Goodness Gracious Take 22

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All new music from:
 Mary Lorson, Joe McGinty, Freedy Johnston, Jennie Lowe Stearns, Stivali Comodi, Amy Allison, Don Piper, Kate Jacobs, Dave Schramm, and Peter Holsapple

Presented by: Nicholas Hill

The Radio Free All Stars: Dave Schramm, David Mansfield, JD Foster, Paul Moschella, and Joe McGinty

Back in the tiny yet brilliant Maid’s Room, with Prosperity Dumplings just around the corner. Finally got Mary Lorson in the studio with two songs (one new and wary, one older and happy as a summer movie). Joe McGinty back for an All Star turn and another piece of post-pop lovelornity. Freedy was there, explaining the value of putting the word California in your chorus. JD Foster premiered his new band Stivali Comodi with a fresh track hot off the press.

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Radio Free 21 Club

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All new music from:
 Joe McGinty, Anna Coogan, Amy Allison, Peter Blegvad, Jody Harris, Peter Holsapple, Freedy Johnston, Dave Schramm, and Kate Jacobs, plus Nicholas Hill covers Kimberly Rew.

Presented by: Nicholas Hill

The Radio Free All Stars: Joe McGinty, David Mansfield, Jeremy Chatzky, Clem Waldmann, Mike McGinnis, Dave Schramm

Back at The Living Room in NYC for a wonderful night with new All Stars Clem Waldmann and the 100% unrehearsed Mike McGinnis (listen for the clarinet solo on Dave’s second gorgeous song). Joe McGinty was both guest and band. His songs are so many things at once, and his piano playing divine. We went country with Anna Coogan in from Ithaca — what a voice! — and Jody Harris showing his roots. Freedy flew in a bit of blues just as we were hitting the stage, and come to think of it more blues from Peter Blegvad. Kate is still developing her musical, and got Joe and Anna and Amy to sing with her. Nicholas sang Hey War Pig.

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Twenty Radios

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All new music from:
 Dave Weckerman, Freedy Johnston, Peter Blegvad & John Paul Jones, Melaena Cadiz, Don Piper, Kate Jacobs, Dave Schramm, Jody Harris and Peter Holsapple

Presented by: Nicholas Hill

The Radio Free All Stars: Dave Schramm, David Mansfield, Jeremy Chatzky, Paul Moschella, Rob Burger and Don Piper

Nicholas went out to the woods and picked up Dave Weckerman who entertained us mightily throughout the evening. Freedy kept his promise to attend the 20th taping — albeit virtually — sending a Carveresque song and providing the title for the program. Melaena Cadiz from Brooklyn via Kalamazoo came and did a beautiful home town song. High school students Ruby Edlin and Noah Dunton brought piles of books and studied in the control room until called upon to sing a duet by Kate Jacobs.  Dave Schramm recorded his new song STANDING UP. Don Piper once again cranked it. Peter Holsapple sent a happy song about the evil man does and Blegvad collaborated with John Paul Jones on a moody piece from the North.

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19th Nervous Hoedown

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All new music from:
 Martha Wainwright, Marvin Etzioni, Karen Mantler, Dave Schramm, Peter Holsapple, Kate Jacobs, Don Piper, Amy Allison, and a talk with writer Kevin Avery

Presented by: Nicholas Hill

The Radio Free All Stars: Doug Wieselman, Dave Schramm, David Mansfield, JD Foster, Andy Burton, and Peter Moser

Martha Wainwright came and played two new, beautiful, sad, mad, songs about marriage and mothers, accompanied gorgeously by the All Stars. Marvin Etzioni sang an honest to god love song — hadn’t heard one like that in years! — and a tambourine-thwacking sing-a-long protest song (come to think of it, haven’t heard one of those either).  Kevin Avery read from his new book about rock critic Paul Nelson.  NEW MEMBER Amy Allison — yeah! — played a classic beauty about rain. Don Piper sent one from China, recorded on his phone. Peter Holsapple sent a drinking song and Peter Blegvad sent Karen Mantler who sang irregular French verbs. Dave Schramm sang of 13 years and Kate Jacobs of 13 year olds. Andy Taub of Brooklyn Recording made everything sound wonderful as usual.

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Eighteen with a Bullet

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All new music from:
 Amy Allison, Ed Askew, Peter Blegvad, Dave Schramm, Laura Cantrell, Peter Holsapple, Kate Jacobs, Don Piper, Emily Arin, and writer Leslie Daniels

Presented by: Nicholas Hill

The Radio Free All Stars: Dave Schramm, David Mansfield, Jeremy Chatzky, Paul Moschella, and Mark Spencer

Recorded in company with a full house at The Living Room. Ed Askew sang his warm and elevating songs (with a tipple!) & Emily Arin came in from both north and south. The author Leslie Daniels crossed the mighty Susquehanna several times at flood stage, to read an essay about kitchen implements and blow jobs, Don Piper and David Mansfield brought us to China, Amy Allison charmed utterly, romantic New Yorker that she is. And Mark Spencer on keys! Dave Schramm, Laura Cantrell, Peters Blegvad and Holsapple, Kate Jacobs, Nicholas Hill time traveling again and more.

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Seventeen Magazine

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All new music from: Peter Holsapple, Dave Schramm, Laura Poe and Don Piper, Kate Jacobs, Peter Blegvad,  Jody Harris, and special guests Howe Gelb, Greggory Stockert, Greg Trooper, and Timothy Hill. Pinch hitter: Ted Barron.

