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All new music from: Peter Stampfel, Ed Rogers, Amy Allison, Jody Harris, Don Piper, Peter Blegvad, Kate Jacobs/Ted Reichman, Peter Holsapple, Laura Cantrell, and Dave Schramm/Rick Moody
Presented by: Nicholas Hill
The Radio Free All Stars: JD Foster, Konrad Meissner, Andy Burton, Mark Spencer, Don Piper and Dave Schramm.
Peter Stampfel brought his banjo and his fiddle and his rainbow bow, along with a tune copped from Prince Albert Hunt’s Texas Ramblers via the Harry Smith Anthology, and another old favorite he completely re-imagined. Ed Rogers brought us all to the street where he was born, channeling the Village Green. Peter Blegvad brought his God Detector. Jody sang the blues. Amy, Don, Kate and Ted, Mr. Holsapple, Dave and Rick, Laura brought daisies, thirteen year-olds, telecasters played with abandon, tremelo, hidden sorrow, and tales of West Eighth Street.
Peter Stampfel, Wake Up Jacob (trad. arr. by Peter Stampfel) recorded live with the Radio Free All Stars; Copyright Control Peter Stampfel.
Amy Allison, Daisy (Amy Allison); recorded live with the Radio Free All Stars; Shop Girl Songs (BMI) admin. Bug Music
Jody Harris, Read Before You Sign (Jody Harris); recorded live with the Radio Free All Stars; Copyright Control Jody Harris
Don Piper, The Less I Know is Real (Don Piper); recorded live with the Radio Free All Stars; Situational Sounds (ASCAP)
Peter Blegvad, God Detector (Peter Blegvad); performed and recorded by Peter Blegvad; trombone is played by Pascal Wyse; Copyright Control Peter Blegvad
Ed Rogers, My Street (Ed Rogers); recorded live with the Radio Free All Stars; Copyright Control Edward F. Rogers (ASCAP)
Kate Jacobs, When You’re 13 (Kate Jacobs/Ted Reichman); recorded live with the Radio Free All Stars; Small Pond Music (BMI)/Early Nothing (ASCAP)
Peter Holsapple, Only You Would Know (Peter Holsapple); performed and recorded by Peter; Hospital Music (BMI) admin by Bug Music/Chrysalis
Laura Cantrell, Tremelo (Laura Cantrell); recorded live with the Radio Free All Stars; Thrift Shop Songs (BMI) admin Bug Music/Chrysalis
Dave Schramm, Electric Ladyland (Dave Schramm/Rick Moody); recorded live with the Radio Free All Stars; Hot Stove Music (BMI)/ Grow Your Own Music (BMI).
Peter Stampfel, New Fiddler’s Dram (Peter Stampfel) recorded live with the Radio Free All Stars; Copyright Control Peter Stampfel.
Recorded live at The Living Room in NYC on Febraury 6, 2013 by Jimi Zhivago with Milton Ruiz and Steve Ha.
Peter Holsapple on Only You Would Know: It tried to write itself, but it tripped over its own shoelaces and waited for me to help it back up. I think it’s an advisory song to a certain someone who would seem to have all the answers already. Rock me Sisyphus. If this were to pass beyond the demo/RFSC stage of its nascence, it would require more retooling of the words, possibly with a band saw. But for now, to use today’s vernacular, ‘it is what it is.’ (I still prefer ‘I yam what I yam’ uckguckguckguckguck.) Two telecasters (the same one twice, I mean), the Squier modified Jag bass, the drums which, after the vivacious “Pictures of My Mother” last month, are sporting a woefully taped together bass head. My new cheap vocal mic. No keyboards were harmed during the recording of this tome except to rest my drink on, nor did I once consult a thesaurus. Much love to all who sail the RFSC line this day, and I hope to see you all again in the foreseeable future, presuming we will all have one.
Dave Schramm on Electric Ladyland: Most fun I’ve had writing in a long, long while. Working from lyric to music rather than the usual music to lyric, especially with verses and meter so fluid as these, was a treat. Why don’t I always write the lyrics first? Well, because I don’t, that’s why. Anyway, thanks to Rick for asking me along on this one. And to Mark, JD, Andy and Konrad for making it real.