SPIRIT AND ROOTS EPISODE #24 w/ CLIFF EBERHARDT – NOW UP ON MIXCLOUD

My featured guest for the 24th episode of Spirit and Roots was Cliff Eberhardt,one of America’s finest living songwriters, Cliff Eberhardt, whose songs have been covered by the likes of Richie Havens, Shawn Colvin and Buffy Sainte Marie.


We talked about his love for Tom Waits; what it was like to spend time with Bob Dylan and work with Richie Havens; and how he goes about writing a song


You can listen to the entire show and interview here:


Episode 24 Playlist

1/ JOHN PRINE – Please Don’t Bury Me – Sweet Revenge

2/ BILL WITHERS – I Hope She’ll Be Happier With Him – Live at Carnegie Hall

3/ GEOFF MULDAUR – Trouble Will Soon Be Over – Password

4/ AMOS LEE – Mountains of Sorrow – Mountains of Sorrow, Rivers of Song

5/ CHRIS WOOD – One In A Million – The Lark Descending

6/ BILL MORRISSEY – 23rd Street – Something I Saw or Thought I Saw

7/ LEONARD COHEN – Night In Santiago – Thanks For The Dance

8/ EMILY BARKER – Over My Shoulder – Sweet Kind of Blue

9/ CLIFF EBERHARDT – The Long Road – The Long Road

10/ CLIFF EBERHARDT – That Kind Of Love – The Long Road

11/ TOM WAITS – Tom Traubert’s Blues – Small Change

12/ ADAM CARROLL – Sno Cone Man – Live at Flipnotics

13/ DUKE SPECIAL – Why Does Anybody Love – Live in Belfast

All artist links can be found in the YouTube and MixCloud footnotes.

SPIRIT AND ROOTS EPISODE #23 w/ BOB LIND – NOW UP ON MIXCLOUD

My featured guest for the 23rdth episode of Spirit and Roots was the legendary Bob Lind,who helped define the 1960s folk rock movement in the U.S. and U.K.


We talked about his musical journey from the ’60s coffee house circuit to now and what he has learnt as a songwriter over the years. 


You can listen to the entire show and interview here:


Episode 23 Playlist

1/ MICKEY NEWBURY – The Future’s Not What It Used To Be – Frisco Mabel Joy

2/ BONNY LIGHT HORSEMAN – The Roving – Bonny Light Horseman

3/ BARBARA DANE & THE CHAMBERS BROTHERS – Come By Here – Barbara Dane and The Chambers Brothers

4/ SAM BUSH – The Ballad of Spider John – Glamor & Grits

5/ SHACK – Comedy – H.M.S Fable

6/ TERRY CALLIER – Lazarus Man – TimePeace

7/ BOB LIND – How Dare You Love Me – Finding You Again

8/ BOB LIND – Theme From The Music Box – Live at the Luna Star Café

9/ THE SONS OF THE PIONEERS – Cool Water – Cowboy Classics

All artist links can be found in the YouTube and MixCloud footnotes.

SPIRIT AND ROOTS EPISODE #22 w/ SEAN TAYLOR – NOW UP ON MIXCLOUD

My featured guest for the 22nd episode of Spirit and Roots was the mighty Sean Taylor, one of the UK’s finest political songwriters.


This was our first show post-lockdown in the UK, due to the Coronavirus, so this interview and the ones to follow will all be done via telephone!


We talked about Sean’s songwriting influences, how he sees the role of the artists, and why there’s no more inspiring place than the road.


You can listen to the entire show and interview here:


Episode 20 Playlist

1/ MAVIS STAPLES – Hard Times Come Again No More – Beautiful Dreamer

2/ NANCI GRIFFITH – Trouble In The Fields – Lone Star State of Mind

3/ THE FINN BROTHERS – Won’t Give In – Everyone Is Here

4/ JOHN MCCUTCHEON – Y’All Means All – Trolling for Dreams

5/ LORNA ROBERTS – Life Is Good – Life Is Good

6/ BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN – Waiting On A Sunny Day – The Rising

7/ LABBI SIFFRE – So Strong – So Strong

8/ JIMMY CLIFF – Many Rivers To Cross – Jimmy Cliff

9/ GREG BROWN – Say A Little Prayer – In The Hills Of California

10/ SEAN TAYLOR – This Is England – Live In London

11/ SEAN TAYLOR – So Fine – Live In London

12/ OTIS SPANN – Half Ain’t Been Told – Walking The Blues

13/ RICHIE HAVENS – You’ll Never Know – Wishing Well

14/ DOUG PETERS – Rock Of The Last Gasp – Songs From The Swag

15/ PETE SEEGER – We Shall Overcome – Clearwater Classics

16/ ERIC BIBB – Lead Me, Guide Me – Rainbow People

All artist links can be found in the YouTube and MixCloud footnotes.

SPIRIT AND ROOTS EPISODE #21 w/ SIOBHAN PARR – NOW UP ON MIXCLOUD

My featured guest for the 20th episode of Spirit and Roots was the incredible Siobhan Parr, one of London’s most gifted songwriters and singers.


We discussed how she goes about writing songs; her teenage record collection; and the plans for her next record.


You can listen to the entire show and interview here:


Episode 20 Playlist

1/ STEVE MARRIOTT – Cockney Rhyme – Dingwalls 6.7.84

2/ SONNY TERRY & BROWNIE MCGHEE – People Get Ready – Sonny & Brownie

3/ KREG VIESSELMANN – Gone To Lewiston – Kreg Viesselmann

4/ SIOBHAN PARR – Devils Come Clean – All In Good Time

5/ SIOBHAN PARR – No Good Woman – All In Good Time

6/ SIOBHAN PARR – The Joker – Repeat To Fade

7/ LUCINDA WILLIAMS – Lake Charles – Car Wheels On A Gravel Road

8/ BOBBY WOMACK – Surprise Surprise – The Poet

9/ ERIC TAYLOR – Visitors From Indiana – Eric Taylor

10/ GRANT LEE PHILLIPS – Walking In The Green Corn – Walking in the Green Corn

All artist links can be found in the YouTube and MixCloud footnotes.

SPIRIT AND ROOTS EPISODE #20 w/ BRUCE “MISSISSIPPI” JOHNSON – NOW UP ON MIXCLOUD

My featured guest for the 20th episode of Spirit and Roots was US singer Bruce “Mississippi” Johnson, nephew of soul legend Jackie Wilson.


We talked about his journey from the American Deep South to London, via Africa and Paris, and how his travels have shaped him as an artist and songwriter.


You can listen to the entire show and interview here:


Episode 20 Playlist

1/ R.L Burnside – I Love Mississippi – Heritage of the Blues: No Monkeys on This Train

2/ TED HAWKINS – Bring It Home Daddy – Watch Your Step

3/ STEVE FORBERT – Romeo’s Tune – Jackrabbit Slim

4/ POPS STAPLES – Somebody Was Watching – Don’t Lose This

5/ BRUCE “MISSISSIPPI” JOHNSON – No Good – The Deal Baby

6/ BRUCE “MISSISSIPPI” JOHNSON – The Deal Baby – The Deal Baby

7/ GIL SCOTT HERON – We Almost Lost Detroit – Bridges

8/ JIMMIE RODGERS – Any Old Time – Train Whistle Blues

9/ BOBBIE GENTRY – Fancy – Fancy

10/ JESSE WINCHESTER – Mississippi You’re On My Mind – Learn To Love It

All artist links can be found in the YouTube and MixCloud footnotes.