Category Archives: Theme Time

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

The Year 1939

While the clouds of war and fascism were spreading in earnest across Europe, here at home the movies Stagecoach, The Wizard of Oz,  and Gone With The Wind premiered and Steinbeck’s Grapes of Wrath was first published. Lou Gehrig bid farewell,  A pound of hamburger cost 14 cents and the average price of a new car was $700. And the music was both dance crazy and uplifting, with the music of Tin Pan Alley, Broadway and film dominating. This week’s show will feature the music of 1939 with performances from Crosby, Garland, The Ink Spots, Cab Calloway and Billie Holiday. We’ll also be featuring the jazz and big band sounds of Jimmie Lunceford, Coleman Hawkins, Count Basie, and a handful of others. Deeper Roots sounds from over eight decades past on community radio for Sonoma County coming to you each Friday morning and evening.

No.
1Artist Title Album Buy
2Louis Armstrong Jeepers Creepers Johnny Mercer (1909 – 1976) Amazon
3Jimmie Lunceford & His Orchestra Tain't What You Do Columbia Records' 125th Anniv. Amazon
4Fats Waller Your Feet's Too Big The Joint Is Jumpin' Amazon
5Count Basie's Kansas City 7 Lester Leaps In Columbia Records' 125th Anniv. Amazon
6Woody Herman Woodchopper's Ball Swingingest Sounds Ever Heard – The Best of the Big Bands Amazon
7Billie Holiday Strange Fruit The Ultimate Collection [Disc 1] Amazon
8Billie Holiday & Her Orchestra I Gotta Right to Sing the Blues Harold Arlen Writes the Songs Amazon
9Billie Holiday Them There Eyes Lady Day: The Complete Billie Holiday on Columbia 1933-1944 [Disc 06] Amazon
10Ethel Waters with Edward Mallory & His Orchestra Old Man Harlem Hoagy Carmichael & Friends: Stardust Melody Amazon
11Marlene Dietrich Falling In Love Again The Blue Angel Amazon
12Bob Hope & Shirley Ross Thanks for the Memory Hits of 30's & 40's 1 & 2 Amazon
13Judy Garland Over The Rainbow That's Entertainment! The Best Of The MGM Musicals Amazon
14Bing Crosby You Must Have Been A Beautiful Baby The Harry Warren Songbook Amazon
15Xavier Cugat Perfidia Say "Si Si" Amazon
16Vaughn Monroe In The Still Of The Night First Crooners : Vol. 3-1935-40 Amazon
17Frankie Masters and His Orchestra Scatter-Brain (Theme Song) 50 #1 Hits Of The '20s & '30s Amazon
18Cab Calloway The Jumpin' Jive Best Of The Big Bands Amazon
19Kay Kyser Three Little Fishes Sentimental Favorites Amazon
20Coleman Hawkins Body And Soul Ken Burns Jazz [Disc 3] Amazon
21The Ink Spots Address Unknown Greatest Hits Amazon
22The Ink Spots If I Didn't Care Greatest Hits Amazon
23Glenn Miller Orchestra In The Mood Ken Burns Jazz [Disc 3] Amazon
24Slim Gaillard And His Flat Foot Floogie Boys Matzah Balls Radio Radio Vol.5 [Disc 3] Bob Dylan Amazon
25Charlie Barnet Cherokee Swing Time For Dancing Vol. 3 Amazon
26Artie Shaw & His Orchestra Diga, Diga Doo Wicked Swing Amazon
27Benny Goodman & His Orchestra W. Martha Tilton And the Angels Sing Too Marvelous For Words Amazon
28Guy Lombardo Penny Serenade Enjoy Yourself: The Hits Of Guy Lombardo Amazon
29Bea Wain With Larry Clinton And His Orchestra Deep Purple White Cliffs Of Dover [Disc 1] Amazon
30Lionel Hampton I've Found a New Baby Wicked Swing Amazon
31Big Joe Turner & Pete Johnson Roll 'Em Pete Blues From The Vocalion Vaults Amazon
32Chick Webb and his Orchestra v/Ella Fitzgerald Undecided from CD; orig. Decca 2323 Amazon

New Orleans R&B

We just can’t get enough of this sound, a blend of sounds that cannot be pushed away with the urban renewal of auto-tune and electronic pasteurization. It’s long history of inspiration whose roots are driven by centuries of influence, from Congo Square to Rampart Street, and beyond. Our show today returns to the humid southern climes at the mouth of the Mississippi for some of the very best of rhythm, from Cosimo Matassa’s studios to the clubs that pepper the Crescent City on Bourbon Street. Popular rhythm and blues today from Nawlins inclues some Fats, Professor Longhair, Huey “Piano” Smith, Paul Gayen, Frankie Ford, and a couple dozen others giving us that signature percussive backbeat embellished by pounding piano. It’s a Friday evening celebration here on Sonoma County Community radio.

