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April 30 (810) – Sun Has Gone

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I’m only halfway home, I’ve gotta journey on
To where I’ll find, find the things I have lost
I’ve come a long long road but still I’ve got some miles to go
I’ve got a wide, a wide river to cross
(Levon Helm)

I’ll be heading back into the KUST studio again this afternoon for another episode (chapter?  edition?) of Great River Radio.  After starting the show with Diana Krall’s great version of Levon’s song, which is iconic at GRR, we’ll get to new music from Ingrid Michaelson (I’ve really been digging her new album Lights Out), and Danish singer/songwriter Majke Voss Romme (who performs as Broken Twin) with her romantic and melancholy “Sun Has Gone.” We’ll also have something from Carlene Carter’s tribute to her family “Carter Girl” on which she covers her favorite Carter family songs, and a few other tributes, as a matter of fact.   If you love Jackson Browne’s songs, you’ll want to hear Jimmy LaFave cover “For Everyman” from the new tribute album to JB.  And finally, we have another track from the tribute to the Dylan of the 80’s by Chastity Brown, doing a soulful gospelly take on “Saving Grace.” That and new songs from Joan Osborne, Bon Iver bandmate S. Carey, Ray Bonneville and The Hold Steady. Just a reminder, GRR  is winding down.  I’m giving a lot of thought to a final show in the coming weeks, and will try to make it very special.  If there is anything you’d like to hear, or share with me from your memories of listening to this show, I welcome your comments. For now, I hope you can listen this afternoon as you take care of business, or check it out later on the blog.
Details: Great River Radio –  some Wednesdays 4:15-5:45 p.m.
Catch the live stream: http://www.stthomas.edu/ustclubs/kust/live/liveStream.html
Web/Listen Later: https://greatriverradio.wordpress.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/GreatRiverRadio
Playlist
Wide River to Cross-Diana Krall
Home-Ingrid Michaelson
Heart & Bones-The Pines
Sun Has Gone-Broken Twin
Little Black Train-Carlene Carter
For Everyman-Jimmy LaFave
Who Do Call the Shots-Ray Bonneville
Steel Guitar-Danny O’Keefe
Saving Grace-Chastity Brown
Alpenglow-S. Carey
Few Feet Away-Otis Taylor
Hand It Over-Keb’ Mo’
Farther Along-Mississippi John Hurt
Sleepy Sea of Indigo and Blue-Antje Duvekot
Work on Me-Joan Osborne
Weary Eyes-Augustines
Spinners-The Hold Steady

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March 26 (809) Spring Breaking

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If I had wings like Noah’s dove
I’d fly up the river to the one I love
Fare thee well, my honey, fare thee well

            “Fare Thee Well ” (Dink’s Song)

 

Just a quick reminder that Great River Radio will air this afternoon with an outstanding playlist of mostly new music from artists like the Augustines and the American Authors, Craig Finn, William Fitzsimmons and Nick Waterhouse.  My favorite new band Lucius might even get two songs played this afternoon.  I’ll do a segment of songs from movies (Inside Llewyn Davis – quoted above, Nebraska and All Is Lost) and a couple of covers, including a beautiful one sung by a seven foot sad clown.

And this, perhaps more notable announcement.  After eight years and 171 shows as of today, I’ve decided to pull the plug on Great River Radio after this semester.  I’d like to do at least two more shows, and will make them special.  This has been a labor of love and a creative activity for me all these years, but I’ve decided to turn my creative energies in other directions.  More on all of this later this spring.

For now, I hope you can listen this afternoon as you take care of business, or check it out later on the blog.

Details:

Great River Radio – Wednesdays 4:15-5:45 p.m.
Catch the live stream: http://www.stthomas.edu/ustclubs/kust/live/liveStream.html

Web/Listen Later: https://greatriverradio.wordpress.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/GreatRiverRadio

 

Playlist
Run River Run-Run River North
Red River of the North-Rogue Valley
It No. 3-Nick Waterhouse
Hard Times-Eastmountainsouth
Los Angeles-Peter Bradley Adams
Two of Us On the Run-Lucius
Believer-American Authors
Sweetheart Like You-Craig Finn
California-Jamestown Revival
Mexico-Shovels & Rope
Royals (featuring Puddles Pity Party)-Postmodern Jukebox
Dream a Little Dream-Pink Martini & The Von Trapps
Fortune-William Fitzsimmons
New West-Tin Hat
Amen-Alexander Ebert
Fare Thee Well (Dink’s Song)-Osca Isaac & Marcus Mumford
See You in the Spring-Court Yard Hounds (with Jakob Dylan)
The Avenue-Augustines
Go Home-Lucius

