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❑ May 2024 : Law and order
Wynonie Harris : Good morning judge
Ry Cooder : Vigilante man
Bobby Fuller Four : I fought the law
Mississippi John Hurt : Stack O’Lee
Merle Haggard : Mama tried
Leonard Cohen : A singer must die
Bob Dylan : Billy
Billy Strings & Marcus King : I’m a lonesome fugitive
Sam Lightnin’ Hopkins : Fugitive blues
Bessie Smith : Send me to the ‘lectric chair
Sam Cooke : Chain gang
Gil Scott Heron : Gun
Emmylou Harris : Pancho and Lefty
❑ April 2024 : The Bible and other Holy Books
Judee Sill : Jesus Was A Crossmaker
Sister Rosetta Tharp : Two Little Fishes and Five Loaves Of Bread
Blues Saraceno : The Bible Or The Gun
The Byrds : Turn, Turn, Turn
Bruce Springsteen & Seeger Sessions Band : O Mary Don’t you Weep
Magpie : Letter To Eve
Dolly Parton : In The Garden
Blind Willie Johnson : John The Revelator
Sturgill Simpson : Turtles All The Way Down
Sister O.M. Terrell : The Bible’s Right
Blake Shelton : God’s Country
Nina Simone : Sinnerman
Backwoods Bluegrass : I Saw the Light
Lilly Hiatt : Jesus Would Have Let Me Pick The Restaurant
Bonnie Bishop : Women At The Well
❑ March 2024 : Numbers
Allman Brothers : Seven Turns
Terry Allen : Cocktails for Three
Jackie Venson : One Step Forward
Elliott Smith : Waltz #2
Ron Sexsmith : Believe It When I See It
Champion Jack Dupree : Number Nine Blues
Tom Paxton : One Time And One Time Only
Seasick Steve : Barracuda 68
Bob Dylan : 2×2
Otis Redding : Pounds and Hundreds
Nina Simone : Four Women
Ben Vaughan : Rhythm Guitar
Slim Gaillard : B-19
Aaron Lee Tasjan : 12 Bar Blues/td>
Gary U.S. Bonds : Quarter To Three
Soulsville USA with Wilson Pickett & Eddie Floyd : 624 5789
Neil Young : Four Strong Winds
❑ February 2024 : Strangers
Kevin Morby : Beautiful Strangers
Be Good Tanyas : Lakes Of Ponchartrain
Willie Nelson : Red Headed Stranger
Mickey and Sylvia : Love Is Strange
Mandolin Orange (Watchhouse) : Hey Stranger
Leonard Cohen : Stranger Song
Ry Cooder : Everybody Ought to Treat a Stranger Right
Rhiannon Giddens : Wayfaring Stranger
The Carter Family : Hello Stranger
Keith Whitely : I’m No Stranger To The Rain
Steve Miller and Peter Frampton – Stranger Blues
Billy Strings – Rank Stranger
Ramblin’ Jack Elliot : New Stranger Blues
Ronnie Milsap : Stranger In My House
Joan Baez : Love Song To A Stranger
Shelby Lynne : Jesus On A Greyhound
Percy Mayfield : Stranger In My Own Home Town
❑ January 2024 : Kings and Queens
Bob Dylan : Queen Jane Approximately
Mary Gauthier : Drag Queens In Limousines
Taj Mahal : Queen Bee
Joni Mitchell : I Had A King
Taylor Swift : King Of My Heart
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Eric Clapton & B.B. King : Riding With The King
The Monkees : Daydream Believer
Suzanne Vega : The Queen and The Soldier
Johnny Cash : King Of The Hill
John Mayer : Queen Of California
Redbone : Witch Queen Of New Orleans
John Grant : Queen Of Denmark
Neil Young & Emmylou Harris : Old King
Juice Newton : Queen Of Hearts
Roger Miller : King Of the Road
Natalie Merchant & Abena Koomson-Davis : Come On Aphrodite

❑ December 2023 : Goodbye
Bonnie Raitt & Jackson Browne : My Opening Farewell
Leonard Cohen : So Long Marianne
Bob Dylan : Goodbye Jimmy Reed
Joan Baez : Farewell Angelina
Pete Seeger : So Long, It’s Been Good To Know You
Tom Rush : No Regrets
Four Seasons – Bye Bye Baby (Baby Goodbye)
Ella Fitzgerald – Every time We Say Goodbye
George Strait : The Cowboy Rides Away
Crosby, Stills & Nash : Just Before I Go
Dobie Gray : Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye
Gretchen Peters : To Say Goodbye
Joni Mitchell : Goodbye Pork Pie Hat
Evanescence : My Immortal
Bob Dylan : Boots Of Spanish Leather
Lilly Brothers : Goodbye Maggie
Green Day : Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life)
Frazey Ford : Done
❑ November 2023 : Hello
Emmylou Harris : Hello Stranger
The Doors : Hello I Love You
Todd Rundgren : Hello It’s Me
Big Bopper : Chantilly Lace
Barbara Dane : Good Morning Blues
John Prine : Hello in There
Ricky Nelson : Hello Mary Lou
The Chicks : Hello Mr Heartache
The Be Good Tanya’s : Hello Love
The Rose Petals : Welcome to the Big Top
Bob Dylan : If You See Her Say Hello
Ella Fitzgerald : Hello Ma, I Done It Again
Kathy Mathea : Hello, My Name is Coal!
