WNUR Conference of the Birds, 2011-07-05 (Independence Edition)

“Conference of the Birds” is my weekly radio program on WNUR-FM. It airs on Tuesdays from 5-7:30 am Chicago time (UTC-5). And, of course, when technology cooperates, you can just come here for the archives. You can subscribe to the podcast with this URL (click here to subscribe in iTunes). You can also see one jumbo list of my past playlists (back to 9/2008 when WNUR started online playlists), for easier searching.

Today’s show fell the day after Independence Day, so I decided to go on and celebrate. I can’t deny there are some things about American history which are regrettable, and some things I’d like to see different today also, but by and large, I think there are a lot of great things to celebrate. Today’s show tries to cover all of those bases, with some songs about the struggles, some songs about other parts of history, and a slew of songs chosen just because they name check American places (well, and ’cause I like ’em!).



download program (139MB, 2 hrs 32 min)

Artist: “Track” – Album (Label)
Jimi Hendrix: “Star-Spangled Banner” – Live at Woodstock (MCA)
Caetano Veloso: “Soy Loco por Tí, América” – Caetano Veloso (1969) (Polydor)
Hollis Watkins: “Oh Freedom” – Voices Of The Civil Rights Movement: Black American Freedom Songs 1960-1966 (Smithsonian Folkways)
Carlton Reese: “Yes, We Want Our Freedom” – Lest We Forget, Vol. 3: Sing For Freedom (Smithsonian Folkways)
Josh White: “Freedom Road” – American Roots Collection (Smithsonian Folkways)
Woody Guthrie: “This Land is Your Land” – American Roots Collection (Smithsonian Folkways)
Bayless Rose: “Jamestown Exhibition” – American Primitive V.2 – Pre-War Revenants (1897-1939) (Revenant)
Brian Harnetty: “Speaking to the American Farmer” – American Winter (Atavistic)
Spinal Tap: “America” – This Is Spinal Tap (Polydor)
Red Patterson’s Piedmont Log Rollers: “The Battleship of Maine” – Bloody War: Songs 1924-1939 (Tompkins Square)
Willie Eason: “Franklin D. Roosevelt, A Poor Man’s Friend” – Sacred Steel (Arhoolie)
Richard & Mimi Fariña: “House Un-American Blues Activity Dream” – Vanguard Visionaries (Vanguard)
They Might Be Giants: “Tippecanoe and Tyler Too” – Future Soundtrack for America (Barsuk)
Thievery Corporation: “The State of the Union (rewound by Thievery Corporation)” – Babylon Rewound (Eighteenth Street)
Spearhead: “Crime to be Broke in America” – Home (Capitol)
Cooper-Moore & Assif Tsahar: “America” – America (Hopscotch)
Carolina Chocolate Drops: “Dixie” – Dona Got a Ramblin’ Mind (Music Maker)
SNCC Freedom Singers with Dorothy Cotton & Pete Seeger: “We Shall Overcome” – American Roots Collection (Smithsonian Folkways)
Karl E.H. Siegfried: “Up from Mississippi (for Malachi Favors)” – Portrait of Jack Johnson (Imaginary Chicago Records)
Rob Brown with Roy Campbell, William Parker & Hamid Drake: “Wyoming Song” – The Big Picture (Marge)
Mike Manieri: “Minnesota Thins” – Rare Funk Vol. 4 – Soundtrack Edition (Cobalt)
L. Bergonzi: “Missoula” – Suono Libero, Vol 2 (Irma Records)
The Mountain Ramblers: “Big Ball in Boston” – Sounds of the South (Atlantic)
Ike & Tina Turner: “Sweet Rhode Island Red” – Proud Mary (Capitol)
Eddie Hazel: “California Dreamin'” – What It Is! Funky Soul And Rare Grooves (1967-1977) (Atlantic)
Buddy Miles: “Paul B. Allen, Omaha, Nebraska” – Them Changes (Universal)
Bobby Womack: “Arkansas State Prison” – In Prison: Afro-American Prison: Music From Blues To Hip-Hop (Trikont)
Rocky Rauch & his Western Serenaders: “Colorado Boogie” – Hillbilly Boogie, Vol. 1: Travellin’ Boogie (Proper)
Jack Guthrie & his Oklahomans: “Oakie Boogie” – Hillbilly Boogie, Vol. 1: Travellin’ Boogie (Proper)
The DeZurik Sisters: “The Arizona Yodeler” – Oxford American 2005 Southern Music CD (Oxford American)
Bill Monroe: “Blue Moon of Kentucky” – American Roots Collection (Smithsonian Folkways)
Poi Dog Pondering: “Aloha Honolulu” – Poi Dog Pondering (Columbia)
Lucinda Williams: “Louisiana Man” – Happy Woman Blues (Smithsonian Folkways)
Kitchen Table, Illinois: “Walla Walla, Washington” – Independence Day EP (self-released)
Lefty Frizzell: “Saginaw, Michigan” – Look What Thoughts Will Do (Sony)
Irving Fields & Roberto Rodriguez: “Miami Beach Rhumba” – Oy Vey Ole! (Tzadik)
Henry Flynt & the Insurrections: “Uncle Sam Do” – 11th Annual Southern Music Issue (Oxford American)
Skah-Shah #1: “Racine Koree” – Live at King’s Palace Brooklyn, NY in 1977 (unknown)
Occidental Brothers Dance Band International: “Bomboko Awuti Na New York” – Occidental Brothers Dance Band International (self-released)