April 10, 2005 – Andy Stochansky & The Lowest of the Low interviews

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A conversation with Ron Hawkins & Stephen Stanley of legendary Toronto indie band, The Lowest of the Low. This interview was later used in the band’s “Low Roads” video, which was included as a bonus disc alongside the 20th anniversary re-issue of their influential and renowned debut album, “Shakespeare My Butt.” The video can be viewed at their website: http://www.lowestofthelow.com/?page_id=340 or below. It is split into 8 parts.

On a personal note, I’ve been hosting shows on UMFM since 2001 (I think) and I’ve had some amazing things happen to me as a result (I can’t even begin to list them all), but any time someone asks me for one highlight of my time hosting shows, this is it. To have my interview linked to my favourite album of all time, and distributed to fans all over the place is just an amazing feeling. I still can’t believe it. (sure, I do kind of wish that my name was somewhere in the package or the video, but I guess it didn’t make the cut. Oh well.)

This Week on TTBTGH

Sunday, April 10, 2005

Now that all of the Juno shenanigans are over, it’s back to celebrating great Canadian music every week, not just celebrating mediocrity once a year. And this week, Tell the Band to Go Home returns from the Juno break with an action packed spectacular, showcasing some amazing Canadian talent that is award winning, in our eyes. And once again, we’ll prove that there are very different types of singer/songwriters.

On Monday night at the newly saved Dregs Cafe, a wonderfully talented songwriter named Anne Louise Genest pays us a visit. Anne Louise is from the Yukon and has an insight into the human condition that is rare and special. Her songs are wonderfully vivid snippets of life that continue to astonish me. A true folk singer who writes about true folk, Anne Louise is one for fans of heartfelt songs. On her way to town, Anne Louise will give us a ring and let us know how she comes up with those wonderful songs.

http://www.caribourecords.com/algenest/

Yeah, we like the folk music just fine on this show, but everyone knows I’ve got a love of a great pop song, and we’ll hear from one of Canada’s finest up and coming pop/rock songwriters, Andy Stochansky. Andy’s been perfecting his craft over the course of his previous three full length discs and a couple of EPs, not to mention his work as Ani Difranco’s drummer for a number of years (back when she was cool and great), but his latest CD threatens to turn him into a star. With marvellous melodies and thoughtful lyrics, not to mention a dynamic stage presence (and the ladies think he’s dreamy, too), 100 is the kind of album that I love, and I know you will too. Andy plays at the West End on April 13. I know I’ll be there, and after hearing him on the show, I hope you will too.

http://www.andystochansky.com/

But the big headliner of this show is big indeed. Everyone knows that I’m a passionate music nerd, and that is largely thanks to the very special guests that are scheduled to stop by after 3:00. Everyone knows that the greatest Canadian band of all time is the Rheostatics. When I first heard them, my life changed forever. Well, actually it took a while for me to “get” that band and come over to the bright side. But as I was warming up to them, I was introduced to a band that was much more accessible and seemed to sing songs that were tailor made for me as I came of age. The Lowest of the Low are one of the greatest Canadian bands of all time, and I’ll believe that until the day I die. Largely thanks to the insightful and intelligent lyrics of Ron Hawkins, The Lowest of the Low have made some of the most important albums in Canadian history. If you don’t believe me or haven’t been won over yet, tune in this week for a very, very special live, in-studio appearance by The Lowest of the Low, who bring their awesome live show to the Pyramid that same night. And if you weren’t going to tune in just to hear this great band, tune in to hear how badly I embarass myself when confronted by some of my idols in the flesh.

http://www.lowestofthelow.com/

Playlists: Tell the Band to Go Home – March 2005

98 Sunday, March 6, 2005
2:00-4:00 pm central time
CJUM 101.5 UMFM in Winnipeg, Manitoba
www.umfm.com

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

2:00pm – 2:30pm

Scott Nolan Band – Guns, guns, guns – Guess Who’s Home – CDN – WPG
Matt Mays & El Torpedo – Travellin’ – Matt Mays & El Torpedo – CDN
Matt Mays – Where am I going? – Matt Mays – CDN
The Guthries – Better part of an hour – Off Windmill – CDN
Matt Mays & El Torpedo – The plan – Matt Mays & El Torpedo – CDN
Chuck Prophet – You did (bomp shooby dooby bomp) – Age of Miracles
Ray Lamontagne – How come – Trouble

2:30pm – 3:00pm

Ryan Adams – New York, New York – Gold
Colin Linden – Hook’s in the water – Southern Jumbo – CDN
Ben Arnold – Zig zag – Calico
Jack Johnson – Good people – In Between Dreams
Keller Williams – Love handles – Home
Josh Rouse – Comeback (light therapy) – 1972

3:00pm – 3:30pm

Kathleen Edwards – In state – Back to Me – CDN
Kathleen Edwards – 12 Bellevue – Failer – CDN
Kathleen Edwards – Big star – Building 55 – CDN
Scott Nolan – Rosie – headinthesandrecordsandfriends – CDN – WPG
Scott Nolan – Settled down – recorded live on UMFM – CDN – WPG
Josh Ritter – Bright smile – Hello Starling
Mark Geary – Ghosts – Ghosts

3:30pm – 4:00pm

John Gorka – Always going home – Out of the Valley
James Talley – Sometimes I think about Suzanne – Journey
Iain Matthews – The dark ride – The Dark Ride
Jeffrey Gaines – A dark love song – Jeffrey Gaines
Slaid Cleaves – Lydia – Broke Down
Martin Sexton – Black sheep – Black Sheep
Bob Snider – Hurry up blues – Caterwaul & Doggerel – CDN

99 Sunday, March 13, 2005
2:00-4:00 pm central time
CJUM 101.5 UMFM in Winnipeg, Manitoba
www.umfm.com

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

2:00pm – 2:30pm

Mary Gauthier – Mercy now – Mercy Now
Jerry Jeff Walker – Sangria wine – Great Gonzos
Guy Clark – LA freeway – Old No. 1
Lyle Lovett – Step inside this house – Step Inside this House
John Hiatt – Is anybody there – Slow Turning
Joe Ely – All just to get to you – The Best of Joe Ely

2:30pm – 3:00pm

Robert Earl Keen – The road goes on forever – The Party Never Ends: Songs you Know from the Times you Can’t Remember
Johnny Cash – The man comes around – American IV: The Man Comes Around
Billie Joe Shaver – Freedom’s child – Freedom’s Child
Merle Haggard – Mama tried – 16 Biggest Hits
Nancy Griffith – Listen to the radio – Country Gold
Valdy & Gary Fjellgaard – King of the road – Contenders – CDN

3:00pm – 3:30pm

Po’ Girl – Gone in pawn (shake shugaree) – Po’
– CDN
Bob Dylan – Po’ boy – Love and Theft
Night Sun – Going down the road feeling bad – Drive – CDN
Tannis Slimmon – Can’t see through – 60 Second Songs – CDN
Reid Jamieson – Shiny silver goodbye – 60 Second Songs – CDN
Michael Johnston – Bedbugs – 60 Second Songs – CDN
Michael Johnston – Katie – Curious Heart – CDN – WPG
Lori Cullen – Hot dog day – Uneven Hill – CDN
Serena Ryder – Hiding place – Groovy Mondays – CDN
Lori Cullen – Railroad – Uneven Hill – CDN

3:30pm – 4:00pm

Mia Sheard – Cover girl – Reptilian – CDN
Monica Schroeder – Jeremy – The Winter Sessions – CDN
Jeremy Fisher – Lemon meringue pie – Let It Shine – CDN
Josh Rouse – Carolina – Nashville
Andy Stochansky – Butterfly song – Shine EP – CDN
Matt Mays & el Torpedo – St. George’s lane – Matt Mays & el Torpedo – CDN

Episode 100
Sunday, March 20, 2005
2:00-4:00 pm central time
CJUM 101.5 UMFM in Winnipeg, Manitoba
www.umfm.com

Today marks my 100th episode hosting Tell the Band to Go Home since it officially kicked off in September of 2002. It’s been a fun and wild ride, and I’m looking forward to what the next 100 shows has to offer.
The first guest on Tell the Band to Go Home was Calgary singer/songwriter Kris Demeanor, who just happens to be heading back to town on March 28. He’ll be here with Geoff Berner, and when I look back at the first 100 episodes, Berner stands out as one of my favourite guests of all. There have been a lot of fun times on this show, but when Berner came into the studio in February 2003, it was something to remember. And so we did, by listening back to that interview.

