Number Six

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All new music from: Freedy Johnston, Peter Holsapple,
Laura Cantrell, Dave Schramm, Kate Jacobs, Peter Blegvad, Jody Harris, and special guests Ronee Blakley and Bob Neuwirth.

Radio Free All Stars: Dave Schramm, David Mansfield, and Andy Burton (with Andy Taub and J.C. Hopkins)

Presented by: Nicholas Hill


Freedy Johnston, Out on the Limb (Freedy Johnston) performed and recorded by Freedy on his iPhone; Trouble Tree Music (BMI)

Peter Holsapple, Real Tears (Peter Holsapple) performed and recorded by Peter, Hospital Music (BMI) admin Bug Music

Ronee Blakley, Brand New Start (Ronee Blakley) Ronee Blakley, guitar and vocal; Dave Schramm, gut-string guitar; David Mansfield, lap steel; Andy Burton, wurlitzer; J.C. Hopkins, bass; Ronee Blakley/Sawtooth Music

Bob Neuwirth, Four Famous French Photographs (Bob Neuwirth) guitar and vocal, Bob; Dave Schramm, gut-string guitar; David Mansfield, violin; Andy Burton, organ; J.C. Hopkins, bass; Copyright Control Bob Neuwirth

Laura Cantrell, Do You Know What I Mean? (Laura Cantrell) guitar and vocal, Laura; live overdub: Dave Schramm, gut-string guitar; David Mansfield, mandolin; Andy Burton, organ; J.C. Hopkins, bass; Thrift Shop Songs (BMI) admin Bug Music

Dave Schramm, Lousy Song (Dave Schramm) performed and recorded by Dave; Hot Stove Music (BMI)

Kate Jacobs, Buy Gold (Kate Jacobs) guitar and vocal, Kate; guitar and organ, Dave Schramm; recorded by Dan McLoughlin at The Vault in Hoboken; live overdub: Dave Schramm, Nashville guitar; David Mansfield, mandolin; Andy Burton, organ; Small Pond Music (BMI)

Peter Blegvad, My Father’s Face (Peter Blegvad) performed and recorded by Peter; guitars, harmonica, and a plastic tube which “talks” when you shake it – don’t know what it’s called – Peter; Copyright Control Peter Blegvad

Jody Harris, Don’t Write, Don’t Call (Jody Harris) performed and recorded by Jody; Copyright Control Jody Harris

Ronee Blakley, One Blood (Ronee Blakley) piano and vocal, Ronee; Dave Schramm, gut-string guitar; David Mansfield, violin; Andy Burton, organ; J.C. Hopkins, bass; Ronee Blakley/Sawtooth Music

Engineered by Andy Taub at Brooklyn Recording, NYC;
assisted by Ben Liscio

May 16, 2010

Songwriters’ comments:

Peter Holsapple on Real Tears:

It’s called Real Tears. It’s very short. I used my travel guitar, mic’d and direct, and my Danelectro bass with flatwound string. Damn, I miss my drums.

Peter Blegvad on My Father’s Face:

My Father’s Face isn’t new, but it’s unrecorded. It was written after a
long hot train ride from Cornwall back to London in the course of which the
train stopped and to kill the time my kids drew comical pictures of me. I
dreamed the rest, picturing progeniture as a line of sons erasing/redrawing fathers.
(Last month’s song was about sons and mothers…)

Reminded of Gertrude Stein:
“Once upon a time a man dragged his father from their house and as they
reached a tree his father cried “Stop! I did not drag my own father past
this tree!” –from “The Making of Americans”

Kate Jacobs on Buy Gold:

Like Peter Blegvad’s, a song about an unconscious father. And another song not about me. I’d just read a collection of stories by Mary Robison and was affected by her idea of Americans, so morally and economically adrift, so different from my Mayflower/immigrant concept of what we are.

Ronee Blakley on One Blood and Brand New Start:

One Blood is meant as a call for global unification, a cry for peace. Brand New Start was written a couple of years ago during a physical illness which was serious and lengthy.

Dave Schramm on Lousy Song:

What do you say when someone you love loves a song you hate? Well, you speak the truth, usually. But what about if a song you love gets mixed up in your mind with something you hate? Whatever.

Play it loud, please.