Category Archives: Mountain Music

California’s Burning

We are remembering what happened here in Sonoma County last October when the firestorm hit, devastating communities and lives. Over 5000 homes and dozens of lives were lost. Disaster struck overnight and our music today reflects back with songs of disaster, songs of burning hell, and music that reminds us that Mother Nature will have its way. Blues from John Lee Hooker and Howlin’ Wolf, traditional country gospel from Bill Neely and Kitty Wells, and more in a Friday evening remembrance.

1Artist Title Album Buy
2The David Thom Band California's Burning That Old Familiar Amazon
3Under The Radar Ride These Flames Beyond The Niche Amazon
4Kitty Wells He Will Set Your Fields on Fire Dust on the Bible (1959) Amazon
5Kilby Snow, Mike Seeger He Will Set Your Fields On Fire Close To Home: Old Time Music From Mike Seeger's Collection, 1952-1967 Amazon
6Clyde Moody 06 – Where There's Smoke (There's Bound to Be Fire) The Hillbilly Waltz King Amazon
7Bill Neely Satan's Burning Hell Texas Law & Justice Amazon
8Howlin' Wolf The Natchez Burning Blues From Hell Amazon
9John Lee Hooker Burning Hell The Ultimate Collection 1948-1990 [Disc 2] Amazon
10John Lee Hooker The Motor City Is Burning The Definitive Collection Amazon
11Otis Spann Burning Fire The Great Blues Men Amazon
12Bob Brozman American House Fire Blues Fire in the Mind Amazon
13Dave Alvin Barn Burning King Of California Amazon
14Dave Alvin California's Burning Dave Alvin and The Guilty Women Amazon
15John Mellencamp Eden Is Burning John Mellencamp Amazon
16Dixon Brothers The School House Fire Down In The Basement: Joe Bussard's Treasure Trove Of Vintage 78s: 1926-1937 Amazon
17J. H. Howell Burning Of Cleveland School Classic Field Recordings Amazon
18Max Steiner And The MGM Studio Orhestra Atlanta in Flames Gone With the Wind Amazon
19Dixie Jubilee Singers & Bryant's Jubilee Quartet What's You Gonna Do When The World's On Fire? Dixie Jubilee Singers (1924-1928) & Bryant's Jubilee Quartet (1931) Amazon
20Selah Jubilee Singers I'm Tormented In The Flames Complete Recorded Works – Vol. 1 (1939-1941) Amazon
21Sisters Of Song In God's House Fire In My Bones : Raw + Rare + Otherworldly African-American Gospel, 1944-2007 Amazon
22Mandolin Orange Wildfire Blindfaller Amazon
23Lightnin' Hopkins Burnin' in L.A. Po' Lightnin' Amazon
24D.L. Menard/Eddie LeJeune/Ken Smith Les Flammes D'Enfer (The Flames of Hell) The Best of Louisiana Music [Rounder] Amazon
25Jude Taylor and His Burning Flames Burnin Flames Special Putomayo Presents Zydeco Amazon
26Buckwheat Zydeco Where There's Smoke There's Fire Menagerie Amazon
27Buddy Miller Fire and Water Universal United House Of Prayer Amazon
28Janiva Magness Your House Is Burnin' Love Wins Again Amazon

Carl Sandburg’s Songbag

Published in 1927, populist poet Carl Sandburg’s anthology of American folksongs was in print for over 70 years. It influenced generations of musicians and is a cornerstone in the foundation of American folk and tradition. Sandburg himself described it as a “ragbag of stripes and streaks of color from nearly all ends of the earth…rich with the diversity of the United States.” Today’s show pulls samples from the book featuring performances by Dan Zanes, Bob Dylan, The Weavers, The Blue Sky Boys, and David Rawlings. True Americana from the deeper wells of America’s music.

