The Flowing Waters of Lake Jefferson

Saturday January 13, 2006: King, Top Songs of 2006 and new club in Binghamton

Folk Plus is hosted and planned by Angela Page and airs Saturdays from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm on WJFF, at 90.5 fm in Jeffersonville, N.Y. and 94.5 in Monticello N.Y. We are Hydro-Powered Public Radio and stream online at WWW.WJFFRADIO.ORG  Welcome new web listeners, especially those with MCS who are housebound. THANKS SO MUCH to the station management fo accommodating  my health issues which allow me to continue to volunteer Saturday mornings and bring you the music that 'moves and sustains me. '

Im off to cover three themes today on the show.

While we are fresh into the new year and still in a somewhat reflective mode, I want to give some time to airing the top aired songs of the past year from over 154 thousand folk playlsits. Thats later of Folk Plus, along with news of a new club opening in Binghamton this month.
But first, I want to air some musical explorations of the civil rights era in honor of non-violence and the words of Martin Luther King Jr.
Some of my favorite quotes of Dr. King:

  1. Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.
  2. Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle. And so we must straighten our backs and work for our freedom. A man can't ride you unless your back is bent.
  3. Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase.
  4. Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.
  5. I am not interested in power for power's sake, but I'm interested in power that is moral, that is right and that is good.
  6. Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others
  7. Never forget that everything Hitler did in Germany was legal
  8. Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.
  9. Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.
  10. Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men.
  11. The hottest place in Hell is reserved for those who remain neutral in times of great moral conflict.

  12. The question is not whether we will be extremists, but what kind of extremists we will be... The nation and the world are in dire need of creative extremists.

    Pete Seeger quoting MLK : Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.

1. Pete Seeger - Dr. King on Violence
Seeds - Appleseed

2. Don Henry - Beautiful Fool 435
Wild in the Backyard - Sony Music Ent.

Many contemporary folk musicians have some moving songs honoring this part of our history. Kate Campbell and David Massengill experienced segregation and the civil rights struggles from the point of view of a young white children growing up in the South. After their cuts, we will hear Rosa Parks herself, the woman credited with begin the mother of the civil rights movement.

3. Kate Campbell - Crazy in Alabama 442
Visions of Plenty - Compass

1963 march of KKK through David's hometown where main street was divided Tennessee on one side of the street and Virginia on the other. The marching permit was only allowed on the Virginia side. David recounts that 1963 march and some other historical references to civil rights

4. David Massengill - Number One in America 745
Coming Up For Air -Flying Fish

MLK was a 26 year old preacher at the time he took over the Montgomery Bus Boycotts  begun by the arrest of seamstress Rosa Parks, who was 43 at the time. Many thought Rosa's feet were tired, or that she was in the white section of the bus. She was in the area where she normally sat, but more whites had boarded. The bus driver had kicked her off his bus a few months earlier, and that day Dec 1 1955 he asked her to get up. IT wasnt that she was especially tired from work, but rather tired of the ongoing injustice.

5. Rosa from a Pacifica interview in april of 1956

The bus boycott lasted 381 days, and was just one step forward in a long journey.  June 21, 1964, NYTimes reported three missing civil rights workers. One of the missing whites is Michael Schwerner of Brooklyn, a 24-year-old former settlement-house worker. He came here six months ago with his wife, Rita. The second missing man is Andrew Goodman, 20, a student volunteer from Queens. The third is James E. Cheney, 21, a Meridian plasterer and driver of the late-model Ford station wagon in which they were last seen.

6. Greg Artzner, Terry Leonino, Kim and Reggie Harris - (Taylor, Seeger)
Those Three are On My Mind - Spoken in Love - Long Tail Records

Martin Luther King: Money for wars and space, but not rights?

7 David Roth & Anne Hills - That Kind of Grace 543
Rising In Love - Folk Era

The Sept. 15, 1963, bombing at the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, was one of the most abhorrent crimes of the civil rights movement. Four young girls attending Sunday school—Denise McNair, Cynthia Wesley, Carole Robertson, and Addie Mae Collins, aged 11 to 14—were killed when a bomb exploded at the church

March 21, 1981, nineteen-year-old Michael Donald was on his way to the store in  when two members of the United Klans of America abducted him, beat him, cut his throat and hung his body from a tree on a residential street in Mobile, Ala.     He  was picked at random as the victim. In court his mother was gracious and unbelievably forgiving.

On April 29, 1992, after three of the officers were acquitted of beating Rodney King beaten by police was videogtaped by George Holliday.  The verdict triggered massive rioting in Los Angeles, which lasted for 3 days, making it one of the worst civil disturbances in Los Angeles history. By the time the police, Marine Corps and National Guard restored order, there was nearly $1 billion in damage, with "58 deaths; 2,383 injuries; more than 7000 fire responses; 3,100 business damaged.

