Saturday, October 13, 2018

Saturday Morning with Mike Regenstreif – CKCU – Saturday October 13, 2018

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.

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Extended feature: Songs of Autumn.

Tom Russell- Gallo del Cielo

Matthew Byrne- Farewell to Tarwathie
Horizon Lines (Matthew Byrne)
Reggie Harris- Hunt the Whale
Ready to Go (Reggie Harris Music)
Archie Fisher & Garnet Rogers- The Last Leviathan
Off the Map (Snow Goose Songs)

Michael Jerling- I Never Thought
Family Recipe (Fool’s Hill Music)
Old Man Luedecke- Mole in the Ground
Mole in the Ground (Old Man Luedecke)
Kathy Kallick Band- Solid Gone
Horrible World (Live Oak)
Kate & Anna McGarrigle- Goin’ Back to Harlan
Matapedia (Hannibal)

Linda Thompson- I Might Learn to Love Him Later On (Tra-La-La-La)
Linda Thompson Presents My Mother Doesn’t Know I’m on the Stage (Omnivore)
Martha Wainwright- Beautiful Dreamer
Linda Thompson Presents My Mother Doesn’t Know I’m on the Stage (Omnivore)
Colin Firth- My Mother Doesn’t Know I’m on the Stage
Linda Thompson Presents My Mother Doesn’t Know I’m on the Stage (Omnivore)

Loudon Wainwright III- Your Mother and I
Years in the Making (StorySound)
Lucy Wainwright III- In Relation to Disaster
Little Beast (Lucy Wainwright Roche)
Loudon Wainwright III- Rowena
Years in the Making (StorySound)

 The next 16 songs are the extended feature: Songs of Autumn.

Wade Hemsworth with the Mountain City Four- The Wild Goose
Wade Hemsworth with The Mountain City Four (Peter Weldon)
The Short Sisters- Autumn
A Planet Dancing Slow (Black Socks Press)
Dave Mallett- Autumn
This Town (Vanguard)
Laura Smith- My Bonny
B’tween the Earth and My Soul (Cornermuse)

Priscilla Herdman- Talk to Me of Mendocino
Forgotten Dreams (Flying Fish)
Anne Hills- Brown Leaves
Angle of the Light (Flying Fish)
Cindy Mangsen- October Roses
Songs of Experience (Redwing)
Tommy Makem & Liam Clancy- White Swans and Black/Grey October Clouds
Two for the Early Dew (Shanachie)

Gordon Lightfoot- Changes
The Original Lightfoot (EMI)
Mara Levine- Leaves That are Green
Jewels and Harmony (Mara’s Creations)
Steel Rail- Late Autumn Days
The Road Less Travelled (Crossties)
Kate Wolf- Who Knows Where the Time Goes
Give Yourself to Love (Rhino)

Nanci Griffith- October Reasons
Poet In My Window (Philo)
Bok, Muir & Trickett- Turning Toward the Morning
Turning Toward the Morning (Folk-Legacy)
Darol Anger & Emy Phelps- Killin’ the Blues
Music of Our People (Darol Anger & Emy Phelps)
Dave Van Ronk- Urge for Going
,,,and the tin pan bended, and the story ended (Smithsonian Folkways)

Lucy Kaplansky- Old Friends
Everyday Street (Lucy Kaplansky)
Braden Gates- Best of Me
Pictures of Us (Borealis)
Lennie Gallant- Ghosts in This Town
Time Travel (Lennie Gallant)
Kate Campbell- Damn Sure Blue
Damn Sure Blue (Large River Music)

Sneezy Waters- Portland Town
Sneezy Waters Live (Sneezy Waters)
Vince Halfhide- Careers
Vince Halfhide (Vince Halfhide)
The Vanier Playboys- Steppin’ to the Rhythm
The Vanier Playboys (The Vanier Playboys)
Colin James- Soul of a Man
Miles to Go (True North)

Blu Lu Barker- Lyin’ in Jail
Don’t You Feel My Leg (Delmark)
Maria Muldaur- Georgia Grind
Don’t You Feel My Leg: The Naught Bawdy Blues of Blu Lu Barker (The Last Music Company)
Gaye Adegbalola with Roddy Barnes- The Dirty Dozens
Neo-Classic Blues (Hot Toddy Music)
Rory Block- Need a Little Sugar in My Bowl

Jay Sewall- Jay’s Boogie Woogie
Payin’ My Dues: 50 Years of Blues (Mack)

I’ll be hosting Saturday Morning next on November 10.

