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The TTBTGH Time Machine - aka Podcasts
For the uninformed or unaware (both of which I was until
recently), you do NOT need an ipod to enjoy these (that
only seems like a clever marketing ploy), and you do NOT
need any fancy hardware or software. All a podcast is is
an .mp3 version of the show, posted online. Now, if you
have to miss a show for whatever reason, it'll be right
here for you whenever you can tune in. Heck, even Art
Thomas can finally listen in! It's a good thing, and I
hope you enjoy it. I'll try to post each show, and as
time permits (which means it could be a while), I'll dig
through the archives and pull up some golden oldies to
put up here.
Tell the Band to Go Home is also available as an
official podcast that you can subscribe to through the
iTunes music store! For those who
aren't aware, iTunes is a music library software that
has been somewhat of a revolution, for me especially.
Now, I'm able to organize my music and sort and search
for things to use on the show. If you have an ipod, you
have iTunes, but it is good for anyone on any computer.
It's really great, so give it a try if you haven't
already. Just head to
http://www.apple.com/itunes/overview/ for your free
download. It's really easy and really useful. You can
organize your own music, or buy stuff through the
world's largest online music retailer, iTunes.
Best of all, you can subscribe to hundreds of great
radio podcasts like Tell the Band to Go Home for
absolutely free! If you subscribe to the podcast through
iTunes, every time you open the program it will
let you know if there is a new episode available to
download, and all you have to do is click one button and
the show is delivered to your itunes library for you to
listen to or transfer to your ipod or whatever! It's
really easy, and absolutely free! Now, of course, I'd
love for you to continue to check out the website and
the many older shows up there, but I think this new
vehicle is going to make it even easier for folks to
enjoy the great music we play on the show, so tell all
your friends! The direct link to the itunes podcast is:
have to have itunes installed to access that) or just go
into the itunes store and search for Tell the Band to
Go Home or Jeff Robson, and there you go.
A Note About Podcasts: I don't spend a
whole lot of time editing these shows for you. They're
here, warts and all, just as they were on air. You may
occasionally notice a bit of overlap between segments;
the way shows are recorded at UMFM is in one hour
blocks, with a bit of overlap at the top of the hour.
It's very time consuming to try and cut that out, so at
the beginning of the hour you may hear a bit of repeat,
but rest assured, those moments will surely be so good
that you'll want to hear them again anyway! The final
hour may cut off, because sometimes I go overtime
(oops!) and it's very time consuming to pull up that
extra hour just for a minute or two.
July 18, 2010
This year's Winnipeg Folk Festival was an exceptionally
good one. On today's program we talk with a couple of
the best "new" discoveries of the festival, Gregory
Alan Isakov and Hoots & Hellmouth. Plus, NQ
Arbuckle is coming, and that's always reason to
celebrate. Speakin' of celebrations, Lucy's getting
hitched on the weekend, and we've got some wedding/love
songs to send her on her way.
part 1 (Gregory Alan Isakov)
part 2 (Hoots & Hellmouth)
Steel Belted Radio - July 15, 2010
Another Winnipeg Folk Festival has come and gone, and
we've all got plenty of highlights to discuss and play.
Also, we chat with an old favourite of ours, Danny
Michel, who plays a big role in Folk Fest memories
for us, and he's also got a dandy new record to
July 11, 2010
We're pre-recorded this week, as all good-hearted local
music lovers are at the Winnipeg Folk Festival! As you
may know, going to the Winnipeg Folk Festival for the
first time in 1993 changed my life forever, and directly
led to me hosting this show today. Over the past 18
years, I have had so many amazing experiences at the
Winnipeg festival (and others across the country), and
this week I take a look back at some of the music and
moments that stand out most for me. I've seen and heard
some incredible things at those festivals, and I'm very
excited to share some of those with you on today's show!
Steel Belted Radio - July 8, 2010
We're pre-recorded this week, as all good-hearted local
music lovers are at the Winnipeg Folk Festival! KK,
Mudge, and T-Bar have had many great experiences at the
Winnipeg Festival (as well as festivals in Alberta,
Saskatchewan, and Ontario!), and this seemed like as
good a time as any to look back at some of those magical
moments that have inspired us over the years. Mudge
takes a musical walk through time, listening to some
Folk Fest faves and telling some stories that stand out.
This is a real fun show for me, and one that I hope
you'll enjoy listening to almost as much as I enjoyed
making it! (Part 2 airs on Tell the Band to Go Home!)
Steel Belted Radio - July 1, 2010
It's Canada Day, up Canada way, and even Steel Belted
Radio takes a day to celebrate that. We're pre-recorded
this week with a musical tour of our great country with
songs about our people & places, by some of Canada's
finest musicians (and one honourary Canadian.) Celebrate
June 27, 2010
A very fun show for me, as I was joined by my pal KK and
a radio star in the making, young Ryann. They helped me
play some great new music, preview some great upcoming
shows, and go through Part I of the Official Winnipeg
Folk Festival preview.
part 2 (Folk Fest preview)
June 20, 2010
I'm off on a little weekend getaway, so no live show
this week, but in my absence I present to you the
official Tell the Band to Go Home standby show, which
attempts to present some of the true great classics of
yesterday and today.
June 13, 2010
I love Winnipeg's music scene, but I've never been as
excited about a new Winnipeg artist as I am these days
about Del Barber. His new record is one of this
year's finest, his live shows are second to none, and
he's a heck of a swell guy, to boot. I'm super excited
to welcome him on to the show today.
After that, it almost doesn't matter, but there are some
great shows coming up in Winnipeg, including The Bottle
& The Truth, Joshua Cockerill, Tom Petty, and I'm headed
off to Minneapolis to check out The Jayhawks!
part 1 (Del Barber)
June 6, 2010
We've got a whole bunch of great new music, some that's
notable, and some that's just plain great. This is a
good one. Trust me.
May 30, 2010
Visiting us live, in-studio today is JP Hoe, with
a fresh batch of new songs and a live recording to talk
about. Also, a big ol' batch of new releases,
re-releases, and just plain good stuff.
part 2 (JP Hoe)
Steel Belted Radio - May 27, 2010
The three minds that make up the Steel Belted team don't
always agree (obviously), but if there's one thing we
agree on, it's that The Damnwells are one of the
greatest bands on Earth. Tonight, a very special treat,
as we chat live with Alex Dezen, the leader of
that amazing band.
part 2 (Damnwells)
May 23, 2010
We're joined by special co-host "Tony" today, which
always makes things a little more fun. We play a musical
game of connect-the-dots, hear some brilliant new music
from Del Barber, some summer songs, a whole bunch of NQ
Arbuckle (and related) music, and more!
May 16, 2010
Today, we've got some cool live music, an amazing new
artist, a bunch of nifty new releases, and previews of
upcoming concerts featuring T. Nile, Royal Wood, David
Gray, Luther Wright, and much more!
May 9, 2010
It's Mother's Day, and there's nobody more worthy of a
tribute, and so be it. We also send some musical love
down to flooded Music City. We also had the usual mix of
great new releases, upcoming shows you should care
about, and some classics.
Steel Belted Radio - May 6, 2010
Mudge and T-Bar hold down the fort this week, and we've
got a whole bunch of great new music. Heck, even T-Bar's
set didn't suck this week! Unfortunately, a technical
malfunction leaves this podcast a little short, as the
half hour was a live-only sensation.
May 2, 2010
Simon & Garfunkle may not be coming to town this week,
but that doesn’t mean we can’t hear some of their songs
done by themselves and others. You know who is
co12qaming to town? Brock Zeman, Peter Katz, Romi Mayes,
and more! We’ve also got some new, some notable, and
some just plain great music.
Steel Belted Radio - April 29, 2010
This is a show we've been looking forward to for a long
time, as we're joined LIVE, in-studio by two great
bands, Madison Violet and The John Henrys.
We've been eager to see both live for some time now, and
to have them performing in the studio was amazing.
part 1 - Madison Violet
part 2 - The John Henrys
April 25, 2010
Another busy week of shows, past and future. Thursday on
Steel Belted Radio we heard some live music from Wyckham
Porteous, who was in town with BOP Ensemble, and we
revisited that. Coming up are great shows featuring Rose
Cousins, Amelia Curran, Madison Violet, The John Henrys,
and The Other Brothers. Plus, new music aplenty from
Record Store Day and some great new and upcoming
releases. And, in honour of the new vinyl picked up on
Record Store Day, a big ol’ stack of classic vinyl!
Steel Belted Radio - April 22, 2010
Tonight, KK and Mudge are in the house, but leaving
early to see the mighty BOP Ensemble at WECC. Luckily,
we had a special visitor to the studio this week, as the
legendary Wyckham Porteous came down to chat
about BOP, his fine solo work, and play us some
selections from both. As if that weren't enough, we have
some selections for Mother Earth and a few Record Store
April 18, 2010
Pre-recorded this week as I'm off on Minneapolis to see
Matthew Ryan and take in the Record Store Day
This week, previews of BOP Ensemble, Madison Violet &
The John Henrys, those silly Junos, and more!
PLUS: BRAND NEW JIM BRYSON!
April 11, 2010
Today we chat with the amazing Matthew Ryan and
spin a whole bunch of his great songs. We glimpse
backward at the great shows from the past week (or so)
and look ahead at a few great ones to come. All that and
a couple of requests.
part 2 - Matthew Ryan
Steel Belted Radio - April 8, 2010
One more week without KK to keep it all in line, so
T-Bar & Mudge have the run of the place. KK does call in
to update us on her exciting travels. Musically, we
revisited an amazing show full of live guests one year
ago, and made an exclusive concert announcement. We
preview some Folk Fest artists, play some great new
music, and, yeah, we let T-Bar slip in a few as well.
Not bad ones, actually!
April 4, 2010
Featuring a conversation with Old Man Luedecke,
and an in-studio visit and live performances from the
wonderful Greg Macpherson. We also previewed the
upcoming Matthew Barber show and slipped in some great
new music from the likes of Patty Griffin, Allison
Moorer, and more!
Steel Belted Radio - April 1, 2010
Mudge is the lone Roots Rock Weirdo on this April Fool's
Day edition of Steel Belted Radio. KK does call in from
the beach, but for the most part, Mudge is in charge
with some April Fool's Day tunes, a look ahead at Jason
Collett's Bonfire Ball, a musical trip to California,
and some great new music recently acquired. We end off
with the announcement of this year's Trout Forest Music
Festival lineup, and it's a good one!
March 28, 2010
That wacky Robbie Fulks starts us off on a set of rootsy
covers of 80s & 90s hits, but we dug ourselves out of
that hole with some great new music. We chatted about
the next great show at Sunset Saloon, the upcoming
Bonfire Ball, and we paid tribute to the greatest rock
band in history, 3 years after their last full concert.
Steel Belted Radio - March 25, 2010
This time it's KK and the Mudge running the show as
T-Bar is off visiting his probation officer or
something. We had a special guest on air as KK's niece
Ryann is celebrating a birthday.
March 21, 2010
Halifax singer/songwriter Kev Corbett drops by to
sing us some of his quirky songs and chat. We preview
upcoming shows by the likes of Cameron Latimer, Kate
Maki, and Brent Randall, and we play a special set for
Lucy in honour of her upcoming unbirthday.
Steel Belted Radio - March 18, 2010
KK and the T-Bar take the reins this week as the Mudge
gets stuck at work. Don't worry, Mudge calls in near the
end to straighten those kids out, but for the most part,
they do a decent job of playing good tunes.
March 14, 2010
You know by now how excited I get when the Winnipeg Folk
Festival lineup is announced, and this year, there is
plenty to be excited about, with a ton of cool,
interesting, unknown acts to look forward to. We spent
plenty of time looking down the list and listening to
some acts to catch this year. That only left a little
time for upcoming shows and new music, but we got it in
March 7, 2010
A tribute to my recently departed nemesis, Bobb the cat,
kicked us off with some kid-friendly cat songs and some
more "music for the entire household." Not being ones to
kid around forever, we veered off into some more serious
territory with some songs about violence, robbery, and
going to hell (courtesy of a Clash tribute set). We also
previewed upcoming shows by Ian Kelly and Ridley Bent.
And, it's Oscar time again, and although we don't really
give a hoot about movies, that Crazy Heart song and
soundtrack are awesome, so we heard some of that and and
a couple of other cinematic classics.
