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September 18 (801) – Miss the Mississippi?

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Mockingbirds are singing ’round the cabin door
While I dream of Mississippi and you
And my memories are bringing happy days of yore
I have spent in Mississippi with you

Roaming the wide world over
Always alone and blue, so blue
Longing for my homeland on that muddy water shore
Yes, I miss the Mississippi and you
The Mississippi and you

                Jimmie Rodgers

 

It has been too long since Great River Radio sent out some songs to our friends, but the wait is over.  We’ve missed you and hopefully, you missed us.  This afternoon, GRR is back with a compilation that includes the Singing Brakeman, Jimmie Rodgers, along with young and old artists doing old and new music.

It was a wonderful summer and I hope everyone is safe and happy and looking forward to the cool nights of September.  The playlist today is a collection of songs that just free associated together, some inspired by shows over the summer, some harbingers of fall shows and some just randomly accessed.

We’ll have music from The Civil Wars, Bill Frisell, a duet with John Fogarty and Miranda Lambert, and something from the French singer Lou Doillon (half-sister to Charlotte Gainsbourg.) I guess there are a lot of women on today’s show, as you’ll also hear Patty Griffin, Holly Maher, Jane Siberry, Cassandra Wilson and Sharon Robinson.  Rockabilly star Rosie Flores will do “Working Girl’s Guitar” which we heard outdoors a couple weeks ago at the Minnesota State Fair and were knocked out by.

All that and more, of course, this afternoon on Great River Radio.

Please join me today from 4:15-5:45 p.m.

Details:

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Playlist
Miss the Mississippi-Jimmie Rodgers
On the Road-Houndmouth
Lightning Bolt-Jake Bugg
Went to See the Gypsy (Demo)-Bob Dylan
Howlin’ for You-Albert Lee
The Big One-Bill Frisell
The Man I Knew-Dessa
Wrote a Song for Everyone-John Fogarty/Miranda Lambert
The One That Got Away-The Civil Wars
Hard to Find-The National
ICU-Lou Doillon
Meet Me at the Edge of the World-Over The Rhine
I Want to Be Loved-Cassandra Wilson
Working Girl’s Guitar-Rosie Flores
Born Under a Good Sign-The Suburbs
Three Angels-Will Kimbrough
Pontchartrain-Jane Siberry
Go Wherever You Wanna Go-Patty Griffin
Always Be-Holly Maher
Alexandra Leaving-Sharon Robinson

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April 4 – Ship of Hope (614)

Down at the docks, you and me walking
Watching you watching the ships coming into the harbor
You told me again of your voyages grand
I loved you most when you spoke of the seven wonders
And you reached in your coat for your telescope
See what you could see
When your ship comes in,
When your ship comes in
When your ship comes in you’ll be happy
Anais Mitchell “Ships”

Just a quick reminder on this beautiful April day that Great River Radio be back this afternoon with a whole bunch of new music.  I’ve really been enjoying this new Anais Mitchell disc “Young Man in America” and we’ll listen to “Ships” from that, as well as another ship song sung by a woman – Lissie’s cover of Nick Cave’s great “The Ship Song.”  We’ll hear something from Dr. John’s “Locked Down” produced by The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach.  The Los Angeles Times has said of Dr. John’s new record, “it’s the embodiment of everything he’s done but pushed in a clear new direction…one of the best of his career…”

When I read accounts of the shows at SXSW a couple weeks ago, Patrick Watson was singled out by several critics as having done the best performance that they’d seen.  Patrick Watson is a guy and a band from Canada – he’s been compared to Rufus Wainwright, Nick Drake and Andrew Bird – and I love a song that starts simple and ends with horns!  Speaking of horns, Tim Frantzich has a very Chet Baker-like horn in his new song “Dead End Angels” from his brand new “Our Lost and Wild Daughter”…and speaking of Rufus, we’ll hear an early release from his next album “Out of the Game” his first collection of new songs in five years, on which he teamed up with star producer Mark Ronson.

