Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Another Find- Playlist for March 25, 2008

Hey Mom! It's Snow--Hank Snow. And Some Jimmie Rodgers Too!

Golden Rocket
Unwanted Sign Upon Your Heart
Music Makin' Mama From Memphis
Sounthern Cannonball
Let Me Go, Lover
When Mexican Joe Met Jole Blon
I'm Movin' On
The Wreck of Old 97
Fire Ball Mail
Wabash Cannonball
City of New Orleans
Honeymoon on a Rocketship
The Engineer's Child

Jimmie Rodgers-
Waitin' For a Train
Train Whistle Blues
Hobo Bill's Last Ride

Hank Snow-
Canadian Pacific
I'm Movin' In
Folsom Prison Blues
That Same Old Dotted Line

Jimmie Rodgers-
Pistol Packin' Papa

Hank Snow-
Keep Your Promise, Willie Thomas (w/ Anita Carter)
Between Fire and Water
Rhumba Boogie
The Wayward Wind
The Last Ride

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Jamboree - March 18, 2008

a WKCR jamboree first: the honky-tonkin tuba

WKCR House Band

Danny Weiss - guitar, vocals
Mary Olve Smith - guitar, vocals
Trip Henderson - harmonica
Dave Gandin - bass
Pete Elegant - fiddle, vocals

The Second Fiddles

Jon Vesey - mandolin, vocals
Guillaume Goussault - guitar, vocals
Trip Henderson - harmonica
Gerry Yoselevich - tuba

Check out the Second Fiddles at

2008 Country Festival Schedule

The much anticipated, long delayed, never imitated, WKCR 2008 Country Festival is here!

The festival starts this Friday (3/28) at 12 noon and ends Sunday at 2pm. The festival schedule folows:

Friday March 28th

Great Songwriters – 12pm – 3pm
Since country is such a songwriter driven genre, in this segment we will pay tribute to the greatest country songwriters, including music from Bobby Braddock, Billie Joe Shaver, and others.

Modern Country Storytellers – 3pm – 6pm
Growing out of the outlaw country movement of the 1970s, borrowing from the folk singer-songwriter genre and paralleling developments in the broader alt-country field, a group of underheralded country storytellers has been traveling the highways of the United States delighting rowdy roadhouse crowds and Southern college campuses while failing to break through into the commercial country mainstream. This segment will hone in on the musical characteristics that unite songwriters like Robert Earl Keen, Todd Snider and Butch Hancock, tracing their evolution back to mainstays of a slightly earlier generation like Townes Van Zandt and Guy Clark.

Live Music – 6pm – 7:30pm
A live studio session featuring local country musicians.

Gram Parsons Rediscovered – 7:30pm – 10:30pm
Over 30 years after his untimely death, there's been a release of previously undiscovered live recordings. Amoeba records has just released The Gram Parsons Anthology vol 1. This segment will air some of these recordings and also include the back story about how these recordings resurfaced after so many years.

40 years in Folsom Prison – 10:30pm – 1:30am
This segment will celebrate the 40th anniversary of this landmark recording by Johnny Cash (with June Carter and Carl Perkins) on January 13, 1968 and the subsequent release of what would become one of the greatest albums in country music. We'll air large portions of this the concert (from 2000 re-release), along with background info and historical context.

Saturday March 29th

Uncle Tupelo Family Tree – 1:30am – 4:30am
Will include the music of this seminal neo-traditional country band from the 1990's and trace the post-breakup music created by it's members.

Murder Ballads & Disaster Songs 1913-1938 – 4:30am – 7am
Based on 2007 3-CD box set of same name put out by Tompkins Square Records.

Zydeco Love – 7am - 10am
Zydeco and cajun love songs from 1930 to today. Love songs from Chenier and the like and moving up and out in time and place. The second part with modern versions of old songs from counter-intuitive US cities, and contemporary originals.

Norman Blake and Tony Rice – 10am - 1pm
Two of the most prominent flatpicking guitarists ever, Norman Blake (b. 1938) and Tony Rice (b. 1951) have influenced countless bluegrass and country musicians and have written and recorded numerous bluegrass and country classics. In addition to great studio releases, this segment will treat listeners to a WKCR archival recording of a 1974 visit to the station by Norman Blake and John Hartford.

