Rise when the Rooster Crows

Folk and traditional musics from a variety of sources including early country recordings from the 20s and 30s

6/6/2013 Playlist

6/20/2013 Playlist

Episode Archive

Musical treasures of Central and Eastern Europe from the KBOO record library

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Thu, 11/20/2014 - 5:30am - 7:00am
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Traditional and contemporary, dance tunes and choral, string bands and more!
After many months of exploring the winding corridors and dark corners of the KBOO record library, I've finally arrived at the rich musical vein of the Central and Eastern Europe section. So sit tight or lay back or dance around to Balkan, Hungarian, Caucasian, Romanian, Ukrainian, Slovenian, etc. etc. traditional and contemporary folk tunes.

Rise when the Rooster Crows on 11/13/14

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Thu, 11/13/2014 - 5:30am - 7:00am
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Traditional american music

: Native North America (Vol. 1): Aboriginal Folk, Rock, and Country 1966–1985

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Thu, 11/06/2014 - 5:30am - 7:00am
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Special advance download of soon-to-be-released recording!!
This is not yet officially released from Light in the Attic records in Seattle. A selection of probably never-before-heard on KBOO songs.

Rise when the Rooster Crows on 10/30/14

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Thu, 10/30/2014 - 5:30am - 7:00am
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Traditional american music

Rise when the Rooster Crows on 10/23/14

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Thu, 10/23/2014 - 5:30am - 7:00am
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Traditional american music

Rise when the Rooster Crows on 10/16/14

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Thu, 10/16/2014 - 5:30am - 7:00am
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Traditional american music

Rise when the Rooster Crows on 10/09/14

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Thu, 10/09/2014 - 5:30am - 7:00am
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Traditional american music

Rise when the Rooster Crows on 10/02/14

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Thu, 10/02/2014 - 5:30am - 7:00am
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Traditional american music

Rise when the Rooster Crows on 09/25/14

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Thu, 09/25/2014 - 5:30am - 7:00am
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Traditional american music

Rise when the Rooster Crows on 09/18/14

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Thu, 09/18/2014 - 5:30am - 7:00am
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Traditional american music


The Americans, LIVE! in the KBOO Studio!!! Wake up to THIS, Folkies!

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Thu, 03/25/2010

 Hosted by Jonathan Lay

It's not very often that we get real, live musicians to come into the KBOO Studios and play music, BEFORE the Rooster Crows, but today, we lucked out!  The Americans took time from their whirlwind West Coast Tour to give our early morning KBOO Folk Fans a little taste of what they've got.  And, Boy, does it taste GOOD!

The Americans are:

Patrick Ferris - Vocals, guitar
Jake Faulkner - Double bass
Zac Sokolow - Electric guitar
Cody Edison - Rhythm

Be sure to visit their MySpace Page for a list of their upcoming gigs!



Rise When The Rooster Crows playlist for 12/25/2008

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How Will You Spend Christmas (Rev. A. W. Nix, Blues, Blues Christmas: 1925-1955)
The Wrong Way To Celebrate Christmas (Rev. Edward Clayborn, Blues, Blues Christmas: 1925-1955)
Christmas Eve (Amy & Karen, Amy & Karen Play 15 "Old Time" Quality Tunes)
Santa Claus (Bo Carter, Blues, Blues Christmas: 1925-1955)
Babe of Bethlehem (The Seeger Sisters, American Folk Songs For Christmas)
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen (John Fahey, The New Possibility: Christmas With John Fahey)
Christmas & New Year's Blues (Tampa Red, Blues, Blues Christmas: 1925-1955)
Emmanuel (The Watersons, Frost and Fire)
Little Bill At Christmas (Him Bobo & Hank Mizell, Christmas Country Style)
Let Me Hang Your Stockings In Your Christmas Tree (Roosevelt Sykes, Blues, Blues Christmas: 1925-1955)
O Jerusalem In the Mornin' (The Clarke Family, Banjo Christmas)
Joseph and Mary (The Cherry Tree Carol) (The Seeger Sisters, American Folk Songs for Christmas)
At The Christmas Ball (Bessie Smith, Blues, Blues Christmas: 1925-1955)
Christmas In Jail (Leroy Carr, Blues, Blues Christmas: 1925-1955)
Silent Night (The Campbell Brothers, Sacred Steel For The Holidays)
Christmas Morning Blues (Sonny Boy Williamson, Blues, Blues Christmas: 1925-1955)
Christmas Is For Losers (Mike Nicolai, Christmas Is For Losers)
Sing Hallelu (The Seeger Sisters, American Folk Songs for Christmas)
The Christmas Song (Leadbelly, Blues, Blues Christmas: 1925-1955)
Empty Stocking Blues (Floyd Dixon, Blues, Blues Christmas: 1925-1955)
When Jesus Was Born (The Sons of Heaven, Blues, Blues Christmas: 1925-1955)
Christmas, Christmas Blues (Charley Jordan, Blues, Blues Christmas: 1925-1955)
All I Want For Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth (Spike Jones, Let's Sing A Song of Christmas)
Christmas Time (Beggin' Santa Claus) (Black Ace, Blues, Blues Christmas: 1925-1955)
The Twelve Apostles (The Seeger Sisters, American Folk Songs for Christmas)
Breaking Up Christmas (The Camp Creek Boys, Old-Time String Band)
Hep Cat's Holiday (The Cats & The Fiddle, Blues, Blues Christmas: 1925-1955)