No.
1Artist Title Album Buy
2Big Boy Myles New Orleans The History of New Orleans Rhythm & Blues [Disc 5] Amazon
3Dirty Dozen Brass Band The Monkey [Album Version] The New Orleans Album Amazon
4Fats Domino When The Saints Go Marchin' In Very Best of Fats Domino [Phantom] (Disc 2) Amazon
5Dr. John Somebody Changed The Lock Dr. John's Gumbo Amazon
6Huey "Piano" Smith Mean Mean Mean ABC Of The Blues, Vol. 40 Amazon
7Professor Longhair Got My Mojo Working Fess: The Professor Longhair Anthology [Disc 2] Amazon
8Ernie K-Doe A Certain Girl Absolutely the Best Amazon
9Frankie Ford It Must Be Jelly Very Best Of Frankie Ford Amazon
10Lee Diamond&The Upsetters Hattie Malatti The History of New Orleans Rhythm & Blues [Disc 3] Amazon
11Huey "Piano" Smith Would You Believe it, I Have a Cold (Doctors) Bob Dylan Presents: Radio Radio, Theme Time Radio Hour, Vol. 3 Amazon
12Dirty Dozen Brass Band My Feet Can't Fail Me Now Our New Orleans: A Benefit Album Amazon
13Smiley Lewis Big Mamou R&B Outbreak CD 2 Amazon
14Clarence "Frogman" Henry It Won't Be Long Ain't Got No Home: The Best Of Clarence "Frogman" Henry Amazon
15Edgar Blanchard Honeycomb The History of New Orleans Rhythm & Blues [Disc 3] Amazon
16Charles "Hungry" Williams So Glad You're Mine The History of New Orleans Rhythm & Blues [Disc 1] Amazon
17Champion Jack Dupree Mail Order Woman New Orleans R&B Outbreak Amazon
18Paul Marvin Hurry Up The History of New Orleans Rhythm & Blues [Disc 4] Amazon
19Paul Gayten For You My Love Chess New Orleans [Disc 1] Amazon
20Larry Williams Bad Boy The History of New Orleans Rhythm & Blues [Disc 3] Amazon
21Fats Domino Please Don't Leave Me Very Best of Fats Domino [Phantom] (Disc 1) Amazon
22Smiley Lewis Mama Don't Like ABC Of The Blues Vol 25 Amazon
23Charles Brown & Amos Milburn Educated Fool The History of New Orleans Rhythm & Blues [Disc 4] Amazon
24Kermit Ruffins Holy Cow Livin' A Tremi Life Amazon
25Barbara George I Know (You Don't Love Me No More) Highlights From Crescent City Soul: Sound Of New Orleans 1947-1974 Amazon
26Jewel King 3×7=21 Gettin' Funky [Disc 4] Amazon
27Irma Thomas Look Up (AKA Whenever) Soul Queen of New Orleans Amazon
28Eddie Bo Roamin-Itis The History of New Orleans Rhythm & Blues [Disc 6] Amazon
29Zorro & The Zips Frankie & Johnny Boppin' By The Bayou – Baby Dolls & Drive-Ins Amazon
30Danny White Let's Play The History of New Orleans Rhythm & Blues [Disc 1] Amazon
31The Showmen True Fine Mama The History of New Orleans Rhythm & Blues [Disc 6] Amazon
32Lee Diamond &The Upsetters It Won't Be Me The History of New Orleans Rhythm & Blues [Disc 5] Amazon
33Huey "Piano" Smith & His Clowns Alimony Radio Radio Vol.5 [Disc 1] Bob Dylan Amazon
34Jessie Hill Scoop Scoobie Doobie The History of New Orleans Rhythm & Blues [Disc 5] Amazon
35Earl King No City Like New Orleans Doctors Professors Kings & Queens: Box New Orleans Amazon
36Galactic Go Go Doctors Professors Kings & Queens: Box New Orleans Amazon

Songs About Singing

Sing it loud! It’s a whole new year and our country can take heart without letting our guard down. We’ll celebrate a fresh new start knowing that hard work lies ahead with a two hour show featuring the theme of ‘singing’. Join Dave Stroud once more for a mixed bag; an eclectic blend of sounds from the past century featuring the likes of Ukulele Ike, Wingy Manone, The Cats & The Fiddle, John Sebastian, Cat Power, and a couple of dozen more, all belting out songs about the very act of singing. We’ll take you down Memory Lane with old fashioned songs, simple songs of gospel and freedom, swinging low, singing high, and those joyful sing-alongs we’ve shared over the past century. That’s right. It’s theme time on this week’s Deeper Roots show and we’d love to have you. Join in the festivities.