A Tribute to Porter Wagoner – 1pm - 6pm
Wagoner, who died October 28, 2007, was an American country music singer. Famous for his flashy Nudie suits and blond pompadour, Wagoner introduced a young Dolly Parton to his long-running television show. Together, "Porter and Dolly" were a well-known duet team throughout the late 1960s and early '70s. This segment will feature an interview with Wagoner from the WKCR archives conducted in the late 1980s.

A Tribute to Hank Thompson – 6pm - 12pm
Thompson, who died November 6, 2007, was a country music entertainer whose career spanned seven decades. He sold over 60 million records worldwide. His musical style, characterized as Honky Tonk Swing, was a mixture of fiddles, electric guitar and steel guitar that featured his distinctive, gravelly baritone vocals.

Sunday March 30th

June and Johnny – 12pm – 3am
A segment featuring duets by June Carter and Johnny Cash.

Country Rock – 3am - 8am
An exploration of how commercial country music has incorporated, or appropriated, elements from other genres like rock, blues, and gospel, while remaining true to its original influences and boundaries.

Country Gospel – 8am – 10am
A festival tradition, this segment will feature country gospel recordings from a variety of musicians, including Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Porter Wagoner, the Carter Family and musicians recorded in Appalachia by Alan Lomax in the 1930s.

Early Traditions of Black String Bands 10am - 12pm
The banjo is a product of Africa. Africans transported to the Caribbean and Latin America were reported playing banjos in the 17th and 18th centuries, before any banjo was reported in the Americas. When most of people think of fiddle and banjo music, they think of the white southern Appalachian Mountains as the source of this music. This segment will trace the history of the sting bands back to its African-American roots well before the Civil War.

Everybody Loves Hank – 12pm - 2pm
The festival will end with a segment featuring the music of Hank Williams.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Playlist - March 11, 2008

...the High Lonesome Sound of Honky Tonkin'

T. Texas Tyler - Careless Love
Carl Perkins - Dixie Fried
T. Texas Tyler - Since I Gave My Heart to Jesus
Roy Orbison - Trying to Get to You
T. Texas Tyler - Electric Guitar Polka

Tennessee Ernie Ford - Mule Train
Jimmie Davis - You Are My Sunshine
Jimmy Wakely - One Has My Name, the Other Has My Heart
Leon Payne - I Love You Because
Jack Guthrie - Oklahoma Hills

Grandpa Jones - Eight More Miles to Louisville
Cowboy Copas - Filipino Baby
Blue Sky Boys - Kentucky
Moon Mullican - New Jole Blon
Slim Whitman - Bandera Waltz 1
Hank Snow - I'm Moving On

Merle Travis - I Am a Pilgrim
Tex Ritter - Rye Whiskey
Eddy Arnold - Cattle Call
Louvin Bros - Knoxville Girl
Rusty and Doug - Louisiana Man
Patsy Cline - Faded Love
Buck Owens - Excuse Me
George Jones and Melba Montgomery - We Must Have Been Out of Our Minds

Merle Haggard - Hungry Eyes
Bobby Helms - Fraulein
Ray Price - City Lights
Flying Burritto Bros - Sin City

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Playlist - March 4, 2008

Bob Wills Birthday (3/6/1905)

Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys
Seven Come Eleven
Basin Street Blues
Sugar Blues
Honeysuckle Rose

A Maiden's Prayer
Blues for Dixie
Bubbles in My Beer
Hang Your Head in Shame
Time Changes Everything
San Antonio Rose

Don't Let the Deal Go Down
Blowin the Blues
Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star
Prosperity Special
That Brownskin Gal
I Don't Lov'a Nobody
Lone Star Rag

Postcards from Bakersfield

Merle Haggard
(My Friends Are Gonna Be) Strangers
Swinging Doors
The Bottle Let Me Down
Throw Away the Rose

