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Recent Songs #108 :: Hey Brother!

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The Voices of East Harlem – Hey Brother
Joint Effort – Then I Grew Up
Brother’s Rap – The Revolution Will Not Be Televised
Mod Singers – I’ve Got To Space
Larry Williams – Cant Find No Substitute for Love
Willie Tee – Walking Up A One Way Street
Johnnny Hendley – My Baby Came From Outta Nowhere
Hank Levine and His Orchestra – Image Part 1
Exuma – You Can’t Always Get What You Want
Nina Simone – Rich Girl (live)

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Dime Store Radio #5

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Tom T. Hall – Homecoming
Red Sovine & Webb Pierce – Why Baby Why
Little Jimmy Dickens – I Wish You Didn’t Love Me So Much
Buck Owens – Under Your Spell
George Jones – Say It’s Not You
Jimmy Dickens – Hillbilly Fever
Stanley Brothers – Meet Me Tonight
The Louvin Brothers – The Angels Rejoiced Last Night
Maddox Brothers & Rose – Dark As A Dungeon
Porter Wagoner – Blue Moon of Kentucky
Hazel & Alice – My Better Years
Dolly Parton – Something Fishy
Kitty Wells – It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels
Norma Jean – He’s All I Got
Skeeter Davis – Gonna Get Along Without You Now
Jim Ford – Under Construction
Cowboy – Please Be With Me
John Prine – Please Don’t Bury Me
Jerry Jeff Walker – Stoney
Mickey Newbury – Leavin’ Kentucky
Willie Nelson – Buddy
Townes Van Zandt – When Your Dream Lovers Die
John Prine & Iris DeMent – In Spite of Ourselves
David Rawlings Machine – Ruby
Gillian Welch – By The Mark
Daniel Romano – Lost (For As Long As I Live)
Magnolia Electric Co. – A Song For Willie
Red Foley – When God Dips His Love In My Heart
Hank Williams – I Dreamed About Mama Last Night
Marty Robbins – They’re Hanging Me Tonight
George Jones – Something I Dreamed
Lynn Anderson – No Another Time
Loretta Lynn & Ernest Tubb – Mr. & Mrs. Used To Be
Roy Orbison – Love Hurts
Miller Sisters – There’s No Right Way To Do Me Wrong
George & Melba – We Must Have Been Out Of Our Minds
Hank Williams – I Dreamt About Mama Last Night
Merle Haggard – If I Could Be Him
International Submarine Band – Do You Know How It Feels To Be Lonesome
Johnny Cash – I Still Miss Someone
Jeannie C. Reilly – Fine Feathered Friend
George Jones – Once You’ve Had The Best
George Jones & Melba Montgomery – We Must Have Been Out of Our Minds
Skeeter Davis – Silver Threads and Golden Needles

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Recent Songs #107 :: All Tomorrow’s Parties

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The Daily Flash – The French Girl
Jacqueline Taïeb – 7 Heures Du Matin
Velvet Underground – All Tomorrow’s Parties (demo)
The Brass Ring – Monday, Monday
Claude François – J’attendrai
Michelle Shocked – Lovely Rita
West – Just Like Tom Thumb Blues
Dillard & Clark – Don’t Let Me Down
Sandy Harless – Love Song
Alain Kan – La vie en Mars

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Recent Songs #106 :: Food of Love

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Eddie Noack – Psycho
Waylon Jennings – Six White Horses
Ann Margaret – You Turned My Head Around
Eugene Church – Pretty Girls Everywhere
Peggy Lee – Sittin’ on the Dock of the Bay
The Gilberto Sextet – Please Don’t Stop
The Esso Trinidad Steel Band – Apeman
Gary U.S. Bonds – Food of Love
Deanie Parker & The Valadors – My Imaginary Guy
Wendy Rene – Crowded Park

