Monday, July 6, 2015

All Your Favorite Bands (TOTR 227)

Alabama Shakes – Over My Head
Cowboy Junkies – Sweet Jane
Lake Street Dive – Seventeen
The Hold Steady – Stuck Between Stations
Bruce Springsteen – Thunder Road
White Stripes – Black Math
Pearl Jam – Light Years
Boy & Bear – Old Town Blues
Talk Talk – Eden
The Band – It Makes No Difference
CSNY – Helpless
Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues
R.E.M. – Fall On Me
Dawes – All Your Favorite Bands
The Kinks – Lola
The Rolling Stones – Love In Vain
The Who – I Can See Miles
My Morning Jacket – Steam Engine
Grateful Dead – Sugaree
Ryand Adams & the Cardinals – Cold Roses
U2 – Hawkmoon 269

Monday, June 1, 2015

Glory (TOTR 226)

Dedicated to the people who taught me to be an ally: Barb & Ken Smith!

Aaron Neville – Oh Freedom
Bernice Johnson Reagon – Since I Laid My Burden Down
The Montgomery Improvement Association – This Little Light Of Mine
Hollis Watkins – I’m Gonna Sit At The Welcome Table
Tracy Chapman – Across The Lines
Johnnie Taylor – Doing My Own Thing
The Staple Singers – Long Walk To D.C.
Johnnie Taylor – I Could Never Be President
Soul Children – I Don’t Know What This World Is Coming To
Sons of Slum – Right On
Bernice Johnson Reagon – Buses Are A Coming Freedom Song
Rev. Frederick Douglass Kirkpatrick, Jimmy Collier, Pete Seeger, & Bernice Johnson Reagon – Everybody’s Got a Right to Live
Seal – People Get Ready
Ben Harper – How Many Miles Must We March
Martin Luther King Jr. – How Long  Not Long! (Montgomery, Alabama 3-25-65)
Common & John Legend – Glory (From the Motion Picture Selma)  =
Common & William – A Dream (From Freedom Writers Soundtrack)
Duke of Norfolk – Oh Freedom
Dierks Bentley & the Punch Brothers Featuring Del McCoury – Pride (In The Name Of Love)
Old Crow Medicine Show – Motel In Memphis
Patty Griffin – Up To The Mountain (MLK Song)
Nina Simone – Why  (The King of Love Is Dead)
Bernice Johnson Reagon – Come And Go With Me To That Land
Bill Withers – Grandma’s Hands
Aretha Franklin with Rev. James Cleveland & the Southern California Community Choir –  Precious Lord, Take My Hand/You’ve Got A Friend (Medley)

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Miracles (TOTR 225)


Radioheaad – Karma Police
Waterboys – November Tale
U2 – The Troubles
Alabam Shakes –  Don’t Wanna Fight
Michael Franti & Spearhead – Let It Go featuring Ethan Tucker
Gungor – Let It Go
Ryan Adams – Let Go
Sturgill Simpson – Just Let Go
Angaleena Presley – Surrender
Jason Isbell – New South Wales
Duke of Norfolk – Open Sea
Lee Gallagher & the Hallelujah – That’s How the Light Gets In
Matisuahu – One Day
Insane Clown Posee – Miracles
Grateful Dead – I Need A Miracle
Grateful Dead – Bertha
Phish – Joy
Okkervil River – Unless It’s Kicks
Santana – Winning
Journey – Wheel In The Sky
Mumford & Sons – Believe
My Morning Jacket – Believe (Nobody Knows)
the Epichorus  – Beneath the Gates
 Amy Barnes – Shiva Gospel
Sarah McLachlan – Prayer Of St. Francis

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

This House is Humming with Hope and Honesty

The caravan has left the station, but it’s not too late to get on board this journey to rollicking musical joy.

Anyone too cynical to pack a Kerouac rucksack or someone who thinks that the folk-pop revival is in decline because Mumford went electric, this person needs to suspend doubt and get inside the eclectic new full-length offering from Nashville troubadours Humming House. These sincere and soaring sounds should keep the new folk pantheon open for blessed blissful business, humming with hope and honesty.

Joining the ranks of great bands like the Beatles, Eagles, Fleetwood Mac, or CSNY who change the world with harmonies and more than one lead singer, this elegant pop jam session sounds almost too good to be true. As Justin Tam and Leslie Rodriguez trade duties giving voice and vision to these eleven elevating ditties, listeners can get lost in the sounds that alternate between rambling road songs and passionate love songs. In the studio, Humming House take the dancing jamboree of their live shows up another notch in musical heaven, where accessible polish meets the faded and frayed familiarity of your granny’s front porch.

