Steel Belted Radio – March 30, 2006 – Greg Leskiw (Swing Soniq)

Featuring an interview with Winnipeg legend, and leader of Swing Soniq, Greg Leskiw. Greg played an integral role in The Guess Who after Randy Bachman left the band, and was the leader of legendary bands Mood Jga Jga, Killowatt, and Les Q. He dropped by the studio to talk about the new disc, “Love Wild,” and the upcoming CD release show. Quite a treat to have this man in.

T-Bar is in on this one, so you’ll hear some bad jokes and some oddball picks.

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Thursday, March 30, 2006
with
Kristi Kolbauer, Jeff Robson & Terry Wilson
Featuring an interview with Winnipeg legend, and leader of Swing Soniq, Greg Leskiw. Greg dropped by the studio to talk about the new disc, “Love Wild,” and the upcoming CD release show. Quite a treat to have this man in.
Swing Soniq You say you love me (the kids are krazy) Love Wild CDN/WPG
Greg Leskiw interview
Swing Soniq Baby true Love Wild CDN/WPG
Swing Soniq That old wood shack Moonglow CDN/WPG
Reid Jamieson The unavoidable truth The Unavoidable Truth CDN
Nathan Jimson weed Jimson Weed CDN/WPG
The Perpetrators 55th Street boogie The Gas and the Clutch CDN/WPG
Arthur Godfrey East side of town Amen
Shannon Lyon Willing lies Safe Inside CDN
Indio Saravanja World of frost Indio Saravanja CDN
Bobby Bare Yesterday when I was young The Moon Was Blue
No River City Visit me This Is Our North Dakota
Rhett Miller Fireflies The Believer
The Complements Just another sad song Something Like Happiness CDN

Playlists: Tell the Band to Go Home – March 2006

Episode #149
Sunday, March 5, 2006
2:00-4:00 pm central time
CJUM 101.5 UMFM in Winnipeg, Manitoba
www.umfm.com

Among other things… A celebration of the Skydiggers/Cash Brothers shows and some classic Canadiana that I was in the mood for, some upcoming shows, some exciting new music, and a set of songs dedicated to my pal Stu and his soon to be unbroken heart.

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

2:00pm – 2:30pm

Skydiggers – Even when you fall – Road Radio – CDN
The Cash Brothers – Night shift guru – How Was Tomorrow? – CDN
Skydiggers – Slow burning fire – Restless – CDN
Paul Macleod – Giants – Tell the Band to Go Home – CDN
Blue Rodeo – Heart like mine – Outskirts – CDN
The Waltons – Colder than you – Lik My Trakter – CDN
Scott Dibble & Watertown – I run to you – One Phoebe Street – CDN

2:30pm – 3:00pm

The Weakerthans – My favourite chords – Left and Leaving – CDN – WPG
John K Samson – Reconstruction site – live on CBC – CDN – WPG
Matt Epp – You’ll find me alone – You’ll Find Me Alone – CDN – WPG
Dale Nikkel – These are the glory days – Passages – CDN
Das Macht Show! – 4 More meals – “…One Night in Berlin” – CDN
Dust Poets – Good enough for me – Lovesick Town – CDN

3:00pm – 3:30pm

Old Man Leudecke – I quit my job – Hinterland – CDN
David Wall – Yonder come day – The Spell I Was Under – CDN
Shannon McNally – Weathervane – North American Ghost Music
Neko Case – The needle has landed – Fox Confesser Brings the Flood
Billy Cowsill – I’m movin’ on – Live from the Crystal Ballroom Calgary, AB July, 1985 – CDN
The Co-Dependents – Walking after midnight – Live at the Mecca Café Volume 2 – CDN

3:30pm – 4:00pm

Jill Barber – Oh heart – Oh Heart – CDN
Matt Mays – Your heart – Matt Mays – CDN
Danny Michel – Two hearts – Tales from the Invisible Man – CDN
Leeroy Stagger – In the night – Beautiful House – CDN
Jess Klein – Little white dove – Draw Them Near
Shannon McNally – The worst part of a broken heart – Geronimo
David Francey – The waking hour – The Waking Hour – CDN
Michael Johnston – My curious heart – Curious Heart – CDN

Dolly Parton – Travellin’ thru – Transamerica Original Soundtrack

Episode #150
Sunday, March 12, 2006
Host: Kristi Kolbauer
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

Stephen Fearing – Yellow Jacket – Yellowjacket – CDN
Neko Case – Hold On Hold On – Fox Confessor Brings The Flood
Jason Collett – We All Lose One Another – Idols Of Exile – CDN
Sarah Harmer – The Ring – I’m a Mountain – CDN
Jim Bryson – Feel Much Better – The North Side Benches – CDN
Kathleen Edwards – 12 Bellevue – Failer – CDN
Carrie Catherine – Worth Saving – Venus Envy- CDN
Peter Katz – Posters – Split – CDN

2:30pm – 3:00pm

Northey Valenzuela – Talk To Yourself – Northey Valenzuela – CDN
Easily Amused – Predictable – Simple Stuff – CDN – WPG
Leeroy Stagger – Slowly Sinking – Dear Love – CDN
Matt Epp – You’ll Find Me Alone – You’ll Find Me Alone – CDN – WPG
Ox – North Country Girl – Dust Bowl Revival – CDN
Geoff Berner – Light Enough to Travel – Light Enough to Travel EP – CDN

3:00pm – 3:30pm

Johnsmith – Kickin’ This Stone – Kickin’ This Stone
Lynn Miles – Over You – Unravel – CDN
Wailin’ Jennys – Old Man – 40 Days – CDN – WPG
David Francey – Torn Screen Door – Torn Screen Door – CDN
Slaid Cleaves – Below – Wishbones
Harry Manx – Crazy Love – Wise and Otherwise – CDN
Kieran Kane & Kevin Welch – Just Like That – You Can’t Save Everybody – CDN

3:30pm – 4:00pm

Dan Pelletier – Flattered – Wild Heart Rodeo
Corb Lund Band – No Roads Here – Five Dollar Bill – CDN
Patty Griffin – Rain – 1000 Kisses
Redbird – Ships – Redbird – CDN
NQ Arbuckle – Skydive Home – Hanging the Battle Scarred Piñata – CDN
Reid Jamieson – Holding Out – The Unavoidable Truth – CDN
JP Hoe – Sing Me a Song – Live @ UMFM – CDN – WPG
Weakerthans – Left & Leaving – Left & Leaving – CDN – WPG

Episode #151
Sunday, March 19, 2006
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

Mike Plume Band – Straight back home – Born So Long Ago 1997-2002: Live – CDN
Mike Plume Band – If there ever was a fool – Song & Dance, Man – CDN
Mike Plume Band – Dreamer – Fools for the Radio – CDN
Mike Plume – The best job I ever had – Table for One – CDN
Eivor – Only a friend of mine – Eivor
Bill Bourne – Holy holy – Voodoo King – CDN