Here’s hoping that the next 100 shows will be as memorable!

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

2:00pm – 2:30pm

Just announced for the Winnipeg Folk Festival, 2005!:
Buddy Miller – Worry too much – Universal United House of Prayer
Emmylou Harris – Here I am – Stumble Into Grace
Emmylou Harris – Two more bottles of wine – Quarter Moon in a Ten Cent Town
Emmylou Harris – You’re gonna change – Roses in the Snow
Emmylou Harris and the Nash Ramblers – If I could be there – At the Ryman
Emmylou Harris – Deeper well – Wrecking Ball
Buddy & Julie Miller – Wallflower – Love Snuck Up

2:30pm – 3:00pm

Bob Brozman – Highway 49 – In Concert
Blackie & the Rodeo Kings – Water or gasoline – BARK – CDN
Upcoming shows:
Stephen Fearing – Black silk gown – That’s How I Walk – CDN
Andy White – Canadian greyhound – Boy 40
Dave Lang – 42 Below zero – Live & in Quonset – CDN
Dave Lang – The circus – recorded live on UMFM – CDN
Tolan McNeil – Oakland shuffle – There Will Always Be a Salesman – CDN

3:00pm – 3:30pm

The Corn Sisters – She’s leaving town – The Other Women – CDN
Kris Demeanor – Speed it up – recorded live on UMFM (also on Lark) – CDN

3:30pm – 4:00pm

Geoff Berner interview (taped Feb. 16, 2003)
Geoff Berner – Light enough to travel – live performance (also on We Shall Not Flag or Fail, We Shall Go On to the End) – CDN
Geoff Berner – That’s what keeps the rent down, baby – live performance – CDN

Episode #101
Sunday, March 27, 2005
2:00-4:00 pm central time
CJUM 101.5 UMFM in Winnipeg, Manitoba
www.umfm.com

After a brief set of exciting new music and previews of some upcoming shows, Juno fever kicked into high gear. This is the dream of a lifetime for this Canadian music nerd to be a part of the biggest event of the year, and I just have to spread the excitement around with a look at some of the nominees and performers headed to town in the next week. Also, a tribute to one of the greatest Canadian songwriters of all time, Neil Young, who’s headed home to take part in the telecast next Sunday.

Next Sunday on UMFM, TTBTGH is pre-empted (which is ok by me, since I’ll be at Juno events all weekend long) as the president of the UMFM Neil Young Fan Club, Joe Myles, spends a day celebrating 7 hours of Neil-ness from noon until 7.

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

2:00pm – 2:30pm

Mary Gauthier – Wheel inside the wheel – Mercy Now
Jess Klein – Sink my teeth in – Strawberry Blonde
Peter Elkas – Party of one – Party of One – CDN
Joel Plaskett – Television set – La De Da – CDN
Jim Guthrie – So small – Now, More than Ever – CDN
Kris Demeanor – Extreme to me – Zed: Live off the Floor – CDN
Geoff Berner – Unlistenable song – Whiskey Rabbi – CDN

2:30pm – 3:00pm

Geoff Berner – Honey, I’m a big boy now – recorded live on UMFM – CDN
JP Hoe – Lady bliss – The Here in Review – CDN – WPG

Juno Fever!
Easily Amused – Colleen – Simple Stuff – CDN – WPG
The Wailin’ Jennys – Something to hold on to – 40 Days – CDN – WPG

3:00pm – 3:30pm

Feist – Inside and out – Let it Die – CDN
Feist – Gatekeeper – Let it Die – CDN
Radiogram – Love vigilantes – Unbetween – CDN
Radiogram – Lost in the park – All the Way Home – CDN
NQ Arbuckle – Cheap town – Last Supper in a Cheap Town – CDN
Nathan – Emalina – Jimson Weed – CDN
David Francey – Tonight in my dreams – The Waking Hour – CDN

3:30pm – 4:00pm

Nothin’ but Neil:
Neil Young – Don’t be denied – Time Fades Away – CDN
Neko Case – Dreaming man – Canadian Amp – CDN
Kathleen Edwards – Unknown legend – recorded live on KCRW – CDN
Stephen Fearing – Thrasher – Borrowed Tunes: A Tribute to Neil Young – CDN
Johnny Cash – Pocahontas – Unearthed

Matt Mays & el Torpedo – The plan – Matt Mays & el Torpedo – CDN

CKUW Fundrive 2005

February 15, 2005

Hi folks,

A little while back, I got out all 10 fingers and all 11 toes and tried to figure out exactly how many shows I’d done on Sunday afternoons. According to my always questionable accounting, on March 20 of this year, I will be airing my 100th Sunday afternoon broadcast. That’s roughly equivalent to 250 hours (I often have an extra hour or more), and that’s just on Sunday afternoons. I do it for plenty of reasons, including the selfish ego stroke and it gives me a reason to spend so much freakin’ money on CDs, but I also like to think that I do it for you. There’s so much great music out there that people just aren’t finding out about, and if I can do my part to introduce folks to some of that great talent, then I’m a happy man. Every time someone tunes in to my show and hears someone like David Francey, JP Hoe, Stephen Fearing, or Willie P Bennett for the first time, I know I’ve done a good thing. Even if nobody listened and nobody cared, I’d still do it for my own selfish reasons. But I’m lucky enough that I’ve had wonderful support from the listeners over the past few years, and I really do appreciate that.

One of the main reasons that I started to do this show is because of my old pal Stu Reid at CKUW. I used to listen to his show long before I had mine, and I wondered where he was getting such great music from, and how come I hadn’t heard it anywhere else. I also really got to like his personality and on-air style, and I used to secretly wish that we could be friends, because I knew I could sit and talk music for hours on end with him, and I didn’t know many people who’d let me do that at the time. Well, call it fate if you will, but eventually I lucked into a volunteer gig at UMFM where I could share my music, and soon after, I got to meet Stu, and am lucky enough to consider him a friend. I still listen to his shows every chance I get, and most of my good ideas are stolen from Stu, or designed in some idiotic testosterone fuelled way to impress or one-up him. But it’s good natured competition and thievery, and I try to give him credit once in a while (even though he loooooves to take shots at me. Have you seen page 5 of the new Stylus Magazine? I’ll have him know that I own far more Bob Dylan records than there are David Lee Roth solo albums (although I don’t listen to Dylan much and don’t give a hoot), although I own no Woody Guthrie, and if you factored in Van Halen, well…) My point is that if you like my show at all (thank you!), you will naturally love Stu’s TwangTrust, which airs Wednesdays 6-8pm on CKUW 95.9 fm (www.ckuw.ca).

Of course, there are plenty of other reasons that I love CKUW, including the amazing Tuesday night line-up of bluegrass, alt.country, and great blues, there’s people like Tawny the Brave and Mike Furnish who do great shows, there’s great talk, pop, and even kids’ programs, and more. CKUW has a great sense of community, which is sadly lacking at UMFM for the most part. I get asked all the time why I don’t do a show at CKUW and stop going all the way to the U of M twice a week (even CKUW staffers ask me that and say that they’d love to have me, which is very kind.) Well, there are plenty of reasons that I stick with UMFM, including the awesome toys and the absolutely invaluable support and assistance that our Assistant Station Manager/Program Director/Music Director/Good Friend/Do Gooder Jared McKetiak gives. I wouldn’t trade those for anything.

But one of the best reasons for me is that I don’t have to ask you for money every year. We at UMFM are lucky enough to not have to do a FunDrive, and I am always thankful for that, because I HATE asking people for money. But somehow I end up doing it every year anyway… How does that work? The only difference is that I don’t have to devote a whole show to it, I can send this one little email and hope that you might do the right thing and show your support.

On now until Friday February 18 is CKUW’s Fundrive on 95.9 fm (www.ckuw.ca on the web) Tune in and see what mayhem and madness it’s all about, and check out the great prizes and incentives at their website. Know that your support is bringing great music and ideas to the radio, and that without CKUW, my life would be meaningless, because I wouldn’t have this opportunity to be so self-indulgent. I will never believe that there is a competition between UMFM and CKUW. Having both stations is a blessing. Your support of CKUW, I believe, shows support for campus/community radio everywhere. Every dollar raised at CKUW shows that shows like Stu’s and mine are important to people, and it encourages us to keep doing what we do. Support them if you can. If not, just tune in and hear Stu’s fine program some time.

