Thursday, December 18, 2014

Playlist: December 17, 2014

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Jon Stewart and Stehpen Colbert, Can I Interest You in Hanukkah?
The Klezmatics, Do The Latke Flip-Flip
     Sat 12/20 @ Kuumbwa Jazz Center
     Sun 12/21 @ SFJazz Center
Kim Nalley, Hanukkah in Santa Monica
     Sun 12/21 @ Biscuits and Blues
Christmas Jug Band, Hey Santa!
     Fri 12/19 @ Zodiacs
     Sat-Sun 12/20-21 @ Sweetwater Music Hall
Blind Boys of Alabama & Taj Mahal, Talkin' Christmas
     Sat 12/20 @ SFJazz Center
     Sun 12/21 @ Wells Fargo Center for the Arts

Special in-studio guests: Midtown Social

     Wed 12/31 @ Rickshaw Stop

It's Alright (in-studio)
Solid Ground (in-studio)
Shine Again (in-studio)
One of These Things (in-studio)
All Around the World or The Myth of Fingerprints

Special in-studio guests: Lyz Luke, Will Magid and Andrew Laubacher

Will Magid & Friends, Zig Zag
Will Magid, Ghanaian Pavane
Will Magid, Cuba Swing
Con Brio, Give It All
Con Brio, A Sex Supreme
Zakiya Harris, I Want to Take You Higher
Tumbleweed Wanderers, Everyday People

Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Last Night
Mark Hummel, I'm Gonna Ruin You
James Booker, Professor Longhair Medley: Tipitina / Bald Head
Professor Longhair, Tipitina

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Playlist: December 10, 2014

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Yusuf, Editing Floor Blues
     Fri 12/12 @ Masonic Center
Quinn DeVeaux & The Blue Beat Review, Tara Jean
     Sat 12/13 @ Leo's
Con Brio, California Cowboy
     Sat 12/13 @ The Independent
Will Magid, Cuban Swing
     Thu 12/11 @ Academy of Sciences
Midtown Social, Socialite Boogie (in-studio)
     Wed 12/17 on Fog City Blues

Special guests: Tim Eschilman and Duke Dewey

     Fri 12/12 @ Rossi's 1906
     Sat 12/13 @ Point Reyes Dance Palace
     Tue 12/16 @ Freight & Salvage

Christmas Jug Band, Santa Claus Is My Main Man
Christmas Jug Band, I'm Dreamin' of a Wet Christmas
Christmas Jug Band, Rudolph the Bald-Headed Reindeer
     from the new album Jugology: Greatests Near-Misses (Best of...)

Franky Bey & Anthony Paul Band, Everyday Will Be Like A Holiday
Blind Boys of Alabama & Taj Mahal, Who Will Remember?
     from the new album Talkin' Christmas
Blue Rodeo, If We Make It Through December
     from the new album A Merrie Christmas To You

The Plāto'nes, Oops!... I Did It Again
     Sun 12/14 @ Philosophy Talk Live at the Marsh
The Plāto'nes, Didn't It Rain
California Honeydrops, Rain
John Campbell, When The Levee Breaks
Bob Dylan, A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall (live)
James Brown, Stormy Monday

Stanley Adams and Sid Wayne, 'Twas the Night Before Hanukkah
Temple B'Nai Abraham of Essex County Children's Choir, Svivon Sov Sov Sov
Mickey Katz, Grandma's Dreidel
Meshugga Beach Party, Dreidel Dreidel
Guitar Slim, Things That I Used To Do
Big Mama Thornton, Sweet Black Angel
Junior Wells, Blues For Mayor Daley

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Inside the National Recording Registry: Celia & Johnny

A radio feature I produced about a 1974 salsa record by Celia Cruz and Johnny Pacheco airs nationally this weekend on PRI's Studio360:



It's the latest installment in our Peabody Award-winning series Inside the National Recording Registry. I'd had my mind set on doing this one since the get-go, based mostly on fondness for a CD of Celia's 1950s Cuban recordings that a friend used to play in his Park Slope apartment when I'd visit in the late 90s. I didn't actually know much about about Celia & Johnny, though I did narrate a pilot we produced about salsa music for a project called American Sabor. Our pieces didn't make the final exhibit, but one of the project's curators wound up as one of the voices in this story. (And for the small-world files: her partner, one of the other curators, co-founded the steel drum band I played in at Oberlin College.)

