Saturday, May 30, 2009

Dance Performance at the Sultan's Palace

In the center of Jogjakarta is the Kraton, the Sultan's Palace, built in the 18th century as a series of halls, courtyards and pavilions. The Sultan of Yogyakarta -- currently Hamengkubuwono X, who was rumored to be a possible presidential candidate, although he is not -- still lives within the kraton. In my 2007 visit to this city, I was in the neighborhood too late in the day to go into the Kraton and so was only able to walk around it. This time, I joined approximately 7,000 school-aged children in a visit. Yikes!

After walking around the grounds for a while, I watched a good portion of a dance performance, featuring gamelan accompaniment.

Here is the gamelan before the performance began:

Then the gamelan in use:

First, I watched a dance featuring a single, male dancer:

Then a dance involving two female dancers:

If you do visit the Kraton as a Westerner, expect many schoolchildren to come up to you and say, "Hello, Mister! Can I take your picture?"

This group from Jogjakarta was one of several that I obliged:

Indonesian Dance

On Thursday evening, some of the other guests at the Ibu Heru Homestay and I went to see a dance program at the Auditorium MMTC in Jogjakarta.

A production of the Jogja Project, the evening included different traditional dance styles from across Indonesia. Unfortunately, the music was prerecorded, the two hosts were a bit shrill (in both English and Indonesian) and the PowerPoint operator had some issues with the educational slideshow. (In other words, it felt a bit like a high school talent show.) But all of that said, we saw some truly wonderful dancing.

For each dance, the stage was decorated with an appropriate background, and the dancers were in full costume.

The opening dance was a Minangkabau dance from West Sumatera -- one of the places in which I did my dissertation field research in 2007. The stage featured a traditional Minangkabau house with many upward sloping eves. (The name Minangkabau means "victorious buffalo," and so the houses are thought to resemble buffalo horns.) The music was strongly rhythmic, and the dance was martial arts inspired, a very cool beginning to the evening.

The traditional Balinese dance was intense. It involves extremely stylized movements of the head and hands, and to my eyes, it ended up looking very constrained and a bit robotic, as the dancers moved their heads in rapid motions without any other part of their body moving. This ultimately was a testament to the dancers -- who were wearing heavy outfits of golden thread -- as the movements were so precise. The music was heavy on the high-pitched percussion: lots of bell sounds.

I most liked the dance from West Kalimantan. It was playful and beautiful at the same time and also featured the best music. Three female dancers stood in the center of the stage, making small, flowing motions, while one warrior armed with sword and shield moved around them. When he would approach too close, they would slyly move away from him. Eventually too other warriors came out on stage and began to stalk the original warrior. The original warrior and one of the new dancers engaged in some brief combat -- slapping shields together and threatening to slash with their swords -- while the women moved quickly away from the action. The music sounded something like an electric guitar being played high up the neck with enough reverb to give a rich, warm tone. I would be delighted to find a recording of similar music. (Perhaps here?)

The evening concluded with a newly created dance combining elements (and dancers) from all of the Indonesian dance styles that had been presented during the event. It ended up being a bit forced and mostly will be remembered for one of the dancers losing her grass skirt in the middle of the piece. (She gracefully exited the stage and received a polite round of applause when she returned.)

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Act Now! Two Man Gentlemen Band Live CD Recording

This is going to be awesome, I am sure! And I wish so much that I could be there for it, but I'll still be out-of-the-country.

The Two Man Gentlemen Band will be recording a live CD at Serious Business Records studios with a crowd of 40 fans. They're taking the first 20 e-mails that they get at I recommend that you act now!

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Jay Bennett RIP in Urbana, Illinois

The things that interested this soon-to-be-resident of Urbana, Illinois, in former-Wilco member Jay Bennett's obituary had to do with the Champaign-Urbana metropolitan area:

Jay Bennett, a singer and songwriter who was a former member of the rock band Wilco, died on Sunday in Urbana, Ill. He was 45 and lived in Urbana.


Mr. Bennett graduated from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, with degrees in secondary education, mathematics and political studies. He was working in a VCR repair shop when Mr. Tweedy recruited him for Wilco, and according to “Learning How to Die,” Greg Kot’s 2004 book about Wilco, Mr. Bennett often worked there between tours.


