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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.

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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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Nov. 16 – Protest Songs (607)

“There is the idea that a pop star has no right to voice their opinion.
But I was a person before I was a pop star,
and I’m due my opinion as much as anyone.”

–  Michael Stipe (R.E.M.)

For as long as there have been wars and civil injustices, there are have been artists giving voice to the powerless. Protest songs have been a well-documented and crucial part of our social dialogue and cultural fabric since as far back as the 1381 English Peasant Revolt. Since then, protest songs have taken many forms: Irish Rebel Songs, Algerian Rai, field hollers, Anti-apartheid anthems, Vietnam folk and rock music, 1960s civil rights ballads and Post-9/11 laments, to name a few. Even today, we have artists such as Pete Seeger, Tom Morello, Michael Franti, Jay-Z, Kayne West and Jeff Mangum visiting Occupy Wall Street sites across the country.

But protest songs have an inconsistent history. Some have been effective agents for change. Others have been labeled propaganda, fascist/socialists/hippie tripe, utopian or a reason for treason. Some have incited violence and hatred (Dixie Chicks, anyone?). And many others – well well-intentioned – have just been bad music.

It’s our semiannual Social Justice Awareness Week (SJAW) here again at KUST, and Great River Radio will be taking a listen to protest songs throughout history. What makes an effective protest song? Can a song be a protest song without deliberately saying as much? We’ll look into this when we play protest songs from some of our favorite artists (Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Tom Waits Arcade Fire, R.E.M., Bruce Cockburn, Jeff Mangum, Tom Morello, Bruce Springsteen, Radiohead, U2, Bright Eyes, The Staple Singers and Steve Earle). We’ll also play a few songs that might surprise you as protest songs. And finally, we’ll have a candid discussion about the current state of protest songs.

Please join us today from 4:15-5:45 p.m. for another informative and entertaining SJAW show from Great River Radio.

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Playlist
This Land Is Your Land- Pete Seeger, Doc Watson, Sweet Honey In The Rock
How Can A Poor Man Stand Such Time and Live-Bruce Springsteen
Ohio-Crosby Stills Nash  & Young
Let’s Impeach The President-Neil Young
When The President Talks To God-Bright Eyes
If I Had A Rocket Launcher-Bruce Cockburn
Talkin’ Bout A Revolution-Tracy Chapman
Final Straw-REM
Sunday Bloody Sunday-U2
Masters of War-The Staples Singers
Rich Man’s War-Steve Earle
Day After Tomorrow-Tom Waits
We Are The Many-Makana
Suburban War-Arcade Fire
Yell Fire!-Michael Franti & Spearhead
We Stand As One-Joseph Arthur

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Nov. 2 – 1968 (605)

 

Early morning, April 4
Shot rings out in the Memphis sky
Free at last, they took your life
They could not take your pride
              “Pride (In The Name of Love)” – U2

The year 1968 was a turbulent one in America’s history. The Vietnam War staggered on – with the My Lai Massacre and Tet Offensive abroad and increasingly violent protests at home. We had The Poor People’s Campaign March on Washington, D.C., a Zodiac killer in California and a Black Power salute in Mexico City. And sadly, we had the assassinations of two great civil rights leaders – Robert F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr. The Minnesota History Center debuted the national “The 1968 Exhibit” in October – offering a comprehensive and fascinating view of one remarkable year. Great River Radio recommends taking an informative field trip during a cold winter’s day to catch the exhibit before it closes in February 2012.

So why do we mention 1968? Well, it also happens to be an notable year for music. We heard “Hey Jude” for the first time, got to know “Mrs. Robinson” a little bit better, and Marvin Gaye gave us a lesson on rumors and broken hearts long before Facebook with “I heard It Through The Grapevine.”  We’re going to take a little dip into 1968 nostalgia today, with tracks by Laura Nyro, Janis Joplin, John Mayall and The Band.

We’ll also have some incredible new music by Rachael Yamagata, The Black Keys (!), Beirut, M83, Wilco, Alabama Shakes, Shelby Lynne and Deer Tick.

Join us for another Great River Radio show today at 4:15–5:45p.

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Playlist
River-Lights
I Found You-Alabama Shakes
Lonely Boy-The Black Keys
Most Likely You Go Your Way (I’ll Go Mine) (Mark Ronson Remix)-Bob Dylan
Heaven’s Only Days Down The Road-Shelby Lynne
Passenger-Lisa Hannigan
The Ship Song-Lissie
Whole Love-Wilco
Raindrops On The Kitchen Floor-Mason Jennings
Astronaut-Blitzen Trapper
Eli’s Comin’-Laura Nyro
Combination of the Two-Big Brother and the Holding Company
Chest Fever-The Band
Miles On A Car-Rachael Yamagata
Goshen-Beirut
Midnight City-M83
Here To Stay-Milagres
Miss K.-Deer Tick
Crystalline-Bjork

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May 18 – Five Years of River Songs


The river to the ocean goes,
a fortune for the undertow.
None of this is going my way.
There is nothing left to throw
of Ginger, lemon, indigo,
coriander stem and rose of hay.
Strength and courage overrides
the privileged and weary eyes
of river poet search naivete.
Pick up here and chase the ride.
The river empties to the tide.
All of this is coming your way .
“Find The River” – R.E.M.

