December 20, 2020
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!
November 29, 2020
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.
November 1, 2020
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.
October 25, 2020
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.
August 30, 2020
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.
July 26, 2020
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!