Catamount Community Radio - January 19, 2020

Back in the eighties, when I was a student at Michigan State, I used to go on dates with Nilofer Chapkhanawalla to a movie theater called The Odéon, in the Frandor shopping center, right on the line between Lansing and East Lansing. It was the place to go if you wanted to see independent films or foreign flicks rather than the usual Hollywood saccharine schmaltz. It was run by one of the guys who also ran Flat, Black and Circular, a used record store in East Lansing where I spent a helluva lot of time and money. With time I acquired, thanks to that place, a pretty impressive record collection, but one day I decided to trade it to my brother for a hollow-body electric guitar… Anyhow, before the movies started, they would have these slide shows of “artistic” photos: rotting leaves, graffiti, dumpsters, railroad tracks, etc. I mocked them then, but I realize now that … I’m the dude with the gray hair who I takes pictures of sidewalks, telephone poles, and reflections in mud puddles. Catamount Community Radio is like that: if you squint your eyes and use your imagination, it’s artistic, sort of.

You might have a favorite coffee cup. Don’t be ashamed if it’s the one with the smiling teddy bear that says, “Good morning, Sunshine!” Just fill it to the brim with muscatel and settle in for two hours of freeform radio. There was no show last week, because a big storm knocked over a tree, which in turn cut off the wires to the transmitter, but 90.5 (also now at 95.3) is back on the air. 10-12 Sunday morning on the FM radio and streamlining at


Dandy & Jeff tie for the cover contest crown today. There are enough imaginary crowns to go around.

1. Nat Cole covers Cole Porter ("Just One of those things") Nat King Cole Porter

2. Nick Lowe covers "True Love travels on a Gravel Road," a tune popularized by Elvis Presley

3. "The Locomotion" Michigan's own Grand Funk Railroad covering Little Eva

4. Noel Pointer covers Stevie Wonder's "Living for the City"


1. David Murray – Dedication
2. Bob Marley – Lively Up Yourself
3. Helen Reddy – I am Woman
4. Funkadelic – One Nation Under a Groove
5. Nat Cole – Just One of those Things
6. Tomatito – Al tío Juan Habichuela
7. The Eurythmics w/ Aretha Fanlkin – Sisters Are Doing it for Themsleves
8. Nick Love – True LoveTravels on a Gravel Road
9. Charlie Parker – Out of Nowhere
10. Raubén Blades – Ligia Elena
11. Omer Avital – Tsafdina
12. Steven Bernstein – Hit the Road
13. Bright Light Quartet – Christian Automobile
14. Serge Gainsbourg – Ford Mustang
15. Loretta Lynn – These Boots are Made for Walkin’
16. Tony Schwartz – Nuyoricans
17. Martina McBride – This One’s for the Girls
18. Nat Cole – L-O-V-E (Japanese version)
19. Neville Marcano – War
20. Grand Funk Railroad – The Locomotion
21. Rahsaan Roland Kirk – Daydream
22. Mavis Staples – We Shall Not be Moved
23. Gene Ammons – I Sold my Heart to the Junkman
24. The Prisionaires – Just Walkin’ in the Rain
25. Elvis Costello – Little Triggers
26. Noel Pointer – Livin’ for the City
27. Larry Goldings – The Wedding


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Suppose I were to play Nat Cole doing “I Get a Kick out of You.” That would be Nat King Cole Porter. Or if a CNN anchor read aloud a Scandinavian fairy tale, “Hans Christian Anderson Cooper.” I do too many crossword puzzles.

I got started on a new tune last night, 32 bars, AABA, key of Eb. Then I started thinking, “this sounds familiar. I wonder if somebody else already wrote it?" That would be plagiarism, or at least intertextuality. But in the Middle Ages, originality was frowned upon, so creative authors had to do things like invent Latin sources for their material, and pretend it wasn’t original.

Anyway, tune your radio to 90.5 FM or browse on over to to check out Catamount Community Radio, 10-12 Sunday morning. The usual radiophonic tomfoolery. Nothing original about it … All my ideas come from that Latin classic In tractandis via radiophonica ars autem stultitiam, written by Marconius the Elder.

Jeff takes the imaginary cardboard crown this week, with Steve in second and Mary Ellen and Dandy tying for third.

