Monday, March 20, 2017

Listen To The River (TOTR 291)



(Photo of Calfkiller River & Waterfall (c) Chuck Sutherland.)

Johnny Cash - Big River
Doc Watson - Deep River Blues
Mason Jennings - How Deep Is That River
Kevin Morby - Harlem River
Justin Townes Earle - Harlem River Blues
The Tallest Man On Earth - Rivers
The Head and The Heart - Rivers and Roads
Run River North - Run River Run
The Collection - You Taste Like Wine
The Collection - Birds
The Collection - The Listener
The Oh Hellos - Bitter Water
Caamp - Down the River
Cereus Bright - River Run
The Black Atlantic - I Shall Cross This River
Fleet Foxes - Drops In The River
Nick Drake - River Man
Railroad Earth - Mighty River
Warren Haynes - River’s Gonna Rise
Van Morrison - Every Time I See A River
Sublime - Rivers of Babylon
My Morning Jacket - Like A River
Leon Bridges - River
Bruce Springsteen - The River

Monday, March 13, 2017

Trip Through Your Wires (TOTR 290)



The Impressions - People Get Ready
John Lennon - Stand By Me
The Beatles - Help
U2 - Helter Skelter
U2 - Maggie’s Farm
Jimi Hendrix - All Along the Watchtower
The Doors - Riders On The Storm
The Dubliners - Springhill Mining Disaster
Hot Buttered Rum - Where the Streets Have No Name
The Persuasions - I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For
Scala & Kolacny Brothers - With or Without You
Absinthe - Bullet the Blue Sky
Earl Pickens & Family - Running to Stand Still
J Scott Bergman - Red Hill Mining Town
U2 - In God’s Country
Jamestowne - Trip Through Your Wires
Whitewater Ramble - One Tree Hill
U2 - Exit
Susan Aglukark - Mothers of the Disappeared
U2 - The Electric Co.
U2 - 40
U2 - Sweetest Thing
The Rolling Stones - Ruby Tuesday
Joy Division - Love Will Tear Us Apart
U2 - All I Want Is You

'Teacher on the Radio' turns 10 by Hannah Barger

by Hannah Barger, reprinted by permission of the author;
originally appeared in the Tennessee Tech Oracle


Since 2007, Professor Andrew Smith has been a fixture of Tennessee Tech's airwaves (and downloads) with his weekly Teacher on the Radio series. As the show, which draws its name from the Brooklyn indie band TV on the Radio, nears its tenth anniversary, I had the great pleasure of sitting down with Professor Smith in TTU's recording studio (adjacent to the scenic Oracle office) to discuss the show's past, present and future. 

Let me start by saying I'm probably biased. Professor Smith is honestly one of the coolest and most genuine people I know, and I'm not just saying that because I liked his Bible as Literature class. That put me at ease, so with my less than stellar interviewing skills, I started from the beginning, asking Smith about the early days of his DJ career. 
Radio comes as naturally to Smith as teaching does. From the early days as a "high school celebrity," who got free tickets to local shows in Michigan, Smith has always felt at home in a recording studio. So it seems fitting that in 2007, he began his radio tenure here at Tech. 

Smith's playlists are themed, and when I sat down with him on the night of the twentieth, the theme was "Bless this mess," and the musical selection was, fittingly, full of songs about hope and revolution. Artists like Green Day, Chance the Rapper, and Depeche Mode were featured, filling the airwaves with voices of dissent. Smith suggests that college radio is subversive by nature, and I have to agree with him. No one turns on their local university station to hear about how cool it is to listen unquestioningly to authority and do your homework (though I guess he would advise you to do the latter). It's noteworthy that not every artist on the lists are artists Smith is personally very familiar with- he chooses music that fits in with his theme, be it love, blessings, rebellion, or religion. This fact is one thing I love about his series' style- Smith makes the show accessible to everyone and sidesteps the "if it's not a white guy with a guitar it sucks" elitism that some rock n roll-loving DJs are inclined to. 

At the risk of sounding all "let's all hold hands and sing Kumbaya,"  I'll say now that music is undeniably something that brings people together. It articulates the things we feel but can't really express on our own. It MAKES us feel. That is why, in my opinion, people like professor Smith are so important. In a world that seems incredibly uncertain, listening to one of your favorite teachers playing great music as though it was his calling in life and speaking words of wisdom can make you believe that the world isn't such a bad place. 


