2020 Favourites

Listen to the 4-hour Best of 2020 show here

 

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

Screw that!

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

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

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

Penguin Eggs Magazine poll:

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

Thomas Csorba, Thomas Csorba (self)

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

Kathleen Edwards, Total Freedom (Dualtone)

Kennedy Road, A Little Fight Left (self)

Joe Nolan, Drifters (Fallen Tree)

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

Katie Pruitt, Expectations (Rounder)

Slow Leaves, Shelf Life (Birthday Cake Media)

Ken Yates, Quiet Talkers (self)

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

 

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Who are you?  

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

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

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

 

Favourite Records of the Year  

Ben de la CourShadow Land – (Flour Sack Cape)

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

https://bendelacour.bandcamp.com/

https://www.bendelacour.com/

https://www.facebook.com/Bendelacour

 

Kathleen EdwardsTotal Freedom – (Dualtone)

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

https://kathleenedwards.bandcamp.com/

https://www.kathleenedwards.com/

https://www.facebook.com/kathleenedwardsmusic

 

Joe NolanDrifters – (Fallen Tree)

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

https://joenolan1.bandcamp.com/

https://www.joenolanmusic.com/

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

 

Melissa PayneDarker than Your Dark (7th Fire)

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

https://mpayne.bandcamp.com/

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

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

 

Ken YatesQuiet Talkers

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

https://kenyates.bandcamp.com/

http://www.kenyates.com/

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

 

 

Best local release(s)

 

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

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

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

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

https://seanburns.bandcamp.com/

www.seanburns.ca

https://www.facebook.com/seanburnsmusic

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

 

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

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

https://highandlonesomeclub.bandcamp.com/

http://highandlonesomeclub.ca/

 

Slow LeavesShelf Life – (independent)

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

https://slowleaves.bandcamp.com/

http://slowleaves.com/

https://www.facebook.com/slowleaves

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

 

 

Other great releases from Winnipeg include:

Figure Walking

Silver Clouds

Richard Inman.

 

Most under-rated record of the year

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

Any other thoughts, opinions, rants,

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

 

Other great albums:


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

Podcast: December 20, 2020 – Christmas Special

Episode #868

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Playlist: Episode #868, Dec. 20, 2020 – Christmas Special

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Podcast: December 13, 2020

Episode #867

Hard to believe there’s only one more show after this one before Christmas, so we’ve upped the seasonal content today, but still have a good mix of new and new-to-me music to keep us from Christmas juggernaut territory.

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

Kathleen Edwards – It’s Christmastime (Let’s Just Survive) – single – CDN
Robert Earl Keen – Merry Christmas From The Family – No. 2 Live Dinner

Leeroy Stagger – Christmas Carol – Dystopian Weekends – CDN
Leeroy Stagger – Christmas In the Year Of Austerity – Dystopian Weekends – CDN
Ryland Moranz – Where Are My Blue Eyes – XO, 1945 – CDN

Tom Waits – Bend Down The Branches – Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers & Bastards
Julia Jacklin – Baby Jesus is Nobody’s Baby Now – single
Bonny Light Horseman – Clementine – single
Courtney Marie Andrews – If I Told – Old Flowers

Steve Earle & The Dukes – Champagne Corolla – J.T.
Brett Eldredge – Sunday Drive – Sunday Drive
Last Year’s Man – No Eye on the Sparrow – Brave the Storm
Joshua Ray Walker – Voices – Glad You Made It
Frightened Rabbit – Roadless – Recorded Songs

Young Bob & the Peterboroughs – Hey America – single – CDN
The Jayhawks – What Would I Dreamer Do? – Johnny Cash: Forever Words Expanded
Hard Working Americans – Big Hearted Girl – Johnny Cash: Forever Words Expanded

Colleen Brown – What Do You Want For Christmas – Isolation Songs – CDN
Lunch At Allen’s – Spending My Christmas With You – A Lunch At Allen’s Christmas – Zuzu’s Petals – CDN
JP Hoe – Hoe Hoe Hoe – Brighten Up the Night – CDN – WPG
Lynn Miles – High Heels in the Snow – Winter – CDN

Brock Zeman – Pulling your Sword – Pulling Your Sword out of the Devil’s Back – CDN
Mayhemingways – Small Town Crush – Mayhemingways EP – CDN
Christina Martin – Coming Back Home for Christmas – single – CDN

Mike Plume – Merry Xmas To My Ex-Miss – Back Home For Christmas – CDN
Mike Plume – More Than A Game (2014 Version) – single – CDN
John Blek & the Rats – Lord! Don’t Leave Me – Leave Your Love at the Door

Playlist: Episode #867, Dec. 13, 2020

Hard to believe there’s only one more show after this one before Christmas, so we’ve upped the seasonal content today, but still have a good mix of new and new-to-me music to keep us from Christmas juggernaut territory.