1. "Heroes"
a) by David Bowie
b) covered by Motörhead

2. "Bubbles in my Beer"
a) associated with Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys
b) covered by Willie Nelson

3. "Mercy, Mercy, Mercy"
a) written by Joe Zawinul
b) of the Cannonball Adderley group

4. "Tomorrow is a Long Place"
a) written by Bob Dylan
b) covered by Nickel Creek


1. Bobby Watson – Lemoncello
2. Manu Chau – Je ne t’aime plus
3. Bob Marley – Lively Up Yourself (dub version)
4. Charlie Parker – She Rote
5. Johnny Cash – Ring of Fire
6. Motörhead – Heroes
7. Johnny Griffin – The Londonderry Air
8. Earth, Wind & Fire – Shining Star
9. Rubén Blades – Todos vuelven
10. Willie Nelson – Bubbles in my Beer
11. Herb Alpert – Green Peppers
12. Professor Longhair – Big Chief
13. Al Hirt – Java
14. Aretha Franklin – I Say a Little Prayer
15. Jay McShann – I’ll See You in my Dreams
16. World Saxophone Quartet – Requiem for Julius
17. Junior Parker – Mystery Train
18. Johnny Cash – Hey Porter
19. Jerry Lee Lewis – Break Up
20. Ben Tankard – Mercy, Mercy, Mercy
21. Ziad Zahram – My Country
22. Clifford Brown & Max Roach – The Scene is Clean
23. Smokey Robinson & the Miracles – Ooo, Baby Baby
24. Blossom Dearie – Chez moi
25. Nickel Creek – Tomorrow is a Long Time
26. Bill Charlap – A Sleepin’ Bee
27. Machito – Congo Mulence
28. World Saxophone Quaartet – Amazing Grace, Pt. 1

Catamount Community Radio - December 29, 2019

In the predigital age, collecting records and collecting texts meant dealing with mass, volume and weight. But now, your hard drive (or the “cloud”) weighs the same if it has 14,000 songs and 10,000 pages of text as it does with 14 songs and ten pages of text. So, no matter how bad your writing is, you need never delete it. That’s why I never deleted that that truly bad poem I wrote about New Year’s resolutions (which I believe in, even though I lack the will power to follow through …. As Oscar Wilde probably said, “I can resist anything except temptation”).

However, for some reason, I still record my radio show on cassette tapes. What kind of a dinosaur am I, anyway? I have boxes of cassettes in my closet. I even use each cassette twice, I record the show, listen to it once, then tape over it the next Sunday. But what to do with all those boxes?

It’s not your problem, just tune in to Catamount Community Radio, Sunday morning 10-12 and enjoy the magic and the madness. 90.5 FM and streaming from Cullowhee to Cherokee, from Kalamazoo to Katmandu at


Mary Ellen repeats as cover contest champion. Steve at her heels and Dandy in third.

1. "Can't Take my Eyes off You"
a) originally a hit by Frankie Valli
b) covered by Nancy Wilson

2. Ben Riley plays "Shuffle Boil" who composed it? - Thelonious Monk

3. Another version of "Take Can't my Eyes Off You" by Lauryn Hill

4. Terrence Blanchard plays a famous number by Ernest Lecuona, titled "Siboney"


1. Lennie Tristano – Ghost of a Chance
2. Joni Mitchell – Barangrill
3. Prince Laasha – Red’s Mood
4. Mahalia Jackson – Down by the Riverside
5. Frankie Valli – Can’t Take my Eyes off You
6. Nancy Wilson – Can’t Take my Eyes off You
7. Gene Ammons – A House is not a Home
8. Al Green – Hot Wire
9. Marcus Belgrave – Glue Fingers
10. Ben Riley – Shuffle Boil
11. Giorgio Conte – Cannelloni
12. Sarah Vaughan – Mean to Me
13. Ahmad Jamal – We Live in To Different Worlds
14. Nick Lowe – Checkout Time
15. Duke Ellington & Mahalia Jackson – Come Sunday
16. Raymond Scott – The Penguin
17. Tower of Power – What is Hip?
18. Lauryn Hill – Can’t Take my Eyes off You
19. Esbjörn Svensson – 4 a.m.
20. Nico – Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams
21. Sarah Vaughan – Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams
22. Poncho Sánchez & Terrence Blaanchard – Siboney
23. Melissa Aldana – I’ll be Seeing you
24. Say McShann – Sepai Bounce
25. Mahalia Jackson – I’m Gonna Live the Life I Sing About in my Song

Catamount Community Radio - December 22, 2019

Some people seem to always walk with a sense of purpose, as if they had things to do, people to meet, and places to go. Click, click, click go their heels if they happen to be wearing them. That’s not us here at Catamount Community Radio. We might occasionally have a slight glide in our stride but it would be an exaggeration to say we had pep in our step. We stroll, we meander, maybe stop to notice how the wet sidewalk looks like an abstract painting.