Violence and War and Anti Violent sentiments played a major part in the airing of folk music in 2006. Richard Gillman of KBCS in Bellevue, WA has a show called  "Lunch With Folks" airs from noon-3pm  on KBCS (91.3 FM)  He took the 154,719 playlists posted last year (detailed explanation is available at  to the FOLK DJ-L radio playlists and compiled the most played songs, artists, CDs.  THis isnt a "best of" just an interesting fact. So here are some of the most frequently aired cuts by FOLK djs internationally. ( I'm missing a Russell, Crooked Still, Rhonda VIncent and few others)

ased on 154,719 airplays from 189 different DJs

MLK: We must concentrate not merely on the negative expulsion of war but the postive affirmation of peace.

8. Eliza Gilkyson - Peace Call - Land Of Milk And Honey - Red House315
with Mary Chapin Carpenter, Slaid Cleaves, Iris Dement, Jon Dee Graham, and Patty Griffin.

9. Wailin' Jennys - Devil's Paintbrush Road - Firecracker - Red House 343
Also Glory Bound  from that release recieved top play in the top 30 list

10. Diana Jones - Pretty Girl - My Remembrance Of You - 309
also Pony and Hold On Me from this release also recieved top play in the top 30 list

11. Eliza Gilkyson - Man Of God - Paradise Hotel - Red House 427

12  Johnsmith - Back To The Mystery- Break Me Open - 512

13. Chuck Brodsky - Liar Liar Pants On Fire - Tulips For Lunch  - Waterbug 357

14. Bruce Springsteen - Pay Me My Money Down - We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions 433
also Old Dan Tucker and Erie Canal recieved top play in the top 40 list

15. Mark Erelli - Seeds Of Peace - Hope And Other Casualities 536
Imaginary Wars from this release also recieved top play in the top 40 list

16. The Duhks- Out Of The Rain - Migrations 328
Down To The River from this release also recieved top play in the top 40 list

17. John Gorka - Writing In The Margins - Writing In The Margins412

18. Dave Carter And Tracy Grammer - 7 Is The Number  - Seven Is The Number240
Tracys Laughlin Boy from her release Flower of Avalon was also in the top 20

19. Catie Curtis - Curtis/Erelli - People Look Around - Long Night Moon 358

20. Janis Ian - Great Divide - Folk Is The New Black 510
Folk Is The New Black from this release also recieved top play in the top 30 list

21. Tom Russell - Stealing Electricity - Love And Fear 307
Sound Of One Heart Breaking from this release also recieved top play in the top 30 list

22. Dixie Chicks - Not Ready To Make Nice - Taking The Long Way 358
Emily, Martie, Natalie on apologizing, anger and Bush.

23.  Lynn Miles - 1000 Lovers - Love Sweet Love- True North  335

Upcoming Shows at the NEW NIGHT EAGLE CAFE
200 State St. Binghamton, NY (607) 843-7378

Sat., Jan.20th., 8:00pm., $21.00, Evening with Lucy Kaplansky

24 Lucy Kaplansky - Land of the Living 401
Red Thread - Red House

Lucy grew up in Chicago and began singing in bars. Then she moved to NYC and worked at Gerdes Folk City and became involved in the songwriters circles at Cornelia Street, the Fast Folk Magazine and the Speak Easy Coop where I met her.

Fri., Jan.19th, 8:00pm.,An Evening with The Bobs

25 Bobs - (Joe, Richard, Janie, Matt) Why Not Try Right Now 139
I Brow Club - Rounder

The Bobs present a mix of poppy offbeat vocal arrangements. The Bobs are unique, hilarious and extremely entertaining...a polished act
with quirkiness and stunning proficiency...truly in a league of their own..."A marriage of Barenaked Ladies and Manhattan Transfer...truly off the beaten path..". -Miami Herald

Fri., Jan.26th., 8:00pm., $25.00, The Battlefield Band
Ely Parker, Miss Maritins waWedding Primrose Lassies, Mr Galloway Goes to Washingon 421
Road of Tears - Temple Records

Inspired by their rich heritage of Celtic music and fired by the strength of today's Scottish Cultural scene, they mix the old songs with new self-penned material.

Coming soon to the Night Eagle's new location in Binghamton.

Sat., Jan.27th., 8:00pm., $15.00  Tracy Grammer

Sun., Jan.28th., 5:00pm., $21.00,An Evening with Guy Davis

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