I myself did one of the interviews for the story, and it was easily the most challenging interview of my life. We managed to get in touch with Johnny Pacheco via his wife Cuqui, and so were thrilled to have one of the principals willing and available to talk about the record. He is, however, very old. Though he at first "got" the idea of repeating the question in the answer for our non-narrated purposes, he had a LOT of trouble keeping on topic. Lots of starting and stopping, trailing off. (Do I ask... now?) A not-great phone line didn't help either.

Later, when I got the studio tape, I could hear Cuqui prompting Johnny by whispering to him. God bless her, she was basically helping me each time she interrupted him with a little nagging admonishment. I may have cringed, but it saved the day, and Johnny was clearly touched to be talking about Celia. At the end of the interview he said to call him if I needed anything. I haven't yet, but in the meantime here's some more info about Celia & Johnny from Studio360's website:

In 1974, Latin music in the US was about to get a kick in the pants. The audience for the big bands was (as we say today) graying; younger, US-born Latinos thought of the classic Cuban forms — the mambos and sones and guarachas and guaguancós — as their parents’ and grandparents’ music. But Johnny Pacheco, a bandleader and star percussionist, had formed a new record label with a new approach. Fania Records, based in New York, put those forms together with influences from Puerto Rico, Colombia and other countries, and called it salsa.

“There was always this debate between [bandleader] Tito Puente and Johnny,” says Ana Cristina Reymundo, a biographer of singer Celia Cruz. “Tito would say, ‘Johnny, pero que la salsa, se come, no se toca — We eat salsa, we don’t dance it, and we don’t play it.’ And then Johnny would laugh and say, ‘But Tito, the kids don’t know that.’ It was a truly brilliant marketing strategy to repackage to these beloved rhythms.”

Pacheco wasn’t the first to use the term salsa to describe music, but Fania Records made it nationally popular, and Celia & Johnny was its first breakout hit. It set Cruz, a singularly talented and popular singer who had worked with Puente, in front of a much smaller band that left a lot of room for vocal improvisation.

“When I was rehearsing the band,” Pacheco remembers, “I saw that we had Dominicans, Cubans, Puerto Ricans, and two Jewish fellows. When you make a sauce, you have different ingredients. And when I saw the band and the singer I thought, this is what we got. We got salsa.”

Playlist: December 3, 2014

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Christmas Jug Band, S.A.N.T.A. (Gloria)
     from the new album Jugology: Greatest Near Misses (Best of...)
     Wed 12/10 on Fog City Blues
Preacher Boy, Down and Out in This Town
     Mon 12/08 @ Biscuits and Blues
Bob Corritore, Potato Stomp
     Sun 12/07 @ Biscuits and Blues
Kim Wilson, Hop, Skip & Jump
     Tue 12/09 @ Trianon Theatre
     Wed 12/10 @ Don Quixote's International Hall of Music

Special in-studio guests: Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir

     Sat 12/06 @ Paramount Theatre: 29th Annual Holiday Concert

Wonderful Counselor
God Is Great (in-studio)
Angels We Had Heard On High (in-studio)
Deck The Halls (in-studio)
Jesus What a Wonderful Child (in-studio)
Joy to the World (in-studio)
I Come A Mighty Long Way

Dr. John, Black Widow Spider
     Fri 12/05 @ SFJazz Center
Dr. John, Sweet Hunk o'Trash
     from the new album Ske-Dat-De-Dat: The Spirit of Satch
Jason Marsalis Vibes Quartet, The 21st Century Trad Band
     from the new album The 21st Century Trad Band
     Thu-Sun 12/04-07 @ SFJazz Center
California Honeydrops, Cry For Me (live)
     Fri 12/05 @ Lost On Main
     Sun 12/07 @ Harlow's
Con Brio, Give It All
     Sat 12/06 @ Hopmonk Tavern
     Wed 12/10 @ Torch Club
Tin Cup Serenade, Lament For Javanette
     Sat 12/06 @ Cafe Revolution
Darren Johnston, And Still the Sun Comes
     Sat 12/06 @ Amnesia
Howell Devine, She Brought Life Back to the Dead
     Sat 12/06 @ Club Deluxe
     Sun 12/07 @ Plymouth Jazz and Justice Church
Little Jonny & The Giants, Kiddio
Sonny Boy Williamson, My Younger Days
Tom Waits, Tom Traubert's Blues (Four Sheets to the Wind in Copenhagen)

