Thursday, December 26, 2013

December 26, 2013 Playlist

Tune in to Dirty Roots Radio every Thursday night from 8 to 10 p.m. (central) at www.wgrn.net.

Some of my favorite music released in 2013...

ZZ Ward – Grinnin’ In Your Face [live at the Troubadour]
Tim Timebomb – Bad Luck
Social Distortion – Up Around the Bend
The Replacements – Busted Up
The Replacements – Lost Highway
John Doe – Just For the Hell of It
Crankshaft and the Gear Grinders – When the Sun Goes Down
Screamin’ Rebel Angels – Out of This World
Iggy Pop – Sweet Betsy from Pike
Iggy Pop w/Bethany Cosentino – Let’s Boot and Rally
The Bottle Rockets – Wave That Flag
Lydia Loveless – All I Know
The Hooten Hallers – O, Jolene
Bob Reuter’s Alley Ghost – Dana Dew
Joan Jett & the Blackhearts – Any Weather (606 Version)
Barrence Whitfield & the Savages – My Baby Didn’t Come Home
Lightnin’ Slim – Goodmorning Heartaches
Z.Z. Hill – It Ain’t No Use
Doris Duke – Feet Start Walking
Charlie Whitehead a/k/a “Raw Spit” – This Old Town
Sandra Phillips – To the Other Woman (I’m the Other Woman)
Wolfmoon – My Kind Of People
Irma Thomas – What’s So Wrong With You Loving Me
GravelRoad – Monkey with a Wig
Bad Religion – What Child is This?
Ten Foot Polecats – Do That Thing
Jake Bugg – Lightning Bolt
Pearl Jam – Mind Your Manners
Charles Bradley – Strictly Reserved For You
Homer Henderson – Lee Harvey Was a Friend of Mine
Frankie the Gambler – Adam’s Drinking Boots
James Keyes – Darkness Come Creeping
JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound – Rouse Yourself
John Paul Keith – Ninety Proof Kiss
Mavis Staples – Far Celestial Shores
Fred Friction – Longhardroad
Iggy & the Stooges – Burn
Scott H. Biram – When I Die
Social Distortion – Up Around the Bend


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Thursday, December 19, 2013

December 19, 2013 Playlist

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THE THIRD ANNUAL DIRTY ROOTS CHRISTMAS EXTRAVAGANZA

SPECIAL GUEST HOST: MY DAUGHTER KATE




  • Keith Richards – Run Rudolph Run
  • Rufus Thomas – I’ll Be Your Santa Baby
  • The Blind Boys of Alabama – Last Month of the Year
  • Bad Religion – Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
  • Run D.M.C. – Christmas in Hollis
  • Louis Armstrong & the Commanders – ‘Zat You, Santa Claus?
  • Bob Seger & the Last Heard – Sock It to Me Santa
  • The Boxmasters –Silver Bells
  • Otis Redding – Merry Christmas, Baby [Take 1]
  • Lightning Hopkins – Merry Christmas
  • X – Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
  • Bad Religion – O Come All Ye Faithful
  • Lemmy, Billy Gibbons & Dave Grohl – Run Rudolph Run
  • Jimi Hendrix – Little Drummer Boy / Silent Night / Auld Lang Syne
  • Bob Dylan – Must Be Santa
  • The Blind Boys of Alabama w/Mavis Staples – Born In Bethlehem
  • Reverend Horton Heat – Frosty the Snowman
  • Twisted Sister – Oh Come All Ye Faithful
  • Tim Timebomb – You’re a Mean One Mr. Grinch
  • John Lee Hooker – Blues for Christmas
  • The Sonics – Santa Claus
  • Big Bad Voodoo Daddy – We Three Kings
  • Albert King – Santa Claus Wants Some Lovin’
  • Ike & Tina Turner – Merry Christmas, Baby
  • Binky Griptite & the Dee-Kay’s – Stoned Soul Christmas
  • Booker T. & the MG’s – Silver Bells
  • Clarence Carter – Back Door Santa
  • Joey Ramone – Merry Christmas (I Don’t Wanna Fight Tonight)
  • James Brown – Santa Claus Go Straight to the Ghetto
  • The Blind Boys of Alabama w/Tom Waits – Go Tell It on the Mountain
  • Crankshaft and The Gear Grinders – Louisiana Bayou Santa
  • Booker T. & the MG’s – Jingle Bells
  • Andre Williams – Rudibaker’s Christmas Wish


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Thursday, December 12, 2013

December 12, 2013 Playlist

Tune in to Dirty Roots Radio every Thursday night from 8 to 10 p.m. (central) at www.wgrn.net.