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Dime Store Radio #4

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Dolly Parton – Muleskinner Blues
Gram Parsons – Return of the Grevious Angel
Emmylou Harris – Green Pastures
E.C. Ball – When I Get Home I’m Gonna Be Satisfied
Willie Nelson – Where The Soul Never Dies
Buck Owens – Love’s Gonna Live Here
Carl Smith – Do I Like It?
Merle Haggard – Swinging Doors
Ernest Tubb – Drivin’ Nails In My Coffin
Eddy Arnold – Mother’s Prayer
Porter Wagoner – A Satisfied Mind
Faron Young – Sweet Dreams
Goldie Hawn – I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight
George Jones & Tammy Wynette – Did You Ever?
Molly O’Day – Heaven’s Radio
Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs – Dim Lights, Thick Smoke
Hank Locklin – Please Help Me, I’m Falling
Eddie Bentley – Drift On You Bum
Hank Snow – Miller’s Cave
Johnny Cash & June Carter Cash – What A Good Thing We Had
Jim Ford – Big Mouth U.S.A.
John Prine – Paradise
Kinky Freidman – Sold American
Mickey Newbury – Let Me Sleep
Bonnie “Prince” Billy – Ohio River Boat Song
Daniel Romano – I Won’t Let It
Ryan Adams – Hard Way To Fall
Gillian Welch – One More Dollar
Dolly Parton – Help!
Buck Owens – Your Tender Loving Care
Hank Williams – Calling You
International Submarine Band – Blue Eyes
Jerry Lee Lewis – Once More With Feeling
George Jones & Tammy Wynette – Golden Ring
Hank & Audrey Williams – I Heard My Mother Praying For Me
Hank Thompson – The Wild Side of Life
Jim Ford – Love On My Brain
Gram Parsons – We’ll Sweep Out The Ashes
Emmylou Harris – Sin City

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Recent Songs #105 :: So Long, Ladies’ Man

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Palace Songs – Winter Lady
Dion – Sisters of Mercy
Johnny Cash – Bird on the Wire
Nina Simone – Suzanne
The Inner Circle – So Long, Marianne
Pearls Before Swine – Nancy
Buffy Sainte-Marie – Guess Who I Saw In Paris
John Cale – Hallelujah

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Recent Songs #104 :: I Got Life…

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Helen Velu & The Silverstones – Hot Pants
Marsha Hunt – Wild Thing
Sebastian Cabot – All I Really Want To Do
Rita Hayworth – Put The Blame On Mame
Gene Summers – Taboo
Johnny Watson – Looking Back
Bo Diddley – Lodi
The Wrong Numbers – I Found A Love
Ike & Tina Turner – He Belongs To Me
The Persuasions – Liberty
Julie Driscoll – I Got Life…

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Dime Store Radio #3

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Conway Twitty & Loretta Lynn – You’re The Reason Our Kids Are Ugly
Bonnie Owens – Number One Heel
Buck Owens – Above and Beyond
Cowboy Copas – Don’t Shake Hands With The Devil
The Flying Burrito Brothers – Sin City
Sir Douglas Quintet – At The Crossroads
Mickey Newbury – Cortelia Clark
Townes Van Zandt – Be Here To Love
Kris Kristofferson – Me & Bobby McGee
Marty Robbins – Singin’ the Blues
Jimmy & Johnny – If You Don’t Somebody Else Will
Hank Williams – Long Gone Lonesome Blues
Merle Haggard & The Strangers – In The Old Days
Connie Smith – Once A Day
Carl Perkins – Tennessee
Bonnie “Prince” Billy – New Partner
Daniel Romano – I’m Not Crying Over You
Carla Bozulich & Willie Nelson – Hands On The Wheel
Gillian Welch – Look At Miss Ohio
Merle Haggard & The Strangers – Sing Me Back Home
Roger Miller – Meanwhile Back In Abeline
George Jones – Never Been So Weary
Carl & Pearl Butler – Don’t Let Me Cross Over
Blue Sky Boys – What Does The Deep Sea Say?
Charlie Feathers – The Man In Love
Bob Fry – I’m Gonna Be Gone
Willie Nelson – Both Ends of the Candle
Townes Van Zandt – High, Low and In Between
Guy Clark – Anyhow, I Love You
Dolly Parton & Porter Wagoner – Just Someone I Used To Know
Faron Young – Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love To Town
Hank Snow – Moanin’
Bobbie Gentry – Louisiana Man
Loretta Lynn – Don’t Come Home Drinkin’
Lynn Anderson – I Wish I Was A Litte Boy Again
Jody Miller – Natural Woman
The Louvin Brothers – Are You Afraid To Die?
James O’Gwynn – One Barstool At A Time
John Hartford – In Tall Buildings
Johnny Cash & June Carter Cash – The Pine Tree