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

Kathleen Edwards – It’s Christmastime (Let’s Just Survive) – single – CDN
Robert Earl Keen – Merry Christmas From The Family – No. 2 Live Dinner

Leeroy Stagger – Christmas Carol – Dystopian Weekends – CDN
Leeroy Stagger – Christmas In the Year Of Austerity – Dystopian Weekends – CDN
Ryland Moranz – Where Are My Blue Eyes – XO, 1945 – CDN

Tom Waits – Bend Down The Branches – Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers & Bastards
Julia Jacklin – Baby Jesus is Nobody’s Baby Now – single
Bonny Light Horseman – Clementine – single
Courtney Marie Andrews – If I Told – Old Flowers

Steve Earle & The Dukes – Champagne Corolla – J.T.
Brett Eldredge – Sunday Drive – Sunday Drive
Last Year’s Man – No Eye on the Sparrow – Brave the Storm
Joshua Ray Walker – Voices – Glad You Made It
Frightened Rabbit – Roadless – Recorded Songs

Young Bob & the Peterboroughs – Hey America – single – CDN
The Jayhawks – What Would I Dreamer Do? – Johnny Cash: Forever Words Expanded
Hard Working Americans – Big Hearted Girl – Johnny Cash: Forever Words Expanded

Colleen Brown – What Do You Want For Christmas – Isolation Songs – CDN
Lunch At Allen’s – Spending My Christmas With You – A Lunch At Allen’s Christmas – Zuzu’s Petals – CDN
JP Hoe – Hoe Hoe Hoe – Brighten Up the Night – CDN – WPG
Lynn Miles – High Heels in the Snow – Winter – CDN

Brock Zeman – Pulling your Sword – Pulling Your Sword out of the Devil’s Back – CDN
Mayhemingways – Small Town Crush – Mayhemingways EP – CDN
Christina Martin – Coming Back Home for Christmas – single – CDN

Mike Plume – Merry Xmas To My Ex-Miss – Back Home For Christmas – CDN
Mike Plume – More Than A Game (2014 Version) – single – CDN
John Blek & the Rats – Lord! Don’t Leave Me – Leave Your Love at the Door

Podcast: December 6, 2020

Episode #866

It is December, and although this year doesn’t seem to hold a lot of joy, we’ll embrace the holiday spirit and let a few new festive tunes slip in to the show today and in the weeks to come. We’ve also got the long-awaited new all-star local compilation as well as a bunch of other great new songs and a lot of other good stuff for you today.

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

Paul Kelly – How to Make Gravy – Words and Music
Andrew Neville – Honky Tonk Shangri-La – We Still Gotta Lotta Livin’ To Do – CDN – WPG
D. Rangers – Man or a Fool – We Still Gotta Lotta Livin’ To Do – CDN – WPG
Del Barber w/ Grant Siemens – Meantime – We Still Gotta Lotta Livin’ To Do – CDN – WPG

John Blek – Like A Child – Digressions #2 Grounded
Serlin Greaves – The Needle and the Damage Done – single – CDN – WPG
Death Cab for Cutie – Flirted With You All My Life – The Georgia E.P.
Gregory Alan Isakov – Bullet Holes – Evening Machines
Slim Dunlap – Hate this Town – single
Mariel Buckley – No Surprise – single – CDN

The Oldest Forest – Put On A Fuckin Mask Stupid Part 2 – single – CDN – WPG
The Oldest Forest – Let’s Do The Foxtrot – single – CDN – WPG
The Oldest Forest – They Call Me Country – single – CDN – WPG

Skydiggers – Even When You Fall – Road Radio – CDN
Skydiggers – Good King Wenceslas – The Truth About Us – CDN
The Burning Hell – Better King Wenceslas – Mathias Kom’s Holy Hullabaloo – CDN

Liz Longley – One Missing – A Little Magic
Phoebe Bridgers – If We Make It Through December – If We Make It Through December EP
Boreal – Snow Falls Down – single – CDN
Calexico – Peace of Mind – Seasonal Shift
Rodney Crowell – Let’s Skip Christmas This Year – Christmas Everywhere
The Handsome Family – So Much Wine – In the Air

Nathan – John Paul’s Deliveries – Key Principles – CDN – WPG
The Wailin’ Jennys – One Voice – 40 Days – CDN – WPG
Oh Susanna & Michael Johnston – My Christmas Dreams – Decemberly – CDN
Allison Moorer – O Holy Night – Five Holiday Favorites

Playlist: Episode #866, Dec. 6, 2020

It is December, and although this year doesn’t seem to hold a lot of joy, we’ll embrace the holiday spirit and let a few new festive tunes slip in to the show today and in the weeks to come. We’ve also got the long-awaited new all-star local compilation as well as a bunch of other great new songs and a lot of other good stuff for you today.

