WNUR Conference of the Birds, 2012-06-05

“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).

This week we remember the late Doc Watson, and let that lead into a sizeable set of American roots music. Then we get right down to the nitty gritty (and the willy nilly), explore four different renditions of a tune for a legendary South African saxophone player, and fill out the show with a lot of other great stuff as well.



download program (145MB, 2 hrs 38 min)

Artist: “Track” – Album (Label)
Doc Watson & Clarence Ashley: “Crawdad Song” – The Original Folkways Recordings, 1960-1962 (Smithsonian Folkways)
Doc Watson & Clarence Ashley: “Will the Circle Be Unbroken” – The Original Folkways Recordings, 1960-1962 (Smithsonian Folkways)
Doc Watson & Clarence Ashley: “Sweet Heaven When I Die” – The Original Folkways Recordings, 1960-1962 (Smithsonian Folkways)
The Stanley Brothers: “Standing in the Need of Prayer” – Goodbye, Babylon (Dust to Digital)
Woody Guthrie: “Hard Travelin’” – Hard Travelin’: The Asch Recordings, Vol. 3 (Smithsonian Folkways)
Mississippi John Hurt: “Louis Collins” – The Greatest Songsters: Complete Works (1927-1929) (Document)
Turner Junior Johnson: “When I Lay My Burden Down” – Negro Religious Songs & Services (Rounder Select)
Charlie Parr: “True Religion” – 1922 (Chairkickers Union Music)
Wanda Jackson: “Kansas City” – Vintage Collections (Capitol)
Southern Culture on the Skids: “Nitty Gritty” – Dirt Track Date (Geffen)
Herbie Mann: “Muscle Shoals Nitty Gritty” – The Evolution of Mann (Atlantic)
Rufus Thomas: “Willy Nilly” – The Complete Stax/Volt Singles: 1959-1968 (Stax)
The Pazant Brothers: “A Gritty Nitty” – The Brothers Funk: Rare New York City Funk 1969-1975 (Ace/BGP)
Nitty Gritty: “Good Morning Teacher” – King Jammy’s Selectors Choice Vol.1 (VP Music Group)
Burning Spear: “Further East of Jack (Old Marcus Garvey)” – Live (Island)
The Ethiopians: “Sound of Our Forefathers” – Reggae Hit the Town (Sanctuary )
The Roots: “Kool On” – Undun (Def Jam)
Greyboy: “Big Tito” – Soul Mosaic (Ubiquity)
JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound: “The Beat of Our Own Drum” – The Beat of Our Own Drum (JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound)
Sam Cooke: “Twistin’ the Night Away” – The Best of Sam Cooke (RCA)
Hugh Masekela: “Mra” – Grrr (Verve)
Gwigwi Mrwebi: “Mra” – Mbaqanga Songs (Honest Jon’s)
Letta Mbulu: “Zola (Mra)” – Letta Mbulu Sings (Capitol)
Chris McGregor’s Brotherhood of Breath: “Mra” – Chris McGregor’s Brotherhood of Breath (Fledg’ling)
Caesar Frazier: “Hicky Burr” – Gettin’ It Off: Westbound Funk (Westbound)
Marva Whitney: “Things Got To Get Better (Get Together)” – James Brown’s Original Funky Divas (Polydor)
Lydia Marcelle: “I’ve Never Been Hurt Like This Before” – Wardell Quezergue: Sixty Smokin’ Soul Senders (Funky Delicacies)
Conrad Jones Ensemble: “All of Me” – Dirty Jazz from Down South (Cook)
Johnny y su Combo: “El mambo de ayer” – Preparen Candela (CID)
Miguel Cuní Con Chappottin Y Sus Estrellas: “Lechón Y Bachata ” – Musicalidad En Sepia (Maype)
Lalo Guerrero y sus Cinco Lobos: “Los Chucos Suaves” – Pachuco Boogie (Arhoolie)
Marcos Valle: “Não Tem Nada Não ” – The Essential Marcos Valle (Mr. Bongo)
Luiz Bonfa: “Bonfabuloso” – Solo in Rio 1959 (Smithsonian Folkways)
Eri Yamamoto Trio: “Catch the Clouds” – The Next Page (AUM Fidelity)
Ned Rothenberg’s Sync with Strings: “Krechtser Walk” – Inner Diaspora (Tzadik)
Air: “G.v.E.” – Air Time (Nessa)
Harry Beckett: “Third Road” – Flare Up (Jazzprint)
Sun Ra: “That’s How I Feel” – Lanquidity (Evidence)