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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.

Details:

Great River Radio – Wednesdays 4:15-5:45 p.m.
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Playlist

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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January 30 – Favorites of 2012 (705)

 

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Every morning is a fresh beginning,
Listen my soul to the glad refrain.
And, spite of old sorrows
And older sinning,
Troubles forecasted
And possible pain,
Take heart with the day and begin again.

                        Susan Coolidge

 Happy New Year from Great River Radio!  We are coming back to you this afternoon with our favorites (we aren’t going to use the word ‘best’ for this list) from 2012.  It was a very good year for music, in our opinion.  From a long list of great songs, we’ve come up with a playlist that you’re going to love.

If you’ve been listening and paying attention to GRR in the last year, you’ll know many of these songs, but I guarantee that you’ll hear some things that will be new to you, as well.  Nick Waterhouse and Australia’s Tame Impala will kick the show off with energy and their neo sounds of R&B and psychedelia.  Trampled By Turtles, The Pines and Chastity Brown will represent the many local artists who had a good year in 2012.  The old masters will be represented by Leonard Cohen, Greg Brown, Dr. John and Mr. Bruce Springsteen.  Young artists we saw and loved last year are on this list, too, including Patrick Watson, John Fullbright and Field Report. And if you are expecting Dylan, here is what I’ll do for you:  two of the best Dylan covers I’ve ever heard.

I think you’ll like this show – and let me know what you loved in 2012 that I missed.

This afternoon on Great River Radio, coming to you from the University of St. Thomas’ KUST.

Tune in live, or listen later on the blog.

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Great River Radio – Wednesdays 4:15-5:45 p.m.Watch the live stream: http://www.stthomas.edu/ustclubs/kust/live/liveStream.html
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Playlist
Nick Waterhouse-Is That Clear
Tame Impala-Elephant
Trampled By Turtles-Midnight on the Interstate
The Pines-Cry, Cry, Crow
Chastity Brown-After You
Rosanne Cash-Biloxi
Patrick Watson-Into Giants
Black Prairie-How Do You Ruin Me?
Field Report-I Am Not Waiting Anymore
Mumford & Sons-Will Wait
Matthew E. White-Will You Love Me
Lucia Micarelli & Steve Earle-One More Cup of Coffee
Leonard Cohen-Darkness
John Fullbright-Nowhere To Be Found
Greg Brown-All of Those Things
Dr. John-Big Shot
Diana Krall-Simple Twist of Fate
Bruce Springsteen-Wrecking Ball
The Tallest Man On Earth-There’s No Leaving Now
Anais Mitchell-Young Man In America
Bonnie Raitt-God Only Knows

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December 5 – Lighthouse in the Woods (703)

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Leave a light on in the wild
Cause I’m coming in a little blind
Dreamer of a lighthouse in the woods
Shining a little light to bring us back home
Went to find you in the backyard
Hiding behind our busy lives
Dreamer of a lighthouse in the woods
To help us get back into the world
Cause I know I’ve seen you before
Won’t you shine a little light on us now?
Won’t you shine a little light in your own backyard?
Won’t you shine a little light in your own backyard?
Dreamer of a lighthouse in the woods

            Patrick Watson “Lighthouse”

 

It is getting dark and colder as we approach the end of the year and the end of the school term.  At the same time, we approach the holidays, which offer many a kind of lighthouse at this time of year.  It is certain to get busier over the coming days and weeks and this afternoon Great River Radio hopes to offer you a little calm before the chaos, a little light and warmth this chilly afternoon.

We saw Patrick Watson open his show last weekend with “Lighthouse” and it was unforgettable, he at the piano with little lights on his fingers but otherwise playing in darkness.  It was beautiful and impressionistic and the rest of the show continued to be riveting.  We’ll hear that track this afternoon, along with new music from Cat Power, Tame Impala, and Iris DeMent and husband Greg Brown from their new and well regarded records.  We’ll also go back to a few favorites from the year, as we anticipate those year-end best of lists and our own 2012 faves show which we hope to do in January.  Candidates for my list will include Leonard Cohen, The Tallest Man on Earth, The Pines and Michael Kiwanuka.

I’m also enjoying a couple newer discoveries, North Carolina’s Delta Rae (with a wonderful song “Forgive the Children We Once Were”) and LA’s Lavender Diamond.

Yesterday, The New Standards released their latest collection and we’ll listen to their lovely version of Arcade Fire’s “No Cars Go.”

That and more this afternoon on Great River Radio, coming to you from the University of St. Thomas’ KUST Radio.

Tune in this afternoon, or later on the blog.

Great River Radio – Wednesdays 4:15-5:45 p.m.

