Take Me Out to the Ball Game, plus women country singers, and Charlie Poole goes to town!
Written by Randy Black on June 21, 2016
Elisabeth Ames & the Countrypolitans
Viking Twang Episode 90 6-21-2016
Good morning, welcome to Viking Twang Episode 90, yet another milestone in Twangdom. My name is Randy Black, happy to be here yet again on a Tuesday morning.
Baseball season is in full swing now here in the greater Portland area. I got to see the short-season Single A Hillsboro Hops last night, and the new Portland Pickles wooden-bat semipro team just opened their season out in Lents Park. So later in the show we’ll take you out to the ballgame. In the second set, we’ll take a trip to New York City with Charlie Poole . But first, a set of songs by women country singers, where Iris DeMent is having a heat wave:
1 – Turkey Red; W.C. Beck & the Portland Country Underground.
2 – Hotter Than Mohave In My Heart; Iris DeMent. From her 1992 debut album, Infamous Angel. She’ll be at the Aladdin Theater Nov. 11.
3 – Two More Bottles of Wine;Emmylou Harris. A Delbert McClinton song, from her 1978 album, Quarter Moon in a Ten Cent Town.
4 – Lucky In Your Tears; Elisabeth Ames & Countrypolitans. Our local favorite, from her 2006 album, Anytime.
5 – The Window Up Above; Wanda Jackson. That’s a George Jones, from 1960.
6 – You Weren’t Ashamed To Kiss Me; Anita Carter. That’s from 1957.
7 – That Makes Two of Us; Connie Smith. A 2011 recording.
Charlie Poole was the first big superstar of what became country music. From 1925 until his death from hard living in 1931, he had hit after hit, including “Don’t Let Your Deal Go Down Blues,” which sold 102,000 records in 1925 – when there were only about 600,000 record players in the country. He didn’t write many songs, but turned them into classics.
This is a set of four tracks he recorded in 1929.
8-11 — Trip To New York Parts. 1-4; Charlie Poole & the Allegheny Highlanders: An unnamed instrumental, New River Train, Old Folks Better Go To Bed, Richmond, 30 Days in Jail, No Room For a Tramp,
12 — Take Me Out to the Ballgame; Dr. John. That’s from the 1994 Ken Burns document, Baseball.
13 — Home Run Man; Jimmy Martin. That’s from 1960, with J.D.Crowe on guitar, Paul Williams on banjo, Junior Huskey on bass, Benny Martin fiddling, and Owen Bradley doing the producing. Johnny Mathis also played on that session in Nashville.
14 – The Day I Played Baseball; Sons of the Pioneers, from 1935.
15 – Baseball Boogie; Mabel Scott. From 1950.
16 – The Ball Game; Sister Wynona Carr. That’s from 1952 and was on the soundtrack to the Jackie Robinson movie, 42.
17 – A Dying Cub Fan’s Last Request ; Steve Goodman. That was recorded on March 16, 1983, in the student at WGN radio, with Jethro Burns on mandolin.
18 – Take Me Out To the Ballgame; Steve Goodman. My favorite version.
19 – Twang Theme; Countrypolitans