Thursday, February 28, 2008

Grace S. Week On CAR

I recently received the following text in an email from listener Grace S.:

just wanted you to know that
thanks for doing what you do :)

I responded to Grace and asked about her favorites. She listed some and thus they will appear in the playlist with regularity beginning today! The featured players in the Grace S. playlist will be Neko Case, Whiskeytown, SCOTS, The Jayhawks, Palace & The Gourds. Great choices all.

Listen for these favorites beginning at 9:00 AM Eastern and thanks for listening.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Top 20 Tracks From Last Week

Here they are based on listener purchases, wishlists & track ratings. Peace.

1. Lucinda Williams - Words - West
2. John Prine - Some Humans Ain't Human - Fair & Square
3. Steve Earle - The Kind - Jerusalem
4. Levon Helm - False Hearted Lover Blues - Dirt Farmer
5. Blind Faith - Well All Right - Blind Faith
6. The Pistoleros - My Guardian Angel - Hang On To Nothing
7. Waylon Jennings - Cedartown, GA - The Essential
8. Willie Nelson - Keep Me From Blowing Away - Moment of Forever
9. Whiskeytown - A Song For You - Return Of The Grievous Angel - A Tribute To Gram Parsons
10. Timothy Bracken; Three-Way - Everyday Things - A Case for Case: A Tribute to the Songs of Peter Case (CD3)
11. Thad Cockrell - She Ain't No You

12. Todd Snider - Feel Like I'm Falling In Love - Peace, Love & Anarchy
13. Sunnyland Slim - Baby How Long - Bluesville

14. Steve Earle - Ellis Unit One - Sidetracks
15. Steve Earle - Breed - Sidetracks
16. Steve Earle - Harlan Man - Just an American Boy
17. Steep Canyon Rangers - Kuykendall - Lovin' Pretty Women
18. Split Lip Rayfield - Train Song - Down To The Promised Land: 5 Years Of Bloodshot Records (disc 2

19. South Austin Jug Band - Po' Boys In The Glovebox - Strange Invitation
20. Son Volt - Picking Up The Signal - Straightaways

The 2008 Sparkys

Check out Birmingham Steve's personal music awards. Click HERE for the Sparkys.

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Rhino Does The Replacements

Rhino Records is continuing its tradition of breathing new life into artists whose work has made a grand impact on music. This time the focus is on The Replacements, a band that made an incredible mark on shaping the alternative sound throughout the '80s and early '90s.

As reports, their first three albums (Sorry Ma, Forgot To Take Out the Trash, Hootenanny and Let it Be) and an EP (Stink) will be simultaneously released on April 22. If that wasn’t enough goodness to get music lovers quivering, all the albums will feature previously unreleased material.

The recordings feature all four original members of The Replacements: Chris Mars, brothers Bob and Tommy Stinson, and number 52 of Paste’s Greatest Living Songwriters, Paul Westerberg . The Replacements started out as a punk act in the vein of The Clash but grew beyond it and became one of the defining bands of early alternative music.

They went through few lineup changes and throughout their years they were as known for their music as their drunken behavior during live shows. The band eventually broke up in 1991, just as alternative was beginning to hit mainstream audiences.

Rhino also plans to re-release the band’s major label recordings Tim, Pleased To Meet Me, Don’t Tell a Soul and All Shook Down later in the year. Hopefully the releases will spawn enough attention to garner a reunion like other formally defunct alternative acts.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Azilia Radio

I ran across another great internet radio station earlier today and have been listening most of the day. Right now Merle Haggard is doing Working Man Blues and the playlist is outstanding. While I generally don't try to send my listeners away I think CAR listeners would also enjoy Azilia Radio. BR5-49 just came up in the playlist.........I told you it was good. Peace.

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Top 20 Tracks From Last Week

Here they are based on listener purchases, wishlists & track ratings. What a crazy Top 20 with Todd Snider everywhere like a fungus. A good fungus but fungi nonetheless.

1. Willie Nelson - Keep Me From Blowing Away - Moment of Forever
2. Lucinda Williams - Words - West

3. Steve Earle - Ellis Unit One - Sidetracks
4. Willie Nelson - Louisiana - Moment of Forever
5. The Windbreakers - Girl From Washington - Time Machine
6. Will Hoge - Not That Cool - Blackbird On A Lonely Wire
7. Wilco - One Hundred Years From Now - Return Of The Grievous Angel - A Tribute To Gram Parsons
8. Whiskeytown - A Song For You - Return Of The Grievous Angel - A Tribute To Gram Parsons
9. Waylon Jennings - Amanda - The Essential - Disc Two
10. Ministry - Friend of the Devil - The Bridge School Concerts Vol. 1
11. Union Springs - In My Dreams
12. Todd Snider - Stoney - Peace, Love & Anarchy
13. Todd Snider - Old Friend - Peace, Love & Anarchy
14. Todd Snider - I Will Not Go Hungry - Peace, Love & Anarchy
15. Todd Snider - Dinner Plans - Peace, Love & Anarchy
16. Todd Snider - Deja Blues - Peace, Love & Anarchy
17. Todd Snider - Cheatham Street Warehouse - Peace, Love & Anarchy
18. Todd Snider - Missing You - Peace, Love & Anarchy
19. Todd Snider - Feel Like I'm Falling In Love - Peace, Love & Anarchy
20. Sunnyland Slim - Baby How Long - Bluesville

Willie Turns 75!

Willie Nelson is the epitome of a modern-day renaissance man—the singer/songwriter, actor, author, activist, current Grammy nominee, environmentalist and, lately, conspiracy theorist, also has a wide comic streak amidst his legendary bandanna-ed braids.

In that spirit, Comedy Central has announced plans for an early-June roast of the Redheaded Stranger, who turns 75 on April 30 (and who possibly let the parbaked roast news out of the bag a bit ahead of schedule in an interview with Not that age is anything but a number to Nelson, who released his latest album, Moment of Forever, on Jan. 29, and promptly kicked off a massive tour that will cross the Atlantic and includes a stop at Bonnaroo. (Certainly, it's just a coincidence that the European leg of the tour begins April 21 in Amsterdam.)

If you can't make it out to see Willie this year, consider a brilliantly weird USB drive/bracelet pre-loaded with the show of your choice. Conversely, If studio Willie is more your style, Legacy Recordings will release a plethora of aural goodies over the course of the year, starting with a 4-disc, 100-track box set/retrospective entitled One Hell of a Ride.
This Saturday, Feb. 9, MTV will return to playing music videos long enough to debut the star-and-astronaut-studded clip for "You Don't Think I'm Funny Anymore," the second single from Moment of Forever, with cameos from Owen Wilson, Dan Rather, Jessica Simpson, Woody Harrelson and Buddha knows who else. Nelson continues traipsing across TV sets nationwide with a Valentine's Night appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and a Feb. 22 rise-n-shine spot on The Today Show.

Saturday, February 02, 2008

My Grass Is Blue (Sometimes)

I think it is about time to load up the playlist with some bluegrass music. The difference here is that it will be good bluegrass music. The artists will include GP, Gove Scrivenor, Clarence White, Bill Monroe, Porter Wagoner, June Carter Cash, The McPeak Brothers, Steve Earle, Jim Mills, Olav Larsen, The Dixie Chicks, Emmylou, Kasey Chambers and a bunch of others.

I could use a higher resolution of the Street Survivors cover if anyone out there has one.

Jakob vs. Zimmy - Verdict Still Out

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