February 28, 2010
We've got plenty of music that's new and notable this
week. We also are treated to some brand new music from
one of our favourites, Keri Latimer from
Nathan, who stopped by after a long, long absence to
play some of her new solo songs. And speaking of special
guests, we were joined by a new co-host "Tony" who
sounded a whole lot like our old pal Carter.
February 21, 2010
Not much notable this week other than the long-awaited
return of the great David Francey. That's always worth
celebrating in song, so we sprinkled him throughout the
show. The rest of the show was made up of new,
interesting, and just plain wonderful music.
February 14, 2010
It’s Valentine’s Day, and we here don’t take this goofy,
made up, greeting card “holiday” too seriously, so we’re
glad to play some of the dark & twisted love songs that
we most enjoy. On a more serious note, tomorrow is the
second anniversary of the death of the great Willie P.
Bennett, and since you can’t buy his music anywhere (a
crying shame!), we’ve got to do our best to get it out
there and keep it heard. We’re glad to do so and we
promise to never stop
Steel Belted Radio - February 11, 2010
Hey, hey, the gang's all here... well, for 2/3 of the
show anyway. For the last half hour we ducked out to go
to the Haiti relief fundraiser at WECC, but we left a
present behind. Jeff came in on Monday to record an
AMAZING live set with The Wooden Sky featuring
conversation and the entire band playing live,
part 2 (The Wooden Sky)
February 7, 2010
Another busy week of upcoming shows in Winnipeg,
featuring The Wooden Sky, Jason Plumb, John Wort Hannam,
and Spring Breakup, among others. We previewed those,
had a listen to some Winnipeg classics, paid a birthday
tribute to one of our most devoted listeners, and we
still had plenty of time for new music from the mailbag
Steel Belted Radio - February 4, 2010
It's KK & The Mudge in-studio this week as we play a
wide variety of music, just the way we like it: some
pop, some roots, some rock, all good.
January 31, 2010
We're extremely lucky in Manitoba
to have an incredible music industry featuring some
of the best artists in the world. That's in no small
part thanks to the behind the scenes industry folk
(and the horrendous weather!) at organizations like
Manitoba Film & Sound. As great as that organization
is, sometimes, they screw up. Big time. This Sunday
is one example of that. The folks at Film & Sound
put together an amazing showcase of Manitoba music,
featuring steallar stars like The Weakerthans, Romi
Mayes, JP Hoe, Paper Moon, and many, many more.
What's more, they're putting it on for FREE this
weekend at our wonderful concert hall. Sounds great,
right? Well, they made one tragic mistake. They
booked it on Sunday at 2 pm. I know, what were they
thinking? No respect, I tell ya.
Well, I'm not one to sit and
gripe about the foolishness of others. Instead, I'll
be the bigger man and give you the weekend off to go
support our wonderful artists. This week we're
pre-taped so that I can go down to the concert hall
with my picket sign bearing the TTBTGH logo. Maybe
we'll get Stu Reid to pick up a dozen eggs and join
But, I'm not one to leave you in
silence or slack off and run some old show you've
heard already. No sir. This week, I put together
another one of those timeless classics (and by that,
I mean that you might hear it again some Sunday when
I do slack off and run some old show...). This one
is a good one. As I said on Thursday, I might
actually be jealous of folks who stay home and
listen. I pulled out some old classics that we
haven't heard in a while. I even cobbled together a
weak theme for the show. I won't tell you what it
is, but I will tell you that the music this week is
AMAZING, and this is one show you won't mind hearing
again some time down the road.
January 24, 2010
This week Steve Earle brings his Townesaoke tour to
Winnipeg. I've long said that I'd rather hear Steve
Earle do his own songs and hear Townes do his own songs,
so this week that's exactly what we did. We also heard
from Hayes Carll, James Keelaghan, Geoff Berner, and Rae
Spoon who are all appearing in town soon. And, some new
music that I've been dying to play (and a Fred
Eaglesmith tangent it set me off on.)
Steel Belted Radio - January 21, 2010
The Mudge goes it alone this week with some previews of
some great upcoming shows, and a sad, posthumous tribute
to the late, great Paul Quarrington.
January 17, 2010
I've learned the hard way that sometimes, it is indeed
best not to meet your heroes. With this in mind, for
some reason, I've purposely avoided talking to one of
the greatest songwriters in the world, even though I see
him all over the place and have heard that he's a
humble, decent dude. This week, I took my chances and
chatted with John K Samson of The Weakerthans, and found
that he is every bit as decent as I've heard. Phew. He
kicks off a preview of an incredibly busy week in local
shows, featuring John & Christine & friends, Dala, Joe
Pug, Cuff the Duke, Blue Rodeo, and more!
Steel Belted Radio, January 14, 2010
It's been far too many years and one failed attempt, but
finally, at long last, James Keelaghan drops by the
studio to chat and sing us some of his amazing songs. He
even asked me for a request (and wasn't bothered in the
least by it) AND promised to come back! Now that's a
show worth listening to again or catching up on if you
missed it the first time.
January 10, 2010
This week we hear from a bunch of artists who made (and
inspired) great music in 2009. We talked about what
they're up to, but more importantly, we dedicated the
show to our good friend Dietmar in Germany who is a
tireless champion of the music that we love. He is an
inspiration and a great help the the artists we talked
to, including Leeroy Stagger, Evan Phillips, Romi Mayes,
Dustin Bentall, Matt Epp, T. Nile, and more! Here's to
you, Big D. Keep up the great work.
Steel Belted Radio, January 7, 2010
T-Bar and Mudge try to get along without KK by playing
some great music from 2009 (and some of T-Bar's
January 3, 2010
We close the book on 2009 as KK joins me to cohost
another 5 hour holiday marathon chock full of memories
of music and events gone by.
December 27, 2009
Most folks take it easy over the holidays and stay home
instead of coming in to do a radio show they don't get
paid for. Bah! I'll pick up the slack for those lazy
jokers, as usual. 5 hours of great music to keep your
holidays enjoyable. And to keep me company, my good pal
KK dropped by to cohost. Some bluesy stuff, some old
classics we haven't heard in a while, a tribute to
Townes, a little bit o' rock, tribute to Vic Chesnutt,
and much more.
December 20, 2009
Carter drops by to co-host our last show before
Christmas, and as usual he's got some jokes & questions
to keep us entertained. And of course, we've got some
Christmas songs that don't suck to sing our way into the
Steel Belted Free Range Radio - December 17, 2009
The Roots Rock Weirdoes get together for the last time
in 2009 to play some old favourites, some best of 2009,
and the two best Christmas songs of all.
December 13, 2009
Christmas time's a comin', and that means that we have
to do our best to prove that not all holiday music
stinks. It also means that we have to work on our "best
of" lists for the year, so we ran down some contenders.
And, just before the year ends, we had to squeeze in our
(almost) annual visit from local singer/songwriter/super
guy, JP Hoe to chat about his upcoming Hoe Hoe
Hoe Holiday show. He also, yet again, has some dazzling
new songs to play.
Steel Belted Radio, December 10, 2009
In between the usual hi jinx, we play some classics,
look at some upcoming shows, and begin to discuss (or
argue about, in our case) some of the best of 2009
December 6, 2009
Special guest co-host Elysha joins us today for some
extra fun & festivities. We played some fetive songs,
some requests, some of our favourites, and whatever else
came to mind. We also had the official phone-in poll to
settle the debate about "Canada Day/Toronto," no matter
what that other guy says.
November 29, 2009
Things are finally slowing down on the concert calendar,
so not a lot to look forward to, but we did have a few
fine shows to relive. That left us with some time for
some classics, some new stuff, and a few we just plain
felt like playing.
Steel Belted Radio, November 26, 2009
A busy night with some very special, very exciting
guests, live in-studio. First up is the wonderful artist
behind one of this year's most beautiful albums, Rose
Cousins. Her voice and reputation have been well known
to us, since she's appeared on dozens of great albums
that we love, but we're finally getting to know how
great she is on her own. She dropped by to chat and play
us some of her gorgeous songs.
Next in was a hot, up-and-coming roots-rock combo from
Ottawa called Silver Creek. They're young boys with a
heap of talent and they showed off some of their great
November 22, 2009
We're on a roll with great guests as of late, and this
week is certainly no exception. First up, a chat with
probably the most important songwriter in my life, Ron
Hawkins of The Lowest of the Low. He's coming to town
opening up for Billy Bragg, and he's got a heck of a
great new album to play for us, so we'll chat about the
past, present, and future. As if that weren't enough,
joining us live in studio is a band we'd never tell to
go home, Sunparlour Players. They are without a doubt
one of this country's best live acts, and it won't be
long before they get the huge following they so rightly
deserve. This week we'll prove that we knew them "back
Steel Belted Radio, November 19, 2009
Tonight, KK & the Mudge chat with blues legends Doc
Maclean & Big Dave McLean about their hectic tour, and
play some good music.
November 15, 2009
You know, as much as we like to complain about Winnipeg
sometimes, it seems that the good shows just keep on
coming. This week we feature the Michael Johnston
concert at my house, Matthew de Zoete, Joshua Cockerill,
Vic Chesnutt & Nathan, Sunparlour Players, and more! We
previewed them all, and still had time for some classics
and a little bit of the pop music.
November 8, 2009
It may be cooler outside, but the music scene in town is
still hot, hot, hot, and this week proves it as we have
upcoming shows to preview by the likes of Justin
Rutledge, Melissa McClelland, David Wilcox, Matthew de
Zoete, Amelia Curran, and one of our all-time faves,
Skydiggers! To think, even on a week like that, we fit
in some new & notable stuff.
Steel Belted Radio, November 5, 2009
Steel Belted Radio has been blessed with a LOT of very
special guests in-studio over the course of our 6 years
on the air (Sexsmith, Collett, Plumb, Brock Zeman, Deep
Dark Woods, Paul Kelly, etc.), but there's one guy we've
been chasing all along, Mike Plume. He blessed us with
an ideal name for our show, and we've always wanted him
to come into the studio and sing our theme song for us.
Tonight's the night. Now, what do we hope for in the
years to come?
November 1, 2009
A few of our favourites playing upcoming in town this
week filled up most of the show. It's hard not to get
excited about a week where Matt Epp releases his new
disc, Vance Gilbert makes his long-awaited return to the
West End, and Mr. Mike Plume returns to town with his
band! Still, we had time for some great new music and a
dip into the mail bag for some new submissions.
Steel Belted Radio - October 29, 2009
KK & The Mudge in this week to entertain you with some
great music and some bad jokes.)
October 25, 2009
Part 1 of this show was a rerun of the April visit by
Dan Mangan on SBFRR, in honour of his return to town
this week. Check out that interview if you haven't
already (podcast or on the website).
The show proper, and thereby this podcast, began around
2:30, shortly after my return from Toronto. I'm back,
baby, with great new music (including the rock & roll
song of the year) and tales to tell.
Steel Belted Radio - October 22, 2009
Tonight we chat with the funny & talented Kate Reid
about her upcoming show and acclaimed new album, and we
talk to James Keelaghan about his long-awaited new album
and about the very different locations of Red River
College and the University of Manitoba...
October 18, 2009
Featuring a visit in-studio from Amy Campbell, in town
for the Babes for Breasts songwriters' circle, and a
phone call from Tom Wilson, about his new "Acid-folk"
band, Lee Harvey Osmond.
Steel Belted Free Range Radio - October 15, 2009
October 11, 2009
Only one real show of any interest this week as our old
pal Dave Lang returns to town. We paid an early birthday
tribute to John Prine, who comes to town later this
month, and did our duty and played some classic Stan
Rogers. For the most part, this show was all about the
new music, and what great new music it is, including the
long-awaited collaboration between NQ Arbuckle & Carolyn
Steel Belted Free Range Radio - October 8, 2009
October 4, 2009
We're certifying fall as officially here, as the busy
late summer concert concert season is winding down.
Sure, there are a couple of shows this week, including
The Deep Dark Woods and Kent McAlister, but for the most
part, we looked back at great shows past, and heard some
great new music.
Steel Belted Free Range Radio - October 1, 2009
Hey, hey, the gang's all here for our usual silliness as
we look at new music, upcoming shows, classics, and we
cut each other off, laugh, and complain. Good times.
