Saturday, May 26, 2018

Saturday Morning with Mike Regenstreif – CKCU – Saturday May 26, 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 features – The 10-Day Album Cover Challenge; Songs of Townes Van Zandt (1944-2007).

The Wailin' Jennys- The Light of a Clear Blue Morning
Fifteen (True North)
Reggie Harris- Ready to Go
Ready to Go (Reggie Harris Music)

Tom Russell- Blue Wing
Andrew & Casey Calhoun- Gun-Metal Eyes
Skeins (Waterbug)

Chuck Brodsky- Warsaw in May
Them and Us (Chuck Brodsky)
David Francey- Poorer Then
The Broken Heart of Everything (Laker)

Leonard Cohen- Suzanne
Songs of Leonard Cohen (Columbia/Legacy)
Joni Mitchell- Both Sides Now
Clouds (Reprise)
Bob Dylan- All Along the Watchtower
John Wesley Harding (Columbia/Legacy)
The Band- Stage Fright
Stage Fright (Capitol)
Jesse Winchester- The Brand New Tennessee Waltz
Jesse Winchester (Stony Plain)

Mississippi John Hurt- Richland Woman Blues
The Immortal Mississippi John Hurt (Vanguard)
Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee- Cornbread, Peas and Black Molasses
In London (Marble Arch)

Tom Paxton- Morning Again
Morning Again (Elektra)
Paul Siebel- Bride 1945
Woodsmoke and Oranges (Elektra)
Judy Collins- Someday Soon
Who Knows Where the Time Goes (Elektra)

Songs of Townes Van Zandt (1944-2007)
Kimmie Rhodes- If I Needed You
Walls Fall Down (Sunbird)
Steve Earle- (Quicksilver Dreams of) Maria
Townes: The Basics (New West)
Kate & Edith- Rex’s Blues
Live at Kelso Hall (Kate & Edith)
Townes Van Zandt- Tower Song
Live at the Old Quarter, Houston, Texas (Tomato)

Rosalie Sorrels- Snowing On Raton
Borderline Heart (Green Linnet)
Jimmie Dale Gilmore- No Lonesome Tune
One Endless Night (Rounder)
The Be Good Tanyas- Waiting Around to Die
Chinatown (Nettwerk)
Townes Van Zandt- No Place to Fall
Live at the Old Quarter, Houston, Texas (Tomato)

Colleen Rennison- White Freightliner
See the Sky About to Rain (Black Hen)
Jerry Jeff Walker- I’ll Be Here in the Morning
Viva Luckenbach (Ryko)
Nanci Griffith & Arlo Guthrie- Tecumseh Valley
Other Voices/Other Rooms (Elektra)
Townes Van Zandt- Kathleen
Live at the Old Quarter, Houston, Texas (Tomato)

The Wainwright Sisters- Our Mother the Mountain
Songs in the Dark (MapleMusic)
Guy Clark- To Live is to Fly
Old Friends (Sugar Hill)
Emmylou Harris- Pancho & Lefty
Luxury Liner (Warner Bros./Rhino)
Townes Van Zandt- For the Sake of the Song
Live at the Old Quarter, Houston, Texas (Tomato)

Bettye LaVette- Mama, You Been On My Mind
Things Have Changed (Verve)
The LYNNeS- Blame It on the Devil
Heartbreak Song for the Radio (The LYNNeS)
Laurie MacAllister- Unfamiliar Moon
The Lies the Poets Tell (Laurie MacAllister)
Vance Gilbert- Boy on a Train
Old White Men (Disismye Music)

Annie Lou- Delilah
End Zone (Annie Lou Music)
El Coyote- Only Temporary
El Coyote (El Coyote)
John Gorka- The Ballad of Iris & Pearl
True in Time (Red House)
Pharis & Jason Romero- Salt & Powder
Sweet Old Religion (Lula)
Peter Rowan- Drumbeats on the Watchtower
Carter Stanley’s Eyes (Rebel)

Ken Perlman- Londonderry Hornpipe/Jenny Dang the Weaver/Sleepy Maggie
Frails & Frolics: Fiddle Tunes from Prince Edward Island, Cape Breton, and elsewhere on Clawhammer Banjo (Redbud)

I’ll be hosting Saturday Morning next on June 23.

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--Mike Regenstreif

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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--Mike Regenstreif