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September 18 (801) – Miss the Mississippi?

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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.

Details:

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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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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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April 4 – Ship of Hope (614)

Down at the docks, you and me walking
Watching you watching the ships coming into the harbor
You told me again of your voyages grand
I loved you most when you spoke of the seven wonders
And you reached in your coat for your telescope
See what you could see
When your ship comes in,
When your ship comes in
When your ship comes in you’ll be happy
Anais Mitchell “Ships”

Just a quick reminder on this beautiful April day that Great River Radio be back this afternoon with a whole bunch of new music.  I’ve really been enjoying this new Anais Mitchell disc “Young Man in America” and we’ll listen to “Ships” from that, as well as another ship song sung by a woman – Lissie’s cover of Nick Cave’s great “The Ship Song.”  We’ll hear something from Dr. John’s “Locked Down” produced by The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach.  The Los Angeles Times has said of Dr. John’s new record, “it’s the embodiment of everything he’s done but pushed in a clear new direction…one of the best of his career…”

When I read accounts of the shows at SXSW a couple weeks ago, Patrick Watson was singled out by several critics as having done the best performance that they’d seen.  Patrick Watson is a guy and a band from Canada – he’s been compared to Rufus Wainwright, Nick Drake and Andrew Bird – and I love a song that starts simple and ends with horns!  Speaking of horns, Tim Frantzich has a very Chet Baker-like horn in his new song “Dead End Angels” from his brand new “Our Lost and Wild Daughter”…and speaking of Rufus, we’ll hear an early release from his next album “Out of the Game” his first collection of new songs in five years, on which he teamed up with star producer Mark Ronson.

We’ll have a pairing from GRR family favorites Steve Early and Justin Townes Earle – Justin recently released his second album, and it is very personal – tune in for “Am I That Lonely Tonight?”  We’ll also have new music from Patti Smith (eight years since her last record!), the young neo soul group Alabama Shakes, and Brandi Carlile.   Are you one of those people who believe that Fergus Falls Minnesota is the center of the universe?  (Yes, there are some people who believe that.)  If so, or even if not, you want to hear “Fergus Falls” from Milwaukee’s Field Report.  And to close out the show, Bon Iver friends Megafaun.

This and more coming to you this afternoon.  Please join us today from 4:15-5:45 p.m. for Great River Radio or later on the blog.  I think you’ll like it.

Details:

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Brian and Dan

Playlist
Swanee River-Hugh Laurie
Big Shot-Dr. John
Into Giants-Patrick Watson
April Fool-Patti Smith
That Wasn’t Me-Brandi Carlile
Dead End Angels-Tim Frantzich
Lord, I Just Can’t Keep from Crying-The Barr Brothers
Cry, Cry, Crow-The Pines
Ships-Anais Mitchell
The Ship Song-Lissie
Goodbye-Steve Earle
Am I That Lonely Tonight?-Justin Townes Earle
I Found You-Alabama Shakes
Out of the Game-Rufus Wainwright
Fergus Falls-Field Report
Worried Mind-Megafaun

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Mar. 14 – Spring Mix (613)

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On this extraordinarily beautiful March day, I’ll be spending 90 minutes in the dark playing new music from Great River Radio.  This is a spring mix of new music from all over the place.  I’ve been on a Dave Alvin thing for the last couple of weeks, so we’ll have something from him.  Did you know that Judy Garland’s great great niece is a wonderful singer named Audra Mae – she is the real thing and you’re going to like what she brings this afternoon.  Local band the Now, Now are down in Austin for the next couple of days but if you couldn’t make it to SXSW this year, you can hear the title song of their new cd “Threads” on GRR.  We’ll also have something from the new Andrew Bird, and a collaboration between Mali duo Amadou and Miriam and Santigold.  John Prine fans, tune in to hear Bon Iver doing “Bruised Orange (Chain of Sorrow)”.   From what some are already calling one of the best albums of 2012, we’ll hear “Young Man in America” from Anais Mitchell’s latest.  And, along the same lines, new music from the Carolina Chocolate Drops’ “Leaving Eden”, a record you’ve probably been hearing a lot about.  Produced by Buddy Miller and with the wonderful vocals and fiddling of Rhiannon Giddens, you’ll hear “Country Girl” a very personal take on the joys of living down south.

This and more coming to you this afternoon.  Please join us today from 4:15-5:45 p.m. for Great River Radio or later on the blog.  I think you’ll like it.

