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Folk; old-timey; blues; psych, avant and acid folk old and new; ambient and electronic; lots of guitar; detours elsewhere.

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Options February 8, 2020: Nora Brown live on WFMU

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Artist Track Album Label Comments Approx. start time
Toby Hay  Cynefin   Options New Music for 12 String Guitar  The state51 Conspiracy    0:00:00 (Pop‑up)
Alex Archibald  Rupert and the Empress   Options Cat Got Tongue  Slow Cone    0:03:32 (Pop‑up)
Waterless Hills  An Untidy Country of Glaring Limestone   Options The Great Mountain  Feeding Tube    0:12:51 (Pop‑up)
Freakwater  Out of This World   Options Old Paint  Thrill Jockey    0:17:18 (Pop‑up)
Mimi Farina and Tom Jans  In the Quiet Morning (For Janis Joplin)   Options Take Heart  A&M    0:21:49 (Pop‑up)
David Blue  The Blues (All Night Long)   Options Stories  Asylum    0:25:07 (Pop‑up)
Simon Joyner  Morning Sun, Slow Down   Options Pocket Moon  Grapefruit    0:31:26 (Pop‑up)
Ry Cooder  Maria Elena   Options Boomer's Story  Reprise    0:35:08 (Pop‑up)
Townes Van Zandt  My Proud Mountains   Options Our Mother the Mountain  Fat Possum    0:39:39 (Pop‑up)
Maureen Linneman Eaton  Spring Is A Comin'   Options Times In Between  Sourwood Mountain Recordings    0:44:37 (Pop‑up)
Bob Dylan & The Rolling Thunder Revue  Tangled Up In Blue   Options The Rolling Thunder Revue: The 1975 Live Recordings [Disc 13]  Columbia/Legacy    0:47:59 (Pop‑up)
Kathy Keenen  Catch the Wind   Options We Need More Love  Jeree Records    0:54:29 (Pop‑up)

Music behind DJ:
Yorkston / Thorne / Khan 

The North Carr   Options

Navarasa: Nine Emotions 



0:57:10 (Pop‑up)
Anna & Elizabeth  Black Eyed Susan   Options The Invisible Comes to Us  Smithsonian Folkways    1:04:38 (Pop‑up)
Norman & Nancy Blake  Billy Gray   Options Old Blind Dog  Rounder    1:09:40 (Pop‑up)
A Country Band  Doney Girl   Options Music By A Country Band  Golden Eagle Records    1:13:44 (Pop‑up)
The Kossoy Sisters with Erik Darling   The Wagoner's Lad   Options Bowling Green And Other Folk Songs From The Southern Mountains  Tradition    1:17:09 (Pop‑up)
West of Roan  Fly   Options West of Roan  West of Roan    1:20:45 (Pop‑up)
Margaret MacArthur & Family  Peri Meri Dixi   Options On the Mountains High  Living Folk    1:24:15 (Pop‑up)
Patrick Sky  Jay Gould's Daughter   Options A Harvest Of Gentle Clang  Vanguard    1:29:15 (Pop‑up)
Lonnie Austin & Norman Woodlief  He Went in Like a Lion   Options Lonnie Austin & Norman Woodlief  Leader Records    1:29:45 (Pop‑up)
Tom Paley & Peggy Seeger  Love Henry   Options Tom Paley & Peggy Seeger  Elektra    1:32:20 (Pop‑up)
The New Lost City Ramblers  Rambling Boy   Options Old Time Music  Disc    1:34:56 (Pop‑up)
Taylor & Stella Kimble  Old Joe Clark   Options How Sweet the Sound: Music From the Mountains  Taylor & Stella Kimble    1:37:36 (Pop‑up)
George Pegram  Working on a Building   Options George Pegram  Rounder    1:39:32 (Pop‑up)
Bob Anderson & The Country Ramblers  Cripple Creek   Options Indiana Hoedown  Puritan    1:42:06 (Pop‑up)
Red Allen, Frank Wakefield and The Kentuckians  New Camptown Races   Options Bluegrass  Folkways    1:44:43 (Pop‑up)
Nora Brown live on WFMU
Nora Brown  Darling Cora (live)   Options (live on WFMU)    The bandcamp page for her debut album, Cinnamon Tree https://norabrown.bandcamp.com/album/cinnamon-tree  1:50:52 (Pop‑up)
Nora Brown  Jay Gould's Daughter (live)   Options (live on WFMU)    Nora will be appearing both Friday and Sunday at the upcoming Brooklyn Folk Festival April 17-19. In fact, Nora kicks things off Friday night on the main stage!  1:57:05 (Pop‑up)
Nora Brown  Wild Goose Chase (live)   Options (live on WFMU)    This tune is not on Nora's album. I heard about Nora from her playing at Jalopy Theatre in Brooklyn. She has some YouTube videos that were my first introduction to her playing, before I saw her play live.  2:01:08 (Pop‑up)
Nora Brown  The Very Day I'm Gone (live)   Options (live on WFMU)    Not from Nora's album. This is an old Addie Gray song. Addie had been more or less overlooked for decades, and had little or nothing in print. This is a link to a tribute album: https://juneappalrecordings.bandcamp.com/album/the-very-day-im-gone-songs-of-addie-graham Link to Nora's YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCACj1Q5KDkdUuknxUZERkbg  2:06:00 (Pop‑up)
Nora Brown  Buck Creek Girls (live)   Options (live on WFMU)    When she first began playing, she was known as Little Nora Brown, undoubtedly a nod to those great old names from the pre-war era. I like just Nora Brown better, and age is no factor here. Though still young, her music is deep.  2:11:17 (Pop‑up)
Nora Brown  Hills of Mexico (live)   Options (live on WFMU)    Thanks to Leslie Fierro for setting this up, and thanks to Nora's folks for making this happen. I've done some wonderful sessions here at WFMU, but this ranks as one of my very favorite. A very moving set, and a wonderful interview. It's music like this that has kept me a part of FMU for something like 29 years.  2:14:50 (Pop‑up)
Nora Brown  (interview)   Options (live on WFMU)    Sometimes, an engineer is not available, as many of our DJs do live recordings. This was the case here. This was recorded with just two standard mics, inside studio B, kinda old timey style, I suppose.  2:20:47 (Pop‑up)

