Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Grievous Angel: The Story Of Gram Parsons - 1. Episode 1

BBC Radio 6 Music broadcast: 12th January 2017

Bob Harris tells the story of the influential country rock star Gram Parsons, who passed away in 1973. With contributions from Keith Richards, Emmylou Harris, Gram's daughter Polly Parsons and close friend Ian Dunlop.

Gram Parsons - Return Of The Grievous Angel [Reprise]
Gram Parsons - In My Hour Of Darkness [Reprise]
Elvis Presley - Good Rockin' Tonight [RCA]
The Everly Brothers - All I Have To Do Is Dream [Dino]
Gram Parsons - Kiss The Children [Rhino]
Gram Parsons - I Can't Dance [Warner]
Gram Parsons - How Much I've Lied [Rhino]
Gram Parsons - Hickory Wind [Reprise]
Gram Parsons - I May Be Right [Sundown]
Gram Parsons - Still Feeling Blue [WSM/Rhino]
The International Submarine Band - Truck Driving Man [Raven]
Emmylou Harris & Gram Parsons - We'll Sweep Out The Ashes In The Morning [Eminent]
The International Submarine Band - It Must Have Been Somebody Else You've Known [Sundown]
The International Submarine Band - Luxury Liner [Big Beat]
The International Submarine Band - Blue Eyes [Rhino]
The Byrds - You Ain't Going Nowhere [Columbia]
The Byrds - I Am A Pilgrim [1968 Sony Music Entertainment Inc]
The Byrds - Hickory Wind [CBS]
The Byrds - You're Still On My Mind [Columbia]

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Leadbelly: A Secret History Of Rock And Roll - 2. Episode 2

BBC Radio 6 Music broadcast: 11th January 2017

Eric Burdon concludes his examination of the life, music and legacy of seminal American folk singer Huddie (Lead Belly) Ledbetter who had a major influence on popular music on both sides of the Atlantic during the 20th Century.

Part two looks at how Lead Belly's violent streak landed him in serious trouble on several occasions. In 1918 he killed a man and was jailed for murder for 30 years but, as legend would have it, he managed to sing himself out of prison not once but twice. On the second occasion though, his freedom probably had far more to do with prison overcrowding than it did with his musical talents!

But it was his time in prison in the 1930s that would help him land the big time. Folklorists John and Alan Lomax had been touring jails recording prison songs for the Library of Congress when they discovered Lead Belly. On his release, they introduced him to the New York folk scene and the "King of the 12 string guitar" would record for a variety of record labels; become known for a broad range of folk, blues and protest songs; and even present his own radio show.

Despite his tough upbringing, a reputation for womanising and his violent streak, Lead Belly had a softer side too. Children's songs were very much part of his repertoire, which included Skip To My Lou and Ha Ha This-Away.

Lead Belly died in 1949 but his legacy lives on. Within months of his death, Pete Seeger and the Weavers had released Goodnight Irene and his influence would soon seep into swing, skiffle and later rock and roll.

Among those celebrating the life and times of Lead Belly in part two are: Bryan Ferry; Nile Rodgers; Arlo Guthrie; Lead Belly's relatives Tiny Robinson and Alvin Singh, British Sea Power and the UK musician and artist Billy Childish.

Monday, 20 February 2017

Leadbelly: A Secret History Of Rock And Roll - 1. Episode 1

BBC Radio 6 Music broadcast: 10th January 2017

The great American folk singer Huddie Ledbetter (otherwise known as Lead Belly) had a major influence on popular music on both sides of the Atlantic.

From humble beginnings singing work songs as he picked cotton in the fields of Louisiana, to his time as a shining star in the emerging 1930s New York folk scene, Lead Belly had a broad repertoire which included folk, blues and protest songs. Popular songs he performed, long before the big names of today, include Goodnight Irene, House Of The Rising Sun and Where Did You Sleep Last Night?