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

Paul Kelly – How to Make Gravy – Words and Music
Andrew Neville – Honky Tonk Shangri-La – We Still Gotta Lotta Livin’ To Do – CDN – WPG
D. Rangers – Man or a Fool – We Still Gotta Lotta Livin’ To Do – CDN – WPG
Del Barber w/ Grant Siemens – Meantime – We Still Gotta Lotta Livin’ To Do – CDN – WPG

John Blek – Like A Child – Digressions #2 Grounded
Serlin Greaves – The Needle and the Damage Done – single – CDN – WPG
Death Cab for Cutie – Flirted With You All My Life – The Georgia E.P.
Gregory Alan Isakov – Bullet Holes – Evening Machines
Slim Dunlap – Hate this Town – single
Mariel Buckley – No Surprise – single – CDN

The Oldest Forest – Put On A Fuckin Mask Stupid Part 2 – single – CDN – WPG
The Oldest Forest – Let’s Do The Foxtrot – single – CDN – WPG
The Oldest Forest – They Call Me Country – single – CDN – WPG

Skydiggers – Even When You Fall – Road Radio – CDN
Skydiggers – Good King Wenceslas – The Truth About Us – CDN
The Burning Hell – Better King Wenceslas – Mathias Kom’s Holy Hullabaloo – CDN

Liz Longley – One Missing – A Little Magic
Phoebe Bridgers – If We Make It Through December – If We Make It Through December EP
Boreal – Snow Falls Down – single – CDN
Calexico – Peace of Mind – Seasonal Shift
Rodney Crowell – Let’s Skip Christmas This Year – Christmas Everywhere
The Handsome Family – So Much Wine – In the Air

Nathan – John Paul’s Deliveries – Key Principles – CDN – WPG
The Wailin’ Jennys – One Voice – 40 Days – CDN – WPG
Oh Susanna & Michael Johnston – My Christmas Dreams – Decemberly – CDN
Allison Moorer – O Holy Night – Five Holiday Favorites

Podcast: November 29, 2020: 2020 Highlights

Episode #865

2020 has been an unmitigated disaster in almost every regard except for new music, which has been outstanding. Today we’re going to look at some of our favourites in hopes that you might add some music to your online shopping list or your own wish list, especially with the final Bandcamp Friday of the year coming up this week. These aren’t necessarily all of the best songs & albums of the year, just some of our standout favourites.

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

Kathleen Edwards – Glenfern – Total Freedom – CDN
Jim Bryson – Knights Of 1000 Sleeps ft. Caroline Brooks – single – CDN
Evangeline Gentle – Drop My Name – Evangeline Gentle – CDN
Ken Yates – Easy Way Out – Quiet Talkers – CDN
Graven – Real Rain – Years – CDN

Joe Nolan – Maybe We Didn’t Get Our Timing Right – Drifters – CDN
NQ Arbuckle – Love Songs for the Long Game – single – CDN
Kennedy Road – Kennedy – A Little Fight Left Yet – CDN
Campbell Woods – For You – Keeper – CDN
John Prine – I Remember Everything – single

Sarah Harmer – St. Peter’s Bay – Are You Gone – CDN
Melissa Payne – Shake Me – Darker Than Your Dark – CDN

Icecream Hands – Thank You – No Weapon But Love
Jerry Joseph – Days of Heaven – The Beautiful Madness
Drive-By Truckers – The New OK – The New OK
Chuck Prophet – Marathon – The Land That Time Forgot
Our Man In The Field – I’ll Be Gone – The Company of Strangers

Scott Nolan – Ballad of a Stranger – single – CDN – WPG
William Prince – Old Souls – Reliever – CDN – WPG
Ben de la Cour – In God We Trust … All Others Pay Cash – Shadow Land – CDN

Sean Burns – Gasoline – It Takes Luck To Get The Best Of Me – CDN – WPG
Skinny Dyck – Dreamin’ – Get to Know Lonesome – CDN
Mike Plume – Younger Than We Are Today – Lonesome Stretch of Highway – CDN
Slow Leaves – Miss You – Shelf Life – CDN – WPG

Playlist: Episode #865, Nov. 29, 2020: 2020 Highlights

2020 has been an unmitigated disaster in almost every regard except for new music, which has been outstanding. Today we’re going to look at some of our favourites in hopes that you might add some music to your online shopping list or your own wish list, especially with the final Bandcamp Friday of the year coming up this week. These aren’t necessarily all of the best songs & albums of the year, just some of our standout favourites.

