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September 18 (801) – Miss the Mississippi?

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[audio http://personal.stthomas.edu/drgjelten/shows/GRR801.mp3]

Mockingbirds are singing ’round the cabin door
While I dream of Mississippi and you
And my memories are bringing happy days of yore
I have spent in Mississippi with you

Roaming the wide world over
Always alone and blue, so blue
Longing for my homeland on that muddy water shore
Yes, I miss the Mississippi and you
The Mississippi and you

                Jimmie Rodgers

 

It has been too long since Great River Radio sent out some songs to our friends, but the wait is over.  We’ve missed you and hopefully, you missed us.  This afternoon, GRR is back with a compilation that includes the Singing Brakeman, Jimmie Rodgers, along with young and old artists doing old and new music.

It was a wonderful summer and I hope everyone is safe and happy and looking forward to the cool nights of September.  The playlist today is a collection of songs that just free associated together, some inspired by shows over the summer, some harbingers of fall shows and some just randomly accessed.

We’ll have music from The Civil Wars, Bill Frisell, a duet with John Fogarty and Miranda Lambert, and something from the French singer Lou Doillon (half-sister to Charlotte Gainsbourg.) I guess there are a lot of women on today’s show, as you’ll also hear Patty Griffin, Holly Maher, Jane Siberry, Cassandra Wilson and Sharon Robinson.  Rockabilly star Rosie Flores will do “Working Girl’s Guitar” which we heard outdoors a couple weeks ago at the Minnesota State Fair and were knocked out by.

All that and more, of course, this afternoon on Great River Radio.

Please join me today from 4:15-5:45 p.m.

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Playlist
Miss the Mississippi-Jimmie Rodgers
On the Road-Houndmouth
Lightning Bolt-Jake Bugg
Went to See the Gypsy (Demo)-Bob Dylan
Howlin’ for You-Albert Lee
The Big One-Bill Frisell
The Man I Knew-Dessa
Wrote a Song for Everyone-John Fogarty/Miranda Lambert
The One That Got Away-The Civil Wars
Hard to Find-The National
ICU-Lou Doillon
Meet Me at the Edge of the World-Over The Rhine
I Want to Be Loved-Cassandra Wilson
Working Girl’s Guitar-Rosie Flores
Born Under a Good Sign-The Suburbs
Three Angels-Will Kimbrough
Pontchartrain-Jane Siberry
Go Wherever You Wanna Go-Patty Griffin
Always Be-Holly Maher
Alexandra Leaving-Sharon Robinson

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March 6 – From Bessie to Badu (707)

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[audio http://personal.stthomas.edu/drgjelten/shows/GRR707.mp3]

Bessie Smith sang

I’ve got what it takes
But it breaks my heart to give it away
She said I’ve got what it takes
But it breaks my heart to give it away
It’s in demand
Folks cryin’ for it every day
I’ve been saving it up for a long long time
To give it away would be more than a crime


and Robert Johnson wrote

When a woman gets in trouble, everybody throws her down
Lookin’ for her good friend, none can’t be found
You better come on in my kitchen, baby, it’s goin’ to be rainin’ outdoors

and Maya Angelou wrote

I say,
It’s the fire in  my eyes,
And the flash of my teeth,
The swing in my waist,
And the joy in my feet.
I’m a woman
Phenomenally,
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

I’ll be honest, when I started thinking of this week’s show, I’d forgotten that March is Women’s History Month.  I was actually inspired by a connection from our last show, in which I realized that there was a strong line of influence between some of the artists I played.  Laura Nyro was inspired by Nina Simone and Nyro, in turn, inspired many musicians.  And Simone was influenced by the huge artists that came before her: Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday and others.  So I started thinking “Can we draw a line from Bessie Smith to the contemporary singers of today?”  And I decided that we could.

Now, I could have spent weeks preparing a scholarly musical lesson on women in popular music of the twentieth century.  I’m sorry, but I have neither the time nor the expertise.  So, here’s what we’re going to do.  I’ve picked songs from women artists starting with Bessie Smith and moving chronologically through the century to Erykah Badu, and I think that you can argue that each successive artist was influenced by the previous one(s).  We’ll hear from Billie Holiday, Mahalia Jackson, Ruth Brown, Etta James, Aretha Franklin, Nina Simone, and move into Nyro, Mitchell, Joplin, Raitt, and eventually Amy Winehouse, Lauryn Hill and wind up with Mary J Blige and we’ll close with Erykah Badu.

I’d be starting arguments if I said I was including the most important women singers/songwriters of the twentieth century here.  Don’t want to do that. This is subjective.  But there is something for everyone on this show, and I do think this is at least a good faith effort to connect the dots between Bessie and Badu.

I hope you like it.  Let me know what you think, as always.

Today on Great River Radio, coming to you from the University of St. Thomas’ KUST.

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Playlist
Bessie Smith-Muddy Water (A Mississippi Moan)
Billie Holiday-Lover Come Back To Me
Mahalia Jackson-Didn’t It Rain
Ruth Brown-Mama He Treats Your Daughter Mean
Etta James-Lover Man
Aretha Franklin-A Natural Woman (You Make Me Feel…)
Nina Simone-I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free
Laura Nyro-Stoney End
Janis Joplin-Try (Just A Little Harder)
Bonnie Raitt-Women Be Wise
Karen Dalton-God Bless The Child
Joni Mitchell-Chinese Cafe/Unchained Melody
Rickie Lee Jones-Last Chance Texaco
Lauryn Hill-Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You
Amy Winehouse-You Know I’m No Good
Cassandra Wilson-Come on In My Kitchen
Black Dub (Trixie Whitley)-I Believe In You
Mary J. Blige-Real Love
Erykah Badu-On and On

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