1Artist Title Album Buy
2Zora Layman & The Hometowners When The Curtains Of The Night Are Pinned Back By The Stars Howdy! 25 Hillbilly All-Time Greats Amazon
3Johnny Cash The Streets of Laredo Come Along And Ride This Train [Disc 2] Amazon
4Sons of the Pioneers Lone Star Trail Songs of the Prairie – CD2 Amazon
5Tex Ritter Whoopee Ti Yi Yo (Git Along Little Dogies) Have I Stayed Away Too Long Amazon
6The Weavers Get Along Little Dogies The Weavers Almanac Amazon
7Woody Guthrie Buffalo Skinners (traditional, arr. Woody Guthrie) Woody at 100: The Woody Guthrie Centennial Collection [Disc 2] Amazon
8Oscar Brand The Tenderfoot Pie In The Sky Amazon
9The Blue Sky Boys Trail To Mexico American Roots- A History Of American Folk Music: [Disc 1] Amazon
10Marc Williams The Little Old Sod Shanty On My Claim Howdy! 25 Hillbilly All-Time Greats Amazon
11Mac Wiseman Turkey In The Straw Sings Old Time Country Favorites Amazon
12The Blue Sky Boys Who's Gonna Shoe Your Pretty Little Feet Presenting The Blue Sky Boys Amazon
13Dan Zanes I Was Born Almost Ten Thousand Years Ago Parades And Panoramas: 25 Songs Collected By Carl Sandburg For The American Songbag Amazon
14Dan Zanes California Parades And Panoramas: 25 Songs Collected By Carl Sandburg For The American Songbag Amazon
15Hylo Brown Sweet Betsy From Pike Legends & Tall Tales Amazon
16BR5-49 Sweet Betsy from Pike Song of America Amazon
17Tennessee Ernie Ford Who Will Shoe Your Pretty Little Foot This Lusty Land Amazon
18Gid Tanner & The Skillet Lickers The Old Gray Mare And The Skillet Lickers Vol. 2 Amazon
19David Rawlings Money Is the Meat in the Coconut Poor David's Almanack Amazon
20Kilby Snow Chicken Reel (Folk) Masters of Old-Time Country Autoharp Amazon
21The Everly Brothers Who's Gonna Shoe Your Pretty Little Feet Songs Our Daddy Taught Us Amazon
22Carolina Chocolate Drops Sourwood Mountain Dona Got A Ramblin' Mind Amazon
23Molly Mason & Jay Ungar The Lover's Lament The Lovers' Waltz Amazon
24Marty Robbins Red River Valley All-Time Greatest Hits Amazon
25Dick Curless Red River Valley A Tombstone Every Mile (7CD Set) CD2 (1950-1969) Amazon
26The Doc Watson Family One Morning In May Tradition Amazon
27Dave Van Ronk Kentucky Moonshiner Inside Dave Van Ronk Amazon
28Otis Redding Down In The Valley Dreams To Remember: The Otis Redding Anthology [Disc 1] Amazon
29Slim Whitman Down In The Valley Country Greats #2 Amazon
30Bob Dylan Froggie Went A-Courtin' Good As I Been To You Amazon
31Tex Ritter Froggie Went A-Courtin' Singing In The Saddle Amazon
32Dan Zanes The Monkey's Wedding Parades And Panoramas: 25 Songs Collected By Carl Sandburg For The American Songbag Amazon
33Doc Watson The Ship That Never Returned My Dear Old Southern Home Amazon
34Hank Penny It Ain't Gonna Rain No More King Of Hillbilly Bebop [Disc 1] Amazon

Ships Upon the Sea

A wayfaring lot…music that touches on seafaring tragedies, punctuated by the loss of that most famous of them all: the HMS Titanic. This week’s show will focus on music that commemorated the ships that were lost at sea; tragedies that were headlines around the world; songs of the seafaring life and the sailors and crew that were a part of it.  The stories are told in songs from the wells of tradition. We’ll hear from Frank Hutchison, Papa Harvey Hull, Pink Anderson, The Dillards and Dan Zanes. We’ll also hear some classic maritime music from the Smithsonian catalogs. Blues, country, folk, and so much more…all celebrating those ships upon the sea and the ones we lost along the way.

1Artist Title Album Buy
2Bob Gibson Titanic Joy Joy! The Young and Wonderful Bob Gibson Amazon
3Rory Block Titanic (When That Great Ship Went Down) Confessions of A Blues Singer Amazon
4Pink Anderson The Ship Titanic Gospel, Blues, and Street Songs Amazon
5Charley Jordan Titanic Blues Charley Jordan Volume 2 1931-1934 Amazon
6Hi Henry Brown Titanic Blues 21 Classic Blues Songs From The 1920's Vol. 10 Amazon
7Bessie Jones And Group The Titanic Alan Lomax Collection Sampler Amazon
8Papa Harvey Hull & "Long Cleve" Reed Sinking Of The Titanic Never Let The Same Bee Sting You Twice Amazon
9Richard (Rabbit) Brown Sinking Of The Titanic Times Ain't Like They Used To Be – Volume 1 Amazon
10Lead Belly Titanic The Definitive Leadbelly [Disc 3] – Leaving Blues Amazon
11Frank Hutchison The Last Scene Of The Titanic If You Take Me Back Amazon
12Clyde Spencer And Harry Fannin The Sinking Of The Titanic Folksongs Of Another America: Field Recordings From The Upper Midwest, 1937-1946 [Disc 1] Amazon
13Tom Darby & Jimmie Tarlton After The Sinking Of The Titanic On The Banks Of A Lonely River Amazon
14Roy Acuff The Great Titanic compliments of Amazon
15Woody Guthrie When That Great Ship Went Down This Land Is Your Land: The Asch Recordings Vol. 1 Amazon
16Ralph Stanley Storms Are On The Ocean [Album Version] A Distant Land To Roam: Songs Of The Carter Family Amazon
17Gordon Lightfoot The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald Songbook [Box Set] Disc 3 Amazon
18Jimmie Driftwood The Ship That Never Returned Americana, Vol. 3 Amazon
19Little Jimmy Dickens When The Ship Hit The Sand The Essential "Little" Jimmy Dickens Amazon
20Arlo Guthrie with The Dillards The Sinking of the Ruben James Thirty Two Cents Postage Due Amazon
21June Carter Cash Sinking in the Lonesome Sea Wildwood Flower Amazon
22Ashley Monroe The Storms Are On The Ocean Orthophonic Joy: The 1927 Bristol Sessions Revisited Amazon
23Cowboy Copas A Thousand Miles of Ocean Settin' Flat On Ready Amazon
24Red Allen Out on the Ocean Lonesome and Blue: The Complete County Recordings Amazon
25The Country Gentlemen Take Me In A Lifeboat The Early Rebel Recordings [Disc 2] Amazon
26Dan Zanes Across The Western Ocean Parades And Panoramas: 25 Songs Collected By Carl Sandburg For The American Songbag Amazon
27The Dicey Doh Singers The Sloop John B. Classic Maritime Music Amazon
28Sam Eskin Clear Away the Track and Let the Bullgine Run Classic Maritime Music Amazon
29Henry Morrison & St. Simon's Island Singers I'm Gonna Sail Like A Ship On The Ocean Sounds of the South [Disc 3] – Negro Church Music & White Spirituals Amazon
30Louis Prima & Keely Smith Barnacle Bill The Sailor Breaking It Up! Amazon

