Category Archives: Fifties Country

Country Boogie Woogie

While the origin of the term is in debate, there are numerous stories that almost make sense but cannot be verified. However, 20th century blues, country and rock and roll were rife with the reference and it turned into a guitar lick, a piano run, and a salty reference on the standup. Deeper Roots will be spending time with the country versions, inherited (nee appropriated) from the rhythm and blues form … and a little bit of history as well. We’ve got the classic country sounds of Sheb Wooley, Johnny Tyler, and The Delmore Brothers paired up with higher octane country Americana from Dale Watson, Robert Gordon, and Asleep at the Wheel. Chuck Berry once said “It used to be called boogie-woogie, it used to be called blues, used to be called rhythm & blues…it’s called rock now”. You can quote me in enlightening that observation by calling it “one nascent stream that emptied into a swift river.” Tune in Friday evenings here on Sonoma County Community Radio.

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1Artist Title Album Buy
2Merrill Moore Nola Boogie Boogie My Blues Away [Disc 1] Amazon
3Al Dexter & His Troopers Saturday Night Boogie Hillibilly Boogie! Amazon
4Hardrock Gunter Boogie Woogie On A Saturday Night Gravy Train: Hillbilly Meets R&B Amazon
5Vance Morris & His Alabama Playboys Crazy About The Boogie Hillbilly Boogie Box [Disc 4] Amazon
6Hank Snow Rhumba Boogie Hillbilly Boogie Box [Disc 4] Amazon
7Johnny Tyler Oakie Boogie Southern Belle [Disc 1] Amazon
8Sheb Wooley Mule Boogie Country & Western Nuggets Amazon
9Johnny Bond Alabama Boogie Boy Put Me To Bed Amazon
10Bob Newman Hangover Boogie Crossroads In Cowtown Amazon
11Skeets McDonald The Southland Boogie Skeets McDonald – One Classic Album & Singles Collection Amazon
12Dale Watson Texas Boogie Cheatin' Heart Attack Amazon
13Speedy West & Jimmy Bryant Stratosphere Boogie Stratosphere Boogie Amazon
14Merle Travis Merle's Boogie Woogie Hot Pickin' [Disc 2] Amazon
15Les Paul Guitar Boogie Trio's Complete Decca Recordings Plus (1936-47) [Disc 2] Amazon
16Kate Mackenzie Pan American Boogie Steel Rails: Classic Railroad Songs, Vol. 1 Amazon
17Doc Watson Freight Train Boogie Songs From Home Amazon
18Red Foley Hobo Boogie The Essential Recordings Amazon
19The Delmore Brothers Peach Street Boogie The History Of Country & Western Music – Vol. 15 Amazon
20Sonny Burgess We Wanna Boogie Oxford American 11th Edition Southern Music 2009 Amazon
21Grady Martin & His Slewfoot Five Wooly Boogie The Very Best Of Amazon
22Sleepy Labeef Shot-Gun Boogie (Overdub) Sleepy Rocks Amazon
23Webb Pierce Teenage Boogie All Hits! [Disc 2] Amazon
24Robert Gordon and Link Wray Rock Billy Boogie Too Fast to live… Too Young to Die Amazon
25Asleep at the Wheel 08 Boogie Back to Texas 10 Amazon
26Tiny Hill Milk Bucket Boogie Country Music On the Mercury Label Amazon
27Little Jimmy Dickens You Better Not Do That Four Classic Albums Plus Singles 1954-1962 Amazon
28Little Jimmy Dickens Buddy's Boogie Four Classic Albums Plus Singles 1954-1962 Amazon
29Porky Freeman Boogie Woogie Boy Swinging Hollywood Hillbilly Cowboys: The West Coast Indies Amazon
30Tennessee Ernie Ford Blackberry Boogie Masters 1949-1976 [Disc 1] Amazon
31Tennessee Ernie Ford False Hearted Girl Masters 1949-1976 [Disc 3] Amazon
32Asleep at the Wheel Choo Choo Ch'Boogie The Best of Asleep at the Wheel Amazon
33Tennessee Ernie Ford Shot-Gun Boogie Masters 1949-1976 [Disc 3] Amazon

Lefty Merle Willie Hank & Hank

It’s a songwriter’s showcase this morning on Deeper Roots. Country music songwriters Lefty Frizell, Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson, Hank Cochran, and Hank Williams are highlighted in a show that features covers by their contemporaries (and a few from the recent past) including Iris DeMent, Ernest Tubb, Billy Walker, Bob Dylan, Rosanne Cash, and at least two dozen others. Our show pays tribute to some amazing stalwarts who literally defined the country ‘voice’ and story. Join Dave Stroud on another Friday morning on KOWS Community Radio, 92.5 FM Occidental, streaming to all of planet earth on all your favorite services including OpenRadio.app, TuneIn.com, RadioGarden.io and, our web site, kowsfm.com. Good morning!

