Rock 'n' Roll Era Amazon
28The Bobbettes I Shot Mr. Lee Atlantic Vocal Groups – [Disc 4] – Group Revival Amazon
29Neil Sedaka Oh! Carol All Time Greatest Hits Amazon
30Carole King Oh Neil Best of Answer Songs vol 1 Amazon
31Sam Cooke Bring It on Home to Me Greatest Hits Amazon
32Carla Thomas I'll Bring It Home To You Gee Whiz & Other Hits Amazon
33Ben E. King Stand By Me Heatin' Up Amazon
34Damita Jo I'll Be There Best of Answer Songs vol 1 Amazon
35Ernie K-Doe Mother-In-Law Absolutely the Best Amazon
36Paul Peek Brother-In-Law Best of Answer Songs vol 2 Amazon

Lonely Avenue

Blues from a lonely place. From blues to doo wop to southern soul…from behind prison walls to that singular window in that singular room looking out from a high-rise hotel onto a busy street in urban anywhere, America. Today’s music is all about being alone. Our show explores songs written with the lonesome muse on the shoulder. Ray Charles, Joe Liggins, Earl King, and Champion Jack Dupree join in as we ponder lonesome times from the heart of the solitary blues.

1Artist Title Album Buy
2Booker T. & The MG's Lonely Avenue Green Onions Amazon
3Ray Charles Lonely Avenue Doc Pomus: Singer And Songwriter [Disc 2] Amazon
4Mel Walker Feelin' Mighty Lonesome Mercury R&B Story '45-'55 – [Disc 6] West Coast Blues V2 Amazon
5Johnny Ace So Lonely Memorial Album Amazon
6Smiley Turner Lonely Boy Blues Mercury R&B Story '45-'55 – [Disc 5]: West Coast Blues V1 Amazon
7Julia Lee Have You Ever Been Lonely Kansas City Star [Disc 2] Amazon
8Irma Thomas Woman Left Lonely My Heart's in Memphis: The Songs of Dan Penn Amazon
9Maxine Sullivan Kind'a Lonesome Classic Hoagy Carmichael [Disc 1] Amazon
10T-Bone Walker Blue Mood Best Of Black & White & Imperial Years Amazon
11Shakey Jake Gimme A Smile The Bluesville Years Volume 10: Country Roads, Country Days Amazon
12The Holmes Brothers I'm So Lonely Simple Truths Amazon
13Joe Liggins Blues For Tanya Joe Liggins & The Honeydrippers Amazon
14Sam Cooke Lonely Island The Man Who Invented Soul [Box Set] (1 of 4) Amazon
15Eddie Burns Lonely Man Plea Delmark: 50 Years Of Jazz & Blues: Blues [Disc 1] Amazon
16James Winfield Lonely, Lonely, Nights Lonely Lonely Nights Amazon
17Champion Jack Dupree Lonely Road Blues Two Classic Albums Plus Singles Amazon
18Chris Kenner I'm Lonely, Take Me Land of 1000 Dances Amazon
19Earl King Those Lonely Lonely Nights Louisiana & The Old New Orleans Sound Amazon
20Eddie Boyd Got Lonesome Here Third Degree (The Blues Collection Vol.58) Amazon
21Johnny Bragg Hurt & Lonely The Johnny Bragg Story Amazon
22Violet Hall (All Alone) I Sit And Cry The Mercury Blues Story (1945-1955) – Southwest Blues, Vol. 2 Amazon
23Fats Domino I'm Alone Because I Love You Out Of New Orleans, Vol. 8 Amazon
24Clarence "Frogman" Henry Lonely Street Ain't Got No Home: The Best Of Clarence "Frogman" Henry Amazon
25Freddie King Lonesome Whistle Blues Ultimate Collection Amazon
26Lowell Fulson Everyday I Have The Blues Trying to Find My Baby Amazon
27Smiley Lewis Lonesome Highway ABC Of The Blues Vol 25 Amazon
28Nappy Brown I'm Getting Lonesome Down In The Alley – The Complete Savoy Singles A's & B's Amazon
29Little Richard Lonesome And Blue The Absolutely Essential 3 CD Collection Amazon
30Ray Charles & Betty Carter Alone Together Ray Charles and Betty Carter/Dedicated To You Amazon
31Ella Fitzgerald I'm the Lonesomest Gal in Town Chronological Classics: Ella Fitzgerald 1940-41 Amazon
32Lillie Mae Kirkman Lonesome Female Blues – The Remaining Titles Vol. 2 (1938-1949) Amazon
33Julia Lee Back Street (06-13-47) 1947 Amazon

