Podcast: January 17, 2021 – 20 years of Times Change(d) High & Lonesome Club

Episode #872

Not a lot of new music these days, leaving time to celebrate two beloved Canadian musical institutions. Borealis Records has served the Canadian folk & roots community like no other label over the past 25 years, so it’s with a bit of sadness but a lot of gratitude that we pay tribute to the end of the road for founders Grit Laskin and Bill Garrett. Winnipeg’s beloved Times Change(d) High & Lonesome Club is one of the most important musical breeding grounds in the country (world?) and it celebrates 20 years this week. John Scoles has stared down the end of the road and refused to quit many times and we’re looking forward to the eventual post-COVID resurrection of the club with a look back at some of the amazing moments from the past 20 years.

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Artist – Song Title – Album Title – CDN=Canadian – MB=Manitoba Artist – WPG=Winnipeg artist

D.Rangers – We Stay High and Lonesome – We Stay High and Lonesome – CDN – WPG
Parker Millsap – The Real Thing – Be Here Instead
Lucero – Back in Ohio – When You Found Me
Matt Mays – Downtown – From Burnside With Love – CDN

Ryland Moranz – Run Rabbit Run – XO, 1945 – CDN
Leeroy Stagger – Run Rabbit Run – Love Versus – CDN
Matthew Ryan – Run Rabbit Run – Hustle up Starlings

Laura Smith – As Long as I’m Dreaming – As Long as I’m Dreaming – CDN
Ken Whiteley – Don’t Burn the Candle at Both Ends – Acoustic Eclectic – CDN
Doug Paisley – Transient – The Al Purdy Songbook – CDN
Ron Hynes – My Father’s Ghost – Stealing Genius – CDN
Jon Brooks – Gun Dealer – The Smiling & Beautiful Countryside – CDN

Andrew Neville – Honky Tonk Shangri-La – We Still Gotta Lotta Livin’ To Do – CDN – WPG
Adrien Sala – Andrew Neville – Winnipeg: The High & Lonesome Years [Vol. IV] – CDN – WPG
The Perpetrators – Josco, Can I Have Another Shot Of Beam? – Winnipeg: The High & Lonesome Years [Vol. III] – CDN – WPG
Nathan – Stone – Winnipeg: The High And Lonesome Years Vol. II – CDN – WPG
Nathan – Temptation – Winnipeg: The High And Lonesome Years Vol. II – CDN – WPG
Sound Czech – The Chicken Toss Song – Winnipeg: The High & Lonesome Years [Vol. 1] – CDN – WPG

Scott Nolan Band – Chicken Flew – American Hotel – CDN – WPG
Kev Corbett – 12 Steps to Hell – recorded live on UMFM – CDN
The Sadies – The Times Change – Tales Of The Rat Fink: Original Soundtrack – CDN

Alana Levandoski – Don’t Be Denied – Borrowed Tunes II (a Tribute to Neil Young) out of the Blue – CDN – MB
Geoff Berner – The Way That Girl Drinks Beer – We Shall Not Flag or Fail, We Shall Go On to the End – CDN
Kris Demeanor & his Crack Band – Party All Night – Party All Night: Live at the Ironwood – CDN
NQ Arbuckle – In Another Time – Hanging The Battle-Scarred Pinata – CDN
Jack Marks – Exley’s Blues – Two Of Everything – CDN
Corin Raymond – Hard on Things – Hobo Jungle Fever Dreams – CDN

Playlist: Episode #872, Jan. 17, 2021

Not a lot of new music these days, leaving time to celebrate two beloved Canadian musical institutions. Borealis Records has served the Canadian folk & roots community like no other label over the past 25 years, so it’s with a bit of sadness but a lot of gratitude that we pay tribute to the end of the road for founders Grit Laskin and Bill Garrett. Winnipeg’s beloved Times Change(d) High & Lonesome Club is one of the most important musical breeding grounds in the country (world?) and it celebrates 20 years this week. John Scoles has stared down the end of the road and refused to quit many times and we’re looking forward to the eventual post-COVID resurrection of the club with a look back at some of the amazing moments from the past 20 years.

Artist – Song Title – Album Title – CDN=Canadian – MB=Manitoba Artist – WPG=Winnipeg artist

D.Rangers – We Stay High and Lonesome – We Stay High and Lonesome – CDN – WPG
Parker Millsap – The Real Thing – Be Here Instead
Lucero – Back in Ohio – When You Found Me
Matt Mays – Downtown – From Burnside With Love – CDN

Ryland Moranz – Run Rabbit Run – XO, 1945 – CDN
Leeroy Stagger – Run Rabbit Run – Love Versus – CDN
Matthew Ryan – Run Rabbit Run – Hustle up Starlings

Laura Smith – As Long as I’m Dreaming – As Long as I’m Dreaming – CDN
Ken Whiteley – Don’t Burn the Candle at Both Ends – Acoustic Eclectic – CDN
Doug Paisley – Transient – The Al Purdy Songbook – CDN
Ron Hynes – My Father’s Ghost – Stealing Genius – CDN
Jon Brooks – Gun Dealer – The Smiling & Beautiful Countryside – CDN