Aretha Franklin : Hello Sunshine
Suzanne Vega : Tom’s Diner
Evanescence : Hello
Shannon McNally : Hello
❑ October 2023 : Injustice
Billie Holiday : Strange Fruit
Miko Marks & The Resurrectors : Goodnight America
Johnny Cash : The Man In Black
Leonard Cohen : Everybody Knows
Furry Lewis : Judge Boushe Blues
Crosby Stills Nash & Young : Ohio
Mavis Staples : This Is My Country
Sam Cooke : A Change Is Going To Come
Paul Robeson : Joe Hill
Rodriguez : The Establishment Blues
Stevie Wonder : Livin’ For The City
Bruce Springsteen et al : Chimes of Freedom
Creedence Clearwater Revival : Fortunate Son
Bob Dylan : Hurricane
Pete Seeger : We Shall Overcome
Hoyt Axton : The Devil
Bruce Cockburn : If I Had A Rocket Launcher
❑ September 2023 : Points of the Compass
Seasick Steve : Never Go West
Pat Metheny : North To South, East To West
Muddy Waters : Down South Blues
Asleep At The Wheel : South Of The Border
John Hiatt : Drive South
REM : Stand
Louis Armstrong : West End Blues
Frank Turner : The Road
Bob Dylan : Girl From The North Country
Black Keys : Going Down South
Brandy Clark : Northwest
I Am Kloot : Northern Skies
Ry Cooder : Hey Porter
Bright Eyes : June On The West Coast
Alabama : Song Of The South
John Fahey : In Christ There Is No East And West
Benny Goodman : Dear Old Southland
Israel Nash : North West Stars
❑ August 2023 : Horses
Emmylou Harris : Ballad of a Runaway Horse
Rolling Stones : Wild Horses
Johnny Cash : Tennessee Stud
Willie Nelson : Red Headed Stranger
Willie Nelson : Beer for My Horses
Blossom Dearie : Surrey with the Fringe on Top
Memphis Minnie : Frankie Jean
Lee Clayton : Silver Stallion
America : Horse with No Name
The Byrds : Chestnut Mare
Radney Foster : Went for a Ride
Kylie Frey : Horses in Heaven
Aretha Franklin : All the King’s Horses
Brooks & Dunn : Cowgirls Don’t Cry
Ray Lamontagne : All the Wild Horses
Julian Taylor : The Ridge
❑ July 2023 : Joni Mitchell songs interpreted by others
Dave van Ronk : Both Sides Now
Christy Moore : Magdalene Laundry
Matthews Southern Comfort : Woodstock
James Blake : A Case Of You
Norah Jones : Court And Spark
James Taylor : Big Yellow Taxi
k. d. lang : Help Me
Bryan Adams & Wynonna Judd : Raised On Robbery
Mary Chapin Carpenter and Shawn Colvin : Amelia
Judy Collins : Michael From Mountains
Tracey Thorn : River
Mama Cass : I Had A King
Cassandra Wilson : For The Roses
Cass Elliot : Sistowbell Lane
Tom Rush : Urge For Going
❑ June 2023 : Roads
Lucinda Williams : Car Wheels On A Gravel Road
Canned Heat : On The Road Again
Joni Mitchell : Coyote
The Byrds : Ballad Of Easy Rider
Talking Heads : Road To Nowhere
Steve Earle : Copperhead Road
Jackson Browne : Take It Easy
Benny Goodman : Lonesome Road
Eric Bibb : Going Down That Road Feeling Bad
