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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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October 31 – Catching Up (701)

[audio http://personal.stthomas.edu/drgjelten/shows/GRR701.mp3]

O they tell me of a home far beyond the skies,
O they tell me of a home far away;
O they tell me of a home where no storm clouds rise,
O they tell me of an unclouded day.

After a longer than usual summer hiatus, Great River Radio will return today with new music for you.  We have been very busy with the start of school and some other complications this fall, but are anxious to renew our (few, but high quality) relationships with you, our GRR family.

Dan will be in the studio this afternoon, getting reacquainted with the buttons and knobs and plugs and dials, and hopefully all will be easy on me.  The playlist includes the song above, an old hymn which we have a new recording of by Audra Mae (perhaps you remember her from last spring – she is Judy Garland’s great grand niece.)  This song might actually set in motion a set of tunes about good places and broken places…we’ll see.

And there will be a set of songs about going leaving home and going home.  Sarah Jarosz will kick it off with “Run Away” and Michael Kiwanuka will close it up with “Home Again” and in between, we’ll hear from The Tallest Man on Earth and Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors.

In the middle of the show, some songs from the summer we liked (hey, we’re catching up here), including music from The Lumineers, Shovels and Rope, Daughn Gibson, Fiona Apple and Sweden’s Anna Ternheim.

One of the highlights of the last few weeks was meeting and visiting with John Fullbright, out of Okemah, OK, when he came through town, playing the Prairie Home Companion and a later show at the Cabooze.  He has written a couple of songs that just knocked us out and we’ll be playing one of them tonight.  Is he Randy Newman’s successor?  Maybe. Not that Randy needs a successor.  But, ok, if you love Randy Newman, you have to check this smart and funny and talented young man out.  We’ve got one from him that is an absolute jewel.

You may be disappointed to know that there isn’t one Halloween related song on the show.  For that we apologize.

Tune in this afternoon, or later on the blog.

Great River Radio – Wednesdays 4:15-5:45 p.m.
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Bottom of the River – Delta Rae
Atlantic City – The Hold Steady
Ain’t Messin’ Round – Gary Clark Jr.
Hot Knife – Fiona Apple
In The Beginning – Daughn Gibson
Mexico – Shovels & Rope
Submarines – The Lumineers
The Unclouded Day – Audra Mae & The Forest Rangers
Everything Is Broken – Bettye LaVette
Biloxi – Rosanne Cash
God Don’t Know – Anna Ternheim
Sticks & Stones – Joe Henry
I Will Wait – Mumford & Sons
Nowhere To B Found – John Fullbright
Fergus Falls – Field Report
There’s No Leaving Now – The Tallest Man On Earth
Run Away – Sarah Jarosz
Long Ride Home – Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors
Home Again – Michael Kiwanuka

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