Sunday, May 9, 2021

Bob Dylan at 80


Note:
This is an updated version of my essay, Bob Dylan at 75, which was an updated version of my essay, Bob Dylan at 70.

Bob Dylan turns 80 on May 24 – 60 years and a few months after he first arrived in New York City with a repertoire of folksongs learned from Odetta and Woody Guthrie records.

Within a relatively short time, Dylan was one of the premier folk artists in Greenwich Village and was well on his way to becoming, arguably, but certainly in my opinion, the most important and influential songwriter ever.

I’m reminded now of something the young Dylan said.

In 1963, talking to Nat Hentoff for the liner notes to The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan about his ability to pull off a song as difficult as “A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall,” Dylan said, “It’s a hard song to sing. I can sing it sometimes, but I ain’t that good yet. I don’t carry myself yet the way that Big Joe Williams, Woody Guthrie, Lead Belly and Lightnin’ Hopkins have carried themselves. I hope to be able to someday, but they’re older people.”


Dylan was all of 21 years old when he made that statement. Woody Guthrie – hospitalized with the Huntington’s disease that would kill him in 1967 – and Lightnin’ Hopkins were both then around 50. Big Joe Williams was about 60 and Lead Belly had died in 1949 at 61.

Dylan now is significantly older than Williams, Guthrie and Hopkins were then – and older than Lead Belly was when he died (as am I, for that matter). The young Dylan was highly influenced by those legendary artists who had come along decades earlier – his own influence would soon surpass all others. He changed what was possible to do in the context of a song.

And, yes, he does carry himself with all of the musical gravitas that Williams, Guthrie, Lead Belly and Hopkins had then.

Dylan’s music has been part of my life for most of my life. I bought Dylan’s first few LPs in 1967 when I was 13 and have listened intently to everything that he’s released over the past 60 years (and a fair bit of what’s never been released). I’ve seen him in concert many times and I’ve read most of the good books (including his own Chronicles Volume One), and maybe a few too many of the bad books, that have been written about Dylan over the years.

I was even introduced to him once – in 1975 – for about half a second. “Pleased to meet ya,” he said. I was 21, he was 34, ages that now seem so young.

I’ve written about a bunch of Dylan albums and books over the years in newspapers and magazines (and here on the Folk Roots/Folk Branches blog), I’ve produced and hosted a bunch of radio specials on him and his songs, but I don’t know Dylan. He is easily the most enigmatic, the most unknowable, person I’ve ever encountered.

As I noted in my book review of Bob Dylan in America by Sean Wilentz in a 2011 issue of Sing Out! magazine, I’ve long thought that one of the reasons I so appreciate so much of Bob Dylan’s oeuvre is that (I think) we’ve listened to so much of the same music. To the traditional folk and blues songs, and to so many of the musicians who played them. When Dylan sang, “no one can sing the blues like Blind Willie McTell,” I knew what he was talking about because I’ve listened to all those old Blind Willie McTell records. When he borrows lines or settings from Woody Guthrie or Lead Belly or others, I know where they come from. Dylan’s music is rooted ever so strongly in what Greil Marcus termed the “old weird America,” the folk music and the folk-rooted blues and country music that developed in particular regional locations and began to spread everywhere in the first half of the 20th century.

This leads me to the point I wanted to make when I started writing this little essay. Even before Dylan went electric at the Newport Folk Festival in 1965, there have been commentators who’ve said that Dylan left folk music behind. I don’t think that’s at all true. To this day, Dylan’s songwriting continues to be rooted in the “old weird America.” Dylan didn’t leave folk music behind when he embraced rock ‘n’ roll, he changed what was possible in a folk music context; both in how it’s played and how it’s expressed. I hear folk music at the heart of so much of Dylan’s songwriting – from his earliest work to his most recent.

As I noted last year when Dylan released Rough and Rowdy Ways, “On his first album of new songs in eight years, Bob Dylan, at 79, has given us his some of his most fascinating songs in decades. From the opening song, “I Contain Multitudes,” an exploration of complicated identity, to the final, epic song, “Murder Most Foul,” ostensibly about the assassination of John F. Kennedy, but also much about iconic music, cinema and literature, Dylan continues to use a musical foundation drawing on folk music, blues and the Great American Songbook composers to complement his often-spellbinding lyrics.

And anyone who thinks that folk music is necessarily defined by acoustic guitars does not understand folk music.

Even the three albums celebrating the Great American Songbook that Dylan released between 2015 and 2017, in my opinion, are less a homage to Frank Sinatra, than they are a recognition that those classic songs somehow form part of that “old weird America.” It’s not so much the circumstances of how and when they were written as the context in which they are interpreted.