Rise when the Rooster Crows playlist for 12/18/2008

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Fiddle Tune  (John Hartford, Live From the Mountain Stage)
Travelin' John  (Beth Wood, Beachcomber's Daughter)
They'll Never Keep Us Down  (Hazel Dickens, Hard Hitting Songs For Hard Hit People)
Sissy Man (Josh White, Roots N Blues - The Retrospective: 1925-1950)
Charlie He's A Good Ol' Man  (Bristol Brothers, Cornbread Willie)
The Absentee  (Mr. & Mrs. Sams, Mountain Music of Kentucky)
Hear My Train A Comin'  (Jimi Hendrix, Jimi Blues)
Honey From the Vine (The Younger Sister Band, TYSB)
Oh Johnny Brown  (Sharon G. Williams, The Long Road To Freedom)
My Old Horse Died  (Dock Boggs, Folkways Years 1963-1968)
Black Woman Blues  (Brownie McGhee, The Long Road To Freedom)
Still Waters  (Jim White, Wrong-Eyed Jesus)
December, 1999  (Jolie Holland, Catalpa)
Young & Tender Ladies (Martha Hall, Mountain Music of Kentucky)
If I Call You Momma  (Luke Jordon, The Stuff That Dreams Are Made Of, Disc 2)
Peg An' Awl  (Hobart Smith, Southern Journey, Vol. 2: Ballads and Breakdowns)
Our Patriarch  (The Gourds, Heavy Ornamentals)
Lonesome Valley (The Carter Family, Original Carter Familly From 1936 Radio Transcripts)
Ain't No Grave  (Crooked Jades, The Unfortunate Rake: Vol. 2: Yellow Mercury)
Bloodhound (The Damnations, Where It Lands)
Dirt Dishin Daisy (The Crow Quill Night Owls, Mechanical Unicorn)
Warfare  (The Freighthoppers, Waiting On the Gravy Train)
Hangman Tree  (Almeda Riddle, Southern Journey, Vol. 5-Bad Man Ballads)
Texas & Pacific Blues (John Fahey, Of Rivers and Religion: After The Ball)

Rise when the Rooster Crows playlist for 12/11/2008

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Mac TraynhamSinging BirdsI'm Going That Way
Brett RatliffAin't Gonna Work TomorrowCold Icy Mountain
Stewart's Chapel Sacred Harp SingersMorning SunBack Roads to Cold Mountain
The MartinsThe BottleLive show recording
Morgan SextonPretty Little Miss in the GardenShady Grove
Ross County FarmersFlop Eared MuleRecorded radio show
Tom, Brad and AliceCarve That PossumCarve That Possum
Hurricane RidgerunnersRooster Tone BluesField Recording
Garry Harrison and the Mule TeamRound BarnRed Prairie Dawn
The Brandy SniftersWagon YardVoice of the Porkchop
Clint Howard, Doc Watson, Blue Ridge Mntn BoysThe Old Account Was Settled Long AgoFavorites
The Macrae SistersPolecat BluesOld Sledge
The ButterboysRude and Rambling Manself published
Hurricane RidgerunnersTrain that Carried My Girl from TownField Recording
Mike RussoDeKalb BluesMike Russo
Brett RatliffLast Payday at Coal CreekCold Icy Mountain
Ross County FarmersDarling Nellie GrayRecorded Radio Show
Cofer BrothersHow LongGeorgia Stringbands Vol 1
Rich Kirby and Tom BledsoeMy Little Home in TennesseeHits from Home
Troxell BrothersKnoxville RagTroxsong
Macrae SistersLonesome DayOld Sledge
Doc BoggsBright Sunny SouthBack Roads to Cold Mountain
Squirrelly StringbandReuben's TrainSquirrelly Stringband
Mac TraynhamMy Old Cottage HomeI'm Going That Way
Joe ThompsonPumpkin PieFamily Tradition
Water Tower StringbandSally AnneWatertower String Band

