LTTL Radio Playlist No. 1
Listening Through The Lens On Air
City Park Radio
Broadcast 28 January 2024
By Jim Jacob
Welcome to our recap of the Listening Through The Lens Radio Program, broadcast on City Park Radio, on the last Sunday of every month.
Program 1 was aired on 28 January.
Here is what we played.
1. Melbourne-based folk singer Bill Jackson is known for delving into Australian folklore and history, having released three albums under the moniker ‘The Wayward Ballads’. Here is the opening track “Precious Cargo” from his new album 1965, one of our Albums Of The Month. You can get the album at Bandcamp, just search for Bill Jackson.
2. Irish singer-songwriter Lisa O’Neill is touring Australia at the moment and her latest album All Of This Is Chance was released early last year, a collection of songs about the wonders of nature. This song is called “Old Note” an orchestral tribute to the natural world and features her niece at the end.
3. Another of our favourite releases of the month comes from The High Hawks, an all-star cast of musical friends from A-list roots jam bands Leftover Salmon, Railroad Earth, Hard Working Americans and Horseshoes and Hand Grenades. Mother Nature’s Show will be released on 16 February this year and is a follow-up to their self-titled debut in 2021. This track is called “Diamond Sky”.
4. Another colourful Irish artist is touring Australia. David Keenan has a distinct style, characterised by poetic lyrics and soulful melodies, which has earned him great critical praise. His latest single is “An Irish Song”, which has been released ahead of his forthcoming studio album, due for release in early 2024.
5. Next we go to the music-soaked town of Asheville in North Carolina and an acoustic group Holler Choir adding their own take on traditional Appalachian culture and musical history. There are many fine originals on their debut album Songs Before They Write Themselves which was released this month, but I love their jaunty cover of Nirvana’s “Heart-Shaped Box”. Here it is
6. Ondara, also known as J.S. Ondara, is a Grammy-nominated performer who moved to the USA a few years ago. His latest album is The Spanish Villager No: 3 based on a short story about a mysterious messenger which Ondara wrote and turned into a graphic novel. From an early folk vibe, his latest work is more global village. Here’s “A Shakedown in Berlin”
7. Sister Sadie launched in the wake of an ostensibly one-off show at Nashville’s landmark Station Inn in 2012. Embracing its all-female identity, it has gone on to win many bluegrass awards including a Grammy nomination for Best Bluegrass Album. No Fear is their third album all up, coming more than five years since their second was released, after coping with the pandemic and personnel changes. Here’s “Willow”
8. And now for a change in pace, some roots country and swing from Tylor & The Train Robbers. Almost an all-family member band with three brothers, they have been around for ten years and are based in Boise Idaho. This song is “I Ain’t The Only One” from their upcoming album Hum Of The Road
9. Singer-songwriter Lily Enos signed to Winding Way Records (Philadelphia) in July 2023 with her existing catalogue and a new ten-song album planned for release in 2025. “Retaliation” is a 70’s smooth, in-the-groove disco-inspired track she wrote at just 17 in the throngs of family turmoil and upset.
10 A song from another of our Albums Of The Month is next. The band is called Mighty Poplar and they are a supergroup in the roots music world, with members of Punch Brothers, Watchhouse, Leftover Salmon and Billy Strings’s band. Exceptional musicians all, and it’s no wonder that this self-titled debut album has been met with much acclaim. This song is called “Up On The Divide”
11 Speaking of Billy Strings, he has burst onto the bluegrass scene and made a huge impact with his frenetic playing and reinterpreting traditional bluegrass material with boundless energy. Last year he recorded an album with his father Me And Dad which was excellent. Here’s one track “Long Journey Home”
12 and 13 Two artists playing at Port Fairy Folk Festival in early March, an event that Listening Through The Lens will be covering for I think the sixth year. John Craigie is a US singer-songwriter and Kathryn Priddy has a classic English folk voice and songwriting craft, Craigie’s song is “I Am California” and Priddy’s “Icarus”
More Music Adventures Await!
LTTL Radio Playlist No. 1