2:30pm – 3:00pm

Eivor – If I needed you – Eivor
Jill Barber – In perfect time – A Note to Follow So… – CDN
Jill Barber – Nothing on me – Oh Heart – CDN
Cat Jahnke – Theme song – recorded live on UMFM – CDN – WPG
Cara Luft – There’s a train – recorded live on UMFM – CDN – WPG
Jason Collett – We all lose one another – recorded live on UMFM – CDN
Jason Collett – Bitter beauty – Motor Motel Love Songs – CDN

3:00pm – 3:30pm

Cuff the Duke – I really want to help you – Cuff the Duke – CDN
Andy Sheppard – Until next time – Andy Sheppard – CDN – WPG
Steve Bell – Lord of the starfields – My Dinner with Bruce – CDN – WPG
Mary Gauthier – Good-bye – Filth & Fire
Nathan – Sunset chaser – Jimson Weed – CDN – WPG
JP Hoe – Fine – recorded live on UMFM – CDN – WPG

3:30pm – 4:00pm

The Wailin’ Jennys – One voice – 40 Days – CDN – WPG
Michael Johnston – Katie – Curious Heart – CDN
Lyle Lovett – Walk through the bottomland – live at the West End Cultural Centre
Lyle Lovett – Closing time – acoustic demo

Episode #152
Sunday, March 26, 2006
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

Steve Forbert – Steve Forbert’s moon river – Young, Guitar Days
Andy Sheppard – King Mzi – Andy Sheppard – CDN – WPG
Lindsey Buckingham – Never going back again – Rare on Air: Live Performances Vol. One
Whiskeytown – Dreams – recorded live on KCRW
Whiskeytown – Don’t be sad – Pneumonia
Ryan Adams – Firecracker – Gold
Caitlin Cary & Ryan Adams – The battle – While You Weren’t Looking (bonus disc)

2:30pm – 3:00pm

Caitlin Cary & Thad Cockrell – Party time – Begonias
Tres Chicas – The man of the people – Bloom, Red & The Ordinary Girl
Billy Cowsill – Hey, good looking – Sorrow Bound: Hank Williams Re-Examined – CDN
Billy Cowsill – Hotter than fire – Sorrow Bound: Hank Williams Re-Examined – CDN
The Mavericks – Excuse me (I think I’ve got a heartache) – From Hell to Paradise
Kieran Kane – Love’s gonna live here – Dead Reckoning
Reid Jamieson – Imaginary lifestyle – The Noise in my Chest – CDN
Reid Jamieson – Paperback fantasy – The Unavoidable Truth – CDN
Reid Jamieson – Last day of the year – recorded live on UMFM – CDN

3:00pm – 3:30pm

Ladybird Sideshow – Jaded – Demo – CDN
Melissa McClelland – Blue farewell – Stranded in Suburbia – CDN
Lisa Winn – Mean shot garden – Out from Under – CDN
Christa Couture – Jennifer Grey – Fell Out of Oz – CDN
Yael Wand – It’s raining again – Grrrls With Guitars Vol. 3 – CDN
Ani DiFranco – Out of range – Carnegie Hall 4.6.02

3:30pm – 4:00pm

Amelia White – Tupelo train – Black Doves
Lynn Jackson – Tower of song – Sweet Relief – CDN
Paul MacLeod – Black boys on mopeds – Tell the Band to Go Home – CDN
Rodney Crowell – Still learning how to fly – Fate’s Right Hand
Sarah Borges – Daniel Lee – Silver City
Paul Kelly – Won’t you come around – Ways & Means
Elliott BROOD – President (35) – Ambassador – CDN

Playlists: Tell the Band to Go Home – February 2006

Episode #145
Sunday, February 5, 2006
2:00-4:00 pm central time
CJUM 101.5 UMFM in Winnipeg, Manitoba
www.umfm.com

Featuring an in-studio visit by JP Hoe, who never ceases to amaze me when he drops by with crop of songs even better than the ones before.

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

2:00pm – 2:30pm

Jim Bryson – Fleetwood – The North Side Benches – CDN
Ox – Truck drivin’ country music promoter – The Upstairs Sound Laboratory EP Vol. 1 – CDN
Elliott BROOD – Oh Alberta – Tin Type – CDN
Elliott BROOD – Second son – Ambassador – CDN
Rodney Crowell – Topsy turvy – The Houston Kid
Chuck Prophet – You did (bomp shooby dooby bomp) – Age of Miracles

2:30pm – 3:00pm

Richard Buckner – Poor old Tom – A Case for Case: A Tribute to the Songs of Peter Case
Todd Snider – Travelin’ light – A Case for Case: A Tribute to the Songs of Peter Case
Peter Case – Beyond the blues – A Case for Case: A Tribute to the Songs of Peter Case
Kieran Kane & Kevin Welch with Fats Kaplan – Just like that – You Can’t Save Everybody
Sam Phillips – Fan dance – KGSR Broadcasts Vol. 13
Bodeans – Fadeaway – KGSR Broadcasts Vol. 13
Natalie Maines with Bruce Robison & Kelly Willis – Travelin’ soldier – Songs for Tsunami Relief: Austin to South Asia

3:00pm – 3:30pm

Patty Griffin – Perfect white girls – Silver Bell
JP Hoe – Always – 2006 demo – CDN – WPG

JP Hoe interview

3:30pm – 4:00pm

JP Hoe – Nicest – live performance – CDN – WPG
JP Hoe – All of a sudden – live performance – CDN – WPG
JP Hoe – Why can’t you say – live performance – CDN – WPG
JP Hoe – Even angels – The Here in Review EP – CDN – WPG

Episode #146
Sunday, February 12, 2006
2:00-4:00 pm central time
CJUM 101.5 UMFM in Winnipeg, Manitoba
www.umfm.com

Featuring different kinds of love songs as we approach that silliest of greeting card holidays.

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

2:00pm – 2:30pm

Paul MacLeod – Cruelty – Tell the Band to Go Home – CDN
Dave Lang – Etobicoke – Big Mountain Indian Plains – CDN
Josh Ritter – Girl in the war – The Animal Years
Steve Forbert – Goin’ down to Laurel – The Best of Steve Forbert: What Kinda Guy?
Lucinda Williams – Metal firecracker – Car Wheels on a Gravel Road
Lucinda Williams – Steal your love – Essence
Son Volt – Windfall – A Retrospective: 1995-2000
Son Volt – Looking at the world through a windshield – A Retrospective: 1995-2000

2:30pm – 3:00pm

Greg Macpherson – Company store – Maintenance – CDN – WPG
Chris Neufeld – Waterwheel – Colorado Low – CDN – WPG
Colin Linden – When the carnival ends – Sad & Beautiful World: 1975-1999 – CDN
Colin Linden – Without the one you love – Big Mouth – CDN
Colin Linden – Test song – Southern Jumbo – CDN
Colin James – Ride & roll – National Steel – CDN

