Thursday, June 27, 2013

June 27, 2013 Playlist

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The Rolling Stones – Hot Stuff
Bobby “Blue” Bland – Stormy Monday
ZZ Ward – Put the Gun Down [live]
T-Model Ford – To the Left, To the Right
T-Model Ford – Ask Her for Water
Joan Jett & the Blackhearts – Love Is Pain
Bob Log III – All the Rockets Go Bang
The Bottle Rockets – Cartoon Wisdom
The Bottle Rockets – Man of Constant Anxiety
Social Distortion – Diamond In the Rough
Bettye LaVette – Before the Money Came (The Battle of Bettye LaVette)
John Lee Hooker – John L’s House Rent Boogie
ZZ Ward – Grinnin’ In Your Face [live]
Ennio Morricone – The Confrontation/The Return of Joe
Waylon Jennings – Can’t You See
The Clash – Tommy Gun
Keith Richards & the X-Pensive Winos – Too Rude [live]
Bruce Springsteen – Wrecking Ball
Naomi Shelton & the Gospel Queens – What Have You Done
Scott H. Biram – Judgment Day
Scott H. Biram – Only Jesus
Andre Williams – Let Me Put It In
Chuck Berry – Reelin’ and Rockin’ [live]
Jerry Lee Lewis – Money [live]
Tom Waits – Make It Rain [live]
Bobby “Blue” Bland – Ain’t No Love In the Heart of the City
Bobby “Blue” Bland – Ain’t No Love In the Heart of the City
Bobby “Blue” Bland – I Pity the Fool
ZZ Ward – 365 Days
Joan Jett & the Blackhearts – Nag
Gary Clark, Jr. – Bright Lights

Thursday, June 20, 2013

June 20, 2013 Playlist

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Tom Waits – Tom Traubert’s Blues (Four Sheets to the Wind in Copenhagen)
Slim Whitman – Indian Love Call
Eddie Spaghetti – The Value Of Nothing
The Rolling Stones – Monkey Man
Neil Young – Cinnamon Girl
The Highwaymen – The Devil’s Right Hand
Waylon Jennings – Nashville Rebel
Kris Kristofferson – Best of All Possible World
Mavis Staples – Far Celestial Shores
Steve Earle – Breed
Steve Earle – Galway Girl
Bad Religion – 21st Century (Digital Boy)
Johnny Cash – Devil’s Right Hand
Neko Case – Man
Tom Waits – Pasties and a G-String
R.L. Burnside – He Ain’t Your Daddy
R.L. Burnside – Snake Drive [live]
R.L. Burnside – Shake ‘Em on Down
Latino Rockabilly War – Trash City
The Clash – London’s Burning
Billy Preston – Slaughter
ZZ Ward – Grinnin’ In Your Face [live]
ZZ Ward – Move Like U Stole It [live]
Solomon Burke – Honey Where’s The Money Gone
U2 – Angel of Harlem
Solomon Burke – Ain’t Got You
B.B. King w/U2 – When Love Comes to Town [7” version]
ZZ Ward – Blue Eyes Blind [live]
Townes Van Zandt – Dead Flowers

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Man Of The Highway: Jeff Chapman Pays Tribute to a Friend...

A few months back, a gentleman named Greg McCray passed away, following a lengthy and tough battle with cancer.  Though I didn't know him personally, he was something of a local celebrity in the little town I’m from, Greenville, IL.  Greg was a well-known stock car driver and he touched the lives of many around him.

I never met Greg personally, but we had several mutual friends.  One of them is my blues brother, Big Jeff Chapman (Chappy).  He’s been a guest on my Dirty Roots Radio Show frequently and if you’ve listened in with any kind of frequency, you’ve probably heard me sharing some of his original blues tunes on-air.

(photo by Corey Woodruff, courtesy of Jeff Chapman)

One night a few weeks back, fairly soon after Greg passed, I was hosting the show and Chappy told me he’d recorded a new song, “Man of the Highway”; a tribute to Greg.  He’d also created a video to go along with it.  I played it on the air without having heard it in advance, and was blown away.

The song was recorded by another good friend of this show, Ian Baird, at his studio, Arjuna's Soundroom.

I wanted to share it again because it’s just that good.  And you, like me, might not have known Greg, but A) a good song is a good song, regardless of whether you know the subject of it or not, and B) in addition to being blown away by the song, I think you, like me, will be touched by the obvious impact that Greg McCray had on those around him.

I asked Chappy to share a little bit about the song.  Before I share the video, I’ll let him explain it…

“Greg was a really good dude and a very close friend.

Wednesday morning I got the news that he had passed.

I didn't plan to write a song, I just felt like taking out some pain on my guitar.  All these thoughts and memories kinda gushed out so I scribbled them down.  About ten minutes passed and there it was.

When my wife came home, she read the words and said this is very good he would be proud.

