Playlist: Episode 164

One of the best things about heading off to another summer music festival is knowing that you have the perfect fill-in to keep your studio chair warm. DJ MacDee sat in for me while I was at the Eaglewood Folk Festival on August 23 (Episode 164) You enjoyed DJ MacDee on Folk Roots Radio. Now enjoy his playlist!

Hello Folk Roots Radio! It was nice to be able to sit in for Jan again while she was away at Eaglewood.

James Gordon led off the show with “The Great Duncan Heist”, a song about locals breaking in to the Duncan Showroom Garage in Duncan BC and making off with 30 James Gordon CDs! They tried to hawk them at local record stores for a little cash. Over his many albums, James always has a personal story to tell. This song is definitely one of my favourites.

The Mystery Theme this week was ‘Heaven’. It was when I heard Brandon Issak’s “Dressed 4 Heaven” that I realized I could build a set around that song. Brandon works out of the Yukon and is also known as the front man and main songwriter/guitar player for the popular Canadian jump band, The Twisters from Vancouver. He’s been nominated for many blues awards. Dylan‘s “Knocking on Heaven’s Door” came easily to mind as well as Simply Red. There were other obvious ones that I considered and discarded: Clapton (too syrupy); Loverboy (too pop); Fred Astaire (nice but not a fit for the show).

The next set featured some good pickin’ from Wendell Ferguson, Amos Garrett, David Wilcox and Ken Whiteley.

This week’s Guilty Pleasure wasn’t so much a song as a genre – 1960’s Doo Wop hits. I chose Hank Ballard & The Midnighters. Of course, I also had two songs in this week’s Mystery Theme: Billy Ward & His Dominoes and Eddie Cochran.

Next up was our own Mo’ Kauffey, who’s committed to his love. Meanwhile, the Traveling Wilburys are getting dumped and Michael Timmins is leaving. You can catch Mo Kauffey’s “Blues Around the Block”, Monday nights on CFRU 93.3fm.

Iceland has a vibrant music scene, well beyond Bjork and Sigur Ros. Today’s show featured seven Icelandic mainstream folk and rock artists.

Well, that’s about all we have time for this week. Thanks again to DJ MacDee for sitting in, while I was at Eaglewood. Thanks MacDee!

You can find the full playlist for the show below. And… thanks to all the artists who share their music with us, and thank you for listening. We’ll see you next week!

You can listen to the show again in the CFRU 93.3fm archive HERE.

Mystery Theme “Heaven”

James Gordon
The Great Duncan Heist
my stars your eyes (2009, borealis) CDN

George Harrison
breath away from heaven
cloud nine (1987, WEA)

Brandon Issak
Dressed 4 Heaven
Here on Earth (2014, Yukon Film & Sound Commission) CDN

Bob Dylan
Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door
Unplugged (1995, Sony)

Norah Jones
My Blue Heaven
Goin’ Home A Tribute to Fats Domino (2007, Varguard)

Eddie Cochran
Three Steps To Heaven
Hits Of The 1960s – 100 Original Hit Recordings (2011, AudioSonic)

Billy Ward & His Dominoes
If I Never Get To Heaven
Sixty Minute Man (1990, King Records)

Simply Red
Picture Book (1985, Electra)

Wendell Ferguson
I’ll Get Over Bluegrass (When There’s Bluegrass Over Me)
Happy Songs Sell Records Sad Songs Sell Beer (2003, self) CDN

Amos Garrett
Sam’s Song
30 Years Stony Plain (2006, Stony Plain) CDN

David Wilcox
Play That Guitar Rag
30 Years Stony Plain (2006, Stony Plain) CDN

Scarlett, Washington and Whiteley
I Wish I Could Shimmy Like My Sister Kate
Where Old Friends Meet (1991, Pyramid) CDN

Guilty Pleasure: 1960 Doo Wop Hits
Hank Ballard & The Midnighters
Let’s go, Let’s go, Let’s go
Hits Of The 1960s – 100 Original Hit Recordings (2011, AudioSonic)

Mo’ Kauffey
Whatcha Gonna Do (2003, self) CDN

Traveling Wilburys
Traveling Wilburys (1998, Warner Bros.)

Michael Timmins and Jeff Bird
Rambin Man
Everything is Coming Clear and Plain to My Understanding (1997, DROG) CDN

Losers Can Win
Made in Iceland VII (2014, Planetary)

Pétur Ben
Kings of the Underpass
Made in Iceland VII (2014, Planetary)

Killing Time
Made in Iceland VII (2014, Planetary)

Lay Low
Our Conversations
Made in Iceland VII (2014, Planetary)

The Evening Guests
Wouldn’t You Like To Know
Made in Iceland VII (2014, Planetary)

Hafdis Huld
Made in Iceland VII (2014, Planetary)

Made in Iceland VII (2014, Planetary)

J. Eyegenram
All of My Friends
Edmonton is Awesome (2014, Old Coal) CDN

About the author


Host of Folk Roots Radio, Jan Hall started in Radio in 1993 at WEFT 90.1fm in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois. Folk Roots Radio (formerly Royal City Rag) debuted on CFRU 93.3fm in August 2005 before developing into a syndicated radio show. As the host of Folk Roots Radio, Jan focuses on bringing new folk, roots and blues music and the voices of upcoming and independent artists to the airwaves. Jan is also a much sought after stage host and festival emcee. In 2019, Jan Hall received Folk Music Ontario's prestigious Estelle Klein Award for her contribution to Ontario's folk music community.

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