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1Artist Title Album Buy
2John Prine I Want to Be With You Always The Missing Years Amazon
3Red Foley & The Andrews Sisters I Want To Be With You Always Hillbilly Fever [Disc 3] Amazon
4Brennen Leigh I Love You A Thousand Ways Brennen Leigh Sings Lefty Frizzell Amazon
5George Jones If You've Got The Money (I've Got The Time) Sings Country and Western Hits Amazon
6Keith Whitley I Never Go Around Mirrors The Rounder Records Story Amazon
7Merle Haggard My Baby's Just Like Money Roots, Vol. 1 Amazon
8Rosanne Cash Featuring Rufus Wainwright Silver Wings (Feat. Rufus Wainwright) The List Amazon
9Bill Kirchen Shelly's Winter Love (Album) Word To The Wise Amazon
10Iris DeMent Big City Tulare Dust: Tribute to Merle Haggard Amazon
11George Jones I Always Get Lucky With You The Essential George Jones: The Spirit of Country Disc 2 Amazon
12Dale Watson Mama Tried More Great Moments of Vinyl History Amazon
13Ray Price Night Life Columbia Country Classics – Volume 4: The Nashville Sound Amazon
14Elvis Presley & The Jordanaires & The Imperials Quartet Funny How Time Slips Away Elvis Country Amazon
15k.d. lang & the Reclines Three Days Absolute Torch and Twang Amazon
16The Little Willies I Gotta Get Drunk The Little Willies Amazon
17The Secret Sisters Why Don't You Love Me The Secret Sisters Amazon
18Bob Dylan I Can't Get You Off Of My Mind Timeless: Hank Williams Tribute Amazon
19Buckwheat Zydeco Hey, Good Lookin' Menagerie Amazon
20Sleepy LaBeef I Saw the Light Sun Records Artists Perform the Hank Williams Songbook Amazon
21Jerry Lee Lewis You Win Again The Definitive Collection Amazon
22Taj Mahal Mind Your Own Business Senor Blues Amazon
23Elvis Costello He's Got You ('Lost Session' Version) Almost Blue Amazon
24Rhiannon Giddens She's Got You Tomorrow Is My Turn Amazon
25Patsy Cline Why Can't He Be You The Patsy Cline Collection Amazon
26Dottie West Me Today And Her Tomorrow The Essential Dottie West Amazon
27Bobby Bare I'd Fight The World The Best Of Bobby Bare Amazon
28Jamey Johnson Everything But You (featuring Leon Russell, Willie Nelson, Vince Gill) Living For A Song- A Tribute To Hank Cochran Amazon
29Al Green & Lyle Lovett Funny How Time Slips Away Rhythm Country & Blues Amazon

Willie & Friends

Willie Nelson turns 88 this month. Born during the Great Depression and raised by his grandparents, he wrote his first song at the age of seven and had his first band at the age of ten. From high school to the Air Force, then to his return home to Texas as a radio disc jockey, he was always in a band singing. In the 1950s he would write songs that would become country standards and we’ll be sharing some of them with you in today’s Deeper Roots, performed by Willie and his contemporaries. He endures just as his music does and the catalog is a legacy few parallel. We’ll hear from The Little Willies, Waylon Jennings, Faron Young, Asleep at the Wheel, and at least a dozen others performing the songs of Willie Hugh Nelson. Tune in Friday morning on KOWS.

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1Artist Title Album Buy
2Willie Nelson Me And Paul Nite Life: Greatest Hits & Rare Tracks (1959-1971) Amazon
3k.d. lang & the Reclines Three Days Absolute Torch and Twang Amazon
4Willie Nelson Nite Life One Hell Of A Ride Amazon
5B.B. King & Willie Nelson Night Life Deuces Wild Amazon
6Duke Robillard/Sunny Crownover Crazy Tales from the Tiki Lounge Amazon
7Bill Anderson Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain 1956-1961 (Warped 5720) Amazon
8Roy Orbison & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Pretty Paper A Love So Beautiful Amazon
9Timi Yuro Are You Sure The Best of Timi Yuro Amazon
10Raul Malo Angel Flying Too Close To the Ground You're Only Lonely Amazon
11Elvis Presley & The Jordanaires & The Imperials Quartet Funny How Time Slips Away Elvis Country Amazon
12Willie Nelson/Snoop Dogg/Kris Kristofferson/Jamey Johnson Roll Me Up (Album version) Heroes Amazon
13The Little Willies I Gotta Get Drunk The Little Willies Amazon
14Ernest Tubb Sad Songs and Waltzes Last Sessions: All Time Greatest Hits Disc 2 Amazon
15Dale Watson Write Your Own Songs Dale & Ray Amazon
16Ray Charles/Willie Nelson Seven Spanish Angels Genius & Soul: The 50th Anniversary Collection Disc 5 Amazon
17Willie Nelson Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain Country: The American Tradition [Disc 2] Amazon
18Faron Young Hello Walls The Complete Capitol Hits of Faron Young (2 of 2) Amazon
19Patsy Cline Crazy The Patsy Cline Collection [Disc 3] Amazon
20Willie Nelson Yesterday's Wine One Hell Of A Ride Amazon
21Waylon Jennings & Willie Nelson Mamas Don't Let Your Babies Grow up to Be Cowboys Waylon & Willie Amazon
22Waylon Jennings/Willie Nelson Heaven And Hell Wanted! The Outlaws [Bonus Tracks] Amazon
23Kinky Friedman Bloody Mary Morning The Loneliest Man I Ever Met Amazon
24Asleep at the Wheel Navajo Trail (with Willie Nelson and The Quebe Sisters) Still the King: A Celebration of the Music of Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys Amazon
25Willie Nelson, The Time Jumpers I'll Be There (If You Ever Want Me) For The Good Times Amazon
26Merle Haggard/Willie Nelson It's All Going to Pot Django and Jimmie Amazon
27Faron Young Three Days The Complete Capitol Hits of Faron Young (2 of 2) Amazon
28Al Green/Lyle Lovett Funny How Time Slips Away More Greatest Hits Amazon
29Willie Nelson The Party's Over Revolutions of Time: The Journey 1975-1993 Disc 1 Amazon
30Doug Sahm Me and Paul Complete Atlantic Recordings Disc 1 Amazon

