Category Archives: Oldies

Rolling Along

We’re going to blend all the favorites into a delicious free form stew this morning, looking to the north, south, east and west for our inspiration. Not only do we have some Otis Redding soul, but we’ve also got some traditional blendings from David Johansen, The Devil Makes Three, and some southern fried sounds from James Lee Stanley and John Hammond. A lot of our playlist makes connections: moonlight drives, Memphis tributes, and a lot about our title track ‘rolling along’. I’ve also got a little splash of Frankie Laine for inspiration along those lines. Tune in on a Sonoma County Friday morning for more from the Cherry Street Historic District and the mighty KOWS, streaming to planet earth on

1Artist Title Album Buy
2The Mavericks Rolling Along Brand New Day Amazon
3John Hammond Riding In The Moonlight Southern Fried Amazon
4James Lee Stanley & Cliff Eberhardt Moonlight Drive All Wood And Doors Amazon
5The Doors Moonlight Drive Strange Days Amazon
6Raul Malo Moonlight Kiss Lucky One Amazon
7B.B. King & Eric Clapton Riding With The King Riding With The King Amazon
8John Hiatt Book Lovers Riding With the King Amazon
9David Johansen & the Harry Smiths Well, I've Been to Memphis BMW Audiophile Amazon
10J.J. Cale Midnight in Memphis The Very Best of J.J. Cale Amazon
11Charley Crockett That's How I Got to Memphis Lil G.L.'s Blue Bonanza Amazon
12Randy Newman Rollin' Good Old Boys [Expanded] Disc 1 Amazon
13Raphael Saadiq Stone Rollin' Stone Rollin' – Single Amazon
14Tiny Bradshaw The Train Kept a-Rollin' (Digitally Remastered) The Train Kept a-Rollin' (Digitally Remastered) – Single Amazon
15Various Blazing Saddles Pledge To Hedley Lamarr Audio Sound Clips Amazon
16Frankie Laine Signature / Main Title Blazing Saddles (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) [40th Anniversary Edition] Amazon
17Frankie Laine Rawhide Columbia Records' 125th Anniv. Amazon
18Otis Redding I'm Sick Y'All Complete & Unbelievable: The Otis Redding Dictionary of Soul Amazon
19Arthur Alexander In The Middle Of It All The Greatest Hits Amazon
20Elvis Presley It Keeps Right On a-Hurtin' From Elvis in Memphis Amazon
21The Devil Makes Three Come On Up to the House Redemption & Ruin Amazon
22The Box Tops The Letter The Classic Sixties: 1967 Amazon
23Eartha Kitt The Memphis Blues The RCA Recordings 1953-1958 Amazon
24Jerry Lee Lewis Night Train To Memphis A Half Century Of Hits [Disc 1] Amazon
25Mink Deville You Just Keep Holding On The Mink De Ville Collection Amazon
26Ben E. King Spanish Harlem Poison Ivy – Gems from the Atco Vaults 1959-1962 Amazon
27Cassius Clay Stand by Me Golden Throats, Vol. 2: More Celebrity Rock Oddities Amazon
28Creedence Clearwater Revival It Ain't You Or Me 36 All – Time Greatest Hits 3 CD Set (Disk 3) Amazon
29Kevin Russell Nadine You Don't Know Me Amazon
30John Prine Let's Talk Dirty in Hawaiian German Afternoons Amazon
31The Staple Singers I'll Take You There The Soul Story, Vol. 2 [Disc 1] Amazon
32Irma Thomas Hurtin' for Certain My Heart's in Memphis: The Songs of Dan Penn Amazon

Torch Songs

Smoky lounges, familiar places, and torch songs to patronize those forlorn lovers alone at the bar. You get the drift. Sentimentality abounds this morning on Deeper Roots as we dig into a subset of virtually any genre out there. It’s as old as time itself, of course: songs and stories of unrequited or lost love, either where one is oblivious to the feelings of another or has moved on from a relationship, all told in teary notes by the performer. Let me just say that there was no shortage of fodder for this show whether it was country, jazz, soul, or pop. We’ll hear from Julie London, Ray Charles, Dusty Springfield, Aretha, Roy Orbison, and on and on. No rest for the pain of unrequited love. Tune in for a crazy moon, crying time, and the end of the world on KOWS Community Radio.