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Recent Songs #103 :: Nobody Sees Me Like You Do

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Yoko Ono – Nobody Sees Me Like You Do
Tommy Flanders – Purple and Blue
Simon Dupree & The Big Sound – What Cha Gonna Do
Mina – lo Sono Quei Che Sono
Alex Chilton – All We Ever Got From Them Was Pain
Sitting In The Park – Georgie Fame
J.K. and Co. – Fly
Roy Harper – Commune

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Recent Songs #102 :: Tomorrow Never Knows

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Jim Bartow and the Harlem Blues Consort – Away
Pierre X – Lan me Bougonne
Victoria Spivey – Brown Skin
Bob Ray – Resurection
Don Randi Trio – Tomorrow Never Knows
Dorothy Masuka – Hapo Zamani
Gary Bartz – Parted
Bermuda Strollers – Killing Me Softly
Nico Fidenco – Sandra’s Dream

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Dime Store Radio #2

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Dolly Parton & Porter Wagoner – The Last Thing On My Mind
Buck Owens – Act Naturally
Blaze Foley – Clay Pigeons
The Flying Burrito Brothers – Sing Me Back Home
Justin Tubb – I Gotta Go Get My Baby
Gram Parsons – Hickory Wind
The Louvin Brothers – The Kneeling Drunkard’s Plea
George Jones – Where The Grass Won’t Grow
The Davis Sisters – I Forgot More Than You’ll Ever Know
Bobbie Gentry – Mississippi Delta
Porter Wagoner – Howdy, Neighbor, Howdy
Dolly Parton – My Blue Tears
Sandy Posey – I’ve Been Loving You Too Long
Ray Price – Much Too Young To Die
Townes Van Zandt – I’ll Be Here In The Morning
Jerry Jeff Walker – Mississippi You’re On My Mind
Willie Nelson – Funny How Time Slips Away
Mickey Newbury – San Francisco Mabel Joy
Kris Kristofferson – If You Don’t Like Hank Williams
Hank Williams – Jambalaya
Carl Story – Why Don’t You Haul Off and Get Religion
George Jones & Tammy Wynette –Milwaukee Here I Come
The Carlisles – No Help Wanted
Conway Twitty & Loretta Lynn – Pickin’ Wild Mountain Berries
Lee Hazlewood & Nancy Sinatra – Jackson
Lois Williams – Girl Named Sam
Jimmy and Johnny – Sweet Singing Daddy
Buck Owens – Excuse Me (I Think I’ve Got A Heartache)
Area Code 615 – Hey Jude
Don Rich & The Buckaroos – The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down
Guy Clark – That Old Time Feeling
Jim Ford – Changing Colors
Iris DeMent – Let The Mystery Be
Gillian Welch – Hard Times
Marvin Rainwater – Where Do We Go From Here
Bobby Bare – 500 Miles Away From Home
The Louvin Brothers – Alabama
Roger Miller – What Are Those Things (With Big Black Wings)

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Recent Songs #101 :: I Double Double Do Love You

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Van Morrison – Everyone(live)
Louis Armstrong – Everybody’s Talkin’
Smokey And His Sister – Welcome To The Mighty East
Bobby Marchan – There Is Something On Your Mind Pt. II
The Templeton Twins – Hey Jude
Jesse Fuller – I Double Double Do Love You
Lovelace Wallace – Dreams
Richard Berry and the Dreamers – At Last
Kate Taylor – Do I Still Figure In Your Life?
Ian Matthews – These Days

