Dawnbreaker's Breakdown

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Dawnbreaker's Breakdown on 01/31/14

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Fri, 01/31/2014 - 5:30am - 7:00am
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Dawnbreaker's Breakdown on 01/24/14

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Fri, 01/24/2014 - 5:30am - 7:00am
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Dawnbreaker's Breakdown on 01/10/14

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Fri, 01/10/2014 - 5:30am - 7:00am
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Dawnbreaker's Breakdown on 12/27/13

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Fri, 12/27/2013 - 5:30am - 7:00am
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Dawnbreaker's Breakdown on 12/13/13

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Fri, 12/13/2013 - 5:30am - 7:00am
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Dawnbreaker's Breakdown on 11/29/13

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Fri, 11/29/2013 - 5:30am - 7:00am
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Dawnbreaker's Breakdown on 11/22/13

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Fri, 11/22/2013 - 5:30am - 7:00am
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Dawnbreaker's Breakdown on 11/08/13

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Fri, 11/08/2013 - 5:30am - 7:00am
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Dawnbreaker's Breakdown on 10/25/13

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Fri, 10/25/2013 - 5:30am - 7:00am
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Dawnbreaker's Breakdown on 10/11/13

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Fri, 10/11/2013 - 5:30am - 7:00am
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Dawnbreaker's Breakdown playlist for 01/28/2011

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530 AM: Carolina Chocolate DropsTrouble in Your MindGenuine Negro Jig (2010)Nonesuch
Red MollyTroubled MindJanes (2010)Red Molly
Tony Joe WhiteSeason ManThe Shine (2010)Swamp Records
Johnny CashCool WaterAmerican VI: Ain't No Grave (2010)American
545 AM: Brewer & ShipleyWitchi Tai-ToWeeds (1969)BMG (2005 Re-issue)
The DecemberistsJanuary HymnThe King is Dead (2011)Capitol
Sandy DennyThe Sea CaptainThe Northstar Grassman and the Raven (1971)Island Remasters (2007 Import)
Al StewartOld AdmiralsUncorked (2009)Liason/Wallaby Records
Al StewartFlying SorceryRhymes in Rooms (1992)Mesa
Richard ThompsonFrom Galway to GracelandWatching the Dark (1993)Hannibal
Al StewartMidas ShadowUncorked (2009)Liason/Wallaby Records
Al StewartRunning ManUncorked (2009)Liason/Wallaby Records
Al StewartJosephine BakerRhymes in Rooms (1992)Mesa
Al StewartPrincess OliviaUncorked (2009)Liason/Wallaby Records


Al Stewart is a marvellous songwriter storyteller and performer. He has a knack for delicately woven tales of well-known and lesser known but equally intriguing historical people and events, ranging from the Russian soldier sent to a concentration camp after the German army 's retreat, the 16th Century prophecies of Nostradamus, and dinner with Benjamin Franklin. He will be in concert January at the Walters Cultural Arts Center in Hillsboro in an acoustic setting with dazzling guitarist Dave Nachmanoff. We'll have Al introduce some of the songs himself via a taped phone interview. Join me as history comes to life in song.

