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Mother's Day Special
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May 07, 2021 01:35 PM PDT
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This weekend we observe Mother’s Day, a day that got buried among the many lost celebrations last year due to the pandemic. So it is only fitting that we elevate the gratitude we have this coming Sunday. At Deeper Roots, we’re taking time this Friday to celebrate with only the finest in the many American genres including country, bluegrass, rock, pop vocals, soul, and everything in between…with a little bit of spark thrown in. We’ve got Aretha, The Louvins, Zydeco sounds with Fernest Arceneaux, JJ Cale and Dr. Hook, all in tow to pay tribute to all of those moms out there who play such a big part in our formation as adults. Tune in Friday mornings live from the KOWS studios in the Cherry Street Historic District of Santa Rosa, Sonoma County, California.
Honey Don't
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May 01, 2021 06:17 AM PDT
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Don’t tell me…it’s theme time but with the negative bent. No, no, no, honey don’t. This week’s show takes on songs of which there is no reduced supply chain: songs that ask us ‘not to’. A somewhat obscure theme, no question, but it’s all about the message after all. We’ll hear a variety of genres this week, all with their warnings prefaced with the contraction “don’t”. We’ll hear from Elvis (a favorite of the idiom), Blue Lu Barker, Julia Lee, Charles Brown, Buddy Emmons, and those representing doo wop, country, early rock, and Americana. All of this coming your way on our last show of April 2021, broadcasting from the Cherry Street Historic District of Santa Rosa. Don’t get defensive, it’s all in fun.
Deeper Soul Tracks
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April 23, 2021 04:48 PM PDT
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We're going rare and under-the-radar for the most part this Friday morning, taking time to peek our heads above the surface only a few times. This week we've got a collection of mostly unknown soul sounds from some of the classic labels as well as some rare gems from the vaults of labels like Prix and Cash. There will be some vocal powerhouse sounds from Dee Dee Warwick, Jean Wells, Madeline Bell and Darrel Banks. We'll also share some fun sixties sounds from The Olympics, a special pair of Barbara Lynn and Dee Dee Sharp gems from the Deeper Roots dusty digital bins. Join Dave Stroud on a Friday morning recorded live from the KOWS studios in the heart of downtown Santa Rosa
Willie & Friends
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April 16, 2021 01:59 PM PDT
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Willie Nelson turns 88 this month. Born during the Great Depression and raised by his grandparents, he wrote his first song at the age of seven and had his first band at the age of ten. From high school to the Air Force, then to his return home to Texas as a radio disc jockey, he was always in a band singing. In the 1950s he would write songs that would become country standards and we’ll be sharing some of them with you in today’s Deeper Roots, performed by Willie and his contemporaries. He endures just as his music does and the catalog is a legacy few parallel. We’ll hear from The Little Willies, Waylon Jennings, Faron Young, Asleep at the Wheel, and at least a dozen others performing the songs of Willie Hugh Nelson. Tune in Friday morning on KOWS.
Rolling Along
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April 09, 2021 01:42 PM PDT
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We’re going to blend all the favorites into a delicious free form stew this morning, looking to the north, south, east and west for our inspiration. Not only do we have some Otis Redding soul, but we’ve also got some traditional blendings from David Johansen, The Devil Makes Three, and some southern fried sounds from James Lee Stanley and John Hammond. A lot of our playlist makes connections: moonlight drives, Memphis tributes, and a lot about our title track ‘rolling along’. I’ve also got a little splash of Frankie Laine for inspiration along those lines. Tune in on a Sonoma County Friday morning for more from the Cherry Street Historic District and the mighty KOWS, streaming to planet earth on kowsfm.com.
Torch Songs
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April 03, 2021 05:28 AM PDT
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Smoky lounges, familiar places, and torch songs to patronize those forlorn lovers alone at the bar. You get the drift. Sentimentality abounds this morning on Deeper Roots as we dig into a subset of virtually any genre out there. It’s as old as time itself, of course: songs and stories of unrequited or lost love, either where one is oblivious to the feelings of another or has moved on from a relationship, all told in teary notes by the performer. Let me just say that there was no shortage of fodder for this show whether it was country, jazz, soul, or pop. We’ll hear from Julie London, Ray Charles, Dusty Springfield, Aretha, Roy Orbison, and on and on. No rest for the pain of unrequited love. Tune in for a crazy moon, crying time, and the end of the world on KOWS Community Radio.
Breakin' The Law
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March 26, 2021 10:41 AM PDT
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Another theme time extravaganza for our listeners on this new Spring morning here in Sonoma County. The theme focuses on bad behavior, poor judgement and legal entanglements that find themselves into the American musical lexicon. Rock, country and blues seem to lean on the theme more than any other with the country stories of cheatin’, stealin’, and petulant pistols being the most common. We’ll be hearing from Johnny Cash, Porter Wagoner, Louis Jordan, Elvis, The Cadillacs, and a number of others, sharing stories of everything from jaywalking to murder. Oh…and let’s not forget the lawyers. No lawyer jokes, though. Just a little bit of David Lindley, Kitty Wells, and Warren Zevon on visiting day behind the bars…which is every Friday morning at 9 on community radio for Sonoma County.
East Side West Side
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March 20, 2021 08:19 AM PDT
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From the Bowery to Brooklyn to Broadway to the Bronx...the sidewalks of New York is the topic of the morning, our Gotham theme this Friday on community radio from the Left Coast looking east. Join Dave Stroud for a handsome cab journey through the past century of iconic sounds where the heartbeat of the melting pot of America sings. You'll be treated to some early Broadway musical samples, the imaginings of West Side Story, the hotel orchestras, and vocal elaborations from Darin, Sinatra, Ella, an Cohan. There will be no exclusion here as late century rock and vocal groups as we'll hear from The Ad Libs, The Drifters, Garland Jeffreys and others. New York has always been a mirror into the soul of America and has always represented its humanity as a visit to any street in Manhattan would reveal; and its music is, in turn, a reflection itself of that humanity. Join us.
Burnin' Love
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March 13, 2021 05:57 AM PST
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A hunka hunka free form sounds this morning on Deeper Roots: some thoughtful pairings and some that just need to be pushed to the surface. We’re into some welcome Daylight Savings Time already as we prepare for the days to get longer shedding more light in the attic from the window up above. Songs today explore mojo, some gospel musings, concerns about a fellow named Lou whose got the flu, and some reflections on the 420 favorite. Performers include Julia Lee, Little Jimmy Dickens, Ivie Anderson, Lightnin’ Hopkins, and we’ve even got an ‘unknown’ from the mid-century wondering “Who’s Boogeying My Woogie Now”. Imagine that. Well, imagine this: Friday mornings on KOWS Community Radio are made just for the beginning of Spring. Tune in.
Americana Hours Classics
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March 05, 2021 11:24 AM PST
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We're gathering under the Americana tent this morning; well, I guess, technically, we do each Friday morning. But this week we'll spend some time with the classics. I'll be sharing mid-century highlights from east, west, north and south in a show that pays tribute to some of the classic performers and performances that codified what's become known as Americana: not a genre, but more of something in the air that makes you comfortable as a well worn blanket but also is the cold breeze that comes in through the cracks. I've got the celebratory sounds of The Blasters, Arlo Guthrie, and the NGDB; the painful reminders of days past from The Band, Chris Hillman, and Guy Clark; the harsh reminders of what got us here from Steve Earle, James McMurtry, and Bruce Springsteen. So much more to share in only two hours on Sonoma County Community Radio.

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