Dead Roots

While the lyrics and music of Robert Hunter took the Grateful Dead into remarkable directions, codifying their place among the bands of the latter half of the 20<sup>th</sup> century, by the time they reached their peak their roots were already firmly established. Their early music was clearly anchored in the sounds of tradition, reaching from the Appalachians to the Texas Gulf Coast. We’ll hear early (and contemporary) performances that inspired the band with songs of Blind Willie Johnson, Red Allen, The Mississippi Sheiks, Henry Thomas and Obray Ramsey. The landscape we’ll traverse includes blues, gospel, hillbilly, and folk…no Dead music, only music that served to inspire. This week on Sonoma County Community radio.

1Artist Title Album Buy
2David Grisman/Jerry Garcia Been All Around This World Been All Around This World Amazon
3Dave Van Ronk Hang Me, Oh Hang Me Dave Van Ronk Amazon
4Obray Ramsey Rain And Snow Best Of The Troubadours Amazon
5Vince Martin & Fred Neil I Know You Rider Tear Down The Walls/Bleecker & MacDougal Amazon
6Henry Thomas Dont Ease Me In Ragtime Texas Complete Recorded Works 1927-29 Amazon
7The Memphis Jug Band On The Road Again Times Ain't Like They Used To Be – Volume 1 Amazon
8The Memphis Jug Band Stealin' Stealin' Memphis Jug Band Vol. 2 (1928-1929) Amazon
9Cannon's Jug Stompers Viola Lee Blues First Time I Met the Blues (When the Sun Goes Down series) Amazon
10Hammie Nixon Viola Lee Blues Living Country Blues: An Anthology Disc 3 Amazon
11The Monroe Brothers Rosa Lee McFall Early Blue Grass Music Amazon
12Prairie Ramblers Deep Elem Blues White Country Blues (1926-1938) Amazon
13Mississippi Sheiks Sittin' On Top of the World Columbia Records' 125th Anniv. Amazon
14Roscoe Holcomb Sittin' On Top of the World Classic Piedmont Blues from Smithsonian Folkways Amazon
15Dillard Chandler Rain and Snow Classic Mountain Songs from Smithsonian Folkways Amazon
16The Chieftains Rain And Snow Down The Old Plank Road: The Nashville Sessions Amazon
17Gus Cannon's Jug Stompers Minglewood Blues Bob Dylan Presents: Cover to Cover – The Originals Amazon
18Jim Kweskin, Geoff Muldaur, et. al. New Minglewood Blues Jug Band Extravaganza Amazon
19Blind Willie Johnson Nobody's Fault But Mine Various Artists: Bob Dylan – Cover To Cover – The Originals VOL. 2 [Disc 3] Amazon
20Sister Rosetta Tharpe Nobody's Fault But Mine The Great Gospel Women Amazon
21Rev. Pearly Brown Nobody's Fault But Mine You're Gonna Need That Pure Religion Amazon
22Lightnin' Hopkins See That My Grave Is Kept Clean The Real Blues Brothers Vol. 2 Amazon
23Lightnin' Hopkins One Kind Favor Jake Head Boogie Amazon
24Memphis Slim Next Time You See Me The Greatest Hits Of Amazon
25Bob Dylan Jack-A-Roe World Gone Wrong Amazon
26Joan Baez Jack-A-Roe Rare, Live & Classic [Box] (3 of 3) Amazon
27The Sunshine Boys What's the Matter With Deep Elem The Western Swing: Doughboys, Playboys, and Cowboys – Oakie Boogie [Disc 4] Amazon
28Red Allen Deep Elem Blues The Folkways Years 1964 – 1983 Amazon
29The Light Crust Doughboys Sittin' On Top Of The World 1936-1941 Amazon
30Dock Walsh In The Pines In The Pines – Tar Heel Folk Songs And Fiddle Tunes – Old-Time Music Of North Carolina 1926-1936 Amazon
31John Sebastian Minglewood Blues Chasin' Gus' Ghost Amazon

The Document Label

Get your morning cuppa roots sounds with a look at the record label whose catalog is overflowing with some of the most important recordings of the 20th century. From the birth of the blues to the birth of jazz; from the earliest gospel jubilee sounds of the deep South to the the electrifying sacred steel sounds of the late century; from the hillbilly string bands to the hokum sounds of the urban South…it’s all there. Document Records has amassed one of the world’s most revered collections of Americana out there and you can tune into Sonoma County community radio for a sampler of the music that has survived the century’s shift in technology , infiltrated our culture, and influenced performers to this day.

