Category Archives: Folk and Tradition

The Great American Songbook

Something different this week. We’ll be reflecting on the Spring Issue of a magazine that cuts through the heart of what we love doing here on both Blue Moon Americana as well as Deeper Roots. There are a handful of publications that make the cut but No Depression magazine is truly special and the Spring 2021 issue is something to revel in. The writing, the artists, and the arc of ‘The Great American Songbook’, from Stephen Foster to Louis Armstrong is given thoughtful and insightful treatment. Our show this week puts a soundtrack with a century of America’s music explored: Dock Boggs’ Pretty Polly, George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, The Blue Sky Boys’ cover of Knoxville Girl, and some incredible Latin vocals from one Omara Portuondo. The magazine is worth the read and the music is worth a listen. Tune in on a Saturday among the Sonoma County skies for the best of community radio.

No.
1Artist Title Album Buy
2Paul Robeson Joe Hill Songs of Free Men Amazon
3George Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue Nipper's Greatest Hits: The 20's Amazon
4Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong Summertime Porgy & Bess Amazon
5Chick Webb & His Orchestra A-Tisket, A-Tasket Ken Burns Jazz [Disc 2] Amazon
6Loudon Wainwright III You Rascal You (I'll Be Glad When You're Dead) I'd Rather Lead a Band Amazon
7Dinah Washington They Didn't Believe Me (from "The Swingin' Miss D") Dinah Washington: Eight Classic Albums Amazon
8Billie Holiday Autumn in New York Ken Burns Jazz Amazon
9Omara Portuondo El Hombre Que Se Fue (The Man That Got Away) Black Magic (Magia Negra) Amazon
10Desi Arnaz Holiday In Havana The Best of Desi Arnaz: The Mambo King Amazon
11Perez Prado Cuban Mambo Rumba Gone Mambo Amazon
12Xavier Cugat Papa Loves Mambo Lounge Music Goes Latin Amazon
13Stephen Foster Beautiful Dreamer The Songs of Stephen Foster Amazon
14John Prine My Old Kentucky Home, Goodnight Beautiful Dreamer: the Songs of Stephen Foster Amazon
15Laurie Lewis & Kathy Kallick Oh! Susanna Sing The Songs Of Vern & Ray Amazon
16Mavis Staples Hard Times Come Again No More Beautiful Dreamer: the Songs of Stephen Foster Amazon
17Dock Boggs Pretty Polly 78s Amazon
18Dirk Powell I Ain't Playing Pretty Polly When I Wait For You Amazon
19The Blue Sky Boys Story Of The Knoxville Girl Absolutely Bluegrass Amazon
20Nelstone's Hawaiians Village School The Harry Smith B-Sides Amazon
21Dock Boggs Oh Death Dock Boggs Is Legendary Amazon
22Ray Charles Georgia on My Mind Genius & Soul: The 50th Anniversary Collection Disc 2 Amazon
23Ella Fitzgerald Night And Day Night And Day: The Cole Porter Songbook Amazon
24Bettye LaVette Blues For The Weepers Blackbirds Amazon
25Carl Sandburg All Night Long Folk Song America-A 20th Century Revival [Disc 1] Amazon
26The Carter Family Hello Stranger Carter Family, vol. 2: 1935-1941 (Disc 3) Amazon
27The Stoneman Family Too Late The Harry Smith B-Sides Amazon
28Mississippi John Hurt Nobody's Dirty Business The Harry Smith B-Sides Amazon
29M. Ward Along the Santa Fe Trail Migration Stories Amazon
30Ella Fitzgerald In The Still Of The Night Music & Moonlight Amazon

Lead Belly’s Legacy

Deeper Roots goes deeper this Friday morning. We’ll be sharing the songs of tradition and folk blues from an artist who opened up a world to a generation of followers in the 1940s and 1950s. With the witting arm of Alan Lomax as his promoter and benefactor, Huddie Ledbetter’s music would get wings and find its place in America’s traditional music lexicon. This week’s show, like last week’s Bill Monroe special, revisits the music that he was identified with, much of which he is credited with bringing into this world, or at least opening our eyes to. We’ll hear from Doug Sahm, Red Smiley, Odetta, The Weavers, Bob Dylan, and many others on a show that celebrates a giant of America’s songbook. Tune into KOWS radio every Friday morning at 9 Pacific for a new episode of a show that’s heading into it’s ninth year here on KOWS Community Radio.

