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A Cozy Place Close To Home

Friday, August 9

We’ll hear selections from Kansas native Chuck Mead’s latest release, Close To Home as music from his former band, BR549’s 1996 self-titled debut.

Saturday, August 10

Released in 1972, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s Will The Circle Be Unbroken paired the California-founded band with country music veterans such as Doc Watson, Earl Scruggs and Mother Maybelle Carter. Listen for music from that release as well as from Split Lip Rayfield’s In The Mud.

Monday, August 12

Jackson Browne’s 1973 sophomore release, For Everyman, was notable for its inclusion of “Take It Easy,” a song that Browne started but was ultimately finished by his friend Glenn Frey of the Eagles, and “These Days,” a song Browne wrote as a teenager and which has been covered by a wide range of artists. We’ll hear selections from that album as well as from Paul Westerberg’s Come Feel Me Tremble.

Tuesday, August 13

Formed in Austin, Texas in 1990 the Bad Livers are often seen as one of the seminal acts in the so-called insurgent country movement. We’ll hear music from the outfit’s 1992 classic, Delusions of Banjer as well as songs from Carrie Nation and The Speakeasy’s 2013 effort, Hatchetations.

Wednesday, August 14

We’ll celebrate the birthday of musician Slim Dunlap. Although known for his work with The Replacements, Dunlap was a longtime fixture of the Minneapolis, Minnesota music scene before joining Tommy Stinson, Chris Mars and Paul Westerberg in their punk-influenced band. We’ll hear music from Dunlap as a solo artist as well as selections from his time with The Replacements and others.

Thursday, August 15 

Listen for music from the Squares, the San Francisco Bay Area band featuring guitarist Joe Satriani. Though he would later become known for his singular brand of guitar-intensive music, the Squares found the New York native playing with incredible restraint and sensitive. We’ll hear from a new collection featuring early recordings of his former band as well as music from his 1989 release, Flying In A Blue Dream.

Friday, August 16

We’ll remember late British musician Kevin Ayers, born on this day 1944. Ayers was a founding member of the British progressive rock band Soft Machine and went on to record a series of influential solo albums, including 1969’s Joy of a Toy.

Saturday, August 17

The album title was a nod to J.D. Salinger and the hope was that 1993’s 14 Songs would establish former Replacements vocalist/guitarist/songwriter Paul Westerberg as a major force in American rock music. Although a highly-memorable effort, the album failed to bring the Minnesota-native into stardom. That said, it’s remembered as one of his strongest solo releases and is produced by Matt Wallace (Faith No More, The Replacements). Listen for music from that disc as well as from the 2003 release by Westerberg’s alter-ego, Grandpaboy.