Bill Martin, Host

Rise when the Rooster Crows playlist for 11/20/2008

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Robin KessingerArkansas TravelerRobin Kessinger
" "Alabama Jubilee" "
" "Devil's Dream/Mason's Apron" "
Norman and Nancy BlakeRise when the Rooster CrowsThe Morning Glory Ramblers
" "Dry Bones" "
Debby McClatchyMississsippi MoonLight Years Away
" "Liza Jane" "
Suze Spencer MarshallClowin' the FrettsTall Boots
Merritt HerringForty a Month and FoundPrecious Memories
Any Old Time StringbandFree Little BirdI Bid You Goodnight
James Bryan and Carl JonesLast Look at Lonesome RockTwo Pictures
" "Camp Mtn. on the 4th of July/Jimalong Josie" "
George ChudacoffBlackberry BlossomGeo. Chudacoff and the Born Wright Sisters
Ann and Phil CaseRainbow mid Life's WillowsThe Old Step-Stone
Greg CornettLula WallsSweet Georgia Brown
Deadwood RevivalFully Saved TodayThis Old World
R. Dornfield, J. Bernstein, K. MurphyPolly Put the Kettle OnWays of the World
Flatt and ScruggsRoll in my Sweet Baby's ArmsThe Best of Flatt and Scruggs - The Millenium Collection
Emily Miller and Val MindelPrettiest Bed of FlowersIn the Valley
Bruce MolskyTrain on the IslandBig Hoedown
Water Tower String BandIrish PolkaThe Squid and the Fiddle
New Lost City RamblersThe Dem. Donkey is in his Stall Again40 Yrs. of Concert Performances
Tim and Mollie O'BrienDown to the Valley to PrayTake me Back
Dirk PowellGod Gae Noah the Rainbow SignIf I Go 10,000 Miles
Jody Stecher and Kate BrislinHomeOur Town
Molly TennenbaumCotton-Eye JoeInstead of a Pony

Rise when the Rooster Crows playlist for 11/13/2008

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Prairie RamblersDeep Elem BluesWhite Country Blues Vol 2
Mike RussoThe gallis PoleMike Russo
How You Do TrioAlabamdemo
The Cooke DuetWhat a Time in HeavenEarly Cooke Duet
Hurricane Ridge RunnersProdigal SonThe Hurricane Ridge Runners
Belfast VolunteersSackett's Harbor19th Century Dance Music from W. New York
Bob Morrison-Nancy MartinCotton Eyed JoeHome Recording
Bob WalterKelly SchottischeOld Time Fiddler Repertory
Wade MainerJohnson's Old Grey MuleEarly and Great
Mpilalao de FenoarivoNy Fifaliana Ry Lahy Tsy Feno, etc.Music of the Coast and Tablelands
Mike RussoFlat Top FlingMike Russo
Doc BoggsPapa, Build Me a BoatHis Folkways Years
Elin LisslassLocklatorThe Secret Museum of Mankind
Helena TriplettSoldier's HorseW. Virginia Comm. of the Arts.
Carolina Tar HeelsBack to MexicoOther Sides Vol. 1
Gail GillespieChristine LeRoyTravelin Shoes
Nimrod Workman/Phillis BoyensI Am a Traveling CreaturePassing Thru the Garden
Louise ForeacreShout, Little LuluClose to Home
Vernon and Cleve SutphinThe Train that Carried My Girl From TownClose to Home
Arthur Smith, Sam and Kirk McGeeBlack Mountain RagClose to Home
Bob Bovee, Gail HeilGet Along Little DogiesWhen the Cactus is in Bloom
Lenville BallThe Lord Will ProvideLibrary of Congress
Mike RussoNight of GladnessMike Russo
The Troxell BrothersTrain 45Troxsong
Hoyt Ming and his Pep SteppersWhite MuleNew Hot Times and Old Times Too
Gaither CarltonBiscuitsThe Watson Family Tradition

