Monday, September 27, 2010

Episode 18 | "I'm an Astronaut, and I Own This Bar"

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“Your Own Back Yard,” Dion

Tom Waits hawks his wares

“I’ve Just Destroyed the World,” Willie Nelson; “Blood Done Signed My Name,” The Radio Four; “Walking With Frankie,” Frankie Lee Sims; “Another Lonely Saturday,” Dee Dee Warwick; “Deportee (Plane Wreck at Los Gatos),” The Highwaymen

Glen Sherley testifies

“Look Back in Anger,” Glen Sherley; “Monkey David Wine,” David Allan Coe; “Midnight Train,” The Delmore Brothers; “Oozlin’ Daddy Blues,” Bob Wills; “No One to Love Me,” Manny Nichols; “Wonder Drug,” Carl Butler; “Tell Me Why You Like Roosevelt (pt. 1),” Otis Jackson; “Tupelo,” Captain Beefheart; “Rivers of Babylon,” Steve Earle

Albert Ayler gets too close

“See His Blessed Face,” Sister Wynona Carr

William S. Burroughs wants just the facts

“Stormy Monday,” Question Mark and the Mysterians; “Tell Me Why You Like Roosevelt (pt. 2),” Otis Jackson

Blind Arvella Grey’s on social discourse and roughneck days

“Paper in My Shoe,” Boozoo Chavis; “The Troubadour,” Johnny Cash; “In the Pines,” The Carter Family (2nd generation); “Old Rivers,” Dave Dudley; “Rainbow’s End,” Sons of the Pioneers; “Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain,” JD Crow & the New South (Keith Whitley, vocals); “To the Other Woman,” Jeannie C. Riley; “I’d Lie to You For Your Love,” The Bellamy Brothers

Dion McGregor talks in his sleep

“Mr. Moon,” Bobby Charles; “Streets of Laredo,” Leonard Cohen; “Phantom 309,” Tom Waits; “Blame It On Me,” John Carter Cash; “Rivers of Babylon,” Wingless Angels; “Swing Low Sweet Chariot,” Dizzy Gillespie; “Big Midnight Special,” Jean Shepard

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Saturday, August 7, 2010

Episode 17 | "Things Out There That'll Bend Your Bones"

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“Boys, the Night Will Bury You,” Richard Buckner; “Snake Song,” Emmylou Harris; “$1000 Wedding,” Gram Parsons; “A Wedding in Cherokee County,” Randy Newman; “Stranger in My Own Home Town (Outtake),” Elvis Presley

WC Fields employs his genius

“I Walk on Gilded Splinters,” Dr. John; “In the Good Old Days (When Times Were Bad),” Dolly Parton; “Come Kiss Your Man,” Doug Kershaw

Richard Pryor and Cassius Clay solicit an array of laughter

“I Was a Stranger,” Smog; “Catfish Blues (Solo Demo),” Gregg Allman; “Let Me In,” Porter Wagoner

Rev. Emmett Dickinson knows Hell like a baby knows his father

“Back Home in Huntsville Again,” Bobby Bare; “Cocaine Blues,” Roy Hogsed; “A Train’s A-Coming,” Ella Jenkins

Johnny Cash’s ramblin’ fever

“The Voice Within,” Percy Mayfield; “Don’t Go to Strangers,” JJ Cale; “We Re-Opened an Old Love,” Melba Montgomery; “In the Shadow of the Pines,” The Carter Family; “I’ve Been Pretending (Everything’s Alright),” Pauline Rodgers; “I Still Miss Someone,” Laura Cantrell

John Peel sees the river rising

“Dragging the River,” Ferlin Husky

Rev. T.E. Weems is waiting down there by the train

“Desperadoes Waiting for a Train,” Slim Pickens; “My Prayer,” Roy Orbison; “State Trooper,” Bruce Springsteen; “Philosophy,” Tennessee Ernie Ford

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Saturday, July 3, 2010

Episode 16 | "Undertaker Please Drive Slow"

Welcome to Tony Tost's America. My name is Tony Tost, and this is my America:

Robert Mitchum and Lillian Gish lean on one another, in the everlasting

“I Am a Pilgrim,” Johnny Cash; “Will the Circle Be Unbroken,” Senator Robert Byrd; “The Soldier,” Jean Ritchie

