High Country Music Radio: Roots and Americana

This week’s High Country Music Radio (1/28/2020) features the sound of traditional roots music and the old time banjo from artists no longer with us (but live on in song!) and artists, some young and some with a bit of gray, that continue playing and interpreting that music. To discover this old time music you can start with an artist and then find out who their influences were. Then keep working your way backward and, eventually, you’ll find musicians such as Dock Boggs, the Carter family or Lead Belly. That list is long. 

Tomorrow at 11:00 on High Country Music Radio KDRT 95.7FM Rusty will feature the Donut Exchange, a band recently relocated to Davis, Dock Boggs, Abigail Washburn, Tim Eriksen, Laurie Lewis and others. Thanks for listening!

Eunah's Banchan selections for January 23, 2020: Murder Ballads

What to expect on Banchan for January 23, 2020:

Henry Lee  (Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds ft. PJ Harvey) ▪ Man Down (Rihanna) ▪ Where Did You Sleep Last Night (Sleigh Bells) ▪ John Wayne Gacy, Jr. (Sufjan Stevens) ▪ Down in the Willow Garden (Billie Joe Armstrong & Norah Jones) ▪ Knoxville Girl (The Louvin Brothers) ▪ I Killed Sally's Lover (The Avett Brothers)

Streaming Jan. 23 11:30AM-noon at

Today's Banchan selections have been inspired by my recent obsession with true crime stories (found three new true crime podcasts and those have been making time FLY while I'm at work). All songs in today's playlist are based on stories of gruesome crimes.

Jazz After Dark January 21 2020

Coming up at 8 pm tonight on Jazz After Dark: Count Basie, Sonny Stitt, Ken Sykora, Bobby Hackett, The Tommy Flanagan Trio, Charlie Byrd, Les McCann & Eddie Harris, Abdullah Ibrahim & Buddy Tate, Benny Carter, Tito Puente, Clark Terry, Gabor Szabo.

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Photo, clockwise from upper left: Tommy Flanagan, Tito Puente, Ken Sykora, Bobby Hackett.

High Country Music Radio Alternative Country and Bluegrass

Tomorrow, Tuesday January 21st, High Country Music Radio will open with Rhiannon Giddens performing a beautiful a cappella cover of Pretty Bird,  a song written by coal country activist Hazel Dickens. Hazel Dickens also appears on this week's playlist performing  two of her songs. Carolina Chocolate Drops alum Dom Flemons is featured as well with a pair of songs from his post Chocolate Drops catalog.

Rusty will also feature the Lonesome Ace String Band who are performing locally this week, the Brothers Comatose, The Lowest Pair and others on High Country Music Radio at KDRT 95.7 FM.

Jazz After Dark January 14 2020

Coming up at 8 pm tonight on Jazz After Dark: Erroll Garner, Duke Ellington, Ahmad Jamal, Paul Desmond & Gerry Mulligan, Johnny Hodges, Ben Webster, Dave Brubeck, Ella Fitzgerald & Joe Pass, Joe Pass, Houston Person, Ben Paterson.

Replays Monday 11 pm, Tuesday 12 midnight, Wednesday 10 pm

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Jazz After Dark selected favorite songs from 2019

  • artist         song         album         year
  • Doris Day/Les Brown       Sentimental Journey       1944
  • Nat King Cole      Orange-Colored Sky        The Majestic      1950
  • Richard Twardzik Russ Freeman      Round Midnight       Richard Twardzik & Russ Freeman Trio      1953
  • Ken Sykora     Oh, Lady Be Good !      The Man with the Guitar       1954-73
  • Billie Holiday      I Cover the Waterfront       At Carnegie Hall      1956
  • Lou Donaldson    Grits And Gravy       Swing and Soul        1957
  • Gerry Mulligan       Four and One More       Gerry Mulligan Vol.01        1958

Bluegrass and Americana on High Country Music Radio

Tomorrow, Jan 13th, at 11:00 a.m on High Country Music Radio host Rusty Nail will warm up these cool days with songs from the award winning AJ Lee & Blue Summit, Special Consensus, The Grateful Dead, Rita Hosking, Asleep at the Wheel along with other great artists. Tune in at KDRT 95.7 fm or stream on! You can listen to High Country Music Radio anytime by visiting iTunes and subscribing to the podcast. 

Adrian West Visits KDRT this Friday, Jan. 17, 2020, at 4 p.m.

Ask Adrian what kind of music The Adrian West Band  plays and he'll say "Yes." Or if he's feeling cocky, he'll say "Good."

The longer answer: original acoustic rock that sounds like Paul Simon meets Dave Matthews meets Talking Heads. The band features vocal harmonies, guitar, electric violin, bass, drums, sometimes an alto sax, and a bit of live “looping.”

Born and raised in Montreal, Adrian is an exciting performer. A gifted vocalist, he moves effortlessly between guitar & violin, sometimes using live looping to add layers of sound and intrigue to his songs. With a knack for language that's simple yet poetic, he's not afraid to tackle difficult topics in his songwriting. "Safe Streets" tells an allegory about police violence, "Close Your Eyes" laments the beauty bias that pervades the mass media, and "Senses" entreats you to appreciate your senses while you can. But Adrian doesn't take any of this stuff too seriously; his lyrics are infused with a sense of hope and a touch of whimsy.  

Adrian started playing violin at 4, and in his teens he studied classical violin at the McGill Conservatory of Music in Montreal. He later learned drums and guitar, and developed his vocal and songwriting technique. He moved to the San Francisco Bay Area in 1995, where as a sideman violinist he began supporting Bay Area bands, playing some of the area's better known venues including the Fillmore, Yoshi's SF (main stage), Slim’s, The Independent and The Sweetwater. In 2005 he formed the Adrian West Band, which has performed steadily at venues and festivals all over the Bay Area.

Check out his new album "The Human Touch"

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Folk Brothers albums of 2019

Some of Peter's favorites (in no particular order):

Judy Collins, Jonas Fjeld, and Chatham County Line/Winter Stories

Mandolin Orange/Tides Of A Teardrop

I See Hawks In LA and The Good Intentions/Hawks With Good Intentions

Daoiri Farrell/A Lifetime Of Happiness

Lankum/The Livelong Day

Christy Moore/Magic Nights

Joan Shelley/The River Loves The Sea

Show Of Hands/Battlefield Dancefloor

Andrew Marlin/Buried In A Cape

Jake Xeres Fussell/Out Of Sight

Tom Russell/October In The Railroad Earth

The Crooked Jades/Empathy Moves The Water

Kora Feder/In Sevens

Various Artists/Vision and Revision: The First 80 Years Of Topic Records

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