As humans, we are taught early in life to gauge success with tangible tools of measurement – grades, height, wealth, etc. But these measurements rarely take into account the intangible – emotions, happiness, satisfaction, love and friendship. Even music sets a structure of time, rhythm and beat. But the very best music makes us feel something else, something transcendent and beautiful. Today marks the end of the 5th season of Great River Radio. On our best days, we hope you discovered a song or two that made your heart swoon or allowed you to be lost in the moment – if just for a minute or two – during a busy day.

The constant, reliable flow of a river can also conjure up feelings of solace and grace, transporting us to places unexpected. But this spring we are again reminded that rivers can devastate and destroy, too. Perhaps, that is why so many artists are drawn to the river metaphor. Rivers represent a life cycle – often unpredictable – of birth, baptism, life, death and rebirth. Rivers run deep symbolism. For the last five years we have started most of our shows with a “river song.” Not surprisingly, we have had many wonderful songs to choose from. So, to celebrate the close of our fifth year, Great River Radio is pleased to present a very special afternoon of river songs.

Today you will hear deep south river songs by Bessie Smith, Aaron Neville and The Bottle Rockets. Great River Radio favorites Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, John Hiatt, Uncle Tupelo, Cloud Cult and The Decemberists will offer their take on the river song. And we’ll have river tracks from such diverse artists as Los Lobos, Brian Eno, Mavis Staples, Carrie Rodriguez, Robert Johnson and Richard Thompson. An eclectic mix to be sure. But would you expect anything less from the Great River Radio music staff?

As always, we are grateful that so many of you are able to tune into Great River Radio – either live or via the website. Please take a moment to join us today for our final show of the season. And have a great summer!

Peace … like a river.

Brian and Dan

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Playlist
Going Down To The River-Fred McDowell
Backwater Blues-Bessie Smith
Louisiana 1927-Aaron Neville
Get Down River-The Bottle Rockets
A River Runs Through It-Mark Isham
Especially Me-Low
I Follow Rivers-Lykke Li
By This River-Brian Eno
Big River-Johnny Cash
Big Sun Falling In The River-Richard Thompson
Green River-M. Ward
Down On The Riverbed-Los Lobos
High Water-Uncle Tupelo
Down By The Water-The Decemberists
Find The River-REM
Wide River To Cross-Carrie Rodriguez
River Knows Your Name-John Hiatt
Black River-Amos Lee
Harlem River Blues-Justin Townes Earle
Travelling Riverside Blues-Robert Johnson
Many Rivers To Cross-The Walkmen
Ballad Of Easy Rider-The Byrds
Watching The River Flow-Bob Dylan
When Water Comes To Life-Cloud Cult

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April 13 – Get Yer Fresh Music

Tuesdays don’t always have a very good reputation – the fun of the weekend past is fading and the coming weekend seems to be far away. The day does have one saving grace, though – it is the day that new music is released. The advent of digital music has relieved many of us (but not all – Paul) of the need to run over to the nearest record shop to grab a new CD at lunchtime on Tuesday, though we bet some of you check the iTunes store before you go to work on Tuesday mornings. Producing Great River Radio on Wednesdays allows us to add a lot of very new, less than 24 hours old, music on our playlist.

We’ve got fresh music this week, just picked in fact. We’ll have new songs from Pains of Being Pure at Heart, The Weeknd, Alison Krauss, Panda Bear, Seattle’s Shelby Earl, Canadians Ron Sexsmith and Robbie Robertson, British indie rockers Art Brut, and a special two-fer from San Diego’s own Dirty Gold and TV Girl.

In addition to liking fresh music, we like locally grown – we are musical localvores.  Yesterday, Low and Haley Bonar both released new records which have been highly anticipated. Haley was just called one of Minnesota’s best unsigned artists and Low’s song “Silver Rider” was one of the highlights of Robert Plant’s show last night at the State Theater.

Finally, to note this weekend’s String Theory Music Festival which will be taking place at several venues around the Twin Cities and will feature many local artists as well as visiting acts, we’ll have music from Owen Pallet (formerly known as Final Fantasy). He’s one of the artists who has helped to bring the violin back into popular music.

Yes, it is a busy week in the Twin Cities, but we invite you to take 90 minutes to spend with us as we play songs and chat about them during this week’s Great River Radio.

Peace.