He also founded a recording studio in Champaign, called Pieholden Suite Sound, after a song on 'Summerteeth.'"
Assuming that "political studies" implies the Department of Political Science, that is neat to know. And I'm Sad that I won't be crossing paths with him at the Urbana Farmer's Market.


In between memorizing Indonesian vocabulary words -- my main task for the next three weeks -- I read a couple of posts on Peter Matthews' blog.

The John-Cage-lives-and-music-is-all-around-us event hosted by R. Murray Schaefer that he took part in is worth reading about.

Find the posts here, here and here.

For instance, here is one of Peter's photos from the walk:

Don't come across that every day, now do you?

Monday, May 25, 2009

Stoney End Bluegrass Festival

Saturday I took a drive down to beautiful Red Wing, MN with my friend Jason to go to Hobgoblin Music to attend the Stoney End Bluegrass Festival. Although there were some workshops and small jams happening in and around the shop, the main action was on the outdoor stage. As we were getting settled and catching up with folks, we enjoyed a nice set by Switched At Birth, who did really nice versions of John Prine's "Speed of the Sound of Loneliness" and the Traveling Wilburys' "End of the Line." Then came my favorite Minnesota bluegrass band The High 48s, tearing up the stage with a killer set (their second of the day), proving why they rightly won the last year's RockyGrass band competition...

- Never Been So Lonesome
- Square Fingers (a really great instrumental written by fiddler Eric Christopher, who toured last year with the James King Band)
- Sad, Lonesome Eyes (very nice!)
- Road to Columbus
- Ain't Gonna Be Your Fool (beautiful harmonies)
- Up North
- Night on Buffalo Mountain (banjo player Tony Ihrig picked up the Dobro for this murder ballad)
- Harbor of Love (very lovely take on the Bill Monroe gospel song with mando player Chad Johnson on lead vocals and bass player Rich Casey taking a rare turn at the vocal mic)
- Paul & Silas (yes!)
- Lost Time Waltz (very pretty instrumental)
- Joe Hill's Will
- Drink Up & Go Home
- 40 Years of Farming
- Orange Blossom Special (I know everyone does this, but these boys do a really exceptional version of it with a nice medley of fiddle tunes in the middle)

Folks looking to check out The High 48s should take note that they will be playing festivals across the country, hitting WI, ND, MT, MO, WA and of course CO, as they return to play the RockyGrass Festival. For their full tour schedule, click here.

After The High 48s, I heard some of Adam Granger's set with Dick Kimmel, but we had to go before I got to catch Hello Stranger and Long Time Gone. All in all, a great day of music, made only better by the amazing drive home into the stunning sunset.

Playlist: Womenfolk (May 24, 2009)

This Sunday on Womenfolk we welcomed Kim & Quillan Roe into the studio to play live and talk about The Roe Family Singers CD Release Party this Wednesday at the 331 Club. To hear the show, click here. When at the Womenfolk web page, you can also visit the 2009 Summer Events Guide to learn about this season's hottest festivals and events.

Next Sunday tune in as banjo player Liz Olds hosts Womenfolk while I'm in New Orleans, hunting down some new music and Cajun cooking!

WOMENFOLK (May 24, 2009)
Hosted by Ellen Stanley
Fresh Air Community Radio, KFAI 90.3 FM Minneapolis/106.7 FM St. Paul
Sunday 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
*New Releases
**Womenfolk Theme Song

**Kris Delmhorst / Everything Is Music / Strange Conversation / Signature Sounds

The Lonesome Sisters with Rayna Gellert / One Morning in May / Follow Me Down / Tin Halo Music
Kasey Chambers / Little Sparrow / Just Because I’m a Woman / Sugar Hill

Patty Griffin / Moses / Living With Ghosts / A&M
Eliza Blue / O My Lord / Screen Doors & Back Doors / Lucky Micah Records
*Pamela Means / New Orleans / Precedent / Wirl Records

[Womenfolk Find - Featured Artist of the Month]
*BettySoo / Whisper My Name / Heat Sin Water Skin / Self
The Weepies / Somebody Loved / Happiness / Self
Brianna Lane / The Porchlight Song / Let You In / Self

*Antje Duvekot / Reasonland / The Near Demise of the Highwire Dancer / Black Wolf
Rachel Unthank & The Winterset / Fareweel Regality / The Bairns / Real World

