Sharing my ROIO music collection
111 musicians, more than 2,000 shows, over 1 TB of FLAC music.
All shows are available in both FLAC and mp3 format.
last updated March 13, 2019
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I have a large collection and listen to music every day. I liked some musicians so much that I started collecting amateur recordings of live concerts to add to my CD collection.

Many artists state that these non-copyrighted ROIOs (Recordings Of Independent Origin) may be freely shared, but not sold. None of the music here has been commercially released nor has freely trading been prohibited by the artist. You may give this music or URL to others but not sell it.

I've archived the files for each show into an RAR file - even though mp3 and FLAC files don't compress - in order to keep all the files together for easy downloads. To get the show you must use software to un-archive it.
.  7-Zip is Open Source (free) and will unpack rar files.
.  WinRAR is good for unpacking (and creating) archives and you can try it for free. A license is $29.
.  I don't use Mac but a Mac user friend said unRarX is simple, easy to use and free.

.  FLAC (Free Lossless Audio Compression) files are CD quality audio. I have filled in the tag information.
.  To play flac files without first converting them, I recommend VLC, it's free and plays almost every audio and video format. It's also available for Mac.
.  The mp3 files are 320 kbps. I fill in the mp3 tag information just because, so that iPod (or any other mp3 player) can display the information. 
.  I use and recommend mp3tag (donationware). It works on FLAC files too.
.  To convert flac files to mp3 or WAV (because some CD burning software won't recognize (FLAC) I use Switch.

.  I find many of lossless boots on the bittorrent tracker Dime a Dozen
.  Other trackers I use are Lossless Legs and The Traders Den
.  I recommend the free Torrent program Tixati.  (I NO LONGER recommend uTorrent.)
 .  If you download torrents please be a good citizen and keep seeding after your downloads are complete so that others may get the music too.

Support musicians: buy tickets to live shows, and buy their CDs & DVDs.

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   Alejandro Escovedo
20 shows, Dec. 10, 2013 FLAC files mp3 files - 320 kbps
A music legend based in Austin, TX, Alejandro Escovedo has been hailed as a poet, a storyteller, and one of the most important musicians of the last quarter-century. He blends rock, folk, blues, and classically influenced music into a boundary-defying style that has won him a devoted following all over the world. Alejandro has released 14 albums since 1992.  ROIO mp3 samples: Five Hearts Breaking, Castanets, Rosalie.

Alejandro is from a family that includes several professional musicians, including brothers (and percussionists) Coke Escovedo and Pete Escovedo, and Sheila E (Pete's daughter and Alejandro's niece). Another brother, Mario, fronted the hard rock band The Dragons, and yet another brother, Javier, was in the punk rock band The Zeros.

   Arlo Guthrie 12 shows, Sept. 26, 2017 FLAC files mp3 files - 320 kbps
Like his father Woody, Arlo Guthrie is known for singing songs of protest against social injustice, but Arlo had a repertoire with many types of songs. His best-known work is his debut piece, Alice's Restaurant Massacree, a rambling 18 minutes long talking blues song. Improbably, playing Alice's Resautant  has since become a Thanksgiving tradition for many boomers. Arlo's only top-40 hit was a cover of Steve Goodman's City of New Orleans.

Sample ROIO tracks: City Of New Orleans.mp3, Alice's Restaurant Massacre.mp3.

Arlo says that one night about 1970 after he played at the Quiet Knight bar in Chicago, Steve Goodman approached and asked if he play a song for him. Guthrie was tired and it was late but he grudgingly agreed, telling Goodman to buy him a beer and he would listen to Goodman play for as long as it took to drink the beer. Goodman played City of New Orleans. Arlo now says "That was the best beer of my life."

Arlo often tells stories during his shows. Some of these ROIO shows, but not all, have the talk in separate tracks from the songs.

   The Band 20 shows, Mar. 21, 2013 FLAC files mp3 files - 320 kbps
The Band was a roots rock group the first came together as they joined rockabilly singer Ronnie Hawkins's backing group, "The Hawks", one by one between 1958 and 1963. In 1965 Bob Dylan hired them for his U.S. tour. Following the 1966 tour, the group moved with Dylan to Saugerties, New York, where they made the informal 1967 recordings that became The Basement Tapes, which forged the basis for their 1968 debut album Music from Big Pink. Dylan continued to collaborate with The Band over the course of their career, including a joint 1974 tour.  ROIO mp3 samples: The Weight, The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down.
The Band broke up in 1976, officially ending their touring career with an elaborate live ballroom performance featuring numerous musical celebrities (immortalized in Martin Scorsese's 1978 documentary 'The Last Waltz'). The Band reformed in 1983 without guitarist Robbie Robertson, and continued to tour and record albums until 1999.

   Bob Dylan 18 shows / Sept. 24, 2013 FLAC files mp3 files - 320 kbps
Bob Dylan has been a recording mainstay since 1962. These early Dylan shows are from 1962 through 1976.  ROIO mp3 samples:  Mr. Tambourine Man (acoustic) and Like a Rolling Stone (electric).

Among the early Dylan albums I'm especially fond of Blonde on Blonde (1966).  I must have listen to it a zillion times during my first few years in College.

Bonnie Raitt 34 shows / Sept. 26, 2017 FLAC files mp3 files - 320 kbps
There are a couple of great early recordings of Bonnie Raitt in the ROIOs:  The 1972 Philadelphia show is great.  ROIO mp3 sample: Stayed Too Long At The Fair.

The first Ronnie Raitt album that I bought was Streetlights (1974) and I was hooked immediately. Since then Bonnie has been on of my favorites; if Bonnie recorded a phone book I'd buy the CD. One of my favorites is Nick of Time (1989), a Grammy winner that rejuvinated Bonnie's career.

   The Bottle Rockets 10 shows / Mar. 31, 2013 FLAC files Mp3 files - 320 kbps
The Bottle Rockets are another of the great Alt-Country bands with more influence than commercial success. Although often called a great bar band, their lyrics are often wry, and sometimes bitter social commentary. As noted in the New York Times by William Hogeland, "the Bottle Rockets' songwriting has been likened to Woody Guthrie's folk style in spirit, smarts, and satire. The band's lyrics encapsulate the common experiences of the everyman, and are set to rousing and searing rock 'n' roll." ROIO samples: Kerosene, Radar Gun.

I liked them so much that I bought all 11 of their CDs. Their first two albums The Bottle Rockets (1994) and The Brooklyn Side (1995) are great and have reen reissued in a 'Twofer' with lots of bonus tracks.

Boz Scaggs 10 shows / Aug. 26, 2013 FLAC files mp3 files - 320 kbps
Boz Scaggs played with the Steve Miller band in the mid 60's before beginning his solo career. ROIO mp3 Sample: Lido Shuffle.
I recommend the ROIO 1976 Live Silk bootleg.

The first Boz album I bought was Silk Degrees (1976) and it's still one of my favorites.  Among his newer albums I really like Come on Home (1997).

Bruce Cockburn  27 shows / Mar. 31, 2013 FLAC files mp3 files - 320 kbps
Bruce Cockburn has been recording and releasing albums since 1970.

I first noticed Bruce in the 80's when Lovers in a Dangerous Time and Nicaragua from the album Stealing Fire (1984) received a lot of radio airplay.

Bruce Hornsby  21 shows / Apri1 1, 2013 FLAC files mp3 files - 320 kpbs
A former Part time member of the Grateful Dead, Bruce often plays some of the Grateful Dead tunes in his shows. ROIO mp3 Sample: Truckin'.

My favorite Bruce Hornsby albums are Scenes from the Southside (1988) and Spirit Trail (1998).