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Playlist: November 26, 2014

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Béla Felck & Abigail Washburn, Railroad
     from the new album Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn
     Fri-Sat 11/28-29 @ SFJazz Center
Junk Parlor, Si Tu Savais
Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir, Go Tell It On The Mountain
     Fri 11/28 @ Macy's Tree Lighting
     Wed 12/03 on Fog City Blues
Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers, With My Man
     Fri 11/28 @ Capone's
     Sat 11/29 @ Ashkenaz
     Sun 11/30 @ Royal Cuckoo

The Hot Baked Goods, Darkness on the Delta
     Sun 11/30 @ Amnesia
Hot Club of San Francisco, Buona Sera (live)
     Mon 12/01 @ Kuumbwa Jazz Center
Beso Negro, La Gente de Bien
     Fri 11/28 @ Sweetwater Music Hall
Slim Jenkins, Old Joe's Hittin' the Jug
     Fri 11/28 @ Amnesia
Eddie South, Rhapsody in Blue
Bob Dylan, Phnatom Engineer (live)
Jimi Hendrix Experience, Killing Floor (live)
Ike & Tina Turner, Crazy Bout You Baby

Sylvester Cotton, Thanksgiving Blues
Guy Davis, Thanksgiving Day
California Honeydrops, Pumpkin Pie
Lonnie Johnson, Sweet Potato Blues
The Robins, Turkey Hop Part 2
Steve Lucky & The Rhumba Bums, Where's My Gravy

Andre Williams, Pass the Biscuits Please
Doc Watson, 49 Biscuits
Gary & Larry, Garlic Bread
Carolina Chocolate Drops, Cornbread And Butterbeans
Joe Morris, Beans and Cornbread
Joe Houston, Cornbread and Cabbage Greens
Bogus Ben Covington, I Heard the Voice of a Porkchop
Joe Swift, Alligator Meat
The Four Southern Singers, Ham Bone Am Sweet
Bessie Smith, Gimme a Pigfoot and a Bottle of Beer
Harold Burrage, You Eat Too Much
The Robins, Turkey Hop Part 1

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Playlist: November 19, 2014

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Mr. Sipp, Hey Hey Hey Hey
     Fri-Sat 11/21-22 @ Biscuits and Blues
Fantastic Negrito, It's A Long Road
     Sat 11/22 @ Boom Boom Room
Go Van Gogh, If Love Is Out of Fashion
Slim Jenkins, Coal Miner
Lost Dog Found, I Never Thought You Would Make It
     Sat 11/21 @ Hopmonk Tavern

Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Halfway Right Halfway Wrong
Preservation Hall (feat. Allen Toussaint), Preservation Hall Jazz Band
Allen Toussaint, Day Dream
     Sat-Sun 11/22-23 @ SFJazz Center
Henry Butler, Dock of the Bay
Henry Bulter, Steve Bernstein & The Hot 9, Dixie Walker
     Thu-Fri 11/20-21 @ SFJazz Center
Elliott Smith Hour, Let's Be Friends Miss Missouri
     Thu 11/20 @ Subterranean Arthouse
Fleetwood Mac, Need Your Love So Bad
     Mon 11/24 @ Sleep Train Arena
     Tue 11/25 @ SAP Center

Captain Beefheart & the Magic Band, Nowaday's a Woman's Gotta Hit a Man
     from the new box set Sun, Zoom, Spark: 1970 to 1972
Bob Dylan, One Kind Favor
     from the new box set The Basement Tapes Complete
Jeremiah Lockwood, Hurting
     from the new album Lockwood
Yusuf, You Are My Sunshine
     from the new album Tell 'Em I'm Gone
Eric Bibb, Turner Station
     from the new album Blues People