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Recent Songs #100 :: Aquí llega el Sol

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Groupe Folklorique Montagnais – Tshekuan Mak Tshetutamak
Miguel Rios – Aquí llega el Sol
Michel Polnareff – La Poupee Qui Fait Non
Penguin Cafe Orchestra – The Ecstasy Of Dancing Fleas
Bibari Maeda – Futari no Hamabe
Pete Dello – It’s The Way
Verdelle Smith – Tar and Cement
The Voltage – Knock on Wood
The Montgomery Express – Gotta Make A Comeback

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Dime Store Radio #1

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Johnny Cash & June Carter Cash – Jackson
Vern & Ray – To Hell With The Land
The Flying Burrito Brothers – Christine’s Tune
Loretta Lynn – If You’re Not Gone Too Long
Mickey Newbury – Sunshine
Kris Kristofferson – Just The Other Side of Nowhere
Townes Van Zandt – My Proud Mountain
Blaze Foley – Rainbows & Ridges
Guy Clark – She Ain’t Going Nowhere
The Stanley Brothers – Will You Miss Me
George Jones – Sometimes You Just Can’t Win
Hank Williams – In My Dreams You Still Belong To Me
The Louvin Brothers – I Wish It Had Been A Dream
Hank Thompson – Down In Honky Tonk Town
Jerry Jeff Walker – I Love You
Merle Haggard – I’m A Lonesome Fugitive
The Flying Burrito Brothers – Wheels
Willie Nelson – Hands On The Wheel
Skeeter Davis – I Walk The Line
Bonnie Owens – Turn Your Radio On
Bobbie Gentry – Fancy
Melba Montgomery – He’s Gone
Dolly Parton – Games People Play
Gillian Welch – Wrecking Ball
Iris DeMent – My Life
The Louvin Brothers – The Christian Life
The Louvin Brothers – There’s a Higher Power
George Jones – The Grand Tour
Porter Wagoner – The Cold Hard Facts of Life
Harold Weakley – AX 2218
Webb Pierce – Slowly
Gram Parsons – $1,000 Wedding
John Prine – The Late John Garfield Blues
Townes Van Zandt – To Live Is To Fly
Michael Nesmith – Joanne
Doug Sahm – Give Back The Key To My Heart
Dolly Parton & Porter Wagoner – Ten Four, Over and Out
Donna Fargo – The Happiest Girl In The Whole USA
Kitty Wells – Delta Dawn

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Recent Songs #99 :: For A Spanish Guitar

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Gene Clark – For A Spanish Guitar(live)
Larry Groce – Compton
Emerson’s Old-Timey Custard-Suckin’ Band – Gettin’ Up
Randy Sharp – Country Song
Willow – Loaves & Fishes
Michael Hurley – Wildegeeses
Terry Telson – Mermaid
Bob Dylan – Knocking on Heaven’s Door(live)

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As a listener you are probably familiar with what I do with my blog and podcast. In 2011 I started putting together all-vinyl mixes of deep cuts and lost treasures, on a monthly basis, that was both a fun hobby and a great way to justify my vinyl addiction. Since then, I’ve turned it into a weekly podcast and steered the ship more towards digital finds and vinyl rips while still keeping it real by using some of my own records. I’m coming up on #100 of the Recent Songs mixes and feel like I can easily do 100 more. The things is it’s not as effortless as I wish it were. These mixes take hours to put together and publish and by supporting me you will help me to make this creative process a little more comfortable.

