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You know this dude, Sammy Dee Morton has shucked his share of oysters, gigged his share of frogs, and gone wild on his share of pit BBQ. He’s obviously been doin’ things Louisianne for a good long while. He pours hot sauce in his coffee, eats two muffalettas at the same time, and his guitar speaks fluent alligator. For your listening pleasure… - Harry
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Singing in her native Portuguese, here is “Nao Precisa” which translates to “You need not worry” or according to a popular translation of this song title via Google – “You Don’t Need It.”
With locally popular Brazilian singers, Victor and Leo, who lend their enjoyable voices to this catchy, catchy song, we have a duet with Paula taking the lead vocals for much of the song.
This is a departure from our musical norm. Previous songs have been in English, but the vocals are so good that the language barrier is not going to hinder your enjoyment. I am a johnny come lately to the Paula Fernandes bandwagon. But now that I have heard her music, including a number of other songs that she sings; I too join her growing legion of fans. Viva Brazil. - Harry at HarryShots.com
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You can look up all the superlatives in Wikipedia. Look at the album photo and you will begin to know John Hartford.
He had magic in his head and in his hands. You may not know that he was an ambidextrous calligrapher. When I say ambidextrous, I mean he would take a pen or a sharpy in each hand and draw simultaneously with both hands. And the details, as you might imagine, were impressive as can be. He played half a dozen instruments, he clogged, he mimed, he cut the rug. One man band is not the half of it.
Here is Brother John, doing Gentle On My Mind, at State College Pennsylvania, back in the day, in a live concert that captures some of his energy and spark. – Harry Lipson III – HarryShots.com
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“Where in the world is Alicia Keys?” is so out of context in a Bob Dylan song that it ranks right up there with Dylan’s truly memorable lyrics. I wonder if the band calls it Alicia or Thunder when they make out their set list at gigs. Just sayin’.
You probably know the song so I won’t go into it. Bob Dylan and his great band (Denny Freeman and Stu Kimball on guitars, Tony Garnier on bass, George Receli on drums, and Donnie Herron) with “Thunder” or is it….. It is said that the second verse, the Alicia Keys verse, is taken from an old Ma Rainey song. Okiedokie. Here is one of the best songs you’ll ever hear. The other line in this song that is extraordinary, is “I’ve sucked the milk out of a thousand cows.” Who thinks of that? Dylan, obviously. But, wow. This is a great song musically and well, lyrically. I love it.
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Bing Crosby’s little bro, Bob, had his own orchestra back in the late 1930s and 40s, and they were no slouches. “Big Noise from Winnetka” is a little short on lyrics, but the tune is catchy. And, oh by the way, little br0ther Bob can sing like a Crosby, which is, excellently. Ran into this song on a PBS fundraiser and it stole the show from my point of view. Ray Baudec on drums and Bob Haggert on bass (and whistling eerily) are showstoppers. Here is the big band jazz of Bob Crosby with a little help from his friends, circa 1938. -
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Fifty years between these two versions of the very same song. From Blind Willie Johnson back in 1927 to Terrapin Station (1977) by Bob Weir and The Grateful Dead, this is the anthropology of the song “If I Had My Way, I’d Tear This Building Down” / aka “Samson and Delilah.”
The killer line, and you should listen for it, is- “And the bees made honey in the lion’s head.” Just my opinion. Yet The Blues will abide, Dude. -
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In this corner, fighting out of West Saugerties, New York, are five guys (Garth Hudson, Robbie Robertson, Richard Manuel, Rick Danko, and Levon Helm) who connected with Bob Dylan, lived in a big pink house, and became what, in my opinion, was the first, and possibly best, Americana band of all time.
They made music for about 12 years, and when they disbanded in 1976, Martin Fuckin’ Scorsese, hisself, would make a movie of their final concert (The Last Waltz). They called themselves The Band, which, if they weren’t in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, would be some kind of chutzpah.
The Band reunited without guitarist Robbie Robertson in the 1980s and continued in various personnel lineups for another decade. They would record ten studio albums, not including their great records with Bob Dylan, with whom they were, and are, so closely identified. Sadly, Richard Manuel, Rick Danko, and Levon Helm have all since died.
Here is the “rough mix, alternative vocal take” of one of their big hits, “Rag Mama Rag.” – Harry Lipson III - HarryShots.com
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Me, I thought that Piggly Wiggly was just a local grocery store, in my hometown of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, back in the late 1950s. Boy was I wrong, and I only figured this out two days ago. I was listening to the MIT college radio blues show and they proceeded to play “The Piggly Wiggly Blues” aka “Groceries On My Shelf” by Lucille Bogan. ” Okie dokie”, I correctly surmised, I may have been slightly myopic and kinda wrong on my facts.
The facts are these. Piggly Wiggly Grocery Stores were founded in 1916 in Memphis. They were the first self service grocery store in the USA. Today it is a large American chain of mostly Southern and Midwestern grocery stores, specializing in serving small towns, which I applaud. Today there are over 600 stores in the Piggly empire (so goes my “Piggly Wiggly is “just in Tuscaloosa” thought).
Lucille Bogans was a blues woman who recorded in the late 1920s and 1930s. She recorded this on July 9, 1933, in Chicago. Bogans has a great voice as you can hear. That she never achieved anything close to fame or recognition is the way the story often goes.
“The Piggly Wiggly Blues” was first heard prior to 1920, with a number of artists recording the PWB. Enjoy “Groceries On My…” or, as most who recorded it, called it, “The Piggly Wiggly Blues.” Eat your heart out Kroger. – Harry Lipson III / harryShots.com
Lately, I have had the good fortune of becoming reacquainted with a great band from the underground FM days of the 1970s counterculture. That was my time. Welcome to Goose Creek was released in 1971. I dearly loved that record album and it was on my turntable regularly. Today, I hear a little Grateful Dead in Goose Creek Symphony’s songs. I hear Crosby, Stills, and Nash, circa their Deja Vu album.