1Artist Title Album Buy
2Julie London Cry Me A River Magic Moments: Best Of 50's Po Amazon
3Eva Taylor Moanin' Low The First Torch Singers, the Twenties Amazon
4Gertrude Niesen Smoke Gets In Your Eyes My Best Wishes Amazon
5Bing Crosby I'll Be Seeing You 44 Your Hit Parade Amazon
6Judy Garland That Man That Got Away Your Hit Parade – 1954 Amazon
7Julie London In The Wee Small Hours of the Morning Torch Songs Amazon
8Peggy Lee Oh You Crazy Moon Torch Songs Amazon
9Lena Horne Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man Lena Horne: A Musical Anthology Amazon
10Dusty Springfield Anyone Who Had A Heart A Girl Called Dusty Amazon
11Dusty Springfield Someone To Watch Over Me Simply & Dusty [Disc 4] Amazon
12Sarah Vaughan Someone To Watch Over Me The Best Of Sarah Vaughan 20th Century Masters The Millennium Collection) Amazon
13Lenny Welch Since I Fell For You Dancin' And Romancin' In The 50s And 60s [Disc 1] Amazon
14Skeeter Davis The End Of The World The Essential Skeeter Davis Amazon
15Little Anthony & The Imperials Hurt So Bad The Best Of Little Anthony And The I Mperials Amazon
16Smokey Robinson & The Miracles Ooo Baby Baby Classic Soul Ballads: Sweet Thing [Disc 1] Amazon
17Ray Charles Crying Time Genius – The Ultimate Ray Charles Collection Amazon
18Bettye LaVette Let Me Down Easy Dave Godin's Deep Soul Treasures – Vol. 3 Amazon
19Brenda Lee I'm Sorry Decca Country Classics 1934-1973 [Disc 2] Amazon
20The Skyliners Since I Don't Have You Malt Shop Memories – Top Down Convertible Sound ( Disc 1) Amazon
21Kay Starr I've Grown Accustomed to His Face Torch Songs Amazon
22Nat King Cole The Very Thought Of You Nat King Cole [Disc 3] Amazon
23Roy Orbison Love Hurts The All-Time Greatest Hits of Roy Orbison [Monument] Amazon
24The Beach Boys Caroline No Pet Sounds Amazon
25Aretha Franklin Until You Come Back To Me (That's What I'm Gonna Do) 30 Greatest Hits [Disc 2] Amazon
26Crystal Gayle Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue Classic Country 1975 – 1979 Amazon
27Elvis Presley Suspicious Minds The Classic Sixties: '60s Flashback Amazon
28Willie Nelson Someone to Watch over Me Stardust [Bonus Tracks] Amazon
29Dakota Staton Misty Torch Songs Amazon
30Dionne Warwick Always Something There To Remind Me Dionne Warwick Collection: Her All-Time Greatest Hits Amazon
31The Platters Smoke Gets In Your Eyes Dancin' And Romancin' In The 50s And 60s [Disc 1] Amazon
32The Cascades Rhythm of the Rain Teen Ballads Disc 2 Amazon
33Jo Stafford The Things We Did Last Summer Candy Amazon
34The Traveling Wilburys Not Alone Anymore Traveling Wilburys, Vol. 1 Amazon

Breakin’ The Law

Another theme time extravaganza for our listeners on this new Spring morning here in Sonoma County. The theme focuses on bad behavior, poor judgement and legal entanglements that find themselves into the American musical lexicon. Rock, country and blues seem to lean on the theme more than any other with the country stories of cheatin’, stealin’, and petulant pistols being the most common. We’ll be hearing from Johnny Cash, Porter Wagoner, Louis Jordan, Elvis,  The Cadillacs, and a number of others, sharing stories of everything from jaywalking to murder. Oh…and let’s not forget the lawyers. No lawyer jokes, though. Just a little bit of David Lindley, Kitty Wells, and Warren Zevon on visiting day behind the bars…which is every Friday morning at 9 on community radio for Sonoma County.