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Listener comments!

  6:02am Aaron Working In Newark:

Good morning Jeffrey and all listeners :)
  6:02am Dropof Goldensun:

Good morning from Hasbrouck Heights
  6:03am David in London:

Morning Jeffrey and all you Shrunken Heads out there.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:13am Jeffrey Davison:

good morning Aaron Working In Newark, Dropof Goldensun, David in London.
Nora Brown set beginning around 7:50am
Avatar 6:13am Zoot:

Good ole guitar
Avatar 6:15am Zoot:

Good ole banjo
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:18am Nulsh:

Good mornin' folks!
  6:20am LiXiviated Life:

Windy City

The garments worn in flying dreams
were fashioned there—
overcoats that swooped like kites,
scarves streaming like vapor trails,
gowns ballooning into spinnakers.
- S Dybek
  6:21am dan vallejo:

Sounds great, thanks for the tracks.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:25am Jeffrey Davison:

good morning Zoot, Nulsh, LiXiviated Life (thanks for the verse, as ever), dan vallejo (thanks)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:28am Jeffrey Davison:

I emailed spamoni last week and he said that he was in the hospital, with what he figured was liver failure (he had mentioned this in his most recent comments board post). Maybe that was pre-diagnosis, but I have not heard anything since. I will reach out again.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:28am Nulsh:

Anybody heard from spamoni?
  6:33am dan vallejo:

Good night from the west coast, and good luck to all of you out there.
  6:34am David in London:

Hey Nulsh.
  6:35am David in London:

Poor spamoni, I hope he weathers all this crap soon.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:37am Nulsh:

Hey David. You well mate?
Agreed re spamoni, the poor wee scone has had it rough.
  6:40am Eric from Lake Hiawatha:

Thanks for Townes
  6:41am Cooh John:

Good morning Jeffrey and fellow planeteers. Snowy Saturday between the Olentangy and Scioto rivers. Thanks for the update on spamoni. Sending him thoughts of love and health.
  6:42am David in London:

Nothing cheers you up like a bit of Townes...
  6:42am David in London:

Hey Cooh John.
  6:47am testingwithfire:

good morning all!
Avatar 6:51am TDK60:

Good morning Jeffrey and all.
  6:52am ignatatus666:

Good Evening
He told me the same and as well
Nothing after. He is already go through enough from the treatments and then having fluids removed as a result of the treatments. Pancreatic cancer as well as any cancer is bullshit. I have worse opinions on treatments. Hopefully he checks in briefly today
I’ll check my Email
When I get home
Just finishing up now
26° in Peekskill
  6:53am Cooh John:

G'day, David in London.
Avatar 6:53am TDK60:

I'm worried today. One of my best friends, an old bandmate, had a stroke, too far away to visit the hospital.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:54am Jeffrey Davison:

good morning Eric from Lake Hiawatha (thanks), Cooh John, testingwithfire,, Ignatatus666, TDK60 (ah, sorry to hear...),(agreed, David in London)
  6:56am Aaron Working In Newark:

Donovan's version was my wedding song years ago..as you can imagine that did not turn out well...i may as well try and catch the wind.
  6:58am adrian elaine:

hope everyone is having nice a nice morning
  6:59am Mark from Columbus Oh:

Good stuff this morning. Thanks
  7:01am Cooh John:

Very nice show, Jeffrey. Bob, Townes; giants surrounded by spectacular supporting cast mates. Superb Saturday sounds.
Avatar 7:03am TDK60:

Been playing open mikes recently. Donovan has been my main muse in terms of cover songs, Richard Fariña too.
  7:04am Cooh John:

Ahoy, Mark from Columbus. Nice to see Cbus well represented.
  7:08am John from Florham park:

Goid morning fellow shrunken planet listeners
Avatar 7:11am Fredericks:

Love Norman Blake.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:11am Jeffrey Davison:

good morning adrian elaine, Mark from Columbus Oh (thx), John from Florham park, Fredericks (agreed)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:11am Nulsh:

Howdy TDK60!
Sorry to hear about yer' buddy. Fingers crossed.
  7:14am John from Florham park:

@TDK60 will send pixie dust to your friend
Avatar 7:14am TDK60:

Hey thanks there Nulsh, up there by the Clyde.
Avatar 7:17am TDK60:

Thanks John.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:17am Nulsh:

Avatar 7:19am TDK60:

And another heavy thing, another newer friend's dying in the hospital with brain cancer. Got to play him some songs the other day.
  7:21am John from Florham park:

@TDK60 oh man that really stinks
&Nulag how are things in Scotland
  7:21am John from Florham park:

I mean nulsh sorry
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:24am Nulsh:

No worries JohnfFP! All good here amigo. Chilling with these tunes and some coffee.
  7:25am Andrew in Etobicoke:

A belated good morning to everyone.
  7:27am John from Florham park:

@Nulsh going to get up and make some breakfast
Avatar 7:35am duke:

I overslept. Can you start over?

Thanks for checking up on spamoni. I have been thinking of him.
  7:36am John from Florham park:

@Duke we all have
Avatar 7:36am TDK60:

Great to hear some of these older folk styles. I can't think of a better radio choice for a Saturday morn than your show, Jeffrey. (I'll remind station mgr. Ken sometime.)
  7:39am John from Florham park:

Amen TDK preach it
  7:42am Jeff Conklin:

Ahhhhh yeahhhh. Tuning in late bit loving it. I’ve been on a bluegrass bender myself. Good morning, all.
Avatar 7:44am Davee:

The woman and I are enjoying the hootenanny this morning
Avatar 7:44am Strandlund:

Good Morning all! What a great way to start off the weekend!!
  7:49am Jeff Conklin:

Rounder puts out Billy Strings!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:51am Brian in UK:

Hello Jeffrey and hipsters. Just been playing my first FMU premium again, Dark Matter from our current host in 2008. It came in a little plastic case back then.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:51am Aaron Working In Newark:

Good Morning Stranslund Hope your cat is behaving.
  7:57am The Butterman:

Been looking forward to this set and show all week. Thanks Jeff.
Avatar 7:58am Strandlund:

All six are behaving this morning, Aaron! Have a great weekend!
Avatar 8:02am testingwithfire:

I am loving all the banjo tunes this morning ... gonna be reunited with my banjo soon!
Avatar 8:06am testingwithfire:

oh my goodness it's a live session! Nora is amazing.
  8:08am John from Florham park:

@Strandlund you mean the deity’s:)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:08am Jeffrey Davison:

welcome Andrew in Etobicoke, duke, Jeff Conklin, Davee, Strandlund, Brian in UK, The Butterman testingwithfire...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:10am Nulsh:

This Nora Brown session is spellbinding Jeffrey!
Avatar 8:11am Strandlund:

Yes John...You are correct!
  8:12am John from Florham park:

AWESOME this is awesome
  8:13am kevlicki:

Morning all, from the Oaxaca coast!
  8:14am Buddha of Suburbia:

Has anyone heard from Spamoni or his family?
  8:15am kevlicki:

TDK60- love and strength to you and yours
  8:16am John from Florham park:

@Buddha Jeffery posted something on the chat
  8:19am Jeff Conklin:

This set is incredibly beautiful. Thanks Jeffrey.
  8:20am John from Florham park:

Love this banjo playing
Avatar 8:21am Ignatatus666:

