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Deeper Roots Radio Podcast
117 minutes | Oct 16, 2021
Episode 90: Remembering John Prine
This week, we pay a long overdue tribute to John Prine while celebrating the 75th year of his birth which came up on the calendar this week. One of the losses that reverberates among us all is the loss of John Prine to COVID in April, 2020, at the beginning of this long and painful pandemic. We’re paying our tributes at the same time that a his label Oh Boy Records releases Broken Hearts and Dirty Windows, Volume 2, a collection of Prine covers that hits the marks and follows the first volume, released over ten years ago. Our show will feature a chronological look back at the legacy of this national treasure, a songwriter whose bite followed along on the arc of his storytelling that looked into matters of the human heart. We’ll hear covers from Nanci Griffith, Yarn, and a few others but we’ll follow the path along John’s career in performances especially selected for a two hour journey of John’s music.
118 minutes | Oct 8, 2021
Episode 89: Dustbin Dynamite
A bit of a departure this week as we celebrate a mix of mayhem from the fuzzed out garage bands, greasy ducktails, oddball instrumentalists and mostly mondo misses tempered with a good dose of surf confection this week. We’re celebrating the three chord sensibilities of mid-century rock and roll rockabilly, surf, and proto-punk spit-ballers. They’re pulling out some wailing sax solos, fuzzed out bass beach thumpers, and some tongue-in-cheek easy listening to spin you around in your chair on an October Friday morning. You’ll be entertained by the likes of Tony Casanova, Sparkle Moore, Little Carolyn Sue, and Wild Bill and the Blue Denims…a forgotten list of lost culture that will take you down a rabbit hole that you hope might never end…or maybe just the opposite. This week’s show is dynamite from the dustbin of minor labels and first time producers that can only make the grade on Community Radio. Tune in for some mondo fuzz mayhem.
118 minutes | Oct 2, 2021
Episode 88: Guitar Routes
It’s a deep dive we’re taking today into the digital dustbin of the past century with the focus being on fretwork, string bending, bottlenecks and tripping the lap steel fantastic. That’s right…a collection of fascinating tonal embellishments that cross the genres of country, jazz, blues, folk and pop. Our show this morning will feature some Lonnie Johnson, Les Paul, Chet Atkins, John Fahey, Grady Martin and a few others. It’s a trip with a few well knowns but more not so much and you’ll just have to make room in your day because the sounds can’t be ignored. We’ll hear standards like Guitar Rag, Riders in the Sky, Black Mountain Rag, Indiana March, and a special playlist highlighting the work of Grady Martin in both country and rock. We’re once again hoping for the best as October and November approach.
116 minutes | Sep 28, 2021
Episode 87: Watching The River Flow
September is waning as we share our last show of the month. Join Dave Stroud live at 9 Pacific from the KOWS studios in downtown Santa Rosa for a free form stream of sounds as we make our way across to visit an eclectic collection of sounds. This week we’ll share a little bit of soul with Sugar Pie DeSanto and The Four Tops, some throwback sixties sounds from The Marvelettes and Sam The Sham, seventies deep cuts from Steve Miller, Jesse Colin Young and John Prine, and a host of your favorites from under that great Americana sideshow tent including Ry Cooder, Willie Nelson, and Los Lobos. Yes, it’s a free form show once again as we celebrate recent improvements to our streaming presence as we have signed on for Live365 hosting. Big things come in little, community bound packages. Tune in, unwrap and unwind on a Friday morning.
118 minutes | Sep 18, 2021
Episode 86: R&B Boogie Woogie
Drop by to play along with the second of a two-part episode exploring an eclectic blend of boogie woogie, in the key of rhythm and blues. There will be enough piano pounding, toe-tapping, and slick percussion to feed the need for musical speed in our show this week. The usual suspects will keep the line moving and we’ll also bring out some old favorites including performances from Hadda Brooks, Gladys Bentley, Oscar’s Chicago Swingers, Rosco Gordon and Albert Ammons. This second episode keeps true to the sound that surfaced in the early century, blending juke joint rhythms and house party dance celebrations. Be sure to check us out on our new web site player or at the Live365 web site.
