Sharing my ROIO music collection
96 artists, more than 1,500 shows.
More than a Terrabyte of music - all files in both flac and mp3.
last updated Feb. 13, 2014
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I spend a lot of time listening to music and I like to have have my music collection available anywhere and anytime. With the luxury of my current technology - Squeezebox system in four rooms, an Android phone (with a 64 GB microSD card full of music and high quality earbuds and a bluetooth speaker) and a car (Ford Sync audio) with a couple of 64 GB USB flash drives full of music - I can have all or most of my music anywhere and any time.
I recall the excitement when I got a CD player and I didn't have to get up every 15-20 minutes to change the LP record. After a few years I got a 5 CD changer and I didn't have to get up every 45-80 minutes to change the CD. I used it so much that it wore out in a few years. I got a 200 CD changer and that was great - I was in danger of becoming a real couch potato - but finding the right CD was sometimes difficult. It too wore out in a few years. My first iPod was a revelation and I used it for years, often connected to good speakers or a stereo system until it too wore out.
I tried a couple of inexpensive WiFi streaming systems and found that they didn't work too well, but I loved the idea of using a remote to access all of my music from the computer in the other room. Finally, after seeing how well a Squeezebox worked for my sister and her husband, I bit the bullet and bought a Squeezebox (duet). It was wonderful. Now I had all my music (as much as my hard discs could hold) available and I could easily scroll through the folder or playlists and select whatever I wanted. Logitech has discontinued the Squeezebox, but I have two of the Duets, a Boombox and a Squeeze Radio. By the way, the Squeezebox remote control software for Android is so good that I no longer use the Squeeze remotes.
Now the CDs and LPs are all stored in a back closet and everything is digitzed on hard drives. Last year I finally acknowledged that my hearing isn't perfect and begans to listen to MP3 files instead of insisting of FLAC.
I buy a lot of music. When I really like a musician I often buy all the recordings available. I like some musicians so much that about ten years ago I started collecting amateur recordings of live concerts to add to my CD collection. Many amateur recordings of live concerts are available on the Internet. 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. If you enjoy this music pass it on; you may give this music or URL to others but not sell it.
About 2006 I began to share some of the music from my collection with friends online. I got requests and referrals and one friend suggested "Why not make your web page of music public?" So I did. I had an unpleasent experience with a web hosting company (PowWeb) that advertised "unlimited disc space and unlimited bandwidth" but threatend to cut me off when my files on the host reached 50 GB. Since 2009 I have been hosted by Network Solutions with an "unlimited" account (for non-commercial) and there haven't been any problems hosting well over one TB of my files and 100 GB of daily bandwidth.
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.
. FLAC (Free Lossless Audio Compression) files are CD quality audio. I have filled in the tag information.
. If you want to play flac files without first converting them, try Songbird - an open source alternative to iTunes, or Foobar 2000.
. The mp3 files are 320 kbps. I fill in the mp3 tag information because I'm a bit OCD and so they are iPod (or any other mp3 player) ready.
. I use and recommend mp3tag (donationware). It works on flac files too.
. If you use Firefox the free Flashgot extension will let you mark a group of files and then download all with one click.
. To convert flac files to WAV or mp3, Trader's Little Helper is a good free program. Another is Switch. I purchased the Pro version of Switch because it transfers tag information when converting FLAC files to MP3.
I've been collecting these concerts for more than ten years and sharing them online for over five years.
. I find many of the lossless boots on the bittorrent tracker http://www.dimeadozen.org/ Another good tracker is etree.org.
. I recommend the free torrent client 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.
Please support the musicians by buying their CDs and DVDs.
Comments, suggestions, error reports, requests: email me I live in Salem, Oregon USA.
If the subject is anything like Hello or Hi my spam filter will make sure I don't see your message.
I'd like to know where you live and where you found the link to this web page.
