Every once in a while you notice that an artist or band that you loved or saw a bunch of times seems to be missing in action. Sometimes a band or artist will just give up the hectic, unpredictable, stressful, dangerous life of a touring musician, and sometimes they'll just drop a little further off the radar, still making music that you might not necessarily even know about. This episode compiles some of those artists and bands and we track a few down and wonder about some others.
This is another in our long line of timeless "standby" episodes that you might hear again some day when I'm not able to come up with a new show. It's full of great music, so I'm sure you won't mind. Heck, you might just want to come back and revisit it on your own some time!
With the NHL playoffs starting this week and our Winnipeg Jets facing tough odds, even the power of music might not be enough for us this year, but we're still going to try by playing an hour of hockey-themed songs. Following that, our usual roundup of great new music, including a whole bunch of new cover versions, which seems to be a theme this year.
Go Jets Go!
This show was recorded on 4/3/21, and hopefully it's not the Final Countdown, but it did inspire two hours of countdowns, count-ins, and a whole lot of numbers!
This show is a little different than your usual Sunday afternoon singer/songwriter fare, with a bit wider scope and some artists and songs we don't normally play on the show. It's fun to loosen things up and have a little fun once in a while.
4 straight hours of nothing but my favourite music released in 2020. The year may have been a disaster in many areas, but it was an exceptional year for music, so much so that I couldn't even fit it all into 4 hours. There's much more great stuff to be heard, but this represents a pretty good overview of many of my favourite releases from the year.
4-hour holiday marathon! Some of the best cover versions from 2020, a bunch of great classics, and a punk & indie dance party to close it off!
I figure even once a year a grumpy curmudgeon like me can give in and do a show full of Christmas music. Don't worry, there's plenty of offbeat and off-colour songs mixed in, but also some of the all-time greatest Christmas songs.
We'll be back to secular songs of misery and woe next week with a 4-hour special, 1-5 pm!
2020 has been an unmitigated disaster in almost every regard except for new music, which has been outstanding. Today we're going to look at some of our favourites in hopes that you might add some music to your online shopping list or your own wish list, especially with the final Bandcamp Friday of the year coming up this week. These aren't necessarily all of the best songs & albums of the year, just some of our standout favourites.
Another week, another of the all-time greatest songwriters gone. Last week we paid tribute to Jerry Jeff Walker, and this week we say a fond farewell to Billy Joe Shaver, one of the most revered and covered songwriters of them all. Billy Joe lived through just about every danger and tragedy there is, so I was starting to think that he was immortal, but 2020 has a nasty way of proving everyone's mortality. Billy Joe leaves behind a catalogue full of incredible songs that will be sung forever, and the first hour of the show is full of only some of the best. In hour two, we've got some more new music, requests, and other stuff. Keep your loved ones and songwriting icons in your thoughts and prayers folks. Let's keep each other safe so I don't have to do any more tributes this year.
2020 strikes again and takes another music icon/legend. This weekend, Jerry Jeff Walker lost his battle with throat cancer, and we've lost one of the greats of songwriting and performing. Today on the show, a heartfelt tribute featuring words and music from Todd Snider, Jerry Jeff's biggest fan and close friend, and a whole lot of music from the man himself. After that, we've got a pile of new and timely music to round things out.
Another great one gone as we pay a fond farewell to the great Justin Townes Earle, who left us far too soon. We've got plenty of examples of him covering other artists, other artists covering him, and a few fun surprises to remember him by. On a happier note, on Friday, September 4, our buddy Sean Burns releases a collection of some of his favourite truckin' songs called "We Gotta Lotta Truckin' to Do," so we hop in the cab and crank a few of our faves to get us ready.
Remember to keep in touch with the people you care about during these days of isolation. You never know what someone's going through unless you reach out. The only way to get through this madness is with a little help. I'm here for you any time.
This is another in our collection of timeless Standby episodes, which you may hear again sometime when I’m not able to put together a new episode for whatever reason. I’m pretty sure you won’t mind.
Have you ever noticed how many songs there are about or by Charlies? No, seriously, it's an epidemic or something! You wouldn't think that Charlie would pop up so often in songs, but we've got two hours of Charlies for you, and there are a whole bunch that I had to leave off! Good Times, Charlie!
So, Charlie, whoever you are, this one's for you!