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The Songcircle

In a songcircle, songs are bandied back and forth. Perhaps around a fire. Each week on The Songcircle, we try to spark a fire and bounce artists' songs off one another in a similar way. Sometimes in service of a common theme or genre. Sometimes paying tribute to a beloved artist with rare recordings. Sometimes responding to events that impact us all. Always, we strive to present music both new and familiar in a fresh context. You might not love every song, but stay tuned - the next one might be a new favorite!

Jeff Rosenberg is a longtime KBOO DJ and contributor to the Music section of Willamette Week.

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Episode Archive

The Songcircle on 09/26/14

The Songcircle
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Fri, 09/26/2014 - 1:30pm - 3:00pm
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Elvis Costello's longtime keyboardist Steve Nieve talks to the Songcircle!

The Songcircle
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Fri, 09/19/2014 - 1:30pm - 3:00pm
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An interview with, and great performances by, one of rock music's finest instrumentalists.
In advance of his appearance at Mississippi Studios on Tuesday night, Sept. 23, Elvis Costello's career-long collaborator, Steve Nieve, will speak to the Songcircle - all the way from Melbourne, Australia, no less!

Nieve's work on piano and organ helped to define Elvis Costello's style, as a member of the Attractions, and later, the Imposters. He's also toured prolifically as a duo with Elvis, and often been his right-(and left)-hand-man when collaborating with other artists.

In addition, Nieve (a nickname coined by Ian Dury) has released a string of solo albums featuring such guests as Sting, Laurie Anderson, Robert Wyatt and more, and is the co-composer of the opera Welcome to the Voice.

The Songcircle on 09/12/14

The Songcircle
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Fri, 09/12/2014 - 1:30pm - 3:00pm
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Artist Spotlight: Val McCallum. Session guitarist's first solo record, "At the End of the Day"

The Songcircle
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Fri, 09/05/2014 - 1:30pm - 3:00pm
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Renowned Session Guitarist Val McCallum's first solo record, "At the End of the Day".

"Whether or not you’ve heard of Val McCallum, you’ve undoubtedly heard his work. Val is a supremely talented guitarist, singer, songwriter and studio musician who got his start recording for the legendary songwriter Harry Nilsson at age 18. After 30 years of working with such artists as Sheryl Crow, Lucinda Williams, The Wallflowers, Bonnie Raitt, Loretta Lynn and countless others, Val McCallum has just released his first solo record, At the End of the Day, a collection of spare, acoustic and grippingly intimate songs."
Sam Jones, Off Camera

Val McCallum's solo CD, "At the End of the Day" is available at CD Baby and ITunes.

Portland Music Great Dan Haley Visits the Songcircle!

The Songcircle
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Fri, 08/29/2014 - 1:30pm - 3:00pm
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Special Guest Dan Haley

Portland folk-rock veteran, brilliant songwriter and all around swell fella Dan Haley joins Jeff on the Songcircle. He'll share some tunes and discuss benefit efforts for local folk legend Lynn Conover. Another Portland music hero may pop in as well.

The Songcircle on 08/22/14

The Songcircle
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Fri, 08/22/2014 - 1:30pm - 3:00pm
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The Songcircle on 08/15/14

The Songcircle
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Fri, 08/15/2014 - 1:30pm - 3:00pm
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The Songcircle on 08/08/14

The Songcircle
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Fri, 08/08/2014 - 1:30pm - 3:00pm
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The Songcircle on 08/01/14

The Songcircle
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Fri, 08/01/2014 - 1:30pm - 3:00pm
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The Songcircle on 07/25/14

The Songcircle
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Fri, 07/25/2014 - 1:30pm - 3:00pm
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Songcircle 3/4/11 Interview with John Wesley Harding/Wesley Stace

The Songcircle
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Thu, 03/10/2011

 Singer-songwriter John Wesley Harding, a.k.a. author Wesley Stace, stopped by to discuss his new novel, Charles Jessold, Considered as a Murderer, about an early-20th-century opera composer whose career is cut short by a scandalous murder-suicide. Wes performed the folk ballad "Little Musgrave," which figures prominently in the novel's plot. He also shared two new tunes from his forthcoming, made-in-Portland album.

Following the approx. 50 minute interview is a brief snippet of British folk legend Nic Jones' "The Flandyke Shore"; Wes paid tribute to Jones on the great 1999 album, Trad Arr Jones, on which he first performed "Little Musgrave".