Goose Creek Symphony, from back in the Seventies, happened to be a great bluegrass band that blew up the stereotype of “rigid” bluegrass bands. These guys have mirth in their music. They weren’t necessarily note perfect but the energy came right through the speakers. This was a new generation come calling.
Enjoy “Welcome to Goose“ by Goose Creek Symphony. Their raucous sound and excellent vocals and harmonizing are strong. I can readily imagine that Roy Acuff or Bill Monroe might have scoffed at these “hippies” playing their music. But play it they did, and the bar was raised by Goose. -
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Here’s to you Jimmy Buffett. We’ve been slightly estranged for several decades as you went off Coral Reefering. I just preferred the Jimmy Buffett who came up from Mobile in the early 1970s with thirty or forty of the best songs I ever heard. I saw him perform with his mermaid Martin guitar. He blew us away. “God’s Own Drunk”, Why Don’t We Get Drunk and Screw”, “A Pirate Looks at Forty”, Jessie Winchester’s “Biloxi.”
But I have returned from forty years in the wilderness, most things are forgiven. I never regretted your fortune and fame. But I never joined the party, so to speak.
Among the finest songwriters in American popular music, here is one of JB’s finer songs, wonderfully written by my old favorite folkie, Stevie Goodman. Here’s to both of you, Jimbo. -
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Dino, baby – you were quite a singer. A smooth voice that’s easy on the ears. I don’t know if the tipsy thing was an act, or if you were up to your gills in the beverage of your choice; but man, you were great. And, in fact, still are, thanks to the magic of recorded music.
It seems you had an interesting life, Rat Packing and all. I just want you to know that you ain’t gonna be forgotten. You made is to posterity. That’s something to drink to.
Here is “your” biggest hit; a song that happily stays in my head.
- “Volare,” done the Dean Martin way.
- Harry Lipson @ harryShots
Toshi Seeger. 91 years is a full life. And she had a full life from all accounts. I do mourn her passing, but I give thanks for her love for Pete, and for the great good they both did, devoting themselves to causes of all kinds.
Almost 25 years ago, when I was producing festivals and concerts (FolkTree); several of which included/”starred” Pete Seeger, there was Toshi sitting backstage during every concert, patiently knitting, amid the chaos of open guitar cases and sound equipment.
She was neither shy, nor a wall flower. She just eschewed being doted over. Toshi was a behind the scenes partner, with husband, Pete; the two of them doing so many good and brave things in her long and beautiful life. – Harry Lipson – HarryShots.com 7-13-13
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Danny Flowers is a guitar player. First and foremost that is what he does best. Sure he has written songs that have been covered by EmmyLou Harris and Willie Nelson. And, it’s true, he is a popular Nashville session players for stars like Vince Gill, Dobie Gray, and Marshall Chapman.
Truth be told, Danny Flowers is best known for having written “Living On Tulsa Time,” – a big hit for both Eric Clapton and Don Williams.
But here, at this moment, Danny Flowers is doing his own thing with “Born To Believe.” Danny is one of my personal favorites. You can hear a guitar player playing. Enjoy! – Harry Lipson at harryShots.com on 7-9-13
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Damn, when you start to get up there in years, and you are Guy Clark; people get all mushy, and you hear things like “national treasure.” I know that Guy cringes when he hears that shit and I know that he hears it plenty.
Well, he is treasured, this Texan gone to Tennessee. He ain’t so famous as Willie. But them that know; them that love the songs and their Texan songwriters, they all will agree that Guy Clark should be in the pantheon of Texas music and Texas musicians.
Guy has recorded a bunch of version of Texas Cookin’ This is the one I like best. – Harry Lipson
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Have you ever listened to this cat. He was a Soul Man. He was down with Muddy Waters. He was down with The Wolf. He was so into the blues that it became his middle name.
We had James Brown. (I Feel Good). We had Otis. All of the greats. We had the mighty Wilson Pickett, and there is Aretha and B.B.
So The Blues lost a good one today. – Harry Lipson
“Fortunate Son” by John Fogarty and Booker T. & The MG’s LIVE at The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Concert
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They’re always havin’ a good time down on the bayou and at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Excessive? It’s rock and roll’s middle name. Here is John Fogarty with his American saga, “Fortunate Son,” backed up by Booker T. & The MG’s.
“Some folks are born to wave the flag,
Ooh, they’re red, white and blue.
And when the band plays ‘Hail to the Chief,’
Ooh, they point the cannon straight at you.”
John Fogarty sounds as good as ever, which is amazing given the mileage and the years. Here is Fo-Chew-Net Sun, son. -
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One of my favorite “new (to me)” groups is Blackie & The Rodeo Kings. I hear some of Band of Joy in them and some of The Band as well. Three fellas with some great collaborations, here and there, and about a dozen record albums to their credit, here is some soulful, and frequently rockin’, Americana music.
This track is Willie’s Diamond Joe fro the album Bark. Check out Blackie & The Rodeo Kings.
- Harry Lipson
This is a crackerjack, lovely recording of John Prine‘s “How Lucky” by Boundary Road.
I enjoy and respect pretty much everything John writes. My Musical Mt. Rushmore has John Prine up top, along with Little Feat, Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, and The Beatles (yes, there are five, not four, on my Mt Rushmore of music). About three quarters of the way up the mountain are Buddy Holly, Wilson Pickett, The Stones, The Allman Brothers, Steve Earle, and Maestro John Williams. Emmylou Harris is climbing too.
As a touchstone, John Prine’s music seems to me to be remarkable, in that anyone who records one of his songs, sounds pretty good too.
Boundary Road is a great case in point. Here we have John’s “How Lucky” and sure enough, it sounds like the home run it is, and was. If you mess up a John Prine song, maybe you need to be doing something else with your creative juices.
First showing up on John Prine’s Pink Cadillac album, (1979), “How Lucky” has been around for awhile and Boundary Road does it the justice it deserves.
