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18 Dec 2008, 11:44 by slow_spinnerIt was harder than I thought to put this list together, since the stats on Last.fm doesn't show everything I've listened to during the last year (like the mp3 favourites that are always running in the car).
It's a great idea, though – I wish I had started this years back! Thanks to amerpie for getting me started!
I think I've managed fairly OK, with a combination of Last.fm stats, and my own recollection of albums / songs that I have added to my collection during the last year. Of course, there are also some old songs, that would show up on any list I'd compile :)
Anne Feeney – War on the Workers
This wonderful song is from the album “Dump the Bosses off your back”. It is, along with Union Maid - from the same album - by far my favourite track of the year. I got the album from CD Baby, after hearing “Wotw” on the Thom Hartmann show.
Uncle Earl – Streak O' Lean, Streak O' Fat
From the album Waterloo, Tennessee (from CD Baby). One of the members of this group, Abigail Washburn, was recommended to me on Last.fm.
27 Jan 2008, 04:27 by BadgerJohn31The description and playlist below are from the weekly radio show (A Brief History Of…) that my friend and I host on WSUM 91.7fm Madison. We selected songs we felt were either historically important or just representative of each specific topic. Please comment if you feel we missed something or just to give your opinion. Remember, however, that we do this show in an hour (about 50 minutes of music). Track length is a major factor in our decisions (shorter is usually better). Thanks!
A Brief History of…The Origins of Rock and Roll examines the mixture of musical forces that led to the fad known as “rock and roll.” First, rock and roll in all its forms is a derivation of simple blues music. More specifically, though, rock and roll was a blend of jump blues, gospel, western swing, and traditional country that developed in the late 1940s and early 1950s (primarily in African-American communities across the country). These disparate strands finally culminated in two songs…
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5 Feb 2006, 22:16 by jcshepardWith the recent underground mine disasters in the news, and the calls for a mining safety time out, I've been thinking about the folk music of mining, in particualr Appalachian mining.
It's not a part of the Americana tradition I'm personally familiar with. In Montana, most of the mining has gone to open pits or been replaced by yuppie ski resorts (does anybody use the term "yuppie" anymore? I'm so '90s...) In Colorado, too, the mines are few, far between, and locked off behined tall fences. Even here in Minnesota, the few mines up on the Mesabi Iron Range are far from my everyday. I'm a wide-open plainsman, and I've not much understoon the lure of the underground to others than mystical dwarves and ground hogs.
A few old hill country songs seem to shed some light on these cold, dark hollers:
* Dwight Yoakam: Some Dark Holler
* Merle Travis: Dark As Dungeon (also by Johnny Cash and The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band)
* Loretta Lynn: Coal Miner's Daughter