Posts in category "Folk"
Song Of The Day – “Riding For The Feeling” by Bill Callahan In 2005, Bill Callahan began to record under his real name after almost 20 years of recording under the moniker of “Smog.” Callahan creates epic-length ponderings with densely coded lyrics that seemingly talk about one thing but mean another. His latest record, “Apocalypse,”... Read more »
Song Of The Day – “Pretty Smart On My Part” by Phil Ochs “Rehearsals For Retirement” was the first record Phil Ochs released after the 1968 Democratic Convention in Chicago. Ochs was a Yippie (Youth International Party) member and was instrumental in the organization of the protest and the party. This song, and indeed the... Read more »
Song Of The Day – “Coo Coo-U” by The Kingston Trio The Kingston Trio recorded this song in 1959 and it was relegated to the B-side of one of their singles never to appear on one of their official albums. They picked up this Afro-Cuban gem after meeting Willy Bobo and Mongo Santamaria and hearing... Read more »
Song Of The Day – “Rain And Snow” by Obray Ramsey The Grateful Dead’s “Cold Rain And Snow” was based on Ramsey’s version of this traditional favorite. Ramsey was a banjo playing extraordinaire who worked with his cousin Byard Ray in the duo Ray and Ramsey. He was also a member of the group White... Read more »
Song Of The Day – “Under The Falling Sky” by Bonnie Raitt Bonnie Raitt covered this Jackson Browne classic on her second album from 1972, the now-classic “Give It Up.” The LP version is a rip-roaring electric take on this track, but here’s a great acoustic version recorded for WMMR Radio in Philadelphia from February... Read more »
Song Of The Day – “The Acid Song” by Loudon Wainwright III I first encountered this song on a 1980 radio broadcast starring David Bromberg celebrating the 6th Anniversary of the New York club, The Bottom Line. It was a big hit with me and my college cronies. Turns out Loudon finally got around to... Read more »
Song Of The Day – “Jane Jane” by Peter, Paul and Mary PP&M were one of the first prefab groups made to order – one blonde female, two bearded bards – by their manager Albert Grossman. They predated the Monkees by several years, and like The Monkees, turned out to be much more than just... Read more »