September 27, 2009
Another unbelievably busy week for concerts in Winnipeg,
kicked off by one of the biggest hits at this year's
Winnipeg Folk Festival, Amelia Curran, who stopped by
the studio to sing us a couple of songs from her great
new album Hunter Hunter. The week continues with The
Other Brothers, Alana Levandoski, Elliott BROOD, and the
return of the great Jesse DeNatale, among others. Even
with a busy week like that, we managed to fit in some
great new music.
September 20, 2009
I can't believe that I thought last week was a busy one
for concerts. The next two weeks are among the busiest
I've ever seen in this town, so we've got a lot to fit
in, including Leeroy Stagger, Eric Bogle, BOP Ensemble,
Dustin Bentall, Brock Zeman, Two Hours Traffic, The Hold
Steady, and next week's in-studio guest Amelia Curran!
Now that's a busy show full of great music!
September 13, 2009
Wowee, is concert season ever kicking into gear once
again. This week, it's Brock Zeman, Cuff the Duke & Ayla
Brook, Cohenfest, and more! We managed to fit all that
in, along with some classics from the past. Busy times
for great music.
Steel Belted Free Range Radio, September 10, 2009
KK & T-Bar go it alone and prove that they just might
know a thing or two about great music. Perhaps one of
the most solid musical episodes of the show EVER.
Wrapping up our 6th year on air together in grand style!
September 6, 2009
Featuring a conversation with Catherine MacLellan.
Also, some new, some notable, some classics, and a
couple of songs in honour of Jeremy's first birthday!
Steel Belted Free Range Radio, September 3, 2009
A conversation with one of the artists all of the Steel
Belted Roots Rock Weirdoes can agree on, Lynn Miles.
Plus, an exclusive concert announcement, cool music, and
August 30, 2009
Pre-recorded as I'm off on the MS Bike Tour. A bunch of
really great music from my house concert guests, some
folks from the East, some folks I've somehow neglected,
some brand new stuff, and a little bit o' pop.
August 23, 2009
We preview a couple of exciting upcoming shows with some
guests. First up, talented young singer/songwriter Liam
Titcomb is traveling across the country raising money
for War Child. With great songs, a great attitude, and a
great cause, how could we not support him. Liam dropped
by to talk about the tour and play us some of his
amazing new songs. And, winding their way to my living
room, Christina Martin and Steven Bowers called us from
the road to tell us how their tour is going.
Steel Belted Free Range Radio August 20, 2009
Desi takes a solo spin at the wheel with some unusually
hip song choices (and a little bit of roots to keep us
August 16, 2009
Back from Trout Forest Music Festival with tales to tell
and songs to spin. Also, some tunes as seen on TV, some
songs for The King, some great new music, and an
exclusive, exciting concert announcement!
Steel Belted Free Range Radio August 13, 2009
Jeff & T-Bar return from Trout Forest with tales of very
different experiences. As always, we've got the new, the
notable, the annoying, and all that other good stuff
August 9, 2009
Pre-recorded as I'm off at the Trout Forest Music
Festival. The Fred Eaglesmith show rolls into town this
week, and that means a heaping helping of Fred and of
course a tribute to the late great Willie P Bennett.
Then, we've got new music, old but interesting music,
upcoming events, and more.
August 2, 2009
A few upcoming shows definitely worth mentioning (Trout
Forest, Gimli, John Wort Hannam, etc.) but for the most
part, this show was about great music, some we haven't
heard for quite some time and some we just can't get
July 26, 2009
Summertime's a great time to relax and just listen to
some great music, and that's what we did for the most
part today. Sure, we talked a bit about the upcoming
Trout Forest Music Festival, and a bit about the glory
of The Jayhawks, but other than that, it was good music
and good times.
July 19, 2009
We look back at this year's Winnipeg Folk Festival highs
& lows. And just because WFF is over, that doesn't mean
that festival season is over, instead, it's just gearing
up. We take a look ahead at Canada's best little
festival, Trout Forest, as AD Devin Latimer gives us a
call to chat about this year's lineup.
Steel Belted Free Range Radio - July 16, 2009
The gang's back from the Winnipeg Folk Festival with
songs to play and stories to tell. We also have the
usual stuff (arguing, cutting each other off, making fun
of Dean, T-Bar's lousy picks... you know.)
July 12, 2009
I'm off at Folk Fest as all good hearted people should
be, but in my absence I present to you the official Tell
the Band to Go Home standby show, which attempts to
present some of the true great classics of yesterday and
July 5, 2009 - Folk Fest preview
It's time for the self-anointed OFFICIAL annual Folk
Fest preview. We'll go over where you need to be and
what you need to see at this year's Winnipeg Folk
June 28, 2009
This weekend we lost another great Canadian musician
when the legendary Jackie Washington took his last bow.
Jackie is truly one of the great, guiding lights of the
Canadian folk/roots/blues community, so we had to pay
tribute to his legendary career. Also, a look at some
upcoming shows, some new music, and some classics we
just don't hear often enough.
June 21, 2009
The recent Kasey Chambers/Shane Nicholson show in Fargo
provided a lot of great moments and inspiration to get
us started. Also, it's Fathers' Day, and I'm proud to be
part of that group finally, so a short celebration. And,
some great upcoming shows including Jill Barber, Dan
Mangan, and more.
June 14, 2009
Last night Leeroy Stagger & The Wildflowers rocked the
Studome and we heard some moments from that great show.
This week promises more great moments, as The Red River
Ex is in town, and bringing some good music with it.
Also this week, we take a road trip to Fargo for Justin
Townes Earle, Kasey Chambers & Shane Nicholson! Lots to
enjoy and look forward to.
June 7, 2009
Featuring a talk with Leeroy Stagger about his fabulous
new album, Everything Is Real and his cozy upcoming
show. We just had to hear a bunch of his great songs
from his already impressive career. Also coming up this
week is the CD release/bake sale for Winnipeg's own
Western States at WECC, so a couple from them. And, a
ton of great new music that's come in recently.
May 31, 2009
Today, an interview with the always interesting Stephen
Fearing, as well as some great new music. Also, we look
ahead to our favourite season, festival season.
May 24, 2009
After a long, lonely absence, our beloved West End
Cultural Centre is ready for business, and this week's
Grand Re-Opening festival is giving us plenty of reasons
to celebrate on this week's show, including Wednesday's
Tell the Band to Go Home Songwriters' Circle. The show
was largely devoted to previewing those shows, although
some great new music made it in, and we paid tribute to
the folks at Paste Magazine who are going through some
hard times but are getting some help from some very
And, for some added entertainment and educational
value, Carter and "Sophie" came in to co-host!
May 17, 2009
Some new music to start us off, some of which is
wonderful and some that makes me wonder... a couple of
history lessons about a couple of late greats, Mickey
Newbury and Tom Evans, and a bunch of random greats
thrown in on a whim, just the way we like it.
May 10, 2009
We preview the upcoming Romi Mayes CD release show, send
out some love to two great mothers on Mothers Day, send
out some music to some great listeners, as well as some
new music, some old music, and a whole lotta great
May 3, 2009
Pre-recorded live from the comfort of my living room. We
get a special visit from a pint-sized cohost, great new
music including the amazing new Jim Bryson live album,
another attempt to prove that Band of Horses is really
just folk music in disguise, and a 90th birthday tribute
to the great Pete Seeger!
Steel Belted Radio - April 30, 2009
KK takes the wheel for a rare solo show, and does the
unthinkable: plays 1.5 hours of great music with no
ridiculous arguing. She's trying to ruin the show, I'm
sure of it. Hopefully you don't get used to hearing just
the best music out there, because the circus will be
back in town soon. In the meantime, enjoy it with
birthday wishes for Jim Bryson, and great tunes from the
likes of The Weakerthans, Leeroy Stagger, Romi Mayes,
Matt Mays, and much more!
April 26, 2009
Our old friend Matt Epp drops by to preview some
of the songs on his upcoming CD, and we look at the
songs of Leonard Cohen, who comes to town this week. All
that and exciting new music, classics, and more.
April 19, 2009
Another week, another great upcoming show, this time
featuring Melissa McClelland and Jason Plumb. Also, more
new music, we revisit some live and classic music, and
listen to some of the great new & old music I picked up
yesterday on Independent Record Store Day, including
brand new Wilco!
Steel Belted Radio - April 16, 2009
A look ahead at this week's shows, including Martin
Sexton and the Weakerthans/Oh Susanna. And, as usual,
some great new music, some great old music, and whatever
else there is.
Martin Sexton special - April 15, 2009
When one of the singer/songwriters who first blew my
mind at the Folk Fest and set me off on this musical
journey calls and asks if he can drop by the studio, I
don't care what day it is, I'm coming in. So, this was a
Wednesday night special with special guest, live,
in studio chatting and singing, Martin Sexton!
April 12, 2009
A look ahead at this week's shows, including Martin
Sexton and the Weakerthans/Oh Susanna. And, as usual,
some great new music, some great old music, and whatever
else there is.
Steel Belted Radio - April 9, 2009
Tonight, an action-packed, super-sized episode chock
full of great live guests, including up-and-coming
singer/songwriter Dan Mangan, Roots Rock
heavyweights Brock Zeman & Dan Walsh, and a great
band to watch, The Deep Dark Woods. With all of
those guests, I didn't even get to cut KK off all that
much, but it's a fun show anyway, so tune in!
April 5, 2009
A little bit of everything we enjoy here on the show:
some new, some notable classics, some upcoming
shows/show guests, and some dedications. All around good
Steel Belted Radio - April 2, 2009
Your usual brand of Steel Belted silliness from the
Roots Rock Weirdoes. Tonight we introduce you to what is
destined to become Record of the Year for '09.
March 29, 2009
Some new & timely music (including a look at the only
two Junos that matter) squeezed in between two exciting
segments featuring live, in studio guests The Other
Brothers (Chris Neufeld & Donovan Giesbrecht) and a
look ahead at one of the most exciting concerts to come
to town in a long time, next week's Guy Clark/Slaid
Cleaves double bill
Steel Belted Radio - March 26, 2009
A special episode featuring an interview with Texas
singer/songwriter Slaid Cleaves, who makes his
long-awaited return to Winnipeg in a little over a week.
And, as usual, your Roots Rock Weirdos play some great
tunes and talk a whole lot.
March 22, 2009 - #301
Spotlighting upcoming shows by Serena Ryder & Great Lake
Swimmers, some new music, a birthday tribute to Brock
Zeman, and some surprisingly good music featured on
March 15, 2009 - Episode #300
Celebrating International Women's Day in true TTBTGH
style, a week late... We pulled out some of our
favourite ladies, we let the gentlemen in with a couple
of timely songs featuring ladies, and one request,
because we love our listeners. Most of all though, we
love good music, and man, woman, child, whatever, it's
all good to us!
March 8, 2009
Tons of great new music made its way into my ears
recently, so we just had to share much of it. That sent
us off in all kinds of directions (as these things often
do.) This week's history lesson segment was on the late
great Steve Goodman and we heard a few of his best. Last
up, a brief prelude to the upcoming homecoming by Luke
Doucet and the lovely Amelia Curran.
March 1, 2009
Occasionally, we take on the role of the "other" show
that plays you "both kinds of music," this week it's the
really old and the really young. Last week we had a few
long-time listeners wondering if we'd lost our minds
with our "hipster" set, so this week we went straight
back in time for some singer/songwriter classics
straight out of the history books. Heck, it almost
seemed perfect that the computer was on the fritz so we
even had to resort to playing vinyl for a change.
But the show was also for the very young, since I was
joined by my hilarious occasional co-host Carter for
some jokes and animal facts. He keeps me laughing and
keeps me feeling young, so a bunch of songs for the
young and the young at heart followed. Those technical
difficulties made for a challenging show, but somehow,
we made it through.
February 22, 2009
We started off with a set of stellar new music that got
us feelin' alright. Somehow (as these things so often
do) we got off track and threw in a set of definitely
non-singersongwriter hipster music. Then, we took a trip
to the movies. It's Oscar night, and although I don't
give a hoot about that show, I did manage to catch a
couple of recent hits this weekend, The Wrestler, and
Twilight, and we heard some songs inspired by those
February 15, 2009
Another Valentines Day has come and gone, and I've
got some sucking up to do, so a set of lovey dovey tunes
to melt her heart. Some new & noteable songs from here
and elsewhere followed.
The bulk of the show was devoted to the first
anniversary of the death of one of the greatest
songwriters of all time, Willie P Bennett. Willie is one
of the guiding lights of this show, so it's our duty to
pay him some respect and play some of his songs as done
by him and others, and hear some words from those most
inspired by him.