Tune in. Sunday morning 10-12 at 90.5 on your FM dial and streamlining at We’ll have the jazz, the shenanigans, and I’ll be bringing the cover contest back today.


Mary Ellen wins the cover contest, edging Steve and Dandy

1. Alex Chilton plays Tom Waits

2. Bird plays Cole Porter's "Begin the Beguine"

3. Roberta Flack covers Lennon/McCartney, "If I Fell"

4. "Jitterbug Waltz," by Thomas "Fats" Waller


1. Bill Evans – Turn out the Stars
2. Jason Moran – Jitterbug Waltz
3. Nick Lowe – Rise Up, Shepherd
4. Charlie Parker – Just Friends
5. Alex Chilton – Downtown
6. John Coltrane – Like Someone in Love
7. Ray Charles – Undecided
8. Sade – All About our Love
9. Miharu Koshi – L’absinthe
10. Charlie Parker – Begin the Beguine
11. Ike Turner – Rocket 88
12. Art Tatum & Ben Webster – My Ideal
13. Matt Wilson – Paper 2
14. Rubén Blades – Jiri son bali
15. Jason Moran – Two Sleepy People
16. Benny Green – Way ‘Cross Town
17. Roberta Flack – If I Fell
18. Jason Moran – A Handful of Keys
19. Feist – Please be Patient
20. James Booker – Come in my House
21. Aníbal Troilo – Inspiración
22. Ike Turner – Funky Mule
23. Marcus Roberts – Jitterbug Waltz
24. Charlie Parker – Moose the Mooch
25. Charlie Parker – Blues for Alice
26. Bootsy Collins – Jingle Belz
27. Duke Ellington - Melancholia


Catamount Community Radio - December 15, 2019

Jim Dandy once casually tossed off the opinion that I was “too cool for school.” Obviously, Alice Cooper had gotten into his head. Yesterday was graduation day, and it had me thinking about school. Basically, I’ve been in school my whole life. When people say school is not the “real world,” I think to myself, “you’re a jackass, and put your phone away.”

But school is not for everyone, and that’s OK. Students graduate and move on. New ones come along. But I remain.

So, to make a short story long, just fill up your commemorative New Orleans coffee mug with some muscatel, for it’s time for Catamount Community Radio. We’ll listen to some jazz; we’ll salute teachers and students everywhere, we’ll wish the graduates all the success in the world, and finally, we’ll tune our radios to 90.5 FM, or listen to the internet stream at 10-12 Sunday morning.


No time to prepare a cover contest yesterday … so we'll just have to wait till next time.


1. John Lewis – December, Remember
2. Bill Frisell – Baja
3. Nick Lowe – A Dollar Short of Happy
4. Ben Webster – King’s Riff
5. Ella Fitzgerald – I Didn’t Know What Time it Was
6. Chet Baker – Winter Wonderland
7. Arsenio Rodríguez – Bruca maniguá
8. Nancy Wilson & Cannonball Adderley – Never Will I Marry
9. Feddie King – Christmas Tears
10. Jason Moran – Lulu’s Back in Town
11. Susie Arioli – Here’s to the Losers
12. Coleman Hawkins – Under Paris Skies
13. Gipsy Kings – Nuages
14. Abdullah Ibrahim – Whoza Mtwana
15. Lord Creator – Paint Up, Clean Up Time
16. Charlie Parker – The Hymn
17. Charlie Parker – White Christmas
18. Ornette Coleman – Law Years (fragment)
19. Nick Lowe – I Wish it could be Christmas Every Day
20. James P. Johnson – Snowy Morning Blues
21. Orquesta Sonora la Habana – Bruca Maniguá
22. New York Dolls – Maimed Happiness
23. Phineas Newborn, Jr. – Barbados
24. Cornelius – Brazil
25. Pearl Bailey – A Five-pound Box of Money
26. Sonny Rollins – Ev’ry Time We Say Good-bye
27. Fontella Bass – I’m Leaving the Choice to You
28. Orrin Evans – The Sound of Philadelphia
29. Nick Lowe – Christmas at the Airport
30. Duke Ellington – Blue Serge
31. Bebo Valdés – Tres lindas cubanas
32. James Brown – Mother Popcorn, Pt. 2
33. Futuristic Ensemble – Davenport Blues