3:00pm – 3:30pm

Jack Johnson – Good people – KGSR Broadcasts Vol. 13
Steve Earle – Valentine’s Day – Together at the Bluebird Cafe
Bobby Bare Jr.’s Young Criminals’ Starvation League – Valentine – From the End of Your Leash
Wilco – She’s a jar – Summerteeth
Jeffrey Gaines – A dark love song – Jeffrey Gaines
Leeroy Stagger – Stupid love song – Beautiful House – CDN

3:30pm – 4:00pm

Tom Waits – I hope that I don’t fall in love with you – Closing Time
Swing Soniq – She’s the one you love – Love Wild – CDN – WPG
Jesse Winchester – That’s what makes you strong – From Mountain Stage
Mike Plume Band – Dimaggio – Fools for the Radio – CDN
David Francey – Lucky man – Far End of Summer – CDN
Jimmy Lafave – Only one angel – Austin Skyline

Episode #147
Sunday, February 19, 2006
2:00-4:00 pm central time
CJUM 101.5 UMFM in Winnipeg, Manitoba
www.umfm.com

Today we paid a brief tribute to the work of Billy “Bud” Cowsill, who lost his battle with life on Friday. He will be missed, but his great music will live on.

That got me in the mood for some classic country sounds, so the rest of the show was filled with some great twangy country, just the way it should be.

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

2:00pm – 2:30pm

Lyle Lovett – Flyin’ shoes – Step Inside this House

R.I.P. Billy Cowsill:
The Co-Dependents – The fool is the last one to know – Live Recording Event – CDN
The Blue Shadows – If I were you – On the Floor of Heaven – CDN
The Blue Shadows – I know – Lucky to Me – CDN
The Co-DependentsDevil woman – Live Recording Event – CDN

Townes Van Zandt – Mr. Mudd and Mr. Gold – Legend
Townes Van Zandt – Rake – Delta Momma Blues

2:30pm – 3:00pm

David Olney – Big Cadillac – The Wheel
Steve Earle – Fearless heart – Guitar Town
Joe Ely – All just to get to you – The Best of
Guy Clark – Texas 1947 – Old No. 1
The Brothers Cosmoline – Motel 6 – Songs of Work & Freedom – CDN
Wayne Hancock – Thunderstorms & neon signs – Swing Time
Merle Haggard – Bareback – If I Could Only Fly

3:00pm – 3:30pm

Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell – My baby’s gone – Livin’, Lovin’, Losin’: Songs of The Louvin Brothers
Gram Parsons & the Fallen Angels – We’ll sweep out the ashes – Live 1973
James Talley – Give him another bottle – Got No Bread, No Milk, No Money, But We Sure Got a Lot of Love
Dwight Yoakam – Little ways – Live from Austin, TX
Roger Marin Jr. – Worn out soles – Roger Marin Jr. – CDN
Willie P Bennett – Goodbye, so long, hello – The Lucky Ones – CDN
Carolyn Mark & NQ Arbuckle – Fireworks – Just Married: An Album of Duets – CDN
Shannon Lyon – You showed me how – Wandered – CDN
Alana Levandoski – Red headed girl – Unsettled Down – CDN – WPG

3:30pm – 4:00pm

Shiloh Lindsey – Diamonds – For My Smoke – CDN
Jill Barber – Nothing on me – Oh Heart – CDN
Kate Maki – Over – Confusion Unlimited – CDN
Nels Andrews – Central Avenue romance – Sunday Shoes
Scott Nolan – This time – Postcards – CDN – WPG
Buddy Miller – Midnight and lonesome (acoustic demo) – Midnight and Lonesome bonus disc

Episode #148
Sunday, February 26, 2006
2:00-4:00 pm central time
CJUM 101.5 UMFM in Winnipeg, Manitoba
www.umfm.com

Upcoming shows, brief tributes to the music of Nick Lowe and Woody Guthrie, and then a lengthy tribute to one of my favourite bands of all time, Skydiggers. Best of all, I had the opportunity to speak with Skydiggers lead singer Andy Maize, whom I’ve always wanted to chat with. Andy and the rest of the Skydiggers will be in town next week for what should be an amazing show alongside The Cash Brothers.

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

2:00pm – 2:30pm

The Dust Poets – Walk away – Lovesick Town – CDN
Chris Neufeld – Waterwheel – Colorado Low – CDN – WPG
Dwight Yoakam – Gone (that’ll be me) – Gone

Elvis Costello – (What’s so funny ’bout) Peace, love and understanding? – Armed Forces
Nick Lowe – Cruel to be kind – Untouched Takeaway
Nick Lowe – Half a boy & half a man – Basher: The Best of
Nick Lowe – Poor side of town – The Convincer

2:30pm – 3:00pm

Reid Jamieson – The sum of your parts – The Unavoidable Truth – CDN

Billy Bragg & Wilco – California stars – Mermaid Avenue
Son Volt – I’ve got to know – A Retrospective: 1995-2000
Mary Gauthier – I ain’t got no home – Live on the Air 1998-2004
Mojo Nixon & Skid Roper – This land is your land – Root Hog or Die
Eliza Gilkyson – Peace call – Land of Milk and Honey

3:00pm – 3:30pm

Skydiggers Cash Brothers – Overcast and grey – Skydiggers Cash Brothers – CDN
Andrew Cash – Smile me down – Time & Place – CDN
Skydiggers – We don’t talk much anymore – Skydiggers – CDN
Skydiggers – Just before the rain – Restless – CDN
Skydiggers – Just over this mountain – Just Over this Mountain – CDN
Skydiggers – Radio waves – Road Radio – CDN
Skydiggers – Sweet heartache – Bittersweet Harmony Ltd.

3:30pm – 4:00pm

Skydiggers Cash Brothers – An honest day’s work – Skydiggers Cash Brothers – CDN

Andy Maize (Skydiggers) interview

Skydiggers Cash Brothers – I’m coming home – Skydiggers Cash Brothers – CDN
Skydiggers Cash Brothers – I know you lie awake – Skydiggers Cash Brothers – CDN

February 12, 2006

Featuring different kinds of love songs as we approach that silliest of greeting card holidays.

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February 5, 2006

Featuring an in-studio visit by JP Hoe, who never ceases to amaze me when he drops by with crop of songs even better than the ones before.

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Episode #145
Sunday, February 5, 2006
2:00-4:00 pm central time
CJUM 101.5 UMFM in Winnipeg, Manitoba
www.umfm.com

Featuring an in-studio visit by JP Hoe, who never ceases to amaze me when he drops by with crop of songs even better than the ones before.

