Woody and Del, Robbie Fulks, and Little Sue with Prince
Written by Randy Black on April 25, 2016
The Del McCoury Band
Viking Twang Episode 85 April 25, 2016
Good morning, friends, and welcome to Viking Twang Episode 85. My name is Randy Black, happy to be here at midterm. Hope you’re all making it through OK.
I have some special stuff today. First, we’ll hear the new album from the Del McCoury Band, called Del and Woody, which consists of songs written by Woody Guthrie between 1935 and 1949, and put to music by Del and the Boys. In the second set, one of my favorites, Robbie Fulks, has a brand new album, and as usual, it’s brilliant.
To start, though, I want to pay tribute to one of my favorite twangy DJs, Ramona Martinez, who is leaving her radio show for an amazing new job. We like the same kind of goofy hillbilly music and I’ve learned a lot from listening to her, much of which has shown up here on the Twang. Her last show is this Saturday, so I’m going play her theme song.
1 – Turkey Red, W.C. Beck & the Portland Country Underground.
2 – Little Ramona (Gone Hillbilly Nuts); BR5-49.
3 – Ain’t Gonna Do, The Del McCoury Band, from their new album, Del & Woody.
4 – Left In This World Alone.
5 – Dirty Overalls.
6 – Family Reunion.
7 – Little Fellow.
8 – Hoecake Fritters.
One of my favorite semi-obscure country musicians is Robbie Fulks, maybe best known for the song he wrote about trying to make it in Nashville, with a title I certainly can’t broadcast into Smith Memorial Student Union at 8 a.m. on a Tuesday morning. He’s a smart, sensitive, and often funny songwriter and singer. One of my favorite albums is his 2005 release Georgia Hard, named the best album that year by the Oregonian, of all things. He just put out his 13th album, Upland Stories, and it’s really good. He’ll be at the White Eagle on June 7, and it’s not to be missed.
9 – Alabama At Night
10 –Never Come Home
11 – Sarah Jane
12 – Aunt Peg’s New Old Man
13 – Katy Kay
14 – America Is a Hard Religion
15 – Fare The Well, Carolina Gals
16 – Twang Theme
Hope you enjoyed the show today. It seems as if we’re always honoring musicians we’ve lost this year, and though he wasn’t considered a twangy guy, it’s hard to imagine a world without Prince. We’ll close with the Little Sue Band from 2004, and Purple Rain.
17 – Purple Rain, The Little Sue Band