117 minutes | Sep 12, 2021
Episode 85: Country Boogie Woogie
While the origin of the term is in debate, there are numerous stories that almost make sense but cannot be verified. However, 20th century blues, country and rock and roll were rife with the reference and it turned into a guitar lick, a piano run, and a salty reference on the standup. Deeper Roots will be spending time with the country versions, inherited (nee appropriated) from the rhythm and blues form … and a little bit of history as well. We’ve got the classic country sounds of Sheb Wooley, Johnny Tyler, and The Delmore Brothers paired up with higher octane country Americana from Dale Watson, Robert Gordon, and Asleep at the Wheel. Chuck Berry once said “It used to be called boogie-woogie, it used to be called blues, used to be called rhythm & blues…it’s called rock now”. You can quote me in enlightening that observation by calling it “one nascent stream that emptied into a swift river.” Tune in Friday evenings here on Sonoma County Community Radio.
118 minutes | Sep 3, 2021
Episode 84: 9 Volt Heart
Deeper Roots goes free form this week with some classic country and blues right alongside tradition. From Pee Wee King to Memphis Minnie and Robert “Barbecue Bob” Hicks to Chuck Wills…we’ve got the goods. We’ll fill our Friday two hours with a delightful collection of music from the past one hundred years, live from the Cherry Street Historic District in downtown Santa Rosa, California. Got some sugar, radio memories, gospel rafter-raisers, and a track from Luke the Drifter…and remember….ninety-nine and a half just won’t do when you’re listening to the radio. Which is why we give you a hundred percent here on community radio. An eclectic blend of sounds that takes you back to the little Zenith or Silvertone that you put up to your ear, driven by that two-pronged nine-volt heart. Join us for some memories.
118 minutes | Aug 21, 2021
Episode 83: Groove Juice Special
Not exactly sure what ‘groove juice’ is, but for the purposes of our show full of sass and novelty, we’ll just suggest you make it what you want it. It’s a whimsical, sometimes bawdy, morning collection of the past 100 years of jazz, folk, country, and pop (with a little who-knows-what-that-is thrown in). We’ve got poodles, big feet, Ovaltine, four leaf clovers, rabbits, and tattoos included with the subject matter today. Songs that are as delectable as they are incredible. We’ve got Skeets McDonald, Robert Crumb, Mae West, Groucho Marx, Dorothy Shay (the Park Avenue Hillbilly), and a couple dozen others for your Friday morning. Oh yeah, and some Johnny Cash and Slim Gaillard as well. So tune into KOWS Community Radio this week for all you can handle.
117 minutes | Aug 14, 2021
Episode 82: Lefty Merle Willie Hank & Hank
It’s a songwriter’s showcase this morning on Deeper Roots. Country music songwriters Lefty Frizell, Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson, Hank Cochran, and Hank Williams are highlighted in a show that features covers by their contemporaries (and a few from the recent past) including Iris DeMent, Ernest Tubb, Billy Walker, Bob Dylan, Rosanne Cash, and at least two dozen others. Our show pays tribute to some amazing stalwarts who literally defined the country ‘voice’ and story. Join Dave Stroud on another Friday morning on KOWS Community Radio, 92.5 FM Occidental, streaming to all of planet earth on all your favorite services including OpenRadio.app, TuneIn.com, RadioGarden.io and, our web site, kowsfm.com. Good morning!
117 minutes | Aug 7, 2021
Episode 81: The Sin Game
Sinners, singing and swinging is the theme we’re bringing you as we approach the dog days of summer in yet another season of COVID. In a show refactored for these new and dangerous times we raise the level of the gospel message with influential performers from the past century like Blind Willie Johnson, Lonnie Johnson, The Louvin Brothers, and some contemporary interpretations to remind us that Jesus did, indeed, rock the jukebox with a steady roll. Gospel’s rhythm is the rhythm of rock ‘n roll but these songs also carry a message for all you sinners out there. Don’t let the devil ride the devil’s slide into Satan’s burning hell…all songs with a pressing message and a sense of sermon. You can tune us in Friday evenings on 92.5 FM in Sonoma County or streaming to the world at kowsfm.com.
117 minutes | Jul 31, 2021
Episode 80: Depe Head Blues
It’s one of the novelty topics but that’s only whistling in the graveyard now, isn’t it? An episode of vipers and wild nights backstage, a reflection of the party atmosphere and the debauchery that would often take place after long nights of performing and jiving. We’ll also touch on the devil’s weed, as it was once known before the recognition of Victorian sensibilities was ejected in favor of common sense. The music will include primarily blues and jazz but we’ll also dip into some later novelty sounds to keep us all honest with the topics of coke, opium, marijuana, and pills on the agenda. Sweet bath house sounds from Bette Midler, wistful sounds from Phil Lawrence and Dan Hicks take center stage alongside the music of The Cats & The Fiddle, Fats Waller, Barney Bigard, and Cab Calloway. Quite a lineup and quite a topic surrounded by junkies, reefers, hadacol concoctions, and mellow stuff…so we hope you’ll drop by on a Friday morning in Sonoma County.