Then I thought I'd see if Ian would let me record it to share with Greg's family.  He was more than happy to squeeze me in.  By the time Friday came around, I got the idea to use a bunch of pics for that video tribute set to the song.  Ian took care of all that as well. (He’s a good dude, too)

Greg had asked for my brother and me to perform "Call Me The Breeze" at his funeral.  His sisters and daughter decided to also include the recorded "Man of the Highway" at the beginning of the service.

There were memorials read from Greg's daughter and three and each of those had parts that I had written in the song. That made me feel proud; I had gotten it right for him and them as well.

Ian said that song was meant to be.”

If you're interested in information about the music of my pal Big Jeff Chapman, drop me a line and I'll either get you the info, or put you in touch with him directly.  He has several albums out and a great new album on the way soon.  

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

Monday, June 17, 2013

Listener Submitted "Guaranteed Good Day" Song Playlist

So, I started a new job today.  And before we get into the playlist, let me just say that I have been amazed and humbled and so touched by the support and encouragement and concern that everyone in the Dirty Roots family has shown me the past several weeks.  I learned in mid-April that my job was being outsourced and shared the news on the Dirty Roots Radio Facebook page and on the show.  Immediately, I received emails and Facebook messages from listeners, sending uplifting messages, offering advice, suggesting job search engines, sending links to specific job posting, suggesting good places to apply, etc.

I was happy to announce last Thursday night on the show that I'd accepted a new job offer and would be gainfully employed as of today....and, again, immediately I received many messages, this time, all well wishes and congratulations.

This morning as I left for work, I received messages wishing me luck, etc.  After work today, a few of you even checked in to see how it went.

The fact that you all, people I've never even met in person, would even go to the trouble to remember the specifics of my start date, etc., is humbling, beautiful, and beyond awesome.  I always say we have a really cool community vibe going happening on the Dirty Roots Radio Facebook page and I consider all of you friends...but this experience has been amazing.  And you know how I feel about THAT over-used word... ;-)

So, get the big day of the new job started right, this morning I asked what your go-to "Get Pumped Up" or "Guaranteed Good Day" song was.  Here were the suggestions:

Dave in Iowa came through with a whole handful...

The Call: "The Walls Came Down"

The Call: "Let The Day Begin"

Jake Bugg: "Lightning Bolt"

Lefty in Ohio submitted...

The Gap Band: "Early In The Morning"

And, Tom in Wisconsin submitted two...

Old 97's: "Coahula" 

The Beat Farmers: "Happy Boy"

And for good measure I'll throw in MY good-day song...this has been my go-to tune since it came out a couple of years back, from my favorite band of all time...

Social Distortion: "Far Side Of Nowhere"

Thanks again, ya'll, for the encouragement, kind words, support, and concern!!  It means so much!

And thanks to everyone who contributed songs for the playlist...I love the variety we get on these listener-submitted lists...always some good stuff!

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

Listener-Submitted Father's Day Playlist

In celebration of Father's Day, I asked Dirty Roots Radio listeners to submit "Dad appropriate" songs...or, least songs about Dad in some way.

Here's what you came up with!

A few suggestions that I shared to start the ball rolling...

The Temptations: "Papa Was A Rolling Stone"

James Brown: "Papa Don't Take No Mess" (also submitted by listener Doug from Maine...great minds, dude....seriously)

Johnny Cash: "A Boy Named Sue"

Two From Lefty in Ohio:

Luther Vandross: "Dance With My Father"

Shep & the Limelights: "Daddy's Home"

Listener Doug from Maine submitted a few...

Bruce Springsteen: "Adam Raised A Cain" (I freakin' love this song...)

NRBQ: "Daddy-O" (but I couldn't find a video...sorry, ya'll)

Credence Clearwater Revival: "Someday Never Comes"

JB in Virginia submitted two...

Steve Goodman: "My Old Man"

Chet Atkins: "I Still Can't Say Goodbye"

And Melissa in Ohio shared a whole handful of suggestions...

Elton John: "My Father's Gun"

Queen: "Father To Son"

Bruce Springsteen: "My Hometown"

Clarence Carter: "Patches"

I think we got 'em all in there.  Thanks, everyone, for your contributions...some great ones here!!!

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

Listener-Submitted Waylon Jennings Birthday Tribute Playlist

Last Saturday (June 15) marked the birth date of one of the all time greats....Waylon Jennings.

Waylon was truly an original.  A Nashville rebel from the start.  Waylon had the look.  Early on he was a badass country guitar slinger.  In the 70s he looked like the shaggy haired drunk/stoned outlaw cowboy that he was.  Later in life, he took on the dignified air of a riverboat gambler.  And that voice.  THAT VOICE!!  He had it all.

I asked Dirty Roots Radio listeners to share their favorite Waylon songs, and told them I'd put a "birthday tribute" playlist together, from the submissions.

It's a (that don't make me bad people)...but, here it is!

Starting with my two initial suggestions that got the conversation going...

"Slow Rollin' Low"

"Ain't No God In Mexico"

And now the listener suggestions...

Lefty from Ohio suggested...

"Luchenbach, Texas" (w/Willie Nelson)

Tom in Wisconsin agreed, requesting anything with Willie...

