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written by members of WTJU Charlottesville's folk department with stuff maybe of interest to listeners to the station. This blog is not an official WTJU or UVA website. Want to leave a message about any of our programs (or us in general) that we can broadcast over the air? Call 434-218-3655, and leave a voice mail.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Sunset Road playlist 5/27/11

  1. "Pete's tune" - Extended Play Boys - Extended Play Boys [Beet]
    theme tune
  2. "Half Past Four" - The John Hartford Stringband - Memories of John [Compass]
  3. "Life in Eleven" - Béla Fleck & The Flecktones - Rocket Science [E One]
    Brand new cd from the Flecktones who will be appearing at the Cville Pavilion aug 7th with Bruce Hornsby & his band.
  4. "The Way It Is" - Bruce Hornsby with the Fairfield Four - Moneyland [McCoury]
    see above.
  5. "Little Cabin Home On The Hill" - Bill Monroe - True Life Blues: The Songs Of Bill Monroe [Sugar Hill]
    first in a series of 'compare & contrast' song pairings on this show.
  6. "In My Little Cabin Home On The Hill" - Lisa Ono - Beijing Film Academy
    Brazilian born Japanese bossa nova singer doing a bluegrass cover! Click on the link for the song on youtube
  7. "Gentle on my mind" - John Hartford - Live from Mountain Stage [Blue Plate]
  8. "Gentle On My Mind" - Lisa Ono - Jambalaya: Bossa Americana
    more from the illustrious Ms Ono (no, not THAT one!) Click on the link for the song on youtube
  9. "John Henry" - Sidetrack - Rowdy to Reverent [Self]
  10. "John Henry's Blues" - Tangle Eye - Alan Lomax's Southern Journey Remixed. The vocals on this are from a 1959 recording of a Mississippi convict named Ed Lewis who was singing as he chopped wood. You can hear his axe woven into the percussion sound. Henry Butler on keyboards, Tony Trischka on Banjo. Click on the link for the song on youtube
  11. "Rank Stranger"- Crooked Still - Hop High [Self]
  12. "Rank Stranger" - Wayfaring Strangers - Shifting Sands Of Time [Rounder]
  13. "Luck of the Draw (Album)" - Paul Brady - Hooba Dooba [Proper American]
    Brand new cd from Paul Brady. Bonnie Raitt had a big hit with this, but Paul Brady wrote it. This is his first recorded version of the song.
  14. "You won't See Me (Album)" - Paul Brady - Hooba Dooba [Proper American]
    Yes, the Beatles song....
  15. "I hate banks" - Mojo Nixon and Skid Roper ...me too. Move your money....I did. I found this song while I was researching the 'Freedom Songs' show as part of the recent Folk Marathon on WTJU. Click on the "I hate banks" for the song on youtube. Click on 'Move your money' to find alteratives to the big banks for your hard earned cash.
  16. "Union Town" - Tom Morello - The Nightwatchman Inspired by the goings on in Madison Wisconsin by Tom Morello (Rage against the Machine) this spring and performed by Tom for the 100,000 strong group of protesters there. Click on "Union Town" for the song on youtube, and on Tom Morello for more info and to get involved.
  17. "The Farmer Is The Man" - Frank Lee - Artseen
  18. "Jethro's Tune" - Taylor Baker - Taylor Baker [Patuxent]
    18 yr old mando whizz.
  19. "Fluer De Mandegore" - Maeve Gilchrist - Song Of Delight [Adventure Music]
  20. "Song of delight" - Maeve Gilchrist - Song Of Delight [Adventure Music]
  21. "Here's A Health" - Cara Dillon - After The Morning [Compass]
  22. "Don't Give It Up" - Rob Ickes - Slide City [Rounder]
New cds by Paul Brady, Bela Fleck & the Flecktones, mandolin wizard Taylor Baker, plus a bunch of (hopefully) interesting pairings of covers of the same songs.

Listen to this show on the Tape Vault . It will be there until June 10th at 5pm.

Posted by Pete

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Remembering Emmett This Memorial Day Weekend

Leftover Biscuits
Saturday, May 28, 2011
6:30-8 am (edt)
WTJU 91.1 FM/Streaming at wtju.net
Miss the show?  Listen at the WTJU Tape Vault.

This Memorial Day weekend, Leftover Biscuits will reach into its vault to air portions of two programs Emmett Boaz did back in 2005 and 2009.  Emmett, until his untimely passing last November, was of course the voice of Leftover Biscuits for over fourteen years.

This is our way of not only honoring Emmett, but also thanking all those folks who contributed to the two programs we did in his honor during the recent WTJU Folk Fund Drive.  If you would like to make a contribution to WTJU in memory of Emmett, you can certainly call (434-924-3959) during the program this Saturday, or of course do it securely on-line.

