Episode 187: Eliot Bronson

This week’s Folk Roots Radio features an interview with Atlanta singer-songwriter Eliot Bronson, who joins us to chat about his new self-titled album and his tour of Ontario with Jonathan Byrd. Jonathan Byrd and Eliot Bronson will be in Guelph on Friday March 20 for a Folk Roots Radio hosted show at the great listening venue, Silence. Check out all the event details here. As always, the show also contains a lot of new music and our mystery theme and guilty pleasure.

This week’s mystery theme was all about ‘Joy’. I actually thought about playing this mystery theme a few weeks ago but, in the dead of winter, to be honest, I just didn’t feel joyful enough to use it. Now, however, daylight savings time has kicked in, spring is in the air, warmer weather is on the way and the birds are now singing for their mates – there’s a lot to be joyful about.

This week’s guilty pleasure featured little bit of white soul from 1973, with Daryl Hall & John Oates with “She’s Gone”. She’s Gone featured on Hall & Oates excellent second album, the wonderfully titled “Abandoned Luncheonette”. She’s Gone was written by Daryl Hall about his impending divorce – and he regards it as one of the best songs that he and John Oates ever wrote together. Interestingly She’s Gone did not become a hit when originally released in 1973, however after covers by both Lou Rawls and Tavares charted it was re-released, reaching #7 in 1976 while the album Abandoned Luncheonette went on to reach #33.

Strong hooks, and great melodies, Hall & Oates were in their pomp in the late 70s to mid eighties – with a catchy pop sound that they called “Rock & Soul”. Though those days are long gone, they still remain active both together and as solo acts.

It’s also interesting to note, that based on chart success – 34 chart hits on the Billboard Hot 100 – they were named the most successful duo of the rock era, surpassing The Everly Brothers.

Thanks to Amy for the suggestion to play some Hall & Oates today. 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.

Well, that’s just about all the time we have for today. Check out the full playlist with artist links below and share your love for all the great folk and roots music out there. Thanks to all the artists who share their music with us, and thank you for listening. We’ll see you next week!

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Folk Roots Radio: Episode 187 by Folk Roots Radio on Mixcloud

Mystery Theme: “Joy”

Nicolas & The Iceni (Theme)
Lucy She Rises (Demo)
Roll Right (expected 2015)

Hannah Shira Naiman
I’m Going To Find My Joy
Tether My Heart (2013, Merriweather Records) CDN

Iron & Wine
Ghost On Ghost (2013, Nonesuch)

Josh Ritter
Joy To You Baby
The Beast In Its Tracks (2013, Pyetheas Recordings / Yeproc)

Janis Ian
Folk Is The New Black (2006, Cooking Vinyl)

Gregory Hoskins
Joyous Work
Raids On The Unspeakable (1995, True North Records) CDN

Shovels & Rope
O’ Be Joyful
O’ Be Joyful (2012, Dualtone Records)

Brooks Williams
Joyful Joyful
Little Lion (2000, Red Guitar Blue Music)

Caroline Cotter
I Am Satisfied
Dreaming As I Do (2014, Bella Blue Records)

The Levins
I Am Here
Trust (2015, Summersongs Unlimited)

Rachael Sage
Misery’s Grace
Blues Roses (2014, Mpress Records)

Hall & Oates
She’s Gone
Abandoned Luncheonette (1973, RCA)

Andrea Smith
Love Survive
Transition (2013, Red Horse Publishing) CDN

Moors & McCumber
My Heart Is Open
Pandemonium (2014, Self)

Peter, Paul & Mary
Give Yourself To Love (Live)
Discovered: Live In Concert (2014, Rhino Entertainment)

Eliot Bronson
River Runs Dry
Eliot Bronson (2014, Saturn 5 Records)

Interview: Singer-songwriter Eliot Bronson discussing his self-titled third album and upcoming Ontario tour with Jonathan Byrd. You can listen to the full interview here.

Eliot Bronson
Nothin’ like Me
Eliot Bronson (2014, Saturn 5 Records)

Eliot Bronson
Time Ain’t Nothin’
Eliot Bronson (2014, Saturn 5 Records)

Eliot Bronson
Comin For Ya North Georgia Blues
Eliot Bronson (2014, Saturn 5 Records)

Jon Brooks
Highway 16
The Smiling And Beautiful Countryside (2014, Borealis Records) CDN

Erynn Marshall & Carl Jones
Rambling Gambler
Sweet Memories… Never Leave (2015, Dittyville) CDN

Robert Earl Keen
99 Years For One Dark Day
Happy Prisoner: The Bluegrass Sessions (2014, Dualtone Music Group)

Sarah Burton
From The Start
Make Your Own Bed (2015, Tonic Records) CDN

Jacquie Drew & The Crew
Exception To The Rule
The Boss Is A Woman (2015, Self) CDN

Douglas Eldon McLean
Love ‘Em Today
Under A Cold Black Moon (2014, Self) CDN

The Early Mays
I Hope We Get To Do This Again
The Early Mays (2014, Self)

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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  • Hi Jan

    Just stumbled upon Eliot Bronson!
    He is incredible. Really love seeing the passion you have for all of this.
    Who knew we both would be in such different paths in life.
    Keep in touch!

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