Mr. Songwriter – Harlan Howard

We’ll be honoring the songwriting prowess of Harlan Howard this week on Deeper Roots. A country songwriter and performer whose career spanned six decades and wrote some of the classic songs of the Golden Age, turning formula into phrasing and stories of true life as he saw it. After a few minor successes, his song Pick Me Up on Your Way Down became a No. 2 hit for Charlie Walker in 1958 and Heartaches by the Number for Ray Price the following year,his name appeared at the forefront of songwriting talent of the time. His songs were performed by everyone from Merle Haggard to The Kingston Trio and Johnny Cash and Ray Charles. This week’s show will feature songs written by Harlan Howard and we’ll get to hear him perform many of his own. He  coined the oft-quoted phrase “Three chords and the truth”. Tune in for the festivities.

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1Artist Title Album Buy
2Porter Wagoner Harlan Howard Medley 1964-1965 (Warped 6508) Amazon
3Charlie Walker Pick Me Up On Your Way Down Columbia Country Classics Volume 2: Honky Tonk Heroes Amazon
4Rodney Crowell Above And Beyond (The Call Of Love) Playlist: The Very Best Of Rodney Crowell Amazon
5Bobby Bare The Streets Of Baltimore The Essential Bobby Bare Amazon
6Kingston Trio Everglades Made In The USA Amazon
7Waylon Jennings Nashville Rebel Only Daddy That'll Walk the Line: The RCA Years Disc 1 Amazon
8Brenda Lee Too Many Rivers The Brenda Lee Story: Her Greatest Hits Amazon
9Patsy Cline I Fall To Pieces Lifetime Of Romance: Falling In Love [Disc 2] Amazon
10Patsy Cline He Called Me Baby 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection – Classic Patsy Cline Amazon
11Tennessee Ernie Ford She Called Me Baby Masters 1949-1976 [Disc 3] Amazon
12George Jones You Comb Her Hair The Best Of George Jones: 1955-1967 Amazon
13Ray Charles Busted Genius & Soul: The 50th Anniversary Collection Disc 3 Amazon
14Joe Simon The Chokin' Kind The Soul Story, Vol. 1 [Disc 1] Amazon
15Buck Owens Sweet Thing The Other Side of Bakersfield, Vol. 1; 1950s & 60s Boppers and Rockers from 'Nashville West' Amazon
16Derailers I Don't Believe I'll Fall In Love (Today) Reverb Deluxe Amazon
17Wynn Stewart Heartaches For A Dime Come On – Gonna Shake This Shack Amazon
18Buck Owens I've Got A Tiger By The Tail (Original Mono Single Version) Buck 'Em: The Music Of Buck Owens (1955-1967) Amazon
19Harlan Howard I Can't Stand It 1959-1963 Amazon
20Harlan Howard My Baby's His Baby Now 1959-1963 Amazon
21Al Brumley Someone's Gonna Get Hurt The Other Side of Bakersfield, Vol. 1; 1950s & 60s Boppers and Rockers from 'Nashville West' Amazon
22Ray Price Heartaches By The Number Columbia Country Classics Volume 2: Honky Tonk Heroes Amazon
23Guy Mitchell Heartaches by the Number Your Hit Parade -1959 Amazon
24Burl Ives Call Me Mr. In-Between [Single Version] 20th Century Masters :The Millennium Collection: Best of Burl Ives Amazon
25Patsy Cline Foolin' Around Patsy Cline Story Amazon
26The Collins Kids Soda Poppin' Around Hop, Skip & Jump [Disc 1] Amazon
27Waylon Jennings Green River Only Daddy That'll Walk the Line: The RCA Years Disc 1 Amazon
28Johnny Cash The Wall The Essential Johnny Cash 1955-1983 Disc 2 Amazon
29Jan Howard Evil on Your Mind Decca Country Classics 1934-1973 Amazon
30Lefty Frizzell She's Gone, Gone, Gone Look What Thoughts Will Do Amazon
31Emmylou Harris/George Jones All Fall Down Friends in High Places Amazon
32Jim Reeves I Won't Forget You Essential Jim Reeves Amazon
33Harlan Howard Be Just a Little Meaner 1959-1963 Amazon
34Rosanne Cash Featuring Elvis Costello Heartaches By The Number (Feat. Elvis Costello) The List Amazon
35Waylon Jennings The Chokin' Kind The Essential Waylon Jennings [2007] Disc 1 Amazon
36The Little Willies Streets Of Baltimore The Little Willies Amazon
37The Tractors Pick Me Up on Your Way Down Trade Union Amazon