Brian & Dan

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Playlist
Everyone Belongs to Someone-Shelby Earl
Our Hearts Are Wrong-Jessica Lee Mayfield
Heart In Your Heartbreak-Pains of Being Pure At Heart
Scandal At The Parkade-Owen Pallett
Surfer’s Hymn-Panda Bear
Try To Sleep-Low
Wave Of Mutilation-Pixies
The Words That Maketh Murder-P J Harvey
Silver Zephyrs-Haley Bonar
Great Escape-Sister Hazel
Barton Hollow-The Civil Wars
So What-Jeremy Taylor
Love Shines-Ron Sexsmith
Lost Weekend-Art Brut
My Opening Farewell-Alison Krauss and Union Station
He Don’t Live Here Anymore-Robbie Robertson
Bob Dylan’s Dream (Live at Brandeis University, 1963)-Bob Dylan
High For This-The Weeknd
On Land (TV Girl Cover)-Dirty Gold
Overboard (Dirty Gold Cover)-TV Girl
Statesville-Lucy Wainwright Roche

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Nov. 3 – Writers & Writing

John Willmot penned his poetry
riddled with the pox
Nabokov wrote on index cards,
at a lectern in his socks
St. John of the Cross did his best stuff
imprisoned in a box
And Johnny Thunders was half alive
when he wrote Chinese Rocks
Nick Cave (“There She Goes My Beautiful World”)

There are some songs that when you listen to them, you realize that you are listening to poetry (or in other cases, a short story) set to music.  The best songs capture that art within an art – great writing and great composing – and result in something unforgettable. Which is not to say there aren’t a million songs that have great music and silly words, or wonderful lyrics and unlistenable melodies.  (Of course, you never hear anything like that on Great River Radio!)  But looking for songs that are well crafted in both ways is what we are all about here.

Today, GRR is going to showcase some well written songs about writers, writing and the creative process.   Since this is a radio show developed by English majors, this is a Confluence theme that is close to our hearts.  You’ll be hearing songs about Jack Kerouac, Emily Dickinson, John Berryman, Collette and Whitman, as well as the Nick Cave song quoted above in which he makes a plea for creativity to come down from the heavens (or at least from his girlfriend muse).

Before we get to the authors and writing Confluence, we’ll have new and local music from Rogue Valley, Elvis Costello, Sharon Van Etten and Daniel Lanois’ current project, Black Dub.  Our show opener, today’s river song, will be a preview track from the Decemberist’s upcoming release, scheduled to drop in January.

English majors and readers, you can’t miss this show!

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Playlist
Down By The Water-The Decemberists
Political World-Bob Dylan
I Believe In You-Black Dub
For The Summer-Ray LaMontagne and The Pariah Dogs
Rockaway-Rogue Valley
Northern Lights-Communist Daughter
The Spell That You Cast-Elvis Costello
One Day-Sharon Van Etten
Paperback Writer-The Beatles
Writer’s Minor Holiday-Calexico
Writers Retreat-Lloyd Cole
Stuck Between Stations-The Hold Steady
Cleaning Windows-Van Morrison
You’re Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go-Shawn Colvin
The Underwood Typewriter-Fionn Regan
Lady Writer-Dire Straits
Walt Whitman’s Niece-Billy Bragg + Wilco
Slouching Towards Bethlehem-Joni Mitchell
Dangling Conversation-Simon and Garfunkel
There She Goes My Beautiful World-Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds

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Oct. 20 – Outlaws and Desperados

Cause ladies love outlaws
Like babies love stray dogs
Ladies touch babies like a banker touches gold
Outlaws touch ladies somewhere deep down in their soul
Ladies Love Outlaws (Lee Clayton)

Yes, as through this world I’ve wandered
I’ve seen lots of funny men;
Some will rob you with a six-gun
And some with a fountain pen
Pretty Boy Floyd (Woody Guthrie)

Today Great River Radio devotes an entire show to outlaws, whose bad behavior seems to have inspired the many songs in blues, country and rock and roll that take murder, robbery and incarceration as their subject.  Many outlaws have been romanticized and glorified over time as Robin Hoods, while others both horrify and fascinate us and the artists among us. Charles Starkweather and Caril Ann Fugate’s killing spree in Nebraska in 1958 inspired at least four movies and Bruce Springsteen’s song “Nebraska.”

Furthermore, there is a whole category of country music identified as “outlaw country,” characterized most notably by Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson and Johnny Cash, who were, in some cases, outlaws in every sense of the word.  Is there something about music that attracts bad boys and girls?  We’ll explore that possibility today on GRR, with songs from those outlaws, as well as Woody Guthrie, Joe Ely, The Clash, Warren Zevon, John Hiatt and, for some gender balance, Bettye Lavette and Fiona Apple.

Join Great River Radio today at 4:15 p.m. (CST) for 90 minutes of great music and occasionally thoughtful conversation. Or listen later via our show archive.

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Playlist
Ballad of Easy Rider-The Byrds
Ladies Love Outlaws-Waylon Jennings
Pancho and Lefty-Willie Nelson
San Quentin-Johnny Cash
Cops and Robbers-Bo Diddley
Tennessee Plates-John Hiatt
The Road Goes On Forever-Joe Ely
King’s Highway-Joe Henry
King of the Jailhouse-Aimee Mann
Criminal-Fiona Apple
Before the Money Came-Bettye LaVette
Bad Reputation-Joan Jett
All Hands on the Bad One-Sleater Kinney
Frank and Jesse James-Warren Zevon
Jesse James-Bruce Springsteen
Outlaw Blues-The Morning Benders
Pretty Boy Floyd-Bob Dylan
Nebraska-Bruce Springsteen
I Fought the Law and the Law Won-The Clash

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