1Artist Title Album Buy
2Willy DeVille Hey Joe Backstreets Of Desire Amazon
3The Leaves Hey Joe Nuggets Sampler 1965-1968 Amazon
4The Bobby Fuller Four I Fought The Law Fifty Years Of Hits – Vol. 4 Amazon
5Dick & Dee Dee Thou Shalt Not Steal The Singles Collection Amazon
6The Cadillacs Jay Walker For Collectors Only (Disc 3) Amazon
7Kitty Wells Thou Shalt Not Steal (Remastered) Thou Shalt Not Steal (Remastered) – Single Amazon
8Ray Batts Stealin' Sugar Best of Excello Vol 2: Southern Rhythm & Rock Amazon
9Eilen Jewell If You Catch Me Stealing Letters From Sinners & Strangers Amazon
10Hank Snow The Man Who Robbed The Bank At Santa Fe I'm Still Movin' On [Disc 1] Amazon
11Porter Wagoner The Cold Hard Facts of Life The Essential Porter Wagoner Amazon
12Jimmy Littlejohn No Parking Here The World Is A Monster Amazon
13Johnny Cash Out Among the Stars Out Among The Stars Amazon
14Johnny Cash Folsom Prison Blues Original Greatest Hits Amazon
15The Byrds Pretty Boy Floyd Sweetheart of the Rodeo Amazon
16Joe Ely Miss Bonnie and Mister Clyde Happy Songs from Rattlesnake Gulch Amazon
17Merle Haggard The Legend Of Bonnie And Clyde The Lonesome Fugitive: The Merle Haggard Anthology 1963-1977 [Disc 1] Amazon
18The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band Jesse James Uncle Charlie & His Dog Teddy Amazon
19Bruce Springsteen Jesse James We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions [DualDisc] Disc 1 Amazon
20New Riders Of The Purple Sage Glendale Train New Riders Of The Purple Sage Amazon
21Soggy Bottom Boys/Tim Blake Nelson In the Jailhouse Now O Brother, Where Art Thou? Amazon
22Rod Morris Alabama Jailhouse Country Boy's Dream Amazon
23Dean Taylor Indiana Wants Me 70s Music Explosion Escape Amazon
24Louis Jordan & His Tympany Five Private Property (No Tresspassing) One Guy Named Louis: The Complete Aladdin Sessions Amazon
25Howling Wolf My Friends aka Stealing My Clothes Sings The Blues Amazon
26David Lindley Talk to the Lawyer Win This Record Amazon
27Warren Zevon Lawyers, Guns and Money A Quiet Normal Life: The Best of Warren Zevon Amazon
28Mac Wiseman Bad Ole Philadelphia Lawyer Old Likker In A New Jug Amazon
29Kitty Wells Will Your Lawyer Talk To God Country Music Hall Of Fame Amazon
30Ricky Skaggs Drunken Driver Bluegrass Rules! Amazon
31Goodnight, Texas A Bank Robber's Nursery Rhyme Uncle John Farquhar Amazon
32Elvis Presley Jailhouse Rock Can't Help Falling In Love (Remastered) Amazon
33Dinah Washington Jailhouse Blues The Bessie Smith Songbook Amazon

East Side West Side

From the Bowery to Brooklyn to Broadway to the Bronx…the sidewalks of New York is the topic of the morning, our Gotham theme this Friday on community radio from the Left Coast looking east. Join Dave Stroud for a handsome cab journey through the past century of iconic sounds where the heartbeat of the melting pot of America sings. You’ll be treated to some early Broadway musical samples, the imaginings of West Side Story, the hotel orchestras, and vocal elaborations from Darin, Sinatra, Ella, an Cohan. There will be no exclusion here as late century rock and vocal groups as we’ll hear from The Ad Libs, The Drifters, Garland Jeffreys and others. New York has always been a mirror into the soul of America and has always represented its humanity as a visit to any street in Manhattan would reveal; and its music is, in turn, a reflection itself of that humanity. Join us.