Andrew Neville – Honky Tonk Shangri-La – We Still Gotta Lotta Livin’ To Do – CDN – WPG
Adrien Sala – Andrew Neville – Winnipeg: The High & Lonesome Years [Vol. IV] – CDN – WPG
The Perpetrators – Josco, Can I Have Another Shot Of Beam? – Winnipeg: The High & Lonesome Years [Vol. III] – CDN – WPG
Nathan – Stone – Winnipeg: The High And Lonesome Years Vol. II – CDN – WPG
Nathan – Temptation – Winnipeg: The High And Lonesome Years Vol. II – CDN – WPG
Sound Czech – The Chicken Toss Song – Winnipeg: The High & Lonesome Years [Vol. 1] – CDN – WPG

Scott Nolan Band – Chicken Flew – American Hotel – CDN – WPG
Kev Corbett – 12 Steps to Hell – recorded live on UMFM – CDN
The Sadies – The Times Change – Tales Of The Rat Fink: Original Soundtrack – CDN

Alana Levandoski – Don’t Be Denied – Borrowed Tunes II (a Tribute to Neil Young) out of the Blue – CDN – MB
Geoff Berner – The Way That Girl Drinks Beer – We Shall Not Flag or Fail, We Shall Go On to the End – CDN
Kris Demeanor & his Crack Band – Party All Night – Party All Night: Live at the Ironwood – CDN
NQ Arbuckle – In Another Time – Hanging The Battle-Scarred Pinata – CDN
Jack Marks – Exley’s Blues – Two Of Everything – CDN
Corin Raymond – Hard on Things – Hobo Jungle Fever Dreams – CDN

Podcast: January 10, 2021

Episode #871

Back in the saddle for the first “regular” episode of the new year. After a couple of 4-hour specials the past couple of weeks and a bunch of Christmas business before that, we’ve got a bit of a backlog of new and new-to-me music to get through, as well as some requests and a trip back in time to some Can-con glory days spearheaded by one of our most loyal listeners.

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Artist – Song Title – Album Title – CDN=Canadian – MB=Manitoba Artist – WPG=Winnipeg artist

Mayhemingways – 14th of January – Skip Land – CDN
Guy Clark – Step Inside My House – unreleased
Shawn Camp – She Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere – unreleased
Jim Bryson – Grey Cup Sunday – A Country Blues Christmas: The 2010 Zunior Holiday Album – CDN
John Bottomley – The River – Star In the Singing Grove – CDN
John Bottomley – Black Mountain Breakdown (outtake from the Blackberry Sessions) – The Mountain Hammered, Vol. 1-unreleased Songs, Live Songs, demos, 1990-2009 – CDN

Steve Earle & The Dukes – Last Words – J.T.
Todd Snider – I Wish We Had Our Time Again – single
Charley Crockett – I Can Help – single
Langhorne Slim – Colors – Strawberry Mansion
Sam Kaiser – Good Things – single – CDN
Jon and Roy – Rising Sun – single
Beta Radio – Hope You Change Your Mind – Afraid of Love
John Blek – Right Moves – Digressions #2 Grounded

Screamin’ Jay Hawkins – Whistlin’ Past the Graveyard – New Coat of Paint: Tom Waits Tribute
Alana Levandoski – Ring Out Wild Bells – single – CDN – MB
Amanda Shires – That’s All – single
Strung Like a Horse – Fuck What They Think – WHOA!
Cinder Well – Wandering Boy – No Summer

Ron Sexsmith – Beautiful View – Whereabouts – CDN
The Weakerthans – Pamphleteer – Left and Leaving – CDN – WPG
The Cash Brothers – Nebraska – How Was Tomorrow – CDN
The Cash Brothers – Night Shift Guru – How Was Tomorrow – CDN
Spirit of the West – D for Democracy – Go Figure – CDN
Barenaked Ladies – Enid – Gordon – CDN
Jim Bryson – Elizabeth – The North Side Benches – CDN

Playlist: Episode #871, Jan. 10, 2021

Back in the saddle for the first “regular” episode of the new year. After a couple of 4-hour specials the past couple of weeks and a bunch of Christmas business before that, we’ve got a bit of a backlog of new and new-to-me music to get through, as well as some requests and a trip back in time to some Can-con glory days spearheaded by one of our most loyal listeners.

Artist – Song Title – Album Title – CDN=Canadian – MB=Manitoba Artist – WPG=Winnipeg artist

Mayhemingways – 14th of January – Skip Land – CDN
Guy Clark – Step Inside My House – unreleased
Shawn Camp – She Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere – unreleased
Jim Bryson – Grey Cup Sunday – A Country Blues Christmas: The 2010 Zunior Holiday Album – CDN
John Bottomley – The River – Star In the Singing Grove – CDN
John Bottomley – Black Mountain Breakdown (outtake from the Blackberry Sessions) – The Mountain Hammered, Vol. 1-unreleased Songs, Live Songs, demos, 1990-2009 – CDN

Steve Earle & The Dukes – Last Words – J.T.
Todd Snider – I Wish We Had Our Time Again – single
Charley Crockett – I Can Help – single
Langhorne Slim – Colors – Strawberry Mansion
Sam Kaiser – Good Things – single – CDN
Jon and Roy – Rising Sun – single
Beta Radio – Hope You Change Your Mind – Afraid of Love
John Blek – Right Moves – Digressions #2 Grounded

Screamin’ Jay Hawkins – Whistlin’ Past the Graveyard – New Coat of Paint: Tom Waits Tribute
Alana Levandoski – Ring Out Wild Bells – single – CDN – MB
Amanda Shires – That’s All – single
Strung Like a Horse – Fuck What They Think – WHOA!
Cinder Well – Wandering Boy – No Summer