Of course, that does not mean in any way that you should stop supporting UMFM. We’re still better, because we’ve got golden microphones, and those make better radio. Plus: natural sunlight!

Oh yeah, here’s Stu’s email:

—– Original Message —–
From: “Stu Reid”
To: “Stu Reid”
Sent: Tuesday, February 15, 2005 9:42 AM
Subject: I’m baaaaack

Well, it’s that time of year again, but I have to say, I’m considerably more sheepish this year than I have been over the last five years. Thusly, I’ll keep this as short as I can. Yes, once again it is CKUW FunDrive time. The time when I try to persuade friends and family to donate a few bucks via my Wednesday night radio show to a non-profit radio station that means the world to me. Hopefully it does to you too. If not directly, then on some spiritual level, anyway.

The uniqueness of the programming and what CKUW stands for in it’s community is something that can’t be denied, regardless of whether or not you want to hear me play the Beat Farmers singing their Led Zepplin medley for the umpteenth time. Generally speaking, CKUW speaks to and for an element of our community that has been deemed ‘fringe’ by the powers that be. We could debate that whole concept forever, but we don’t need to get into that now. Suffice to say, CKUW has no political strings to pull or sleezy plans that ultimately make the public responsible for it’s bills. Close to half the annual budget comes from this perrenial fundrive and any growth the station makes comes via the degree of generosity of it’s supporters each February.

Of course, there are a couple of causes out there at the moment that any good hearted soul would rightfully deem more important than supporting a bunch of music geeks need to hoist their obsession onto the public. And this year, the growing Reid family has managed to be one of those causes. The generosity of so many great friends and family members has been overwhelming since Kathy and I have adopted little Brittany Magnolia. I know that for me to outright ask for a few more bucks for my little obsession so soon after you’ve already shown me your love and support, is more than a little obnoxiously bold. But of course the realities of keeping the world turning still exist. So I ask. And remember – I can’t host The TwangTrust forever. Someday I’ll have to pass the torch on to Brittany, so we need to make sure that fire is still burning for that far-off day!

As always, The TwangTrust airs tomorrow – Wednesday evening – from 6:00-8:00pm (central). Tune in to 95.9 FM (or on the internet at www.ckuw.ca) to hear me go on about all this even more. In the midst of playing all your favourite Roger Miller and Gurf Morlix songs, of course! And who knows what other FunDrive mayhem will occur this year! Will we phone Bruce Springsteen live on-air? Will celebrity guests phone or stop by? Who knows!? The TwangTrust has been CKUW’s #1 pledged show for the last three years during FunDrive and hopefully we can keep that record going. If you do want to offer support and donate, but can’t be around Wednesday evening to call in, let me know in advance and I’ll hang on to your pledge and announce it during the show, so it counts towards my grand total.

Any donation, no matter how small or large, is very much appreciatted. But as always, the more you give, the more you receive, and we have an embarrasement of musical riches to give away this year : CD packs of 5 or more discs including the likes of: Chuck Prophet, Johnny Dowd, Peter Case, Elliott Brood, Carolyn Mark, and the local Guess Who Tribute CD among many others… DVDs of Steve Earle, The Flatlanders and Jackie Green… the annual Neko Case prize pack including her most recent live album, a t-shirt and much more… a special pack of TwangTrust mystery discs… and the big grand prize – the special interactive Simpsons playset (still mint-in-box!) featuring Colonel Homer and country music superstar, Lurleen Lumpkin! Also, tickets to the Guess Who Tribute Weekend in March at the Pyramid Cabaret and much, much more! (CKUW office staff hates me, by the way).

T-shirts for all at the $60 level – not designed by me this year, but I did colour it! And I haven’t even mentioned this year’s official TwangTrust FunDrive Art Print yet! This year featuring a rare photo (autographed, of course, as autographed posters look better) of 2 of our most oft-played artists – check it out here: http://www.ckuw.ca/fundrive/TwangTrust_2005.jpg It is available (with bonus wool cap!) only at the premium $90 level, which if you go on the special monthly automatic-withdrawl payment plan, only amounts to $7.50 a month. That’s $1.70 per TwangTrust episode! And anyone who regularly listens to the show and doesn’t think it’s worth $1.70… well… I love you, so we won’t go there…

Your old pal,

Stu

UMFM Season of Giving Sponsors

February 15, 2005

Thanks to everyone who supported UMFM’s highly successful “Season of Giving” promotion in December. Look for an even bigger and better donation drive in 2005.

Thanks again to the following amazing sponsors. We wouldn’t have gathered so much food for Winnipeg Harvest without you!

Nathan – copies of their album Jimson Weed and a t-shirt
Reid Jamieson – copies of The Unavoidable Truth
Ross – Radical Heart
Barry McLoughlin – Pieces and a t-shirt
Rod Picott – copies of The Girl from Arkansas
Lynn Harrison – copies of: Lynoleum and Learning Curve

Warner Music Canada – copies of:
Luke Doucet – Outlaws: Live & Unreleased
Ron Sexsmith – Retriever

True North Records – copies of:
Rheostatics – 2067
Paul Kelly – Ways & Means
Andy White – Boy 40
John Martyn – Classics
Petra Haden and Bill Frisell
Bruce Cockburn – Anything, Anytime, Anywhere: Singles 1979-2002
Colin Linden – Big Mouth
Tony Furtado – These Chains
Nojo with Sam Rivers – City of Neighbourhoods
Ben Arnold – Calico
Joel Kroeker – Melodrama

Festival Distribution & Jericho Beach Music:
Maria Dunn – We Were Good People
Various Artists – Many Blessings: A Native American Celebration
Carlos Maza – Salvedad
Susan Crowe – Book of Days
Lisa Patterson – Roam
Sandy Scofield ‘n nitsiwakun – Ketwam
Oliver Schroer – A Million Stars
Shirley Eikhard – Stay Open
Arto Lindsay – Salt
Bitch and Animal – Sour Juice and Rhyme
The Wailin’ Jennys – 40 Days
David Francey – The Waking Hour

Killbeat Music, Black Hen Music, Saved By Radio, and the artists:
Bruce Knauer – Allnight Breakfast Special
Vailhalen – Becs d’oiseaux
Bocephus King – All Children Believe in Heaven
Ulysses – .010
The High Dials – A New Devotion and Fields in Glass EP
Jim Byrnes – Fresh Horses
Old Reliable – Pulse of Light Dark Landscape
Bottleneck – Bottleneck and Late Nights, Early Mornings
Falconhawk – Hotmouth
Swank – The Survival Issue
Zubot and Dawson – Chicken Scratch
Shuyler Jansen – Hobotron
OX – Dust Bowl Revival
GreenTara – Music for a Mixed Nation
Mary Ancheta – Live Life

My apologies to any generous sponsors that I’ve missed on this list;.

Playlists: Tell the Band to Go Home – February 2005

94 Sunday, February 6, 2005
2:00-4:00 pm central time
CJUM 101.5 UMFM in Winnipeg, Manitoba
www.umfm.com

Guests aplenty today. Lots of exciting young talent.

First up a brief visit by some talented young kids who call themselves Black Rose. They stopped by the studio to record a CD, and I can’t help but encourage that and let them on the radio.

Some old friends and show favourites, Easily Amused stopped by to play us some brand new songs and talk about their upcoming show at The West End on Friday.

Michael Johnston was supposed to stop by to chat about his upcoming show Thursday at The High & Lonesome Club, but a flat tire conspired to keep him at home. He called in for some phone-fun anyway.

