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Sittin’ On Top of the World

Sittin’ On Top of the World

With ‘Sittin’ On Top of the World,’ host Ryan Spearman takes a wide-ranging look at what he calls the “vernacular music of yesterday and today,” the American roots traditions that shaped everything from the blues to swing. While he is known for his unimpeachable taste, he is not afraid to throw a wildcard into his playlists – as evidenced by the inclusion of the Squirrel Nut Zippers in his 2018 Top 10 list. The band’s album, ‘Beats of Burgundy,’ is great, of course. But who else would have thought of it? 


Anna & Elizabeth / ‘The Invisible Come to Us’ / Smithsonian Folkways Recording

Dom Flemons / ‘Black Cowboys’ / Smithsonian Folkways Recording

Hazel Dickens and Alice Gerard / ‘Sing Me Back Home: The CD Tapes, 1965-1969’ / Free Dirt

Jerron Paxton / ‘Jerron Paxton’ / Jalopy 

Old Crow Medicine Show / ‘Volunteer’ / Old Crow Medicine Show / Columbia Nashville

The Old Scratch Sallies / ‘The Old Scratch Sallies’ / Jalopy

Pharis & Jason Romero / ‘Sweet Religion’ / Lula 

Squirrel Nut Zippers / ‘Beats of Burgundy’ / Southern Broadcasting

The Tillers / ‘The Tillers’ / Sofaburn

Yellow Bellied Sapsuckers / ‘Don’t Think About Tomorrow Night’ / The Yellow Bellied Sapsuckers


Listen to Sittin’ On Top of the World every Tuesday from 10 am - 12 pm. 


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