*Edie Carey & Rose Cousins / Lost in the Valley / itsgonnabegreat / Accidental Pony Records
Sarah Harmer / How Deep in the Valley / I’m a Mountain / Zoe

[Behind Women’s Calendar]
*Alison Brown / The Road West / The Company You Keep / Compass
Switched At Birth / Hora de la Bim Bam / Now & Then / Self

*The Roe Family Singers / Lizabeth Brown / The Earth and All That Is In It / Self

[Live in the Studio: Kim & Quillan Roe of The Roe Family Singers]
Kim & Quillan Roe / My Heart Took to the Earth
Kim & Quillan Roe / Happy Girl
Kim & Quillan Roe / Woe Is Me

Lucy Kaplansky / Song for Molly / Every Single Day / Red House
Emmylou Harris / My Baby Needs a Shepherd / Red Dirt Girl / Nonesuch

*Alela Diane / To Be Still / To Be Still / Rough Trade
Rickie Lee Jones / Easy Money / Rickie Lee Jones / Warner Bros.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Hockey Rock in the New York Times

Back in February, I went to see The Zambonis play at Freddy's Backroom in Brooklyn.

In a New York Times' article about the ice-cleaning machine, lead-singer Dave Zamboni gets quoted:
“It’s kind of weird — even people that don’t know anything about the sport know the Zamboni,” said Dave Schneider, a founding member of a hockey-themed band called the Zambonis. When the company learned of the band years ago, the musicians pleaded, “Please don’t make us change our name to the Ice-Resurfacing Machines,” Mr. Schneider said. The name stayed, and a licensing agreement was struck.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

New Red House Festival in Red Wing

Just thought I'd pass on the word about Red House Records' new summer festival happening August 1st in beautiful Red Wing, MN. It was one of the many events I highlighted on Womenfolk's 2009 Summer Preview Special...

Red House Records presents

Saturday August 1st, 2-6 pm
Hobgoblin Music
920 St. Hwy 19, Red Wing, MN
(877) 866-3936
Tickets: $25 Advance / $30 Gate - Kids under 10 free!
Buy tickets here.

Sponsored by KFAI Radio.

Food, fun and the best in acoustic blues and roots music in a beautiful farm setting just an hour's drive from the Twin Cities!

Red House Records is pleased to announce its upcoming BLUES AT THE BARN event, being held on Saturday, August 1st in Red Wing, MN, named “One of The Top 25 Historic Destinations in The World” by National Geographic Traveler magazine. Featuring the best in Americana blues from Austin, TX to the Twin Cities, the all-afternoon festival will include performances by grooving blues poet Ray Bonneville, Iowa City alt-country artist Pieta Brown, Prairie Home Companion favorite Dave Moore, indie-roots duoThe Pinesand The Brass Kings' Steve Kaul.

BLUES AT THE BARN will take place on the outdoor stage at Hobgoblin Music's converted barn, where the acclaimed music shop presents concerts, sells recordings and builds Celtic harps. An ideal setting for roots and blues music, Hobgoblin Music will host Red House's new summer event appealing to the fans of the indie label's legendary Summerfolk Festivals. Perfect for the whole family, BLUES AT THE BARN is free to all children under 10 and is priced economically with advance tickets selling for just $25. Tickets are available at the Minneapolis Electric Fetus and online here.

Steve Martin on American Idol Tonight

I got word from the good folks at Deering Banjos that comedian and 5-string picker Steve Martin will be on the season finale of American Idol tonight with Keith Urban...what a hoot!

Monday, May 18, 2009

Playlist: The Moonshine Show - 17 May 2009

For my last show, I played a number of my favorites from over the years.


