Some requests & dedications started us off on the right track. Then, it's Oscar night tonight and a couple of movies with great soundtracks are up for some big awards, so we heard some great movie music. Following that, we look ahead to March, which is music month with an outstanding lineup of shows, kicking off with John Wort Hannam & Twilight Hotel on Friday (which is technically February, but who's counting), then Josh Ritter and Two Hours Traffic on Saturday. And that's only the beginning!
Episode #249 – One for Willie P.
A show I wish I never had to do. Yesterday, one of the true guiding lights of this show went out, as Canada's greatest songwriter of all time, Willie P Bennett died. His songs and spirit will live on forever, but it's sad to think that we'll never see him or hear from him again. In memory of him, two hours of memories and music from the man, including Willie originals, Willie covers, a song about Willie, songs featuring Willie, and Willie live. We heard from friends like Stephen Fearing, Scott Nolan, Colin Linden, and Willie's longtime boss, bandmate, and friend, Fred Eaglesmith.
Push on, you weary soul...
Even though it's February and it's miserable outside, we're in a bit of a celebratory mood this week. Long time listener Allison is celebrating a birthday, the greatest little store in town, Candor is celebrating the first anniversary of their amazing grand opening show, and The King of Fundrive, CKUW's Stu Reid, is putting together the posters and the prize packs for his annual plea to keep the station on air, and this year, he's invited me down to be a Phone Troll! All this, and, it's Valentine's Day coming up and for once I've actually got something to celebrate on that silly day.
Some new music, a trip into the TTBTGH mail bag for some recent CD submissions, and a whole lot of great music in this super-sized episode, as Bluegrass Guy couldn't make it in so we kept on going until we started to run out of steam after 2.5 hours!