Rise when the Rooster Crows

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

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Rise when the Rooster Crows on 02/26/15

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Thu, 02/26/2015 - 5:30am - 7:00am
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Traditional american music

Rise when the Rooster Crows on 02/19/15

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Thu, 02/19/2015 - 5:30am - 7:00am
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Traditional american music

Rise when the Rooster Crows on 02/12/15

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Thu, 02/12/2015 - 5:30am - 7:00am
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Traditional american music

Rise when the Rooster Crows on 02/05/15

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Thu, 02/05/2015 - 5:30am - 7:00am
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Traditional american music

Rise when the Rooster Crows on 01/29/15

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Thu, 01/29/2015 - 5:30am - 7:00am
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Traditional american music

Music of North Africa for the Berber New Year

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Thu, 01/15/2015 - 5:30am - 7:00am
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plus a little Kurdish, Turkish and Syrian, too...

The Berbers or the Amazighs (Berber: ⵉⵎⴰⵣⵉⵖⴻⵏ, Imazighen / Imaziɣen in plural, and Amazigh in singular) are the ethnicity indigenous to North Africa west of the Nile Valley.

Once again, it's "Songs of the Winter Solstice"!

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Thu, 12/18/2014 - 5:30am - 7:00am
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Traditional wassails, neo-pagan ritual songs, carols and more....
Join host Paul Roland for another round of Winter Solstice songs, some replays from last year's show and a bunch of new discoveries.

Rise when the Rooster Crows on 12/11/14

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Thu, 12/11/2014 - 5:30am - 7:00am
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Traditional american music

Rise when the Rooster Crows on 12/04/14

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Thu, 12/04/2014 - 5:30am - 7:00am
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Traditional american music

Celebrating Native American music to start off a Thanksgiving Day Special!

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Thu, 11/27/2014 - 5:30am - 7:00am
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Featuring music from "Native North America, Vol.1: Aboriginal Folk, Rock & Country, 1966-1988"

Giving thanks for Native American musical/cultural heritage.

We start off a KBOO Thanksgiving Day special this morning with music of Native America, focusing on a brand new release from Light in the Attic records,  "Native North America, Vol.1: Aboringinal Folk, Rock & Country, 1966-1985." We'll hear most of the folk/acoustic songs from the three LP/two CD collection.

From the Light in the Attic page for the album:


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 07/09/2009

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 Henry and Moggy in for Bill Martin

The Last Shot Got Him - Mississippi Possum Hunters

Pretty Pollyanne - Canote Brothers

Billy in the Lowground - Burnett and Rutherford

Little Moses - Carter Family

The Pay Off - California Ramblers


Working on a Building - George Pegram

Going to Germany - Cannon's Jug Stompers

Don't You Hear Jerusalem Moan - Carl Story

Dora Dean - Ed Haley

Keep It Clean - Charlie Jordan


The Tale of Halley's Comet - The Happy Hayseeds

Man of Constant Sorrow - Ed Haley

Hard Hearted Hannah - Cliff Edwards - AKA Ukelele Ike

Fox Chase - DeFord Bailey

Texahoma Boogie - Charlie Lindville

Happy Onestep - Dennis McGee


Bill Mason - Charlie Poole and North Carolina Ramblers

Brown Eyes Crying in the Rain - Chet Atkins

Cherry River Rag - Ed Haley

Greenville Strut - Daddy Stovepipe

Old Joe Turner Blues - Cliff Bruner


Wilson's Rag - Ed Haley


Dance Hall Shuffle - Clifford Hayes Stompers

This is Exactly Like You - DJango Reinhart

Parkersburg Landing - Ed Haley

Piccolo Blues - Jed Davenport and the Biehl Street Jug Band

Fort Worth Stomp - Crystal Springs Ramblers

Rise when the Rooster Crows playlist for 06/11/2009

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Matt BrownShady GroveFalls of Richmond
Alice Gerrard and Mike SeegerBowling GreenBowling Green
David Holt and John GoforthBlack Eyed SuzieCutting Loose
Jody Stecher and Kate BrislinWe Shall Meet SomedayStay Awhile
Paul and Win Grace and FamilyTurn Your Radio OnDance Upon the Earth
Greg CornettSweet Bunch of DaisiesSweet Georgia Brown
Hazel Dickens, Carol E. Jones, Ginny HawkerCloming Down from GodHeart of a Singer
Jean RedpathLowlandsLowlands
Utah PhillipsDaddy, What's a Train?Good Though
George ChudacoffTom DooleyUnfinished Business
Robin KessingerArkansas TravelerRobin Kessinger
The Whitstein BrothersWhat a Change One Day can MakeSweet Harmony
Emily Miller & Val MindelStormy HorizonsIn the Valley
Any Old Time StringbandDixieland One-StepI Bid You Goodnight
Ann and Phil CaseShoo ! Fly!Old Step-Stone
Mike and Tari ConroyMountain Pickin'Up On The Mountain
Kathy KallickWaterboundMy Mother's Voice
Cliff Perry & Laurel BlissWhere the Silv'ry Colorado Wends its WaySpirit of Love
Truman Price & Jane KeeferWait for the WagonSongs and Tunes of the Oregon Trail
Suze Spencer MarshallOom-Pah RagTall Boots
Steve Palazzo & Laura SmithSouthern MoonLike Strangers
Tony RiceBlackberry BlossomThe Bluegrass Guitar Collection
Water Tower Bucket BoysBefore the Sun Goes DownCatfish on the Line
Tim and Milloe O'BrienSweet Sunny SouthTake Me Back
Doc WatsonDown in the Valley to PrayThe Essential Doc Watson