Covering Bill Monroe

The music of Bill Monroe is the theme of our show today. We’ll be featuring some classic tunes from the Monroe catalog including some traditional tunes as well as those written by the master himself. The performers include those from all walks:  Ray Charles, Elvis, Doc Watson, Bruce Hornsby, and a collection of bluegrass favorites including Jim & Jessie McReynods, Ricky Skaggs, The Seldom Scene and a couple dozen others; all of them covering Bill Monroe’s music with some loyal to the arrangements while others putting their own spin on it. Join Dave Stroud once again for a collection of sounds from those dusty digital bins, those deeper wells, here on Sonoma County Community’s own community radio. Free Form. Free Speech. No Bull. Your alternative radio station in the North Bay.

No.
1Artist Title Album Buy
2Elvis Presley Working On The Building Amazing Grace – His Greatest Sacred Performances (Disc 1) Amazon
3Ray Charles Blue Moon Of Kentucky (Swingova) Complete Country & Western Recordings: 1959-1986 [Disc 2] Amazon
4John Fogerty Blue Moon Of Kentucky Songs of Bill Monroe Amazon
5Leon Russell Uncle Pen Hank Wilson's Back [Bonus Tracks] Amazon
6The Louvin Brothers What Would You Give In Exchange For Your Soul Close Harmony [Disc 8] Amazon
7The Devil Makes Three What Would You Give (In Exchange for Your Soul) Redemption & Ruin Amazon
8Jerry & Tammy Sullivan Wicked Path Of Sin Legend Lives on-a Tribute to Bill Monroe Amazon
9Jim & Jesse McReynolds Wicked Path Of Sin Music Among Friends Amazon
10Emmylou Harris & The Nash Ramblers Walls Of Time At The Ryman [Live] Amazon
11The Johnson Mountain Boys Walls Of Time Bill Monroe Centennial Celebration: A Classic Bluegrass Tribute Disc 2 Amazon
12Hazel And Alice True Life Blues Bill Monroe Centennial Celebration: A Classic Bluegrass Tribute Disc 2 Amazon
13Bruce Hornsby & Ricky Skaggs Toy Heart (Live) Ricky Skaggs and Bruce Hornsby: Cluck Ol' Hen (Live) Amazon
14Red Allen Sweetheart, You Done Me Wrong The Folkways Years 1964 – 1983 Amazon
15The Million Dollar Quartet Sweetheart You Done Me Wrong The Million Dollar Quartet: 50th Anniversary Special Edition Amazon
16Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs Six White Horses 1957-1959 (Warped 5722) Amazon
17The Bluegrass Band Six White Horses 2nd Cut Amazon
18Doc Watson The Girl In The Blue Velvet Band Good Deal! Amazon
19Mac Wiseman The Girl In The Blue Velvet Band Great Folk Ballads Amazon
20Doc Watson/Merle Watson Roll on Buddy Doc Watson on Stage (Featuring Merle Watson) Amazon
21Ramblin' Jack Elliott Roll On Buddy The Essential Ramblin' Jack Elliott Amazon
22Doc Watson My Rose of Old Kentucky Memories Amazon
23Dwight Yoakam Rocky Road Blues Big Mon – The Songs of Bill Monroe Amazon
24Gene Vincent and His Blue Caps Rocky Road Blues The Forgotten 45s 1957-1959 (CD2) Amazon
25Doc & Merle Watson New River Train Remembering Merle – Live Recordings 1976-1979 Amazon
26The Seldom Scene Little Georgia Rose Act 3 Amazon
27Earl Scruggs/Foggy Mountain Boys/Lester Flatt Molly and Tenbrooks (The Race Horse Song) The Essential Earl Scruggs (1 of 2) Amazon
28Don Reno & Bill Harrel With The Tennessee Cut-Ups Molly And Tenbrooks 20 Bluegrass Favorites Amazon
29Tony Rice Unit Midnight on the Stormy Deep Hills Of Home: 25 Years Of Folk Music On Rounder Records Amazon
30Doc Watson Midnight on The Stormy Deep Riding the Midnight Train Amazon
31John Hartford, Ronnie McCoury Little Cabin Home On The Hill True Life Blues – The Songs of Bill Monroe Amazon
32Elvis Presley Little Cabin On the Hill Elvis Country Amazon
33Bill Monroe & His Bluegrass Boys Uncle Pen Decca Country Classics 1934-1973 [Disc 2] Amazon

Wide Open Places

A bright future is in store….that’s our story and we’re stickin’ to it! Today’s show contains an inordinate amount of upbeat tickers including a trip to Tulsa with Asleep at the Wheel, a Fats Waller song about those wide open places, a journey following the North Star with Rhiannon Giddens, The Boswells, Hank Williams, Les Paul, and a whole lot more. We’re in a free form mood on a Friday morning here in Sonoma County, celebrating the Twelve Days of Inauguration the best way we know how.  Join us on Sonoma County Community radio from the Deeper Roots Den with your host Dave Stroud, celebrating our democracy in a big, big way.