Details:

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Brian and Dan

Playlist
Beautiful City ‘Cross the River-Dave Alvin
The Real Thing-Audra Mae & the Almighty Sound
Thread-Now, Now
Dougou Badia (featuring Santigold-Amadou & Miriam
Give It Away-Andrew Bird
Old Mythologies-The Barr Brothers
Bruised Oranges (Chain of Sorrow)-Bon Iver
All the Rowboats-Regina Spektor
Ashgrove-Dave Alvin
California-Delta Spirit
Darkness-Leonard Cohen
Wrecking Ball-Bruce Springsteen
Country Girl-Carolina Chocolate Drops
Young Man in America-Anais Mitchell
Myth-Beach House
Keep Us Steadfast-Lyle Lovett
O Sacred Head Surrounded-the innocence mission
Holy Holy-Wye Oak

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Feb. 29 – Twilight (612)

Don’t leave me alone in the twilight
Twilight is the loneliest time of day

Robbie Robertson “Twilight”

This is the first Leap Day that Great River Radio has ever aired, and most likely the last.  Given that we are on an irregular and reduced schedule this semester, we’ll be packing a lot of different ideas into this show.  I realized that this week would have to serve as the annual movie show, in spite of the fact that this year there were only two songs nominated for Academy Awards and I wasn’t about to play either of them.  But I did find a few things from the soundtracks of some of my favorite movies of the year.

I’m also going to be doing a set today that was inspired by a song from the last show – “Favorite Time of Light” by Over the Rhine.  I’ve got a set of songs about the end of the day, about evening, about twilight, the loneliest time of day, according to Robbie Robertson.  (Thanks, Bill, who helped me with this one.)

And since it is probably the only Leap Day Great River Radio ever, we’ll do “Leap Year Blues” by Big Bill Broonzy. Remember, ladies, propose to your man today and he has to accept!

Tune in this afternoon for music from the movies “The Tree of Life,” “The Descendants” (the great Gabby Pahinui), “The Beginners” and “Midnight in Paris.”  We’ve got something from the local compilation Minnesota Remembers Vic Chestnutt, and new music from The Pines, Heartless Bastards, Laura Gibson and Kathleen Edwards.  I just discovered Canadian singer Jill Barber and am loving her “Oh My My” – another great “Doctor, I’m love sick” song.  (Hey there’s another confluence idea!)  And happy music from the Sierra Leone Refugee All Stars.

Finally, we’ll close with this week’s Confluence, a set of songs about the end of the day, perhaps your favorite time of day, perhaps the saddest or loneliest time of day, but apparently an evocative time for songwriters.  We’ve got music from Nick Drake, Ron Sexsmith, Richard and Linda Thompson.  We’ve Robbie Robertson’s “Twilight” done simply, by him on the piano – an awesome track.

Please join us today from 4:15-5:45 p.m. for Great River Radio.

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

Playlist
River-Alexandre Desplat
He’eia-Gabby Pahinui & Sons of Hawaii
Bistro Fadaa-Stephane Wrembel
Stardust-Hoagy Carmichael
Leap Year Blues-Big Bill Broonzy
Living Stone-Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars
Supernatural-Brad Senne
All The While-The Pines
La Grande-Laura Gibson
Empty Threat-Kathleen Edwards
Working Titles-Damien Jurado
Parted Ways-Heartless Bastards
Oh My My-Jill Barber
Day Is Done-Nick Drake
Dimming Of The Day-Richard Thompson
Twilight (Song Sketch)-Robbie Robertson
And Now The Day Is Done-Ron Sexsmith
In The Evening-Etta James

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Feb. 15 – Old Ideas (611)

We are in the opening weeks of the busy spring semester on campus, and it has been a couple of months since Great River Radio has been on the air with music for you.  Dan will remedy that today with a show this afternoon.  Check in for morning music from Canada’s The Barr Brothers (I’m A Beggar in the Morning”) and twilight music from our friends Over The Rhine (“Favorite Time of Light.”)  The late and great Etta James will be represented by “Misty Blue” from her final cd, released just weeks before her death.  Wye Oak, an indie folk duo from Baltimore, is on the list with “Civilian”, the title tune from their 2011 cd.  Ireland’s Lisa Hannigan has just released her second cd and we’ll play “Knots” (uke lovers will want to hear this.)

I’ll also have a number of tunes from the massive “Chimes of Freedom” collection of Dylan covers.  CoF is a benefit project for Amnesty International, and the complete set is four discs – 70-some songs.  Now, anytime there is a release of that size (in fact, on any tribute album) there are going to be hits and misses.  I do think that Bob Dylan does his own songs just fine.  At the same time, there are a few tracks in this collection that are worth hearing – I’ll be playing what I think are some notable inclusions by Diana Krall, Steve Earle, Queens of the Stone Age, Billy Bragg and Grammy champion Adele.

