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Aug 20, 2020 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM


With Jackson Buck

Jackson Buck holds court every Thursday afternoon (4:00-6:00pm) on KFAI with his roots-rock show Freewheelin'. Tune in as Freewheelin’ delivers a free-flowing roots musical journey through the years of recorded history featuring the sounds of Americana, rockabilly, blues, alt-country, rock & roll, swing, folk, Cajun & zydeco, old-time, and a whole bunch of other crapola for your listening enjoyment.

No matter how it's labeled, this great music all falls under the roots umbrella. Jackson not only plays historical tracks from days gone by, but weaves the past into the present by including modern interpreters of the roots genre. Each show features new releases as well as a journey thru the years.

Live performances, interviews, information, and lots of great rootsy music…..all on Freewheelin’

4:00 PM
Dave Alvin - Walk Right In
Dave Alvin Walk Right In
Public Domain: Songs From The Wild Land Hightone 2000
Freewheelin' theme song from Dave Alvin's Grammy award winning album
4:04 PM
The Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band - Raise a Little Hell
The Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band Raise a Little Hell
So Delicious Shanachie Entertainment 2015
Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band has built its reputation the long, slow, hard way. After 12 years of playing as many as 300 shows each year, Rev. Peyton, the world’s foremost country blues finger-style picker, along with the biggest little band in the country has pieced together one of the most dedicated followings out there. This following is sure to eat up the band’s latest offering, Poor Until Payday, (the second on their own Family Owned Records label through hip Nashville indie Thirty Tigers) out October 5th, a country blues record that was made the right way — two feet on the ground and both hands getting dirty. bigdamnband.com
4:09 PM
Whitewater Ramble - Fare Thee Ever Well
Whitewater Ramble Fare Thee Ever Well
Pseudonymous Whitewater Ramble 2020
The Colorado collective lead by Patrick Sites has come to be well-known for their exciting award-winning videos, and “Fare The Ever Well” does not disappoint. Musically speaking, “Fare Thee Ever Well” creates a sonic reminder and homage to the Italian Western movie composers of the 1960s. Memorable melodies and rich harmonies back the story telling vibe in which the lyrics paint scenarios of civic, social and political injustice and corruption. Pseudonymous marks WhiteWater Ramble’s third studio release in its 15-year history, and seven years since the release of their acclaimed 2013 album Roots & Groove. The band’s newest release features 14 original cuts that offer up special guest appearances by Chris Pandolfi of the Infamous Stringdusters on Banjo, Joey Porter of The Motet on clavinet, and the vocal chops of Jessica Jones, Adam Lufkin and The Black Swan Singers lead by Sheryl Renee of The Contribution. www.WhiteWaterRamble.com
4:13 PM
Karen Jonas - Pink Leather Boots
Karen Jonas Pink Leather Boots
The Southwest Sky and Other Dreams Yellow Brick Road 2020
I first played this one a couple weeks ago. Karen Jonas’ fifth album The Southwest Sky and Other Dreams is a flashback-fueled fever dream of Americana songcraft and storytelling. Taking the vast desert expanses of the American Southwest as her backdrop, Jonas embroiders small-town snapshots into vivid explorations of our inner struggle between ambition and inaction. The Virginia singer-songwriter’s most accomplished and evocative expression to date, The Southwest Sky and Other Dreams captures that aching space between romantic dream-state and numb reality like few before. “Vocals that twist and snap with tension and emotional depth.” – Country Music People, U.K.
4:17 PM
The Nude Party - Cure Is You
The Nude Party Cure Is You
Midnight Manor New West Records 2020
The Nude Party will release their sophomore album Midnight Manor on October 2nd via New West Records.
4:20 PM
The Lucky Losers - What Makes You Act Like That
The Lucky Losers What Makes You Act Like That
Godless Land VizzTone 2020
Winner of the Independent Blues Award for “Best Blues-Soul Artist of 2019,” The Lucky Losers’ music is a throwback to the hybrid of soul, blues, rock, gospel and country that emerged in the late 1960’s with impassioned vocals, electrifying vocal interplay, and some powerful harmonica. Described as “the finest light-skinned female blues vocalist in the U.S.,” (Real Blues, 2010), fiery Dallas-born entertainer Cathy Lemons has a velvet voice with a gritty edge and the rebel conviction of a woman risen from the ashes. New Jersey native Phil Berkowitz "has earned renown as one of the West Coast’s most distinctive harp players, as well as for his sharp, resonant tenor," (Living Blues. 2018). Based in San Francisco and accompanied by a dynamic four-piece ensemble, The Lucky Losers have been nominated for a total of 15 awards since 2015. They have travelled to 33 states in the U.S. and have completed eight national tours.
