Wednesday, May 23, 2018

The Facebook 10-Day Album Cover Challenge

Marc Nerenberg nominated me to participate in the 10-day album cover challenge. I was in high school from 1967 to 1971 and my choices were all LPs that I bought when they were newly released back then and that I still listen to a half-century – or almost a half-century – later. This was also the period that I began serving my time on the Montreal folk scene.

I will play a song from each of these albums when I host the Saturday Morning show on CKCU on May 26. The albums are not ranked in order, they are arranged in an order that will make for good radio sets.

Day 1: Leonard Cohen’s first LP, Songs of Leonard Cohen, was essential for almost all of us who lived in Montreal in those years.

Day 2: I saw Joni Mitchell live for the first time in July 1969. Clouds was her current LP at the time.

Day 3: The brilliant enigmatic songs of John Wesley Harding, with their rustic acoustic arrangements make this one of my all-time favorite Bob Dylan albums.

Day 4: The Band was probably my favorite rock band when I was in high school and my favorite of their albums was Stage Fright, their third.

Day 5: I had already met Jesse Winchester on the Montreal folk scene before Jesse Winchester, his first, self-titled LP came out. Produced by Robbie Robertson of The Band, the album was filled with enduring classics that established Jesse – who became a lifelong friend – as one of our greatest singer-songwriters.

Day 6: I was a little too young to have heard songster Mississippi John Hurt live before he died in 1966, but I spent many hours listening to his LPs, including The Immortal Mississippi John Hurt, with their infectious guitar lines, gentle singing, and vivid, memorable songs.

Day 7: Bluesmen Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee were the first older (older than my parents) musicians I got to know personally. In London was a great album with a bad cover and no info released on a budget label in 1969. I bought it after meeting Sonny and Brownie around that time. I later found out the tracks were recorded in London in 1958.

Day 8: I met Tom Paxton for the first time when I was 14 or 15 in 1968 or ’69. It was encounter that had a lot to do with my becoming involved in the folk music scene. Morning Again was Tom’s current album at the time.

Day 9: Paul Siebel only made two albums as a singer-songwriter. The second, Jackknife Gypsy, one was quite good, but I think his first LP, Woodsmoke and Oranges, was one of the best singer-songwriter albums of all time.

Day 10: Judy Collins made several excellent LPs in the time period under consideration. Who Knows Where the Time Goes was, arguably, the finest.

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Saturday, April 28, 2018

Saturday Morning with Mike Regenstreif – CKCU – Saturday April 28, 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.

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

Extended feature – Remembering Stan Rogers.

This was my first radio show since having heart surgery in February. Special thanks to Pat Moore and Stephen Neale for filling in for me during my recuperation.

Suzie Vinnick- Drift Away
Shake the Love Around (Suzie Vinnick)

Nina Ricci- Folk City
Designs on Me (Nina Ricci)
Bob Dylan- Talkin’ New York
Bob Dylan (Columbia)
Bob Gibson- Living Legend
The Living Legend Years (Bob Gibson Legacy)

Sneezy Waters- Twenty-Four Hours from Tulsa
Sneezy Waters Live (Sneezy Waters)
Lynn Miles- Sorry That I Broke Your Heart
Black Flowers Vol. 4 (Lynn Miles)
Campbell Woods- Blood is Thicker Than Water
Oxford Street (Campbell Woods)

Eve Goldberg- Sweet Sorrow in the Wind
Ever Brightening Day (Sweet Patootie Music)
Playing for Change featuring Jimmy Buffett, David Crosby & David Hidalgo- Ripple
Listen to the Music (Motema Music)

Tom Russell- Angel of Lyon
Old Songs Yet to Sing (Frontera)

Joan Baez- The Great Correction
Whistle Down the Wind (Razor & Tie)
Sharon Goldman- Rose of Sharon
Eliza Gilkyson- Easy Rider
Your Town Tonight (Red House)

Terry Kelly- Fogarty’s Cove
Remembering Stan Rogers: An East Coast Tribute (Brookes Diamond Productions)
Paul Mills- 45 Years
The Other Side of the Glass (Borealis)
Stan Rogers- The Rawdon Hills
Fogarty’s Cove (Fogarty’s Cove/Borealis)
Lui Collins- Second Effort
Baptism of Fire (Green Linnet)

John Gorka- Lock-Keeper
Writing in the Margins (Red House)
Short Sisters- Tiny Fish for Japan
Live from Four States (Black Socks Press)
Stan Rogers- White Squall
From Fresh Water (Fogarty’s Cove/Borealis)
Joey Kitson- The Jeannie C.
Stan (Groundswell)

Laura Smith- Song of the Candle
Remembering Stan Rogers: An East Coast Tribute (Brookes Diamond Productions)
Tom Lewis- Northwest Passage
Poles Apart (Self-Propelled Music)
Stan Rogers- Barrett’s Privateers
Between the Breaks…Live! (Fogarty’s Cove/Borealis)
Ian Robb with Finest Kind- The Mary Ellen Carter
From Different Angels (Fallen Angle)

Priscilla Herdman- Turnaround
Forgotten Dreams (Flying Fish)
Stan Rogers- Lies
Northwest Passage (Fogarty’s Cove/Borealis)
Garnet Rogers- Sailor’s Rest
Summer’s End (Snow Goose Songs)
Garnet Rogers- Night Drive
Night Drive (Snow Goose Songs)

Andrew & Casey Calhoun- Wild Birds
Skeins (Waterbug)
Moira Smiley- Worried Now
Unzip the Horizon (Moira Smiley Music)
Chris Smither- Sittin’ On Top of the World
Call Me Lucky (Signature Sounds)
Geoff & Maria Muldaur- Blue Railroad Train
Sweet Potatoes (Omnivore)
Sue Foley- Cannonball Blues
The Ice Queen (Stony Plain)
Banjo Nickaru & Western Scooches- A Hundred Miles
Get Us Out of Fearland (Banjo Nickaru & Western Scooches)

El Coyote- Come Around
El Coyote (El Coyote)
The Young Novelists- Back to the Hard Times
In City & Country (The Young Novelists)

Linda Saslove- Different From You
Everything (Linda Saslove)

I’ll be hosting Saturday Morning next on May 26.

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--Mike Regenstreif