Shelter In Place

Six months later…’nuff said, right? Deeper Roots finally gets around to the theme of pandemic protection by staying at home until things stabilize. We were all put out when it looked like six weeks and here we are talking months, not weeks. Patience and commitment. Something we have to work on. But we’ve got music to comfort us. Our heritage is rich with an incredible catalog of works; from country classics to the raw country blues, soul from Motor City and the Eastern Seaboard, jazz from New Orleans and KC, and everything in between. Just look (or listen) back. This week’s Deeper Roots features songs about keeping safe in shelter with fresh sounds from the digital bins. Warren Zevon, Jim Reeves, Wynonie Harris, The Alphabetical Four, Kitty Wells, and Buddy Miller will be featured. No need to put on your helmets (or tin foil hats) or to duck and cover. But you might want to get out the vote!

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1Artist Title Album Buy
2Jakob Dylan & Fiona Apple In My Room Echo In The Canyon: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Amazon
3Dill Jones Trio Four Walls And One Dirty Window Blues The Chiaroscuro Songbook, Vol. 1 Amazon
4Irma Thomas These Four Walls Irma Thomas: A Woman's Viewpoint: The Essential 1970s Recordings Amazon
5Willie Nelson Hello Walls Mr. Record Man – The Early Singles As & BS Amazon
6Jim Reeves Four Walls Essential Jim Reeves Amazon
7Jeff Beck And Johnny Depp Isolation Isolation (Single) Amazon
8Billy Vera & The Beaters I Can Take Care Of Myself By Request: The Best Of Billy Vera & The Beaters Amazon
9Warren Zevon Splendid Isolation I'll Sleep When I'm Dead (An Anthology) [Disc 2] Amazon
10Whiskeytown Empty Baseball Park Faithless Street Amazon
11Buddy Miller Shelter Me Universal United House Of Prayer Amazon
12Jerry Jeff Walker Time to Stay Home Hill Country Rain Amazon
13Charlie Rich Behind Closed Doors Super Hits Amazon
14Bob Dylan Shelter from the Storm Blood on the Tracks Amazon
15Rodney Crowell Shelter From The Storm [Album Version] The Outsider Amazon
16Lone Justice Shelter Ultimate Collection: Maria McKee Amazon
17Ray LaMontagne Shelter Trouble Amazon
18Joe Cocker Shelter Me Ultimate Collection Amazon
19The Deadly Gentlemen Locked Up The Bastard Masterpiece Amazon
20Dave Alvin All by Myself Common Ground: Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin Play and Sing the Songs of Big Bill Broonzy Amazon
21Charline Arthur I'm Having A Party All By Myself Welcome To The Club Amazon
22Alphabetical Four I'm Gonna Walk Right in and Make Myself at Home Complete Recorded Works 1938-1943 Amazon
23Wynonie Harris Drinkin' By Myself Playful Baby Amazon
24Garnet Mimms A Little Bit of Soap The Best of Garnet Mimms: Cry Amazon
25Stonewall Jackson I Washed My Hands in Muddy Water Singles Amazon
26Porter Wagoner I Washed My Face in the Morning Dew & Dolly Parton 1967-1968 (Warped 6797) Amazon
27The Deadly Gentlemen Hello, Apocalypse The Bastard Masterpiece Amazon
28David Olney Mister Stay At Home When The Deal Goes Down Amazon
29The Beach Boys In My Room Endless Summer Amazon

Special Delivery

While the Cheetoh-in-chief comes up with hateful and pitiful distraction after distraction in an attempt to have us take our eyes off of failure after profound failure of his…we celebrate the folks in gray and blue who not only bring us the bills but also the packages, ballots, and cheer from friends and relatives. That little white truck is more than an institution: it is part of our collective heritage and a constant that should be cherished. It’s been celebrated in music from every corner over the past century and we’re scouring those dusty digital bins for country, blues, rock, and rhythm that are burnished with the colors of the letter carrier in word and rhyme. Tune in for everyone from Roy Rogers to Memphis Slim, Smiley Lewis, and Tiny  Bradshaw this week. Sonoma County Community Radio goes deep on another pandemic Friday morning.