1Artist Title Album Buy
2Paul Whiteman and His Orchestra The Sidewalks of New York Internet Archives Amazon
3George Cohan Jr. Give My Regards To Broadway The Golden Entertainers Amazon
4Ruby Keeler, Dick Powell & Co. 42nd Street – from 42nd Street Warner Brothers 75 Years of Film Music (2) Amazon
5McGlinn/London Sinfonietta Shuffle Off to Buffalo (42nd Street) The Busby Berkeley Album Amazon
6Gold Diggers Of 1935 Film Cast Feat. Winifred Shaw & Dick Powell Lullaby Of Broadway Lullaby Of Broadway: The Music Of Harry Warren Amazon
7Jo Stafford Manhattan Serenade For You Amazon
8Ella Johnson & Buddy Johnson Going To New York Go Ahead And Rock And Roll Amazon
9Ella Fitzgerald Manhattan Mad Men: Music From the Series, Vol. 1 Amazon
10Babs Gonzales Dem New York People Cool Whalin' Babs Amazon
11Betty Wand (For Rita Moreno) And George Chakiris America West Side Story Amazon
12Enrique Madriguera and His Orchestra She's a Latin from Manhattan Retro Top Charts / European Dance Orchestras F the 30s & 40s., Volume 4 Amazon
13Desi Arnaz I Come From New York The Best of Desi Arnaz: The Mambo King Amazon
14Bobby Darin Sunday in New York Wild Cool & Swingin Amazon
15Frank Sinatra Theme from New York, New York Sinatra Reprise: The Very Good Years Amazon
16Dean Martin & Jerry Lewis Ev'ry Street's A Boulevard In Old New York The Capitol Years [Disc 1] Amazon
17Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong There's A Boat Dat's Leavin' Soon For New York Best OF Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong Amazon
18The Ad Libs The Boy From New York City Malt Shop Memories: Save The Last Dance For Me (Disc 2) Amazon
19The Drifters On Broadway Red, White & Rock Disc 2 Amazon
20John Barry Midnight Cowboy Moviola Amazon
21Harry Nilsson Everybody's Talkin' Yesterday's Gone [Disc 2] Amazon
22Harry Nilsson I Guess the Lord Must Be in New York City All-Time Greatest Hits Amazon
23Simon & Garfunkel The Only Living Boy In New York The Essential Simon & Garfunkel [Disc 2] Amazon
24Henry Mancini Rhapsody in Blue Instrumental Favorites Amazon
25Garland Jeffreys New York Skyline Ghost Writer/One-Eyed Jack/American Boy & Girl [[Disc 1]] Amazon
26Ray Charles New York's My Home Ray Charles – 93 Essential Tracks Amazon
27Judy Garland I Happen To Like New York Capitol Sings Cole Porter: Anything Goes Amazon
28Kirsty MacColl/The Pogues Fairytale of New York Galore Amazon
29Mel Tormi Sunday In New York Hollywood Swing & Jazz: Hot Numbers [Disc 2] Amazon
30Stevie Wonder Living for the City Innervisions Amazon
31Jay-Z Empire State of Mind (feat. Alicia Keys) The Blueprint 3 Amazon

Burnin’ Love

A hunka hunka free form sounds this morning on Deeper Roots: some thoughtful pairings and some that just need to be pushed to the surface. We’re coming up on Daylight Savings Time already as we prepare for the days to get longer shedding more light in the attic from the window up above. Songs today explore mojo, some gospel musings, concerns about a fellow named Lou whose got the flu, and some reflections on the 420 favorite. Performers include Julia Lee, Little Jimmy Dickens, Ivie Anderson, Lightnin’ Hopkins, and we’ve even got an ‘unknown’ from the mid-century wondering “Who’s Boogeying My Woogie Now”. Imagine that. Well, imagine this: Friday mornings on KOWS Community Radio are made just for the beginning of Spring. Tune in.

1Artist Title Album Buy
2John Prine Clay Pigeons Fair & Square Amazon
3Elvis Presley Burning Love Elvis 30 #1 Hits Amazon
4Sister Rosetta Tharpe 99 1/2 Won't Do Gospel Train Amazon
5Mary Deloatch The Lord's Gospel Train Nuggets Of The Golden Age Of Gospel 1945-1958 Amazon
6Nina Simone Lilac Wine Verve/Unmixed 3 Amazon
7Ivie Anderson Chocolate Shake An Introduction To Ivie Anderson Amazon
8Bette Midler Marahuana Songs For The New Depression Amazon
9Julia Lee Marijuana Kansas City Star [Disc 4] Amazon
10Buddy Holly Fool's Paradise Buddy Holly And The R&R Giants [Disc 2] Amazon
11Eddie Cochran C'mon Everybody Eddie Cochran: 2 Classic Albums Plus Singles And Session Tracks [Disc 1] Amazon
12Fats Domino Be My Guest Fats Domino Out of New Orleans Amazon
13Dorsey Burnette Don't Let Go The Precious Years Amazon
14Charley Crockett The Man That Time Forgot Welcome To Hard Times Amazon
15Kevin Russell Country Boy Country Swing Amazon
16Little Jimmy Dickens May The Bird Of Paradise Fly Up Your Nose Columbia Country Classics, Vol. 3: Americana Amazon
17Buddy Emmons New Road Under My Wheels Buddy Emmons Sings Bob Wills Amazon
18John Prine Who's Gonna Take The Garbage Out (Featuring Iris Dement) For Better, Or Worse Amazon
19Roger Miller Lou's Got The Flu King Of The Road – The Genius Of Roger Miller (CD1) Amazon
20Roger Miller The Moon Is High (And So Am I) King Of The Road – The Genius Of Roger Miller (CD1) Amazon
21Muddy Waters Got My Mojo Working His Best, 1956 To 1964 Amazon
22Ann Cole I Got My Mojo Working Roots Of Rock & Roll – Rough And Rowdy [Disc 4] Amazon
23Unknown Artist I Wonder Who's Boogeying My Woogie Now ? Boogie Woogie Gals – 1939-57 Amazon
24Lightnin' Hopkins Mojo Hand The Very Best Of Lightnin' Hopkins Amazon
25Mose Allison Mojo Woman Down Home Piano Amazon
26Willie Nelson & Lucinda Williams Overtime It Always Will Be Amazon
27John Fogerty Who'll Stop the Rain (with Bob Seger) Wrote a Song for Everyone Amazon
28Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band Still the Same Greatest Hits Amazon
29Raul Malo It Only Hurts Me When I Cry After Hours Amazon
30Red Simpson Jeannie With the Light Brown Cadillac The Best of Red Simpson: Country Western Truck Drivin' Singer Amazon
31Bruce Springsteen Pink Cadillac 18 Tracks Amazon
32Baker Knight Bring My Cadillac Back Classic Rockabilly-Cool Cats & Hot Chicks Amazon
33Miley Cyrus Lilac Wine The Backyard Sessions Amazon
34Ray Charles I Believe to My Soul The Birth of Soul Disc 3 Amazon

