Song 83 - - JD McPherson: "Hey Skinny Santa"

It's Christmas time! Well, almost. Which means that it's the Christmas music season. No, I don't mean the endless loop of Christmas music that you hear at department stores and such, most of which just sound like Musak these days.…

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Song 82 - - Heather Myles: "Crazy Arms"

I put on one of my old mixes today. A Heather Myles song came on. Not that I had forgotten about her, but I hadn't heard a Heather Myles song in quite some time. And, not that I needed a…

Song 81 - - Bob Dylan: "Simple Twist of Fate"

You don't need me to tell you about Bob Dylan. If you're here, you know about Bob Dylan. 

What you might not know is that "they" just released a follow-up to one of Bob's most iconic albums. Blood on the

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Song 80 - - Adam Carroll: "Blondie"

I got an email from Adam Carroll today. It wasn't really from Adam. But it was from his booking agent, who also happens to be named Adam. It was a mass email sent to folks on Adam Carroll's email list.…

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Song 79 - - Mickey & the Motorcars: "Carolina Morning"

There are a number of things not to like about Texas. Ted Cruz, for example. The heat and humidity in the summer. The Dallas Cowboys. You know. But there are also things to like about Texas. Like the music. 

I've…

Song 77 - - Matt Lyons: "End These Wars"

I've written about Matt Lyons before. Matt has been my guitar teacher since 2013, and he's played lead guitar on each of my three studio albums (and the out-of-print album that we made right here on the computer with Garage…

Song 76 - - Kacey Musgraves: "Burn One With John Prine"

Kacey Musgraves was a slightly unconventional choice for a WXPN Free-at-Noon concert at World Cafe Live a few weeks ago. Kacey is an up-and-coming country star. And XPN seems to be trending away from country / folk / Americana these…

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Song 73 - - Kelly Willis: "Modern World"

I saw Kelly Willis live and in person once, way back in, I don't know, maybe 1992 or so. I'm not sure exactly when it was, but it was at least 25 years ago. And I saw her at what…

Song 72 - - The National Reserve: "I'll Go Blind"

I guess that The National Reserve could be a part of the national park system. Or maybe something related to the military. Right? Well, sure, but The National Reserve is also a music group. A really good music group from…