Playlist: Episode 169

Folk Roots Radio on October 4 (Episode 169) featured interviews with Ottawa-based singer-songwriter Lynne Hanson about her new album “River Of Sand”, and California-based film & TV composer turned singer-songwriter Ernest Troost about his recent album “O Love”.

This week’s mystery theme was about the subject of coffee, an essential part of the start to the day for many people, including yours truly. I’m not sure how you like it, but I take it black and the stronger the better. Actually, I can’t think of anything worse than weak coffee to start the day. Anyway, it was a good opportunity to play songs by Guy Davis, Danny Overbea, Pokey La Farge & The South City Three, Frazey Ford and Rick Fines. We started off with a classic version of torch song “Black Coffee” by Yukon-based Nicole Edwards.

This week’s Guilty Pleasure was Leonard Cohen with “Suzanne”. First published as a poem in 1966 the song featured on his first album “Songs of Leonard Cohen” in 1968. The song went out to Suzanne who asked for it because her first boyfriend Brian insisted on singing it whenever he came round to visit. Apparently that relationship didn’t last long. It seems that Brian wasn’t much of a singer… and his intentions weren’t that honourable.

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 about all we have time for this week. 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 find the full playlist for the show below. We’ll see you next week!

Folk Roots Radio – October 4 2014 by Folk Roots Radio on Mixcloud

Mystery Theme: “Coffee”

Nicole Edwards
Black Coffee
Sparkin’ (2008, Berry Pickin’ Productions) CDN

Guy Davis
Black Coffee (feat. Fabrizio Poggi)
Juba Dance (2013, Red House Records)

Danny Overbea
Forty Cups Of Coffee
Essential Blues Anthology (2010, Not Now Music)

Pokey La Farge & The South City Three
Coffee Pot Blues
Middle Of Everywhere (2011, Continental Sound City)

Frazey Ford
One More Cup Of Coffee
Obadiah (2010, Nettwerk) CDN

Rick Fines
Coffee – One Cream
Out Of The Living Room (1998, Festival Records) CDN

Brooks Williams
Before Coffee
Back To Mercy (1992, Green Linnet)

Lynne Hanson
River Of Sand
River Of Sand (2014, Continental Sound City) CDN

Interview: Lynne Hanson discussing her new album “River Of Sand”.

Lynne Hanson
Trading In My Lonesome
River Of Sand (2014, Continental Sound City) CDN

Leonard Cohen
Songs of Leonard Cohen (1967, Columbia) CDN

Jennifer Warnes
First We Take Manhattan
Famous Blue Raincoat 20th Anniversary Edition (2007, Universal) CDN

Leonard Cohen
Almost Like The Blues
Popular Problems (2014, Sony) CDN

Ernest Troost
Old Screen Door
O Love (2014, Travelling Shoes)

Interview: Ernest Troost discussing his great 2014 album “O Love”.

Ernest Troost
The Last Goodbye
O Love (2014, Travelling Shoes)

Ambre McLean
Me (2014, Northwood Records) CDN

Set The Sails (2014, Self) CDN

David Sereda
Beyond the Shadow
(Single) (2013, Self) CDN

Tyler Wagler
4 Songs EP (2014, Self) CDN

Relative Harmony
If He’s Gone Let Him Go
Rolling Home (2012, Self) CDN

Gathering Sparks
Right Here
Gathering Sparks (2014, Self) CDN

Bedsheets (2014, Self) 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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