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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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Nov. 17 – New for Winter

Some guys they just give up living
And start dying little by little, piece by piece
Some guys come home from work and wash up
And go racin’ in the street

Yesterday there were two news items from twentieth century musical giants.  In something that was more of a business development than artistic, perhaps, The Beatles allowed their entire catalog to be sold on iTunes, the biggest of the iTunes holdouts.  Steve Jobs has been waiting for this day for many years and in a burst of a fan’s hyperbole, told the press that this would be “a day you’ll never forget.”  While many of us already had our Beatles cd’s loaded into iTunes libraries, there is a whole generation which never bought music on cd which now has access to those treasured songs.

And in another development, Bruce Springsteen released “The Promise,” a CD package containing 21 songs written between “Born to Run” and “Darkness on the Edge of Town” – two classic albums that charted Springsteen’s maturing from rebellious kid to a young adult struggling with the concerns of adulthood.  For Springsteen fans, hearing these songs, both the ones which made it on the final album and those that didn’t, can be a revelation.  I spent a fair amount of time last night listening to various versions of one of my favorite of Springsteen’s songs “Racing in the Street” – something that some might consider a little geeky.  (“Hey, he changed the car from a ’32 Ford to a ’69 Chevy!”)  But for a fan, it was a wonderful experience.

We’ll be hearing one song that was purchased from the Beatles catalog yesterday, something from Springsteen and a whole lot more this afternoon.  No real theme today, just a pile of great music, new and old.  You’ll hear from Scandinavian favorites Lykke Li,  jj, and great new music from The Tallest Man on Earth.  We have something from Pittsburgh’s Girl Talk, Matt and Kim, blueswoman Susan Tedeschi, and the Ting Tings.  Steve Earle and Alison Moorer do a song from the new Loretta Lynn tribute and we’ll have an early song from Over the Rhine’s next record, due to drop in January.

Join us this afternoon for some great music and friendly conversation.

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Playlist
Back To The River-Susan Tedeschi
Have Mercy-Loretta Lynn
After The Fire Is Gone-Steve Earle
Let Them-jj
Get Some-Lykke Li
Triple Double-Girl Talk
Murder Weapon-Tricky
Jimmie Standing In The Rain-Elvis Costello
And Your Bird Can Sing-The Beatles
Pouncer-Pomegranates
Like The Wheel-The Tallest Man On Earth
The Only Sound That Matters-Band of Joy
Speed of The Sound of Loneliness-John Prine
Take Me Somewhere-Tennis
Hands-The Ting Tings
Silver Tiles-Matt and Kim
Blackbird-Cassandra Wilson
Infamous Love Song-Over The Rhine
City of Night-Bruce Springsteen

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Dec. 8 – Snow: It’s Coming Down!

When I no longer thrill to the first snow of the season, I’ll know I’m growing old.
– Claudia “Lady Bird” Johnson

Snow is indeed on its way to Minnesota. Children are breathing a sigh of relief as Santa’s sleigh will have smooth passage on rooftops, back alleys and rural roads. It’s a magical time of year in the northern hemisphere – a heightened sense of wonder and anticipation fills children and parents alike. While retailers push salvos of envy and anxiety to boost holiday profits, deep down we crave the simplest of things during this awe-inspiring time of year – good health, friendship and family.

Our “Confluence” segment today will celebrate the first significant snowfall with a thoughtful and rambunctious collection of music, including songs from Trip Shakespeare, Au Revoir Simone, Mouthful of Bees, Low, Sufjan Stevens, Over The Rhine, Stan Getz, Sara Bareilles & Ingrid Michaelson and others.

And in Great River Radio’s continuing effort to being you new music before you hear it anywhere else, we’ll have a number of songs from highly anticipated 2010 releases by Laura Veirs, Cold War Kids, Spoon, Frightened Rabbit and Ted Leo & The Pharmacists.

Speaking of good music … In one of our first shows of the new decade, Great River Radio will take a look back at the “Oughts” (2000-2009). We’re digging through our hard drives and doing the research so that we can bring you a full program of the most influential music of the decade. We’ll provide a preview of that effort tonight with music from a couple of Great River Radio “favorite” artists you may be familiar with.

Request: What were some of your most influential (not necessarily the “best” or “favorite”) albums in 2000-2009? Post your selections HERE our website.

Note: Great River Radio’s fourth annual holiday music show will be on Dec. 22. You’ll want to tune in while you’re wrapping gifts or snuggling with your SO beside an open fire.

You can listen to Great River Radio live today from 4-6 p.m. (CST) via the KUST stream: www.kustradio.com
Chat with us during the show via AIM or iChat: kustradio

Be safe and warm out there!

Playlist
Lullaby-Dan Wilson
Stone Love-Ruthie Foster
Snow-Gustavo Santoalalla
Fallen Snow-Au Revoire Simone
Snow Blanket-Mouthful of Bees
Last Snowstorm of the Year-Low
Majesty, Snowbird-Sufjan Stevens
Snow Days-Trip Shakespeare
Snow Angel-Over The Rhine
Snow Angel-Ron Sexsmith
Snow-Jesse Winchester
I Can See your Tracks-Laura Veirs
The Hollywood Sign-Halloween Alaska
Home-Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
Cause For Alarm-The Heavy
Shelter From The Storm-Cassandra Wilson
Winter Moon-Stan Getz
Winter Song-Sara Bareilles and Ingrid Michaelson
Even Heroes Die-Ted Leo and the Pharmacists
Written In Reverse-Spoon
Audience of One-Cold War Kids
Nothing Like You-Frightened Rabbit
South Philadelphia (Drug Days)-Alec Ounsworth
A Nervous Tic Motion of the Head to the Left-Andrew Bird

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