Playlist: Tex Bailey's Favorites
Compiled By: Tex Bailey
ELT 4 includes a "Songs Within Songs" set (songs with references to other Beatles songs in the lyrics,) plus a two-fer from a John Lennon collection, and George Harrison discussing his first composition.
ELT 4 includes a set of Beatles songs that mention other Beatles songs in the lyrics, Ringo Starr covering a Beatles song as a tribute to John, Paul McCartney teaming up with another British legend, a two-fer from a John Lennon collection, and George Harrison discussing his first composition.
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IRIS DEMENT Part 2: BROADCAST 5 / 18 / 2013
IN SEARCH OF A SONG originates in BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA and is sponsored by: THE BLUEBIRD NIGHTCLUB , AIRTIME RECORDING STUDIO , and VISIT BLOOMINGTON.COM
Host Jason Wilber interviews singer/songwriter Iris DeMent . DeMent, the last of 14 children, born in Arkansas and raised in Southern California, grew up immersed in gospel music and traditional country. She was somewhat of a late bloomer as an artist, writing her first song at age of 25. Her first release, Infamous Angel, initially issued on Rounder in 1992 before being picked up by Warner Bros., immediately established her as a promising and talented artist. Its 1994 follow-up, My Life, earned a Grammy nomination in the Contemporary Folk category. Her 1996 album The Way I Should addressed political as well as personal themes and earned a Grammy nomination, as well. Along the way, several of DeMent’s songs became cultural touchstones. “Let The Mystery Be” found its way to MTV Unplugged as a duet by David Byrne and Natalie Merchant. “Our Town” was played over the farewell scene in the series finale of Northern Exposure. Merle Haggard, who said of DeMent, “She’s the best singer I’ve ever heard,” invited her to sit in as his piano player touring with his legendary band The Strangers. He subsequently covered two of her songs “No Time To Cry” and the gospel-tinged “The Shores of Jordan.” DeMent remained active as an artist. She sang four duets with John Prine on In Spite of Ourselves and had a minor role in the motion picture Songcatcher as well as contributing a song to its soundtrack. She continued playing live shows and in 2004, she recorded an album of gospel songs, Lifeline, which included her rendition of “Leaning on the Everlasting Arms.” In 2010 the Coen Brothers chose that song for the closing credits when they remade the classic western “True Grit.” Still, DeMent never took for granted the arrival of an album’s worth of new songs. “Songs would come along here and there and I’d go out and sing them for people, but for a long time I just didn’t know what would become of any of them. Then last year, a door kinda opened up, and a handful of songs walked through and a few unfinished ones came together and I knew I had a record.” As with Lifeline, DeMent is releasing Sing The Delta on her own label, Flariella Records. It was recorded at Richard McLaurin’s House of David studio in Nashville with co-producers Richard Bennett and Bo Ramsey, with a supporting cast that included Bryan Owings on drums, Dave Jacques on bass, Al Perkins on pedal steel and Reese Wynans on B3 organ, as well as horn players Jim Hoke and Steve Herman on a couple of numbers. Of the time it took, DeMent says “Some of these songs I’ve had around awhile but I needed time to grow into them. I guess you could say I just wasn’t ready to deliver them in the way that they deserved. I’m glad I waited. It’s taught me to surrender…to trust the natural flow and order of things and not worry about it,” DeMent says. It’s an instinct she’s learned to trust ever since she first sat down to write her first couple of songs at age 25 and found “Our Town” spilling out onto the page. “It was like somebody walked right into that room and said, ‘There you have it, Iris’ — I knew then and there that I had gotten my calling,” she relates. “I had always been taught in church that God, or spirit, if you will, calls us to a life work. I got mine that day. Whether I write one song a year or ten, it doesn’t matter. It’s a ‘knowing’ that I have that hasn’t left me since that day. That’s what I check in with and as long as that’s there, the rest of it doesn’t matter. The time it takes is just the time it takes.”