“Today I walked down the street I use to wander. Yeah, shook my head and made myself a bet
There was all these things that I don’t think I remember. How lucky can one man get.“
“How Lucky” by Boundary Road. -
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A sweet little version of a sweet little song. Actually, “Here Comes The Sun” may be one of the great alltime songs; still sweet, but not so little. Yellow Dubmarine has a great website at yellowdubmarine.com, and their slogan is “All you need is Dub.” The band is 7 guys playing reggae Beatles music. I think they formed the group in 2010 and they live in the Washington, D.C. area. Keep it up guys. - Harry Lipson, posted 5-21-13
This is one of my favorite “pep me up” songs. When you need a little get up and go, this baby does the trick. Turn it up pretty loud, and it will change your mood. A cure for depression, well temporarily, yes, I’ll make that claim. This is a free sample from the doctor.
This is The Black Crowes doing a live version of Dave Mason’s “Feelin Alright.”
If you are really low on energy, may I suggest playing the Isley Brothers, “Shout” followed by J.J. Jackson’s “It’s alright.” Follow those instructions and you will be good to go. – Harry Lipson
Sid Selvidge passed away today and tonight I am thinking about his legacy, and how much I liked almost everything I ever heard from him. As a recording artist, Sid was a fine interpreter of songs and one can tell that he chose those songs with care. My Ipod library has half a dozen of his sweet songs.
Sid Selvidge, like me, was born in the Mississippi Delta and we both shared a lifetime’s love for folk and Americana music.
Here is Sid singing Fred Neil’s “A Little Bit of Rain“ The song begins “If I should leave you, think about the good times.” We will.
By the way, Memphis, Tennessee was Sid’s home for much of his adult life, and it was where he produced his acclaimed weekly NPR radio program “Beale Street Caravan.” Sid Selvidge. 1943-2013. Godspeed. – posted on May 5, 2013 by Harry Lipson / harryShots.com
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Eric Clapton, Jerry Garcia, a younger Jimmy Buffett, Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Joni Mitchell, Steve Earle, Aaron Copland, Andrea Bocelli, and The Band are among those I can think of that are deserving of honorable mentions.
To set this scene: Central Park. Tens of thousands of fans camped out. A hand picked crackerjack band. “Graceland,” which is fine both lyrically and instrumentally. And Paul Simon… and Paul Simon……….HL
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From 1966, The Standells, with their big hit. Almost fifty years after this first hit the airwaves, it sounds just as good as it ever did. Music keeps us young.
“Down by the banks of the River Charles” (which has been environmentally cleaned up, and is no longer, literally, dirty water).
“Oh, Boston, you’re my home.” – Harry
If you like The Beatles, you should hear this. If you like instrumental music, ditto. Same goes for avant garde interpretations. This is a very refreshing, vibrant take on songs that are part of our musical DNA.
My new favorite record. Enjoy. – posted by Harry Lipson III on 4-19-13
If you like The Beatles, you should hear this. If you like instrumental music, ditto. Same goes for avant garde interpretations. This is a very refreshing, vibrant take on songs that are part of our musical DNA.
My new favorite record. Enjoy. – posted: April, 2013, by Harry Lipson III / harryShots.com
Annette was my secret in Fantasyland. Back in the 1950s, on Disney’s Mickey Mouse Club, Annette’s perkiness and prettiness popped right out of our black and white TV; as did Annette in her full Mousketeer sweater.
An American everygirl. She was my girl.
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Written by Stephen Stills. Perhaps Chris Hillman had a hand in the writing, he certainly is interwoven with Stephen Stills, musically, with many connections between the two. He does a great version here.
I am fascinated by Chris Hillman’s musical connections. Here are some of them. Chris was in the following groups: The Byrds, The Flying Burrito Brothers, Desert Rose, Manassas, The New Christy Minstrels, Hearts & Flowers, The Hillmen, The Green Grass Revival, Souther-Hillman-Furay Band, McGuinn-Clark-& Hillman, and has had a remarkable solo career.
Chris Hillman’s musical connections include his performing and recording with Gram Parsons, Roger McGuinn, David Crosby, Vern Gosdin, Don Parmley, Randy Sparks, Gene Clark, Michael Clarke, Clarence White, Rick Roberts (Firefall), Stephen Stills, Richie Furay (Poco and Buffalo Springfield), J.D. Souther, Dan Fogelberg, Poco, Herb Pedersen, Bob Dylan, Tony Rice, Larry Rice, Steve Earle, and The Bellamy Brothers. source: Wikipedia
One of my favorite artists, Chris Hillman has the song of the week, “Four and Twenty.” Enjoy. - Harry Lipson
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In the pursuit of Happiness, may I suggest Ladysmith Black Mambazo’s “Wenyukela.“ Happiness is easier to find and better enjoyed with music and song. With that in mind, harryShots recommendations attempt to make your search that much easier with our weekly suggestions. – Harry Lipson
Steve Martin, the famous comedian, used to bring his gold banjo to his shows (I saw him, fake arrow through is head and all) back in the 70s at The University of Alabama, in Tuscaloosa. I could tell how good he was as soon as he started picking and playing in between jokes.
Fast forward to the 21st century and the very same Steve Martin is putting out incredible banjo fronted albums. Using the Steep Canyon Rangers as his band, Steve has written several dozen world class tunes.
“Calico Train” instrumental is one such, and is the HarryShots Song of the Week. Enjoy. Harry Lipson
I think “TreeTop Flyer” is Stephen Stills best song. Love the spare guitar, the way cool lyrics, and the laid back style of delivery. There are lots of superlatives we can attribute to Brother Stills; playing good golf is not one of them. I played nine holes with Steve, going back a few years and, oh lordy, the birds stopped singing in the trees and the squirrels went into hiding. Golf is a hard game. Hey, we should all have Stephen Stills’ artistic talents. Nuff said.
I hope you enjoy Stephen Stills‘ “TreeTop Flyer” which is our HarryShots.com Song of the Week. – Harry Lipson
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Way down yonder in New Orleans and once upon a time there was a blues pop musician named Chris Kenner. Back in the very early 1960s, Chris came to the attention of New Orleans musical legend, Allen Toussaint. A hit song was produced and it was “I Like It Like That.” In 1961, it rose all the way to #2 on the Billboard Hot 100.