Humming House still travel in a van and are young enough to be fans of their own artform that continues to draw fans. Even though their catalog of original tunes is limited to two studio albums, they don’t skimp with too-short live sets like some bands do, but rather, fill out their time onstage with an epic array of cover songs. The Humming House versatility seasoned with their visionary openness means that fans of folk, rock, country, jazz, and traditional music can all find their way onto the entourage, showing up soon at a club, campus, or festival near you.

From start-to-finish after multiple listens, this record reveals new nuggets of sonic satisfaction every time; there’s not a weak track in the entire set. This music is dance-along memorable and sing-along meaningful and shout-out-loud lovely. Revelries reveals a top new Nashville talent that will take your ears and soul somewhere special.
Photos by Andrew Smith from Humming House at Tennessee Tech in April 2014. 
Revelries by Humming House is out today.

Monday, December 15, 2014

The Sun Is Rising / Scare Away The Dark (TOTR 223/224)

#223 “The Sun is Rising”
Rev. Edward Clayburn – Wrong Way To Celebrate Christmas
African Children’s Choir – Kumbaya
Taj Mahal & the Blind Boys of Alabama – The Sun is Rising
Yusuf – You Are My Sunshine
Pentatonix - White Winter Hymnal
Jim Henry - The Tree
Mark Kozelek - O Christmas Tree
The Lower Lights - I Saw Three Ships
Kemper Crabb - Down In Yon Forest
Sufjan Stevens - Angels We Have Heard On High
Michael W. Smith - The Darkest Midnight featuring Bono
Emmylou Harris – There’s A Light
Loreena McKennitt - Good King Wenceslas
Revels Chorus - Wonderful Counselor
Cotton Top Mountain Sanctified Singers - Christ Was Born On Christmas Morn
Rotary Connection - Silent Night Chant
Anthony Hamilton - Little Drummer Boy
Anthony Hamilton - Away In A Manger
Gregory Porter - Go Tell It On The Mountain / Ain’t No Mountain High Enough
Jesse Colin Young - Bring A Torch Jeanette Isabella
Great Big Sea - Seven Joys Of Mary
Elizabeth Mitchell - Children, Go Where I Send Thee
Johnnyswim - O Come All Ye FaithfulWe
Punch Brothers - O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
Beta Radio - O Holy Night
Folk Angel - Joy To The World

#224 “Scare Away The Dark”
Beck - Morning
The New Basement Tapes - Kansas City
Ray LaMontagne – She’s the One
Foy Vance - You And I (featuring Bonnie Raitt)
Needtobreathe - Difference Maker
Angaleena Presley - American Middle Class
Against Me! - Two Coffins
Roadkill Ghost Choir - Womb
Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers - All You Can Carry
Delta Spirit - Take Shelter
Cold War Kids - Hotel Anywhere
TV On The Radio - Right Now
Ben & Ellen Harper - A House Is A Home
Jack White - Alone In My Home
Robert Ellis - Chemical Plant
Sun Kil Moon - I Love My Dad
Run River North - Growing Up
Johnnyswim - Live While We’re Young
Yusuf - Dying to Live
the Collection - The Art of Dying
St. Paul – I’m Torn Up
Natalie Merchant - Go Down Moses
Sturgill Simpson - A Little Light
Mike Farris - This Little Light
Passenger - Scare Away The Dark
U2 - Song For Someone (Acoustic) 

Monday, August 18, 2014

Before My Time (TOTR 222)

The Open Mind – Before My Time
Hot Tuna – New Song For The Morning
New Riders of the Purple Sage – Glendale Train
13th Floor Elevators – Dust
Quicksilver Messenger Service – Hope
Mountain Bus – Sundance
Farm Band – Let It Ride - 1972
Closer To The Ground – Closer To The Ground
Jo Jo Gunne – Flying Home
Batdorf & Rodney – Long Way From Heaven
Mother Earth – Deliver Me
Humble Pie – Alabama 69
Allman Brothers Band – Melissa
Brian Auger &Julie Tippetts – Freedom Highway
Simon and Garfunkel – Mrs. Robinson
James Taylor – Fire And Rain
Norman Greenbaum – Spirit In The Sky
Harpers Bizarre – If We Ever Needed The Lord Before
Dobie Gray – Drift Away
Gallery – I Believe In Music
Rhinoceros – It’s a Groovy World
Dr. Hook &The Medicine Show – Sing Me A Rainbo
Sailcat – On The Brighter Side of It All

Brewer & Shipley – The Light