No.
1Artist Title Album Buy
2Fats Waller (Take Me Back To) The Wide Open Places compliments of grimriper2u@yahoo.com Amazon
3Asleep at the Wheel Take Me Back to Tulsa The Very Best of Asleep at the Wheel Since 1970 Amazon
4Robert Gordon Take Me Back Are You Gonna Be The One Amazon
5Elizabeth Cotten And Brenda Evans Shake Sugaree Theme Time Radio Hour – Season 3 – [Disc 1] Amazon
6Jerry Garcia Sugaree Garcia Amazon
7Elizabeth Cotten Freight Train Smithsonian Folkways American Roots Collection Amazon
8Les Paul The Lonesome Road (feat. Mary Ford) [Remastered] 100 (100 Original Tracks – Remastered) Amazon
9Sam Cooke Jeanie With The Light Brown Hair Swing Low Amazon
10John Lee Hooker I Cover The Waterfront Mr. Lucky Amazon
11The Ravens Deep Purple The Greatest Group of Them All Amazon
12Rhiannon Giddens Following the North Star Freedom Highway Amazon
13Rhiannon Giddens I'm On My Way There Is No Other Amazon
14Geraint Watkins Heart of Stone Rush of Blood Amazon
15Paul Thorn Soon I Will Be Done Don't Let The Devil Ride Amazon
16James Carr Pouring Water On A Drowning Man Theme Time Radio Hour With Your Host Bob Dylan [Disc 1] Amazon
17The Pilgrim Travelers I Never Knew Joy Before 101 Great Black Gospel, Vol. 1 Amazon
18Reliable True Tones I Came a Long Way This May Be My Last Time Singing: Raw African-American Gospel on 45RPM, 1957-1982 Amazon
19Paramount Singers There's A Leak In This Old Building 15 Down Home Gospel Classics Amazon
20Rick Danko When I Get My Just Rewards Cryin' Heart Blues Amazon
21John Fahey Texas & Pacific Blues (My Bucket's Got A Hole In It) Your Past Comes Back – Disc 5 Amazon
22Dave Alvin & the Guilty Men Dark Eyes Public Domain: Songs from the Wild Land Amazon
23Hank Williams My Bucket's Got A Hole In It Hank Williams – A Country Legend (1) Amazon
24Boswell Sisters Everybody Loves My Baby Boswell Sisters Amazon
25Fats Waller Dry Bones Music By Fats Waller Amazon
26Ivie Anderson Five O'clock Whistle Cocktail Hour Amazon
27Cleo Brown Breakin' In A Pair Of Shoes The Legendary Cleo Brown Amazon
28Danny Kaye Oh By Jingo! Danny Kaye The Best of Amazon
29Mae West He's A Bad, Bad Man The Mae West Collection Amazon
30Rosanne Cash I Still Miss Someone Kindred Spirits: A Tribute To The Songs Of Johnny Cash Amazon
31Mark Knopfler Rear View Mirror Down The Road Wherever Amazon
32Levon Helm & The RCO All-Stars Sing, Sing, Sing Levon Helm & The RCO All-Stars Amazon
33Geraint Watkins It's a Beautiful Day Watkins Bold as Love Amazon

The Itinerant Life

The Great Depression brought to the forefront the blight of runaway capitalism and a country that was not prepared to put safeguards in place for working people, let alone the working poor, until FDR’s New Deal in the 30s. By then it was too late for the many itinerant homeless and impoverished migrant workers who moved from town to town by any means necessary, looking for hope amongst communities of those equally disenfranchised. The itinerant life brought about its own language, hieroglyphics, and rule of law. Our show today rides the rails with the music; songs of the itinerant life. We’ll hear from the likely suspects like Woody and Cisco, Doc Watson, Jimmie Rodgers, and Harry Choates as well as the Goose State Ramblers’ story of Ole Olson, Norman and Nancy Blake’s tale of Hobo Bill, Montana Slim, and Bob Dylan. Tune in Friday morning for the best in roots sounds on the might KOWS Community Radio. 92.5 FM on your dial.