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

2:00pm – 2:30pm

Black Rose – Ocean I will cry– live performance – CDN – WPG
Easily Amused – Song for Belfast – Simple Stuff – CDN – WPG
Easily Amused – No one’s fool – live performance (also on Simple Stuff) – CDN – WPG

Easily Amused interview

Easily Amused – Dysfunctional – live performance – CDN – WPG

2:30pm – 3:00pm

Easily Amused – Walk away – live performance – CDN – WPG
Easily Amused – Better that way – Simple Stuff – CDN – WPG
JP Hoe – My head is in your hands – recorded live on UMFM – CDN – WPG
James Murdoch – Don’t call – Between the Lines – CDN
Michael Johnston – Apology – Curious Heart – CDN – WPG

3:00pm – 3:30pm

Michael Johnston interview

Michael Johnston – My curious heart – Curious Heart – CDN – WPG
Michael Johnston – Katie – recorded live on UMFM (also on Curious Heart) – CDN – WPG
Michael Johnston & Reid Jamieson – I still miss someone – recorded live on UMFM – CDN – WPG

3:30pm – 4:00pm

Reid Jamieson – Paperback fantasy – The Unavoidable Truth – CDN
NQ Arbuckle – Creaky old chair – The Last Supper in a Cheap Town – CDN
Neko Case – Buckets of rain – Sweetheart 2005
The D. Rangers – Runnin’ back to Saskatoon – Guess Who’s Home – CDN – WPG
Chris Neufeld – Sweet child o’ mine – Songs from Kentucky Waterfall – CDN – WPG
Colin Linden – Southern jumbo – Southern Jumbo – CDN

95 Sunday, February 13, 2005
2:00-4:00 pm central time
CJUM 101.5 UMFM in Winnipeg, Manitoba
www.umfm.com

This Canadian music junkie gets a little giddy this time of year, as we start to move toward Juno time. This year’s especially exciting, because my favourite local groups Nathan and The Wailin’ Jennys are facing off in the roots group category. I’m glad I don’t get to cast a vote, it would kill me to have to choose. I called up Keri McTighe of Nathan and Nicky Mehta of The Jennys to congratulate them.

Some people care about Valentine’s Day, but I think it’s the most meaningless non-holiday of the year. Somehow, the rest of the world and I met somewhere in the middle, with a set of love songs that aren’t quite so lovely, and a couple of true beauties.

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

2:00 – 3:00

Josh Ritter with Blake Hazard – Tonight you belong to me – Sweetheart

Juno fever: Roots & Traditional: Group nominees:
Nathan – Sunset chaser – Jimson Weed – CDN – WPG
The Wailin’ Jennys – Ten mile stilts – 40 Days – CDN – WPG

Nicky Mehta (Wailin’ Jennys) interview

The Wailin’ Jennys – Beautiful dawn – 40 Days – CDN – WPG
The Bills – Let ’em run – Let ‘em Run – CDN

2:30pm – 3:00pm

Keri McTighe (Nathan) interview

Nathan – Emalina – Jimson Weed – CDN – WPG

Juno fever: Roots & Traditional: Group nominees:
David Francey – The waking hour – The Waking Hour – CDN
Jenny Whiteley – Halls of Folsom – Hopetown – CDN
Amos Garrett – I hate myself – Acoustic Album – CDN
Harry Manx – Sittin’ on top of the world – West Eats Meet – CDN

3:00pm – 3:30pm

Michael Jerome Browne & the Twin Rivers String Band – Out on the western plains – Michael Jerome Browne & the Twin Rivers String Band – CDN

Various Juno nominees:
kd lang – Fallen – Hymns of the 49th Parallel – CDN
Feist – Secret heart – Let It Die – CDN
Ron Sexsmith – Hard bargain – Retriever – CDN
Matt Mays – So distant – Matt Mays – CDN
Kathleen Edwards – Back to me – Back to Me – CDN

3:30pm – 4:00pm

Oh yeah, then there’s the grammys:
Tift Merritt – Plainest thing – Tambourine

Because Allison demanded it:
Justin Rutledge and the Junction Forty – Too sober to sleep – No Never Alone – CDN

Love songs of all kinds:
Sarah Harmer – Home soon (the cherry song) – Sweetheart – CDN
Calexico – Love will tear us apart – Sweetheart 2005
Andy Stochansky – 22 Steps – 5 Star Motel – CDN
Jimmy Lafave – I walk along with you – Buffalo Return to the Plain

96 Sunday, February 20, 2005
2:00-5:00 pm central time
CJUM 101.5 UMFM in Winnipeg, Manitoba
www.umfm.com

Three! Three! Three shows in one! First off, we take care of a bit of business with some requests and stuff I’ve been meaning to play.

Show 1: Folk. People always assume that since I host a singer/songwriter show, it’s all about the folk. They usually find out otherwise. But sometimes I dig out the folkies and let them do their thing, like today.

Show 2: Country. Nothin’ like a cheatin’ heartbreakin’ country song, and we dished up some of the finest.

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

2:00 – 2:30

Taking Care of Business: Requests & New Releases:
Jim Bryson – Captain Finch – The North Side Benches – CDN
Lynn Miles – Black flowers – Unravel – CDN
Fred Eaglesmith – Drinking too much – Lipstick Lies & Gasoline – CDN
Colin Linden – Test song – Southern Jumbo – CDN
Kelly Joe Phelps – Cardboard box of batteries – Tap the Red Cane Whirlwind
Bruce Knauer – Feeling good – Allnight Breakfast Special – CDN

2:30pm – 3:00pm

Folkin’ Good music, whatever you call it:
Stan Rogers – Northwest passage – Northwest Passage – CDN
Stan Rogers – Barrett’s privateers – Fogerty’s Cove – CDN
Garnet Rogers – All that is – All That Is – CDN
Greg Brown with Pete Heitzman, Garnet Rogers, and Karen Savoca – Last fair deal gone down – Live at the Black Sheep
Iris Dement – When my morning comes around – The Way I Should
Eric Bogle – He’s nobody’s moggy now – By Request
Ron Hynes – A good dog is lost – Get Back Change – CDN
Jesse Winchester – Mississippi, you’re on my mind – The Best of Jesse Winchester – CDN

3:00pm – 3:30pm

James Keelaghan – Mirabeau bridge – Road – CDN – WPG
Ian North – Digging a hole to China – Groovy Mondays – CDN
Kim Beggs – Beautiful – Streetcar Heart – CDN
Martyn Joseph – This being woman – Whoever it Was that Brought Me Here Will Have to Take Me Home
Martyn Joseph – Working mother – Being There

Let’s Go Back to the Country…
Emmylou Harris – Goodbye – Wrecking Ball

3:30pm – 4:00pm

Jason Ringenberg & Steve Earle – Bible and a gun – All Over Creation
Allison Moorer – Don’t cry no tears – Show
Kim Richey – From where I stand – Kim Richey
Jim Lauderdale – I know better now – The Hummingbirds
Robert Earl Keen & Butch Hancock – Morning goodness – Songs from Chippy
Robert Earl Keen – Mariano – The Party Never Ends: Songs you Know from the Times you Can’t Remember
Hank Williams – I’m so lonesome, I could cry – The Greatest Country Singer of All Time

Show 3: When John Prentice is away, Jeffy gets to play. Some steel belted rockin’ country and big, dumb rock and roll served up nice and hot on a cold day.

4:00pm – 4:30pm

Sons of Daughters – Drop me in the well – Sons of Daughters – CDN
Elliott BROOD – Oh, Alberta – Tin Type – CDN
Jesse Malin – Wendy – The Fine Art of Self Destruction
Leeroy Stagger – In the night – Beautiful House – CDN
Bobby Bare Jr’s Young Criminals’ Starvation League – Strange bird – From the End of Your Leash
Cracker – Family Tradition – Countrysides
Camper Van Beethoven – My baby just got out of jail – Greatest Hits Played Faster

4:30pm – 5:00pm

Mike Plume Band – Rattle the cage – Song & Dance, Man – CDN
Matt Mays – Lonely highway night – Matt Mays – CDN
Swank – Reverand Pleasant – The Survival Issue – CDN
NQ Arbuckle – Punk rocker – Hanging the Battle Scarred Piñata – CDN
Shannon Lyon – Barcelona – Wandered – CDN
Rilo Kiley – Portions for foxes – More Adventurous
Eugene Ripper – Go Van Gogh – Anti-Up EP – CDN
Uncle Tupelo – The long cut – Anodyne

97 Sunday, February 27, 2005
2:00-4:00 pm central time
CJUM 101.5 UMFM in Winnipeg, Manitoba
www.umfm.com

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

2:00pm – 2:30pm

Martyn Joseph – Wake me up – Whoever it Was that Brought Me Here Will Have to Take Me Home
Martyn Joseph – Thunder and rainbows – Thunder and rainbows (the best we could find
1988-2000)
Martyn Joseph – One of us – Far from Silent

