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December 11 (805) – Winter Winds

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The Missouri is my right arm, the Ohio is my left
But I’m livin’ on the Mississippi River where I like life the best
I don’t mind the west coast, and I don’t mind the east coast
Oh, baby but I ain’t gonna live on no coast
Some people say that the Mississippi River is the backbone of the nation
They can say whatever they want, I won’t disagree with that statement
I see people workin’ hard as ever, just wondering what I can do to make their lives better
I’m just a plain ole Midwestern boy
Gettin’ by on Central time
Pokey LaFarge “Central Time”

At the moment in this northern region of the Central Time Zone, it is frigid. Add to the brutal weather we’ve been having the stresses of finals and semester end projects for both students and faculty, and the preparations for the holidays, and you have a pretty stressful period of the year. At minimum, we hope you can stay warm, though we know that some are cold, someone’s furnace is misbehaving, someone’s home isn’t very well insulated, and for far too many, there is no home at all.

It might be time to take a breath and listen to some music. On Great River Radio this afternoon, we’ve got a couple things going. Having been present at an intimate show by Joe Henry last week, I’ve been listening to his music on repeat for several days. So I’m going to insert him into the playlist several times this afternoon. I do think he is one of the best songwriters in the business now, and these songs are good examples. I’ll also recognize the season, not with holiday music, but with some songs about winter and the cold. Of course, there is lots of new music, as well, including just released songs from Shelby Lynne, who released an EP of original gospel tunes yesterday. We’ll also hear from Joshua James, Jake Bugg, British folk rocker Passenger, and Norwegian songster Ane Brun. I’ll have a tune from Alex Ebert, the leader of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, except solo this time.

Pokey LaFarge will kick things off with the river song referenced above and I think you’ll love it.

I hope you can listen this afternoon as you take care of business, or later on the blog.

Details:
Great River Radio – Wednesdays 4:15-5:45 p.m.
Catch the live stream: http://www.stthomas.edu/ustclubs/kust/live/liveStream.html
Web/Listen Later: https://greatriverradio.wordpress.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/GreatRiverRadio

Playlist
Central Time-Pokey LaFarge
Dixie-Karen Elson & The Secret Sisters
Let Her Go-Passenger
Our Song-Joe Henry
Pennies in the Fountain-Glen Hansard
Broke-Joshua James
Me and You-Jake Bugg
Walkin’-Shelby Lynne
Run-Delta Rae
High Hopes-Bruce Springsteen
Monkey-Joe Henry
Amen-Alexander Ebert
On A Cold Winter’s Day-Quadriga Consort
Winter Winds-Mumford & Sons
There’s Frost On The Moon-Artie Shaw
Walking In The Air-The New Standards
Words-Ane Brun
God Only Knows-Joe Henry

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October 30 (803) Down There By The Train

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There’s a place I know
where the train goes slow
where the sinners can be washed
in the blood of the lamb
there’s a river by the trestle
down by Sinner’s Grove
down where the Willow and the Dogwood grows
down there by the train
down there by the train
down there by the train
down there by the train
down there where the train
goes slow
                     Tom Waits

Last time on Great River Radio, I played the Tift Merritt version of Tom Waits’ “Train Song” and I’ve been listening to that thing a lot in the last couple of weeks.  It is the great lyrics and the wonderful guitar playing of Eric Heywood that keep me coming back.  Then it had another effect on me, and that was to ponder why there are so many songs about trains in American music.  You could do hours and hours of train songs, even if you just limited yourself to the good ones.  But why?  Is it the lure of escape?  “My daddy told me, looking back/’best friend you’ll have is a railroad track'”… or is it the sound of the whistle and that lonesome sound of steel wheels on a steel track, long after the engine has passed?  Is it because they are going to take us to paradise?   “This train is bound for glory”?

I’m not doing train songs today – there are too many.  In some ways, it is too easy a project.  But I will be sprinkling some train songs by Tom Waits into the list, including a return of that Tift Merritt cover.  It is also Halloween tomorrow and though most of you are probably not going to be dressing up and going out trick or treating, I’ll slip a couple of ghostly songs into the mix.

I’ve also got new music from Polica, The 1975, Linda Thompson (with son Teddy) and Goldfrapp (this one is awesome.)  You’ve probably heard some of the new Paul McCartney by now, and I’ll have a typically McCartneyesque track from that one.  There is new music from The Head and the Heart and something amazing from the 2013 release by Ben Harper and the great Charlie Musselwhite.

It’s a nice mix on this gloomy day – listen in live this afternoon or later on the blog.

Details:

Great River Radio – Wednesdays 4:15-5:45 p.m.
Catch the live stream: http://www.stthomas.edu/ustclubs/kust/KUSTLive.html
Web/Listen Later: https://greatriverradio.wordpress.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/GreatRiverRadio

Playlist
On The Road-Tom Waits
Cecil Taylor-Jonathan Wilson
Shake-The Head And The Heart
You Can’t Be Told-Valerie June
Sex-The 1975
New-Paul McCartney
Oh, The Joy-Trixie Whitley
Down There By The Train-Tom Waits
Three White Horses-Andrew Bird
Drew-Goldfrapp
Chain My Name-Polica
Werewolves Of London-Warren Zevon
I Scare Myself-The New Standards
In A Graveyard-Rufus Wainwright
Won’t Be Long Now-Linda Thompson/Teddy Thompson
Persuasion-Richard Thompson/Teddy Thompson
Train Song-Tift Merritt
Bottom of the World-Tom Waits
We Can’t End This Way-Ben Harper & Charlie Musselwhite

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