Catamount Community Radio - December 8, 2019

In the small town of Cullowhee, North Carolina, nestled in the Great Smoky Mountains, we have been doing radio since 1999. Our philosophy is simple: just do a great radio show for everyone to enjoy.

This medium-bodied, zesty gem of a show is everything radio should be. It has the bright aromas of burning rubber and late-night jazz clubs, yet with a clean, crisp finish. Pairs well with rainy mornings, great friends, and even that muscatel you've got baking in the oven.

GOVERNMENT WARNING: According to the Surgeon General, women should listen to Catamount Community Radio during pregnancy so that the kid comes out with impeccable musical tastes. However, operating heavy machinery or driving while listening to CCR is discouraged, as you may lose your equilibrium when Charlie Parker starts blowing.


When Sunday morning rolls around, we denizens of CCR tune our radios to 90.5 FM or point our internet browsers at 10:00-12:00 on the east coast.


Steve repeats as cover contest champion, with Dandy in second.

1. Lonnie Smith, on the organ, plays
a) "Spinning Wheel" by
b) Blood, Sweat, and Tears

2. Vince Guardali (the guy who played those Peanuts tunes) plays
a) The Christmas Song, by
b) Mel Tormé

3. "Brown Eyed Handsome Man"
a) covered by Nina Simone
b) written by Chuck Berry

4. "Old Toy Trains"
a) Nick Lowe covers
b) Roger Miller


1. Bill Frisell - Imagine
2. Miriam Makeba - Pata Pata
3. Serge Charloff - The Goof and I
4. Bob Marley - Small Axe
5. Lonnie Smith - Spinning Wheel
6. Blind Boys of Alabama - People Get Ready
7. Chuck Berry - Run Run Rudolph
8. Diz & Bird - Dizzy Atmosphere
9. Al Green - Talk to Me
10. Vince Guaraldi Trio - The Christmas Song
11. Art Brut - Alcoholics Unanimous
12. Roy Hargrove - Strasbourg / St. Denis
13. Jo Privat - Joseph, Joseph
14. James Brown - Santa Claus, Go Straight to the Ghetto
15. Wynton Kelly -Come Rain or Come Shine
16. Glen Campbell - Adiós
17. Lloyd Glenn - Sleigh Ride
18. Enzo Enzo - Juste quelqu'un de bien
19. Stacey Kent - Ces petits riens
20.Nina Simone - Brown Eyed Handsome Man
21. Matt Wilson - I'll be Home for Christmas
22. Roger Miller - Am I All Alone (or is it only me)?
23. Ian Dury - Razzle in my Pocket
24. Charlie Parker w/ Machito - Mango Mangue
25. Christopher Guest - Kung Fu Christmas
26. Link Wray - Switchblade
27. Nick Lowe - Old Toy Trains
28. Art Pepper - Bernie's Tune
29. Dave Holland - Billows of Rhythm
30. Lortta Lynn - Blue Christmas
31. Marc Ribot - Happiness is a Warm Gun

Catamount Community Radio - December 1, 2019

Wars are almost inevitably failures. Real wars, with guns and bombs and stuff, very seldomly achieve their objectives ... and mainly just cause death, suffering, environmental degradation and chaos. They waste resources that almost certainly could be used better in other ways. The soft wars are equally futile. The War on Drugs. How's that workin' out? And then there's the War on Christmas, which seems to be failing miserably. It's only the first of December and for days the Christmas music has been piping through the grocery stores. All the cars on the road have Fraser firs strapped to the roof, and some even have little Rudolph noses attached to the grill and antlers above the windows. Soon people will be strolling around in those Santa hats, only half ironically. If you really want to do away with something, learn to be indifferent to it.