Neil Young : Unknown Legend
The Animals : Tobacco Road
Hurray For The Riff Raff : Crash On The Highway
Gretchen Peters : On A Bus To St Cloud
Joe Ely : The Road Goes On Forever
Bob Dylan : Dirt Road Blues
Kris Kristofferson : Road Warrior’s Lament
Johnny van Zandt : Brickyard Road
Aimee Mann : Columbus Avenue
❑ May 2023 : Seasons
John Prine : Summer’s End
Dave Matthews Band : Time of the Season
Robert Earl Keen : Footprints in the Snow
Neil Young : Harvest Moon
Amazing Rhythm Aces : Out of the Snow
Count Basie : April in Paris
Tori Amos : Winter
Muddy Waters : Nine B elow Zero
Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood : Summer Wine
Suzanne Vega : Freeze Tag
Eva Cassidy : Autumn Leaves
Isley Brothers : Summer Breeze
Bob Dylan : Winterlude
Joni Mitchell : The Hissing of Summer Lawns
Leonard Cohen : Winter Lady
Host Axton & Linda Ronstadt : Lion in Winter
Neil Young : Winterlong
Bonny Light Horseman : Summer Dream
❑ April 2023 : The Devil and Hell
Ray Lamontagne : Devil’s In The Jukebox
Gillian Welch : The Devil Had A Hold Of Me
Bessie Smith : Devil’s Gonna Get You
Anais Mitchell : Way Down Hadestown
Robert Johnson : Me And The Devil
Bruce Springsteen : Devil With The Blue Dress On
Robert Johnson : Crossroads
Fleetwood Mac : Green Manalishi
Jerry Garcia & Dave Grisman : Friend Of The Devil
Curtis Mayfield : Don’t Worry, If There’s A Hell Below
The Dead South : In Hell I’ll Be In Good Company
Blind Boys of Alabama : Way Down In The Hole
Colter Wall : The Devil Wears A Suit and Tie
Robert Plant : Satan Your Kingdom Must Come Down
Jesse Lee Turner : Hades Blues
Carmen McRae : That Old Black Magic
William Prince : Heaven And Hell
❑ March 2023 : Angels
Bonnie Raitt and John Prine : Angel From Montgomery
Johnny Cash : The Man Comes Around
Chris Rodrigues and Spoon Lady : Angels in Heaven
Robert Plant : Angel Dance
Gram Parsons and Emmylou Harris : The Angels Rejoiced Last Night
Robert Nighthawk : Black Angel Blues
Lucinda Williams and Charles Lloyd : Angel
P.P. Arnold : Angel Of The Morning
Trainman Blues : I Heard the Angels Singing
Tavares : Heaven Must Be Missing an Angel
Robbie Robertson : Fallen Angel
Willie Nelson : Angel Flying Too Close To The Ground
Alynda Segarra : Drunken Angel
Sarah Vaughan : I’ll String Along With You
Sheryl Crow : Angel Mine
Delbert McClinton : Sending Me Angels
The Penguins : Earth Angel
Counting Crows : Return of the Grievous Angel
❑ February 2023 : Male names
Bobbie Gentry : Ode to Billie Joe
Ry Cooder : Jesus and Woody
Steve Earle : Ben McCulloch
Bo Diddley : Bob Diddley
Jason Isbell : Pancho and Lefty
Eminem: Stan
Margo Cilker : Kevin Johnson
Janis Joplin : Me and Bobby McGee
Lightning : Long John
REM : Man on the Moon
Norman Blake : My Name is Morgan (But it Ain’t J.P.)