1Artist Title Album Buy
2Frank Hutchison Stackalee [Vocal] Worried Blues [Disc 1] Amazon
3Frank Hutchison The Deal Old Time Music From West VI : Old-Time Music From West Virgi Amazon
4The Allen Brothers Skipping And Flying Allen Brothers Complete Recorded Works Vol. 1 Amazon
5Sam McGee Buck Dancer's Choice Complete Recorded Works 1926-34 Amazon
6Georgia Yellow Hammers White Lightning The Georgia Yellow Hammers And Associates Vol. 4 "White Lightning – 1929-1931 Amazon
7Kirk & Sam McGhee Brown's Ferry Blues Complete Recorded Works 1926-34 Amazon
8Charley Jordan Just A Spoonful Charley Jordan Volume 1 1930-1931 Amazon
9Blind Willie McTell Searching The Desert For The Blues Bill Wyman's Blues Odyssey [Disc 1] Amazon
10Peetie Wheatstraw Kind-Hearted Blues Too Late, Too Late, More Newly Discovered Titles And Alternate Takes. Vol. 4 Amazon
11Barbecue Bob Barbecue Blues Barbecue Any Old Time – Blues From The Pit 1927-1942 Amazon
12Frankie 'Half-Pint' Jaxon Come On Mama, Do That Dance Bill Wyman's Blues Odyssey [Disc 1] Amazon
13Blind Arvella Gray Have Mercy, Mr. Percy Blues From Maxwell Street Amazon
14Charlie Spand Ain't Gonna Stand For That (Pm 12856, 15454–) The Rise & Fall of Paramount Records, Volume 2 (1928-1932) Amazon
15Leroy Carr Don't Start No Stuff 1934-1941 Amazon
16Laura Rucker St. Louis Blues Female Blues Singers Vol. 13 R/S (1921-1931) Amazon
17Rosa Henderson Don't Advertise Your Man (Take A) Vol. 2-Vocal Blues & Jazz Amazon
18Memphis Mose Hear Me Beefin' at You Georgia Tom – Complete Recorded Works Vol. 1 (September 1928 – 5 February 1930) Amazon
19Butterbeans and Susie Elevator Papa, Switchboard Mama Please Warm My Weiner (Old Time Hokum Blues) Amazon
20Big Maceo Won't Be A Fool No More Big Maceo Vol. 2 "Big City Blues" (1945 – 1950) Amazon
21Tampa Red Let Me Play With Your Poodle Rude Dudes Amazon
22Nora and Delle Get Away From My Window Jazzin' The Blues Vol. 3 Amazon
23W.C. Handy St. Louis Blues Jazzin' the Blues Amazon
24Cleo Brown I'll Take The South (You Take The East, Take The West, Take The North) Complete Recorded Works (March 1935 – June 1935) Amazon
25The Harlem Hamfats She's Trickin' Me Harlem Hamfats Vol. 1 1936 Amazon
26Babe Wallace Git It ('Cause I Love To See You Wid It) Jazzin the Blues Vol. 5 (1930 – 1953) Amazon
27Rev. Lonnie Farris A Closer Walk To Thee Electric / Slide Guitar Gospel Amazon
28Rev. Utah Smith I Got Two Wings Electric / Slide Guitar Gospel Amazon
29Sister O. M. Terrell The Bible's Right Country Gospel 1946-1953 Amazon
30Sister Rosetta Tharpe My Journey to the Sky Mighty Day – 25 Gospel Greats Amazon
31Sister Goldia Haynes Traveling Great Gospel Performers: Complete Recording Sessions in Chronological Order, 1937-1950 Amazon
32Rev. Robert Ballinger This Train Mighty Day – 25 Gospel Greats Amazon

Clouds & Silver Linings

Clouds & Silver Linings
Clouds & Silver Linings

The past few months have been brutal for democracy. There is no silver lining in sight but this week’s music will nonetheless feature some songs of hope: our theme is one of clouds and silver linings. It’s meant to give a two hour break (if that’s at all possible) to the malevolent stewing cauldron that is brewing in the most sacred halls of our democracy. We’ll discard with the political music this week and simply ride a topical wave featuring a blend of jazz, country, gospel, rock, and pop. Tune in for music from Van Morrison, The Sons of the Pioneers, George Gershwin, Dave Van Ronk, and Pops Staples…to name but a few…this week on Sonoma County community radio.

