Here are some notes to accompany this show. You will probably be able to tell which parts have been lifted from press releases but I've put them in quotes just in case.
You can listen to the show at http://www.mixcloud.com/cmbertram/off-the-beaten-tracks-24-october/
The Black Crowes - Wiser Time
This is a track which was first included on their 1994 album Amorica but this version is from The Tall Sessions, disc 1 of the compilation album The Lost Crowes released in 2006.
Ian Sherwood - Stop, Don't Fall In Love
Ian is a Canadian musician and story teller who started his career as a sax player in Toronto. This track is from his new album, Everywhere To Go, which has just been released. He is coming to the end of a tour of the South West of England with his final two dates being:
Sat 25 Oct - Milton Abbot Village Hall
Sun 26 Oct - Plymtree Village Hall
Amanda Rheaume - AGB Bannatyne
"Métis singer-songwriter Amanda Rheaume is a powerful vocalist with just a touch of grit and an instantly-accessible roots-pop-Americana sound. Her latest album Keep a Fire, is a varied and evocative collection of mostly story-songs about her ancestors that more than lives up to the tradition of epic family-of-origin albums.
On ‘A.G.B. Bannatyne’ she offers a sprightly ode to her great great great grandfather, a founding father of Manitoba and friend to Louis Riel, who hosted the province’s early legislative sessions in his home – and after whom Bannatyne Ave. in Winnipeg is named."
John Mellencamp - The Real Life
A track from John Mellencamp's excellent 1987 album The Lonesome Jubilee. He has released a new album this year titled Plain Spoken which includes contributions from T Bone Burnett who produced Mellencamp's two previous albums.
Jim Keaveny - Ridin' Boots
Jim was raised in Bismarck, North Dakota on the Missouri River and his new album Out of Time is described as "Dust bowl Americana, sprinkled with a hint of 60s garage rock, Tex-Mex and a sense of humour". It was recorded at Frogville Studios in Santa Fe, New Mexico and includes musicians from Austin, Texas and the Santa Fe/Albuquerque region.
Matt Woosey Band - That's My Baby
A track from Matt's 2013 album On The Waggon. The current line-up of the band features Matt Woosey, Jim ‘E’ Williams (drums) and Adji Shuib (bass). He is described as "one of the hardest working musicians around, and still only in his mid-twenties, Matt’s slap and pick guitar technique and big range blues shout have earned him a considerable reputation over the last 10 years, during which time Matt has averaged around 250 shows a year."
Jaywalkers - Goodnight Old Friend
From their 2012 album Early for a Thursday. Mike, Jay and Lucille are currently working on their third album.
The Byrds - Hey Joe
The Byrds included this Billy Roberts classic on their 1966 album Fifth Dimension. 'Hey Joe' was also recorded that year by Love and Tim Rose though my favourite version is the one on The Jimi Hendrix Concerts, a posthumous live album released in August 1982.
David Berkley - Oh, The Hedges Are High
Berkeley is a New Jersey native but Santa Fe is now home, where he lives with this wife and two young sons. "Within months of arriving and still overwhelmed by the palette of reds and browns, the endless open sky, and the frightening lack of water in his new high desert surroundings, Berkeley wrote and recorded his most haunting and personal songs to date."
Brownie McGhee - Gone But Not Forgotten
When it comes to acoustic blues you can't get much better than Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee IMHO and a good place to start, if you are unfamiliar with their music, is The 1958 London Sessions.
Birds of Chicago - Funeral
"Birds of Chicago, Live from Space, captures this rising band in its most joyous, full tilt, rock and roll circus mode. JT Nero and Allison Russell - whose twinned voices already seared their way into so many hearts on their 2013 debut, are joined here by the family band - who take you from raucous rave ups to hushed sermons and back again with ease and swagger. These are songs of everyday magic, hope and heartache - captured on one summer night in front of their hometown fans with no overdubs, splices or edits - play it loud!"
Sam Baker - Sweet Hour of Prayer
Sam Baker - Go In Peace
“In 1986 I was on a train in Cuzco, Peru that was blown up by terrorists. It killed the people I was sitting with. I should have died but I didn’t.
My first record was mercy. It came out in 2004. In 2007 pretty world was released and in 2009 cotton. They formed a rough trilogy that I later called the mercy trilogy. The big theme was: everyone is at the mercy of another one’s dream.
This record is called say grace. It is the same as the other records but different. Just like life. The same but different.
To say grace means to say thank you. It means to be grateful for what is before me - for what I have. It means to not be bitter about what I don’t have and really, to not be bitter about things I lost.
I turn 59 this year. Everyday is a miracle.”
Michael Chapman - Caddo Lake
From his 2001 album Live and Unhinged.