HOST: Jack Bohl

Dawnbreaker's Breakdown playlist for 08/27/2010

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530 AM: Mississippi John HurtSince I've Laid My Burden DownRediscovered (1998 CD- song recorded in 1967)Vanguard
Mary FlowerMystery TrainRosewood and Steel (2004)Bluesette Records
Geoff MuldaurThis World is Not My homeThe Secret Handshake (1999)Hightone Records
545 AM: Mo MackI Am a PilgrimNew & Used Tunes (2000)White Rose Media
Peter YarrowWayfaring StrangerThat's Good Enough for Me (1973 LP)Warner Brothers
Jim PageThis Land...Live and Then Some (1999)Whid Ile Music
600 AM: Hawkeye HermanKatrina, Oh Katrina (Hurricane Blues)Download form his website- recorded Sept 2005Download
Gina ForsythTalkin' Hurricane Refugee BluesBorn Into the Whisper: Waterbug Anthology number 8 (2006)Waterbug
Bill StainesLousianna StormBridges (1989- recorded live in 1983)Red House Records
615 AM: Eilen JewellThe FloodDownload: recorded live at Rosendale Cafe in NY 7/26/2009Download
Marcia BallLouisianna, 1927Download- live at Katrina benefit 4/29/2006 with Duke Robilliard BandDownload
630 AM (Calendar background): Jamie Stillwater & Mary FlowerMarch of the Drunken FliesMell of a Hess (2005)(Self released)
635 AM: Janet/onewomanBP, You SuckYou TubeYou Tube
Dr JohnSweet Home New OrleansSippianna Hurricane (2005)Blue Note/EMI
645 AM: Henry ThomasFishing BluesHarry Smith Anthology of American Folk Music (1997 CD reissue of 1952 LPs)Smithsonian Folkways
The WanderersCloudy Summer AfternoonLive & Kickin' (2009)(Self released)
Guy ClarkHomegrown TomatoesKeepers (1997)Sugar Hill Records
Earl Scruggs Revue featuring Loudon Wainwright IIIThe Swimming SongAnnivrsary Special (1975 LP)Columbia

Eclectic Contemporary and Traditional folk music to start your day with a smile

Host: Jack Bohl, filling in for Henry and Moggy

Today: performers from the First Annual Portland Folk Festival, Songs about Hurricane Katrina (near the 5th anniversary of that disaster), and summer songs

Dawnbreaker's Breakdown playlist for 03/26/2010

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 I Am So Blue When It Rains - Blind James Campbell

Easy Winner - The Blue Boys
Lonesome Fiddle Blues - Vasser Clements/Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
Don't Put Him Down For It Now - Jamie Hartford/Sam Bush/Vassar Clements/Tim O'Brien & Norman Blake
C'est Si Bon - Stan Freberg
Midnight Special - Van Morrison/Lonnie Donegan & Chris Barber
Expressman Blues - Sleepy John Estes/Yank Rachell
Goodnight Loving Trail - Utah Phillips
Rockin' Pneumonia - James Booker
Long Way Home - Tom Waits
Everybody Loves My Baby - Jim Kweskin & The Jug Band w/ Sippie Wallace
The Woman Make A Fool Out Of Me - Nashville Jug Band
Little Bitty Mama - Eric & Suzy Thompson
The Whole World Round - Ida Viper
Louisiana - Eddie Condon
Besame Mucho - Wild Hogs In The Woods
Rag Mama - Jim Kweskin & The Jug Band
Cross-Eyed Fiddler - Kenny Baker
Jordan Is A Hard Road To Travel - Mike Marker/Larry Hanks
Trouble In Mind - Snooks Eaglan
Good For The Tongue - Jigsaw
Old Blue - Ramblin' Jack Elliott
Darkness, Darkness - The Youngbloods
Springtime Promises - Pentangle
Take The "A" Train - Homer & Jethro

Dawnbreaker's Breakdown playlist for 03/12/2010

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The Right Key But The Wrong Keyhole - Charmaine Neville
Miner Blues - The Federal Cigar Jug Band
Little Grass Shack - Ohta-San
K.C. Moan - Memphis Jug Band
My Blue Eyed Jane - Jimmy Rogers
Across The Alley From The Alamo - Holy Modal Rounders
Another Side Of This Life - Fred Neil
The Pharaohs Stomp - The Jazz Pharaohs
March Winds Gonna Blow My Blues Away - Carter Family
Sunset Waltz - Adam Tanner & The Dirty Rag Mob
And Your Bird Can Sing - The Charles River Valley Boys
Washington And Lee Swing - Milton Brown
Limo To Memphis - Rani Arbo & Daisy Mayhem
Choctaw Bill - Canote Brothers
Jazz Gypsy Blues - Banjo Joe/Blind Blake
Old Jerome - Kate Wolf
Are You Tired Of Me My Darling - Carter Family
Little Rabbit - Richard Greene
American Dozens: Remembered Curses from the American Playground - Katherine Dunn
Say Man - Bo Diddley
The Town Of Old Delores - Katie Lee
Knox County Stomp - Martin Bogan & Armstrong
Little White Moon - Terry Robb
Flashes - Ry Cooder
The Entertainer - Janice Scroggins

