This week’s Folk Roots Radio (January 10 2015) featured an interview with Toronto-based singer-songwriter Shawna Caspi who recently released her third album, a beautiful slice of coffee house style folk entitled “Apartments for lovers” alongside a new mystery theme and guilty pleasure, and music from some of the major artists who will be appearing on the great roots music cruise Cayamo this year.
This week’s mystery theme featured songs about ‘new beginnings’ to celebrate the new year. Getting the show going again after a very relaxing holiday break spent with friends and family has taken a little longer than expected. I guess it was just too relaxing! I’m sure that I’m not the only one who has been thinking hard about things we can change to ensure that we become an improved version of ourselves for at least the first few weeks of 2015. I’m hoping to be a little more organized in the home studio. We’ll see how long that lasts!
This week’s guilty pleasure featured British Rock band Badfinger with “Day After Day” which was released in 1971. The song was written and sung by Pete Ham and produced by George Harrison who played some slide guitar alongside Ham. The song also features Leon Russell on piano. Day After Day appears on the 1972 album “Straight Up”. The final mix of the album was completed by Todd Rundgren, who took over the production chair after Harrison left the project to work on the “Concert for Bangladesh” album. Day after Day reached number 4 on the Billboard Pop Singles chart and number 10 on the UK Singles Chart in January 1972.
If you have a guilty pleasure you’d like to share – that song you still love though you think other people would find it unfashionable (believe me, they won’t), get in touch. We’d love to play it for you! And, if you have a good story about why you love that song, so much the better.
The music world lost another great one over the holidays with the untimely passing of another singer with an amazing voice, Joe Cocker. This week we played his 1971 hit single “High Time We Went”. You can find that song alongside 36 other great Joe Cocker songs on an excellent compilation “Anthology” which came out 1999 on A & M. High Time We Went reached number 22 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart in the summer of 1971, before making it on to the self-titled “Joe Cocker” album in 1972. As another tribute to Cocker we wrapped the show with a 1990 live version of the his most famous cover song, Lennon & McCartney’s “With A Little Help From My Friends”.
Well, that’s just about all the time we have for this time around. We’ll be heading out for some much needed R & R and a respite from the Canadian winter on the Cayamo roots music cruise next week. We’ll endevour to bring back an interesting interview or two. We’ll make sure that Folk Roots Radio continues to be well stocked with music while we’re away.
You can find the full playlist for the show below. Thanks to all the artists who share their music with us, and thank you for listening!
You can listen to the show again on Mixcloud.
Mystery Theme: “New Beginnings”
Nicolas & The Iceni (Theme)
Lucy She Rises (Demo)
Roll Right (expected 2015)
Emerson, Lake & Palmer
From The Beginning (1972)
The Very Best of Emerson Lake & Palmer (2000, Rhino)
From Here (2011, Roaring Twenties Records)
Brand New Start
Modern Classics: The Greatest Hits (1996, Island)
Oak Lake (2001, Self) CDN
Mel & Tim
Starting All Over Again (1972)
Stax 50th Anniversary Celebration (2007, Stax)
Lil’ Ed Williams
New Year’s Resolution
Keep On Walkin’ (1996, Earwig)
Dance For A New Beginning
O2 – The Bizness Of Izness (1999, Festival Distribution) CDN
Clinch River Blues
The Red Album (2014, Self)
Wilson & Swarbrick
The Fish Gutters Song (feat. Peggy Seeger & The Bevvy Sisters)
Lion Rampart (2014, Shirty Records) CDN
Go Freely (feat. Coco Love Alcorn)
Porchlight (2014, Self) CDN
Small Matters Of Live & Death (2014, Self) CDN
Thundercloud (2014, Proper Records)
Day After Day
Straight Up (1971, Apple / Capitol)
High Time We Went (1972)
Joe Cocker: The Anthology (1999, A & M)
Darlin’ It Was You
Fool’s Gold (2014, Outside Music) CDN
You Don’t Find Out In The End
One More Time Around (2013, Self) CDN
Apartments For Lovers (2014, Self) CDN
Interview: Toronto-based singer-songwriter Shawna Caspi joined us to chat about new album “Apartments For Lovers”. Check out the full interview here.
Not So Silent
Apartments For Lovers (2014, Self) CDN
Down Where The Spirit Meets The Bone (2014, Highway 20 / Thirty Tigers)
Shoot Out The Lights
Acoustic Classics (2014, Beeswing Records)
If I Had A Boat
Pontiac (1987, Curb Records)
Hello In There (Live)
John Prine Live (1988, Oh Boy Records)
With A Little Help From My Friends (Live)
The Best of Joe Cocker (1990, Capitol Records)