Wynn Stewart
Eyes Big as Dallas
Down on the Farm
Could I Talk You into Lovin' Me

Buck Owens
Bridge Over Troubled Water
Within My Lovin Arms
I'm Goin Home

Better Late Than Never

Hoooonky Tooonkin' Honey Baby.
Rediscovered Playlists for February 5 and February 26

Mardi Gras 2/5/08--Cajun Bonanza
Clifton Chenier- Bayou Blues
-Boppin' the Rock
-The Things I Did For You
-Clifton's Squeeze-Box Boogie

Clarence Garlow, 1951-1958
-New Bon Ton Roola
-I Called You Up Daddy
-Let Me Be Your Santa

Amade Ardoin, His Original Recordings 1928-1932
-Two Step D'Eunice
-Madame Etienne
-Quoi Faire

Cajun Jamboree w/ Joe Bonsall and the Orange Playboys
-I Went to the Dance Last Night
-You Can Blame Yourself
-Bayou Pon Pon Two Step

Paul Daigle/Robert Elkins & Cajun Gold, La Lumiere Dans Son Chassis
T Bec Do'
La Valse Criminelle
Come on Down to Cajun Land Lundi Matin

Allen Fontenot & His Country Cajuns, Jole Blon & Other Cajun Honky Tonk Songs
-Jole Blon
-Lousiana Man
-Cher Tout Tout

Clifton Chenier, Frenchin' the Boogie
-Let the Good Times Roll
-Keep Knock Knockin' But You Can't Come In
-Milk Can Blues

Playlist For Tuesday, February 25, 2008

Johnny Cash
-Swing Low, Sweet Chariot
-I Call Him
-Blueberry Hill
-He'll Understand and Say Well Done
-God Has My Fortune Laid Away

Left Frizell
-It Gets Late So Early
-Lost Love Blues
-Sweet Lies
-Saginaw, Michigan
-Mom and Dad's Waltz

--LIVE BAND: Younger Sister Band---

Riley Puckett- Red Wing
The Carter Family- I'm Thinking Tonight of My Blue Eyes
Jimmie Rodgers- Waiting For a Train
Fiddlin' John Carson & Moonshine Kate- Georgia's Three Dollar Tag

Kinky Friedman, Sold American
-Get Your Biscuits In the Oven and Your Buns in the Bed
-High On Jesus
-The Balad of Charles Whitman
-Top Ten Commandments
-Western Union Wire

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

February 26,2008 - Younger Sister Band

Many thanks to the Younger Sister Band for being our guests in the WKCR studio.

Jess Segall - vocals/guitar
Fletcher Boote - vocals
Adam Green - harmonica
Shu Nakamura - guitar
Joe Lee - bass
Brian Higby - drums

check them out at

Playlist - February 12, 2008 - Country Valentines

Hank Williams - Honky Tonkin
Roy Acuff - Blue Eyes Cryin in the Rain
Patsy Cline - Crazy
Hank Williams - I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry
Kitty Wells - There's Poison in Your Heart

Ernest Tubb - Walking the Floor Over You
Wilburn Bros - I Know You Don't Love Me Anymore
Delmore Bros - Somebody Else's Darlin
Lefty Frizzell - I Want to Be with You Always
Hank Williams - Why Don't You Love Me

Floyd Tillman - I Love You So Much It Hurts
Hank Williams - Cold, Cold Heart
Hank Thompson - Most of All
Waylon Jennings - San Francisco Mabel Joy
Lefty Frizzell - I Love You a Thousand Ways

Marty Robbins - I Couldn't Keep from Crying
Hank Snow - (Now and Then There's) A Fool Such as I
Dolly Parton - I Will Always Love You
Johnny Cash - Cry Cry Cry
Blue Ridge Corn Shuckers - Old Time Corn Shuckin'

Delmore Bros - They Say It's Sinful to Flirt
Hank Williams - Hey Good Lookin'
Carter Family - My Dixie Darling
Hank Snow - My Sweet Texas Blue-Bonnet Queen\

Ernest Tubb - My Hillbilly Baby
Ernest Tubb - I Know My Baby Loves Me In Her Own Peculiar Way
Lefty Frizzell - Always Late (with Your Kisses)
Johnny Cash - Give My Love to Rose
Bob Wills - Bring It on Down to My House