Dave Alvin “Border Radio” from Romeo's Escape (Razor & Tie www.razorandtie.com 1986) —Welcome to another edition of Songwriter's Showcase. I hope you'll stay tuned for both hours. We take you to Mexico from Dave's great solo debut, after the Blasters, Katy Moffatt helps out on harmony vocals.Buy it!
Tish Hinojosa “By the Rio Grande” from Culture Swing (Rounder www.rounder.com 1992) —Tish celebrates her Mexican heritage as only she can, a great talent that we need to get back to St.louis, it's been way too long.Buy it!
Tom Russell “Goodnight, Juarez” from Mesabi (Shout Factory www.shoutfactory.com 2011) N —From his brand new album due out September 6 and featuring help from Will Kimbrough, Victor Krauss, members of Calexico and many others. This track features members of Calexico, Gretchen Peters, Barry Walsh and Thad Beckmann.Buy it!
Tom Russell “Jai Alai” from Mesabi (Shout Factory www.shoutfactory.com 2011) N —Tom will be at Off Broadway on October 7 and in Mt. Olive, IL with Gretchen Peters the next night, October 8. For more info and tickets, e-mail Digger@madisontelco.com.Buy it!
Gretchen Peters “The Aviator's Song” from Circus Girl: The Best of Gretchen Peters (Scarlet Letter 2009) —Award winnig singer/songwriter along with her husband, Barry Walsh (Boxtops, Roy Orbison) on Keyboard & accordian Join Tom Russell and Thad Beckman at the Mt.Olive Turner Hall show. This song is a tribute to her Dad a WWII hero.Buy it!
Jimmy Webb W/ Glen Campbell “By the Time I Get to Phoenix” from Just Across The River (E1 Music www.e1entertainment.com 2010) —Glen Campbell will be in town this Friday at the J.Scheidegger Center, Lindenwood University playing a sold out show. It's his "Goodbye Tour" after being diagonosed with Alzheimer's Disease, our thoughts and prayers go out to him and his family.Buy it!
Bodeans “Sad Eyes” from Indigo Dreams (Oar Fin 2011) N —From the final album of the BoDeans with Sammy Llanas who's going solo after this album (new cd "4 A.M. due soon), after a 30 year partnership with Waukesha, Wisconsin High School buddy Kurt Neumann, while Kurt Neumann will continue the BoDeans name.Buy it!
Michael Fracasso “Ada, OK (feat. Patty Griffin)” from Saint Monday (Michael Fracasso 2011) N —From Michael's great new cd of all originals, and how can you go wrong dueting with Patty Griffith. A strong top 10 canidate on Songwriters Showcase best of 2011.Buy it!
Chuck Brodsky “The Phenom” from Subtotal Eclipse (Chuck Brodsky Records 2011) N —Nobody writes baseball songs like Chuck, this one is based on Washington National Phenom, Stephen Strasburg, produced by Nova Scotia's multi-instrumentalist wiz, J.P. Cormier.Buy it!
Steve Key “Shoeless Joe Jackson” from Record Time: Recorded Live in Concert (Local Folkel 1992) —Another true baseball story, about the tragic "Shoeless Joe" from a songwriter showcase favorite, who seems to be missing in action lately, where are you Steve Key ?? Last cd was "House Blend" in 2003.Buy it!
David Olney and John Hadley “The Gas House Gang” from 'Ol Diz: A Musical Baseball Story (Deadbeet 2005) —Ben Jones (Cooter on "Dukes of Hazard") wrote a play about the life of Dizzy Dean, he asked David Olney & John Hadley to do the music, a wise choice. David released the songs in a limited edition cd, check his website. Hoping to see the musical live.Buy it!
Peter Cooper “715 (For Hank Aaron)” from Mission Door (Red Beet Records 2008) —Peter with a wonderful ode to his boyhood hero and everything he went through while chasing the Babe. Peter Cooper will be with Eric Brace (Last Train Home) at the Focal Point in Maplewood on Friday, October 21. Springfield, IL's Ben & Kari Bedford open.Buy it!
Robert Earl Keen “The Road Goes On and On” from Ready For Confetti (Lost Highway 2011) N —Robert with a fine new cd and his wonderful, longtime band, touring all over the midwest this month to support it, but NO St.Louis, Chicago 9/8, K.C. 9/13, Columbia, Mo. 9/14 also dates in Indiana, Arkansas, TN. Where are you St.Louis ???Buy it!
Fred Eaglesmith “York Road” from The Official Bootleg Series Volume One (Lonesome Day www.lonesomeday.com 2002) —Fred will return to Off Broadway Sunday, October 30 with the "Fabulous Ginn Sisters" who will open and have become regular members of Fred's band, you need to experience Fred live.Buy it!
The V-roys “Mary” from All About Town (E2 1998) —Dicovered by Steve Earl and Ray Kennedy the short lived (2 studio & 1 Live cds) collaberation between singer/songwriters Mic Harrison and Scott Miller, if you haven't already check out the the great music they left us.Buy it!
Catie Curtis “Let It Last” from Stretch Limousine on Fire (Compass Records 2011) N —A set from Allen, who hosts Bittersweet Melody Wednesdays from 5-7AM. Starting with a new one from Catie, a longtime songwriter showcase contributor.Buy it!
Bottle Rockets “Lucky Break” from Not So Loud (Bloodshot www.bloodshotrecords.com 2011) N L —From the new live album recorded at the Lucas School House prior to its unfortunate closing.Buy it!
Robert Ellis “Comin' Home” from Photographs (WM Australia 2013) N —From his debut, more new music that I really need to check out very soon.Buy it!
David Wax Museum “Born With A Broken Heart” from Everything Is Saved (self-released 2010) N —A set from Allen who will be filling in on my show next week. Tune in for a slice of Bittersweet Melody on Songwriter's Showcase next week. Thanks for a great set, and thanks in advance for what I know will be a great show next week, tune in at 10.Buy it!
The Departed “Long Way to Nowhere” from This Is Indian Land (Underground Sound www.thedepartedmusic.com/ 2011) N R —A request for Cody Canada with his new band after many years with Cross Canadian Ragwood, I missed them at the Old Rock House, won't miss them the next time.Buy it!
Butch Hancock “Firewater (Seeks Its Own Level)” from Own & Own (Sugar Hill Records ww.sugarhillrecords.com 1989) —Butch will be in town at a sold out Ranch House concert on Friday, Sept 9, he'll be at Knuckleheads in Kansas City the night before 9/8 and at the Bar-B-Que fest in Columbia, Missouri on Saturday 9/10 joined by the rest of the legendary Flatlanders.Buy it!
Owen Temple “Mountain Home” (El Paisano 2011) N —Texas songwriter with a great new released produced by Gabe Rhodes, Adam Carroll plays and co-writes as does Gordy Quist (Band Of Heathens) Charlie Sexton, Bukka Allen and many others also join in.Buy it!
Eilen Jewell “Santa Fe” from Queen of the Minor Key (Signature Sounds Recording Company 2011) N —Eilen Jewell with her band the Dirt Daubers will be playing a late show at Off Broadway on Wed, Sept 14, haven't seen her live yet, but I've heard nothing but rave reviews, hope to catch the show on Wednesday.Buy it!
Tom Russell “A Hard Rain's Gonna Fall (w/Lucinda Williams)” from Mesabi (Shout Factory www.shoutfactory.com 2011) N —Thanks for listening, Lucinda joins Tom on this Dylan classic. Lucinda will be at the Pageant on October 12 and I'll see you in a couple of weeks.Buy it!
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