Here at Catamount Community Radio we are declaring a War on Jazz. Down with improvisation! Down with self-indulgent saxophone noodling! Down with berets, goatees and jive talk! Down with the flatted fifth ... and the augmented, diminished, sus major/minor +13/11. nobody has enough fingers for that mess anyway.

Tune in to Catamount Community Radio for a program of Percy Faith, Mitch Miller, Doris Day and Pat Boone. It can be heard Sunday morning 10-12 at 90.5 on the FM dial and it streams, from Bangor all the way to Maine at

Steve wins the cover contest this week, with Dandy in second and Mary Ellen, third.

1. Ensemble Ambrosias plays one. Who wrote it? - Frank Zappa

2. "It Makes no Difference Now"
a) first cover by? - Ray Charles
b) second cover by? - Merle Haggard
c) composed in which decade? - the 1930s.

3. CCS plays Led Zep's "Whole Lotta Love." On which album did that tune originally appear - Led Zeppelin II

4. "Everything I Own"
a) whose tune? - Bread's
b) who is covering? - Ken Boothe


1. Sonny Rollins - How Are Things in Glocca Mora?
2. Sly & the Family Stone - Thankful and Thoughtful
3. Kenny Burrell - Girl Talk
4. ZZ Top - I Thank You
5. Ensemble Ambrosious - Big Swifty
6. The "5" Royales - Monkey Hips and Rice
7. Duke Ellington - Braggin' in Brass
8. Sonny Rollins - Alfie's Theme Differently
9. Dido -Thank You
10. Ray Charles - It Makes no Difference Now
11. Merle Haggard - It Makes no Difference now
12. Ska P - Juan sin tierra
13. Art Pepper - Mambo de la pinta
14. Shirley Horn - Love for Sale
15. William Bell - Every Day Will Belike a Holiday
16. Sonny Rollins - Blue 'n' Boogie
17. Hall and Oates - Thank You for
18. Kraftwerk - Pocket Calculator
19. Sonny Rollins & Ben Sidran - On the Bridge
20. Sonny Rollins - Rock-a-bye Baby (with a Dixie Melody)
21. CCS - Whole Lotta Love
22. William DeVaughan - Be Thankful for What You Got
23. Lee Morgan - Since I Fell for You
24. Ken Boothe - Everything I Own
25. Duke Ellington - East St. Louis Toodle Oo
26. Nick Lowe - Between Dark and Dawn
27. The Li'l Band o' Gold (feat. ) - Dreamer
28. Sonny Rollins - Just in Time


Catamount Community Radio - November 24, 2019

I had a couple of unexpected guests today, radio broadcasting students Jordan and Bryson… I put them on the mic, I think they were just expecting to observe me, rather than participate. I think they needed to observe a live show for a COMM class, but it worked out. Freeform radio … Anything can and will happen. Jordan has an interesting history: she was in pageants from a young age, and was in a reality TV show. She is currently president of a sorority here at WCU. Bryson has a podcast called "Being Black at a PWI." PWI is "Predominately White Institution." He also plays centerfield for WCU's baseball team. We had some good conversations.

Anyway, the blurb:

"Prince notoriously said that there is joy in repetition. Think of almost any Parliament/Funkadelic tune or simply my radio schtick. If you want that stuff to be funky then it needs to be repetitive. But repetitive with slight variations. You hit the big ONE, and you've got two, three and four to just kinda funk it up. Bootsy dixit. Granted, there is always the danger that it gets stale ... I can easily imagine my listeners muttering to themselves, "Oh, there he goes again with that bottle-of-muscatel-in-the-oven nonsense ... the next thing you know he's going to be talking about his Django Reinhardt records, and if we want to go up to his apartment to see his etchings" (which are not under glass).

One of my things is rain, and it goes like this: rainy days and Sundays don't get Jim Dandy or me down, because a rainy day is just as beautiful as a sunny day, or even more so. If the day is sunny and crisp, you almost feel the obligation to put on your lederhosen, go outside, throw a frisbee around, have a picnic or something. But if it's a rainy day, you can stay inside, guilt free, curl up on the davenport with a coffee mug full of you-know-what and listen to Catamount Community Radio. When the show is over, you can immerse yourself in novel-reading, crossword puzzles, yoga, or some other self-indulgent pleasure.