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Recent Songs #98 :: Hey Girl

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The Premieres – Better Off Now
Jimmy Soul – Everyobody’s Goin’ Ape
Them – Hey Girl
The Hogs – Loose Lip Sync Ship
J.C. Davis & Little Charles – Listen to the Music
The Webs – It’s So Hard to Break a Habit
The Bobbettes – Have Mercy Baby
Wilson Pickett – I’m in Love(live)
Luther Ingram & The G-Men – I Spy (For the F.B.I.)
Eddie Spencer – You’re So Good To Me
Arthur Alexander – We’re Gonna Hate Ourselves (In The Morning)

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Recent Songs #97 :: (You) Got What I Need

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Lee Moses – California Dreaming
Honeybus – I Can’t Let Maggie Go
Freddie Scott – (You) Got What I Need
B.W. Stevenson – Texas Morning
Daniel Johnston – Devil Town
Phosphorescent – Little pt. 2
Complex – Am I
Minnie Riperton – Les Fleurs
Scott Walker – Sundown

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Recent Songs #96 :: Troublesome Water

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Faron Young – Unmitigated Gall
Conway Twitty – Bad Girl
Merle Haggard – Sing a Sad Song
Dane Stinit – Dont Knock What You Dont Understand
Marvin Rainwater – Gonna Find Me A Bluebird
Charles Drake – There Goes My Baby
Billie Jo Spears – That Man
Dolly Parton – Mystery of the Mystery
Iris DeMent – Let The Mystery Be
Johnny Cash – Troublesome Waters
Loretta Lynn & Willie Nelson- Lay Me Down

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Louisiana Tales IX :: Cajun Comedown

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This month’s mix touches on a type of Louisiana music I’ve yet to focus on. Sure, I’ve featured a few songs by Johnnie Allan or Nathan Abshire here and there, but I haven’t really dedicated a mix to the rich music of Central and Southwest Louisiana. I didn’t set out to make a rowdy Cajun honky-tonk featuring two-steps and dance numbers. Instead, I wanted this mix to steadily simmer as a jambalaya of Acadian music and tradition, reminiscing and reflecting on the ideas of music, family, and celebration that flow strong through South Louisiana.

Inspirations for this mix span from The Balfa Brothers to the fiddle of Canray Fontenot and the accordion of Clifton Chenier. But not enough can be said about the true inspiration for this collection, documentarian Les Blank, whose films provide the samples that pepper this mix. Through his films, Blank captures worlds most people never get to see. He documented the trials and tribulations of making a Werner Herzog epic, delved into blues and Appalachian music, and, most interestingly, threw back the curtain from the beautifully preserved culture of the Acadians of South Louisiana. So through this collection of only a pinch of all Cajun music has to offer, I hope to present you with a worthy companion to the films of Les Blank, which should be considered required viewing to any resident of this fine state.

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Recent Songs #95 :: When Will I Be Loved?

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Gram Parsons – When Will I Be Loved?
Bob Lind – Loser
R. Dean Taylor – Indiana Wants Me
Linda Ronstadt & Lowell George – Heartache
PS22 Chorus – I’ll Be Your Mirror
Loudon Wainwright III – New Paint
Ginny Reilly – Landslide
Ian Matthews – Do I Still Figure in Your Life?
Elton John – Levon (demo)
The Bunch featuring Sandy Denny – When Will I Be Loved?

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Recent Songs #94 :: Way Back Home

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Aladdin Band – Zabadak
Rochereau & L’orcnestre African Fiesta National -Lasse Toi Aime
SE Rogie – Mother Africa
Lord Flea – Calypso Be Bop
Wells Fargo – Bwanawe
Dorothy Masuka – Hamba Notsokolo
Count Ossie & The Mystic Revelation of Rastafari – Way Back Home
Les Troubadours du Roi Baudouin – The Missa Luba

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Recent Songs #93 :: Standing in the Shadows

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The Rivals – It’s Gonna Work Out
J.J. Barnes – I Think I Found a Love
Marcia Griffiths – Don’t Let Me Down
Sir Victor Uwaifo – Osalobua Rekpama
Nancy Dupree – James Brown
Ernie K. Doe – Beating Like a Tom Tom
Lorne Greene – Oh! What A Town
Abner Jay – Depression
The 5 Royales – Standing in the Shadows
Happy & Artie Traum – Going Down The Road To See Bessie

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Recent Songs #92 :: Frisking and Wisking

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Yvonne Fair – If I Knew
Knocker Jungle – I’ve Got Time
Mary Wells – 500 Miles
Patricia Denson and The Soul Expressions – I Thought I Heard You Moan
Bo Diddley – Pills
Honeybus – Proof Enough
Eric Burdon & The Animals – Good Times
Jackie Shane – In My Tenement
Bobby McFerrin – Frisking and Wisking
Nina Simone – If You Knew/Let It Be Me

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Louisiana Tales VIII :: Louisiana Animal Farm

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Not much can be said for this one, nor does it need a hefty introduction. What we have here is a handful of Louisiana’s finest singing for, about, and because of animals. The animals come in all varieties: wild, tame, and humans who may as well be. Wild and stubborn men are given canine characteristics, baboon brains, and chicken struts.