When jazz musicians like Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie developed bebop, they weren’t leaving jazz behind, they were changing it; even though some of the traditional jazz greats like Louis Armstrong were slow to accept or understand what Parker and Gillespie were doing. Just like some in the folk establishment of 1965 were slow to accept and understand what Dylan was doing. Bob Dylan changed folk music in much the same way Charlie Parker changed jazz.

As far as I’m concerned, Dylan playing his folk-rooted songs with rock musicians in his time is not very different from the Weavers playing folksongs with the Gordon Jenkins Orchestra in theirs.

Anyway, real rock ‘n’ roll, is a folk-rooted form. Just listen to the Sun-era recordings of Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash or Jerry Lee Lewis. Listen to Wanda Jackson’s 1950s records, listen to Chuck Berry, Buddy Holly, Bill Haley or Little Richard. The folk and blues roots are there in that music.

By the way, Louis Armstrong was a folksinger, too.

Happy Birthday, Bob!

I will be hosting a series of three radio specials “The Times They Are A-Changin’: A Nod to Bob Dylan at 80,” on CKCU in the week surrounding Dylan’s birthday.

            Part 1 will be on Stranger Songs on Tuesday May 18, 3:30-5 pm (EDT).

            Part 2 will be on the Saturday Morning show on Saturday May 22, 7-10 am (EDT).

            Part 3 will be on Stranger Songs on Tuesday May 25, 3:30-5 pm (EDT).

All of those shows can be heard at 93.1 FM or ckcufm.com at the time of the broadcast and will also be available 24/7 for on-demand streaming. I will update this post with links for each show’s stream here as soon as they are available (a few days before each broadcast).

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–Mike Regenstreif

Saturday, May 8, 2021

Stranger Songs with Mike Regenstreif – CKCU – Tuesday May 11, 2021


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

CKCU can be heard live at 93.1 FM in Ottawa and https://www.ckcufm.com/ on the web.

This episode of Stranger Songs was prerecorded at home and can already be streamed on-demand by clicking on “Listen Now” at … https://cod.ckcufm.com/programs/595/51907.html

 

Theme: Songs from the Pandemic, some of the songs inspired by the COVID-19 pandemic that have been written and recorded over the past 14 months.

Paul Kaplan- These Are the Days
We Shall Stay Here (Old Coat Music)

Danny Schmidt- 2020 Vision
2020 Vision – single (Danny Schmidt)
The Accidentals- Anyway
Time Out Session #1 (The Accidentals)
Crowes Pasture- Quarantine
Quarantine – single (Crowes Pasture)
Sloan Wainwright- In Times Like These
Red Maple Tree (Sloan Wainwright)

Paul Mills- 45 Weeks from Now
Unreleased parody of Stan Rogers’ “45 Years” with new words by Shelley Posen – used with permission
Shelley Posen- Long, Long Tunnel
Long, Long Tunnel – single (Well Done Music)

Tim Grimm- Gone
Gone (Vault)
Mike Goudreau Band- Isolation Blues
The Isolation Blues (Mike Goudreau)

Reggie Harris- My Working Bones
On Solid Ground (Reggie Harris Music)
John McCutcheon- Front Line
Cabin Fever: Songs from the Quarantine (Appalsongs)
Crys Matthews- Selfless
Changemakers (Crys Matthews)

Craig Werth- Things That Bring Hope
Things That Bring Hope – single (Craig Werth)
Emma's Revolution- Celebrate You (Happy Birthday)
Celebrate You (Happy Birthday) – single (Moving Forward Music)

Paul Kaplan- Little Boxes (2020)
We Shall Stay Here (Old Coat Music)
Skinner & T’witch- Working from Home
Working from Home – single (Skinner & T’witch)

Cliff Eberhardt- Mr. Lucky
Knew Things (Tin Pan Ally)
Jamie Anderson- Six Feet Away
Songs from Home (Jamie Anderson)
Anne Hills- Accidental August
Accidental August (Hand & Heart Music)


John McCutcheon
- When All of This is Over
Cabin Fever: Songs from the Quarantine (Appalsongs)
Sloan Wainwright- Help Each Other Through
Red Maple Tree (Sloan Wainwright)
The Accidentals- All Shall Be Well
Time Out Session #1 (The Accidentals)

Next week – The Times They Are A-Changin': A Nod to Bob Dylan at 80, Part 1 (The Times They Are A-Changin': A Nod to Bob Dylan at 80, Part 2 will be heard on the Saturday Morning show on May 22; The Times They Are A-Changin': A Nod to Bob Dylan at 80, Part 3 will be heard on Stranger Songs on May 25)

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--Mike Regenstreif

Sunday, May 2, 2021

Stranger Songs with Mike Regenstreif – CKCU – Tuesday May 4, 2021


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

CKCU can be heard live at 93.1 FM in Ottawa and https://www.ckcufm.com/ on the web.