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

2:00pm – 2:30pm

Jim Bryson – Fleetwood – The North Side Benches – CDN
Ox – Truck drivin’ country music promoter – The Upstairs Sound Laboratory EP Vol. 1 – CDN
Elliott BROOD – Oh Alberta – Tin Type – CDN
Elliott BROOD – Second son – Ambassador – CDN
Rodney Crowell – Topsy turvy – The Houston Kid
Chuck Prophet – You did (bomp shooby dooby bomp) – Age of Miracles

2:30pm – 3:00pm

Richard Buckner – Poor old Tom – A Case for Case: A Tribute to the Songs of Peter Case
Todd Snider – Travelin’ light – A Case for Case: A Tribute to the Songs of Peter Case
Peter Case – Beyond the blues – A Case for Case: A Tribute to the Songs of Peter Case
Kieran Kane & Kevin Welch with Fats Kaplan – Just like that – You Can’t Save Everybody
Sam Phillips – Fan dance – KGSR Broadcasts Vol. 13
Bodeans – Fadeaway – KGSR Broadcasts Vol. 13
Natalie Maines with Bruce Robison & Kelly Willis – Travelin’ soldier – Songs for Tsunami Relief: Austin to South Asia

3:00pm – 3:30pm

Patty Griffin – Perfect white girls – Silver Bell
JP Hoe – Always – 2006 demo – CDN – WPG

JP Hoe interview

3:30pm – 4:00pm

JP Hoe – Nicest – live performance – CDN – WPG
JP Hoe – All of a sudden – live performance – CDN – WPG
JP Hoe – Why can’t you say – live performance – CDN – WPG
JP Hoe – Even angels – The Here in Review EP – CDN – WPG

Playlists: Tell the Band to Go Home – January 2006

Episode #140
Sunday, January 1, 2006
12:00-6:00 pm central time
CJUM 101.5 UMFM in Winnipeg, Manitoba
www.umfm.com

What better way to kick off a new year than with a TTBTGH marathon. 6 hours of radio goodness to keep you company on New Year’s Day.

First up, some simple, peaceful tunes to ease things off (in case your head hurts after New Year’s Eve celebrations)

Then, a celebration of the life and music of two of the greatest singer/songwriters of all time, who both tragically died too soon on January 1, Hank Williams and Townes Van Zandt.

And, a celebration of some of the best and brightest from 2005.

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

12:00pm – 12:30pm

Leonard Cohen – The Future – Is This A Cool World or What? – CDN
Bourbon Tabernacle Choir – Simple – 1985-1995 – CDN
Lyle Lovett – Simple song – Pontiac
Greg Brown – Spring wind – If I Had Known
Martyn Joseph – Cardiff Bay – Thunder and rainbows (the best we could find 1988-2000)
Dan Kershaw – All her love – Groovy Mondays – CDN

12:30pm – 1:00pm

Harry Manx – Crazy love – Wise and Otherwise – CDN
Willie P Bennett – The lucky ones – The Lucky Ones – CDN
Rodney Crowell – This too will pass – Fate’s Right Hand
Jill Barber – In perfect time – Oh Heart – CDN
Jim Bryson – Captain Finch – The North Side Benches – CDN

1:00pm – 1:30pm

RIP Hank Williams:
Hank Williams – I’m so lonesome I could cry – The Ultimate Collection
Neko Case – Alone and forsaken – Canadian Amp
Emmylou Harris – You’re gonna change – Roses in the Snow
Emmylou Harris & Linda Ronstadt – Raise the dead – Western Wall: The Tuscon Sessions
Jon Langford and the Pine Valley Cosmonauts with Rosie Flores – I’ll never get out of this world alive – The Executioner’s Last Songs Volume 1
Hank Williams – Kaw-Liga – The Ultimate Collection
Johnny Cash – Hey good lookin’ – Sings Hank Williams and other Favorite Tunes
Johnny Cash & Waylon Jennings – The night Hank Williams came to town – The Legend
Kieran Kane – Ramblin’ man – Dead Reckoning

1:30pm – 2:00pm

Hank Williams – Your cheatin’ heart – The Ultimate Collection
Joe Ely – Honky tonkin’ – Live Shots
The Flatlanders – Settin’ the woods on fire – Live ‘72
Mary Gauthier – Lost highway – Live on the Air 1998-2004
Norah Jones – Cold cold heart – Come Away with Me
Elvis Costello – Why don’t you love me (like you used to do?) – Almost Blue
Camper Van Beethoven – Six more miles to the graveyard – Camper Vantiquities
Clem Snide – Lost on the river – You Were a Diamond
Ryan Adams – Lovesick blues – Timeless
Corb Lund Band – Are you sure Hank done it this way? – Modern Pain – CDN
Slaid Cleaves – 29 – No Angel Knows
Guy Clark – Hank Williams said it best – Dublin Blues

2:00pm – 2:30pm

Townes Van Zandt – Two hands – High, Low and In Between
Townes Van Zandt – Tower song – Delta Momma Blues
Townes Van Zandt – Kathleen – Legend
Steve Earle – Tecumseh Valley – Train a Comin’
Steve Earle – Ft. Worth blues – El Corazon
Townes Van Zandt – Katie Belle – Together at the Bluebird Cafe
Townes Van Zandt – A song for – Acoustic Blue

2:30pm – 3:00pm

The Be Good Tanyas – Waitin’ around to die – Chinatown – CDN
Norah Jones – Be here to love me – Feels Like Home
Guy Clark – To live’s to fly – Old Friends
Guy Clark – No deal – Craftsman
Lyle Lovett – Lungs – Step Inside this House
Lyle Lovett – Flyin’ shoes – Step Inside this House

3:00pm – 3:30pm

Robert Earl Keen – Snowin’ on Raton – Gravitational Forces
Townes Van Zandt – Pancho and Lefty – Heartworn Highways DVD
Townes Van Zandt & Emmylou Harris – If I needed you – Legend
Townes Van Zandt – Highway kind – High, Low, and In Between
Townes Van Zandt – Nothin’ – Acoustic Blue

3:30pm – 4:00pm

The Best of 2005:
Rodney Crowell – Glasgow girl – The Outsider
Rodney Crowell – I know love is all I need – The Houston Kid
Rodney Crowell – Riding out the storm – Fate’s Right Hand
Rodney Crowell – Say you love me – The Outsider
Daddy – You made your bed – At the Women’s Club
Daddy – I miss Ronald Reagan – At the Women’s Club
Eliza Gilkyson – Man of God – Paradise Hotel
Eliza Gilkyson – The ballad of Yvonne Johnson – Land of Milk & Honey

4:00pm – 4:30pm

Mary Gauthier – Falling out of love – Mercy Now
Mary Gauthier – Wheel inside the wheel – Season of Mercy EP
NQ Arbuckle – Cheap town – The Last Supper in a Cheap Town – CDN
NQ Arbuckle – Angels and devils – The Last Supper in a Cheap Town – CDN
Carolyn Mark & NQ Arbuckle – Fireworks – Just Married: An Album of Duets – CDN

4:30pm – 5:00pm

Carolyn Mark & Geoff Berner – It’s all just a matter (of where you draw the line) – Just Married: An Album of Duets – CDN
Geoff Berner – The true enemy – Whiskey Rabbi – CDN
Luke Doucet – It’s not the liquor I miss – Broken (and other Rogue States) – CDN
Luke Doucet – Vladivostok – Broken (and other Rogue States) – CDN
Scott Nolan – Postcards – No Bourbon & Bad Radio – CDN – WPG