No.
1Artist Title Album Buy
2Tony Bennett Sing You Sinners [#] The Essential Tony Bennett [Columbia/Legacy] Disc 1 Amazon
3Katie Crippen with Henderson's Novelty Ork. Play 'Em For Mamma, Sing 'Em For Me (BS 2003, P-104-1) The Rise & Fall of Paramount Records, Volume 1 (1917-1927) Amazon
4Cab Calloway I Love to Sing-A (From 'The Singing Kid') Chronological 1934-37 Amazon
5The Boswell Sisters Sing A Little Jingle The Boswell Sisters Collection Amazon
6Wingy Manone & His Orchestra Sing Me A Swing Song Swing Is Here / Small-Band Swing 1935-1939 Amazon
7Gene Kelly Singin' In The Rain Golden Memories of Stage and Screen-Disc1 Amazon
8Pat Boone It's a Grand Night For Singing The Best of Broadway: The Early '60s Amazon
9Ella Fitzgerald Sing Song Swing The Millenium Anthology – Ella Fitzgerald – [Disc 2] Amazon
10June Christy Sing Something Simple The Misty Miss Christy Amazon
11Ella Mae Morse w/Big Dave and His Orchestra SInging-ing-ing Barrell House Boogie and the Blues Amazon
12Ukulele Ike & The Hot Combination Sing (A Happy Little Thing) Fascinating Rhythm 1922-1935 Amazon
13Fats Waller & His Rhythm Sing An Old Fashioned Song Fats Waller – The Complete Recorded Works Volume 3 – Rhythm and Romance 1934-1936 Amazon
14Nellie Lutcher If You Wanna Get T'Goin' (And Come Out Singing) Nellie Lutcher & Her Rhythm [Disc 3] Amazon
15The Cats & The Fiddle I'm Singing, So Help Me The Very Best Of Amazon
16Dr. John Sing Along Song (LP Version) Destively Bonnaroo (US Release) Amazon
17Aretha Franklin Don't Play That Song 30 Greatest Hits [Disc 2] Amazon
18Cat Power Aretha, Sing One For Me Jukebox Amazon
19B.B. King Why I Sing the Blues Do the Boogie! B.B. King's Early '50s Classics Amazon
20Randy Waller & The Country Gentlemen One More Voice Singing In Heaven Tonight Keeper Of The Flame Amazon
21Edward W. Clayborn I Heard The Angels Singing When I Reach That Heavenly Shore: Unearthly Black Gospel Amazon
22Sammy Price Trio/Sister Rosetta Tharpe Singing in My Soul The Gospel of Blues Amazon
23Curley Williams Just A-Picking And A-Singing Bear Family "Perfect for Parties" Highlight Album Amazon
24John Sebastian Singing The Blues Faithful Virtue: The Reprise Recordings – Faithful Virtue: The Reprise Recordings [Disc 2] Amazon
25Stonewall Jackson You're the Sad in My Songs Stonewall Jackson – 1966-1967 Amazon
26Gale Garnett We'll Sing In The Sunshine Lifetime Of Romance: Some Enchanted Evening [Disc 2] Amazon
27Louie Innis Sing Your Song Baby Hillbilly Bop 'n' Boogie: King/Federal Roots of Rockabilly 1944 – 56 Amazon
28Ferlin Husky 23 – I Could Sing All Night Ferlin Husky Singles Amazon
29Carl Perkins Sing My Song (2000) Back On Top (CD 3) Amazon
30Charlie Monroe I'm Gonna Sing, Sing, Sing (TK A) The Chronological Classics 1950-1956 Amazon
31Barbara Dane Don't Sing Love Songs (Silver Dagger) Anthology of American Folk Songs Amazon
32Tim Hardin Simple Song Of Freedom The Folk Years: Simple Song Of Freedom [Disc 1] Amazon
33Tex Ritter & His Texans Singing in the Saddle Decca Country Classics 1934-1973 [Disc 1] Amazon
34The New Seekers I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing (In Perfect Harmony) 70s Music Explosion – Sunshine Amazon