New music:
Kathleen Edwards – What are you waiting for – Back to Me – CDN
Kathleen Edwards – Copied keys – Back to Me – CDN
Colin Linden – Which way does the M&O run? – Southern Jumbo

2:30pm – 3:00pm

Jack Johnson – Better together – In Between Dreams

The Handsome Family – So much wine – Live at Schuba’s Tavern
Radiogram – Lost in the park – Unbetween
Geoff Berner – Volcano god – Whiskey Rabbi – CDN

R.I.P. Jayhawks 1985-2005:
The Jayhawks – Stumbling through the dark – Rainy Day Music
The Jayhawks – Waiting for the sun – Hollywood Town Hall

3:00pm – 3:30pm

Redbird – Lighthouse light – Redbird
Jeffrey Foucault – Doubletree – Stripping Cane
Peter Mulvey – Charlie – Kitchen Radio
Lyle Lovett – If I had a boat – Pontiac

In concert Feb. 28:
Steve Earle – Someday – Guitar town
Steve Earle – Devil’s right hand – Live from Austin TX
Steve Earle – Promise you anything – The Hard Way
Steve Earle – Hometown blues – Train A Comin’

3:30pm – 4:00pm

Steve Earle – Outlaw’s honeymoon – The Mountain

I don’t usually plan out shows very formally, but I put some thought into this one for some reason. I wanted to play some interesting covers of Steve Earle songs (especially Canadian ones, to please the CRTC), but to my surprise, I couldn’t find very many. Instead, I started a set with a great Earle cover and connected each song to the one before it. Unfortunately, I ran out of time (another thing I should maybe plan out some time), so the set was cut short, but had I the time, the meandering set would have led us right back where we began, somehow. Watch and learn:

Lucy Kaplansky – Somewhere out there – Ten Year Night
(Lucy Kaplansky is a member of Cry, Cry, Cry)
Cry Cry Cry – Fall on me – Cry, Cry, Cry
(Cry, Cry, Cry covered James Keelaghan’s “Cold Missouri Waters”)
James Keelaghan – Hillcrest mine – Then Again – CDN – WPG
(James Keelaghan covered David Francey’s “Red Winged Blackbird”)
David Francey – Wind in the wires – Torn Screen Door – CDN
(David Francey’s record was produced by the great Dave Clarke. Reid Jamieson’s album features the great drumming of Dave Clark.)
Reid Jamieson – Grass & dirt – The Unavoidable Truth – CDN
(Michael Johnston plays on Reid’s record)
Michael Johnston – The country north of Peterborough – Curious Heart – CDN – WPG
(Andy Maize sings on Michael Johnston’s album and Tannis Slimmon’s album)
Tannis Slimmon – My body moves – Oak Lake – CDN
(Tannis Simmon appears on and helped put together Sixty Second Songs)
Stephen Fearing – Whoville – Sixty Second Songs – CDN
and then I realized I was running out of time and threw this in:
Fred Eaglesmith – Things is changin’ – Things Is Changin’ – CDN

Had I more time, I would have played:
(Stephen Fearing plays in Andy White’s band sometimes and they’re good pals)
Andy White
(Stephen and Andy co-wrote a song on BARK)
Blackie & the Rodeo Kings
(Blackie & the Rodeo Kings formed in honour of Willie P. Bennett)
Willie P. Bennett
(Willie, of course, plays in Fred Eaglesmith’s band)
Fred Eaglesmith
(Fred has been covered by Dar Williams, who is also in Cry, Cry, Cry, along with Lucy Kaplansky who covered Steve Earle so well and started this whole mess off.)

Playlists: Tell the Band to Go Home – January 2005

89 Sunday, January 2, 2005
2:00 – 6:00 pm central time
CJUM 101.5 UMFM in Winnipeg, Manitoba
www.umfm.com

2004 was such a good year for music that I couldn’t possibly fit the best of the year into 2 hours. This week, the show was super-sized, with an extra two hours to fill, and I still couldn’t get through all of the best of the year.

Complicating matters somewhat was a blizzard that got me thinking all about snow for a while, but more importantly, Jan. 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 program MUST pay tribute to those two legends. I decided to do like the good shows do and pay my own tribute.

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

2:00 – 2:30

The Winnipeg blizzard blues:
Blackie & the Rodeo Kings – Driftin’ snow – High or Hurtin’ – CDN
Chris Brown & Kate Fenner – Snow – Other People’s Heavens – CDN
Fred Eaglesmith – Cumberland county – Falling Stars and Broken Hearts – CDN
Emmylou Harris – Roses in the snow – Roses in the Snow
Anne Louise Genest – In Canada the winters are long – Big Dream – CDN
Lynn Harrison – Yes it’s cold in Winnipeg – Learning Curve – CDN
Mike O’Neill – Wintertime – Owl – CDN

(Some of) The Best of 2004:
Luke Doucet – Judy Garland – Outlaws: Live & Unreleased – CDN

2:30pm – 3:00pm

Luke Doucet – Gun St. girl – Outlaws: Live & Unreleased – CDN
Michelle Rasky – Into the new – Your Love’s Like Spring – CDN
Po’ Girl – Movin’ on – Vagabond Lullabies – CDN
Po’ Girl – Driving – Vagabond Lullabies – CDN
Neko Case – Soulful shade of blue – The Tigers Have Spoken
Neko Case – Rated X – The Tigers Have Spoken

3:00pm – 3:30pm

Loretta Lynn – High on a mountain top – Van Lear Rose
Nathan – I left my station – Jimson Weed – CDN – WPG
Nathan – Stone – Jimson Weed – CDN – WPG
The Wailin’ Jennys – Ten mile stilts – 40 Days – CDN – WPG
The Wailin’ Jennys – Beautiful dawn – 40 Days – CDN – WPG
Easily Amused – Predictable – Simple Stuff – CDN – WPG
Easily Amused – Song for Belfast – Simple Stuff – CDN – WPG

3:30pm – 4:00pm

Chuck Prophet – Pin a rose on me – Age of Miracles
Chuck Prophet – You did (bomp shooby dooby bomp) – Age of Miracles
Ben Arnold – Calico kid – Calico
Ben Arnold – House of cards – Calico
Reid Jamieson – Paperback fantasy – The Unavoidable Truth – CDN
Reid Jamieson – Grass & dirt – The Unavoidable Truth – CDN
Michael Johnston – Katie – Curious Heart – CDN – WPG

4:00pm – 4:30pm

Michael Johnston – The country north of Peterborough – Curious Heart – CDN – WPG
Feist – Mushaboom – Let It Die – CDN
Feist – Gatekeeper – Let It Die – CDN
Johnsmith – Friend of the coyote – Kickin’ This Stone
Johnsmith – Don’t put me in a box – Kickin’ This Stone
Ray Lamontagne – Hannah – Trouble

4:30pm – 5:00pm

Iron & Wine – Naked as we came – Our Endless Numbered Days
Kim Barlow – Slim pickins – luckyburden – CDN
Kevin Fox – By & by – Come Alive – CDN
Jory Nash – Waiting for animals to come – Spaz Loves Weezie – CDN
Joel Kroeker – The smallest room – Melodrama – CDN
Paul Kelly – These are the days – Ways & Means

5:00pm – 5:30pm

Nathan Wiley – Best that I can do – High Low – CDN
Kelly Joe Phelps – I am the light of the world – Tap the Red Cane Whirlwind

A Tribute to Hank & Townes:
Emmylou Harris – Alone and forsaken – Timeless
Townes Van Zandt – Pancho & Lefty – Legend
Townes Van Zandt – If I needed you – Legend
Steve Earle – Tecumseh Valley – Train a Comin’

5:30pm – 6:00pm

Guy Clark – To live’s to fly – Poet: A Tribute to Townes Van Zandt
The Be Good Tanyas – Waiting around to die – Chinatown – CDN
Townes Van Zandt – White freightliner blues – Legend
Townes Van Zandt – No lonesome tune – Legend
Robert Earl Keen – Mr. Mudd & Mr. Gold – Poet: A Tribute to Townes Van Zandt
Townes Van Zandt – Fraulein – The Late Great Townes Van Zandt
Townes Van Zandt – Honky tonkin’ – The Late Great Townes Van Zandt

90 Sunday, January 9, 2005
2:00-4:00 pm central time
CJUM 101.5 UMFM in Winnipeg, Manitoba
www.umfm.com

First off, another lengthy trip down memory lane, as we listened to the sounds of one of my favourite bands of all time, Skydiggers. We heard some of their stuff and some related artists.

