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Catamount Community Radio - October 20, 2013

I came rolling into the station at the last possible moment this morning, making the screeching tire soundtrack a propos. It's a beautiful day today, a day that my mom would describe as "gorgeous." What am I doing sitting at the computer? At least I have two big-ass windows through which to observe the loveliness of the day. I almost wish it was raining.

A couple from pianist and bandleader Orrin Evans, who is somebody I've been listening to lately, mostly because I heard his band in New York.

Adrian Belew getting wild with "Elephant talk" "Dialogue, Diatribe ... These are words that start with 'd'"!!! How did the electric guitar sneak onto the show?

Charlie Parker with Jay McShann - we witnessed the liminal moment between "swing" and bebop. I hear that Stanley Crounch has just published the first volume of his biography of Chalie Parker ... I might check that out.

Ghosts .... WWCU used to broadcast from the basement of Moore Hall, which many claim is haunted, by a woman ghost, no less. There are many stories. I never met any ghosts the Sunday mornings I did shows there. Porter Wagoner, from late in his career, did a ghost song. "Be a little Quieter." I've met ghosts, but only in my dreams. I say, "hi," and the ghosts say "hi."

Jim Dandy and Mary Ellen tie on today's contest with one each. Must have been a hard one!

1. Who is Dr. John covering with "Waiting for a Train"? The answer is the yodeling brakeman himself, Jimmie Rodgers. Rodgers was country music's first superstar. I think the only reason he isn't more famous to this day is that he lived so long ago. He died (of TB) in 1933. Not always do recordings capture the richness of his voice. Another cool thing is that he would record with jazz musicians. "Blue Yodel No. 9, " for example, features Louis Armstrong. The tune we heard today in my opinion straddles the line between county and jazz, featuring both yodeling and jazz horns. Mary Ellen got it.

2. Who is Steve Earle covering with "Way Down in the Hole"? - Tom Waits. Waits' version of this would be a great tune to sample, with the tight horn section and the Marc Ribot guitar solo. And Earle does a good job with it.

3. A new angle on the cover contest: what tune is being sampled by the Poor Righteous Teachers on their "Rock this Funky Joint"? - War, "Slippin' into Darkness."

4. Who is Freddy (or Freddie) King covering with "Please Send Me Someone to Love"? This was a hard one, that I couldn't have gotten: Percy Mayfield. But besides Freddy King, look at who has covered the tune: "Luther Allison, Gene Ammons, Champion Jack Dupree, Billy Eckstine, Nancy Wilson, Bill Henderson, The Moonglows, Esther Phillips, Memphis Slim, Brook Benton, James Booker, Count Basie, Pat Boone, Elkie Brooks, Solomon Burke, Red Garland, Etta James, Gladys Knight, B. B. King ... Peggy Lee, Jimmy Witherspoon, The Animals, Sade, Grover Washington, Jr., Fiona Apple, Jeff Buckley, Dinah Washington, Jimmy Scott, Johnny Diesel and The Injectors, The Grateful Dead, Fred Neil, Joe Williams, Big Shoulders, E.G. Daily, Buddy Miller, Bill Callahan and Singaporean female artist Zhuang Xue Fang (莊雪芳) in edited Standard Chinese lyrics" (from Wikipedia). On the air I mistakenly said that Ray Charles covered it, but I was getting him mixed up with James Booker.


1. Clifford Brown – Delilah
2. Kay Starr – Wheel of Fortune
3. Orrin Evans – Blues Connotation
4. Elton John – Come Down in Time
5. Duke Ellington – Jump for Joy
6. George Cables – Tasshi’s Night Out
7. King Crimson – Elephant Talk
8. Dr. John – Waiting for a Train
9. Ernst Reijseger & Franco D’Andrea – I Love You So much It Hurts
10. Jimmie Rodgers – Waiting for a Train
11. David Weiss – Getaway
12. Jimmie Rodgers – Waiting for a Train
13. Orgone – Who Knows Who
14. Steve Earle – Way Down in the Hole
15. Walter Smith III – Blues
16. Art Tatum & Ben Webster – My Ideal
17. Maria Bethania – Folha morta
18. Adriana Calcanhotto – Justo agora
19. Poor Righteous Teachers – Rock Dis Funky Joint
20. Bill Frisell – Disfarmer Theme
21. Nick Lowe – I Read a Lot
22. Bebo Valdés – Lamento cubano
23. Jay McShann Orch. (feat. Charlie Parker) – Sepia Bounce
24. Freddy King – Please Send me Someone to Love
25. Porter Wagoner – Be a Little Quiter
26. Orrin Evans – Rockin’ Chair

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