Americana Hours Classics

We’re gathering under the Americana tent this morning; well, I guess, technically, we do each Friday morning. But this week we’ll spend some time with the classics. I’ll be sharing mid-century highlights from east, west, north and south in a show that pays tribute to some of the classic performers and performances that codified what’s become known as Americana: not a genre, but more of something in the air that makes you comfortable as a well worn blanket but also is the cold breeze that comes in through the cracks. I’ve got the celebratory sounds of The Blasters, Arlo Guthrie, and the NGDB; the painful reminders of days past from The Band, Chris Hillman, and Guy Clark; the harsh reminders of what got us here from Steve Earle, James McMurtry, and Bruce Springsteen. So much more to share in only two hours on Sonoma County Community Radio.

1Artist Title Album Buy
2The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band Dark as a Dungeon Will the Circle Be Unbroken [Bonus Tracks] Disc 1 Amazon
3The Byrds You Ain't Going Nowhere Sweetheart of the Rodeo Amazon
4Michael Nesmith Joanne Troubadours: Folk And The Roots Of American Music 4: 10 The West Coast Amazon
5Bobby Bare The Streets of Baltimore Memories – RCA Singles 1962 – 1969 Amazon
6Bob Dylan & Johnny Cash Girl From The North Country Country Music: A Film By Ken Burns – The Soundtrack [Disc 2] Amazon
7Arlo Guthrie The City Of New Orleans Hobo's Lullaby Amazon
8Chris Hillman & Herb Pedersen The Lost Highway Bakersfield Bound Amazon
9Neil Young Harvest Decade Disc 2 Amazon
10The Band The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down The Best of the Band Amazon
11John Fogerty Lodi The Long Road Home: The Ultimate John Fogerty – Creedence Collection Amazon
12Emmylou Harris Red Dirt Girl Artist's Choice: Sheryl Crow Amazon
13John Prine Speed of the Sound of Loneliness German Afternoons Amazon
14Joe Ely Boxcars Honky Tonk Masquerade Amazon
15The Blasters Border Radio Testament: The Complete Slash Recordings (1981-1985) (1 of 2) Amazon
16Steve Earle Devil's Right Hand Copperhead Road Amazon
17John Hiatt Crossing Muddy Waters Here To Stay – Best Of 2000-2012 Amazon
18Lucinda Williams Right in Time Car Wheels on a Gravel Road Amazon
19Guy Clark Boats To Build Boats To Build Amazon
20James McMurtry Childish Things Childish Things Amazon
21Bruce Springsteen Highway Patrolman Artist's Choice: Johnny Cash Amazon
22Old Crow Medicine Show Wagon Wheel O.C.M.S. Amazon
23Uncle Tupelo John Hardy No Depression Amazon
24Dave Alvin Marie Marie Dave Alvin and The Guilty Women Amazon
25Mudcrutch Shady Grove Mudcrutch Amazon
26Sturgill Simpson Life Of Sin Metamodern Sounds In Country Music Amazon
27Willie Nelson Freight Train Boogie Country Music Amazon
28The Avett Brothers This Land Is Your Land This Land Is Your Land (Single) Amazon
29Los Lobos La Bamba El Cancionero: Mas y Mas (2 of 4) Amazon

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.