Who We Lost 2020

It’s hard to put into words the grief we have experienced over so many great performers lost this past year, including those who lost their battle to COVID-19. When assembling our annual list of tributes it became clear that no two hours would suffice so we’ll be doing some abbreviated observations to make sure they’re not forgotten. And we’ll also be thanking those behind the scenes, the songwriters, the session folks, and we’ll even have a short collection of British influencers who touched our lives with their talent. Tune in for a comprehensive and reflective show, our first Deeper Roots show of 2021, this new year that is filled with so much promise. And it’s likely that we can all agree that the bar couldn’t have fallen much lower than it did last year.

No.
1Artist Title Album Buy
2Fountains of Wayne Valley Winter Song Welcome Interstate Managers Amazon
3Bucky Pizzarelli Chicken a La Swing Green Guitar Blues / Cafi Pierre Trio Amazon
4McCoy Tyner Flapstick Blues Gold Encore Series – I Love A Piano Amazon
5Annie Ross Twisted Got Nothing But Song Amazon
6Bent Fabric Alley Cat (Classic Version) Jukebox Amazon
7Hal Singer Sextet Corn Bread The Rough And Rowdy Roots Of Rock 'n' Roll, Vol. 8 Amazon
8Bobby Lewis Tossin' and Turnin' Best of Answer Songs vol 4 Amazon
9Little Richard Rip It Up London American Label Year By Year 1956 Amazon
10Phil Phillips Sea Of Love Heatin' Up Amazon
11Rod Bernard This Should Go On Forever The Forgotten 45s 1957-1959 (CD3) Amazon
12Edd 'Kookie' Byrnes and Connie Stevens Kookie Kookie (Lend Me Your Comb) Gems from the Warner Brothers Vault (Pt. 1) Amazon
13Len Barry 1-2-3 Classic Rock 1965: The Beat Goes On Amazon
14Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons Rag Doll The Definitive Pop Collection Disc 1 Amazon
15The Chordettes Mr. Sandman Magic Moments – The Best Of 50's Pop (Disc 1) Amazon
16Johnny Nash I Can See Clearly Now 70s Music Explosion – Miracles Amazon
17Millie Small My Boy Lollipop The Island Story: 1962-1987 – 25th Anniversary [Disc 1] Amazon
18Toots & The Maytals Pressure Drop The Harder They Come Amazon
19Tony Rice Cold On The Shoulder Cold On The Shoulder Amazon
20Jerry Jeff Walker Mr. Bojangles The Folk Years: Simple Song Of Freedom [Disc 2] Amazon
21Norma Tanega Walkin' My Cat Named Dog Time Life – The Folk Years – Reason To Believe [Disc 2] Amazon
22Trini Lopez If I Had A Hammer Yesterday's Gone [Disc 1] Amazon
23David Olney God Shaped Hole The Wheel Amazon
24John Prine Paradise German Afternoons Amazon
25Charley Pride Is Anybody Goin' To San Antone Superstars Of Country: Good Ol' Songs [Disc 1] Amazon
26Willie Nelson Me And Paul The Essential Willie Nelson Amazon
27Billy Joe Shaver I'm Just an Old Chunk of Coal I'm Just an Old Chunk of Coal…But I'm Gonna Be a Diamond Someday Amazon
28Kenny Rogers Ruby, Don't Take Your Love To Town Superstars Of Country Hello Darlin' [Disc 1] Amazon
29Jan Howard I Wish I Was A Single Girl Again Swing West 1: Bakersfield Amazon
30The Charlie Daniels Band The Devil Went Down To Georgia Country: The American Tradition [Disc 2] Amazon
31Justin Townes Earle Harlem River Blues Harlem River Blues [Explicit] Amazon
32Helen Reddy Leave Me Alone (Ruby Red Dress) Singers And Songwriters: 1973-1975 Amazon
33Betty Wright Clean Up Woman The Best of Betty Wright Amazon
34Bill Withers Use Me American Beauty Amazon
35The Emotions Best Of My Love Boogie Nights: Music From The Original Motion Picture Amazon
36Mountain Mississippi Queen Super Hits Of The '70s: Have A Nice Day, Vol. 1 Amazon
37Van Halen (Oh) Pretty Woman Fifty Years Of Hits – Vol 7 Amazon
38The Merry-Go-Round (Emitt Rhodes) Live Nuggets Sampler 1965-1968 Amazon
39Eric Weissberg & Steve Mandell Dueling Banjos Appalachian Stomp: Bluegrass Classics Amazon
40Hugo Montenegro & His Orchestra For A Few Dollars More Music From The Good, The Bad And The Ugly & A Fistful of Dollars & For A Few Dollars More Amazon
41Vera Lynn We'll Meet Again 1950's Hits & Highlights, Vol. 7 Amazon
42Chad & Jeremy Yesterday's Gone Yesterday's Gone [Disc 1] Amazon
43Ian Whitcomb You Turn Me On You Turn Me On: The Very Best of Ian Whitcomb Amazon
44The Spencer Davis Group Keep on Running The Finer Things Disc 1 Amazon
45Wayne Fontana & The Mindbenders Game Of Love Wayne Fontana / It's Wayne Fontana Amazon
46Joan Jett With The Sex Pistols I Love Rock N' Roll [Early Version] (Alan Merrill COVID) Flashback Amazon
47Bill Pursell Our Winter Love Music to Shag By Amazon
48The Pointer Sisters Fire (Bonnie) From The Pointer Sisters With Love Amazon
49John Prine I Remember Everything I Remember Everything Amazon