SongCircle playlist for 06/15/2012

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The Songcircle
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The AlarmThe StandThe Alarm
Sinead O'ConnorTill I Whisper You SomethingFaith and Courage
Van MorrisonYou Don't Pull No Punches, But You Don't Push the RiverVeedon Fleece
The WhoBlue Red and GreyThe Who by Numbers
Small FacesSong of the BakerOgden's Nut-Gone Flake
The KinksAnimal FarmThe Kinks are the Village Green Preservation Society
Elvis CostelloPoisoned LetterBrutal Youth [Bonus Disc]
The Everly BrothersBowling GreenRoots
Box SetLa Clarelive in studio
The Everly BrothersOn the Wings of a NightingaleEB '84
"Amanda RuthBorn Yesterday
"Arms of Mary"
"Abandoned Love"
The KinksThe Village Green Preservation SocietyThe Kinks are the Village Green Preservation Society
Jimmy WebbPaul Gaugin in the South SeasTwilight of the Renegades

SongCircle playlist for 05/25/2012

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The Songcircle
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Bob DylanReturn to MeThe Sopranos: Peppers and Eggs
Los LobosSabor a MiJust Another Band From East L.A.
H.P. LovecraftMobius TripH.P. Lovecraft II
Loudon Wainwright IIITalking New Bob DylanHistory
Bob DylanTrain of LoveKindred Spirits: The Songs of Johnny Cash
The Rolling StonesWe Had It AllSome Girls [Deluxe Edition]
Eric AndersenGirls of DenmarkTight in the Night
Bob DylanI and I DubIs It Rolling Bob? Dub Version
Peter ToshDownpressor ManEqual Rights
John TrudellGrafitti Manaka Grafitti Man - JT/JED (The John Trudell Collection)
Bob Dylan and Mavis StaplesGonna Change My Way of ThinkingGotta Serve Somebody: The Gospel Songs of Bob Dylan
Sly and the Family StoneLove City (Live at Woodstock)The Woodstock Experience
The WaterboysDon't Bang the DrumIn a Special Place: The Piano Demos for This is the Sea
The Langley Schools Music ProjectDesperadoInnocence and Despair
Doug Sahm and BandWallflowerI Shall Be Unreleased: The Songs of Bob Dylan
Bob DylanA Hard Rain's a'Gonna Fall (Live in Nara, Japan 1995)Dignity (UK CD Single)

SongCircle playlist for 05/04/2012

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The Songcircle
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Joni MitchellThis Flight TonightBlue
Ian & Sylvia90 Degrees by 90 DegreesNashville
John Wesley HardingThe Singer's RequestTrad Arr Jones
Bonnie RaittFor What It's WorthLive in Portland 1985
Bonnie RaittYou Can't Fail Me NowSlipstream
Loudon Wainwright IIIThe Krugman BluesSongs from the New Depression
Jimmy Webb w/Jackson BrowneP.F. SloanJust Across the River
Red RockersEve of DestructionSchizophrenic Circus
The SpokesmenThe Dawn of Correctionsame
Ric MarstenThe Protest Biz12-String Sermons
Shook TwinsWindowsame
Graham ParkerThe Kid with the Butterfly NetStruck by Lightning
The Langley Schools Music ProjectYou're So Good To MeThe Langley Schools Music Project
SpiritI Got a Line on YouThe Family That Plays Together
Beastie BoysJohnny RyallPaul's Boutique

 M.C.A. R.I.P.

SongCircle playlist for 04/13/2012

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The Songcircle
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The Songcircle (Music) with Wayne 04/14/2012 01:30PM to 03:00PM

Alan Rhody “Trainwreck of Emotion” from Journey

Albert & Gage “Cry Love” from Cry Love

Alejandro Escovedo “SLOW DOWN” from Real Animal

Alison Moorer “Think It Over” from The Hardest Part

Asleep At The Wheel “The House of Blue Lights” from The Very Best of Asleep At the Wheel (Re-Recorded Versions)

Asylum Street Spankers “Funnel Of Love” from Hard Headed Woman: A Celebration of Wanda Jackson

BettySoo “Never Knew No Love” from Heat Sin Water Skin

Bob Dylan “Tonight I'll Be Staying Here With You” from Nashville Skyline

The Belleville Outfit “Nothing's Too Good For My Baby” from Time to Stand

Bill Small “Tropical Wishes” from The Next Time

Bob Cheevers “The Bottom Line” from The Stories I Write

Boy And Bean “Smoke Rings” from Boy And Bean

Clay McClinton “Just My Baby And Me” from Livin' Out Loud

Caroline Herring “Stone Cold World” from Lantana

Dave Carter & Tracy Grammer “Highway 80 (She's a Mighty Good Road)” from Drum Hat Buddha

