Options Steve Krinsky: Playlist from December 25, 2007 Options

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Options December 25, 2007: To Live Is To Fly
I didn't play play Rahsaan Roland Kirk's "We Free Kings"-- one of the best tunes ever-- but I did play something by Kirk at the end. I played something from an interesting album I just stumbled onto: "Cubanismo in New Orleans" (plus, of course, other Gulf Coast music). And, as we approach another anniversary of the death of Townes Van Zandt (who, along with Hank Williams) died on January 1, I am compelled to remember this amazing songwriter and all-around wild man. Townes told clever dry jokes at his concerts. But the best ones were about him. This story is from John Kruth's book on Townes, "To Live's to Fly: The Ballad of the Late, Great Townes Van Zandt". Once Townes got pulled over on the highway between Houston and Austin, by two cops--a blue-eyed cop with a blonde crew cut and the other, a Mexican cop. What is it that you do for a living? He told them he was a songwriter, that he wrote the song Pancho & Lefty and gave it to Willie. They looked at him incredulously but when he sang the first few lines ("Livin on the road my friend was gonna keep you free and clean"), they said they'd let him go. Townes thanked the officers for letting him off and, despite knowing that once a cop lets you go, you keep your mouth shut and split before you stir up any more trouble. Instead he asks why they dropped the charges. It turned out that their radio code names were Pancho and Lefty. "Well, that sure is nice," Townes said, grinning as he walked away. But just before he reaches his car, he turns and ask: "Which one of y'all is Pancho?"

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Artist Track Comments Approx. start time
Big Guitars from Texas  Holiday for Hoss   Options Holiday for everyone  0:00:00 ()
Popa Chubby  Take Off-A!   Options Blues guitar instrumental to get us started; from "The Hungry Years" (Blind Pig, 2003)  0:05:34 ()
Leni Stern  Keita   Options Jazz guitarist goes to Senegal-- and the result is wonderful. I haven't looked yet but the album-- simply called "Africa"-- can be found, along with more info, at lenistern.com  0:08:36 ()
Winard Harper  The Believers   Options With George Cables on piano, Abdou Mboup on percussion and others, drummer-- a Jersey City resident-- Harper knows how to play. This is from a 1999 CD on Savant.  0:15:14 ()
Grupo Oba-Ilu  Yuka   Options From a CD called "Afro-Cuba: Afro Cuban Music From the Roots" on Soul Jazz  0:20:28 ()
Lopez Walker  Fly Away   Options Rough Guide just put out a nice sampler of world music ("World Party") but this song can also be found on Lopez Walker's "Children of Jah" CD  0:22:30 ()
Winard Harper  The Believers: Intro   Options Works better for me as an outro  0:28:17 ()
Adam Rudolph's Moving Pictures  Walking the Curve   Options Look for this CD ("Dream Garden") soon-- and live gigs in NYC from this fine ensemble, which includes Kenny Wessel, Graham Haynes, Hamid Drake, Ned Rothenberg, Steve Gorn and others   
David Malone  Raunchy Stuff   Options A Junior Kimbrough tune, from David Malone & the Sugar Bears great 1994 Fat Possum CD, "I Got the Dog in Me"  0:39:51 ()
Quicksilver Messenger Service  Smokestack Light   Options Live and previously unreleased cover of Howling Wolf; sit back & groove: "Lost Gold & Silver" on Collector's Choice  0:45:51 ()
Walter Wolfman Washington  Feel So Bad   Options I saw WWW in NO about 20 years ago; he and the Roadmasters are still there, playing weekly gigs at local bars. Check them out.  1:00:50 ()
The Meters  Stay Away   Options This cut leads off CD #2 from the Rhino box of Meters stuff, labeled "Reprise/Warner Brothers Years"  1:03:52 ()
Allen Toussaint  What Do You Want the Girl to Do   Options A CD re-issue of 1975 "Southern Nights" album   
Rebirth Brass Band  Pie Pt. 2   Options These guys are still around, although Kermit Ruffin stepped out on his own; this CD is from 1992, when many of the players were still teenagers! Note "Papa Was a Rolling Stone" & "Cisco Kid" quotes in the middle of the song  1:13:41 ()
Los Hombres Calientes  Digidall   Options I love this band; how come they don't travel up here and/or send us their CDs? No Marsalis anymore but Irvin Mayfield and Bill Summers sure can play  1:18:41 ()
Cubanismo  It Do Me Good   Options   1:21:57 ()
Frankie Ford  What's Going On   Options With help from Huey Piano Smith & the Clowns  1:27:49 ()
Steve Riley & Mamou Playboys  Church Point Breakdown   Options Talkover music, hope I didn't ruin it for you  1:36:54 ()
Steve Riley & Mamou Playboys  Parley-vous a boire   Options A big hit here, makes up for me talking during most of the last tune.  1:37:13 ()
Giant Sand  Wayfaring Stranger/Fly Me to the Moon   Options I found this on a MOJO magazine Johnny Cash tribute album; is it on a Giant Sand album?  1:39:37 ()
Yo La Tengo  Fourth Time Around   Options Didja see "I'm Not There" yet? I loved it! A little long and filled with obscure eccentric Dylanisms but clever and fascinating. Great camera work, wonderful acting, amazing soundtrack  1:44:30 ()
Roger McGuinn & Calexico  One More Cup of Coffee   Options For a couple of hours, it was a treat to enter that Dylan world of whimsy and words, with Billy the Kid and hobos on the train and the Beatles and one more cup of coffee  1:50:06 ()
Townes Van Zandt  Our Mother the Mountain   Options Remembering Townes and the beautiful words he left behind for us.  2:00:22 ()
Ramblin' Jack Elliot w/ Emmylou Harris & Nanci Griffith  Rex's Blues   Options Townes wrote this  2:04:31 ()
Robert Plant & Alison Krause  Nothin'   Options Townes wrote this. On the excellent "Raising Sand" album (Rounder, 2007)  2:07:16 ()
Townes Van Zandt  If I Needed You   Options Townes wrote this  2:12:59 ()
Mary Lee's Corvette  No Place to Fall   Options Townes wrote this. From "700 Miles" on Bar None, produced by Eric "Roscoe" Ambel  2:16:32 ()
Guy Clark  Don't You Take It Too Bad   Options Townes wrote this  2:21:02 ()
Townes Van Zandt  A Joke   Options Joke plus some cool songs (Ballad of KKK, Talking Thunderbird Wine, Ballad of Ira Hayes) were recorded live at-- ready for this?!-- Carnegie Hall in 1969. Now on a Dualtone CD  2:24:16 ()
Townes Van Zandt  To Live is To Fly   Options Townes wrote this  2:28:27 ()
Jimmie Dale Gilmore & Mudhoney  Buckskin Stallion   Options Townes wrote this. This version is on an Elektra EP but was a single for Mudhoney on Sub Pop. Jimmie also does "White Freight Liner Blues"-- on one of his albums and with the Flatlanders  2:32:48 ()
Robert Earl Keen  Snowin' on Raton   Options Townes wrote this. From "Gravitational Forces" (Lost Highway, 2001)  2:37:38 ()
Townes Van Zandt  No Deal   Options Townes wrote this.  2:45:44 ()
Cowboy Junkies  Blue Eyed Saviour   Options These guys toured with Townes before he died; this is from their most recent album: "at the end of paths taken" (Latent/Zoe Records, 2007)  2:49:19 ()
Karen Dalton  In the Evening   Options Recorded in a coffeehouse in Boulder in early 60s, now on CD on Megaphone  2:53:01 ()
Roland Kirk  Hip Chops   Options Next time I am on the air I promise to play more Rahsaan!   

