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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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October 30 (803) Down There By The Train

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There’s a place I know
where the train goes slow
where the sinners can be washed
in the blood of the lamb
there’s a river by the trestle
down by Sinner’s Grove
down where the Willow and the Dogwood grows
down there by the train
down there by the train
down there by the train
down there by the train
down there where the train
goes slow
                     Tom Waits

Last time on Great River Radio, I played the Tift Merritt version of Tom Waits’ “Train Song” and I’ve been listening to that thing a lot in the last couple of weeks.  It is the great lyrics and the wonderful guitar playing of Eric Heywood that keep me coming back.  Then it had another effect on me, and that was to ponder why there are so many songs about trains in American music.  You could do hours and hours of train songs, even if you just limited yourself to the good ones.  But why?  Is it the lure of escape?  “My daddy told me, looking back/’best friend you’ll have is a railroad track'”… or is it the sound of the whistle and that lonesome sound of steel wheels on a steel track, long after the engine has passed?  Is it because they are going to take us to paradise?   “This train is bound for glory”?

I’m not doing train songs today – there are too many.  In some ways, it is too easy a project.  But I will be sprinkling some train songs by Tom Waits into the list, including a return of that Tift Merritt cover.  It is also Halloween tomorrow and though most of you are probably not going to be dressing up and going out trick or treating, I’ll slip a couple of ghostly songs into the mix.

I’ve also got new music from Polica, The 1975, Linda Thompson (with son Teddy) and Goldfrapp (this one is awesome.)  You’ve probably heard some of the new Paul McCartney by now, and I’ll have a typically McCartneyesque track from that one.  There is new music from The Head and the Heart and something amazing from the 2013 release by Ben Harper and the great Charlie Musselwhite.

It’s a nice mix on this gloomy day – 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
On The Road-Tom Waits
Cecil Taylor-Jonathan Wilson
Shake-The Head And The Heart
You Can’t Be Told-Valerie June
Sex-The 1975
New-Paul McCartney
Oh, The Joy-Trixie Whitley
Down There By The Train-Tom Waits
Three White Horses-Andrew Bird
Drew-Goldfrapp
Chain My Name-Polica
Werewolves Of London-Warren Zevon
I Scare Myself-The New Standards
In A Graveyard-Rufus Wainwright
Won’t Be Long Now-Linda Thompson/Teddy Thompson
Persuasion-Richard Thompson/Teddy Thompson
Train Song-Tift Merritt
Bottom of the World-Tom Waits
We Can’t End This Way-Ben Harper & Charlie Musselwhite

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