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Author: Kory French

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Jam Session is one of BTRtoday's longest-running podcasts, launched in 2016 by producer/host Laura Goldfarb. New episodes are out every Monday, catering to music lovers within the jam band community. Featured artists include Umphrey's McGee, Lotus, The String Cheese Incident, Widespread Panic, ALO, Primus, moe., Chris Robinson Brotherhood, The Motet, Karl Denson, STS9, and The Disco Biscuits... just to name a few. Expect studio favorites, new live improvisations, features on popular and brand new festivals, and many chances to win music and swag from jam bands around the world. In 2019, Kory French, takes over as host of the show after a short stint by BTRtoday's Music Director Lottie.
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2019-11-1801:01:48

Bunched almost perfectly into years, we hear some great Jam music from 2013, 2015, 2018 plus a few others. I also discover “MMB”—the Mike Montrey Band, and feature a starting set of John Popper led lyrics that includes both Blues Traveler and Brother’s Keeper.00:00 - Show Opening00:41 - Episode Intro01:47 - Death on the Liberty Line - Craig Greenberg06:49 - Jackie’s Baby - Blues Traveler11:05 - Cold Rain - Brother’s Keeper16:30 - Mic Break18:43 - Angels On High - Widespread Panic25:36 - Mic Break28:50 - James and His Crooked Trail - Mike Montrey Band35:33 - Pull Out the Matches - Mike Montrey Band38:50 - Mic Break40:04 - Little Business - Robert Walter’s 20th Congress44:57 - A Place of Hope - Back On the Train49:18 - Hat When You’re Not - Bim Skala Bim53:38 - Mic Break55:04 - Cryin’ - Robert Earl Thomas61:25 - Episode Outro61:48 - Finish
To The Nineties and Back

To The Nineties and Back

2019-11-11--:--:--

Starting off in 1997 with “Highway Song” by Leftover Salmon and work our way up to September 2019 with Ronnie Penque’s ‘Family Business’ album. Some loud funk and jazz jams from the early 2000s and we end up back in the Nineties with a long jam by Cousin Fungus.00:00 - Show Opening00:43 - Episode Intro01:36 - Highway Song - Leftover Salmon07:46 - Wondering - Ronnie Penque13:52 - Mic Break15:50 - Dip - Soulajar20:04 - Mercy Boogie - Joe Marcinek Band26:46 - Lite That Spliff - Big Ol’ Dirty Bucket32:05 - Mic Break34:12 - Quick E - Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band39:13 - Muss the Hair - Galactic42:51 - Mic Break43:31 - Serious Man - Slightly Stoopid48:12 - Mic Break49:50 - Find Your Pipe - Cousin Fungus62:32 - Episode Outro62:58 - Finish
It’s Monday, Nov 4 and yesterday, about 50,000 runners took on all five boroughs of New York City; your Jam Session host among them. So with much needed “feet-up” in recovery, we listen to CRB, Mickey Hart, SCI, Umpphrey’s McGee and some new music by the Kitchen Dwellers. Congratulations to any Jam marathoners out there!00:00 - Show Opening00:38 - Episode Intro01:02 - Chauffeur’s Daughter - Chris Robinson Brotherhood05:47 - High in Demand - The Big Happy09:04 - Mic Break10:37 - Remind Me - Umphrey’s McGee18:05 - Memoria - Marvelous Funkshun25:37 - Mic Break26:57 - Cold Rain - Brother’s Keeper32:24 - Hasta Luego - Instantly Stronger38:20 - Mic Break39:13 - I Want It Back - Mickey Hart Band47:22 - Rosie - String Cheese Incident53:10 - Mic Break54:40 - Shadows - Kitchen Dwellers59:54 - Episode Outro60:18 - Finish
Tennessee Congolese