Finally, a track from the upcoming Springsteen cd, brand new music from Ingrid Michaelson and Craig Finn and more.

Tune in live around 4:15 this afternoon, or check the blog for the show after I get it loaded up around 6:30.

The Details:
Great River Radio – Wednesdays 4:15-5:45 p.m.
Catch the live stream: http://www.stthomas.edu/ustclubs/kust/KUSTLive.html
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Brian & Dan

Playlist
River Flows In You-Yiruma
Beggar In The Morning-The Barr Brothers
Favorite Time of Light-Over The Rhine
Misty Blue-Etta James
Civilian-Wye Oak
Come Healing-Leonard Cohen
Quinn The Eskimo-Kris Kristofferson
Simple Twist of Fate-Diana Krall
One More Cup of Coffee-Steve Earle and Lucia Micarelli
Fire-Ingrid Michaelson
Outlaw Blues-Queens of the Stone Age
No Future-Craig Finn
Knots-Lisa Hannigan
Make You Feel My Love-Adele
Lay Down Your Weary Tune-Billy Bragg
Wandering Star-POLICA
We Take Care of Our Own-Bruce Springsteen

 

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Dec. 14 – A Soulful Christmas (610)

Maybe this Christmas will mean something more
Maybe this year love will appear
Deeper than ever before 

And maybe forgiveness will ask us to call
Someone we love
Someone we’ve lost
For reasons we can’t quite recall
Maybe this Christmas
              –  Ron Sexsmith

For six years, Great River Radio has brought you an eclectic set of holiday songs as our last show of the semester and incredibly, that day has already arrived again.  Brian and Dan have spent the last few weeks gathering new and old and different songs for this show, and it is a labor of love, our holiday gift to you.

We’ve put together a list with some surprises, some songs that will warm your heart and make you smile, some that will make you think, and some that will make you sing.  This year we’ve got a beautiful and short (one minute) cover of “Christmas Don’t Be Late” for you boomers who loved the Chipmunks – you don’t want to miss this one, especially if a hula hoop is on your Christmas list.  You’ll hear Ron Sexsmith doing “Maybe This Christmas”, which will be answered by Meiko’s “Maybe Next Year.”   We’ll have soulful music from Solomon Burke, James Brown, The Flirtations, Donnie Hathaway, Lee Rogers and the Staple Singers, folksy music from Alison Rae and the Weepies, raucous music from the Ramones.   We’ve got some brand new songs, including a Mike Doughty/Rosanne Cash collaboration.  And of course, we’ll have the necessary reality-based Christmas tunes from John Prine and Robert Earl Keen.  Hey, Christmas isn’t always fluffy snow and white lights!

GRR fans, this is going to be a good one!  Whether you are preparing your final papers, or preparing to grade those final papers, baking cookies, doing your online shopping, or just procrastinating all those things, today’s playlist will work for you, we guarantee it.

Please join us today from 4:15-5:45 p.m. for this year’s Great River Radio holiday extravaganza.

The Details:
Great River Radio – Wednesdays 4:15-5:45 p.m.
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Playlist
Merry Christmas (I Don’t Want to Fight Tonight)-The Ramones
Christmas Must Be Tonight-Robbie Robertson
Christmas Don’t Be Late-Hurricane Bells
Holiday (What Do You Want ?)-Mike Doughty/Rosanne Cash
December-Alison Rae
Blue Christmas-Roma Di Luna
Walking in the Air-The New Standards/Chris Koza
Christmas Time Is Here Again-The Flirtations
This Christmas-Donnie Hathaway
Maybe This Christmas-Ron Sexsmith
Why Can’t It Be Christmas All Year-Rosie Thomas
You Won’t Have to Wait Till Christmas-Lee Rogers
Presents for Christmas-Solomon Burke
The Last Month of the Year-Staple Singers
Merry Christmas from the Family-Robert Earl Keen, Jr.
Rudy-The Be Good Tanyas
Christmas in Prison-John Prine
Maybe Next Year-Meiko
Christmas Wrapping-Summer Camp
Happy Xmas-Vanessa Carlton
The Day After Christmas-Kate Miller-Heidke
Soulful Christmas-James Brown
Merry Christmas Darling-The Carpenters
Black Christmas-Harlem Children’s Chorus
All That I Want-The Weepies

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