Saturday, January 19, 2008

The Best of Bob Dylan Theme Time Radio Hour

I dont know if everyone knows this, but Bob Dylan has been presenting his own radio show, Theme Time Radio Hour (TTRH), on the Deep Tracks channel of XM Satellite Radio for over two years now (also on BBC 2 radio in the UK)

It mainly features music that influenced Dylan from the 30's to the 50's, including blues, rockabilly, soul, gospel, swing and folk. Each show is centred around a theme, eg: weather, drinking, baseball, coffee, etc. It's obscure but an incredible insight, not only into Dylan, but into the American music that serves as the roots of rock.

A new double CD is available thats an absolutely fantastic listen if you are into the history of music or just listening to great songs

Disc: 1
1. Keep On The Sunny Side – The Carter Family
2. (Mama) He Treats Your Daughter Mean – Ruth Brown
3. Ain’t Got No Money To Pay For This Drink – George Zimmerman and the Thrills
4. The Ball Game – Sister Wynona Carr
5. Java Jive – The Ink Spots
6. Send Me To The ‘Lectric Chair – Bessie Smith
7. Papa’s On The Housetop – Leroy Carr & Scrapper Blackwell
8. Married Woman – Big Joe Turner
9. Alimony Blues – Eddie “Cleanhead” Vinson & His Orchestra
10. Ice Cream Man – John Brim

Disc: 2
1. I Put A Spell On You – Screamin’ Jay Hawkins
2. When You Dance – The Turbans
3. When It’s Sleepy Time Down South – Louis Armstrong
4. Matzoh Balls – Slim Gaillard & His Flat Foot Floogie Boys
5. Let Me Play With Your Poodle – Tampa Red & Big Maceo
6. Tennessee – Carl Perkins
7. Blue Moon Of Kentucky – Bill Monroe
8. Five Long Years – Eddie Boyd
9. Christmas Is A-Comin’ – Lead Belly
10. Zindy Lou – The Chimes

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So I guess you guys get the "revivial" on BBC? It's pretty good, huh?

And since you seem to be a fan, I thought I'd turn you on to my new movel, BLOOD ON THE TRACKS.

It's a murder-mystery. But not just any rock superstar is knocking on heaven's door. The murdered rock legend is none other than Bob Dorian, an enigmatic, obtuse, inscrutable, well, you get the picture...

Suspects? Tons of them. The only problem is they're all characters in Bob's songs.

You can get a copy on or go "behind the tracks" at to learn more about the book.

Squirrel said...

Great post--we were just discussing the hopes of a Theme Time Cd earlier today! This is great news.Just found your blog and am enjoying checking it out.