5:00pm – 5:30pm

Darren Day & the Fading Hopes – This woman from Prague – This Evening Tonight – CDN – WPG
Chris Neufeld – Waterwheel – Colorado Low – CDN – WPG
Greg Macpherson – Hotel motel – Night Flares – CDN – WPG
Ryan Adams & the Cardinals – If I am a stranger – Cold Roses
Ryan Adams & the Cardinals – The hardest part – Jacksonville City Nights
Ryan Adams & the Cardinals – Always on my mind – Jacksonville City Nights (LP bonus track)
Ryan Adams – Carolina rain – 29

5:30pm – 6:00pm

Leeroy Stagger – Beautiful house – Beautiful House – CDN
Justin Rutledge & the Junction Forty – The suffering of Pepe O’Malley (Pt. III) – No Never Alone – CDN
Sarah Harmer – I’m a mountain – I’m a Mountain – CDN
Kathleen Edwards – Summerlong – Back to Me – CDN
Lynn Miles – Night drive – Love Sweet Love – CDN

The TTBTGH Artist of the Year:
Michael Johnston – The country north of Peterborough – Curious Heart – CDN
Michael Johnston – Stars – Curious Heart – CDN

Episode #141
Sunday, January 8, 2006
2:00-4:00 pm central time
CJUM 101.5 UMFM in Winnipeg, Manitoba
www.umfm.com

And now for something a little bit different…

The past few weeks have been featuring a lot of the best of 2005, which means that I played a lot of the stuff that we hear a lot on the show anyway. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, but 2005 is over, time to start fresh and maybe add some new favourites to the mix, so this show was about music that we either haven’t heard on the show before or don’t hear nearly enough of on the show.

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

2:00pm – 2:30pm

Gillian Welch – Elvis Presley blues – Time (the Revelator)
Gillian Welch – Caleb Meyer – Hell Among the Yearlings
Ryan Adams – My winding wheel – Heartbreaker
Jim White – Borrowed wings – Drill a Hole in that Substrate and Tell Me what You See
Richmond Fontaine – Disappeared – The Fitzgerald
Cry Cry Cry – Fall on me – Cry Cry Cry
Robert Earl Keen – Shades of gray – Live from Austin, TX

2:30pm – 3:00pm

James Keelaghan – Cold Missouri waters – Then Again – CDN – WPG
Ron Sexsmith – Speaking with the angel – Ron Sexsmith – CDN
Lucy Kaplansky – Guinevere – The Tide
Richard Shindell – My love will follow you – Somewhere Near Paterson
Dar Williams – The Christians and the Pagans – Mortal City
John Gorka – A saint’s complaint – Company You Keep

3:00pm – 3:30pm

Terry Tufts – The better fight – The Better Fight – CDN
Terry Tufts – Tearin’ up the tundra – Two Nights Solo – CDN
Terry Tufts – Many miles away from you – Walk On – CDN
Steel Rail – Big sky blues – River Song – CDN
Lynn Miles – One horse town – Coastline of our Dreams: The Songs of Ian Tamblyn – CDN
Lynn Harrison – Rising and falling – Broadview – CDN
Johnathan Rice – Kiss me goodbye – Trouble Is Real

3:30pm – 4:00pm

Ben Folds – Not the same – Live
Andy Stochansky – 22 Steps – Five Star Motel – CDN
John Bottomley – Long way to go – Blackberry – CDN
Johnsmith – Don’t put me in a box – Kickin’ this Stone
Stephen Fearing – Anything you want – Industrial Lullaby – CDN
Nick Lowe – 12-Step program (to quit you babe) – The Impossible Bird
Bobby Bare Jr. – I’ll be around – Young Criminals’ Starvation League

Episode #142
Sunday, January 15, 2006
2:00-4:00 pm central time
CJUM 101.5 UMFM in Winnipeg, Manitoba
www.umfm.com

The new releases are starting to heat up after the Christmas dead-season. First up, the much anticipated new effort from the amazing Andy Sheppard. It’s a doozy. Also coming out soon is one by a dream pairing for me, Skydiggers and the Cash Brothers. In anticipation of that, we heard some very old Skydiggers, when Josh & Andy were known as West Montrose, and some very new stuff off of the new record.

Also, TTBTGH jumped into the online music piracy business as the website is the only place you can officially get Geoff Berner’s new smash single “Phoney Drawl.” We heard it, some classic Geoff, and some songs by the man who inspired the song.

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

2:00pm – 2:30pm

Andy Sheppard – Beautiful downtown chicken – Andy Sheppard – CDN – WPG
Andy Sheppard – Until next time – Andy Sheppard – CDN – WPG

By request:
Uncle Tupelo – Moonshiner – 89/93: An Anthology
Jay Farrar & Kelly Willis – Rex’s blues – Son Volt: A Retrospective: 1995-2000
EivØr – If I needed you – EivØr

2:30pm – 3:00pm

West Montrose – Shimmy up those words – West Montrose (45 rpm single) – CDN
West Montrose – Well… alright – West Montrose (45 rpm single) – CDN
Skydiggers – At 24 – Skydiggers – CDN
Skydiggers – Accusations – Restless – CDN
Skydiggers – You’ve got a lot of nerve – Road Radio – CDN
The Cash Brothers – Guitar strings and foolish things – How Was Tomorrow? – CDN
Skydiggers/Cash Brothers – Heart a poundin’ – Skydiggers/Cash Brothers – CDN
Skydiggers/Cash Brothers – Maybe someday – Skydiggers/Cash Brothers – CDN

3:00pm – 3:30pm

Terror of Tiny Town – High school cruiser – …Cause I’m Worth It – CDN
Geoff Berner – My dad’s a lawyer – Light Enough to Travel EP – CDN
Geoff Berner – We all gotta be a prostitute sometimes – We Shall Not Flag or Fail We Shall Go On to the End – CDN
Geoff Berner – Phoney drawl – www.tellthebandtogohome.com/downloads.htm – CDN
Dar Williams – Wilder than her – What Do You Hear in these Sounds EP
Fred Eaglesmith – White trash – Ralph’s Last Show – CDN
Chris Knight – Love and a .45 – Chris Knight
Rod Picott – Gettin’ to me – Travel Log: Live 2005

3:30pm – 4:00pm

Because of Bob Feldman & Red House:
Greg Brown – ‘Cept you and me babe – These Times We’re Living In: A Redhouse Anthology
John Gorka – Oh Abraham – The Company You Keep
Jimmy Lafave – Shining on through – Blue Nightfall
Eliza Gilkyson – Coast – Hard Times in Babylon
David Francey – The waking hour – The Waking Hour – CDN

Episode #143
Sunday, January 22, 2006
2:00-4:00 pm central time
CJUM 101.5 UMFM in Winnipeg, Manitoba
www.umfm.com

Some political songs on the eve of a very important election, and then some great, feel-good music to soothe our souls in case the bad guys win.