"Mamas, Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys" (w/Willie Nelson)

Victoria in Colorado submitted two...

"Good Hearted Woman"  (w/Willie Nelson)

"The Wurlitzer Prize (I Don't Want To Get Over You)"

Jeff in the St. Louis area picked a gem...

"The Last Letter"

And JB in Virginia contributed...

"I Ain't Living Long Like This"

And just for good measure, I think I'll add another of my favorites...

"There Ain't No Good Chain Gang" (w/Johnny Cash)


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

Thursday, June 13, 2013

June 13, 2013 Playlist

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

Muddy Waters – Mannish Boy
Merle Haggard – I’m Bringing Home Good News
George Jones – Revenooer Man
Alex Chilton – Free Again
Dirty Streets – Stay Thirsty
Johnny Dilks & His Visitacion Valley Boys – Comin’ On Thru
Screamin’ Rebel Angels – MayDay
Screamin’ Rebel Angels – Out of This World
Z.Z. Ward – Grinnin’ In Your Face [live at the Troubadour]
Neil Young – The Old Country Waltz
The Dictators – Who Will Save Rock And Roll?
Screamin’ Jay Hawkins – I Hear Voices
Mike Ness – The Devil in Miss Jones
The Bobby Fuller Four – I Fought the Law
The Clash – Police on My Back
Lowell Fulson – Rock This Morning
Ronnie Hawkins – Need Your Lovin’ (Oh So Bad)
Andre Williams & the A-Bones – The Way You Dog Me Around
Cub Koda – You’re the Only One, Delores
Jake Bugg – Lightning Bolt
Jason & the Scorchers – 19th Nervous Breakdown
Crankshaft and the Gear Grinders – Earthquake Shake
Ten Foot Polecats – Do That Thing
Johnny Cash – T for Texas (Blue Yodel No. 1)
The Smithereens – Too Much Passion
Iggy Pop w/Bethany Cosentino – Let’s Boot and Rally
The Rolling Stones – Before They Make Me Run
The Rolling Stones – Happy
Tim Timebomb & Friends – California Sun
R.L. Burnside – Old Black Mattie
Isaac Hayes – Title Theme (From Three Tough Guys)
The 101’ers – Keys to Your Heart
The 101’ers – Rabies (From the Dogs Of Love)
Muddy Waters – I Just Want to Make Love to You
The Rolling Stones – Have You Seen Your Mother, Baby, Standing in the Shadows
The Rolling Stones – Shake Your Hips
U2 & B.B. King – When Loves Comes To Town


"Personally I believe that rock and roll may be on the way out, just like adolescence as a relatively innocent transitional period is on the way out.  What we will have instead is a small island of new free music surrounded by some good reworkings of past idioms and a vast Sargasso sea of absolute garbage."  - Lester Bangs

"Every mercenary...three-chord revolutionaries.....choose your side and choose it well!!!"  - The Dictators 

Thursday, June 6, 2013

June 6, 2013 Playlist

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Biz Markie & Canabis – Shove This Jay-Oh-Bee
Bob Dylan – Maggie’s Farm
Jerry Lee Lewis – Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On (live)
Jerry Lee Lewis w/John Fogerty – Travelin’ Band
The Clash – White Riot (alternate version)
Four Tops – It’s the Same Old Song
The Fireballs – Rik-A-Tik
The Smithereens – A Girl Like You
Doctor Ross – Cat Squirrel
Fred Friction – By the Lake
Fred Friction – Longhardroad
Drivin’ N’ Cryin’ – Build A Fire
Buffalo Tom – Sodajerk
The Rivieras – California Sun
David Dondero – Job Boss
Andre Williams – The Monkey Speaks His Mind
Bo Diddley – Gunslinger (live)
Willie Nile – House of a Thousand Guitars
The Skids – The Saints Are Coming
Joe Alford – Kool Till I’m Dead
The Monkees – Last Train To Clarksville
The Hooten Hallers – She Used to Love My Music
Those Darlins – Be Your Bro
Billy Gibbons & Co. – Oh Well
Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers – Oh Well (live)
James Keyes – Ain’t
Urge Overkill – Sister Havana
Chuck Berry – Havana Moon
Merry Clayton – Gimme Shelter
Mavis Staples – Far Celestial Shores
Scott H. Biram – Lost Highway
Tom Waits – Hang Down Your Head
Operation Ivy – Bad Town
Rudy Ray More – Rally In The Valley
Iggy & the Stooges – The Departed
Social Distortion – Death or Glory
Gil Scott-Heron – Johannesburg
Bill Withers – Who Is He (And What Is He to You?)
The Faces – Stay With Me
091 – Mas de Cien Lobos
GravelRoad – Monkey with a Wig
Juke Joint Pimps – I Can’t Be Satisfied
Bill Withers – Grandma’s Hands
The Rolling Stones – Loving Cup
Cedell Davis – Keep On Snatchin’ It Back
Andre Williams – I Can Tell
Esquerita – Rockin’ The Joint