"DOWN HOME" #193
Thursday, October 25, 2001
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CONNIE DOVER - Shenandoah [SOMEBODY: SONGS OF SCOTLAND, IRELAND AND EARLY AMERICA/Taylor Park] The most gorgeous version of this song I have, with a sweet uilleann pipe solo from the Boys of the Lough's Christy O'Leary. Richard Thompson performed this at his second "One Thousand Years of Popular Music" show at the Getty last Friday, and in the first few songs of today's show I feebly attempt to invoke the spirit of that amazing show. STEELEYE SPAN - Blackleg Miner [HARK! THE VILLAGE WAIT/Mooncrest] Richard did this one too, and this is probably the best-known version, a song about strike-breakers from England's industrial age. RICHARD THOMPSON - The Poor Ditching Boy [RICHARD THOMPSON STARRING AS HENRY THE HUMAN FLY!/Hannibal] He didn't do this one, but it was on a nifty "official bootleg" I picked up at the show. This version is from Richard's first post-Fairport solo album. You can find the official bootlegs by going to www.thebeesknees.com and following your nose. WATERSON/CARTHY - Rowling Hornpipe/Our Cat Has Kitted/Bleaton Gardens/ Sportsman's Hornpipe [BROKEN GROUND/Topic] A set of English tunes from the most recent incarnation of the venerable folk combo. DOUGIE MACLEAN - Rescue Me [LIVE FROM THE ENDS OF THE EARTH/Dunkeld] Dougie played last Saturday at the CSUN Performing Arts Center, but once again I was unable to go. I've been trying to see this guy for 16 years. Oh well ... maybe one day. LOS LOBOS - El Gusto [LA PISTOLA Y EL CORAZÓN/Slash] LOS FOLKLORISTAS - Konex-Konex [MEXICO!/Flying Fish] A pre-Hispanic Mayan lullaby from the Yucatán. LYDIA MENDOZA - La Boda Negra [MAL HOMBRE/Arhoolie] JUAN LUIS GUERRA - Los mangos bajitos [FOGARATÉ!/Karen] BRUCE ROBISON - What Would Willie Do? [COUNTRY SUNSHINE/Boar's Nest] Brand new stuff, including duets with Kelly Willis. Ya ever get stuck in one of life's dilemmas, and are unsure what you should do? Well, you just look heavenward, think of his words, and think to yourself ... WWWD ... what would Willie do? (Grew his hair, moved to Austin and sang, that's what.) THE CARTER FAMILY - Fond Affection [WHEN THE ROSES BLOOM IN DIXIELAND: 1929-1930/Rounder] JAY FARRAR - Drain [SEBASTOPOL/Artemis] Gorgeous. THE BOTTLE ROCKETS - Get Down, River [RIVER OF SONG/Smithsonian-Folkways] A sweet song (a waltz, in fact) from the soundtrack of the PBS series about roots music along the Mississippi River. DR. JOHN - Food For Thot [CREOLE MOON/Blue Note] FONKY! MARVA WRIGHT - A Change Is Gonna Come [WWOZ: THE SOUNDS OF NEW ORLEANS, VOL. 9, SPRING 1998/Friends of WWOZ] Recorded live at Music at the Mint, New Orleans, Feb. 6, 1997. This CD is availble only to members of WWOZ, the other greatest radio station in the world (next to KCSN, of course!) WALLACE "CHEESE" READ - Les veuves de la coulée (The Widows of the Creek) [CAJUN HOUSE PARTY/Arhoolie] Recorded in 1979 with Marc Savoy on accordion, Cheese on fiddle and John Stelly on vocals and guitar. DENNIS McGEE & SADY COURVILLE - La danse carrée (Square Dance) [THE COMPLETE EARLY RECORDINGS OF DENNIS McGEE, 1929-1920/ Yazoo] I've also heard this famous old Cajun dance tune called "Le Reel de Courville" and "Le Reel de Dennis McGee" AMÉDÉE BREAUX with CLÉOMA BREAUX & OPHY BREAUX - Vas y carrément (Step It Fast) [ABBEVILLE BREAKDOWN/Columbia] Three siblings on this peppy instrumental -- Amédée and Ophy played with their brother Clifford as the Breaux Brothers, and their sister Cléoma usually played with her husband Joe Falcon (and together they made the first ever Cajun recording). BEAUSOLEIL - Grand Mamou [LOOKING BACK TOMORROW/Rhino] One of my favorite waltzes and one of the sweetest Cajun tunes. Jimmy Breaux, the accordionist of Beausoleil since he was 18, is the grandson of Amédée Breaux. BIG MAMA THORNTON - School Boy [BALL'N CHAIN/Arhoolie] Yeah you rite! FRED McDOWELL & JOHNNY WOODS - Keep Your Lamp Trimmed and Burning MISSISSIPPI DELTA BLUES JAM IN MEMPHIS, VOL. 1/Arhoolie] On vocal/guitar and harmonica, respectively. MOSES MASON - Molly Man [BEFORE THE BLUES, VOL. 3/Yazoo] KERMIT RUFFINS - Tillie [1533 ST. PHILIP ST./Basin Street] RICHARD THOMPSON & TEDDY THOMPSON - Persuasion [ACTION-PACKED: THE BEST OF THE CAPITOL YEARS/Capitol] One more little bit of RT before we head over to David, Peter and Miriamland ...
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