Topics include: More discussion about her 'calling' and learning how to write music, trying to find her voice in music and songwriting, moving to Kansas City from Topeka, being shy and how hard it was to stand up and entertain people, her feelings about the church and how it fostered singing in a way that was social and easy, how she couldn't believe in the 'fire and brimstone' part of the philosophy of the pentecostal upbringing she had, how she left the church because of her feelings, deciding not to spend her life pretending to believe things that she couldn't accept, and subsequently how her music reflects the truth that she feels about her spirituality, how Gospel songs are still super important to her, and how Gospel she feels the music was written, and the sincerity in which they were written, and how she feels that whoever or whatever God is, she won't be 'fed to the furnace' for singing her heart in her songs, expressing her feelings in song after reading a book about the life of Tammy Wynette, writing from her own perspective, how her family situation affected her music, about writing her song 'Sing The Delta', writing songs about 'big' things, and how she wrote about a small flower near her front porch, and how something so small also became a 'big thing', what she thinks makes a great song.
Musical selections include: Leaning on the Everlasting Arms, Let The Mystery Be, The Night I Learned How Not To Pray, Mama Was Always Telling Her Truth, Sing The Delta, Morning Glory.
This program is "Evergreen" and not date specific.
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Still Singing the Blues (Series)
Produced by Richard Ziglar
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Crescent City Blues takes listeners to the hidden world of New Orleans corner joints—bars far from the French Quarter, in neighborhoods like Central City, Treme, and Pigeontown. These clubs, patronized almost entirely by locals, nurture a resilient blues and rhythm-and-blues scene that is often overshadowed by the Crescent City’s legacy as a jazz town. They are an essential part of New Orleans’ cultural history, but they are struggling—because of the recession, the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, and potentially the BP oil spill.
This hour-long music-rich documentary features four talented musicians: Tommy Singleton, a vocalist who until recently drove an oyster truck for a living; John T. Lewis, a former appliance repairman who now plays R&B guitar full-time; Ernie Vincent, a bandleader and guitarist who learned to play at the neighborhood fish fries of his childhood; and Deacon John Moore, a bandleader and guitarist who played on hundreds of R&B recordings in the 1950s and ’60s. Also interviewed are bar owners Betty Fox (Mother-in-Law Lounge) and Guitar Joe Daniels (Guitar Joe’s House of Blues), along with other veterans of the city’s music scene.
The program takes readers back into history. They’ll visit bars like the Dew Drop Inn, with its female impersonators and all-night jam sessions, the Green Room, with its smells of spilled liquor and spittoons; and the Sportsman’s Lounge, where an underaged Deacon John witnessed police raids and back-room gambling.
Crescent City Blues is the second of a two-part series, called “Still Singing the Blues,” about older musicians in New Orleans and South Louisiana. Part 1, also called Still Singing the Blues, was released in June. The two hours can be broadcast separately and independently. Accompanying this series is a web site, http://stillsingingtheblues.org, which features additional audio clips, photographs, a blog, and links for readers who want to obtain CDs, find music venues, and learn more about non-profit organizations that promote Louisiana's music and support its musicians. The producers will add audio and photos to the site throughout the coming year.
Producers Richard Ziglar and Barry Yeoman have been interviewing older Southern blues and R&B musicians for the almost two years. Their first blues documentary, Truckin' My Blues Away, was commissioned and distributed by AARP's Prime Time Radio and broadcast on 340 stations.
The current, independently-produced “Still Singing the Blues” series is sponsored by Filmmakers Collaborative and funded, in part, by a generous grant from the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Project director Richard Ziglar is an audio documentarian whose credits include Oprah Winfrey’s Harpo Productions; AARP’s Prime Time Radio; American Public Media’s “The Story”; and the North Carolina Arts Council. Reporter Barry Yeoman, a former Louisianan, is a freelance journalist who writes for O, The Oprah Magazine; AARP The Magazine; Audubon Magazine; OnEarth; and Good Housekeeping. His radio program Picking Up the Pieces, about the parents of injured veterans, won the 2009 Gracie Allen award for outstanding mid-length documentary. Ziglar and Yeoman can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
From KUT | 01:47:15
Which Texas songs forever changed the rock and roll landscape?
