Steve Earle hit the Big 6-0 today, cause for celebration on this week's Sunday Breakfast. We'll sample songs from throughout his career, covers by folks including Emmylou Harris and Joan Baez, and some examples of his work as a producer. We'll also remember Sam Cooke with some of his classic songs and covers. And to wrap things up, we'll have a studio session with Mike Farris, a soulful-voiced guy from Nashville who channels gospel-flavored music as part of his journey as a recovering addict.
Tonight's UKNY at 10 is an eclectic affair, ranging from the happy return of Django Django, Dutch Uncles and Belle and Sebastian to fresh singles from intriguing newcomers like Cold, Cold Heart, C Duncan, and Liu Bei (featuring Slowdive's Rachel Goswell). We'll also hear a new track from BBC Sound of 2015 winners Years & Years and the Commonwealth Cut is Australian, space-age psychedelic and, strangely, would segue superbly out of Kenny Loggins' "Footloose." That's actually a good thing.
I'm wondering if every edition of "The Bottomless Pit" from now on will have to contain a eulogy or tribute to a musical artist that I like; it's starting to seem like it. Anyway, tonight's show at 10 contains a eulogy/tribute to Little Jimmy Dickens. It's too bad that the Digital Millenium Copyright Act only allows me to play four songs by him; I have dozens of favorites. Among the ones I ended up leaving out are: "They Locked God Outside the Iron Curtain," "Waitress Waitress," and "Sleeping At the Foot Of the Bed". Tune in and find out which ones I opted to play.
The big news guiding tonight's "Idiot's Delight"® at 8 is the return of Sleater-Kinney. Vin Scelsa explores the trio's ferocious new album, No Cities To Love, which is their first release in a decade. In addition, Vin is cast out to sea with Jolie Holland, who plays The Living Room in New York on February 5. Expect other offerings from Matt Keating, Suzanne Vega, Leonard Cohen, John Mellencamp, and The Cave Singers too. Honestly, it's just too cold to be outside, so do join Vin in Studio V for a cozy, frostbite-free edition of the show.