4:23 PM
JW-Jones - Bye Bye Love
JW-Jones Bye Bye Love
Sonic Departures Solid Blues Records 2020
JW-Jones likes to change things up for his albums and after an excellent live album with just his road band we get a big band album with no less than thirteen horns! He describes this as his self-isolation project but he was able to assemble the whole band for much of the recording. With some of the songs drawn from his back catalogue and some songs you will recognize, you’ll be impressed with these fresh arrangements and JW-Jones’ imaginative guitar solos. He is also no slouch as a big band vocalist. Toronto Blues Society
4:28 PM
Rob Cheatham - Sons and Daughters
Rob Cheatham Sons and Daughters
Sons and Daughters Rob Cheatham 2020
Rob Cheatham is a singer/songwriter from Charlottesville, VA. He has played in hard working bands for many years such as, The Nice Jenkins, Gunchux, and The Borrowed Beams of Light. Rob was born and raised in Richmond, VA. He left Richmond for Philadelphia, PA in 2002 where his desire to write and produce music became reality. Rob began working with Joe Moore in a small studio in the Fairmount neighborhood of Philadelphia. He worked with musicians from many different genres and learned about the craft of writing and creating. He then moved to Charlottesville, VA where he co-founded the The Nice Jenkins, an indie pop band with cacophonous sound and energy. He then quickly became entrenched in the Charlottesville music scene where he remains an active and vocal leader.
4:33 PM
Magic Sam - All of Your Love
Magic Sam All of Your Love
West Side Soul Delmark 1967
Samuel Gene Maghett (February 14, 1937 – December 1, 1969), known as Magic Sam, was an American Chicago blues musician. He was born in Grenada County, Mississippi, and learned to play the blues from listening to records by Muddy Waters and Little Walter.[ After moving to Chicago at the age of 19, he was signed by Cobra Records and became well known as a bluesman after the release of his first record, "All Your Love", in 1957. He was known for his distinctive tremolo guitar playing. The stage name Magic Sam was devised by Sam's bass player and childhood friend Mack Thompson at Sam's first recording session for Cobra, as an approximation of "Maghett Sam". The name Sam was using at the time, Good Rocking Sam, was already being used by another artist. Wiki
4:37 PM
First Aid Kit - On the Road Again
First Aid Kit On the Road Again
On the Road Again - Single Jagadamba AB 2020
“We’re excited to release our version of “On The Road Again” by Willie Nelson. We recorded this cover a couple of years ago and recently found it while digging through the archives. The song is a country classic, it feels like we’ve known it forever. Because of the situation with COVID, sadly, the theme of the song has never felt more relevant than it does today. Proceeds from track sales will go to Crew Nation, which helps the countless tour and venue crew members who can’t work right now due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “So much of the magic happens behind the stage,” First Aid Kit said in a statement. “It’s easily taken for granted, but without our touring and venue crew live music wouldn’t be possible. It’s important that we help them out right now.
4:41 PM
Rodney Rice - Free at Last
Rodney Rice Free at Last
Same Shirt, Different Day rodneyrice.com 2020
Rodney Rice was raised and educated in West Virginia writing and playing music at a young age. First recording in Austin, and spending nearly ten years playing the stages of Dallas, Ft Worth, Houston, and numerous other Texas towns before finding his way to Colorado in 2018. Rodney embodies the rich tales of life, past and present, through Same Shirt Different Day. A keen observer and witty raconteur, this West Virginia native blends the slick, smoothness, and simplicity of folk with a healthy dose of honky tonk and country. With musical influences spanning from John Prine to the GratefulDead, Rodney carries on a new generation of powerful yet unique songwriting that is truly a standalone gem.
4:44 PM
Jack Ingram - Times Like These
Jack Ingram Times Like These
Times Like These - Single The Next Waltz 2020
Per Jack...."For the last three months I've seen more people being together in a positive way even though this is not something we would wish for," says Jack Ingram on the inspiration behind his newest single "Times Like These." "I kept hearing people say that. On the radio or on TV, or just personally. You know 'times like these' and 'these challenging times.' And I thought, there's something there that I can very simply get back to - what do we need?" Recorded with no digital shenanigans at The Bunker in Lockhart, Texas by The Next Waltz founder Bruce Robison. More information can be found at www.thenextwaltz.com
4:47 PM
Stephen Clair - Fixing to Fly
Stephen Clair Fixing to Fly
The Small Hours Rock City RC 2020 2020
Hot on the heels of last year's Malcolm Burn-produced Strange Perfume, Stephen Clair and his trio arrive just in time to reignite your summer on September 18 with the brand new 11-song THE SMALL HOURS. Recorded at the beginning of 2020 in upstate NY, a minute before all hell broke loose, this is the Stephen Clair album we've been waiting for. It perfectly displays the power of his songs and his solid-yet-dangerous trio. It's spare, taut, fully-realized, and elevated by the muscle of his well-suited comrades, Daria Grace on bass, and Aaron Latos on drums. Clair wields a telecaster throughout. You know that glorious Fender sound when things are turned up loud but played (sometimes) delicately. It’s nothing but a trio record. But what chops. All so clean and so present.