Dawnbreaker's Breakdown playlist for 02/26/2010

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 Title - Artist - Album - Label - Start time

5 Feet High & Rising - Johnny Cash - The Essential - Sony - 5:29 AM
Howdjdoo - Woody Guthrie Hard Traveling - Smithsonian/Folkways - 5:31 AM
Yankee Lady - Jesse Winchester - Jesse Winchester - Wounded Bird - 5:33 AM
When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again - Tim & Mollie O'Brien - Way Out On The Mountain - 5:37 AM
El Paso - The Gourds - Bolsa De Aqila - 5:40 AM
Texas Hambone Blues - Milton Brown - The Complete - 5:44 AM
Nashville Blues - The Delmore Blues - Country Brothers 5:47 AM
The Ballad Of Yesterday's Belles - Georges Brassens 5:49 AM
Cigarettes & Whiskey - Jack Elliott/Darrel Adams - Early Sessions - 5:53 AM
Shine The Light - The Whiskeyhill Singers - Dave Guard & The Whiskeyhill Singers - Capitol - 5:55 AM
C.B. Junction - Floating Glass Balls - Ashore - 5:57 AM
Liza Jane - Steve Palazzo & Laura Smith - Like Strangers - 6:01 AM
Loving Sam - Jim Kweskin & The Jug Band w/ Sippie Wallace & Otis Span - Jug Band Blues - 6:05 AM
Salt Lake City Blues - Suzy Thompson - No Mockingbird - 6:07 AM
It's A Sin To Tell A lie - Baila Dworsky - Baila & the Dulci Dance Band - 6:11 AM
Twinkle Little Star - Richard Greene & The Grass Is Greener - Wolves A-Howlin' - 6:13 AM
Put Your Arms Around Me Babe - Larry Penn - The Whiskey's Gone - 6:20 AM
Quit Your Low Down Ways - Bob Dylan - The Bootleg Series, Vols. 1-3 : Rare & Unreleased, 1961-1991 - 6:23 AM
You Rascal You - Django Reinhardt - The Complete DJango Reinhardt & Quintet Of The Hot Club Of France, Swing/HMV Sessions 1936-1948 - 6:26 AM
Old Fashioned Love - Ukelele Ike & the Eton Boys - Ukelele Ike - 6:29 AM
Anymore For Anymore - Ronnie Lane - Just For A Moment - Lane Signature Sounds - 6:32 AM
I Got My Questionaire - Snooks Eaglin - New Orleans Street Singer - Smithsonian/Folkways - 6:39 AM
The Devil In Georgia - The Old Hat Band - Concert - Voyager - 6:43 AM
Shotgun Blues - Rich Del Grosso - A Tribute To James "Yank" Rachell - 6:45 AM
Get Behind The Mule - Tom Waits - Mule Variations - Anti/Epitaph - 6:50 AM
Shake It Down - Sam Charters Washboard Jazz Band - Plays The Classic 1920's Jazz Of Clarence Williams - Merry Makers - 6:56 AM

Dawnbreaker's Breakdown playlist for 02/12/2010

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 Sunday Street - Dave Van Ronk