Christmas Joy

Happy Holidays! Proving that there is no war on Christmas and looking forward to the coming year, join Dave Stroud as he shares some of the great holiday chestnuts from years past. He’ll be sharing celebratory sounds from every decade, moving the needle from the 40s to the 10s in a new Deeper Roots Christmas shindig. Tune in for everyone from Sister Rosetta Tharpe to Frank Sinatra to Ella, The Andrews Sisters, Los Straitjackets and Otis Redding’s Merry Christmas Baby. As we barrel out of 2020 as fast as we can, we remind ourselves of the fortunes of the few and the need of the many in this season of desperation. So get out that Georgia vote, folks, and stand steadfast against the anarchy of this dying administration’s push towards fascist principles for power. We have the power to do this. We do.

No.
1Artist Title Album Buy
2Los Lobos Donde Esta Santa Claus? Llegs Navidad Amazon
3Oscar McLollie & His Honey Jumpers Dig That Crazy Santa Claus Blues Blues Christmas Volume 3, 1927-1962 Amazon
4Frankie Laine and Jo Stafford Christmas Roses Christmas On the Country Side Amazon
5The Tractors Swingin' Home for Christmas Have Yourself a Tractors Christmas Amazon
6Johnny Cash/Tommy Cash That Christmasy Feeling The Classic Christmas Album Amazon
7Ella Fitzgerald with The Frank Devol Orchestra What Are You Doing New Year's Eve? Sleigh Full of Songs Amazon
8Eileen Barton The Night Before Christmas Song Coral single 9-60880 Amazon
9Frank Sinatra Santa Claus Is Coming To Town The Christmas Collection Amazon
10Dean Martin I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm The Most Wonderful songs of the year sung by the best / holiday 2002 Amazon
11Frank Sinatra Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas Mistletoe and Merriment Amazon
12Commercial 29. Viceroy Christmas Commercial 1964 Unknown Amazon
13Elvis Presley Santa Claus Is Back In Town Elvis' Christmas Album Amazon
14The Roomates Jingle Bell Rock It's Christmas Time Again Amazon
15The Dragwood Chords Santa's Got a Lead Sled It's Christmas Time Again Amazon
16Darlene Love Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) A Christmas Gift for You from Phil Spector Amazon
17The Beach Boys Little Saint Nick (Single Version) Ultimate Christmas Amazon
18Nick Lowe & Los Straitjackets Winter Wonderland Winter Wonderland (Single) Amazon
19Los Straitjackets Holiday Twist Oh Santa! New & Used Christmas Classics from Yep Roc Amazon
20The Jambalaya Cajun Band Jingle Bell Rock Alligator Stomp 4: Cajun Christmas Amazon
21Otis Redding Merry Christmas Baby Christmas In Soulsville Amazon
22Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys Santa's On His Way Blues, Blues Christmas: Volume 4 – 1925-1962 (Disc 1) Amazon
23The Cats & The Fiddle Hep Cat's Holiday Blues, Blues Christmas (1925-1955) Amazon
24Groovey Joe Poovey & The Big "D" Boys Santa's Helper Blues Blues Christmas Volume 3, 1927-1962 Amazon
25Sister Rosetta Tharpe When They Ring The Golden Bell Blues, Blues Christmas – Volume 2 (1926-1958) Amazon
26Bing Crosby Winter Wonderland The Most Wonderful songs of the year sung by the best / holiday 2002 Amazon
27The Andrews Sisters Christmas Island Golden Age of the Andrews Sisters [Disc 2] Amazon
28Charles Brown Wrap Yourself In A Christmas Package Please Come Home For Christmas Amazon
29Elvis Presley Here Comes Santa Claus (Right Down Santa Claus Lane) Christmas Album Amazon
30The Ravens Silent Night Blues Blues Christmas Volume 3, 1927-1962 Amazon
31Sister Rosetta Tharpe Silent Night, Holy Night Blues, Blues Christmas – Volume 2 (1926-1958) Amazon
32Nick Lowe & Los Straitjackets Let It Snow Winter Wonderland (Single) Amazon
33Hank Snow Blue Christmas Christmas On the Country Side Amazon
34Gayla Peevey I Want A Hippopotamus For Christmas Dr. Demento Presents The Greatest Christmas Novelty CD Of All Time Amazon
35Kathy and Jimmy Zee Santa Claus Rock and Roll Blues Blues Christmas Vol 4 – Disc 2 Amazon
36Loudon Wainwright III Christmas Morning (Album Version) Social Studies Amazon
37The Beach Boys I'll Be Home for Christmas Beach Boys' Christmas Album, The Amazon
38Fats Waller Swingin' Them Jingle Bells Blues, Blues Christmas – Volume 2 (1926-1958) Amazon
39Amos Milburn Christmas (Comes Once A Year) Blues Blues Christmas Volume 3, 1927-1962 Amazon
40Nick Lowe I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day Quality Street: A Seasonal Selection For All The Family Amazon
41The Mavericks Christmas Time Is (Coming 'Round Again) Hey! Merry Christmas! Amazon
42Burl Ives A Holly Jolly Christmas Have a Holly Jolly Christmas Amazon
43Tennessee Ernie Ford A Rootin' Tootin' Santa Claus Christmas On the Country Side Amazon