4:52 PM
Matt Rollings - Wade in the Water (feat. The War and Treaty) [with The Blind Boys of Alabama]
Matt Rollings Wade in the Water (feat. The War and Treaty) [with The Blind Boys of Alabama]
Matt Rollings Mosaic 2020
GRAMMY Award-winning producer, piano virtuoso and first-call session superstar Matt Rollings released the official video for “Wade In The Water” featuring The War and Treaty and The Blind Boys of Alabama. The song is the second single to be released from Matt Rollings Mosaic, his first solo album in over thirty years out on August 14.
4:55 PM
The Paragons - The Tide Is High
The Paragons The Tide Is High
The Tide Is High - Single 1967
The original version from 1967. Blondie covered in in 1980
5:00 PM
Elle King - The Let Go
Elle King The Let Go
In Isolation - Single RCA Records Label 2020
Elle King has released a three-track EP of demos titled Elle King: In Isolation — recorded, as you might imagine, while quarantining in LA during the COVID-19 pandemic. “So many questions have begun to blossom within me through this time of isolation,” King wrote in a statement on the EP. “From the rug being ripped out from underneath to the burst of a new idea…isn’t the world strange? When we think of the state of it, have we upheld the promise to love and nurture it? What is it that’s going to carry us through this time of isolation?…What are you going to do with now?!? Every answer that you seek is within you. Trust yourself. Let your own light guide the way, and let go.” rolling stone.com
5:05 PM
Roy Wood - Looking Thru' the Eyes of a Fool
Roy Wood Looking Thru' the Eyes of a Fool
Mustard Edsel 1975
Roy Wood is an English singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. He was particularly successful in the 1960s and 1970s as member and co-founder of The Move, Electric Light Orchestra and Wizzard. As a songwriter, he contributed a number of hits to the repertoire of these bands Wiki. More info to later today...
5:07 PM
Tom Hambridge - Save Me
Tom Hambridge Save Me
The Nola Sessions Artisanship Music 2018
The most recent (2018) solo LP from 2-time Grammy winner Tom Hambridge (Buddy Guy, BB King, Susan Tedeschi, ZZ Top, George Thorogood) and many more. The NOLA Sessions features a duet with the late great Allen Toussaint, Blues Been Mighty Good to Me, which is among Allen's last known studio recordings before his untimely passing.
5:12 PM
Daryl Hall & John Oates - The Last Time
Daryl Hall & John Oates The Last Time
Along the Red Ledge RCA Records Label 1978
Their 7th album. Prior to their MTV days
5:13 PM
Johnny Iguana - Stop Breakin' Down
Johnny Iguana Stop Breakin' Down
Johnny Iguana's Chicago Spectacular! Delmark Records 2020
Hot new blues project by Johnny Iguana of The Claudettes. This is a blues album from top to bottom. It is traditional. It is contemporary and audacious. It is the story of Johnny Iguana, a one-of-a-kind piano man exalting his Chicago blues heroes while making his own mark. In the bigger picture, it’s compelling evidence that blues today is vital, and still evolving.
5:17 PM
Hubert Sumlin - Spanish Greens
Hubert Sumlin Spanish Greens
Blues Guitar Boss JSP Records 1990
Late and great guitarist. He visited me on the radio show once upon a time. Hubert Charles Sumlin was a Chicago blues guitarist and singer, best known for his "wrenched, shattering bursts of notes, sudden cliff-hanger silences and daring rhythmic suspensions" as a member of Howlin' Wolf's band. He was ranked number 43 in Rolling Stone's "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time"
5:24 PM
WHAT ANGIE"S LISTENING TO - Former KFAI host Angie Pykonen's weekly feature
WHAT ANGIE"S LISTENING TO Former KFAI host Angie Pykonen's weekly feature
on Freewheelin' Freewheelin' 2020
5 years ago yesterday Angie turned off her mic for the final episode of "In Your Ear" her long-standing (22 years) late night rockin show.