Elvis’ Roots

The influence of gospel, blues, country, and tradition has always informed the music of Elvis…and while we’re not digging too far into the later works, we’ll go sit with Elvis on the sofa with our ears to the Victrola and the crackling of WDIA Memphis and the smattering of black blues and gospel over the air. We’ll hear The Carters, Jimmy Reed, Smiley Lewis, Little Junior Parker, Mahalia Jackson, and a couple dozen more in this episode. Keep an ear out for some rare recordings including those whose meager popularity evaporated once Elvis went on to cover them. Names like Joe Dowell, The Eagles (not the LA band), Deacon Tom Foger, and Charlie Blackwell bely their contributions to the Elvis catalog.

1Artist Title Album Buy
2Big Mama Thornton Hound Dog Blues Classics '27_'69 [Disc 2] Amazon
3Bill Monroe And His Bluegrass Boys Blue Moon Of Kentucky Columbia Country Classics Volume 1: The Golden Age Amazon
4Ernest Tubb I Love You Because The Texas Troubadour ([Disc 2] – Slippin' Around (The Hits Vol.2) Amazon
5Gene Austin Love Letters In The Sand A Time To Relax Amazon
6Eddy Arnold It's a Sin Country & Western Hit Parade 1947 Amazon
7Red Foley Old Shep Tennessee Saturday Night Amazon
8The Lone Star Cowboys Just Because East Virginia Blues (When The Sun Goes Down Series) Amazon
9The Carter Family I'm Working On A Building The Carter Family: 1927-1934 [Disc 5] Amazon
10Deacon Tom Foger & The Camp Meeting Choir Working On The Building Powerhouse Gospel Amazon
11Kokomo Arnold Milk Cow Blues Blues Classics: '27_'69 [Disc 1] Amazon
12Arthur Gunter Baby Let's Play House The Best Of Excello Records Amazon
13Jimmy Reed Big Boss Man The Very Best of Jimmy Reed Amazon
14Jimmy Reed Baby What You Want Me To Do The Very Best of Jimmy Reed Amazon
15Arthur Big Boy Crudup So Glad You're Mine Rock Me Mama (The Blues Collection Vol.47) Amazon
16Arthur Big Boy Crudup So Glad You're Mine Rock Me Mama (The Blues Collection Vol.47) Amazon
17Little Junior Parker Mystery Train Bob Dylan Presents: Cover to Cover – The Originals Amazon
18Little Richard Long Tall Sally Specialty Profiles: Larry Williams Amazon
19Chuck Berry Promised Land The Chess Box Disc 2 Amazon
20Lloyd Price Lawdy Miss Clawdy Doctors Professors Kings & Queens: Box New Orleans Amazon
21The Eagles Trying To Get To You Mercury R+B '46-'62 [Disc 1] Amazon
22Smiley Lewis One Night I Hear You Knocking: 1947-1962 Disc 3 Amazon
23Clyde McPhatter & The Drifters Money Honey Bob Dylan – Radio Radio – Theme Time Radio Hour Volume Four Amazon
24Roy Brown Good Rockin' Tonight Gettin' Funky [Disc 3] – The Hitmakers Amazon
25Ivory Joe Hunter I Need You So The Chronological Ivory Joe Hunter : 1947 – 1950 Amazon
26Billy Bunn & His Buddies That's When Your Heartaches Begin Money Honey – Rise of the Black Vocal Group 51-53 Amazon
27Charlie Blackwell The Girl of My Best Friend Gems from the Warner Brothers Vault (Pt. 1) Amazon
28Big Joe Turner Shake, Rattle & Roll Loud, Fast & Out of Control: The Wild Sounds of the '50s [Box] Disc 1 Amazon
29Sister Rosetta Tharpe I Believe Sister Rosetta Tharpe Amazon
30The 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
31Sam Cooke And The Soul Stirrers Peace In The Valley The Complete Specialty Recordings [Disc 1] Amazon
32Mahalia Jackson How Great Thou Art Gospels, Spirituals, & Hymns, Vol.2 [Disc 1] Amazon
33Sister Rosetta Tharpe Precious Memories Sister Rosetta Tharpe and the Spirit of Gospel (Vol. 4) Amazon
34Joe Dowell Wooden Heart Easy Listening Gold 1960-1961 Amazon
35Glen Gray & The Casa Lorne Orchestra Blue Moon Bob Dylan Presents: Cover to Cover – The Originals Amazon