Bruce Springsteen  44 shows / April 1, 2013 FLAC files mp3 files - 320 kbps
A mark of Bruce Springsteen's success at the top for nearly 40 years is twenty Grammys. Springsteen's recordings have included both commercially accessible rock albums and more somber folk-oriented works. ROIO samples: Born to Run, The River, Devils & Dust.

I remember buying Born to Run in 1975 and really liking it.  I started listening to Bruce a lot more right after I bought my first CD player and received the Three CD set Live 1975-1985 (1986) as a gift. Since then I've purchased all of Bruce's studio albums and some of the live ones.  I especially like his folk/ballads.  A couple of my favorite Albums are Tunnel of Love (1987) and Devils & Dust (2005).

The Byrds 17 shows / April 3, 2013
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The Byrds were one of the earliest and most influential bands of the sixties, popularizing Folk-Rock. The band underwent multiple member changes, as Roger McGuinn remained the sole consistent member, until the original group disbanded in 1973. The Byrds attained the huge commercial success of contemporaries like The Beatles, The Beach Boys, and The Rolling Stones for a short period (1965–66).

Buddy Guy
15 shows / October 29, 2018
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George "Buddy" Guy is an American blues guitarist and singer, an exponent of Chicago Blues. As a young man he was influenced by Muddy Waters. As a blues muscian he has influenced eminent guitarists including Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page, Keith Richards, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jeff Beck and John Mayer.

In the 1960s, Guy played with Muddy Waters as a house guitarist at Chess Records and began a musical partnership with the harmonica player Junior Wells.

Guy’s early career was impeded by Chess Records, his label from 1959 to 1968, refusal to record him playing in the novel style of his live shows. Guy's career took off during the blues revival of the late 1980s and early 1990s.

"No matter how great the song, or performance, my ear would always find him out. Buddy Guy stood out in the mix, simply by virtue of the originality and vitality of his playing."
-- Eric Clapton

Buddy Miller 9 shows / April 09, 2013
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Great singer-songwriter, well known in Nashville. Buddy has played guitar and added voice to many other artists popular albums. ROIO mp3 Sample: A Showman's Life.

Midnight and Lonesome (2002) is a great album. I also recommend Buddy and Julie Miller (2001).

   Camel 17 shows / Mar. 18, 2013 FLAC files mp3 files - 320 kbps
Camel has had several lineups, with founder Andy Latimer being the one constant, as they released more than a dozen albums over the past 40 years. ROIO mp3 samples: The Snow GooseUnder The Moon.

I immediately liked the album The Snow Goose. when I first heard it in 1975. Moonmadness in 1976 was also a best seller for Camel.

   Chris Smither 10 shows / Feb. 13, 2014 FLAC files mp3 files - 320 kbps
William Christopher Smither is an American folk/blues singer, guitarist, and songwriter. His music draws deeply from the blues, American folk music, modern poets and philosophers. Smither grew up in New Orleans, and spent a year in Paris for his Junior Year Abroad program. In Paris, Smither says that he often spent time playing his guitar instead of attending classes. In 1970, he released his first of 15 albums albums. Although his recording career was slow to take off, Smither has been touring and performing for nearly 50 years. ROIO samples: Help Me Now, Hold On.

I had heard of Chris Smither but never really listened. One of my fellow music fans sent me a recording of a live show. I quite enjoyed Chris's finger picking guitar playing and since then I've acquired a few albums and live recordings. Six of these ten ROIO shows are from one tour in 1999 - so the set lists are very similar - but I'm looking for more shows.

Country Joe McDonald 13 shows / Dec. 22, 2017 FLAC files mp3 files - 320 kbps
Country Joe McDonald became well known in 1967 when Country Joe and the Fish released "I Feel Like I’m Fixin' To Die Rag", a Black Comedy anti-Vietnam war song. Fixin' to Die, usually preceded by "The F-I-S-H cheer (AKA The F-U-C-K cheer). Over Joe's 40 year career he's released 33 albums and written hundred of songs... and Fixin' to Die is always most requested.
ROIO samples: I Feel Like I’m Fixin' To Die Rag, Save the Whales.

In College in 1968 "I-Feel-Like-I'm-Fixin'-to-Die" by County Joe and the Fish was one of my dozen record albums and I wore out side one playing it for everyone.

Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young 21 shows / Oct. 1, 2012
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Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young are noted for their intricate vocal harmonies, often tumultuous interpersonal relationships, political activism, and lasting influence on American music and culture. David Crosby had performed rhythm guitar and vocals with folk-rock group The Byrds. Stephen Stills had been a guitarist, vocalist and songwriter in the band Buffalo Springfield. Graham Nash had been a guitarist, vocalist and songwriter with The Hollies. They formed CSN in 1968. Neil Young was soon added, although he continued to also pursue his individual career. CSN&Y's second live performance together was at Woodstock in 1969. ROIO mp3 Sample: Teach Your Children.

I like their albums, especially the early Crosby, Stills & Nash (1969) and DéJà Vu (1970) far more than their live music; IMO the live shows often failed to consistently have the great harmony of the studio albums.

Dan Hicks 12 shows / October 15, 2017 FLAC files mp3 files - 320 kbps
Dan Hicks was known for his unique style, which was dificult to catagorize. For nearly 50 years (although he took a hiatus from the late seventies until the early nineties) Dan Hicks and His Hot Licks combined elements of cowboy folk, jazz, country, swing, bluegrass, pop, and gypsy music. 

Dan's best known songs are I Scare Myself and How Can I Miss You When You Won't Go Away?
   Dave Matthews 7 shows / Aug. 29, 2013 FLAC files mp3 files - 320 kbps
ROIO mp3 sample: Crash Into Me.

I like the Dave Matthews album Crash (1996).

   Dave Van Ronk 6 shows / July 3, 2011 FLAC files mp3 files - 320 kbps
Dave Van Ronk was a mainstay of the sixties folk scene in New York.  ROIO mp3 sample: You Been A Good Old Wagon.

I recommend the book "The Mayor of MacDougal Street" - Van Ronk's fascinating account of the folk scene in the fifties and sixties. Sadly Dave died before finishing all his memoirs.  

   The Decemberists 13 shows / Aug. 29 2013 FLAC files mp3 files - 320 kbps
The Decemberists are an indie folk rock band from Portland, Oregon.  After ten years of more artistic recognition that commercial success, their CD "The King is Dead" reached No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart soon after it was released in February 5, 2011. ROIO mp3 sample: Down By The Water.

They received much critical acclaim for The Crane Wife (2006) and much commercial success from The King is Dead. (2011)

Delbert McClinton 5 shows / Sept. 27, 2009 FLAC files mp3 files - 320 kbps
The Delbert McClinton shows in 2005 and 2006 ROIO shows from Glenside PA are pretty good with a mix of his classic songs and new material. ROIO mp3 Sample: Old Weakness.

I like the album One of the Fortunate Few (1997).

Diana Krall 19 shows / Mar. 24, 2013 FLAC files mp3 files - 320 kbps
Diana Krall is a Canadian jazz pianist and singer, known for her contralto vocals. She has won two Grammy Awards and eight Juno Awards. She has also earned nine gold, three platinum, and seven multi-platinum albums.

Diana is married to Elvis Costello and they have twin sons.

Dire Straits 16 shows / Aug. 28, 2013 FLAC files mp3 files - 320 kbps
Dire Straits was Mark Knofler's group from 1977 through 1985.  ROIO mp3 Sample: Money for Nothing.

They sold a zillion albums. Brothers in Arms (1985) is the album that most people identify with Dire Straits.  Mark Knopfler's guitar playing was (and still is) fabulous.

Doug Sahm / Sir Douglas Quintet 16 shows / Ju,y 3, 2013 FLAC files mp3 files - 320 kbps
Doug Sahm was a pioneer musician incorporating Tex-Mex and Cajun styles into popular music. He was a huge influence to many other musicians during his career. He's best known for the Sir Douglas Quintet who produced a series of hits in the 60's and 70's. ROIO sample: Mendocino.