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.

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

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.

Begin the Beguine

This past January was as much a month to remember as it was to forget. We’ll keep the serenity we need by softening the blow with music while also celebrating the good with swing, country, rhythm and gospel in another eclectic free form show on Sonoma County community radio. Cold weather and rain arrives so we’ll share the soul sounds of William Bell and Johnnie Taylor, some folk rock from Linda Ronstadt, swing vocals from The Mills Brothers and The Four Vagabonds, and gospel with Lou Rawls and the Pilgrim Travelers. We’ll visit Shenandoah, The Red River Valley, and Forty Miles of Bad Road in our Friday morning show, recorded this week in the Deeper Roots Den. I hope you’ll join us.

1Artist Title Album Buy
2Michael Nesmith Begin The Beguine Tropical Campfires Amazon
3Mikki Wilcox Ain't Got Nothin' But the Blues Sun Ballads 1953-62 Amazon
4Maria Muldaur I Gotta Right To Sing The Blues Love Wants to Dance Amazon
5The Four Vagabonds Coming In On A Wing And A Prayer The Dawn Of Doo-Wop Vol. 1 Amazon
6Jimmie Rodgers Shenandoah 40 All-Time Favorites [Disc 2] Amazon
7Duane Eddy Forty Miles Of Bad Road Dance With The Guitar Man Amazon
8Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers The Image of Me Playback Disc 5 Amazon
9Ry Cooder & Manuel Galban Patricia Hear Music, Vol. 9: Souvenirs Amazon
10The Texas Tornados Wasted Days And Wasted Nights The Best Of Texas Tornados Amazon
11Glories Dark End Of The Street Memphis Boys: The Story Of American Studios Amazon
12Bessie Banks Go Now Dave Godin's Deep Soul Treasures Vol. 2 Amazon
13William Bell Everybody Loves a Winner The Complete Stax-Volt Singles 1959-1968 (7 of 9) Amazon
14Wilson Pickett I'm In Love Memphis Boys: The Story Of American Studios Amazon
15Johnnie Taylor Who's Making Love Stax Number Ones Amazon
16Booker T. & The MG's Time Is Tight I'll Take You There Amazon
17Elvis Presley I Gotta Know Elvis' Golden Records (Volume 3) Amazon
18Marshall Crenshaw I'm Sorry (But So Is Brenda Lee) Downtown Amazon
19Brenda Lee That's All You Gotta Do American Music Library: The Hits Of 1960 Amazon
20The Jack Fords That's All You Gotta Do Foot Tappin' & Dance At Screamin' Festival Vol. 1 Amazon
21Big Boy Groves I Gotta New Car Fool Mule Amazon
22Corey Glover Three Time Loser Back To The Streets – Celebrating The Music Of Don Covay Amazon
23The Mills Brothers Glow Worm The Mills Brothers Golden G'ts(3) Amazon
24Charlie Barnet Flying Home Swing Time For Dancing Vol. 6 Amazon
25Sister Marie Knight And The Sam Price Trio Trouble In Mind Nuggets Of The Golden Age Of Gospel 1945-1958 Amazon
26Lou Rawls (2nd Vocal) & The Pilgrim Travelers Come Home Nuggets Of The Golden Age Of Gospel 1945-1958 Amazon
27Aretha Franklin Never Grow Old None But the Righteous: Chess Gospel Greats Amazon
28Merle Haggard I'm A Lonesome Fugitive Capitol Collector's Series Amazon
29The Stone Poneys/Linda Ronstadt Different Drum Very Best Of Linda Ronstadt Amazon
30Roy Rogers & Dale Evans Red River Valley 16 Great Songs Of The Old West Amazon
31Roy Rogers Moonlight On The Prairie Country Music Hall Of Fame Amazon
32Chris Hillman When I Get A Little Money Bidin' My Time Amazon
33Rick Nelson Hello Mary Lou Greatest Love Songs Amazon
34Carla Thomas/Rufus Thomas Birds and the Bees The Complete Stax-Volt Singles 1959-1968 (5 of 9) Amazon
35The Bar-Kays Soul Finger The Complete Stax-Volt Singles 1959-1968 (7 of 9) Amazon