Texas has left an indelible mark on the history of American music, but its impact on rock and roll has sometimes been underestimated. When asked in an online poll which ten Texas songs changed rock and roll, our listeners picked some interesting choices, eschewing obvious names for a more varied sonic field: blues, psychedelia, soul, and even country wound up in our top ten. With insightful commentary by music journalists, local luminaries, and even rock and roll academics, we'll discover some unheralded names and even find out John Lennon's important connection to Texas music. Hosted by David Brown. This program is a production of Texas Music Matters, the award-winning music journalism unit at KUT Austin.
Rolling Stones Radio Hour (Series)
Produced by Kevin Yazell
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An hour of mostly upbeat numbers with a new recording of the Rev. Robert Wilkins That Ain't No Way To Get Along by Guy Davis, Don Covay on the Double Shot, Mick Jagger on the Solo Spotlight and two excellent Live Licks wrap things up.
Johnny Cash: Legend (Series)
Produced by Joyride Media
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One of the first country stars to write most of his own material, Johnny Cash created a songbook to rival Porter and Gershwin. We look into the craft of Cash, how he shaped his stories, told tales of the people and places around him, and influenced the songwriting and arranging of artists now. Audio will be available here by Aug 10, 2005. Please contact Andy Cahn at email@example.com or 201-386-1736 for more details.
This program features an evening of music and interviews with Los Lobos-Acoustic En Vivo. This performance was recorded live at the Historic Rialto Theater in Tucson, Arizona.
This program features an hour of music by Los Lobos, Acousic En Vivo. This performance was recorded live at the Historic Rialto Theater in Tucson, Arizona in February of 2007. This show also contains a phone interivew with Los Lobos' Steve Berlin by Southwest Stages' host John Strader.
For nearly three decades Los Lobos have been exploring the artistic and commercial possibilities of American biculturalism, moving back and forth between their Chicano roots and their love of American rock. Although the band first gained fame as part of the early-'80s roots-rock revival, they don't so much strip music down as mix it up, playing norteño, blues, country, Tex-Mex, ballads, folk, and rock.
Los Lobos have been guests on albums by Ry Cooder, Elvis Costello, Fabulous Thunderbirds, Roomful of Blues, and Paul Simon. Their music has been used in the films La Bamba, Eating Raoul, The Mambo Kings, Alamo Bay, and Chan Is Missing.
Cesar Rosas, Conrad Lozano, David Hidalgo, and Louie Perez have known one another since they were adolescents in East L.A. They formed Los Lobos (Spanish for “the Wolves”) to play weddings and bars in their neighborhood. Although they had previously played in rock and Top 40 bands, together they decided to experiment with acoustic folk instruments and explore their Mexican heritage, playing norteño and conjunto music on instruments including the guitarron and bajo sexto. Los Lobos got their first full-time gig in 1978, playing at a Mexican restaurant in Orange County. That year they also released their debut album, Just Another Band From East L.A..
Eventually, Los Lobos’ experimentation led them back to electric instruments. They played one of their last acoustic shows opening for Public Image Ltd. at the Olympic Auditorium in L.A. in 1980, where they were booed by the audience. Nonetheless inspired by punk’s energy, Hidalgo and Perez began writing songs and playing Hollywood clubs. The Blasters became fans and urged Slash to sign Los Lobos.
...And a Time to Dance was produced by T Bone Burnett and Blasters saxman Steve Berlin. Its divergent collection of dance songs included the 70-year-old Mexican Revolution song “Anselma,” which won a Grammy in 1983 for Best Mexican-American Performance. Berlin joined Los Lobos for Will the Wolf Survive? a much praised album whose title track later became a country hit for Waylon Jennings. On By the Light of the Moon, coproduced by Burnett, Los Lobos wrote political songs about life in the barrio.
In 1987 Los Lobos recorded several Ritchie Valens songs for the La Bamba soundtrack (#1, 1987). Though the success of the title track (#1, 1987) and “Come On, Let’s Go” (#21, 1987) suddenly lifted Los Lobos out of their bar-band, critics’ fave status, they took a noncommercial detour with La Pistola y el Corazón, featuring the traditional Mexican music they had played throughout the ’70s.