Live From Austin Texas is a pretty good CD (also available as a DVD) of a 1981 live performance of the Sir Douglas Quintet performing many of their hits for the Austin City Limits Televison show.

Edie Brickell
12 shows / Sept. 19, 2013 FLAC files mp3 files - 320 kbps
Edie Brickell is a singer-songwriter who's been active since the early 1980's. She had a breakout album in 1988 with Shooting Rubberbands at the Stars and the single What I Am. ROIO sample: What I Am.

Edie and Paul Simon met on the set of Saturday Night Live in 1988 and married in 1992.

In 1993 Edie and Steve Martin released the Bluegrass style album Love Has Come For You - a collaboration of original music by Martin and lyrics by Brickell. Martin plays banjo.

Eliza Gilkyson 12 shows / Mar. 06, 2013 FLAC files mp3 files - 320 kbps
Eliza Gilkyson has been around a while but I only began listening to her a few years ago.  I don't know how I overlooked her for so long. ROIO mp3 Sample: Tender Mercies.

Paradise Hotel (2005) was nominated for several awards. Your Town Tonight (2007) is a good recent live album. I got a kick out of the song  2153 (here on YouTube) from her newest album Roses at the End of Time (2011).

Elvis Costello 28 shows / Mar. 18, 2013 FLAC files mp3 files  - 320 kbps
Elvis Costello was a smash success in 1977, 78 and 79 with his first three albums and has become a long lasting and versatile star. ROIO mp3 Sample: Alison.

My Aim is True (1977) is the album that first exposed most American's to Elvis.  Almost Blue (1981) was Elvis's version of Country music.

Emmylou Harris 34 shows / Mar. 23, 2012 FLAC files mp3 files - 320 kbps
I've been in love with Emmylou Harris for nearly forty years.  There are a bunch of ROIO from as far back as 1975 here.  Emmylou sang harmony with Gram Parsons when he recorded G.P.and Grievous Angel. After Parsons death in 1973 she continued to sing some of his songs in shows.  ROIO mp3 Sample: Return Of The Grievous Angel.  It was a real treat when I heard her sing Grievous Angel in Portland OR in 2008 but as far as I know she's never recorded it on a studio album.  

I really like the classic Emmylou albums from the 70's, especially Pieces of the Sky (1975) and Elite Hotel (1976).  Mark Knopfler and Emmylou's collaboration All the Roadrunning (2006) is a wonderful album that's always in my playlist.

Eric Clapton 20 shows / Nov. 9, 2013 FLAC files mp3 files - 320 kbps
Eric Clapton is an guitarist, singer and songwriter. He's a three-time inductee to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (once as a solo artist, and once each as a member of the Yardbirds and Cream), and a recipient of 17 Grammy Awards, as well as receiving a CBE at Buckingham Palace for his services to music. Rolling Stone magazine's list of the "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time", ranked Clapton second, behind only Jimi Hendrix.

Clapton has been a huge inluence in popular music as a member of the Yardbirds (1963-65), John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers (1965-66), Cream (1966-68),  Blind Faith (1968-69),  Delaney and Bonnie and Friends (1969-70), and Derek and the Dominos (1970-71). Since the early seventies Clapton has performed as a solo artist (except for a brief Cream reunion in 2005).

I like most his early albums Slowhand and Backless.

George Thorogood 12 shows / Feb. 6, 2018 FLAC files mp3 files - 320 kbps
A veteran rocker from Wilmington, Delaware, George Thorogood's "high-energy boogie-blues" sound became a staple of 1980s rock radio, with hits like his original songs "Bad to the Bone" and "I Drink Alone".

With his band, the Delaware Destroyers, Thorogood has released over 20 albums, of which two have been certified Platinum and six have been certified Gold. Thorogood and band continue to tour extensively and in 2014, celebrated their 40th anniversary of performing.

Gillian Welch
16 shows / Mar. 24, 2013 FLAC files mp3 files - 320 kbps
Gillian Welch is another artist that I only started listening to a few years ago.  I'm getting more and more likely to keep her albums in my playlist. ROIO mp3 Sample: Orphan Girl.

Revival (1996) is her best known (and I think best) album, but like her newest album, The Harrow and the Harvest (2011) very much.

   Golden Smog 5 shows / Aug. 29, 2013 FLAC files mp3 files - 320 kbps
Golden Smog is comprised, at different times, of members of Soul Asylum, The Replacements, Wilco, The Jayhawks, Run Westy Run, The Honeydogs and Big Star.  The lineup often changes, but those who who appear on all the recordings are guitarists Kraig Johnson (Run Westy Run), Dan Murphy (Soul Asylum) and Gary Louris (The Jayhawks), along with bassist Marc Perlman (The Jayhawks).  ROIO mp3 sample: He's a Dick.

My favorite of their CD's is Another Fine Day (2006).

Grateful Dead
284 shows / Nov. 30, 2015 FLAC files mp3 files - 320 kbps
Grateful Dead were not just a Band, they were an experience. "The band was known for its unique and eclectic style, which fused elements of country, folk, bluegrass, blues, reggae, rock, improvisational jazz, psychedelia, space rock, for live performances of lengthy instrumental jams."[Wikipedia]   Many think of their outdoor events as a great party and often overlook the great musical ability of the members and how they worked so well together to make great music.  When I'm playing these shows many who are not familiar with the music of the Dead ask "who's that?" and when told "Grateful Dead" often reply "That's the Grateful Dead?" because many expected the Dead to be hard rock.

As you can see, I love the Grateful Dead and have a lot of live recordings. Because the Grateful Dead were always friendly to tapers, thousands of great recordings of their live shows exist and are widely shared. For many shows there are multiple recordings available. In some cases I've made Audience source, Soundboard source and Matrix recordings of the same show available. I've obtained several different "Best Grateful Dead Live shows" list and tried to share as many of these as possible. I've included the ShnID when available.

ROIO mp3 Samples: Truckin'Uncle John's BandEl PasoMama TriedI Know You RiderPlayin' in the Band.

Guy Clark
27 shows / Oct. 15, 2017 FLAC files mp3 files - 320 kbps
Guy Clark is of the best of the Texas singer-songwriters. Outtakes from Keepers is a good ROIO with Guy performing his best known songs. ROIO mp3 Sample: Texas 1947.  Clark was one of the most respected songwriters in Nashville and was a friend and mentor by many. Although Clark's own recordings were never hits, many other muscians had hits with songs written by Guy.

An authorized biography, Without Getting Killed or Caught: The Life and Music of Guy Clark was published a few months after Guy passed away in 2016. Author Tamara Saviano spend several years and did hundreds of interviews researching for the book. I found it very thorough and interesting. I recommend it to anyone interest in Clark.

Songs and Stories (2011) captures his best songs and the stories behind them including new versions of classics like The Cape, Randall Knife, LA Freeway,The Coat and Stuff That Works.  Guy's final album, My Favorite Picture of You, won a Grammy in 2014.

A Two CD set released for Guy's 70th birthday in 2011. This One's For Him: A Tribute to Guy Clark contains recordings by various artists (Lyle Lovett, Rodney Crowell, Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Rosanne Cash, Steve Earle, Emmylou Harris and John Prine and 22 more) performing 30 of Clarks songs.
The Handsome Family
9 shows / Sept. 3, 2014 FLAC files mp3 files - 320 kbps
The Handsome Family is the husband-and-wife duo Brett Sparks (vocals, guitar, keyboards) and Rennie Sparks (bass, banjo, vocals) and guest musicians for recordings and live performances. Rennie writes the lyrics and Brett writes the music. Their style blends alt-country, folk, bluegrass, and murder ballads. Rennie's lyrics have a strong storytelling component, drawing on themes from Gothic fiction, as well as American folk music, and often involving macabre subjects as murders, suicides and ghosts. Some songs are also based on actual historical figures or events.
ROIO samples: Weightless Again, Drunk by Noon.