Scott H. Biram – When I Die
Bob Dylan – Must Be Santa
Bad Religion – O Come, O Come Emmanuel
Bad Religion – Angels We Have Heard On High
Fats Domino – I’m Gonna Be A Wheel Someday
The Bottle Rockets – Hey Moon
The Band – It Makes No Difference
Pearl Jam – Lightning Bolt
Fred Friction – Longhardroad
The Replacements – Busted Up
Jimi Hendrix – Little Drummer Boy/Silent Night/Auld Lang Syne
Charles Brown – Merry Christmas, Baby
Otis Redding – Merry Christmas, Baby [Take 1]
The Louvin Brothers – Satan Is Real
Edgefield C. Johnston – O’Seerin’ Birthday Song
The Clash – Police On My Back
Lemmy/Billy F. Gibbons/Dave Grohl – Run Rudolph Run
Bare Jr. – If You Choose Me
Lydia Loveless – All The Time
Z.Z. Hill – Ha Ha (Laughing Song)
The Who – Baba O’Reilly
Tim Timebomb – Bad Luck
Social Distortion – Still Alive
Social Distortion – Up Around the Bend
Bob Reuter’s Alley Ghost – Rock & Roll Moron
Chuck Berry – Crazy Arms
Reverend Horton Heat – Frosty the Snowman
Southern Culture on the Skids – Let’s Invite Them Over
Southern Culture on the Skids – Wolverton Mountain
Roger Miller – Engine Engine #9
Mike Ness – Funnel of Love
Los Straightjackets – A Marshmallow World
Solomon Burke – Presents for Christmas
Blind Boys of Alabama w/Solomon Burke – I Pray on Christmas
Blind Boys of Alabama – Last Month of the Year
Blind Boys of Alabama w/Tom Waits – Go Tell It on the Mountain
Paul “Huckelbuck” Williams – The Huckelbuck
Nappy Brown – Don’t Be Angry
Pearl Jam – Do the Evolution [live]
Ray Price & Willie Nelson – Faded Love
Ray Price – Heartaches by the Number
Johnny Cash – Thirteen
Credence Clearwater Revival – Bad Moon Rising [live]
John Paul Keith – Baby We’re a Bad Idea
Billy Bragg & Wilco – My Flying Saucer
Peter Case – House Rent Jump
The Boxmasters – My Dreams of Christmas


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Thursday, December 5, 2013

December 5, 2013 Playlist

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Bob Seger & the Last Heard – Sock It to Me Santa
Leonard Cohen – Everybody Knows
Johnny Cash – Rusty Cage
Motorhead – Leaving Here
Merle Haggard – I Think I’ll Just Stay Here and Drink
Stevie Ray Vaughan & Albert King – Matchbox Blues
Stevie Ray Vaughan & Albert King – Pride & Joy
Ray Wylie Hubbard – Henhouse
Tom Waits – Frank’s Wild Years
Tom Waits – Goin’ Out West
Screamin’ Rebel Angels – Out of This World
JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound – River
ZZ Ward – Grinnin’ In Your Face [live at the Troubadour]
Bad Religion – Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
Bad Religion – O Come All Ye Faithful
Motorhead – Love Me Like A Reptile
Jake Bugg – Two Fingers
Doug Sahm & the Sir Douglas Quintet – Mendocino
Pearl Jam – Mind Your Manners
Lydia Loveless – All I Know
Albert King – Santa Claus Wants Some Lovin’
Andre Williams – Rudibaker’s Christmas Wish
Perry Como – Juke Box Baby
Esquerita – Sinner Man
Scott H. Biram – Only Jesus
Iggy & the Stooges – Search and Destroy
Brenton Wood – Oogum Boogum Song
The Hooten Hallers – O, Jolene
Reverend Deadeye – Drunk On Jesus
X – Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
Social Distortion – Up Around The Bend
Joan Jett – Any Weather (606 Version)
Keith Richards – Run Rudolph Run
X – Jingle Bells
Barrence Whitfield & the Savages – My Baby Didn’t Come Home


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Friday, November 22, 2013

November 21, 2013 Playlist

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The bold/italicized entries below are all part of the "Swamp Dogg's Soul & Blues Collection", a fantastic reissue series released this year by Alive Naturalsound Records.  Click here to learn more.