Submitted by Peter Jones, Leftover Biscuits

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Kelly McFarling Stops By The Eclectic Woman Show

WTJU 91.1 FM/Streaming at WTJU.net
Thursday, May 26, 2011
7:00-9:00 pm (edt)

Georgia native Kelly McFarling will stop by the Eclectic Woman show with her full band this Thursday, and share some of the great music they are currently delivering all over the country promoting Kelly's latest recording, "Distractible Child".  They will kick off around 7:30 pm.

Homegrown and haunting, Kelly McFarling's voice spirals powerfully, and progressively over a bed of oldtimey instrumentation. She is from Atlanta, GA, where she learned to sing in church choirs and baseball stadiums, and learned to write through the stories of Flannery O' Connor and Toni Morrison.  She has since wandered out West, where she can be found in the back rooms of San Francisco bars plucking her Banjo and singing siren songs. Dubbed 'original rhythm and Bluegrass,' her songs are inspired by hard truths and transitions, with bold honest lyrics and authentic melodies that stay with you long after the song is over.  McFarling's outgoing and adventurous spirit comes through in her lyrics, her live performances, and in the music's indulgence in elements outside its clear influences of folk, oldtime, blues and country. Using her distinct percussive style of clawhammer banjo to back up her rich voice, she pays homage to her southern roots while giving them a new home in her original sound.  Her live performances are versatile and have earned her a rapidly growing and loyal fan base in the Bay Area.  She can perform in intimate house concerts, and fill rock clubs with the sound of her full band, featuring rich upright bass, perfectly placed percussion, and lush slide guitar.  Songs are to be taken whole heartedly, preferable on the shirt, outside of sleeves.  They accompany a sense of longing, nostalgia, and the urge to sit down with your oldest friends, or your newest love.  The grass is blue, the moon is shiny.  Drink up darlin', its homebrew.

Submitted by Peter Jones on behalf of WTJU Folk

Charlie Phillips & "The Survivors" on Walk Right In

WTJU 91.1 FM/Streaming at WTJU.net
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
1:00 pm (edt)
 Tune in this Tuesday when singer/songwriter Charlie Phillips stops by Walk Right In (heard every Tuesday from noon to 2 pm edt) to chat with Rebecca about the "Survivors" song-writing group that started with Jimmie Dale Gilmore in 1999.
Rebecca and Charlie will discuss the Survivors' annual reunion and benefit for Camp Albemarle that will take place at the Batesville Store on May 26. Charlie will also bring along great music from some of those survivors.

In July 1999, 25 songwriters attended the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, NY to attend a songwriting workshop given by Jimmie Dale Gilmore. From this week-long workshop, lifelong friendships and creative collaborations were forged among the attendees. So profound was the workshop that some of the attendees reconvene every May at Camp Albemarle in Charlottesville, Virginia to continue the collaborative process set in motion by Gilmore.

This year marks the 12th annual reunion of this group now known as the “Survivors”. Each year, the Survivors hold a benefit concert at a local venue to perform their latest songs. This year’s show will take place on Thursday May 26th at the Batesville Store in Batesville, VA and will benefit Camp Albemarle. Camp Albemarle was built by the CCC and is used by the 4H Club and City and County schools for environmental education.

The Survivors encourage you to come out to the Batesville Store on May 26th to support both the musicians and Camp Albemarle. Showtime is 6:30pm and donations are welcomed.

Submitted by Peter Jones on behalf of WTJU Folk

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

The Judy Chops Swing By Cosmic American Jamboree

WTJU 91.1 FM/Streaming at WTJU.net
Thursday, May 19, 2011
Noon-2 pm

Tune in to Cosmic American Jamboree at noon on Thursday, May 19th, to hear Staunton area band The Judy Chops [facebook] perform live on WTJU. The Judy Chops perform in a variety of American roots styles, including, swing, rockabilly, boogie and 50’s style rock and roll.
The Judy Chops formed in late 2008. As the band has grown they have embraced the idea of the "new old school." Culling together their vast influences the band has developed a sound that is roots music with a modern twist.The Judy Chops strive to subvert the idea of genres, and labels. Influenced heavily by their musical families and friends, as well as a multitude of popular and independent artists The Judy Chops are a band that has been connecting with audiences of all ages, creeds and colors.

The Judy Chops played over 60 shows in Virginia, West Virginia, Illinois, New York, and Pennsylvania in 2010, landed slots on several great local and regional festivals throughout the summer The band just released their debut acoustic EP "Modern Vintage Volume One" and are looking to release a full length album in the spring of 2011, with a tour to follow.

Equally at home in a smoky bar, or a concert hall, this band has been hailed for their musicianship, stage presence, and diligent work ethic. In addition, Molly and Sally can be heard on the soundtrack for the documentary "Coal Country", and Bill and Molly can be heard weekly on WXJM Live, the #1 Live Music Broadcast in the Shenandoah Valley.
Posted by Peter Jones, WTJU Folk

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Uileann Piper Paddy Keenan at Rapunzel's

Friday, May 20, 8-11 pm
Lovingston, VA

Uileann Piper Paddy Keenan, founding member of the legendary Bothy Band, will be performing just down the road in Lovingston this Friday evening.