Also on the show, a look ahead to a great upcoming show at The West End on Jan. 19 and Mary Gauthier’s new album, which comes out in February.

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

2:00 – 2:30

Skydiggers – Desmond’s hip city – Desmond’s Hip City – CDN
Skydiggers – At 24 – Skydiggers – CDN
Skydiggers – Feel you closer – Restless – CDN
Skydiggers – A penny more – Restless – CDN
Skydiggers – 80 Odd hours – Just Over this Mountain – CDN
Skydiggers – Radio waves – Road Radio – CDN
Skydiggers – What do you see? – Road Radio – CDN
Skydiggers – Dear Henry – Desmond’s Hip City – CDN

2:30pm – 3:00pm

Skydiggers – Just before the rain – There and Back – CDN
Skydiggers – Sweet heartache – Bittersweet Harmony – CDN
Skydiggers – Even when you fall – Road Radio
SkydiggersBiloxi – There and Back – CDN
Paul Macleod – Giants – Tell the Band to Go Home – CDN
Paul Macleod – Ghosts – Close and Play – CDN
Paul Macleod – Cruelty – Tell the Band to Go Home – CDN

3:00pm – 3:30pm

The Cash Brothers – Nebraska – How Was Tomorrow? – CDN
The Cash Brothers – Give me your hips – A Brand New Night – CDN
Tannis Slimmon – Why can’t you read my mind – Oak Lake – CDN
Hawksley Workman – Anger as beauty – Lover/Fighter – CDN
Serena Ryder – Just another day – Unlikely Emergency – CDN

3:30pm – 4:00pm

JP Hoe – Lady bliss – The Here in Review – CDN – WPG
Kate Maki – Old guitar – The Sun Will Find Us – CDN
Ruth Minnikin – Snow day – Ruth Minnikin – CDN
Mary Gauthier – Your sister cried – Eaglesmith: A Tribute to Fred Eaglesmith
Mary Gauthier – I drink – Drag Queens in Limousines
Peter Case – Coulda shoulda woulda – Flying Saucer Blues

91 Sunday, January 16, 2005
2:00-4:00 pm central time
CJUM 101.5 UMFM in Winnipeg, Manitoba
www.umfm.com

Plenty going on, as usual. New (to my collection, anyway) music from Alejandro Escovedo and Radney Foster had me looking back on the incredible work those gents have put out thus far.

In hour 2, we took at and a listen to a great show rolling through town on Wednesday the 19th, featuring Kate Maki, Ruth Minnikin, Dale Murray, Nathan Lawr, and Ryan Bishops. I had planned to speak with Kate Maki about her new disc, but a broken windsheild wiper blade kept her busy (I guess she’s in charge of wiper blades on the tour), so we spoke with Nathan Lawr instead.

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

2:00 – 2:30

The Guthries – Season to leave – Off Windmill – CDN
Buddy Miller – Worry too much – Universal United House of Prayer
Calexico – Wave – Por Vida: A Tribute to the Songs of Alejandro Escovedo
Alejandro Escovedo – Rhapsody – A Man Under the Influence
Alejandro Escovedo – Thirteen years – Thirteen Years
Alejandro Escovedo – Gift for the crow – CD single

2:30pm – 3:00pm

Radney Foster – Never gonna fly – And Then There’s Me (the Back Porch Sessions)
Radney Foster – I’ve got a picture – KGSR Broadcasts Vol. 8
Radney Foster – Folding money – See What You Want to See
Radney Foster – A fine line – Del Rio, TX 1959
Dixie Chicks – Never say die – Wide Open Spaces
Patty Griffin – Let him fly – Living with Ghosts
The Gourds – On time – Blood of the Ram

3:00pm – 3:30pm

Nathan Lawr – We go down – Minotaur Orchestra – CDN
Nathan Lawr interview
Nathan Lawr – Bite your tongue – Minotaur Orchestra – CDN
Kate Maki – Defend the end – The Sun Will Find Us – CDN
Ruth Minnikin – Old faithful – Marooned & Blue – CDN
Ryan Bishops – Civilization – Silver Spooned & Hammered – CDN
The Guthries – We know what we’re doing – The Guthries – CDN
Kate Maki – Forever blue – The Sun Will Find Us – CDN

3:30pm – 4:00pm

Jill Barber – In perfect time – Oh Heart – CDN
Jessy Bell-Smith – Johnny – Kitchen Music – CDN
Sarah Harmer – Don’t get your back up – You Were Here – CDN
JP Hoe – Fine – The Here in Review EP – CDN – WPG
JP Hoe – Sing me a song – recorded live on UMFM – CDN – WPG
Reid Jamieson – Imaginary lifestyle – The Noise in my Chest – CDN

92 Sunday, January 23, 2005
2:00-4:00 pm central time
CJUM 101.5 UMFM in Winnipeg, Manitoba
www.umfm.com

Today, a surprise visit from Dan Frechette, who’s having a CD release party at The West End Cultural Centre on January 28.

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

2:00pm – 2:30pm

Jason & the Scorchers – Cry by night operator – A Blazing Grace
Cracker – Sinola cowboy – Countrysides
Calexico – Corona – Convict Pool
The Sadies – Pass the chutney – Tremendous Efforts – CDN
Neko Case – In California – Canadian Amp
Gillian Welch – Annabelle – Revival
Ryan Adams – My winding wheel – Heartbreaker

2:30pm – 3:00pm

Geoff Berner – Whiskey rabbi – Whiskey Rabbi – CDN
Geoff Berner – The traveller’s curse – Whiskey Rabbi – CDN
Jeff Daniels – If I weren’t so stupid, you wouldn’t be so smart – Live and Unplugged to Benefit the Purple Rose Theater
Raisins in the Sun – Candy from a stranger – Raisins in the Sun
Steve Thrower – How’s Ernie? – 20 Odd Hollers 2
Fred Eaglesmith – Steam – Hobo Stew – CDN
Fred Eaglesmith – When the rains came – Hobo Too – CDN
Jackie Greene – Honey I been thinking about you – Sweet Somewhere Bound

3:00pm – 3:30pm

Shannon Lyon – The hobo song – Bound – CDN
Blair Packham – The opportunists – Could’ve Been King – CDN
Blair Packham – Crying a river for you – Everything That’s Good – CDN
The Jitters – ‘Til the fever breaks – Louder than Words – CDN
Jon Dee Graham – E. 11th St. – KGSR Broadcasts Vol. 12
Damien Rice – Volcano – KGSR Broadcasts Vol. 12

3:30pm – 4:00pm

Dan Frechette – The horse & buggy rag – live in-studio (also on Lucky Day) – CDN – WPG

Dan Frechette interview

Dan Frechette – Grandpa worked a porn store – live in-studio – CDN – WPG
Dan Frechette – Lucky day – live in-studio (also on Lucky Day) – CDN – WPG
Easily Amused – No one’s fool – recorded live on UMFM (also on Simple Stuff) – CDN – WPG
Jason Plumb – Wide open – recorded live on UMFM (also on Under and Over) – CDN

93 Sunday, January 30, 2005
2:00-4:00 pm central time
CJUM 101.5 UMFM in Winnipeg, Manitoba
www.umfm.com

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

2:00 – 3:00

Iron & Wine – Naked as we came – Our Endless Numbered Days
My Morning Jacket – Bermuda highway – Acoustic Citsuoca Live!
Nick Lowe – What’s shaking on the hill – Party of One
Dale Murray – On our way – A Midwinter Night’s Dream – CDN
Kathleen Edwards – Westby – Failer – CDN
Jim Bryson – February – The Occasionals – CDN
Jim Bryson – Somewhere else – The North Side Benches – CDN
Ox – Miss Idaho – IPX No. 6 – CDN

2:30pm – 3:00pm

Leeroy Stagger – Beautiful house – Beautiful House – CDN
Neko Case – Things that scare me – Blacklisted
Andy Stochansky – House of gold – Shine EP – CDN
Jason Plumb – Bring everything – Under and Over – CDN
Waltons – Colder than you – Liv – CDN
Alex Murdoch – Headspins – Polyphonic – CDN
Darren Day & the Fading Hopes – Anne – This Evening Tonight – CDN – WPG