Z.Z. Hill – It Ain’t No Use
Swamp Dogg – Total Destruction to Your Mind
The Hooten Hallers – O, Jolene
The Hooten Halers – She Used to Love my Music
Fred Friction – Longhardroad
Doris Duke – I Can’t Do Without You
Irma Thomas – In Between Tears
Social Distortion – Up Around The Bend
Crankshaft & the Gear Grinders – When the Sun Goes Down
Ten Foot Polecats – Do That Thing
Raw Spitt – Midnight Rider
Eddie Spaghetti – The Value Of Nothing
Steve Earle w/the Supersuckers – Creepy Jackelope Eye
Homer Henderson – Lee Harvey Was a Friend of Mine
The Velvet Underground – White Light/White Heat
Tim Timebomb – Lip Up Fatty
Steve Earle & the Dukes – Home to Houston
Lightnin’ Slim – Bad Luck Blues
Sandra Phillips – Someday We’ll Be Together
Wolfmoon – If He Walked In Today
Joan Jett & the Blackhearts – Bad as We Can Be
The Sex Pistols – Pretty Vacant
Hasil Adkins – Memories of Kennedy
Hasil Adkins – Ducken
Paul Westerberg – World Class Fad
Pearl Jam – Gremmie Out Of Control
Motorhead – Leavin’ Here
Swamp Dogg – Mighty Mighty Dollar Bill
Sir Douglas Quintet – Bacon Fat
Bob Reuter’s Alley Ghost – Dana Dew
The Southern Gospel Band – The Death of John F. Kennedy
Johnny Cash – Streets of Laredo
Gil Scott-Heron – New York Is Killing Me
The Clash – Police on My Back [live at Shea Stadium]


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"When I walked onstage, women would be putting on two, three pairs of drawers..."  - Swamp Dogg

Thursday, November 14, 2013

November 14, 2013 Playlist

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Jason & the Scorchers - 19th Nervous Breakdown
Jason & the Scorchers - Self Sabotage
Willie Nelson - Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain
Charles Bradley - You Put the Flame On It
Bruce Springsteen - My Hometown
Bob Reuter - Dark Night Of The Soul
Led Zeppelin - Rock And Roll
Alex Chilton - Sugar, Sugar-I got the Feelin'
Slim Dunlop - Rockin Here Tonight
Slim Dunlop - Busted Up
The Readymen - Shortnin' Bread
Screaming Joe Neal - Rock And Roll Deacon
Bottle Rockets - I'll Be Comin' Around
Bottle Rockets - Radar Gun
Bottle rockets - Kerosene
Andre Williams - Pass the Biscuits Please
Hi-Fi Guys - Rock'N'Roll Killed My Mother
Rudy Ray Moore - Rally In the Valley
Motorhead - Train Kept A Rollin' [live]
Johnny  Thunders - You Can't Put Your Arms Around a Memory
Tom Waits - Blue Valentines
Mike Ness - Six More Miles
Neil Young - Song X
Solomon Burke - Diamond In Your Mind
Otis Redding - Try a Little Tenderness [live]
James Leg & Left Lane Cruiser - Sway
Little Anthony & the Imperials - Hurt So Bad
Joe Strummer & the Mescaleros - Coma Girl
Joe Strummer & the Mescaleros - Get Down Moses
NASA 2000 feat. Tom Waits - Spacious Thoughts
Jessica Lea Mayfield - I'll Be the One That You Want Someday
Scott H. Biram - Still Drunk, Still Crazy, Still Blue


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Thursday, November 7, 2013

November 7, 2013 Playlist

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Abner Jay - I'm So Depressed
Latino Rockabilly War - Trash City
Hindu Love Gods - Raspberry Beret
Social Distortion - 99 to Life
The Replacements - Busted Up
Bottle Rockets - Nancy Sinatra [live]
Link Wray & His Wraymen - Comanche
Nirvana - Molly's Lips 
Steve Earle - Breed
Charles Bradley - Stay Away
Willie Nelson - I Never Cared for You
Supersuckers w/Willie Nelson - Bloody Mary Morning
Willie Nelson - Me and Paul
Pearl Jam - Lightning Bolt
Nina Simone - Revolution, Pts. 1-2
T-Model Ford - My Babe
Asie Payton - I Love You
Pony Boy - If Only He Were You
Uncle Tupelo - Whiskey Bottle
Scott H. Biram - Go Down Ol' Hannah
Scott H. Biram - Judgement Day
Scott H. Biram - I Want My Mojo Back
Mink DeVille - Mixed Up, Shook Up Girl
Belly - Gepetto
Billy Wright - Bad Luck, Heartaches And Trouble
Bob Reuter - Dark Night of the Soul
Joan Jett & the Blackhearts - Nag
Dexter Romweber - Blues That Defy My Soul
Tim Timebomb - Bye Bye Love
Johnny Cash - San Quentin [live]
James Keyes - Darkness Come Creeping
Crankshaft and the Gear Grinders - Earthquake Shake
Isaac Hayes - By the Time I Get to Phoenix
Jason & the Scorchers - Ruby, Don't Take Your Love to Town
Jason & the Scorchers - Absolutely Sweet Marie (alternate version)
Jason & the Scorchers - Absolutely Sweet Marie
Jason & the Scorchers - 19th Nervous Breakdown

To live outside the law you must be honest, darlin'...