The Meters, The Humdingers (The Showmen), Clarence “Frogman” Henry, Dave Bartholomew, and Lloyd Price ring in New Orleans soul, funk, and R&B angles of our animal expedition. Song scenarios range from zoos and animal farms to homeless frogs and wise monkeys.

Louisiana’s Dale Hawkins adds rhythm and a rockabilly slant to the story of him, his girl, and her new guy. T.K. Hulin belts out “The Monkey Song” with more soul than is allowed in Acadiana, while Jimmy Bonin brings in piano rolls and swampy sways to describe the early stages of a Louisiana love story.

To wrap things up, legendary New Orleans producer and songwriter Paul Gayten presents an early version of “They All Ask’d For You” with a roll-call that creams The Meters version and serves as the perfect closer to this mix. Because, let’s face it, if you made it to the end of this one, which I truly hope you do, it’s important that you realize one thing: they’re all still asking for you!

The Meters — They All Ask’d For You
Frankie Ford — Dog House
The Humdingers — The Owl Sees You
Clarence “Frogman” Henry — Ain’t Got No Home
Dale Hawkins — See You Soon Baboon
T.K. Hulin — The Monkey Song
Dave Bartholomew — The Monkey
The Meters — Chicken Strut
Lloyd Price — The Chicken and the Bop
Jimmy Bonin — Bow Wow Puppy Love
Paul Gayten — They All Ask For You Down at The Zoo

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Recent Songs #91 :: River In The Rain

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Link Wray – Black River Swamp
Bonnie “Prince” Billy – Ohio River Boat Song
John Fahey – Dixie Pig Bar-B-Q Blues
Beck – Rowboat
Michael Hurley & Betsy Nichols – River in the Rain
The Persuasions – Lazy River Road
Chris Darrow – The Sky Is Not Blue Today
Mickey Newbury – Let Me Sleep

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Recent Songs #90 :: Hanky Panky Nohow

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John Stammers – The Fridge (the band version)
Tiny Watkins – A Soldier’s Sad Story
Scott Walker – Duchess
Yo La Tengo – Hanky Panky Nohow
Aphex Twin – Avril 14th
Yves & Serge & Victor – Come to my House
Melanie – Someday I’ll Be A Farmer (live)
Cresa Watson – Alpine Winter
Ruth Copeland – Play With Fire

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Recent Songs #89 :: Somebody to Love

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The Impressions – Love’s Happening
The Minstrels – People Get Ready
Aretha Franklin – Let It Be
Valerie June – Somebody to Love (acoustic)
The Ovations – It’s Wonderful To Be In Love
Solomon Burke – Can’t Nobody Love You
The Persuasons – Pride (In The Name Of Love)
Maxine Brown – We Can Work It Out
Nina Simone – Ooh Child

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Recent Songs #88 :: Lookin’ for Boys

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Pin-Ups – Lookin’ For Boys
Ito Yukari – My Boy Lollipop
The Carousels – Pretty Little Thing
Olivia Newton-John – God Only Knows
Thea Tru-Tones Combo – California Dreaming
Faye Wong – Dreamlover
The Shangris Las – Remember(Walking in the Sand)
Marianne Faithful – Rosie
Sweet Inspirations – Why Am I Treated So Bad
The Dixie Cups – I’m Gonna Get You Yet
Gayle Harris – They Never Taught That In School

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Louisiana Tales VII :: The Great Louisiana Cover-Up

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This month’s mix takes the art of covering songs to a new level. Not only are many of these songs some of the greatest ever written, Louisiana artists seem to effortlessly turn them into swamp pop and creole classics. These songs serve as strong testaments to the skillful diversity of Louisiana musicians.

