Thursday, April 23, 2015

Roots Radio 3 - Echoes of April

The podcast for my KPFK-FM show "Echoes of April" is up and running and embedded here for the convenience of those inclined to listen in.The farther I go with this show - and it's been over four years now - the more I find myself inclined to spread out the music selections to include as many aspects as possible of my musical interests, well beyond the pop-folk material that characterized the earliest broadcasts. My abiding love for early British ballads is reflected in three selections early in the show (including the opening tune); for blues-inflected pop with Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday numbers; for authentic blues and gospel with the Titanic songs in the second half; for well-written singer-songwriter tunes in selections throughout; and for Irish music with Liam Clancy closing the program. The KT figures in as always, and John Stewart is represented in two songs as well.
In later podcasts I may well be able to divide the program into song-by-song chapters. For now, some creative work with the cursor and the playlist below can enable skipping around from selection to selection.

I'm proud of the show, but of more import is the fact that I loved putting it together and enjoy listening to it. Can't say how widely that sentiment will be shared, but it's the best lamp I have to guide my feet.

Give it a click if you are so inclined.

Echoes of April

KPFK Roots Music and Beyond April 18, 2015


Opening: On One April Morning - Jon Boden

Love And Roses

April, Come She Will - Simon and Garfunkel
A Rose In April - Kate Rusby
April Is The Cruelest Month - Airborne Toxic Event
In April - Johnny Flynn
Pieces of April - Three Dog Night
A Week Before Easter - Moira Cameron

April in Paris - Ella Fitzgerald/Louis Armstrong
 I'll Remember April - Boz Scaggs
April In My Heart - Billie Holiday
Sometimes It Snows In April - Rebecca Cavanaugh

April Showers - Sugarland
Hearts of the Highlands - Jeff McDonald/Autumn Reynolds
6'2 - Marie Miller
April After All - Ron Sexsmith
Green Grasses - The Kingston Trio

April Is The Cruelest Month

God Moves On The Water - Blind Willie Johnson
The Titanic - Leadbelly
When That Great Ship Went Down - The Dixiaries

The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere - Razzle Bam Boom (Mark Beckwith / Obediah Thomas)
The Battle of Shiloh's Hill - Magpie
When Lilacs Last In The Dooryard Bloom'd - John Slade
The Foggy Dew - The Wolfe Tones
And The Band Played Waltzing Matilda - Liam Clancy

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

A Time For Giving

As many of my readers know, I am proud to be co-host of Roots Music & Beyond, the Saturday morning folk and roots music show on KPFK-FM, Pacifica Radio for southern California but of course streaming worldwide over the web at

KPFK is a listener-supported public radio station with a wide variety of programming - musical, informational, educational, and political. We are currently in the midst of our April fund drive and trying to reach out via social media to the broader audience that we know we have nationally and even internationally. Roots Music and Beyond presents a kind of folk programming that you won’t hear anywhere else on Southern California FM radio - and few other places on the web or over the air nationally, for that matter.

Some simple stats:

It costs us over $7 a minute just to be on the air.
Doesn’t sound like much?
Well that’s over $10, 000 a day ($10,086.47 to be exact)
Over $ 70, 600 a week
Over $ 307, 000 a month

Is this a pitch for money? You betcha!

 It’s your radio station if you want it. Support us, please, with a large or small donation. Simply click on the KPFK fund drive link here -

KPFK Fund Drive

Or Listen Live HERE to our fund drive programming for thank-you gifts and information about the benefits of ongoing contributions.

Up or down, agree or disagree, you won’t find better and more intelligent programming like this anywhere else.

Please consider making a donation to help keep us on the air with the kind of vigorous and refreshing set of perspectives that you just won't find on commercial radio.

And tune in for my next program on Saturday morning, April 18th - information and links to follow.