Ron Sexsmith – Beautiful View – Whereabouts – CDN
The Weakerthans – Pamphleteer – Left and Leaving – CDN – WPG
The Cash Brothers – Nebraska – How Was Tomorrow – CDN
The Cash Brothers – Night Shift Guru – How Was Tomorrow – CDN
Spirit of the West – D for Democracy – Go Figure – CDN
Barenaked Ladies – Enid – Gordon – CDN
Jim Bryson – Elizabeth – The North Side Benches – CDN

Podcast: January 3, 2021 – 4 Hour 2020 Favourites Marathon

Episode #870

4 straight hours of nothing but my favourite music released in 2020. The year may have been a disaster in many areas, but it was an exceptional year for music, so much so that I couldn’t even fit it all into 4 hours. There’s much more great stuff to be heard, but this represents a pretty good overview of many of my favourite releases from the year.

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Artist – Song Title – Album Title – CDN=Canadian – MB=Manitoba Artist – WPG=Winnipeg artist

Figure Walking – Colourful – Vertical / Horizontal – CDN – WPG
Justin Osborne – Rock On – The Real Brent Brent
Country Westerns – I’m Not Ready – I’m Not Ready
Jason Isbell And The 400 Unit – Be Afraid – Reunions
Anthony da Costa – Sooner Than Later – Feet On The Dashboard
Steve Earle & The Dukes – It’s About Blood – Ghosts of West Virginia

Katie Pruitt – Expectations – Expectations
Ben de la Cour – Suicide of Town – single
Mike Plume – I’m Your Huckleberry – Lonesome Stretch of Highway – CDN
William Prince – That’s All I’ll Ever Become – Reliever – CDN – WPG
Ondara – Lockdown On Date Night Tuesday – Folk n’ Roll Vol. 1: Tales Of Isolation

Kennedy Road – Time – A Little Fight Left Yet – CDN
Bonny Light Horseman – The Roving – Bonny Light Horseman
Chuck Prophet – Best Shirt On – The Land That Time Forgot

Jesse Denatale – Beside You – The Wilderness
Lydia Loveless – Wringer – Daughter
Kathleen Edwards – Hard On Everyone – Total Freedom – CDN
Sarah Harmer – New Low – Are You Gone – CDN
Lynn Miles – Restless – We’ll Look for Stars – CDN
Melissa Payne – Darker Than Your Dark – Darker Than Your Dark – CDN

Lucinda Williams – Man Without a Soul (Acoustic) – Good Souls Better Angels
American Aquarium – The Long Haul – Lamentations
Richard Inman – New Years Blues – Faded Love Better Days – CDN – MB
Blackie and the Rodeo Kings – King of This Town – King of This Town – CDN
Western Centuries – Space Force (feat. Jim Lauderdale) – Call the Captain
Thomas Csorba – Crooked Kind of Free – Thomas Csorba
Slow Leaves – Half of the Bed – Shelf Life – CDN – WPG

Sean Burns – Daddy Was an Auctioneer – It Takes Luck to Get the Best of Me – CDN – WPG
Sean Burns & Lost Country – Phantom 309 – We Gotta Lotta Truckin’ to Do – CDN – WPG
Andrew Neville – Honky Tonk Shangri-La – We Still Gotta Lotta Livin’ To Do – CDN – WPG
Skinny Dyck – Glory for Me – Get to Know Lonesome – CDN
Sean Burns & Lost Country – Chaparral – A Bakersfield Half-Dozen – CDN – WPG
Corb Lund – Rat Patrol – Agricultural Tragic – CDN

Gabe Lee – Honky Tonk Hell – Honky Tonk Hell
Justin Farren – Two Wheel Drive and Japanese – Pretty Free
Ben de la Cour – God’s Only Son – Shadow Land
Becky Warren – Me and These Jeans – The Sick Season
Hailey Whitters – All The Cool Girls – The Dream
Liz Longley – 3 Crow – Funeral for My Past
Juliet McConkey – Hung the Moon – Disappearing Girl
Evangeline Gentle – The Strongest People Have Tender Hearts – Evangeline Gentle – CDN

Jim Bryson – Mama Tried – single – CDN
Ken Yates – Surviving Is Easy – Quiet Talkers – CDN
Graven – Legend of You – Years – CDN
Charlie Whitten – A Long Time – I’m Waiting
Molly Parden – Weather2020 – 290520
John Blek – Empty Pockets – The Embers

Joe Nolan – Kisses in the Dark – Drifters – CDN
Courtney Marie Andrews – How You Get Hurt – Old Flowers
Last Year’s Man – Brave the Storm (feat. Anna Tivel) – Brave the Storm
Strays Don’t Sleep – I Walked Away – A Short Film for a Long Story
John Moreland – East October – LP5

Northcote – Keep on Saying Goodbye – Let Me Roar – CDN
Will Kimbrough – Plow to the End of the Row – Spring Break
Scott Cook – Just Enough Empties – Tangle of Souls – CDN

Playlist: Episode #870, Jan. 3, 2021 – 4 Hour 2020 Favourites Marathon

4 straight hours of nothing but my favourite music released in 2020. The year may have been a disaster in many areas, but it was an exceptional year for music, so much so that I couldn’t even fit it all into 4 hours. There’s much more great stuff to be heard, but this represents a pretty good overview of many of my favourite releases from the year.

