Wednesday, July 17, 2024

Stranger Songs with Mike Regenstreif – CKCU – July 23, 2024: When the Saints Go Marching In


Stranger Songs with Mike Regenstreif finds connections and develops themes in various genres. The show is broadcast on CKCU, 93.1 FM, in Ottawa on Tuesdays from 3:30 until 5 pm (Eastern time) and is also available 24/7 for on-demand streaming.

This episode of Stranger Songs was recorded and can be streamed on-demand, now or anytime, by clicking on “Listen Now” at … https://cod.ckcufm.com/programs/595/66100.html

Theme: When the Saints Go Marching In.

All of the songs on this show refer, in one way or another, to saints. Some of the songs are about specific saints. Some refer to saints in generic terms, and some refer to places named for a saint.

Bruce Springsteen & The Sessions Band- When the Saints Go Marching In
Live in Dublin (Columbia)

Darrell Scott- Saint Cecilia
Jaroso (Full Light)
Dave Carter & Tracy Grammer- Farewell to Saint Delores
Tanglewood Tree (Signature Sounds)
Nanci Griffith- Saint Teresa of Avila
Blue Roses from the Moons (Elektra)
Mary Chapin Carpenter- The Moon and St. Christopher
Sometimes Just the Sky (Lambent Light)

Dr. John with The Neville Brothers- Litanie des Saints
Goin’ Back to New Orleans (Warner Bros.)

Mike Regenstreif & David Francey (2019)

David Francey- Saints and Sinners
Torn Screen Door (Laker Music)

Jamie O’Reilly & Michael Smith- Song of Bernadette
Songs of a Catholic Childhood (J. O’Reilly Productions)
Jennifer Warnes & Leonard Cohen- Joan of Arc
Famous Blue Raincoat: The Songs of Leonard Cohen – 20th Anniversary Edition (Shout! Factory)

Jessica Rhaye & The Ramshackle Parade- I Dreamed I Saw St. Augustine
Just Like a Woman: Songs of Bob Dylan (Jessica Rhaye)
Jack Hardy- Saint Clare
Noir (Great Divide)
Katy Moffatt- St. Anthony with Broken Hands
Midnight Radio (True North)
Gretchen Peters- Saint Francis
Hello Cruel World (Scarlet Letter)

Little Miss Higgins- St. Louis Blues
Junction City (Little Miss Higgins)
Tom Russell & Mike Regenstreif (2000)

Tom Russell & The Norwegian Wind Ensemble- St. Olav’s Gate
Aztec Jazz (Frontera)
Kate & Anna McGarrigle- Complainte pour Ste-Catherine
Tell My Sister: Kate & Anna McGarrigle (Nonesuch)
Jimmy LaFave- On a Bus to St. Cloud
Favorites 1992-2001 (Music Road)
Ken Tizzard & Amelia Curran- St. John’s Waltz
A Good Dog is Lost: A Collection of Ron Hynes Songs (Booth Street)

Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers- When the Saints Go Marching In
Miss Smith to You! (Fat Note)

Next week: Remembering Happy Traum (1938-2024).

--Mike Regenstreif

Friday, July 12, 2024

Stranger Songs with Mike Regenstreif – CKCU – July 16, 2024: A Salute to Nora Guthrie


Stranger Songs with Mike Regenstreif finds connections and develops themes in various genres. The show is broadcast on CKCU, 93.1 FM, in Ottawa on Tuesdays from 3:30 until 5 pm (Eastern time) and is also available 24/7 for on-demand streaming.

This episode of Stranger Songs was recorded and can be streamed on-demand, now or anytime, by clicking on “Listen Now” at … https://cod.ckcufm.com/programs/595/66023.html

Theme: A Salute to Nora Guthrie.

Nora Guthrie & Mike Regenstreif (2017)

Nora Guthrie
Woody Guthrie’s daughter – recently announced her retirement after 33 years as President of the Woody Guthrie Foundation and Woody Guthrie Publications. Nora was also the founder of the Woody Guthrie Archive and co-founder of the Woody Guthrie Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Prior to working with the Woody Guthrie Foundation, Nora had a career as a modern dancer – following in the footsteps of her mother, Marjorie Mazia Guthrie, who had been a member of the famed Martha Graham Dance Company.

Over the past 33 years, Nora was responsible for many Woody Guthrie projects including books, films, concerts, festivals and other events, and the unearthing of thousands of previously unheard Woody Guthrie songs that existed only as lyrics in the Woody Guthrie Archive. One of Nora’s greatest accomplishments was finding the right composers to set those lyrics to music. The songs on this show are just a small sampling of Nora’s work in that regard.

Billy Bragg & Wilco- I Guess I Planted
Mermaid Avenue (Elektra)

Cole Quest & The City Pickers- Way Over Yonder in the Minor Key
Self [En] Titled (Omnivore) 
Folk Uke- California Stars
Starfucker (Folk Uke)
Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer- Birds and Ships
Postcards (Community Music)

Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion- Be No Church Tonight
The Woody Guthrie Tribute Tour: Ribbon of Highway, Endless Skyway (Ribbon of Highway, Endless Skyway)
Lucinda Williams- House of Earth
Ghosts of Highway 20 (Highway 20)

Jackson Browne & Rob Wasserman- You Know the Night
Note of Hope: A Celebration of Woody Guthrie (429)

The Klezmatics- Holy Ground
Wonder Wheel: Lyrics by Woody Guthrie (Jewish Music Group)
Lisa Gutkin- From Here On In
From Here On In (Lisa Gutkin)
The Burns Sisters- God’s Promise
Wild Bouquet (Ithaca)
Wenzel- Ninety Mile Wind 
Ticky Tock: Wenzel Sings Woody Guthrie (Conträr Musik) 

John McCutcheon- Harness Up the Day
This Land: Woody Guthrie’s America (Appalsongs)
Lucy Kaplansky- This Morning I Am Born Again
Reunion (Red House)
Joel Rafael Band- Ramblin’ Reckless Hobo
Woodyboye: Songs of Woody Guthrie (and Tales Worth Telling) Volume II (Appleseed)
The Del McCoury Band- Family Reunion
Del and Woody (McCoury Music)

Mike Regenstreif, Nora Guthrie, Kris Kristofferson & Jimmy LaFave (2007)

Jimmy LaFave- Salvation Train
Peace Town (Music Road)
Dropkick Murphys- Watchin’ the World Go By
Okemah Rising: Lyrics of Woody Guthrie (Dummy Luck Music)

Arlo Guthrie- My Peace
Here Come the Kids (Rising Son)

Next week: When the Saints Go Marching In.