February 8, 2009
How's this for a show: new music from some favourites
and some new discoveries, bad news (Evan Phillips is out
of commission), good news (Allison's birthday), better
news (new Damnwells CD - FREE), and even better yet, a
chat with the leader of one of my favourite bands of all
time, Pat Dinizio of The Smithereens! Now that's a show!
February 1, 2009
February has never been my favourite month of the year,
so this show was designed to chase away the winter blues
and warm our hearts. We started off with a set of songs
in honour of the new month. This weekend's episode of
Austin City Limits reminded me what an incredible
songwriter and performer Nick Lowe is, so we took a look
at his amazing career for a while after that. And
speaking of great pop/rock songwriters, Pat Dinizio of
The Smithereens comes to town next week, and that's
reason to celebrate and look at some of his great songs.
All in all, a pop-heavy, but happenin' show for sure.
Unfortunately the station's digital taper dealy broke
down during TTBTGH, yet AGAIN, so the last half of the
show is missing. Listen live when you can, because you
just never know when that thing will go down...
January 18, 2009
We started things off with one of my favourite features
of the year, a look at what songs, albums, and artists
were most played in the previous year. After that, it
was in the other direction, as we pulled out some things
we haven't heard in a while, for a feature called "Where
Are They Now," where we listened to some folks who
seemed bound for glory and then, for whatever reason,
faded away. Whomever and wherever they are, we thank
them for what they've given us and wish them well.
January 11, 2009
Last night's fabulous show, featuring Nathan and the
BeBop Cowboys provided lots of inspiration. The men in
the BeBop Cowboys are all legends in their own right,
and all have done time with some of Canada's best, so we
checked out some of their other accomplishments, as well
as some classic Western Swing, which put us in the mood
for some of the great sounds of yesterday, which
inspired a trip down classic country memory lane.
We did leap into the present/future near the end of
the show with some great new music, including a couple
of releases that should have made our best of '08 lists,
but reached our ears just a little too late.
January 4, 2009
December 28, 2008
2008 was a great year for music, and even in 4 1/2
hours, we couldn't go over it all, although we did our
best to look at many of this year's highlights. Speaking
of highlights, the show included a great chat with my
favourite artist of the year, Nova Scotia's Christina
Martin, whose album "Two Hearts" topped just about every
list for me. Too bad the station's digital logger thingy
was broken, so nobody will ever hear the interview
December 21, 2008
Our annual Holiday marathon of festive favourites, best
of the year, and all around fun. This year I was joined
by the always charming and amusing Carter with his jokes
and trivia questions to liven things up.
December 14, 2008
A very special celebration of great music and great
friends, as we opened up the studio doors for listeners
to drop by, say hello, and check out the best of 2008.
Jaine was on hand with awesome holiday cookies, Jeremy
was on hand for his first ever radio appearance, KK came
by to help keep things running, and loyal listener Dean
sat in. Many other great friends came and went, and
through it all, we managed to get in some of the best
music of '08 as well as a few festive classics.
Also, an interview with one of my favourite discoveries
of the year, Edmonton's Chloe Albert, recent winner of
Best New/Emerging Artist at the Canadian Folk Music
December 7, 2008
Before we really started diving in to the best of 2008,
we paused to look back at the year in music for 2007,
and especially some great '07 releases that didn't reach
my ears until '08. There was time for a few festive
numbers and requests before starting through the
mountain of great 2008 releases.
November 30, 2008
Proving you don't always need a theme to have a pretty
good show, today's program was all about requests,
dedications, and good stuff we just needed to hear.
Sure, we paid tribute to Richard Thompson who's coming
to town, and Paul Kelly who's just plain great, but the
rest was pure goodness from the likes of Fred Eaglesmith,
David Francey, Mary Gauthier, and many more!
November 23, 2008
A bit of an abbreviated podcast this week, since we had
trouble with the station's digital recorder/podcast
maker thingy and part of the show didn't get recorded (a
good reminder to listen live, whenever you can, because
it was good!). You still get some upcoming show info,
music from the mailbag, a brief tribute to Richard
Thompson, and a look at the Canadian Folk Music Awards,
going on tonight!
November 16, 2008
More great upcoming shows this week?!?! What's going on
in Winnipeg? This week we're treated to Justin Rutledge,
Dave Lang/Carolyn Mark, Jill Barber, and the long
awaited Romi Mayes/Gurf Morlix show! Even with all of
that on our minds, we still found time for some great
Steel Belted Free Range Radio - November 20, 2008
A special pre-recorded segment of Steel Belted Free
Range Radio featuring Romi Mayes & Gurf Morlix,
including one of my favourite live-in-the-studio moments
ever, Gurf's powerful cover of Blaze Foley's "Cold, Cold
World." Do NOT miss this one!
November 9, 2008
November 2, 2008
Some great new music kicks us off in style, but from
there it's another week of looking forward to some
pretty stellar shows, including Bob Dylan, Lucinda
Williams, Fred Eaglesmith & Friends, and more!
Steel Belted Free Range Radio - October 30, 2008
October 26, 2008
It may be getting colder outside, but the concert scene
is really starting to heat up in town with a bunch of
great shows over the next couple of weeks. This week we
preview the great Eliza Gilkyson double bill, as well as
Hayes Carll & Scott Nolan, and more.
Steel Belted Free Range Radio - October 23, 2008
October 19, 2008
The past couple of weeks may have left you wondering
whether we were still focussing on acoustic-based
independent singer/songwriters, after our R.E.M theme
and last week's Neil Young tribute, so this week we're
back to basics with some classic singer/songwriters,
some great new music from folks like Ryan Adams, Ray
Lamontagne, Lucinda Williams, Luke Doucet, and more.
Yeah, we played a Pince cover, a Radiohead cover, and a
Beatles cover, but you just can't entirely overhaul the
Steel Belted Radio - October 16, 2008 - Neilfest part
Prerecorded because the gang's off at the long awaited
Neil Young show at the arena. In honour of one of the
greatest singer/songwriters of all, this is our own
Steel Belted Neilfest, featuring a bunch of Neil's best,
as well as some covers and Neil related songs to get you
in the mood for the concert, or to make you feel bad if
you missed it.
October 12, 2008 - Neilfest Part I
October 5, 2008
I couldn't believe it when I saw R.E.M. on Austin City
Limits this week. They're not roots music! Or are they?
I figured if they're good enough for ACL, darn it,
they're good enough for us too. Plus, they're the only
members of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame that I've met,
and I always like to brag about that. It seems that some
pretty folky singer/songwriters are fans too, because
not only did we hear a few R.E.M. originals and
collaborators, but we heard some folky covers of their
stuff as well.
All of this got me in the mood for some good old
fashioned pop music. Although I'm an old folky now, I
was raised on a steady diet of pop music, so I never
pass up the chance to bop along to some hooks &
melodies, so some classic pop nuggets.
But we can't get away without some folk & roots, and
that came in honour of our friends at Candor, who are
holding their "wedding" social this week to raise money
for a new store/venue. We played just some of the great
artists lending a hand to the worthwhile cause.
September 28, 2008
A little bit of many of the things that we try to do
best around here: some great new music, some
rare/unusual stuff, a look back at a great Elliott BROOD
show, and a profile of one of the most under-rated
singer/songwriters around, Jon Dee Graham.
September 21, 2008
It's a good news/bad news kind of day. The good news is
that there are some great upcoming shows featuring the
likes of Elliott BROOD and C.R. Avery, as well as some
great new stuff.
Unfortunately the bad news is that lots of my new music
comes from the closing out sale at Candor. When the bad
news hit that they were going to be forced to close down
for a while, it came as a shock, so I headed down to
stock up on some things that I hadn't made a point of
picking up yet, but knew I'd better while I still had
the chance. They'll be back, bigger and better than
ever, but in the meantime, thanks for the musical
memories and best of luck!
September 14, 2008
This past week the world was introduced to the next
generation of Tell the Band to Go Home hosts, my son
Jeremy. He's been filling our home and our lives with
joy (and plenty of noise...) ever since. THe bulk of the
show was dedicated to him, with some great kids' music.
We went to the other end of the spectrum for the
latter part of the show, paying tribute to a couple of
dinosaurs who are coming to town in the next while, Neil
Diamond and Elton John.
September 7, 2008
Last night was the long-awaited and much anticipated
return of the Mike Plume Band at the Pyramid.
Unfortunately, Mike went on well after my normal
bedtime. That, plus the return to the working world this
week had me feeling really tired, and a little punchy
today. All of this is to make excuses for my silly
behaviour and poor planning. Luckily, I had some great
music on hand to cover for my ineptitude. The first hour
was a little slow and sentimental, the second hour we
perked it up with some rockin' classics.
August 31, 2008
By popular demand, Carter returns with more of his jokes
and charm to brighten things up. We both head back to
school after this weekend (where does the summer go), so
we slipped in some back to school/work songs. Following
that, some great new music, some great upcoming events,
and whatever else we could squeeze into such a busy
August 24, 2008
Pre-recorded this week as I'm taking part in the MS Bike
Tour. Thanks to everyone who supported the charity
auction last week; I'll do my best to come through like
so many kind listeners did. This week on the show, a
bunch of tunes based on that theme, bikes, roads, etc.,
as well as some great new music.
August 17, 2008
Next week TTBTGH will be pre-recorded because I'm taking
part in the MS Society's bike tour, where I'll be riding
my bike from Stonewall to Gimli and back again to raise
money for the thousands of Manitobans living with
Multiple Sclerosis, and their friends and family members
like me. The MS Society does great work to help,
educate, and fund research into this terrible disease,
and I'm committed to doing whatever I can to help them
out. To that end, I brought in a box of CDs, DVDs,
books, etc. and had my very first radio auction where
listeners called in "bids" for the items. All money bid
is donated directly to the MS Society, so you're doing a
good deed and getting some good stuff at the same time.
We played an hour of music from some of the items up for
bids, and an hour of great new music.
There's still time to support my ride: https://msofs.mssociety.ca/2008Bike/Sponsor.aspx?PID=1060132&L=2&GC=ORS
And still lots of items up for auction:
August 10, 2008
Pre-recorded again this week as I'm off to Ear Falls,
Ont for the Trout Forest Music Festival. For those of
you stuck at home (or listening later on), some new
music and some old classics, mixed in with some news and
August 3, 2008
Marc Guiguere, who is normally on the air before me,
wasn't coming in today, and Jared, knowing what a sucker
I am, mentioned that I could come in early if I wanted
to. I'm on holidays and haven't been in the studio much
lately, so why not? Marc's show is a mix of blues and
old rock stuff, so I tried to stick with that by hosting
my own hour of blues and an hour of bluesy rock. It was
a fun experiment, but I think I'll stick with the
And there was no shortage of good singer/songwriter
stuff to play. I just got back from a trip to Hillside
in Guelph, with stops in Toronto and Minneapolis, so you
know that I have a ton of stories to tell and new discs
to play. You throw in some info on upcoming shows and
you've got a pretty solid show, I'd say.
July 27, 2008
Prerecorded this week as I'm off enjoying the Hillside
Festival in Guelph, Ontario. To start off the show an
overview of some of the great acts I'm seeing this
weekend. Although you likely won't make it to Hillside,
you can still check out Trout Forest in early August, so
a few songs to tempt you out there.
And, lots of great new, notable, and rediscovered music.
July 20, 2008
Prerecorded, but all new. A look back at another great
Winnipeg Folk Festival, a look forward to some great
upcoming shows at Candor, and a listen to a few special
songs for a very special person.
July 6, 2008
This is it, this year's artist-by-artist look at who not
to miss at the 35th Winnipeg Folk Festival happening
next weekend. There's lots to see, and the folks we
played today are the ones that I most recommend.
June 29, 2008
It's part 2 of our official Winnipeg Folk Festival
preview as our old pal JP Hoe drops by the studio
for the first time in a long time to play us some new
tunes and debut his long awaited full length CD.
Also on the show some exciting new releases and a
look ahead at the jam packed concert schedule for Canada
Day, featuring the first local appearance by the
Drive-By Truckers and the return of one of my favourite
live bands Sunparlour Players.