Rise when the Rooster Crows playlist for 10/15/2008

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Balfa ToujoursLa Vielle Terra HauteLa Vielle Terra Haute
" "True Love Waltz" "
Dix Bruce, Jim NunnallyReuben's TrainBrothers at Heart
" "Golden Slippers" "
Any Old Time StringbandDixieland One-StepI Bid You Goodnight
" "Hello Stranger" "
Norman and Nancy BlakeThe Sunny Side of LifeMorning Glory Ramblers
Kathy Kallick BandFriend of MineWarmer Kind of Blue
" "God Gave Noah the Rainbow Sign" "
Faith PetricBury Me in my OverallsWhen Did We Have Sauerkraut?
The FossilsGoing DownThe Fossil Record
" "Hickory Hollow" "
Suze Spencer MarshallSaddle Your Worries to the WindTall Boots
Laurie Lewis + Tom RozumOld Dan TuckerGuest House
Marley's GhostPeace in the ValleyHow Can I Keep from Singing?
Misty RiverShady GroveWillow
Robin + Linda WilliamsHill Country Love SongThe Rhythm of Love
Glenn BolickMy Home's Across the Blue Ridge MountainsLest We Forget
Greg CornettMiss. Sawyer/Ragtime AnnieSweet Georgia Brown
Hackberry RamblersRice City StompEarly Recordings: 1935-1950
Mike Marker, Larry HanksLonesome Cowboy's BreakfastThe Truth for Certain
Jay Unger + Molly MasonHaymaker's HoedownHarvest Home
The Doc Watson FamilyDarling CoreyThe Watson Family
The Whitstein BrothersMaple on the HillOld-Time Duets

Rise when the Rooster Crows playlist for 09/18/2008

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Guest Hosts - Henry and Moggy 

Woke Up This Morning Blues In My Fingers – Lonnie Johnson

White Freightliner Blues – Pagan Jug Band

Woke Up This Morning Blues All Around My Fingers – Lonnie Johnson

Dobie Bill -  Travis Edmonson

Fisher’s Hornpipe – Bonnie Russel & the Russel Family


She Caught the Katie - Steve Mann

Railroadin’ and Gamblin’ – Uncle Dave Macon

Kitty Alone – The Bear Family

Jesus Met the Woman at the Well – Ian & Sylvia

When the Saint’s Go Marching In – Campbell Brothers


Avalon Quickstep – Fat City String Band

The Smiler – Vess L Ossman

Mule Get Up in the Alley – Cannon Jug Band

My Bucket’s Got a Hole in It – Hank Williams Sr.

Beaumont Rag – Old Hat Band

Empty Saddles in the Old Corral – Johnny Bond


Keep Oil in Your Vessels – The Clouds of Heaven

Sally Anne – Bubba George

There Will Be a Happy Time – Peter Stampfel & the Muscular Christians


#5 Compton Jones – Traveling Through the Jungle – Fife and Drum Band Music


The Ragtime Oriole – Fred Van Epps

Give the Fiddler a Dram – Dan Gellert Band

Ephin’ Jimmy Riddle

Hog Eye – Arkansas Sheiks

White House Blues – Charlie Poole

Sister Rosetta Goes Before Us – Sam Phillips

Comic Montage – R. Crumb - soundtrack

Rise when the Rooster Crows playlist for 08/21/2008

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Rise when the Rooster Crows playlist for 08/21/2008

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Harry JacksonMorning Grub HollerCowboy Songs on Folkways
Memphis Jug BandRuckus Juice And Chittlin’“Folks, He Sure Do Pull Some Bow!”,
Bluegrass IntentionsJack of DiamondsOld As Dirt
Big MedicineWild Bill JonesToo Old To Be Controlled
Keep Your Lamps Trimmed Fred McDowellKeep Your Lamps TrimmedThe First Recordings
Shout LuluHog-eyeOld Time Music & Dance
Amy Hofer, Karen Celia HeilNebraskaAmy & Karen Play 15 Old-Time Quality Tunes & Songs
The ButterboysBlues In A BottleBlues in a Bottle
Black Banjo SongstersGeorgie BuckOf North Carolina And Virginia
Atlas StringbandGirl I Love Won’t Pay Me No Minddemo CD
The Cooke Duet:Banks Of JordanEarly Cooke Duet
Ross County FarmersLop Eared Muleunpublished radio transcript
Joe ThompsonDonna’s Got A Rambling MindFamily Tradition
The Blue Ridge Mountain BoysLittle PalFavorites of Clint Howard, Doc Watson and The Blue Ridge Mountain Boys
Pat ConteRocky IslandSongs That Scare Me; out of print Marimac cassette
Amen CornerGolden WeddingFame Apart
Clyde DavenportFlower From The Fields Of AlabamaClydeoscope, Rare & Beautiful Tunes From The Cumberland
Nimrod Workman & Phyllis BoyensQuil O’ QuayPassing Thru the Garden
Lynn “Chirps” SmithKansas QuickstepMidwestern Harvest;
Butter BoyOld Aunt DinahDeep River Of Song: Black Texicans
Heywood BlevinsFishers HornpipeRecordings from the collections of Peter Hoover, Blanton
Government Issue OrchestraSail Away Ladiesunpublished CD
The Brandy SniftersWhen It Gets DarkVoice of the Porkchop
Tom, Brad & AliceCarve That PossumCarve That Possum
Rich KirbyMy Little Home In Tennessee