Vincent Price provides an invocation

“Born in the USA,” Bruce Springsteen; “Over Yonder,” Little Richard; “The Weapon of Prayer,” Jim and Jesse McReynolds; “The Seeker,” Dolly Parton

Lenny Bruce travels the space ways

“Sad Cinderella,” Townes Van Zandt; “The Lone Pilgrim,” Doc Watson Family; “Back When Gas Was Thirty Cents a Gallon,” Tom T. Hall; “My Wife and Woman,” Arthur “Big Boy” Crudup

Vachel Lindsay travels into the heart of darkness

“Plan Wreck at Los Gatos,” Joe Ely; “Downbound Train,” Chuck Berry

Dave Rabbit has a reminder for the troops

“Mental Revenge,” Johnny Darrell; “Sloppy Drunk Blues,” Leroy Carr & Scrapper Blackwell; “Jesus Is on the Mainline,” Mississippi Fred McDowell; “I Ain’t Gonna Sin No More,” James & Martha Carson; “Can You Find the Time to Pray,” Cast King & the Miller Sisters; “Blackjack County Chain,” Jack Palance; “Words, Names, Faces,” Jeannie C. Riley

Elvis is made to be broken

“Lawdy, Miss Clawdy,” Elvis Presley; “Soldiers of the Cross,” Delaney & Bonnie; “Locus Street,” The Black Crowes; “Dancing With Tears in My Eyes,” Leadbelly; “Electricity,” Jimmy Murphy

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Monday, June 21, 2010

Episode 15 | "Under God's Wide, Wide Sky"

Welcome to Tony Tost’s America. My names is Tony Tost, and this is my America.

“Down in Tennessee,” John Anderson; “The Randall Knife,” Guy Clark; “Stagger Lee,” Champion Jack Dupree; “Look Again to the Wind,” Peter La Farge; “Folsom Prison Blues,” Slim Harpo; “Papa Why Don’t You Stop Drinking,” Lonnie Glosson; “He Will Set Your Fields on Fire,” Kitty Wells

David Koresh discusses Amy Grant and the inner violence of music

“I’m On Fire,” Charles Manson; “Arkansas State Prison,” Bobby Womack

Laurel & Hardy are headed to Dixie

“There’s No Disappointment In Heaven,” Bob Wills; “Time Will Tell,” The Black Crowes; “Lonesome Jailhouse Blues,” Aunt Molly Jackson; “Whoopee Ti Yi Yo,” Karen Dalton

CS Giscombe emits a monster

“Saddle My Pony,” Howlin’ Wolf; “Every Time I Hear the Rain a-Fallin’,” Jimmy Driftwood; “Bugs,” Bobbie Gentry; “Drink To Me Only With Thine Eyes,” Paul Robeson

Rudy Ray Moore finds some sugar on a corner

“Black Night,” Bobby Bland; “Fare Thee Well, Miss Carousel,” Townes Van Zandt

John Wayne testifies

“Ghost Riders in the Sky,” Bob Dylan (w/ Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash & the Tennessee Three); “Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love to Town,” Carl Perkins

Alice Notley is a little lost lamb in the heart of the city

“South of Cincinnati,” Dwight Yoakam

Johnny Cash discusses heroics

“Sam Hall,” Tex Ritter; “Streets of Laredo,” Marty Robbins; “Devil’s Son-in-Law,” Peetie Wheatstraw; “Radio Station S-A-V-E-D,” Roy Acuff.

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Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Episode 14 | "Where the Train Goes Slow"

Welcome to Tony Tost's America. My name is Tony Tost, and this is my America.

"Going to Memphis," Carl Perkins
"Two Six Packs Away," Dave Dudley
"What'd I Say (pt. 1)," Jerry Lee Lewis
"Late Last Night," John Lee Hooker
"Don't Miss That Train," Sister Wynona Carr

Judy Garland knows what she's worth, and where to find love

"Ain't Blues Too Sad," Roky Erickson & Okkervil River
"Cowboy's Prayer," Goebel Reeves
"Man in the Long Black Coat," Bob Dylan

Steven Wright and Townes Van Zandt share a mask

"Mr. Mudd & Mr. Gold," Townes Van Zandt
"Southern Accents," Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
"El Rey," George Strait
"Me and Paul," Doug Sahm

