WNUR Conference of the Birds, 2013-12-17 (Oxford American Music Special)

“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’s show starts off with a brief trio of snow songs to commemorate one of our first real wintery snowfalls as I was prepping for the show.

But the main event, by far, is a giant selection of tracks—almost 50—from various editions of the Oxford American magazine’s (mostly) annual music issue compilation. I don’t have them all, but for the last 7 years or so, I’ve made a point of picking the issue up every winter, and I’ve found a lot of great music each time.


PS They’ve become increasingly better at documenting the issue on the web. Stories about some of the tracks played are available online. Here are most of the recent issues for which I could find links:


download program (143MB, 2 hrs 37 min)

Artist: “Track” – Album (Label)
The Coctails: “First Snowfall” – Popcorn Box (Carrot Top Records)
The Ronettes: “Frosty the Snowman” – A Christmas Gift for You from Phil Spector (Warner)
Snow Miser: “the Snow Miser Song” – The Year Without a Santa Claus (Rankin-Bass)
Frank Frost: “Now What You Gonna Do” – Arkansas Masters (2009-2) (Oxford American)
Billy Lee Riley & the Little Green Men: “Baby Please Don’t Go” – Arkansas Masters (2009-2) (Oxford American)
The Golden Nugget: “Gospel Train” – Mississippi (2011) (Oxford American)
Henry Green: “Storm Through Mississippi” – Mississippi (2011) (Oxford American)
Howlin’ Wolf: “Howlin’ for my Darling” – Mississippi (2011) (Oxford American)
Sister Rosetta Tharpe: “Rock Me” – Past Masters (2008-2) (Oxford American)
Fern Jones: “I Ain’t Got Time” – Southern Masters (2009-1) (Oxford American)
Ashley Cleveland: “Rock in a Weary Land” – Tennessee (2013) (Oxford American)
Erma Franklin: “Baby I Love You” – Past Masters (2008-2) (Oxford American)
Claudia Whitten: “Bring Me All the Love you Got” – Arkansas Masters (2009-2) (Oxford American)
Dinah Washington: “Cold, Cold Heart” – Alabama (2010) (Oxford American)
Margie Singleton: “The Eyes of Love” – Tra-La–La-La, Louisiana (2012) (Oxford American)
Sandy Posey: “I Take It Back” – Southern Music CD #9 (2007) (Oxford American)
Judy Henske & Jerry Yester: “Snowblind” – Alabama (2010) (Oxford American)
Lawson and Four More: “If You Want Me You Can Find Me” – Future Masters (2008-1) (Oxford American)
The Hilltops: “Sidewalk” – Mississippi (2011) (Oxford American)
Hayden Thompson: “Blues, Blues, Blues” – Mississippi (2011) (Oxford American)
The York Brothers: “Tremblin’” – Future Masters (2008-1) (Oxford American)
The Wilburn Brothers: “Trouble’s Back in Town” – Southern Music CD #7 (2005) (Oxford American)
The DeZurik Sisters: “The Arizona Yodeler” – Southern Music CD #7 (2005) (Oxford American)
Karen Dalton: “Katie Cruel” – Southern Music CD #9 (2007) (Oxford American)
Alabama Sacred Harp Singers: “We Will Sing With the Angels There” – Future Masters (2008-1) (Oxford American)
Carter Brothers and Son: “Old Joe Bone” – Mississippi (2011) (Oxford American)
Chet Atkins: “Chinatown, My Chinatown” – Tennessee (2013) (Oxford American)
Dusty Brooks: “(My Baby Loves) Chili Dogs” – Mississippi (2011) (Oxford American)
Ann Peebles: “Beware” – Tennessee (2013) (Oxford American)
Charles Wright & the Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band: “What Can You Bring Me” – Mississippi (2011) (Oxford American)
Wiley & the Checkmates: “Guess You Wouldn’t Kno Nothin’ ‘Bout That” – Southern Masters (2009-1) (Oxford American)
Chuck Jackson: “I Keep Forgettin’ (Every Time You’re Near)” – Future Masters (2008-1) (Oxford American)
Mary Gresham: “Get Back on the Right Track” – Alabama (2010) (Oxford American)
Al Green: “Have You Been Making Out O.K.” – Tennessee (2013) (Oxford American)
Big Star: “For You (Original Mix)” – Past Masters (2008-2) (Oxford American)
The Roches: “Hammond Song” – Southern Music CD #9 (2007) (Oxford American)
Jack Teagarden: “Sweet and Hot” – Future Masters (2008-1) (Oxford American)
Tennessee Ernie Ford: “Ain’t Nobody’s Business But My Own” – Tennessee (2013) (Oxford American)
Carolina Cotton: “Three Miles South of Cash (in Arkansas)” – Arkansas Masters (2009-2) (Oxford American)
Octa Clark & Hector Duhon: “J’ai Ete Au Bal Hier Au Soir” – Tra-La–La-La, Louisiana (2012) (Oxford American)
Phosphorescent: “It’s Hard to be Humble (when You’re from Alabama)” – Alabama (2010) (Oxford American)
Professor Longhair: “Look What You’re Doin’ To Me (Oooh-Wee Baby)” – Tra-La–La-La, Louisiana (2012) (Oxford American)
Queenie Lyons: “See and Don’t See” – Southern Masters (2009-1) (Oxford American)
Johnny Cash: “Monteagle Mountain” – Tennessee (2013) (Oxford American)
Margaret Lewis: “Reconsider Me” – Tra-La–La-La, Louisiana (2012) (Oxford American)
The Pilgrim Travelers: “Jesus Hits Like An Atom Bomb” – Southern Music CD #7 (2005) (Oxford American)
The Prisonaires: “Just Walkin’ in the Rain” – Tennessee (2013) (Oxford American)
Rosco Gordon: “Shoobie Oobie” – Tennessee (2013) (Oxford American)
The Gaturs: “Gator Bait” – Tra-La–La-La, Louisiana (2012) (Oxford American)