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October 9 (802) Finding Your Way Home


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A Spartan smile and westward stare hold a promise in the air
That’s the way they used to find their own way home
By the stars, on their own
By the stars, on their own

            The Milk Carton Kids “Hope of a Lifetime”

It’s been a very busy couple of weeks since the last Great River Radio, but I’m ready to return to the studio this afternoon with a great list of mostly new music, including that wonderful song from the Milk Carton Kids, two guys from California who opened for Over The Rhine last week. They have a sweet sound that might remind you of Simon and Garfunkel, and their stage presence is clever and smart, and I ended up thinking that Paul and Artie had somehow married the Smothers Brothers.  The music that night was incredible.  The night before, or was it the night after, we saw another duo – Shovels and Rope – husband and wife Michael and Carrie Ann from Charleston, South Carolina and they rocked the house, just the two of them trading off instruments and putting a tremendous energy into the show.

GRR will sample music from those shows and include an actual live track from Ry Cooder’s first live album in 35 years – from his brand new release “Live in San Francisco” with a great band that includes Flaco Jimenez on the accordion.  You’ll love the guitar work on “Crazy ‘Bout an Automobile.”  Amos Lee just released a new record, and we’ll hear something from that one that includes Alison Krauss and Jerry Douglas in the background.

Also, a set of songs about birds from one of our favorite new compilations “Consider the Birds” from House of Mercy recordings here in the Twin Cities – this record is a companion to Debbie Blue’s new and beautiful book Consider the Birds: A Provocative Guide to Birds of the Bible.  More about that during Great River Radio this afternoon.

All that and more from Jack Johnson, Tift Merritt, Sarah Jarosz (my song of the week!), Valerie June, Best Coast and others.

Listen in live this afternoon or later on the blog.


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Mississippi-The Griswolds
The Walker-Fitz & The Tantrums
Meet Me in the City-North Mississippi Allstars
This is a True Heart-Julia Holter
Your Head and Your Heart-The Saint Johns
Sonsick-San Fermin
The Only Place-Best Coast
I Got You-Jack Johnson
Finster Saw the Angels-Laura Veirs
Birmingham-Shovels & Rope
Hope of a Lifetime-The Milk Carton Kids
Crazy ‘Bout an Automobile-Ry Cooder
Chill in the Air-Amos Lee
Train Song-Tift Merritt
Simple Twist of Fate-Sarah Jarosz
Somebody to Love-Valerie June
The Dreamer-The Tallest Man On Earth
Lonesome Bird-Jon Rodine
I’ll Follow You-Molly Maher and Her Disbelievers
Awake-John Hermanson



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April 6 – Aural Transcendence

Vic Chesnutt

As many of you already know, we are celebrating our 5th season of Great River Radio this year. Putting the show together every week is a labor of love. We spend most of our week reading blogs, seeing live music and collecting songs to share with you on Wednesday afternoons. Some setlists come together easily, and others take weeks of preparation. For instance, in March 2011 we did a show on the history of a song (http://bit.ly/e4Aykm), Dan had an incredible show about musicians and their guitars (http://bit.ly/eKcsnS), we had a
follow-up to our well-received “History of the Blues” show from December 2007 (http://bit.ly/h7QP6D), and last week we celebrated the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day with a eclectic mix of music from women around the world (http://bit.ly/e0JUNe). The time and effort to pull these shows together has really paid off, as the Great River Radio website experienced its highest monthly traffic since we launched the site back in October 2008. All thanks to you, our listeners.

While the themed shows are tremendously rewarding to produce, we have often stressed the importance of “discovery” when listening to music. There are times when we begin haphazardly collecting music for an upcoming show – often a mix of new releases and classic tracks that have drifted back to our consciousness – when the songs suddenly merge into a cohesive playlist. The process is akin to selecting “shuffle” on your iPod, leading you to experience a sort of aural transcendence. Somehow, music karma has captured your mood in ways you could not verbalize. That unpredictability – that discovery – is the beauty of music.

We’ll try to capture that mood for you today, as we bring you a thoughtful playlist of new music from Bright Eyes, Toro Y Moi, the Verve’s Richard Ashcroft, Yuck, Lucinda Williams, Death Cab for Cutie, Low, solo work from Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth, Buffalo Tom, Shemekia Copeland and the North Mississippi Allstars. In the mix will be past tracks from Tom Waits, Jo Dee Messina, Patty Griffin, Cat Power and Vic Chesnutt.

Join us for an afternoon of music. Stream us in the background or listen later by clicking the play button below the image above (all shows available after 6 p.m.).


Brian & Dan

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Stuck Inside of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again-North Mississippi Allstars
Jejune Stars-Bright Eyes
Youth Knows No Pain-Lykke Li
Here I Come-Buffalo Tom
Still Sound-Toro Y Moi
Rolling In The Deep-John Legend
Throw Your Arms Around Me-Hunters and Collectors
Sea of Love-Cat Power
Supernatural-Vic Chestnutt
Seeing Black-Lucinda Williams
It’s My Own Tears-Shemekia Copeland
Are You Ready-Richard Ashcroft
Get Away -Yuck
You Are A Tourist-Death Cab For Cutie
Walk Away-Tom Waits
I Think It’s Going to Rain Today-Randy Newman
Bring On The Rain-JoDee Messina
Rain-Patty Griffin
Especially Me-Low
Benediction-Thurston Moore
God Help Me-Dead Rock West

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