Neil Young, I Wanna Drive My Car (solo)
Neil Young, I Wanna Drive My Car (band)
     from the new album Storytone
Nathan James, Don't Believe What People Say
     from the new album Natural Born That Way
Nathan James, Don't Believe What People Say
     from the new album Hear Me Calling
Howell Devine, Sweet to Mama
     from the new album Modern Sounds of Ancient Juju
     Sat 11/22 @ Speisekammer
     Wed 11/26 @ Biscuits and Blues
Little Wolf & The Hellcats, Louise
     Sat 11/22 @ The Saloon
Tip of the Top, She's Fine
Dr. John, Kingdom of Izzness
Hank Ballard & The Midnighters, Tearsdrops On Your Letter

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Playlist: November 12, 2014

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Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band, Little Scratch
     from the forthcoming box set Sun, Zoom, Spark: 1970 to 1972
California Honeydrops, Grandma Song
     Sat 11/15 @ Eagles Hall
Luther Dickinson, Yard Man
JJ Grey & Mofro, Standing on the Edge
     Sun 11/16 @ The Fillmore
Selwyn Birchwood, Overworked and Underpaid
     Fri-Sat 11/14-15 @ Biscuits and Blues

Con Brio, Give It All
     Fri 11/14 @ Poor House Bistro
The View From Bernal, We Are No Beautiful Children
     Sat 11/15 @ Viracocha
Bhi Bhiman, Highway To Hell
     Sat 11/15 @ The Chapel
Hot Club of San Francisco, R-26
     Sat 11/15 @ SFJazz Center
Dorado Schmitt, What Is This Thing Called Love?
     Thu-Sun 11/13-16 @ SFJazz Center
Bukka White, Sic 'Em Dogs On Me
Booker T. Jones, Everything Is Everything
Neil Young, Like You Used To Do (solo)
Neil Young, Like You Used To Do (band)
     from the new album Storytone

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Playlist: November 5, 2014

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Whiskerman, Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues
     Tue 11/11-18-25 @ Amnesia
The Stone Foxes, Little Red Rooster
     Sat 11/08-15 @ The Chapel
Endangered Species, Tom & Liz
     Sat 11/08 @ Red Poppy Art House
     Sun 11/09 @ Duende
Kenny 'Blues Boss' Wayne, Ogopogo Boogie
Wendy DeWitt, San Francisco
     Sun 11/09 @ SFJazz Center: International Boogie Woogie Festival

Bob Dylan, Blowin' In The Wind
Bob Dylan, My Bucket’s Got a Hole in It
Bob Dylan, My Woman She’s A-Leavin’
Bob Dylan, Roll On Train
Bob Dylan, 2 Dollars and 99 Cents
Bob Dylan, What’s It Gonna Be When It Comes Up
Bob Dylan, Belshazzar
Bob Dylan, Big River
Bob Dylan, Sign On The Cross
     from the new album The Basement Tapes Complete
The New Basement Tapes, Married To My Hack
     from the forthcoming album Lost On The River

Special in-studio guests: HowellDevine

     Thu 11/06 @ Bartlett Hall
     Sat 11/08 @ Club Deluxe

HowellDevine, Can't Be Satisfied
HowellDevine, It Won't Be Long Now
Frank Stokes, It's A Good Thing
HowellDevine, Shake 'Em On Down
Bukka White, Shake 'Em On Down
HowellDevine, House in the Field
HowellDevine, It's Too Late Brother
Muddy Waters, She Moves Me
HowellDevine, Let You Go
HowellDevine, She Brought Life Back to the Dead
     from the new album Modern Sounds of Ancient Juju
Bob Dylan, Folsom Prison Blues
     from the new album The Basement Tapes Complete

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Playlist: October 29, 2014


Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Baseball Canto
Megan Slankard, I'm a Giants Fan
Seth Augustus, Cherry Rose
     Sat 11/01 @ Awaken Cafe
Howell Devine, Railroad Stomp (live)
     from the new album Ancient Sounds of Modern Juju
     Thu 10/30 @ Bartlett Hall
     Sat 11/01 @ Club Deluxe
     Wed 11/05 on Fog City Blues