The Bothy Band forever changed the face of Irish traditional music, merging a driving rhythm section with traditional Irish tunes in ways that had never been heard before. original photo from the Bothy Band's 1975 album with left to right, Paddy, Tommy, Donal, Matt, Triona and Michael.  Note the time, only question is it am or pm, hhmmmm......Those fortunate enough to have seen the band live have never forgotten the impression they made -- one reviewer likened the experience to "being in a jet when it suddenly whipped into full throttle along the runway." Paddy was one of the band's founding members, and his virtuosity on the pipes combined with the ferocity of his playing made him, in the opinion of many, its driving force. Bothy Band-mate Donal Lunny once described Paddy as "the Jimi Hendrix of the pipes"; more recently, due to his genius for improvisation and counter-melody, he has been compared to jazz great John Coltrane.

Paddy's flowing, open-fingered style of playing can be traced directly from the style of such great Travelling pipers as Johnny Doran; both Paddy's father and grandfather played in the same style. Although often compared to Doran, Paddy was 19 or 20 when he first heard a tape of Doran's playing; his own style is a direct result of his father's tutelage and influence.

Paddy's style has continued to mature in the intervening years since the break-up of The Bothy Band as he has pursued a solo career. Recently he has played at several festivals and weekends, including Gaelic Roots I and II at Boston College; the 1995 Eigse na Laoi at University College, Cork; Green Linnet's Irish Music Party of the Year; and twice at the Washington Irish Folk Festival at Wolf Trap, including a concert performance there in 1995 with accordion player James Keane and guitarist John Doyle which was videotaped and has been broadcast worldwide. He has played the Stonehill College Festival in Boston and the Philadelphia Ceili Group’s Irish Music and Dance Festival, as well as various concerts, benefits and tionals (piping festivals) around the US, in Canada and in Ireland, and even plays an occasional ceili (dance).

Submitted by Peter Jones, WTJU Folk

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Bob Dylan's Thieving (or is it Borrowing?) Ways

WTJU Folk Fundraiser 
Sunday, May 15 - Noon to 2 pm (edt)
Call 434-924-3959

Miss the show?  Listen at the WTJU Tape Vault.

Few would dispute Bob Dylan's talent as a wordsmith (if not his vocals).  But not only did Dylan steal many lyrics from traditional music and earlier artists, he also "borrowed" several melodies.  From the Bently Boys' "Down on Penny's Farm" (a regionalized reworking of a still older traditional song, "Hard Times"), which Dylan titled "Hard Times in New York Town," to the traditional "Who Killed Poor Robin" (Dylan's "Who Killed Davey Moore"), he clearly had no trouble claiming others' works as his own.  So tune in as we compare and contrast some of the songs he "borrowed"...

Submitted by Peter Jones

Emmett's Hangin Show

 May 14, 6-8 am (edt)
91.1 FM and streaming on-line
Miss the show?  Listen at the WTJU Tape Vault. 

Back in 2003, Emmett Boaz, to whom this year's WTJU Folk Fund Drive is dedicated, did a marathon show titled, "They Oughta Take a Rope and Hang Me" (The thirteen step program to behavior modification, up thirteen steps and back down by a long drop at the end of a short rope: All about folks who got hung or should have been).  Emmett always considered it one of his favorite programs.

Peter will re-air that original show for you this Saturday morning from 6-8, and "hang" around to take your pledges. Call the WTJU office staff at 434-924-0885, or pledge on-line.  Just mention "Emmett's Hangin' Show".

Listen to what Emmett's son, Daniel, has to say about the WTJU Folk Marathon honoring his father this year.

Submitted by Peter Jones, Leftover Biscuits

Thursday, May 12, 2011

String Em Up - LIVE Music - May 12, 9 am-Noon

 WTJU Folk Fund Drive
Thursday, May 12, 9 am to Noon (EDT)
91.1 FM/Streaming at wtju.net

Miss the show?  Listen at the WTJU Tape Vault.

Tune in for three hours of live music from some of Central Virginia's finest string players.  It's all part of the 2011 Folk Fundraiser.  Call in your pledges during the program at 434-924-3959, or on-line at the WTJU Secure Server (just be sure to mention "String Em Up" and what particular artist got you to pledge).

Joey Damiano & Karen Wade
(Banjo & Guitar)

 Alex Caton

Willie D-E

Jeff Romano

Curtis Matthews & Tom Proutt
(Banjo & Guitar)

Adam, Jesse & Tucker Rogers
(Mandolin, Bass & Guitar)

Jamie Dyer
(Resophonic Guitar)

Bill Adams

In between the live sets, there will also be archived recordings from the legendary Prism Coffeehouse.  Music from Darol Anger, Pierre Bensusan, Allison Brown, Vassar Clements, Cheick Hamala Diabate, Mamadou Diabate, Beppe Gambetta, David Grier, Mike Marshall, Members of the International Super Group Mozaik, Chris Thile and more...

Submitted by Peter Jones