3:00pm – 3:30pm

Michael Johnston – The country north of Peterborough – Curious Heart – CDN – WPG
Easily Amused – Only a girl – Simple Stuff – CDN – WPG
JP Hoe – Don’t forget – recorded live on UMFM – CDN – WPG
Greg Brown – ‘Cept you and me babe – Covenant
Mary Gauthier – Good-bye – Filth & Fire
Jon Dee Graham – Lonesome valley – The Great Battle
FortyTwenty – Sober and stupid – Sober and Stupid

3:30pm – 4:00pm

Blackie & the Rodeo Kings – Remedy – Kings of Love – CDN
Bobby Bare’s Young Criminals’ Starvation League – Borrow your girl – From the End of your Leash
Nels Andrews – Central avenue romance – Sunday Shoes
Scott Nolan – Rosie – headinthesandrecordsandfriends – CDN – WPG
Chris Knight – Framed – Chris Knight
Darren Day and the Fading Hopes – Year of the shark – This Evening Tonight – CDN – WPG

Playlists: Tell the Band to Go Home – December 2004

Sunday, December 5, 2004
2:00-4:00 pm central time
CJUM 101.5 UMFM in Winnipeg, Manitoba
www.umfm.com

I always have fun doing this show, but rarely so much fun as I did hanging out with two truly great people who play truly great music. I’ve been a fan of Michael Johnston and Reid Jamieson on their own, but seeing and hearing them perform together live is an experience unto itself, and one that I won’t soon forget. They came in for a set of originals and fabulous covers and lots of fun.

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

2:00pm – 2:30pm

Michael Johnston – My curious heart – Curious Heart – CDN – WPG
Reid Jamieson – Paperback fantasy – live performance (also on The Unavoidable Truth) – CDN
Reid Jamieson – Last day of the year – live performance (also on The Unavoidable Truth) – CDN
Michael Johnston – Katie – live performance (also on Curious Heart) – CDN – WPG

2:30pm – 3:00pm

Michael Johnston & Reid Jamieson – Twilight – live performance – CDN
Reid Jamieson & Michael Johnston – I still miss someone – live performance – CDN
Michael Johnston – Petrazalka (Missin’ Manitoba and you) – Curious Heart – CDN – WPG
Reid Jamieson – The sum of your parts – The Unavoidable Truth – CDN

3:00pm – 3:30pm

Melissa McClelland & Lisa Winn – O holy night – CDN
The Ladybird Sideshow – That train – Live at the Orange Lounge – CDN
The Wailin’ Jennys – Arlington – 40 Days – CDN – WPG
Tres Chicas – In a while – Sweetwater
Mike Plume – Dancing on the wind – Rock and Roll Recordings Vol. 1 – CDN
Mike Plume Band – If there ever was a fool – Song & Dance, Man – CDN
Mike Plume – One of those days – Rock and Roll Recordings Vol. 1 – CDN
Fred Eaglesmith – Rodeo boy – 50 Odd Dollars – CDN

3:30pm – 4:00pm

Todd Snider – Alcohol and pills – East Nashville Skyline
Fred Eaglesmith – Hallelujah – CMT Christmas – CDN
Jason Plumb – Satellite – Under and Over – CDN
Ox – Miss Idaho – IPX No. 6 – CDN
Ox – She shot me down – Dust Bowl Revival – CDN
Barry Mclaughlin – Am I the one for you? – Pieces – CDN
Susan Crowe – Whippoorwill – Book of Days – CDN

Sunday, December 12, 2004
2:00-4:00 pm central time
CJUM 101.5 UMFM in Winnipeg, Manitoba
www.umfm.com

The best of 2004 continues, as we planned to speak with a couple of great acts that call BC home. It’s always great to introduce Winnipeg to great artists, and I’m so glad that we got to hear some of the great music of Bruce Knauer and Swank. We were supposed to do interviews with both, but those pesky time zones got in the way, and we got our wires a bit crossed. I called Bruce and got him out of the shower to do an interview, but Swank was MIA. We’ll try again next week!

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

2:00 – 3:00

The Populars – Deep end – Five – CDN
Mike Plume – Christmas in prison – recorded live at the Studome – CDN
Robert Earl Keen – Merry Christmas from the family – No. 2 Live Dinner
Swank – Santa Claus is out on bail – Christmas Is Fun – CDN
John Guliak – The little ease – 7 Stories and 13 Songs – CDN

2:30pm – 3:00pm

Carolyn Mark – Not a doll – The Pros and Cons of Collaboration – CDN
Neko Case – Wayfaring stranger – The Tigers Have Spoken
Colin Linden – Skeleton key – recorded live on UMFM (also on Big Mouth) – CDN
Tony Furtado – These chains – These Chains
Ben Arnold – Calico kid – Calico
Peter Mulvey – Charlie – Kitchen Music
Jeffrey Foucault – 4&20 Blues – Stripping Cane
Kieran Kane & Kevin Welch – Jersey devil – You Can’t Save Everybody

3:00pm – 3:30pm

David Francey – Highway 95 – The Waking Hour – CDN
Neal Casal – Maybe California – Leaving Traces: Songs 1994 – 2004
Bruce Knauer – Allnight breakfast special – Allnight Breakfast Special – CDN
Bruce Knauer – Feeling good – Allnight Breakfast Special – CDN
My Morning Jacket – Bermuda highway – Acoustic Citsuoca Live! at the Startime Pavilion
Lynn Miles – Black flowers – Unravel – CDN

3:30pm – 4:00pm

Bruce Knauer interview

Bruce Knauer – Dancing in my head – Allnight Breakfast Special – CDN
Ross – Radical heart – Radical Heart
Swank – Christmas is fun – Christmas Is Fun – CDN
Doug & Jess Reimer – I’m knockin’ – recorded live on UMFM – CDN – WPG

(81 – 88) Sunday, December 19, 2004
2:00-4:00 pm central time
CJUM 101.5 UMFM in Winnipeg, Manitoba
www.umfm.com

Even Desmond Howl gets in the Christmas spirit once in a while, and so we enjoyed a rare afternoon of Christmas favourites. Not all Christmas music is cheesy, as we proved today.

Also, we finally caught up with Vancouver roots-rockers Swank, who gathered around a speakerphone for a wild and entertaining interview.

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

2:00 – 3:00

Dave Bidini – Little black snowflake – The First Christmas – CDN
Kelly Willis & Bruce Robison – Baby, it’s cold outside – Happy Holidays from Kelly Willis & Bruce Robison
Swank – How do we do – The Survival Issue – CDN

Swank interview

2:30pm – 3:00pm

Swank – Blackflies – The Survival Issue – CDN
Paper Moon – Your attitude towards cuttlefish – Somebody Needs a Timeout – CDN – WPG
Pop Addiction Foundation – Vegetables – Somebody Needs a Timeout – CDN – WPG
The Wailin’ Jennys – Sun’s gonna rise – The Wailin’ Jennys – CDN – WPG

3:00pm – 3:30pm

Paul Kelly – How to make gravy – Words & Music
Universal Honey – Little Christmas tree – Can’t Stop Thinking about Christmas – CDN
The Kelele Brothers – Father Christmas – Has-Beens & Wives – CDN
Mike Plume – Merry Christmas to you – recorded live at the Studome – CDN
Robert Earl Keen – Merry Christmas from the family – No. 2 Live Dinner
John Prine – Christmas in prison – Sweet Revenge
Mary Gauthier – Christmas in paradise – Filth & Fire

3:30pm – 4:00pm

Steve Earle – Nothing but a child – Copperhead Road
Fred Eaglesmith – Go tell it on the mountain – CMT Christmas – CDN
The Skydiggers – Good king Wenceslas – Still Restless – CDN
Oh Susanna – It came upon a midnight clear – CMT Christmas – CDN
Lyle Lovett – Christmas morning – The Road to Ensenada
Shawn Colvin – Silent night – Holiday Songs and Lullabies
Reid Jamieson – The last day of the year – The Unavoidable Truth – CDN

Playlists: Tell the Band to Go Home – November 2004

(75) Sunday, November 6, 2004
2:00-4:00 pm central time
CJUM 101.5 UMFM in Winnipeg, Manitoba
www.umfm.com

Today a visit from Winnipeg’s own JP Hoe. He’s far too humble and modest to admit it (right, JP? He’s telling me what to write.) but he’s well on his way to becoming a big star some day. His perfectly crafted pop songs belong on radios everywhere. Truly a world class songwriter and performer with a great attitude and an amazing voice.
The truth is, I keep inviting him on the show only so that when he becomes a big rock star, I can make money selling these live appearances on ebay!