No.
1Artist Title Album Buy
2Norman & Nancy Blake The Hobo's Last Ride The Hobo's Last Ride Amazon
3Hank Williams Ramblin' Man (Single Version) Beyond The Sunset Amazon
4Johnny Bond I'm Pounding The Rails Again Put Me To Bed Amazon
5Hank Thompson & His Brazos Valley Boys Lobo The Hobo Seven Decades Amazon
6Del McCoury Lonesome Hobo Del McCoury – 1967-1971 Amazon
7Bob Dylan Only A Hobo Another Self Portrait (1969-1971): The Bootleg Series, Vol. 10 [Disc 1] Amazon
8The Band Hobo Jungle Northern Lights-Southern Cross Amazon
9Jimmie Rodgers Hobo Bill's Last Ride (1930) Jimmy Rodgers: The Singing Bra Amazon
10Doc Watson Rambling Hobo Memories Amazon
11Woody Guthrie Hobo's Lullaby This Land Is Your Land: The Asch Recordings Vol. 1 Amazon
12Cisco Houston Mysteries Of A Hobo's Life The Folkways Years: 1944-1961 Amazon
13Johnny Cash The Hobo Song The Mystery Of Life Amazon
14Goose Island Ramblers Ole Olson, the Hobo From Norway Polkabilly Amazon
15Rod Stewart Only A Hobo Gasoline Alley Amazon
16Molly O'Day The Tramp On The Street Country Boy's Dream Amazon
17The Carter Family Western Hobo The Carter Family 1927 – 1934 [Disc 2] Amazon
18Cisco Houston Hobo Bill The Folkways Years: 1944-1961 Amazon
19The Delmore Brothers Happy Hicky – The Hobo Charlotte, NC 1936-371 [Disc 2] Amazon
20Jimmie Rodgers Hobo's Meditation Recordings 1927 – 1933 [Disc 4] Amazon
21Emmylou Harris Hobo's Lullaby Folkways: A Vision Shared-A Tribute To Woody Guthrie And Leadbelly Amazon
22Goebel Reeves Hobo's Lullaby Country: The American Tradition [Disc 1] Amazon
23Grandpa Jones Hobo Bill Pickin' & A-Grinnin' Amazon
24Roy Acuff Poor Hobo compliments of grimriper2u@yahoo.com Amazon
25Harry Choates Poor Hobo Fiddle King Of Cajun Swing Amazon
26Kelly Joe Phelps Hobo's Son Shine Eyed Mister Zen Amazon
27Montana Slim (Wilf Carter) I Ain't Gonna Be A Hobo No More Wilf Carter – Selected Sides 1933-41 Amazon
28J.D. Wilkes Hoboes Are My Heroes Fire Dream Amazon
29Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt, Emmylou Harris Hobo's Meditation Trio Amazon
30Doc & Merle Watson The Hobo Down South Amazon
31Hank Williams Men With Broken Hearts Beyond The Sunset Amazon
32The Stoneman Family I Want To Wander 28 Big Ones Amazon

License To Vote

We’ve waited four years so there’s no need for any more hopes, prayers, or incantations. Our way of American life is on the line. The choice is ours. As our image says: “Vote as you please, but please vote.” We’re kicking off the five day countdown with a collection of music featuring political songs, songs about voting, democracy, freedom, and civil rights; ; all of which are currently threatened by this administration and its sycophants, traitors, and rats. We’ll hear from Steve Goodman, Sweet Honey in the Rock, Bob Dylan, The New Christy Minstrels, and (of course) Roy Zimmerman, all of whom touch on one or more of our topics of the day. We’ve got free speech, no bull radio here in Sonoma County and Deeper Roots will take this Friday out to use a bullhorn to ask that you go out and vote, for heaven’s (and democracy’s) sake. We need to turn this ship around and this is our best opportunity.

