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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Fiddles + Feet at The Garage...

Downtown Charlottesville, VA
Wednesday, June 30, 2011 ● 8:00 pm

Like fiddle and percussive feet (i.e. dance), and are within driving distance of downtown Charlottesville?  Then head over to The Garage (adjacent to Lee Park) this evening for some great music. Fiddlers Cleek Schrey and Stephanie Coleman, clawhammer banjoist Adam Hurt,  and guitarist Jordan Tice will be joined by Matt Olwell and Nic Gareiss doing some percussive dance.

And if great live music and dance are not enough, it's a free show!

Submitted by Peter Jones, WTJU Folk

Update: Adam Hurt played this amazing gourd banjo at the concert:
Listen out on WTJU for his new cd Earthtones featuring this banjo.....
Pete M

Monday, June 27, 2011

Dehlia Low on The Cosmic American Jamboree

Thursday, June 30
Noon-2 pm
WTJU 91.1 FM/Streaming at WTJU.net

Tune in this Thursday for a very special Cosmic American Jamboree, when Dehlia Low stop by for a conversation and live performance before their concert that evening at the Southern in Charlottesville.

Dehlia Low pushes bluegrass squarely into the emerging Americana genre, combining their tenacious, authentic vocal style with extraordinary instrumental prowess in original songs that feel at once both old and new. Their upcoming album, Ravens & Crows to be released August 2nd, will be their first on the venerable Rebel Records label (Ralph Stanley, Steep Canyon Rangers), and is an eagerly-anticipated follow up to their acclaimed 2009 independent studio release “Tellico.” Since stepping off the stage at Merlefest in 2010, the distinctively Appalachian country/bluegrass sound of Dehlia Low has transcended their native Blue Ridge, bringing the band across the US and Canada on their exciting 2011 tour.

Submitted by Peter Jones, WTJU Folk

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Mike Seeger Tribute Concert - FREE

Saturday, July 2, 2011
Lime Kiln Theater (Lexington, VA)
Gates/concessions open at 4 pm

It's a one-day mini-festival honoring Mike Seeger (1933-2009), and admission is free. Lime Kiln Theater is offering the community this event to celebrate Mike's legacy.

4:15 - Bruce Clark & his Saw Mill Band--Mike's friend and local treasure Bruce just turned 90; he's as upright & graceful as ever and just as engaging on stage

5:30 - Backstep--from around Mt Airy, North Carolina, old friend Chester McMillian and two younger musicians with old roots carry on the great Round Peak tradition

6:45 - Jones & Leva--Carol Elizabeth and James are singing together again just for this occasion:  dear friends well-known here and afar for their beautiful songs and sounds

8:00 - Slate Mountain Ramblers--a North Carolina family dance band with a distinctive driving, sparkling sound:  Marsha Bowman Todd is one of the banjo players featured on Mike's last documentary project (now being finished by others), and Barbara Bowman calls figures.
Submitted by Peter Jones, WTJU Folk

Friday, June 17, 2011

Walker's Run at the Southern 6/24/11

Walker's Run, featuring Sunset Road alumnus DJ Brennan Gilmore, will be playing at The Southern Cafe and Music Hall, Charlottesville, on Friday June 24th at 8pm, with special guests Tara Mills with Strings Attached. Tune in to Sunset Road on WTJU prior to the show when Brennan and mando player Andy Thacker will be stopping by to play a few tunes and talk up the concert that night. The concert at The Southern will be the only opportunity to see Walker's Run before Brennan heads off to Africa for two years.

Posted by Pete (WTJU Folk)

Tara Nevins on Folk and Beyond 6/9/11

Posted by Pete

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Sunset Road Playlist 6/10/11

