Thursday, March 22, 2012

3/21/12 Playlist: SXSW Edition!

1. Memphis In The Rain-Justin Townes Earle
2. Unfortunately, Anna-Justin Townes Earle
3. Am I That Lonely Tonight?-Justin Townes Earle
4. Sometimes-Punch Brothers
5. Tout Ceci Ne Vous Rendra Pas le Congo-Baloji
6. De L'Autre Coté de la Mére-Baloji
7. Rise-Seun Kuti & Egypt 80
8. Set Me Free-Hindi Zahra
9. Ahiawa-Hindi Zahra
10. Time's All Gone Pt 1 & Pt 2-Nick Waterhouse
11. Wish You Were Here-Lee Fields & The Expressions
12. Faithful Man-Lee Fields & The Expressions
13. Qu'Appelle Valley, Saskatchewan-Holcombe Waller
14. Gun Shy-Widowspeak
14. Harsh Realm-Widowspeak
15. 17-Youth Lagoon
16. Cannons-Youth Lagoon

Stay sweet, y'all-

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

3/7/12 Playlist

1. I Can't Turn You Loose-Otis Redding
2. Chained & Bound-Bettye Swann
3. Oh Lover-Sherri & Singin' Sammy
4. Lookout Weekend-Mr. Confuse
5. Hippy Skippy Moon Strut-The Mighty Show-Stoppers
6. Black Feeling-Luther Harris
7. Four Play-Fred Wesley & The Horny Horns
8. Right of Way Blues-Cephas & Wiggins
9. Why Are You So Mean To Me-Albert King
10. I Believe I'll Dust My Broom-Robert Johnson
11. Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out-Bessie Smith
12. Reuben's Train-Bonsoir Catin
13. Rowdy Blues-The Be Good Tanyas
14. Potter's Field-Dave Alvin
15. O Death-Ralph Stanley
16. Black Lung-Hazel Dickens
17. Ole Hound-Moondoggies
18. Glencoe-Richard Thompson
19. Colorado Girl-Steve Earle
20. Bundles-Mariee Sioux


Sunday, March 4, 2012

Don't Fence Me In Review

In full disclosure, I must admit: Western music and storytelling? I can’t. get. enough. I call it my “cowboy complex.” I grew up in Texas and Santa Barbara’s debut of National Council for the Traditional Arts performance of Don’t Fence Me In was music to my ears. The music, the rhetoric, the Western garb, the traditional instrumentation and composition…memories of my childhood bubbled up to the surface and I was reminded of a romanticized Wild West where music was a conduit to express heartache, simple pleasures, and good ol’ odes to the land. It’s music with heart and music with history. From the beautiful fiddle and harmonies of the Quebe Sisters, to the yodeling and steel guitar of Montana native Wylie & The Wild West, to the bone chilling chants of North Bear, to the Tex-Mex tunes from the Texmaniacs, to rodeo poet Paul Zarzyski’s amusing and charming recitations,Don’t Fence Me In covered everything from the “range, ranch, reservation and roadhouse, from the valley of the Rio Grande to the Bitterroot Mountains.” This performance was a re-education and a reintroduction to a facet of American culture that is alive and kickin’ with many more stories to tell and many more songs to sing.