--Mike Regenstreif

Tuesday, July 9, 2024

Saturday Morning with Mike Regenstreif – CKCU – Saturday July 13, 2024


Saturday Morning is an eclectic roots-oriented program on CKCU, 93.1 FM, in Ottawa on Saturday mornings from 7 until 10 am (Eastern time) and available for on-demand streaming anytime. I am one of the four rotating hosts of the Saturday Morning show. 

This episode of Saturday Morning was recorded and can be streamed on-demand, now or anytime, by clicking on “Listen Now” at … https://cod.ckcufm.com/programs/128/65969.html

Geoff Bartley- July
Interstates (Magic Crow)

Lui Collins- The Wildflower Song
The Seasons Project: Summer (Christine Lavin)
Robin Batteau- How Can You Love Me
The Seasons Project: Summer (Christine Lavin)
Tina Ross- Summers Like These
The Seasons Project: Summer (Christine Lavin)
Cosy Sheridan- Here Comes the Rain
The Seasons Project: Summer (Christine Lavin)

Kami Thompson- The Solitary Traveller
Linda Thompson: Proxy Music (StorySound)
Lynne Hanson- Just a Little Bit
Just a Poet (Lynne Hanson)
Terre Roche- The Man Who Can’t
Inner Adult (Terre Roche)
Michael Jerling- I Talk to Dead People
Halfway Home (Fool’s Hill Music)
Teresina Huxtable- First and Only Tango
Wallflowers (Philo)

Sonya Cohen & Penny Seeger Cohen- Oh, Blue
You’ve Been a Friend to Me (Smithsonian Folkways)
Sonya Cohen & Peggy Seeger- A Squirrel is a Pretty Thing
You’ve Been a Friend to Me (Smithsonian Folkways)
Sonya Cohen & Pete Seeger- When I was Most Beautiful
You’ve Been a Friend to Me (Smithsonian Folkways)
Last Forever- Hide and Seek
You’ve Been a Friend to Me (Smithsonian Folkways)
Sonya Cohen  Cramer & Elizabeth Mitchell- You’ve Been a Friend to Me
You’ve Been a Friend to Me (Smithsonian Folkways)

Tim Isberg- Better Times Ahead
Prairie Fire (Tim Isberg Music)

Lynn Miles- Night Owl
tumbleWeedyWorld (True North)
David Francey- Daughter
The Breath Between (Laker Music) 
Kathleen Edwards- Options Open
Dogs and Alcohol (Dualtone)
Ian Tamblyn- That Boxcar in Algoma
Scenes Through a Mirror (North Track)
Keith Glass Band- Can’t Blame Me
Different World (Stump)

Ruth Moody- Wanderer
Wanderer (Blue Muse/True North)
Adam Karch- My Birmingham
Some Awkward Country Ahead (Adam Karch)
Martha Wainwright- Or Nothing at All
Linda Thompson: Proxy Music (StorySound)
Ken Tizzard & Music for Goats- Barstools and Broken Hearts
The DAGG Sessions (Ken Tizzard)
Miranda Hardy- The Price of Happiness
The Price of Happiness (Great Divide)

Ian Robb & James Stephens- Charming Molly
Declining …with thanks (Fallen Angle Music)
Finest Kind- Blue Mountain
Lost in a Song (Fallen Angle Music)
Shelley Posen- The Old Songs Home
The Old Songs Home (Well Done Music)

Jubal Lee Young- Jig
Wild Birds Warble (7Bridges Entertainment)

The Roches- Hammond Song
Where Do I Come From: Selected Songs (StorySound)
Kate & Anna McGarrigle, Rufus & Martha Wainwright, Loudon Wainwright III & Chaim Tannenbaum- Schooldays
The McGarrigle Hour (Hannibal)
Waterson:Carthy- Rackabello
Common Tongue (Topic)
The Copper Family- Come Write Me Down, Ye Powers Above
The Ultimate Guide to English Folk (Arc)
Richard & Linda Thompson- For Shame of Doing Wrong
Dreams Fly Away: A History of Linda Thompson (Hannibal)
Teddy Thompson- Those Damn Roches
Linda Thompson: Proxy Music (StorySound)

Mason Daring & Jeanie Stahl- Pack Up Your Sorrows
Recordings Celebrating 50 Years of a Musical Partnership (Mason Daring & Jeanie Stahl) 
Rory Block- Like a Rolling Stone
Positively 4th Street: A Tribute to Bob Dylan (Stony Plain)

Erin Ash Sullivan- Goat on a Stone Wall
Signposts and Marks (Erin Ash Sullivan)
Enzo Garcia- I Wanna Hold You
Calicoustic (Recaredo)
Deb Seymour- Sometimes You Gotta Wear Boots
Sometimes You Gotta Wear Boots (Herkimer Productions)
Ish Theilheimer & Friends- The Wilno Chicken
The Wilno Chicken and Other Songs for My Community (Ish Theilheimer)

Leonard Cohen- Story of Isaac
Songs from a Room (Columbia/Legacy)
Art of Time Ensemble featuring Sarah Harmer- Dance Me to the End of Love
Songs of Leonard Cohen Live (Art of Time Recordings)

Two of a Kind- We Give Thanks in Hard Times
Let the Light In (Magillicutty Music)

I’ll be hosting Saturday Morning next on August 10. I also host Stranger Songs on CKCU every Tuesday from 3:30-5 pm.

