Listen To Roadhouse Radio NOW 10/7/15: Why You Been Gone So Long?

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Like Johnny Darrell once said (and later Jesse Colter), “Why You Been Gone So Long?”. OK, wait- not you, me. Where have I been and where has the PLAYBACK been? Well, it’s here and available below for a few more days (the KEXP archive saves every show for 14 days) and I hope to post the show on a regular basis from now on. Promise!

The show starts off with the aforementioned Mickey Newbury tune, then into a classic Buck Owens number about a fun little place called Sam’s. Gene Clark and Arlo Guthrie follow, before new music in the first hour from Barna Howard, The Deslondes, and then later from Holly Golightly (great new album!), Jeremy Pinnell (in Seattle Nov 12th), John Moreland, Joan Shelley, Ryan Boldt (Deep Dark Woods), Lonesome Billies, and Mandolin Orange.

But mostly, this show is about the old jams. Great songs from Odetta, Tom Rush, Ian & Sylvia, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, The Kossoy Sisters, Link Wray, the Stones, Neil Young, Karen Dalton, and one of Dylan‘s best talking blues. And, there’s hilarity too- in the second hour you’ll hear a track from a new comp called Small Town Country featuring Lefty Bachelor doing some truth-telling with a song called “Second Rate”. It’s a classic. The set also includes a parody by Don Bowman featuring Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings, “Loggers Reward” from a real life local logger named Buzz Martin, and an inspirational song from the 1975 Robert Altman cult film, Nashville. Laughs guarnteed!

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Wednesday, October 07, 2015 (LISTEN TO THIS SHOW)