This episode of Stranger Songs was prerecorded at home and can already be streamed on-demand by clicking on “Listen Now” at … https://cod.ckcufm.com/programs/595/51831.html

Theme: The Second Stranger Songs Fantasy Concert, a whole show of music recorded live in concert. We will have a "Stranger Songs Fantasy Concert" on our first show of every month until it’s safe for us to return to live music in person.

Big Daddy Wilson- Stranger
Live in Europe: From Bremen to Paris (Phamosa)

Sneezy Waters & His Very Fine Band- Walkin’ Round Town
Live (Sneezy Waters)
James Talley- Down on the Corner
Journey – The Second Voyage (Cimarron)
Penny Lang- Jailer, Bring Me Water
Penny Lang & Friends Live (She-Wolf)
Taj Mahal & The Hula Blues Band- Corinna
Live from Kauai (Kuleana)
Odetta with The Holmes Brothers- This Little Light of Mine
Gonna Let It Shine (M.C.)

Mike Regenstreif & Barbara Dane (2017)

Arlo Guthrie- St. James Infirmary
Here Come the Kids (Rising Son)
Barbara Dane- Mama Yancey’s Advice
Hot Jazz, Cool Blues & Hard-Hitting Songs (Smithsonian Folkways)
Bonnie Koloc- Jazzman
Seems Like Yesterday (Mr. Biscuit)
Eddie Holstein- Back in the Saddle Again
Eddie Holstein (Eddie Holstein)

Norah Jones- (Talk to Me of) Mendocino
Sing Me the Songs: Celebrating the Works of Kate McGarrigle (Nonesuch)
Anna McGarrigle, Sylvan Lanken & Lily Lanken- On My Way to Town
Sing Me the Songs: Celebrating the Works of Kate McGarrigle (Nonesuch)
Martha Wainwright- Matapedia
Sing Me the Songs: Celebrating the Works of Kate McGarrigle (Nonesuch)

Eva Cassidy- Tall Trees in Georgia
Live at Blues Alley (Blix Street)
Doug McArthur- Black Eyed Susan
Thunder Into Heaven (Patio)
The Wailin' Jennys- Begin
Live at The Mauch Chunk Opera House (Outside)

Mary Gauthier- The Rocket
Live at Blue Rock (In the Black)
Bill Chambers- I Drink
Live at the Pub Tamworth (Universal)
Tom Mitchell- Wasted Rose
1976 live recording – used with permission

Next week – Songs Inspired by the Pandemic

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--Mike Regenstreif

Saturday, April 24, 2021

Stranger Songs with Mike Regenstreif – CKCU – Tuesday April 27, 2021


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

CKCU can be heard live at 93.1 FM in Ottawa and https://www.ckcufm.com/ on the web.

This episode of Stranger Songs – Episode #12 – was prerecorded at home and can already be streamed on-demand by clicking on “Listen Now” at … https://cod.ckcufm.com/programs/595/51764.html

 

Theme: April in Paris

Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong- April in Paris
Ella and Louis (Verve)
Christine Albert- Mademoiselle de Paris
TexaFrance-Encore! (MoonHouse)
Don Armstrong- Going to Paris
Mother Don’t Give Up on Me Now (Ronstadt Record Co.)

Ronney Abramson- Jukebox of Paris
Jukebox of Paris (Castor Island Music)
Martha Wainwright- Le Métro de Paris
San Fusils, Ni Souliers, à Paris: Martha Wainwright’s Piaf Record (MapleMusic)
Kat Goldman- Letter from Paris
Gypsy Girl (Kat Goldman)
Melody Gardot- From Paris with Love
Sunset in the Blue: Deluxe Edition (Decca)

Buffy Sainte-Marie- Guess Who I Saw in Paris
Illuminations (Vanguard)
Nicki Parrott- The Last Time I Saw Paris
The Last Time I Saw Paris (Venus)
Joni Mitchell- Free Man in Paris
Court and Spark (Elektra)
Gordon Fleming- Parisian Thoroughfare
According to Gordie (Just a Memory)
Andrew Calhoun- A Hoosier in Paris
Shadow of a Wing (Waterbug)