--Mike Regenstreif

Wednesday, July 3, 2024

Stranger Songs with Mike Regenstreif – CKCU – July 9, 2024: Remembering Kinky Friedman


Stranger Songs with Mike Regenstreif finds connections and develops themes in various genres. The show is broadcast on CKCU, 93.1 FM, in Ottawa on Tuesdays from 3:30 until 5 pm (Eastern time) and is also available 24/7 for on-demand streaming.

This episode of Stranger Songs was recorded and can be streamed on-demand, now or anytime, by clicking on “Listen Now” at … https://cod.ckcufm.com/programs/595/65896.html

Theme: Remembering Kinky Friedman (1944-2024).

Richard Samet Friedman – or “Kinky” as he became known as a university student – was a noted singer, songwriter, novelist, essayist, occasional politician, animal rescue activist, and a larger-than-life character who died on June 27 at age 79.

Kinky Friedman at the Texas Book Fair in Austin (2013). Photo: Larry D. Moore, CC BY 4.0, Wikimedia Commons.

Kinky Friedman- Me & My Guitar
Circus of Life (Echo Hill)

Willie Nelson- Ride ‘Em Jewboy
Pearls in the Snow: The Songs of Kinky Friedman (Kinkajou)
Delbert McClinton- Autograph
Pearls in the Snow: The Songs of Kinky Friedman (Kinkajou)
Lee Roy Parnell- Nashville Casualty & Life
Pearls in the Snow: The Songs of Kinky Friedman (Kinkajou)
Kinky Friedman- Somethin’s Wrong with the Beaver
Kinky Friedman (ABC)
Asleep at the Wheel- Before All Hell Breaks Loose
Pearls in the Snow: The Songs of Kinky Friedman (Kinkajou)

Kinky Friedman- Song About You
Circus of Life (Echo Hill)

Kinky Friedman- The Ballad of Charles Whitman
Sold American (Vanguard)
The Geezinslaws- Twirl
Pearls in the Snow: The Songs of Kinky Friedman (Kinkajou)
Dwight Yoakam- Rapid City, South Dakota
Pearls in the Snow: The Songs of Kinky Friedman (Kinkajou)
Guy Clark- Wild Man from Borneo
Pearls in the Snow: The Songs of Kinky Friedman (Kinkajou)
Kinky Friedman- Top Ten Commandments
Sold American (Vanguard)

Kinky Friedman- A Dog Named Freedom
Circus of Life (Echo Hill)
Marty Stuart- Lady Yesterday
Pearls in the Snow: The Songs of Kinky Friedman (Kinkajou)
Chuck E. Weiss- Ol’ Ben Lucas
Pearls in the Snow: The Songs of Kinky Friedman (Kinkajou)
Billy Swan- When the Lord Closes the Door (He Opens a Little Window)
Pearls in the Snow: The Songs of Kinky Friedman (Kinkajou)
Kinky Friedman- Jesus in Pajamas
Circus of Life (Echo Hill)

Kinky Friedman- Circus of Life
Circus of Life (Echo Hill)
Lyle Lovett- Sold American
Pearls in the Snow: The Songs of Kinky Friedman (Kinkajou)
Tom Waits- Highway Café
Pearls in the Snow: The Songs of Kinky Friedman (Kinkajou)
Kinky Friedman- Resurrection
Resurrection (Echo Hill)

Kinky Friedman- Ride ‘Em Jewboy
Sold American (Vanguard)

Next week: A Salute to Nora Guthrie.

--Mike Regenstreif

Thursday, June 27, 2024

Stranger Songs with Mike Regenstreif – CKCU – July 2, 2024: 1964


Stranger Songs with Mike Regenstreif finds connections and develops themes in various genres. The show is broadcast on CKCU, 93.1 FM, in Ottawa on Tuesdays from 3:30 until 5 pm (Eastern time) and is also available 24/7 for on-demand streaming.

This episode of Stranger Songs was recorded and can be streamed on-demand, now or anytime, by clicking on “Listen Now” at … https://cod.ckcufm.com/programs/595/65805.html

Theme: 1964.

All the recordings on this show were first released 60 years ago in 1964.

Ian & Sylvia- Someday Soon
Northern Journey (Vanguard)

Bob Dylan- Boots of Spanish Leather
The Times They Are A-Changin’ (Columbia/Legacy)
Odetta- Paths of Victory
Odetta Sings of Many Things (RCA)
Phil Ochs- The Bells
All the News That’s Fit to Sing (Elektra)
Mike Regenstreif & Joan Baez (2003)

Joan Baez- There But for Fortune
Joan Baez/5 (Vanguard)
Mike Regenstreif & Tom Paxton (1994)

Tom Paxton- I Can’t Help But Wonder Where I’m Bound
Ramblin’ Boy (Elektra)
Judy Colins- The Last Thing on My Mind
3 & 4: The Judy Colins Concert (Wildflower)

Stan Getz & Joäo Gilberto with Astrid Gilberto- The Girl from Ipanema
Getz/Gilberto (Verve)

Mike Regenstreif & Ramblin' Jack Elliott (2010)

Ramblin’ Jack Elliott- Will the Circle Be Unbroken
Jack Elliott (Vanguard)
Doc Watson- Deep River Blues
Doc Watson (Vanguard)
The Greenbriar Boys- Ragged But Right
Ragged But Right (Vanguard)
Johnny Cash- Big River
I Walk the Line (Columbia)
Roy Orbison- Oh, Pretty Woman
The All-Time Greatest Hits of Roy Orbison (Monument)

