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Catamount Community Radio - April 21, 2013

Yesterday I drove back to Carolina from Lexington, KY. It wasn't a bad drive. I could have almost enjoyed it, it was a nice day, but for the asshole drivers out there. So, a semi is passing me. It happens ... frequently. Some asshole with ants in his pants comes charging up from behind. He can't wait for the semi to get back into the right lane, so he's gonna pass him on the right. As he does, the semi starts moving back into the right lane, having not seen him. Suddenly the truck driver sees him and jerks back into the left lane, making his trailer shimmy. Then there was the idiot from Illinois who passed me and cut back into the right lane just two feet from my front bumper. Then he notices the state trooper sitting in the median and puts his brakes on. There were three other incidents that I could mention, but my fingers would get too tired from typing. If it wasn't for the other drivers on the road, I might actually enjoy driving.

I forgot my headphones today, no big deal, but it would have been nice to have them.

Two themes; the first, mules: Taj Mahal, with "She Caught the Katy (and left me a mule to ride)." Jimmie Rodgers, the yodeling brakeman, with "Mule Skinner Blues," and a reggae number called "Mule Train" by a certain Count Prince Miller. A word about Jimmie Rodgers. The dude died young, of TB. One of the greats of country music; as good in his way as Hank Williams was in his. Rodgers even recorded with Louis Armstrong. I have a novelty record he made with the Carter family. You get a sense of what he must have been like to hang out with. And what if his voice could have been recorded with modern recording equipment?

The second theme I borrowed from a show I listened to on WRFL in Lexington: "On my Mind." We heard Johnny Cash do "Mama, You've Been on my Mind." Then John Scofield broke out his acoustic guitar to play "Georgia on my Mind." Leaders of the New School (featuring Busta Rhymes), did "Too Much on my Mind." Finally, John Hartford, author of the tune, did "Gentle on my Mind."

Catamount Community Radio, Sunday mornings, 10-12 (ET) on WWCU-FM.


1. Jesse Van Ruller – Everything Happens to Me
2. Dave Douglas – Poses
3. Nick Lowe – House for Sale
4. Kansas City Band – I Surrender, Dear
5. Wynton Marsalis – Quick Ate
6. Charles Wright – Express Yourself
7. Taj Mahal – She Caught the Katy (and left me a mule to ride)
8. Jimmie Rodgers – Mule Skinner Blues (Blue Yodel no. 8)
9. Count Prince Miller – Mule Train
10. Fanga – Kononi
11. Frank Sinatra – There Used to be a Ballpark
12. Herbie Nichols – Lady Sings the Blues
13. Jimi Hendrix – Electric Ladyland
14. Charlie Parker – Out of Nowhere
15. Johnny Cash – Mama, You’ve Been on my Mind
16. John Scofield – Georgia on my Mind
17. Leaders of the New School – Too Much on my Mind
18. John Hartford – Gentle on my Mind
19. The Lounge Lizards – No Pain for Cakes
20. Barbara Lynn – Oh Baby (We Got a Good Thing Goin’)
21. Bob Dylan – Long and Wasted Years
22. Flatt & Scruggs – Petticoat Junction
23. Nicholas Payton – People Make the World Go Round
24. Lee “Scratch” Perry – Roast Fish and Cornbread
25. Sound Directions – Dice Game
26. Dave Holland – Conference of the Birds
27. Pharoah Sanders – Harvest Time

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