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Thursday, October 31, 2013

October 31, 2013 Playlist

Tune in to Dirty Roots Radio every Thursday night from 8 to 10 p.m. (central) at www.wgrn.net.

The Velvet Underground – I’m Waiting for the Man
Lou Reed – Vicious
Lou Reed – Walk on the Wild Side
Credence Clearwater Revival – Bad Moon Rising
Jumpin’ Gene Simmons – Haunted House
Bo Diddley – Bo Meets The Monster
The Cramps – Goo Goo Muck
Screamin’ Jay Hawkins – Little Demon
Tom Waits – Whistlin’ Past the Graveyard
Roy Orbison – Working for the Man
Bob Dylan – Ballad of a Thin Man
The Count Five – Psychotic Reaction
Shouting Thomas & The Torments – Dead Man Slide
Shouting Thomas & The Torments – Dead Man Slide
Death – Freakin Out
Muddy Waters – Mean Red Spider
Tim Timebomb – Bad Luck
Social Distortion – Alone and Forsaken
Little Richard – Heeby-Jeebies
Screaming Lord Sutch – Jack The Ripper
Lightnin’ Slim – Voodoo Blues
Tom Waits – What’s He Building?
The Velvet Underground – Oh! Sweet Nuthin’
The Velvet Underground – White Light/White Heat
Social Distortion – Dear Lover
Kip Tyler – She’s My Witch
Stud Cole – The Witch
The Cramps – Psychotic Reaction
The Cramps – I Was A Teenage Werewolf
The Cramps – Zombie Dance
Townes Van Zandt – Lungs
Larry & The Blue Notes – Night Of The Sadist
Bob Reuter’s Alley Ghost – Dana Dew
Joe Johnson – The Gila Monster
Albert King – Born Under a Bad Sign
Screamin’ Rebel Angels – MayDay
The Sonics – Psycho
Imelda May – Psycho
Reverend Organdrum – Experiment in Terror

Thursday, October 24, 2013

October 25, 2013 Playlist

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Pearl Jam – Getaway
The Rolling Stones – It’s All Over Now
Kenny Rogers & The First Edition – Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love To Town
Jake Bugg – Lightning Bolt
Social Distortion – Up Around The Bend
Samuel L. Jackson – Alice Mae
Bob Reuter & Kamikaze Cowboy – Charlie Floyd
Motorhead – Louie Louie
Ike & Tina Turner – I’ve Been Loving You Too Long
Black Diamond Heavies – Nutbush City Limit
The Black Keys – Your Touch
The Clash – Clash City Rockers
The Dictators – California Sun
Homer Henderson – Lee Harvey Was a Friend of Mine
Hasil Adkins – Memories of Kennedy
La La Brooks – A Boy Like You
The Bottle Rockets – I’ll Be Comin’ Around
The Standells – Sometimes Good Guys Don’t Wear White
Bettye LaVette – Do Your Duty
Drivin’ N’ Cryin’ – Build A Fire
Mississippi Fred McDowell – I Wish I Was In Heaven Sitting Down
R.L. Burnside – Wish I Was in Heaven Sitting Down
Screamin’ Rebel Angels – Sizzle
Screamin’ Rebel Angels – May Day
Screamin’ Jay Hawkins – You Made Me Love You (I Didn’t Want to Do It)
Cub Koda – You’re the Only One, Delores
Black Flag – TV Party
Hank Williams III – Pills I Took
Hank Williams III – You’re the Reason
The Vultures – Justine
Otis Redding – Try a Little Tenderness [live]
Andre Williams – Let Me Put It In
Steve Earle – Breed
The Monkees – Goin’ Down
The Replacements – Lost Highway
Scott H. Biram – Only Jesus
Fred Friction – Longhardroad
Charles Bradley – You Put the Flame On It

