Community Radio Serving Central Massachusetts
Radio of the people, by the people and for the people; where diversity of programming and freedom of the airwaves reigns.
Jul 3, 2019 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
With Diane Sutter
Two hours of traditional and contemporary folk and roots music.
Keb' Mo' Don’t Throw It Away Keb' Mo'
Oklahoma Concord Records 2019 Blues USC4R1906908
Taj Mahal playing bass and adding his vocal hoodoo. Written in support of the global movement to stop plastic pollution, and advocating against single-use plastic.
The Furrow Collective Write Me Down
Fathoms Hudson Records 2018 CD Folk UKG3H1800058
Alasdair Roberts, Emily Portman, Lucy Farrell and Rachel Newton are British folk group the Furrow Collective, dedicated to interpreting the traditional folk canon. All members also have parallel careers as solo artists.
The Golden Gate Quartet Shadrack Robert MacGimsey
That Golden Chariot Harmony 1957 Gospel QMFMF1450200
David Surette Bourree Traditional
Return to Kemper Madrina Music 2012 Appalachian USZAT1270354
Surette is one of New England’s premiere instrumentalists. A bourrée is ‘a very lively Old traditional French dance.’
Dry Branch Fire Squad Red Rocking Chair Traditional
Live! at Last Rounder 1996 Appalachian USRO29633909
Suzanne Thomas on vocal and clawhammer banjo. Recorded live at the Iron Horse Music Hall, Northampton, 1995.
Alice Stuart Everyday Dirt David McCarn
All the Good Times Arhoolie Records 1964 Blues USHM80566783
Alice Stuart’s first album, produced by Chris Scrachwitz.
Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys Uncle Pen Bill Monroe
Foggy Mountain Breakdown - Rhythm of Country and Folk Music Today Records 2015 Bluegrass UK7771402150
Monroe wrote this song about his fiddle-playing uncle, James Pendleton Vandiver, who was born in KY shortly after the Civil War. Monroe says he was "the fellow that I learned how to play from."
Eilen Jewell Crawl Eilen Jewell
Gypsy Signature Sounds Recordings 2019 Americana USFMT1901501
Says Jewell of this track, “I’ve been working on this song for several years”, Jewell explains. "It’s inspired by a feeling like I want to turn everything upside down, and I want everything to be completely different than it is.” Eilen’s been called ‘The Queen of the Minor Key.’
Rodney Crowell Flatland Hillbillies (feat. Randy Rogers & Lee Ann Womack) Rodney Crowell
TEXAS RC1 Records 2019 Americana QZCCZ1900001
On Texas, ‘Crowell turns his emotional focus to the colorful Lone Star culture and the romance of regional music that formed his musical sensibility during his teen years in Houston, particularly the year 1965 (“My ears were brand new, and I was just transported by sound”), when the 15-year-old left home to join a band.’ Crowell says of Texas, ‘people consume music with real awareness there.’
Jolly Two Guitar Stomp
Bessie Jackson & Walter Roland -1927-1935 Yazoo 1969 Blues
Sonny Scott and, Walter Roland recorded this in NYC in 1933.
Claire Lynch Gone Again (with Béla Fleck & David Grier) Cris Cuddy
North By South Compass Records 2016 Folk USCO91667106
Béla Fleck on banjo.
BeauSoleil LaDanse De La Vie (The Dance Of Life) Michael Doucet
La Danse De La Vie (US Release) Rhino 2005 Cajun USRH10200221
Della Mae Bowling Green Terry Slater, Jacqueline Ertel
I Built This Heart Della Mae 2011 Bluegrass USCGJ1420280
Erik Stucky Living Life Erik Stucky
Good Vibrations Binasaur 2019 Americana
Iris DeMent The Night I Learned How Not to Pray Iris Dement
Sing the Delta Flariella Records 2012 Country QMPA51200004
Doc Watson Going Down This Road Feeling Bad Traditional
The Essential Doc Watson Vanguard Records 1990 Bluegrass USVG28706818
Gaither Carlton – fiddle; Arnold Watson – banjo. Recorded live at the Newport Folk Festival, 1964.
Chris & Adam Carroll Hi-Fi Love Adam Carroll, Scott Nolan
Good Farmer Independent 2019 Americana
Chris Carroll on vocals and mandolin, Adam Carroll on guitar and harmony vocals, with Dennis Ludiker on fiddle. Slaid Cleaves calls Carroll "the quintessential small-town songwriter," adding, "Travel outside the cities of this country and you'll recognize the barbecue-joint waitresses, the rice farmers, the karaoke singers, the black-flag pirates and the hi-fi lovers of this land--you'll meet them all in Adam's true-to-life songs."
Ilya Toshinskiy At the End of the Day Ilya Toshinskiy
Red Grass Hadley Music Group 2016 Bluegrass USHUW1400139
That’s Jerry Douglas on dobro.
Mary Bragg Faint of Heart Mary Bragg, Robyn Collins
Violets as Camouflage Mary Bragg / Tone Tree Music 2019 Americana TCAEB1993426
Self-produced and self-engineered this powerful and honest album at her home studio. NPR called it a “sublime distilling of Southern grit”.