117 minutes | Jun 19, 2020
Juneteenth Celebration 2020
On this most relevant of days, we’ll be digging through some of the important songs from the past century focusing on its meaning and significance. While the embodiment of the music could have touched on every genre because the influences are vast, we’ll settle on the inspirational sounds from every corner. Juneteenth is a jubilant, high energy celebration of a somber reality. First recognized in 1865 it is the oldest known celebration honoring the end of slavery in the United States. On June 19, 1865, Union General Gordon Granger led thousands of federal troops to Galveston, Texas to announce that the Civil War had ended, and slaves had been freed. Our observation on Deeper Roots includes tracks from Marvin Gaye, Bill Withers, and gospel sounds galore leading off with Mahalia Jackson.
117 minutes | May 29, 2020
The Original Spins
Deeper Roots this week digs into popular culture in the late 20th century...not so much the deeper aspect, but certainly the roots aspect. The big hits can often be traced back to the originals...sometimes in the same year, sometimes many decades before. We'll be spinning up 'the originals' this week on our community radio show. We'll take a peek at the hits and share the full blown hits including tracks from Barbie Gaye, Richard Berry, Bessie Banks, and Gloria Jones. You'll hear the originals of James Brown's "I Got You", Soft Cell's "Tainted Love", Bill Haley's "Rock Around the Clock", and a couple dozen more.
119 minutes | May 22, 2020
Papa Come Quick
Friday morning free form sounds from the Cherry Street Historic District of Santa Rosa, California. We’ve been doing this Deeper Roots thing for almost nine years and, if you’re a regular, you’ll know that Dave’s always itching for a free form collection of sounds to complement the targeted shows that are featured weekly. This week we’ll be rolling out some Bill Kirchen, Dave Van Ronk, Ricky Nelson, Annisteen Allen, and Ethel Merman…to name a few. Blues, country, doo wop, rhythm & blues, gospel, and jazz all bundled up for your late spring listening enjoyment while sequestered for health and safety. Tune in on your FM if you’re local at 92.5 or stream us at kowsfm.com/listen.
118 minutes | May 15, 2020
Devil In Me
Dark days with the devil. Self-centered, morally lacking, and incapable of empathizing with human kind. Sound like someone you know? This morning’s show finds us down in the hole where Satan never sleeps and where darkness pervades. There’s a very wide range of topics in our show, including the harnessing of the atom, the soul of man, and the valley where Jordan slices across the heart. Hillbillies from hell, a trip to St. James Infirmary, the lion’s den, and the belly of the whale are all to be seen with tracks from Brother Claude, the Jordan River Boys, The Doors, El Radio Fantastique, and Otis Spann in a show that is certain to have you taking stock of yesterday, today, and tomorrow as we make this social distancing a not-so-transient fixture in our lives. Balance this theme against the sun shining bright on a Spring morning in Sonoma County.
119 minutes | May 8, 2020
More Murder Ballads
In our Friday morning episode, we're revisiting the traditional form of the murder ballad and we'll also take some liberties with some more modern takes from the likes of Tom Waits, Gillian Welch, and Nick Cave. In the traditional form we'll measure centuries-old cultural aberrations with the stories of gamblers, ramblers, and murdering misogynists that peppered the landscapes of country gospel, Appalachian folk, and urban alleyways. Frankie, Johnny, Stack-O-Lee, William Zanzinger, and Ellen Smith are just a few of the players in today's show. Join Dave Stroud for a journey through tradition this Friday evening on Community Radio for Sonoma County.
117 minutes | May 1, 2020
That Mean Old Clock
Watching that pendulum swinging to and fro, we share both our sorrows and our joy in this shelter-in-place situation we've found ourselves in. And music. We share music. There is also that ticking and tocking of the clock as time passes; slowly for some and too fast for others. As they say...the days pass slowly and the years just fly right by us...and that was before we found ourselves in isolation. This week's Deeper Roots show is all about the time factor, specifically growing older with each breath and minute. But, it's certainly better than the alternative. Join Dave Stroud for another Friday morning on Deeper Roots with music going as far back as 1932 (The Carter Family) and a more recent release from Orthophonic Joy and The Church Sisters...all reflecting on the passing of time and growing old. It's a theme that is universal, crossing all generations, faiths, and political persuasions. Tune in for reflection on a Friday evening.
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