I saw Chris Kenner at a frat party on campus at Tulane University in 1966, and someplace I have a polaroid of Chris, in his off-white suit replete with a purple shirt, face glistening, leaning into his microphone. Chris Kenner also wrote the ever popular “Land of 1000 Dances.” In 1976, at the age of 46, Kenner passed away.
“I Like It Like That“ became a hit all over again in 1965 with The Dave Clark Five. It has been recorded over the years by Bruce Springsteen, Fairport Convention (I need to hear that), The Ramsey Lewis Trio, Bobby Womack, and others.
Here is a flashback to 1961 and one of the first rock n roll “party songs.” – Harry Lipson III
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How does it feel to look like you ain’t tryin’ whilst you are paraphrasing Shakespeare and Guy Clark. Perhaps I overstate the case, but Willie Boy has gone off and found a path to the everlasting song writer’s workshop.
And here, for biographical background, I quote directly from Wikipedia:
His songs have been recorded by Jimmy Buffett, Little Feat, Jack Ingram, Todd Snider and more. Kimbrough has also collaborated with many artists including Rosanne Cash, Guy Clark, Rodney Crowell, Steve Earle, Gomez, Emmylou Harris, The Jayhawks, Mark Knopfler, Buddy Miller, John Prine, Toumani Diabate, Kim Richey, Josh Rouse, Matthew Ryan, Billy Joe Shaver, Todd Snider, Mavis Staples, Garrison Starr, Adrienne Young, and others.”
Willie Boy was also chosen a while back as the Americana Music Association‘s Instrumentalist of the Year.
Okay, if you are familiar with his music, then you already know what you need to know. If you ain’t, well, allow me to open the door.The HarryShots.com Song of the Week, is “Hill Country Girl” by the aforementioned Mr. K. - Harry Lipson
If you want to see and hear Alvin and Ten Years After, check out the famous film “Woodstock.”
Alvin Lee is going home. He was one of the greats. - Harry Lipson
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LUCY KAPLANSKY- Her intelligence washes over her lines as she sings. Lucy comes out of the Fast Folk scene of New York City, in the 1980s. Both Shawn Colvin and Suzanne Vega became stars. But Lucy Kaplansky runs circles around both of them. Check out “This Morning” which is the HarryShots.com Song of the Week. I hope you also become a fan of Lucy K. - Harry Lipson
If you go to their website, the first two albums by the Milk Carton Kids are free to download.
Fast forward about 50 years (say it ain’t so) and recently I have been listening to The Milk Carton Kids (Kenneth Pattengale and Joey Ryan), a couple of guys from LA, and damn if I don’t hear something that bears resemblance to early Simon and Garfunkel in some of their songs.
If The Milk Carton Kids (a poor choice of name) haven’t showed up on your Ipod, your Spotify, or your Pandora playlist, you should play the HarryShots.com Song of the Week, for March 1, 2013. - Harry Lipson 3
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If you haven’t seen the Denzel Washington (he’s up for Best Actor at the Academy Awards for this role) movie, FLIGHT, I thought it was the best film of the past year. The soundtrack includes movie’s “theme song” – Joe Cocker’s Feelin’ Alright.
John Goodman has a crackerjack role in FLIGHT that is reminiscent of his “Donny” in The Big Lebowski. I love John Goodman. If you never saw Goodman in O Brother Where Art Thou, you should treat yourself to another amazing film with another amazing Goodman character.
Here is Joe Cocker with the HarryShots.com Song of the Week, “Feelin’ Alright.” – Harry Lipson III
My favorite instrumental piece. World class masters Earl Scruggs and John McEuen lay down a driving, rollicking tune, with back up help by acoustic bass great, the late Roy Husky, Jr. The word is that Roy arrived very late to the session and there was some concern on the part of Earl and John that he didn’t know the song and what was going to happen. They played it though once for Roy and then they recorded it. Roy came through with flying colors.
It is a treat for me to recognize Earl Scruggs, who was such a musical influence; Earl being the pioneering banjo player that he was. John has his own amazing discography, solo, in collaborations like this, and with his group, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. So here’s “Carolina Traveler”. I recommend that you play it over and over about six times in a row. Fire it up gentlemen. - Harry Lipson
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Good Lord, The “Blues is a lowdown godddam shame.” So said Robert Johnson, the King of the Delta Blues, which is debatable, given the prior existences and careers of Son House and Charley Patton. The modern day king is also debatable but I know that Sonny Landreth is in that discussion.
Here is an exquisite instrumental with guitar kings Arlen Roth and Sonny Landreth. I hope that you enjoy HarryShots’ music, commentary, photography, quotations, and general mischief making. HL
I will take you back to 1966-67 and the Motown Sound that was a rival alternative to the British Invasion (Beatles, Rolling Stones, etc). Smokey Robinson and the Miracles were regularly at the top of the charts, and “Tracks of My Tears” was one of their big hits. Enjoy today’s HarryShots Song of the Day, and by the way, check out the rest of Motown’s hit making factory. HL
Justin Townes Earle has got the dna of an Americana Man. This kid is, for sure, a chip off the old block (Dad being Steve) but he is legacy by blood and by middle name. It is a lot to live up to, and JTE handles it smoothly and sees a gift where others might see burden.
He is the next generation and it is nice that he plants rows of seeds that connect him to the prior generation. Today’s HarryShots.com Song of the Day is but one example. “Far From Me” is a John Prine song which I know and love. So, here’s to you Justin Townes Earle. Big Fish- Big Pond. HL
Kieran Kane, Kevin Welch, and Fats Kaplan are more than the sum of their parts. This stuff is righteously great. “Lost John Dean” has been sung by seminal bluesmen and recorded over and over, with variations in lyrics, and tune. Each artist’s version of “Lost John” has similarities, but this is the definitive track by which all post-war versions ought to be judged by, going forward.