Big Band Blowout!

Swing with us here on Deeper Roots on a Friday morning, one week ahead of the Christmas festivities. The big band sound is that apple pie sound that grew out of the traveling musicians and dance hall bands of the 1920s. From the radio to ballrooms across the land, as the jazz orchestras grew in size, the arrangements had to be formalized to avoid mass confusion. The arranger became the focal point of the band. Improvisation during solos was written into the arrangements but their location and duration were controlled and the vocal stylings grew around the easy flowing style of the evolving jazz that would become known as ‘Swing’. Tune in for two hours of exploration of a century of America’s music.

No.
1Artist Title Album Buy
2Benny Goodman King Porter Stomp RCA Victor Jazz-The First Half-Century-The 30's Amazon
3Benny Carter (With Lionel Hampton Orchestra) I'm in the Mood for Swing RCA Victor Jazz-The First Half-Century-The 30's Amazon
4Chick Webb Go Harlem Stompin' At The Savoy Amazon
5Cab Calloway The Jumpin' Jive Best Of The Big Bands Amazon
6Benny Goodman When Buddha Smiles Stompin' at the Savoy Amazon
7Count Basie Doggin' Around Ken Burns Jazz: Count Basie Amazon
8Artie Shaw & His Orchestra / Artie Shaw's Symphony Swing Begin The Beguine (LP Version) The 30s: Hollywood's Best Amazon
9Glenn Miller Orchestra In The Mood Ken Burns Jazz [Disc 3] Amazon
10Woody Herman Woodchopper's Ball Swingingest Sounds Ever Heard – The Best of the Big Bands Amazon
11Benny Goodman & His Orchestra Why Don't You Do Right Columbia Records' 125th Anniv. Amazon
12Charlie Barnet Skyliner Swingingest Sounds Ever Heard – The Best of the Big Bands Amazon
13Les Brown Bizet Has His Day Best of the Big Bands Amazon
14Woody Herman & His Orchestra Four Brothers Columbia Records' 125th Anniv. Amazon
15Ella Fitzgerald When My Sugar Walks Down the Street Chronological Classics: Ella Fitzgerald 1940-41 Amazon
16Glenn Miller & His Orchestra Tuxedo Junction The Centennial Collection Disc 1 Amazon
17Benny Goodman & His Orchestra Let's Dance Columbia Records' 125th Anniv. Amazon
18Duke Ellington Take The A Train Watch The Closing Doors – A History Of New Yorks Musical Melting Pot Vol 1 1945-59 (CD 1) Amazon
19Tony Pastor Bell Bottom Trousers Nipper's Greatest Hits – The 40's Vol 2 Amazon
20Benny Goodman Sing, Sing, Sing (Part I) Sing, Sing, Sing Amazon
21Woody Herman Apple Honey The Essence of Woody Herman Amazon
22Glenn Miller & His Orchestra Moonlight Serenade The Centennial Collection Disc 1 Amazon
23Artie Shaw Stardust Ray Charles – Music that Matters to Him Amazon
24Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra I'll Be Seeing You Kiss the Boys Goodbye: Classic Songs from World War II, Vol.1 Amazon
25Tommy Dorsey Opus One Stompin' At The Savoy Amazon
26Glenn Miller & His Orchestra A String of Pearls The Centennial Collection Disc 1 Amazon
27Benny Goodman Stompin' At The Savoy Stompin' At The Savoy Amazon
28The Andrew Sisters Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy Double Goldies [CD2] Amazon
29Artie Shaw I Got the Sun in the Morning The Artie Shaw Story – Disc 4 – Little Jazz Amazon