Eric Andersen- Trouble in Paris
The Essential Eric Andersen (Real Gone Music)
Nikki Matheson- It’s Still Raining in Paris
Invisible Angel (Nikki Matheson)
Claribol Stompers- Swing de Paris
Swingattic (Claribol)
Jacques Labrecque- À Paris, sur le petit pont
Folk Songs of France and French Canada (Folkways)

Mike Regenstreif & Erik Frandsen (1976) photo: Felicity Fanjoy
Lenka Lichtenberg with Fray- Pigeons in Paris
Embrace (Sunflower)
The Hot Sardines- I Love Paris
Live at Joe’s Pub (The Hot Sardines)
Erik Frandsen- Another Song About Paris
The Greenwich Village Folk Festival 1989-1990 (Gadfly)
Erroll Garner- Paris Bounce
Paris Impressions (Columbia)

Marianne Faithfull- No Moon in Paris
Negative Capability (BMG)
Jacques Brel- Les Prénoms de Paris
The Very Best of Jacques Brel (Select)
The Swing Commanders- Bye Bye Paris
Steelin’ Back (North Western)

Duke Ellington- Paris Blues
Midnight in Paris (Columbia)

Next week – The Second Stranger Songs Fantasy Concert

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--Mike Regenstreif

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Saturday Morning with Mike Regenstreif – CKCU – Saturday April 24, 2021


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 live at 93.1 FM in Ottawa and https://www.ckcufm.com/ on the web.

This episode of Saturday Morning was prerecorded at home and can already be streamed on-demand at … https://cod.ckcufm.com/programs/128/51715.html

 

John Hartford- Gentle On My Mind
Gentle On My Mind and Other Originals (RCA)

Gillian Welch & David Rawlings- Ginseng Sullivan
All the Good Times Are Past and Gone (Acony)
Marc Nerenberg- Ma Creole Belle
On the Street Again (Marc Nerenberg)
Moira Smiley & Voco- Oh Susannah
In Our Voices (Moira Smiley Music)

Last Forever- Pay Day at Coal Creek
No Place Like Home/Last Forever (2nd Story Sound)
Crys Matthews- How Many More
Changemakers (Crys Matthews)
Rhiannon Giddens with Francesco Turrisi- I Shall Not Be Moved
They’re Calling Me Home (Nonesuch)

Kate & Anna McGarrigle & Mike Regenstreif (1976) photo: Felicity Fanjoy
Joni Mitchell- Fare Thee Well (Dink’s Song)
Archives – Volume 1: The Early Years 1963-1967 (Rhino)
Kate & Anna McGarrigle- Heart Like a Wheel
Tell My Sister: Kate & Anna McGarrigle (Nonesuch)
Chaim Tannenbaum- Belfast Louis Falls in Love
Chaim Tannenbaum (StorySound)

Laura Smith- Souther’s Faithless Love (Just What I Need)
As Long As I’m Dreaming (Borealis)
JD Souther- Faithless Love
Natural History (Eone)
Craig Cardiff- Emm & May
All This Time Running (True North)

Tim Grimm- Carry Us Away
Gone (Vault)
Peggy Seeger- Tree of Love
First Farewell (Red Grape Music)
Reggie Harris- Come What May
On Solid Ground (Reggie Harris Music)
Ronney Abramson- Your Love Gets Me Around
Stowaway (Castor Island Music)

Darryl Purpose- Gentle Arms of Eden
Gentle Arms of Eden – single (Gamblers Grace Music)
Dave Carter & Tracy Grammer- Farewell to Saint Delores
Tanglewood Tree (Signature Sounds)
Katy Moffatt- Sister Angelina
Chrysalis (Sunset Blvd. Records)
Gretchen Peters with Tom Russell- Guadalupe
One to the Heart, One to the Head (Scarlet Letter/Frontera)
Tom Russell- Angel of Lyon
Old Songs Yet to Sing (Frontera)

Jon Lawton- Goin’ to California
Virginny Sessions: Vol. 1 (Bigtone)
Thad Beckman- Mama, ‘Taint Long for Day
Blues Gone By (Thadzooks)
Lauren Sheehan- Statesboro Blues
Two Wings (Wilson River)
Guy Davis & Lea Gilmore- Some Cold Rainy Day
Juba Dance (M.C.)
Veronika Jackson- Go Down Sunshine
The Woman I Am (Acoustic with Heart Productions)

Anne Hills- Elusive Chemistry
Accidental August (Hand & Heart Music)
Dave Clarke- Lucinda
The Healing Garden (Crossties)
Rings & Things- Smoker’s Lullaby
Pearl Soup (Cooking Fat Music)
Montreal- What About the Wind?
A Summer’s Night (Stormy Forest)
Ian Tamblyn- Tiger Lily Road
Voice in the Wilderness (North Track)