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1Artist Title Album Buy
2Nat King Cole I'm Gonna Sit Right Down (And Write Myself A Letter) Just One Of Those Things (And More) Amazon
3Jimmie Driftwood The Pony Express (I've Got to Carry the Mail) Six Classic Albums Plus Bonus Singles Amazon
4Bill Carter Pony Express Country & Western Nuggets Amazon
5Pee Wee King Postage Due Pee Wee King's Country Hoedown (1 of 2) Amazon
6Roy Rogers The Mail Must Go Through 1939-1940 (Warped 3936) Amazon
7Leon Rusk Air Mail Special On The Fly Stompin' Singers & Western Swingers ([Disc 3] It Ain't Far To The Bar) Amazon
8Ella Mae Morse Hey, Mr Postman Two Classic Albums And Singles CD2 Amazon
9Hank Thompson Yesterday's Mail 1946-1949 (Warped 4660) Amazon
10Cowboy Copas The Postman Just Passes Me By 1949-1950 Amazon
11Wilf Carter (Montana Slim) I'm Gonna Tear Down The Mailbox – 1955 Dynamite Trail-The Decca Years, 1954-58 Amazon
12Dinah Washington Postman Blues First Issue: The Dinah Washington Story [Disc 1] Amazon
13Tiny Bradshaw & His Orchestra Mailman's Sack (Mail) Bob Dylan Presents: Radio Radio, Theme Time Radio Hour, Vol. 3 Amazon
14Tiny Mayberry Mailman Blues Jazzin' the Blues Amazon
15Memphis Slim A Letter Home (Mail) Bob Dylan Presents: Radio Radio, Theme Time Radio Hour, Vol. 3 Amazon
16Smiley Lewis No Letter Today ABC Of The Blues Vol 25 Amazon
17The Ravens Write Me A Letter Bob Dylan Presents: Radio Radio, Theme Time Radio Hour, Vol. 3 Amazon
18Andrew Tibbs & Cherokee Conyer's Orchestra Mother's Letter Boogie Uproar – Gems From The Peacock Vaults Amazon
19The Marvelettes Please Mr. Postman 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: Best Of The Marvelettes Amazon
20Bob Rivers Please Don't Shoot, Mr Postman Best of Answer Songs vol 2 Amazon
21The Marvelettes Twistin' Postman Second Helpings: Sequels To The Songs That Left 'Em Hungry For More! Amazon
22Buddy Holly Mailman, Bring Me No More Blues Buddy Holly And The R&R Giants Amazon
23Buck Owens Keys In The Mailbox Hot Dog Amazon
24Jorma Kaukonen & Tom Hobson No Mail Today Quah [Bonus Tracks] Amazon
25Suitcase Sam Morning Mail Goodnight Riverdale Park Amazon
26Allan Sherman Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh! (A Letter From Camp) Dr. Demento 20th Anniversary Collection: The Greatest Novelty Records Of All Time [Disc 1] Amazon
27Ernest Tubb Letters Have No Arms Last Sessions: All Time Greatest Hits Disc 2 Amazon
28Champion Jack Dupree Mail Order Woman New Orleans R&B Outbreak Amazon
29Big Joe Turner Teen Age Letter Big Joe Rocks Amazon
30Slim Harpo Mailbox Blues The Excello Singles Anthology Disc 2 Amazon
31Arlene Smith Letter Full Of Tears Back To The Streets – Celebrating The Music Of Don Covay Amazon
32Roosevelt Grier The Mail Must Go Through Point Of No Return: The Liberty Records Story 1962 Amazon
33Gene Terry & The Downbeats No Mail Today (Mail) Bob Dylan Presents: Radio Radio, Theme Time Radio Hour, Vol. 3 Amazon
34Bobby Bare A Dear John Letter 1964 (Warped 6425) Amazon
35Stevie Wonder Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours You've Got Mail Amazon

Ya Got Trouble

We’re going the free form route today, celebrating an eclectic blend of gospel with the likes of Clara Ward and Patsy Cline, country greats from The Sons of the Pioneers and Skeets McDonald, doo wop street corner ballads from The Sheppards and The Royals, and vocals from Nat King Cole, Ethel Waters, and John Hiatt. Oh, in addition to a few choice show tunes, we’ll touch on topics of tears, loneliness, great speckled birds, and a visit to Treasure Island with Satchmo. Quarantine offers time for reflection but it also offers time for enjoying the sounds of deeper tracks. And that’s what you get day in and day out on Community Radio for Sonoma County. Join us.

