Saturday, October 14, 2017

Saturday Morning with Mike Regenstreif – CKCU – Saturday October 14, 2017

Saturday Morning is an eclectic roots-oriented program on CKCU in Ottawa heard live on Saturday mornings from 7 until 10 am (Eastern time) and then available for on-demand streaming. I am one of the four rotating hosts of Saturday Morning and base my programming on the Folk Roots/Folk Branches format I developed at CKUT in Montreal.

CKCU can be heard at 93.1 FM in Ottawa and on the web.

This episode of Saturday Morning can be streamed on-demand at

Extended feature – Songs of Gordon Lightfoot.

Sally Rogers & Claudia Schmidt- Who Knows Where the Time Goes
We are Welcomed (Pragmavision)

Robin & Linda Williams- Borderline Heart
Eliza Gilkyson- Travelin’ Lady
Rosalie Sorrels- Then Came the Children
Then Came the Children (Green Linnet)

Dillard Chandler- Short Time Here, Long Time Gone
Dark Holler: Old Love Songs and Ballads (Smithsonian Folkways)
Martin Simpson- Dillard Chandler
Trails & Tribulations (Topic)
Last Forever- Acres of Diamonds
Acres of Diamonds (StorySound)
Too Sad for the Public w/Rachelle Garniez- Kind of Dumb

Dave Van Ronk- Tell Old Bill
Bob Dylan- Corrina, Corrina
The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan (Columbia)
Fred Neil- The Water is Wide
Bleecker & MacDougal (Elektra)
Tom Russell- The Sparrow of Swansea (For Dylan Thomas)
Folk Hotel (Frontera)

Kat Goldman- Take It Down the Line
Crowes Pasture- It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue
Edge of America (Crowes Pasture)
Chris Hillman- When I Get a Little Money
Bidin’ My Time (Rounder)
Peter Case- Paradise Etc.
On the Way Downtown: Recorded Live on FolkScene (Omnivore)

Orit Shimoni- Chofim
Songs for My Father (Orit Shimoni)
Sharon Goldman- Jerusalem (Yerushalayim)
Jason Rosenblatt & Orkestra Severni- Anshei Brzezan Nign
Brass Fabulous (I.J. Rosenblatt)

Claire Lynch & Bryan McDowell- It’s Worth Believin’
North By South (Compass)
Frank Christian- Did She Mention My Name
Mister So and So (Palmetto)
J.P. Cormier- Long River
The Long River: A Personal Tribute to Gordon Lightfoot (Flash Publishing)
Gordon Lightfoot- Steel Rail Blues
Songbook (Warner Archives/Rhino)
Connie Kaldor- If You Could Read My Mind
Beautiful: A Tribute to Gordon Lightfoot (Borealis/NorthernBlues)

Gordon Lightfoot at 2013 Ottawa Folk Festival (Mike Regenstreif)
Nanci Griffith- Ten Degrees and Colder
Other Voices/Other Rooms (Elektra)
Rick Fines- Ribbon of Darkness
Solar Powered (Rick Fines)
Fridas Brow- The Way I Feel
Frida’s Brow (Frida’s Brow)
Gordon Lightfoot- Bitter Green
Songbook (Warner Archives/Rhino)
Maria Muldaur- That Same Old Obsession
Beautiful: A Tribute to Gordon Lightfoot (Borealis/NorthernBlues)

Ian & Sylvia- Early Morning Rain
Early Morning Rain (Vanguard)
Ronnie Hawkins- Home from the Forest
Greatest Hits (Trilogy)
Tony Rice- The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald
Tony Rice Sings Gordon Lightfoot (Rounder)
Gordon Lightfoot- Sit Down Young Stranger
Songbook (Warner Archives/Rhino)
James Keelaghan- Canadian Railroad Trilogy
Beautiful: A Tribute to Gordon Lightfoot (Borealis/NorthernBlues)

Rob Lutes- Better Past
Walk in the Dark (Lucky Bear)
Michael Jerome Browne- Frisco Town
Sliding Delta (Borealis)
Lainie Marsh- Jalopy
The Hills Will Cradle Thee (Bait & Tackle)
Shawna Caspi- Love in a Moving Van
Forest Fire (Shawna Caspi)

Mr. O’Muck- Gone Train Blues
Home Field Recordings: The Ancient Blues of Mr. O’Muck (Muck-O-Phone)
Kate & Anna McGarrigle- Hommage à Grungie

Duke Robillard & Maria Muldaur- Was That the Human Thing to Do
Billy Novick’s Blue Syncopators- Shake That Thing
Julian Fauth- Tricks Ain’t Walking
The Weak and the Wicked, the Hard and the Strong (Electro-Fi)

Hoyle Osborne- The Entertainer
Live at the Diamond Belle (Ripple)

I’ll be hosting Saturday Morning next on November 11.

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--Mike Regenstreif

Friday, October 13, 2017

Duke Robillard – Duke Robillard and his Dames of Rhythm

Duke Robillard and his Dames of Rhythm
M.C. Records

As I mentioned in my 2009 review of an album by Sunny and her JoyBoys, “I’ve been listening to bandleader, guitarist and producer Duke Robillard since he fronted the first Roomful of Blues album in 1977. I was very happy to have Duke as a guest a couple of times on the Folk Roots/Folk Branches radio show; once in the company of Kansas City legend Jay McShann, the late, great swing and blues pianist and singer. Of all of Duke’s many and varied recordings, my favorites are his swing and jazz albums. And this is one of his best swing and jazz albums.”

And the constantly delightful Duke Robillard and his Dames of Rhythm may well be best swing and jazz album yet. Duke plays acoustic archtop guitar throughout the 15 tracks and sings lead on three songs – and duets with Sunny Crownover (of Sunny and her Joy Boys fame) on another. There are absolutely fantastic rhythm and horn sections (including my old friend Billy Novick on clarinet and alto sax) and most of the lead vocals are handled by rotating cast of extraordinary Dames of Rhythm: the aforementioned Sunny Crownover, Maria Muldaur, Kelley Hunt, Madeleine Peyroux, Catherine Russell, and Elizabeth McGovern.

These songs – all, I believe date from the first half of the 20th century – swing hard in the hands of Duke and the band. The interplay between the musicians is always a delight and each of the singers more than rises to the occasion.

Even though these songs are all familiar, they all sound terrific. Some of my favorites include Maria Muldaur’s versions of “Got the South in My Soul” and “Was That the Human Thing to Do,” two more of the several Boswell Sisters numbers she’s done over the years; Madeleine Peyroux’s versions of Fats Waller’s “Squeeze Me,” and “Easy Living,” a Billie Holiday standard (she has the perfect voice to sing Billie Holiday songs); Kelley Hunt’s versions of “Please Don’t Talk About Me When I’m Gone”; Sunny Crownover’s duet with Duke on “From Monday On”; and “Blues in My Heart,” sung by Catherine Russell, one of my favorite jazz singers.

The album ends with the band blazing through a hot version of “Call of the Freaks,” a great old New Orleans tune composed by Paul Barbarin and Luis Russell (Catherine’s father).

From beginning to end Duke Robillard and his Dames of Rhythm is filled with nothing but great stuff.

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--Mike Regenstreif