Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Wednesday Crosscurrents 8/5

Host - John Gaguine

Today's show was inspired by the two women who did Front Porch or Back Porch, whichever it was, a week ago last night. They played a lot of great country. I'm going to try to duplicate that, but limiting myself to the newer female country singers. Very few, if any, mentions today of pick-up trucks, or trains, or momma, or prison, or getting drunk.

The lyrics to most of these songs are fantastic.

Mary Chapin Carpenter - Why Walk When You Can Fly?, Down at the Twist and Shout, When Halley Came to Jackson, Stones in the Road - all written by her

Kathy Mattea - The Cape, 33,45,78 (Record Time), The Streets of Your Town, Listen to the Radio (Nanci Griffith)

Patty Loveless - Tear-Stained Letter, I Miss Who I Was (with You), Lonely Too Long, Pretty Little Miss

Suzy Bogguss and Chet Atkins - When She Smiled at Him, In the Jailhouse Now (Jimmie Rogers), Forget About It (also covered by Alison Krauss), Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word (Elton John, Bernie Taupin)

Trisha Yearwood - Thinkin' About You, XXX's and OOO's (An American Girl), You Can Sleep While I Drive (Melissa Etheridge), I Wanna Go Too Far

MC Carpenter - Shut Up and Kiss Me, Going Out Tonight, Middle Ground (again, all written by her)
Carpenter, Emmy Lou Harris, and Sheryl Crow - Flesh and Blood (Johnny Cash, from Kindred Spirits, a fine Johnny Cash tribute CD)

Mattea - That's All the Lumber You Sent, Ashes in the Wind, Nobody's Gonna Rain on My Parade

Tammy Wynette - Please Come to Boston (Dave Loggins; also covered by Joan Baez)

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