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We Like American Music: Podcast #118

American Music


What is American Music to you? I think one of the greatest things about American Music is that it can mean something different to everyone. This weeks podcast is a little taste of what it means to me. I sat down and really pondered where the music came from. From it’s Folk, Blues and Jazz roots to its country beginnings, R&B and Soul, through to Rock n Roll and back again. American music has a long, diverse, and storied history; rich in tradition but also heavy on exploration and improvisation. It’s also important to mention that there are many more that I would have loved to add to this list; and even as I write this now several more have popped in my head (Doc Watson, Velvet Underground, Link Wray, The Temptations, and Stevie Wonder just to name a few). So, nevertheless I invite you to listen to my interpretation; soak it in, but also I encourage you to make your own playlist and think of what american music means to you. As always, enjoy, and listen loud.

These are the truly american tracks that were played:

Robert Johnson – Cross Road Blues ++ Chuck Berry – Roll Over Beethoven ++ Otis Redding – I Can’t Turn You Loose – Sam Cooke – Another Saturday Night ++ Leon Bridges – Coming Home ++ Aretha Franklin – I Never Loved A Man (The Way I Love You) ++ Billie Holiday and her Orchestra – Summertime ++ Preservation Hall Jazz Band & The Del McCoury Band – I’ll Fly Away ++ Lead Belly – Midnight Special ++ The Allman Brothers Band – Revival ++ Bruce Springsteen –  4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy) ++ Dawes – From a Window Seat ++ The Band – The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down (live) ++ Woody Guthrie – Going Down The Road Feeling Bad ++ Bob Dylan – You’re No Good ++ The Byrds – You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere ++ Joe Pug – Hymn #101 ++ Johnny Cash – Folsom Prison Blues ++ Buddy Holly – Not Fade Away ++ Grateful Dead – Ripple ++ Alabama Shakes – Gimme All Your Love ++ Father John Misty – Bored In the USA ++ The Gourds – All The Labor



Don’t Think Twice, It’s The Shady Groove: Podcast #88

Whoooo Wee!! I had a great time spinning some tracks for ya this week.

These were the tracks that made the cut:

My Morning Jacket – What A Wonderful Man ++ Vampire Weekend – A-Punk ++ Pickwick – Lady Luck ++ Dawes – Most People ++ Bob Dylan – Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right ++ Joe Pug – Hymn #101 ++ Willie Nelson – If You’ve Got the Money I’ve Got the Time ++ Hayes Carll – Stomp and Holler ++ John Mayer w/ the All Star Band & Steve Jordan – Tennesee Jed (live @ Love for Levon) ++ Ramsay Midwood – 911 ++ The Rolling Stones – Memo From Turner ++ The Hard Pans – Dyin Tryin ++ Jimmy Cliff – Guns of Brixton ++ Cake – Sheep Go To Heaven ++ The Gourds – Hooky Junk

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Goin’ To A Party At The Shady Groove: Podcast #70


Vinyl Rose

These are the fine audio tracks that were included in this weeks podcast:

Joe Pug – Speak Plainly, Diana ++ Chris Kasper – Ain’t No Saint ++ Lucinda Williams – Can’t Let Go ++ Justin Townes Earle – Move Over Mama ++ Alabama Shakes – Goin’ To A Party ++ Booker T. Jones – Progress (feat. Jim James) ++ John Hiatt – Memphis In The Meantime ++ Stevie Wonder – Boogie On Reggae Woman ++ Bob Marley – Mellow Mood ++ Grateful Dead – Shakedown Street ++ Elvis Costello & The Attractions – Pump It Up ++ Wilco – A Shot In The Arm ++ The Beach Boys – God Only Knows ++ G. Love & Special Sauce – This Ain’t Living ++ Doug Sahm – Juan Mendoza ++ The Gourds – Piss & Moan Blues.

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Outta Sight!! Shady Groove Podcast #65

The Vinyl Groove

These are the hottest of the hot, the freshest new tracks in the life of The Shady Groove:

Ben Folds Five – Do It Anyway ++ Wilco – Outta Mind (Outta Sight) ++ The Ziggens – Strange Way To Live ++ The Rolling Stones – Beast Of Burden ++ Trombone Shorty – Backatown ++ Dr. John – Locked Down ++ The Black Keys – Stop Stop ++ The Jimi Hendrix Experience – Little Wing (live) ++ Phish – Heavy Things ++ Alabama Shakes – Heavy Chevy ++ The Slickers – Johnny Too Bad ++ G. Love & Special Sauce – Do It For Free ++ Those Darlins – Glass To You ++ Joe Pug – Nation of Heat ++ The Gourds – Shreveport.

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Top Live Shows of 2011

Jerry New Year

Welcome 2012! For the last of Shady Groove’s Year in Review, I bring to you the top live shows of the past year.

Top 11 Live Shows 0f 2011 

11. Joe Pug (Johnny Brenda’s) – Johnny Brenda’s is prob my favorite small venue to see a show in philly. Joe Pug sounds like an early Dylan, honing his craft.

Joe Pug

10. Ziggy Marley (The Keswick Theatre) – crowd was great, dancing and singing. Praise to the Most be High. JAH! Rastafari.

Ziggy Marley

9. Doc Watson (The Keswick Theatre) – epic. Legendary. He’s blind, he’s nearly 90. Amazing.

Doc Watson

8. Hoots and Hellmouth (Yards) – Barn Stomping, hell raising folkies from Philly put on a rollickin show at Yards. All were dancing and singing. The band also brings wooden boards to stomp on. For real.

Hoots and Hellmouth

7. Hayes Carll (WCL) – Rockin band, great lyrics. They didn’t put the tables on the floor downstairs. That means the floor was open for dancing!

Hayes Carll

6. Mason Porter (WCL upstairs) – Mason Porter is prob my favorite local Philly band. Their old school folk and rock influences blend to create a magnificent union. Must see.

Mason Porter

5. Cake (The Keswick Theatre)– Epic. Crowd. Involvement. Totally awesome. John McCrea can control a crowd, at one point screaming “I’ll Stand here all Fucking Night!!”

John McCrea of Cake

4. Carolina Chocolate Drops (TLA)– Wow. One of the best live folk experiences.

Carolina Chocolate Drops

3. My Morning Jacket (The Mann Center) – Great new album. Heard big things about their live show. Did not disappoint. Jim James is a bona fide rock star. Endless hooks, ambient jams. Transcendental light show (see below)

My Morning Jacket

2. The Gourds (The Saint, Asbury Park NJ)– High energy. Rejuvenated with some new material. Fresh off of their brand new album, Old Mad Joy, recorded up in Woodstock, NY at ‘The Barn’ at Levon Helm’s Studios.

The Gourds

1. David Wax Museum (Johnny Brenda’s)– Well put together group of musicians. Something totally different from your run of the mill folk/indie group. They also play significantly under-known instruments, Donkey Jaw bone being one of them.

David Wax Museum


Honorable Mention:

Taj Mahal (The Keswick Theatre), Levon Helm Band (Philly Folk Fest), Trombone Shorty (Philly Folk Fest), The Wood Brothers (Philly Folk Fest), The Ebony Hillbillies (Chestnut Hill), Just The Tip (Half Moon Booze Cruise), The Low Anthem (WCL)