Bob Dylan, Full Moon and Empty Arms
     Thu 10/30 @ Paramount Theatre
Bob Dylan, You Ain't Goin' Nowhere (take 1)
Bob Dylan, One Too Many Mornings
Bob Dylan, I'm Your Teenage Prayer
Bob Dylan, Dress It Up Better Have It All
     from the forthcoming album The Basement Tapes Complete

Special in-studio guests: The Stone Foxes

     Sat 11/01-08-15 @ The Chapel

Stone Foxes, She Said Riot
     from the forthcoming album Twelve Spells
Stone Foxes, This Town (in-studio)
Stone Foxes, Little Red Rooster (in-studio)
Stone Foxes, Everybody Knows
The White Stripes, Hello Operator
Howlin' Wolf, Goin' Down Slow
AC/DC, Rocker
Stone Foxes, Locomotion
     from the forthcoming album Twelve Spells
Stone Foxes, Talk to Louise

Extra Action Marching Band, A K S
     Fri 10/31 @ The New Parish
Fanfare Zambaleta, Celo Skopje
     Fri 10/31 @ Doc's Lab
Terrie Odabi, Evolution of the Blues
     Fri 10/31 @ Biscuits and Blues
Bessie Smith, Haunted House Blues
Memphis Minnie, Haunted Blues
Screamin' Jay Hawkins, Whistlin' Past the Graveyard
Fleetwood Mac, Rattlesnake Shake

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Playlist: October 22, 2014


Bob Dylan, Dress It Up Better Have It All
     from the forthcoming album The Basement Tapes Complete
Bob Dylan, Early Roman Kings
     Tue-Thu 10/28-30 @ Paramount Theatre
Hillstomp, Life I Want
     Tue 10/28 @ Brick & Mortar Music Hall
     Wed 10/29 @ Leo's
Howell Devine, Let You Go
     from the new album Modern Sounds of Ancient Juju
     Thu 10/23 @ Sweetwater Music Hall
     Sat 10/25 @ Speisekammer
     Tue 10/28 @ Royal Cuckoo
The Stone Foxes, I'm A King Bee
    Wed 10/29 @ Fog City Blues

Special in-studio guest: Seth Augustus

     Sat 11/01 @ Awaken Cafe
     Sat 11/08 @ Revolution Cafe

Seth Augustus, Down to the Roadhouse (in-studio)
Seth Augustus, Angel on the One Side (in-studio)
Seth Augustus, The Same (in-studio)
Seth Augustus, Trouble at the Salad Bar (in-studio)
Seth Augustus, Donkey Rolls the Dust
Garfield Akers, Dough Roller Blues
Seth Augustus, Yellow Bird (in-studio)
Pacific Grass & Electric, Anabelle
Seth Augustus, Trickeries of the Great Emptiness (in-studio)
Seth Augustus, Movies Going By

Tom Waits, Raised Right Men
Neil Young, Girl From The North Country
     Sat-Sun 10/25-26 @ Shoreline Amphitheater: Bridge School Benefit
Butterfield Blues Band, Double Trouble
Elvin Bishop, Everybody's In The Same Boat
     from the new album Can't Even Do Wrong Right
     Sat 10/25 @ Mystic Theatre
Slim Jenkins, Cleopatra
     Sat 10/25 @ Verdi Club
SFJazz Collective, Family (live)
     Thu-Sun 10/23-26 @ SFJazz Center
Rhythm Future Quartet, Summertime/Billie Jean
     Fri 10/24 @ Point Richmond Jazz Concert Series
     Sun 10/26 @ Timnatal Concerts
Fantastic Negrito, Night Has Turned to Day
     Sun 10/26 @ Biscuits and Blues
Eddie Lang & Lonnie Johnson, Hot Fingers
Joe Dean, I'm So Glad I'm 21 Years Old Today