Time Artist Song Album Label
6:01 Johnny Darrell Why You Been Gone So Long Why You Been Gone So Long UA
DJ Comments: Tune written by Mickey Newbury:
6:03 Buck Owens Sam’s Place Open Up Your Heart: The Buck Owens & The Buckaroos Recordings 1965-1968 (disc 1) Capitol Records
DJ Comments: 1967 single, written by Red Simpson ; live on The Buck Owens Ranch Show in 1966:
6:06 Gene Clark White Light White Light A&M
DJ Comments: His second solo album after leaving the Byrds ;
6:10 Ramblin’ Jack Elliott Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right Young Brigham Reprise
DJ Comments: The Dylan tune ; Ramblin’ Jack doing it live a few years back: ; playing in December in San Francisco with John Prine:
6:13 Arlo Guthrie Lightning Bar Blues Hobo’s Lullaby Reprise Records
DJ Comments: Sat 4/16/16 @ Moore ; Hoyt Axton tune (his version from 1970: ;
6:16 Jack Rose When the Tailgate Drops, the Bullshit Stops Luck in the Valley Thrill Jockey
DJ Comments: This song live with his frequent collaborators, the Black Twig Pickers: ;
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6:21 Barna Howard Quite a Feelin’ Quite a Feelin’ Mama Bird
DJ Comments: Tonight Wed 10/7 @ Sunset, AND hear his in-studio next week Wed 10/14 right here in The Roadhouse! This show’s favorite album of 2105: ; ;
6:25 John Prine All the Best The Missing Years Oh Boy Records
DJ Comments: Wed 3/6/16 @ Paramount ; this album *not* named for a collection of missing tracks (rather for unrecorded “missing” years in the middle of Jesus’s life accounts) ; features collaborations with Tom Petty, Phil Everly, Bonnie Raitt, Albert Lee, and Bruce Springsteen ;
6:28 Chris Smither Rosalie Still On The Levee Homonculus
DJ Comments: Wed 11/11 @ Tractor ; this career retrospective came out last year, including new recordings of his songs from past decades, featuring Allen Toussaint, Loudon Wainright III, and more ;
6:33 Joe Ely Treat Me Like a Saturday Night Joe Ely MCA Records
DJ Comments: This song live: ;
6:36 The Deslondes Those Were (Could’ve Been) The Days The Deslondes New West
DJ Comments: KEXP in-studio last July: ; this song live: ; Sam Doore’s band formerly known as the Tumbleweeds ;
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6:41 Holly Golightly & The Brokeoffs Marijuana, The Devil’s Flower Coulda Woulda Shoulda Transdreamer
DJ Comments: Review of the new album: ;
6:44 Kossoy Sisters & Erik Darling Poor Ellen Smith Bowling Green Tradition
DJ Comments: Identical twins who’ve been singing together all their lives ; performed on the O Brother Where Art Thou soundtrack ;
6:46 Tom Rush Galveston Flood Take a Little Walk With Me Elektra
DJ Comments: Live a few years ago: ;
6:51 Odetta Roll On, Buddy One Grain of Sand Vanguard
DJ Comments: This song live (audio) from 1976: ; her 2008 obituary in the New York Times:
6:54 Bob Dylan Talking Bear Mountain Picnic Massacre Blues The Bootleg Series, Volumes 1-3: 1961-1991: Rare and Unreleased (disc 1) Columbia
DJ Comments: A bit of background on the song, and its lyrics: ;
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7:01 Kacy & Clayton Henry Martin The Day Is Past & Gone Saskomusic
DJ Comments: Fri 10/16 @ Columbia City Theater ; hear their set in The Roadhouse last year: ;
7:08 Ryan Boldt Leaning On The Everlasting Arms Broadside Ballads self-released
DJ Comments: More music out of Saskatoon ; new album from the Deep Dark Woods frontman, out in two days! Live in The Roadhouse last year: ; and an interview on the blog: ; ;
7:11 Ian & Sylvia Rocks and Gravel Ian & Sylvia Vanguard
DJ Comments: Canadian duo who played together from 1959 to 1975 (and were married for part of that time) ; ;
7:11 Pozo Seco Singers Time Time Columbia
DJ Comments: Texas group active in the mid- to late ’60s ; video of this song live and other info:
7:14 Ian & Sylvia Rocks and Gravel Ian & Sylvia Vanguard
DJ Comments: Canadian duo who played from 1959 to 1975 (and were married for part of that time) ; ;
7:18 Dave Van Ronk Green, Green Rocky Road Two Sides of Dave Van Ronk Fantasy
DJ Comments: Originally included on a 1963 release ; this song live in 1980, prefaced with his own remarks from 2001: ; the Coen Brothers film Inside Llewyn Davis was loosely based on Dave Van Ronk and his memoir The Mayor of MacDougal Street:
7:21 Tim Hardin Green Rocky Road Tim Hardin 1 Verve
DJ Comments: Born and raised in Eugene, OR ; this was his debut album
7:23 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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7:31 Lefty Batchelor Second Rate Small Town Country, Vol. 1 Light In The Attic
DJ Comments: Review of this great compilation: ;
7:34 Don Bowman Willon and Waylee Six Pak Vol. 1 Lone Star
DJ Comments: Featuring Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings on harmonies ;
7:37 Buzz Martin A Logger’s Reward A Logger’s Reward Ripcord
DJ Comments: “The Singing Logger”! From the Pac NW:
7:43 Henry Gibson Keep A-Goin’ Nashville (Original Soundtrack) ABC
DJ Comments: Actor, singer, known for his work on Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In and for this role in the Robert Altman film Nashville, among other things ; his 2009 obituary:
7:45 The International Harvesters Amber Jean A Treasure Reprise Records
DJ Comments: Neil Young project in 1984-85, recorded live ; live video of this recording: ;
7:49 Jeremy Pinnell The Way Country Sounds OH/KY Sofa Burn
DJ Comments: Thu 11/12 @ Conor Byrne, AND Wed 11/18 in-studio right here in The Roadhouse ; audio of a practice version of this song: ;
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7:56 John Moreland Heart’s Too Heavy High On Tulsa Heat Thirty Tigers
DJ Comments: Originally from Kentucky but calls Oklahoma home ; ;
8:00 Mandolin Orange Rounder Such Jubilee Yep Roc
DJ Comments: North Carolina duo ; this song live: ;
8:04 Lowman Palace Annabelle Goodbye
DJ Comments: Local music led by Dean Johnson ; ;
8:07 Joan Shelley Brighter Than The Blues Over And Even No Quarter
DJ Comments: Out of Kentucky ; this song and others live: ; ;
8:10 Steve Gunn Wildwood Way Out Weather Paradise of Bachelors
DJ Comments: Live on KEXP last summer, from Pickathon: ; official video: ;
8:15 Charlie Parr When First Unto This Country Keep Your Hands on the Plow House of Mercy
DJ Comments: Thu 10/8 @ Tractor ; video live in The Roadhouse a couple years back: ;
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8:20 Michael Hurley Grand Canyon Line Armchair Boogie Racoon
DJ Comments: Played in the Unholy Modal Rounders (the spinoff of Holy Modal Rounders) with Peter Stampfel, along with Jeffrey Frederick and the Clamtones ; couple shows coming up this month in PDX:
8:24 The Lonesome Billies The Bottom Of The Bottle Is Almost Dry It’s Good To Be Lonesome self-released
DJ Comments: Debut album from the Portland band ; ; some live footage of the band: ;
8:28 Holly Golightly & The Brokeoffs Jump In the River Coulda Woulda Shoulda Transdreamer
DJ Comments: Another track from the great new album ;
8:32 The Abigails Story of Pain Tundra Burger
DJ Comments: Official video for “Medication,” another song from this album: ;
8:34 The Growlers Derka Blues Hung At Heart Everloving Records
DJ Comments: This song live in 2012: ;
8:37 Pete Molinari Hang My Head In Shame Theosophy Clarksville/INgrooves, 2014
DJ Comments: Video of Pete’s appearance last year right here in The Roadhouse: ;
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8:43 Link Wray La De Da Link Wray Polydor
DJ Comments: Song written and album produced by Steve Verroca ;
8:48 The Rolling Stones Let It Bleed Let It Bleed London Records
DJ Comments: Live video a few years back: ; and in 1981: ;
8:53 Flamin’ Groovies 32 – 20 Teenage Head Buddha Records
DJ Comments: Founded in San Francisco in the ’60s, reunited in 2013 and still touring ;
8:55 Gregg Allman Midnight Rider Delta Swamp Rock: More Sounds from the South 1968-1975 Soul Jazz
DJ Comments: Originally released on 1973’s “Laid Back,” his debut solo album after disagreements were brewing within the Allman Brothers ;
8:59 Taj Mahal Take a Giant Step Giant Step / De Ole Folks at Home Columbia
DJ Comments: Song written by Gerry Goffin and Carole King, and recorded by The Monkees in 1966 (B-side to Last Train to Clarksville) ; Stay tuned: DJ El Toro up next!