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

R.I.P. Jesse Winchester

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Fri, 04/18/2014 - 1:30pm - 3:00pm
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The songs of the late, great Jesse Winchester, sung by himself and some esteemed admirers

The Songcircle on 04/11/14

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Fri, 04/11/2014 - 1:30pm - 3:00pm
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Legendary Texas Troubadour Joe Ely Visits The Songcircle

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Fri, 04/04/2014 - 1:30pm - 3:00pm
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Joe Ely on The Songcircle!

The Songcircle on 03/28/14

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Fri, 03/28/2014 - 1:30pm - 3:00pm
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The Songcircle on 03/21/14

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Fri, 03/21/2014 - 1:30pm - 3:00pm
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The Songcircle on 03/14/14

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Fri, 03/14/2014 - 1:30pm - 3:00pm
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The Songcircle welcomes Jeremy Wilson, plus special guest Karyn Ann

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Fri, 03/07/2014 - 1:30pm - 3:00pm
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Live music from special guests Jeremy Wilson and Karyn Ann

Portland great Jeremy Wilson, formerly of the Dharma Bums, visits the Songcircle to talk about and share songs from his new solo album, Empty Through Empty Space, whose release he celebrates Saturday night at the Doug Fir.

We'll also hear live music from Karyn Ann, performing one of the Bob Dylan tunes she'll play at Rainy Day Women: The Vulva Underground presents Bob Dylan, tonight at Mississippi Pizza.

The Songcircle on 02/28/14

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Fri, 02/28/2014 - 1:30pm - 3:00pm
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The Songcircle on 02/21/14

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Fri, 02/21/2014 - 1:30pm - 3:00pm
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The Songcircle on 01/31/14

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Fri, 01/31/2014 - 1:30pm - 3:00pm
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Songcircle 3/4/11 Interview with John Wesley Harding/Wesley Stace

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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 08/24/2012

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Sweet Honey in the RockWomen Should Be A Priority
Toshi ReaganJusticeJustice
Sinead O'ConnorDownpressor Man
Tracy ChapmanNothing YetTelling Stories
The PretendersRevolutionIsle of View
Joni MitchellDon't Interrupt the SorrowHissing of Summer Lawns
Toshi ReaganHow LongJustice
Jackson BrowneLives in the BalanceLives in the Balance
Neil YoungCrime in the CityFreedom
Tim EastonJesus Protect Me From Your FolllowersAmmunition
Martyn JosephHe Never SaidDon't Talk ABout Love
Bruce CockburnBroken WheelLive
The ClashArmagideon TimeStory of the Clash Vol 1
Mary GauthierMercy NowMercy Now
Eliza GilkysonHighway 9personal recording
Exene CervenkaHere Come the CrucifiersOld Wives Tales
Bob MarleyNo More TroubleLive at Leeds

Guest host: Robyn Shanti

SongCircle playlist for 08/17/2012

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Paul & Linda McCartneyHeart of the CountryRam
Blood, Sweat and TearsHouse in the CountryChild is Father to the Man
The KinksHouse in the CountryFace to Face
BlurCountry HouseThe Great Escape
Julie Andrews and Stephen CollinsCountry HouseSondheim: Putting it Together
Bob DylanCountry PieNashville Skyline
Nick LoweHeart of the CityJesus of Cool (reissue)/Pure Pop for Now People
The Lovin' SpoonfulSummer in the CityHums of the Lovin' Spoonful
New Broadway CastToo Darn HotKiss Me, Kate
Peter CaseIce WaterThank You, St. Jude
Peter CaseInterviewLive by phone
The PlimsoulsOldest Story in the WorldEverywhere at Once
Peter CaseSteel StringsPeter Case
Peter CaseMatchbox BluesPeter Case Sings Like Hell
Peter CaseBeyond the BluesThank You, St. Jude
Jim CroceOperator (That's Not the Way it Feels)Have You Heard: Jim Croce Live
Bettye LaVetteHeart of GoldChild of the Seventies
Paul PenaGonna MoveNew Train
Dusty SpringfieldNo Easy Way DownDusty in Memphis
Ani DiFrancoAnimalEducated Guess

SongCircle playlist for 08/03/2012

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Jimi HendrixAll Along the WatchtowerFlashback
Railroad EarthMighty RiverBird in a House
TrafficGladJohn Barleycorn
Patty GriffinCainLilithFair
The BridgeShake Em DownThe Bridge
Van MorrisonWild NightTupelo Honey
Traveling WilburysEnd of the LineWilbury's Collection
REMLosing My ReligionOut of Time
Todd SniderConservative Christian Right Wing Republican Straight White American MaleEast Nashville Skyline
Todd SniderBallad of the KingsmenEast Nashville Skyline
Todd SniderTalkin' Seattle Grunge Rock BluesSongs for the Daily Planet
Garcia. Grisman, RiceKnockin On Heaven's Doorlive--personal collection
Peter RowanLand of the NavajoPeter Rowan
The BandAcadian DriftwoodGreatest Hits
Sinead O'ConnorDownpressor Man
Bob MarleySo Much TroubleRastaman Vibration
Joe Strummer & the MescalerosGet Down MosesStreetcore

