7/21/2009 Dig Up The Roots

 

Most of this show was old recordings. Serious collections of 78 RPM records put out by serious collectors on a few labels: The Stuff That Dreams Are Made Of - Robert Crumb. The Harry Smith Anthology Of American Folk Music and John Fahey's Revenant label. We were spinning on the toils of others.

The crazy street hawker (Red Hot) Old Mose trying to sell shrimp and tamalas; Dock Boggs, who, with a look from those cold eyes could pierce your soul. The hair on the back of the neck bristles with fright with the longing cries of Homer Quincy Smith pleading and demanding that Jesus walk with him. This is spectral, haunted music from times and places almost lost but refound and saved onto little silver discs.

We heard versions of great American stories like Stackalee, Kassie Jones Frankie and Albert...like the dust that blows through our cultural psyche, this is part of who we are.

The last part of the show is moon related material in honor of the 40th anniversary of the first moon landing. Can you call it a field recording if it was made in space? We heard some archival NASA material, a hokey soundtrack from the film Destination Moon and a great old female rockabilly number Juke Box On The Moon, with the line' And if you say that you'll be mine / The juke will play without a dime...

Playlist Tracks: 
Two Poor Boys - Old Hen Cackle
Album: American Primitive: Pre-War Revenants Vol 1; Label: Revenant
Eck Robertson Family - Brilliancy Medley
Album: Harry Smith's Anthology of American Folk Music Vol 3; Label: Smithsonian Folkways
John Hammod - As Free As A Little Bird Can Be
Album: American Primitive: Pre-War Revenants Vol 2; Label: Revenant
Henry Thomas - Fishing Blues
Album: Harry Smith's Anthology of American Folk Music Vol 6; Label: Smithsonian Folkways
(Red Hot) Old Mose - Shrimp Man
Album: American Primitive: Pre-War Revenants Vol 2; Label: Revenant
(Red Hot) Old Mose - Molly Man
Album: American Primitive: Pre-War Revenants Vol 1; Label: Revenant
Homer Quincy Smith - I Want Jesus To Talk With Me
Album: American Primitive: Pre-War Revenants Vol 1; Label: Revenant
Blind Roosevelt Graves Uaroy Graves - I Shall Not Be Moved
Album: The Stuff That Dreams Are Made Of; Label: Yazoo
Long Cleeve Reed Little Harvey Hull - Original Stack O' Lee Blues
Album: The Stuff That Dreams Are Made Of; Label: Yazoo
Dock Boggs - Old Rub Alcohol Blues
Album: Country Blues: Complete Early Recordings; Label: Revenant
Frank Hutchison - Stackalee
Album: Harry Smith's Anthology of American Folk Music Vol 2; Label: Smithsonian Folkways
Mississippi John Hurt - Frankie
Album: Harry Smith's Anthology of American Folk Music Vol 2; Label: Smithsonian Folkways
Furry Lewis - Kassie Jones
Album: Harry Smith's Anthology of American Folk Music Vol 2; Label: Smithsonian Folkways
Bayless Rose - Black Dog Blues
Album: American Primitive: Pre-War Revenants Vol 1; Label: Revenant
Wilmer Watts The Lonely Eagles - Fightin' In The War With Spain
Album: The Stuff That Dreams Are Made Of; Label: Yazoo
Uncle Bunt Stephens - Sail Away Ladies
Album: Harry Smith's Anthology of American Folk Music Vol 3; Label: Smithsonian Folkways
Bill Belle Reed - Old Lady and the Devil
Album: Harry Smith's Anthology of American Folk Music Vol 1; Label: Smithsonian Folkways
Chubby Parker - King Kong Kitchie Kitchie Ki-me-o
Album: The Story That The Crow Told Me: Early American Rural Children's Songs; Label: Yazoo
The Carter Family - Single Girl, Married Girl
Album: The Carter Family: 1927-1934 [BOX SET]; Label: JSP
Ernest and Hattie Stoneman - Mountaineer's Courtship
Album: Harry Smith's Anthology of American Folk Music Vol 3; Label: Smithsonian Folkways
Dock Boggs - Sugar Baby
Album: Country Blues: Complete Early Recordings; Label: Revenant
Holy Modal Rounders - Mr Spaceman
Album: The Holy Modal Rounders 1 2; Label: Fantasy
Cab Kaye - Everything Is Go
Album: London Is The Place For Me 4: African Dreams And The Piccadilly High Life; Label: Honest Jon
Angst - Neil Armstrong
Album: Old Cassette Tape; Label:
NASA - Astronauts, Gemini 4
Album: Playback '65: The Most Important News Events And Famous Voices of the Year; Label: Decca
Leslie Baxter - Lunette
Album: Music Out Of The Moon 78 RPM; Label: Capitol
George Pal Production - Destination Moon
Album: 78 RPM; Label: Capitol
Exene Cervenka - Leave Heaven Alone
Album: Old Wives' Tales; Label: Rhino
Ginny Millay - Juke Box On The Moon
Album: The Girls Are Rockin'; Label: White Label
Air Date: 
July 21, 2009

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