The world is changing, for better or for worse. But at Tennessee Tech, the Teacher on the Radio is here to stay.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Transfiguration (TOTR 289)



Gene Krupa - Sing Sing Sing
Sister Rosetta Tharpe - Can’t Sit Down
Sam Cooke - Come & Go To That Land
Arcade Fire & Mavis Staples - I Give You Power
The Staple Singers - Let’s Get Together
The Byrds - Turn! Turn! Turn!
David Crowder Band - The Transfiguration
Josh Garrels - Fire By Night
Fragile Dragon - Fire on the Mountain
Son Volt - Promise the World
Son Volt - Cherokee St
Ryan Adams - Shiver & Shake
Ryan Adams - To Be Without You
The Way Down Wanderers - New Day Dawning
The Way Down Wanderers - Circles
The Hanging Stars - Crippled Shining Blues
Last of the Easy Riders - Mystic Legend
Arcade Fire & David Byrne - Speaking in Tongues
All Things Bright & Beautiful - Transfiguration, pt 1 & 2
Graham Ord - Shine Forth Like The Sun
The Brilliance - Night Has Passed/Morning Has Broken
The Brilliance - All Is Not Lost
YofiYah - Dodi Li

Krishna Das - God Is Real /Hare Ram

Monday, February 20, 2017

Bless This Mess (TOTR 288)


David Bazan - Bless This Mess
Jay Samel & Friends - Activist
John Butler Trio - Revolution
Green Day - Revolution Radio
Depeche Mode - Where’s the Revolution
Chance The Rapper - Blessings
Jill Scott - Blessed
Sho Baraka - Soul, 1971
Fedel - The Brave
Da T.R.U.T.H. - Religion
nobigdyl - Tree Tops
Sho Baraka - Road to Humble, 1979
Norah Jones - Humble Me
The Infamous Stringdusters - Gravity
Will Varley - To Build A Wall
The Pines - Where Something Wild Still Grows
Josh Garrels - At the Table
Passenger - Table for One
The Pinkerton Raid - Giving Tree
Staying for the Weekend - The Giving Tree
Roadkill Ghost Choir - Cassette Memory
R.E.M. - Radio (Acoustic ‘Radio Song’)
U2 - Wave Of Sorrow (Birdland)
Sheryl Crow - God Bless This Mess
Elton John - Blessed
Josh Garrels - Blessed Is He

Monday, February 13, 2017

Love Love Love (TOTR 287)



Bob Marley - Is This Love
The Beatles - Love Me Do
Sam Cooke - Happy In Love
Elvis Presley - I Want You, I Need You, I Love You
Buddy Holly - True Love Ways
Carl Perkins - Your True Love
Chuck Berry - I Love You
Otis Redding - Love Have Mercy
Beyonce - Love Drought
Adele - Send My Love
Of Monsters & Men - Love Love Love
Cold War Kids - Love Is Mystical
The Cult - Love
Led Zeppelin - Whole Lotta Love
Cream - Sunshine Of Your Love
James Vincent McMorrow - Higher Love
John Mayer - Who You Love
Kings Of Leon - True Love Way
Amos Lee - New Love
The Black Keys - Weight of Love
Alexi Murdoch - Love You More
Iron & Wine - Love And Some Verses
The Avett Brothers - I And Love And You
Jim James - God’s Love To Deliver
R.E.M. - The One I Love
U2 - Ordinary Love
Nathan Partain - Love Is a Gift


Thursday, February 9, 2017

Teach Me (TOTR 286)

Aired 2/6/2017
Special Guest Co-host & Playlist Curator: Calvin Kimbrough



Calvin Kimbrough’s Favorites

Jimmy Smith - Organ Grinder’s Swing (1965)
Pete Seeger – We Shall Overcome (Carnegie Hall Concert – live recording – 6/8/63)
The Band – The Weight (Before The Flood 1974)
Judy Collins - Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues (Living – live recording – 1971)
Allman Brothers Band – Stormy Monday (At the Fillmore East – 1971)
Marvin Gaye – What’s Going On (1971)
War – The World is a Ghetto (1972 – full length version)
B.B. King – The Thrill is Gone (1981 recording Royal Jam with the Crusaders, a live recording)
Bruce Springsteen – Jersey Girl (from Live 1975-1985   7/9/81)
Paul Simon You Can Call Me Al (Graceland – 1986)
Sting – Little Wing (Nothing Like the Sun – 1987)
Hank Crawford/Jimmy McGriff – Lift Every Voice (Steppin’ Up 1987)
U2 – I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For (Rattle and Hum - 9/28/87)
Lyle Lovett – Teach Me About Love (Step Inside This House – 1998)
Peter Rowan/Tony Rice – Midnight Moonlight (Quartet – 2007)
Kathy Mattea – Black Waters (Calling Me Home – 2012)
Tedeschi Trucks Band – Midnight in Harlem (Swamp Rag Intro with Little Martha) (Everybody’s Talkin’ 2012)