 

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February 19 (808) – Hanging by a thread

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A feather’s not a bird
The rain is not the sea
A stone is not a mountain
But a river runs through me 

            “A Feather’s Not a Bird”  Rosanne Cash

A quick reminder that Great River Radio is back this afternoon with a bundle of songs for you, mostly new, but a couple of discoveries that have been spinning on my player the last four weeks.  Do you know Goldfrapp?  Do you want to hear something sexy that will warm you up on a cold winter night?  That’s all I’m going to say about that.  I’ve been digging the songwriter Peter Bradley Adams and have played him before.  He has a new record, as does the very interesting Damien Jurado, local friends Jeremy Messersmith and Erik Koskinen.  Then there will be the department of covers and remakes with Charlotte Gainsbourg doing “Hey Joe” (you’ve got to hear it) and Band of Horses doing an acoustic live at the Ryman version of “No One’s Gonna Love You” and a remastered “Comes and Goes In Waves” from Greg Laswell.

And of course, my favorite record of the year so far, Rosanne Cash’s The River & The Thread – the first track from that album will also open GRR today.  Finally, I have the first musical harbinger of spring, thanks to Mike, from the John Butler Trio.

If you live in the upper Midwest, you’re going to want to take some time to listen this afternoon or later for a break from the cold and snow and the coming storm.

I’ll be getting things going around 4:00 – listen this afternoon or later when the snow is coming down.

Details:

Great River Radio – Wednesdays 4:15-5:45 p.m.
Catch the live stream:
http://www.stthomas.edu/ustclubs/kust/live/liveStream.html

Web/Listen Later: https://greatriverradio.wordpress.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/GreatRiverRadio

Playlist
A Feather’s Not a Bird-Rosanne Cash
Ethio Invention No. 1-Andrew Bird
Ghost-Jeremy Messersmith
Love Song-Dawn Landes
Silver Timothy-Damien Jurado
Be Still My Heart-Peter Bradley Adams
Invisible-U2
Hey Joe-Charlotte Gainsbourg
Ooh La La-Goldfrapp
Fortune-William Fitzsimmons
Walkabout-Augustines
Waking Light-Beck
Comes and Goes in Waves-Greg Laswell
No One’s Gonna Love You-Band of Horses
Spring To Come-John Butler Trio
Blood and Money-Erik Koskinen
Why Don’t You Quit Leaving Me Alone-Benmont Tench

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January 22 (807) 2013 Faves

 

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There’s a light that’s shining now
And a calm wind in the pine
For the fate of a fearsome travesty
Seems to have forgotten me
Seems to have forgotten me

If it hasn’t learned by now
Where I’ve hid so very long
I’ll come safely out into the silence found
In the wake of its passing on
In the wake of its passing on

A Spartan smile and westward stare hold a promise in the air
That’s the way they used to find their own way home
By the stars, on their own
By the stars, on their own

                          Hope of a Lifetime – The Milk Carton Kids

Before we completely move on to our plans and hopes for this newish year, I want to take one more look back to the music of 2013. The season of ‘best of’ lists is now past, and, anyway, that’s not what this is.  These are a few of my favorites songs from Great River Radio shows of 2013.  This will be a longer show than usual – I’ll be in the studio for two hours  this afternoon.

We start with three river songs which have opened shows of the last year:  “Ohio”, from Patty Griffin about that river, followed by Pokey LaFarge’s “Central Time” and “Mississippi” from the Griswolds. After the trio of river songs, we’ll go to songs about running and walking (including “The Walker” from Fitz and the Tantrums, a very special song for me last year.)  I’ve got two beautiful covers (“Train Song” by Tift Merritt and Sarah Jarosz’ “Simple Twist of Fate.”)

Locally, we’ve got music from The Suburbs, Dessa, John Hermanson and Frankie Lee.  You might have caught Jake Bugg in town last weekend, and he’s on the show this afternoon, along with newcomer Valerie June and the above quoted Milk Carton Kids, who knocked us out at a show last year.  You might want to check out Delta Rae, who will be playing the Varsity this spring.  I’ll let you know of other upcoming shows that might be fun, as well.

So for a few memories or maybe a listen to something you missed last year, tune in this afternoon.  I’ll be getting things going around 4:00.