@Buhdda he was hoping to be back home today. Condsidering I haven’t heard from him since he told us he may be having serious issues associated with treatments I would say he’s in much discomfort and hopefully listening.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:22am Nulsh:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:22am Jeffrey Davison:

welcome kevlicki, Buddha of Suburbia (see my early comment on spamoni),
Avatar 8:22am TDK60:

Hola y gracias compañero Kev.
  8:23am John from Florham park:

@Iggy there is no other way to get in touch with spamoni right?
Avatar 8:24am Ignatatus666:


Greetings Jeff Conklin
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:24am Jeffrey Davison:

Jeff C: you're welcome, and thanks. She's a marvel. Caught her recently at Joe's Pub, opening for Nellie McKay, of all people. Great show (both of them).
  8:26am Buddha of Suburbia:

Hi Nulsh! Thank u for that heads up on Spamoni friends.My best friend died of liver failure. Hope Spamoni is not in any discomfort
  8:27am breaking my heart strings:

Great interview!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:29am Jeffrey Davison:

breaking my heart strings, thank you.
  8:32am Dropof Goldensun:

Nothing like live music!!
  8:32am melinda:

Morning Jeffrey and all
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:34am Jeffrey Davison:

hey there melinda...
  8:34am Buddha of Suburbia:

Morning Dropof!
  8:36am Buddha of Suburbia:

Hi Melinda!
  8:36am xtsayre:

Amazing interview. Nora is so insightful.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:38am Jeffrey Davison:

xtsayre: thanks...Nora has more than a keen interest in the old tunes and the old players that she has sought out to learn from. I love that she has this information at the ready, and introduces songs on stage in the same manner as the old timers!
Avatar 8:41am testingwithfire:

thanks to that Nora Brown session, I just made AirBnB plans to go to the Brooklyn Folk Festival. If that happens, would love to meet other planeteers for coffee! I'll say more in April.
Avatar 8:42am TDK60:

Testingwithfire, never been to that fest but am nearby, maybe this year...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:43am Jeffrey Davison:

testingwithfire, good call. It's a great festival, and always some nice surprises along with regular performers. I'm going to try and go both Friday and Sunday...maybe.
  8:44am Dropof Goldensun:

Jeffrey, it’s hard for music not to become homogenized these days due to the technology.
  8:45am Dropof Goldensun:

Hi Buddha!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:46am Handy Haversack:

Morning, all -- late to the party but enjoying it so far!
  8:47am John from Florham park:

@Dropof this is why as I have gotten older I have gravitated towards stations like WFMU where people like Jeff know their music and a lot of the people on the chats are pretty knowledgeable too, as a result I have given up completely on commercial radio
  8:48am John from Florham park:

@Handy morning
Avatar 8:48am Mac:

Great talk with Jeffrey and Nora this morning.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:48am Handy Haversack:

Morning, John!
Avatar 8:48am Fredericks:

Perhaps the banjo's beginning; the Akonting.
  8:49am melinda:

Looking forward to archive listening, Billy Gray is one of my favorite Norman & Nancy Blake tunes.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:50am Jeffrey Davison:

Dropof Goldensun: I hear you. There is something to what you say, and what Nora alluded to. Luckily, there are plenty of musicians who are determined to keep these old traditions alive. Listen to Transpacific Sound Paradise for another weekly dose of traditional music (along with more modern eclectic music with trad roots). One tradeoff is that the field of music is wide open and we get to hear the results of all these interchanges, some truly great stuff.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:51am Jeffrey Davison:

Fredericks: thanks.
Handy Haversack, welcome.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:51am Jeffrey Davison:

Mac, welcome and thanks.
  8:54am John from Florham park:

Jeffery just wow have been mesmerized just listening and have not moved from where I was sitting
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:56am WR:

Interesting interview. Thank you for bringing it to us.
Avatar 8:56am Ignatatus666:

I HAVe 2 email address for him
I believe if anything goes south for him he has told his sons to contact one of us? Not positive but that would be expected as he has referred to other issues like that
  8:57am John from Florham park:

@Iggy hope they do that
  8:58am Dropof Goldensun:

Yeah, even though using technology to listen to these “peculiar pockets” of music could possibly contribute to the homogenization I think it actually just injects some new DNA into the mix. Not the same as being force fed stuff like what John from FP talks about. Great interview!
  8:59am happymaan:

I really enjoyed that, thanks
  8:59am Andrew in Etobicoke:

Thanks, Nora and Jeffrey.
Great show as always
Let`s all get together here next week.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:00am Handy Haversack:

Thanks, Jeffrey!
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