Noel Paul Stookey- Jean Claude
Just Causes (Neworld)
Frank London with Karim Sulayman & Cantor Sveta Kundish- Nirdi Natan Reiho
Ghetto Songs (Felmay)

Maria Muldaur with Tuba Skinny- Let’s Get Happy Together
Let’s Get Happy Together (Stony Plain)
Jeff Healey- Some of These Days
The Best of the Stony Plain Years: Vintage Jazz, Swing and Blues (Stony Plain)
Annabelle Chvostek- String of Pearls
String of Pearls (Annabelle Chvostek)
Sussex- Don’t Wanna Wait
The Ocean Wide (Lucky Bear)
The Hot Sardines- Running Wild
French Fries + Champagne (Decca)

Duke Ellington & Johnny Hodges- St. Louis Blues
Back to Back: Duke Ellington and Johnny Hodges Play the Blues (Verve)

I’ll be hosting Saturday Morning next on May 22. I also host Stranger Songs on CKCU every Tuesday from 3:30-5 pm.

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--Mike Regenstreif

Friday, April 16, 2021

Stranger Songs with Mike Regenstreif – CKCU – Tuesday April 20, 2021


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

CKCU can be heard live at 93.1 FM in Ottawa and https://www.ckcufm.com/ on the web.

This episode of Stranger Songs – Episode #11 – was prerecorded at home and can already be streamed on-demand by clicking on “Listen Now” at … https://cod.ckcufm.com/programs/595/51656.html

Theme: Celebrating Spring

Garnet Rogers- Old Campfires
Summer’s End (Snow Goose Songs)
Kim Wallach- Come, Spring
Chatter of the Finches (Black Socks Press)
Richie Havens- Here Comes the Sun
Alarm Clock (Stormy Forest)
Tommy Makem & Liam Clancy- Rambles of Spring
The Makem & Clancy Collection (Shanachie)

Wade Hemsworth with the Mountain City Four- The Blackfly Song
Wade Hemsworth with the Mountain City Four (Peter Weldon)
Connie Kaldor- Spring on the Prairies
Wood River (Coyote)
Ian Tyson- Springtime
Cowboyography (Stony Plain)
David Mallett- Greenin’ Up
Midnight on the Water (North Road)

Bruce Cockburn- April in Memphis
Crowing Ignites (True North)

Rosalie Sorrels with Mitch Greenhill- Go With Me
If I Could Be the Rain (Folk-Legacy)
Mark Stepakoff featuring Rose Polenzani- April Fools
Any Port in a Storm (Mark Stepakoff)
Finest Kind- April Morning
Heart’s Delight (Fallen Angle)
Tex König- One Morning in May
Königsblende (Music Cellar)
Grace Griffith- May Morning
Passing Through (Blix Street)

Mike Regenstreif & Tom Paxton (2009)

Tom Paxton
- Virginia Morning
Redemption Road (Pax)
Rod MacDonald- Second Spring
Boulevard (Blue Flute Music)
Jacques Brel- Au Printemps
The Very Best of Jacques Brel (Select)
Frida's Brow- Spring
Frida’s Brow (Frida’s Brow)

Marie Lynn-Hammond- Flying/Spring of ‘44
Marie-Lynn Hammond/Vignettes (Vignettes Media)
Quartette- Spring of ‘45
Work of the Heart (Denon)
Mark Perry- Springtime
Recollections (Northern Sky)

Eleni Mandell- I Believe in Spring
Snakebite (Zedtone)
Erin McKeown- They Say It’s Spring
Sing You Sinners (Nettwerk)
Banjo Nickaru & Western Scooches- When the Red, Red Robin
Very Next Thing (On the Bol)
Lew London- Swingtime in Springtime
Swingtime in Springtime (Philo)
Suzy Bogguss- Jumping Into Spring
Swing (Compadre)

Modern Jazz Quartet- I’ll Remember April
European Concert (Atlantic)

Next week – April in Paris

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--Mike Regenstreif

Saturday, April 10, 2021

Stranger Songs with Mike Regenstreif – CKCU – Tuesday April 13, 2021


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

CKCU can be heard live at 93.1 FM in Ottawa and https://www.ckcufm.com/ on the web.