Rise when the Rooster Crows playlist for 05/14/2009

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Little Sadie - The Freighthoppers

Rain and Snow - Obray Ramsey

Fishing Blues - Henry Thomas

I Don't Mind Failing - Malvina Reynolds


Beulah Land - Gillian Welsh

Old Pal of Yesterday - Cliff Perry and Laurel Bliss


Patti Griffin - Pajavier, Laisse Moi M'ein Aller (Let Me Go)

Georgie Buck - Carolina Chocolate Drops

Hallelujah - Reel Time Travelers

Smack Dab in the Middle - Ry Cooter

Waynesboro - Edwin "Edden" Hammons

Wahoo, Wahoo, Wahoo - Red Clay Ramblers


Was That the Human Thing to Do - Boswell Sisters

 Beulah Land - Gillian Welsh

Sugar Babe - Gove Scrivenor

Little Pink - Reed Martin

Black Hawk Waltz JP and Annadeene Fraley


Yonder Comes the Blues - Odetta

Richland Woman - Kweskin Jug Band 

Wouldn't Mind Dying - Flat Mountain Girls

Washboard Cut-Out - Bobbie Leecan's Band

Rise when the Rooster Crows playlist for 04/16/2009

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 Guest Hosts Moggy & Henry

How Long Blues - Ramblin' Jack Elliott
Hell Among the Yearlings - Ralph Blizzard & the New Southern Ramblers
Dark Town Strutters Ball - Rev Gary Davis
Hard Traveling - Arlo Guthrie & The Dillards
Corina, Corina - Martin, Bogan & Armstrong
Jeb's Tune - Bubba George String Band
There's a Brownskin Down the Road Somewhere - Eck Robinson
Cindy - Mike Seeger/Penny Cohen
Wind & Snow - Kilby Snow
Don't You Mistreat Your Good Boyfriend - The Bubbling Over 5
Ain't Gonna Work Tomorrow - Lily May Leadford
Beaumont Rag - The Old Hat Band
Katie Cruel - Karen Dalton
Blues On the Ceiling - Fred Neil
George Booker - Highwoods Stringband
Blues In the Bottle - New Lost City Ramblers
Red Rockin Chair - Rani Arbo & Daisy Mayhem
Turkey Trottin' - Walt Koken
Walkin' In My Sleep - J.P. & Annadean Fraley
Sourwood Mountain/Sandy River Belle - Larry Hanks/Laura Smith
Bumble Bee In a Jug - Pete Sutherland
Fine Times At Our House - Burl Hammons
Cricket In A Jug - Smokey Valley Boys
Black Mountain Rag - Canote Brothers

Rise when the Rooster Crows playlist for 03/19/2009

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Marley's GhostI am a PilgrimHow Can I Keep from Singing
Jiggery PokeryFlowers of Edinburgh/Joe the Carrier LadGlorious Colour
Anne and Pete SibleyHard Times Come Again no MoreThink of This River
Rosalie AllenWide Rolling PlainsDon't Fence me In: Estern Music's Early Golden Era
Merritt HerringMy Log Cabin Home in the SkyPrecious memories
Hackberry RamblersRice City StompEarly Recordings 1935 - 1950
Ann and Phil CaseGo in and Out the WindowThe Old Step-Stone
Allison KrausDown to the River to PrayO Brother, Where Art Thou?
Suze Spencer MarshallEl Cajon StompTall Boots
Flatt and ScruggsFoggy Mountain BreakdownThe Best of F and S, The Millenium Collection
Danny SmithShe Taught Me to YodelBy Request
Greg ClarkeThe CuckooSolo
Steve Palazzo and Laura SmithSouthern MoonLike Strangers
Mike Marker and Larry HanksJordan is a Hard Road to TravelThe Truth for Certain
Bruce MolskySugar BabeBig Hoedown
Tracy Schwarz and Ginny HawkerSpeckled Top ShoesDeep Hollows and High Ridges
Doc Watson with Frosty MornCoo Coo BirdRound The Table Again
" " " " "Blues Walkin' Round my Bed" " " "
Dix Bruce and Jim NunallyI'm Going Back to Old VirginnyBrothers at Heart
The FolksmithsWade in the WaterWe've Got Some Singing to Do
Joe HickersonWe are Anchored by the Roadside, JimDrive Dull Care Away, Vol II
Norman and Nancy BlakeRise when the Rooster CrowsThe Morning Glory Ramblers
Robin KessingerArkansas TravelerRobin Kessinger
" "Midnight on the Water" "