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

Kathleen Edwards – Glenfern – Total Freedom – CDN
Jim Bryson – Knights Of 1000 Sleeps ft. Caroline Brooks – single – CDN
Evangeline Gentle – Drop My Name – Evangeline Gentle – CDN
Ken Yates – Easy Way Out – Quiet Talkers – CDN
Graven – Real Rain – Years – CDN

Joe Nolan – Maybe We Didn’t Get Our Timing Right – Drifters – CDN
NQ Arbuckle – Love Songs for the Long Game – single – CDN
Kennedy Road – Kennedy – A Little Fight Left Yet – CDN
Campbell Woods – For You – Keeper – CDN
John Prine – I Remember Everything – single

Sarah Harmer – St. Peter’s Bay – Are You Gone – CDN
Melissa Payne – Shake Me – Darker Than Your Dark – CDN

Icecream Hands – Thank You – No Weapon But Love
Jerry Joseph – Days of Heaven – The Beautiful Madness
Drive-By Truckers – The New OK – The New OK
Chuck Prophet – Marathon – The Land That Time Forgot
Our Man In The Field – I’ll Be Gone – The Company of Strangers

Scott Nolan – Ballad of a Stranger – single – CDN – WPG
William Prince – Old Souls – Reliever – CDN – WPG
Ben de la Cour – In God We Trust … All Others Pay Cash – Shadow Land – CDN

Sean Burns – Gasoline – It Takes Luck To Get The Best Of Me – CDN – WPG
Skinny Dyck – Dreamin’ – Get to Know Lonesome – CDN
Mike Plume – Younger Than We Are Today – Lonesome Stretch of Highway – CDN
Slow Leaves – Miss You – Shelf Life – CDN – WPG

Podcast: November 22, 2020

Episode #864

A whole lot of cool covers today and the rest is brought to you by the letter B as we have a bunch of BROOD, a bit of Bruceness, and we visit with the Bobs I know!

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

Lowest of the Low – Black Monday – Hallucigenia – CDN
Rusty Cage – The Black Friday Song – Really Stupid Bad Songs That I Made
Casey Laforet – Put On A Fuckin Mask Stupid – single – CDN
Casey Laforet – Mr. Brownstone (Wild Turkey Version) – single – CDN
Elliott BROOD – Stay Out (acoustic) – single – CDN
Elliott BROOD – A.C.R.O.N.Y.M. – single – CDN

Steve Earle & The Dukes – Harlem River Blues – J.T.
John Anderson, Toby Keith, Buddy Miller & Tanya Tucker – Okie From Muskogee (Live) – Sing Me Back Home: The Music of Merle Haggard
Lauren Ruth Ward – Riders on the Storm – Happy Birthday Jim
Lissie – Wrecking Ball – Thank You to the Flowers
Molly Parden & Hollow Hum – Found out About You – Why Worry: A Collection of Covers
Molly Tuttle – She’s A Rainbow – …but i’d rather be with you
Dan Mangan – Losing My Religion – Thief – CDN

Matthew Ryan – Untitled Verses for Distances – Life Is Beautiful
Jennah Barry – Rocket – Holiday – CDN

NQ Arbuckle – Atlantic City – Live at Lincoln County Social Club – CDN
Martyn Joseph – One Step Up – Tires Rushing by in the Rain
Rose Cousins – If I Should Fall Behind – We Have Made a Spark – CDN
Kathleen Edwards – Human Touch (w/Bahamas) – single – CDN
Ruth Moody – Dancing in the Dark – These Wilder Things – CDN – WPG
Townes Van Zandt – Racing in the Streets – Roadsongs

Bob Schneider – Big Blue Sea – live recording
Bob Schneider – I Wish the Wind Would Blow Me – recorded live on UMFM
Bob Schneider – The Way Life Is Supposed to Be – I’m Good Now
Bob Schneider – Lake Michigan – single

Bob Snider – Talk to Me Babe – Caterwaul & Doggerel – CDN
Bobby Long – Who Have You Been Loving – A Winter Tale
Bobby Bare Jr. – Valentine – From the End of Your Leash
Lonesome Bob – Got Away With It – Things Change