This episode of Stranger Songs – Episode #10 – was prerecorded at home and can already be streamed on-demand by clicking on “Listen Now” at … https://cod.ckcufm.com/programs/595/51586.html

Theme: Train Songs

Eve Goldberg- Waiting for a Train
Ever Brightening Day (Sweet Patootie)
James Talley- Hear That Lonesome Whistle
Journey – The Second Voyage (Cimarron)
Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee- Rock Island Line
Blues Masters, Vol. 5 (Storyville)
Preservation Hall Jazz Band & Ani DiFranco- Freight Train
Preservation (Preservation Hall)

Bill Garrett- Northshore Train
Bill Garrett (Borealis)
Happy & Artie Traum- Blow Your Whistle, Freight Train
Hard Times in the Country (Rounder)
Seldom Scene- Steel Rail Blues
Changes (Rounder)
Gordon Lightfoot- Canadian Railroad Trilogy
Songbook (Warner Archives/Rhino)

Craig Duncan- Take the A Train
Bluegrass Swing (Green Hill Productions)

Mike Regenstreif & Arlo Guthrie (1996)
Crowes Pasture- Hobo’s Lullaby
Crowes Pasture (Crowes Pasture)
Mountain City Four- Mean Old Frisco
Mountain City Four (Peter Weldon)
Last Forever- Old 97
No Place Like Home/Last Forever (2nd Story Sound)
Arlo Guthrie- City of New Orleans
Here Come the Kids (Rising Son)

Veronika Jackson- Morning Train
The Woman I Am (Acoustic with Heart Productions)
Rosalie Sorrels- Talkin’ Wolverine 14
Travelin’ Lady Rides Again (Green Linnet)
Andy Cohen- Talkin’ Casey
Tryin’ to Get Home (Earwig)

Anne Hills- I Rode ‘Em All
Tracks (Hand & Heart Music)
Louis Jordan- Choo Choo Ch’Boogie
The Later Years 1953-1957 (JSP)
Jackie Washington- When that Midnight Choo Choo Leaves for Alabam’
Midnight Choo Choo (Borealis)

Utah Phillips & Mike Regenstreif (2005)

Sue Foley
- Cannonball Blues
The Ice Queen (Stony Plain)
Tom Rush- The Panama Limited
Tom Rush/Take a Little Walk with Me (BGO)
Utah Phillips- Wabash Cannonball/Tolono
Good Though! (Philo)

Bruce Cockburn- Train in the Rain
Speechless (True North)

Next week – Celebrating Spring

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--Mike Regenstreif

Thursday, April 8, 2021

Saturday Morning with Mike Regenstreif – CKCU – Saturday April 10, 2021


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 live at 93.1 FM in Ottawa and https://www.ckcufm.com/ on the web.

This episode of Saturday Morning was prerecorded at home and can already be streamed on-demand at … https://cod.ckcufm.com/programs/128/51567.html

Note: I was subbing for Stephen Neale on this edition of Saturday Morning. I will be back in my regular Saturday Morning slot on April 24. Steve should be back in his next slot in the rotation on May 8.

The Clancy Brothers & Tommy Makem- Early Morning Rain
The Bold Fenian Men (Columbia)

Marc Nerenberg- I Wish I was a Mole in the Ground
On the Street Again (Marc Nerenberg)
Hannah Shira Naiman- Train On the Island
Know the Mountain (Merriweather)
Joachim Cooder- Over That Road I’m Bound to Go
Over That Road I’m Bound: The Songs of Uncle Dave Macon (Nonesuch)

Reggie Harris- My Working Bones
On Solid Ground (Reggie Harris Music)
Crys Matthews- Exactly Where You Are
Changemakers (Crys Matthews)
Tret Fure- Monuments
Stone by Stone (Tomboy girl Records)
Noel Paul Stookey- In These Times
Just Causes (Neworld)
Tim Grimm- A Dream
Gone (Vault)

Michael J. Miles- Mississippi Overture
Mississippi River Suite/Which Side Are You On? (Right Turn On Red Music)
Leon Bibb- Ol’ Man River
Praising Peace: A Tribute to Paul Robeson (Stony Plain)
Michael J. Miles featuring Zahra Glenda Baker- Mississippi River Suite, Part 1
Mississippi River Suite/Which Side Are You On? (Right Turn On Red Music)
Dave Brubeck Quartet featuring Jimmy Rushing- River Stay ‘Way From My Door
Brubeck & Rushing (Columbia)
Michael J. Miles featuring Zahra Glenda Baker- Mississippi River Suite, Part 2
Mississippi River Suite/Which Side Are You On? (Right Turn On Red Music)
Tom Russell & Iris DeMent- Big Water
The Long Way Around (HighTone)

Anne Hills- Golden Arms
Accidental August (Hand & Heart Music)
Katie Oates- Here in Gastonia
We Go On: Si Kahn’s Songs of Hope in Hard Times (Hollow Reed Arts Recordings)
Dave Clarke- A Thousand Days Like This
The Healing Garden (Crossties)
Steel Rail- The Last Time
Coming Home (Crossties)

