Rob Heron And The Teapad Album Launch

•July 22, 2014 • Leave a Comment
here’s my review of the Tea Pad launch party that didn’t make it into Narc this month
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Rob Heron & The Tea Pad Orchestra / Martyn Roper – The Cluny, July 11th
The Ouseburn Delta was shining like Martyn Roper’s National guitar, as one very dapper half of the Leeds City Stompers took us through a remarkably jaunty and good-natured set of classic blues and country songs (Blind Boy Fuller covers to the fore). He seemed happy to be there, even if he was often drowned out by the gleefully drunk and raucous crowd there for the headliners (many of whom seem to have arrived en masse from Rob Heron’s Cumbrian home).
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Heron and his Tea Pad Orchestra seemed even more happy to be there, which considering the affection from the very partisan crowd and the fact that it was a launch for their excellent second album, is entirely understandable. Augmented in places by a brass section, the band sounded better than ever and played with an energy I’d not yet seen (I swear at one point Heron was on his knees wrenching feedback from his guitar, but that could have been the cider).  Newish drummer Paul Archibald’s jazz background really has added some swing to their sound and everyone took their solos with a grin and a flourish. A storming cover of Professor Longhair’s Mardi Gras In New Orleans left the crowd roaring their approval. It would be a mistake to let our familiarity with the Tea Pad Orchestra blind us to just how good they are right now.
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On My Way Home Again

•July 21, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Sweethearts 17

 

Last Friday Basic FM broadcast the last Sweethearts Of The Radio. Show number 17 – On My Way Home Again – will be the final one before a new show, Jumpin’ With Stagger Lee, takes over in a couple of weeks (but don’t worry, it will include lots of country).

Show 17 will get a repeat this coming Friday at 10pm, with streaming and download links to follow.

Here’s what was played:

  1.  Southern Culture On The Skids – Meximelt

  2.  Texas Tornados – Rosalita

  3.  Los Lobos – Malaque

  4.  David Eugene Edwards & Crippled Black Phoenix - Just Like A Mexican Love

  5. Cowboy Copas – Three Strikes & You’re Out

  6. The Devil Makes Three  – Forty Days

  7.  The Balfa Brothers – Casey Jones

  8. Cisco Houston – Diamond Joe

  9. Al Dexter & His Troopers – Pistol Packin’ Mama

  10. The Everly Brothers – I’m On My Way Home Again

  11. New Riders Of A Purple Sage – Glendale Train

  12. Original Harmony Ridge Creekdippers - Valentine King

  13.  The Gourds - The New Way Of Grievin’ & Smokin’

  14. Jason Ringenberg With Steve Earle – Bible & A Gun

  15.  The Travelling Band – Angel Of The Morning |TB?

  16. Slim Cessna’s Auto Club – Last Song About Satan

  17. Slim Cessna’s Auto Club -Mark Of Vaccination

  18. Slim Cessna’s Auto Club -Port Authority Band

  19. Slim Cessna’s Auto Club -Children Of The Lord

  20. Garlic – Not Over Yet

  21. Micah P Hinson & The Gospel Progress – The Possibilities

  22. Ryan Adams – Answering Bell

  23. Morton Valence – Clouds

  24. Singing Adams – St Thomas (Band Version)

  25. Joe South – Walk A Mile In My Shoes

  26. Rob Heron & The Tea Pad Orchestra – Crazy Country Fool

  27. Moon Mullican – I Left My Heart In Texas

  28. Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys – The Devil Ain’t Lazy

  29. Merle Travis – Dark As A Dungeon

  30. Hank Williams – My Son Calls Another Man Daddy

  31. Sons Of The Pioneers – You’ll Never Miss The Water Till The Well Runs Dry

  32. Ron Sexsmith – Gold In Them Hills

  33. Rebecca Gates – The Ballad Of Billy Joe

  34. Josephine Foster – Magenta

Dance Critters

•July 5, 2014 • 1 Comment

Sweethearts 16

Sweethearts Of The Radio #16 – Dance Critters had at its heart a four pack of The Delines – who I saw last month at Jumpin’ Hot Jamboree and totally blew me away – and Richmond Fontaine, the band The Delines grew out of and who’d I’d never listened to before, which was a mistake.  There’s the usual mix of old classics, new releases and oddities and a trio of tracks from Jack White‘s Third Man label.