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February 13: Chris Smither - 10 shows
December 10: Alejandro Escovedo - 20 shows
November 9: Eric Clapton - 20 shows
October 19: Linda Ronstadt - 9 shows
October 6: Little Feat - 9 new shows
September 26: Steely Dan - 5 shows
September 24: Jackson Browne - 16 new shows
September 24: Bob Dylan - 6 new shows
September 19: Edie Brickell - 13 shows
September 8: Randy Newman - 13 shows
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||20 shows, Dec. 10, 2013||FLAC files||mp3 files - 320 kbps|
|A music legend
based in Austin, TX, Alejandro
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
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.
|The Band||20 shows, Mar. 21, 2013||FLAC files||mp3 files - 320 kbps|
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,
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|
has been a recording mainstay since 1962. These
early Dylan shows are from 1962 through 1976. ROIO mp3
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||27 shows / Mar. 23, 2013||FLAC files||mp3 files - 320 kbps|
|There are a couple of great
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|
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,
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, but have been hard to find.
|Boz Scaggs||10 shows / Aug. 26, 2013||FLAC files||mp3 files - 320 kbps|
Scaggs played with the Steve Miller band in the mid 60's
before beginning his solo career. ROIO mp3 Sample: Lido
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|
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
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
to Run, The
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
||FLAC files||mp3 files - 320 kbps|
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 Miller||9 shows
/ April 09, 2013
||FLAC files||mp3 files - 320 kbps|
|Great singer-songwriter, well known
in Nashville. Buddy has played guitar and added voice to many other
artists popular albums. ROIO mp3 Sample:
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|
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
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.
|Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young||21 shows
/ Oct. 1, 2012
||FLAC files||mp3 files - 320 kbps|
Stills, Nash & Young are noted for their intricate
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
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.
|Dave Matthews||7 shows / Aug. 29, 2013||FLAC files||mp3 files - 320 kbps|
mp3 sample: Crash
I like the Dave Matthews album Crash (1996).
|Dave Van Ronk||6 shows / July 3, 2011||FLAC files||mp3 files - 320 kbps|
Ronk was a mainstay of the sixties folk scene in New
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|
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
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|
McClinton shows in 2005 and 2006 ROIO shows from
are pretty good with a mix of his classic songs and new material.
ROIO mp3 Sample: Old
I like the album One of the Fortunate Few (1997).
|Diana Krall||19 shows / Mar. 24, 2013||FLAC files||mp3 files - 320 kbps|
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|
was Mark Knofler's group from 1977 through 1985. ROIO mp3
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|
was a pioneer musician incorporating Tex-Mex and
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.
||13 shows / Sept. 19, 2013||FLAC files||mp3 files - 320 kbps|
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|
Gilkyson has been around a while but I
listening to her a few years ago. I don't know how I
long. ROIO mp3 Sample: Tender
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|
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
years. There are a bunch of ROIO from as far back as 1975
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
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|
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
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
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.
||16 shows / Mar. 24, 2013||FLAC files||mp3 files - 320 kbps|
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
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|
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
My favorite of their CD's is Another Fine Day (2006).
||90 shows / Aug. 1, 2013||FLAC files||mp3 files - 320 kbps|
Dead were America's party band for over thirty
years and they always made it easy for fans to record the shows.
ROIO mp3 Samples: Truckin', Uncle John's Band, El Paso, Mama Tried, I Know You Rider, Playin' in the Band.
NOTE Aug. 1, 2013: I've been listening to the Grateful Dead live shows a lot lately. I looked at some online lists that recommended the best of these shows and I enjoyed them so much that I've shared 60 more.
||20 shows / Aug. 29, 2013||FLAC files||mp3 files - 320 kbps|
is of the best of the Texas
Outtakes from Keepers is a good ROIO with Guy performing his
best known songs. ROIO mp3 Sample: Texas
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.
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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 he and Bonnie Whitmore's performance of Another Like You is on YouTube.
|Iris DeMent||6 shows / Dec. 21, 2009||FLAC files||mp3 files - 320 kbps|
is a county-folk singer-songwriter with a unique voice. Her
songs cover a wide range of subjects from personal to social
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
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|
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.
||26 shows / Sept. 25, 2013||FLAC files||mp3 files - 320 kbps|
Browne has been a great
singer-songwriter for over 30 years.