The singing, the harmonies, the crispness, the syncopation are fun and enjoyable. Keiran Kane, Kevin Welch, and Fats Kaplan get a running head start and never slow down. I almost overdid this song by overplaying it. I stopped just short of that point, so with a little time off, I can now listen to this baby again, and I always sing along. KW&K flat out blow me away. Each of them has a successful music career going, and I hope they keep getting together every once in a while and record more fine stuff. I love the downplayed banjo that runs through the whole song. “Lost John Dean, he’s long gone from Bowling Green.” Harry L
One of the alltime great songs, “Ripple” is, of course, always associated with Jerry Garcia and the Grateful Dead. But “Ripple” is an oft covered song by many a group. One of my son’s best friends once had a golden retriever that was named for this song.
Jimmy Ibbotson is a founding members of The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, so his credentials are finestkind. Of all of the covers of this wonderful song, this version of “Ripple,” sung live on stage, is my own favorite and, as such, is today’s HarryShots Song of the Day. Check out Jimmy Ibbotson’s live version of “Ripple.” HL
If The Band is not one of the alltime great groups in American rock music, then, well, somebody voted at the wrong caucus. These folks, crackerjack musicians all, were pretty much hell on wheels. Serious players. I once saw Garth Hudson, solo, in a relaxed atmosphere playing a pipe organ that, of course, took up a wall of a concert hall, as pipe organs do. Still makes me smile when I think of that well spent hour in Worcester, MA.
I have always loved The Band’s music and this is probably my favorite song they do. Full of religious overtones and allegory plus historical possibilities. This particular track is the “alternative cut” or outtake, if you will. The song starts, stops, and restarts and is totally organic and full of power and energy. So here is Rick Danko, Richard Manuel, Robbie Robertson, and Garth Hudson, and Levon Helm, on lead vocals and thin skins. Check it out, “Daniel and the Sacred Harp, alternative take” from the album Stage Fright, is the HarryShots.com Song of the Day. HL
I first listened to this song on the late, lamented Cross Country channel 12 on XM Radio with Jessie Scott. Some music hater decided to use the channel for other purposes and the only Americana channel that XM, Sirius, or SiriusXM ever had is no more. It is a loss still felt in the Americana music community, my house included.
My own definition of Americana music is: the fertile land where rock, roots, bluegrass, country, celtic, Southern rock, Appalachian, alternative country, folk, and the delta blues collide. It is what I listen to more than anything else. Much of it is singer-songwriter based, where lyrics are as important as tune. That’s Americana music as defined by yours truly. All that being said, Shelley King‘s personal screed to the Americana artform is a kickass cajun flavored number she calls “Texas Style Zydeco” and it is today’s HarryShots.com Song of the Day. Ahyee! HL
I like any musician named Otis. Your name is Otis. You got a record. I’m gonna like it. Easy for me to say when the artist is Otis Gibbs and the song is “Detroit Steel.” Not sure about the 1000 pounds of steel, I thought there would be more, but I assume Otis has done his homework. Maybe the rest of the car’s weight is plastic, glass, and rubber. Just seems light to me. Anyhow, the song is strong, like Detroit… HL
Probably my favorite artist, Steve Earle, is both a songwriter’s songwriter and a musician’s musician. Hard driving, brain in gear, heart on sleeve, justice for all- that is a thumbnail sketch of Steve Earle.
I/ FolkTree produced Steve Earle’s first Boston concert, at the late, great, NightStage in Cambridge. His music was good then and has never been less than stellar through the years. Check out “City of Immigrants” which is the HarryShots Song of the Day. Hit it. HL
Click These Songs to Go to the Post
- “Jesus Just Left Chicago” by Sammy Dee Morton
- “Nao Precisa” by Paula Fernandes
- “Gentle On My Mind” (a live version) by John Hartford
- “Thunder On the Mountain (where is Alicia Keys?)” by Bob Dylan
- “Big Noise from Winnetka” by Bob Crosby and his Big Band Orchestra (in 1938)
- “Samson and Delilah” by The Grateful Dead and by Willie Johnson
- “Rag Mama Rag” by The Band
- “The Piggly Wiggly Blues” (from 1933) by Lucille Bogan”
- “Welcome to Goose Creek” by Goose Creek Symphony
- “Banana Republics” by Jimmy Buffett
- “Volare” by Dean Martin
- “Born To Believe In You” by Danny Flowers
- ” Texas Cookin’ ” LIVE by Guy Clark
- “Second Wind” by Greg Trooper
- “What A Wonderful World” by Bobby Blue Bland
- “Fortunate Son” by John Fogarty and Booker T. & The MG’s LIVE at The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Concert
- “Willie’s Diamond Joe” by Blackie & The Rodeo Kings
- “How Lucky” by Boundary Road
- “Here Comes The Sun” by Yellow Dubmarine
- “Homemade Boat” by Dry Land Fish
- “Feelin Alright (LIVE)” by The Black Crowes
- Sid Selvidge 1943-2013. An Appreciation
- “Graceland” (LIVE version) by Paul Simon