You can download Sweethearts Of The Radio #16 here or stream it here

01 Robbie Fulks – She Took A Lot Of Pills (And Died)

02 Colorblind James Experience – Dance Critters

03 Sturgill Simpson – Long White Line

04 Lynette Morgan & The Blackwater Valley Boys – Road Signs

05 Del McCoury & The Dixie Pals – Take Me To The Mountains

06 Jimmie Rodgers – Train Whistle Blues

07 Evelyn Evelyn – You Only Want Me Cause You Want My Sister

08 Neil Young – Beautiful Bluebird

09 The Walkabouts – Polly

10 Lucinda Williams – One Night Stands

11 Tarnation – Halfway To Madness

12 Mirel Wagner – The Devil’s Tongue

13 The Arlenes – Lonely Won’t Leave Me Alone

14 Drive By Truckers – 18 Wheels Of Love

15 Goldrush – Best Intentions

16 The Delines – The Oil Rigs At Night

17 The Delines – Colfax Ave

18 Richmond Fontaine – Polaroid

19 Richmond Fontaine – The Mechanic’s Life

20 The Byrds – I Am A Pilgrim

21 The Flying Burrito Brothers – Hot Burrito #1

22 Ryan Adams ft Emmylou Harris – Oh My Sweet Carolina

23 The Texas Tornados – Cowboy Peyton Place

24 Becky & John – I’ll Be There If You Ever Want

25 Holly Golightly ft The Brokeoffs – No Big Thing

26 The Pernice Brothers – Crestfallen

27 Lullaby For The Working Class – Show Me How The Robots Dance

28 Wilco – Wishful Thinking

29 Frank Fairfield – Duncan Brady

30 Palace Brothers – Oh Lord Are You In Need

31 The Haden Triplets – Slowly

32 Robert Love – Below The Wire

33 Firehose – In Memory Of Elizabeth Cotten

I’ve Been Everywhere

•June 23, 2014 • 2 Comments

Sweethearts 15

 

Sweethearts Of The Radio #15 was the usual hotchpotch of the new, the old, the classic and the weird. There was a selection of Dolly tracks there in the middle cos Randy got to see her live last week (she was great, despite the cheese, the popcorn and the brawling lasses) – this was before she played to 100,000 people at Glastonbury.

You can download Sweethearts 15 here or stream it here

 

Here’s what was played:

  1. Alabama 3 – Two Heads

  2. First Aid Kit – My Silver Lining

  3. Piney Gir – Greetings, Salutations, Goodbye

  4. Flying Burrito Brothers – Sin City

  5. Emmylou Harris – Wrecking Ball

  6. Jimmie Revard & His Okahoma Playboys – Dirty Dog

  7. Bill Monroe & His Bluegrass Boys – Blue Moon Of Kentucky

  8. The Carter Family – Keep On The Sunny Side

  9. The Original Harmony Ridge Creek Dippers – Be On My Way

  10. The Cedars – Extrication Row

  11. Wooden Wand – More From The Mountain

  12. Merle Haggard – The Sermon On The Mount

  13. Old Crow Medicine Show – Big Time In The Jungle

  14. JD Crowe & The New South – The Old Home Place

  15. Jack Rose – Lick Mountain Ramble

  16. William Elliot Whitmore – Cold And Dead

  17. Pine Hill Haints – I Wish I Was A Jack-O-Fire

  18. Menlo Park – Cochon Cochon

  19. Dolly Parton – Don’t Think Twice

  20. Dolly Parton – The Seeker

  21. Dolly Parton & Porter Wagoner – Sweet Harmony

  22. Dolly Parton – 40 Miles From Poplar Bluff

  23. Jerry Jeff Walker – Mr Bojangles

  24. The Walkabouts – Loom Of The Land

  25. Jim & Jennie & The Pinetops – My Grey & Fading Dreams

  26. Big Star – The Ballad Of El Goodo

  27. Hot Club Of Cowtown – Deed I Do

  28. Jello Biafra & Mojo Nixon – Love Me, I’m A Liberal

  29. Hank Snow – I’ve Been Everywhere

  30. Golden Smog – Backstreet Girl

  31. Rebecca Pronsky – Day Of The Dead

  32. John Prine – Christmas In Prison

  33. The Denver Broncos UK – Top Yourself

  34. Angel Olsen – High & Wild

  35. Smog – A Guiding Light

  36. Sons Of The Pioneers – Cigarettes, Whiskey & Wild Wild Women

  37. The Rosinators – Oblivion

  38. John Barry – Midnight Cowboy

Jumpin' Hot Jamboree 2014 (1)

 

 

 

I See A Darkness

•June 10, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Sweethearts 14

Sweethearts Of The Radio #14: I See A Darkness includes new music from Marisa Anderson and The Green Rock River Band (again – because their new album is fantastic) and all manner of stuff from the vaults – from Sweden to Texas, Australia to Sheffield; from stompin’ hillbilly music to scratchy 1920s porch music.

