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January 3, 2021: part 4 - 2020 Favourites
January 3, 2021: part 3 - 2020 Favourites
January 3, 2021: part 2 - 2020 Favourites
January 3, 2021: part 1 - 2020 Favourites

January 3, 2021: part 1 - 2020 Favourites

January 3, 2021

Episode #870

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. 

playlist: https://wp.me/p1lizT-eiQ

Dec. 27, 2020 - part 4 - Covers & Classics Marathon!
Dec. 27, 2020 - part 3 - Covers & Classics Marathon!
Dec. 27, 2020 - part 2 - Covers & Classics Marathon!
Dec. 27, 2020 - part 1 - Covers & Classics Marathon!

Dec. 27, 2020 - part 1 - Covers & Classics Marathon!

December 27, 2020

Episode #869

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! 

playlist: https://wp.me/p1lizT-eip

December 20, 2020 - part 2: Christmas Special
December 20, 2020 - part 1: Christmas Special

December 20, 2020 - part 1: Christmas Special

December 20, 2020

Episode #868

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!

playlist: https://wp.me/p1lizT-ehL

November 29, 2020: 2020 Highlights - part 2
November 29, 2020: 2020 Highlights - part 1

November 29, 2020: 2020 Highlights - part 1

November 29, 2020

Episode #865

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.

playlist: https://wp.me/p1lizT-efY

November 1, 2020 - part 1: Billy Joe Shaver tribute

November 1, 2020 - part 1: Billy Joe Shaver tribute

November 1, 2020

Episode #861

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. 

playlist: https://wp.me/p1lizT-ebU

October 25, 2020 - part 1 (Jerry Jeff Walker)

October 25, 2020 - part 1 (Jerry Jeff Walker)

October 25, 2020

Episode #860

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.

playlist: https://wp.me/p1lizT-eaU

August 30, 2020 - part 1 - Justin Townes Earle Tribute

August 30, 2020 - part 1 - Justin Townes Earle Tribute

August 30, 2020

Episode #852

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. 

playlist: https://wp.me/p1lizT-e2a

July 26, 2020 - part 1 - Good Time Charlies

July 26, 2020 - part 1 - Good Time Charlies

July 26, 2020

Episode #847

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!

playlist: https://wp.me/p1lizT-dXt

June 28, 2020 - part 2 - Canadiana Essentials
June 28, 2020 - part 1 - Canadiana Essentials

June 28, 2020 - part 1 - Canadiana Essentials

June 28, 2020

Episode #843

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 because this is a pretty good one.

Playing great Canadian music is a main mission and joy on this show because I really believe that the best music in the world comes from right here. Every week I try to stack the show with a lot of great homegrown music, but this week, in honour of Canada Day, we're 100% all Canadian and proud of it.

This episode is kind of like a beginner's guide to the best of Canadian music, or a Canadian Greatest Hits, if you will. It aims to pull together some of the most essential Canadian music ever made in an attempt to show the strength and breadth of our music. We look at some of the early giants whose shoulders today's artists stand on, and a few contemporary artists who are making timeless music bound to be looked back on in years to come.

I can't pretend to put together a comprehensive list in just 2 hours, but I think this one covers a lot of the most important bases. Please let me know what would be on your list of essential Canadian music!

playlist: https://wp.me/p1lizT-dWx

April 1, 2020 w/Mike Plume

April 1, 2020 w/Mike Plume

April 2, 2020

The Shut-In Sessions is a new daily live broadcast coming to you from self-isolation at 3:30 pm CDT. We're keeping connected from a safe distance by reaching out to some friends to chat on the show. Today's chat is with Mike Plume

Visit us for more Shut-in Sessions at www.tellthebandtogohome.com

Shut-in Sessions: March 15, 2020 - w/Ben de la Cour

Shut-in Sessions: March 15, 2020 - w/Ben de la Cour

March 29, 2020

The Shut-In Sessions is a new daily live broadcast coming to you from self-isolation at 3:30 pm CDT. We're keeping connected from a safe distance by reaching out to some friends to chat on the show. Today's chat is with our pal Ben de la Cour.

Visit us for more Shut-in Sessions at www.tellthebandtogohome.com

Shut-In Sessions: March 25, 2020 w/Leeroy Stagger

Shut-In Sessions: March 25, 2020 w/Leeroy Stagger

March 25, 2020

Taken from my new daily live broadcast from home. Today we connected with Leeroy Stagger to talk about music and how to stay sane in these crazy times.

Check out the Shut-In Sessions, every day at 3:30 pm CDT at www.tellthebandtogohome.com

March 8, 2020 - part 2 - Girls Play Guys
March 8, 2020 - part 1 - Girls Play Guys

March 8, 2020 - part 1 - Girls Play Guys

March 9, 2020

Episode #827

It's International Women's Day, and we're celebrating with an all-female show today! We're playing a game of Girls Play Boys, where female artists cover songs written and made famous by males, and show them how the songs should really be sung! We've also got a bit of new music and some great requests/suggestions from some of our favourite female listeners. Sadly, we also had to do a bit of a tribute to Canadian singer/songwriter Laura Smith, who passed away this weekend.

playlist: https://wp.me/p1lizT-dRP

January 19, 2020 - part 2: David Olney Tribute
January 12, 2020 - part 1: More than Two Good Years
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