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

2:00 – 3:00

The Wailin’ Jennys – Something to hold on to – 40 Days – CDN – WPG
Kim Barlow – Slim pickins – Lucky Burden – CDN
Kris Demeanor – Practice – Chocolate and Lust/Soul Food/Practice EP – CDN
Kim Barlow – Lonely Mountain – Lucky Burden – CDN
The Lowest of the Low – City full of cowards – Hallucigenia – CDN
Scott Nolan – This time – Postcards
Lindy – Witness – Suspension of Disbelief – CDN
Matt Mays – Where am I going? – Matt Mays – CDN
The Swiftys – Find another fool – The Swifty’s [it pains me to put that apostrophe there]
Jim Byrnes – East Virginia – Fresh Horses – CDN
Michael Johnston – Katie – Michael Johnston EP – CDN – WPG
Reid Jamieson – Grass & dirt – The Unavoidable Truth – CDN
Jacob Two-Two – Something new – The Elastic Heart of Youth – CDN

3:00pm – 4:00pm

Rise – Posing as human – Posing As Human
Jen Foster – Sleeping – Acoustic Rainbow Vol. 20 (also on Everybody’s Girl)
Charlie Mars – Gather the horses – Charlie Mars
JP Hoe – Lady bliss – The Here in Review EP – CDN – WPG

JP Hoe interview

JP Hoe – Sing me a song – live performance – CDN – WPG
JP Hoe – My head is in your hands – live performance – CDN – WPG
JP Hoe – Completely – live performance – CDN – WPG
JP Hoe – Since you could be everywhere – live performance – CDN – WPG
JP Hoe – Fine – The Here in Review EP – CDN – WPG

Sunday, November 14, 2004
2:00-4:00 pm central time
CJUM 101.5 UMFM in Winnipeg, Manitoba
www.umfm.com

Today, a visit from local favourite Scott Nolan, to discuss his show with JP Hoe at the West End Cultural Centre, November 15.

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

2:00 – 3:00

JP Hoe – Don’t forget – recorded live on UMFM – CDN – WPG
Scott Nolan – Rosie – headinthesandrecordsandfriends – CDN – WPG
Scott Nolan – Settle down – live performance – CDN – WPG

2:30pm – 3:00pm

Scott Nolan – The heart goes on – Postcards – CDN – WPG
Scott Nolan – Daytime moon – live performance – CDN – WPG
Scott Nolan – Everything to everybody – Dog Years (forthcoming) – CDN – WPG
Scott Nolan – Girl from West Virginia – Postcards – CDN – WPG

3:00pm – 3:30pm

Zubot & Dawson – May you never – Chicken Scratch – CDN
Jim Byrnes – 12 Questions – Fresh Horses – CDN
Dave Lang – 42 Below Zero – Live and in Quonset – CDN
Matt Mays – Downtown – Matt Mays – CDN
Lindy – Picture of you – Suspension of Disbelief – CDN
Serena Ryder – At last – Unlikely Emergencies – CDN

3:30pm – 4:00pm

Charlie Mars – How could you – Charlie Mars
Cara Luft – Full circle round – Tragedy of the Commons – CDN – WPG
Paul Thorn – If I can get over her – Are You With Me?
Paul Thorn – That’s a lie! – Are You With Me?
Paul Thorn – It’s a great day to whoop somebody’s ass – www.paulthorn.com
Nathan – Glorious exhaust – Stranger – CDN – WPG

Sunday, November 21, 2004
2:00-4:00 pm central time
CJUM 101.5 UMFM in Winnipeg, Manitoba
www.umfm.com

Seems like no shortage of amazing shows going on in Winnipeg these days. Almost every night there’s something I’m dying to see. And even though I try to have interviews with some of my favourites coming to town each time, I can’t fit them all in. Would have loved to talk to Stephen Fearing or Ken Whiteley, both of whom will be in town this week. Instead, we were introduced to a couple of new favourites on the show. In town tonight opening for Serena Ryder is a Winnipeg boy named Lindy. He stopped by for a few live songs and some conversation. Almost a week ago, I had the great pleasure of meeting and interviewing a very promising young singer/songwriter named Charlie Mars, when he opened for R.E.M. at The Concert Hall. We heard that brief chat on the show today.

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

2:00 – 3:00

The Minus5 – Retrieval of you – Down with Wilco
Wilco – Say you miss me – Being There
Wilco – She’s a jar – Summerteeth
R.E.M. – Strange currencies – Monster
Charlie Mars – Simple things – Charlie Mars

Charlie Mars interview

2:30pm – 3:00pm

Charlie Mars – Close to home – Charlie Mars
John Wort Hannam – Scottsman’s bluff – Pocket Full of Holes – CDN
John Wort Hannam – 50 Miles – Dynamite and ‘Dozers – CDN
Scarlett, Washington & Whiteley – Walking down the line – Sitting on a Rainbow – CDN
Scarlett, Washington & Whiteley – Lady be good – Sitting on a Rainbow – CDN

3:00pm – 3:30pm

Blackie & the Rodeo Kings – Jackie Washington – BARK – CDN
Stephen Fearing – Black silk gown – That’s How I Walk – CDN
Stephen Fearing – The longest road – recorded live on UMFM (also on The Assassin’s Apprentice) – CDN
The Weakerthans – One great city – Reconstruction Site – CDN – WPG
Serena Ryder – Hiding place – Groovy Mondays: Live at Holy Joe’s – CDN
Serena Ryder – Again by you – Unlikely Emergency – CDN

3:30pm – 4:00pm

Lindy – Say that you’ll be – Suspension of Disbelief – CDN

Lindy interview

Lindy – Beautifully undone – live performance (also on Suspension of Disbelief) – CDN
Lindy – Lake Winnipeg – live performance – CDN
Lindy – Lover sister – live performance – CDN
Lindy – Picture of you – Suspension of Disbelief – CDN

Sunday, November 28, 2004
2:00-4:00 pm central time
CJUM 101.5 UMFM in Winnipeg, Manitoba
www.umfm.com

A couple of interviews with a couple of guys who are planning a whole string of shows in Winnipeg this upcoming week.

First up, Michael Johnston, who’s from Toronto but wisely makes Winnipeg his home now. He has a great new disc called “Curious Heart,” and he dropped by to share that with us, and discuss “Boys Play Girls,” the amazing fundraising event that he’s hosted for the past couple of years.

Michael is also responsible for bringing to Winnipeg one of my favourite new discoveries of 2004, Reid Jamieson. He’ll be in town for shows Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, and as if he weren’t going to get enough of Winnipeg, he took time to chat on the phone with little old me.

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

2:00 – 3:00

Paul Kelly – How to make gravy – Words & Music
James Keelaghan – Turn of the wheel – Then Again – CDN – WPG
Stephen Fearing – That’s how I walk – That’s How I Walk – CDN
The Wailin’ Jennys – The parting glass – 40 Days – CDN – WPG
Rod Picott – Girl from Arkansas – Girl from Arkansas
Neko Case – Andy – Canadian Amp
Mike O’Neill – Are we waiting? – What Happens Now? – CDN
Darren Day – Anne – headinthesandrecordsandfriends – CDN – WPG

2:30pm – 3:00pm

Monica Schroeder – Poison – Orbit – CDN – WPG
Michael Johnston – The country north of Peterborough – Curious Heart – CDN – WPG

Michael Johnston interview

Michael Johnston – Apology – Curious Heart – CDN – WPG
Michael Johnston – Off guard – Curious Heart – CDN – WPG

3:00pm – 3:30pm

Reid Jamieson – The last day of the year – The Unavoidable Truth – CDN
Reid Jamieson – Holding out – The Unavoidable Truth – CDN

Reid Jamieson interview

3:30pm – 4:00pm

Reid Jamieson – Paperback fantasy – The Unavoidable Truth – CDN
Tom Dean – Change of heart – Pennies