Take A Look At That Baby - 2 Poor Boys
Bowery Buck - The Ragtime Skedaddlers
My Home Town - Tom Lehrer
Uncle Pen - Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys
Canal Street Blues - King Oliver Creole Jazz Band
Panhandle Rag - Hillbilly Jazz
That's Why I'm Walking - Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee
Grizzly Bear - The Youngbloods
Arkansas Traveller - Nashville Washboard Band
Oxford Town - Bob Dylan
Mood Indigo - David Grisman & Martin Taylor
Mean Old World - Snooks Eaglin
Analog Girl - Guy Clark
Cigarette State - Robbie Fulks
Honky Tonk Train Blues - Meade "Lux" Lewis
The Birth Of The Blues - Baila & the Dulci Dance Band
Sing Me Back Home - The Seldom Scene
Three Hundred Pounds Of Joy - Howlin' Wolf
Hell Among The Yearlings - Ralph Blizzard & The New Southern Ramblers
My Creole Belle - Mississippi John Hurt
Bill Bailey Won't You Please Come Home - Jesse Fuller
My Good Gal's Gone Blues - Jimmie Rodgers w/ Clifford Hayes' Jug Band
Walbash Blues - Hank Snow
Right Or Wrong - Tampa Red
Noah's Blues - Cannon's Jug Stompers
Cocaine - Craig Ventresco
C.B. Junction - Floating Glass Balls

Dawnbreaker's Breakdown playlist for 01/22/2010

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 We appreciate everyone who joined or renewed their membership during our show & thanks again to Jack & Fred for lending a hand on the air.

Avalon - Benny Goodman  *1
My Home Town - Tom Lehrer
How Long How Long Blues - Hokum Jug Band
Do You Remember - Blind James Campbell
I Got Mine - The Charlatans
Crocodile Man - Dave Carter/Tracy Grammer
Forgetfulness - Billy Collins  *2
The Panic Is On - Larry Hanks
Don't Mistreat Your Good Boyfriend - The Bubbling Over 5
My Little Grass Shack - Dave Van Ronk
Sitting On Top Of The World - Mississippi Sheiks
Bottle Music - The Chambers Brothers
The Old Time Shimmy - Seigel/Schwall
Open the Door Homer - Robyn Hitchcock & The Egyptians
Sophisticated Blues - Snooks Eaglin
Small Town Talk - Paul Butterfield's Better Days
Groundhog Blues - Nee Ningy Band  *3
Don't Waste My Time - John Mayall
The Whiskey's Gone - Larry Penn
Strollin' - Champion Jack Dupree
Sugar Blues - Johnny Mercer
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*1 This is the Benny Goodman Quartet & they're all great on this classic Carnegie Hall live 1938 recording. Teddy Wilson on piano who set's the whole thing up, Lionel Hampton on vibes who takes it way away, Benny on clarinet who snatches it back & underneath it all the inevitable drum beat of Gene Krupa. If this doesn't get a smile on your face tell please me what will.
*2 Billy Collins is a 2 term poet laureate of the US (2001-03) & has been called our most popular poet, as opposed to our most understood poet who, according to Dick Cavett, is Rod McKuen - I always thought it was Black Bart the Wells Fargo stage coach robber (1875-83) & self proclaimed Po8.
*3 The Nee Ningy band worked the folk, old time festivals & colleges on the east coast from 1978-81. Not a guitar but a harmonica centric band with blues, Cajun, Celtic influences, among lots of others. Search for them on You Tube to get a small taste of what it must have been like to see them live.

Dawnbreaker's Breakdown playlist for 01/08/2010

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 Davenport Blues - Geoff Muladur