Tom Rush- Duncan and Brady
Got a Mind to Ramble (Prestige/Folklore)
Nina Simone- Silver City Bound
Folksy Nina (Colpix)
Dave Van Ronk and The Ragtime Jug Stompers- K.C. Moan
Dave Van Ronk and The Ragtime Jug Stompers (Oldays)
The Animals- House of the Rising Sun
The Animals (ABCKO)
The Rolling Stones- Route 66
The Rolling Stones (Decca)

The Beatles- A Hard Day’s Night
A Hard Day’s Night (Parlophone)
The Hollies- Mr. Moonlight
Stay with The Hollies (Parlophone)
Gerry & The Pacemakers- Ferry Cross the Mersey
The EP Collection (See for Miles)
Peter & Gordon- A World Without Love
The EP Collection (See for Miles)

Otis Redding- Pain in My Heart
Pain in My Heart (Atco)
Vince Martin & Fred Neil- Morning Dew
Tear Down the Walls (Elektra/East West Japan)
Judy Henske- High Flying Bird
The Elektra Albums: High Flying Bird (Ace)

Simon & Garfunkel- The Sound of Silence
Wednesday Morning 3 A.M. (Columbia)

Next week: Remembering Kinky Friedman (1944-2024).

--Mike Regenstreif

Friday, June 21, 2024

Stranger Songs with Mike Regenstreif – CKCU – June 25, 2024: 50 years ago, I took over The Golem, Part 3/Songs and Conversation with Michael Jerome Browne & Mary Flower


Stranger Songs with Mike Regenstreif finds connections and develops themes in various genres. The show is broadcast on CKCU, 93.1 FM, in Ottawa on Tuesdays from 3:30 until 5 pm (Eastern time) and is also available 24/7 for on-demand streaming.

This episode of Stranger Songs was recorded and can be streamed on-demand, now or anytime, by clicking on “Listen Now” at … https://cod.ckcufm.com/programs/595/65724.html

Themes: 50 years ago, I took over The Golem, Part 3/Songs and Conversation with Michael Jerome Browne & Mary Flower

50 years ago, I took over The Golem, Part 3

Mike Regenstreif at The Golem (1987) (Montreal Gazette photo)

It was just over 50 years ago, on May 24, 1974, that I took over running The Golem, Montreal folk club. 

The Golem had been established in 1973 in the McGill Hillel building at 3460 Stanley Street by Saul Markowicz. I had done my basic training in folk club management with Chuck Baker at the Yellow Door, and had been producing concerts in Montreal at Dawson College and McGill University for about two years when Saul approached me in the spring of 1974 and asked if I’d be interested in taking over The Golem.

I actually ran The Golem twice – from 1974 until 1976 and from 1981 until 1987. The Golem was also run for about a year after my first tenure by Marc Nerenberg (who, by the way, is responsible for keeping the Yellow Door going still). The Golem was closed between 1977 and when I returned and re-opened it in 1981. And, after my second tenure, a committee including Helen Fortin and Dave Clarke of Steel Rail fame kept the Golem going until 1991.

All of the songs on this part of the show were played back in the day by artists who performed during my two tenures running the Golem.

Connie Kaldor- Wood River
Wood River (Coyote Entertainment)

The Friends of Fiddler's Green- The Golden Vanity
This Side of the Ocean (FOFG Productions)
Margaret Christl- Rattlin Roarin Willie
The Picture in My Mind (Waterbug)
Willie P. Bennett- Me and Molly
Tryin’ to Start Out Clean (Bnatural Music)
Mike Regenstreif & Steve Gillette (1994)

Steve Gillette- Darcy Farrow
Steve Gillette (Vanguard)
Jack Hardy- Potter’s Field
The Nameless One (Great Divide)
Stephen Barry Band- Poor Boy
Live (Fix it in the Mix Music)

Saul Broudy & Mike Regenstreif (1993)

Saul Broudy- Bei Mir Bist Du Sheyn
Travels with Broudy (Saul Broudy)

“50 years ago, I took over The Golem, Part 1” was heard on the May 28 edition of Stranger Songs and can be streamed at this link. https://cod.ckcufm.com/programs/595/65341.html

“50 years ago, I took over The Golem, Part w” was heard on the June 18 edition of Stranger Songs and can be streamed at this link. https://cod.ckcufm.com/programs/595/65644.html

Songs and Conversation with Michael Jerome Browne & Mary Flower


My conversation with Michael Jerome Browne and Mary Flower was recorded earlier this month on Zoom. I was in Ottawa, Michael was in Montreal and Mary was in Portland, Oregon. 

Michael Jerome Browne with John Sebastian, Happy Traum & John McColgan- Living with the Blues
Gettin’ Together (Borealis/Stony Plain)
Mary Flower- Livin’ with the Blues Again
Livin’ with the Blues Again (Little Village Foundation)

Michael Jerome Browne & Mary Flower- I’ve Got the Big River Blues
Gettin’ Together (Borealis/Stony Plain)

Michael Jerome Browne & Mary Flower with John Sebastian- Coffee Blues
Gettin’ Together (Borealis/Stony Plain)

Michael Jerome Browne & Mary Flower- Black Dog Blues
Gettin’ Together (Borealis/Stony Plain)

Michael Jerome Browne & Mary Flower- Married Man Blues
Gettin’ Together (Borealis/Stony Plain)

Michael Jerome Browne & Mary Flower- Wisecrack
Gettin’ Together (Borealis/Stony Plain)

Mary Flower- See See Rider
Livin’ with the Blues Again (Little Village Foundation)
Stephen Barry Band featuring Michael Jerome Browne- Sugar Baby
Happy Man (Bros)

MARY FLOWER- Brother, Can You Spare a Dime
Bywater Dance (Yellow Dog)

Michael and Mary will be here in Ottawa at Red Bird Live on Saturday June 29. They’re also doing a guitar workshop in Ottawa that afternoon. They’ll also be at Hugh’s Room Live in Toronto on Wednesday June 26, at Emmanuel United Church in Waterloo on Thursday June 27, and at a house concert in Morin Heights, Quebec on Monday July 1. More information and links to buy tickets at this link. https://www.michaeljeromebrowne.com/shows

Next week: 1964.