No.
1Artist Title Album Buy
2Roy Zimmerman My Vote My Voice My Right The Faucet's On Fire Amazon
3Charles Bukowski Face of a Political Candidate Underwater Poetry Festival Amazon
4Ellis Paul Election Day The Storyteller's Suitcase Amazon
5Steve Earle Snake Oil Ain't Ever Satisfied: The Steve Earle Collection (2 of 2) Amazon
6Keb' Mo' Featuring Rosanne Cash Put A Woman In Charge Put A Woman In Charge Amazon
7Sweet Honey In The Rock We Want The Vote! Chant The Women Gather Amazon
8Mayor Richard Daley Press Conference on the Riots at the Democratic Convention Great Speeches of the 20th Century Amazon
9Norman & Nancy Blake The Democratic Donkey (Is In His Stall Again) The Hobo's Last Ride Amazon
10Utah Phillips The rich will not permit you to vote away their wealth Making Speech Free Amazon
11Bruce Cockburn Call It Democracy Anything Anytime Anywhere (Singles 1979-2002) Amazon
12Todd Snider Talking Reality Television Blues Cash Cabin Sessions, Vol. 3 Amazon
13Dan Zanes Lincoln And Liberty Parades And Panoramas: 25 Songs Collected By Carl Sandburg For The American Songbag Amazon
14Ry Cooder One Cat, One Vote, One Beer My Name Is Buddy Amazon
15Leonard Cohen Democracy More Best of Leonard Cohen Amazon
16The New Christy Minstrels My Name is Liberty Green, Green Amazon
17Carolina Chocolate Drops Day of Liberty Divided & United: The Songs of the Civil War Amazon
18Sweet Honey In The Rock Give The People Their Right To Vote! The Women Gather Amazon
19Bob Dylan Chimes Of Freedom Another Side Of Bob Dylan Amazon
20Bryan Sutton Battle Cry of Freedom Divided & United: The Songs of the Civil War Amazon
21Arlo Guthrie Presidential Rag Arlo Guthrie Amazon
22Roy Zimmerman The Don Rize Up Amazon
23Randy Newman Mr. President (Have Pity on the Working Man) Good Old Boys [Expanded] Disc 1 Amazon
24Chad Mitchell Trio Your Friendly, Liberal, Neighborhood Ku-Klux-Klan The Best Of The Chad Mitchell Trio The Mercury Years Amazon
25Willie Nelson Vote Em Out Vote 'Em Out Amazon
26Roy Zimmerman Sweeney Trump Rize Up Amazon
27Moss Henry Crazy at the Wheel Crazy at the Wheel (Single) Amazon
28Jay & The Americans Only In America Come A Little Bit Closer – The Best of Jay and The Americans Amazon
29The Tillers All You Fascists Bound to Lose The Tillers Amazon

Mama’s Getting Hot

Free Form Friday is considered the calm before two upcoming events, both suspenseful in nature. Halloween and Election Day. Halloween because we’ll be sharing some of the haunted reminders as well as social distancing, whereas Election Day will send the right message and send the ghouls, rats, and seditionists scurrying back to their nests. This morning’s music is the bright reminder that good still can come of our situation, taking a time out for music that keeps us centered. We’ll make the leap from Mama Cass to Geraint Watkins, Ella to Laura Nyro, John Prine to The Beach Boys…all in perfect form. Join Dave Stroud for another celebration of a hundred years of America’s music on KOWS radio, a bastion of free speech and no bull, streaming to your ears on www.freespeechnobull.com. And donate to support community radio.