El Vy : Paul is Alive
Suzanne Vega : Luka
Grateful Dead : Casey Jones
Paul Simon : Under African Skies
Kris Kristofferson : The Law is for the Protection of the People
James Taylor : Sweet Baby James
Chuck Prophet & The Mission Express : Willie Mays Is Up At Bat
❑ January 2023 : Female names
Bruce Springsteen : 4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)
The Jayhawks : Angelyne
Wilson Pickett : Mustang Sally
John Hiatt : Trudy and Dave
Hoyt Axton : The Yellow Rose Of Texas
Fleetwood Mac : Rhiannon
Roseanne Reid : Amy
Robert Earl Keen : Jennifer Johnson and Me
Chuck Berry : Memphis, Tennessee
John Lennon : Peggy Sue
Kenny Rogers : Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love to Town
Everly Brothers : Cathy’s Clown
Lillie Mae : Terlingua Girl
Leadbelly : Goodnight Irene
Flying Burrito Brothers : Christine’s Tune
Joan Baez : Lily Of The West
Mike Nesmith : Joanne
Patti Smith : Gloria
Eileen Rose : For Marlene
❑ December 2022 : Rivers
Johnny Cash : Big River
Bruce Springsteen : The River
Talking Heads : Take Me To The River
Alison Krauss : Down To The River To Pray
Nick Shoulders : Miss The Mississippi and You
Jimmy Giuffrè : The Train and The River
Loggins and Messina : Watching The River Run
Dion : Travelin’ Riverside Blues
Justin Townes Earle : Harlem River Blues
Woody Guthrie : Roll On Columbia, Roll On
Joni Mitchell : River
Pete Seeger : My Dirty Stream
Screamin’ Jay Hawkins : Ol’ Man River
Crosby Stills Nash & Young : Down By The River
Jeffrey Lewis : East River
Bishop Briggs : River
Mary Gauthier : Women Across The River
Creedence Clearwater Revival : Green River
Dave Alvin : Kern River
❑ November 2022 : Prison life
Warren Zevon : Prison Grove
Tom Waits : Fish In The Jailhouse
David Allan Coe : Long Haired Redneck
Bob Dylan : Walls Of Red Wing
Guy Clark : In The Jailhouse Now
Pharis and Jason Romero : I’m Here To Get My Baby Out Of Jail
Champion Jack Dupree : Angola Blues
Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds : The Mercy Seat
Merle Haggard : Green Green Grass Of Home
Sam Cooke : Chain Gang
James ‘Iron Head’ Baker : Black Betty
Johnny Cash : Folsom Prison Blues
Bob Dylan : I Shall Be Released
Kris Kristofferson : Best Of All Possible Worlds
Lightnin’ Hopkins : I Work Down On the Chain Gang
Creedence Clearwater Revival : Midnight Special
Rodney Crowell : Highway 17
❑ October 2022 : American presidents
Randy Newman : Louisiana 1927
Lucinda Williams : Man Without A Soul
The Chicks : Not Ready To Make Nice
Tom Paxton : Lyndon Johnson Told The Nation
Tom Russell : Who’s Going To Build Your Wall?
Stephen Sondheim : Assassins
Killer Mike : Reagan
J.B. Lenoir : Eisenhower Blues
Loudon Wainwright III : I Had A Dream
Neil Young : Rockin’ In The Free World
The New Lost City Ramblers : Franklin D Roosevelt Is Back Again
James K. Polk : They Might Be Giants
The Byrds : He Was A Friend Of Mine
Bruce Cockburn : Call Me Rose
Johnny Cash : Mr Garfield
Natalie Merchant : Texas
Bob Dylan : Murder Most Foul

❑ September 2022 : Time
Miko Marks & The Resurrectors : Hard Times
Johnny Cash : 25 Minutes to Go
10,000 Maniacs : Who Knows Where The Time Goes
Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys : Time Changes Everything
Buddy Guy : First Time I Met The Blues
Thelonius Monk Quartet : Round Midnight
Wilson Pickett : Midnight Hour
Lyle Lovett : Closing Time
Fleet Foxes : If You Need To, Keep Time On Me
Chris Thomas King : Hard Time Killing Floor Blues
Dinah Washington : What A Difference A Day Makes
Johnny Cash : 16 Tons
Dolly Parton : 9 to 5
Jim Croce : Time In A Bottle
The Band : Time To Kill
Kacey Musgraves : Golden Hour
❑ August 2022 : Body parts
Hayes Caril : Bad Liver and Broken Head
Lou Reed : Andy’s Chest
Nina Simone : Ain’t Got No, I Got Life
Nick Cave : Into My Arms
REM : Pale Blue Eyes
Indigo Girls : Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee
Otis Redding : These Arms of Mine
J.D. McPherson : Head over Heels
Leon Redbone : Your Feets Too Big
