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Catamount Community Radio - March 3, 2013

The program manager this morning told me, "You don't know how good your show is." You know what? I'll take that as a compliment. I've mentioned before how I've been recording my shows on cassettes for years, and I do think that I've made some improvement over time. I sounded more wooden seven or eight years ago.

The big news this week, which you already know if you know me, is that I drove to Knoxville to see the Kid Rock show, only to find out, upon arrival at the venue, that the show was cancelled. I checked into my hotel, had my sushi, walked over to the venue and there was not a soul in sight. I thought perhaps I had mistaken the date, because Kid Rock's name was still on the marquee. I called the spousal unit on my cellular telephone, she got on the internet and found out that the Kid had the rockin' pneumonia ... and thus, my boogie woogie blues. I'm tempted to be mad at him, for partying too much and burning himself out, rather than being professional. But I'm not mad, and in fact, I look forward to seeing him one day, preferably in Knoxville. You can see my pics here.

There apparently is a new dance craze called the Harlem Shimmy. But today, I played not the Harlem Shake or the Harlem Shuffle, but rather the Huckle Buck. Hot Lips Page and Pearl Bailey have some good chemistry.

Two versions of "What a Little Moonlight Can Do." My darling Anita O'Day and then Anat Cohen on the clarinet. A natural choice given that Benny Goodman used to do the tune.

A little set centering on Hank Williams' "I'm So Lonesome I could Cry." First Hank Williams himself, then Cassandra Wilson's idiosyncratic version of the same tune (in the true spirit of jazz, the tune hardly resembles the original), then World Standard doing "Cowboys Don't Cry." I like to imagine a scenario in which Williams writes a poem, seals it in a bottle, and tosses it into the Pacific. It drifts all the way to Japan, where Hosono finds it and reads it:

Cowboys don't cry
So they tell me.
Oh, but as one that's lonesome tonight.
The love, what a shame
when she was all mine.
It's now drifting away.
Sometimes I think,
Oh my heart's touch
remembering the love
I once knew.
And then that I roam
so far from my home
there's nothing
left now to do.
Listen to me
all you cowboys,
when I die
I'm going away
where the whippoorwill stay
and bury my guitar with me.
Cowboys don't cry.
Cowboys don't cry.

Bobbie Gentry with "Ode to Billy Joe," followed up with Jill Sobule's "Where is Bobbie Gentry?"

Up in Alaska, Hollywood, or maybe in Japan
I bet that she's still beautiful, goes barefoot everywhere she can
Does she still play guitar or write a song or two?
Maybe that was over; she's got better things to do

[...]

In 1967, Bobbie made it on the Billboard charts
Then ten years later, disappeared and broke everybody's heart
Does she ever go to Choctaw?
Ever go back on that ridge?
Well, I was the baby who was thrown off the Tallahatchie Bridge

Catamount Community Radio, Sunday mornings on WWCU-FM.

1. Walter Smith III- Duke Ellington’s Sound of Love
2. Jane Monheit & Terence Blanchard– I Can’t Give You Anything but Love
3. Clark / Boland Sextet – Serenade
4. Glen Campbell – Wichita Lineman
5. Wild Bill Davis & Eddie Davis – Misty
6. Barney Bigard – Barney Goin’ Easy
7. Dionne Warwick – Don’t Go Breakin’ my Heart
8. Abdullah Ibrahim – Pule
9. Eddie Harris – Cryin’ Blues
10. Hot Lips Page & Pearl Bailey – The Huckle Buck
11. Duke Ellington – Azure
12. Joni Mitchell – Black Crow
13. Mouse on Mars – Download Sofist
14. Hank Williams – I’m so Lonesome I Could Cry
15. Cassandra Wilson – I’m so Lonesome I Could Cry
16. World Standard – Cowboys Don’t Cry
17. Art Pepper – Bernie’s Tune
18. Gene Ammons – Answer Me, My Love
19. Cal Tjader – Moanin’
20. Anita O’Day – What a Little Moonlight Can Do
21. Anat Cohen – What a Little Moonlight Can Do
22. Tom Waits – Potter’s Field
23. Nat Cole – Rose Room
24. Tribalistas – Carnalismo
25. Bobbie Gentry – Ode to Billie Joe
26. Jill Sobule – Where is Bobbie Gentry
27. Ray Charles – Undecided
28. Ella Fitzgerald – Here in my Arms
29. Quincy Jones – Theme from the Pink Panther
30. James Brown – Stone to the Bone
31. Duke Ellington – Clementine

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