The Flowing Waters of Lake Jefferson

Saturday November 21, 2009:
Gamblers, Outlaws, and Running from the Law

Welcome to the member-funded, hydro-powered, volunteer-run studios of WJFF.  Thanks to staff and station management for accommodating my health issues and maintaining a chemical and fragrance free environment. Complying with these accommodations allow me to continue to volunteer Saturday mornings.

Folk Plus is a mostly lyrically and theme based show of contemporary singer-songwriters, some older cuts and perhaps a spoken word or Broadway entry, all based on a theme.   The station's website and stream are online at WWW.WJFFRADIO.ORG as are archived shows. 

Thanks to Graham Rice for running the show last week and doing 2 hours of Irish Music. A brit doing Irish Music, pretty versatile!   Today, as I promised on air two weeks ago, is a setlist of Gamblers and Outlaws. There are robberies and sometimes someone dies, so you may need to look away from the radio at times.

1. Kingston Trio - Tijuana Jail 250 [Thompson] - Absolutely the Best of ...EMI
"we ended up in hte gambling spot...where the liquor flowed and the dice were hot"

2. Mary McCaslin - Ballad of Weaverville 354 - Prairie in the Sky - Philo
"I'll tell you 'bout a gambler folks, Jim Weaver was his name, ride in here close beside me, I'll telll you about a game"
"If he won they'd have to swear to give the town his name"

3. Tom Russell w Ian Tyson - Gallo Del Cielo 557 - Coboy Real - Philo
He fears he might have lost that 50,000 dollars riding on the spurs of Del Cielo, so he can't win back the land that was stolen from the family.

4. Anne Murray  - Son of a Gambler   -  3:06
Will he be the son of his father the teacher of love and honest, or the son of a run of the mill, rotten gambler? 

5. Liam Clancey - Ride Willie Ride    2:25   
Aces backed with eights is the deadman's hand

6. Kenny Rogers - Gambler    3:30  
"You gotta know when to hold em, know when to fold em, know when to walk away, know when to run"

7. Phil Harris   - Darktown Poker Club    3:00  
"put up your chips...keep your hands up please
if I keep him cheating just one more time...."
8. Darryl Purpose - Dangerous Game 407 - Same River Twice -
Before touring with music. Darryl was a professional Black Jack player, one of the best ever. This song takes us to one dangerous game he played and some other dangerous places.

9.  Kingston Trio  - This Train Don't Carry No Gamblers  1:48    Once Upon a Time - Collector's Choice
I am a rovin' gambler.... whenever I see a deck of cards I lay my money down"

10. Tom Russell with Eliza Gilkyson & Joe Ely - Lily, Rosemary and the Jack of Hearts 944 - Indians Cowboys Horses Dogs - Hightone Records
"Lily called another bet and she drew up the jack of hearts"
got a call from a dylan fan saying he'd seen Eliza and Mary Guathier

11. Ramblin Jack Elliott - Jack of Diamonds 322- Lost Topic Tapes: Cowes Harbour 1957
"you've robbed my poor pockets of silver and gold"

12.  Joni Mitchell  - [J Phillips] Me And My Uncle    2:42
My uncle taught me well boys, I grabbed the gold, and left him bleeding by the side of the road. [turn your head from the radio]

13. Kingston Trio  - This Train Don't Carry No Gamblers  1:48    Once Upon a Time - Collector's Choice
Yes I played this twice... but I had to cover for Phil Ochs not loading the Highwayman after three tries!

14. George Strait - Ace in the Hole 242 - Beyond the Blue Neon - MCA
"Life is a gamble"

14. Doc and Merle Watson - Smoke Smoke Smoke 250 - Red Rocking Chair - Flying Fish
"he'd raise me and I'd raise him... he finally called and didn't raise the bet"

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15. Pete Seeger - Jesse James  425 - American Favorite Ballads - Volume 2 - Smithsonian Folkways
"He robbed the Glendale  Train... those outlaws Frank and Jesse James"

16.  David Massengill - On the Road to Fairfax County 444- Coming Up For Air
"Once I loved an outlaw, he came and stole my heart"
A caller said there are only a few perfect songs, this is one.

17. Joel Rafael - Pretty Boy Floyd 437 -
"You'll never see an outlaw drive a family from their home"

18. Townes Van Zandt - Poncho and Lefty 338 - Singer Songwriter -
"Poncho was a bandit boys.... wore his gun outside his pants for all the honest world to feel"

19. Connie Dover -  Ned of the Hill  721 - If I Ever Return - Taylor Park Music
Considered by the British as an outlaw, Ryan was housed on the run by those who didn't agree.

20. Kingston Trio - Everglades 224 - String Along - Collector's Choice
"Where a man can hide and never be found and have no fear of the baying hound, but he better keep a movin'"

21. Stan Rogers - Canol Road 305 - Northwest Passage - Fogarty's Cove
An Alaskan Everglades story.

22. Peter Paul and Mary - Gilgarry Mountain  - A Song Will Rise - Warner Bros.
"First I drew my pistols, then I drew my rapiers..."

23. Ellis Paul - Bad Bad Blood 438 - American Jukebox Fables - Philo
"Parker's in disguise with a loaded 45, wearing a mask of Ronald Reagon... cops are in the parking lot waiting"

24. Rodney Crowel - Highway 17 454 - Houston Kid
After coming out of jail, he heads to find the money buried in a hole on Highway 17

25. Jory Nash - Charlie 354 - New Blue Day
"20,000 dollars in my gunny sack....buried 50 miles away"
"Bless the holy gambler who cannot pay.."

26. Pete Seeger - Frankie and Johnny - 424 - American Favorite Ballads Volume 1 - Smithsonian Folkways
"underneath her kimona she carried a 44 gun"

27. Battlefield Band - Bernie's Welcome to Butner  445 Zama Zama Try Your Luck  -
Now for some white collar crime.. Bernie Madeoff is seen off to jail by the battlefield band! Fades out...

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