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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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February 20 – Wintery Mix (706)

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[audio http://personal.stthomas.edu/drgjelten/shows/GRR706.mp3]

Just a quick note to alert you to a new GRR this afternoon – we’ve got a wonderful opener today – Tom Waits and Keith Richards singing “Shenandoah” – you’ve got to hear it!  And then, for the next hour or so, you’ll get a mix of new and old songs from Holly Williams (Hank’s granddaughter), Richard Thompson, Yo La Tengo, Trixie Whitley, Laura Nyro, Nina Simone, Jim James, Mary Gauthier, The Lone Bellow and others.

I’m excited about this one, and I think it will perk you up on this chilly February afternoon.

Today on Great River Radio, coming to you from the University of St. Thomas’ KUST.

Tune in live, or listen later on the blog.

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Playlist
Shenandoah-Tom Waits/Keith Richards
The Highway-Holly Williams
Straight and Narrow-Richard Thompson
Feeling Mortal-Kris Kristofferson
You Never Need Nobody-The Lone Bellow
What Would I Do Without You-Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors
Oh, The Joy-Trixie Whitley
You Don’t Love Me When I Cry-Laura Nyro
Love Me or Leave Me-Nina Simone
State of the Art (A.E.I.O.U.-Jim James
Wheel Inside The Wheel-Mary Gauthier
Sleepy Sea Of Indigo And Blue-Antje Duvekot
Sweeter Than This-Katie Herzig
Who’s Who-The Weight & Hurry
Blue Ice-Shout Out Louds
Before We Run-Yo La Tengo
Los Angeles-Peter Bradley Adams

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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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