June 22, 2008 - Winnipeg Folk Festival preview part 1
Our favourite time of year is almost here, it's almost
time for the Winnipeg Folk Festival! This is the first
of our official Folk Fest previews, and the first of two
special podcasts we're doing in conjunction with the
Winnipeg Folk Festival website. This week, one of the
most exciting performers coming to the festival for the
very first time, all the way from Austin Texas, the
legendary Eliza Gilkyson. We caught up with her
on the telephone before she heads to town to find out
all about her new album and her amazing career up to
Steel Belted Free Range Radio - June 19, 2008
featuring a live in-studio visit by Ayla Brook,
leader of AA Sound System, who just released a great new
solo album and dropped by to talk and play us some
tunes. Also, a look ahead at the Winnipeg Jazz Festival
June 15, 2008
On today's show we heard some eagerly awaited new
music from folks like Shannon Lyon, Brock Zeman, Jackie
Greene, the new Skydiggers! and much more.
Also, today marks father's day, and although that
day's never meant a whole lot to me, that's about to
change, so we looked at some songs for dads and some
famous dads & their offspring.
yup, podcast machine was broken AGAIN, so another
episode that you'll never get to hear again, sadly
June 8, 2008
I hate to strip away the magic, but the truth is that
sometimes I show up to the station somewhat uninspired,
with no real vision or idea what to play. Luckily, in
those cases, the listeners often come to the rescue, and
thankfully that was the case today. Loyal listeners Rob
& Laura started us off by asking for some songs that
might help them plant the flowers in the garden, and it
was off and running from there. We slipped in a few for
Allie and even one for our neighbour Julianne.
June 1, 2008
The new NQ Arbuckle is here! The new NQ Arbuckle is
here! Couldn't wait even a moment to play this one. Get
it June 10.
Last night our beloved West End Cultural Centre said
goodbye to the old hall and looked forward to the new
with a stellar all-star recreation of the classic
concert film, The Band's Last Waltz. So many things came
to mind, great memories, the amazing local music
community, and how damn good The Band was. We paid
tribute to The Band & friends for a good long while on
And, at long last, June is here. Some songs
celebrating the calendar's turn for the better.
May 25, 2008
One just for fun today. My family and I went to the
Teddy Bear Picnic (always a good time for the kids) and
then headed down to UMFM. So, you get to hear me goof
around with the always entertaining and talented Carter
& Elysha, who provided some great jokes & riddles for
the listeners to answer.
May 18, 2008
We started off with a look back at last night's amazing
Romi Mayes/Dustin Bentall show, and ended off with a
look forward to Thursday's Scott Nolan/C.R. Avery show.
In between, we took a listen to some classics that
haven't been heard on the show for a while, but are
worthy of a listen every once in a while.
May 11, 2008
It's Mom's day
and we've got a lot to celebrate as always. For Jaine,
Lucy, and all of the mothers out there, we just had to
play a few songs in their honour. Hour two was full of
songs dedicated to moms and some that mom should love.
Hour 1 was devoted to nostalgia (with the announcement
of an upcoming Mike Plume Band show!), and some fabulous
new music from the likes of Langhorne Slim, Eliza
Gilkyson, and Elliott BROOD!
May 4, 2008 - Under the Covers II
Just when you
think winter is long gone, you wake up and it's grey and
snowy outside. It's been a long week for me, and that
was just enough to make me want to stay in bed. So, this
week, we go back Under the Covers for some of our
favourite cover songs. This week was almost all covers,
some new, some neat, some downright weird.
April 27, 2008
Not much in the theme department this week other than a
couple of upcoming concerts and Elysha's upcoming
birthday. Otherwise, it was all great music, all the
time, and we covered a whole lot of it this week.
Listener Claire called this a "perfect show," and who
are we to argue with a dedicated listener like Claire?
April 20, 2008
It's Earth Day this week, and any good folk show has to
play some hippie earth songs, so we played a few earth &
earthy numbers. What better place to get your fill of
tree huggin' songs than at a folk festival, and we
looked ahead to a couple of good ones to consider
trekking to this summer. And, some fabulous new music. A
jam packed show once again.
April 13, 2008
A bit of everything on this one, requests, dedications,
upcoming concerts, new music, old classics, and more!
Featuring music from Mike Plume Band, Gram Parsons,
Steve Dawson, Whiskeytown, and more. You can't go wrong
with a lineup like that!
April 6, 2008
NO SHOW - Bought a house instead! Hate to miss a show,
but if you're upset, you're welcome to come and check
out one of the house concerts I hope to host once we
move in this summer!
Steel Belted Radio - April 3, 2008
Last week we were joined by a legend who's just about
done it all, and this week, it's a newcomer with a very
bright future. Ridley Bent stopped by to chat and
play us some of his heart breaking country songs and
even one of his great "hick hop" numbers. This guy is
great, so check this one out.
part 1 (Ridley Bent)
March 30, 2008
show indeed. Some requests & dedications (including a
very special set sent out to a very unexpected on-air
caller), some new music, and a look at this week's slate
of upcoming shows (which is pretty great and action
packed yet again!)
Steel Belted Free Range Radio - March 27, 2008 - Paul
We've been lucky on this show and we've had more than
our fair share of great guests live in-studio, but this
week, we topped them all. We were joined live by perhaps
one of the greatest songwriters on the planet, all the
way from Australia, Mr. Paul Kelly. He and nephew
Dan Kelly were in town to promote Paul's great
new album Stolen Apples with a show at the Royal Albert,
but they were gracious enough to stop by the studio
first to chat and play a couple of songs.
part 3 (Paul Kelly)
March 23, 2008
music to start us off. Music Month in Manitoba continues
with a busy week of shows, and we'll tell you about the
ones you need to see, including Paul Kelly on Thursday!
March 16, 2008
Another classic lost forever as the station's digital
logger wasn't working again. One of these days I'll get
in the habit of checking that before the show. In the
meantime, this is yet another reminder to listen in live
if you can, just in case.
Just one important show this week as Music Month
continues, but it's a good 'un, featuring The
Weakerthans, Dala, and Danny Michel, so we had to play
some tunes from them. This weekend the news I wait for
all year started to arrive as The Winnipeg Folk Festival
released a preliminary lineup, and there are some
highlights on there for sure, so we heard from a few of
the folks I'm most looking forward to. Then, some of the
great new releases I have been meaning to get on for a
while, and a few old classics. (and a couple of funny
jokes from Carter too!)
March 9, 2008
This episode might make you a bit dizzy with all of the
looking back and forward, but it's worth the whiplash.
We looked back at Stephen Fearing's great show, Jeff
Healey's great career, and at one of the greatest
Canadian bands of all, The Lowest of the Low.
We also looked forward to some new/upcoming releases
from some old favourites. Lastly, we looked forward to
Monday's Steve Earle/Allison Moorer concert by looking
ahead at Allison's great new album, which looks back on
some old classics, and we looked back at some of the
great work Steve Earle has done with others
March 2, 2008
Music Month in
Manitoba continues with one of the most solid weeks of
shows we've seen in a very long time. It kicks off this
afternoon with Hayes Carll playing live at Candor. Can't
miss that one, so this show is pre-recorded. Hayes takes
the stage again tonight opening for Corb Lund. Then,
Brock Zeman & Dan Walsh are back, a stellar Townes Van
Zandt tribute show on Friday, then Saturday, it's
Stephen Fearing & Oh Susanna for goodness sake! How
could we possibly think of anything but shows on a week
February 24, 2008
Some requests &
dedications started us off on the right track. Then,
it's Oscar night tonight and a couple of movies with
great soundtracks are up for some big awards, so we
heard some great movie music. Following that, we look
ahead to March, which is music month with an outstanding
lineup of shows, kicking off with John Wort Hannam &
Twilight Hotel on Friday (which is technically February,
but who's counting), then Josh Ritter and Two Hours
Traffic on Saturday. And that's only the beginning!
February 17, 2008 - one for Willie P.
A show I wish I
never had to do. Yesterday, one of the true guiding
lights of this show went out, as Canada's greatest
songwriter of all time, Willie P Bennett died. His songs
and spirit will live on forever, but it's sad to think
that we'll never see him or hear from him again. In
memory of him, two hours of memories and music from the
man, including Willie originals, Willie covers, a song
about Willie, songs featuring Willie, and Willie live.
We heard from friends like Stephen Fearing, Scott Nolan,
Colin Linden, and Willie's longtime boss, bandmate, and
friend, Fred Eaglesmith.
Push on, you weary soul...
February 10, 2008
Even though it's
February and it's miserable outside, we're in a bit of a
celebratory mood this week. Long time listener Allison
is celebrating a birthday, the greatest little store in
town, Candor is celebrating the first anniversary of
their amazing grand opening show, and The King of
Fundrive, CKUW's Stu Reid, is putting togther the
posters and the prize packs for his annual plea to keep
the station on air, and this year, he's invited me down
to be a Phone Troll! All this, and, it's Valentine's Day
coming up and for once I've actually got something to
celebrate on that silly day.
February 3, 2008
Some new music, a trip into the TTBTGH mail bag for some
recent CD submissions, and a whole lot of great music in
this super-sized episode, as Bluegrass Guy couldn't make
it in so we kept on going until we started to run out of
steam after 2.5 hours!
January 27, 2008
Pretaped this week as I'm off on vacation in Florida.
In honour of that, a few songs related to that journey.
There are a couple of great shows coming up this
week, starting off with a lovely lady named Kim Barlow
who hails from the Yukon but is visiting us on Tuesday,
January 29 at the West End. We checked out some of her
Then after that, on Thursday, January 31, one of my
favourite live performers and one of the most powerful
and passionate singer/songwriters alive today, Martyn
Joseph returns to Winnipeg. I've interviewed Martyn
a number of times but it was shocking to learn that it's
been almost 4 years since I talked to him last in
February of 2004. I can't be here to interview him live
this week, so we listened back to that interview.
part 4 (Martyn Joseph interview)
January 20, 2008
If you've become reliant upon the podcasts to listen to
the show, this week is a reminder that listening live is
always best if you can manage. The fancy-pants machine
that records our broadcasts for the CRTC and which I use
to make my podcasts wasn't working (don't tell the CRTC
that), so this great episode lives on only in our
Another show with no real rhyme or reason, just solid
music. We started off looking ahead to the upcoming Blue
Rodeo/Luke Doucet show, talked a bit about my upcoming
trip, but other than that, it was just whatever good
songs were requested or I could think of!
January 13, 2008
Sometimes you show up without a real plan and let things
roll, and if you're really lucky, like I think I was
today, you get into it and end up with a pretty solid
show. Talking about Robbie Fulks' son got us off to a
rockin' start, so we ran with it and ended up rocking a
bit more than we sometimes do, but with a playlist like
this, perhaps we should more often! 2 hours of rockin'
January 6, 2008
Just when you think you've settled on your Best of the
year list, you spend some more time with a few
late-comers and rethink the whole darn thing, as a few
overlooked 2007 contenders proved off the top of the
Then, a brief sappy interlude.
With all of the Best of the year preparations and
whatnot, a lot of new music gets sadly overlooked, but
now that things are calm again, it's time to dig into
the TTBTGH mailbag for a look at a few fine discs that
have been sent our way as of late.
Then, a live, in-studio visit by one of Winnipeg's best,
and the artist responsible for one of the best discs of
2007, Mr. Scott Nolan, who dropped by to chat and
play some amazing new songs. Somehow, he just gets
better, and he was damn good to start out with!
part 3 (Scott Nolan)
December 30, 2007
A Super-sized year end spectacular as we took over
the airwaves for 3.5 hours of goodness.
First up, some holiday celebration songs in honour of
the new year.
Then, January 1 is the anniversary of the deaths of
two of the greatest songwriters of all time, Hank
Williams and Townes Van Zandt, and any good
singer/songwriter show host worth his salt knows that
its his duty to pay tribute.
Next up, a good friend of Townes Van Zandt was a guy
named Blaze Foley. He is one of the most underrated
songwriters of all time, but I've been into him in a big
way lately, and so a few songs in hopes that we can get
him just a little more well known.
One of the best albums of 2008 is sure to be Luke
Doucet's new one, which I got my hands on recently. It
features Luke's best work to date in his already
impressive career, but it also brings to mind yet
another new genre of music, songs about Rick Danko, so
we looked at some of those and some of Danko's greatest
As a new year causes us to look forward, I also tend
to look back, so I took a trip down musical memory lane
with a bunch of songs from my glory days of musical
Steel Belted Radio - December 27, 2007
Our 4 hour year-end marathon where we laugh and listen
and send out the old year and ring in the new one. We
listened to some of our favourite music of the year (and
some old classics). Of course, it was also a chance to
dig through the mail bag and check out some of the
terrible music that gets sent in every year and
encourage some of those people to maybe consider other
December 23, 2007 - Merry Christmas from the Family!