--Mike Regenstreif

Friday, June 14, 2024

Stranger Songs with Mike Regenstreif – CKCU – June 18, 2024: 50 years ago, I took over The Golem, Part 2


Stranger Songs with Mike Regenstreif
finds connections and develops themes in various genres. The show is broadcast on CKCU, 93.1 FM, in Ottawa on Tuesdays from 3:30 until 5 pm (Eastern time) and is also available 24/7 for on-demand streaming.

This episode of Stranger Songs was recorded and can be streamed on-demand, now or anytime, by clicking on “Listen Now” at … https://cod.ckcufm.com/programs/595/65644.html

Theme: 50 years ago, I took over The Golem, Part 2.

Mike Regenstreif at The Golem (1987) (Montreal Gazette photo)

It was just over 50 years ago, on May 24, 1974, that I took over running The Golem, Montreal folk club. 

The Golem had been established in 1973 in the McGill Hillel building at 3460 Stanley Street by Saul Markowicz. I had done my basic training in folk club management with Chuck Baker at the Yellow Door, and had been producing concerts in Montreal at Dawson College and McGill University for about two years when Saul approached me in the spring of 1974 and asked if I’d be interested in taking over The Golem.

I actually ran The Golem twice – from 1974 until 1976 and from 1981 until 1987. The Golem was also run for about a year after my first tenure by Marc Nerenberg (who, by the way, is responsible for keeping the Yellow Door going still). The Golem was closed between 1977 and when I returned and re-opened it in 1981. And, after my second tenure, a committee including Helen Fortin and Dave Clarke of Steel Rail fame kept the Golem going until 1991.

All of the songs on this show were played back in the day by artists who performed during my two tenures running the Golem.

Mike Regenstreif & Garnet Rogers (2006)

Garnet Rogers- Ain’t Goin’ Home
The Outside Track (Snow Goose Songs)

Humphrey & The Dumptrucks- Calgary Song
Six Days of Paper Ladies (Boot)
Penny Lang & Mike Regenstreif (1976) photo: Felicity Fanjoy

Penny Lang- Barrelhouse Blues
Live at the Yellow Door (She-Wolf)
Paul Geremia & Mike Regenstreif (2012)

Paul Geremia- The Truth is on the Streets
Self Portrait in Blues (Red House)
Terry Garthwaite- Hoy Hoy Hoy
Live at the Great American Music Hall (Flying Fish)
Dakota Dave Hull & Sean Blackburn- Deep Water
River of Swing (Arabica)
Bill Garrett- Northshore Train
Bill Garrett (Borealis)

Valdy- Peter & Lou
Classic Collection (A&M)

Roger McGuinn- Gate of Horn
Peace On You (Columbia)
Ramblin' Jack Elliott & Mike Regenstreif (2006)

Ramblin' Jack Elliott- Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right
Kerouac’s Last Dream (Appleseed)
Eric Andersen & Mike Regenstreif (2000)

Eric Andersen- Violets of Dawn
Woodstock Under the Stars (Y&T Music)
Mike Regenstreif & Loudon Wainwright III (2015)

Loudon Wainwright III- The Swimming Song
Attempted Moustache (Columbia/Legacy)

Diana Marcovitz- Don’t Call It Love
Recent unreleased version of song from Joie de Vivre (Diana Marcovitz)
David Mallett- Open Doors & Windows
Open Doors & Windows (Flying Fish)
Rory Block- Lovin’ Whiskey
I’ve Got a Rock in My Sock (Rounder)
Josh White, Jr..- One Meatball
Live at the Raven Gallery (Silverwolf)

Roy Forbes (known as Bim in the Golem years)- Woh Me
Almost Overnight (AKA)
David Essig & Mike Regenstreif (2014)

David Essig- Flo’s Café
A Stone in My Pocket (Peregrin)
Linda Morrison- Left Foot Slide
Line By Line (Heartstrung Music)
Guy Van Duser & Billy Novick- Sweet Georgia Brown
American Finger-Style Guitar (Rounder)
Jackie Washington & Mike Regenstreif (2008)

Jackie Washington- Gotta Go
The World of Jackie Washington (Borealis)

Mike Regenstreif & Marc Nerenberg (2009)

Marc Nerenberg- On the Street Again
On the Street Again (Marc Nerenberg)
Kate & Anna McGarrigle- The Redtail Hawk
Back Roads (Rhino)

Mike Regenstreif & Murray McLauchlan on Zoom (2021)

Murray McLauchlan- Sweeping the Spotlight Away
Sweeping the Spotlight Away (True North)

50 years ago, I took over The Golem, Part 1 – with many more artists and songs from my Golem years – was heard on the May 28 edition of Stranger Songs and can be streamed at this link. https://cod.ckcufm.com/programs/595/65341.html

Next week: 50 years ago, I took over The Golem, Part 3 in the first half-hour; and then, Songs and Conversation with Michael Jerome Browne and Mary Flower.

--Mike Regenstreif












Tuesday, June 11, 2024

Saturday Morning with Mike Regenstreif – CKCU – Saturday June 15, 2024


Saturday Morning is an eclectic roots-oriented program on CKCU, 93.1 FM, in Ottawa on Saturday mornings from 7 until 10 am (Eastern time) and available for on-demand streaming anytime. I am one of the four rotating hosts of the Saturday Morning show. 