Artist – Song Title – Album Title – CDN=Canadian – MB=Manitoba Artist – WPG=Winnipeg artist

Figure Walking – Colourful – Vertical / Horizontal – CDN – WPG
Justin Osborne – Rock On – The Real Brent Brent
Country Westerns – I’m Not Ready – I’m Not Ready
Jason Isbell And The 400 Unit – Be Afraid – Reunions
Anthony da Costa – Sooner Than Later – Feet On The Dashboard
Steve Earle & The Dukes – It’s About Blood – Ghosts of West Virginia

Katie Pruitt – Expectations – Expectations
Ben de la Cour – Suicide of Town – single
Mike Plume – I’m Your Huckleberry – Lonesome Stretch of Highway – CDN
William Prince – That’s All I’ll Ever Become – Reliever – CDN – WPG
Ondara – Lockdown On Date Night Tuesday – Folk n’ Roll Vol. 1: Tales Of Isolation

Kennedy Road – Time – A Little Fight Left Yet – CDN
Bonny Light Horseman – The Roving – Bonny Light Horseman
Chuck Prophet – Best Shirt On – The Land That Time Forgot

Jesse Denatale – Beside You – The Wilderness
Lydia Loveless – Wringer – Daughter
Kathleen Edwards – Hard On Everyone – Total Freedom – CDN
Sarah Harmer – New Low – Are You Gone – CDN
Lynn Miles – Restless – We’ll Look for Stars – CDN
Melissa Payne – Darker Than Your Dark – Darker Than Your Dark – CDN

Lucinda Williams – Man Without a Soul (Acoustic) – Good Souls Better Angels
American Aquarium – The Long Haul – Lamentations
Richard Inman – New Years Blues – Faded Love Better Days – CDN – MB
Blackie and the Rodeo Kings – King of This Town – King of This Town – CDN
Western Centuries – Space Force (feat. Jim Lauderdale) – Call the Captain
Thomas Csorba – Crooked Kind of Free – Thomas Csorba
Slow Leaves – Half of the Bed – Shelf Life – CDN – WPG

Sean Burns – Daddy Was an Auctioneer – It Takes Luck to Get the Best of Me – CDN – WPG
Sean Burns & Lost Country – Phantom 309 – We Gotta Lotta Truckin’ to Do – CDN – WPG
Andrew Neville – Honky Tonk Shangri-La – We Still Gotta Lotta Livin’ To Do – CDN – WPG
Skinny Dyck – Glory for Me – Get to Know Lonesome – CDN
Sean Burns & Lost Country – Chaparral – A Bakersfield Half-Dozen – CDN – WPG
Corb Lund – Rat Patrol – Agricultural Tragic – CDN

Gabe Lee – Honky Tonk Hell – Honky Tonk Hell
Justin Farren – Two Wheel Drive and Japanese – Pretty Free
Ben de la Cour – God’s Only Son – Shadow Land
Becky Warren – Me and These Jeans – The Sick Season
Hailey Whitters – All The Cool Girls – The Dream
Liz Longley – 3 Crow – Funeral for My Past
Juliet McConkey – Hung the Moon – Disappearing Girl
Evangeline Gentle – The Strongest People Have Tender Hearts – Evangeline Gentle – CDN

Jim Bryson – Mama Tried – single – CDN
Ken Yates – Surviving Is Easy – Quiet Talkers – CDN
Graven – Legend of You – Years – CDN
Charlie Whitten – A Long Time – I’m Waiting
Molly Parden – Weather2020 – 290520
John Blek – Empty Pockets – The Embers

Joe Nolan – Kisses in the Dark – Drifters – CDN
Courtney Marie Andrews – How You Get Hurt – Old Flowers
Last Year’s Man – Brave the Storm (feat. Anna Tivel) – Brave the Storm
Strays Don’t Sleep – I Walked Away – A Short Film for a Long Story
John Moreland – East October – LP5

Northcote – Keep on Saying Goodbye – Let Me Roar – CDN
Will Kimbrough – Plow to the End of the Row – Spring Break
Scott Cook – Just Enough Empties – Tangle of Souls – CDN

Podcast: Dec. 27, 2020 – 4 Hour Covers & Classics Holiday Marathon

Episode #869

4-hour holiday marathon! Some of the best cover versions from 2020, a bunch of great classics, and a punk & indie dance party to close it off!

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Artist – Song Title – Album Title – CDN=Canadian – MB=Manitoba Artist – WPG=Winnipeg artist

Justin Townes Earle – Rocket 88 – New West Records Nashville & Athens Artist Celebrity Coronavirus Awareness Fun Mix Pro-Am Mix For The Cure
Steve Earle & The Dukes – Harlem River Blues – J.T.
Chris Stapleton – Old Friends – Starting Over
Zachary Lucky – Bad Liver and a Broken Heart – single
Will Kimbrough – Cape Henry – Spring Break
Todd Snider – Angel from Montgomery – single

Brian Wright – Got Me Under Pressure / Nice to See You Smile Again – The Sneak Ups
The Oldest Forest – Mr. Brownstone (Wild Turkey Version) – single – CDN
Will Courtney – Cracking Up – At Home With Will Courtney and the Wild Bunch
Eilen Jewell – Green River – Green River
Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings – Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In) – Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Rendition Was In)

