PLAYBACK! Listen To Roadhouse Radio on KEXP: 01/13/16 : Songs Of Freedom

Happy The Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King Junior Holiday. Make sure you go and stream Greg Vandy’s historically awesome show on The Roadhouse on KEXP from last week. There’s a few sets of of old spirituals and traditional songs that were adapted for the Civil Rights movement in the third hour. A bunch of other rootsy stuff before.

Thinking about MLK with songs of freedom. Click the link and Listen NOW!

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Wednesday, January 13, 2016 (LISTEN TO THIS SHOW)

Time Artist Song Album Label
6:01 Charlie Musselwhite Cha Cha the Blues Stand Back! Here Comes Charley Musselwhite’s Southside Band Vanguard Records
6:05 Jimmy Smith Boom Boom Hoochie Cooche Man Verve
DJ Comments: “Midnight Special” live a while back: ;
6:11 The Animals Boom Boom The Animals Columbia Records
DJ Comments: Another version of John Lee Hooker’s famous tune ; great live video from 1965:
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6:16 John Lee Hooker Messin’ Round With The Blues Urban Blues Bluesway
DJ Comments: Actually recorded in 1969 and unreleased until a later reissue of this album ; ; John Lee Hooker doing his own “Boom Boom Boom” on the BBC in 1965:
6:18 John Lee Hooker Think Twice Before You Go Urban Blues Bluesway
DJ Comments: Discography: ;
6:19 Elmore James Fine Little Mama The Best of Elmore James Sue
DJ Comments: Originally released in 1960 as the B-side of the Fire single “Done Somebody Wrong”
6:22 Gary Clark Jr. Shake The Story of Sonny Boy Slim Warner Bros.
DJ Comments: Sun 4/10/16 @ Moore ; Live on KEXP in 2014: ;
6:26 Flamin’ Groovies High Flyin’ Baby Teenage Head Buddha Records
DJ Comments: Enjoying a recent resurgence, having formed in the ’60s in San Francisco ;
6:29 Link Wray La De Da Link Wray Polydor
DJ Comments: Recorded in 1971 by Link’s brother Vernon in the three-track studio that Link had converted from an old chicken shack on his farm in Accokeek, Maryland ;
6:33 The Rolling Stones Good Time Women Exile on Main St. (bonus disc) Polydor
DJ Comments: Sounds like “Tumbling Dice” because this was an earlier working of that tune ; from the bonus disc of the reissue of this 1972 album ;
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6:39 Holly Golightly & The Brokeoffs Coulda Shoulda Woulda Coulda Shoulda Woulda Transdreamer
DJ Comments: One of The Roadhouse’s favorites of 2015: ;
6:42 Daddy Long Legs Big Road Blues Blood from a Stone Norton
DJ Comments: Video of this song live a couple years ago: ;
6:44 Pete Molinari Winds of Change Theosophy Clarksville/INgrooves, 2014
DJ Comments: Live video, here in The Roadhouse in 2014: ;
6:49 JD McPherson Precious Let The Good Times Roll Rounder
DJ Comments: Live at KEXP in 2012: ; Rolling Stone interview last year: ;
6:53 The Deslondes Those Were (Could’ve Been) The Days The Deslondes New West
DJ Comments: KEXP in-studio last summer: ; this song live: ; Sam Doore’s band formerly known as the Tumbleweeds ;
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6:58 Lee Bob & The Truth Let the Hate In (I Won’t) The Truth Brahma
DJ Comments: Fri 1/29 @ Timbrrr Winter Music Festival in Leavenworth ; ; more about this song: ; ;
7:02 The Donkeys Down The Line Midnight Palms Easy Sound
DJ Comments: Mon 2/5 @ Sunset ; new album from the San Diego band ; live on KEXP in 2014: ;
7:05 Reed Turchi View From Angel’s Landing Speaking in Shadows Devil Down
DJ Comments: New album coming out in March ; ; ; ; this song, acoustic:
7:07 Easy Leaves Fresno Fresno Omega
DJ Comments: Fri 1/15 @ Conor Byrne (w/ Ganges River Band) ; new album from the Bay Area duo ; official video for this song: ;
7:11 Andrew Combs Suwannee County All These Dreams Coin/Thirty Tigers
DJ Comments: This song live in Austin TX last year: ; review of the album: ;
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7:19 Joan Shelley Brighter Than The Blues Over And Even No Quarter
DJ Comments: Recorded in Kentucky, near Louisville, with appearances by Will Oldham (singing harmony) and others ; ;
7:22 Nadia Reid Runway Listen To Formation, Look For The Signs Scissor Tail
DJ Comments: Debut album from this New Zealand singer-songwriter ; ; ;
7:25 Kodiak Deathbeds Cross That Line Kodiak Deathbeds self-released
DJ Comments: Amber Webber from Black Mountain with Derek Fudesco from Cave Singers ; official video (some sort of dirtbike rally with animal and superhero suits): ;
