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Catamount Community Radio - April 18, 2010

Well, I did see Allen Toussaint on Wednesday evening in Knoxville, and it was great, but that's another entry.

Radio by the seat of my pants today, since I had absolutely no time to prepare a show. I got home last night at one in the morning, after having been stuck in traffic in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee for like two hours. I mean it took two hours to drive four or five miles from one end of town to the other. There was something going on there called a Rod Run. I'm searching for an adjective to describe it. Interesting? Terrible? Strange? Scary? None of these words capture it. People come from far and wide, I saw tags from Georgia, Mississippi, West Virginia, North Carolina, Kentucky, Alabama in the traffic jam. They put their folding chairs next to the road to watch the hot rods roll by. But it's not really a hot rod parade, but just the regular traffic with hot rods mixed in, and also pick up trucks full of teens, many flying huge confederate flags. Some of the trucks have veritable smoke stacks, I'm not talking vertical exhaust pipes, I'm talking smoke stacks. The teens have Mardi Gras beads, why, I don't know, to throw to girls who show them their boobs? They implore the hot rodders to rev their engines, and then hoot. I guess they just drive to the end of town, turn around and back again. And people just sit and watch it all. I'm befuddled by it all ... I mean I understand the interest in the classic cars, a '71 Chevy Chevelle for example



but sitting in a lawn chair, watching a traffic jam inch past? I guess they can make a family vacation out of it: the Rod Run, some go carts, a helicopter ride, some shopping at the outlet mall, the Elvis museum... Anyway, it was great to get out of there, into the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, then Cherokee, then home. If I-40 wasn't closed near the Tennessee state line due to the landslide, I would have been home by like ten or then thirty.

All this to say that I had to improvise a show today, grab some CDs and go.

Catamount Community Radio, Sunday mornings, 10-12 on the right coast, on Power 90.5.


1. Allen Toussaint – Just a Closer Walk with Thee
2. Cannonball Adderley – Bohemia After Dark
3. Duke Ellington – Echoes of Harlem
4. Professor Longhair – Cuttin’ Out
5. Stick McGee – Drinkin’ Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee
6. Jimmy McGriff – Signed, Sealed, Delivered
7. Allen Toussaint – Daydream (w’ Joshua Redman)
8. Merle Haggard – That’s the Way Love Goes
9. Amy Winehouse – Love is a Losing Game
10. Lee Dorsey – Yes, We Can
11. John Hartford – Your Tax Dollars at Work
12. Jim Jackon – I Heard the Voice of a Porkchop
13. Tom Waits – Jockey Full of Bourbon
14. Raphael Saadiq – 100 Yard Dash
15. Nickel Creek – Tomorrow is a Long Time
16. Wynton Marsalis – Fire in the Night (instrumental)
17. Marty Robbins – Don’t Worry
18. Randy Newman – Last Night I Had a Dream
19. Allen Toussaint – St. James Infirmary
20. Professor Longhair – In the Night
21. Cobb’s Mob – I Miss You, My Love
22. Prince Lasha & Sonny Simmons – Congo Call
23. Roosevelt Sykes – The Honeydripper
24. Charles Mingus – Self Portrait in 3 Colors
25. Forty Twenty – Pancakes and Beer
26. Bo Diddly – Bo’s Bounce
27. Brad Mehldau – Alfie
28. The Re-Vels – False Alarm
29. Bob Marley & the Wailers – Sugar, Sugar
30. Jimmy McGriff – Sugar, Sugar
31. Rodríguez – Hate Street Dialogue
32. Billie Holiday – When You’re Smiling
33. Amor Indio – Chivato bailarín
34. Doc Watson & Chet Atkins – Tennessee Rag / Beaumont Rag
35. Paul Anka – Smells Like Teen Spirit


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