Peggy Seeger- How I Long for Peace
First Farewell (Red Grape Music)
Frank London with Cantor Yaakov 'Yanky' Lemmer- Oseh Shalom
Ghetto Songs (Felmay)
Christopher Mark Jones- Call Back Your Soldiers
Looking for the Light (Small Batch Music)
Eliza Gilkyson, Patty Griffin, Mary Chapin Carpenter & Iris DeMent- Peace Call
Land of Milk and Honey (Red House)
Reggie Harris- On Solid Ground
On Solid Ground (Reggie Harris Music)

Dave Alvin- Bus Station
King of California (HighTone)
David Francey- Ankle Tattoo
The Waking Hour (Jericho Beach Music)
Michael Jerome Browne- Somebody Have Mercy
That’s Where It’s At! (Borealis)

Maria Dunn- Waltzing with the Angels
Joyful Banner Blazing (Distant Whisper)
Willie Dunn- Peruvian Dream (Part 1)
Creation Never Sleeps, Creation Never Dies: The Willie Dunn Anthology (Light in the Attic)
Anna Elizabeth Laube- Jardim da Estrela
Annamania (Continental Song City)

Mike Regenstreif & David Amram (2004) photo: Ron Petronko

David Amram & Ramblin' Jack Elliott
- Going North
No More Walls (Flying Fish)

Last Forever- Buddy’s Blues
No Place Like Home/Last Forever (2nd Story Sound)
Wynton Marsalis & Catherine Russell- Buddy’s Horn
Bolden: Music from the Original Soundtrack (Blue Engine)
Bill Morrissey- Buddy Bolden’s Blues
Something I Saw or Thought I Saw (Philo)

Maria Muldaur with Tuba Skinny- I Like You Best of All
Let’s Get Happy Together (Stony Plain)
Annabelle Chvostek- Belleville rendez-vous
String of Pearls (Annabelle Chvostek)
The Slowlinks- I Ain’t Got Nobody
Stay With Me Awhile (weewerk)
Samoa Wilson with The Jim Kweskin Band- Me, Myself and I
I Just Want to Be Horizontal (Kingswood)
Le Chat Mort- Bye Bye Baby Bye
Roses (Le Chat Mort)

Laura Smith & Mike Regenstreif (2013)

Rachelle Garniez
- Don’t You Know
Gone to Glory (StorySound)
Laura Smith- I’m a Beauty
As Long As I’m Dreaming (Borealis)

David Broza- Night Dawn (Silver Dollar)
Night Dawn: The Unpublished Poetry of Townes Van Zandt (S-Curve)
Bob Jensen- Colorado Girl
For the Sake of the Song (Bob Jensen)
Matthew Barber & Jill Barber- If I Needed You
The Family Album (Outside)
Townes Van Zandt- Snowin’ On Raton
At My Window (Sugar Hill)
Orit Shimoni- Song for Townes
Strange and Beautiful Things (Orit Shimoni)

Shtreiml- Sirba Amen Sela
Har Meron (I.J. Rosenblatt)

I’ll be hosting Saturday Morning next on April 24. I also host Stranger Songs on CKCU every Tuesday from 3:30-5 pm.

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--Mike Regenstreif

Saturday, April 3, 2021

Stranger Songs with Mike Regenstreif – CKCU – Tuesday April 6, 2021


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

CKCU can be heard live at 93.1 FM in Ottawa and https://www.ckcufm.com/ on the web.

This episode of Stranger Songs – Episode #9 – was prerecorded at home and can already be streamed on-demand by clicking on “Listen Now” at … https://cod.ckcufm.com/programs/595/51490.html

Theme: The First Stranger Songs Fantasy Concert, a whole show of music recorded live in concert. We will have a "Stranger Songs Fantasy Concert" on our first show of every month until it’s safe for us to return to live music in person.