No.
1Artist Title Album Buy
2Robert Preston & Company Ya Got Trouble – The Music Man Warner Bros.: 75 Years Of Film Music – Songs (3) Amazon
3Clara Ward (Solo) When We Get Up There Golden Gospel Gals 1949-1959 [Disc 2] Amazon
4Gospel Hebrews Jesus Is All Over Me Boddie Recording Company: Cleveland, Ohio Amazon
5The Blind Boys Of Alabama He's Alright Jesus Rocked The Jukebox: Small Group Black Gospel (1951-1965) Amazon
6Chosen Gospel Singers Prayer for the Doomed 20 Gospel Greats Amazon
7Patsy Cline Life's Railway To Heaven Jubilation! Great Gospel Performances: Vol. 3: Country Gospel Amazon
8Elvis Presley If We Never Meet Again Amazing Grace – His Greatest Sacred Performances (Disc 1) Amazon
9Nat King Cole I'll Never Say "Never Again" Again Chronological Classics: Nat King Cole 1949-50 Amazon
10Evie Sands I'll Never Be Alone Again Any Way That You Want Me Amazon
11Roger McGuinn If We Never Meet Again Back from Rio Amazon
12The Sons Of The Pioneers One More River To Cross Okeh Western Swing Amazon
13Dale Watson Cryin' to Cryin' Time Again Dale & Ray Amazon
14Ray Charles Crying Time Genius – The Ultimate Ray Charles Collection Amazon
15Willie Nelson Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain Artist's Choice: Sheryl Crow Amazon
16Blue Mountain I'm Thinking Tonight Of My Blue Eyes Roots Amazon
17Ralph Stanley I'm Thinking Tonight Of My Blue Eyes [Album Version] A Distant Land To Roam: Songs Of The Carter Family Amazon
18Lucinda Williams Great Speckled Bird Ramblin' Amazon
19The Louvin Brothers The Great Speckled Bird Close Harmony [Disc 8] Amazon
20Mac Wiseman The Wild Side Of Life Most Requested Amazon
21Skeets McDonald Don't Let The Stars Get In Your Eyes Skeets McDonald – One Classic Album & Singles Collection Amazon
22The Royals Moonrise Money Honey – Rise of the Black Vocal Group 51-53 Amazon
23The Sheppards Pretend You're Still Mine OKeh Rhythm & Blues Amazon
24Louis Armstrong On Treasure Island Rhythm Saved The World Amazon
25Eddie Cantor Makin' Whoopee – The Eddie Cantor Story Warner Brothers 75 Years of Film Music (2) Amazon
26Judy Garland & The M-G-M Studio Chorus The Trolley Song (from "Meet Me in St. Louis") Somewhere Over The Rainbow: The Golden Age Of Hollywood Musicals [Disc 2] Amazon
27The Rhythm Wreckers Never No Mo' Blues White Country Blues (1926-1938) Amazon
28Ethel Waters Buds Won't Bud Hollywood Swing & Jazz: Hot Numbers [Disc 1] Amazon
29Lena Horne Stormy Weather Lena Horne: A Musical Anthology Amazon
30John Hiatt Gone Crossing Muddy Waters Amazon
31Tony Bennett I Left My Heart in San Francisco The Essential Tony Bennett [Columbia/Legacy] Disc 1 Amazon
32The Treniers Say Hey (the Willie Mays Song) OKeh Rhythm & Blues Amazon
33Creedence Clearwater Revival Bad Moon Rising The Classic Sixties: Late '60s Amazon

Country Road Songs

A while back we explored road songs in the genres of blues and tradition. This week’s show complements the theme with a country flavor. Songs of the lonesome road, the lost highway, the wrong highway taken, as well as hitting the road with those classic country kings of the road and highway queens. We’ll hear some early Waylon Jennings, bluegrass from Bill Monroe, trucker laments from Red Simpson, and a tribute to the Carters on the Road to Kaintuck. We’ve battened down the hatches, closed shop, and are practicing social distancing as if our lives (and those of our neighbors) depended on it. Join Dave Stroud on a KWTF Friday evening remote production of Deeper Roots.

 