Tampa Red Black Hearted Blues Hudson Whittaker
Down In Black Bottom: Lowdown Barrelhouse Piano Yazoo 1999 Blues QMFMF1455622
Billed on the record as "The Guitar Wizard", Tampa Red cut "Black Hearted Blues" in late March 1930 in Chicago, Bill O'Bryant's piano supporting Tampa Red's guitar and vocal.
Emmylou Harris Like An Old Fashioned Waltz Sandy Denny
White Shoes Warner Bros./Nashville 1983 Folk USWB10200325
Bill Payne on piano and synthesizer, Jim Horn on recorders, and Brian Ahern on basses.
The Steel Wheels Red Rocking Chair Traditional
Working on a Building Big Ring Records 2018 Appalachian QMSGL1800002
An American roots music, Americana group of folk musicians, based in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia.
Eden Brent Panther Burn Jimmy Phillips
Jigsaw Heart Yellow Dog Records 2014 Blues USYDR1411607
Recorded in Nashville with producer Colin Linden, "Jigsaw Heart" is Americana soul shot through with Mississippi roots.
Glen Campbell & Jimmy Webb If These Walls Could Speak Jimmy Webb
In Session... Fantasy Records 2012 Country USC4R1201111
The album and its accompanying DVD were filmed, taped, and recorded live in December 1988 in the Hamilton, Ontario studios of CHCH-TV as part of the Canadian concert series In Session. Campbell on guitar and singing, and Webb accompanying him on piano.
Dar Williams This Was Pompeii Dar Williams
Mortal City Razor & Tie 1996 Folk TCACS1609886
Derroll Adams Mr. Rabbit (Live) Traditional
Live in Haarlem 1977 Strictly Country Records 2015 Folk NLN391500033
5-string banjo player, singer-songwriter, poet, storyteller and painter. Adams went to Europe with Ramblin’ Jack Elliott in 1957, and never came back. He became a folk hero in Britain and Europe in the 1960s, appearing in the Bob Dylan film ‘Don’t Look Back’. He had a big influence on Donovan, as you can probably hear. Mr. Rabbit is Br'er Rabbit, the hero of many African American folktales.
Elizabeth Cotten Vastopol
Freight Train and Other North Carolina Folk Songs and Tunes Smithsonian Folkways Recordings 1989 Folk USSF18900908
Album released 2 years after her death in 1987. The guitar tuning is open D, low to high its D-A-D-F#-A-D, often called the Vastopol tuning. That's a geographical reference to the Crimean War that was fought in the mid-19th century. The war was raging right around the time that the Victorian parlor style of guitar music was first becoming popular in America. the tuning called Vastopol comes from Sevastopol ... as in the Crimean port city of Sebastopol. The Crimean War was the first war to be reported by photograph and telegraph. One of the guys following the conflict, says Zaitchik, was an Ohio music teacher named Henry Worrall. He taught guitar at a woman’s college. And in 1884 toward the end of the conflict he wrote a song that he called "Sebastopol: Descriptive Fantasie".
Bessie Jones & Group Reg'lar, Reg'lar, Rolling Under
Wave the Ocean, Wave the Sea: Field Recordings from Alan Lomax's "Southern Journey Mississippi Records 2010 Folk
Said Alan Lomax in 1960, ‘People were saying that Southern folk song was dead, that the land that had produced American jazz, the blues, the spirituals, the mountain ballads and the work songs had gone sterile… I resolved to prove them wrong." So, in 1959 and 1960, at the height of the Folk Revival, Lomax undertook the first-ever stereo field recording trip through the American South to document its still thriving vernacular musical culture. Bessie Jones teamed up with a group of other singers in 1963 to form The Georgia Sea Island Singers.
Ceoltóirí Chualann An Long Faoi Lán Seoil
Pléaráca an Riadaigh Gael Linn 2008 Celtic IEAOR0800048
Ó Riada was an Irish composer and arranger of Irish traditional music. Through his incorporation of modern and traditional techniques he became the single most influential figure in the revival of Irish traditional music during the 1960s. Le Celtóirí Chualana was an Irish traditional group formed in 1960 by Ó Riada, and included many founding members of The Chieftains.
Wilco Christ For President Music: Jay Bennett, Jeff Tweedy; Word: Woody Guthrie
Mermaid Avenue Elektra 1998 Folk USEE19800066
In creating music for a number of Woody Guthrie’s orphaned lyrics, Billy Bragg, Jeff Tweedy and Jay Bennett stayed faithful to Guthrie's rowdy spirit.
Carter Sampson Wilder Side Carter Sampson
Wilder Side Carter Sampson 2016 Americana QMTJJ1500001
Kacy & Clayton The Light of Day
The Siren's Song New West Records 2017 Folk US27Q1740201
Second cousins Kacy Anderson and Clayton Linthicum live in rural Saskatchewan. Album produced by Jeff Tweedy.
The Foghorn Stringband Be Kind To A Man While He's Down
Outshine The Sun Foghorn Music 2012 Bluegrass USLN71201021
Originally recorded in 1927 by Da Costa Woltz's Southern Broadcasters.