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.
||22 shows / April 09, 2013||FLAC files||mp3 files - 320 kbps|
had a breakthrough in the early seventies with Fire and Rain and
became a steady producer of albums. There are several good ROIOs from
70s here. ROIO mp3 Sample: Sweet
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).
||25 shows / April 10, 2013||FLAC files||mp3 files - 320 kbps|
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.
||11 shows / April 28, 2013||FLAC files||mp3 files - 320 kbps|
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.
||23 shows / Feb.11, 2013||FLAC files||mp3 files - 320 kbps|
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
groups other than the Grateful Dead. He's considered by many to be one
of the best ever guitarists. ROIO samples: Ripple,
||6 shows / Sept. 22, 2009||FLAC files||mp3 files - 320 kbps|
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 (1968) is his classic album.
|Jimmy Buffett||7 shows / Jan. 10, 2010||FLAC files||mp3 files - 320 kbps|
have loved Jimmy
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
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.
|Joe Ely||10 shows / May 12, 2013||FLAC files||mp3 files - 320 kbps|
is another Texas
singer songwriter who spans several genres. ROIO mp3
Notta Gotta Lotta
I like the album Letter To Laredo (1995).
|Joe Pug||9 shows / May 12, 2013||FLAC files||mp3 files - 320 kbps|
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 http://www.joepugmusic.com/ - and two albums: The Great Despiser (2012) is the latest.
||10 shows / Sept. 25, 2009||FLAC files||mp3 files - 320 kbps|
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|
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|
is a long
time singer-songwriter with 11
Grammy nominations. I'm amazed that he hasn't had more
commercial success. ROIO sample: Perfectly
His first real successful album was Bring the Family (1987). I also like Perfectly Good Guitar (1993), especailly the title song.
||10 shows / April 3, 2013||FLAC files||mp3 files - 320 kbps|
had a huge breakout in 1982 as 'John Cougar' with the Album American Fool. A
top single - Hurts So
- 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).
||12 shows / Sept. 2, 2009||FLAC files||mp3 files - 320 kbps|
is a great singer-songwriter. His songs are very well known
and often played by others. ROIO mp3 Sample: Angel from
treat for me was hearing John Prine and Bonnie Rait together sing Angel
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|
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|
Townes Earle was named after Townes Van Zandt by his
father Steve Earle. JTE has released four critically aclaimed
albums. ROIO samples: Mama's
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.
||9 shows / Sept. 28, 2009||FLAC files||mp3 files - 320 kbps|
songwriter with a unique voice, Leonard
has a devoted following.
After a few years of retirement he discovered
manager had embezzled all of his, leaving him broke.
75 he returned to performing and is more popular than ever. ROIO mp3
Live in London (recorded in 2008) is wonderful. I got a DVD of this show as a reward for contributing to Public Television.
||9 shows / Oct. 19, 2013||FLAC files||mp3 files -320 kbps|
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.
||22 shows / Oct. 6, 2013||FLAC files||mp3 files - 320 kbps|
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,
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
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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
and funny songwriter. ROIO mp3 Sample:
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.
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Williams is fabulous singer-songwriter - one of
my favorites. ROIO mp3 Sample: Metal
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.
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|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.
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is another of those Texas singer songwriters. ROIO mp3
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.
||12 shows / May 1, 2013||FLAC files||mp3 files - 320 kbps|
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
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.
||6 shows / Mar. 06, 2013||FLAC files||mp3 files - 320 kbps|
Gauthier ( GO-Shay) has had a life like a soap opera. Her
songs are often personal and powerful. ROIO sample: Mercy
I liked her so much that after hearing her, I bought all of the CDs. I love her album Mercy Now (2005).
||21 shows / May 12, 2013||FLAC files||mp3 files - 320 kbps|
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.
||8 shows / July 17, 2013||FLAC files||mp3 files - 320 kbps|
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
I think that Michael's web page is interesting: http://www.snockonews.net/
||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
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.