On The Neighborhood they returned to more rocking material, working with John Hiatt, the Band’s Levon Helm, and drummer Jim Keltner. The album’s title paid homage to the deep connections the band still feels to East L.A. In 1991 Hidalgo and Perez wrote songs with the Band for that group’s reunion album. The material inspired Kiko, an evocative, avant-Latin-pop album produced by Mitchell Froom. In 1993 Slash released a 20-year-anniversary retrospective of Los Lobos songs; Just Another Band From East L.A.: A Collection includes material from the band’s debut LP, rare B sides, and live tracks, as well as theband’s hits.
Latin Playboys (1994), a self-titled album by an ad hoc group consisting of Hidalgo, Perez, Froom, and Tchad Blake, was a cross between the music of Los Lobos and Captain Beefheart. The muscular funk rock of Los Lobos’ next album, Colossal Head (#81 pop, 1996), split the difference between Kiko and Latin Playboys.
In 1998 Rosas and Hidalgo released Los Super Seven as part of a loose-knit Latin supergroup of the same name that included Freddy Fender, Joe Ely, and accordionist ace Flaco Jiménez, among others. A followup was released in 2001, which included vocalists Raul Malo of the Mavericks and Caetano Veloso. In 1999 Rosas released Soul Disguise, a gritty, R&B-inflected solo record. For his part, Hidalgo teamed up with ex–Canned Heat guitarist Mike Halby as Houndog for a self-titled blues album. After this rash of side projects, Los Lobos returned to the studio to make This Time, the final installment in a trilogy of heady, groove-rich albums (including Kiko and Colossal Head) exploring Mexican folklore and mysticism. In 2001 Los Lobos was the recipient of the Billboard Century Award.
from The Rolling Stone Encyclopedia of Rock & Roll (Simon & Schuster, 2001)
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The second of two one-hour documentaries on The Byrds, the continuously groundbreaking band who bridged the gaps between The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Pete Seeger, the Beach Boys, the Los Angeles psychedelic underground and classic country. Each hour is hosted by singer-songwriter Laura Cantrell, and covers a distinct period of their prolific history that can either be aired as one two-part series, or as your choice of two insightful one-hour programs. FARTHER ALONG picks up the story in 1968 and details how the Byrds' legendary Act I was followed by one of rock history's most fascinating second acts. Despite their lower record sales, the Byrds' later incarnations alternately defined and re-defined "country-rock," thanks to the influential contributions by folks like Gram Parsons and guitarist Clarence White. As with the first segment, FARTHER ALONG feature the wide range of music that made The Byrds of the 60s most influential bands, along with comments by its two longest-lasting members: Roger McGuinn and Chris Hillman. Writers David Fricke, Anthony DeCurtis, Lenny Kaye and Byrds historian Sid Griffin are also interviewed. Instead of being directed by the singular vision of one leader, The Byrds were consistently led by everybody's contributions - from their original five members to the musicians involved with their later years. "They all brought something new and something defining," says journalist David Fricke, "and it all became part of the Byrds sound. They didn?t change the Byrds to the degree that it changed the sound. What they did became the Byrds." Broadcast Window: Begins late September 2006, available for all USA radio broadcasters at no cost. 9/30 update: In addition to the 0:59 version posted on the audio page, there is also a 0:54 "news-hole" show in two parts - a 1:00 billboard and the 53:00 program.
From Jon Kalish | 28:51
Interviews with Gray and those who knew him, as well as excerpts from one of his performances.
New York reporter Jon Kalish spent a significant amount of time with Spalding Gray in the last years of the performer's life, interviewing him about another autobiographical performer and doing a profile of Gray for NPR. The late performance artist explains the mechanics of his craft to a seminar of aspiring monologuists at a New Age institute. Kalish hangs with Gray at home on Long Island and at a summer home in upstate New York where Gray recounts his horrific auto accident in Ireland. Included in the program are excerrpts from a monologue-in-progress about the accident. Kalish also talks to performer Eric Begosian and storyteller Mike Feder, both of whom were close to the man.
Hear that lonesome whistle blow!
The House of Blues Radio Hour is a weekly syndicated program hosted by Elwood Blues (a.k.a. Dan Aykroyd). In this episode, Elwood pays tribute to the locomotive and plays his favorite Blues songs about trains. Includes music by Creedence Clearwater Revival, James Brown, The Rolling Stones, Muddy Waters, Jimi Hendrix, and more!