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Playlist
Big River-The Secret Sisters
Manhattan-Cat Power
Elephant-Tame Impala
Forgive the Children We Once Were-Delta Rae
Lighthouse-Patrick Watson
Unfortunately, Anna-Justin Townes Earle
I Don’t Recall-Lavender Diamond
I’m Getting Ready-Michael Kiwanuka
Bright Whites-Kishi Bashi
Going Home-Leonard Cohen
Go On Ahead and Go Home-Iris DeMent
All of Those Things-Greg Brown
No Cars Go-The New Standards
1904-The Tallest Man On Earth
Cry, Cry, Crow-The Pines
Blue Rondo a la Turk-Dave Brubeck

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October 31 – Catching Up (701)

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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.

Details:
Great River Radio – Wednesdays 4:15-5:45 p.m.
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Playlist
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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March 23 – Back in Blues


Well, I got up this mornin
woh-all I had was gone
Well-ah leave this mornin if I have to
woh ride the blind ah
I’ve feel mistreated and I
don’t mind dyin
Well, some people tell em that the worried
blues ain’t bad
Worst old feelin I most
ever had.
Robert Johnson – “Walking Blues”

Way back in December 2007, the Great River Radio staff pulled together a “History of the Blues” show. We took a trip from the far south, starting our journey at the home of the blues in the Mississippi Delta. From there we travelled up the mighty Mississippi River, taking time to track the deep influence of the blues. We examined different forms of the blues – Delta, Jump, Chicago and electric, as well as some of the music genres that were borne of out this truly American music – some strains of country and jazz, bluegrass and rock and roll. It was a show that was as fun to produce as it was to listen to.

Four years later, not much has changed. The blues are still with us, and its influence is more evident than ever. So, why don’t the blues get any respect? We’ll explore that question today. The 2007 show served as a deep history lesson (from south to north), whereas today’s show, “Back in Blues,” will take more of a latitudinal approach. We’ll look across the vast spectrum of music and discuss how the blues serves as a foundation for much of the music we listen to and often play on Great River Radio.

We’ll have a special set of music that draws a straight line from Robert Johnson in the 1930s to The Black Keys performing today (with listening stops at Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters, Willie Dixon and the Rolling Stones). There are a surprising number of current artists who recognize and incorporate the power of the blues into their songwriting and performances. We’ll have a set of young blues from The Tallest Man on Earth (Sweden?!), Justin Townes Earle and Mark Growden, as well as a track from Robert Plant and Alison Krauss’ beautiful Raising Sand LP from 2007. Speaking of Ms. Krauss, have you ever noticed that the blues is often thought of as a man’s world? We’ll hear a set from our better halves – including Billie Holiday, Etta James, Aretha Franklin and Lucinda Williams. We’ll also take a stroll on the eclectic side – finding the pulse of the blues beating strong in icons as such as Tom Waits and R.L. Burnside.  And finally, we’ll look locally, and unearth some bluesy selections from the Minnesota music scene.

You are not going to want to miss today’s “Back in Blues” show on Great River Radio. So, set your Outlook calendars and tune in at 4:15 p.m. central. And catch us again at your convenience via the Great River Radio website (details below).

Peace.

Brian & Dan

Details:
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Playlist
Death Don’t Have No Mercy-Reverend Gary Davis
Stones In My Passway-Robert Johnson
Red Rooster-Howlin’ Wolf
Rollin’ Stone-Muddy Waters
You Shook Me-Willie Dixon
Gimme Shelter-Rolling Stones
Howlin’ For You-The Black Keys
Take A Little Walk With Me-Robert Lockwood Jr.
Come On In This House-Junior Wells
With The Quickness-James Cotton
Like The Wheel-The Tallest Man On Earth
Harlem River Blues-Justin Townes Earle
You Ain’t Never Been Loved-Mark Growden
Killing The Blues-Robert Plant and Alison Krauss
Stuck Inside Of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again-North Mississippi Allstars
Milk Cow Calf Blues-John Hammond
I’d Rather Go Blind-Etta James
I Never Loved A Man-Aretha Franklin
Drunken Angel-Lucinda Williams
Way Down In The Hole-Tom Waits
It’s Bad You Know-R.L. Burnside
Pinetop’s Boogie Woogie-Pinetop Perkins

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Dec. 1 – Favorite Albums of 2010

A quick Google search with the words “Best of 2010” returns a mere 2,720,000,000 results.

In a world where the once-rare “overshare” of personal experiences, opinions and preferences has become the norm (think Brittney, Wikileaks, Facebook and TMZ), we are now saturated with minutiae. Do you really care about your coworker’s “Top 10 Green Teas for Autumn” list? Or your cousin’s ongoing quest to order and eat every Applebee’s entrée in a calendar year?

For those who willingly contribute such intimate details to the collective conscious of public discourse through blogs, Twitter, Facebook and online forums, the motivation is simple. Documenting these once private details helps us to both define who we think we are, and how we would like others to see us. But what about those of us who readily consume this information? Why do we care about another “Year’s Best” list? And perhaps more perplexing, why can’t we stop ourselves from reading these lists?

Part of the allure is the ease in which we can take in the information. Our motivation as a consumer/audience is likely similar to the contributor’s intent – to help define our tastes, to compare desires and interests with our peers, and perhaps find a new source of material for our own lists and “must have” suggestions.