The Moonshine Show - 89.9 WKCR-FM, NYC
Sunday 17 May 2009 - 10 a.m. to Noon
Host: Matt Winters

John Hartford; "Turn Your Radio On"; _Aereo-Plain_ (Rounder)

Brittany Haas; "John Brown's Dream"; _Brittany Haas_ (self-released)

Crooked Still; "New Railroad"; _Shaken by a Low Sound_ (Signature Sounds)

Open Road; "Cold Wind (On Fletcher Hill)"; _Cold Wind_ (Rounder)


Open Road; "What a Way to Go"; _Cold Wind_

Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver; "Blue Train (Of the Heartbreak Line)"; _The Hard Game of Love_ (Sugar Hill)

James Reams; "Winnsboro Cotton Mill Blues"; _Kentucky Songbird_ (Leghorn)

The Electrix with Michael Falzarano and Tom Hanway; "How Long Blues";


The Dillards; "I've Just Seen a Face"; _There is a Time (1963-70)_ (Vanguard)

Charles River Valley Boys; "Ticket to Ride"; _Beatle Country_ (Rounder)

Tim O'Brien; "Subterranean Homesick Blues"; _Red on Blonde_ (Sugar Hill)

John Hartford; "Little Piece of My Heart"; _Gum Tree Canoe_ (Flying Fish)

The Gibson Brothers; "It's All Over Now"; _Red Letter Day_ (Sugar Hill)


Salamander Crossing; "Desert Wind"; _Salamander Crossing_ (Signature Sounds)

Laurie Lewis & The Right Hands; "Live Forever"; _Live_ (Spruce & Maple)

Tony Furtado with Ben Demerath; "If I Had a Boat"; _Full Circle_ (Rounder)

Salamader Crossing; "Child of the Wind"; _Salamander Crossing_


Tony Trischka with Tom Adams; "Fox on the Run"; _Double Banjo Bluegrass Spectacular_ (Rounder)

Tom T. Hall; "Bluegrass Break-Up"; _The Magnificent Music Machine_ (Universal/Copper Creek)

Fred Eaglesmith and the Flathead Noodlers; "I Shot Your Dog"; _Balin'_ (A Major Label)

James King; "Thirty Years of Farming"; _Thirty Years of Farming_ (Rounder)


The Stillhouse Rounders; "Worried Man Blues"; _Black Dog_ (Jam Jar)

Chicken Chokers; "Diamond Joe"; _07_ (self-released)

Bruce Molsky; "Peg and Awl": _Poor Man's Troubles_ (Rounder)

Bill Christophersen and the Rockhouse Gamblers; "Meet Me by the Moonlight"; _Hell & High Water_ (self-released)


Jimmy Martin; "Hold Whatcha Got"; _The King of Bluegrass_ (Audium)

Tom Russell; "The Death of Jimmy Martin";

John Hartford; "Tear Down the Grand Ole Opry"; _Aereo-Plain_ (Rounder)

Steep Canyon Rangers; "I Can't Sit Down"; _One Dime at a Time_ (Rebel)

Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys; "I Am Weary (Let Me Rest)"; _Clinch Mountain Gospel_ (Rebel)


Bob Paisley & The Southern Grass; "My Home's Across the Blue Ridge Mountains"; _Live in Holland_ (Strictly Country)

Peter Rowan; "Walls of Time"; _The Walls of Time_ (Sugar Hill)


Northern Lights; "Northern Rail"; _Take Me to the Sky_ (Flying Fish)

Friday, May 15, 2009

Playlist: Womenfolk (May 17, 2009)

Today on Womenfolk we talked with Pieta Brown on our Mother's Day special, talking about her music, life as a mom and her show tonight at the Cedar. We also played your favorite mom songs and gave away a copy of Catie Curtis' new CD Sweet Life. If you missed it, check out the archived show here.

Next Sunday tune in for our summer preview special, highlighting the best in this season's festivals with interviews and ticket giveaways!


WOMENFOLK: Mother's Day (May 10, 2009)
Hosted by Ellen Stanley
Fresh Air Community Radio, KFAI 90.3 FM Minneapolis/106.7 FM St. Paul
Sunday 11 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
*New Releases
**Womenfolk Theme Song

Cosy Sheridan / The Land of 10,000 Mothers / Live at CedarHouse / Waterbug
Iris DeMent / Mom & Dad’s Waltz / My Life / Warner Bros.