30Harry James You Made Me Love You Time-Life Swing Era – 1940-1941 [Disc 1] Amazon
31Doris Day/Les Brown Sentimental Journey Those Wonderful Years: Sentimental Journey 1930's & 1940's Amazon

Got Blues If You Want It

It’s blues time once more. We’re in for a hard winter and before we roll out the Christmas cheer and jingles, it’s time for some deeper reflection. This week’s Deeper Roots show features music from the great blues performers, acoustic and electric, of the past century: Lightnin’ Hopkins, Howlin’ Wolf, Slim Harpo, Elmore James, Ray Charles, and a large contingent of the usual suspects. We make our way from Highway 51 to 49, the waterfront to the crossroads, buzzin’, shufflin’, walkin’ blues…all for you this week on KRJF community radio here in Sonoma County. Let your conscience be your guide.

No.
1Artist Title Album Buy
2Slim Harpo Got Love If You Want It The Scratch Amazon
3Lightnin' Hopkins Don't Embarrass Me Baby The Complete Prestige-Bluesville Recordings [Disc 4] Amazon
4John Lee Hooker Dimples The Ultimate Collection 1948-1990 [Disc 1] Amazon
5Muddy Waters Trouble No More The Definitive Collection Amazon
6Taj Mahal Statesboro Blues The Best Of Taj Mahal Amazon
7Lowell Fulson Do Me Right Willie Dixon and Friends Vol. 3 Amazon
8Albert King Crosscut Saw Born Under a Bad Sign [RM 2002] Amazon
9Little Junior Parker Feelin' Good Feelin4 Good. The 1952-1962 Recordings Amazon
10John Lee Hooker I Cover The Waterfront The Ultimate Collection 1948-1990 [Disc 2] Amazon
11Jimmy Reed Baby What You Want Me To Do The Very Best of Jimmy Reed Amazon
12Lightnin' Hopkins Mojo Hand The Very Best Of Lightnin' Hopkins Amazon
13Slim Harpo Buzz Me Babe The Excello Singles Anthology Disc 1 Amazon
14The Paul Butterfield Blues Band Walking Blues An Anthology: The Elektra Years Disc 1 Amazon
15Elmore James Whose Muddy Shoes Chess Blues Disc 2 Amazon
16Georgia White The Blues Ain't Nothin' But A Woman Cryin' For Her Man Blues Classics: '27_'69 [Disc 1] Amazon
17Memphis Minnie Dirty Mother For You Blues Classics: '27_'69 [Disc 1] Amazon
18Howlin' Wolf Rockin' Daddy Smokestack Lightning /The Complete Chess Masters 1951-1960 Amazon
19Howlin' Wolf Howlin' For My Darling (Or Baby) Smokestack Lightning /The Complete Chess Masters 1951-1960 Amazon
20Otis Spann Must Have Been The Devil The Best Of Bob Dylan's Theme Time Radio Hour Vol 2 Amazon
21Roosevelt Sykes 44 Blues ABC Of The Blues, Vol. 41 Amazon
22Magic Sam I Feel So Good (I Wanna Boogie) West Side Soul Amazon
23Little Walter Hate To See You Go His Best (Chess 50th Anniversary Collection) Amazon
24Howlin' Wolf 300 Pounds Of Joy The Chess Box Amazon
25Willie Mabon Got to Have It Chess Blues Disc 2 Amazon
26Howlin' Wolf Highway 49 The London Howlin' Wolf Sessions [Disc 1] Amazon
27Elmore James Dust My Broom The Complete Fire And Enjoy Recordings [Disc 1] Amazon
28Muddy Waters The Same Thing Electric Mud Amazon
29Sonny Boy Williamson [II] Let Your Conscience Be Your Guide The Essential Sonny Boy Williamson [MCA/Chess] Disc 1 Amazon
30B.B. King See That My Grave Is Kept Clean One Kind Favor Amazon
31Koko Taylor What Kind of Man Is That? Chess Blues Disc 4 Amazon
32Otis Rush Homework Blues Classics '27_'69 [Disc 3] Amazon

