First broadcast March 7, 2008

A Birthday, Two New Releases and Touring Artists

10 p.m. to Midnight Host: Steve Winters

I followed up last week’s celebration of the 85th birthday of Doc Watson with yet another cake with a lit candle to mark the 70th birthday of famed guitarist Norman Blake. He’s another artist whose virtuosic musicianship influenced two generations of pickers. The show also featured new releases from two long-time favorite artists — songwriter extraordinaire Jack Hardy and Joel Mabus, one of the Midwest’s finest. Rounding out the party were selections from albums by Notorious (Larry Ungar & Eden MacAdam-Somer) and Spook Handy, both of whom have concerts in the nearby environs this weekend.

  • Artist, "Title", Album, Label

  • Norman Blake, “Hand Me Down My Walking Cane”, “Under the Double Eagle”, “Slow Train Through Georgia”, Whiskey Before Breakfast, Rounder

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  • Norman Blake, “Arkansas Traveler”, “The Girl I Left In Sunny Tennessee”, “Macon Rag”, Whiskey Before Breakfast, Rounder

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  • Jack Hardy, “Uley Mill Song”, “The Dust Of Africa”, “In Memory Of Federico Garcia Lorca”, Noir, Great Divide Records

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  • Jack Hardy, “Empires”, St. Clare:, Noir, Great Divide Records

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  • Notorious, “Iowa City/Springfield Girls”, “Last Chance”, “The New Railroad”, “Sittin’ On Top Of The World”, Notorious, Black Socks

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  • Joel Mabus, “Duct Tape Blues”, “Hopelessly Midwestern”, Retold, Fossil

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  • Spook Handy, “Waist Deep In The Big Muddy”, “Your Flag Decal Won’t Get You Into Heaven Anymore”, Whatcha Gonna Do?, Akashic Records