Alas we don’t have the ability to keep everything on the show streaming, but rest assured every show will remain available for download.
As a means to get this project rolling we took it upon ourselves to make a “digital mixtape” of sorts to acquaint curious browsers with what we’re really talking about here, which are our favorite recording country artists from the 1970’s. Simply put we would love to have the opportunity to make any of these records more available for those who still enjoying buying music at a record store. However, at the moment we are still in the process of learning what it takes to make such a release a reality. So, for the time being we’ve decided to try our hand at a pod-cast series of sorts. We hope to eventually develop themes for these broadcasts but decided that our first should be a “best-of”, or “current favorites”, from each of our collections. We hope to keep posting these “shows” as often as possible. Hopefully with practice we can hone our skills at producing these things so they don’t sound like garbage. That being said, forgive the amateur production values and enjoy the tunes. Here is the track list for episode one
1. Mr. Lonesome – Tompall Glaser (Off 1973’s “Charlie”)
2. Kiss Money – Bob Neuwirth (Off 1974’s “Bob Neuwirth”)
3. Willing – Johnny Darrell (Off 1970’s “California Stop-over”)
4. Silver Eagle Express – Kinky Friedman (Off 1973’s “Sold American”)
5. Bottles Of Booze – Lee Clayton (Off 1973’s “Lee Clayton”)
6. Baltimore – John Bryant (Off 1972’s “John Bryant”)
7. Many Rivers – Steve Young (Off 1972’s “Seven Bridges Road”)
8. London Homesick Blues – Jerry Jeff Walker (Off 1973’s “Via Terlingua”
After a slight lag we’re back with our second segment of programming. In keeping with the approach we chose to take on our first go around, the set here presented is a somewhat random assortment of our old and new favorites. Some of the artists featured here we could rattle on about for hours and others we know very little about, if only to say that we love their records. While not perfect the production value of the program seems to have come out a little smoother as well, and we only hope to improve. Below is the set list for episode two, if there is anything else you would like to know about any of the artists featured on this podcast just contact us at email@example.com.
1. To-Ma-Ray, Tom-O-Ray – Billy Charne (Off 1973’s “Billy Charne”)
2. Its Gonna Be Easy – Doug Sahm (Off 1973’s “Doug Sahm and Band”)
3. Snakey – Jeff Young (Off 1974’s “Snakey”)
4. Snowblind Friend – Hoyt Axton (Off 1969’s “My Griffin Is Gone”)
5. Serious Souls – Billy Joe Shaver (Off 1973’s “Old Five And Dimers Like Me”)
6. Tennessee Woman – Jody Reynolds (Off 1978’s “Endless Sleep”)
7. T Total Tommy – Mickey Newbury (Off 1969’s “If It Looks Like Rain”)
8. Just Like A Woman – Rick Nelson (Off 1971’s “Rudy The Fifth”)
Episode 3- Old Timers Getting Wierd
At long last we’re back with the third episode of the show and the first to feature themed programming. For Episode 3 we decided to feature artists, who for most country fans, would be widely recognized as old guard, first wavers, in both country and rock circles. Most of these singers have mammoth and often predictable catalogues, yet a closer inspection often yields that rare diamond in the rough, which are the records we’ve tried to assemble for this particular show. Whether it be former traditionalists such as Porter Wagoner or Buck Owens exploring the themes carved out by their rock contemporaries in the 1960′s, or old rockers like Link Wray and Gene Vincent settling into countrified folk territory, every track here presented shows the old guard aging with style. Listed below are both the track list and the appropriate links for the show. Enjoy, and be sure to check back soon for our next installment.
1. Mainstreet Missionary – Dorsey Burnette (Off 1975′s “Dorsey Burnette”)
2. Back In The Country – Roy Acuff (Off 1974′s “Back in the Country”)
3. Mr. Tambourine Man – Johnny Darrell (Off 1972′s “Mr. Tambourine Man” 45′)
4. The Rubber Room – Porter Wagoner (Off 1972′s “What Ain’t To Be, Just Might Happen”)
5. Catch The Wind – Buck Owens (Off 1971′s “Bridge Over Troubled Water”)
6. Geese – Gene Vincent (Off 1970′s “Gene Vincent”)
7. Gone Girl – Jack Clement (Off 1978′s “All I Want To Do In Life”)
8. Black River Swamp – Link Wray (Off 1971′s “Link Wray”)
Episode 4 – Hipsters Getting Square
On our last program we brought you a set of tunes by artist minted as country and rock vets who had created the blueprint and paved the way for generations of musicians to come. This time around we chose to bring you quite the opposite; a set of songs by the actual younger generation these artist had influenced, most of whom hailed from Los Angeles or New York rather than Nashville or Austin. Most all the artists featured this episode are household names, many of whom have reputations that precede them, but not necessarily for singing country songs. We hope you all enjoy listening to the show as much as we did recording it. As usual take a gander at the track list below if you’re so inclined and be sure to hit us up if you have questions about anything you heard on the show. Stay tuned for more shows coming down the line!
p.s.-In order to make room for the new show we had to take the first episode off of our soundcloud, but rest assured, you can still download it in the archives page.