Rise when the Rooster Crows playlist for 02/19/2009

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Hank BradleyChase the SquidsHassle the Caller
Kathy KallickFriend of MineWarmer Kind of Blue
Norman Blake and Peter OstroushkoMuddy CreekMeeting on Southern Soil
Glenn BolickSawmil ManSawmill Man
Greg ClarkeTough LuckSolo
George ChudacoffTom DooleyUnfinished Business
Clyde CurleyTom Bigby WaltzThe Oxymorons
Skip GormanYellow Rose of TexasA Greener Prairie
Larry HanksForty a Month and FoundTying a Knot in the Devil's Tail
Ginny Hawker and Tracy SchwarzOn the Banks of the RiverGood Songs for Hard Times
Hobe Kytr and Dave BergeAlmost Walk from Shore to ShoreDog Salmon and Rutabagas
Bruce MolskyThe Cuban 2-Step RagLost Boy
Tim and Mollie O'BrienI Love You a Thousand WaysTake Me Back
Steve Palazzo and Laura SmithAre You from Dixie?Like Strangers
Doc Watson with Frosty MornWalking in JerusalemRound the Table Again
Whitstein BrothersWhat a Change One Day can MakeSweet Harmony
Jay Ungar and Molly MasonHaymaker's HoedownHarvest Home
G. Penk, C. Curley, S. SongerLiza JanePortland Collection
Any Old Time StringbandDixieland One StepI Bid You Goodnight
I'm Going Back to Old VirginnyDix Bruce and Jim NunallyBrothers at Hearth
Greg CornettSweet Bunch of DaisiesSweet Georgia Brown
Suze Spencer MarshallJack O' DiamondsTall Boots
Robin KessingerSi Bheag Si Mhor/March of King LaoisRobin Kessinger
Dick WeissmanJerry Told MeFour Directions
Doug SmithSaturday SunriseGuitar Parts
Carolyn CrusoRiverAs Clear a Hue

Rise when the Rooster Crows playlist for 02/12/2009

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Johnson BrothersCrime of the D'Autremont BrothersThe Railroad in FolksongRCA Victor LPV-532
Andy Cahan, Laura Fishleder and Lisa Ornstein1) There’s A Brown Skin Gal Down The LaneShip in the CloudsSmithsonian-Folkways FW31062_101
Brett Ratliff2) Cold Icy MountainCold Icy MountainJune Appal
The Tallboys3) God Don’t Like ItRubber Dollyself-published
Foghorn Duo (Caleb Klauder and Stephen “Sammy” Lind)4) One More HillLonesome Song
Portland Sacred HarpWood Streetwww.portlandsacredharp.org
The Hurricane Ridgerunners6) Rooster Tone BluesThe Hurricane Ridgerunners –(From the collection of Jerry Gallaher, Paul Kotapish & Ray AldenField Recorders’ Collective FRC604
Wild Hog In The Woods7) Got The Money Toowildhoginthewoods.home.comcast.net
WB Reid & Bonnie Zahnow8) Calahan’sWB Reid & Bonnie Zahnow, Duck ShoesPadSnug 001
Lauren Sheehan9) Won’t You Come And Sing For MeSome Old Lonesome Day
The Squirrelly Stringband with Larry Hanks10) Reuben’s Trainwww.spectacularopticals.com
he Haints11) Riley The Furniture Manwww.thehaints.com
The Government Issue Orchestra12) I Saw A Wayworn TravelerThe Government Issue Orchestrawww.bubbaguitar.com
Greg Clarke13) Little SatchelHome Recordings
WB Reid & Bonnie Zahnow14) We Should Walk TogetherDuck ShoesPadSnug 001
Professor Banjo (Paul Silveria)15) C-H-I-C-K-E-NOld Familiar Tunes
Dram County16) Old Bald Eaglewww.dramcounty.com
Brett Ratliff17) Getting Wild AgainCold Icy MountainJune Appal
Rich Kirby & Tom Bledsoe18) Thy Burdens Are Greater Than MineHits From HomeJune Appleappalshop.org
Andy Cahan, Laura Fishleder and Lisa Ornstein19) Fort SmithShip in the CloudsSmithsonian-Folkways FW31062_101
Dram County20) Red Mountain Winewww.dramcounty.com
The Flat Iron String Band21) Indian Squawwww.myspace.com
Portland Sacred Harp22) Nearer My God To Theewww.portlandsacredharp.org
Greg Clarke23) Trouble In The MindHome Recordings
The Government Issue Orchestra24) Bowling GreenThe Government Issue Orchestrawww.bubbaguitar.com
Johnson BrothersCrime of the D'Autremont BrothersThe Railroad in FolksongRCA Victor LPV-532
The Hurricane Ridgerunners25) Prodigal SonThe Hurricane Ridgerunners –(From the collection of Jerry Gallaher, Paul Kotapish & Ray AldenField Recorders’ Collective FRC604
The Happy HayseedsThe Tail of Haley's CometTimes Ain’t Like They Used To Be: Early American Rural Music, Classic Recordings Of The 1920s And 30s, Vol. 1Yazoo 2028

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

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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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