1Artist Title Album Buy
2Jimmy Martin Pray The Clouds Away Jimmy Martin & The Sunny Mountain Boys 1954-1974 [Disc 2] Amazon
3Bill Cox The Clouds Gwine Roll Away 78s Amazon
4Doc & Merle Watson The Clouds Are Gwine to Roll Away On Stage Amazon
5Hylo Brown Clouds Gonna Roll Away Legends & Tall Tales Amazon
6Delmore Brothers God Put a Rainbow in the Clouds Hillbilly Boogie Best Amazon
7Dave Van Ronk Clouds (From Both Sides Now) A Chrestomathy [Disc 1] Amazon
8George Gershwin Kickin' The Clouds Away The Platinum Collection Amazon
9Annette Hanshaw There Must Be a Silver Lining The Personality Girl, Vol. 3, 1926-1928 Amazon
10Jim Hall Look for the Silver Lining Complete Jazz Guitar Amazon
11Dave Brubeck Look For The Silver Lining Time Signatures: A Career Retrospective Amazon
12Marion Harris Look For The Silver Lining 50 #1 Hits Of The '20s & '30s Amazon
13Django Reinhardt Clouds The Classic Early Recordings In Chronological Order [Disc 1] Amazon
14Django Reinhardt Liza (All The Clouds'll Roll Away) 1944-1946 Amazon
15Maurice Chevalier Sweeping the Clouds Away Maurice Chevalier: The Greatest Hits Amazon
16Johnny Hamp And His Kentucky Serenaders Up In The Clouds Johnny Hamp at Archive Amazon
17The Louvin Brothers You'll Meet Him In The Clouds Close Harmony [Disc 6] Amazon
18Alison Krauss Cloudy Days Every Time You Say Goodbye Amazon
19Sons of the Pioneers Cottage in the Clouds 1941 vol 1 (Warped 4108) Amazon
20Johnny Ray The Little White Cloud That Cried Magic Moments Amazon
21Red Norvo Trio, George Shearing Quintet Midnight on Cloud 69 Midnight on Cloud 69 Amazon
22The Blind Boys Of Alabama God Put A Rainbow In The Cloud I'll Find A Way Amazon
23Pops Staples Hope in a Hopeless World Father Father Amazon
24Moonalice Silver Lining Dave's Way Vol 4 Amazon
25First Aid Kit My Silver Lining Stay Gold Amazon
26Simon & Garfunkel Cloudy Old Friends Disc 2 Amazon
27Laurie Lewis & Kathy Kallick Flying Cloud Sing The Songs Of Vern & Ray Amazon
28Hank Snow The Boogie Woogie Flying Cloud Southern Cannonball Amazon
29Bonnie Raitt Silver Lining [Radio Edit Version] The Best of Bonnie Raitt on Capitol 1989-2003 [US] Amazon
30Rilo Kiley Silver Lining The Craft of Music, Vol. 2 Amazon
31Bunch Of Kids/Eddie Hodges/Frank Sinatra High Hopes Sinatra 80th: All the Best Disc 2 Amazon

Celebrating the Circle

Celebrating the Circle
Celebrating the Circle

This week, Dave Stroud revisits the seminal release of 1972 that brought together multiple generations of musicians, introducing a new generation of listeners to their music and, in some cases, to each other. Will The Circle Be Unbroken was a concept made real by The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, then a “bunch of long-haired West Coast boys” (as Roy Acuff would describe them) and the talent that they were able to muster would influence country, bluegrass, and rock for decades to come. In addition to the big names of decades before them like Roy Acuff, Maybelle Carter, and Jimmy Martin, the Dirt Band would bring together lesser known names like Vassar Clements, Norman Blake, and Oswald Kirby to make an album that is as fresh and listenable today as it was then. We’ll feature tracks from the album alongside some of the original performances by these legendary masters.