Skydiggers – Lovin’ You Ain’t Easy – single – CDN
Courtney Marie Andrews, Liz Cooper & the Stampede & Molly Sarlé – America – single
Jonathan Byrd – I Wish I Was In Love – Pickup Takeout
Good Lovelies – Torn Screen Door – single – CDN

The Circuit Breakers – Somewhere Else – single

Matthew Ryan – Another Christmas (Until I Am There With You) – single
Jackson Emmer – Christmas on the Bayou (feat. Isa Burke) – single
Brennen Leigh – Merry Christmas Asshole – single

Matthew Ryan – Heaven Is a Place on Earth – single
Sons of Bill – In Your Eyes – single
Mary Bragg – You Got It – Think About It
Phoebe & Maggie – Iris – single
Dan Mangan – Losing My Religion – Thief – CDN

Larkin Poe – Bell Bottom Blues – Kindred Spirits
Katie Pruitt – Ohio – Ohio / After The Gold Rush
Serlin Greaves – The Needle and the Damage Done – single – CDN – WPG
Scott The Hoople – Thrasher – NEIL (Vol. 1)
The Wild Feathers – Blue – Medium Rarities

Stan Rogers – Fogarty’s Cove – Fogarty’s Cove – CDN
Ron Hynes – No Kathleen – Cryer’s Paradise – CDN
Colin Linden – Between The Darkness And The Light Of Day – From The Water – CDN
John Bottomley – The Healing Dream – The Healing Dream – CDN

Oh Susanna – Sacrifice – Sleepy Little Sailor – CDN
Luke Doucet – Outlaws – Aloha Manitoba – CDN
Del Barber – Miles and Years – Love Songs For The Last 20 – CDN – WPG
John K. Samson – Postdoc Blues – Winter Wheat – CDN – WPG

John Wort Hannam – Acres of Elbow Room – Acres of Elbow Room – CDN
Mariel Buckley – Driving in the Dark – Driving in the Dark – CDN
Dave McCann and the Firehearts – Road to Cain – Dixiebluebird – CDN
Corin Raymond – Three Thousand Miles – Record Lonesome Night – CDN
Dustin Bentall – Six Shooter – Six Shooter – CDN

Teenage Head – You’re Tearin’ Me Apart – Teenage Head – CDN
Ramones – Sheena Is a Punk Rocker – Rocket to Russia
Deer Tick – Let’s All Go to the Bar – Divine Providence
The Replacements – Bastards of Young – Tim

Rheostatics – RDA (Rock Death America) – Whale Music – CDN
The Inbreds – North Window – It’s Sydney or the Bush – CDN
Sloan – Underwhelmed – Smeared – CDN
Shadowy Men On A Shadowy Planet – I Know a Guy Named Larry – Dim the Lights, Chill The Ham – CDN
Lowest of the Low – The Last Recidivist – Sordid Fiction – CDN

Fontaines D.C. – Too Real – Dogrel
The Hold Steady – You Can Make Him Like You – Boys and Girls in America
Elvis Costello & The Attractions – (I Don’t Want To Go To) Chelsea – This Year’s Model
Camper Van Beethoven – Take the Skinheads Bowling – Telephone Free Landslide Victory
The Lemonheads – Confetti – It’s A Shame About Ray

Rose Tattoo – All the Lessons – Assault & Battery
The Chats – Drunk n Disorderly – High Risk Behaviour
The Gaslight Anthem – Great Expectations – The ’59 Sound

Playlist: Episode #869, Dec. 27, 2020 – 4 Hour Covers & Classics Holiday Marathon

4-hour holiday marathon! Some of the best cover versions from 2020, a bunch of great classics, and a punk & indie dance party to close it off!

Artist – Song Title – Album Title – CDN=Canadian – MB=Manitoba Artist – WPG=Winnipeg artist

Justin Townes Earle – Rocket 88 – New West Records Nashville & Athens Artist Celebrity Coronavirus Awareness Fun Mix Pro-Am Mix For The Cure
Steve Earle & The Dukes – Harlem River Blues – J.T.
Chris Stapleton – Old Friends – Starting Over
Zachary Lucky – Bad Liver and a Broken Heart – single
Will Kimbrough – Cape Henry – Spring Break
Todd Snider – Angel from Montgomery – single

Brian Wright – Got Me Under Pressure / Nice to See You Smile Again – The Sneak Ups
The Oldest Forest – Mr. Brownstone (Wild Turkey Version) – single – CDN
Will Courtney – Cracking Up – At Home With Will Courtney and the Wild Bunch
Eilen Jewell – Green River – Green River
Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings – Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In) – Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Rendition Was In)

Skydiggers – Lovin’ You Ain’t Easy – single – CDN
Courtney Marie Andrews, Liz Cooper & the Stampede & Molly Sarlé – America – single
Jonathan Byrd – I Wish I Was In Love – Pickup Takeout
Good Lovelies – Torn Screen Door – single – CDN

The Circuit Breakers – Somewhere Else – single

Matthew Ryan – Another Christmas (Until I Am There With You) – single
Jackson Emmer – Christmas on the Bayou (feat. Isa Burke) – single
Brennen Leigh – Merry Christmas Asshole – single

Matthew Ryan – Heaven Is a Place on Earth – single
Sons of Bill – In Your Eyes – single
Mary Bragg – You Got It – Think About It
Phoebe & Maggie – Iris – single
Dan Mangan – Losing My Religion – Thief – CDN