No.
1Artist Title Album Buy
2Jimmie Davis Mama's Getting Hot And Papa's Getting Cold Nobody's Darlin' But Mine Amazon
3Nina Simone Stompin' At The Savoy The Amazing Nina Simone/Nina Simone At Town Hall Amazon
4Louis Armstrong A Kiss To Build A Dream On Magic Moments: Best Of 50's Pop (Disc 2) Amazon
5Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong Dream A Little Dream Of Me C'Est Si Bon Amazon
6Mama Cass Elliot New World Coming Mama's Big Ones Amazon
7The Soul Stirrers Resting Easy Lovely Jazz Gospel & Blues Amazon
8Laura Nyro And When I Die Stoned Soul Picnic: The Best of Laura Nyro (1 of 2) Amazon
9Rosanne Cash Save The Country Time & Love, The Music of Laura Nyro Amazon
10The Civil Wars & T Bone Burnett Long Time Gone (Dustbowl Version) a Place at the Table (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) Amazon
11Levon Helm Rag Mama Rag Ramble at the Ryman Amazon
12John Prine/Miranda Lambert Cold Cold Heart For Better, Or Worse Amazon
13John Prine & Mac Wiseman I Forgot to Remember to Forget Standard Songs for Average People Amazon
14John Prine I Remember Everything I Remember Everything Amazon
15Dave Van Ronk Green, Green Rocky Road Two Sides of Dave Van Ronk Amazon
16Grateful Dead Rosa Lee McFall Reckoning Amazon
17Del McCoury, Doc Watson & Mac Wiseman New Moon Over My Shoulder Mac Doc Del Amazon
18Dolly Parton My Tennessee Mountain Home 1972 Amazon
19Maria Muldaur Any Old Time Maria Muldaur Amazon
20The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band All I Have to Do Is Dream Dirt, Silver & Gold Disc 2 Amazon
21Len Barry 1-2-3 Classic Rock 1965: The Beat Goes On Amazon
22The Beach Boys Heroes and Villains [Track Only][*] Good Vibrations: Thirty Years of the Beach Boys Disc 5 Amazon
23Geraint Watkins Heroes and Villains Dial 'W' for Watkins Amazon
24Geraint Watkins Two Rocks Dial 'W' for Watkins Amazon
25Mink Deville A Train Lady The Mink De Ville Collection Amazon
26The Holmes Brothers (What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding? State Of Grace Amazon
27Nick Lowe Here Comes That Feeling Lay It On Me Amazon
28Brenda Lee Here Comes That Feelin' Queen of Rock 'N' Roll Amazon
29Louis Armstrong Ezekiel Saw De Wheel Louis And The Good Book Amazon
30Sister Rosetta Tharpe Cain't No Grave Hold My Body Down Gospel Train Amazon
31Duane Eddy Streets of Laredo Rebel Rouser Amazon
32Boyd Bennett & His Rockets Cool Disc Jockey Bob Dylan – Radio Radio Vol.5 Amazon
33Fats Domino Blue Monday Bob Dylan Presents: Cover to Cover – The Originals 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!

No.
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

Discovering Document Records

Today’s Deeper Roots show explores the Document label once more but, this time, we’ll be asking Gary and Gillian to tell us more. They’ll share some personal anecdotes about what brought them to their life’s work. So many of us from the baby boomer generation discovered early roots music through covers by bands from our early years that led us to recurring moments of musical revelation. And many of us found ourselves digging, rummaging, exploring, collecting, and listening for those mother lodes of musical treasures that surfaced like bits of gold on that river of time that runs from ‘then’ to the ‘now’. It’s the second part of our interview with this delightful couple from across the pond. Hear their stories of connecting with this music and how it informed their life’s work with Document Records.

No.
1Artist Title Album Buy
2Lil' Son Jackson Rockin' And Rollin' Bill Wyman's Blues Odyssey [Disc 2] Amazon
3Big Bill Broonzy Key to the Highway Columbia Records' 125th Anniv. Amazon
4Deeper Roots Intro and Early Document w Johnny Part Document Interview – Crazy Blues Centennial Amazon
5Peetie Wheatstraw Peetie Wheatstraw Stomp Bill Wyman's Blues Odyssey [Disc 2] Amazon
6Big Bill Broonzy Good Boy Bill Wyman's Blues Odyssey [Disc 2] Amazon
7Deeper Roots Discovery of the Folk and Blues Document Interview – Crazy Blues Centennial Amazon
8The Rolling Stones Confessin' The Blues 12 X 5 Amazon
9Deeper Roots Buys Document Document Interview – Crazy Blues Centennial Amazon
10Major "Big Maceo" Merriweather Kid Man Blues Bill Wyman's Blues Odyssey [Disc 2] Amazon
11Deeper Roots Impact of American Music Document Interview – Crazy Blues Centennial Amazon
12Josh White Nobody Knows You When You're Down And Out In Chronological Order, Volume 6 (1944-45) Amazon
13Deeper Roots Hunting Swap Meets for Blues (With Music) Document Interview – Crazy Blues Centennial Amazon
14Gitfiddle Jim (Kokomo Arnold) Paddlin' Blues Down In The Basement: Joe Bussard's Treasure Trove Of Vintage 78s: 1926-1937 Amazon
15Deeper Roots Growing Up with Music to the Beatles Document Interview – Crazy Blues Centennial Amazon
16Cliff Richard & The Shadows Please Don't Tease Hit The Road Jack: The ABC-Paramount Story Amazon
17The Beatles Anna (Go to Him) Please Please Me Amazon
18Deeper Roots Closing Snippet 1 Document Interview – Crazy Blues Centennial Amazon
19Deeper Roots Document Projects Document Interview – Crazy Blues Centennial Amazon
20Walter 'Cowboy' Washington Ice Pick Mama Bill Wyman's Blues Odyssey [Disc 2] Amazon
21Blind Willie McTell Stole Rider Blues Complete Recorded Works In Chronological Order – Volume 1 – 18 October 1927 to 23 October 1931 Amazon
22Deeper Roots Musical influences Document Interview – Crazy Blues Centennial Amazon
23John Lee Hooker Democrat Man That's My Story Amazon
24Bo Diddley Pretty Thing His Best: The Chess 50th Anniversary Collection Amazon
25Deeper Roots Early music loves Document Interview – Crazy Blues Centennial Amazon
26Freddie & The Dreamers If You Gotta Make a Fool of Somebody A's, B's & EP's Amazon
27James Ray If You Gotta Make A Fool Of Somebody Birth Of Soul: 3 Amazon
28The McCoys Hang on Sloopy Operation Dumbo Drop Amazon

