Dave Powell

Bulldog Gravy

Happy Birthday, America; Let’s Celebrate With Some Protest Songs

Most people know Woody Guthrie as the author of the song that’s often called our second national anthem, “This Land Is Your Land.” Not everyone knows that it’s a protest song. In the winter of 1940, Guthrie was hitchhiking his way east to New York City at the invitation of Will Geer, an actor best […]

Bulldog Gravy, Episode 104: Texas (On Everything)

Bruce Robison, “What Would Willie Do?” Country Sunshine, 2001. Willie Nelson, “Across the Borderline,” Across the Borderline, 1993. Robert Earl Keen, “The Front Porch Song,” The Live Album, 1988. Charlie Robison, “Flatland Boogie,” Good Times, 2004. Terry Allen, “Truckload of Art,” Lubbock (On Everything), 1979. Terry Allen, “Gone to Texas,” Human Remains, 1996. Robert Earl Keen, “Mariano (Intro),” No. 2 Live Dinner, […]

Bulldog Gravy, Episode 103: House of the Rising Sun

The Animals, “The House of the Rising Sun,” The Animals, 1964.  Randy Newman, “Louisiana 1927,” Good Old Boys, 1974. Woody Guthrie, “The Railroad Blues,” American Radical Patriot, 2012. Arlo Guthrie, “The City of New Orleans,” Hobo’s Lullaby, 1972. Creedence Clearwater Revival, “Born on the Bayou,” Bayou Country, 1969. Willie Watson, “Midnight Special,” Folk Singer, Vol. I, 2014. Little Feat, “Dixie Chicken,” Dixie Chicken, […]

Bulldog Gravy, Episode 102: Presidential Rag

  Blue Mountain, “Jimmy Carter,” Dog Days, 1995. Billy Bragg & Wilco, “Christ for President,” Mermaid Avenue, 1998. The Almanac Singers, “Dear Mr. President,” 1942. J.B. Lenoir, “Eisenhower Blues,” 1954. Tom Paxton, “Lyndon Johnson Told the Nation,” The Best of Tom Paxton: I Can’t Help But Wonder Where I’m Bound, 1965. Arlo Guthrie, “Presidential Rag,” Arlo Guthrie, 1974. Neil Young, “Campaigner,” Decade, 1977. Crosby […]

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