This episode of Saturday Morning was recorded and can be streamed on-demand, now or anytime, by clicking on “Listen Now” at … https://cod.ckcufm.com/programs/128/65590.html

Kyle Carey- June Day
North Star (Americelta)

Terre Roche- Fish Out of Water
Inner Adult (Terre Roche)
Bill Hearne- Bluebird
Always Trust Your Cape (Howlin’ Dog) 
Laurie Lewis- Just a Little Ways Down the Road
Trees (Spruce & Maple Music)
Adam Karch- Some Awkward Country Ahead
Some Awkward Country Ahead (Adam Karch)
Lynne Hanson- Just a Poet
Just a Poet (Lynne Hanson)

John Gorka- She’s That Kind of Mystery
Bright Side of Down (Red House)
John Gorka, Mike Regenstreif & Lucy Kaplansky (2012)

Lucy Kaplansky- Texas Blues
The Tide (Red House)
Mike Regenstreif & Bill Morrissey (2005)

Bill Morrissey- Barstow
Bill Morrissey (Philo)
Laurie Lewis- Long Gone
Trees (Spruce & Maple Music)
Jon Shain- Old Bill (for Bill Morrissey)
Restless Soul Syndrome (Flyin’)

Rory Block- Everything is Broken
Positively 4th Street: A Tribute to Bob Dylan (Stony Plain)
Christian Parker- Chimes of Freedom
Change is Now: A Tribute to The Byrds (Subcat)
Cat Power- It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue
Cat Power Sings Dylan: The 1966 Royal Albert Hall Concert (Domino)
Bob Dylan- Forever Young
Shadow Kingdom (Columbia/Legacy)
Rory Block- Ring Them Bells
Positively 4th Street: A Tribute to Bob Dylan (Stony Plain)

The Dumptrucks- Blackstrap Breakdown
Selections (Laughing Cactus).

Michael Jerome Browne- Sliding Delta
Sliding Delta (Borealis)
Mary Flower- Monday Morning Blues
Ragtime Gal (Bluesette) 
Michael Jerome Browne & Mary Flower with John Sebastian- Coffee Blues
Gettin’ Together (Borealis/Stony Plain)
Mississippi John Hurt- I’m Satisfied
Mr. Hurt Goes to Washington (Sunset Blvd.)

Ana Egge- Sharing in the Spirit
Sharing in the Spirit (StorySound)
Alex Martin & Jess Eliot Myhre- Into the Desert
Appalachian Fall: The Song Poems of Michael Martin (Pajarito Verde)
Sue Foley- Lonesome Homesick Blues
One Guitar Woman: A Tribute to the Female Pioneers of Guitar (Stony Plain) 
Mike Regenstreif & Missy Burgess (2014)

Missy Burgess- Make Me a Pallet On Your Floor
Lemon Pie (Missy Burgess)
Kate McGarrigle- Blues in D
Tell My Sister: Kate & Anna McGarrigle (Nonesuch)

Anna McGarrigle, Sylvan Lanken & Lily Lanken- On My Way to Town
Sing Me the Songs: Celebrating the Works of Kate McGarrigle (Nonesuch)
Chaim Tannenbaum- Time On My Hands
The McGarrigle Hour (Hannibal)
Kate & Anna McGarrigle & Emmylou Harris- Skip Rope Song
The McGarrigle Hour (Hannibal)
Mike Regenstreif & Rick Fines (2011)

Rick Fines- That’s What Makes You Strong
Solar Powered Too (Rick Fines)
Jesse Winchester- I Can’t Stand Up Alone
Learn to Love It (Stony Plain)

Jim Kweskin & Fiona Kweskin- What Does the Deep Sea Say
Never Too Late: Duets with My Friends (StorySound)
Eric Bibb- Mole in the Ground
Live at the Scala Theatre (Stony Plain)

Shtreiml- Uncle Tibor’s Spicy Paprikash
Spicy Paprikash (I.J. Rosenblatt)

Miranda Hardy- Strawberry Moon
The Price of Happiness (Great Divide)
Ynana Rose- Strawberry Moon
Under a Cathedral Sky (Ynana Rose Music)
Tom Russell- Strawberry Moon
The Rose of the San Joaquin (HighTone)
The Whiteley Brothers- Full Moon in June
Taking Our Time (Borealis)

Dave Van Ronk- Old Hannah
Somebody Else, Not Me (Philo)
Cris Jacobs- Work Song (I Can Still Sing)
One of These Days (Soundly Music)
Benny Bleu- Death of John Henry
Banjo Jubilations (Benny Bleu Haravitch)

Mason Daring & Jeanie Stahl- The Mermaid
Recordings Celebrating 50 Years of a Musical Partnership (Mason Daring & Jeanie Stahl) 
Finest Kind- Squid Jiggin’ Ground
Heart’s Delight (Fallen Angle) 
Mike Regenstreif, Bill Garrett & Sue Lothrop (2014)

Bill Garrett & Sue Lothrop- No More Fish
Red Shoes (Borealis)
Muriel Anderson & Suzy Bogguss- Sailing Dream
Sailing Dreams (Muriel Anderson)

Nastasia Y- Stolen Green
Kyiv Soul (Lulaworld)
Eliza Gilkyson- Sunflowers
Home (Realiza)

Lisa Gutkin- Gonna Get Through This World
From Here On In (Lisa Gutkin)

I’ll be hosting Saturday Morning next on July 13. I also host Stranger Songs on CKCU every Tuesday from 3:30-5 pm.

--Mike Regenstreif

Saturday, June 1, 2024

Stranger Songs with Mike Regenstreif – CKCU – June 11, 2024: Songs for Fathers


Stranger Songs with Mike Regenstreif finds connections and develops themes in various genres. The show is broadcast on CKCU, 93.1 FM, in Ottawa on Tuesdays from 3:30 until 5 pm (Eastern time) and is also available 24/7 for on-demand streaming.