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

2:00pm – 2:30pm

Jim Bryson – February – The Occasionals – CDN
Lyle Lovett – Election day – My Baby Don’t Tolerate
Bob Dylan – Political world – Oh Mercy
Martyn Joseph – Call it democracy – Run to Cover
Martyn Joseph – Liberal backslider – Thunder and Rainbows (The Best We Could Find) 1988-2000
Iris Dement – Wasteland of the free – The Way I Should

2:30pm – 3:00pm

Stephen Fearing – Blind horses – Blue Line – CDN
Spirit of the West – Political – Up Front! Canadians Live from Mountain Stage – CDN
Greg Macpherson – Wide turn – Maintenance – CDN – WPG
John Prine – Big ol’ goofy world – Concerts for a Landmine Free World
Neko Case – Things that scare me – Blacklisted
Easily Amused – Colleen – acoustic demo – CDN – WPG
Tom Wilson – Keep on grinning – Dog Years – CDN

3:00pm – 3:30pm

Colin Linden – The last thought – Big Mouth – CDN
Robert Earl Keen – Christabel – No Kinda Dancer
John Wort Hannam – Scottsman’s bluff – Pocket Full of Holes – CDN
Lisa Winn – Mean shot garden – Out from Under – CDN
Jory Nash – The ballad of easy chair – Lo-fi Northern Blues – CDN
Chris Neufeld – Reinventing Miss Exciting – Colorado Low – CDN – WPG

3:30pm – 4:00pm

Steve Forbert – Lay down your weary tune again – Mission of the Crossroad Palms
Tim O’Brien – Kick me when I’m down – When No One’s Around
Bruce Knauer – Allnight breakfast special – Allnight Breakfast Special – CDN
Peter Mulvey – Shirt – Kitchen Radio
Vance Gilbert – Don’t leave a trace – One Thru Fourteen
Chuck Prophet – Old friends – No Other Love
Wyckham Porteous – In this world – In This World – CDN

Episode #144
Sunday, January 29, 2006
2:00-4:00 pm central time
CJUM 101.5 UMFM in Winnipeg, Manitoba
www.umfm.com

Tomorrow night, CBC TV is paying tribute to great Canadian music of the past. If I do the same today, will that convince anyone that they were just copying me? Regardless, we looked back at some great classic music from Canada, and just because we’re equally accepting of songwriters from both sides of the border, we snuck in a few American classics as well.

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

2:00pm – 2:30pm

The Jayhawks – Waiting for the sun – Hollywood Town Hall
Skydiggers Cash Brothers – I know you lie awake – Skydiggers Cash Brothers – CDN
Skydiggers Cash Brothers – Smile me down Skydiggers Cash Brothers – CDN
Andy Sheppard – King Mzi – Andy Sheppard – CDN – WPG
JP Hoe – Don’t forget – recorded live on UMFM – CDN – WPG
Hayley Gene – Put a little sweet on me – Hayley Gene – CDN

2:30pm – 3:00pm

Lindy – Beautifully undone – Suspension of Disbelief – CDN

Neil Young – Four strong winds – Comes a Time – CDN
Neko Case – Dreaming man – Canadian Amp
Gordon Lightfoot – Alberta bound – Gord’s Gold Volume II – CDN
Blackie and the Rodeo Kings – Summer side of life – Beautiful: A Tribute to Gordon Lightfoot – CDN
Bill Bourne – Early morning rain – recorded live on UMFM – CDN

3:00pm – 3:30pm

Bruce Cockburn – Wondering where the lions are – Anything Anytime Anywhere: Singles 1979-2002 – CDN
Skydiggers – One day I walk – Kick at the Darkness: Songs of Bruce Cockburn – CDN
Jenny Whiteley – Night in the city – Back to the Garden: A Tribute to Joni Mitchell – CDN
Scott Nolan Band – Guns, guns, guns – Guess Who’s Home: A Tribute – CDN – WPG
Reid Jamieson – Tower of song – website download – CDN
Billy Bragg & Wilco – Way over yonder in the minor key – Mermaid Avenue
Bruce Springsteen – I ain’t got no home – Folkways: A Vision Shared: A Tribute to Woody Guthrie & Leadbelly
Bob Dylan – Don’t think twice, it’s alright – Greatest Hits Vol. II
Hayes Carll – When I paint my masterpiece – live recording

3:30pm – 4:00pm

Tom T Hall – That’s how I got to Memphis – Greatest Hits
Steve Forbert – Steve Forbert’s midsummer night’s toast – website download
Jeffrey Hatcher & the Big Beat – The man who would be king – Cross Our Hearts – CDN – WPG
Leeroy Stagger – Just in case – Beautiful House – CDN
Leeroy Stagger – Slowly sinking – Dear Love – CDN

Playlists: Tell the Band to Go Home – December 2005

Episode #136
Sunday, December 4, 2005
2:00-4:00 pm central time
CJUM 101.5 UMFM in Winnipeg, Manitoba
www.umfm.com

First up, a set of hockey songs inspired by “Death by Popcorn” the movie about the end of the Winnipeg Jets, which is showing at Cinematheque.

Also, a celebration of the amazing songs of Tom Waits, as his birthday approaches.

Also, a few festive holday tunes to get us into the spirit.

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

2:00pm – 2:30pm

Big Dave McLean – The NHL hockey blues – Hockey Rock: Winnipeg Style! – CDN – WPG
The Pursuit of Happiness – Gretzky rocks – Where’s the Bone? – CDN
Corb Lund Band – Hockey song – Modern Pain – CDN
David Francey – Skating rink – Skating Rink – CDN
Kathleen Edwards – Hockey skates – Failer – CDN
D Rangers – Runnin’ back to Saskatoon – Guess Who’s Home: A Tribute – CDN – WPG
The Weakerthans – One great city – Reconstruction Site – CDN – WPG
Slaid Cleaves – Quick as dreams – Wishbones

2:30pm – 3:00pm

Joel Fafard – Voodoo Hoodoo – Rocking Horse – CDN
Townes Van Zandt – If you needed me – Legend
Townes Van Zandt – Talkin’ KKK blues – A Gentle Evening with Townes Van Zandt
Townes Van Zandt – Lungs – Acoustic Blue

Tom Waits – Ol’ 55 – Used Songs: 1973 – 1980
Tom Waits – Swordfishtrombone – Swordfishtrombones
John Hammond – Clap hands – Wicked Grin

3:00pm – 3:30pm

Johnny Cash – Down there by the train – American Recordings
Mike Plume – Christmas card from a hooker in Minneapolis – recorded live at the Studome – CDN
Shiloh Lindsey – 16 shells from a thirty-ought six – For My Smoke – CDN
Nathan – Temptation – Winnipeg: The High & Lonesome Years Vol. II – CDN – WPG

Swing Soniq – You say you love me (the kids are krazy) – Love Wild – CDN – WPG
Swing Soniq – Our day will come – Love Wild – CDN – WPG

3:30pm – 4:00pm

Lori McKenna – Falter – The Kitchen Tapes
Fred Eaglesmith – The boy that just went wrong – The Boy that Just Went Wrong – CDN

It’s Christmas time again:
The Handsome Family – So much wine – Live at Schuba’s Tavern
Emmylou Harris – Christmas time’s a comin’ – Light of the Stable
Johnny Cash – Blue Christmas – Christmas with Johnny Cash
The Resentments – I hate Christmas – Big Sweet Life: The Songs of Jon Dee Graham
Buddy Miller – Water when the well is dry – Midnight and Lonesome

Episode #137
Sunday, December 11, 2005
2:00-4:00 pm central time
CJUM 101.5 UMFM in Winnipeg, Manitoba
www.umfm.com

Sometimes this time of year, people (like me) get the blues. Somehow, listening to blues music makes me feel a lot better, so we kicked things off
with some blues that was far from depressing.

