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Thursday, July 21, 2011

July 21, 2011
Scott Foley

The Earle-Moorer household has befriended fellow Brooklynite Ana Egge on her excellent new CD, Bad Blood. Produced by Steve Earle and featuring Allison Moorer, it marks Egge's rootsiest album to date. The songwriter's lazy, honeyed voice has previously served her well on more jazz, folk and pop leaning releases, and it fits perfectly here. Also welcome are Moorer's lovely backing vocals and frequently fine fiddle by Eleanor Whitmore. Egge's sixth release is a great step forward, and one of 2011's finest efforts to date.

Not so incidentally, this is a time of great change at KRFC, and our fine Morning Mix program will bear the banner in large part. Beginning in August, you'll begin to hear a new spirit to KRFC, with a more accessible sound and a wider but more consistent range of music during the daytime hours. You might think of it as an "adult contemporary roots hybrid," or you might just think of it as much more of a much better thing. As for my part, I will still be anchoring Thursday mornings, and many of the Morning Mix personalities will still be around to enjoy this transition with you.

Better yet, consider this the herald of the return of Routes & Branches as a stand-alone program! Launching Saturday, August 20, most likely from 4-6pm, Routes & Branches will be the new home for "the best of americana, and roots music" on KRFC. If you like what you've been hearing on the Thursday Morning Mix, stick around. I have a feeling you'll like what we've done with the place. And by all means, tune into the return of Routes & Branches on 8/20, and please spread the word to your friends. I really do believe it's the best show of its kind. Period.

* Pine Hill Haints, "Whiskey Broke My Fall" Cold Cold Heart (Arkam, 10)
* Haunted Windchimes, "Wanderin' Heart" Live At the Western Jubilee (Blank Tape, 11)
* Old 97s, "Perfume" Grand Theatre Vol 2 (New West, 11)
* G Love, "The Road" Fixin' To Die (Brushfire, 11)
* Railroad Earth, "Good Life" Good Life (Sugar Hill, 04)
* Robert Earl Keen, "I Gotta Go" Ready For Confetti (New West, 11)
* Kasey Chambers, "Little Bird" Little Bird (Sugar Hill, 11)
* Frank Turner, "If Ever I Stray" England Keep My Bones (Epitaph, 11)
* Jayhawks, "Closer To Your Side" Mockingbird Time (Rounder, 11)
* Mary Chapin Carpenter, "Jubilee" Stones In the Road (Columbia, 94)
* Vetiver, "Ride Ride Ride" Errant Charm (Sub Pop, 11)
* Great American Taxi, "Blair Mountain" Blair Mountain (Self, 11)
* Yarn, "Honeybear" Leftovers Vol 1 (Ardsley, 11)
* Pokey LaFarge, "Drinkin' Whiskey Tonight" Middle of Everywhere (Free Dirt, 11)
* Gillian Welch, "Scarlet Town" Harrow & the Harvest (Acony, 11)
* Imelda May, "Pulling the Rug" Mayhem (Decca, 11)
* Will Hoge, "When I Get My Wings" Number Seven (Ryko, 11)
* Lyle Lovett, "You've Been So Good To Me Up To Now" Joshua Judges Ruth (MCA, 92)
* Gourds, "I Want It So Bad" Old Mad Joy (Vanguard, 11)
* Star Anna, "Shine" Alone In This Together (Local 638, 11)
* Patti Fiasco, "Bottle Of Wine" Patti Fiasco (Self, 11)
* Kirsten Jones, "I Don't Want To Live Like This" Mad Mile (Factor, 11)
* Steel Wheels, "Walk This Way For Awhile" Live At Goose Creek (Goose Creek, 11)
* Ryan Adams, "Pearls On a String" Easy Tiger (Lost Hwy, 07)
* Blitzen Trapper, "American Goldwing" American Goldwing (Sub Pop, 11)
* JD Malone & the Experts, "Silver From" Avalon (It's About Music, 11)
* William Elliott Whitmore, "Bury Your Burdens In the Ground" Field Songs (Anti, 11)
> Ana Egge, "Hole In Your Halo" Bad Blood (Ammal, 11)
* Roadside Graves, "Double Feature" We Can Take Care of Ourselves (Autumn Tone, 11)

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