This Friday evening you can spend some time listening in to the chat I had with Ron Sexsmith. It’s hard to know why we haven’t played much Ron until recently. It’s probably because he doesn’t really fit the “Americana or Alt-Country” tag.


However he did write a song called Lebanon Tennessee and, given that’s right next to Nashville, I think we can include him. He’s also very good and over the last 20 years has made some fine records. He will be talking about the new album, Long Player, Late Bloomer and we’ll also get a little insight into some older songs. I  did ask the question of Ron…what did he make of this?……..

Because Ron – apart from being a fine writer himself – is pretty good for a few Dylan covers himself.

I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s done the odd one from this album….

a few people have. We feel we’re doing justice by putting these two together this week.

Talking of Bob – we’ll also hear what Woody Guthrie sounded like 60 years ago when he and his wife rolled up to a community hall in Newark and played to 50 or so locals.


We’ll be playing lots of new things too from Zoe Muth, Nick Lowe, My Morning Jacket our good friend Eilen Jewel and something great from Oklahoma’s own Other Lives…I think you’ll like it. You know, f course, that we’re on air from five past eight on Friday evening. BBC Radio Scotland.


Sunday Morning…

We’re getting nearer to the 10th Anniversary of the Twin Towers attacks.  Firstly Elizabeth Goren tells us why she felt she needed to tell her story of  New York’s fire-fighters in “Beyond The Reach of Ladders.” The we will hear from Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf. You don’t know him? Perhaps you remember some of these headlines?…..

We will talk to Imam Feisal about why his vision of a community centre based on the ideals of Cordoba in Spain got hijacked by mischievous anti-Islamists. I think you’ll want to hear him.

We’re also going to meet John Matthews, who made a decision to leave business and serve the Church. We’ll talk about supporting families and folks….

We’ll play some great music. We’ll go from Ramsay Lewis to Randy Newman and we’ll play some songs about the great city of New York. All from seven on Sunday Morning on BBC Radio Scotland.