Today the forecast is for it to be partly cloudy, which means that it will also be partly sunny: partly melancholic, partly euphoric. Catamount Community radio will be comfortably predictable: jazz improvisations, Nick Lowe, Ellingtonia. There may be little surprises, scattered about like paprika on your fried potatoes.

Tune your wireless to 90.5 FM or listen on the internet at 10-12, Sunday morning on the Eastern seaboard, an hour earlier in Alabama, and six hours later in the old country."


Mary Ellen wrestles the cover contest crown away from Steve, with Dandy in second and Steve himself getting the bronze medal. Honorable mention for Jeff and Donna.

1. Tune, author, interpreter:
a) "Julia"
b) John Lennon
c) Bill Frisell

2. David Wedlock plays "Aung San Suu Kyi." Who composed it? - Wayne Shorter

3. Albert Pla - "El lado más bestia de la vida"
a) original title - "Take a Walk on the Wild Side"
b) written by - Lou Reed

4. Tune, interpreter:
a) "Blackbird"
b) Brad Mehldau


1. Funkadelic - Radio Friendly
2. Miles Davis - Seven Steps to Heaven
3. James Hunter - People Gonna Talk
4. Roland Roland Hanna - Anthropology
5. Bill Frisell - Julia
6. Nancy Wilson - Alone with my Thoughts of You
7. Charlie Parker - Thrivin' on a Riff
8. Machito - Tanga
9. Vijay Ayer - Black and Tan Fantasy
10. David Widelock - Aung San Suu Kyi
11. Chico Hamilton - Transformation
12. Julio Jaramillo - Amor profundo
13. Lester Young - Lover, Come Back to Me
14. Fontella Bass - Soon as I Touched You
15. Albert Pla - El lado más bestia de la vida
16. Anderson Paak - Put Me Thru
17. Serge Gainsbourg - New York, USA
18. Brad Mehldau - Blackbird
19. Prince - Joy in Repetition
20. Parliament - Dr. Funkenstein
21. David Murray - Let's Cool One

Catamount Community Radio - November 17, 2019

I seem to have caught that blank page thing that writers sometimes get ... what's that called? Oh yeah, writer's block. I guess it happens, even to me. But I can look out the window, and write about what I see out there. If there are no crows weighing the pros and cons of abandoned French fries, or trees flaming into the full glory of fall coloration ... Well, I can substitute ... I might just find a few items that remind me of a lost love and arrange them artfully on my desk. At that point my muse surely pays me a visit. If she doesn't, I curse her, and in her language, which is French, and there is also a theme that can be developed: ma muse m'abuse.

Catamount Community Radio. It's a very small community, maybe seven people in all. But our arms are open wide and we're always looking for new recruits to corrupt with our hedonistic musical excesses. Think about it. If you're the type who likes bebop, country & western, and Afro-Cuban jazz, who has a pair of boogie shoes in the closet and a thinking cap in the dirty clothes bin, who might rock a wig every once in a while, who has tinfoil tied to the tips of your antennae and a bottle of muscatel baking in the oven, this is the radio show for you.

It airs Sunday mornings 10-12 at 90.5 FM and streamlines on the internet at


Steve repeats as cover contest champion, with Dandy nipping at his heels.

1. Miley Cyrus covers Dylan's "You're Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go"

2. Cracker covers The Carpenters' "Rainy Days and Mondays"

3. Caetano Veloso covers Dylan's "It's Alright Ma, I'm Only Crying"

4. Marc Ribot plays "St. James Infirmary"


1. Andrew Hill - Dedication
2. Nick Lowe - I'm a Mess
3. Charlie Parker - My Heart Belongs to Daddy
4. Julia Lee - Lotus Blossom
5. John Scofield - Georgia on my Mind
6. Miley Cyrus - You're Gonna Make me Lonesome when You Go
7. Art Pepper - Imagination
8. Spearhead - Red Beans and Rice
9. Fletcher Henderson - King Porter Stomp
10. Cracker - Rainy Days and Mondays
11. Tomatito - Al tío Juan Habichuela
12. Bob Seger - Katmandu
13. Barry Harris - Hallucinations
14. Barry Harris - Blue Monk
15. Terence Blanchard & Poncho Sánchez - Harris Walk
16. Buck Owens - Before You Go
17. Conway Twitty - (Lost her Love) on our Last Date
18. Faron Young - Almost Persuaded
19. Eric Reed - Evidence
20. Caetano Veloso - It's Alright Ma (I'm only Crying)
21. Mario Bauzá - Mambo Inn
22. Suggie Otis - Destination You
23. Fontella Bass - I'm Leaving the Choice to You
24. Marc Ribot - St. James Infirmary
25. Wynton Marsalis - Big Butter and Egg Man
26. Wynton Marsalis - Quick Ate
27. Woody Guthrie - So Long, It's Been Good to Know You
28. Aki Takase - Love You Madly