 Guest host: Robyn Shanti

SongCircle playlist for 07/13/2012

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Bob DylanPretty Boy FloydFolkways: A Vision Shared
Billy Bragg & WilcoAirline to HeavenMermaid Avenue Vol. II
ChumbawambaHanging on the Old Barbed WireEnglish Rebel Songs, 1381-1984
"Jacob's Ladder (Not in My Name)Readymades
Jason & the ScorchersGood Things Come to Those Who WaitStill Standing
The KinksGod's ChildrenPercy: Original Soundtrack
Willis Alan RamseyBoy from OklahomaWillis Alan Ramsey
Bob DylanDear Mrs. RooseveltA Tribute to Woody Guthrie
Pete Seeger and Arlo GuthrieUnion MaidWoody Guthrie: Hard Travelin'; Soundtrack to the Film
John MellencampDo Re MiFolkways: A Vision Shared
The KinksVictoriaArthur, or the Decline and Fall of the British Empire
ChumbawambaBankrobberA Singsong and a Scrap
Holly Near & Ronnie GilbertPastures of PlentyWoody Guthrie: Hard Travelin'
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street BandVigilante ManFolkways: A Vision Shared
Bob DylanI Ain't Got No HomeA Tribute to Woody Guthrie
Jason & the ScorchersIf Money TalksLost & Found
ChumbawambaBuy Nothing DayGet on with It! Live
Woody Guthrie1913 MassacreStruggle
Bob DylanGrand Coulee DamA Tribute to Woody Guthrie
The KinksTill the End of the DayThe Kink Kontroversy
Billy Bragg & WilcoAll You FascistsMermaid Avenue Vol. II

Woody Guthrie turns 100, Chumbawamba break up, Ray Davies Day approaches in PDX, and drummer Perry Baggs of Jason and the Scorchers passes away. Today's headlines on The Songcircle.

SongCircle playlist for 06/29/2012

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Mother EarthTemptation Took Control of Me and I FellBring Me Home
The FireFather's Name Was DadRubble Vol. 5: The Electric Crayon Set
Stevie WonderToo HighInnervisions
Laurie AndersonSharkey's DayMister Heartbreak
The dB'sLove is for LoversLike This
JulukaScatterlings of AfricaScatterlings
Warren ZevonMohammad's RadioWarren Zevon
Ike & Tina TurnerRiver Deep, Mountain HighPhil Spector's Greatest Hits
DeBargeA DreamIn a Special Way
Jorma KaukonenSong of the North StarQuah
John PhillipsCaptainJohn Phillips/John, the Wolf King of L.A.
Van MorrisonYou're My WomanTupelo Honey
Joni MitchellThe GalleryClouds
Leonard CohenThere is a WarNew Skin for the Old Ceremony
Kinky FriedmanThey Ain't Makin' Jews Like Jesus AnymoreKinky Friedman
Mick JaggerMemo from TurnerPerformance: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
TranslatorEvening of the Harvestsame
Van Dyke ParksDonovan's ColoursSong Cycle
Richard KileyThe Impossible DreamMan of La Mancha: Original Cast

SongCircle playlist for 06/22/2012

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Sharon RobinsonSummertime [Robinson]Everybody Knows
The HoneysSummertime [Gershwin]Pet Projects [Compilation of early BW productions]
Brian Wilson"Brian Wilson Reimagines Gershwin
Paul & Linda McCartneyBack Seat of My CarRam
The Beach BoysGirl Don't Tell MeSummer Days (and Summer Nights!)
"I Should Have Known BetterBeach Boys Party
"Tell Me Why"
Brian WilsonOne for the BoysBrian Wilson
The Beach BoysThink About the DaysThat's Why God Made the Radio
Brian WilsonLay Down BurdenLive at the Roxy
Paul McCartneyHere TodayBridge School Benefit 2004 [not commercially available]
Paul McCartneyThings We Said TodayUnplugged outtake [Biker Like an Icon single]
Paul McCartneyLet Me Roll It [acoustic]Wingspan Radio Special
WingsLet Me Roll ItWings over America
"I've Just Seen a Face"
Paul McCartneyOn the Wings of a Nightingale [Demo][not commercially available]
The Beach BoysDevoted to YouBeach Boys Party
Paul McCartney & Elvis CostelloTommy's Coming Home [Demo][not commercially available]
The BeatlesTwo of UsLet it Be
The BeatlesCan You Take Me Back? [Full version][not commercially available]
Elvis CostelloStep Inside Love [McCartney]Kojak Variety: Deluxe Edition
Elvis Costello with the Brodsky QuartetGod Only KnowsLive at Town Hall [Promo EP]
The Langley Schools Music ProjectYou're So Good to Me [Wilson]Innocence & Despair
"Band on the Run"
Brian WilsonShe's Leaving Home [Live in London 2007][not commercially available]
The Beach BoysWouldn't It Be Nice [Instrumental]Stack-'o-Tracks

Happy summer(ish)! And happy 70th, Paul McCartney and Brian Wilson!

SongCircle playlist for 06/15/2012

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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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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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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 (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"


Marie-Josee Dandeneau

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