After listening to a couple of their shows I bought Through the Trees and In the Air. In the next year I bought all of their CDs. They may not be everyone's cup of tea but I quite like their style and lyrics.

Hayes Carll
19 shows / June 12, 2013
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Hayes Carll is a Texas singer-songwriter with often wry lyrics. ROIO mp3 Sample: She Left Me for Jesus.

She Left Me for Jesus is a laugh-out-loud song and it's on the album Trouble in Mind (2008).  His newest album is KMAG YOYO (2011) and I like this Youtube video of Another Like You with Bonnie Whitmore.

Huey Lewis 9 shows / Feb. 6, 2018 FLAC files mp3 files - 320 kbps
Hugh Anthony Cregg III, known professionally as Huey Lewis, is an American singer, songwriter, and actor.

Lewis joined the Bay Area band Clover in 1971. When Clover disbanded 1979 Huey began playing with the band that become The News.

Lewis sings lead and plays harmonica for his band and writes or co-writes many of the band's songs. Huey Lewis and The News are best known for their third, and best-selling, album "Sports". They had a breakout with their, Sports, in 1983. It became a No. 1 hit in 1984 and multi-platinum success in 1985. Four singles from the album reached the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100: "Heart and Soul", "I Want a New Drug", "The Heart of Rock & Roll", and "If This Is It".

Their contribution "The Power of Love" to the soundtrack of the 1985 film 'Back to the Future' was a No. 1 hit and also was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song.

   Iris DeMent 6 shows / Dec. 21, 2009 FLAC files mp3 files - 320 kbps
Iris DeMent is a county-folk singer-songwriter with a unique voice.  Her songs cover a wide range of subjects from personal to social and politcal. ROIO sample: Sweet is the Memory.  Iris sang several duets with John Prine on Grammy nominated In Spite of Ourselves. ROIO mp3 sample: In Spite of Ourselves.

I think her best CD is My Life (1993).  The songs are deeply personal and often sad.

   J.J. Cale 13 shows / Aug. 24, 2013 FLAC files mp3 files - 320 kbps
J.J. Cale was an American singer-songwriter and musician who was one of the originators of the Tulsa Sound, a loose genre drawing on blues, rockabilly, country, and jazz influences. Cale's personal style has often been described as laid back. ROIO samples: After Midnight, Cocaine.

John Weldon Cale died in July 2013 at the age of 74. Well known J.J. Cale songs covered by other musicians include After Midnight by Eric Clapton and Cocaine by Eric Clapton.

Jackson Browne
26 shows / Sept. 25, 2013 FLAC files mp3 files - 320 kbps
Jackson Browne has been a great singer-songwriter for over 30 years. ROIO mp3 Sample: The Pretender.

I love the old JB albums, especially The Pretender (1976) and Running on Empty (1977). I like the recent Solo Acoustic vol I (2005) and Solo Acoustic vol II (2008) albums a lot too.

James Taylor
22 shows / April 09, 2013 FLAC files mp3 files - 320 kbps
James Taylor had a breakthrough in the early seventies with Fire and Rain and became a steady producer of albums. There are several good ROIOs from the 70s here. ROIO mp3 Sample: Sweet Baby James.

One of my all -time favorite lyrics is "Dreaming of Women and glasses of beer" in the classic album Sweet Baby James (1970).  Among newer albums I like October Road (2002).

The Jayhawks
25 shows / April 10, 2013 FLAC files mp3 files - 320 kbps
The Jayhawks are one of my favorite Alt Country bands.  They've spend most of the last five years on hiatus but recently they've resumed playing and recording.  ROIO mp3 Sample: Settled Down Like Rain.

One of my favorite Jayhawks albums is Rainy Day Music (2003). The new compilation Music from the North Country (2009) is pretty good if you don't already have any Jayhawks albums. The One CD version contains their best stuff, the Two CD version is for serious Jayhawks fans.

Jeff Tweedy
11 shows / April 28, 2013 FLAC files mp3 files - 320 kbps
Jeff Tweedy was co-founder of Uncle Tupelo and, when they broke up, founded Wilco. He sometimes performs solo. ROIO mp3 Sample: Summer Teeth.

Jeff performs solo acoustic versions of Uncle Tupelo and older Wilco songs on the DVD video Sunken Treasure (2006) recorded on a Pactific Northwest tour.  The DVD includes a link for downloading mp3 files of all the songs plus two bonus songs.

Jerry Garcia
23 shows / Feb.11, 2013 FLAC files mp3 files - 320 kbps
Jerry Garcia is known best for his long career as one of the founders and mainstays of the Grateful Dead, bu he also played many solo shows and a few as a member of groups other than the Grateful Dead. He's considered by many to be one of the best ever guitarists. ROIO samples: Ripple, Jack-A-Roe.

Jerry Jeff Walker
6 shows / Sept. 22, 2009 FLAC files mp3 files - 320 kbps
Jerry Jeff Walker is a well known Texas singer songwriter. His reputation as a "character" sometimes overshadows the fact that he's a great guitar player. ROIO mp3 Sample: Mr. Bojangles.  

Mr. Bojangles (1968) is his classic album.

Jethro Tull
16 shows / June 3, 2014 FLAC files mp3 files - 320 kbps
A British rock group founded in 1967, Jethro Tull's music is characterised by the vocals, acoustic guitar, and flute of Ian Anderson and the guitar of Martin Barre. They initially played experimental blues rock, but later incorporated elements of classical music, folk music, jazz, hard rock and art rock into their music.  ROIO mp3 Sample: Thick as a Brick.

In April 2014 Ian Anderson announced that from that point on, he would be releasing all his music under his own name. Anderson stated that Jethro Tull "kind of came more or less to an end during the last 10 years or so".

   Jimmy Buffett 7 shows / Jan. 10, 2010 FLAC files mp3 files - 320 kbps
We Parrotheads have loved Jimmy Buffett's act as much as the music for forty years. In the mid-seventies I wore my favorite garish Hawaiian shirt to a Jimmy Buffett show and those of us so attired were invited onto the stage to sing "Why don't we get drunk and screw" along with Jimmy.

Jimmy began collecting an almost clut-like group of fans beginning with A White Sport Coat and a Pink Crusteacean (1973), but his breakout Album and single Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes (1977) propelled him to mainstrean success.

Joan Baez 16 shows / June 5, 2018 FLAC files mp3 files - 320 kbps
Joan Baez is one of the best known folk singers in the World. (Joan is fluent in Spanish and English and recorded songs in at least six other languages.) Joan quickly became famous for her civil rights, human rights and anti-war activism. In the late sixties and early seventies She often performed with Bob Dylan during Vietnam war protests. Joan has also been active opposing the death penalty, for LGBT rights, and for environmental causes.

Joan's recording career began in the late 1950's and includes over 30 albums (not including "best of" and other compilations.) Recently Joan announced that 2018 will be her final year of formal tour performances.

I was generally familiar with her music when I bought Any Day Now in 1968. This two-record set of Joan singing Bob Dylan Songs quickly became one of my favorite albums.

   Joe Ely 10 shows / May 12, 2013 FLAC files mp3 files - 320 kbps
Joe Ely is another Texas singer songwriter who spans several genres.  ROIO mp3 sample:  Must Notta Gotta Lotta

I like the album Letter To Laredo (1995).
   Joe Pug 9 shows / May 12, 2013 FLAC files mp3 files - 320 kbps
Joe Pug (his real name is Joe Pugliese) is a young Chicago singer-songwriter.  I like what I've heard so far.  ROIO sample: Bury Me Far from my Uniform.

Joe has released two EP's - you can get one by mail free from - and two albums: The Great Despiser (2012) is the latest.