For me and my family this is our Christmas eve, so
Carter and I came down to the studio to play some of our
favourite Christmas songs and celebrate.
December 16, 2007
Some of the Best of 2007, as we look at some of the most
recent arrivals and a few that didn't quite make the
official "Best of" list.
December 9, 2007
Another wild ride as we cross some pretty diverse
musical terrain. We threw in a few festive songs to kick
things off. Then, everyone's been talking about the big
Led Zeppelin reunion concert, and just because we're a
folk show doesn't mean we don't know the significance of
this, so a brief Zep tribute. Then a tribute to John
Lennon in commemoration of the anniversary of his death.
Lastly, we continue looking at the year that was 2007
with some of the local highlights and a listen to a
couple of the best in-studio moments from the year.
December 2, 2007
A little bit o' everything on this here show, with
some seasonal music, some requests, some dedications,
some new stuff, a brief look at the best of 2007 with a
look back at some of the best of 2006, and even a
celebration of Tom Waits' birthday! Action packed radio
at its finest!
November 25, 2007
Here at TTBTGH, we take pride in the fact that we don't
really give a hoot about sports, but this weekend,
Winnipeg is buzzing with the news that our Blue Bombers
are back in the Grey Cup, and although things don't look
good, we have to do our best to cheer on the boys in
Blue & Gold. Today's show was devoted to Blue & Gold
songs aimed at sending some positive vibes to our team.
We'll go back to not giving a hoot next week.
November 18, 2007
It's the beginning of our long, cold winter in
Winnipeg as the first real snowfall arrived, so a few
"snow" songs to lift our spirits.
It's always a pleasure to welcome Murray Evans,
leader of The Dust Poets who are doing a live recording
at WECC this week. He called us from the snowy prairies
to discuss all that's been going on. We played some
songs from that talented band as well as their fabulous
opener, Dustin Bentall.
Lastly, a small set of "cat" songs for KK who lost
her mind and proved that she's a cat person by welcoming
"Neko" into her home. What can I say; I'm a dog person)
November 11, 2007
Too many themes to fit into two hours, we super-sized
the show today and took over for Bluegrass Guy who took
the holiday off, pushing the show to three hours, and I
still ran out of time!
First up, it would be inappropriate not to recognize
Remembrance Day by playing some songs about soldiers &
war, but more importantly, we played some songs about
Coming up next weekend some Winnipeg all-stars pay
tribute to an under-appreciated Canadian
songwriter/musician legend, David Essig. Essig will be
in town to play alongside The D. Rangers, Romi Mayes,
and more as they launch the homegrown Essig tribute
record, Beverley Street on Saturday. So, a brief lesson
in all things Essig with some songs he's played on,
produced, and written.
November 12 is Neil Young's birthday, and our friends
at the High & Lonesome Club have been celebrating in
style with a weekend of amazing Neil Young music in
Neilfest, and we relived some of it with our own set of
Neil classics and covers.
November 4, 2007
An interesting mix of mini-themes this week, as we
explored similarly named songs, a couple of my
favourites, and then we kept it in the family with a
look at the Wainwright (Loudon, Martha, Rufus) and
Rogers (Stan and Garnet) families
October 28, 2007
The past few shows have been made up of specific events
& themes, so there hasn't been much time for new music
or stuff I just felt like playing, so today was a chance
to catch up on some of the music that I've picked up or
had sent in as of late.
October 21, 2007
A busy week for upcoming shows that's for sure, and
we took the time to run down the list and convince you
to go to each of them. We're never too busy, however, to
play some of the great new music that's fallen into my
shopping cart as of late, so we ended off with some of
the best that I've picked up lately.
October 14, 2007
First up, one of
our favourite groups, The Wailin' Jennys play in
Winnipeg with a new member tonight, and that's reason
enough to celebrate and play some songs.
But an even better reason to celebrate, an important
anniversary is right around the corner. In October of
1987, the Winnipeg music community changed forever when
our beloved West End Cultural Centre opened its doors
and enriched our lives. Over the past 15 years, I've
seen some truly amazing shows under that roof (and a few
real stinkers), and today's show celebrates 20 years, a
lot of great memories, and a lot of love for the WECC.
And, because Bluegrass Guy was a bit late, we got to go
a bit longer, so 20 extra minutes to celebrate those 20
October 7, 2007
and thanks for allowing me to take the week off. I'm
headed off for a much needed break for a couple of days,
but in the meantime, some great music that you will
hopefully be thankful for.
This month is a great one for shows, and up soon are
Kelly Joe Phelps at WECC on Tuesday, and our old friends
the Wailin' Jennys next Sunday, so some songs to get you
ready for those.
I'm off to Minneapolis this weekend (I think), so a few
songs in honour of that place.
Later on, a trip back in time to April 23, 2006 when
Todd Hunter and Jeff Derksen from the Todd Hunter
Band stopped by to tell us about their then new
album, Life is Good. Todd will be part of a great
fundraiser at the West End on Friday, October 12, and
hopefully this classic live set will have you eager to
part 4 (Todd Hunter & Jeff Derksen)
September 30, 2007
5th anniversary of Tell the Band to Go Home with some of
the best & worst of what's come so far. Featuring
classic moments that I'd rather forget from my very
first on-air hosting opportunity in 2001, and some
moments from this show's predecessor, The Songwriters'
Circle, including my interview with the now rock star
John Mayer from 2002. We also heard how the show kicked
off, Sept. 29, 2002 with a performance by Kris Demeanor
and Chantel Vitalis live in the studio.
And, thanks to KK, we have some very interesting stats
which tell us who the most played artists, songs, and
albums over the past 5 years have been.
September 23, 2007
interview with one of the members of a very promising
young duo named Dala. Their fine new album got me to
thinking about the wealth of great new material by
female singer/songwriters this year.
Also, a few love songs in honour of those of us who have
found out that occasionally they’re true, and especially
for a couple of our favourite listeners who are
celebrating their 17th anniversary.
SBFRR September 20, 2007
I couldn't make it into the studio this week, but I
couldn't take the risk that one you might accidentally
miss out on the great shows going on this weekend, so I
put together a 90 minute infomercial designed to help
you avoid certain embarrassment in case you missed out.
In the first part of the show we take a listen to an
interview I did with the legendary Steve Forbert
a couple of years ago before he played the Folk
Festival. He's coming back to town on Saturday for what
is sure to be a great show.
In the second part of the show we travel back in time
again to 2004 when Winnipeg's own Scott Nolan
dropped by to chat and play some songs that were new
then and just now seeing the light of day on his brand
new record which will be released on Friday at the WECC.
As if that weren't exciting enough, he's bringing along
his producer and friend, the legendary Gurf Morlix!
Don't miss these shows.
part 1 (Steve Forbert interview)
part 2 (Scott Nolan interview & performances)
September 16, 2007
What we like to do best on this show is tell you about
new music you just have to hear, and upcoming shows you
just have to attend, and today we had the best of both
worlds, with new music from the likes of Dala, Shuyler
Jansen, Steve Earle, and the fabulous Catherine
MacLellan, and some amazing upcoming shows next weekend
featuring Scott Nolan/Gurf Morlix and Steve Forbert!
September 9, 2007
First up, some stellar new music from a lady who, after
just one listen, was guaranteed to be on my top 10 list
for this year. Then, a look at one of those songwriters
who I've heard of plenty, but never actually heard.
For the last hour, some pleasures that you don't have to
feel guilty about. I went to see Crowded House in
concert, and for a brief while, I thought maybe I should
feel guilty about that. HA! The audience was a who's who
of music in this town, and I knew right then that not
all 80s pop music is bad. So, for an hour or so, we
heard some pop music (and interesting covers of pop
music) that you don't have to feel guilty about liking.
part 1 (new & notable)
part 2 (not so guilty pleasures)
September 2, 2007
Back for another live visit are the always impressive
Brock Zeman & Dan Walsh, who stopped by to chat
and play for us before their set at Candor. We've known
that Dan Walsh was one of the best guitar players (and
nicest guys) out there for quite some time, but Zeman is
quickly impressing me more and more with his great
songs. These guys are welcome back any time, because
somehow, they just get better & better.
Sadly, all good things must come to an end, and this
weekend marks Labour Day, the official end of my best
summer ever. It's back to work next week (insert fake
sympathy here), so a bunch of songs about work and
working ended off the show nicely.
part 2 (Brock Zeman & Dan Walsh)
part 3 (Labour Day)
August 26, 2007
Summer must be coming to an end because the new releases
are starting to roll out and there have been some good
ones recently. It's been a banner week for new music for
me, and today's show highlights the best discs that have
come to me this week, as well as some old favourites
from some artists with new discs, and a look at Busted
TTBTGH - August 19, 2007
SBFRR - August 16, 2007
Featuring the lowdown on the 2007 Regina Folk Festival
from T-Bar, and the lowdown on the 2007 Trout Forest
Music Fest from JR. Plus, a few songs for "The King" on
the 30th anniversary of his (supposed) death.
August 12, 2007 - Ladies' Day
pretaped. By special request by one of our devoted
listeners, a show full of fabulous female
singer/songwriters, featuring some women covering songs
by male songwriters and some rare little gems you might
have missed, and just a few great ladies we haven't
heard from in a while or often enough!
SBFRR August 9, 2007
Featuring a live interview & performances by Kris
Demeanor & Chantel Vitalis
part 2 (Kris Demeanor & Chantel Vitalis)
August 5, 2007 - NO SHOW!?!
It's coming up on our 5th anniversary of TTBTGH this
fall, and I can't remember another time when I was too
sick to come in and didn't have something lined up for
you, but that's exactly what happened this week. Sorry!
July 29, 2007
This week, a special guest host, as my good friend
Elysha Durupt takes to the airwaves for the first time.
Steel Belted Free Range Radio - July 26, 2007 - The
This week I've been away on a bit of a road trip, and if
all goes well, I'll either be home or well on my way by
the time this show airs, so this one's a bunch of songs
about home and coming home. It's nice to get away, but
it's always good to come back home, as these songs
July 22, 2007
This week the show is pre-recorded as I'm off on my
summer road trip down to the U.S. for a few days. In
honour of that, we'll hear some great travellin' songs
July 15, 2007
First up, a tribute to the legendary Royal Albert
Arms, Winnipeg's dingiest and scariest, but perhaps most
important music venue. The music community was stunned
recently by the announcement that The Albert is being
turned into condos for hipster yuppies. Sad. Very, very
Next up, a chat with a guy who has played the Albert
a few times, Devin Latimer of one of Winnipeg's finest
bands, Nathan. He's got a new gig now as Artistic
Director of the Trout Forest Music Festival in August,
and he's assembled a stellar lineup of TTBTGH faves, so
we had to have him on to brag and let us know how cool
this festival is going to be.
Then, a look ahead at this year's only local concert
by one of Winnipeg's finest, Greg Macpherson. Also, a
look back at this year's Folk Festival.
And, as if that weren't enough, some great new music!
Steel Belted Free Range Radio - July 12, 2007
July 8, 2007
I'm off enjoying myself at Folk Fest, and you should be
too. I know how much the regulars just hate to have to
choose between Folk Fest and TTBTGH, so I'll make the
choice easy for you. This week we're going to take a
trip back in the ttbtgh time machine and listen to an
episode first broadcast way back on April 9, 2006.
at the time, I had this to say about the show:
A bit of a mixed bag as usual. Some new releases and
plenty of excitement about the release of the lineup for
the Winnipeg Folk Festival.
Then, a compilation of compilations, as I pulled a bunch
of great compilation discs off the shelf and dug up some
July 1, 2007
It's Canada Day, up Canada Way once again, and you
know how much we love to celebrate great Canadian music.
It's also a celebration of 6 years of hosting shows on
UMFM for me (my first real hosting gig was a Canada Day
celebration show on July 2,2001). There's much going on
as far as live music this weekend, including some great
local acts playing, and then a special
day-after-Canada-Day show featuring a great American,
Hayes Carll tomorrow!