Larkin Poe – Bell Bottom Blues – Kindred Spirits
Katie Pruitt – Ohio – Ohio / After The Gold Rush
Serlin Greaves – The Needle and the Damage Done – single – CDN – WPG
Scott The Hoople – Thrasher – NEIL (Vol. 1)
The Wild Feathers – Blue – Medium Rarities

Stan Rogers – Fogarty’s Cove – Fogarty’s Cove – CDN
Ron Hynes – No Kathleen – Cryer’s Paradise – CDN
Colin Linden – Between The Darkness And The Light Of Day – From The Water – CDN
John Bottomley – The Healing Dream – The Healing Dream – CDN

Oh Susanna – Sacrifice – Sleepy Little Sailor – CDN
Luke Doucet – Outlaws – Aloha Manitoba – CDN
Del Barber – Miles and Years – Love Songs For The Last 20 – CDN – WPG
John K. Samson – Postdoc Blues – Winter Wheat – CDN – WPG

John Wort Hannam – Acres of Elbow Room – Acres of Elbow Room – CDN
Mariel Buckley – Driving in the Dark – Driving in the Dark – CDN
Dave McCann and the Firehearts – Road to Cain – Dixiebluebird – CDN
Corin Raymond – Three Thousand Miles – Record Lonesome Night – CDN
Dustin Bentall – Six Shooter – Six Shooter – CDN

Teenage Head – You’re Tearin’ Me Apart – Teenage Head – CDN
Ramones – Sheena Is a Punk Rocker – Rocket to Russia
Deer Tick – Let’s All Go to the Bar – Divine Providence
The Replacements – Bastards of Young – Tim

Rheostatics – RDA (Rock Death America) – Whale Music – CDN
The Inbreds – North Window – It’s Sydney or the Bush – CDN
Sloan – Underwhelmed – Smeared – CDN
Shadowy Men On A Shadowy Planet – I Know a Guy Named Larry – Dim the Lights, Chill The Ham – CDN
Lowest of the Low – The Last Recidivist – Sordid Fiction – CDN

Fontaines D.C. – Too Real – Dogrel
The Hold Steady – You Can Make Him Like You – Boys and Girls in America
Elvis Costello & The Attractions – (I Don’t Want To Go To) Chelsea – This Year’s Model
Camper Van Beethoven – Take the Skinheads Bowling – Telephone Free Landslide Victory
The Lemonheads – Confetti – It’s A Shame About Ray

Rose Tattoo – All the Lessons – Assault & Battery
The Chats – Drunk n Disorderly – High Risk Behaviour
The Gaslight Anthem – Great Expectations – The ’59 Sound

2020 Favourites

Listen to the 4-hour Best of 2020 show here

 

I labour over my annual Best Of lists like I’m trying to cure COVID or something. I stress over it so much and then usually don’t even post it anywhere because I’m still not sure and I don’t want to forget an important release.

Screw that!

Below are a couple of lists I’ve made for publication in a couple of places. I kind of tailor the list to the audience, so they tend to differ in different places. Sometimes it’s not necessarily the best albums of the year, but ones I want to promote in a particular place. All of this is to say… I’m still not sure. There are plenty of other great records, and I’ll get to as many as I can in my upcoming Best of 2020 Tell the Band to Go Home marathon on Sunday, but for now, here are a bunch that I really hope you’ll check out, and if you keep reading, you might just find out more about an upcoming project that I’ve been working on behind the scenes.

Please consider buying some of this amazing music, or sending it to a friend as a gift. This music has really helped me through the 2020 dumpster fire, so I want to help out these talented artists any way I can. Let me know if you do pick up something or if you have favourites that I should hear or have on my list!

Thanks for your support this year. It means a lot!

Penguin Eggs Magazine poll:

Sean Burns, It Takes Luck to Get the Best of Me (self)

Thomas Csorba, Thomas Csorba (self)

Ben de la Cour, Shadow Land (Flour Sack Cape)

Kathleen Edwards, Total Freedom (Dualtone)

Kennedy Road, A Little Fight Left (self)

Joe Nolan, Drifters (Fallen Tree)

Melissa Payne, Darker than your Dark (7th Fire)
Melissa Payne website

Katie Pruitt, Expectations (Rounder)

Slow Leaves, Shelf Life (Birthday Cake Media)

Ken Yates, Quiet Talkers (self)

New Discoveries: Thomas Csorba, Kennedy Road, Katie Pruitt.

 

!earshot year-end picks 2020

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Jeff Robson, host of Tell the Band to Go Home, 2-4 pm central on CJUM 101.5 UMFM in Winnipeg. The show focuses on singer/songwriters, including some of the greatest of all time and some of the many exciting new talents. I specialize in great songs that don’t get heard often enough or widely enough and aim to connect eager and open-minded music fans with songs that might mean as much to them as they do to me. Check out the show at tellthebandtogohome.com or subscribe to the podcast in all of the usual places, except Spotify, which is inherently evil and should be avoided.

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I’m working on a new show about the connection between music and mental illness and mental health, as well as the COVID pandemic’s effect on all of it. Watch for Fly with Your Shadow, launching in early 2021.