John Fogerty
10 shows / Sept. 25, 2009 FLAC files mp3 files - 320 kbps
John Fogerty was the heart and soul of Creedence Clearwater Revival and continues to write and perform new material. ROIO mp3 Sample: Deja Vu All Over Again.

Centerfield (1985) was John's big comeback album after about years of retirement following the breakup of CCR.  His newer Stuff includes some more political songs and I liked Deja Vu All Over Again (2004).

   John Hartford 17 shows / Jan. 21, 2013 FLAC Files mp3 files - 320 kbps
John Hartford was an American folk, country and bluegrass composer and musician known for his mastery of the fiddle and banjo, as well as for his witty lyrics, unique vocal style, and extensive knowledge of Mississippi River lore. ROIO sample: Gentle on My Mind.  

John won 1968 Grammys for both writing and performing Gentle on My Mind.

   John Hiatt 26 shows / May 1, 2013 FLAC Files mp3 files - 320 kbps
John Hiatt is a long time singer-songwriter with 11 Grammy nominations. I'm amazed that he hasn't had more commercial success. ROIO sample: Perfectly Good Guitar.  

His first real successful album was Bring the Family (1987). I also like Perfectly Good Guitar (1993), especailly the title song.

John Mellencamp
10 shows / April 3, 2013 FLAC files mp3 files - 320 kbps
John Mellencamp had a huge breakout in 1982 as 'John Cougar' with the Album American Fool.  A top single - Hurts So Good - from that album got John a lot of airplay. "To be real honest, there's three good songs on that record, and the rest is just sort of filler," Mellencamp told Creem Magazine in 1984.

Of the early albums I like The Lonesome Jubilee (1987).

John Prine
20 shows / Oct. 1, 2017 FLAC files mp3 files - 320 kbps
John Prine is a great singer-songwriter, one of a handful of my favorites. His songs are very well known and often played by others. ROIO mp3 Sample: Angel from Montgomery   A real treat for me was hearing John Prine and Bonnie Rait together sing Angel From Montgomery.

His first album John Prine had several songs of sensitivity. This was unusual for a young man, only 25 when the album was released in 1971, but he had already been singing them for several years at small clubs in Chicago. John also writes and sings unusual and funny songs, like The Bottomless Lake, a song that makes me laugh every time I hear it.

1971's John Prine is a classic. 2004's Fair and Square won a Grammy, John's second.

   Joni Mitchell 6 shows / Jan. 10, 2010 FLAC files mp3 files - 320 kbps
Joni Mitchell shot to fame in the sixties, first as a songwriter (Both Sides Now) then as a performer with about two dozen studio albums. Court and Spark  (1974) is still in my playlist after nearly forty years.

   Justin Townes Earle 28 shows / May. 12, 2013 FLAC files mp3 files - 320 kbps
Justin Townes Earle was named after Townes Van Zandt by his father Steve Earle. JTE has released four critically aclaimed albums. ROIO samples: Mama's Eyes; Harlem River Blues.

When I first listened to the lyrics in Mama's Eyes I knew that JTE was a good songwriter. All four of JTE's CD's are always in my playlist but I think that Midnight at the Movies (2009) and Harlem River Blues (2010) are great.

   kd lang 10 shows / Mar. 13, 2011 FLAC files mp3 files - 320 kbps

Kathryn Dawn Lang, known as kd lang (lower case without punctuation), is a Canadian pop and country singer-songwriter.  lang has won both Juno and Grammy Awards for her musical performances. ROIO mp3 Sample: Constant Craving.

I wish I had higher quality audio recordings of her live shows. I have most of her CDs and I like all of them.

Leo Kottke 16 shows / Dec. 20, 2017 FLAC files mp3 files - 320 kbps
Leo Kottke is an acoustic guitarist, known for his fingerpicking style that draws on blues, jazz, and folk music. In 1969 Kottle began releasing albums and toured extensively. In the early 1980s he developed tendinitis and related nerve damage caused by his vigorous and aggressive picking style. Kottke changed his playing style to a more classical guitar style, slowed down his recording and live appearance schedule, and continued his career. ROIO samples: Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring, Louise, Standing In My Shoes.

I was a fan almost immediately when I got his first two albums, 6- and 12-String Guitar and 12-String Blues [Live] many years ago.

An interesting fan site (that hasn't been updated in years) has lots of links to interviews, reviews and other information:
Leonard Cohen
9 shows / Sept. 28, 2009 FLAC files mp3 files - 320 kbps
A great songwriter with a unique voice, Leonard Cohen has a devoted following.  After a few years of retirement he discovered that his manager had embezzled all of his, leaving him broke. At 75 he returned to performing and is more popular than ever. ROIO mp3 Sample: Democracy.

Live in London (recorded in 2008) is wonderful.  I got a DVD of this show as a reward for contributing to Public Television.

Linda Ronstadt
 9 shows / Oct. 19, 2013 FLAC files mp3 files -320 kbps
Linda Ronstadt is a versatile vocalist with 11 Grammy Awards, 2 Academy of Country Music awards, an Emmy Award, an ALMA Award and numerous United States and internationally certified gold, platinum and multiplatinum albums. She was also nominated for a Tony Award and a Golden Globe award. Linda has performed with many other musicians on other albums as well.

I recall listening to Linda on the radio in the early 70's, but I was hooked when I received the Heart Like a Wheel album as a gift in 1974. It's still in my playlist, as is Adieu False Heart.

Linda's autobiography, Simple Dreams: A Musical Memoir, was recently published.

Little Feat
 22 shows / Oct. 6, 2013 FLAC files mp3 files - 320 kbps
Little Feat was formed by singer-songwriter, lead vocalist and guitarist Lowell George and keyboardist Bill Payne in 1969 in Los Angeles. Although the band has undergone several changes in its lineup, the music remains an eclectic blend of rock and roll, blues, R&B, boogie, country, folk, gospel, soul, funk and jazz fusion influences. George died of a heart attacks in 1979 at the age of 34. ROIO mp3 Sample: Willin'.

Dixie Chicken (1973) and Feats Don't Fail Me Now (1974) are classsic LF albums.  Among the albums after the death of Lowell George, I like Let it Roll (1988).

Loudon Wainwright III 14 shows / May 12, 2013
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Loudon Wainwright the Third is the father of musicians Rufus Wainwright, Martha Wainwright and Lucy Wainwright Roche, brother of Sloan Wainwright, and the former husband of the late folk singer Kate McGarrigle and former husband of folk singer.Suzzy Roche.  He's also a real character and an alternately introspective and funny songwriter. ROIO mp3 Sample: One Man Guy.

Last Man on Earth (2001) is my favorite LW3 album.  High Wide & Handsome: The Charlie Poole Project  (2009) won a Grammy. Some of those songs are in the 2009 WFUV broadcast ROIO.

Lucinda Williams
28 shows / Mar. 23, 2013 FLAC files mp3 files - 320 kbps
Lucinda Williams is fabulous singer-songwriter - one of my favorites. ROIO mp3 Sample: Metal Firecracker.

Car Wheels on a Gravel Road (1998) is a masterpiece that took her several years to produce and won a well deserved Grammy.  It's always in my playlist.

Lucy Kaplansky
13 shows / Apr. 17, 2013 FLAC files mp3 files - 320 kbps
I don't know why I'd never really listened to Lucy Kaplansky until a couple years ago, but now at least one of her albums is always in my play list. ROIO mp3 Sample: Ten Year Night.

Ten Year Night (1999) and Every Single Day (2001) are my favorite of Lucy's albums.

Lyle Lovett
32 shows / June 19, 2018 FLAC files mp3 files - 320 kbps
Lyle Lovett is another of those Texas singer songwriters. ROIO mp3 Sample: If I Had A Boat.

