Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Steel Belted Radio Playlist #146 (November 27, 2007)


Start Your Own Goddam Band
Two-Minute Miracles
Vol. IV: The Lions of Love

Death Letter Blues
Ken Whiteley
One World Dance

Opera House Stomp
Harrison Newman

Hard On Equipment (Tool for the Job)
Corb Lund
Horse Soldier! Horse Soldier!

Brian Jones
Andy Swan’s Ottawa

In the Gloaming

Wolf River
Slider Pines
Road Avenue Railroad

Sister Mercy
Katy Mae
The Sweetheart Deal

The Day We Met
Sarah Borges and the Broken Singles
Diamonds in the Dust

Sugar Baby
Michael Jerome Browne

Say Something Say Anything
The Pine Hill Haints
Ghost Dance

St. Louis Blues
The Pine Hill Haints
Ghost Dance

Looking for a Good Place to Land
Jim Lauderdale
The Bluegrass Diaries

Long Walk Back to San Antone
Junior Brown
Long Walk Back

Blue Wing
Dave Alvin
Wounded Heart of America: The Songs of Tom Russell

Riverside 1
Orillia Opry
Lighthouse for Straggler’s Eyes

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Steel Belted Radio Playlist #145 (November 20, 2007)


Companions on the Carpet
Stacy Lloyd Brown
Who is the Mother of the Sun

I Wanna Be in the Cavalry
Corb Lund
Horse Soldier! Horse Soldier!

I Wanna Be in the Cavalry: Reprise
Corb Lund
Horse Soldier! Horse Soldier!

If Daddy Could See Me Now
Andy Swan’s Ottawa

By the Touch of Her Hand
Robin and Linda Williams
Radio Songs

Rapture (Sweet Rapture)
A. A. Bondy
American Hearts

Around Nine
Sarah Borges and the Broken Singles
Diamonds in the Dust

Let It Be So
Southeast Engine
A Wheel within a Wheel

Born Again
Macon Greyson
20th Century Accidents

Devil’s Bed
The Earps
Here Come the Earps

I Bought Some Books
Black Boot Trio
Eternal Return

Ray Charles
Old 97’s
Early Tracks

For Every Glass That’s Empty
The Pine Hill Haints
Ghost Dance

Wagon Wheel
Old Crow Medicine Show

Days Aren’t Long Enough
Steve Earle and Allison Moorer
Washington Square Serenade

Falling Slowly
Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova
Once Soundtrack

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Steel Belted Radio Playlist #144 (November 13, 2007)


Remember the Good Times
Cuff the Duke
Sidelines of the City

Spirit of 1812
The Pine Hill Haints
Ghost Dance

I Often Long for Home
The Lonesome Valley Singers
Corpse Circus Revue

The Way It Rolls
Kent McAlister and The Iron Choir
The Way It Rolls

Rusty Pail Blues
Bob Snider
Amaze in Greys

You Look Like the Devil
Deadstring Brothers
Silver Mountain

Blood River
Doop and The Inside Outlaws
Blood River

Classic Cars
Bright Eyes

Happy Ending
Chuck Prophet
Soap and Water

20th Century Accidents
Macon Greyson
20th Century Accidents

Naïve Melody
Macon Greyson
20th Century Accidents

Careless Love
The Pines
Sparrows in the Bell

St. Olav’s Gate
Doug Sahm
Wounded Heart of America: Songs of Tom Russell

Get Me Gone
Walt Wilkins and The Mystiqueros
Diamonds in the Sun

Rolling Stone
Billy Joe Shaver
Everybody’s Brother

Sunday, November 11, 2007


Switching over to A.M.
Searching for a truer sound
Can't recall the call letters
Steel guitar and settle down.
-- Son Volt, "Windfall"

When I was in Alberta last weekend visiting my parents, my mom asked me to see if I could get CFCW to come in on her kitchen radio. I was surprised it wasn't coming in since it had always had a very strong signal that you could pick up all over the province, but, try as I might, I couldn't get it to come in either. We never did figure it out.

As we sat and had coffee on the mornings of that weekend, it always felt like there was something missing. No steel guitar. No stories about heartache and loss, about living through what life throws at you. No farm reports. No birthday greetings to people in the rural communities around where I grew up. No CFCW.

Even now, it's hard for me to imagine them getting up to have their breakfast, sitting down to toast and coffee without CFCW on in the background. Mom said she occasionally tried another station, but she didn't like the music or the hosts. For her, and for me as I grew up, CFCW was the truer sound.

I spent countless mornings listening to the legendary Bev Munro play singers like Faron Young, Ray Price, Kitty Wells, Patsy Cline, Lefty Frizzell, and other country greats. Even though I didn't really appreciate it at the time, that music worked its way deep into my musical sensibilities. Even though I enjoy a vast spectrum of music, I always keep coming back to country, back to the music of my mother's kitchen.

When I was going to graduate school in Lincoln, Nebraska, some friends and I often met at Duffy's Tavern for conversation over a few drinks. For about a year around late 1995-early 1996, one of us would inevitably get up and put enough money in the juke box to play all of Son Volt's Trace, the album on which "Windfall" appears. No one ever said anything, just put the quarters in the machine. We always stayed until the last note faded, no one ever grabbing a coat until then. Sitting in that bar, talking about writing and books and grad school politics, we were all a long way from where we'd grown up -- rural Nebraska, rural Tennessee, rural Alberta -- but I think Jay Farrar's mournful voice made us all feel a little closer to home.

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Steel Belted Radio Playlist #143 (November 6, 2007)


What’s Left Behind
The Sadies
New Seasons

Gotta Move
The Mannish Boys
Big Plans

Eveybody Gets the Blues
Harrison Kennedy
High Country Blues

It’s All Good
Fruteland Jackson
Tell Me What You Say

No Rolling Back
Jay Farrar
Terroir Blues

The Wheat Pool

Blue House
Blue Rodeo
Small Miracles

High Life
Whiskey & Co.

Doin’ My Time
Johnny Cash
Sun Recordings

Dixie Queen
Lost Immigrants
Waiting on Judgement Day

Step Back and Fade
Darrek Anderson
Places You Used to Go

Kick Me When I’m Down
Eleven Hundred Springs
Texas Unplugged Vol. 1

Boy with a Coin
Iron and Wine
The Shepherd’s Dog

California Stars
Wilco/Billy Bragg
Mermaid Avenue

The Fizzy and the Still
Mark Knopfler
Kill to Get Crimson