5:28 PM
Slim Dunlap - Just for the Hell of It
Slim Dunlap Just for the Hell of It
Thank You Dancers 2020
Recorded at The Turf Club on April 27, 2002
5:30 PM
The Zutons - Pressure Point
The Zutons Pressure Point
Who Killed the Zutons? Deltasonic 2004
The Zutons were an English indie rock band, formed in 2001 in Liverpool. They released their debut album, Who Killed...... The Zutons? in May 2004 and achieved chart success with "Why Won't You Give Me Your Love?" and "Valerie", both taken from their second studio album Tired of Hanging Around in 2006. Both singles reached number 9 in the UK Singles Chart. The band quietly disbanded in 2009 with no announcement. They reunited in September 2016 for a one-off show billed as "probably [the] last ever" in celebration of their friend, actor and former Tramp Attack frontman Kristian Ealey. The band remained in contact and in November 2018 announced a tour in spring 2019, to play their debut album. wiki
5:34 PM
Imelda May - Wild Woman
Imelda May Wild Woman
Tribal Decca (UMO) 2014
Born in Dublin, Ireland, Imelda May is a unique vocal talent, one whose gift lies outside the normal order of pop culture time and trends. Inspired by vocal jazz à la Billie Holiday and the sound and look of rockabilly, May began performing with the swing outfit Blue Harlem, and released a handful of independent CDs before scoring attention in 2007 with her nomination for an award as Best Burlesque Singer as well as the release of her more official debut, Love Tattoo. The album featured her strong backing band including her husband, guitarist/co-songwriter Darrel Higham, along with trumpeter/multi-instrumentalist Dave Priseman, bassist Al Gare, and drummer Steve Rushton. Critically and commercially well-received, it garnered May some high-profile live gigs, including hitting the road with Jools Holland. It was released in the U.S. by Decca in 2009, followed by two singles, and scored a mid-level success all music.com.
5:36 PM
Slim Dunlap - From the Git Go
Slim Dunlap From the Git Go
The Old New Me Medium Cool Records 1993
Bob "Slim" Dunlap's good-humored grace did much to win over die-hard Replacements fans embittered by the forced exit of his predecessor, the late Bob Stinson. These qualities are obvious on Dunlap's solo debut, which downplays the urge to convert for a relaxed approach: the hooks are obvious, but never hammered into the ground. "Rockin' Here Tonight" opens the album with a fine shower of jangly distortion, delivering just what its title promises. "Just for the Hell of It" is punchy, good-time bar band rock -- with nonsense rhymes to match -- while "Partners in Crime" comes off like late-'70s Rolling Stones, updated with a darker theme ("We're on a fast cruise headed for the bottom, but we're having one hell of a time") all music.com
5:39 PM
Southern Culture On The Skids - Voodoo Cadillac
Southern Culture On The Skids Voodoo Cadillac
Dirt Track Date DGC 1995
Southern Culture On The Skids has been consistently recording and touring around the world since its inception in 1983, when Rick Miller was a grad student at UNC-Chapel Hill. The current lineup (Dave Hartman – drums; Mary Huff – bass and vocals; Rick Miller – guitar and vocals) has been playing together for over 30 years. The band’s musical journey has taken them from all-night NC house parties to late night network talk shows, and from performing at the base of Mt. Fuji in Japan to rockin’ out for the inmates at NC Correctional Facilities. Their music has been featured in movies and TV, and used to sell everything from diamonds to pork sausage, and their legendary live shows are a testament to the therapeutic powers of foot-stomping, butt-shaking rock and roll.
5:45 PM
Al Wilson - La la Peace Song
Al Wilson La la Peace Song
single 1974
American soul music veteran singer Al Wilson had his first big hit in 1968 with "The Snake" and remained strong on the charts throughout the late 1960's and into the early 70's. Today he is best known for his 1973 platinum selling album "Show And Tell," which was considered a certified soul masterpiece. Al's endearing style captured fans on both sides of the Atlantic and he continued to make great soul music throughout the decade. Presented here is the original 1974 follow-up album "La La Peace Song" which spawned the international hit "The La La Peace Song" and continues to attract new fans.
5:48 PM
T Rex - Hot Love
T Rex Hot Love
single Fly 1971
Flo & Eddie (Mark Volman and Howard Kaylan) contributing their stellar vocal skills. This song was a big hit in England (#1) circa 1971. Tony Visconti was the producer. It was the first time T Rex used a full drum kit
5:57 PM
Frank Zappa - Peaches en Regalia
Frank Zappa Peaches en Regalia
Hot Rats Bizarre 1969
This was the song Angie used as the theme song for her radio show