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--Mike Regenstreif

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Loudon Wainwright III – Years in the Making

Years in the Making
StorySound Records

As I’ve noted before, I’ve known Loudon Wainwright III for a long time. I first met – and heard – him when he was married to my friend, the late Kate McGarrigle, in the early-to-mid-1970s. After the marriage broke up, I’d occasionally see him at folk festivals, at Kate’s when he’d come up to Montreal to see their children – Rufus Wainwright and Martha Wainwright – and booked him for a couple of concerts at the Golem when he’d come to town for those visits. In 2000, we sat down and did an extensive and very candid interview on the Folk Roots/Folk Branches radio show. Most recently, in 2015, we had a nice visit in Clearwater, Florida after a concert he did while Sylvie and I were on vacation there.

Years in the Making is “a comprehensive 2-CD audiobiography of 45 years’ worth of outtakes, live recordings, radio performances and demos that comes beautifully packaged in a 64-page hardcover book featuring a lifetime’s memorabilia – from Loudon’s birth certificate to the cover page of his will. Among those making cameo appearances on some of the tracks are Kate, ex-partner Suzzy Roche, sister Sloan Wainwright, long-time collaborator Chaim Tannenbaum, Steve Goodman, and all four of his kids – Rufus, Martha, Lucy Wainwright Roche and Lexie Kelly Wainwright.

The songs are sequenced in seven thematic groupings beginning with “Folk.” This set includes some traditional songs, Woody Guthrie’s “Philadelphia Lawyer,” and “Love Gifts,” a Loudenesque parody of “I Gave My Love a Cherry.” My favorite tracks in this section are a sweet version of Bob Dylan’s “You Ain’t Going Nowhere,” recorded at home in 1974 with Kate on harmony vocals, and a duet with Chaim on “Roll in My Sweet Baby’s Arms” from 2008 that I presume is an outtake from High Wide & Handsome, Loudon’s terrific Charlie Poole tribute.

The second section is “Rocking Out,” with most of the tracks dating from the 1970s after Loudon had a commercial hit with “Dead Skunk” (which is not on this album) and he went on the road with rock bands. But the best track in this section is “Cardboard Boxes,” a 1993 live cut about moving with just Loudon on guitar and lead vocals, Chaim on banjo and harmony vocals and David Mansfield on mandolin.

“Kids,” the final section on the first CD begins with a 1986 home recording of “Birthday Poem/Happy Birthday/Animal Song” on which children Rufus, 13, Martha, 10, and Lucy, 4, wish their father a happy 40th birthday. Lexie, Loudon’s youngest child, appears later in this section in a 1999 home recording singing his “Ballad of Famous & Harper,” a precious song about a pair of pet cats. More serious fare includes a 2003 live version of “Your Mother & I,” a song from the ‘80s in which Loudon tries to explain her parents’ breakup to his young daughter (Lucy).

The second CD begins with “Love Hurts,” six songs about love and/or lost love. The finest entry in this section is “Rowena,” which he based on courting letters written by his grandfather to his grandmother in 1918.

A section called “Miscellany” is grab-bag of tracks highlighted by a beautiful version of “Down Where the Drunkards Roll,” one of Richard Thompson’s most stunning songs. Greg Leisz’s pedal steel work on this track is lonesome and lovely; and by “Meet the Wainwrights,” that features Loudon with Lucy, Suzzy, Martha, Rufus and Sloan singing about their relationships with him.

Mike Regenstreif & Loudon Wainwright III (2015)
A short section called “Hollywood,” includes a snippet of an interview with Liza Minelli, in which she remembers “little Loudon, the kid next door,” her childhood neighbor, as well as “Hollywood Hopeful,” a 1975 song describing Loudon’s attempt to break in as an actor, and “Valley Morning,” a song he wrote from Judd Apatow’s film “Knocked Up.”

The final section, “The Big Picture,” kicks off with the hilarious “God’s Got a Shit List,” which you probably won’t be hearing in the radio anytime soon, and finishes with the equally hilarious and equally radio-inappropriate “Birthday Boy,” an a cappella song on which Loudon celebrates his birthday and himself.

Years in the Making might not be the best introduction for someone hearing Loudon for the first time. But it’s a terrific addition to his discography for those of us who have listened to and enjoyed his work over the past (almost) five decades (or parts thereof).

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