Alison Krauss / Baby Mine / A Hundred Miles or More / Rounder
Elizabeth Mitchell / Who’s My Pretty Baby / You Are My Little Bird / Smithsonian Folkways
Eliza Gilkyson / Baby Waking / Hard Times in Babylon / Red House

Nanci Griffith / Turn Around / Other Voices Other Rooms / Elektra
Susan Werner / My Mother's Garden / Live at Tin Angel / Self

[Womenfolk Find - Featured Artist of the Month]
BettySoo / If You Fall / Little Tiny Secrets / Self
Tracy Grammer / Mother, I Climbed / Flower of Avalon / Signature Sounds

Lucy Kaplansky / This Is Home / The Red Thread / Red House
*Catie Curtis / The Princess and the Mermaid / Sweet Life / Compass

Stacey Earle / Weekend Runaways / Simple Gearle / Gearle Records

[Behind Women’s Calendar]
Cherish the Ladies / Woman of the House Medley / Woman of the House / Rounder

Pieta, Zoe & Constie Brown / Ella Mae / Going Driftless / Red House
Anais Mitchell / I Wear Your Dress / Hymns for the Exiled / Waterbug

[Live Interview with Pieta Brown]

*Pieta Brown / Birds / Before The Goldrush (The Covers Project): A Project to Benefit Teach For America / A Nest of Eggs
Chris Pureka / Everything Is Free / Dryland / Self
*Pamela Means / On the Way Up / Precedent / Wirl Records

*Emmylou Harris / All That You Have Is Your Soul / All I Intended to Be / Nonesuch
Shania Twain with Alison Krauss & Union Station / Coat of Many Colors / Just Like a Woman / Sugar Hill
Kasey Chambers / Mother / Wayward Angel / Warner Bros.

Brianna Lane / The Good Guys / Radiator / Self

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Tim Eriksen on Profiles in Folk

When I was 13 years old, blazing electric guitars made folk music a little more palatable. So Cordelia's Dad's 1990 debut album got a lot of play in the cassette player -- it opens up with a hard rock version of "Will the Circle Be Unbroken" and then spins into the belter "Rolling Down to Old Maui" and then into a grinding "Loch Lomond"; "Scarborough Fair," "The Lowlands of Holland," the grunging "Her Bright Smile Haunts Me Still" and the splatacular "The Baby Song" all come easily to mind even though I haven't listened to the album in 10 years or more. It was definitely influential. (Stewart Mason's All Music Guide review compares the album to Dinosaur Jr. and Fairport Convention.)

The band appeared several times -- in a slightly more acoustic format -- on my father's radio show, Profiles in Folk on WSHU-FM in Fairfield, Connecticut.

Lead singer Tim Eriksen then went on to do a bunch of other cool old-time/Americana things and is perhaps most well-known for his involvement in the Cold Mountain soundtrack. (Remember the shape note singing scene? That's the hand of Tim Eriksen.) According to his webpage, he is also "the only person to have appeared with both Doc Watson and Kurt Cobain and to have unintentionally cut himself on stage at both CBGB and the Academy Awards."

Back on May 1st, Tim joined my father on Profiles in Folk for a full evening of (acoustic) music. The playlist and audio archive can be found here.

Tom Waits and Counterinsurgency Theme Songs

Reporting from our nation's capital, Ben draws our attention to this blog post from Thomas Ricks over at Foreign Policy magazine's web site in which he suggests that Tom Waits' "The Long Way Home" might be the appropriate theme song for U.S. counterinsurgency strategy in Iraq.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Steve Earle and Townes Van Zandt

I am definitely excited to check out the new Steve Earle CD, which is all Townes Van Zandt covers. My big Townes' period was in the late 1990s -- I did several WKCR Country Festival segments dedicated to him -- and I can't say that I listen to his material all that much anymore, but when "Waitin' Around to Die" comes up on shuffle, I can't help but be drawn in.

Anthony DeCurtis had a piece on the CD in Sunday's New York Times. In it, he gets Earle to address his most famous quote about Townes -- what is probably the most famous quote about Townes: “Townes Van Zandt is the best songwriter in the whole world, and I’ll stand on Bob Dylan’s coffee table in my cowboy boots and say that.” DeCurtis writes,
That statement embarrasses Mr. Earle today. “Did I ever believe that Townes was better than Bob Dylan?” he asked wearily. “No.”
From the catalog of crazy Townes Van Zandt stories, we get this one:
There was the time, for example, when Van Zandt, frustrated that Mr. Earle was fooling with a .357 Magnum during a get-together, picked up a pistol himself, put a couple of bullets in the chamber and spun it around, pointed the gun at his own head and pulled the trigger twice. The gun didn’t fire, but Van Zandt had made his point about bravado.

