The Songs of Bruce “U. Utah” Phillips

10 p.m. to Midnight Host: Steve Winters

As promised after listener requests on my May 30 show, when I offered an “In Memoriam” tribute to Utah Phillips, who died May 23, this show largely is devoted to the songs of Phillips, a consummate songwriter who certainly has written some of the folksongs of the future.

Wrapped around the memories of Phillips was a half-hour of music from a new CD by the splendiferous trio Red Molly, some old Rebel Records sides of early Del McCoury (as requested by listeners after our Father’s Day program) and, at the end, Andy Irvine’s stirring rendition of the Alfred Noyes’ poem, “The Highwayman,” using Loreena McKennitt’s arrangement. Irvine is offering four performances in our broadcast area this coming week.

  • Artist, "Title", Album, Label

  • Red Molly, “Wichita”, “Is The Blue Moon Still Shining?”, “The Mind Of A Soldier”, “Wayfaring Stranger”, Love And Other Tragedies, Independent


  • Del McCoury & The Dixie Pals, “With You In My Dreams”, “Springtime Of Life”, “Rain And Snow”, Classic Bluegrass, Rebel


    The Songs of Bruce Phillips

  • Fred Holstein, “The Telling Takes Me Home”, Fred Holstein: A Collection, Independent

  • Utah Phillips, “Introduction”, Starlight On The Rails, AK Press

  • Rosalie Sorrels, “Rock Salt And Nails”, Starlight On The Rails, AK Press

  • Rosalie Sorrels, “If I Could Be The Rain”, Borderline Heart, Green Linnet


  • Rosalie Sorrels, “A Clearing In The Forest”, Report >From Grimes Creek, Green Linnet

  • Kate Brislin & Jody Stecher, “Walking Through Your Town In The Snow”, “Green Rolling Hills Of West Virginia”, Heart Songs, Rounder

  • Finest Kind, “Goodnight-Loving Trail”, Lost In A Song, Fallen Angle Music

  • Earl Scruggs & Tracy Nelson, “Rock Salt And Nails”, I Saw The Light (With Some Help From My Friends), Columbia/Legacy

  • Fred Holstein, “Touch Me”, “I Remember Loving You”, Fred Holstein: A Collection, Independent

  • Ed Trickett, “Hymn Song”, Gently Down The Stream Of Time, Folk-Legacy Records


  • Andy Irvine, “The Highwayman”, Way Out Yonder, Appleseed Recordings