7:29 Jessica Pratt Hollywood Jessica Pratt Birth
DJ Comments: Video live at KEXP last spring: ;
7:33 Laura Marling Blues Run the Game Blues Run the Game Third Man Records
DJ Comments: Jackson C. Frank tune, covered by many including Bert Jansch: , Mark Lanegan w/Soulsavers: , and Nick Drake: ;
7:35 Karen Dalton In My Own Dream In My Own Time Light in the Attic Records
DJ Comments: Reissue of the 1971 album ;
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7:43 Oscar Brown Jr. Watermelon Man Sin & Soul …And Then Some Columbia
DJ Comments: Herbie Hancock tune ; the 1960 album, originally called just “Sin & Soul”, was reissued in 2008 with extra tracks ; Oscar Brown Jr. wrote “Work Song” with Nat Adderley
7:45 Odetta & Larry Water Boy The Tin Angel Fantasy
DJ Comments: Beautiful live clip of this song, from “No Direction Home”: ;
7:49 Kacy & Clayton Nottamun Town Kacy & Clayton Dahl Street
DJ Comments: Their 2014 live session, here in The Roadhouse: ; ; more about the many versions and adaptations of this traditional song:
7:54 Fred Neil Green Rocky Road Fred Neil Capitol Records
DJ Comments: Karen Dalton’s version of the tune:
7:57 Tim Hardin Green Rocky Road Tim Hardin 1 Verve
DJ Comments: Dave Van Ronk doing the tune live in 1980, prefaced with his own remarks from 2001:
8:00 Tom Rush Solid Gone Tom Rush Elektra
DJ Comments: Cool video for “No Regrets” from back in the day: ;
8:03 Justin Townes Earle Working for the MTA Harlem River Blues Bloodshot Records
DJ Comments: Video live at KEXP back in 2010: ; and listen to his 2012 in-studio: ;
8:07 Barna Howard Indiana Rose Quite a Feelin’ Mama Bird
DJ Comments: This song and others live in The Roadhouse last year: ; this album topped The Roadhouse’s 10 favorites from 2015: ; ;
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8:14 The Impressions People Get Ready People Get Ready ABC-Paramount
DJ Comments: This song live at the Martin Luther King Memorial Dedication Concert in Washington DC in 2011:
8:17 The Staple Singers Why? (Am I Treated So Bad) Freedom Highway Epic
DJ Comments: KEXP’s 16th Annual Expansions MLK Unity Celebration is Sun 1/17 @ Columbia City Theater:
8:20 Phil Ochs Talking Birmingham Jam Newport Broadside Vanguard
DJ Comments: Also on his 1965 album “I Ain’t Marching Anymore” ; Footage of Phil at the Newport Folk Festival in 1963:
8:23 Big Bill Broonzy Black, Brown and White Classic Protest Songs: From Smithsonian Folkways
DJ Comments: Civil rights leader Rev. Dr. Joseph Lowery paraphrased this song during President Obama’s 2009 inauguration ceremony ;
8:25 Martin Luther King, Jr. Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. Speaking Sing for Freedom: Civil Rights Movement Songs Smithsonian Folkways
DJ Comments: Part of a recording called “Birmingham Mass Meeting, 1963” ; KEXP’s 16th Annual Expansions MLK Unity Celebration is Sun 1/17 @ Columbia City Theater:
8:30 CORE Freedom Singers Get Your Rights, Jack Voices of the Civil Rights Movement Smithsonian Folkways
DJ Comments: Recorded in New York in 1963
8:34 Betty Fikes If You Miss Me From the Back of the Bus Voices of the Civil Rights Movement Smithsonian Folkways
DJ Comments: Recorded in Selma, Alabama, in 1963 ; Betty Fikes is known as “The Voice of Selma”:
8:36 SNCC Freedom Singers We’ll Never Turn Back Voices of the Civil Rights Movement Smithsonian Folkways
DJ Comments: Led by Emory Harris, recorded in Atlanta, GA, in 1964
8:40 Odetta The Times They Are A-Changin’ Odetta Sings Dylan RCA Victor
DJ Comments: Odetta performing “Jim Crow Blues” live in 2003: ; the great Odetta passed away in 2008:
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8:45 Martin Luther King, Jr. Fun Town, U.S.A. My Little Girl Martin Luther King at Zion Hill Pica Productions
DJ Comments: KEXP’s 16th Annual Expansions MLK Unity Celebration is Sun 1/17 @ Columbia City Theater:
8:50 Sam Cooke A Change Is Gonna Come Ain’t That Good News RCA
DJ Comments: B-side to “Shake” in 1964 ; about this song and Sam Cooke’s own feelings about it: ; Al Green doing the song live:
8:54 Mabel Hillary Don’t You Think It’s About Time That We All Be Free Voices of the Civil Rights Movement Smithsonian Folkways
DJ Comments: Recorded in 1964 in Atlanta, GA ;
8:57 Pastor T.L. Barrett and the Youth for Christ Choir Like a Ship Like a Ship (Without a Sail) Light in the Attic Records
DJ Comments: Reissue of the 1971 album ; KEXP’s 16th Annual Expansions MLK Unity Celebration is Sun 1/17 @ Columbia City Theater: