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Thursday, March 11, 2010

March 11, 2010
Scott Foley

Broke the radio station today ... About 4/5 of the way through today's Episode, right after Kasey Anderson's "Sooner/Later," (to the second) things just shut down. I kept on playing dj, just in case we were wrong about the dead air thing, and KRFC was back to life within half an hour.

Mentioned a new biography during today's Episode, Texas Tornado: The Times & Music of Doug Sahm, by Jan Reid, with help from Shawn Sahm. It is an engaging document on a couple levels: How talented Sahm was both as a musician and a songwriter, and just how prevalent drugs were throughout his life (haven't finished it yet, but I think I know how it ends ~ no spoilers, please). I gave some airtime to the unreleased Sahm track his son Shawn tacked onto the new Texas Tornados release.

On a separate note, this was a curious week, in which our kind of music made some headway into the mainstream. Ryan Bingham and T Bone Burnett were granted a couple seconds on the Academy Awards stage, looking just a bit more comfortable than Elliott Smith during his 5 minutes of fame. Also, Brandi Carlile's song "The Story" was performed by an American Idol contestant (my judgement: a little pitchy at times, and should've kicked out the jams rather than sticking with just the quiet bits ... Dog). Finally, on the same show, Crystal Bowersox is being branded this year's americana contestant. If you ask this broadcaster, this season's between Crystal and Big Mike. Oh wait, am I actually talking about American Idol ... ?

* Asylum St Spankers, "Last Mile of the Way" God's Favorite Band (Yellow Dog, 09)
* Calexico, "Panic Open String" Garden Ruin (Quarterstick, 06)
* Jeff Bridges, "Fallin' & Flyin'" Crazy Heart (Fox, 10)
* Blue Rodeo, "Sheba" Things We Left Behind (Red Eye, 10)
* Coal Porters, "Moonlight Midnight" Durango (Prima, 10)
* Barton Carroll, "Do You Want To Get Out of Here" Together You And I (Skybucket, 09)
* Carrie Rodriguez, "I Made a Lover's Prayer" Love & Circumstance (Ninth St Opus, 10)
* Paul Thorn, "Mission Temple Fireworks Stand" Mission Temple Fireworks Stand (Back Porch, 02)
* Justin Townes Earle, "Down in the Valley" Coal Country Music (Heartwood, 09)
* Deadstring Brothers, "Houston" Sao Paulo (Bloodshot, 10)
* Austin Collins & the Rainbirds, "Just the Same" Wrong Control (Eight Dollar, 09)
* Preservation Hall Jazz Band w/Brandi Carlile, "Old Rugged Cross" Preservation (Preservation Hall, 10)
* Texas Sapphires, "Teardrops or Rain" As He Wanders (Ike, 10)
* Pokey LaFarge, "Bag of Bones" Riverboat Soul (Free Dirt, 10)
* I See Hawks In LA, "Sexy Vacation" Shoulda Been Gold (America Beat, 09)
* Megafaun, "The Fade" Gather Form & Fly (Hometapes, 09)
* Shelby Lynne, "Old #7" Tears Lies & Alibis (Everso, 10)
* Nathaniel Rateliff, "Early Spring Till" In Memory of Loss (Rounder, 10)
* Texas Tornados, "Girl Going Nowhere" Esta Bueno (Bismeaux, 10)
* Kasey Anderson, "Sooner/Later" Nowhere Nights (Red River, 09)
* Shooter Jennings w/Hierophant, "God Bless Alabama" Black Ribbons (Rocket Sci, 10)
* Robinella, "Everlasting Peace of Mind" Fly Away Bird (Dualtone, 10)
* Robert Earl Keen, "Think It Over One Time" Gringo Honeymoon (Sugar Hill, 94)
* Steve Dawson, "Preaching To the Choir" I Will Miss the Trumpets and the Drums (Undertow, 10)
* Jon Dee Graham, "God's Gonna Give You What You Need" Not As Bad As It Looks (Freedom, 10)
* Devon Sproule, "Ain't That the Way" Don't Hurry For Heaven (Black Hen, 10)

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