On this extraordinarily beautiful March day, I’ll be spending 90 minutes in the dark playing new music from Great River Radio. This is a spring mix of new music from all over the place. I’ve been on a Dave Alvin thing for the last couple of weeks, so we’ll have something from him. Did you know that Judy Garland’s great great niece is a wonderful singer named Audra Mae – she is the real thing and you’re going to like what she brings this afternoon. Local band the Now, Now are down in Austin for the next couple of days but if you couldn’t make it to SXSW this year, you can hear the title song of their new cd “Threads” on GRR. We’ll also have something from the new Andrew Bird, and a collaboration between Mali duo Amadou and Miriam and Santigold. John Prine fans, tune in to hear Bon Iver doing “Bruised Orange (Chain of Sorrow)”. From what some are already calling one of the best albums of 2012, we’ll hear “Young Man in America” from Anais Mitchell’s latest. And, along the same lines, new music from the Carolina Chocolate Drops’ “Leaving Eden”, a record you’ve probably been hearing a lot about. Produced by Buddy Miller and with the wonderful vocals and fiddling of Rhiannon Giddens, you’ll hear “Country Girl” a very personal take on the joys of living down south.
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.
Beautiful City ‘Cross the River-Dave Alvin
The Real Thing-Audra Mae & the Almighty Sound
Dougou Badia (featuring Santigold-Amadou & Miriam
Give It Away-Andrew Bird
Old Mythologies-The Barr Brothers
Bruised Oranges (Chain of Sorrow)-Bon Iver
All the Rowboats-Regina Spektor
Wrecking Ball-Bruce Springsteen
Country Girl-Carolina Chocolate Drops
Young Man in America-Anais Mitchell
Keep Us Steadfast-Lyle Lovett
O Sacred Head Surrounded-the innocence mission
Holy Holy-Wye Oak
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.
River Flows In You-Yiruma
Beggar In The Morning-The Barr Brothers
Favorite Time of Light-Over The Rhine
Misty Blue-Etta James
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
Outlaw Blues-Queens of the Stone Age
No Future-Craig Finn
Make You Feel My Love-Adele
Lay Down Your Weary Tune-Billy Bragg
We Take Care of Our Own-Bruce Springsteen