Where does that leave us today? For each of the last five years, the Great River Radio staff has welcomed the chill of December in Minnesota with great anticipation. Of course, we look forward to spending time with family and loved ones, celebrating religious rites and traditions, and even seeking solitude in these busy times. But the turn toward winter also brings two of our favorite annual radio shows of the year – the holiday music show and the “Best of” show. Today on Great River Radio we will offer our contribution to the year-end list … with a twist. Instead of adding to the meaningless cesspool of “Best Of” entries,  we will offer something far more subjective – our “Favorite Albums of 2010.” Feel free to take in the music as just another year-end list or send us your suggestion for favorite albums we may have missed (or purposely omitted). That way we can skip the music monologue and start a dialogue.

Tune in from 4:15-5:45 p.m. today and you’ll hear one of Great River Radio’s most anticipated shows as we play selected tracks & MP3s from our ”Favorite Albums of 2010” list:

Playlist
Wide River to Cross-Carrie Rodriguez  Love and Circumstance
National Ransom-Elvis Costello  National Ransom
Angela Surf City-The Walkmen  Lisbon
And Now-JJ  N° 3
The High Road-Broken Bells  Broken Bells
Rhinestone Eyes-Gorillaz  Plastic Beach
The Dreamer-The Tallest Man On Earth  Sometimes The Blues Are Just A Passing Bird
Runaway-The National  High Violet
From Above-Nick Hornby/BenFolds  Lonely Avenue
City of Night-Bruce Springsteen  The Promise
Dillinger Eyes-Jeremy Messersmith  The Reluctant Graveyard
You’ll Be Bright-Cloud Cult  Light Chasers
The Sweet Part of the City-The Hold Steady  Heaven Is Whenever
We Used to Ride-Arcade Fire  The Suburbs
Futile Devices-Sufjan Stevens  The Age of Adz
He Would Have Laughed-Deerhunter  Halcyon Digest
Someone’s Gonna Rescue You-Neil Young  LeNoise
Surely-Black Dub  Black Dub
Airplanes-Local Natives  Gorilla Manor
Sweet Talk Sweet Talk-The New Pornographers  Together

What did we miss? Send us a note and let us know!

Tune in today – to listen for pleasure or to compare.

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Peace,

Brian & Dan

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Nov. 17 – New for Winter

Some guys they just give up living
And start dying little by little, piece by piece
Some guys come home from work and wash up
And go racin’ in the street

Yesterday there were two news items from twentieth century musical giants.  In something that was more of a business development than artistic, perhaps, The Beatles allowed their entire catalog to be sold on iTunes, the biggest of the iTunes holdouts.  Steve Jobs has been waiting for this day for many years and in a burst of a fan’s hyperbole, told the press that this would be “a day you’ll never forget.”  While many of us already had our Beatles cd’s loaded into iTunes libraries, there is a whole generation which never bought music on cd which now has access to those treasured songs.

And in another development, Bruce Springsteen released “The Promise,” a CD package containing 21 songs written between “Born to Run” and “Darkness on the Edge of Town” – two classic albums that charted Springsteen’s maturing from rebellious kid to a young adult struggling with the concerns of adulthood.  For Springsteen fans, hearing these songs, both the ones which made it on the final album and those that didn’t, can be a revelation.  I spent a fair amount of time last night listening to various versions of one of my favorite of Springsteen’s songs “Racing in the Street” – something that some might consider a little geeky.  (“Hey, he changed the car from a ’32 Ford to a ’69 Chevy!”)  But for a fan, it was a wonderful experience.

We’ll be hearing one song that was purchased from the Beatles catalog yesterday, something from Springsteen and a whole lot more this afternoon.  No real theme today, just a pile of great music, new and old.  You’ll hear from Scandinavian favorites Lykke Li,  jj, and great new music from The Tallest Man on Earth.  We have something from Pittsburgh’s Girl Talk, Matt and Kim, blueswoman Susan Tedeschi, and the Ting Tings.  Steve Earle and Alison Moorer do a song from the new Loretta Lynn tribute and we’ll have an early song from Over the Rhine’s next record, due to drop in January.

Join us this afternoon for some great music and friendly conversation.

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Peace, Dan & Brian

Playlist
Back To The River-Susan Tedeschi
Have Mercy-Loretta Lynn
After The Fire Is Gone-Steve Earle
Let Them-jj
Get Some-Lykke Li
Triple Double-Girl Talk
Murder Weapon-Tricky
Jimmie Standing In The Rain-Elvis Costello
And Your Bird Can Sing-The Beatles
Pouncer-Pomegranates
Like The Wheel-The Tallest Man On Earth
The Only Sound That Matters-Band of Joy
Speed of The Sound of Loneliness-John Prine
Take Me Somewhere-Tennis
Hands-The Ting Tings
Silver Tiles-Matt and Kim
Blackbird-Cassandra Wilson
Infamous Love Song-Over The Rhine
City of Night-Bruce Springsteen

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