Butch Hancock “To Each His Own” from Eats Away The Night

Brigette DeMeyer “Without You” from Red River Flower

Darrell Scott “Jesus Was A Capricorn” from Modern Hymns

Chris Kokesh “Risk My Heart” from October Valentine

Dan Weber “Ramblin' Man” from Live On "Swing & Country"

Chris Gaffney and the Cold Hard Facts “If I Had A Dream” from Chris Gaffney and The Cold Hard Facts

Rosie And The Ramblers “Westward Rider” from Live At KBOO

David Bromberg “Chump Man Blues (Live)” from My Own House / You Should See the Rest of the Band

Henry & Moggy “When The Washington Lands In France” from Live on "Swing & Country"

SongCircle playlist for 04/06/2012

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The Songcircle
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The BeatlesRevolution (demo)bootleg
Los LobosRevolutionColossal Head
Dr. JohnRevolutionLocked Down
Mother EarthRevolutionRevolution: OST
Gil Scott-HeronThe Revolution Will Not Be Televisedtba
Kirk FranklinRevolutionThe Nu Nation Project
Public EnemyRevolutionary GenerationFear of a Black Planet
R.E.M.RevolutionIn Time: The Best of
Neil YoungRevolution BluesLive at the Bottom Line 5/16/74
T.Rex w/Elton John and Ringo StarrChildren of the RevolutionBorn to Boogie Soundtrack
Robert WyattRevolution Without "R"Un Certo Discorso: Live On RADIO3 Italy, Feb. 1981 [bootleg]
Revolutionary PilotKruder and DorfmeisterDJ Kicks
The PlugzRevolutionsingle
Red RockersGuns of RevolutionEP
Flogging MollyRevolutionSpeed of Darkness
The ClashRevolution RockLondon Calling
Bob MarleyRevolutionNatty Dread
Phil OchsRinging of RevolutionIn Concert

SongCircle playlist for 03/30/2012

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The Songcircle
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Jonah MatrangaThe Lonesome Death of Trayvon MartinInternet
Bob DylanThe Death of Emmett TillFreewheelin' outtake
VigalanteeEmmett TillMiracle [?]
Jasiri XTrayvonYouTube
Bruce Springsteen & the E Street BandVigilante ManFolkways: A Vision Shared
Mavis StaplesDown in MississippiWe'll Never Turn Back
Prince and Nona GayeLove Sign1-800-NEW-FUNK
Richard and Linda ThompsonJustice in the StreetsSunnyvista
Peter ToshGet Up, Stand Up (Alternate Version)Equal Rights: Legacy Edition
Adrienne RichWhat Kind of Times are These?YouTube
Carolina Chocolate DropsPolitical WorldChimes of Freedom: The Songs of Bob Dylan
Iris DeMentWasteland of the FreeThe Way I Should
Sharon Jones and the Dap-KingsThis Land is Your LandNaturally
Bill Lee (uncredited singing voice)You've Got to Be Carefully TaughtSouth Pacific: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Bruce Springsteen & the E Street BandAmerican Skin (41 Shots)Live in New York City
Floyd WestermanRed, White and BlackCuster Died for Your Sins
Spider Moccasin and the Radioactive Tumbleweeds w/Jeff RosenbergAll Along the WatchtowerLive on KBOO 4/26/01
Coulson, Dean, Mcguinness, FlintLay Down Your Weary TuneLo and Behold
UlaliMakh Jchisame
Floyd WestermanB.I.A.Custer Died for Your Sins
Earl Scruggs w/Bob DylanNashville Skyline RagEarl Scruggs, His Family and Friends

 Rest in peace: Trayvon Martin; Emmett Till; Amadou Diallo; Adrienne Rich; Earl Scruggs; and KBOO's own beloved John Talley.