An Inopportune Visit - Paul Bowles  *1
Downtown Blues - Frank Stokes
I Hear You Knocking - Smiley Lewis
Goodbye Booze - Loudon Wainwright 3rd
Sweet Georgia Brown - David Grisman Quintette w/ Stephane Grappelli
Nova - Holy Modal Rounders
Good News - Kingston Trio
Wabash Blues - Pilafian & Vignola  *2
Swinging On A Star - Dave Van Ronk
Sand Mountain Blues - Cliff Perry/Laurel Bliss
Muddy Water - The Seldom Scene
Blame It On The Blues - Suzy & Eric Thompson
Maquiladoras - Larry Penn  *3
January Man - Martin Carthy  *4
Down By The Riverside - Snooks Egland
Mandolin Rock - Johnny Young
Sitting In Limbo - John Sebastian
Red Rockin' Chair - Karen Dalton
Two More Bottles Of Wine - McClinton, Delbert
Get Together - The Youngbloods
Mysterieuse - Martin O'Connor
Foro Santa Luzia - Floating Glass Balls
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*1 a memorable Paul Boles story that tips Vatican 2 (Catholic Church reform - dropping the Latin mass among other changes) on it's head.
*2 I've always been a sucker for guitar & tuba duets.
*3 Maquiladoras are the factories in the "free trade zone" established by United States manufacturers to take advantage of cheap Mexican labor & avoid any import fees bringing their goods back into the US.
*4 A song that foretells the coming year and is always right.

Dawnbreaker's Breakdown playlist for 12/25/2009

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 I'm So Glad - Cream

Quiet - Malvina Reynolds
Belleville Rendez-Vous - Soundtrack
Blue Christmas - Ernest Tubb
Make Me A Pallet On Your Floor - David Bromberg
Pretend - Nashville Jug Band
Christmas Time In Oregon - Jinx Davis
Snow - Jessie Winchester
Si Tu Dois Partir - Fairport Convention
Salt lake City Blues - Cathy Whitesides
Banjo Man - Allan Taylor
Mr. Fox - Mr. Fox
Go Tell The Fox - Dave Carter & Tracy Grammer
Barefoot Boy With Boots On - John McCutcheon
Something On Your Mind - Karen Dalton
La-Ti-Da - Marcia Ball
Jug Band Waltz - Memphis Jug Band
1913 Massacre - Ramblin' Jack Elliott
I'm A Little Cookie - Larry Penn
Old Fashioned Love - Ukelele Ike & the Eton Boys
Blue Grass Twist - South Georgia Highballers
Merry Christmas From The Family - Robert Earl Keen (by Request)
Old & In The Way - Old & In The Way
Wake Up Irene - Hank Thompson
I Love A Ukulele - Rebecca Kilgore & Lyle Ritz
Oua Oua (Hawaiian Chant) - Bob Brozman
Ragtime Annie - Kenny Baker
Ain't That Rockin' - Odetta
Nashville Casualty & Life - Lee Roy Parnell
I Want You - Bob Dylan
Christmas In The Trenches - John McCutcheon
Bloody Mary Morning - Johnny Bush
Fishin' Blues - Taj Mahal & The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
Ain't Oklahoma Pretty - Buck Pizzarelli & The West Texas Tumbleweeds
Rockin' Shoppin' Center - Jonathan Richmond & The Modern Lovers
Baby It's Cold Outside - June Carter w/ Homer & Jethro
Bath House Blues - Andy Statman
Hearts Against The Wind - Linda Ronstadt w/ J.D. Souther
Black Betty - Koerner, Ray & Glover
Give To the Cause - Patrick Sky
We Wish You A Merry Christmas - David Grisman
White Bird - Sam Bush
Bird In A House - Railroad Earth
Watchin' The River Go By - John Hartford
Breaking Up Christmas - Tommy Jarrell & Kyle Creed
Latin Simone - Ibrahim Ferrer
Lock Stock & Teardrops - k.d. Lang
Old Toy Trains - Roger Miller
Strollin' - Champion Jack DuPree
Never Go To Church On Sunday - Riders In The Sky
I Love Being Left Alone - Robbie Fulks
I Can See Clearly Now - Johnny Nash
I Scare Myself - Dan Hicks
South - Peter Spud Siegel
Chan Chan - Buena Vista Social Club

Dawnbreaker's Breakdown playlist for 12/11/2009

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 Goldfinger – Peter Stampfel  *1