June 24, 2007
Your official guide to the music nerds' event of the
year, The Winnipeg Folk Festival, as we look at where to
go and what to see this year.
Also featuring a conversation with Winnipeg Folk
Festival Artistic Director, Chris Frayer.
June 17, 2007
Some sad & some glad today. First off, we celebrate
the sad passing of a true Canadian legend, keyboardist
Richard Bell. Bell has appeared on so many amazing
albums, and it's our duty to pay tribute to him and look
back at his amazing career.
Then, on a happier note, tonight marks the Winnipeg
debut of the great Lucinda Williams. Williams may not be
all that prolific at putting out albums of her own, but
she has appeared as a guest on so many tributes and
other people's records that it would be very easy to
fill hours and hours with her lovely voice. We'll fit in
what we can.
Steel Belted Free Range Radio - June 14, 2007
Featuring a special visit live in-studio by a couple of
fantastic singer/songwriters right up our Steel Belted
alley, Romi Mayes and Dustin Bentall.
part 2 (Romi Mayes & Dustin Bentall)
June 10, 2007
June 3, 2007
May 27, 2007
May 20, 2007
Steel Belted Free Range Radio - May 17, 2007
Steel Belted Free Range Radio - May 10, 2007
today an unbelievable treat as we were joined live,
in-studio by the amazing Oh Susanna
part 2 (Oh Susanna interview & live performances)
May 6, 2007
First up, some eagerly awaited new music from Jimmy
Lafave and Robbie Fulks. Then a few songs for anyone
having a hard time and looking for better days. And
lastly a look ahead to a couple more amazing upcoming
shows, this week featuring Danny Michel and Oh Susanna.
April 22, 2007
A few songs in honour of our long, long awaited spring,
a few favourite classics, and a bunch of songs looking
ahead to upcoming shows featuring a couple of favourites,
Kathleen Edwards and The Weakerthans!
March 25, 2007
Today we were treated to an in-studio visit by a
great singer/songwriter by the name of John Wort Hannam.
He came in 3 years ago and blew us away immediately, and
this year was no different. With a pile of new songs and
a great new album about to be released, this was indeed
And, some great new music, including a fantastic
tribute album to one of my favourite all time bands,
whom I'll be in Toronto next weekend to see, Rheostatics.
part 2 (John Wort Hannam interview/performances)
Steel Belted Free Range Radio - March 25, 2007
March 18, 2007
The Four Horsemen Are Coming! The Four Horsemen Are
Today's show was pretty much devoted to one of the
most amazing non-folk fest gatherings of songwriters
this city has ever seen. The so-called "Four Horsemen"
tour brings together four of the greatest of all time,
and four of our favourites, Guy Clark, Joe Ely, John
Hiatt, and Lyle Lovett, and we couldn't possibly be more
excited and couldn't possibly pass up the opportunity to
play some of their best.
Oh, and some new Can-con, cuz we have to and cuz it's
Steel Belted Free Range Radio - March 15, 2007
March 11, 2007
Steel Belted Free Range Radio - March 8, 2007
Featuring a special visit by some very talented guests,
singer/songwriter Brock Zeman and awesome guitarist/all
around good guy Dan Walsh, who dropped by to chat and
sing some amazing songs.
part 2 (Brock Zeman & Dan Walsh)
February 25, 2007
The most anticipated news of the year has arrived:
the lineup for the Winnipeg Folk Festival, and there
were some pleasant surprises, so we played some songs
from some of the notable names on the list. Then, some
hotly anticipated upcoming shows.
Also, a special celebration of the life & music of
one of the greatest singer/songwriters of them all on
the eve of what would have been his birthday. The Man in
Black, Johnny Cash would have been 75 on February 26,
and as the host of a singer/songwriter show, it's in my
contract to honour Johnny whenever possible.
Lastly, a brief tip o' the hat to our old pal Mike
Plume who dropped me a line this week and got me
thinking about how darn great he really is.
February 18, 2007
Another in our infrequent series of Tell the Band to Go
Home invitational events, as we were joined by the
owners of the new Candor Books & Music store, Amanda &
Jules. They brought plenty of music for our listeners to
February 11, 2007
First up some great new music.
Then, another fabulous in-studio session, this time
featuring Winnipeg's own Matt Epp, and all the way from
San Francisco, the amazing Jesse DeNatale.
segment 4 (Jesse DeNatale & Matt Epp)
February 4, 2007
A jam packed show, full of great new music and looking
ahead at some more amazing upcoming shows.
Our great friends in the band Nathan fall into
both categories, as we just received their upcoming
album and they're having a CD release show on Feb. 23.
Keri, Devin, and even baby Hazel dropped by the studio
today to chat.
part 2 (Nathan interview)
January 28, 2007
Although this is my least favourite time of the year,
local concert promoters are doing their best to make it
bearable by bringing to town some pretty amazing shows
in the next few weeks. This week's show was pretty much
exclusively in honour of the amazing upcoming shows you
won't want to miss.
Steel Belted Free Range Radio - January 25, 2007
Tonight, a very special treat as we were joined in the
studio by one of Canada's finest singer/songwriters, the
great Stephen Fearing. As if that weren't enough,
we talked to the young and amazingly talented Serena
Ryder on the phone. What a night.
part 2 (Stephen Fearing interview/performances)
part 4 (Serena Ryder interview)
January 21, 2007
Although this is my least favourite time of the year,
local concert promoters are doing their best to make it
bearable by bringing to town some pretty amazing shows
in the next few weeks. This week's show was pretty much
exclusively in honour of the amazing upcoming shows you
won't want to miss.
Steel Belted Free Range Radio - January 18, 2007
"High & Lonesome Night"
A tribute to the best live music venue in town, the
Times Change(d) High & Lonesome Club which is
celebrating its 6th anniversary this weekend with lots
of great acts & the annual Whisky Awards. We also
feature an interview with the man himself, John Scoles,
Owner & Janitor.
January 14, 2007
First up, some notable new music.
results are in! Our annual list of what was hot on the
show is finished for 2006. KK and I looked back at the
most played songs, artists, and albums of 2006, and a
few notables that were left off the list. I’m always
pleased at what a diverse list of artists and songs we
play on the show, and 2006 was no exception.
January 7, 2007
the Best of shows, enough of the fancy themes and wacky
ideas, today, it is time to rock. Well, TTBTGH style.
Just a few of the old favourites we haven't heard for a
while, and some new stuff. 2 hours of great stuff only
loosely connected by my musical tastes, and it worked
December 31, 2006
2006 was a pretty interesting year in music, and so
we took some time to look back at the year that was:
some of the best, some of the worst, some of the
weirdest, and more.
With almost 6 hours to fill, there was plenty of time
for other stuff. After struggling to make it in to the
station today through the massive snowstorm, things got
off to a bit of a rough start thanks to weather related
problems, and computer/ipod difficulties, but once we
got going with some sympathetic snow songs, all was
Of course, we also paid tribute to two of the
greatest songwriters of all time, Townes Van Zandt and
Hank Williams, in recognition of the January 1
anniversaries of both of their deaths.
SBFRR December 28, 2006
One of the longest (and funniest) SBFRR shows in
history, as we spent 4 hours looking back at the best
(and WORST) of 2006.
December 24, 2006 - 'twas the Afternoon Before
December 17, 2006 - The Best of 2006 Part 2
December 10, 2006
Featuring a look at the Canadian Folk Music Awards
nominees. Awards are handed out tonight in Edmonton.
And, the first of a strong and plentiful batch of
great releases from 2006, as well as memories of the
best live-in-studio performances of the year.
December 3, 2006
Revelling in the awsomeness of the new Gob Iron
album, "Death Songs for the Living," we played a few
from that and some other deathly greats.
Also a look ahead at upcoming shows by The Be Good
Tanyas, and Ron Sexsmith & Jill Barber.
From the mailbag, a look at a great label called
Busted Flat Records.
November 26, 2006
Wow, was that Grand Cariboo Opry good. 'Nuff said.
This weekend marks the 30th anniversary of the
legendary Band's legendary Last Waltz. That group's
impact on music was huge, so we looked at some of their
work and some great Band covers.
And, some musical birthdays, including our pal Geoff
Berner, the late great Stan Rogers, and Randy Newman.
November 19, 2006
More celebration of the upcoming Grand Cariboo Opry.
And, some tunes by my two current musical fixations: Tom
Waits (in anticipation of his upcoming 3 CD set), and
Gram Parsons (a belated birthday celebration.)
November 12, 2006
Christmas came early with the announcement of the
brilliant Grand Cariboo Opry show coming up at the WECC.
With so many of our favourites on board, we just have to
celebrate with some songs. We were also joined by the
leader of the whole cavalcade, the Legendary Heart
himself, Barney Bentall.
Today is the birthday of two great Canadian
singer/songwriters, Sarah Harmer and ol' Neil Young, so
we had to celebrate that with some covers, guest
appearances, and classics.
October 22, 2006
Sometimes a guy just gets lucky and ends up in the right
place at the right time. Today was such a day. With the
Western Canadian Music Awards & festival in town and a
lot of great musicians hanging around all weekend, there
wasn't much I could do but invite a bunch of them in,
and luckily for me, a few of the greatest agreed to drop
by. What happens when you throw Ken Beattie of
Radiogram, Leeroy Stagger, John Ellis, and Dustin
Bentall in a room together with a few acoustic guitars.
Magic. Tune in and find out for yourself. This was a
show not to be missed and not to be forgotten. Thanks so
much to my great guests for making this possible. Truly
an amazing way to cap off a great weekend of music.
Part 1 (Ken Beattie/Radiogram
Part 2 (Leeroy Stagger, John Ellis, & Dustin Bentall
September 17, 2006
Featuring a chat with our old pal, Geoff Berner, who's
currently touring the country teaching people how to be
an accordion player, thaks to his new instructional
booklet. He'll be in town spreading his wisdom around
like a rash on Tuesday at the West End. It should be an
entertaining and educational evening.
Hour 2 (including the Geoff Berner interview)
September 10, 2006
September 3, 2006
know about you, but I had a pretty great summer. Too bad
it had to end, but it’s time to go back to work. And for
me, this labour day weekend is really about going back
to work, as I return to the full-time work world this
week and start my new career in the classroom. So this
episode featured songs celebrating back to school and
the world of work.
August 27, 2006
abbreviated episode to allow for a great one hour
special about Bruce Springsteen’s Seeger Sessions CD,
and to allow me to recouperate from my recent ear
surgery (I’m fine now, thanks.)
find time however for a visit from our old pal, Winnipeg
singer/songwriter Matt Epp, who was preparing for the
release of his second CD, Love in Such Strong Words.
August 20, 2006
Some days, it's really good to be me. This day was
definitely one of those. This show featured a live,
in-studio visit by the great singer/songwriter Bob
Schneider from Austin, TX. Bob's blend of pop, rock,
hip-hop, and folk makes him one of my absolute
favourites, and a perfect example of what this show is
supposed to be all about. It's diverse, it's
interesting, and best of all, it's a lot of fun. He came
in to chat and even played a few songs live for us. Very
segment 2 (Bob Schneider interview)
August 13, 2006
This week marks the sad end of summer festival season.
I'm off marking the occasion with one of the biggest and
best of the season, The Edmonton Folk Music Festival.
Big stars and big fun await. While I'm away, a
pre-recorded show that should not disappoint. First up
I'll brag about some of the great acts I'm going to see
in Edmonton, but then, a whole lot of great new music.
Some from the mail bag, some brand new releases, and
some that's just new to me.
August 6, 2006
It's nice to remember that in summer, there's more going
on than just folk festivals. To remind us of that, we
were visited by a couple of great live guests, who
dropped by to sing and chat about upcoming non-festival
First up, singer/songwriter Kim Beggs came in all the
way from the Yukon to appear on the show. Sure, she's
got a concert coming up on Aug. 10 with Christine
Fellows and Kim Barlow, but I like to think that I'm the
real reason she came to Winnipeg. I'm a dreamer, what
can I say.
Then, another visit by one of our most frequent, and
definitely one of our favourite guests, JP Hoe. Hoe's
got a show coming up on Aug. 16 at the West End, and he
dropped by to plead for people to attend, and he gave
his best sales pitch by singing and playing for us. I
know I'm going to that show.
Then, my own plea for you to attend an upcoming show
featuring one of the world's great underrated
songwriters, Australia's Paul Kelly. Paul stops by the
WECC on Wednesday, Aug. 9, and man, it's gonna be good.
