Playlist

July 05, 2016

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Pokey LaFarge
Dar Williams
Joe Pug
Jill Sobule

Playlist

Hour

​Artist

Song

1

Jill Sobule

My Swivel Chair (Charm)

 

 

I Hate Horses

 

 

America Back

 

 

San Francisco

 

 

Mexican Wrestler

 

 

It was a Good Life

 

Julie Adams

Goin’ Back

 

Joe Pug

Windfallen

 

 

Veteran Fighter

 

 

If It Still Can’t be Found

 

 

Bright Beginnings

 

 

The Measure

2

Pokey LaFarge

Something in the Water

 

 

Wanna be Your Man

 

 

Actin’ a Fool

 

 

Goodbye Barcelona

 

 

Knockin’ the Dust Off the Rust Belt Tonight

 

 

All Night Long

 

Dar Williams

Something to Get Through

 

 

Weight of the World

 

 

Mad River

 

 

FM Radio

 

 

New York is a Harbor

 

Larry Groce & Co.

Kissin’ in the Dark

Originally broadcast  June 5th, 2015

Press Release

Dar Williams - With a beautiful soprano voice and lovely, intriguing songs, Dar Williams has been a major presence on the folk scene for nearly two decades. An idiosyncratic songwriter who writes from a unique, insightful perspective, Williams’ style has been compared to Joni Mitchell and Joan Baez - with a few acidic and humourous twists. Before turning to writing and performing full time, Williams directed plays and served as stage manager for the Opera Company of Boston. In 1998, she teamed up with Lucy Kaplansky and Richard Shindell for an acclaimed CD and tour called “Cry Cry Cry.” For 2003's “The Beauty of the Rain,” she enlisted help from Alison Krauss, Béla Fleck, Dave Matthews Band's Stefan Lessard, and trumpet player Chris Botti. In 2010, Williams released a career-spanning two-disc set titled “Many Great Companions,” which featured one compilation disc of fan favorites and another disc of newly recorded songs from her catalog performed in an acoustic format. Her current release, “In the Time of Gods,” is her ninth studio album and  features songs written about the gods in Greek mythology, including a biker song about Hermes, the messenger of the dead.

 

Pokey Lafarge - Proclaiming, “It’s not retro music, it’s American music that never died,” St. Louis-based singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Pokey Lafarge’s music incorporates elements of early jazz, ragtime, country blues, and Western swing. Also having served as the mandolinist in The Hackensaw Boys, two of LaFarge’s releases, “Riverboat Soul” and “Middle of Everywhere,” were named “Best Americana Album” by the Independent Music Awards. Long-standing admirer Jack White added LaFarge to the roster of his Third Man label for 2011's “Chittlin’ Cookin’ Time in Cheatham County” (which White produced) and 2013's self-titled “Pokey LaFarge” - as well as enlisting LaFarge as opening act on his North American tour. In 2013, he was featured on the soundtrack of HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire,” and, in 2014, LaFarge performed on five continents, including tours in India, Australia and New Zealand as well as extensive road work in the U.S., Canada, UK, Ireland, and The Netherlands. His current release, “Something in the Water,” is his seventh album and marks his debut on Rounder Records. 

 

Joe Pug - After studying to be a playwright at the University of North Carolina, Joe Pug’s career took a different turn when he quit school in his senior year and moved to Chicago to pursue songwriting. He mailed out free copies to anyone who asked - and more than 15,000 did. Following the release of his full-length debut, “Messenger,” he toured with Todd Snider, Steve Earle, Susan Tedeschi and Kasey Chambers. Since then, he has played more than 400 shows which have included Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, and The Newport Folk Festival. Based in Austin since 2011, he issued “The Great Despiser” in 2012. The breakneck pace led Pug toward flaming out and he briefly called it quits in late 2013. After regrouping both personally and professionally, he returned to writing and recorded his current release, “Windfall,” which he calls his best effort to date. 

 

Jill Sobule - Back in 1995, singer/songwriter Jill Sobule caused a stir in the alternative pop world -- and made headlines across the country - with her playfully ambiguous hit “ I Kissed A Girl” and “Supermodel,” a cynical take on the high-fashion world of modeling that was featured in the film “Clueless.” Since then, she has made a number of critically acclaimed albums including “Happy Town,” “Pink Pearl,” “Underdog Victorious,” and 2009's fan-funded “California Years.” In 2011, Sobule and John Doe released “A Day at the Pass” which captured their ongoing collaboration. She has also played the role of political troubadour for NPR stations across the country and for Air America Radio. Sobule also served as songwriter/composer for Nickelodeon’s “Unfabulous”; composed the music for the off-Broadway show “Prozak and the Platypus”; and co-starred in the Eric Schaeffer film “Mind the Gap.” Known for her many charitable performances, she has recently been performing for inmates in prisons throughout the country. Her latest studio release, “Dottie’s Charms,” is a collaboration with 11 of her favorite authors, including  Rick Moody, David Hajdu and Jonathon Lathem, in which each was asked to write a song based on a charm from a bracelet Jill purchased on Ebay. Jill then put the words to music. Other current projects include a re-imagining of the 1970 Broadway play “Yentl” (with Jill writing all the music), and a musical titled “Times Square.”