My favorite Townes Van Zandt story comes from Columbia University professor Aaron Fox (who once kindly lent me a number of TVZ albums for one of those Country Festival segments). He recalled being in a roadhouse men's room minutes before Townes was to take the stage. Van Zandt sidles up to the urinal next to him, sizes him up, looks him in the eye, and asks, "You know what my problem is?"; he then answers his own question, "I'm too damn funny...," and passes out cold at the urinal. I don't remember if the concert was canceled or not.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Bluegrass Disco Covers

Upon seeing that I had played Spectrum's version of "I Will Survive" on a recent Moonshine Show, Jeanette Williams wrote to me:
I recorded that on my newest release "Thank You For Caring". ... I didn't realize that anyone else had cut it. I hear that Gloria is going to re-cut it this year, the 30th anniversary of the original release.
I haven't heard her new CD yet but am a big fan of some of the tracks on Get in the Boat and Too Blue, two of her previous releases.

And I certainly am a big fan of The Berkshire Mountains Bluegrass Festival two-LP compilation. If you ever come across this album, do not hesitate to buy it. It is chock full of terrific recordings from some of the biggest names in bluegrass.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Playlists: Womenfolk (May 3, April 26 & 19, 2009)

Big thanks to all of you who pledged during KFAI's recent Spring Pledge Drive...Thanks to you, we reached our $100,000 goal just 15 seconds before the end of pledge drive! I also appreciate everyone's strong support of Womenfolk and will be sending out those Red House samplers as thank-you's to all of you soon!

Below you'll find the playlists from the last few weeks...As you'll see, today there was a lot of Irish music on KFAI! Dan Rein welcomed local duo Norah Rendell & Brian Miller into the studio on Century Song, and then Womenfolk talked with Boston-based flute player and vocalist Shannon Heaton (pictured here).  Natalie O'Shea also stopped by the studio to talk about her new Celtic arts venue called Celtic Junction, which will be presenting Norah Rendell & Brian Miller with Shannon & Matt Heaton in concert this Thursday. To hear my interviews with Shannon and Natalie, check out the archived show here.  You can hear Norah and Brian on Century Song here

Next Sunday tune in for a special Mother's Day show featuring an interview with Iowa songwriter Pieta Brown...Hope you can tune in for the fun, and feel free to send me your requests and special dedications to the most important woman in your life!


WOMENFOLK (May 3, 2009)
Hosted by Ellen Stanley
Fresh Air Community Radio, KFAI 90.3 FM Minneapolis/106.7 FM St. Paul
Sunday 11 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
*New Releases
**Womenfolk Theme Song

**Kris Delmhorst / Everything Is Music / Strange Conversation / Signature Sounds

Abigail Washburn / Winter’s Come and Gone / Song of the Traveling Daughter / Self
Emmy Rossum / Barbara Allen / Songcatcher / Vanguard
Emmylou Harris / Barbara Allen / Songcatcher / Vanguard

Dar Williams / Fishing in the Morning / The Beauty of the Rain / Razor & Tie
Ana Egge / It’s My Lazy Day / Lazy Days / Grace/Parkinson
Terri Hendrix / Fisherman’s Blues / Live / Tycoon Cowgirl Records

[Womenfolk Find - Featured Artist of the Month]
*BettySoo / Still Small Voice / Heat Sin Water Skin / Self
Kasey Chambers / Stronger / Wayward Angel / Warner Bros.

Krista Detor / Fishing / A Dream in a Cornfield / Self
Joan Baez / Fishing / Gone From Danger / Guardian

Mollie O’Brien / The Important Part of Fishing / Fishing Music / Snake River Records
Maria Muldaur / Up the Country Blues / Naughty Bawdy & Blue / Stony Plain

[Behind Women’s Calendar]
Norah Rendell & Brian Miller / Grogan's/Felix the Cat Jigs / Wait There Pretty One / Self

*Carrie Rodriguez / Blackberry Blossom / Live in Louisville / Mood Indigo

*Shannon & Matt Heaton / Lily of the West / Lover’s Well / EatsRecords
Shannon & Matt Heaton / Thady Casey's & Reel of Rio / Blue Skies Above / EatsRecords

[Live Interview with Shannon Heaton]

