It started innocently enough with a smoking hot new tune from Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires which brought the first reference to Seattle in an episode full of them. Then followed the promise of stories about Colfax Avenue in Denver, and the next thing you know we find ourselves coming back to Denver again and again.
There’s a song by Slim Cessna’s Auto Club, a band which originally formed in Denver more than 20 years ago. There’s the song “Colfax Ave.” by The Delines, which allows co-host Mike Lee to tell us of his days prowling the City of Denver’s notorious strip. There’s even a song by Portland’s ramshackle alt-country powerhouse Denver. Hey, that’s just “The Way It Is.”
Soon enough, we take a turn toward Seattle to recount co-host Eric Kotila’s recent visit to the Northwest Folklife festival. Eric shares a handful of songs from some of the great bands and friends he saw over that long weekend, including The Ganges River Band, Copper & Coal, Jackrabbit and The Swearengens.
And for good measure, there’s a song called “St. Paul” by The Weight, a song called “Nashville” by Old 97s, and song called “New England” by Hearts Of Oak and a reference to “Indianapolis” by way of the Bottle Rockets. Alas, no tunes by the bands Boston or Chicago.
So without further adieu, let’s jump in with both feet. Here’s the playlist for Episode #27.
The Company Man, Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires
Turn For The Worse, The Bottle Rockets
St. Paul, The Weight
Old Number Seven, The Devil Makes Three
Port Authority Band, Slim Cessna’s Auto Club
You’re Still Standin’ There, Steve Earle (with Lucinda Williams)
Colfax Ave., The Delines
New England, Hearts Of Oak
The Rolling Stones Were Right, Alexander Hudjohn
Sleep With A Stranger, Nikki Lane
The Way It Is, Denver
Nashville, Old 97s
Through Eternity, The Ganges River Band
The Whole Damn Bottle, Copper & Coal
Oh Catherine, My Catherine, Widower
Fathers and Sons, Jackrabbit
Tonight, You’ll Be Breaking My Heart, The Swearengens