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Options December 18, 2010: Boomerang
Part of the charm of freeform radio is the serendipity. I'm always keeping an ear out for music but sometimes it just falls in my lap. Much of this show--and next week's-- comes from albums people gave me or that I bought/found in stoop sales & record fairs. To top it off, I've been playing Big Guitars from Texas as my theme for 20 years but only today noticed that they had the perfect song for my Aussie opening set!

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Artist Track Comments
Big Guitars from Texas  Boomerang   Options Our twang theme album has a slight Aussie flavor on this tune 
Wirra Birra  A Forest of Gum Trees & Running Water   Options From "Digeridoos: Sounds of the Aborigine." This song uses rhythm sticks to make the sounds of the forest: "The kookaburra laughs from the trees. 
Nomad  Nomad   Options An odd album of digeridoo & Aborigine vocals/sounds from 1994. Some cuts have Mor Thiam from Senegal & Native American Robert Mirabal. Does anyone know: Is Nomad a person or a band? 
Marc Ribot  Fat Man Blues   Options Solo guitar, from new CD: "Silent Movies" (Pi, 2010) 
Davy Spillane  River of Gems   Options Cool Celtic piper, formerly of Moving Hearts 
Katie's Quartet  Duke of Cornwall's Reel   Options A ceilidh band. On the web, says they are an English dance band. When I first looked, I got them mixed up with a group from Katy, Texas. 
Davy Graham and Holly  Round Midnight   Options This fine British guitarist died in 2008; this music comes from a 1970 album. He usually plays Celtic guitar but, as this number shows, he can certainly stretch! 
 
Music behind DJ:
Duncan King-Smith  
Spirit Earth   Options Ambient music from Australia 
Edward II  Wild Mountain Thyme   Options From a fRoots collection (#8)-- from Folk Roots magazine, a fine English journal that puts out CDs with each issue. Thanks to Mike Locicero for giving me this-- and lotsa CDs 
Dick Gaughan  Let It Be Me   Options Cover of an Everly Brothers song, from Scottish political folkie. On Appleseed Recordings, 1998. 
Billy Bragg & Wilco  Walt Whitman's Niece   Options One more Brit, sorta. What these guys did with lost Woody Guthrie songs is just amazing! 
Tom Waits  Down in the Hole   Options This song-- in many versions-- was the theme to the Wire, that great & gritty TV series from a few years back. 
Darrell Nulisch & Texas Heat  Orange Soda   Options From a blues harp collection on Rounder, from 1997 
Shawn Colvin  Viva Las Vegas   Options From "Till the Night is Gone: A Tribute to Doc Pomus" 
Duane & Miriam Eddy  Guitar on my Mind   Options Another tribute album, this one for Lee Hazlewood, new from Ace. 
Al Casey with the K-C-Ettes  Guitars, Guitars, Guitars   Options Wow!! More Lee Hazlewood. I've played this before but too much ain't enough, as they say. 
 