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1Artist Title Album Buy
2Bonus Track CB Radio Chatter Eighteen Wheelers! Twisted Tales from the Truckstops Amazon
3Johnny Darrell It's A Rough Old Road To Travel The Beginning Of The End – The Existential Psychodrama In Country Music (1956-1972) Amazon
4Don Gibson Lonesome Road 1961-1962 Amazon
5Jimmie Skinner Lonesome Road Blues 1960-1962 (Warped 6188) Amazon
6Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys Travelin' This Lonesome Road All The Classic Releases 1937-1949 [Disc 4] Amazon
7Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys Rocky Road Blues All The Classic Releases, 1937-1949 [Disc 3] Amazon
8The Carter Family It's a Long Road to Travel Alone Carter Family, vol. 2: 1935-1941 (Disc 5) Amazon
9Johnny Cash Wide Open Road Get Rhythm [Sun] Amazon
10Johnny Cash Hit The Road And Go (The Rambler) Come Along And Ride This Train [Disc 4] Amazon
11Johnny Cash Further on Up the Road American V: A Hundred Highways Amazon
12Billy Bob Thornton & The Peasall Sisters Road To Kaintuck Anchored In Love: A Tribute To June Carter Cash Amazon
13Lefty Frizzell Make That One for the Road a Cup of Coffee 1962-1965 (Warped 6382) Amazon
14Wayne Hancock Man Of The Road A-Town Blues Amazon
15Rig Rock Deluxe Six Days On The Road Rig Rock Deluxe Amazon
16Red Simpson Six Days on the Road The Best of Red Simpson: Country Western Truck Drivin' Singer Amazon
17Tiny Harris Endless Black Ribbon Lonesome Highway Songs Amazon
18Billy Grammer Gotta Travel On Hard To Find 45s On CD: Pop & Country Classics Amazon
19Henson Cargill A Very Well Traveled Man Skip a Rope Amazon
20Faron Young Traveling On This Is Faron Young / My Garden Of Prayer Amazon
21Roger Miller King Of The Road Country Legends Amazon
22Tom T. Hall Once Upon a Road Sings Dixie & Tom T. Amazon
23Billy Walker Headin' Down the Wrong Highway Billy Walker – 1954-1957 Amazon
24Waylon Jennings The Road Love of The Common People Amazon
25Dolly Parton Traveling Man 1971 Amazon
26Nikki Lane Highway Queen Highway Queen Amazon
27Johnny Horton Lost Highway Honky Tonk Man: The Essential Johnny Horton 1956-1960 (2 of 2) Amazon
28Gibson Brothers Highway In The Ground Amazon
29John Hartford Wrong Road Again Good'le Days: Essential Recordings Amazon
30Rice, Rice, Hillmann & Pedersen Somewhere on the Road Tonight Out of the Woodwork Amazon
31Ralph Stanley I'm Going Down The Road [3/3/80] Poor Rambler [Disc 1] Amazon
32Grandpa Jones Down The Old Plank Road An American Original Amazon
33Del McCoury/Marty Stuart Let Us Travel, Travel On Compadres: An Anthology of Duets Amazon
34Steve Earle Hillbilly Highway Essential Steve Earle Amazon

Night at the Opry & Ryman

All live recordings this week, all from the Grand Ole Opry and the Ryman Auditorium. From its early years in a modest Insurance Building as the WSM Barn Dance, the Grand Ole Opry, for all its staid tradition, has become the capitol of country music. Selectively provincial from early on, it brought together country, gospel, and bluegrass radio listeners well into the Golden Age of Country. Deeper Roots digs into the dusty digital archives for recordings from those times in this week’s show plus brings you some new sounds that have grown from the early seeds sown by Uncle Dave Macon, Roy Acuff and George Hay. We’ve got Bill Monroe, Hank Williams, and the Oak Ridge Quartet filling time alongside the Old Crow Medicine Show and Rhonda Vincent. Join in the revelry!

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1Artist Title Album Buy
2Roy Acuff Night Train To Memphis Hit The Road -Grand Ole Opry Live Classics Amazon
3Stonewall Jackson Old Showboat (Live at the Grand Ole Opry 1970) Singles Amazon
4Hank Snow I've Been Everywhere Hit The Road -Grand Ole Opry Live Classics Amazon
5Bobby Bare Detroit City Hit The Road -Grand Ole Opry Live Classics Amazon
6The Osborne Brothers Take This Hammer Bluegrass at the Opry Amazon
7George Hamilton IV Abilene Hit The Road -Grand Ole Opry Live Classics Amazon
8Patsy Cline Walkin' After Midnight Live at the Opry Amazon
9Hank Williams I Just Don't Like This Kind of Living Grand Ole Opry Time Amazon
10Dave Dudley Six Days On The Road Hit The Road -Grand Ole Opry Live Classics Amazon
11Porter Wagoner & Dolly Parton The Last Thing On My Mind Grand Ole Opry Classic Collection: Duets Amazon
12Johnny Cash & June Carter Cash Jackson Grand Ole Opry Classic Collection: Duets Amazon
13Patsy Cline Just A Closer Walk With Thee [Live (Ryman Auditorium)] The Patsy Cline Collection Amazon
14Oak Ridge Quartet Ole Time Religion Grand Ole Opry Time Amazon
15Oak Ridge Quartet Lead Me to That Rock Grand Ole Opry Time Amazon
16Ronnie Dunn & Rebecca Lynn Howard If I could Only Win Your Love Grand Ole Opry Classic Collection: Duets Amazon
17Bill Monroe Can You Hear Me Callin' Bluegrass at the Opry Amazon
18Mac Wiseman Jimmie Brown The Newsboy Bluegrass Legands – Live At The Ryman Amazon
19Rhonda Vincent Hit Parade Of Love Bluegrass Legands – Live At The Ryman Amazon
20Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs Back Up and Push 1953-X6-XX Grand Old Opry Amazon
21Ricky Skaggs & Emmylou Harris Could You Love Me One More Time Grand Ole Opry Classic Collection: Duets Amazon
22Glen Campbell & Steve Wariner The Hand That Rocks The Cradle Grand Ole Opry Classic Collection: Duets Amazon
23Jim & Jesse Wild Georgia Boy Bluegrass at the Opry Amazon
24The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band Grand Ole Opry Song Will the Circle Be Unbroken [Bonus Tracks] Disc 1 Amazon
25Old Crow Medicine Show Welcome To The Ryman Live at the Ryman Amazon
26Old Crow Medicine Show Tell It To Me Live at the Ryman Amazon
27Emmylou Harris & The Nash Ramblers Smoke Along The Track At The Ryman [Live] Amazon
28Marty Stuart Orange Blossom Special Live at the Ryman Amazon
29Band Of Horses Everything's Gonna Be Undone (Live Acoustic) Acoustic At The Ryman (Live) Amazon
30Marty Stuart Hillbilly Rock Live at the Ryman Amazon
31Levon Helm No Depression In Heaven Ramble at the Ryman Amazon
32Minnie Pearl Comedy Grand Ole Opry Time Amazon
33Levon Helm Evangeline Ramble at the Ryman Amazon

