Mother's Day


May 8th, 2002 ~ A tribute to mom in music, with spoken sentiments on motherhood from our guests. Alt. rock mama Kristin Hersh talks about caring for her two kids on the road. Lindy Boggs - former congresswoman, New Orleans native, and mother to journalist Cokie Roberts - offers some unique family memories and songs. Zydeco matriarch Queen Ida tell us how she raised a child who would one day play in her band. Also, music from Queen Mothers in jazz, blues and soul, including Ella Fitzgerald, Etta James and Aretha.

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  • Loves Me Like A Rock Paul Simon
    There Goes Rhymin' Simon, Warner
  • If I Could Hear My Mother Pray Again The Staple Singers
    Freedom Highway, Sony
  • Motherless Children Have A Hard Time Blind Willie Johnson
    The Complete, Sony
  • I Have An Aged Mother Carter Family
    Worried Man Blues, Rounder
  • Mama Tried Merle Haggard
    Greatest Hits Volume 1, Curb
  • Instrumental: Ticklin' The Strings Mena Moeria Minstrels
    Hawaiian Steel Guitar Classics, Arhoolie
  • (Mama) Talk To Your Daughter Snooks Eaglin
    Complete Imperial, Capitol
  • Mama Feelgood Lyn Collins & the JBs
    James Brown's Original Funky Divas, Polydor
  • Mama Didn't Lie Jan Bradley
    Chess Rhythm & Roll Box, Chess/MCA
  • Mama Told Me Not To Come Randy Newman
    12 Songs, Warner Brothers
  • INTERVIEW: Lindy Boggs
  • Instrumental: Memphis Shake Dixieland Jug Blowers
    Ruckus Juice & Chittlins Vol.2, Yazoo
  • I'm A Woman Maria Muldaur
    Waitress In The Donut Shop, Reprise
  • Mama Don't Allow No Music Doc Watson
    Memories, Sugar Hill
  • Mama Don't Want No Peas 'n' Rice 'n' Coconut Oil Count Basie
    Volume 6 - 1938, M├ędia 7
  • Tell Mama Etta James
    Her Best, MCA/Chess
  • INTERVIEW: Queen Ida
  • The Lady is a Tramp Ella Fitzgerald
    Rodgers & Hart Songbook, Verve
  • Mama Guela Tito Rodriguez
    Nu-Yorica Roots, Soul Jazz
  • Mother's Tender Care The Ethiopian
    Treasure Isle, Reggae
  • Lady Madonna Fats Domino
    Fats Is Back, Bullseye
  • Julia The Beatles
    White Album, Apple
  • Your Mother Should Know The Beatles
    Magical Mystery Tour, Apple
  • Instrumental: Crayon Sun Throwing Muses
    Bright Yellow Gun, 4AD
  • INTERVIEW: Kristin Hersh
  • Mama's Opry Iris DeMent
    Infamous Angel, Warner Brothers
  • Mamas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to be Cowboys Willie Nelson
    Super Hits Vol.2, Curb
  • Mother, the Queen of My Heart Jimmie Rodgers
    The Singing Brakeman Box, Bear Family
  • Sweet Mama Hurry Home Or I'll Be Gone Leon Redbone
    Off The Track, Warner
  • Instrumental: 16 Mile Creek Breakdown The Sadies
    Pure Diamond Gold, Bloodshot
  • If I Could Hear My Mother Pray Again Joseph Spence
    Real Music Box: 25 Years of Rounder Records, Rounder
  • Oh, Lady Be Good Slim Gaillard
    Laughing in Rhythm: The Best of Verve Years, Verve
  • Play It Momma Mary Lou Williams
    Zoning, Smithsonian Folkways
  • Mother Earth Memphis Slim
    The Chess Blues-Rock Songbook: The Classic Originals, MCA/Chess