10/29/2007 Freewheelin'


I'm back from my fall leaf tour vacation to the Adirondack Mountains of New York and the Green Mountains of Vermont. Whew, awesome colors.

Thanks to Dick Himes and Larry Englund for sitting in for me while I was gone. I'll get their playlists posted soon. Well done, boys!!
This coming Monday, November 5, Doug Spartz will be my special guest.

Although not a household name, Doug Spartz is pure roots and Americana. This Minnesota artist vaulted to the lofty #4 position on the Americana Music charts earlier this year with his The One Who's Leavin CD. Very impressive, when you consider he didn't have a major label or promotion company working for him.

Don Grant from Freight Train Boogie (5 out of 5 stars!) says of Doug's previous release:
Quite simply and succinctly, you'd be hard put to find a better compilation of Americana than this independent offering by Doug Spartz.

American Roots Dot Com says:
At the time of this review, Doug Spartz is sitting at #4 on the Americana Music radio chart. I can tell you that this #4 makes some industry folks very uneasy. For Doug, I tend to think that he hasn’t had anything easy when it comes to music though. This past November, Doug suffered a heart attack which put his plans for this new album on hold. In February, he had yet another blow with the discovery that he has Colon cancer. His determination and will led him right back to the studio to start work on this new CD “The One Who’s Leavin”. The project includes a stellar cast of Americana artists with Jay Boy Adams, Tom Gillam, Eilen Jewell, Billy Lee Riley, and Sarah Jo Roark. Additional guest musicians include Bruce “Creeper” Kurnow, Bobby “Stinger” Schnitzer, Cynthia Johnson, Pamela McNeill, Billy Joe French and Gary Gazaway.
Doug’s story is much more than music. He brings us all a little hope in a world that is often unforgiving. His hard work and determination should be a lesson for us all which is never give up on your dreams.

You can learn more about Doug Spartz by visiting http://www.dougspartz.com or http://www.emugga.com/doug_spartz.

Following is the playlist from this week:

An * indicates new release or reissue.

Playlist Tracks: 
Hot Club of Cowtown - Draggin The Bow
Album: Tall Tales; Label: Hightone
Prine, John - Same Thing Happened To Me
Album: Lost Dogs Mixed Blessings; Label: Oh Boy
* Cohn, Marc - Dance Back From The Grave
Album: Join The Parade; Label: Decca
* El Capitan - Happy All The Time
Album: Stickeen; Label: Grass Roots
* Russell, Tom - The Death Of Jimmy Martin
Album: Wounded Heart of America (Tom Russel Songs); Label: Hightone
Sprague Brothers, The - I Don't Need Her
Album: Forever A Day; Label: HMG
* Nields, Nerissa Katryna - Ain't That Good News
Album: Sister Holler; Label: Mercy HOuse
* Lilly, John - Wrong, Wrong, Wrong
Album: Haunted Honky Tonk; Label: JohnLillyMusic Dot Com
Gilkyson, Tony - Mojave High
Album: Goodbye Guitar; Label: Rolling Sea
* Assisted Living - The New Ballgame
Album: Modern Man; Label: Inverted Turtle
Hitchcock, Robyn - Alright Yeah
Album: Moss Elixir; Label: Warner
Black, Frank - I Burn For Your
Album: Honeycomb; Label: Cooking Vinyl
Cole, Don - Snake Eyed Mama
Album: Long Gone Daddies; Label: Ace
* Taylor, Chip Carrie Rodriguez - Laredo
Album: Live From The Ruhr Triennale; Label: Train Wreck
* Taylor, Chip Carrie Rodriguez (with Bill Frisell Buddy Miller) - Wild Thing
Album: Live From The Ruhr Triennale; Label: Train Wreck
Pierce, Charlie - Thinking
Album: The Songs Of Fred Eaglesmith; Label: Twang Off
Martin, Janis - Bang Bang
Album: The Female Elvis; Label: Bear Family
Rishell, Paul and Annie Raines - My Washerwoman's Gone
Album: Moving To The Country; Label: Tone Cool
Wagoner, Porter - A Place To Hide My Hat
Album: Wagonmaster; Label: Anti
Wagoner, Porter - Be A Little Quieter
Album: Wagonmaster; Label: Anti
Wagoner, Porter - Committed To Parkview
Album: Wagonmaster; Label: Anti
Wagoner, Porter - Hotwired
Album: Wagonmaster; Label: Anti
Spartz, Doug - Nuthin' Much
Album: American Stories, Lies Tales; Label: Diamond Music Group
Front Porch Swingin' Liquor Pigs - Hebbin'
Album: Half Cocked And Fully Loaded; Label: Narnian
Uncle Earl - Streak O' Lean, Streak O' Fat
Album: Waterloo, TN; Label: Rounder
* Bingham, Ryan - Southside Of Heaven
Album: Mescalito; Label: Lost Highway
* Scardie Cat Blackie - Oliver Brown
Album: Angst Before Tone; Label: Purple Peru
Air Date: 
October 29, 2007

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