Gary Eller from the Idaho Songs Project and Cheryl Oestreicher from the Boise State University's Special Collections and Archives came on my radio show, Ramblers' Retreat, to talk about the new collection of the music of Ione Love Thielke, "The Musical Poem Recorder of Cascade, Idaho." Listen to this interview about the music of Ione Love Thielke archived on Mixcloud.
Small Town Heroes by Hurray For The Riff Raff, an Americana band from New Orleans led by Alynda Lee Segarra, remains my record of the year, and Segarra's song "The Body Electric" is still my song of the year.
There were very few changes in my list over the past month. A few records moved up or down, but nothing new was added.
Here's a playlist with songs from these albums and a few more favorites of 2014.
They start with Danish folk music and in their words turn it into “new music across styles, cultures and frontiers.” Those words won't come as a surprise to anyone who has seen photos of the band, a quintet with member of different ages, genders, and races, which is refreshing in every way. Three members come from Denmark, one comes from Ghana, and another was born in Poland. They bring to Himmerland their various musical ideas and styles.
It has been a very long time since a single track hit me like this one has. The song: "The Body Electric." The songwriter: Alynda Lee Segarra, bandleader of +Hurray for the Riff Raff. The subject: a twist on murder ballads like "Banks of the Ohio" and "Tom Dooley." The album: Small Town Heroes.