Rise when the Rooster Crows playlist for 08/14/2008

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Earl Johnson & His CloshoppersRed Hot BreakdownRed Hot BreakdownCounty 543www.countysales.com
New North Carolina RamblersCotton Mill BluesCotton Mill BluesOld Blue CD 703www.oldblue.com
Larry WilderCannonball BluesAmericanaWilderwww.larrywildermusic.com
Foghorn DuoLonesome SongGirl in the Blue Velvet BandLonesome Song
Uncle Dave MaconSummertime on the BeanoUncle Dave Macon Classics -Vol. 4JSP 7729www.jsprecords.com
Carter FamilyLover's ReturnLonging for Old VirginiaRounder 1071www.rounder.com
Burnett and RutherfordSquare Dance BreakdownRecordings 1926-30Document CD 8025
Kenny Hall & the Sweets Mill String BandLeaving HomeVol. IIBay Recordswww.bayrec.com
Triple Chicken FootWill You Miss me When I'm GoneMeeting in the Air
Fiddlin' Red and Patti O'FarrellKaty Nora MedleyGift to the Mountain
Ernest StonemanPoor Tramp Has to Live1928 Edison RecordingsCounty CD 3510
Carter FamilyCowboys Wild Song to his HerdLonging for Old VirginiaRounder 1071
Carter FamilyAin't Gonna Work TommorrowAnchored in Love DevineRounder 1064
Jody Stecher & kate BrislinStepstonesBlue LightningRounder 0284
The Mercury DimesLover's LaneDime-O-Mitewww.myspace.com
Uncle Dave MaconWreck of the Tennessee Gravy TrainHard Times in the CountryCounty CD 3527
Tommy JarrellCluck Old HenLegacy, Vol 1, Sail Away ladiesCounty CD 2724
Strange Creek SingersPoor Old Dirt FarmerArhoolie 9003www.arhoolie.com
Roscoe HolcombLittle BirdieHigh Lonesome SoundSmithsonian /Folkwayswww.folkways.si.edu
Brandy SniftersAin't it Hell,k Oh BoysVoice of the Pork ChopLak-O-Tone 003www.lizlyle.lofgrens.org
Erik DarlingJay Gould's DaughterChild, ChildWind River WR4013www.erikdarling.com
Curt Bouterse & Bob WebbSeneca Square DanceWaiting for NancyEagle Whistle Music 1003www.dancingcat.com
Ginny HawkerDon't Neglect the RoseLetters from My FatherRounder 0491


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Please share the playlist for yesterday, the 15th! I was listening to a song on my way to work, at about 5:56 am, and it has been stuck in my head ever since...not sure who it was though. THANKS! :)

The guys you had on this

The guys you had on this morning were absolutely unbelievably HOT!!!!!  What is UP???The authenticity!  The talent!   The sheer historical knowledge.    

"The Americans"

Thank you SO MUCH    going to see em tonight AND tomorrow night in Portland at least!



Name of group/song

I've been looking for a playlist for the 10th of Sept. - I wanted to know the name of the group/song that you played at the very end of the program - the very last piece. I couldn't hear all of details - it sounded something like 'Wheels of the World'? Thanks!


song you played

Rise When the Rooster Crows: I love your program, and try to wake up early just to listen, then go back to sleep. Love it!!!

On 4/16/09 you played a song that sang something like:

"How will I rock the cradle when I'm gone?"

I don't know who sang it or what the title really was but it had the most beautiful fiddle playing throughout that thrilled my heart. I want to buy an album by this group but have no clue. I looked on your playlist but it doesn't include that date.

If you don't know off the top of your head just leave it. I just want you to know you play the best music on the radio and can't be found anywhere else. Music sings to the depth of our soul. Sometimes the music you pick is just so beautiful it makes me want to cry happy tears.



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