Delta Rhythm Boys : Dem Dry Bones
Joe Ely : Fingernails
Suzanne Vega : Behind Blue Eyes
George Thorogood : Bad to the Bone
Neil Young : When I Hold You in My Arms
Leonard Cohen : Tower of Song
Stambovian Circus of Dreams : A Very Unusual Head
Willie Nile : Blood on Your Hands
Houston Wells and the Marksmen : Only the Heartaches
B.B. King : Downhearted Blues
Angelique Kido : Born Under Punches
❑ July 2022 : Death
John Prine : When I Get To Heaven
Chip Taylor : On The Radio
Emmylou Harris & The Nash Ramblers : Death of Hank Williams
Lyle Lovett : LA County
Bob Dylan : Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll
Ray Charles & Willie Nelson : Seven Spanish Angels
The Chicks : Goodbye Earl
Bobbie Gentry : Ode to Billie Joe
Bob Dylan : Death Is Not The End
Johnny Cash : Delia’s Gone
Rhiannon Giddens : Wayfaring Stranger
Johnny Cash : The Mercy Seat
Roger McGuinn : Ballad Of Easy Rider
Hot Tuna : Death Don’t Have No Mercy
Ry Cooder : The Dying Truck Driver
Jason Isbell : Decoration Day
❑ June 2022 : The Sun, Moon and stars
Peggy Seeger : Swim To The Star
Hair Original Broadway Cast : Aquarius
REM : Man On The Moon
Lucinda Williams : Big Red Sun Blues
Old And in The Way : Land Of The Navajo
The Highwaymen : Highwayman
Alan Jackson : Buicks To The Moon
Les Paul & Mary Ford : How High The Moon
Bobby Charles : Full Moon On The Bayou
Otis Spann : Moon Blues
The Band : Jupiter Hollow
Hank Williams : Howlin’ At The Moon
Songs Of Our Native Daughters : Moon Meets Sun
Blue Rodeo : Venus Rising
❑ May 2022 : Fire
Regina Spector : Firewood
Woody Guthrie : 1913 Massacre
Doors : Light My Fire
Tyler Childers : House Fire
Talking Heads : Burning Down the House
Johnny Cash : Ring Of Fire
St Paul & The Broken Bones : Burning Rome
The Band : This Wheel’s On Fire
Dierks Bentley : Burning Man
Bessie Smith : Send Me to the ‘Lectric Chair
Sam Outlaw : Dry in the Sun
Babyface and Des’ree : Fire
Mary Gauthier : Sugar Cane
❑ April 2022 : Homecoming
Little Steven : Tuscon Train
Edward Sharpe & Magnetic Zeros : Home
Rachael Price : Can’t Find My Way Home
Johnny Cash & June Carter : Jackson
America : Ventura Highway
Terry Allen : Gimme A Ride To Heaven
Ringo : Beaucoups Of Blues
Joni Mitchell : California
Gretchen Peters : Leavin’ Kentucky
Arlo Guthrie : Coming Into Los Angeles
Jack White : Wayfaring Stranger
Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn : My Home’s Across the Blue Ridge Mountains
Miko Marks & The Resurrectors : We Are Here
Hazel Dickens : West Virginia, Oh My Home
Miranda Lambert : The House That Built Me
Vassar Clements et al : Long Journey Home
Emmylou Harris : All My Tears
Cowboy Junkies : When We Arrive
Sam Outlaw : Ghost Town
❑ March 2022 : Leaving
Jimmie Rodgers  : T.B. Blues
Rufus Wainwright : Going To A Town
Confederate Railroad : Daddy Never Was The Cadillac Kind
Dave Rawlings : Cumberland Gap
Allison Russell : Persephone
Jason Dea West : Making A New Start
Linda Ronstadt : I’ve Had Enough
Lucille Bogan : I Hate That Train Called the M & O
William Elliot Whitmore : Field Songs
Zac Brown : Colder Weather
Damon Evans : There’s A Boat Dat’s Leaving Soon for New York
Hal Ketchum : Small Town Saturday Night
Paul Kelly : Letter In The Rain
Mary Chapin Carpenter : A Lot Like Me
Gene Pitney : 24 Hours from Tulsa
Louis Jordan : I’m Gonna Leave You On The Outskirts Of Town
Carole King : So Far Away
Shelby Lynne : Leavin’
❑ February 2022 : Tributes
Tim Hardin : Tribute to Hank Williams
Joan Baez : Diamonds and Rust
Neil Young : The Needle and the Damage Done
Vince Gill : Ain’t Nothing Like a Guy Clark Song
Memphis Minnie : Ma Rainey
Ry Cooder : John Lee Hooker For President
Joni Mitchell : Furry Sings The Blues
Sonic Youth : Tunic (Tribute To Karen)
Jonathan Richman : Velvet Underground
Rod Stewart : Sam, Muddy & Otis
Paul Simon : The Late Great Johnny Ace
Don McLean : American Pie
Rodney Crowell : I Walk The Line (Revisited)
❑ January 2022: Gambling
Bob Dylan : Lily, Rosemary and the Jack of Hearts
Gabriels : Blame