We’ll have a pairing from GRR family favorites Steve Early and Justin Townes Earle – Justin recently released his second album, and it is very personal – tune in for “Am I That Lonely Tonight?”  We’ll also have new music from Patti Smith (eight years since her last record!), the young neo soul group Alabama Shakes, and Brandi Carlile.   Are you one of those people who believe that Fergus Falls Minnesota is the center of the universe?  (Yes, there are some people who believe that.)  If so, or even if not, you want to hear “Fergus Falls” from Milwaukee’s Field Report.  And to close out the show, Bon Iver friends Megafaun.

This and more coming to you this afternoon.  Please join us today from 4:15-5:45 p.m. for Great River Radio or later on the blog.  I think you’ll like it.

Details:

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Brian and Dan

Playlist
Swanee River-Hugh Laurie
Big Shot-Dr. John
Into Giants-Patrick Watson
April Fool-Patti Smith
That Wasn’t Me-Brandi Carlile
Dead End Angels-Tim Frantzich
Lord, I Just Can’t Keep from Crying-The Barr Brothers
Cry, Cry, Crow-The Pines
Ships-Anais Mitchell
The Ship Song-Lissie
Goodbye-Steve Earle
Am I That Lonely Tonight?-Justin Townes Earle
I Found You-Alabama Shakes
Out of the Game-Rufus Wainwright
Fergus Falls-Field Report
Worried Mind-Megafaun

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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.

The Details:
Great River Radio – Wednesdays 4:15-5:45 p.m.
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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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Nov. 16 – Protest Songs (607)

“There is the idea that a pop star has no right to voice their opinion.
But I was a person before I was a pop star,
and I’m due my opinion as much as anyone.”

–  Michael Stipe (R.E.M.)

For as long as there have been wars and civil injustices, there are have been artists giving voice to the powerless. Protest songs have been a well-documented and crucial part of our social dialogue and cultural fabric since as far back as the 1381 English Peasant Revolt. Since then, protest songs have taken many forms: Irish Rebel Songs, Algerian Rai, field hollers, Anti-apartheid anthems, Vietnam folk and rock music, 1960s civil rights ballads and Post-9/11 laments, to name a few. Even today, we have artists such as Pete Seeger, Tom Morello, Michael Franti, Jay-Z, Kayne West and Jeff Mangum visiting Occupy Wall Street sites across the country.

But protest songs have an inconsistent history. Some have been effective agents for change. Others have been labeled propaganda, fascist/socialists/hippie tripe, utopian or a reason for treason. Some have incited violence and hatred (Dixie Chicks, anyone?). And many others – well well-intentioned – have just been bad music.

It’s our semiannual Social Justice Awareness Week (SJAW) here again at KUST, and Great River Radio will be taking a listen to protest songs throughout history. What makes an effective protest song? Can a song be a protest song without deliberately saying as much? We’ll look into this when we play protest songs from some of our favorite artists (Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Tom Waits Arcade Fire, R.E.M., Bruce Cockburn, Jeff Mangum, Tom Morello, Bruce Springsteen, Radiohead, U2, Bright Eyes, The Staple Singers and Steve Earle). We’ll also play a few songs that might surprise you as protest songs. And finally, we’ll have a candid discussion about the current state of protest songs.

Please join us today from 4:15-5:45 p.m. for another informative and entertaining SJAW show from Great River Radio.

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Playlist
This Land Is Your Land- Pete Seeger, Doc Watson, Sweet Honey In The Rock
How Can A Poor Man Stand Such Time and Live-Bruce Springsteen
Ohio-Crosby Stills Nash  & Young
Let’s Impeach The President-Neil Young
When The President Talks To God-Bright Eyes
If I Had A Rocket Launcher-Bruce Cockburn
Talkin’ Bout A Revolution-Tracy Chapman
Final Straw-REM
Sunday Bloody Sunday-U2
Masters of War-The Staples Singers
Rich Man’s War-Steve Earle
Day After Tomorrow-Tom Waits
We Are The Many-Makana
Suburban War-Arcade Fire
Yell Fire!-Michael Franti & Spearhead
We Stand As One-Joseph Arthur

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Oct. 6 – We Used to Wait

and I am perpetually waiting
for the fleeing lovers on the Grecian Urn
to catch each other up at last
and embrace
and I am awaiting
perpetually and forever
a renaissance of wonder
From “I Am Waiting” (Lawrence Ferlinghetti)