His first Album Lyle Lovett (1986) quickly established him.  I also like Step Inside This House (1998), an album of music by other Texas songwriters.

Mark Knopfler
 12 shows / May 1, 2013 FLAC files mp3 files - 320 kbps
Mark Knopfler was the founder of Dire Straits and embarked on a solo career when DS disbanded in 1995.  He's considered one of the best rock guitar players. ROIO mp3 Sample: Golden Heart.

I like Mark's solo albums, especially Golden Heart (1996).  Mark and Emmylou Harris's collaboration All the Roadrunning (2006) is a wonderful album that's always in my playlist.

Mary Gauthier
 6 shows / Mar. 06, 2013 FLAC files mp3 files - 320 kbps
Mary Gauthier ( GO-Shay) has had a life like a soap opera. Her songs are often personal and powerful. ROIO sample: Mercy Now.

I liked her so much that after hearing her, I bought all of the CDs. I love her album Mercy Now (2005).
Michael Hedges
21 shows / May 12, 2013 FLAC files mp3 files - 320 kbps
A composer, Acoustic guitarist and singer-songwriter, Michael Hedges applied his classically-trained musical background in combination with various unusual techniques to the steel-string acoustic guitar. He covered a wide range of musical styles and was considered an extremely dynamic performer in concert. Hedges died tragically in an auto accident in 1997 at the age of 43.  
ROIO mp3 Sample: Aerial Boundaries.

The album Aerial Boundaries (1984) is the first I heard Hedges, and is always in my playlist.

Michael Hurley
17 shows / April 2, 2018 FLAC files mp3 files - 320 kbps
Michael Hurley is an esoteric sixties folk singer throwback. He plays guitar, also the fiddle and piano. Hurley's debut album, First Songs, was recorded for Folkways Records in 1964 (on the same reel-to-reel machine that taped Lead Belly's Last Sessions). Since then more than twenty albums have been released. Hurley has done much of the artwork for his own albums. Two oft-featured cartoon werewolves, Jocko and Boone, have been something of a theme across Hurley's musical career, even appearing in their own comics. Both are based on dogs that Hurley owned.

Michael's web page is interesting:

In the past five years Michael has recorded a handful of albums for independent Missippi Records in Portland OR. Some or all of these appear to be available only on vinyl. It's time to get the turntable from storage.

Mike Doughty
8 shows / Mar. 18, 2013 FLAC files mp3 files - 320 kbps
Mike Doughty was lead of the band Soul Coughing in the 1990's, but quit the band (and his drug addictions) and became a solo artist in the 2000's. ROIO mp3 Sample: 27 Jennifers

I stumbled onto Mike's live album Smofe and Smang (2002) last year and that lead me to looking for more of his music.

Doughty's memoir The Book of Drugs - the story of his band’s rise and bitter collapse, the haunted and darkly comical life of addiction, and the perhaps even weirder world of recovery - was published in January 2012.  It was fascinating and I recommend it.

The Moody Blues
10 shows / Sept. 18, 2009 FLAC files mp3 files - 320 kbps
Approaching Fifty years, the Moody Blues just keep on keeping on. As of 2013 they have one member from the original band from 1964 and two more from the 1967 lineup. ROIO mp3 Sample: Nights In White Satin.

Days of Future Passed (1967) is their classic album and should be in everyone's collection.

Moonalice 15 shows / March 21, 2018 FLAC files mp3 files - 320 kbps
Moonalice is a psychedelic, roots-rock band of seasoned musicians mixing a variety of genres with extended musical improvisations. Moonalice plays mostly original material mixed with several covers, and during their extended freeform jams the band moves as one, drawing from many musical genres. Their eponymous debut album was recorded and released in 2009. They recently released the first of a series of E.P.s named "Daves Way," featuring mostly new material.

ROIO samples: It's 4;20 Somewhere, Blink Of An Eye, Mr Spaceman.

On August 28, 2012, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced that the digital logs for the Moonalice song "It’s 4:20 Somewhere", had been acquired for the Library and Archives. The Moonalice single "It's 4:20 Somewhere" has been downloaded over 6 million times.

   Nanci Griffith 10 shows / April 10, 2013 FLAC files mp3 files - 320 kbps
Nanci Griffith is a singer-songwriter who has called her style "folkabilly". She has been writing good songs and making albums for more than 35 years. She grew up in Austin TX and currently lives in Nashville TN. Nanci's album Other Voices, Other Rooms (her album of songs by writers who influenced her) won a Grammy in 1994. ROIO sample: There's a Light Beyond These Woods

I like Nanci's early album Lone Star State of Mind, (1987). Clock Without Hands (2001) and Hearts in Mind. (2004) each contain a pair of songs with a Viet Nam theme - meaningful to those of my generation.

   Neil Young 28 shows / May 13, 2013 FLAC files mp3 files - 320 kbps
Neil Young began as one of Buffalo Springfield ands has been a prolific solo singer-songwriter for over forty years. He also performs often with Crosby, Stills & Nash. ROIO samples: After The Gold RushThe Needle And The Damage DoneUnknown Legend.

There're almost always some of Neil's albums in my playlist.  Among my favorites: After the Gold Rush (1970), Silver and Gold (2000), and Harvest Moon (1992).

Norah Jones
19 shows / April 10, 2013 FLAC files mp3 files - 320 kbps
Norah Jones is a real newcomer compared to most of my favorites. ROIO mp3 Sample: Don't Know Why.

Come Away With Me was a fabulous debut album for her in 2002.

Pat Metheny
and Pat Methery Group

17 shows / August 16, 2018 FLAC files mp3 files - 320 kbps
Pat Metheny is an American jazz guitarist and composer. He is the leader of the Pat Metheny Group and is also involved in duets, solo works, and other side projects. His style incorporates elements of progressive and contemporary jazz, Latin jazz, and jazz fusion. Metheny has three gold albums and 20 Grammy Awards and is the only person to win Grammys in ten different categories.

ROIO sample: "American Garage"

Pat, and the Pat Metheny Group, have been recording since 1976. Between Pat Metheny, The Pat Methey Group and The Pat Metheny Trio, 21 Studio albums have been released. In various other collaborations Pat is a principal in at least 3 dozen more albums.

I "discovered" Pat Metheny when a friend gave me the American Garage album about 1980.

Patti Smith
23 shows / April 25, 2013 FLAC files mp3 files - 320 kbps
Patti Smith is a poet, singer-songwriter, author and artist.  The "Godmother of Punk" broke out in 1975 and has been an influential performer ever since. ROIO Sample: Because the Night.

I really enjoyed Patti's memoir Just Kids that described her life with Robert Maplethorp in New York in the 70's. It won a National Book Award for Nonfiction.

Paul Butterfield
6 shows / Sept. 4, 2012 FLAC files mp3 files - 320 kbps
A blues vocalist and harmonica player, Paul Butterfield was active from the early sixities until his death in 1987. He founded the Paul Butterfield Blues Band in the early 1960s and they performed at the original Woodstock Festival. Mp3 sample: Walkin' Blues.

One of my College roomates had The Paul Butterfield Blues Band (1965) and played it whenever I wasn't playing Blonde on Blonde or Surrealistic Pillow.

Paul Simon
9 shows / Mar. 5, 2013 FLAC files mp3 files - 320 kbps
Paul Simon is a great singer songwriter that I've been listening to since the sixties (Simon and Garfunkle).  ROIO mp3 Sample: Me and Julio Down By The Schoolyard.

Although Graceland (1986) was a megahit, my favorites are his 1970s albums Paul Simon, (1972) There Goes Rhymin' Simon (1973) and Still Crazy After All These Years (1975). I like his latest - So Beautiful or So What (2011) too.

