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All new music from:
Peter Blegvad, Victoria Williams, Kate Jacobs, Freedy Johnston, Laura Cantrell, Jody Harris, The Schramms & Peter Holsapple

Live performance by Freedy Johnston (with Dave Schramm) and Nicholas Hill; conversations with: Victoria Williams, Laura Cantrell, Freedy Johnston, Kate Jacobs & Dave Schramm

Starring Radio Free All-Star; Dave Schramm

Presented by: Nicholas Hill

Peter Blegvad, We Fell Through A Crack In The World (Peter Blegvad)
performed by Peter with screams by John Guerrasio; copyright control Peter Blegvad

Victoria Williams, See How Things Work Out In The Long Run (Victoria Williams)
performed and recorded by Victoria Williams

Kate Jacobs, On My Monitor (Kate Jacobs)
performed by Kate, Andy Burton, James MacMillan, Paul Moschella, and Dave Schramm; recorded by Dan McLoughlin; Small Pond Music (BMI)

Freedy Johnston, A Little Bit of Something Wrong (Freedy Johnston)
(in studio live performance w/ Dave Schramm)
Trouble Tree Music, BMI

Laura Cantrell, Kitty Wells’ Dresses (Laura Cantrell, Amy Allison)
performed by Laura and Mark Spencer; recorded by Mark Spencer
Thrift Shop Songs/Shop Girl Songs (BMI) admin Bug Music

Jody Harris, True Love (Jody Harris)
performed, recorded by Jody Harris; Copyright Control Jody Harris

The Schramms, Hearts & Diamonds (Dave Schramm)
performed by Dave, Al Greller (bass), and Ron Metz (drums); recorded by Andy Taub, produced by JD Foster; Hot Stove Music (BMI)

Nicholas Hill, Lucinda Williams (Vic Chesnutt)
(in studio live performance w/ Dave Schramm)

Peter Holsapple, Don’t Ever Leave (Peter Holsapple)
performed, recorded by Peter; Hospital Music (BMI) admin by Bug Music

Engineered by Gary Arnold at Gary’s Chop Shop, NYC
January 15, 2010

Songwriters’ comments:

Peter Holsapple on Don’t Ever Leave (an Homage to Robin Holcomb):

This song fell together pretty easily; in fact, it came together so easily that I have done my usual M.O. and convinced myself it’s a total ripoff from another song.  If anyone figures out what song/s I may have stolen this from, I’ll gladly take it down with apologies and start afresh.  If they can’t, then that’s cool too because I actually like this one a lot and hope I did write it and not just recollect it.

Peter Blegvad on We Fell Through a Crack:

A scream is a powerful form of expression, one which causes strong physical and mental reactions — in the person screaming and in anyone within earshot. It activates energies that other vocalizations don’t, and it’s not just a question of volume.

A friend of mine, the actor and director John Guerrasio, provided the screams for this recording. Actors have to be able to scream and cry convincingly on command. They have mastered the art of giving themselves up, of letting go. If you’ve tried it you’ll know how hard it is.

Screaming and crying are both responses to a surfeit of truth.  No wonder they’re so hard to fake. And no wonder it has such an unsettling effect, the sound of someone screaming.

Here’s John Lennon talking about Arthur Janov’s Primal Scream Therapy: “I think everybody’s blocked, I haven’t met anybody that isn’t a complete blockage of pain from childhood, from birth on. It’s like somewhere along the line we were switched off not to feel things, like for instance, crying, men crying and women being very girlish or whatever it is, somewhere you have to switch into a role and this therapy gives you back the switch, locate it and switch back into feeling just as a human being, not as a male or a female or as a famous person or not famous person, they switch you back to being a baby and therefore you feel as a child does, but it’s something we forget because there’s so much pressure and pain and whatever it is that is life, everyday life, that we gradually switch off over the years. All the generation gap crap is that the older people are more dead, as the years go by the pain doesn’t go away, the pain of living, you have to kill yourself to survive. This allows you to live and survive without killing yourself.” (from the Howard Smith Radio Interview, 1970)

Dave Schramm on Hearts and Diamonds

A rough mix of a song that will end up on a new record we’re in the midst of. An unexpected combination of hasty first take and later re-engineering. Fact is, we recorded this song before I finished writing it. Odd, yes. So the verses were all there but we had kind of a drum placeholder for the chorus. Strangely, the chorus I ended up writing fit exactly into the feel and space of that first take. So there must have been a design already in my head which we followed unconsciously. And as seemingly artificial as the process of recording/finishing the song became, it all fell together right quick in the end and I’m pleased as punch with the outcome.