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).