Bruce Springsteen : Atlantic City
Dr John : Quitters Never Win
Jerry Garcia : Loser
Townes van Zandt : Mr Mudd and Mr Gold
Blind Willie McTell : The Dyin’ Crapshooter’s Blues
Clint Black : A Good Run of Bad Luck
Jerry Garcia : Deal
Bonnie Raitt : Gamblin’ Man
Lucinda Williams : King of Hearts
Lady Gaga : Poker Face
Mary Chapin Carpenter : I Feel Lucky
Joni Mitchell : Me and My Uncle
❑ November 2021 : Cheating
Bobby Charles : See You Later Alligator
Marvin Gaye : I Heard it Through the Grapevine
Velvet Underground : Pale Blue Eyes
Joni Mitchell : Me And My Uncle
Lonnie Johnson : Too Late to Cry
Paul Simon : 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover
Percy Sledge : Dark End of the Street
Carly Pearce & Ashley McBryde : I Never Wanted to be That Girl
Etta James : I’d Rather Go Blind
Eagles : Lyin’ Eyes
Carrie Underwood : Before He Cheats
Creedence Clearwater Revival : I Heard it Through the Grapevine
The Doors : Back Door Man
Johnny Cash : Long Black Veil
Michaela Ann : Somebody New
❑ October 2021 : States of America, Canada and Mexico
Willie Nelson : Georgia On My Mind
Bruce Springsteen and Tom Waits : Jersey Girl
Doug Sahm : Is Anyone Going To San Antone
Nanci Griffith : Lone Star State of Mind
Neil Young : Ohio
Chris Rea : Texas
Frank Zappa : Montana
Rhiannon Giddens : Waterbound
Gordon Lightfoot : Alberta
Del McCoury & Doug Grisman :East Virginia Blues
Bill Neely : Texas Law and Justice
Neil Young : Alabama
Nina Simone : Mississippi Goddam
Neil Young : Helpless
Emmylou Harris : Leavin’ Louisiana
B52s : Private Idaho
Chastity Brown : Colorado
  September 2021 : Working
Grateful Dead (Dead & Company) : Easy Wind
Bruce Springsteen : Factory
Gillian Welch : Miner’s Refrain
Peggy Seeger : Gonna Be An Engineer
Candace Corrigan : Hard Times Cotton Mills Girls
The Animals : We Gotta Get Out Of This Place
Bruce Springsteen : Highway Patrolman
Lee Clayton : Old Number Nine
Little Seven & the Disciples Of Soul : Bitter Fruit
Billy Joel : The Downeaster (Alexa)
Bob Dylan : Working Man’s Blues #2
Bruce Springsteen : John Henry
Paul Robeson : Joe Hill
Glen Campbell : Wichita Lineman
Dan Hicks and His Hot Licks : Payday
Alabama : 40 Hour Week
Patty Griffin : Making Pies
❑ July 2021 : California
Ry Cooder & Flaco Jimenez : Do-re-mi
Joni Mitchell : California
Los Lobos (with La Marisoul) : Dreamland
Randy Newman (with Tom Petty, Jackson Browne, & John Fogerty) : I Love L.A.
Wayne the Train & The Honky Tonk Brakemen : California Blues
Ry Cooder : Poor Man’s Shangri-la
Eric Burdon : San Franciscan Nights
Led Zeppelin : Going to California
The Doors : L.A. Woman
Kate and Anna McGarrigle (with Linda Ronstadt) : Talk to Me of Mendicino
Ry Cooder : Down in Hollywood
Beach Boys : California Saga (California)
Gatlin Brothers : All the Gold in California
Mamas & Papas : California Dreamin’
Chuck Prophet & The Mission Express : Nixonland
❑ June 2021 : Dancing
Jimmy McCracklin : The walk
Brian Fallon : We came To dance
Jimmy C Newman : Jolie Blon
Bonnie Raitt & Norah Jones : Tennessee Waltz
Leonard Cohen : Dance Me To the End of Love
Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars : Uptown Funk
Emmylou Harris : Tennessee Waltz
Jackson Browne : For A Dancer
Martha Reeves & The Vandellas : Dancing In the Street
Ray Bryant : Madison Time
Bruce Springsteen : Dancing In The Dark
The Honeycutters : Jukebox
❑ May 2021 : The American landscape
Blind Willie McTell : Searching the desert for the blues
Leon Bridges : River
Otis Redding : (Sittin’ on) the Dock of the Bay
Brad Mehldau Trio : River Man
Joni Mitchell : Ladies of the Canyon
Eilen Jewell : Green river
Bela Fleck / Abigail Washburn : Take me to Harlan
Marvin Gaye / Tammi Terrell : Ain’t no mountain high enough
Doobie Brothers : Black water
Pokey Lafarge : Shenandoah River
Eagles : The last resort
Blue Rodeo : Finger Lakes
❑ March 2021 : New Orleans
Fats Domino : Walkin’ to New Orleans
Louis Armstrong and Billie Holiday : Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans?
