Category Archives: Folk and Tradition

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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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

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.

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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.

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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

Miles and Miles of Texas

Free Form Friday finds us filling the airwaves with soul, border music, a dose of gospel, blues, and so much more. Join Dave Stroud this week on Deeper Roots as he brings you the stories and the sounds from the past century. As we go into our sixth month of pandemic isolation, we reflect on those lost and those suffering knowing full well that this virus could have been shunted by responsible adults. But we’re confronted with complete and utter idiocy at the highest (and lowest) locales: those who politicize and those pouty little man- and woman-babies who refuse to wear masks. We’ll look past this for two hours as we share soul sounds from James Carr and Bobby Womack, folk-rock anthems from Bob Dylan and John Sebastian, as well as good news gospel from Marion Williams and Sam Cooke. We’ll also go with a tribute to Texas where the suffering is reaching heights unimagined only a few months ago as they continue to suffer from failed leadership. Tune in on Fridays at 9 Pacific.

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1Artist Title Album Buy
2Asleep at the Wheel Miles and Miles of Texas The Very Best of Asleep at the Wheel Since 1970 Amazon
3Charley Crockett Goin' Back To Texas Lonesome As A Shadow Amazon
4Waylon Jennings Bob Wills Is Still The King (Studio Version) RCA Country Legends [Disc 1] Amazon
5Doug Sahm Texas Tornado Best of Sir Douglas 68-75 Amazon
6Bing Crosby Deep In The Heart Of Texas Bing Crosby's Greatest Hits Amazon
7Mark Knopfler Cannibals Golden Heart Amazon
8Sam Cooke (Ain't That) Good News Ain't That Good News Amazon
9Marion Williams Feel Like My Time Ain't Long The Great Gospel Women Amazon
10Clay Hammond Suzy Do It Better Than You Memphis Boys: The Story Of American Studios Amazon
11James Carr Pouring Water on a Drowning Ma The Essential James Carr Amazon
12Nat Hall With The Mellow 3 A Broken Hearted Clown Rare Soul: Groove & Grind 1963-1973 [Disc 3] Amazon
13Bobby Womack How I Miss You Baby The Best Of Bobby Womack: The Soul Years Amazon
14Leroy Washington Baby Please Come Home Rhythm 'n' Bluesin' By The Bayou – Mad Dogs, Sweet Daddies & Pretty Babies Amazon
15Clifton Chenier Choo Choo CH-Boogie Alligator Stomp 2: Cajun Zydeco Classics Amazon
16Slim Harpo I've Got Love If You Want It The Best Of Slim Harpo Amazon
17Slim Harpo I've Got My Finger on Your Trigger The Excello Singles Anthology Disc 2 Amazon
18Jimmy Reed I Wanna Be Loved You Dont Have To Go (The Blues Collection Vol.18) Amazon
19Little Richard Lucille Crazy in Alabama Amazon
20Moose And The Pelicans He's A Rebel So Much Love: A Darlene Love Anthology 1958 – 1998 Amazon
21Doris Troy Just One Look Malt Shop Memories: Save The Last Dance For Me (Disc 2) Amazon
22Gary U.S. Bonds Jole Blon The Best of Gary U.S. Bonds Amazon
23The Neville Brothers Run Joe Fiyo on the Bayou Amazon
24Bob Dylan Mississippi Love and Theft Amazon
25John Sebastian Rainbows All Over Your Blues Faithful Virtue: The Reprise Recordings – Faithful Virtue: The Reprise Recordings [Disc 1] Amazon
26The Lovin' Spoonful Coconut Grove Greatest Hits [Buddha] Amazon
27Cliff Edwards I'm Going to Give "It" To Mary The Collection Amazon
28Mississippi John Hurt Good Morning, Carrie The Complete Studio Recordings: Last Sessions Amazon
29Blind Blake Black Dog Blues (Pm 12464, 4362-1) The Rise & Fall of Paramount Records, Volume 1 (1917-1927) Amazon
30Doc Watson/Merle Watson Red Rocking Chair Black Mountain Rag Amazon
31The Byrds You're Still on My Mind Sweetheart of the Rodeo Amazon
32Gid Tanner & His Skillet Lickers Ya Gotta Quit Kickin' My Dog Aroun' …I Listen to the Wind That Obliterates My Traces Amazon
33Merle Travis & Joe Maphis Say 'Si Si' Country Guitar Giants Amazon
34The Sam Chase Glory Will Never Die 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