1Artist Title Album Buy
2The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band Will the Circle Be Unbroken Will the Circle Be Unbroken [Bonus Tracks] Disc 2 Amazon
3The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band I'm Thinking Tonight of My Blue Eyes Will the Circle Be Unbroken [Bonus Tracks] Disc 2 Amazon
4Carter Sisters/Mother Maybelle Carter Fair and Tender Ladies Keep on the Sunny Side: Her Life in Music Disc 1 Amazon
5Maybelle Carter The Storms are on the Ocean Friends Of Old Time Music [Disc 1] Amazon
6Mother Maybelle & The Carter Sisters WIldwood Flower The Winding StreamThe Carters, The Cashes And The Course Of Country Music Amazon
7The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band Wreck on the Highway Will the Circle Be Unbroken [Bonus Tracks] Disc 1 Amazon
8Roy Acuff & His Smoky Mountain Boys Wreck On The Highway The Essential Roy Acuff Amazon
9Roy Acuff Pins & Needles (In My Heart) King of Country Music [Disc 3] : Fireball Mail Amazon
10The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band Pins and Needles (In My Heart) Will the Circle Be Unbroken [Bonus Tracks] Disc 2 Amazon
11Jimmy Martin Sunny Side Of The Mountain Jimmy Martin & The Sunny Mountain Boys 1954-1974 [Disc 3] Amazon
12The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band Sunny Side of the Mountain Will the Circle Be Unbroken [Bonus Tracks] Disc 1 Amazon
13Jimmy Martin You Don't Know My Mind Jimmy Martin & The Sunny Mountain Boys 1954-1974 [Disc 2] Amazon
14Jimmy Martin Ocean Of Diamonds Jimmy Martin & The Sunny Mountain Boys 1954-1974 [Disc 1] Amazon
15The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band Nine Pound Hammer Will the Circle Be Unbroken [Bonus Tracks] Disc 1 Amazon
16Merle Travis Nine Pound Hammer American Roots- A History Of American Folk Music [Disc 3] Amazon
17Merle Travis Dark As a Dungeon Bob Dylan Presents: Cover to Cover – The Originals Amazon
18Merle Travis I Am A Pilgrim The Best of Merle Travis Amazon
19Doc Watson/Merle Watson Black Mountain Rag Black Mountain Rag Amazon
20Doc Watson/Merle Watson Down Yonder Black Mountain Rag Amazon
21The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band Down Yonder Will the Circle Be Unbroken [Bonus Tracks] Disc 2 Amazon
22The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band Lonesome Fiddle Blues Will the Circle Be Unbroken [Bonus Tracks] Disc 2 Amazon
23Earl Scruggs/Foggy Mountain Boys/Lester Flatt Nashville Skyline Rag The Essential Earl Scruggs (2 of 2) Amazon
24Lester Flatt, Earl Scruggs & The Foggy Mountain Boys Earl's Breakdown [78rpm Version] 16 Biggest Hits Amazon
25Hank Williams Wait For The Light To Shine Lost Highway December 1948 – March 1949 Amazon
26Leon Payne Lost Highway Country & Western Hit Parade 1948 Amazon
27The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band Lost Highway Will the Circle Be Unbroken [Bonus Tracks] Disc 2 Amazon
28The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band I Saw the Light Will the Circle Be Unbroken [Bonus Tracks] Disc 1 Amazon
29Hank Williams I Saw The Light Hank Williams – A Country Legend (3) Amazon
30The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band Honky Tonk Blues Will the Circle Be Unbroken [Bonus Tracks] Disc 2 Amazon
31The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band Orange Blossom Special Will the Circle Be Unbroken [Bonus Tracks] Disc 2 Amazon

Field Recording Covers

Field Recording Covers
Field Recording Covers

Coming up on our last live show of May, what better way but to dig just a little bit deeper into some of the field recordings of the first half of the 20th century that found popularity in the country, blues, and popular charts. Some of these songs had the ‘right’ rhythm or struck a chord with the message they sent. While most were traditional pieces by the time the musicologists had arrived with their primitive recording machines, others were original and told just the right story. We’ll hear Eric Clapton, Aaron Copland, B.B. King, and Tom Waits right alongside the originals done by Smith Casey, Gwen Foster, Belton Reese, and Ora Dell Graham.

1Artist Title Album Buy
2Warner Williams With Jay Summerour Worried Life Blues Blues Highway Amazon
3Thomas "Jaybird" Jones Worried Life Blues Field Recordings, Vol. 3: Mississippi (1936-1942) Amazon
4David Edwards Worried Life Blues Library of Congress Alan Lomax Collection Amazon
5Eric Clapton & B.B. King Worried Life Blues Riding With The King Amazon
6Agustus "Track Horse" Haggerty Hattie Green Texas Field Recordings – 1934-1939 Amazon
7George Hamilton IV Abilene Classic Country Amazon
8Rouse Brothers My Family Circle Classic Field Recordings Amazon
9The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band Will The Circle Be Unbroken Appalachian Stomp: Bluegrass Classics Amazon
10Ace Johnson w/L. W. Gooden Mama Don't Low No Swingin' Out In Here Field Recordings Vol. 6: Texas (1933-1958) Amazon
11Doc Watson Mama Don't Allow No Music Memories Amazon
12W. M. Stepp Bonapartes Retreat Country & Western, Vol.2 [Disc 1] Amazon
13Aaron Copland, London Symphony Orchestra & William Warfield Rodeo – Four Dance Episodes (Instrumental): IV. Hoedown Copland Conducts Copland (Expanded Edition) Amazon
14Dock Reed Down on Me Field Recordings, Vol. 4: Mississippi & Alabama (1934-1942) Amazon
15Big Brother & the Holding Company Down on Me Rock: Train Kept a Rollin' Disc 1 Amazon
16Ozella Jones Prisoner Blues Field Recordings, Volume 7 : Florida Amazon
17Fiona Apple Criminal Tidal Amazon
18Smith Casey East Texas Rag Texas Field Recordings – 1934-1939 Amazon
19Tom Waits The Soul Of A Man God Don't Never Change: The Songs Of Blind Willie Johnson Amazon
20Johnnie Barfield Everybody's Tryin' To Be My Baby Classic Field Recordings Amazon
21Carl Perkins Everybody's Trying To Be My Baby Dixie Fried Amazon
22Gwen Foster How Many Biscuits Can I Eat? Classic Field Recordings Amazon
23Mac Wiseman How Many Biscuits Can You Eat Sings Old Time Country Favorites Amazon
24Belton Reese Bile Dem Cabbages Down Field Recordings – Vol 9 – Georgia, SC, NC,Virginia, Kentucky (1924-39) Amazon
25Doc Watson Boil Them Cabbage Down Milestones Amazon
26Smith Casey West Texas Blues Texas Field Recordings – 1934-1939 Amazon
27John Jackson West Texas Blues Front Porch Blues Amazon
28Ora Dell Graham Shortenin' Bread Field Recordings, Vol. 3: Mississippi (1936-1942) Amazon
29Lee Dorsey Shortnin' Bread The Ep Collection…Plus Amazon
30John Dudley Cool Drink Of Water Blues Parchman Farm: Photographs And Field Recordings: 19471959 Amazon
31Vassar Clements Cool Drink of Water Livin' with the Blues Amazon
32Capitol City Laundry Quartet Ezekiel Saw The Wheel Field Recordings Vol. 12: Virginia & South Carolina (1936-1940) Amazon
33Louis Armstrong Ezekiel Saw De Wheel Louis And The Good Book Amazon
34Doyle Lawson/Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver Ezekiel Saw the Wheel School of Bluegrass Disc 1 Amazon
35James Shorty, Viola James, And Congregation Jesus On The Main Line Sounds of the South [Disc 3] – Negro Church Music & White Spirituals Amazon
36Ry Cooder Jesus On The Mainline Paradise And Lunch (Remaster 2013) Amazon