Then, some Christmas music that doesn’t suck.

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

2:00pm – 2:30pm

BB King – Ghetto woman – Why I Sing the Blues
Colin Linden – Easin’ back to Tennessee – Easin’ Back to Tennessee – CDN
Colin Linden – Southern jumbo – Southern Jumbo – CDN
Colin James – Postman’s sack – National Steel
Amos Garrett – I hate myself – Acoustic Album – CDN
Ken Whiteley – Good news – Gospel Music Makes Me Feel Alright! – CDN
Ray Bonneville – Oxford town – Roll it Down

2:30pm – 3:00pm

Harry Manx – Only then will your house be blessed – Wise and Otherwise – CDN
Eric Bibb – The cape – Friends
Ted Hawkins – Long as I can see the light – The Next Hundred Years
Chris Whitley – Phone call from Leavenworth – Living with the Law
Jackie Greene – About cell block #9 – Sweet Somewhere Bound
Townes Van Zandt – White freightliner blues – Legend

Swing Soniq – I hope I go to Heaven when I die – Love Wild – CDN – WPG

3:00pm – 3:30pm

Michael Johnston – Dear Santa – Zunior.com Holiday Collection 2005 – CDN
Robert Earl Keen – Merry Christmas from the family – The Party Never Ends:
Songs You Know From the Times You Can’t Remember
Robert Earl Keen – The coldest day of winter – No Kinda Dancer
Alejandro Escovedo – Gift for the crow – CD single

Nathan – I left my station – Jimson Weed – CDN – WPG
Peter Mulvey – Charlie – Kitchen Radio
Redbird – Ships – Redbird

3:30pm – 4:00pm

Lynn Miles – Never coming back – Love Sweet Love – CDN
Neko Case – Buckets of Rain – Sweetheart 2005
Elliot Brood – Back of the lot – Ambassador – CDN
Jory Nash – The conversion of Pearl Hart – Spaz Loves Weezie – CDN
Peter Case – Crooked mile – Who’s Gonna Go Your Crooked Mile
Richard Shindell – Confession – Somewhere Near Paterson
NQ Arbuckle – Christmas in Hell – digital single – CDN

Episode #138
Sunday, December 18, 2005
2:00-4:00 pm central time
CJUM 101.5 UMFM in Winnipeg, Manitoba
www.umfm.com

More of the best of 2005, and more Christmas music that doesn’t suck

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

2:00pm – 2:30pm

Sarah Borges – Daniel Lee – Silver City
Sarah Borges – All this weight – Silver City
Tom Wilson – Because of you – Dog Years – CDN
Tom Wilson – Keep on grinning – Dog Years – CDN
Colin Linden – You can’t get the stuff no more – Easin’ Back to Tennessee – CDN
Colin Linden – Test Song – Southern Jumbo – CDN
Matt Mays & El Torpedo – The plan – Matt Mays & El Torpedo – CDN

2:30pm – 3:00pm

Kathleen Edwards – What are you waiting for? – Back to Me – CDN
Tony Furtado – Standing in the rain – Bare Bones
Mark Geary – Beautiful – Ghosts
Calexico – Love will tear us apart – Sweetheart 2005
Calexico / Iron & Wine – He Lays In The Reins – In the Reins
Buddy Miller – Worry too much – Universal United House of Prayer

3:00pm – 3:30pm

Jesse DeNatale – Shangri-La West – Shangri-La West
Eliza Gilkyson – Borderline – Paradise Hotel
Hayes Carll – Take me away – recorded live on UMFM (also on Little Rock)
Rodney Crowell – Ignorance is the enemy – The Outsider

Swank – Christmas is fun – Christmas Is Fun – CDN
Fred Eaglesmith – Go tell it on the mountain – CMT Christmas – CDN
Mike Plume – Merry Christmas to you – recorded live at the Studome – CDN

3:30pm – 4:00pm

Shawn Colvin – Christmas time is here – Holiday Songs and Lullabies
Kelly Willis & Bruce Robison – A winter’s tale – Happy Holidays
Martin Sexton – Little drummer boy – Camp Holiday
Mary Gauthier – Christmas in paradise – Filth & Fire
Taxi Chain – Cheer my baby up for Christmas – Stuck on a Cold Steel Pole – CDN

Episode #139
Sunday, December 25, 2005
2:00-4:00 pm central time
CJUM 101.5 UMFM in Winnipeg, Manitoba
www.umfm.com

There’s really no choice but to listen to Christmas music on Christmas Day. And usually, your choices range from the tired fare on commercial radio or the tired fare on that cool fireplace channel on Shaw TV. But what those options don’t give you is a real person, playing really good songs.

That’s where we come in. 2 hours of fun and interesting music, with a delicate mix of traditional songs and some more contemporary, fun ones. It’s our Christmas gift to the listeners!

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

2:00pm – 2:30pm

Melissa McClelland – Oh Holy Night – web site download – CDN
Jill Barber – This Christmas – web site download – CDN
Peter Mulvey – River – Wonderland: A Winter Solstice Celebration
Martin Sexton – I’ll be home for Christmas – Camp Holiday
Fred Eaglesmith – Go tell it on the mountain – CMT Christmas – CDN
Oh Susanna – It came upon a midnight clear – CMT Christmas – CDN
Russell deCarle – Away in a manger – CMT Christmas – CDN
Shawn Colvin – Silent night – Holiday Songs and Lullabies

2:30pm – 3:00pm

Bruce Robison & Kelly Willis – The Christmas waltz – Happy Holidays
Emmylou Harris – Light of the Stable – Light of the Stable
Johnny Cash – Hark the Herald Angels Sing – Christmas with Johnny Cash
Holly Cole, Rebecca Jenkins, Mary Margaret O’Hara, Jane Sibbery, & Victoria Williams – Count your blessings – Count Your Blessings – CDN
Paul Kelly – Christmas must be tonight – Won’t You Come Around EP
Roger Miller – Old toy trains – Country Christmas Collection
Burl Ives – A holly jolly Christmas – Have a Holly Jolly Christmas