1. “Old Kentucky Home” – Randy Newman (Off 1970’s “12 Songs”)
2. “I’ve Been The One” – Little Feat (Off 1971’s “Little Feat”)
3. “Long Walking Down To Misery” – Beau Brummels (Off 1968’s “Bradley’s Barn”)
4. “Drum” – John Philips (Off 1970’s “John, The Wolf King Of L.A.”)
5. “The True One” – Gene Clark (Off 1974’s “No Other”)
6. “Harmony Constant” – Michael Nesmith (Off 1972’s “…And The Hits Just Keep On Comin'”)
7. “Same Ol’ Story” – Chip Taylor (Off 1975’s “This Side Of The Big River”)
8. “I Dont Want To Talk About It” – Crazy Horse (Off 1971’s “Crazy Horse”)
EPISODE 5: COUNTRY BLOKES, aka THE BRITISH INVADE THE COUNTRY
For our fifth broadcast we decided to take a trip across the pond. Historically the British have often innovated American pop music with breathtaking results. The actual “British Invasion” of the 1960’s pushed many American Rock n’ Rollers into obscurity. However, both soul and country music have remained uniquely American, yet every rule has its exceptions. Which brings us to this program. Featured here are some of our favorite country songs performed and (mostly) penned by English songwriters and groups. We felt we had to dig a little deeper into our collections in order to pull this show off, we feel it all panned out okay. As usual, we hope you enjoy listening to this show as much as we enjoyed making it.
p.s.-As will now be the routine, when we post a brand new episode to stream the oldest episode up will then be bumped over to the archive page for download. The tunes will always be available, patience abiding.
1. When I Was A Cowboy – Ralph Mctell (Off 1972’s “Not Till Tomorrow”)
2. Cold Feet – Richard Thompson (Off 1972’s “Henry The Human Fly”)
3. Original Mixed Up Kid – Mott The Hoople (Off 1971’s “Wildlife”)
4. I Live For You – George Harrison (Out-take from 1970’s “All Things Must Pass”)
5. Roll On Babe – Ronnie Lane (Off 1974’s “Anymore For Anymore”)
6. Open Up The Watergate (Let The Sunshine In) – Bert Jansch (Off 1974’s “LA Turnaround”)
7. Only A Roach – Humble Pie (Off 1973’s S/T)
8. Keep On Sailing – Ian Matthews (Off 1973’s “Valley Hi”)
After the last installment we felt it necessary to take it back to the more traditional end of things, and as a result we’re back with our sixth and most hard-lined set of country programing. As with every show we hope to bring you some household favorites and some lesser known surprises. Regardless, while we only play one track from each artist everyone featured on this show has a rich career worth exploring. Enjoy, and keep your eyes and ears open for more to come.
1. Dont Hold Your Breath – Tommy Cash (Off 1970’s “Six White Horses”)
2. A Two Dollar Toy – Stoney Edwards (Off 1971’s “A Country Singer”)
3. Don’t Anyone Make Love at Home Anymore – Moe Bandy (Off 1974 “It Was Always So Easy To Find An Unhappy Woman”)
4. Turn It Around In Your Mind – Claude King (Off 1971’s “Chip N’ Dales Place”)
5. Roll Truck Roll – Red Simpson (Off 1966’s “Roll Truck Roll”)
6. Play Me a Song I Can Cry To – Jerry Lee Lewis (Off 1969’s “Another Place, Another Time”)
7. Wild One – Johnny Horton (Off 1962’s “Honky Tonk Man”)
8. On The Back Row – George Jones (Off 1972’s “A Picture of Me Without You”)
9. Lonely Street – Tammy Wynette (Off 1968’s “D.I.V.O.R.C.E.)
10. Between Love And Hate – Johnny Paycheck (Off 1966’s “The Lovin’ Machine”)
EPISODE 7 – Back To The Future: Country Music In The 1980’s
The 1980’s often get a hard shake from serious audiophiles and collectors as an era when many of the greats lost themselves entirely in the advent of digital recording, producing embarrassing and misguided work. Of course this stereotype holds little if any water as many of the previous decades artist’s continued to write great tunes and evolve with the times, and as with any new age a new group of songwriters and groups came new to carve their own impressive legacies. With the seventh episode of Astral Maps we aim to bring you a little of both. For this program we’re presenting songs both by 70’s stalwarts such as Townes Van Zandt, Butch Hancock, and Alex Chilton as well as the new class of songwriters such as Dwight Yoakam, Steve Earle, The Jayhawks and others.
1. It Won’t Hurt – Dwight Yoakam (Off 1986’s “Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc.”)
2. Let The Critics Wonder – The Jayhawks (Off 1986’s “The Jayhawks”, aka “The Bunkerhouse Album”)
3. Sad Lovers Waltz – Camper Van Beethoven (Off 1986’s “II & III”)
4. Sleep Enough To Dream – True Believers (Off 1986’s “True Believers”)
5. Guitar Town – Steve Earle (Off 1986’s “Guitar Town”)
6. At My Window – Townes Van Zandt (Off 1987’s “At My Window”)
7. Her Lover Of The Hour – Butch Hancock (Off 1980’s “Diamond Hill”)
8. Waltz Across Texas – Alex Chilton (Off 1979/80’s “Like Flies On Sherbet”)