Thursday, October 17, 2013

October 17, 2013 Playlist

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The Dirtbombs – Daddy Rockin’ Strong
Social Distortion – Up Around The Bend
Social Distortion – Up Around The Bend
Hi-Fi Guys – Rock’N’Roll Killed My Mother
James Keyes – Root For The Bull
James Keyes – Darkness Come Creeping
Tic & Toc – Jibba Jab
Steve Earle – The Devil’s Right Hand
The Rumblers – I Don’t Need You No More
T-Model Ford – Pop Pop Pop [Remix]
The Replacements – Unsatisfied
Screamin’ Jay Hawkins – You Made Me Love You (I Didn’t Want to Do It)
Mable John – Your Good Thing (Is About To End)
The Blasters – Marie Marie
The Blasters – I’m Shakin’
Andre Williams & His New Group – Just Because Of A Kiss
Social Distortion – Up Around The Bend
Black Diamond Heavies – Numbers 22 (Balaam’s Wild Ass)
ZZ Ward – Blue Eyes Blind
ZZ Ward – Grinnin’ In Your Face [live]
The 5.6.7.8’s – I’m Blue
Handsome Dick Manitoba – Juju Hand
Screaming Joe Neal – Rock And Roll Deacon
Tom Waits – Goin’ Out West
Bob Reuter’s Alley Ghost – Jack Ruby
Muddy Waters – Long Distance Call
Joe Strummer & the Mescaleros – All in a Day
Social Distortion – Up Around The Bend
Mike Ness – Cheating at Solitaire
Dwight Yoakam – Nothing
Wild Jimmy Spruill – Scratching
Bob Reuter’s Alley Ghost – Dana Dew
The Clash – Brand New Cadillac
Kenny Rogers & the First Edition – Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love To Town
Tom Waits – Mr. Siegal
CeDell Davis – Keep On Snatchin’ It Back
Rancid – East Bay Night
Rancid – Last One To Die
Wanda Jackson – You Know That I’m No Good
Ry Cooder – No Banker Left Behind
The Cramps – Jungle Hop
Mike Ness – I’m in Love w/My Car


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"I shot the morning in the back with my Red Wings on...Told the sun he better go back down.  And if I can find a book of matches, I'm goin' to burn this hotel down."  - Tom Waits

Thursday, October 10, 2013

October 10, 2013 Playlist

Tune in to Dirty Roots Radio every Thursday night from 8 to 10 p.m. (central) at www.wgrn.net.


Cachoperro – I Got a Woman
Nirvana – Drain You
Joan Jett & the Blackhearts – Any Weather (606 Version)
Joan Jett & the Blackhearts – Hard to Grow Up
Tom Waits – I Don’t Wanna Grow Up
Tom Waits – Down in the Hole
Rolling Stones – I Just Want to See His Face
ZZ Top – Jesus Just Left Chicago
Screamin’ Rebel Angels – Out of This World
Jason & the Scorchers – Self-Sabotage
R.L. Burnside – Snake Drive [live]
Hasil Adkins – Ugly Woman
Hasil Adkins – No More Hot Dogs
Nirvana – Molly’s Lips
The Monks – Monk Time
Alex Chilton – Can’t Seem to Make You Mine
Alex Chilton – Sugar Sugar/I Got the Feelin’
Grandpa Boy – I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry
Andre Williams – Pray For Your Daughter
Barrence Whitfield & the Savages – My Baby Didn’t Come Home
T-Model Ford – Sail On
Kris Kristofferson – Bread For The Body
Dwight Yoakam – Dim Lights, Thick Smoke
X – The Once Over Twice
X – Johnny Hit and Run Pauline
Warren Zevon – Lawyers, Guns and Money
Warren Zevon – Poor, Poor Pitiful Me
Steve Earle – Another Town
The Clash – Jail Guitar Doors
Social Distortion – Death or Glory
Bob Reuter’s Alley Ghost – Berta
Bob Reuter’s Alley Ghost – Dana Dew
Pearl Jam – Spin the Black Circle
Neil Young – Rockin’ in the Free World
Nina Simone – To Love Somebody
Bettye LaVette – Everything Is Broken
Leonard Cohen – Tower of Song
Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers – The Last DJ

Thursday, September 26, 2013

September 26, 2013 Playlist

Tune in to Dirty Roots Radio every Thursday night from 8 to 10 p.m. (central) at www.wgrn.net.


Julie London – Cry Me A River
Jason & the Scorchers – Self-Sabotage
Wayne Fontana & the Mindbenders – It’s Just A Little Bit Too Late
Bare Jr. – Flat Chested Girl from Maynardville
Onie Wheeler – Onie’s Bop
Shonen Knife – The KKK Took My Baby Away
Ivan Neville – Why Can’t I Fall in Love
Michael Parks – Big “T” Water
The Church Keys – Viva Viva Rock And Roll
Nathaniel Mayer – I Don’t Want No Bald Headed Woman Telling Me What To Do
Hot Chocolate – Good for the Gander
Ramones – I Want To Be Your Boyfriend
Link Wray And The Raymen – Vendetta
Bettye LaVette – Do Your Duty
Kim Fowley -  Animal Man
The Head Cat – Big River
Johnny Cash – Big River [live]
Johnny Cash – Orange Blossom Special [live]
Lightnin’ Slim – Goodmorning Heartaches
Dale Vaughn – How Can You Be Mean to Me
CeDell Davis – Green Onions
CeDell Davis – If You Like Fat Women
DeDell Davis – Keep on Snatchin’ It Back
Jack Scott – Leroy
The Dirtbombs – Daddy Rockin’ Strong
The Dirtbombs – Daddy Rockin’ Strong
Muddy Waters – I Just Want to Make Love to You
Bob Reuter / Kamikaze Cowboy – Charlie Floyd
Richard Hell and the Voidoids – Love Comes In Spurts
X – Johnny Hit and Run Pauline
X – Los Angeles
Lenny Kaye – I Wanna Know
Social Distortion – Prison Bound
Flat Duo Jets – The Phantom
The Velvet Underground – I’m Waiting for the Man
T. Rex – Jeepster
Johnny Dowd – Brother Jim
The Clash – I Fought the Law
The Clash – Police On My Back
Swamp Dogg – Total Destruction to Your Mind
Swamp Dogg – Mighty Mighty Dollar Bill
The Detroit Cobras – As Long as I Have You
Tom Waits – Eggs and Sausage (In a Cadillac with Susan Michelson)