Waltzes, Polkas, and Two-Steps

Waltzes, Polkas and Two-Steps
Waltzes, Polkas & Two-Steps

It’s all about the traditional and popular dance music celebrated in the song of the past century. The show opens with the recognition of folk dance’s lineage, those ancestral elements that inhabit a very large part of our need to communicate and celebrate as a society. Most of the early rhythms we’ll hear to start the show are a blend of ancestral folk but we’ll also share the sound of popular dance. Tune in for country, pop, and folk sounds including cajun sounds from Michael Doucet, old-timey guitar and fiddle sounds of Darby and Tarlton, Tejano polka from Flaco Jimenez, and plenty more waltzes, polkas, and two steps.

1Artist Title Album Buy
2The Morrison Twin Brothers String Band Ozark Waltz Arkansas at 78 RPM: Corn Dodgers & Hoss Hair Pullers Amazon
3Tom Darby & Jimmie Tarlton Alto Waltz Darby & Tarlton – Disc A (Atlanta 1927-29) Amazon
4Pee Wee King Tennessee Waltz Country & Western Hit Parade 1948 Amazon
5BeauSoleil Cajun Midnight Waltz The Mad Reel Amazon
6Texas Troubadours Gardenia Waltz Almost To Tulsa: The Instrumentals Amazon
7Ernest Tubb Waltz Across Texas Ernest Tubb: The Definitive Collection Amazon
8Junior Brown My Baby Don't Dance To Nothing But Ernest Tubb 12 Shades of Brown Amazon
9Louise Massey & The Westerners Squeeze Box Polka Country & Western, Vol.2 [Disc 5] Amazon
10Flaco Jiminez Tico Taco Polka Buena Suerte, Seqorita Amazon
11Merle Travis & Joe Maphis Beer Barrel Polka Country Guitar Giants Amazon
12Doyle Lawson/Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver Polka on the Banjo School of Bluegrass Disc 1 Amazon
13Spade Cooley & the Western Swing Dance Gang Feat. Tex Williams Cowbell Polka Shame On You Amazon
14Arthur Smith Rock And Rye Polka Here Comes the Boogie Man Amazon
15The Collins Kids Rock And Roll Polka Hop, Skip & Jump [Disc 1] Amazon
16Buck Owens Buck's Polka Buck 'Em: The Music Of Buck Owens (1955-1967) Amazon
17The Hot Frittatas Il Pensiero Polka What's Next ? Amazon
18R. Crumb And His Cheap Suit Serenaders La Gima Polka Singing In The Bathtub Amazon
19Chet Atkins New Spanish Two Step Guitar Legend – RCA Years (Disc 2) Amazon
20Beau Jocque & The Zydeco Hi-Rollers Beau's Cajun Two Step Beau Jocque Boogie Amazon
21Doug Kershaw Mamou Two-Step The Best Of Doug Kershaw Amazon
22Byrd Moore Favourite Two Step Gennett Old Time Music 1927-34 Amazon
23Zydeco Force Shaggy Dog Two-Step Alligator Stomp 5: The Next Generation Amazon
24Clifton Chenier Louisiana Two Step Louisiana Blues and Zydeco Amazon
25Paul Whiteman & His Orchestra Charleston [1925] The Charleston Era Amazon
26Aiken County String Band Charleston Rag (1927) Work Hard, Play Hard, Pray Hard: Hard Time, Good Time, And End Time Music, 1923-1936 Amazon
27Sons of the Pioneers Square Dance Songs of the Prairie – CD4 Amazon
28Red Foley Sugarfoot Rag Square Dance Hillbilly Fever [Disc 3] Amazon
29Chet Atkins Cosmic Square Dance Chet Picks On The Grammys Amazon
30Johnnie Lee Wills Square Dance Boogie The Western Swing: Doughboys, Playboys, and Cowboys – Oakie Boogie [Disc 4] Amazon
31Freeny's Barn Dance Band Mississippi Square Dance – Part 2 The Cornshucker's Frolic Vol. 1: Downhome Music And Entertainment From The American Countryside Amazon
32Wanda, Ruth Neal Round Town Girls Flowers In The Wildwood Amazon
33Blue Ridge Highballers Round Town Girls Lead Kindly Light Amazon
34Doc Watson/Merle Watson Guitar Polka Black Mountain Rag Amazon