Segment 1 (Kim Beggs interview/performances)
Segment 2 (JP Hoe interview/performances)
Segment 3 (Paul Kelly preview)
July 30, 2006
This week is a pre-recorded show, because I'm off at the
2006 Calgary Folk Festival. Just for fun, we're
rerunning the episode that I put together for when I was
attending the 2004 Calgary Folk Festival, so you'll hear
me yapping and bragging about a festival (and upcoming
concerts) from 2 years ago! Imagine how confusing that
will be for people who just tune in on the radio! HA!
SBFRR July 27, 2006
KK and I took off out of town, to catch the Calgary Folk
Fest, and we're giving the old T-Bar a week off. He's
earned it. In our absence, a classic episode from the
past. This one is from July 7, 2005, when we were away
at the WInnipeg Folk Festival, so you'll hear me yapping
about last year's festival. The show does, however,
feature an interesting interview with Willy Porter, who
was at last year's festival. This is a super-sized show,
a full 2 hours of music and pointless yammering! Enjoy!
July 23, 2006
A look ahead to the Calgary Folk Fest, which I'm off to
this week, and some great new music!
July 16, 2006
Hard to believe it's over for another year, but
another Winnipeg Folk Festival has come and gone. Of
course there were some highlights and some celebrity
encounters, the tales of which made up much of today's
But over the past few weeks there's been a ton of new
CDs that have found their way into my collection, and
the rest of the show was made up of some great new
SBFRR July 13, 2006
Nobody tells a good Folk Fest story like our pal T-Bar,
and boy did we have some stories to tell this year. And
just to prove that they were true for a change, we
finally called upon Terry's wife, Terry (Corky) to back
Also, we spoke to former Canadian Idol contestant Keith
Macpherson of Easily Amused to chat about that silly
little contest. He'll always be our Canadian Idol.
July 9, 2006
I love doing this show and I try to take it as seriously
as possible and always work hard for you. I always try
to make sure there's a good show on the air every Sunday
(it may or not be mine, but there's always options ;~))
But this week, the show on sure ain't gonna be live.
Folk Fest is on! You didn't think I was going to come in
on Folk Fest weekend, did you? And since all good
listeners should be at Folk Fest anyway (except for
Allison and Art, who are excused but who should try to
come out some year), I'm not putting together a new
show. Instead, we'll fire up the TTBTGH time machine
again and travel way back to May 30, 2004. It's a good
show and it's all put together right there for me (yeah,
Here's what I had to say about the show at the time:
Pretaped. Part of the second annual Tell
the Band to Go Home Invitational Event, where I invite
other local music fans to come and program the show.
This year, there were twice as many weeks to pretape, so
more guests and more fun. I always learn a lot by
inviting new people to play songs on the show. Just when
I think I know just about everything about
singer/songwriters, I’m humbled by the talents of my
guests. This week, I was off with my co-hosts on Steel
Belted Free Range Radio (www.steelbeltedradio.com)
to see Steve Forbert at Hugh’s Room in Toronto. What a
Meanwhile, back at the ranch, through the miracle of
modern digital recording, I was joined on the show by
Jenny Western, host of Hit the Big Wide Strum, Pal, CKUW
95.9 fm’s weekly bluegrass program. Judging by her
appearance this week, she knows a heck of a lot more
than just bluegrass.
July 2, 2006
It's my favourite time of the year and time for my
favourite show of the year, as we look forward to the
Winnipeg Folk Festival. Lots of great artists appearing
as always, and we'll tell you where to be and who not to
Note: this show was pre-recorded at home, and I
experienced some strange technical difficulties. There
are occasional skips & glitches when I speak (not to
mention the stutters and mistakes that you've come to
expect.) They're pretty minor but just in case you were
wondering, your record player doesn't need a new needle,
it's just my silly computer acting up for unknown
SBFRR June 19, 2006
The usual silliness & great music. Also featuring an
interview with Canadian Idol contestant, Keith
Macpherson of Easily Amused.
June 25, 2006
Featuring a set of train songs, because I spent way too
much time on a train this week.
Also, a look at some of the many amazing albums that
last week's guest Gurf Morlix has been part of, and a
look at some upcoming shows including Dauphin
Countryfest and Wilco next weekend.
June 18, 2006
Featuring a bunch of eagerly awaited new music from
the likes of Danny Michel, The Wailin' Jennys, and more.
Plus! Guests-a-plenty! Local singer/songwriter
Romi Mayes has assmbled an all-star cast to record
her new album, and she brought a few friends down to the
studio to chat and play for us, including Chris
Carmichael, Scott Nolan, and
singer/songwriter/producer/God Gurf Morlix!
Segment 2 (Gurf Morlix/Romi Mayes interivew &
SBFRR June 15/06
Featuring a very special appearance by legendary
Winnipeg singer/songwriter, Jeffrey Hatcher. Hatcher is
responsible for a huge number of amazing songs with
bands The Fuse, The Six, The Big Beat, and with hugely
influential country band The Blue Shadows with Billy
Cowsill. Hatcher's been away from the spotlight and the
stage for almost a decade now. He dropped by to fill us
in on his amazing career and to tell us about the very
important work he's doing now as a music therapist.
Although I felt really ill-prepared (a communication
breakdown had me thinking that he was coming on TTBTGH
the following Sunday, so I had no notes or discs to
play, which made me feel like a total moron) and I was a
bit star-struck by this amazing songwriter sitting
across from me, I'm pretty proud of this interview as
one of my favourites in a while.
Part 2 (Jeffrey Hatcher interview)
An important note about this episode. The station's
digital recording mechanism was a bit messed up, so the
recording of this show sounds, uh, like crap. The
recorder was temporarily set too high (not my fault and
no way I could have known beforehand really), so this
episode is kind of hard to listen to. It's here for
TTBTGH completists and for the sake of complete archival
coverage only. Our apologies for the technical problem.
It has been fixed, I assure you.
Convocation day at the poor man's university, so I'm
downtown picking up a hell of an expensive piece of
paper, which means that I'm not here doing what I'd much
rather be doing, playing music for you. Instead, I've
prepared some fine, pre-recorded singer/songwriter
action, featuring more new and undiscovered music than
you can shake a stick at (although I recommend shaking a
stick every now and again anyway, it feels pretty good,
so long as you don't hit yourself or anyone else.)
My friends Easily Amused recently had some bad luck
when their gear got stolen, but they're playing in town
tonight, so to try and remember happier times and
hopefully to convince some folks to come check them out,
we take another trip in the TTBTGH Time Machine, to
revisit a live in-studio visit from February, 2004.
Part 3 (Easily Amused visit from February, 2004)
Featuring an interview with local singer/songwriter Cat
Jahnke, who is about to release her long awaited
full-length debut, None of Those Things.
Part 3 (Cat Jahnke interview)
Part 4 (Cat Jahnke interview)
Featuring some great new releases, including my
favourite of the week, Leeroy Stagger's great new EP. In
honour of that and because it seemed like a good idea at
the time, we played a new game that is sure to be a big
hit at parties, Six Degrees of Leeroy Stagger, pointing
out connections between Leeroy and some other TTBTGH
And! A first! Two special podcast only segments that
were never aired on UMFM, but are available on the
downloads page for you to enjoy!
SBFRR May 18/06
Steel Belted Free Range Radio - May 4/06 - An
abbreviated episode of SBFRR so that I can duck out and
catch Andy Sheppard's CD release show at WECC. The last
half hour was "The Shark Tank," a special radio show
written and produced by students at George Waters Middle
The Shark Tank
April 30/06 -
a phone interview with the great Andy Sheppard, and we
celebrate the return of the Shrine Circus and we pay
tribute to Bruce Springsteen and his fantastic new
Steel Belted Free Range Radio - April 27/06 -
April 23/06 - For some odd reason, we took a trip
to the barnyard, with songs about chickens, poneys, and
even some monkeys. Don't ask.
In between all of that silliness, we had a visit from
Todd Hunter & Jeff Derksen, who are about to release a
new Todd Hunter Band disc, called "Life Is Good." Todd
is good, and so is the record. He's not very silly
though, and doesn't know any songs about chickens,
ponies, or monkeys. Oh well.
April 16/06 - It's Easter
Sunday. We try really hard not to delve into politics or
religion on this show; we're non-judgmental listening at
its finest. But I have noticed that a lot of my
favourite singer/songwriters have name-checked the man
upstairs in songs that aren't exactly religious. So,
because I'm never one to pass up a fun and easy theme,
we heard some songs for Jesus, and then some songs just
for us down here.
April 9/06 -
A bit of a mixed bag as usual. Some
new releases and plenty of excitement about the release
of the lineup for the Winnipeg Folk Festival.
Then, a compilation of compilations, as I pulled a bunch
of great compilation discs off the shelf and dug up some
April 2/06 - Today a 2-hour celebration of great
Canadian music. The Junos are especially silly this
year, so it's hard to consider winning or even being
nominated a huge honour, but any celebration of great
Canadian music is ok by me. With
that in mind, this show looked at some of the better
music being nominated, as well as some of the winners
from the non-televised awards (which are always more
Also, a listen to some of the great music put out by
Sarah Harmer, who is in town this week. Not only does
she put out great music on her own, but Harmer has been
on more great Canadian albums than anyone I can think
of, so we heard some of her contributions to others'
Steel Belted Free Range Radio - March 30/06 -
Featuring an interview with Winnipeg legend, and leader
of Swing Soniq, Greg Leskiw. Greg dropped by the studio
to talk about the new disc, "Love Wild," and the
upcoming CD release show. Quite a treat to have this man
February 12/06 -
different kinds of love songs as we approach that
silliest of greeting card holidays.
an in-studio visit by JP Hoe, who never ceases to amaze
me when he drops by with crop of songs even better than
the ones before.
Geoff is definitely one of my
favourite guests to have on the show. He's always good
for a bunch of laughs, so whenever he rolls through, we
get him on the line to chat. He's also a really nice
The first time I talked to Geoff was
when I was doing a show with local radio icon Howard
Mandshein on Monday nights. Whenever those two get
together, the strangest things happen.
The first time we talked to Geoff (Feruary
3, 2003), he was to call in the same day that Canadian
folk icon Bill Bourne was coming into the studio. I was
supposed to get a ride to the studio with Bill Bourne,
but he stood me up (long story), so I was late. When I
got there, Bourne had done his interview but was hanging
around still when we were set to talk to Geoff on the
phone. The rest is the stuff that legends are made of.
Howard put Geoff and Bill on the air at the same time,
and somehow, had them playing a duet right there on the
air, Geoff adding his parts via telephone.
Download interview segment - Bill Bourne chats with
Download live performance - Bill Bourne and Geoff Berner
singing "Goodnight Irene"
Download the rest of Geoff's interview
The very next week (February 10,
2003), we had Geoff on the line again, and somehow,
Howard had him singing live via telephone yet again.
Download Goeff's live-on-the-phone version of Billy
Bragg's "Honey, I'm a Big Boy Now"
Not long after that, Geoff was
endearing himself to radio audiences yet again, as he
came on my show, this time, live in the studio. He had
played a very lively and memorable show the night
before, but somehow made it in on a Sunday afternoon to
record an interview and some live performances.
Download Geoff's version of Ann Louise Genest's "The
South Side of Town"
Geoff's been on the show a number of
times since then.
Download Geoff's interview, November 23, 2003
Interview - September 9, 2004
Read the article/transcript published in The Uniter,
November 27, 2003
EXCLUSIVE! - Download Geoff's
song Phoney Drawl. It's sure to be a smash hit some day
Thanks to Geoff for
website for more info, or pick up one of his great
February 2/06 -
SBFRR - Leeroy Stagger &
Leeroy Stagger - performance - You Write a Book
Weisenberger - performance - Beirut Blues
Leeroy Stagger - performance - Where I Live
October 23, 2005 - Luke Doucet
October 16, 2005 - Matt Mays
April 10 -
Ron Hawkins & Stephen
April 10, 2005 - Andy
August 14 -
July 7, 2005 - Willy Porter
February 24, 2005 - Martyn
September 5, 2004 - Kevin Welch
August 5, 2004 - Jim Bryson
March 14, 2004 - Matt Mays
July 6, 2003 - Jess Klein
July 6, 2003 - Mary Gauthier
December, 2002 - Kathleen
December 4, 2002 - Bob Snider
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