Part one of Eric Burdon's portrait traces Lead Belly's roots back to the American Deep South of the late 1800s where he was born into a farming family on the borders of Louisiana and Texas. Picking cotton was the main trade of the time and it was while picking cotton that Huddie became acquainted with some of the songs for which he'd eventually become famous.

In this episode, singer Arlo Guthrie (son of Leadbelly's close friend Woody Guthrie) examines how his tough life influenced much of his early musical repertoire. Arlo argues that music played an even bigger part in peoples' daily lives in the late 1800s than it does today, especially within America's impoverished black communities. Lead Belly would pick up songs "like a sponge" as he travelled the Deep South and re-work them.

Songs discussed in part one include Black Betty, Pick A Bale of Cotton, Cotton Fields (which would later be popularised by The Beach Boys), Midnight Special and CC Rider, which was eventually picked up by presenter Eric Burdon during his time as lead singer in The Animals.

Contributors to part one include Arlo Guthrie (son of Woody Guthrie), Lead Belly's niece Tiny Robinson and legendary record producer Nile Rodgers.

Sunday, 19 February 2017

Psychemagik - Tom Ravenscroft Guest Mix 27th January 2017

BBC Radio 6 Music broadcast: 27th January 2017

Albion - Kabala [Macadam Mambo]
Hareem - (Look Out For) The Boogie Man (Mike Burns Edit)
Lady Jane - I'm Your Lover [Kat Family]
The Robber Barons - I Feel Love [Orfeu]
Gentle Hands - Stranger Changes

Saturday, 18 February 2017

Simian Mobile Disco - Live Lauren Laverne Session + Interview 23rd January 2017

BBC Radio 6 Music broadcast: 23rd January 2017

Simian Mobile Disco - Flying Or Falling (6 Music Session, 23 Jan 2017)
Simian Mobile Disco - Cerulean (6 Music Session, 23 Jan 2017)

Friday, 17 February 2017

Adam Buxton On David Bowie - 2. Part 2

BBC Radio 6 Music broadcast: 8th January 2017

6 Music Celebrates David Bowie, Adam Buxton takes a personal view of the musical icon.

David Bowie - Aladdin Sane
David Bowie - Where Have All The Good Times Gone
David Bowie - Cracked Actor
David Bowie - TVC 15
John Phillips - Rhumba Boogie
David Bowie - Subterraneans
Brian Eno - Becalmed
David Bowie - Always Crashing In The Same Car
David Bowie - A New Career In A New Town
David Bowie - Warszawa
David Bowie - Heroes (German Version)
David Bowie - The Drowned Girl
Flight Of The Concords - Bowie's In Space
David Bowie - Andy Warhol
David Bowie - Fill Your Heart
David Bowie - Days

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Adam Buxton On David Bowie - 1. Part 1

BBC Radio 6 Music broadcast: 8th January 2017

In a special show as part of 6 Music's David Bowie Weekend, self-confessed Bowie nut Adam Buxton take us on a journey through the weird and wonderful world of one of the UK's most colourful pop stars. Featuring rare interviews, some unheard for over 30 years, Adam hand-picks some classic BBC Bowie moments, capturing the alternative spirit of Bowie's ever-changing persona.

David Bowie - Ziggy Stardust (Live in Santa Monica 1972)
David Bowie - Five Years
David Bowie - Time
Feathers - Ching-A-Ling
David Bowie - Letter To Hermione
David Bowie - The Laughing Gnome
Davie Jones & The King Bees - Liza Jane
Anthony Newley - Mumbo Jumbo
David Bowie - Join The Gang
David Bowie - Please Mr. Gravedigger
David Bowie - Dancing Out In Space
David Bowie - Starman
Benny Hill - Ernie (The Fastest Milkman In The West)
David Bowie - Space Oddity
David Bowie - Ashes To Ashes
David Bowie - Rock 'n' Roll Suicide
David Bowie - The Width Of A Circle