*Shannon & Matt Heaton / Brad’s Honeybees / Lover’s Well / EatsRecords

[Live in the Studio: Natalie O'Shea of Celtic Junction]

Norah Rendell & Brian Miller / Qui me Passera le Bois / Wait There Pretty One / Self

*Eliza Gilkyson / Beautiful World / Beautiful World / Red House
Pieta Brown / Hey Run / Remember the Sun / One Little Indian

Dixie Chicks / Wide Open Spaces / Wide Open Spaces / Monument


WOMENFOLK (April 26, 2009)
Hosted by Ellen Stanley
Fresh Air Community Radio, KFAI 90.3 FM Minneapolis/106.7 FM St. Paul
Sunday 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
*New Releases
**Womenfolk Theme Song

**Kris Delmhorst / Everything Is Music / Strange Conversation / Signature Sounds

Kate Rusby / A Rose in April / Hourglass / Compass
June Tabor / The Rose is white, the rose is red/Dargason / Rosa Mundi / Green Linnet
Tracy Grammer / Gypsy Rose / Flower of Avalon / Signature Sounds

Patty Griffin / Rain / 1000 Kisses / ATO
*Eilen Jewell / Rain Roll In / Sea of Tears / Signature Sounds
*Amy Speace / Storm Warning / The Killer in Me / Wildflower

[Womenfolk Find - Featured Artist of the Month]
*Rachael Kilgour / Cheap Grace / Music to Life Finalist Showcase 2008/2009 / Public Domain Foundation

Erica Wheeler / Spirit Lake / The Harvest / Signature Sounds
Laurie Lewis & The Right Hands / Tall Pines / Live / Spruce & Maple Music
*Eliza Gilkyson / Wildewood Spring / Beautiful World / Red House
*Annabelle Chvostek / Racing with the Sun / Resilience / Borealis

[Behind Women’s Calendar]
*Shannon & Matt Heaton / Mountain Rambler/Midnight Sojourn / Lover’s Well / EatsRecords

KaiserCartel / Dog Stars (live) / Okay...and other things we feel / Bluhammoc
*Neko Case / People Got a Lotta Nerve / Middle Cyclone / Anti

*Antje Duvekot / Dublin Boys / The Near Demise of the High Wire Dancer / Black Wolf
*The Greencards / Outskirts of Blue / Fascination / Sugar Hill Records

*Rosalie Sorrels / Revolutionary Mandate #1 / Strangers in Another Country / Red House
Kris Delmhorst / Strange Conversation / Strange Conversation / Signature Sounds
The Nields / Snowman / Play / Zoe

Suzzy & Maggie Roche / La Vie C'est La Vie / Why the Long Face / Red House
The Story / Love Is More Thicker Than Forget / Grace in Gravity / Green Linnet

Dobet Gnahore / Dala / Na Afriki / Cumbancha
*Aby Wolf / Thanks 4 Listening / Sweet Prudence / Self

Kathleen Edwards / Back to Me / Back to Me  / Zoe


WOMENFOLK (April 19, 2009)
Hosted by Ellen Stanley, Pam & Angie
Fresh Air Community Radio, KFAI 90.3 FM Minneapolis/106.7 FM St. Paul
Sunday 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
*New Releases
**Womenfolk Theme Song

**Kris Delmhorst / Everything Is Music / Strange Conversation / Signature Sounds

Gillian Welch / One More Dollar / Revival / Almo Sounds
*Harbor Collective / Till & Sow / The Monday EP / Super Solar Records

*Sometimes Why / Cold Feet Blues / Your Heart Is a Glorious Machine / Signature Sounds
Julie Lee / Born to Pine and Sigh / Take Me Out to Hear the Band / Self

[Womenfolk Find - Featured Artist of the Month]
*Rachael Kilgour / Tell Me Washington / Rachael Kilgour / Self
*Eliza Gilkyson / The Party's Over / Beautiful World / Red House

*Antje Duvekot / Long Way / The Near Demise of the High Wire Dancer / Black Wolf Records
*Joan Baez / Jericho Road / Day After Tomorrow / Razor & Tie

[Behind Twin Cities Women's Calendar]
Samantha Robichaud / Answering Machine / East Coast Style Roots II / East Coast Music