Martin Simpson : An Englishman Abroad
Professor Longhair : Mardi Gras in New Orleans
Trombone Shorty : St James Infirmary
Bruce Springsteen : When the Saints Go Marching In
The Roches : Hammond Song
The Neville Brothers : Yellow Moon
Wynton Marsalis : Bourbon Street Parade
Steve Earle : This City
Emmylou Harris : Crescent City
  February 2021 : New York
Dion : King of the New York streets (live)
Alicia Keys : Streets of New York
Tedeschi Trucks Band : Midnight in Harlem
Nilsson : I guess the Lord must live in New York City
Willie Nile : New York is rockin’
Richard Shindell : The Last Fare of the Day
The Lovin’ Spoonful : Summer in the City
Eagles : Hole in the world
Bob Dylan : New York Town
Caleb Caudle : N.Y.C. In The Rain
❑ January 2021 : European performers
Brinsley Schwartz : Country Girl
Sandy Denny : Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door
Bill Le Sage’s New Directions in Jazz : Night Talk
Arnaud Fradin : Walk with Your Maker
John Lennon : Stand By Me
Hank Wangford : You Only Herd The One You Love
Elvis Costello : What’s So Funny About Peace, Love and Understanding
First Aid Kit : America
The Vagaband : An Eye for an Eye
Lonnie Donegan : Rock Island Line
First Aid Kit : My Silver Lining
Dean Owens : Elvis Was My Brother
  December 2020 : Songs heard for the first time in 2020
Bruce Springsteen : Ghosts
Warren Zevon : Splendid Isolation
Joachim Cooder : Over The Road
>Bob Dylan : Goodbye Jimmy Reed
Jean Jacques Milteau : Long Time Gone
Jake Blount : The Whole Night Through
Billie Eilish : Bad Guy
Taylor Swift : The Lakes
Barbara Dane : Wild Women Don’t Have The Blues
Mary Chapin Carpenter : Between The Dirt And The Stars
  November 2020 : Weather
Maxine Sullivan : Stormy Weather
Irma Thomas : Backwater blues
Neil Young : Like a hurricane
Bruce Hornsby : Mandolin rain
Howard Tate : Louisiana (1927}
Woody Guthrie : Dust bowl blues
Adelaide Hall : Stormy weather
Allman Brothers : Stormy Monday
Jim Reeves : Just Walking in the Rain
Sister Rosetta Tharpe : Didn’t it Rain
Tony Joe White : Rainy Night in Georgia
Ry Cooder : Footprints in the Snow
Jackson Browne : Before the Deluge
James McMurtry : Hurricane Party
❑ October 2020 : Automobiles
Richard Shindell : Transit
Hurray For the Riff Raff : Crash On The Highway
Joni Mitchell : Amelia
Van Morrison & Lonnie Donegan : Midnight Special
Prince : Little Red Corvette
K.C. Douglas : Mercury Blues
Ry Cooder : Crazy ‘Bout An Automobile
Randy Newman : Dixie Flyer
Kris Kristofferson : Me and Bobby McGee
Janis Joplin : Mercedes Benz
Bruce Springsteen : Racing In The Streets
Holly Williams : The Highway
❑ September 2020 : Cowboys
Sandy Denny : To Yuma
Grateful Dead : Me and My Uncle
Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazelwood : Summer Wine
Ennio Morricone : The Good The Bad And The Ugly
Ramblin’ Jack Elliott : Buffalo Skinners
Paula Cole : Where Have The Cowboys Gone
Joni Mitchell : Me And My Uncle
Willie Nelson : The Red-Headed Stranger
Lyle Lovett : Cowboy Man
Marty Robbins : El Paso
Willie Nelson : Ride ’em Jewboy
Ian Tyson : Navajo Rug
Matraca Berg : Back In The Saddle
Blues Brothers : Theme from Rawhide
❑ August 2020 : Addictive Substances
Thelonius Monk : Straight, No Chaser
Ry Cooder : Fool for a Cigarette
Julia Lee : Marijuana
Muddy Waters : Champagne and Reefers
Peggy Lee : Is That All There Is?
