December 30, 2007

Episode #242

A Super-sized year end spectacular as we took over the airwaves for 3.5 hours of goodness.

First up, some holiday celebration songs in honour of the new year.

Then, January 1 is the anniversary of the deaths of two of the greatest songwriters of all time, Hank Williams and Townes Van Zandt, and any good singer/songwriter show host worth his salt knows that its his duty to pay tribute.

Next up, a good friend of Townes Van Zandt was a guy named Blaze Foley. He is one of the most underrated songwriters of all time, but I’ve been into him in a big way lately, and so a few songs in hopes that we can get him just a little more well known.

One of the best albums of 2008 is sure to be Luke Doucet’s new one, which I got my hands on recently. It features Luke’s best work to date in his already impressive career, but it also brings to mind yet another new genre of music, songs about Rick Danko, so we looked at some of those and some of Danko’s greatest songs.

As a new year causes us to look forward, I also tend to look back, so I took a trip down musical memory lane with a bunch of songs from my glory days of musical discovery.

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Artist – Song title – Album Title – CDN=Canadian – WPG=Winnipeg artist

2:00pm – 2:30pm

Robert Earl Keen – Happy Holidays Y’all – Walking Distance
Reid Jamieson – Last Day of the Year – The Unavoidable Truth – CDN
NQ Arbuckle – Good Night Irene on New Year’s Eve – The Last Supper in a Cheap Town – CDN
Charlie Robison – New Year’s Day – Good Times
Slaid Cleaves – New Year’s Day – Wishbones
Todd Snider – Happy New Year/All that Matters (reprise) – Live with the Devil You Know: Grimeys 20/10/06

2:30pm – 3:00pm

Hank Done it this way:
Neko Case – Alone and Foresaken – Canadian Amp
Johnny Cash – I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry – The Legend
Mary Gauthier – Lost Highway – Live on the Air 1998-2004

We Still Miss You Townes:
Townes Van Zandt – Rake – A Gentle Evening with Townes Van Zandt
Townes Van Zandt – Tower Song – A Far Cry from Dead
Townes Van Zandt – Waitin’ Around to Die – Heartworn Highways
Townes Van Zandt – Nothin’ – Acoustic Blues
Townes Van Zandt – Pancho & Lefty – Legend
Townes Van Zandt – Black Widow Blues – In the Beginning

3:00pm – 3:30pm

Jay Farrar & Kelly Willis – Rex’s Blues – Son Volt: A Retrospective: 1995-2000
Lyle Lovett – Flyin’ Shoes – Step Inside this House
Steve Earle – Tecumseh Valley – Train a Comin’
Steve Earle – Ft. Worth Blues – El Corazon
Guy Clark – Let Him Roll – Old #1

3:30pm – 4:00pm

Townes Van Zandt – Blaze’s Blues – Documentary
In praise of Blaze:
Blaze Foley – Picture Cards Can’t Picture You – Live at the Austin Outhouse
Blaze Foley – Rainbows and Ridges – Oval Room
Blaze Foley – No Goodwill Stores in Waikiki – Cold, Cold World
Lyle Lovett – Election Day – My Baby Don’t Tolerate
John Prine – Clay Pigeons – Fair & Square
Lucinda Williams – Drunken Angel – Car Wheels on a Gravel Road


Luke Doucet – Long Haul Driver – Foke Star – CDN
Luke Doucet and the White Falcon – Blood’s Too Rich – Blood’s Too Rich – CDN

In loving memory of Rick Danko:
Luke Doucet and the White Falcon – The Day Rick Danko Died – Blood’s Too Rich – Blood’s Too Rich – CDN
Steve Forbert – Wild as the Wind – live recording
NQ Arbuckle – Danko/Manuel – live recording – CDN


Serena Ryder – This Wheel’s on Fire – If Your Memory Serves You Well – CDN
The Band – Life Is a Carnival – A Musical History – CDN
NQ Arbuckle – Sun’s Hanging Low – The Last Supper in a Cheap Town – CDN

New Year’s Nostalgia:
The Lowest of the Low – Eternal Fatalist – Shakespeare My Butt – CDN
Rheostatics – Higher and Higher – Greatest Hits – CDN
Rheostatics – King of the Past – Whale Music – CDN


The Inbreds – Any Sense of Time – Live in Calgary – CDN
Veal – Spiderman – Tilt-a-Whirl – CDN
Weeping Tile – South of Me – Valentino – CDN
Me Mom & Morgentaler – Your Friend – Shiva Space Machine – CDN
Thomas Trio & the Red Albino – 142 Thru – Thomas Trio & the Red Albino – CDN
The Watchmen – Crazy Days – McLaren Furnace Room – CDN – WPG
The Pursuit of Happiness – Let My People Go – Sex & Food: The Best of

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