Phil Ochs
8 shows / Sept. 4, 2012 FLAC files mp3 files - 320 kbps
A legendary folk singer, Phil Ochs was most famous for Outside of a Small Circle of Firends, but he was a mainstay of protest music in the sixties and seventies.

The audio quality of these recordings is not up to my usual standards, but the historic value is high.

   R.E.M. 16 shows / Jan. 17, 2011 FLAC files mp3 files - 320 kbps
R.E.M. is an Atlanta Georgia based group that has produced steadily for more than thirty years, then disbanded in 2011. ROIO Samples: Losing My Religion, Man on the Moon.

My favorite R.E.M. albums are Out of Time (1991) and Automatic for the People (1992).

   Radiohead 10 shows / Feb. 26, 2011 FLAC files mp3 files - 320 kbps
Radiohead is an English rock band formed in 1985. They have released eight albums. ROIO Samples: Creep, Lucky.

   Randy Newman 13 shows / Sept. 8, 2013 FLAC files mp3 files - 320 kbps
Randy Newman is an American singer-songwriter, arranger, composer, and pianist who originally became well known in the 1970's for his often satirical pop songs. ROIO samples: Birmingham, Rednecks and Short People.

Since the 1980's he has worked mostly as a film composer. His film scores include Ragtime, Awakenings, The Natural, Leatherheads, James and the Giant Peach, Meet the Parents, Cold Turkey, Seabiscuit and The Princess and the Frog. He has scored seven Disney-Pixar films: Toy Story, A Bug's Life, Toy Story 2, Monsters, Inc., Cars, Toy Story 3, and Monsters University. Newman has been nominated for 20 Academy Awards, winning twice. He has also won three Emmys, six Grammy Awards, and the Governor's Award from the Recording Academy.

   Ray Wylie Hubbard 13 shows / April 29, 2013 FLAC files mp3 files - 320 kbps
Ray Wylie Hubbard is another of those Texas singer-songwriters that I like so much. Ray wrote "Up Against the Wall, Redneck Mother" which was a big hit for Jerry Jeff Walker in 1973. ROIO Samples: Up Against the Wall, Redneck Mother.

Forty years later Redneck Mother is demanded at every show Ray plays. He says "They always yell for Redneck Mother so I play it and then I ask "OK, What do you want to hear now and they Yell 'Play Redneck Mother AGAIN!'. What are ya gonna do?"

Rhett Miller 8 shows / Jan. 20, 2013 FLAC files mp3 files - 320 kbps
Rhett Miller is a solo musician as well as the lead singer of the alternative country band Old 97's. His 2002 album The Instigator received critical acclaim and substantial airplay on alternative-oriented radio stations. ROIO Sample (of one of the songs from The Instigator): This is What I do.
Richard Thompson 15 shows / Sept. 23, 2009 FLAC files
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Richard Thompson perfored with his then wife Linda. Richard and Linda Thompson had a few hits in the 70's and 80's (Shoot Out the Lights) and after they broke up Richard began his solo career. ROIO mp3 Sample: 1952 Vincent Black Lightning.

My favorite album is Rumor & Sigh (1991).  I love 1952 Vincent Black Lightning. Here on YouTube you can watch Richard's great finger picking guitar work at the begining of the song.

Robert Earl Keen
32 shows / April 17, 2013
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REK is yet another damn good Texas singer-songwriter and a pretty good story teller. ROIO mp3 Sample: Corpus Christi Bay.

A Bigger Piece of the Sky (1993) and Gravitational Forces (2001) are good albums. His video of Merry Christmas from the Family on YouTube makes me laugh out loud.

   Rod Stewart 11 shows / Nov. 22, 2009 FLAC files mp3 files -  320 kbps
I prefer Rod Stewart's older songs. ROIO sample: Maggie May.

Rod's classic album is Every Picture Tells a Story (1971).

   Rodney Crowell 9 files / April 17, 2013
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Rodney Crowell is a prolific singer-songwriter, originally from Texas, but now one of the Nashville Mainstream. ROIO sample: 'Til I Gain Control Again

Early in his career Crowell played guitar and sang for three years in Emmylou Harris' "Hot Band". He had received recognition and positive reviews for his first four albums then his breakout success album Diamonds & Dirt produced five consecutive No. 1 country singles during a 17-month span in 1988 and 1989.

In 2013 Rodney and his longtime friend Emmylou Harris together recorded the album Old Yellow Moon.

   The Rolling Stones
32 files / October 7, 2014
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The Rolling Stones formed in Dartford, Kent in 1962. Along with The Beatles, The Dave Clark Five, The Who and The Kinks, The Stones were leaders of the British Invasion of bands that became popular in the US in 1964–65. They were instrumental in making blues a major part of rock and roll.  Audio quality varies in these shows. Some labeled SBD are not up to the high standard of others here. ROIO samples: Honky Tonk WomenSympathy For The Devil, and (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction

Called by many "The greatest Rock and Roll band in the history of the world, the Stone The Rolling Stones earned a place in music history for their sheer survival for 50 years as well as their energetic live shows, even after all the years. Every few years when it appeared that it's all over now [sic] the Stones regrouped, recorded another album and began another world tour and soldl a zillion tickets.

Like many others, my favorite albums are Beggars' Banquet and Exile on Main Street.

Rosanne Cash
11 shows / April 09, 2013 FLAC files mp3 files - 320 kbps
One or another of Rosanne Cash's albums have been in my Playlist for nearly thirty years. I only have a few ROIO, but I wish I had more. ROIO mp3 Samples: The Wheel, and Long Black Veil (from 2009 radio show promoting "The List")  

The albums that I listen to most often are Interiors (1990), The Wheel (1993), and 10 Song Demo (1996).
* I still think The List (2009) should have won a Grammy. *
Ryan Adams
34 shows / May 5, 2011 FLAC files mp3 files - 320 kbps
Ryan Adams is a prolific alt-country/rock singer-songwriter. He left Whiskeytown to pursue a solo career in 2000.  ROIO sample: New York, New York.
There are many Ryan Adams live shows and compilations available on the internet. I've tried to get a few from each year for this collection and I've listend to a lot of Ryan's showl lately. My favorite Ryan shows are the two from Germany in October 2006.

Ryan is another musician who's album sales have never been as successful as the reviews. I like Love is Hell (2004 ) and Gold (2001).

15 shows / June 1, 2013 FLAC files mp3 files - 320 kbps
Carlos Santana  became famous in the late 1960s and early 1970s pioneering a fusion of rock and Latin American music. His band - also called Santana - played at Woodstock and featured melodic, blues-based guitar lines set against Latin and African rhythms featuring percussion instruments such as timbales and congas not generally heard in rock music. The band has won 8 Grammy Awards and Carlos has won 2 Grammy's as a solo artist. ROIO mp3 sample: Evil Ways.

I liked the first album - Santana (1969) - when I first heard it, especially the track Evil Ways.

   Shawn Colvin 4 shows /  Nov. 20, 2009 FLAC files mp3 files - 320 kbps
   Shawn Colvin is a singer songwriter with pop success.  ROIO mp3 sample: Sunny Came Home.  (Winner of Grammy's for Record of the Year and Song of the Year in 1998)

I like Whole New You (2001) and These Four Walls (2006).

Sheryl Crow
12 shows / Dec 21, 2009 FLAC files mp3 files - 320 kbps
Sheryl Crow is the winner of an incredible nine Grammy awards. ROIO mp3 Sample: Every day Is A Winding Road.

I like the albums Sheryl Crow (1996) and Tuesday Night Music Club (1993).

Steely Dan
 5 shows / Sept. 26, 2013 FLAC files mp3 files -320 kbps
Steely Dan is an American jazz rock/rock band founded by core members Walter Becker and Donald Fagen. The band's music blends elements of jazz, rock, funk, R&B, and pop. SD released seven albums from 1972 through 1980 then disbanded in 1981. They reunited in 1993 to tour in support of the release of the box set Citizen Steely Dan. Two new albums were released in the early 2000s. ROIO samples: Rikki Don't Lose that Number, Deacon Blues.