Friday, September 20, 2013

September 19, 2013 Playlist

Tune in to Dirty Roots Radio every Thursday night from 8 to 10 p.m. (central) at www.wgrn.net.


The Five Satins – In the Still of the Night
The Cramps – Bikini Girls with Machine Guns
Mac Curtis – Goosebumps
Dustaphonics – Big Smoke London Town
Andre Williams – My Tears
The Sonics – Psycho
The Sonics – I’m a Man
The Wray Brothers – Ninety Nine Years to Go
R.L. Burnside & the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Shake ‘Em On Down
Muddy Waters – I’ve Got My Mojo Working
The Versatones – Tight Skirt Tight Sweater
The Vultures – Justine
Bible Belt Sinners – I Smell a Rat
Louis Jordan – Caldonia
GravelRoad – Monkey With a Wig
Wynonie Harris – Keep On Churnin’
Jason & the Scorchers – Absolutely Sweet Marie
Jason & the Scorchers – Harvest Moon
The Sir Douglas Quintet – I Wanna Be Your Mama Again
Little Walter – My Babe
Scott H. Biram – Go Down Old Hannah
Soda – Ramblin’ Man
Muddy Waters – I Can’t Be Satisfied
Merry Clayton – Gimme Shelter
Tim Timebom & Lindi Ortega – I Wanna Be Sedated
Hasil Adkins – Walk and Talk with Me
Tom Waits – Muriel
Screamin’ Jay Hawkins – I’ve Got You Under My Skin
Heavy Trash – Gee, I Really Love You
Johnny Thunders & the Heartbreakers – Can’t Keep My Eyes On You
Danny Johnson & the Rhythm Makers – Tired of Working for the Other Man
John Paul Keith – You Really Oughta Be With Me
The Monkees – Salesman
The Shadows – Rhythm and Greens
The Pretty Things – Big Boss Man
Raw Spit – Put a Little Love In Your Heart
Iggy & the Stooges – Search and Destroy
The Flying Burrito Brothers – Older Guys
The Runaways – Cherry Bomb
Merle Haggard – Mama Tried

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"Sunshine and fresh air have nothing to do with the music I play.  Rock and roll is meant to involve loud volumes in small sweaty rooms.  It is sex, anger, joy, and pain in repetition, mixed with a certain amount of darkness and mystery...The music we make involves a certain amount of communal sharing, the release of demons, the ritualistic sacrificing of widely-held cultural beliefs, virginal maidens, and televisionary deceits."  

- Bob Reuter

Thursday, September 12, 2013

September 12, 2013 Playlist

Tune in to Dirty Roots Radio every Thursday night from 8 to 10 p.m. (central) at www.wgrn.net.


George Jones – Revenooer Man
Don Eee – Stop at the Hop
Big Joe Turner – Well All Right
Honeycombak – Sex Change Sadie
Bible Belt Sinners – Drivin’ Home
Billy Wright – Live the Life
The Wray Brothers – Ninety Nine Years to Go
The Hooten Hallers – Ugliest Girl
The Stooges – T.V. Eye
Muddy Waters – Got My Mojo Working
The Monkees – Goin’ Down
Solomon Burke – Maggie’s Farm
Bob Dylan – From a Buick 6
Link Wray & His Wraymen – Comanche
The Detroit Cobras – Village of Love
Kris Kristofferson – Blame It on the Stones
Pacific Gas & Electric – Staggolee
Tom Waits – Mr. Siegal
Cachoperro – I Got a Woman
Cachoperro – Cachoperro Remix
Sir Douglas Quintet – Bacon Fat
Jack Scott – Leroy
The Cramps – Bikini Girls with Machine Guns
The Cramps – Everything Goes
Esquerita – Sinner Man
Barrence Whitfield & the Savages – My Baby Didn’t Come Home
The Flamin’ Groovies – Money (That’s What I Want)
R.L. Burnside – It’s Bad You Know
The Swallows – It Ain’t the Meat
Hank Ballard & the Midnighters – Work With Me Annie
Wynonie Harris – All She Wants to Do Is Rock
Scott Dunbar – Easy Rider
Elmo Williams – Mother’s Dead
Johnny Cash – Thunderball
Mike Ness – Crime Don’t Pay
Flat Duo Jets – Harlem Nocturne
Mike DeVille – Mixed Up, Shook Up Girl
Johnny Cash – The Mercy Seat
Hasil Adkins – She Said