Presented by: Nicholas Hill


The Radio Free All Stars: Dave Schramm, David Mansfield, JD Foster, Paul Moschella, Timothy Hill and Doug Wieselman

This show was recorded on a hot August evening in NYC and has a distinctly loopy late summer quality. A positive blessing of songs. Laura Poe came with Don Piper and a wonderful country song (oh that David Mansfield fiddle on a country song . . . );  Greggory Stockert came from Oregon with a song and Nicholas’ brother Timothy Hill joined the All Stars on piano for the night, and guested with his own fresh tune; recorded pieces from Dave Schramm (the evil that man does?) Peter Holsapple (silk and organdy and tulle and things) Peter Blegvad (kill the trombonist); tracks overdubbed by the All Stars from guest Howe Gelb (oh so sweet, and that clarinet), Greg Trooper on a steel deck bridge and his warm wonderful voice, Kate Jacobs requesting and receiving a sweet sad sixties sound from the All Stars; the incurably romantic Jody Harris being as incurable and inscrutable as ever, and most romantic.

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Sweet Sixteen Tons

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All new music from: Don Piper, Jody Harris, Laura Cantrell, Wreckless Eric and Amy Rigby, Dave Schramm, Kate Jacobs, Victoria Williams, Peter Blegvad, Freedy Johnston, and Peter Holsapple with special guest Jennie Lowe Stearns.

Presented by: Nicholas Hill

The Radio Free All Stars: Dave Schramm, David Mansfield, JD Foster, Paul Moschella, Andy Burton and Doug Wieselman

Our first show in a club with an audience! On a beautiful May evening we met at The Living Room on Ludlow Street. Many songs were quickly learned by the All Stars before the doors opened. Victoria was in town! Her first time live on the show and what a TREAT as Nicholas would say. Freedy, Don, Laura, Dave, Kate, Jody and guest Jennie Lowe Stearns all played live and the All Stars outdid themselves with instant renderings. Peter Holsapple and Wreckless & Amy sent recordings, which we listened to in rapt silence, gazing at the ceiling. Peter Blegvad and Andy Partridge sent a song and the All-Stars augmented. It happened to be Bob Dylan’s 70th birthday, so Nicholas acknowledged the elephant in the room, and Victoria too, with a Townes van Zandt song.

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Un deg Pump (Chapter 15)

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All new music from
 Wreckless Eric & Amy Rigby, Peter Holsapple, Kate Jacobs, Peter Blegvad, Dave Schramm, Robin Holcomb, and Don Piper with special guests Howe Gelb, Katell Keineg, Michael Hurley, and Jennie Lowe Stearns.

Presented by: Nicholas Hill

The Radio Free All Stars: Dave Schramm, David Mansfield, JD Foster, Andy Burton, Don Piper and Konrad Meissner.

A hot day in New York City, down on Clinton Street in The Maid’s Room. Michael Hurley and Katell Keineg were in town and joined the Radio Free All Stars for some gorgeousness. Some of it in Welsh. Howe Gelb and Jennie Lowe Stearns were virtual guests; regular members Dave Schramm and Don Piper went live. Holsapple, Wreckless & Amy, and Robin sent finished songs and Kate and P. Blegvad were somewhere in between with layered vocals and Words of Power (wop bop a loo bop etc.)

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Seven and Seven Is

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All new music from
 Peter Holsapple, Kate Jacobs, Peter Blegvad, Dave Schramm and Jody Harris with special guests Jennie Lowe Stearns, Stephen McCarthy, Steve Wynn, JP Houston and Jay Sherman-Godfrey. Poetry by Robin Rosemond. Nicholas Hill keeps honoring Canadians.

Presented by: Nicholas Hill

The Radio Free All Stars: Dave Schramm (electric guitar), David Mansfield (dobro, mandolin, violin), Doug Wieselman (clarinet and bass clarinet, electric guitar, vocals), Andy Burton (piano), Paul Moschella (drums) and Al Greller (bass).

Peter Holsapple kept his promise and made the trek from N.C. It was inspirationally sublime to have him in the studio with a brand new song and a Byrds cover, playing with yet another great All Star gang. Victoria and Laura took the new “sub” option and sent us JP Houston (Vic’s neighbor in the desert), and Jay Sherman-Godfrey (Laura’s neighbor in Brooklyn). In an overflowing evening, Stephen McCarthy and Steve Wynn showed up with a song they wrote that day, special for the show. Kate’s song was deconstructed and arranged by the All Stars. Dave is falling deeper down the hole of wondrous pop melody and Jody could barely keep a straight face singing a lyric that came to him in a dream and kept his wife up. Jennie Lowe Stearns sent a beautiful, brief song and the All Stars played along, showing their most delicate side.

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Lucky Thirteen

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All new music from:
Peter Holsapple, Laura Cantrell, Peter Blegvad, Kate Jacobs and Dave Schramm with special guests Don Piper and Glen Hansard, virtual guest Dale Lawrence (of the Vulgar Boatmen), guest singers Alana Amram and Timothy Hill, and author Leslie Daniels.

Presented by: Nicholas Hill

The Radio Free All Stars: Dave Schramm, David Mansfield, Doug Wieselman, Konrad Meissner, Jeremy Chatzky and Rob Burger

A billowing night of song.  Guests Don Piper and Glen Hansard took full advantage of the excellent All Star line up for gorgeous live performances — Glen even wrote a song on the spot, taught it to the band in a few swift strokes and voila, captured the essence of the RFSC. Charlie Louvin was honored with If I Could Only Win Your Love, sung by Kate and Alana Amram. Nicholas covered Buffy St. Marie for the heck of it. Author Leslie Daniels  read from her new novel. And plenty more.

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