Let's engage in a little fantasy exercise; imagine that you are given a radio show of your own, with time enough each episode to play 10 songs.
What would you name your show?
What 10 songs would you include in the first episode?
I would call my show TWENTY THOUSAND ROADS. I'm sure most of you will immediately recognize the origin of this title; it is from the Gram Parsons song "Return Of The Grievous Angel."
My first 10-song episode:
1. Gram Parsons: "Return Of The Grievous Angel"
2. Emmylou Harris: "Icy Blue Heart"
3. John Hiatt: "Crossing Muddy Waters"
4. Steve Goodman: "City Of New Orleans"
5. Lucinda Williams: "Metal Firecracker"
6. Robbie Fulks: "Georgia Hard"
7. Delbert McClinton: "When Rita Leaves"
8. Dave Alvin: "California Snow"
9. Amanda Shires: "When You Need A Train It Never Comes"
10. Justin Townes Earle: "Harlem River Blues"
No fantasy here. I got a station in Dec 2007 called Bus of Real Country
"Sorry You Asked" Dwight Yockam
"She's Crazy For Leaving" Rodney Crowell
"Gun Slinger" John Fogerty
"Bluebonnet Lane" J D Crowe and the New South
"Eighteen Wheels and A Dozen Roses" Kathy Mattea
"Take These Chains From My Heart" LeeRoy Parnell
"Klishama Klingo" Hank Thompson
"Dirt Farmer" Levon Helm
"Engine Engine Nr 9" Southern Culture on the Skids
"Snake Farm" Ray Wylie Hubberd
I would call my show Songwriter's Studio. I'm sure my answer would be slightly different each time I responded to the question of which 10 songs to play, but here are my 10 immediate choices:
1. Car Wheels on a Gravel Road - Lucinda Williams
2. Tennessee Blues - Steve Earle
3. Return of the Grievous Angel - Gram Parsons
4. If I Am A Stranger - Ryan Adams
5. Drunken Poet's Dream - Hayes Carll
6. Corpus Christi Bay - Robert Earl Keen
7. Hot Burrito #1 - The Flying Burrito Brothers
8. Boulder to Birmingham - Emmylou Harris
9. Whispering Low - Craig Cummings
10. Real Live Bleeding Fingers and Broken Guitar Strings - Lucinda Williams (from Live at the Fillmore)
Great lists, Janice and Craig!
I'd call my show the completely unoriginal "Adam's Music Hour." First ten songs:
Carl Perkins- "Turn Around"
Dean Martin- "By the Time I Get to Phoenix"
Buck Owens- "Together Again"
Black Sabbath- "Electric Funeral"
Warren Smith- "I'd Rather Be Safe Than Sorry"
David Allan Coe- "Revenge"
The Troggs- "Wild Thing"
Willie Nelson- "It's Not Supposed to Be That Way"
Boots Randolph- "Yakety Sax"
John Hartford- "Back in the Goodle Days"
My list would have to be,
1. Turn Your Radio On/John Hartford
2. Wagon Wheel/Old Crow Medicine Show
3. Louisiana 1927/Randy Newman
4. Driven Wheel/Ray Wylie Hubbard
5. Cocaine Blues/John Cash
6. Where Are You Tonight/Bob Dylan
7. Sweet Thing/Van Morrison
8. Hasten Down The Wind/Warren Zevon
9. Book Faded Brown/The Band
10. Meant To Be/Donna The Buffalo
1. Hayes Carll "Wish I hadnt stayed so long"
2. Ryan Bingham "Depression"
3. Bob Dylan "Tangled up in Blue"
4. Robert Earl Keen "Corpus Christi Bay"
5. Avett Brothers "Head Full of Doubt/Road Full of Promise"
6. Better than Ezra "This time of Year"
7. Mazzy Star "Blue Flower"
8. Jimmy Buffett "Far Side of the World"
9. Amos Lee "Cup of Sorrow"
10. Hayes Carll "Its a Shame"
That's a nearly-perfect set of 10 songs, Greg! Nice touch with the hayes Carll bookends.
I need to load that playlist into my ipod.
Im surprised no one jumped on me for the Better than Ezra, Mazzy Star or Jimmy Buffett. I did leave Jamey Johnson off by mistake. Copper Head road was on but got bumped to the next show.
Greg, I'm not all that familiar with Mazzy Star, but I love Buffett and Better Than Ezra. "Cry In The Sun" is one of my favorite songs of the 90s.