The Great River Radio playlist always represents the mood of your hosts and the thoughts that are on our minds in the days before the show.   This week has been a thoughtful one for Brian and Dan.  We are in the midst of another stunning autumn day, apparently caught in some bubble of glorious weather.  In Minnesota we do not take days like this for granted, especially at this time of year.  We know what comes next…in the words of DeVotchKa –  “you already know how this will end”… so we find ourselves both savoring the present and waiting for what is around the corner.  We humans do spend a good amount of time waiting:  waiting to grow up, waiting to commence, waiting for that good thing to happen, waiting for that bad thing to stop happening, waiting for dawn to arrive, for peace, for a child to come home.

Today on Great River Radio, we’ll be doing a set of songs on waiting, from some of our favorite bands: Dawes, Delta Spirit, Steve Earle (and his sister Stacey), Arcade Fire, Mavis Staples and Patty Griffin.  We’ll also be listening and talking about the new Sufjan Stevens album “The Age of Adz”.  There’ll be a set of songs about letters (the kind you write to people, on paper…remember those?) from Arcade Fire and Wilco and others and some songs with horns – tune in to hear three of the greatest horn solos of all time.  Finally, you think you’ve heard the old Stephen Foster song “Oh Susannah”?  Think again!

We are always excited about GRR, but today will be special. (In fact, we can’t wait!)

We hope you join us.

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Playlist
Big Sun Falling in the River-Richard Thompson
How It Ends-DeVotchKa
Futile Devices-Sufjan Stevens
Solitude Is Bliss-Tame Impala
Before I Die-Roma di Luna
Penny Lane-The Beatles
Shipbuilding-Elvis Costello
What Does It Take To Win Your Love-Junior Walker and the All Stars
When My Time Comes -Dawes
I’m Waiting-Delta Spirit
Waiting-The Feelies
I Can Wait-Steve Earle
Waiting-Stacey Earle
Waiting For My Child To Come Home-Mavis Staples and Patty Griffin
Oh! Susannah-Ruthie Foster
Pilot Light-Chris Koza
We Used to Wait-Arcade Fire
Box Full of Letters-Wilco
Letter Never Sent-REM
Conversation 16-The National

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Dec. 22 – 4th Annual Holiday Music Show

Winter’s longest night arrived with little fanfare yesterday. And for the next three months, those of us living in the Northern Hemisphere will plod on through the cold and frequent snow reminding ourselves that spring is just a few short months ahead. It is the season waiting. Waiting for gifts. Waiting for spiritual nourishment. Waiting for family or friends. Waiting for change. Waiting for the unknown.

As we have for the last three years, Great River Radio will bring you the songs of the season this afternoon in our much-anticipated holiday music show. You’ll hear beautiful songs from Alison Moyet, Kate and Anna McGarrigle, Over The Rhine, Mike Doughty, Mark Mothersbaugh, Tony Bennett, Low, Feist, Bob & Hilary James, Calexico, Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald and many more. We’ve spent weeks getting the song selection just right … and we know you’ll enjoy our thoughtful selections.

It’s certainly a busy season, but hopefully you’ll have some time to sit back, relax and enjoy this mix of some of our favorite holiday songs. Tune in live from 4-6 p.m. today, or listen to the show later via our archive here at the Great River Radio site. We’ve had many listeners tell us that they enjoy listening to holiday show while wrapping last-minute presents … or when they finally get a chance to settle down with a favorite book in front of a fire. Whatever the time or reason, please join us as we experience the joy of the season through music.

Great River Radio will be taking our usually holiday break during the next couple of weeks, but we won’t be sitting idle. As many of you know, we’re putting together the most expansive and ambitious Great River Radio show ever – “A Decade of Influence.” We’ve been looking back at old playlists, exchanging ideas and receiving recommendations from you to determine the most influential music of the “Aughts.” There’s still plenty of time to get your selections in before the show. Just visit our “Decade of Influence.”

