Sunday, April 15, 2018

Roots Radio 22 & 23: Erewhon: Songs of Places Mythical and Mystical

This show was originally broadcast over the air in Los Angeles on January 20, 2018. The podcast is divided into two one-hour segments, the second appearing as the first file on the site and the first hour immediately to the right, the one with the picture of the moon.

In 1872, Samuel Butler published a kind of utopian satire that he titled Erewhon. Butler wanted the name to be "nowhere" spelled backward but realized it would be hard to pronounce, so he transposed the"h" and the "w" to be "AIR - a - wan." It's an odd book, but the title makes an admirable theme for this podcast. All of the songs in the show will be about places that do not exist in our real, three dimensional world - and you might be surprised by just how many of those songs there are. 

Part 1 

Show Theme: From "Forever and a Day" - The Kingston Trio

Opening: The Big Rock Candy Mountain - Burl Ives  2:41

Islands and Dreams
Island in the Sun  - Harry Belafonte  3:22
Isle au Haut  - Gordon Bok, Anna Mayo Muir, Ed Trickett  3:50
Fiddler's Green - The Dubliners  4:05
Shoals of Herring - North Sea Gas  3:42
The Pony Man - Gordon Lightfoot  3:28
The Pirates of Stone County Road - John Stewart  5:34

The Old Lucky Diamond Motel - Vince Gill  3:39
My Little Town - Simon & Garfunkel   3:30
My Home Town - Bruce Springsteen  4:17
Spoon River - Hank Cramer feat. Kelly Parkinson  3:03
Pooh Corner - Nitty Gritty Dirt Band  2:37
The Fox Went Out On A Chilly Night - Bob Shane  2:02

Part 2 

ParadiseBound For The Promised Land - Bill Staines
12 Gates To The City - Rev. Gary Davis
New Jerusalem - Weavers
Poor Wayfarin' Stranger -Red Molly
Road to Shambala - BW Stevenson
Hobo's Lullaby - Emmylou Harris
Castles in the Air - Don McLean

Apocalypse Lullaby  - The Wailin' Jennys

Distant Shores
Winkin', Blinkin' & Nod - Simon Sisters
After The Gold Rush - kd lang
In The Land Of Oden - Barry Kane & Barry McGuir
eLa Belle Dame Sans Merci - Jamestown Ferry