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March 16 – Gimme Some Guitar



(There is a brief pause at the beginning of the recording – give it about 20 seconds)

This old guitar ain’t mine to keep
Just taking care of it now
It’s been around for years and years
Just waiting in its old case
It’s been up and down the country roads
It’s brought a tear and a smile
It’s seen its share of dreams and hopes
And never went out of style
The more I play it, the better it sounds
It cries when I leave it alone
Silently it waits for me
Or someone else I suppose
“This Old Guitar” Neil Young

Woody Guthrie’s Gibson J-45 carried a sticker that said “This machine kills Fascists” – a suggestion of his own belief in the power of his guitar and his songs.  That particular guitar, one of the classic workhorses of folk and country music, has become an icon of popular music in America and worldwide.

Today on Great River Radio, we’re going to explore songs about the guitar – one of the key elements of much of popular music from the last century.  The feelings that people, both players and listeners, have about the guitar can be profound – musicians tend to love their instruments – not theoretically, but actually, forming a connection with the thing itself.  And it is understandable –  the instrument looks beautiful, can age gracefully, and provides a way for the player to express his or her deepest feelings.  It is probably also true that the guitar can be a source of frustration – why doesn’t it say what I want it to say?  There are certain things that are devilishly hard to do on this instrument.

We’ve gathered an entire show of songs, not with your favorite guitar solos, but about the guitar itself.  We’ve got songs about guitars with names (you know B.B. King’s Lucille).  And we’ve got songs about the long relationship that players have with their guitars and an acknowledgement that the instrument outlives the player, as Neil Young points out in “This Old Guitar” – making us stewards of something that can be a treasure of the material world.  We’ll have a special documentary segment concerning one old guitar in particular, owned by one of your hosts.

Is the love of guitars a guy thing?  You might think so if you listen to the many songs that claim that guys love their guitars more than they love their girls.  Then to balance things out, we’ll have the “Girls with guitars” segment.

And, unfortunately, sometimes guitars get smashed … or drowned … or burned … and we’ll have some sad stories in that department, as well.

If you play guitar, or like hearing a guitar played well, or have ever heard a band with a guitar in it, you’ll love this collection of songs about our favorite instrument!

Join us at 4:15 p.m. (CST) today for Great River Radio.

Peace,

Brian & Dan

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Playlist
Requiem-Eliza Gilkyson
My Lucille-B.B.King
Red Dog Speaks-Elvin Bishop
Red Guitar-Loudon Wainwright III
The Hummingbird-Darrell Scott
Perfectly Good Guitar-John Hiatt
The Guitar Song-Jamey Johnson
Two Men and a Guitar-Dan Gjelten and John Ydstie
This Old Guitar-Neil Young
This Guitar Is for Sale-John Prine
You and My Old Guitar-Jimmie Rodgers
Me and My Guitar-Freddie King
Guitar-Prince
Girls With Guitars-Wynonna Judd
Rhythm Guitar-Emmylou Harris
Miss Williams’ Guitar-The Jayhawks
Kate’s Guitar (Live 1997)-Greg Brown
Gonna Lay Down My Old Guitar-Doc & Merle Watson
While My Guitar Gently Weeps-The Beatles

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May 11 – Listener Appreciation

It’s the annual “Listener Appreciation Show” at Great River Radio. We ask you for your best of, your favorite, your heavy rotation for the last nine months. You respond with a number of thoughtful, rockin’, tender and mostly shame-free selections. As usual, you did not disappoint. We tweaked and culled the list from dozens of requests, and have come up with a great playlist for this afternoon. You’ll hear tracks from The Avett Brothers, Phantogram, Mason Jennings, Peter Wolf, Dessa, The XX, Neko Case, Mumford & Sons, Dawes, Cults, The Big Pink, The Twilight Hours, Brother Ali and many more.

We also have an “In Memoriam” set of music from talented artists who have passed this last year: Lena Horne, Vic Chesnutt, Alex Chilton and Les Paul.

And as always, we’ll have a couple of new songs – from Jeremy Messersmith and M.I.A. –  that have us looking forward to summer.

This show is our way of saying “Thank You for Listening!” Every week we try to bring you a thoughtful and entertaining set list of music. We spend a lot of time between shows digging up new releases and rarities, reading music blogs and tuning into favorite shows at KUST, KCRW, The Current, KEXP and other indie stations around the country. But in the words of Sinéad O’Connor, “Nothing Compares to U.” Great River Radio listeners give as much as they get … at least when it pertains to new music. So many of the great artists we introduce to you are brought to our attention from fellow listeners – through calls for requests, unsolicited CDs in mailboxes and links to funky websites. And for that, we want to say … Thanks!