Coming soon: flywithyourshadow.com and @flywithyourshadow on social media

 

Favourite Records of the Year  

Ben de la CourShadow Land – (Flour Sack Cape)

This guy is based in Nashville, the centre of the roots/folk/country world, where there are highly sought-after musicians, producers, and studios just about everywhere, yet for some reason he decided to come to Winnipeg to record an album in the middle of February during a polar vortex, when it was colder than Mars and the North and South pole. That sounds insane, but such is the draw of local hero Scott Nolan’s Song Shop studio, where William Prince, Stephen Fearing, and a long list of talented artists have come to record. de la Cour has made a name for himself as one of the strongest writers around, and he gets better all the time. With a penchant for dark and disturbing tales, accessible melodies, and solid arrangements further drawn out by Nolan and a cast of stellar Winnipeg musicians and some imported special guests, including Ben’s brother Alex, normally the heaviest of heavy metal drummers.

https://bendelacour.bandcamp.com/

https://www.bendelacour.com/

https://www.facebook.com/Bendelacour

 

Kathleen EdwardsTotal Freedom – (Dualtone)

This one’s getting rave reviews and landing on Best Of lists all over the place, and for good reason. After a long layoff, Edwards returns stronger and better than ever with a powerful, mature record that lays her life bare with her best writing yet. This one’s an instant classic.

https://kathleenedwards.bandcamp.com/

https://www.kathleenedwards.com/

https://www.facebook.com/kathleenedwardsmusic

 

Joe NolanDrifters – (Fallen Tree)

This young guy from Edmonton has toured hard and put in the work on his songs, his career, and himself, and is now reaping the rewards with some of the most powerful and interesting writing around. Most of his records are well-produced sonic wonders, but for this one he and Scott Franchuk kept things sparse, allowing the power of Nolan’s lyrics to really cut through and stand on their own. Boy, do they ever.

https://joenolan1.bandcamp.com/

https://www.joenolanmusic.com/

https://www.facebook.com/joenolanmusic/

 

Melissa PayneDarker than Your Dark (7th Fire)

This young talent from Southern Ontario is a much sought after session and touring musician, known for her strong fiddle playing and harmony vocals, but she really shines on her own. She’s grown by leaps and bounds between each of her three full-length records, and this one, produced by none other than Greg Keelor of Blue Rodeo introduces a wider soundscape and brings in some stellar guest musicians to create her most interesting and impressive album yet.

https://mpayne.bandcamp.com/

https://www.melissa-payne.ca/

https://www.facebook.com/melissapaynemusic/

 

Ken YatesQuiet Talkers

Yates wisely teams back up with super producer/musician/songwriter Jim Bryson for a second time, and the results are even more impressive than their last album together in 2016. Yates has a gift for hooks & melodies that’ll grab you right away, a warm, inviting voice, and a way with lyrics. Bryson brings the sounds and stellar playing, and it all works marvelously.

https://kenyates.bandcamp.com/

http://www.kenyates.com/

https://www.facebook.com/kenyatesmusic1/

 

 

Best local release(s)

 

Sean Burns & Lost Country – A Bakersfield Half-Dozen – (independent)

Sean Burns – It Takes Luck to Get the Best of Me – (independent)

Sean Burns & Lost Country – We Gotta Lotta Truckin’ to Do – (independent)

Burns is a hard-working road dog, travelling up and down the Trans-Canada highway playing honky-tonks, concert halls, and house concerts anywhere there’s an eager audience. He had been planning to spend a lot of the year on the road and on stage and had been working toward travelling to Texas to record an album with one of his honky-tonk heroes. COVID had other plans, so he shifted focus without missing a beat and made the best of the “down” time by making three stellar albums of his own, and helping to assemble an all-star tribute to our beloved Times Change(d) High & Lonesome Club (see below.) As if that weren’t enough, he hosts a hell of a great radio show of his own on CKUW 95.9 FM called Boots & Saddle, the highest rated country music radio show in the world in the highly coveted Tuesday 11 am to 1 pm timeslot. He even managed to do a bunch of great live shows this year in and around Winnipeg when things were much safer. There’s no question why I named him the indisputable Entertainer of the Year for 2020.

https://seanburns.bandcamp.com/

www.seanburns.ca

https://www.facebook.com/seanburnsmusic

https://www.instagram.com/seanburnsmusic/

 

Various Artists We Still Gotta Lotta Livin’ To Do – (independent)

The Times Change(d) High & Lonesome Club is an unassuming little honky-tonk right on Winnipeg’s Main Street. Across the street and on the other side of the tracks sits our highfalutin’ tourist area, The Forks, where the multi-million dollar Canadian Museum of Human Rights looms large. The tourists and well-to-do folks who hang out down rarely cross the street and make it into this club, and we kind of like it that way. This is the clubhouse where Winnipeg’s incredible live music scene is centred. On stage, you might find one of the best songwriters you’ve ever heard, a mutant bluegrass band, dirty rock ‘n’ roll, or authentic blues from the likes of Order of Canada member Big Dave McLean. This is the heart and soul of a scene that’s second to none in North America. It’ll probably cost you $10 to get in and hear some of the best music in the world, you almost certainly won’t find a place to sit, you’ll be bumping into smiling people all night, and you won’t mind a bit. This 2 CD, 29-track album compiles some of the many amazing talents to grace the stage. Step into a place that’s world-renowned, where we’re all good people with excellent taste in music.

https://highandlonesomeclub.bandcamp.com/

http://highandlonesomeclub.ca/

 

Slow LeavesShelf Life – (independent)

Grant Davidson and co-producer Rusty Matyas (Imaginary Cities/Waking Eyes) have assembled one of the best albums of the year, and it would be a damn shame if this COVID crap stopped it from getting the attention that it deserves. Filled with instantly memorable hooks and melodies, strong and powerful lyrics, and killer performances from other local heavyweights like Rej Ricard (Windups/Telepathic Butterflies), Damon Mitchell (New Meanies/Nathan) and more.

https://slowleaves.bandcamp.com/

http://slowleaves.com/

https://www.facebook.com/slowleaves

https://www.instagram.com/slowleavesmusic/

 

 

Other great releases from Winnipeg include:

Figure Walking

Silver Clouds

Richard Inman.