We start our trip with Fats Domino covering The Beatles. Through piano rolls and soulful dips, Fats owns this classic and paves the way for Clarence “Frogman” Henry to do the same with his cover of the late Don Covay’s “See Saw.”

New Orleans’ Lloyd Price belts out another soul gem, with his cover of the Motown classic “Shop Around,” before the mix explores Cajun country with Clifton Chenier doing Ray Charles, Nathan Abshire doing Joe South, Van Broussard doing James Brown, and Johnnie Allan doing Percy Sledge. Southern soul artists pay tribute to influences and contemporaries when Joe Barry, Shreveport’s Eddy Giles, and “Mr. Happy Feet” Robert Parker cover Solomon Burke, Otis Redding, and Roosevelt Jamison.

We return to Fats towards the end of the mix with yet another Beatles cover followed by Louie Armstrong moaning out the immortal words of John Lennon amidst the angelic chants of Soul Sisters. Too often, you’ll hear Otis or The Beatles covered to the point of sacrilege, but during the ’60s and early ’70s, when everyone covered everyone, it is refreshing to think that Louisiana was never the one to drop the ball.

Lovely Rita — Fats Domino
See Saw — “Clarence “Frogman” Henry
Shop Around — Lloyd Price
What’d I Say — Clifton Chenier
Games People Play — Nathan Abshire
Try Me — Van Broussard
Out of Left Field  — Johnnie Allan
That’s How Strong My Love Is — Eddy Giles
Mr. Pitiful — Robert Parker
Everybody’s Got Something To Hide Except Me And Monkey — Fats Domino
Give Peace A Chance — Louis Armstrong

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Recent Songs #87 :: Too Far Gone

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Bert Jansch – Baby Blue
Nico Gomez and His Afro Percussion Inc. – El Condor Pasa
Gal Costa – Baby
Bobby Lee – I Was Born A Loser
Hank Ballard & The Midnighters – What’s Your Name
Alton Ellis – I Can’t Stop Now
Desmond Dekker – Shing A Ling
Darondo – Didn’t I
The Seeds – Can’t Seem To Make You Mine
Neil Young – Too Far Gone

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Recent Songs #86 :: Love Is Overtaking Me

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Fotheringay – Silver Threads and Golden Needles
Big Star – Morpha Too
Judy Dyble – Both Sides Now
Arthur Russell – Love Is Overtaking Me
Chris Smither – A Short Song For Susan
Erma Franklin – Piece Of My Heart
George Jackson – Getting The Bills (But No Merchandise)
Skeeter Davis & NRBQ – Things To You
Harry Nilsson – I Will Take You There
Elyse Weinberg – Grease Paint Smile

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Recent Songs #85 :: Loud, Loud, Loud

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The Five Stairsteps – Dear Prudence
Nancy Sinatra – Lightning’s Girl
Honeybus – She Sold The Blackpool Rock
Aphrodite’s Child – Loud, Loud, Loud
Julie London – Yummy, Yummy, Yummy
Eric Burdon & War – Magic Mountain
John J. Francis – Play Mumma Play
Heron – Goodbye

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Recent Songs #84 :: Take Care Of All My Children

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Tom Waits – Take Care of All My Children
Kid Clayton – Corrine, Corrina(intro)
Ernie K-Doe – T’aint it the Truth
Jerry Jackson – Shrimp Boats
Irma Thomas – It’s Rainin’
Little Richard – Freedom Blues
Swamp Dogg – Synthetic World
Baby Dodds Trio – Salee Dame
Eddie Bo – Ta Ne Ne Na
The Prolifics – Keep On Raining Rain
Tom Waits – Grapefruit Moon (Early Version)

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Louisiana Tales VI :: When My Dreamboat Comes Home

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Much like other R&B and pop music from the ’50s and ’60s, dreams and their dreamers ruled Louisiana’s musical landscape in the mid-twentieth century. Stirring dreams, dreams triggered by emotional unrest and heartache—typically finding form in a man or woman who beguiles the singer—were the meat of these wistful songs.