International Women’s Day ’20

Blues, folk, and plenty of tradition. Songs that celebrate sisters in a fight for equal rights. That’s right. This is still part of the conversation in the 21st century. The right to vote. The right to equal pay. And the right to choose. There is still exclusivity beyond measure and yet gender equality is still a topic, not a reality. This week’s show stands up for International Women’s Day, held this past Sunday, March 8th, around the world. Deeper Roots digs deep for soul from Aretha, Nina, and Betty Wright, blues from Lucille Bogan  and Bessie Smith, and fresh sounds from Amy Rigby, TLC, and the Secret Sisters on a Friday morning in Sonoma County. Join us.  #EachforEqual #IWD2020.

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1Artist Title Album Buy
2Betty Wright Clean Up Woman Funk Soul Sisters Amazon
3Aretha Franklin Respect Queen Of Soul: The Atlantic Recordings [Disc 1] Amazon
4Aretha Franklin Chain Of Fools 30 Greatest Hits [Disc 1] Amazon
5TLC No Scrubs Fanmail Amazon
6Destiny's Child Independent Woman, Part 1 Columbia Records' 125th Anniv. Amazon
7Lauryn Hill 246-Doo Wop (That Thing) Columbia Records' 125th Anniv. Amazon
8Lesley Gore You Don't Own Me Dancing Queens [Disc 1] Amazon
9The Secret Sisters You Don't Own Me Anymore You Don't Own Me Anymore Amazon
10Billie Holiday I Get Along Without You Very Well Lady In Satin Amazon
11Helen Reddy I Am Woman AM Gold 1970-1974 Amazon
12Dolly Parton Just Because I'm A Woman Just Because I'm A Woman Amazon
13Dolly Parton 9 To 5 I Will Always Love You – The Essential Dolly Parton Vol. 1 Amazon
14Loretta Lynn The Pill Loretta Lynn Legendery Country Singer Amazon
15Jeannie C. Riley Harper Valley P.T.A. Superstars of Country Easy Loving [Disc 2] Amazon
16Kitty Wells It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels Country Music: A Film By Ken Burns – The Soundtrack [Disc 1] Amazon
17Hazel Dickens & Alice Gerrard Don't Put Her Down You Helped Put Her There The Rounder Records Story Amazon
18Peasall Sisters I Never Will Marry Home to You Amazon
19Amy Rigby Girls Got It Bad Little Fugitive Amazon
20The Miller Sisters Ten Cats Down Rockin' Memphis [Disc 3] Amazon
21Viola Wells (Miss Rhapsody) Were Sisters Under the Skin Were Sisters Under the Skin – Female Blues & Boogie 1944 to 1949 Amazon
22Bessie Smith Sam Jones Blues ABC Of The Blues Vol 39 Amazon
23Georgia White The Blues Ain't Nothin' But A Woman Cryin' For Her Man Blues Classics: '27_'69 [Disc 1] Amazon
24Lucille Bogan Women Won't Need No Men Vol. 1-1923-30 Amazon
25Billie Holiday You Let Me Down Quintessential: Volume 1, 1933 – 1935 Amazon
26Nina Simone Four Women Anthology Disc 1 Amazon
27Bonnie Raitt Women Be Wise Bonnie Raitt Amazon
28Aretha Franklin Think 30 Greatest Hits [Disc 1] Amazon
29Eric Bibb, Rory Block & Maria Muldaur My Sisters And Brothers Sisters & Brothers Amazon