J.J. Cale : Cocaine
Bob Dylan : Rainy Day Woman ♯12 & 35
The Commander Cody Band : Smoke! Smoke! Smoke! (That Cigarette)
Little Feat : Willin’
Dale Watson : I Lie When I Drink
Fraternity of Man : Don’t Bogart That Joint
Emmylou Harris and Margo Price : Two More Bottles of Wine
❑ July 2020 : Trains
Blind Boys of Alabama : People Get Ready
Johnny Cash : City of New Orleans
Lucille Bogan : I Hate That Train Called The M & O
Guy Clark : Texas 1947
Louis Jordan : Choo Choo Ch’boogie
Ry Cooder : Boomer’s Story
The Impressions : People Get Ready
Steve Goodman : City of New Orleans
Bob Dylan : Duquesne Whistle
Nancy Whiskey : Freight Train
Ella Fitzgerald : Take the ‘A’ Train
Willie Nelson and The Highwaymen: City of New Orleans
Grateful Dead : Big Railroad Blues
Bob Dylan : Slow Train Coming
Johnny Cash : Folsom Prison Blues
Dillard & Clark : Train Leaves Here This Mornin’
❑ June 2020 : Bob Dylan covers
The Byrds : You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere
Norah Jones : Forever Young
Fairport Convention : Si Tu Dois Partir
Tedeschi Trucks Band : Don’t Think Twice (It’s Alright)
Jimi Hendrix Experience : All Along The Watchtower
T-Bone Burnett & Friends : Kansas City
The Byrds : Mr Tambourine Man
Ben Sidran : Everything Is Broken
Eliza Gilkyson : Love Minus Zero/No Limit
Taj Mahal :All Along The Watchtower
Joan Baez : Love Is just A Four Letter Word
K.T. Tunstall : Tangled Up In Blue
Spirit : Like A Rolling Stone
Roy Harper : North Country
❑ May 2020 : The underrated
Russell Smith : The End Is Not In Sight
Hayden Triplets with Ry Cooder : Single Girl, Married Girl
Chuck Brodsky : Bill and Annie
Robert Hunter : Tales Of The Great Rum Runners
Hurray For The Riff Raff : Living In The City
Adam Eckersley : Tomorrow Night, Same Again
Jerry Garcia and David Grisman : Shady Grove
Iris DeMent : Our Town
Hannah Aldridge : Parchman
❑ April 2020 : Favourite song by a male singer
Roger Miller : King of the Road
Neil Young : Unknown Legend
Bob Weir : Looks Like Rain
Jack White : Wayfaring Stranger
Prince : Raspberry Beret
Ry Cooder : The Prodigal Son
John Prine : Hello In There
Guy Clark : L.A. Freeway
Neil Young : Heart of Gold
Talking Heads : Burning Down The House
The Band : The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down
Jason Ibell : Elephant
❑ January 2020 : Favourite song by a female singer
Dolly Parton : Little Sparrow 
Mavis Staples : No Time For Cryin’
Gretchen Wilson : Redneck Woman 
Dolly Parton : Halos and Horns 
The Stone Poneys : Different Drum 
Mazzy Star : Fade Into You 
Maria Muldaur : Long As I Can See You Smile
Kate & Anna McGarrigle : Walking Song 
Frazey Ford : Done 
❑ November 2019 : Carl Parker on Bruce Cockburn
The main topic was a audio/visually illustrated talk given by Carl on the musical career of Bruce Cockburn, which spans close to 50 years.
After a short career in unremarkable psychedelic bands, in 1969 Cockburn set out on a solo career, releasing his first album in 1970. He was recognised in the Juno Awards (Canadian equivalents of the Brits and Grammys) winning folk singer of the year for three years running in the 70s. It wasn’t until the late 70s that he had material released outside Canada. He also experienced a slow conversion to Christianity, elements of which began appearing in his music. He first appeared in Britain in the early 80s and began building a small and loyal following. The big change in his music came following a trip on behalf of Oxfam Canada to Central America, where he witnessed the horrific, bloody impact of US Foreign Policy on the inhabitants of the area, most notably Guatemalan refugees. This led to much controversy being engendered by his song If I Had A Rocket Launcher. Condemned in some quarters as a call to violence, Cockburn denied this, saying it was an expression of rage on behalf of the beleaguered refugees. His music also came to embrace environmental concerns and the wider political world with songs such his anti International Monetary Fund tirade Call It Democracy. He also came to question his Christian faith, especially as his marriage collapsed and he sought to identify its commonalities with other religions and faiths while questioning aspects of the doctrine. In parallel with his changing worldview Cockburn was developing as a musician and became in time to be recognised as an extremely skilful guitarist. In 2001 Cockburn received a Juno Award for Lifetime Achievement. He has released 26 studio albums along with four live collections and had numerous compilations culled from his oeuvre.

Updated October 2023