Wednesday, December 23, 2015


It's the annual Dirty Roots Radio Christmas Extravaganza! One night each year, as close to Christmas as we can get, my daughter - The Bug (8 this year) - comes to do the show with me. This is the sixth time and it's become such a fun tradition for us. She looks forward to it each year and it's a blast seeing how she handles herself on the show and how that changes from year to year.
She picked a lot of the music you'll hear here. Other than a dud Louis Armstrong song, she did a GREAT job - but that wasn't hear fault....who knew Satchmo would play somethin' so straight?!?!?!
Enjoy, this was a lot of fun.
Peep the playlist HERE

December 23, 2015 Playlist (The Sixth Annual Dirty Roots Radio Christmas Extravaganza)

Tune in to Dirty Roots Radio every Thursday night from 8 to 10 p.m. (central). Listen live HERE.  Can't listen live?  Catch up with the archive of the show each week HERE.

James Brown – Go Power at Christmas Time
Reverend Horton Heat – Jingle Bells
Twisted Sister – Oh Come All Ye Faithful
Tim Timebomb – You’re a Mean One Mr. Grinch
Aqua Teen Hunger Force – Feliz Navidad
Los Straightjackets – Feliz Navidad
X – Jingle Bells
Bad Religion – Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
Chuck Berry – Run Rudolph Run
Reverend Horton Heat – We Three Kings
Reverend Horton Heat – What Child Is This
Louis Armstrong – The Christmas Song
Louis Armstrong – ‘Zat You, Santa Claus?
Booker T. & the MG’s – Winter Wonderland [Take 2]
Bob Dylan – Must Be Santa
The Boxmasters – Silver Bells
Joan Jett & The Blackhearts – Little Drummer Boy
The Blind Boys of Alabama – Last Month of the Year
Jimi Hendrix – Little Drummer Boy/Silent Night/Auld Lang Syne
Augie Rios – Ol’ Fatso
Augie Rios – Donde Esta Santa Claus
Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings – Big Bulbs
The Drifters – White Christmas
Robert Earl Keen – Merry Christmas From The Family
Rufus Thomas – I’ll Be Your Santa Baby
Lambert, Hendricks & Ross – Deck Us All With Boston Charlie
Run-D.M.C. – Christmas in Hollis
Reverend Horton Heat – Winter Wonderland
Andre Williams – Rudibaker’s Christmas Wish
William S. Burroughs – A Junky’s Christmas

Monday, December 21, 2015

The First Dirty Roots Radio Christmas Extravaganza, From 2010...

It's become an annual tradition...bringing my daughter, The Bug, with me for the Dirty Roots Radio show just before Christmas. She co-hosts the first hour (and sometimes both hours) and we always have a blast.
But in 2010, it was a crazy idea. Bug was only 3 years old. As I left to do my show that night I asked her on a whim if she wanted to come with. And the rest is history.
It's fun every year and each Christmas show is special...but the first one was truly magical. We had no template and nothing to go on. I just gave a live mic to the 3 year old and went with it. This is one of my most cherished possessions and memories.
This isn't a "full" podcast like you're used to. At the time, I wasn't archiving the shows and since family and friends just wanted to hear The Bug on the radio and weren't as interested in the music (and since we didn't know the fun and magic we were about to capture), I only made a "skimmer" recording...meaning the recorder was only on when our microphones were on. So you'll hear little snippets of songs between us talking.
Bug will be with me the first hour, having fun and sharing lots of great Dirty Roots-rific Christmas music (she's getting more active in choosing the playlist this year!). I'll be solo for the second half of the show, which will be a decidedly more "grown-up" affair. I will, of course, cap it off with the annual airing of William S. Burroughs fantastic "A Junkie's Christmas".
Listen live online at The archive will be posted here later that night.
Hope you can join us!

Friday, December 18, 2015


Good songs. Good times.

(And no disrespect to the Star Wars crew...nyuk, nyuk)

Be sure to catch the Dirty Roots Radio Sixth Annual Christmas Extravaganza! WEDNESDAY night, December 23 @ 8 PM (CST). Listen live at or catch it right here afterwards. 

Peep the playlist HERE

Thursday, December 17, 2015

December 17, 2015 Playlist

Tune in to Dirty Roots Radio every Thursday night from 8 to 10 p.m. (central). Listen live HERE.  Can't listen live?  Catch up with the archive of the show each week HERE.

