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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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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.

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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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March 23 – Back in Blues


Well, I got up this mornin
woh-all I had was gone
Well-ah leave this mornin if I have to
woh ride the blind ah
I’ve feel mistreated and I
don’t mind dyin
Well, some people tell em that the worried
blues ain’t bad
Worst old feelin I most
ever had.
Robert Johnson – “Walking Blues”

Way back in December 2007, the Great River Radio staff pulled together a “History of the Blues” show. We took a trip from the far south, starting our journey at the home of the blues in the Mississippi Delta. From there we travelled up the mighty Mississippi River, taking time to track the deep influence of the blues. We examined different forms of the blues – Delta, Jump, Chicago and electric, as well as some of the music genres that were borne of out this truly American music – some strains of country and jazz, bluegrass and rock and roll. It was a show that was as fun to produce as it was to listen to.

Four years later, not much has changed. The blues are still with us, and its influence is more evident than ever. So, why don’t the blues get any respect? We’ll explore that question today. The 2007 show served as a deep history lesson (from south to north), whereas today’s show, “Back in Blues,” will take more of a latitudinal approach. We’ll look across the vast spectrum of music and discuss how the blues serves as a foundation for much of the music we listen to and often play on Great River Radio.

We’ll have a special set of music that draws a straight line from Robert Johnson in the 1930s to The Black Keys performing today (with listening stops at Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters, Willie Dixon and the Rolling Stones). There are a surprising number of current artists who recognize and incorporate the power of the blues into their songwriting and performances. We’ll have a set of young blues from The Tallest Man on Earth (Sweden?!), Justin Townes Earle and Mark Growden, as well as a track from Robert Plant and Alison Krauss’ beautiful Raising Sand LP from 2007. Speaking of Ms. Krauss, have you ever noticed that the blues is often thought of as a man’s world? We’ll hear a set from our better halves – including Billie Holiday, Etta James, Aretha Franklin and Lucinda Williams. We’ll also take a stroll on the eclectic side – finding the pulse of the blues beating strong in icons as such as Tom Waits and R.L. Burnside.  And finally, we’ll look locally, and unearth some bluesy selections from the Minnesota music scene.

You are not going to want to miss today’s “Back in Blues” show on Great River Radio. So, set your Outlook calendars and tune in at 4:15 p.m. central. And catch us again at your convenience via the Great River Radio website (details below).

Peace.

Brian & Dan

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Playlist
Death Don’t Have No Mercy-Reverend Gary Davis
Stones In My Passway-Robert Johnson
Red Rooster-Howlin’ Wolf
Rollin’ Stone-Muddy Waters
You Shook Me-Willie Dixon
Gimme Shelter-Rolling Stones
Howlin’ For You-The Black Keys
Take A Little Walk With Me-Robert Lockwood Jr.
Come On In This House-Junior Wells
With The Quickness-James Cotton
Like The Wheel-The Tallest Man On Earth
Harlem River Blues-Justin Townes Earle
You Ain’t Never Been Loved-Mark Growden
Killing The Blues-Robert Plant and Alison Krauss
Stuck Inside Of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again-North Mississippi Allstars
Milk Cow Calf Blues-John Hammond
I’d Rather Go Blind-Etta James
I Never Loved A Man-Aretha Franklin
Drunken Angel-Lucinda Williams
Way Down In The Hole-Tom Waits
It’s Bad You Know-R.L. Burnside
Pinetop’s Boogie Woogie-Pinetop Perkins

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Oct. 20 – Teachers

“The job of an educator is to teach students to see the vitality in themselves.” – Joseph Campbell

It’s time once again for Great River Radio. Our “Confluence” theme this week is “Teachers.” We’ve dug up some interesting teacher-learning related songs, and many of you have offered us a suggestion or two as well. You’ll hear from likely classroom pests Rufus Wainwright, Paul Westerberg, Matt and Kim, Lyle Lovett, Indigo Girls and Rockpile.

As always, we have some exciting new music to share with you. You might recall Irish musician Glen Hansard and Czech singer and pianist Markéta Irglová from the movie “Once.” Well, the impossibly perfect romance between the two musician/actors may have fizzled, but the two continue to make music together under the name The Swell Season. They have a new, deeply personal album out, and we will be playing a track from that release. We also have new tunes from the Avett Brothers, Heartless bastards, Rickie Lee Jones and Grizzly Bear. Echo & the Bunnymen, giants of late 80s alternative music scene, have released their 11th studio album, “The Fountain.” Well play the first single, “I Think I Need It Too.”

One of the great advantages of connecting with so many music lovers around the country is that we get to hear about your “must-listen-to” music discoveries. We owe Aaron from Boston a tip-of-the-hat for turning us on to Mumford & Sons. They are part of the London folk rock scene that includes Noah and the Whale and Laura Marling. The group’s first release, “Sigh No More,” was released on Oct. 6 in the UK. Well spin a tune from the album and see what you think. Thanks for the rec, Aaron.

All this and so much more today on Great River Radio!

NEXT WEEK’S ASSIGNMENT – With upcoming film releases of Cormac McCarthy’s “The Road” and a new documentary on Jack Kerouac, “One Fast Move or I’m Gone: Kerouac’s Big Sur,” we thought an interesting theme for next week’s “Confluence” segment might be ROAD SONGS. We’ve done “best road music” theme shows before, so let’s get creative with this topic. Email us your requests or post them below.

Playlist
Peace Like a River-Spoon
I Think I Need It Too-Echo and the Bunnymen
Blank White Page-Mumford and Sons
Slow Life-Grizzly Bear
Hell-Teigan and Sara
Jesus, Etc-Wilco
The Art Teacher-Rufus Wainwright
Baby Learn To Crawl-Paul Westerberg
Lessons Learned-Matt and Kim
Closer-Indigo Girls
Teach Me Tonight-Etta James
Teach Me About Love-Lyle Lovett
Gloomy Monday Morning-Black Hollies
Use Somebody-Bat For Lashes
One Fast Move Or I’m Gone-Jay Farrar/Ben Gibbard
Feeling The Pull-Swell Season
Angel’s Share-Doveman
Lissie Maurus-Little Lovin’
The Mountain-Heartless Bastards
Suspicious Minds-Rusted Root
Never Ending Love-Delaney and Bonnie and Friends
Laundry Room-Avett Brothers
Old Enough-Rickie Lee Jones
Angels on the Banks-Katie Herzig

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