Catch us live today, Dec. 22 at 4-6 p.m. (CST) via the KUST stream
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Thank you for your participation and listenership all year long. We are grateful to be part of this growing music community. Peace and love to all of you and your loved ones during this time of great anticipation.

Merry Christmas and a very healthy and happy 2010.

Brian/Dan

Playlist
When River Meets The Sea-John Denver & The Muppets
Snowflake Music-Mark Mothersbaugh
I smell Winter-The Housemartins
Valley Winter Song-Fountains or Wayne
Walk Out to Winter-Aztec Camera
Carol Of The Bells-The Bird And The Bee
The Conventry Carol-Alison Moyet
Jingle Bells-Lisa Loeb
Winterglow-Grant Lee Phillips
Christmas (Baby, Please Come Home)-The Raveonettes
Rebel Jesus-Kate and Anna McGarrigle
Silent Night-Priscilla Ahn
Gaudette-Medieval Babes
I Hear The Bells-Mike Doughty
Please Come Home For Christmas-Charlie Brown
All I Ever Get For Christmas Is Blue-Over The Rhine
My Dear Acquaintance-Regina Spektor
Winter Wonderland-Tony Bennett
Silent Night-Low
Jingle Bells-Duke Ellington
Lo, How A Rose E’re Bloom-Feist
Waiting-Tom Lord Remix
I Wish It Was Christmas Today-Julian Casablancas
Christmas Time Is Here Again-My Morning Jacket
The Christmas Song-Ella Fitzgerald
Christmas Eyes-Bob & Hilary James
Gift X-Change-Calexico
Christmas In Washington-Steve Earle

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Dec. 1 – Short Days and Endings

“Grapefruit moon, one star shining, shining down on me.
Heard that tune, and now I’m pining, honey, can’t you see?

‘Cause every time I hear that melody, well, something breaks inside,
And the grapefruit moon, one star shining, can’t turn back the tide.”

– Tom Waits

As we are moving into a bundle of “seasons” – transitions – the holidays, winter, semester finals, year-end, we look into the sky and see a bright and beautiful full moon.  This is the first of two full moons in December of 2009 making the second a “blue moon,”  and making this a special month which marks the beginning of the end of the first decade of the twenty first century. The days in Minnesota are short and the nights are long and perfect for listening to music.

Back from our Thanksgiving break, we will be in the studio this afternoon with Great River Radio spinning this week’s mix of songs including something from the debut album by Mumford and Sons, who can do British Americana like no one else – as well as music from Atlanta’s Deerhunter, and Minneapolis’ Halloween, Alaska.  We’ll have new music from Norah Jones, Diane Birch and Laura Veirs and favorites from GRR friends Steve Earle, Tom Waits, Randy Newman, Cloud Cult and something from the Pixie’s classic album “Doolittle” this year celebrating its twentieth anniversary.

Speaking of anniversaries, Great River Radio will soon be airing its 100th show – as we approach that milestone, we will be planning some special themes.  One idea we’ve had is to review the most important records of the last ten years.  Start to give that some thought – we’ll be interested in your ideas.

For now, please join us this afternoon as we play a mix of music about short days, endings, moons, trains, and, of course, rivers.

Great River Radio will be live today from 4-6 p.m. (CST)

Playlist
Many Rivers To Cross-UB40
99 and 1/2-Mavis Staples
The Cave-Mumford and Sons
So. Central Rain-REM
Walkabout-Atlas Sound
Never Stops-Deerhunter
Nothing But A Miracle-Diane Birch
Back To Manhattan-Norah Jones
Fetal Horses-John Vanderslice
The Ends-Halloween, Alaska
The End Is Near-The Fiery Furnaces
Never Tear Us Apart-INXS
Two Trains Running-James Cotton Band
Crash This Train-Joshua James
Little Lovin’-Lissie
Longest Days-John Mellenkamp
Days Aren’t Long Enough-Steve Earle
July Flame-Laura Viers
Everybody Here Is A Cloud-Cloud Cult
What Would I Want? Sky-Animal Collective
That Moon Song-Gregory Alan Isakov
Grapefruit Moon-Tom Waits
Feels Like Home-Randy Newman
Here Comes Your Man-The Pixies

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