Catamount Community Radio - November 10, 2019

After careful consideration, I've decided not to do the show in front of an idling helicopter. I mean, there are advantages to doing the show in front of a helicopter. For one thing, I don't have to pay attention to anything I don't want to pay attention to. I can just pretend I can't hear it. And then there's the optics. If I've got a helicopter there waiting to take me off to golf, that says I'm somebody….

But let's stop fooling ourselves. This is Catamount Community Radio, a free-form radio show broadcasting to the world from deep in the Smokey Mountains. I don't have a helicopter and I don't play golf. I play old jazz and country and western records and ride around on a bicycle.

And then there's the Who. Great concerts back in the late sixties. Roger Daltrey was charismatic. Peter Townsend, brilliant. Keith Moon, a lunatic. John Entwistle, crunchy as all get out ...."Talkin' 'bout my generation! (my generation, baby!) ..." Quintessential rock and roll. But at the end of the shows, Townsend had to smash his guitar. Pure schtick, and unnecessary. But I guess you had to put up with such foolishness if you wanted to see a Who show ("Who show" - that's almost a palindrome).

Hendrix too. Jimi, you're not off the hook. Pouring lighter fluid on the strings of your Strat and torching it ... no reason for that either. Hendrix himself probably thought it was dumb. But it was the late sixties, and what to do? Maybe it seemed appropriate given the convulsive moment in history. I think he wanted to believe that we were on the dawn of a new era, when peace and love would prevail and such nonsense as racial hatred would fade away. It was a shamanistic ritual cleansing through fire. Or maybe just show biz.

You can rest assured that I'm not going to make a big show of smashing up or torching the radio equipment of 90.5 as my show winds to a close at high noon. I'm by nature gentle, humble (really?) and opposed to violence. Tune in 10-12 Sunday morning. It's wholesome radio fun for the whole family. No gratuitous destruction; no helicopters. 90.5 on the FM dial and heard, from Tokushima to Memphysema, at


Steve wins the cover contest, with Dandy and Mary Ellen tying for second, and Jeff in fourth.

1. "High and Dry"
a) covered by Jamie Cullum
b) by Radiohead

2. "Moondance"
a) by Van Morrison
b) covered by Bobby McFerrin

3. Whose tune and what is the title?
a) Bob Marley's
b) Crazy Baldheads

4. "Crazy"
a) written by Willie Nelson
b) played by Bill Frisell


1. Charles Mingus - Solo Dancer
2. The Gordons - Bebopper
3. Count Basie - Dickie's Dream
4. Ella Fitzgerald - Solitude
5. Manu Dibango - Fleur de Marigot
6. Jamie Cullum - High and Dry
7. Art Blakey - Uptight
8. Sarah McLachlin - Ice Cream
9. Jimi Hendrix - Electric Ladyland
10. The Who - My Generation
11. Jimi Hendrix - Slow Blues
12. Bobby McFerrin - Moondance
13. Don Gibson - Give Myself a Party
14. Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth - The Creator
15. Art Pepper - You'd Be So Nice to Come Home to
16. Kalbata - Luke the Ox
17. Colin Hay - Overkill
18. Cootie Williams - Ol' Man River
19. Elvis Costello & the Roots - Walk Us Uptown
20. Elvis Costrello & Jamey Johnson - She'll be Bak
21. Monty Alexander - Crazy Baldheads
22. Mississippi John Hurt - Let the Mermaids Flirt with Me
23. The Chavelles - Red Tape
24. Melissa Aldana - I'll Be Seeing You
25. Bill Frisell - Crazy
26. Gordon Ligjtfoot - The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald
27. Raymond Scott - The Penguin
28. Ballin' the Jack - Daydream