Fall of Empire

Authoritarianism right in our own backyard. What are the signs that we should concern ourselves with? Much has been revealed over the centuries of how power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. While our so-called checks and balances lay down in fear in the face of fascism and the childish fear of being made fun of by the playground bully, the innocents are called terrorists and the terrorists, patriots. Up is down and down is up, right? Music’s been made of the human condition over time and there’s also been books and countless political speeches…and we’re going to take our time today to share the music and speak of the ballot box which is our only weapon, it seems, in a democracy. When cowards and sycophants led by the GOP and Fox News pretend patriotism, we know we’re in trouble and we know that the hard rain is falling. Federal troops are attacking mothers, veterans, and peaceful protesters with impunity and there are no checks. There is no balance. As songwriter R. B. Morris observes, that’s how every empire falls…and you can tune in for inspiration as the August march on Washington is just around the corner.

No.
1Artist Title Album Buy
2Great Big Sea End of the World Great Big CD Amazon
3Danko, Fjeld & Andersen When Morning Comes to America Danko / Fjeld / Andersen Amazon
4Neil Young Bound for Glory Old Ways Amazon
5Willie Nelson Vote Em Out Vote 'Em Out Amazon
6Ray Charles America The Beautiful Ultimate Hits Collection [2 of 2] Amazon
7Ry Cooder Rally 'Round The Flag Boomer's Story Amazon
8The Abyssinian Baptist Church Sanctuary Choir Battle Hymn Of The Republic The Civil War Amazon
9Johnny Cash Ragged Old Flag Ragged Old Flag Amazon
10Joan Baez The President Sang Amazing Grace Whistle Down the Wind Amazon
11The Dixie Hummingbirds Jesus Children of America 20th Century Masters – The Millennium Collection: The Best of the Dixie Hummingbirds Amazon
12R.B. Morris That's How Every Empire Falls Singing Through the Wall. Songs for Western Sahara Amazon
13Simon & Garfunkel America Old Friends Disc 2 Amazon
14Paul Simon American Tune There Goes Rhymin' Simon Amazon
15Neko Case & Her Boyfriends Thrice All American No Depression Compilation – What It Sounds Like Vol. 1 Amazon
16Dr. John The Patriotic Flag-Waiver Babylon Amazon
17Steve Earle Dear Old Flag Divided & United: The Songs of the Civil War Amazon
18Jay & the Americans Only in America Red, White & Rock Disc 2 Amazon
19Jimmy Griggs The Beginning Of The End The Beginning Of The End – The Existential Psychodrama In Country Music (1956-1972) Amazon
20William Elliot Whitmore Civilizations Radium Death Amazon
21Dorothy Love Coates The Kingdom Of Babylon Is Falling Down A City Built 4 Square Amazon
22Bob Dylan Something's Burning, Baby Empire Burlesque Amazon
23Bruce Cockburn Call It Democracy World Of Wonders Amazon
24The Trumpeteers Babylon's Fallen Good News, Vol. 2: Wade In The Water Amazon
25Jerry Lee Lewis End Of The Road A Half Century Of Hits [Disc 1] Amazon
26Roy Zimmerman The Liar Tweets Tonight The Liar Tweets Tonight (Single) Amazon