Devil In Me

Dark days with the devil. Self-centered, morally lacking, and incapable of empathizing with human kind. Sound like someone you know? This morning’s show finds us down in the hole where Satan never sleeps and where darkness pervades. There’s a very wide range of topics in our show, including the harnessing of the atom, the soul of man, and the valley where Jordan slices across the heart. Hillbillies from hell, a trip to St. James Infirmary, the lion’s den, and the belly of the whale are all to be seen with tracks from Brother Claude, the Jordan River Boys, The Doors, El Radio Fantastique, and Otis Spann in a show that is certain to have you taking stock of yesterday, today, and tomorrow as we make this social distancing a not-so-transient fixture in our lives. Balance this theme against the sun shining bright on a Spring morning in Sonoma County.

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1Artist Title Album Buy
2Harry S. Truman Speeches, Truman, Harry S. The First Atomic Bomb Attack On Japan Aug 06, 1945 Great Speeches of The 20th Century – Volume 2 – the Changing World Amazon
3The Louvin Brothers The Great Atomic Power Close Harmony [Disc 7] Amazon
4El Radio Fantastique Devil Inside Me Waking the Dead Amazon
5The Doors Moonlight Drive [Version 1] The Doors [Bonus Tracks] Amazon
6Johnny Cash The Man Comes Around[Early] Unearthed Vol 3 – Redemption Songs Amazon
7Jordan River Boys When the Moon Goes Down in the Valley of Time When the Moon Goes Down in the Valley of Time: African-American Gospel, 1939-51 Amazon
8John Fogerty Goin' Back Home Eye Of The Zombie Amazon
9Timi Yuro Satan Never Sleeps I'm So Hurt Amazon
10Louis Armstrong & All His Stars St. James Infirmary (Gambler's Blues) Satchmo Plays King Oliver Amazon
11Hoyt Axton The Devil American Originals Amazon
12Lead Belly Black Betty Lead Belly: The Smithsonian Folkways Collection Amazon
13Elvis Presley Run On Artist of the Century Disc 2 Amazon
14Sister Rosetta Tharpe Jonah Vol. 3-1946-47 Complete Record Amazon
15Elizabeth Cook And The Grascals The Great Atomic Power Song of America Amazon
16The Louvin Brothers River of Jordan Long Play Collection Amazon
17Brother Claude Ely I Want To Go To Heaven Satan Get Back Amazon
18Ralph Stanley Are You Washed In The Blood A Mother's Prayer Amazon
19George Jones Please Take the Devil Out of Me Heartbreak Hotel (Gonna Shake This Shack) Amazon
20Tom Waits The Soul Of A Man God Don't Never Change: The Songs Of Blind Willie Johnson Amazon
21Eels Fresh Blood Hombre Lobo Amazon
22Tom Waits Way Down In The Hole Beautiful Maladies: The Island Years Amazon
23Bill Jennings Billy In The Lion's Den Wailin' Vol. 1 Amazon
24Otis Spann It Must Have Been The Devil Walking The Blues Amazon
25Jack Leonard A Visit From The Devil Hillbillies In Hell (Country Music's Tormented Testament 1952-1974) Amazon
26Anita Carter Satan's Child Hillbillies In Hell – Country Music's Tormented Testament (1952-1974) The Final Chapter Amazon
27The Devil Makes Three Down In The Valley Redemption & Ruin Amazon
28Julie Miller The Devil Is an Angel 15 Years of American Music Amazon
29The Youngbloods Darkness, Darkness Get Together: The Essential Youngbloods Amazon
30Solomon Burke/Zucchero Diavolo in Me (A Devil in Me) Zucchero & Co. Amazon
31Paul Thorn Don't Let The Devil Ride Don't Let The Devil Ride Amazon
32Hank Williams The Devil's Train Lovesick Blues August 1947 – December 1948 Amazon