Details:

Great River Radio – Wednesdays 4:15-5:45 p.m.
Catch the live stream:
http://www.stthomas.edu/ustclubs/kust/live/liveStream.html

Web/Listen Later: https://greatriverradio.wordpress.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/GreatRiverRadio

Playlist
Ohio-Patty Griffin
Central Time-Pokey LaFarge
Mississippi-The Griswolds
Invisible Empire-KT Tunstall
Fire and Brimstone-Trombone Shorty
I Still Look Good (For Sixty)-Joe Grushecky
Before We Run-Yo La Tengo
Run- Delta Rae
The Walker-Fitz & The Tantrums
Somebody To Love-Valerie June
Train Song-Tift Merritt
Hope of a Lifetime-The Milk Carton Kids
Simple Twist of Fate-Sarah Jarosz
Me and You-Jake Bugg
Turn The Radio On -The Suburbs
The Man I Knew-Dessa
East Side Blues-Frankie Lee
Chill In The Air-Amos Lee
Sonsick-San Fermin
This Is a True Heart-Julia Holter
ICU-Lou Doillon
Let Her Go-Passenger
Open-Rhye
New-Paul McCartney
Demons-The National
You Never Need Nobody-The Lone Bellow
We Can’t End This Way-Ben Harper & Charlie Musselwhite
Awake-John Hermanson
Departure and Farewell-Hem

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December 18 (806) Christmas Moon

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And that old Christmas moon
Shining softly on snow so white
As he brightens a special night
That old Christmas moon

Soft snow is silvery white
With moon glow shining so bright
It lights up this glorious night
It’s that old Christmas moon

            Leon Redbone

Just a quick reminder that GRR will be back this afternoon with a set of holiday tunes that ranges from contemplative to raucous, joyful to moody, sacred to secular, nice to naughty and some that are harder to classify.  Check us out to hear Leon Redbone, Nick Lowe, Mindy Smith, The Be Good Tanyas, The Punch Brothers, Dawes, Cantus, the Roches, Billie Holiday, Tom Waits, Paul Simon and others.

I hope you can listen this afternoon as you take care of business, or check it out later on the blog.

And I wish you the best for the coming days and in the new year – Happy Holidays from Great River Radio!

Details:

Great River Radio – Wednesdays 4:15-5:45 p.m.
Catch the live stream:
http://www.stthomas.edu/ustclubs/kust/live/liveStream.html

Web/Listen Later: https://greatriverradio.wordpress.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/GreatRiverRadio

Playlist
Another Silent Night-Douglas Spotted Eagle
The Winter Solstice-Sufjan Stevens
17th Century Canon-Paul McCandless
Getting Ready For Christmas Day-Paul Simon
That Old Christmas Moon-Leon Redbone
Jingle All The Way-Lena Horne
Children Go Where I Send Thee-Nick Lowe
Maybe Next Year-Meiko
All I Ever Get For Christmas Is Blue-Over The Rhine
Snowed In-Mindy Smith
Silent Night-Priscilla Ahn
O Magnum Mysterium-Cantus
Rudy-The Be Good Tanyas
Come Thou Fount Of Every Blessing-Sufjan Stevens
I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day-The Civil Wars
What Do Bad Girls Get?-Joan Osborne
Christmas-Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown
Christmas in L A-The Killers with Dawes
O Come, O Come, Emmanuel-The Punch Brothers
Gaudette-Medieval Babes
Saviour of the Nations Come-Cantus
For Unto Us A Child Is Born-Roches
The Christmas Song-Aimee Mann
I’ll Be Seeing You-Billie Holiday
New Year’s Eve-Tom Waits

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December 11 (805) – Winter Winds

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The Missouri is my right arm, the Ohio is my left
But I’m livin’ on the Mississippi River where I like life the best
I don’t mind the west coast, and I don’t mind the east coast
Oh, baby but I ain’t gonna live on no coast
Some people say that the Mississippi River is the backbone of the nation
They can say whatever they want, I won’t disagree with that statement
I see people workin’ hard as ever, just wondering what I can do to make their lives better
I’m just a plain ole Midwestern boy
Gettin’ by on Central time
Pokey LaFarge “Central Time”

At the moment in this northern region of the Central Time Zone, it is frigid. Add to the brutal weather we’ve been having the stresses of finals and semester end projects for both students and faculty, and the preparations for the holidays, and you have a pretty stressful period of the year. At minimum, we hope you can stay warm, though we know that some are cold, someone’s furnace is misbehaving, someone’s home isn’t very well insulated, and for far too many, there is no home at all.

It might be time to take a breath and listen to some music. On Great River Radio this afternoon, we’ve got a couple things going. Having been present at an intimate show by Joe Henry last week, I’ve been listening to his music on repeat for several days. So I’m going to insert him into the playlist several times this afternoon. I do think he is one of the best songwriters in the business now, and these songs are good examples. I’ll also recognize the season, not with holiday music, but with some songs about winter and the cold. Of course, there is lots of new music, as well, including just released songs from Shelby Lynne, who released an EP of original gospel tunes yesterday. We’ll also hear from Joshua James, Jake Bugg, British folk rocker Passenger, and Norwegian songster Ane Brun. I’ll have a tune from Alex Ebert, the leader of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, except solo this time.