Join us today from 4-6 p.m. (CST) for the “Listener Appreciation Show,” and next week for our final show of the season when Dan and Brian play their favorite tracks from the last year.

Brian/Dan

Playlist
I Ain’t Got Nothing But The Blues-Lena Horne
Somebody Ease My Troublin’ Mind-Sam Cooke
September Curls-Big Star
God Is Good-Vic Chestnutt
January Wedding-The Avett Brothers
There’s Still Time-Peter Wolf
Heart Skipped A Beat-The xx
Go Outside-Cults
Dominos-The Big Pink
The Field-Mason Jennings
The Chaconne-Dessa
My Return-The Twilight Hours
Us-Brother Ali
Bloodbuzz Ohio-The National
High Wide and Handsome-Loudon Wainwright III
When I’m Small-Phantogram
Dust Bowl Dance-Mumford & Sons
Pretty Girls-Neko Case
That Western Skyline-Dawes
Highway Song-What Bird
Angels On The Bank-Katie Herzig
In The Summer In The Heat-Shannon Stephens
Odessa-Caribou
Bluff-Daphne Willis
Violet!-Jeremy Messersmith
XXXO-MIA

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Nov. 11 – Don’t Let Us Get Sick (SJAW Edition)

Don’t let us get sick
Don’t let us get old
Don’t let us get stupid, all right?
Just make us be brave
And make us play nice
And let us be together tonight

– Warren Zevon

It is Social Justice Awareness Week again at KUST – the twice yearly opportunity for us to explore an issue of importance to our community, nation or world in the context of music. Great River Radio has decided to tackle the very current and very hot problem of health care reform – the topic that we hear about every day, from the extremist pundits and the self interests and the sincere reformers. It is a very personal issue – if we haven’t found ourselves sick and broken and in need of healing yet, our loved ones have, and it is inevitable that we will all interact with America’s huge and complex health care system at some point in our lives.

We want to take this opportunity to bring to GRR listeners some songs that came to mind (including many requests from our listeners) as we ponder the health care debate that is underway in this country this very day. We will supplement the music this afternoon with some readings and thoughts on the situation – one which is too often obscured by rhetorical excess, misinformation and outright lies. If you have (like we have) tried to sort out the accurate information from the politics, you may have just thrown up your hands in frustration.

Unfortunately, we can’t explain the intricacies of the bill which just passed the House, or what the Senate will do to it next. We can’t tell you how the doctor and hospital you go to price their services. We can’t explain what constitutes a “pre-existing condition” and why it isn’t covered by your insurance. But we can entertain you for two hours with music about health, healing, hospitals, illness and, finally, mercy. Tune in to Great River Radio this afternoon as we tackle health care reform in our own tiny way, and catch music by Panda Bear, Fountains of Wayne, Loudon Wainwright, Tom Waits, Annie Lennox, Conor Oberst, Ben Kweller, Ted Hawkins, The Band, Mary Gauthier, The Replacements and others – songs selected by Brian, Dan and YOU.

Next week we’ll return to regular programming at Great River Radio, bringing you a mix of the music we’ve been listening to lately. Our regular feature, Confluence, will concern our best friends: dogs. Let us know your favorite dog songs and maybe Brian and I will bring Sonny and Finn into the studio!

Playlist
Chest Fever-The Band
Rockin’ Pneumonia and th Boogie Woogie Flu-Dr. John
Sick Day-Fountains of Wayne
Hurt-Johnny Cash
Everybody Hurts-REM
Rattle My Bones-The Suburbs
Everything Is Broken-Bob Dylan
How Can A Poor Man Stand Such Times And Live-The Del Lords
Don’t Let Us Get Sick-Jill Sobule
Allergies-Paul Simon
Sorry You’re Sick-Ted Hawkins
Doctor Robert-The Beatles
Doctor Blind-Emily Haines & The Soft Skeleton
Bitter Pill-Annie Lennox
The Healing Game-John Lee Hooker/Van Morrison
That Hospital-Loudon Wainwright III
Hospital Bed-Ben Kweller
Take Me Down To the Hospital-The Replacements
I Don’t Want to Die (In The Hospital)-Conor Oberst
When Water Comes To Life-Cloud Cult
Mercy Now-Mary Gauthier
Handle Me With Care-Travelling Wilburys

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