3:00pm – 3:30pm

The Kelele Brothers – Father Christmas – Has-Beens & Wives – CDN
Palooka – Merry Xmas everybody – zunior.com Holiday Collection 2004 – CDN
Swank – Christmas is fun – Christmas Is Fun – CDN
Brent Butt – Corner Gasmas jingle – cornergas.com – CDN
Carlos del Junco & Rich Greenspoon – Jingle bells – Stuck on a Cold Steel Pole – CDN
Odds – Kings of Orient (We three kings) – Singles: Individually Wrapped – CDN
New Kids on the Block – Funky, Funky Xmas – Merry, Merry Christmas
The Razorbacks – Winter wonderland – Reveillon – CDN
Raffi – Must be Santa – Raffi’s Christmas Album – CDN
Tom T Hall – Christmas is – Saturday Morning Songs for Kids of All Ages

3:30pm – 4:00pm

Stompin’ Tom Connors – Jingle Jangle Aeroplane – Merry Christmas Everybody – CDN
Nat King Cole and the Children’s Chorus – The happiest Christmas tree – The Magic of Christmas with Children
Ricky Zahndan the Blue Jeaners – (I’m Gettin’) Nuttin’ for Christmas – Silly Songs and other Christmas Classics
A girl called Eddy – The little boy that Santa Claus forgot – promo single
George Jones & Tammy Wynette – Mr. & Mrs. Santa Claus – Christmas Party with Eddie G.
Loretta Lynn – To heck with ol’ Santa Claus – A Country Christmas
Michael Johnston – Dear Santa – zunior.com holiday collection 2005 – CDN
Oliver Schroer – Beneath the ice, they heard bells – Stuck on a Cold Steel Pole
The Rocky Fortune – Merry Boxing Day – web site download – CDN

No Depression No More!

November 27, 2005

I’m a nerd. I used to read a lot of music magazines when I was younger and had more money, but these days, I don’t have the time or the money to buy and read many of the darn things anymore. I hear about a lot of great magazines that I should read, but don’t often get around to picking them up, and even less often do I get around to reading the ones I do pick up. One magazine that I’ve been told time and time again that I should pick up, and have often been tempted to pick up, is NO Depression. It’s a magazine that focuses on “The Past, Present, and Future of American Music.” That really means nothing, but when you read the magazine, it makes a little more sense. It focuses on music that’s good, instead of major label crap that they get paid to force down people’s throats. It’s very much got a roots/folk/americana focus, so musically, it’s right up my alley.

Well, I finally got to find out how great the magazine was about a year ago when a dear friend was kind enough to sign me up for a subscription. It was a wonderful gift as I finally found out what I’d been missing for so long. As the magazines arrived, I would sit down and flip through them, looking for a couple of articles and reviews that I had to read, knowing that I didn’t really have time to go through the whole issue in depth. What I found was that the whole darn thing was good, and I ended up spending a lot more time than I really had reading almost everything in each issue. There were a lot of late nights where I probably should have been sleeping, but ended up reading No Depression instead. There were a lot of great articles and reviews and photos, so it was worth staying up late to go over each magazine.

A little while ago, I started getting notices that my time was about up and that I had to renew my subscription. Well, I’m broke as can be, and life is only getting busier, so I haven’t committed to renewing just yet. I was still considering it though. That is, until I read this month’s magazine.

I’ve been very impressed with the amount of great Canadian music that’s been presented in the magazine. There have been articles and reviews of some of my favourite Canadian musicians in the magazine in the past (Jim Bryson!), and the latest issue is no different, there’s a really great article on Blue Rodeo on there (even if it does focus heavily on why they’re not stars in the U.S., which seems a little odd.) I was also pleased to see that there is a review of Corb Lund’s new record, “Hair in my Eyes Like a Highland Steer.” Being a bit of a Lund fan and curious to see what an American magazine would think of Lund’s very Albertacentric writing, I dove right into the review. Almost immediately, it stopped me right in my tracks.

I’ll provide a copy of the review here:

Like ice fishing and snow mobile racing, Corb Lund is huge in Canada (if not so much in Texas). The former frontman for Edmonton punk-rock footnotes the Smalls consistently sells out 1,000-seat venues in the Great White North. Hair In My Eyes Like A Highland Steer leaves no doubt that the country convert bleeds maple syrup and Molson Canadian; the disc’s thirteen rollicking dusters are littered with references to Calgary cowgirls and British Columbia buckaroos.

Musically, The Corb Lund Band is at least partially rooted in American soil. The cowbell-propelled title track hews dangeroulsy close to Nashville-brand new country, and the saloon-boogie shuffler “Always Keep An Edge On Your Knife” sounds like an artifact from the California gold rush.

Lund’s weakness is that too many of his songs play out like novelty tunes. “Hurtin’ Albertan” is a CB radio tribute that won’t make anyone forget about C.W. McCall’s immortal “Convoy”, and “The Truck Got Stuck” could easily be a reject from Jason Ringenberg’s A Day At The Farm With Farmer Jason children’s disc. Everyone suspects Canadians are kind of simple, but Lund doesn’t have to prove it with sing-song rhymes like “It was truck after truck/We all got stuck.”

From No Depression #60 – November/December 2005
written by Mike Usinger

Wow. Now I can take a joke, and can forgive more than my share of bad writing (not everyone can be a perfect writer such as I, after all…), but this pile of literary poo got to me. I did what I felt I had to do, and wrote an email to No Depression expressing my disappointment. It is as follows:

It’s a good thing my subscription is up, because I’d likely want to cancel it after reading the DUMB comments that Mike Usinger made in his sadly misinformed and very insulting review of Corb Lund’s new album. There’s a reason why there is some animosity between Canada and the US, and it’s almost entirely because of ignorance and stereotypes like those spewed forth by Mr. Usinger. “Everyone suspects Canadians are kind of simple, but Lund doesn’t have to prove it…” Wow. I’m not surprised that there’s someone in the US small-minded enough to write such drivel, but I’m really shocked at No Depression for publishing it. What a total lack of respect for your subscribers north of the border.

I should mention that Usinger’s rambling review, while it contains plenty of fairly typical, stupid stereotypes, also contains plenty of factual errors. First, Lund was hardly the “frontman” for The Smalls. As anyone who had done their homework should know, Corby Lund (as he was known) was the bass player, while Mike Caldwell did the singing, thank you (a quick check on allmusic.com, an American site, will show you that) (further, one has to wonder why, if The Smalls are mere “footnotes,” Usinger would bother to mention them at all). Also, while Lund is surely gaining in popularity, he is far from able to sell out 1,000 seat venues in much of “The Great White North.” Sure, in his home of Alberta he may be able to pull that off, but in much of the country he’s playing much, much smaller venues. Most importantly, no matter how much he appears to be gaining steam, he has a long, long way to go before he is as popular as ice fishing or snowmobile (one word, Mr. Usinger) racing.

We Canadians may be simple, but at least we are able to write well informed reviews without insulting an entire nation of people.

Farewell No Depression, and thanks for not making things “too” friendly between the US and Canada; it just means that there will be more maple syrup and Molson products for us, thanks.

Jeff Robson
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Great White North

And those are just a few of the comments that one could make about this awful review.