Tom Russell & Mike Regenstreif (2018)

Jesse Winchester
- Eulalie
Live from Mountain Stage (Blue Plate Music)
Tom Russell & Dave Alvin- Blue Wing
The Long Way Around (HighTone)
Rosalie Sorrels- I Think of You
My Last Go Round (Red House)

Joni Mitchell- Eastern Rain
Archives – Volume 1: The Early Years (1963-1967) (Rhino)
Eric Andersen- I Shall Go Unbounded
Woodstock Under the Stars (Y&T Music)
Tom Paxton & The DonJuans- Bottle of Wine
Live (Pax)
Ian & Sylvia- The Last Thing On My Mind
The Lost Tapes (Stony Plain)

Mike Regenstreif & Bruce Cockburn (2017)

David Francey
- Paper Boy
The First Set (Laker Music)
Lynn Miles with Keith Glass- Black Flowers
Road (Lynn Miles)
Ball & Chain & The Wreckers- Graveyard Shift
Live at the Bayou (Ball & Chain)
Missy Burgess- Pilgrim
Missy Burgess with The Blue Train Live (Missy Burgess)
Bruce Cockburn- Wondering Where the Lions Are
Slice O Life: Live Solo (True North)

Eliza Gilkyson & Mike Regenstreif (2006)

SONiA disappear fear
- L Kol L Vacha (With All My Heart)
Live at Maximal (Disappear)
Ken Tizzard & Music for Goats- Man of a Thousand Songs
Living the Dream: Live at the Little Pub (Ken Tizzard)
Eliza Gilkyson- Bare Necessities
Your Town Tonight (Red House)

Archie Fisher & Garnet Rogers- Make and Break Harbour
The Best Times After All: Live (Snow Goose Songs)
Archie Fisher & Garnet Rogers- Final Trawl
The Best Times After All: Live (Snow Goose Songs)
Stan Rogers- The Mary Ellen Carter
Between the Breaks…Live! (Fogarty’s Cove/Borealis)

Josh White, Jr.- It’s Chilly Out Tonight
Live at the Raven Gallery (Silverwolf)
Pete Seeger with Arlo Guthrie & Shenendoah- Precious Friend You Will Be There
Precious Friend (Warner Bros.)

Next week – Train Songs

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--Mike Regenstreif

Saturday, March 27, 2021

Stranger Songs with Mike Regenstreif – CKCU – Tuesday March 30, 2021


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

CKCU can be heard live at 93.1 FM in Ottawa and https://www.ckcufm.com/ on the web.

This episode of Stranger Songs – Episode #8 – was prerecorded at home and can already be streamed on-demand by clicking on “Listen Now” at … https://cod.ckcufm.com/programs/595/51425.html

Theme: Songs Inspired by Bible Stories 

Maria Muldaur- Adam and Eve had the Blues
Sweet and Slow (Stony Plain)
Geoff Bartley- Noah’s Ark
One Kind Word (Magic Crow)
Sharon Goldman- Pillar of Salt
Kol Isha/A Woman’s Voice (Sharon Goldman)

Shelley Posen- Ram in the Thicket
Manna (Well Done Music)
Leonard Cohen- Story of Isaac
Songs from a Room (Columbia/Legacy)


Kim & Reggie Harris
- Go Down Moses
Steal Away: Songs of the Underground Railroad (Appleseed)
Jesse Winchester- Pharaoh’s Army
Learn to Love It (Stony Plain)
Bob Franke- Walkin’ in the Wilderness
The Desert Questions (Robert J. Franke)

Margot Leverett & The Klezmer Mountain Boys with Hazel Dickens- Little Moses
2nd Avenue Square Dance (Traditional Crossroads)
Odetta- Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho
Best of the Vanguard Years (Vanguard)
Rory Block- Samson & Delilah
I Belong to the Band: A Tribute to Rev. Gary Davis (Stony Plain)

The Short Sisters- Shadrack
Live from Four States (Black Socks Press)
The High Bar Gang- Daniel Prayed
Lost and Undone (True North)
Louis Armstrong- Ezekiel Saw the Wheel
Louis and the Good Book (Verve)
Eliza Gilkyson- Rose of Sharon
Your Town Tonight (Red House)

Shelley Posen- Shepherd
Menorah: Songs from a Jewish Life (Well Done Music)
SONiA disappear fear- Hallelujah
By My Silence (Disappear Records)

Ian & Sylvia- Jesus Met the Woman at the Well
Four Strong Winds (Vanguard)
Jackie Washington, Ken Whiteley & Mose Scarlett- Blind Barnabas
Where Old Friends Meet (Pyramid)
Odetta & The Holmes Brothers- Two Little Fishes and Five Loaves of Bread
Shout, Sister, Shout! A Tribute to Sister Rosetta Tharpe (M.C.)


Josh White
- Never Said a Mumblin’ Word
The Josh White Stories, Vols. I & II (Jasmine)
Mavis Staples- Were You There?
Spirituals & Gospel (Gitanes)
David Olney- A Soldier’s Report
The Stone (Deadbeet)

Charlie Haden & Hank Jones- Wade in the Water
Steal Away: Spirituals, Hymns and Folk Songs (Verve)

Next week – A Live Music Extravaganza

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--Mike Regenstreif