You can download Sweethearts #14 here or stream it here

01 Marisa Anderson – The Battle Hymn Of The Republic

02 Th’ Legendary Shack Shakers – Blood On The Bluegrass

03 Southern Tenant Folk Union – A Little Deeper

04 Green Rock River Band – Drink Here Til I Die

05 Bad Livers – Wild Bill Jones (Live)

06 Kinky Friedman – Highway Cafe

07 Webb Pierce – Back Street Affair

08 Ween – Piss Up A Rope

09 Waylon Jennings – San Francisco Mabel Joy

10 Two Nice Girls – I Spent My :ast $10 (On Birth Control & Beer)

11 Mojo Nixon & Skid Roper – Elvis Is Everywhere

12 Elvis Presley – Polk Salad Annie

13 Baskery – Out Of Towner

14 The Long Ryders – Final Wild Son

15 The Maybelles – Caleb Meyer

16 Laura Cantrell – Cowboy On The Moon

17 Gillian Welch & Nora Jones – How Many Times Have You Broken My Heart?

18 Nick Cave – Ramblin’ Mind

19 DM Bob & The Deficits – Slide Of Your Satin Sheets

20 Watts & Wilson – The Sporting Cowboy

21 Bascam Lamar Lunsford – I Wish I Was A Mole In The Ground

22 Silver Jews – Black & Brown Blues

23 Vic Chesnutt – Gravity Of The Situation

24 Jason Isbell – Live Oak

25 Owen Tromans – Guru Femmes

26 She & Him – This Is Not A Test

27 Jack White – Temporary Ground

28 American Music Club – Johnny Mathis’ Feet

29 Pixies – Havalina

30 Johnny Cash – I See A Darkness

31 The Watson Twins – Snow Canyons

32 Alison Krauss & Gillian Welch - I’ll Fly Away

33 Dickon Hinchcliffe – Fair & Tender Ladies

34 Tindersticks – Kathleen

25 Richard Hawley – Coming Home

Randy & Earl’s Gospel Revue & Medicine Show

•June 1, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Gospel Revue

Just because we won’t be with you each and every Sunday morning giving praise and raising the rafters, don’t mean you can’t do it anyway. To help you along, if you’ve got a fairly capacious connection to the web, you can download all the Gospel Revues in one big file (there’s only 49, somehow, we don’t rightly know what happened to #19!) – 25 hours of hooting, hollering, testifying and hallelujah-ing.

Download Randy & Earl’s Collected Gospel Revues (& Medicine Shows) here
(warning – 2.64gb file)

I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings

•June 1, 2014 • Leave a Comment

revue50

 

Way back when my brother Earl and  I came up with the idea of doing a gospel show for you good people, we made it clear that we weren’t Godly folk. Far from it, in fact. And, speaking for myself at least, the same is true today.

But that don’t mean to say that over the last year of shows there weren’t times – when Sister Aretha or Sister Rosetta or Brother Cooke or Brother Cash, or even Little Richard himself yearned and praised and reached out – there weren’t times when I reckon we both felt a little intimation of something other. We don’t call it God, but we might call it soul. I defy you to listen to the music in this last hour of the Gospel Revue – an hour long selection of our favourite tunes – and not feel something that’s BIGGER than you.

We dedicate this last show the recently passed Maya Angelou.

You can download Gospel Revue #50 here and stream it here

 

  1. Elder Beck – Rock And Roll Sermon

  2. Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens – Jordan River

  3. The Delta Rhythm Boys – Keep On To Galilee

  4. The Radio Four – Blood Done Signed My Name

  5. The Mighty Clouds of Joy – Judgement Day

  6. Five Gospel Stirrers – Well, Well – Don’t Worry About Me

  7. Norman And Nancy Blake – Dry Bones

  8. Marie Knight – His eyes on the sparrow

  9. Marion Williams – I Pity The Poor Immigrant

  10. The Soul Stirrers – Farther Along

  11. The Gospel Harmonettes Of Demopolis, Alabama – Jesus On The Mainline

  12. The Dirty Dozen Brass Band – I’ll Fly Away

  13. LaVerne Baker – Saved

  14. Dorothy Love Coates – I Wouldn’t Mind Dying

  15. Alison Krauss – Down To The River

  16. Aretha Franklin – How I Got Over

  17. Sister Rosetta Tharpe – Up Above My Head

  18. The Caravans – To Whom Shall I Turn

  19. Edwin Hawkins Singers – Oh Happy Day!

 

‘His wings are clipped,
His feet are tied,
So he opens his throat to sing’

Maya Angelou

 
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