Higher Power Country Gospel

Higher Power
Higher Power

We visit the classic sounds of country and bluegrass with thematic overtones of gospel. The love of country music often had its roots in a performer’s childhood memories of community church and the sound that would evolve from country and bluegrass provided a tone that grew from those memories…with a tenor that could easily echo the word’. The greatest of them elevated their popularity with their flock by invoking the name of that higher power of God and church in the community of bluegrass: The Stanley Brothers, Mac Wiseman, Ricky Skaggs, Doyle Lawson, and even country groups like the The Louvin Brothers and The Whitstein Brothers made gospel a core of their repertoire.

1Artist Title Album Buy
2The Louvin Brothers There's A Higher Power Satan Is Real Amazon
3The Whitstein Brothers Way Up On The Mountain Sing Gospel Songs of the Louvins Amazon
4Fern Jones I Do Believe The Glory Road Amazon
5Kitty Wells I Heard My Saviour Call Dust on the Bible (1959) Amazon
6Kitty Wells (I've Got My) One-Way Ticket to the Sky Dust on the Bible (1959) Amazon
7Milton Estes Hish! Somebody's Calling My Name Favorite Sacred Songs Amazon
8Brother Claude Ely Fare You Well Satan Get Back Amazon
9King's Sacred Quartette Turn Your Radio On Heartwarming Gospel – 18 Best of King Gospel Amazon
10J.E. Mainer Workin' On A Building Heartwarming Gospel – 18 Best of King Gospel Amazon
11The Carter Family God Gave Noah The Rainbow Sign Jubilation! Great Gospel Performances: Vol. 3: Country Gospel Amazon
12The Carter Family On My Way To Canaan's Land Take Me To The Water Amazon
13The Delmore Brothers The Wrath Of God Favorite Sacred Songs Amazon
14The Stanley Brothers Over the Glory Land 16 Greatest Gospel Hits Amazon
15The Stanley Brothers My Lord's Going To Set Me Free Hymns & Sacred Songs Amazon
16Mac Wiseman I'm Using My Bible For A Road Map Grassroots To Bluegrass Amazon
17Mac Wiseman Dust On The Bible Grassroots To Bluegrass Amazon
18Ricky Skaggs Hallelujah I'm Ready Family And Friends Amazon
19The Johnson Mountain Boys Springtime in Glory Stained Glass Hour: Bluegrass and Old-Timey Gospel Music Amazon
20Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver Jesus Gave Me Water Jubilation! Great Gospel Performances: Vol. 3: Country Gospel Amazon
21George Jones & Tammy Wynette Let's All Go Down To The River Jubilation! Great Gospel Performances: Vol. 3: Country Gospel Amazon
22Moore & Napier Gathering In The Sky Heartwarming Gospel – 18 Best of King Gospel Amazon
23Elvis Presley I'm Gonna Walk Dem Golden Stairs He Touched Me: The Gospel Music of Elvis Presley Disc 1 Amazon
24Willie Nelson Sweet Bye and Bye Old Time Religion Amazon
25Johnny Cash Unclouded Day Voice of the Spirit, Gospel of the South Amazon
26Chuck Wagon Gang/The Jordanaires Down the Road 70th Anniversary Amazon
27The Corley Family Way To Glory Land (1929) Work Hard, Play Hard, Pray Hard: Hard Time, Good Time, And End Time Music, 1923-1936 Amazon
28The Corley Family Give The World A Smile Down In The Basement: Joe Bussard's Treasure Trove Of Vintage 78s: 1926-1937 Amazon
29Anonymous (Knight Home-recording Disc) Beautiful Mansions of Gold …I Listen to the Wind That Obliterates My Traces Amazon
30Ex-Governor Alf. Taylor's Old Limber Quartet Brother Noah Built an Ark …I Listen to the Wind That Obliterates My Traces Amazon
31Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives Long Walk to Heaven Saturday Night / Sunday Morning Amazon
32Elvis Presley Working on the Building Amazing Grace: His Greatest Sacred Songs Disc 1 Amazon
33Willie and Bobbie Nelson I'll Fly Away Farther Along Amazon
34Buddy Holly True Love Ways From the Original Master Tapes Amazon