Wild Men and Wild Women

Wild Men and Wild Women
Wild Men and Wild Women

It’s theme time once again and we’re going to find ourselves among the wild and crazy men as well as the wild, woolly women. Round town girls celebrate, burning that candle, and Keely Smith will jump, jive, and wail with Louis Prima. Red Ingle and His Natural Seven will join the Sons of the Pioneers in spreading the word about ‘cigareets, whuskey, and wild, wild women”. Mae West, Julia Lee, Ernie Ford, and Jerry Lee Lewis will keep the party going and Deeper Roots will keep the lights on ’till 11pm sharp (that’s Pacific Time, of course). Join Dave Stroud for another two hours of a century of America’s music on KWTF, 88.1 FM, community radio for Bodega Bay.

1Artist Title Album Buy
2Mary Ford Running Wild 100 Jazz Guitar Favorites Amazon
3Garland Jeffreys Wild in the Streets Ghost Writer/One-Eyed Jack/American Boy & Girl [[Disc 1]] Amazon
4The Jive Bombers Bad Boy Cry-Baby Amazon
5Donnie Elbert Wild Child (Deluxe 6156) R&B Humdingers Volume 11 Amazon
6Johnny Carroll Wild Wild Women Classic Rockabilly-Cool Cats & Hot Chicks Amazon
7Jerry Lee Lewis Real Wild Child (Wild One) A Half Century Of Hits [Disc 1] Amazon
8Carl Mann Born To Be Bad Midnight Cryin' Time: Teen Angst Classics From The Rock 'n' Roll Era Amazon
9Charline Arthur Burn That Candle Welcome To The Club Amazon
10Wanda Jackson Hard Headed Woman There's A Party Goin' On Amazon
11Wanda Jackson Let's Have A Party Queen Of Rockabilly Amazon
12Tennessee Ernie Ford I'm A Bad Man Masters 1949-1976 [Disc 2] Amazon
13The Dave & Deke Combo Wild Woman Hollywood Barndance Amazon
14Freda & the Firedogs Your Good Girl's Gonna Go Bad Freda & The Firedogs Amazon
15The Sons Of The Pioneers Cigareetes, Whusky And Wild, Wild Women Country Legends Amazon
16Red Ingle & His Natural Seven Cigareets, Whiskey and Wild Wild Women (Smoking) Bob Dylan Presents: Radio Radio, Theme Time Radio Hour, Vol. 3 Amazon
17Wanda, Ruth Neal Round Town Girls Flowers In The Wildwood Amazon
18King James Wild Wooly Woman Stompin' 25 Amazon
19Julia Lee Do You Want It? Burlesque – 100 Classics Amazon
20Eunice Davis Let's Have A Party Stompin' 25 Amazon
21Little Richard The Girl Can't Help It Loud, Fast & Out of Control: The Wild Sounds of the '50s [Box] Disc 2 Amazon
22Keely Smith/Louis Prima/Sam Butera & the Witnesses Jump, Jive, An' Wail Loud, Fast & Out of Control: The Wild Sounds of the '50s [Box] Disc 1 Amazon
23Carmen MacRae Whatever Lola Wants Burlesque – 100 Classics Amazon
24Mae West I'm No Angel The Mae West Collection Amazon
25Billy Jones With The Little Ramblers Don't Bring Lulu The Naughty 1920s: Red Hot & Risque Songs Of The Jazz Age Volume 2 Amazon
26Cecil Gant Little Baby You're Running Wild The Cecil Gant Collection Amazon
27Wynonie Harris Young And Wild Playful Baby Amazon
28Rudy Greene Wild Life Various Artists: Rhythm & Blues Goes Rock & Roll/Volume 2/[Disc 1] Amazon
29Memphis Nighthawks Wild Man Stomp Document Shortcuts Vol. 3 – My Babe Amazon
30Memphis Minnie I'm A Bad Luck Woman Queen Of Country Blues [Disc 5] (1936-1937) Amazon
31Champion Jack Dupree Bad Whiskey And Wild Women Two Classic Albums Plus Singles Amazon
32JB Hutto & The Hawks Wild Wild Woman Masters Of Modern Blues Amazon
33Albert King Wild Women Door To Door Amazon
34Little Jimmy King Wild Woman Little Jimmy King and the Memphis Soul Survivors Amazon
35Amy Helm Wild Girl Didn't It Rain Amazon
36John Hammond Wild Man On The Loose Trouble No More Amazon
37Louis Armstrong & The Hot 7 Wild Man Blues The Complete Hot Five And Hot Seven Recordings [Disc 3] Amazon