This mix caters to that trend and is ushered in by the lost-love longing of teen heart-throb and Baton Rouge native, Jimmy Clanton. Later, Lloyd Price bellows about wild aspirations and heavy dreams, setting precedent for New Orleans flavor that lingers with the timeless sounds of Fats Domino, Clarence “Frogman” Henry, and Tami Lynn. Swamp Pop melodies echo in Charles Mann’s cover of Otis Redding’s “Dreams to Remember,” which plays into a closer with a slow rhythm and hypnotic spoken-and-sung verses that echo a Creole lullaby.

Imagine the men and women from last month, who sang lonesome, tear-speckled tunes about heartbreak and crying. Now imagine these are the same folks, only a month down the line. They aren’t totally recovered, but they are a little bit better. Sure, the loneliness remains but some of these dreams are downright hopeful. It can be said that one of the steps of overcoming Louisiana-style grief is “Soulful Acceptance,” and here we have just that.

Just A Dream — Jimmy Clanton
Heavy Dreams — Lloyd Price
When My Dreamboat Comes Home — Fats Domino
Living In A Dream — Kenny Tibbs and The Jokers
Lost Dreams — The Dukes
Dream Myself A Sweetheart — Clarence “Frogman” Henry
World Of Dreams — Tami Lynn
Dreams to Remember — Charles Mann
Lee’s Dream — Shirley and Lee

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Recent Songs #83 :: Please Be With Me

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Mickey Newbury – Winter Winds Blow
Vernon Wray – Sycamore Tree
Ray Stinnett – Honey Suckle Rose
Tom T. Hall – I Love
Jim Pulte – Cry, Sing & Laugh
Cowboy – Please Be With Me
Johnny Paycheck – Old Violin
The Holy Modal Rounders – Love Is the Closest Thing
Lazarus – Circuit Rider

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Recent Songs #82 :: I Shall Be Released

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Veclav Neckar – Suzanne
Nina Simone – I Shall Be Released
Michael Chapman You Say
Marie Laforet – Viens, Viens
NRBQ – Hymn No. 5
Sylvia Robbins – I Can’t Tell You
Kevin Ayers – May I
Marie Laforet – Fais-Moi L’amour Comme A Une Autre
Bridget St. John – I Don’t Know If I Can Take It

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Recent Songs #81 :: Reach Out (I’ll Be There)

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Chairmen of the Board – All We Need Is Understanding
Derrick Harriott – Reach Out (I’ll Be There)
Miriam Makeba – Hauteng
Desmond Dekker – It’s Not Easy
Mohawks – Let It Be
Marvin Gaye – I Wish I Liked You
Charles Perrywell – You’re Lonesome Now
The Four Puzzles – Especially For You
Willy DeVille – Ruler of My Heart
Sam & Dave – Sleep Good Tonight

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Recent Songs #80 :: Look In My Eyes

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Chase Webster – Moody River
Chuck Jackson – Blowin’ in the Wind
Eddie Giles – That’s How Strong My Love Is
The Premiers – Shawnee
Ena Baga – Can’t Buy Me Love
Los Iberos – Fantastic Girl
Otis Blackwell – Let Your Daddy Hold You
Big Maybelle – Old Love Never Dies
The Chantels – Look In My Eyes
The Dells – Whiter Shade of Pale

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Recent Songs #79 :: Lullabys, Legends and Lies

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Lonnie Mack – The Man In Me
Junior Parker – The Inner Light
Everly Brothers – Hard, Hard Year
Daniel Moore – May 16, 1975
Sugluk – Ajuinnarasuarsunga
Neil Young – Birds (unreleased)
Sid Selvidge – Miss The Mississippi and You
Henson Cargill – Wildflower
Leon Ashley – Laura (What’s He Got That I Ain’t Got)
Bobby Bare – Lullabys, Legends and Lies

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