More Murder Ballads

In our Friday morning episode, we’re revisiting the traditional form of the murder ballad and we’ll also take some liberties with some more modern takes from the likes of Tom Waits, Gillian Welch, and Nick Cave. In the traditional form we’ll measure centuries-old cultural aberrations with the stories of gamblers, ramblers, and murdering misogynists that peppered the landscapes of country gospel, Appalachian folk, and urban alleyways. Frankie, Johnny, Stack-O-Lee, William Zanzinger, and Ellen Smith are just a few of the players in today’s show. Join Dave Stroud for a journey through tradition this Friday evening on Community Radio for Sonoma County.

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1Artist Title Album Buy
2Johnny Cash I Hung My Head Unearthed, Vol. 5, Best Of Cash On American Amazon
3Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys In The Pines 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection – Best Of Bluegrass Amazon
4Loretta Lynn In the Pines Full Circle Amazon
5Josh White, Jr. Delia's Gone Classic African-American Ballads (Smithsonian Folkways) Amazon
6Bobby Bare Delia's Gone (1965) All American Boy – CD 4 Amazon
7Sarah Jarosz Shankill Butchers Song Up in Her Head Amazon
8Charlie Louvin Knoxville Girl (w. Will Oldham) Charlie Louvin Amazon
9Johnny Horton When It's Springtime in Alaska (It's Forty Below) Honky Tonk Man: The Essential Johnny Horton 1956-1960 (2 of 2) Amazon
10Lyle Lovett L.A. County Anthology, Vol. 1: Cowboy Man Amazon
11Marty Robbins Big Iron All-Time Greatest Hits Amazon
12Riley Puckett Frankie And Johnny Country Music Pioneer vol 1 Amazon
13Big Bill Broonzy Frankie And Johnny Trouble In Mind Amazon
14Dave Van Ronk House Carpenter Inside Dave Van Ronk Amazon
15Jimmy Martin Poor Ellen Smith Jimmy Martin & The Sunny Mountain Boys 1954-1974 [Disc 3] Amazon
16Earl Scruggs, Doc Watson and Ricky Skaggs with Alison Kraus The Banks Of The Ohio The Three Pickers Amazon
17Ralph Stanley Henry Lee [Album Version] Ralph Stanley Amazon
18Tom Waits Two Sisters Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers & Bastards [Disc 3] Amazon
19Seamus Ennis Marrow Bones A Taste of Tradition – Volume 3 Amazon
20Joan Baez Mary Hamilton Artist's Choice: Emmylou Harris Amazon
21Maddox Brothers and Rose Down in the Willow Garden 1948 (Warped 4872) Amazon
22Gillian Welch Caleb Meyer High On A Mountain Amazon
23Mason Jennings The Lonesome Death Of Hattie Carroll (Album Version) I'm Not There (Music From The Motion Picture) Amazon
24Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds Where The Wild Roses Grow The Best Of [Disc 1] Amazon
25Charlie Monroe Down in the Willow Garden 1946-1949 (Warped 4725) Amazon
26John Oates Stack O Lee Arkansas Amazon
27Fruit Jar Guzzlers Stack-O-Lee The Return Of The Stuff That Dreams Are Made Of Amazon
28Lead Belly Duncan And Brady Classic American Ballads From Smithsonian Folkways Amazon
29The Johnson Mountain Boys Duncan and Brady (He's Been on the Job Too Long) Blue Diamond Amazon