Hard Road To Travel: Shelby Lynne and Michael Hurley


December 15th, 2010 ~ Conversation with the eclectic song stylist Shelby Lynne--formerly of rural Alabama, now of Palm Springs--to hear about the vicissitudes of her musical and emotional journey from country to pop--including a recent embrace of Dusty Springfield. Elusive singer-songwriter Michael Hurley talks about a family devoted to opera and his sometimes dark often humorous disaffected songs about the mysteries of modernity and werewolves. Plus a visit to an Alabama cemetery for revered coondogs. We surround it all with Southern soul, hard country, deep blues, traditional jazz and respect for what is still significantly unknowable and magical in American culture.

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  • Open Bed: Willie and Laura Mae Jones Shelby Lynne
    Just a Little Lovin', Lost Highway
  • Memphis, Tennessee Chuck Berry
    The Anthology, MCA/Chess
  • Well Well Well Lucinda Williams
    Little Honey, Lost Highway
  • Operator Grateful Dead
    American Beauty, Warner Bros
  • That's How I Got to Memphis Solomon Burke
    Nashville, Shout Factory
  • Instrumental: Memphis Lonnie Mack
    Rock Instrumental Classics, Vol. 2: The '60s, Rhino
  • A Hard Road to Travel Shakey Jake
    Chicago Blues Masters, Vol. 3 , Capitol
  • Lonesome On'ry and Mean Steve Youn
    Lonesome, On'ry and Mean, Raven
  • SEGMENT: Shelby Lynne
  • Instrumental: Son of a Preacher Man Gene Ammons
    The Boss is Back, Fantasy
  • Son of a Preacher Man Dusty Springfield
    Dusty in Memphis, Atlantic
  • Wille and Laura Mae Jones Tony Joe White
    The Best of Tony Joe White, Warner Archives
  • Storms Never Last Allison Moorer
    Lonesome, On'ry and Mean: A Tribute to Waylon Jennings, Dualtone
  • My Sweet Annette Drive-By Truckers
    Decoration Day, New West
  • Stuck Inside of Mobile with the Memphis Blues Again Bob Dylan
    Blonde on Blonde, Columbia
  • End Bed: Blues Before Dawn Pee Wee Crayton
    Pee Wee's Blues: The Complete Aladdin and Imperial Recordings, Capitol
  • Open Bed: Werewolf Michael Hurley
    Armchair Boogie, Warner Bros.
  • Black Rat Swing Cephas and Wiggins
    Richmond Blues, Smithsonian Folkways
  • There's a Rat Loose in My House Sterling Harrison
    South of the Snooty Fox, HackTone
  • SEGMENT: Michael Hurley
  • She-Wolf Jessie Mae Hemphill
    She-Wolf, HMG/Hightone
  • I'm the Wolf Howlin' Wolf
    His Best, Vol. 2, Chess
  • Instrumental: Monkey on the Interstate Michael Hurley
    Long Journey, Rounder
  • SEGMENT: Coon Dog Cemetery
  • Old King Neil Young
    Harvest Moon, Reprise
  • Bird Dog The Everly Brothers
    All-Time Original Hits, Rhino
  • Let Me Play with Your Poodle Tampa Red
    Memphis Slim / Tampa Red / Lonnie Johnson: Bawdy Blues, Prestige/Bluesville
  • I'm Gonna Take Care of Your Dog Rosie Ledet
    Zesty Zydeco, Maison de Soul
  • Instrumental: Let Me Play with Your Poodle CeDell Davis
    Keep It To Yourself: Arkansas Blues Vol.1 - Solo Performers, Stackhouse
  • Hit the Road Again Sunnyland Slim and Trio
    The Mercury Blues 'N' Rhythm Story: Midwest Blues, Mercury
  • I Think It's Going to Rain Today Irma Thomas with Randy Newman
    Simply Grand, Rounder
  • Opus de Soul Albert King, Stever Cropper, Pops Staples
    Jammed Together, Stax
  • End Bed: Behave Yourself Booker T & the MGs
    The Complete Stax-Volt Singles Vol.2: 1959-1968 , Atlantic