Johnny Cash in a landscape of resemblances

"Leaving Louisiana in the Broad Daylight," Rodney Crowell

Robert Duncan's everlasting omen

"Tecumseh Valley," The Flatlanders

Woody Guthrie gets inside the inner migrating brain

"California Cottonfields," Merle Haggard
"Hillbilly Highway," Steve Earle

Lucius Tate talks with a neighbor

"Louisiana Man," Johnny Cash
"Tipitina," Dr. John
"Take Five," Hound Dog Taylor
"What'd I Say (pt. 2)," Jerry Lee Lewis
"Night Rider," Elvis Presley
"Hey, Memphis," Lavern Baker
"Fly Trouble," Hank Williams

Hank Williams sees songs in every kitchen, every parlor, any purse

"Down There By the Train," Tom Waits
"Night Train to Memphis," Rick Nelson



Friday, May 21, 2010

Episode 13 | "The Darkness, The World, The Distance"

Welcome to Tony Tost’s America. My name is Tony Tost, and this is my America:

“Amazing Grace,” Jones Brothers
“I’m Gonna Move to the Outskirts of Town,” Ray Charles
“A Million Miles to the City,” Tom T. Hall
“Phantom 309,” Red Sovine

Johnny Cash attends to the animal side of life

“Bathe in That Beautiful Pool,” Dock Walsh
“I Had a Good Mother and Father,” Palace Brothers

Classy Freddy Blassie considers the patronage of his fellow man

“Pencil Neck Geek,” Freddy Blassie
“Stand By Your Man,” Candi Staton
“Queen of My Double Wide Trailer,” Sammy Kershaw
“I’m Goin’ Upstairs,” John Lee Hooker
“Rain on the Scarecrow,” John Mellencamp
“You Got to Move,” Memphis Minnie & Kansas Joe

Forrest Gander carries Jaime Saenz into the twilight

“Move, Members, Move,” Rosie Hibler & Family

Jean Shepherd and Johnny Cash follow Robert Service into fire and ice (either will suffice)

“Sin City,” Gram Parsons, Emmylou Harris & ND Smart II
“The Angel of Death,” The Stanley Brothers

Mr. Ed gets inside your head

“The Waltz of the Angels,” Jean Shepard
“Elder Green Blues [Take 1],” Charley Patton
“Thirteen [demo],” Johnny Cash
“Shotgun Blues,” Lightnin’ Hopkins

Lightnin’ Hopkins never has had it easy

“I Hope It Rains at My Funeral,” Tom T. Hall

Bob Dylan looks down from the heights

“Blue Yodel #6,” Lefty Frizzell



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Friday, April 30, 2010

Episode 12 | "We Are Crying in One Mighty Magnetic Voice"

Welcome to Tony Tost's America. My name is Tony Tost, and this is my America:

"I May Never Get to Heaven," Wanda Jackson
"Blessed Are the Poor in Spirit," Luther Magby
"Ghost Train," Marty Robbins

Circles form to conjure Houdini back from his grave

"The Ghost of the St. Louis Blues," Emmett Miller
"Pray for the Lights to Go Out," Bob Wills

Allen Ginsberg rides the his one good idea into eternity

"Cherokee Dance," Bob Landers, with Willie Joe Duncan and his One-String Unitar
"Mexican Rock'n'Roll," Unknown Singer (Sun Studios discard)
"Blue Ghost Blues," Lonnie Johnson
"Tulsa Telephone Book," Calexico
"She Ain't Goin' Nowhere," Guy Clark
"She Never Knew Me," Don Williams

Johnny Cash finds beauty in the land and its people

"Learning to Live with Myself," Merle Haggard

Blind Willie McTell checks out of the St. James hotel

"(It's a Mighty Thin Line) Between Love and Hate," Johnny Paycheck
"I Take the Chance," The Browns
"Wino," Cast King
"Be Careful of the Stones that You Throw," The Staple Singers

Henry Townsend knows what the truth touches

"Rock Island Line (Demo)," Johnny Horton

Sam Phillips and the Miller Sisters chatter

"Jean Harlow," Lead Belly
"Black Girl," John Phillips

Van Dyke Parks discovers America

"Travelin' Soldier," Dixie Chicks
"Bugle Call from Heaven," Webb Pierce
"Dust on the Bible," The Bailes Brothers
"Voice in the Wilderness," Cliff Richard