Music behind DJ:
Marc Ribot 
   
Eric Clapton  Don't Think Twice, It's All Right   Options This is why he is considered the guitar god. Clapton joined a bunch of other heavies in the 90s for a Bob Dylan tribute at Madison Square Garden. 
John Mayall  Jacksboro Highway   Options Clapton's former boss, from 1990. A nice album: "A Sense of Place" (Island) 
Pancho Villa & the Bandits  Ain't That Bad   Options A vinyl collection called "Whip It On 'Em" on Candy Records, from 1990. 
Bobby Davis  Damper Down   Options  
Deanna Rocket  When Your World Comes Tumbling Down   Options A wild new collection just arrived: "Beehives & Bumper Bullets: Country Girls of the 1960s" (Tbird Records) 
Bill Neely  Austin Breakdown   Options I used to see Bill play when I lived in Austin in the early 70s, mostly a parties; this album was recorded in 1974 and released on CD 2001 (Arhoolie) 
Bill Neely w/ R Powell St. John  Deep Elm Blues   Options A blues classic about the red light district of old Dallas; RP St John was a charter member of Mother Earth, the Austin-to-San Francisco band that spawned Tracy Nelson 
Jimmie Dale Gilmore  Deep Eddy Blues   Options Similar title but Jimmie wrote this. Deep Eddy is a neighborhood in Austin with a great swimming hole. 
Jimmie Dale Gilmore  So I'll Run   Options Written by another Lubbock guy, Al Strehli. The Flatlanders-- Jimmie's band with Joe Ely & Butch Hancock-- do another Al Strehli song on the their 1972 debut album. Should I play it? 
The Flatlanders  Keeper of the Mountain   Options Okay, you twisted my arm. Another Al Strehli tune. This original Jimmie Dale & the Flatlanders album is out of CD on, get this, Sun Records. 
Danny Schmidt & Carrie Elkin  Rex's Blues   Options Another pretty good Texas songwriter. From "Riding the Range: The Songs of Townes Van Zandt" (Righteous Records, 2010) 
Rob Dunford  Two Girls   Options Another Townes cover. This CD is a benefit for the QE2 Activity Centre in London 
Giant Sand  Ride the Rail   Options Song salutes the Molly McGuires, the radical Irish coalminers from Pennsylvania. New CD is "Blurry Blue Mountain" on Fire 
Jon Langford & Skull Orchard  Strange Ways to Win Wars   Options Former Mekons player has a nice new album on Bloodshot: "Old Devils" 
Jimmie Rodgers  Waiting for a Train   Options "I left my home in Texas, a state I dearly love." The Singing Brakeman was from Mississippi but my Texas friends took as one of their own. 
Merle Haggard   California Blues   Options Merle recorded this in 1968 & 1969, a superb tribute to a great country songwriter: "Same Train, A Different Time: Merle Sings the Great Songs of Jimmie Rodgers" 
Merle Haggard  Narration #1   Options I could listen to Merle talk for hours! 
Merle Haggard  Hobo's Meditation   Options "Will the hobo chum with the rich man?" Heaven to the hobo=No tough cops or brakemen. I used to think he was saying "tough cops for breakfast." 
Iris DeMent  Hobo Bill's Last Ride   Options This sweet tribute to Jimmie Rodgers has Bob Dylan, Steve Earle, Van Morrison, Aaron Neville and lots more 
Porter Wagoner  Lonely Coming Down   Options Despite his sequined suits, his production excess, his corny shtick, this could write and sings songs. 
Sammy Kaye & His Orchestra  What's New Pussycat?   Options His slogan-- an early album title-- used to be "Swing & Sway with Sammy Kaye." This album, a vinyl find, is "Swing & Sawy Au Go Go". . 
Glen Velez  Inner Smile   Options This is from a 1995 CD called "Pan Eros" (CMP) 
Tom Ze  O Ceu Desabou   Options Great music still comes out of Brazil via Tom Ze. From his new CD: "Estudando A Bossa: Nordeste Plaza" (Luaka Bop, 2010). This song, its says, is "inspired by The Perisans by Aeschylus" 
Tom Ze  Sincope Jaobim   Options I don't know Portuguese but I'm pretty sure Tom Jobim would have appreciated this. 
Caetano Veloso  Cry Me A River   Options The first time I heard this album-- Veloso singing pop tunes in English-- I thought it was (mostly) embarrassing. But there are some good ones. I loaned my copy of this to someone and want it back. Who has it? 
Afrocubism  Mali Cuba   Options This is the collaboration between African & Cuban musicians that was supposed to happen a while back. It's worth the wait. This tune by Toumani Diabate celebrates the independence of Mali, although we are hearing the instrumental version 
Afrocubism  Bensema   Options Buena Vista Social Club alum Eliades Ochoa plays great guitar on this one. The CD is on World Circuit/Nonesuch. 
Blood Sweat & Tears  Overture   Options The original band, with Al Kooper & Steve Katz:, with that great cover: "Child Is the Father to Man" 
Blood Sweat & Tears  I Love You More Than You'll Ever Know   Options Randy Brecker plays sax. Watta band!! 

Listener comments!

  Sat. 12/18/10 6:03am annie:

steve, i'm so glad i saved your email reminder!
  Sat. 12/18/10 6:32am annie:

kookaburra sits on the old gum tree, merry merry king of the bushes, he! laugh kookaburra, laugh kookaburra. gay your life must be!
  Sat. 12/18/10 6:35am Larry:

Hi Steve, great music. Davy Spillane is Irish
  Sat. 12/18/10 6:36am steve krinsky:

Thanks, Larry. G'morning all.
  Sat. 12/18/10 7:32am annie:

deep eddy blues? love the flatlanders.. all together and separately.
  Sat. 12/18/10 7:33am annie:

thx.... :)
  Sat. 12/18/10 7:39am annie:

i was turned on to mr gilmore waay back long ago and have, in turn, shared the love to many.. this voice. .aahh.
  Sat. 12/18/10 7:42am Larry:

That sounds about right, Annie
  Sat. 12/18/10 7:44am annie:

man, these guys could write a tune!
  Sat. 12/18/10 7:48am annie:

soo... some townes himself?
  Sat. 12/18/10 8:02am annie:

as with jerry jeff and james macmurtry
  Sat. 12/18/10 8:24am James Bond:

Are you Richard Burton?
  Sat. 12/18/10 8:45am annie:

this has been a most edifying and satisfying show! thanks so much, so excited about next week.!
  Sat. 12/18/10 10:37am jay:

just to say hi from a very snowy London U.K thanks for the great music
just right for watching people on hampstead heath
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