"You got to tell me, brave captain, why are the wicked so strong?  How do the angels to get sleep when the devil leaves the porch light on?"  - Tom Waits

"I spent all my money in a Mexican whorehouse, across the street from a Catholic church.  Then I wiped off my revolver and I buttoned up my burgundy shirt."  - Tom Waits

"You got your G-strings 'n' gin and nylon hose...chicken pot pie...EVERYTHING GOES!"  - The Cramps

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Thursday, September 5, 2013

September 5, 2013 Playlist

Tune in to Dirty Roots Radio every Thursday night from 8 to 10 p.m. (central) at www.wgrn.net.

Well, here's the playlist that almost was. After I got settled in and started the show up, someone commented that they couldn't access the online stream.  Unfortunately, that's a problem beyond my control at the station this little show broadcasts from, so there simply wasn't a show.

Which is too bad, because I for one, needed some of the healin' feelin'...like bad, deep down in my soul.  And more than one listener made the same comment to me throughout the day today.  

Hopefully all will be righted over the course of the next week, and we'll hit it HARD next Thursday night.

I don't usually do much planning ahead, but I had a few ideas tonight.  So, I figured even though there wasn't a show, I'd go ahead and share the portion of the playlist I had worked up.  I also had worked ahead on the photos that always accompany the playlist.  Sometimes I select those after the fact, sometimes I do it as I do the show.  Tonight I had a really specific feel in mind for the whole thing.

Here's what the first half hour or so would have been like....I think we woulda been onto somethin' good...

The Rolling Stones - Gimme Shelter
Howlin' Wolf - Red Rooster
Rolling Stones - Rocks Off
Them - Baby Please Don't Go
Wynonie Harris - All She Wants to Do Is Rock
Billy Wright - Live The Life
Sir Douglas Quintet - Bacon Fat
R.L. Burnside - It's Bad You Know

"The sunshine bores the daylights out of me."  - The Rolling Stones

"Sometimes I am two people.  Johnny is the nice one.  Cash causes all the trouble.  They fight."  - Johnny Cash

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Thursday, August 29, 2013

August 29, 2013 Playlist

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Buddy Guy – When My Left Eye Jumps
Bob Reuter’s Alley Ghost – Dana Dew
The Dictators – California Sun
The Bobby Fuller Four – I Fought the Law
Esquerita – Oh Baby
Esquerita – Rockin’ the Joint
Gene Vincent – Ain’t She Sweet
The Clash – Police on My Back
Slim Rhodes – Gonna Romp And Stomp
Mack Self – Everyday
Little Willie John – I’m Shakin’
Hound Dog Taylor – Give Me Back My Wig
Tav Falco’s Panther Burns – Love is my Business
Johnny Cash – Cry, Cry, Cry
Muddy Waters – I Can’t Be Satisfied
Possessed by Paul James – We Welcome You Home
Possessed by Paul James – Feed the Family
Reverend Anderson Johnson – If I Could Hear My Mother Pray Again
Isaiah Owens – You Without Sin Cast the First Stone
The Replacements – Takin’ A Ride
Alex Chilton – Can’t Seem to Make You Mine
The Standells – Dirty Water
T-Model Ford – Look What All You Got
Scott H. Biram – Killed a Chicken Last Night
The Hooten Hallers – She Used to Love My Music
Kamikaze Cowboy – Charlie Floyd
Kamikaze Cowboy – A Girl Like You
Crankshaft and the Gear Grinders – Earthquake Shake
Screamin’ Jay Hawkins – I Hear Voices
Iggy Pop – Success
X – Wild Thing
Howlin’ Wolf – Spoonful
Howlin’ Wolf – Shake for Me
The Misfits – 20 Eyes
Tom Waits – Martha
Peter Case – House Rent Jump
Albert King & Stevie Ray Vaughn – Pride and Joy
WhiteTrash WhipLash – Spodie Odie Hey!
Hasil Adkins – Ugly Woman
The Head Cat – Big River
Social Distortion – Can’t Take It With You