This episode of Stranger Songs was recorded and can be streamed on-demand, now or anytime, by clicking on “Listen Now” at … https://cod.ckcufm.com/programs/595/65476.html

Theme: Songs for Fathers

Al Regenstreif 1926-2016 (father) & Mike Regenstreif (son)

Judy Collins- My Father
Forever: An Anthology (Elektra)

Amy Speace- Father’s Day
There Used to Be Horses Here (Windbone)
Michael ‘Earnie’ Taylor- What My Father Taught Me
Folk ‘n’ Western (Laughing Cactus Music)
Ben Sures- Father’s Shoes
The Story That Lived Here (Ben Sures)
Boreal- Warm Hands
Recorded for a future album release
Michael Smith- I Brought My Father With Me
Songs of a Catholic Childhood (J. O’Reilly Productions)

Nanci Griffith- Daddy Said
Once In a Very Blue Moon (Philo)

Steve Howell, Dan Sumner & Jason Weinheimer- Song for My Father
Long Ago (Out of the Past)
Guy Clark- Randall Knife
Craftsman (Philo)
The Smith Sisters- My Father was a Quiet Man
A Canary’s Song (Flying Fish)
Tom Russell- Throwing Horseshoes at the Moon
Old Songs Yet to Sing (Frontera)

Chaim Tannenbaum- My Old Man
Joy of Living: A Tribute to Ewan MacColl (Compass)
Rosanne Cash- My Old Man
Rhythm & Romance (Columbia)
Ron Hynes- My Old Man
Get Back Change (Borealis)
Steve Goodman- My Old Man
No Big Surprise: The Steve Goodman Anthology (Red Pajamas)

Jamie Anderson- My Dad Loves to Sing
Better Than Chocolate (Tsunami)
Heather Anne Lomax- Bits and Pieces
The Doman Tracks (Blackbird)
Brian Lemco- For EL
Seasons (Brian Lemco Music)
Loudon Wainwright III- Older Than My Old Man Now
Older Than My Old Man Now (StorySound)

Ruby Lovett- A Father’s Love
It’s a Hard Life (Puff Bunny)
Tim Grimm- Reverend Mr. Black
Names (Wind River).

James Talley- The Dreamer (A Song for My Father)
Ballads, Bandits and Blues (Cimarron)

Next week: 50 years ago, I took over The Golem, part 2.

--Mike Regenstreif

Monday, May 27, 2024

Stranger Songs with Mike Regenstreif – CKCU – June 4, 2024: Remembering Spider John Koerner; The Enduring Legacy of Reverend Gary Davis


Stranger Songs with Mike Regenstreif finds connections and develops themes in various genres. The show is broadcast on CKCU, 93.1 FM, in Ottawa on Tuesdays from 3:30 until 5 pm (Eastern time) and is also available 24/7 for on-demand streaming.

This episode of Stranger Songs was recorded and can be streamed on-demand, now or anytime, by clicking on “Listen Now” at … https://cod.ckcufm.com/programs/595/65407.html

Themes: Part 1: Remembering Spider John Koerner (1938-2024) / Part 2: The Enduring Legacy of Reverend Gary Davis (1896-1972)

Part 1: Remembering Spider John Koerner


Spider John Koerner was an influential folk and blues legend who died of cancer on May 18 at age 85.

Spider John Koerner was already one of the leading performers on the Minneapolis folk scene when Robert Zimmerman, still a teenager, moved there to attend the University of Minnesota. Spider John was highly influential in the musical direction that Zimmerman took that year – including beginning to call himself Bob Dylan. In his memoir, Chronicles: Volume One, Dylan wrote: “Koerner was tall and thin with a look of perpetual amusement on his face. We hit it off right away … when he spoke he was soft-spoken but when he sang he became a field holler shouter. Koerner was an exciting singer and we began playing a lot together.”

I first discovered Spider John Koerner while I was a teenager. It was probably 1969 or ’70 when I bought an LP called Blues, Rags & Hollers by the trio of Koerner, Ray & GloverSpider John Koerner, Dave "Snaker" Ray and Tony "Little Sun: Glover. The album, from 1963, was mostly solo cuts by one or another of the three, along with a few duo cuts by two of the three.

Koerner, Ray & Glover- Linin’ Track
Blues, Rags & Hollers (Red House)
Ray Wylie Hubbard- Spider, Snaker and Little Sun
Tell the Devil I’m Coming As Fast As I Can (Bordello)
Spider John Koerner & Dave "Snaker" Ray- Black Dog
(Lots More) Blues, Rags & Hollers (Red House)
Koerner, Ray & Glover- What’s the Matter with the Mill
(Lots More) Blues, Rags & Hollers (Red House)

Spider John Koerner- Froggie Went a-Courtin’
Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Been (Red House)
Spider John Koerner- The Roving Gambler
Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Been (Red House)
Spider John Koerner- The Days of Forty-Nine
StarGeezer (Red House)

Spider John Koerner- Taking My Time
StarGeezer (Red House)

Part 2: The Enduring Legacy of Reverend Gary Davis


Reverend Gary Davis
, who died in 1972 at age 76, was a street preacher and a highly influential legend of blues, gospel and folk music. His guitar playing influenced many of the artists who came into the folk scene in the 1950s, ‘60s, ‘70s and continuing to the present.

Reverend Gary Davis- You Got to Move
A Little More Faith (Prestige/Bluesville)
Mountain City Four- Motherless Children
Mountain City Four (Omnivore)
Mr. Rick- I’ll Fly Away
Mr. Rick Sings About God + Booze (Mr. Rick)
Mary Flower- Sit Down on the Banks
Gary Davis Style: The Legacy of Reverend Gary Davis (Riverlark)
Michael Jerome Browne- Reverend Strut
Gettin’ Together (Borealis/Stony Plain)

Reverend Gary Davis- I’m Glad I’m in That Number
A Little More Faith (Prestige/Bluesville)
Marie Knight- When I Die
Let Us Get Together: A Tribute to Reverend Gary Davis (M.C.)
Andy Cohen- Pure Religion
Oh Glory, How Happy I Am: The Sacred Songs of Rev. Gary Davis (Riverlark)
William Lee Ellis- I Heard the Angels Singing
Gary Davis Style: The Legacy of Reverend Gary Davis (Riverlark)
Roy Book Binder- The Preacher Picked the Guitar
Singer-Songwriter Bluesman (PEGleg)