Laugh, Laugh – Beau Brummels  *2
Flint Hill Special – Flatt and Scruggs
Announcing Private Guitar Lessons - Rev. Gary Davis
Candyman - Rev. Gary Davis  *3
That Song About the Midway – Dave Van Ronk (written by Joni Mitchell)
Satisfied – Jon Sebastian & David Grisman
Jungle Nights in Harlem – Duke Ellington  *4
Danville Dame – Tim Hardin (co-written by Steve Weber)
That’s the Touch I Like – Jessie Winchester  *5
Strange Conversation – Ted Hawkins
Drown in My Own Tears – Steve Mann  *6
Ain’t That a Rockin’ – Odetta  *7
The Scottdale Stomp – Scottdale Stringband
No way I’ll Never Need You – the Flatlanders  *8
Jesus Will Fix It For You – Sonny Treadway
Claudette – Roy Orbison  (by request)
Last Month of the Year – Kingston Trio
Cake Walk into Town – Taj Mahal
Where there’s a Road – Sam Bush (written by Robbie Fulks)  *9
Knoxville Blues – John Fahey
Under the Chicken Tree – Texas Sheiks (Jim Kweskin guitar & vocal and Geoff Muldaur on kazoo)  *10
While You’re Sneaking Out Someone Else is Easing In – George McClennon's Jazz Devils
How Can a Poor Man Stand Such Times and Live – Ry Cooder
Time Changes Eveything – Ida Viper
Come into My Kitchen – Delaney and Bonnie
We Wish You a Merry Christmas – David Grisman
George Booker - Highwoods String Band
Little Monk – Russ Baronburg
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*1 Once you hear a tuba & banjo in Goldfinger you wonder why something so obvious never occurred to the composer. Everyone agrees Stampfel is a genius, it's just that nobody knows what kind.
*2 The Beau Brummels are where the San Francisco sound started. Sylvester Stewart the Sly Stone of Sly & the Family Stone was the engineer on the session.
*3 I sometimes get the feeling that asking Rev. Davis to play the blues is like asking your ex-alcoholic grandfather to show you how he used to drink. This probably is a partial explanation of why we like to hear him play the blues. But Dave Van Ronk says that he never really played it all the way through. Maybe it was as though playing the whole thing correctly would bring that person back to life and destroying the Reverend completely. & if you took his guitar lessons would you play this well?
*4 Proof positive that "The Duke" loved us all - madly.
*5 There's something absolutely unique about a Jesse Winchester shuffle that just makes you want to get up out of bed & dance on a cold floor.
*6 Steve Mann was never that well known and then dropped out of sight for years. He was re-discovered early this century and recorded some new stuff as well as re-releasing his older material. My favorite of his was this live album from the 60's. He plays guitar like most folks would like to play piano. He died the middle of this year. RIP Steve & thanks.
*7 Odetta puts all the power & melancholy & hope she possesses into this simple little gospel song & she sounds like she's got all kinds of power & melancholy & hope to spare. We need all of that all year round but particularly in this season.
*8 A twelve string guitar intro with a musical saw back in the mix throughout - how sweet the sound. If these guys ever come thru town see them no matter what.
*9 I think the guitar player on this version channeled Robbie Fulks' guitar style & he gets real close.
*10 The Texas Sheiks is a new musical project for Geoff Muldaur. It appears to be an ensemble and Muldaur is, in addition to everything else he is, an arranger and comfortable in a group (not fronting for it or hiding in it).


6/12/09 on Dawn breakers

6/12/09 on Dawn breakers Breakdown I thought you played a song by Rosalie Sorrels with a title like "Hey Friend" but could not find it on the play list. "Sweet Loving Friendship" on Borderline heart on her website was as close as I could find. When you have an opportunity to reply and let me know the actual song title, album title ,lyrics or any such would be appreciated. Thanks! I really enjoy your show!

Iphone Blues

Hey there, Tried to connect this morning with my Iphone and missed the whole show. Next time I'll be ready to listen. Do you have that new favorite: Cell Phone Blues. It's becoming a country standard. Keep up the great show. MV


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