Deeper Roots on KOWS – January 10, 2015

Deeper Roots on KOWS - January 2015
Deeper Roots on KOWS – January 2015

Another beautiful winter Saturday morning in West Sonoma County and it’s time for a collection of hot blues, country gospel, early rock, early century pop, and swinging country on Deeper Roots… everything from Eddie Cantor’s 1922 song about a trapeze and Blind Willie McTell covering Jimmie Rodgers around mid-century, to a track from 2014 from a new band out of New Orleans called Hurray For The Riff Raff…another reason our tag line reads “A Century of America’s Music”. Join Dave Stroud on a brisk Saturday morning from the KOWS studios in downtown Occidental, California.

Car Theme

Cars Themed
Cars Themed

Deeper Roots takes the theme route in our next KWTF episode, featuring jazz, gospel, country, blues, rock, and R&B that all share the road with stories of that twentieth century cultural icon (and muse): the automobile.  We’ll hear songs of Mercurys, Cadillacs, Fords, and Chevrolets that run the gamut of old and new and tell stories of love in the backseat, first car nostalgia, tragedy on the road, and racing in the streets. Performers in this show includeDavid Lindley, K. C. Douglas, Mink DeVille, Kevin Russell and others who will follow a theme that is one of the more common to come out of our age of assembly lines and the rust belt.

Deeper James Booker

Deeper James Booker
Deeper James Booker

Every now and then Deeper Roots will take a step back and look at the unknowns, not for their anonymity as much for their stories and why their music is so important to the American story. A documentary was recently released entitled “Bayou Maharajah: The Tragic Genius of James Booker”, directed by Lily Keber. It tells the story of the classically trained session man and we’re going to also explore the contributions that Booker made to the music of others, his quirky yet brilliant talent in performances of his own, and we’ll also share some of the stories of James Booker’s celebrated ups and tragic lows.

Rock Billy Boogie

Rock Billy Boogie
Rock Billy Boogie

Join us for some unbridled passion featuring ducktails, attitude, and rocking rhythm…all in the tradition of the north, west, east, and south. We speak of that genre that keeps on churning: rockabilly. It’s a genre that’s seen more revivals than a traveling preacher in the Midwest and South during the late 1930s. The recordings were pretty rustic: a bass, some driving percussion, and excitable guitar riffs and the vocals often phrased by rebel yells. We’ll be tearing it up with some of the very best including Johnny Burnette’s Rock ‘n Roll Trio, Billy Lee Riley, Carl Perkins, and Jerry Lee Lewis…and those were just the top drawer stars. We’ll also hear from the ladies: Wanda Jackson, Charline Arthur, and Janis Martin as well as the more obscure sounds of Bobby Lord, Hoyt Stevens, and Roy Hall.

Leiber & Stoller

Lieber & Stoller
Lieber & Stoller

Deeper Roots digs into the early sounds of rock in another episode that explores the songwriters…this time focusing on the talents of the team of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, During the first decade of a rock ‘n roll, they brought the R&B music they  loved to the pop mainstream, producing a catalog of enduring, influential, and spirited musical pieces. The two grew up on the East Coast, Leiber in Baltimore and Stoller in Queens, but met in Los Angeles in 1950 where they began a sixty year collaboration, Leiber serving as the sharp-witted lyricist, while the classically trained but jazz-and R&B-loving Stoller wrote the music. Join Dave Stroud in a show first broadcast on KWTF in 2014 as he’ll share the duo’s songwriting talents featuring the music of LaVern Baker, Big Mama Thornton, Bull Moose Jackson, Brian Setzer, and many, many others.