Thursday, August 22, 2013

August 22, 2013 Playlist

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Chuck Berry – No Particular Place to Go
Original Blind Boys of Alabama – Sit Down and Rest Awhile
Chuck Berry – Rock & Roll Music
Those Darlins – Drivin’ Nails in My Coffin
Ernest Tubb – Walking the Floor Over  You
The Animals – Dimples
John Lee Hooker – Boom Boom
The 101ers – Rabies (From the Dogs Of Love)
X – The World’s a Mess; It’s in My Kiss
The Rolling Stones – It’s All Over Now
Esquerita – Sinner Man
The Clash – Garageland
The Cramps – Surfin’ Bird
Charlie Rich – Behind Closed Doors
R.L. Burnside – Old Black Mattie
The Dictators – Who Will Save Rock And Roll?
Charlie Feathers – Bottle To The Baby
Sleepy Kitty – Speaking Politely
Little Walter – My Babe
Andre Williams – Pass the Biscuits Please
The Blues Brothers – Rawhide (Theme)
Scott H. Biram – Have You Ever Loved a Woman
Porter Wagoner – Committed to Parkview
Porter Wagoner – The Cold Hard Facts of Life
Bob Dylan – Highway 61 Revisited
James Brown – Night Train
Bo Diddley – Ride On Josephine
The Prisonaires – My God Is Real
The Prisonaires – Just Walkin’ In the Rain
Big Star – Don’t Lie to Me
Ike & Tina Turner – I Idolize You
Howlin’ Wolf – Shake for Me
Howlin’ Wolf – The Red Rooster
Jerry Lee Lewis – Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On
                            [live at the Star Club – Hamburg, Germany]
Johnny Cash – Frankie’s Man, Johnny
Joe Strummer & the Mescaleros – Long Shadow

Sunday, August 18, 2013

BUKOWSKI

I'm a couple of days late on this, but Friday would have been the 93rd birthday of the great Charles Bukowski.  Though he definitely isn't for everyone, he's something of a hero to me.  Not a hero as in "a model of how to live well" exactly.  He wasn't known to be a nice man.  But he was known to be an honest man.  And as Bono (God how I hate him) said in the Bukowski documentary "Born Into This": the truth is never ugly to God.

Bukowski was wise in his own unique way.  And he was unafraid.  He told it like he saw it.  And he lived, for better or for worse, according to his own soul.  It's hard to articulate, but he's even been an influence on my Dirty Roots Radio Show.

So, I thought I'd share some of my favorite quotes from him.  These are listed in no particular order.  I've probably forgotten some.  But some of these have saved my life, or at least my soul, more than once.  And that's not hyperbole.  

Good ol' Buk...

The Laughing Heart
"your life is your life
don’t let it be clubbed into dank submission.
be on the watch.
there are ways out.
there is light somewhere.
it may not be much light but
it beats the darkness.
be on the watch.
the gods will offer you chances.
know them.
take them.
you can’t beat death but
you can beat death in life, sometimes.
and the more often you learn to do it,
the more light there will be.
your life is your life.
know it while you have it.
you are marvelous
the gods wait to delight
in you."

"If you have to wait for it to roar out of you, then wait patiently. If it never does roar out of you, do something else."

"Some people never go crazy.  What truly horrible lives they must lead."

"If you're going to try, go all the way. Otherwise, don't even start. This could mean losing girlfriends, wives, relatives and maybe even your mind. It could mean not eating for three or four days. It could mean freezing on a park bench. It could mean jail. It could mean derision. It could mean mockery--isolation. Isolation is the gift. All the others are a test of your endurance, of how much you really want to do it. And, you'll do it, despite rejection and the worst odds. And it will be better than anything else you can imagine. If you're going to try, go all the way. There is no other feeling like that. You will be alone with the gods, and the nights will flame with fire. You will ride life straight to perfect laughter. It's the only good fight there is."

"You have to die a few times before you can really live."

"If you’re losing your soul and you know it, then you’ve still got a soul left to lose."

"Some lose all mind and become soul = insane.
Some lose all soul and become mind = intellectual.
Some lose both and become accepted." 

"Great art is horseshit.  Buy tacos."

"I was laying in bed one night and I thought ‘I’ll just quit — to hell with it.’ And another little voice inside me said ‘Don’t quit — save that tiny little ember of spark.’ And never give them that spark because as long as you have that spark, you can start the greatest fire again."

"Find what you love and let it kill you."


"the free soul is rare, but you know it when you see it - basically because you feel good, very good, when you are near or with them."

"unless it comes out of
your soul like a rocket,
unless being still would
drive you to madness or
suicide or murder,
don't do it.
unless the sun inside you is
burning your gut,
don't do it.

when it is truly time,
and if you have been chosen,
it will do it by
itself and it will keep on doing it
until you die or it dies in you.

there is no other way.

and there never was.”