Renzo Cesana – Violets for Your Furs
Muddy Waters – I Can’t Be Satisfied
John Hiatt – Lincoln Town
The Clash – Death or Glory
Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats – I Need Never Get Old
Kinky Friedman – Christmas Card From a Hooker in Minneapolis
Deer Tick – If I Should Fall From Grace With God
The Pogues w/Kirsty MacColl – Fairytale of New York
Bob Dylan – High Water (For Charley Patton)
Bob Dylan – Hark the Herald Angels Sing
Latino Rockabilly War – Trash City
Van Morrison – Days Like This
Robert Earl Keen – Merry Christmas From The Family
Warren Zevon – Lawyers, Guns and Money
Lemmy (w/Billy F. Gibbons & Dave Grohl) – Run Rudolph Run
Robert Earl Keen – Walkin’ Cane
John Hiatt – Gone
Bad Religion – God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
Dwight Yoakam – Liar
The Bottle Rockets – Big Lotsa Love
The Bottle Rockets – Dog
Beck – Corvette Bummer
Barrence Whitfield & the Savages – I’m A Full Grown Man
Ennio Morricone – The Confrontation/The Return of Joe
Nirvana – Ain’t It A Shame (Demo)
Bobby Bare, Jr. – One Bed, Two Girls, Three Bottles Of Wine
The Clash – Spanish Bombs
Lydia Loveless – I Would Die 4 U
Social Distortion  Bakersfield
Junior Wells’ Chicago Blues Band/Buddy Guy – Hoodoo Man Blues
Augie Rios – Ol’ Fatso
Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers – The Last DJ

Thursday, December 3, 2015


What a cluster-F...uh, mess of a show!  I almost didn't even want to archive it.  But, A) it is what it is.  And B) tonight was a unique illustration of how the show helps me, and what happens when I'm off the air for a week.

See...when the show is the only exercise a fella gets...and is the only therapy a guy who needs a lot of therapy gets...not doing the show for a week takes a toll.

I get all jammed up inside...and while you'd think getting back on the air would work all that's not that smooth.  It's more like whatever has the system jammed up all falls out in one fell swoop, and then it's something like a bear being shot with a tranquilizer.

I anticipated being wound up all night and going crazy.  I ended up getting the jam-up out of my system early on then running out of gas.

BUT!  We found the weirdness at the end and we got back on track.

What does all this mean...or have to do with anything...ugh, I don't know.  Live radio man.

Like I always say, when you do it the way I do it and it's can truly do something special.  Or you can crash and burn.

Either way - or usually, when it's somewhere in between - you just gotta walk away from the wreckage with a smile on your face.

I hope you enjoy something here...


December 3, 2015 Playlist

Tune in to Dirty Roots Radio every Thursday night from 8 to 10 p.m. (central). Listen live HERE.  Can't listen live?  Catch up with the archive of the show each week HERE.

Mike Ness – I’m in Love w/My Car
Kinky Friedman – A Nightingale Sang in Berkley Square
The Blind Boys of Alabama – Last Month of the Year
Tim Tam & the Turn-Ons – Wait a Minute
Kris Kristofferson – The Law Is for the Protection of the People
Lucinda Williams – Changed The Locks [live]
Tim Timebomb – You’re a Mean One Mr. Grinch
Nathaniel Rateiff & the Night Sweats – I Need Never Get Old
Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats – I Need Never Get Old (so nice you gotta hear it twice…)
Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble – The Sky Is Crying
The Clash – Remote Control
Bob Seger & the Last Heard – Sock It to Me Santa
Elmore James – Dust My Broom
5 Spiritual Tones – Bad Situation
The Clash – Jimmy Jazz
Pops Staples – Somebody Was Watching
Robert Earle Keen – Merry Christmas From The Family
Slobberbone – Dark As a Dungeon
Tom Waits – Train Song
R.L. Burnside – It’s Bad You Know
Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble – Pride & Joy
Alex Chilton – Sugar, Sugar/I Got the Feelin’
Hasil Adkins – Ugly Woman
Hasil Adkins – Me & Jesus
The Sir Douglas Quintet – Are Inlaws Really Outlaws
T-Model Ford – She Asked Me So I Told Her
Stud Cole – Always & Always
Bristow Hopper – Hate That Bear
Lydia Loveless – All I Know