 

Most under-rated record of the year

All of the albums mentioned above are criminally under-rated. Consider supporting these super-talented Canadian musicians. Those famous major label artists will be just fine.

 

Best personal campus/community radio moment or experience of the year.

The show has had to adapt to the new reality, so we haven’t been able to have the guests and in-studio performances that I’d normally be excited about in another year, but more free time allowed me to launch a couple of new shows this year that I’m proud of. In the spring I did a near-daily live broadcast from home for a while called The Shut-In Sessions, where I checked in with a bunch of friends and guests I’d been wanting to talk to for a while. These days, I’m pretty excited about the upcoming show, Fly With Your Shadow, which has been a dream of mine for years. I’m really excited about the potential for this one and making progress on it has been a lot of fun.

 

How did COVID affect you, your show or your station?

Well, we haven’t been able to broadcast live at all since the middle of March, so my show has been pre-recorded from home. I wasn’t able to travel at all this year, so I haven’t aired a rerun or failed to produce an episode in any week. I miss the folks who call in and the folks I got to hang out with at the radio station, but I feel like doing the show and keeping it new and interesting is more important than ever, so I think in a way it’s made me appreciate it all a bit more.

 

Any other thoughts, opinions, rants,

I don’t know about you, but I’m missing live music something fierce. So much of my joy and connection to my community comes through live shows, and I can’t wait to get back into the audience with my friends. In order to do that, we’re going to have to be patient and careful for as long as it takes to kick COVID’s ass. Wear your mask, stay home as much as possible, wash your hands often, and look out for others. We also need to support musicians and music venues, so they’re still around when it’s safe for us to go back out there. Your favourite artists and venues probably have some great merchandise for you to check out, and venues probably have gift certificates or ways to help out. I hope you’ll join me in supporting as many and as much as we can.

 

Other great albums:


A sentimental favourite for sure! I’ve never made it onto an actual album release before. I just wish I’d been smarter and funnier, but who knew it would see the light of day and haunt me later?

Podcast: December 20, 2020 – Christmas Special

Episode #868

I figure even once a year a grumpy curmudgeon like me can give in and do a show full of Christmas music. Don’t worry, there’s plenty of offbeat and off-colour songs mixed in, but also some of the all-time greatest Christmas songs.

We’ll be back to secular songs of misery and woe next week with a 4-hour special, 1-5 pm!

download part 1

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Artist – Song Title – Album Title – CDN=Canadian – MB=Manitoba Artist – WPG=Winnipeg artist

Benj Rowland & Melissa Payne – Fairytale of New York – live recording – CDN
Tom Waits – Christmas Card From A Hooker In Minneapolis – Blue Valentine
Steve Earle – Nothing but A Child – Copperhead Road
Oliver Schroer – Beneath the Ice, They Heard Bells – Stuck On A Cold Steel – CDN

David Myles – Santa Never Brings Me A Banjo – It’s Christmas – CDN
The Kinks – Father Christmas – Come Dancing with the Kinks (The Best of the Kinks 1977-1986)
Michael Johnston & His Gentlemen Collars – Dear Santa – Zunior Holiday Collection 2005 – CDN
Ridley Bent – All the Heat Is in the Whiskey – Rabbit on My Wheel – CDN – WPG
Dave Gunning – Daddy’s Beer – Christmas – CDN

John Prine – Christmas In Prison – Sweet Revenge
Mary Gauthier – Christmas In Paradise – Filth & Fire
Swank! – Santa Claus Is Out on Bail – Christmas Is Fun! – CDN
NQ Arbuckle – Christmas in Hell – single – CDN
Paul Kelly – How to Make Gravy – Words & Music

The Chestnuts – Staying Home for Christmas – single
Warp Drive – Christmas Time (Is Religiously Complicated) – single
The Damnwells – Xmas Eve – demo
Harper Blynn – Christmas Ain’t No Good Without You – single

Chip Taylor – Merry F’n Christmas – The Little Prayers Trilogy
Butch Walker – Santa’Self (F*ck Your Christmas Party) – single
Cracker – Merry Christmas Emily – single
The Resentments – I Hate Christmas – The Resentments
Billy Joe Shaver – Merry Christmas To You – Freedom’s Child
Teddy Thompson – Boycotting Christmas – single

The Details – Strings & Ribbons (edit) – single – CDN – WPG
Off the Wagon – Kiss Me Christmas Eve – River City Christmas – CDN – WPG
Whitehorse – Merry Xmas, Baby (I Hope You Get What You Deserve) – A Whitehorse Winter Classic – CDN
Paper Moon – String of Blinking Lights – Broken Hearts Break Faster Every Day – CDN – WPG
The Teskey Brothers – Dreaming Of A Christmas With You – single