- “Dirty Water” (Boston, You’re My Home) by The Standells (1966)
- “Golden Slumbers” (The Beatles) by UAKTI
- “Here Comes The Sun” by UAKTI
- Annette Funicello – The Mickey Mouse Club – A Thank You
- “Four and Twenty” – Chris Hillman
- “Wenyukela” – by Ladysmith Black Mambazo
- “Calico Train (instrumental)” by Steve Martin
- “Treetop Flyer” by Stephen Stills
- “I Like It Like That” by Chris Kenner
- “Xiger Xiger” by Hanggai
- “Hill Country Girl” by Will Kimbrough
- “I’m Going Home” by the late, great Alvin Lee
- “This Morning I Am Born Again” – by Lucy Kaplansky
- “Hope of A Lifetime” by The Milk Carton Kids
- “Feelin’ Alright” by Joe Cocker
- “Carolina Traveler” by John McEuen and Earl Scruggs
- “Tumblin” by Arlen Roth with Sonny Landreth
- “The Tracks of My Tears” by Smokey Robinson and the Miracles
- “Far From Me” by Justin Townes Earle
- “Lost John Dean” by Kane, Welch, and Kaplan
- “Ripple” (live) by Jimmy Ibbotson
- “Daniel and The Sacred Harp” (alternate take) by The Band
- “Texas Style Zydeco” by Shelley King
- “Detroit Steel” by Otis Gibbs
- “Glory, Hallelujah” by The Deep Dark Woods
- “City of Immigrants” by Steve Earle
- “Yea Alabama” by The Alabama Million Dollar Band
- “Sweet Home Alabama” by Lynyrd Skynyrd
- “Mama’s Little Baby” by Delbert McClinton
- “Auld Lang Syne” by Dougie Maclean
- “Nothing But The Wheel” by Peter Wolf
- “The Happy Organ” by Dave “Baby” Cortez
- “What Are You Doing for the Rest of Your Life” by Maurice Larcange
- “Ave Maria” by Josh Groban
- “Away In A Manger” by Patty Loveless
- “We Three Kings (of Orient Are)” by Jimmy Smith
- “Ding! Dong! Merrily On High” by The Kings College Choir
- “For Unto Us A Child Is Born” by The Mormon Tabernacle Choir
- “Veni Emmanuel” by Stile Antico
- “White Christmas” by Bing Crosby
- “Midnight Clear” by The Trans Siberian Orchestra
- “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” by the Ambrosian Singers and Leonard Raver, organist
- “Come On In My Kitchen” by Peter Green and Nigel Watson
- “Do Wah Diddy” by Manfred Mann
- “Mexican Home” by John Prine with Josh Ritter
- “Three Chords” by Dan Reeder
- “Am I Wrong?” by Al Kooper
- “White Cliffs of Dover” by Vera Lynn
- “Shenandoah Breakdown” by Jerry Douglas
- “This Flower” by Kasey Chambers
- “Over The River and Through The Woods”
- “Bama Bound” by Danny Brooks
- “If I Go, I’m Goin’ ” by Gregory Alan Isakov
- “The Path to Your Door” by Walt Wilkins
- “Drive” (For Daddy Gene) by Alan Jackson
- “Nancy Whiskey” by Gaelic Storm
- “Green Green” by The New Christy Minstrels
- “Move Up” by Patty Griffin & Friends
- “Through To Sunrise” by Girlyman
- GO VOTE FOR SOMEONE. YOUR CHOICE. TODAY. NOW.
- “Brand New Tennessee Waltz” by Jesse Winchester
- “Yea Alabama” by The University of Alabama Million Dollar Band
- “My Tennessee Mountain Home” by Dolly Parton
- “Amarillo Highway” by Terry Allen
- “Soul Man” by Sam & Dave
- “Give Me Time” by Dawes
- “Y’all Come Back Saloon” by The Oak Ridge Boys
- “Aberdeen” by Bukka White
- “Catfish John” by Joe Higgs with Toots and the Maytals
- “Blackwaterslide” by Bert Jansch
- “Homegrown Tomatoes” by Misty River
- “Jingle, Jangle, Jingle” by The Merry Macs
- “No Sugar Tonight / New Mother Nature” by The Guess Who
- “Angeline” by Blue Moon Rising
- “Last Letter Home” by Russell Smith and The Amazin’ Rhythm Aces
- “Fireball Mail” (1942) by Roy Acuff
- Blessissippi: a 14 minute MUST SEE film from “EXPLORE.ORG about The Blues and Missisissippi, and The South
- “New Railroad” by Crooked Still
- “Where The Blues Began” by Artie Traum
- “Orphan” by Sam Baker
- “Midnight On The Water” by Caroline Herring
- “Looking for The Heart of Saturday Night” by Tom Waits
- 3 Songs by JOHN STARLING: “Long Time Gone” – “Dark Hollow” – & “Jordan”
- “Sweet Soul Music” by Arthur Conley
- “Saints and Sinners” by David Francey
- “Souvenirs” (LIVE) by John Prine and Steve Goodman
- “Oh, Amarillo” by Emmylou Harris
- “Choctaw Bingo” by Ray Wylie Hubbard
- “Crossroads” by The Allman Joys (early version of Allman Brothers Band)
- “Outfit” by Drive By Truckers
- “Abraham, Martin, & John” by Andy Williams – R.I.P.
- “Twilight Time” by The Three Suns
- “Roll Um Easy” by Lowell George and Little Feat
- “Hard Being Right” by A.J. Roach
- “Church Street Blues” by Norman Blake
- “I’m Dreaming of A White President” by Randy Newman
- “Music You Mighta Made” by Gurf Morlix
- “Queen of the Silver Dollar” by Emmylou Harris
- “Wash And Fold” by Will Kimbrough with Tommy Womack (Daddy)
- “The Carnival Song” by Jeff Black
- “Green Eyed Girl” by Greg Trooper
- “Coming Home” by Delaney and Bonnie and Friends
- “CALLING TRAINS”
- “Jubilation T. Cornpone” from the Broadway musical L’il Abner
- “Annachie Gordon” by The Unthanks
- “Lodi” by Jeffrey Foucault
- “Wichita Falls” (live) by Houston Marchman
- “Wilson Pickett” by Tim Krekel Orchestra
- “Sweet Tequila Blues” by Chip Taylor and Carrie Rodriguez
- “Come Go With Me” by The Del Vikings
- “A Prayer For My Friends” by Terri Hendrix
- “Coahoma” by Corey Harris
- “Ford Econoline” by Nanci Griffith
- “A Lover’s Question” by Clyde McPhatter
- “Mohawk River” by Ramsay Midwood
- “Helplessly Hoping” by Crosby, Stills, & Nash