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Playlist: October 15, 2014


Bob Dylan, Lo and Behold! (Take 1)
     from the forthcoming album The Basement Tapes Complete
Seth Augustus, Hey Hey Heraclitus
     Wed 10/22 on Fog City Blues
California Honeydrops, All I've Got to Do
     Sat 10/18 @ The Fillmore
Quinn DeVeaux & The Blue Beat Review, Hey Right On
Megan Slankard, I'm A Giants Fan
     Sat 10/18 @ Great American Music Hall

Special in-studio guests: Elliott Smith Hour

     Sun 10/19 @ Studio Grand
     Thu 11/20 @ Subterranean Arthouse

Elliott Smith Hour, Southern Belle
Elliott Smith, Say Yes
Elliott Smith Hour, Say Yes (in-studio)
Elliott Smith Hour, Let's Be Friends Miss Missouri (in-studio)
Elliott Smith Hour, Between the Bars (in-studio)
Elliott Smith, Between the Bars
Elliott Smith Hour, I Didn't Understand (in-studio)
Elliott Smith Hour, Island Song (in-studio)
Elliott Smith Hour, Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most (in-studio)
Elliott Smith, Miss Misery

Jimi Hendrix Experience, Like A Rolling Stone (live)
Buddy Guy, A Man and the Blues
     Thu 10/16 @ Mondavi Center
     Sat 10/18 @ Fox Theater
Rick Estrin & The Nightcats, My Next Ex-Wife (live)
     Sat 10/18 @ Poor House Bistro
Coco Montoya, Back in a Cadillac
     Sat 10/18 @ Biscuits and Blues
Go Van Gogh, Shopping For Dolmades
     Sat 10/18 @ Revolution Cafe
Sugar Pie DeSanto, Never Love A Stranger
Victoria Spivey, Blood Thirsty Blues
Big Joe Williams, Back Home Blues
Chuck Berry, Johnny B. Goode (live)

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Playlist: October 8, 2014


Royal Jelly Jive, Pterygophora
     from the new album Royal Jelly Jive
     Thu 10/09 @ Slim's
Elliot Smith Hour, Where Everybody Knows Your Name
     Wed 10/15 on Fog City Blues
Broken Shadows Family Band, Nothing But Flowers
     Thu 10/09 @ Duende
Ensemble Mik Nawooj, Hope Springs Eternal
     Sat 10/11 @ Yerba Buena Night
     Wed 10/15 @ Yoshi's Oakland

Special in-studio guests: Megan Slankard & Quinn DeVeaux

     Sat 10/18 @ Great American Music Hall: New Album Reveal Show

Megan Slankard, Bones Live Forever
     from the forthcoming album Running On Machinery
Megan Slankard, If I Knew (in-studio)
Megan Slankard, Next to You (A Nuclear Love Song) (in-studio)
Quinn DeVeaux, What the Heart Want (in-studio)
Quinn DeVeaux & The Blue Beat Review, Left This Town
Megan Slankard, What It's Worth (in-studio)
Quinn DeVeaux, Pale Angel (in-studio)
Megan Slankard, Lost Together
     from the forthcoming album Running On Machinery

Buddy Guy, Meet Me In Chicago
Buddy Guy, Best In Town
     Tue 10/14 @ Santa Cruz Civic Center
     Wed 10/15 @ Wells Fargo Center
     Sat 10/11 @ Biscuits and Blues
     Sun 10/12 @ Twin Oaks Tavern (Derek Irving Combo)
Howell Devine, Rollin' In Her Arms
     from the forthcoming album Modern Sounds of Ancient Juju
     Thu 10/09 @ Bartlett Hall
     Fri 10/10 @ Little Lou's BBQ
     Sat 10/11 @ Club Deluxe
     Wed 10/15 @ Biscuits and Blues

Bill Frisell, Boubacar (live)
     Mon 10/13 @ Great American Music Hall
Roy Rogers, Vida's Place (live)
     Sun 10/12 @ Yoshi's Oakland
Rick Estrin & The Nightcats, New Old Lady (live)
Bob Dylan, Roll On John
Lee Rocker, Come Together
Lee Rocker, I'll Cry Instead
     Fri 10/10 @ Biscuits and Blues
The Beatles, I'll Cry Instead