Listener comments!

  Tue. 12/25/07 9:31am SmokinJ:

Merry Christmas Steve! Good to hear you!
  Tue. 12/25/07 9:32am Mr T:

Yo, Stevie, Im listening when I can. Opening prezzies... Turn it up!
  Tue. 12/25/07 9:35am Billy Jam:

sounding good Steve! thanks for the soundtrack to this Xmas day ....aka James Brown Day - who passed exactly a year ago...Let's drink to his honor, peace on earth, and to the gift that is WFMU
  Tue. 12/25/07 9:58am SmokinJ:

Just 'respond' with more beautiful tunes bro'!
  Tue. 12/25/07 10:06am Kenzowie:

for you to add a comment you need to open the acuplaylist page as listeners see it (not where you are inputing) and just type into the "post your comment to this playlist" part
  Tue. 12/25/07 10:07am Chip:

Good to hear a familiar voice far from home on Christmas Day.
  Tue. 12/25/07 10:08am SmokinJ:

Brother Ken to the rescue! Atta' boy!
  Tue. 12/25/07 10:10am steve:

Hey, that's not so hard. Thanks for all the comments. Music talk encouraged.
  Tue. 12/25/07 10:16am steve:

What song is Rebirth quoting here? I hear it but can't place it.
  Tue. 12/25/07 10:18am mark from pottersville:

cisco kid, war. nice to hear you again, steve. peace.
  Tue. 12/25/07 10:31am batia:

GO DADDY!!!
  Tue. 12/25/07 10:32am SmokinJ:

Frankie Ford's vocal style reminds me of the great John Fred's..
  Tue. 12/25/07 10:34am laurenn:

HI STEVE, HAPPY HOLIDAYS!
  Tue. 12/25/07 10:40am Ken:

Hi Steve, Hi Batia, Billy! Happy Holidays everybody!
  Tue. 12/25/07 11:00am batia:

happy holidays !
daddy i like your show the music is very YOU
  Tue. 12/25/07 11:32am steve:

Wow. The comments ended as soon as I put on Townes. I'm just enthralled by this guy's stuff. Dylan covered him recently at Bonaroo. I could play his stuff all day.
  Tue. 12/25/07 11:45am bob in austin:

Thanks for all the great country tunes!
  Tue. 12/25/07 12:00pm batia:

i know this song (no deal) lol
  Tue. 12/25/07 12:11pm steve:

The show ended too soon: sorry if phone problems prevented some of you from getting tickets. If you want me to email you next time I'm on, let me know. Ho Ho Ho.
  Sat. 4/26/08 6:17am Dev B:

This is awesome - Debashish Bhattacharaya, you should play some WM Bhatt afterwards. best wishes - Dev
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