Roots

The return of the annual Americana show! (Is return annual an oxymoron?) Diane joined me and took us on an excellent tour through ’70s roots-revival music, to Gram Parsons, to Texas and Townes Van Zandt, and I squeezed in a lot of new roots records in between. Ellen Stanley joined us, too, with highlights from the 2007 Americana Music Association conference, and Patrick—original co-founder of the Americana show—called in from his home in Las Vegas with his top picks from this year (Southern Culture on the Skids, Bettye LaVette, Jason Isbell and John Doe). Check out the playlist and see if your favorites made the show! (Levon Helms has to be an honorable mention—we didn’t have it in studio that morning but it came up several times!)

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Jackson’s Juke Joint presents West Bank Redux at the 331 Club this coming Wednesday, Thanksgiving Eve. It’ll be an anniversary party for the book written by Cyn Collins, West Bank Boogie.

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Live in the Studio: Nikki Matteson Her Ruemates and Meg Hutchinson!

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Today we took a trip up the Gypsy or Rom Road. We began in Rajastan India with music for Morcheng or Jews Harp (World Music Library), followed by another tune from Rajastan by the group Maharaja from the soundtrack to Gypsy Caravan (World Village), we heard from Transylvanian fiddler, Neti Sandor (Artisjus), Gypsies of Hungary (Fonti Musicali), Musicians of the Nile from Egypt (Realworld), Flamenco great, Carmen Linares (Ethnic), Taraf de Haidouks of Romania (Nonesuch), we also heard a few tracks from Khamoro, the World Roma Festival from Prague (Radio Servis), and Vera Bila from the Czech Gypsy tradition (Tinder), French Manouche guitarist, Moreno (Al Sur), Hungarian Cimbalom wizard, Kalman Balogh and his Gypsy Cimbalom Band live in Germany (Traditional Crossroads), and the Kocani Orkestar from Macedonia (Ryko), We also heard music from local musicians, Norah Rendell and Brian Miller (Own label), Laura Mackenzie (own label), Daithi Sproule (live recording), Dick Hensold (Ten Thousand Lakes), and also music from Ralph Stanley (Columbia), and Paddy Keenan with Tommy O’Sullivan (Hot Conya Records).

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Tribute to Hank Thompson (1925-2007)

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Radio Antilles PLAYLIST 11/16/07

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