Pokey LaFarge will kick things off with the river song referenced above and I think you’ll love it.

I hope you can listen this afternoon as you take care of business, or later on the blog.

Details:
Great River Radio – Wednesdays 4:15-5:45 p.m.
Catch the live stream: http://www.stthomas.edu/ustclubs/kust/live/liveStream.html
Web/Listen Later: https://greatriverradio.wordpress.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/GreatRiverRadio

Playlist
Central Time-Pokey LaFarge
Dixie-Karen Elson & The Secret Sisters
Let Her Go-Passenger
Our Song-Joe Henry
Pennies in the Fountain-Glen Hansard
Broke-Joshua James
Me and You-Jake Bugg
Walkin’-Shelby Lynne
Run-Delta Rae
High Hopes-Bruce Springsteen
Monkey-Joe Henry
Amen-Alexander Ebert
On A Cold Winter’s Day-Quadriga Consort
Winter Winds-Mumford & Sons
There’s Frost On The Moon-Artie Shaw
Walking In The Air-The New Standards
Words-Ane Brun
God Only Knows-Joe Henry

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November 13 (804) – Down By The Riverside

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I’m on my way to Canaan land
I’m on my way to Canaan land
I’m on my way to Canaan land
I’m on my way, great God, I’m on my way.

Now if you don’t go, don’t you hinder me
If you won’t go, please don’t hinder me
If you won’t go, don’t hinder me
On my way glory hallelujah, I’m on my way

“Being born in the twentieth century, I learned this song in the nineteenth-century version with its reference to ‘Canaan’ land. Twentieth-century ‘Canaan’ in the stories and sermons of the Black Baptist churches I attended was about a life beyond this experience we were having on earth…when we sang this song and other songs about Canaan, we were talking about an ‘over yonder,’ an ‘up yonder,’ an afterlife – ‘across our Jordan River’…”
If You Don’t Go, Don’t Hinder Me – Bernice Johnson Reagon

It is Social Justice Awareness Week at KUST and Great River Radio will take this opportunity to sprinkle traditional songs of freedom into the show. These songs have come out of the tradition of spirituals – “named so by the people who created them because they came from the spirit – deep within” says Bernice Johnson Reagon. The songs of slaves in 19th century America became the songs of the civil rights movement of 20th century America. We’ll have traditional music from Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Mavis Staples, the Blind Boys of Alabama, Mahalia Jackson and the group that Bernice Johnson Reagon founded long before Sweet Honey in the Rock, The Freedom Singers, who were very active during the civil rights movement of the 1960’s. The roots of rock and roll are deep in the gospel and even spiritual tradition, so it makes great sense for GRR to pay tribute to this music on today’s show.

We’ll also have our usual mix of new and old songs for you today, including a track from our new favorites, The Saint Johns, as well as a live performance from Sara Bareilles. You know Greg Laswell who we’ve played several times before – we’ll have a song from him with his wife and another GRR favorite, Ingrid Michaelson. Rickie Lee Jones will cover a Stones tune and newcomer Brandy Clark with a sassy tune about a crime of passion deterred by a crime of passion – “Orange is the New Black” fans, stay tuned for this one.

That and more, of course, on this week’s edition of Great River Radio.

Listen in live this afternoon or later on the blog.

Details:
Great River Radio – Wednesdays 4:15-5:45 p.m.
Catch the live stream: http://www.stthomas.edu/ustclubs/kust/KUSTLive.html
Web/Listen Later: https://greatriverradio.wordpress.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/GreatRiverRadio

Playlist
Down By The Riverside-Sister Rosetta Tharpe
I’m On My Way-Mahalia Jackson
Back To The River-Lily & Madeleine
Open Water-The Saint Johns
Rock and Roll-The Velvet Underground
Brave-Sara Bareilles
Landline-Greg Laswell/Ingrid Michaelson
Before We Run-Yo La Tengo
Buckets of Rain-Dave Van Ronk
Freedom Highway-Mavis Staples
Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Round-The Freedom Singers
Nobody Knows the Trouble I See-The Dixie Hummingbirds
Play With Fire-Rickie Lee Jones
For You Blue-Dhani Harrison
Gasoline-Cary Ann Hearst & Michael Trent (Shovels & Rope)
Stripes-Brandy Clark
I’m In I’m Out and I’m Gone-Ben Harper & Charlie Musselwhite
Freedom Road-The Blind Boys of Alabama
We Shall Overcome-Mahalia Jackson

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