Although I'd been hearing SD for a while on the radio, I became a fan after a friend gave me Aja in 1977. It's still my favorite.

Steve Earle
85 shows / April 10, 2013 FLAC files mp3 files - 320 kbps
I'm a big fan of (Texas, then Nashville, now New York City) singer songwriter Steve Earle. Steve says that his songwriting teachers were Townes Van Zandt (for soul) and Guy Clark (for mechanics).  Steve has explored many genre's and style over the years but at his core he's a folksinger. ROIO mp3 Samples: Steve's Last RambleJerusalem.

His breakout 1986 album Guitar Town (1986) hooked me immediately. Steve's albums have won the Best Contemporary Folk Album Grammy three times: The Revolution Starts... Now (2004), Washington Square Serenade (2008), and Townes - his versions of songs written by mentor and friend Townes Van Zandt - (2010).

I enjoyed reading about Steve's soap opera life in the book Hardcore Troubadour: The Life and Near Death of Steve Earle by Lauren St. John.

Steve Forbert
12 shows / April 17, 2013
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Steve Forbert has been performing  for more than thirty-five years and releasing another album every few years. ROIO sample: Romeo's Tune.

His second album, Jackrabbit Slim, produced a top ten hit with Romeo's Tune in 1980. Steve is yet another of those musicians with album sales that never matched the reviews.
Steve Goodman
19 shows / May 21, 2013 FLAC files mp3 files - 320 kbps
Steve Goodman's live performances were legendary and fortunately for us, many have been preserved. Steve died of Lukemia at the age of 36 in 1984 but his music lives on. ROIO mp3 Sample: City Of New Orleans.  One of my favorites is The Broken Guitar String song that he performed impromptu while waiting for a new string to be brought from backstage.

Steve released eight studio albums and two more were released poshumously. There have also been several compilations and live releases since his death. No Big Suprise is a nice anthology with one CD of studio tracks and one of live tracks.

Todd Snider 14 shows / Mar. 26, 2018 FLAC files mp3 Files - 320 kbps
Todd Snider is a singer-songwriter with a musical style that combines Americana, alt-country, and folk and is also well known for telling funny stories about his experiences and songs. After seeing Jerry Jeff Walker perform Snider decided that he didn't need a band to be a musician and began performing. Jimmy Buffett heard Snider's demo tapes, signed him to his own label and soon Snider was opening for Buffett and the Coral Reefers.

Snider's work has been praised by singers such as John Prine and Kris Kristofferson. Yet, he doesn't put much importance in such praise. "Sometimes when I'm sitting by myself I'm astonished that I know those guys," he says.

About his music, Snider has said "I was just trying to come up with the best ... most open hearted ... well-thought-out lyrics I could come up with. I wanted every song to be sad and funny at the same time, vulnerable and entertaining at the same time, personal and universal at the same time. I wanted every song to be as uniquely written as possible and then I wanted to perform them in a studio loose and rugged and hopefully as uniquely as I could. My hope is to be hard to describe and/or new ... I'm not saying I am. I'm just saying that's the hope." His work has been praised by singers such as John Prine and Kris Kristofferson. Yet, he doesn't put much importance in such praise. "Sometimes when I'm sitting by myself I'm astonished that I know those guys," he says.

ROIO samples: Alright Guy, D.B. Cooper, My Generation part 2, Vinyl Records.

I enjoyed Todd's book "I Never Met a Story I Didn't Like: Mostly True Tall Tales" very much and laughed out loud frequently.

   Tom Petty 31 shows / Oct. 22, 2017 FLAC files mp3 Files - 320 kbps
Tom Petty, (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers), was also a founding member of the late 1980s supergroup Traveling Wilburys. Petty has been producing hits for nearly forty years and many are played on classic and soft rock radio. ROIO sample: I Won't Back Down.

I particularly like the Tom Petty solo albums Full Moon Fever (1989) and Wildflowers (1994).

Tom died unexpectedly on Oct. 2, 2017. He leaves 16 studio albums, two Traveling Wilburys albums, and millions of fans.

   Tom Russell 11 shows / Oct. 9, 2011 FLAC files mp3 Files - 320 kbps
Tom Russell is yet another of those Texas singer-songwrters and a great story teller. ROIO samples: Angel Of Lyon,  Tonight We Ride

I recommend the albums The Man from Who Knows Where and Indians Cowboys Horses Dogs

   Tom Waits 9 shows / Nov. 25, 2009 FLAC files mp3 Files - 320 kbps
Tom Waits has a unique voice, described by critic Daniel Durchholz as sounding "like it was soaked in a vat of bourbon, left hanging in the smokehouse for a few months, and then taken outside and run over with a car."  In spite of that he's been successfully performing and recording for forty years.

Tom's newest albums are Glitter and Doom Live (2009) and Bad as Me (2011)

Townes Van Zandt
38 shows / May 23, 2013 FLAC files mp3 files - 320 kbps
Steve Earle said "Townes Van Zandt is the best songwriter in the whole world and I'll stand Bob Dylan's coffee table in my cowboy boots and say that." Townes died in 1997 but he left behind many songs and albums. His songwriting has received increasing acclaim since his death in 1997. Many consider TVZ a songwriting genius. ROIO mp3 Sample: Pancho and Lefty.

I recommend the albums For the Sake of the Song (1968) and Our Mother the Mountain (1969).  An excellent live recording of Townes is Live at the Old Quarter (1977). A new 2-CD set with some previously unreleased material is Sunshine Boy: The Unheard Studio Sessions & Demos (2013).

Uncle Tupelo
17 shows / Dec 20, 2009 FLAC files mp3 files - 320 kbps
One of the most influential Alt Country groups. Uncle Tupelo was active from 1987 through 1994.  When UT broke up Jay Farrar formed Son Volt and Jeff Tweedy took most of the band to form Wilco and moved away from the Country roots. ROIO mp3 Sample: No Depression.

I recommend the albums March 16-20, 1992 (1992) and Anodyne (1993).

Van Morrison
18 shows / June 26, 2013 FLAC files mp3 files - 320 kbps
Van Morrison is a Northern Irish singer-songwriter and musician. He broke out with the hit single Brown Eyed Girl in 1967 and has been performing almost continupously since. His live performances at their best are described as transcendental, while some of his recordings, such as the studio albums Astral Weeks (1968) and Moondance (1070) are critically acclaimed and appear at the top of many greatest album lists.

Whiskeytown (Ryan Adams)
8 shows / Dec 20, 2009 FLAC files mp3 files - 320 kbps
I liked the sound of Ryan's 1994-1999 band Whiskeytown.  This was another of the influential Alt Country bands. ROIO mp3 Sample: Excuse Me While I Break My Own Heart Tonight.

I recommend Faithless Street (1995) and Strangers Almanac (1997).

19 shows / Sept. 2, 2009 FLAC files mp3 files - 320 kbps
Wilco is a very successful group formed in 1994 by Jeff Tweedy after Uncle Tupeolo broke up. Lots of ROIOs of Wilco, especially from 1995 through 2005 are available. ROIO mp3 Sample: I Am Trying to Break Your Heart.

I like their early material. I recommend the albums A.M. (1995) and Yankee Hotel Foxtrot (2002).

Yonder Mountain String Band
10 shows / May 17, 2014 FLAC files mp3 files - 320 kbps
The Yonder Mountain String Band is an American progressive bluegrass group from Nederland, Colorado. The band has released several live albums with material from live performances, but fans are welcome to record the concert they attend for themselves. Becasue the band is taper-friendly many good live ROIO's are available. ROIO mp3 sample: Country Boy Rock & Roll