- “Rising of The Moon” – Riverdance
- “That’ll Be The Day” by Buddy Holly and The Crickets, with Wolfman Jack
- “Mean Old World” by Duane Allman and Eric Clapton
- “Handsome Molly” by Newfound Road
- “Jessica” by The Allman Brothers
- “Glory Bound” by The Wailin’ Jennys
- “Saved” by Bob Dylan
- “Feats Don’t Fail Me Now” by Little Feat
- “Ya Got Trouble” by Robert Preston in The Music Man
- “Uncle John’s Band” by The Grateful Dead
- “Alabama Pines” by Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit
- “Love Potion No. 9″ by The Clovers
- “Twist and Shout” by The Beatles
- “Farther Along” by The Grascals
- “Honky Tonk Women” by Humble Pie
- “A Night In Summer Long Ago” by Mark Knopfler
- The Ballad of Davy Crockett by Walt Disney Studios (The Wellingtons)
- “The Panama Limited” by Booker T. Washington White (Bukka)
- “How The West Was Won” by Eric Kunzel and the Cincinnati Pops
- “Faithless Love” by J.D. Souther
- “Long Time Gone” by Dickey Betts
- “Golfing Blues” by Loudon Wainwright III
- “People Got To Be Free” by The Rascals
- “Big Old Jet Airliner” by The Steve Miller Band
- “Mountain Greenery” by The Art Van Damme Quartet
- “Going Down The Road Feeling Bad” by Delaney and Bonnie and Friends
- “Hard Times” by Jacob Sweet
- “Country Roads” by Toots (Hibbert) & The Maytals
- “Magnificent Seven” by Elmer Bernstein
- “Going Back to Georgia” by Nanci Griffith with Adam Duritz
- “Que Sera Sera” by Maurice Larcange
- “Rovin’ Gambler” by Dierks Bentley and The Punch Brothers
- “If Heaven” by Gretchen Peters
- “All The Gold in California” by Larry Gatlin & the Gatlin Brothers…plus a personal rant about commercial country radio airplay
- “Dream Lover” by Bobby Darin
- “That’s The Way That The World Goes Round” (live) by John Prine
- The Andy Griffith Show Theme. R.I.P. Andy Griffith 1926-2012
- “Rock Me On The Water” by Jackson Browne
- “Up On Cripple Creek” by Gomez
- “Thirty Days In The Hole” by Humble Pie
- “Ripple” by Chris Hillman
- “Never Going Back Again” by The Vitamin String Quartet (VSQ)
- “Run To The Middle of the Morning” by Kendal Carson
- “Where The Soul Never Dies” by Cody Shuler and Pine Mountain Railroad
- “I Got The Sun In The Morning” by Harry “Bing” Crosby
- “Get Me Gone” by Walt Wilkins
- “John Peel” by Paul Burch
- “Vaseline Machine Gun” by Leo Kottke
- “Home to Houston” by Steve Earle
- “Tennessee Blues” by Steve Earle IT’S STEVE EARLE WEEK AT HS
- “Jerusalem” by Steve Earle
- “Texas Eagle” by Steve Earle
- STEVE EARLE WEEK at HarryShots we start with “Ft. Worth Blues” by Steve Earle
- “High On A Mountain Top” by Loretta Lynn
- “Mean Old World” by Duane Allman and Eric Clapton
- “Statistician’s Blues” by Todd Snider
- “Graceland” by Dan Bern
- “Come On Down to My Boat, Baby” by Every Mother’s Son
- “I’ll Be Seeing You” by the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra
- “The Ballad of Oregon” by River City Extension
- “Rule Britannia” by H.M. Royal Marine Band (hear, hear)
- “Candle In The Wind” by Elton John
- “You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere” by The Byrds and The Flying Burrito Brothers (live)
- Arthel “Doc” Watson 1923-2012
- “Dueling Banjos” by The Dillards
- “This Land Is Your Land” by Little Feat
- “Rusty Old American Dream” by David Wilcox
- “The Car Song” by Woody Guthrie
- “When You and I Were Young, Maggie” by Peter Rowan and Jerry Douglas
- “Hammer and Nails” by Cindy Bullens
- “Toes” by The Zac Brown Band
- “Tico Tico” by Ethel Smith
- “Silver Threads and Golden Needles” by The Springfields
- “Stopping By” by Jason Isbell
- “Smokestack Lightnin” by Frankie Lee
- “Turn Your Radio On” by The Carter Family with Bonnie Owens
- “Queen of The Silver Dollar” by Sarah Jarosz and Black Prairie
- “Me and Julio Down By The Schoolyard” by Paul Simon
- “Goin Down The Road” by The Allman Brothers
- Meet In The Middle by Diamond Rio
- In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida by Iron Butterfly
- Domino by Van Morrison
- “The Guitar” by Ramblin’ Jack Elliott
- “True Love Ways” by My Morning Jacket
- “Round and Round” by Perry Como
- “Ye re Ddjate” by Idrissa Soumaoro
- “Cholene” by Kate Taylor
- “Do Wah Diddy Diddy” by Manfred Mann
- “Hand Me Down My Walking Cane” by Norman Blake
- “Mama, You’ve Been On My Mind” by We Are Augustines
- “Waitin’ For The Bus” / “Jesus Just Left Chicago” – Daughtry
- Aberdeen by Booker Bukka White
- Tossin’ and Turnin’ by Bobby Lewis (1961)
- Uncle John’s Band by Joe Higgs, The Godfather of Reggae
- “Heather Down the Moor” by June Tabor and Martin Simpson
- “Rocky Top” by The Flying Burrito Brothers
- “Ring Them Bells” by Sarah Jarosz
- “One Day I Will” by Nathan Salsburg
- “Didn’t It Rain” (outtake) by Levon Helm and The Band
- “Tennessee Blues” by Steve Earle
- “Move Up” by Patty Griffin and Friends
- “But It’s Allright” by J.J. Jackson
- “Preachin’ Blues” by Son House
- “Seven Bridges Road” by Steve Young
- “Gotta Serve Somebody” by Eric Burdon
- “You’re Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go” by Miley Cyrus
- “Classical Gas” by Mason Williams
- “Jack and Lucy” by Delia Bell and Bill Grant
- “Don’t Try To Lay No Boogie Woogie On The King of Rock and Roll” by Long John Baldry