The Songs of Dan Penn

With a new album just released, Dan Penn reminds everyone that there are few songwriters, and only one living, that have influenced (if not defined) the Memphis soul sound as he has. At 78, Dan Penn’s legacy is already sealed with songs that are enduring:  “Do Right Woman, Do Right Man”, “Dark End of the Street”, “Cry Like a Baby”, and so many more. Our show this Friday had to carefully curate tracks from Irma Thomas, Percy Sledge, Solomon Burke, Arthur Alexander, and a couple dozen more to pay proper tribute. As a musician and songwriter, this Muscle Shoals legend deserves a spot in the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame and, while never considered a performer, his catalog includes three solo studio albums, one from 1973, another from 1994, and this year’s Living On Mercy. You’ll hear tracks from these and so much more in this morning’s episode of Deeper Roots.

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1Artist Title Album Buy
2Dan Penn Living On Mercy Living On Mercy Amazon
3Otis Redding You Left The Water Running The Muscle Shoals Sound Amazon
4Janis Joplin & The Full Tilt Boogie Band A Woman Left Lonely Pearl Amazon
5Aretha Franklin Do Right Woman, Do Right Man 30 Greatest Hits [Disc 1] Amazon
6James Carr The Dark End of the Street The Essential James Carr Amazon
7Jimmy Hughes Slippin' Around With You After Hours 3 – More Northern Soul Masters Amazon
8The Sweet Inspirations Sweet Inspiration Something's Got A Hold On Me Amazon
9Solomon Burke Take Me (Just As I Am) King Solomon / I Wish I Knew Amazon
10Arthur Alexander Rainbow Road (Album Version) Rainbow Road Amazon
11Marshall Crenshaw I'd Do It All over Again Adios Amigo: A Tribute to Arthur Alexander Amazon
12James & Bobby Purify I'm Your Puppet The Best Of Amazon
13Arthur Conley Take Me (Just As I Am) The Complete Fame Singles Volume 1 Amazon
14Dan Penn Strangest Feeling The Fame Recordings Amazon
15Irma Thomas I Count the Teardrops If You Want It, Come and Get It Amazon
16Irma Thomas Blue in the Heart My Heart's in Memphis: The Songs of Dan Penn Amazon
17Irma Thomas The Joke Is on You My Heart's in Memphis: The Songs of Dan Penn Amazon
18Dan Penn Let Them Talk The Complete Fame Singles Volume 1 Amazon
19The Box Tops Cry Like A Baby The Classic Sixties Collection: 1968 – The Hits That Rocked A Whole Generation Amazon
20The Box Tops People Gonna Talk The Ultimate Box Tops Amazon
21Percy Sledge It Tears Me Up The Atlantic Recordings – Disc 1 Amazon
22Percy Sledge Out Of Left Field It Tears Me Up: The Best Of Percy Sledge Amazon
23Cat Power Woman Left Lonely Jukebox Amazon
24Marcia Ball Look Before You Leap Roadside Attractions Amazon
25Art Freeman Slippin' Around With You The Complete Fame Singles Volume 1 Amazon
26Dan Penn The Puppet AKA I'm Your Puppet The Fame Recordings Amazon
27Dan Penn & Spooner Oldham Ol' Folks Moments From This Theatre Amazon
28Irma Thomas Zero Willpower My Heart's in Memphis: The Songs of Dan Penn Amazon
29Dan Penn Edge Of Love Living On Mercy 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.

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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