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|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
Days of Future Passed (1967) is their classic album and should be in everyone's collection.
|Nanci Griffith||10 shows / April 10, 2013||FLAC files||mp3 files - 320 kbps|
Griffith is a singer-songwriter who has called her style
"folkabilly". She has been writing good songs and making
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|
began as one of Buffalo Springfield ands has been a prolific
singer-songwriter for over forty years. He also performs often
with Crosby, Stills & Nash. ROIO samples: After
Gold Rush, The
Needle And The Damage Done, Unknown 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).
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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.
||23 shows / April 25, 2013||FLAC files||mp3 files - 320 kbps|
is a poet, singer-songwriter, author and artist. The
of Punk" broke out in 1975 and has been an influential
ever since. ROIO Sample: Because
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.
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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
Woodstock Festival. Mp3 sample: Walkin'
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.
||9 shows / Mar. 5, 2013||FLAC files||mp3 files - 320 kbps|
is a great singer songwriter that I've
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.
||8 shows / Sept. 4, 2012||FLAC files||mp3 files - 320 kbps|
|A legendary folk singer, Phil Ochs
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|
is an Atlanta
Georgia based group
that has produced steadily for more than thirty years, then disbanded
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|
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|
is an American singer-songwriter, arranger, composer, and pianist who
originally became well known in the 1970's for his often
pop songs. ROIO samples: Birmingham,
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|
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|
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
is What I do.
|Richard Thompson||15 shows / Sept. 23, 2009||FLAC
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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
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.
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is yet another damn good Texas
singer-songwriter and a pretty good story teller. ROIO mp3
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|
Stewart's older songs. ROIO
Rod's classic album is Every Picture Tells a Story (1971).
|Rodney Crowell||9 files / April 17, 2013
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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.
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|One or another
Cash's albums have been in my Playlist for nearly thirty
only have a few ROIO, but I wish I had more. ROIO
mp3 Samples: The
Wheel, and Long
(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. *
||10 shows / April 7, 2011||FLAC files||mp3 files - 320 kbps|
is a prolific alt-country/rock
singer-songwriter. He left Whiskeytown to pursue a solo career in
2000. ROIO sample: New
Ryan is another musician who's album sales have never been as successful as the reviews. I like Gold (2001).
||15 shows / June 1, 2013||FLAC files||mp3 files - 320 kbps|
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|
is a singer songwriter with pop success. ROIO mp3
Came Home. (Winner of Grammy's for Record of the
and Song of the Year in
I like Whole New You (2001) and These Four Walls (2006).
||12 shows / Dec 21, 2009||FLAC files||mp3 files - 320 kbps|
is the winner of an incredible
nine Grammy awards. ROIO mp3 Sample:
Is A Winding Road.
I like the albums Sheryl Crow (1996) and Tuesday Night Music Club (1993).
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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
then disbanded in 1981. They reunited in 1993 to tour in
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.
||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
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 Ramble, Jerusalem.
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.
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Forbert has been performing for more than
thirty-five years and releasing another album every few years. ROIO
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.
||19 shows / May 21, 2013||FLAC files||mp3 files - 320 kbps|
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:
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.
|Tom Petty||14 shows / April 06, 2013||FLAC files||mp3 Files - 320 kbps|
frontman of 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 Russell||11 shows / Oct. 9, 2011||FLAC files||mp3 Files - 320 kbps|
another of those Texas singer-songwrters and a great story teller. ROIO
Of Lyon, Tonight
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|
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)
||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
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).
||17 shows / Dec 20, 2009||FLAC files||mp3 files - 320 kbps|
|One of the
most influential Alt Country groups. Uncle Tupelo
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
I recommend the albums March 16-20, 1992 (1992) and Anodyne (1993).
||18 shows / June 26, 2013||FLAC files||mp3 files - 320 kbps|
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.
||8 shows / Dec 20, 2009||FLAC files||mp3 files - 320 kbps|
|I liked the sound of Ryan's 1994-1999
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|
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
Am Trying to Break Your Heart.
I like their early material. I recommend the albums A.M. (1995) and Yankee Hotel Foxtrot (2002).