- “Louisiana Rain” by Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers
- “Drug Store Truck Driving Man” by The Byrds
- “Sugar Magnolia” by The Grateful Dead
- “Ain’t Got No Home” by Clarence “Frogman” Henry
- “Delaware Slide” by George Thorogood & The Destroyers
- “Snowin’ On Raton” by Gretchen Peters and Tom Russell
- “The Old Lamplighter” by The Kay Kyser Orchestra, with Mike Douglas
- In Memoriam: Earl Scruggs 1924-2012
- “Gettin’ By” by Jerry Jeff Walker
- “Rose of Cimarron” by Del Castillo with John Bohlinger and Megan Mullins
- “Burn Down the Trailer Park” by Paul Thorn
- “Big Green Car” by Jimmy Carroll
- “Wild Mountain Thyme” by Greg Joy
- “Return of The Grievous Angel” by Laughing Gravy
- “Stand By Me” by Ben E. King
- “Lone Star Blues” by Delbert McClinton
- “Iron Mike’s Main Man’s Last Request” by Todd Snider
- “Roll Um Easy” by J.D. Souther
- “The Parting Glass” by Cara Dillon
- “How Are Things in Glocca Morra” by Buddy Clark
- “Rad Gumbo” by Little Feat
- “Sixteenth Avenue” by Lacy J. Dalton
- “I Killed Walter Matthau” by Steve Poltz
- “Sing, Sing, Sing” (With A Swing) by Benny Goodman
- “I’m A Believer” by The Monkees
- “Guitar Town” by Steve Earle
- “Guitar Town” by Emmylou Harris
- “Colfax” by Kevin Gordon
- “Harlan County Line” by Dave Alvin
- “Little Martha” by Leo Kottke
- “Whipping Post” by Mountain Heart
- “One Hundred Million Years” by M. Ward
- “Steve Earle” by Lydia Loveless
- “I Gotta Go” by Robert Earl Keen
- “Galveston” by Jimmy Webb with Lucinda Williams
- “Long Line of Losers” by Kevin Fowler
- “It’s Hard to Kiss the Lips at Night That Chew Your Ass Out All Day Long” by The Notorious Cherry Bombs [Vince Gill on lead vocals]
- “I’ll Change Your Flat Tire, Merle” by Pure Prairie League
- “Beer Season” by Thom Shepherd
- “Beer, Bait, and Ammo” by Kevin Fowler
- “The Wedding Song” by Charlie Robison and Natalie Maines
- “Pony Boy” by The Allman Brothers
- “I’ll Never Find Another You” by The Seekers
- “Long Time Gone” by The Dixie Chicks
- “My Old Man” by Rosanna Goodman
- “Hey” by Karen Peck and New River
- “Catfish John” (studio outtake) by The Grateful Dead
- “Legend of the U.S.S. Titanic” by Jaime Brockett
- “Late In The Evening” by Paul Simon
- “It’s Late” by Ricky Nelson
- “Sheraton Gibson” by Pete Townshend
- “Bella Notte” from Lady and The Tramp (Disney)
- “Black Water” by The Doobie Brothers
- “Passing By” by Cary Hudson
- “Tennessee Waltz” by Hem
- “American Hearts” by A.A. Bondy
- “Hey Conductor” by Dave Carter and Tracy Grammer
- “Tuscaloosa Suntan” by Lipbone Redding
- “Show Me The Road” by Harvey Reid
- “Wide River to Cross” by Buddy Miller
- “Walking In Memphis” by Marc Cohn
- “Gentle Annie” by Kate and Anna McGarrigle (Transatlantic Sessions)
- “(Talk to Me of) Mendocino” by Kate and Anna McGarrigle
- “Come A Long Way” (remastered) by Kate and Anna McGarrigle
- “The Swimming Song” by Loudon Wainwright III
- “Swimming Song” by Kate and Anna McGarrigle
- “My Little Girl” by Pierce Pettis
- “Tour of Duty” by Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit
- “Your Long Journey” by Robert Plant and Alison Krauss
- Alabama Alma Mater by The University of Alabama Million Dollar Band
- “The Old Plank Road” by Robin and Linda Williams
- “I Remember You” by Frank Ifield
- “Courtin’ In The Kitchen” by Gaelic Storm
- “I Am The Light of This World” by Jorma Kaukonen
- “Unwed Fathers” by Ben Kyle and Carrie Rodriguez
- “Pied Piper” by Crispian St. Peters
- “Small Town Saturday Night” by Hal Ketchum
- “Sing Sing With A Swing” by Benny Goodman
- “Pachelbel Canon” by The Canadian Brass
- “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” by The Mormon Tabernacle Choir
- “Suo Gan” by John Williams, from the movie soundtrack of Empire of the Sun
- Christmas Medley by Placido Domingo
- “Last Month of the Year” by the Tarbox Ramblers
- “Beautiful Star of Bethlehem” by John Starling
- “The Christmas Song” (Chestnuts Roasting by An Open Fire) by Mel Torme
- “Beautiful Star of Bethlehem by Faith, Family, and Friends
- “The Holly and The Ivy” by The New York Choral Artists
- “Silver Bells” by Margaret Whiting and Jimmy Wakely
- “Sleigh Ride” by Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops
- “Beautiful Star of Bethlehem” by Jerry Douglas
- “Go Tell It On the Mountain” by Eric Kunzel and the Cincinnati Pops
- “Love’s Old Sweet Song” by Thurl Ravencroft and The Mellomen
- “Stand By Me” by The Groovegrass Boyz
- “Too Sick to Pray” by Phosphorescent
- “Suo Gan” by Marge Butler
- “Statistician’s Blues” by Todd Snider
- “The Parting Glass” by The Wailin’ Jennys
- “Steam Powered Aereo Plane” by New Grass Revival
- “Macire” by Boubacar Traore
- “Crossroads” by Leslie West
- “Blooming Heather” by Kate Rusby
- “Long Black Veil” by Harry Manx
- “Sowin’ On the Mountain” by Marley’s Ghost
- “She Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere” by Guy Clark
- “Up Memphis Blues” by Tommy Womack
- “Sail Away Odyssey” by Erik Darling
- “Walking In Jerusalem” by Jason Eady
- “Con Te Partiro” by Andrea Bocelli
- “Coal War” by Joshua James
- “Choctaw Bingo” by James McMurtry
- “Juarez” by Brad Colerick
- “Calling Trains” by unknown train announcer