Dave Van Ronk- Cocaine
Live at Sir George Williams University (Just a Memory)
Reverend Gary Davis- Buck Dance
Live & Kickin’ (Just a Memory)
Guy Davis- Candy Man
Stomp Down Rider (Red House)
Penny Lang & Friends- God Knows How Much We Can Bear
Gary Davis Style: The Legacy of Reverend Gary Davis (Riverlark)
Mitch Greenhill & Mayne Smith- Samson & Delilah
Gary Davis Style: The Legacy of Reverend Gary Davis (Riverlark)
Bruce Cockburn- Twelve Gates to the City
Bone on Bone (True North)

Reverend Gary Davis- I Will Do My Last Singing in This Land Somewhere
Live at Newport (Vanguard)

Next week: Songs for Fathers

--Mike Regenstreif

Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Stranger Songs with Mike Regenstreif – CKCU – May 28, 2024: 50 years ago, I took over The Golem, Part 1


Stranger Songs with Mike Regenstreif finds connections and develops themes in various genres. The show is broadcast on CKCU, 93.1 FM, in Ottawa on Tuesdays from 3:30 until 5 pm (Eastern time) and is also available 24/7 for on-demand streaming.

This episode of Stranger Songs was recorded and can be streamed on-demand, now or anytime, by clicking on “Listen Now” at … https://cod.ckcufm.com/programs/595/65341.html

Theme: 50 years ago, I took over The Golem, Part 1.

Mike Regenstreif at The Golem (1975)

It was 50 years ago, on May 24, 1974, that I took over running The Golem, Montreal folk club. 

The Golem had been established in 1973 in the McGill Hillel building at 3460 Stanley Street by Saul Markowicz. I had done my basic training in folk club management with Chuck Baker at the Yellow Door, and had been producing concerts in Montreal at Dawson College and McGill University for about two years when Saul approached me in the spring of 1974 and asked if I’d be interested in taking over The Golem.

I actually ran The Golem twice – from 1974 until 1976 and from 1981 until 1987. The Golem was also run for about a year after my first tenure by Marc Nerenberg (who, by the way, is responsible for keeping the Yellow Door going still). The Golem was closed between 1977 and when I returned and re-opened it in 1981. And, after my second tenure, a committee including Helen Fortin and Dave Clarke of Steel Rail fame kept the Golem going until 1991.

All of the songs on this show were played back in the day by artists who performed during my two tenures running the Golem. As I was preparing this show, I found there was no way I could play all of the artists I’d like to include, so I’ll be doing a part 2 to this theme on the June 18 edition of Stranger Songs.

Bruce Murdoch- Fool Like Me
Bruce Murdoch (Radio Canada International)

Mike Regenstreif, Bruce Murdoch & Sneezy Waters (2014)

Sneezy Waters- (You’ve Got) Sawdust on the Floor of Your Heart
Live in the CKCU studio during Stranger Songs – July 4, 2023
Jim Ringer- Going Away
Waitin’ for the Hard Times to Go (Folk-Legacy)
Tom Mitchell, Mike Regenstreif & Mary McCaslin (199)

Mary McCaslin
- Down the Road
Way Out West (Philo)
Chris Rawlings & Mike Regenstreif (2007)

Chris Rawlings
- Pearl River Turnaround
Pearl Soupe (Cooking Fat Music)

Mike Regenstreif & Jesse Winchester (2006)

Jesse Winchester- Tell Me Why You Like Roosevelt
Learn to Love It (Stony Plain)
Kate & Anna McGarrigle & Mike Regenstreif (1976) photo: Felicity Fanjoy

Kate & Anna McGarrigle & Roma Baran- Willie Moore
Tell My Sister (Nonesuch)

Ronney Abramson & Mike Regenstreif (2016)

Ronney Abramson- Three O’Clock Ride
Three O’Clock Ride – single (Ronney Abramson)

Artie Traum & Mike Regenstreif (2006)

Artie Traum- Montreal
The Test of Time (Roaring Stream)
Ferron- Ain’t Life a Brook
Not a Still Life (Cherrywood Station)
Mike Regenstreif & Bill Staines (1993)

Bill Staines- Tulsa
Miles (Mineral River)
Mike Regenstreif & Priscilla Herdman (1978) photo: Ron Petronko

Priscilla Herdman- Andy’s Gone with Cattle
The Water Lily (Philo)
Eric Bogle- Now I’m Easy
Scraps of Paper (Flying Fish)

Utah Phillips & Mike Regenstreif (1976) photo: Felicity Fanjoy

Utah Phillips- Larimer Street
The Telling Takes Me Home (Philo)
Rosalie Sorrels & Mike Regenstreif (1993)

Rosalie Sorrels- Postcard from India
Travelin’ Lady (Sire)
Tom Mitchell- Eastern Beer
1976 live recording – used with permission
Mimi Fariña- Defying Gravity
Live in Germany: To Benefit Bread & Roses (Dogfish Music)

Mike Regenstreif & Tom Paxton (2001) photo: Janice Hanson

Tom Paxton- Outward Bound
The Compleat Tom Paxton (Even Compleater) (Rhino Handmade)
Odetta- Hold On
Odetta at Carnegie Hall (Vanguard)
Dave Van Ronk- Green, Green Rocky Road
…and the tin pan bended, and the story ended… (Smithsonian Folkways)

John Hartford- Steamboat Whistle Blues
Aereo-Plain (Rounder)
Skyline with Tony Trischka- Ticket Back
Ticket Back: A Retrospective (Flying Fish)
Nanci Griffith- There’s a Light Beyond These Woods
There’s a Light Beyond These Woods (Philo)

Stan Rogers- The Mary Ellen Carter
Between the Breaks…Live! (Fogarty’s Cove/Borealis)

Next week: Part 1: Remembering Spider John Koerner / Part 2: The Legacy of Reverend Gary Davis

--Mike Regenstreif