*The Roe Family Singers / My Heart Took to the Earth / The Earth and All That Is In It / Self
*Nikki & The RueMates / Green Light II / We All Live Together / Self
*Terri Hendrix / Posey Road Stomp / Left Over Alls / Wilory Records

Devon Sproule / Old Virginia Block / Keep Your Silver Shined / Waterbug
*Missy Raines & The New Hip / Magnolia / Inside Out / Compass
*Eilen Jewell / Sea of Tears / Sea of Tears / Signature Sounds

*Dar Williams / It's Alright / Promised Land / Razor & Tie

Meg Hutchinson / Ready / Come Up Full / Red House
Catie Curtis / Sweet Life / Sweet Life / Compass

Playlist: The Moonshine Show - 3 May 2009

In response to listener demand, we played a bunch of old-time music to kick off today's show, and then we played a bunch of Del McCoury and talked to the man himself. He's in town today to play Pete Seeger's 90th Birthday Celebration at Madison Square Garden. On May 12th, McCoury music will release a five-CD box set called Celebrating 50 Years of Del McCoury.


The Moonshine Show - 89.9 WKCR-FM, NYC
Sunday 3 May 2009 - 10 a.m. to Noon
Hosts: Matt Winters and Logan Ledger

Neil Rossi and Jay Ungar; "Bonaparte's Retreat"
The Lazy Aces; "The Bible's True"
The Hotmud Family; "Take Me Back to My Old North Carolina Home"
Three from _The Young Fogies_ (Rounder)

Uncle Earl; "Raise a Ruckus"; _Raise a Ruckus_ (self-released)


Uncle Earl; "Black-Eyed Susie"; _Waterloo, Tennessee_ (Rounder)

Rhys Jones & Christina Wheeler; "Grub Springs"; _Starry Crown_ (Vigortone)

Rafe Stefanini; "Sittin' on Top of the World"; _Ladies Fancy_ (County)

The Stillhouse Rounders; "Cold and Icy Mountain," "March Winds Gonna Blow My Blues All Away"; _Black Dog_ (self-released)


Bruce Molsky; "Field Holler / Piney Woods / Lost Indian"; _Poor Man's Troubles_ (Rounder)

Clare Milliner and Walt Koken; "The Blackest Crow"; _Clare Milliner and Walt Koken_ (Mudthumper)

Mike Seeger; "Shouting in Jerusalem"; _True Vine_ (Smithsonian Folkways)

Harry Bolick and Friends; "Mississippi Breakdown"; _Carroll County, Mississippi_ (New Timey)


Mark Schatz and Friends; "Rig Root"; _Steppin' in the Boiler House_ (Rounder)

Christie Burns and Butch Ross; "Hangman's Reel"; _Here to Play_ (self-released)

Dirk Powell; "Waterbound"; _Time Again_ (Rounder)

The Wonderbeans; "You Married My Daughter," "Can't Win, Can't Place, Can't Show"; _Beansprouts_ (Bluewind)


Chris Thile; "Wayside (Back in Time)"; _How to Grow a Woman from the Ground_ (Sugar Hill)

The Infamous Stringdusters; "Fork in the Road"; _Fork in the Road_ (Sugar Hill)

James Reams and the Barnstormers; "Ain'ta Bump in the Road"; _Troubled Times_ (Mountain Redbird)

Ted Lundy & The Southern Mountain Boys; "Poor Ellen Smith"; _Best Loved Bluegrass: 20 All Time Favorites_ (Rebel)


Claire Lynch; "Wabash Cannonball"; _Best Loved Bluegrass_

Del McCoury; "Highway of Pain"; _Don't Stop the Music_ (Rounder)

The Del McCoury Band; "Nashville Cats"; _The Family_ (Ceili)

The Chieftains with The Del McCoury Band; "Rain and Snow"; _Down the Old Plank Road: The Nashville Sessions_ (RCA/BMG)

The Del McCoury Band; "The Cold Hard Facts"; _The Cold Hard Facts_ (Rounder)


LIVE Phone Interview with Del McCoury


The Del McCoury Band; "1952 Vincent Black Lightning"; _Del and the Boys_ (Ceili)


The Del McCoury Band; "Get Down on Your Knees and Pray"; _All Star Bluegrass Celebration_ (Sugar Hill)