SongCircle playlist for 03/23/2012

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The Songcircle
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Aretha FranklinDon't Play that SongSpirit in the Dark
The YardbirdsHappenings Ten Years Time AgoRoger the Engineer
Sly and the Family StoneLove CityLife
The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah BandHunting Tigers out in "Indiah"Tadpoles
"You Done My Brain InKeynsham
Solomon BurkeThat's How I Got to MemphisNashville
Nick LoweFaithless LoverDig My Mood
Elton JohnBlue EyesGreatest Hits 1970-2002
Original CastSomeone is WaitingCompany: Original Broadway Cast Recording
William ShatnerIt Hasn't Happened YetHas Been
"That's Me Trying"
Solomon BurkeSoul SearchingDon't Give Up on Me
Aretha FranklinA Rose is Still a Rosesame
"Young, Gifted and Black (Instrumental)Oh Me, Oh My: Aretha Live in Philly 1972
Procol HarumA Whiter Shade of PaleProcol Harum
Solomon BurkeIt Makes No DifferenceMake Do With What You Got
The SupremesBack in My Arms AgainMore Hits by the Supremes
Sly and the Family StoneEveryday People (Live at Woodstock)The Woodstock Experience
Van MorrisonSend in the ClownsLive in Berkeley 1986 (unreleased)
Aretha FranklinNessun DormaGrammy Awards
Solomon BurkeNone of Us Are FreeDon't Give Up on Me
Dan BernEstelleDan Bern
"PresidentMy Country II
"Oh SisterFifty Eggs
"LithuaniaThe Swastika E.P.
"JerusalemDan Bern
"Cure for AIDSFifty Eggs
"JailThe Swastika E.P.
"My Country IIsame
"SoulFleeting Days

Bumper crop of early-Aries birthdays!

plus, bonus focus on Dan Bern!

SongCircle playlist for 01/13/2012

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The Songcircle
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Rosemary and Betty ClooneySistersWhite Christmas
The KinksHatred (A Duet)Live 1993 Electric Lady Studios NYC
The Avett BrothersWill You Return?Emotionalism
The Boswell SistersCrazy PeopleThe Boswell Sisters Colllection
Finn BrothersDisembodied VoicesEveryone is Here
Kate & Anna McGarrigleTell My Sistersame
The Louvin BrothersTake the News to Mother
The Everly BrothersTake a Message to Marysingle
The Bee GeesI've Got to Get a Message to YouIdea
Shook TwinsTime to Swimwindow
Potter's DaughterLive on air
WindowLive on air
ShakeLive on air
The UnthanksLucky GilchristHere's the Tender Coming
The Andrews SistersBy Mir Bis du Schoen20th Century Masters
Neville BrothersHey Pocky WayFiyo on the Bayou
Sister SledgeMama Never Told Mesingle
Jackson 5I Want You BackLive at the Forum
The Isley BrothersLove the One You're WithGivin' it Back
Leonard Cohen (Webb Sisters)If It Be Your WillLive in London

 Sibling songs, with special live guests Shook Twins.

SongCircle playlist for 12/30/2011

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The Songcircle
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The JayhawksUp Above My HeadHollywood Town Hall (reissue)
Richard & Linda ThompsonI Want to See the Bright Lights TonightRichard Thompson Live at the BBC
The Beau BrummelsLove Can Fall a Long Way DownBradley's Barn
The SmithsGirl AfraidHatful of Hollow/The Smiths Complete
SuedeThe Wild OnesDog Man Star
R.E.M.Cuyahoga (Demo)Lifes Rich Pageant (reissue)
The WaterboysDon't Bang the Drum (solo piano demo)In a Special Place: The Piano Demos for This is the Sea
The Beach BoysOur PrayerSMiLE
"Heroes and Villains"
to be continued

SongCircle playlist for 12/23/2011

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The Songcircle
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Graham ParkerNew Year's RevolutionGraham Parker's Christmas Cracker
Paul SimonGetting Ready for Christmas DaySo Beautiful or So What
Big StarJesus ChristThird/Sister Lovers
U2Jesus ChristFolkways: A Vision Shared
Jackson BrowneThe Rebel JesusThe Next Voice You Hear: The Best of
Dick GaughanStand Up for JudasA Different Kind of Love Song
June Tabor & OysterbandJudas was a Red-Headed ManRagged Kingdom
OdettaMary Had a BabyBeautiful Star
Casselberry-DupreeDid Jesus Have a Baby Sister?City Down
Darlene LoveWho Took the Merry out of Christmas?It's Christmas, of Course
Sharon Jones & the Dap-KingsAin't No Chimneys in the Projectssingle
James BrownSanta Claus Go Straight to the GhettoJames Brown's Funky Christmas
Bob DylanMust Be SantaChristmas in the Heart
The KinksFather ChristmasMisfits (reissue)
MarahHandsome SantaA Christmas Kind of Town
John FaheyHark! The Herald Angels Sing/O Come, All Ye FaithfulA New Possibility: John Fahey's Christmas Album
Danny DolingerRudyRome Wasn't Burnt in a Day
The Del-LordsSoldier's Home (live)3/5/86 Tower Theater, Phila. (bootleg)
The BandChristmas Must Be TonightA Musical History
Christy MooreBurning TimesSmoke & Strong Whiskey
Peter, Paul and MaryLight One CandleHoliday Concert 1988
Peter Himmelman and David BrozaLighting Up the WorldFestival of Light


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