    1. "Pete's tune" - Extended Play Boys - Extended Play Boys [Beet: ?]
      Theme tune
    2. "Monrobro" - Blue Highway - Some Day: The Fifteenth Anniversary Collection [Rounder: 2009]
      via Airplay Direct
    3. "Me and Paul Revere" - Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers - Single [Rounder: 2011]
      Brand new this week, written by Steve Martin...a response to Sarah Palin's historical gaffe. The true story of Paul Revere's ride, from the horse's mouth. Via Airplay Direct
    4. "Passive Aggressive" - Monroeville - Monroeville [Monroeville Records LLC: 2011]
      new acoustic powerhouse from Tennessee, SW Va & NC. via Airplay Direct
    5. "Country Blues" - Monroeville - Monroeville [Monroeville Records LLC: 2011]
      Dock Boggs classic redone newgrass style. via Airplay Direct
    6. "Flatlands" - Hix - Sweet Sunny South [The Hix: 1998]
      I usually play this when it's hot. This year it's way too soon.
    7. "Bleeding For A Little Peace Of Mind" - Blue Highway - Some Day: The Fifteenth Anniversary Collection [Rounder: 2009]
      With Darrell Scott on vocals. Written by Darrell & Tim O'Brien . via Airplay Direct
    8. "Cindy, I'll Marry You Someday" - Robert Plant - Band Of Joy [Rounder: 2010]
      Latest band for Robert Plant. Darrell Scott is amongst the members.
    9. "Arkansaw Traveler" - Henry C Gilliland and A C (Eck) Robertson - 78Rpm Single [Victor 18956: 1922]
      From one of the earliest old-time fiddle sessions ever recorded, June 1922. Here it on the internet archive by clicking on the link.
    10. "Cherry River Rag" - Ed Haley - The Rounder Records Story: Disc One [Rounder: 2011]
      Hazel Dickens passed away recently. RIP,Hazel. via Airplay Direct
    11. "Don't Put Her Down You Helped Put Her There" - Hazel & Alice - The Rounder Records Story: Disc One [Rounder: 2011]
      via Airplay Direct
    12. "West Virginia, My Home" - Hazel Dickens - A Few Old Memories [Rounder: 2007]
      via Airplay Direct
    13. "Hippy Trippy" - Harry Manx & Kevin Breit - Strictly Whatever [Stony Plain: 2011]
      More from Harry & Kevin. via Airplay Direct
    14. "Mr Lucky" - Harry Manx & Kevin Breit - Strictly Whatever [Stony Plain: 2011]
      via Airplay Direct
    15. "Living the Mystery (Album)" - Paul Brady - Hooba Dooba [Proper American: 2010]
      latest from Paul Brady.
    16. "Sierra Nevada Chalet" - Casey Driscoll - Le Mer [Patuxent: 2011]
      22 yr old swing fiddle player from CA. Danny Knicely-guitar,Taylor Baker-fiddle, Ralph Gordon-bass. Released today. Via Airplay Direct.
    17. "Avalon" - Casey Driscoll - Le Mer [Patuxent: 2011]
    18. "Ploska" - The Bee Eaters - The Bee Eaters [Bee Eaters: 2009]
    19. "Tango Chutney" - Old School Freight Train - Run [Acoustic Disc: 2005]
    20. "Natural Resources" - Utah Philips & Ani DiFranco - The Past Didn't Go Anywhere [Righteous Babe: 1996]
      For all those graduating this time of year.
                                                                                                                                                                                           WTJU is now signed up with Airplay Direct, an internet download service linking record companies & radio stations. This show took APD out for a spin....
  1. Listen to this show on the Tape Vault . It will be there until June 24th at 5pm.

Vote for WTJU

Cross posted from the Vagabond Shoes blog:

You can vote for WTJU as best radio station in the annual Best of C’Ville.  Curiously, none of our DJs are listed for best DJ, but, you don’t have to vote in that or any category if you don’t want to.  You can even opt to just vote for WTJU as best radio station. Why would you want to do that?  Well, for one thing it is the best radio station.  And, secondly, if the station wins, well, it’ll get all those people who haven’t heard us curious about what’s going on and maybe they’ll tune in…and vote for us next year, and well, you see how this could be a snowballing phenomenon even during the summer months.  

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Tumbling Bones on The Cosmic American Jamboree

Thursday, June 16, 2011
Noon to 2 pm
WTJU 91.1 FM/Streaming at wtju.net

Tune in for a special Cosmic American Jamboree, when the Tumbling Bones stop by for a live appearance.  In the area to do a concert this Saturday, June 16, at the Mockingbird in Staunton, along with Boston, MA prog bluegrass band Joy Kills Sorrow, the Tumbling Bones trio will rattle things up during the program with some live music and conversation.

The Tumbling Bones are purveyors of traditional American music who value, above all, grit. The twenty-somethings who make up the trio - Peter Winne, Jake Hoffman, and Sam McDougle - have been callousing their hands and pushing their vocal chords for years as they’ve toured, recorded, and breathed folk music. Their raw, though lucid, take on old American music has taken them across the world. The Tumbling Bones used to play in stringband-turned-indie rock outfit The Powder Kegs, and their time with that band took them from street-performing in Copenhagen and Berlin to venues along the east coast to an acclaimed 2007 performance on NPR’s “A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor” (they played on the show’s “People in Their Twenties Talent Competition” and won first prize).

This January, nearly three years since they had last played together in a band, Winne, Hoffman, and McDougle trekked from their respective homes in Virginia, Philadelphia, and Maine to a basement studio in upstate New York for an impromptu recording session. In one long night of rehearsal and one day of recording the trio rekindled their old rapport and tapped-in to a cohesive sound that can only be cultivated from countless hours spent on stage, in the practice space, and on the road together.

The resulting EP - 'Risk Not Your Soul' - combines fiery American spirituals (“Banks of Jordan”), driving fiddle tunes (“Sally Johnson”), wistful folk ballads (“East VA Blues”), and rusty country blues (“St. Louis Blues”). Peter Winne’s deep baritone lead, Jake Hoffman’s cutting tenor, and Sam McDougle’s fiddle and percussion are faithful to old styles, but the Tumbling Bones can’t help injecting modern sensibilities into their music, however subtly. Taken together, the record showcases the band’s versatility while staying true to their insistence that traditional American music be presented with a strong dose of grit and emotional intensity, even in the 21st century.

 Submitted by Peter Jones, WTJU Folk