Tennessee Congolese

2019-10-2801:04:41

It’s a complete mix of American and African, new and aged. New music from Pigeons Playing Ping Pong and Keller Williams & The Keels; plenty of bluegrass/roots music from Kind Country, Misty Mountain String Band and Chain Station; and some Afro Beat and pure African drums from Mustafa Khaliq Ahmed and Tinariwen. The Motet brings is all together in the end.00:00 - Show Opening00:39 - Episode Intro02:06 - King Kong - Pigeons Playing Ping Pong06:04 - Seven Seas - Pigeon Town11:34 - Mic Break13:15 - Hit That Clay - Misty Mountain String Band16:18 - Moscow Mule - Los Goutos21:14 - Devil’s Juice - Chain Station24:25 - Hard Times - Kind Country29:34 - Medulla Oblongata - Keller Williams & The Keels33:03 - Mic Break36:40 - Kel Tinawen’ - Tinariwen40:28 - The 41st - Mustafa Khaliq Ahmed45:52 - Kitoko - KOKOKO!50:28 - Mic Break52:20 - Nemesis - The Motet57:50 - Rynodub - The Motet64:15 - Episode Outro64:41 - Finish
Organ Foliage

Organ Foliage

2019-10-2101:00:37

Leaves are falling, air is cooling, and organs are providing a great backdrop to this changing in Seasons. Working backwards, we hear from Medeski Martin & Wood, Amendola vs. Blades, and the Joe Marcinek Band. The Mickey Hart Band and Wide Spread Panic are featured in a ‘long-jam’ play and there is new music from The Drunken Hearts.00:00 - Show Opening00:39 - Episode Intro01:10 - Coast to Coast - Animal Liberation Orchestra (“ALO”)06:29 - Mic Break07:28 - Amanda Lynn’ - Big Something13:12 - Dream of Waiting - The Drunken Hearts17:45 - Mic Break19:25 - Junior - Wide Spread Panic30:35 - Mic Break31:27 - Mercy Boogie - Joe Marcinek Band38:07 - I Want It Back - Mickey Hart Band46:18 - Mic Break47:52 - Cyroette - Amendola vs. Blades54:07 - Anonymous Skulls - Medeski Martin & Wood60:13 - Episode Outro60:37 - Finish
Jam Shot, No Chaser

Jam Shot, No Chaser

2019-10-1401:04:22

Fluid Foundation’s track of the summer, ‘Made in California’ starts off this week’s episode of Jam Session that hears tracks from Bonnaroo 2008, the Mauch Chunk Opera House, and some classic Americana sounds from Indiana, Colorado, and North Carolina. It’s a pure jam shot of American jam music, no chaser.00:00 - Show Opening00:37 - Episode Intro00:49 - Made in California - Fluid Foundation ft. Slightly Stoopid & Marlon Asher05:01 - Mic Break06:17 - Anthems for a Seventeen Year Old Girl - Broken Social Scene10:51 - Pnuts Song - Big Something17:07 - Mic Break20:16 - Terre Haute Blues - Joe Marcinek Band27:43 - High Time - Seth Walker32:53 - Mic Break34:35 - We Can Run - Great American Taxi38:31 - High Country - Leftover Salmon41:35 - Mic Break43:10 - Givin’ It All Away - Ghost Town Blues Band51:21 - Cant Wait Another Day - String Cheese Incident56:17 - Mic Break57:18 - I Know No Pardon - Vetiver63:58 - Episode Outro64:22 - Finish
What’s a Jam Band?

What’s a Jam Band?

2019-10-0701:05:03

Inspired by a Review in iTunes where I was accused of playing nothing put “Indie/Pop crap,” this week’s episode will pull back on the efforts to stretch the boundaries of what can be considered “jam music” and instead, sticks with the classic, purist, known jam bands out there.00:00 - Show Opening00:40 - Episode Intro01:53 - Sweet Spot - Sting Cheese Incident06:57 - Hey O - moe.10:14 - Mic Break10:55 - Wanderin’ - The Freeway Revival16:28 - Top of the World - Blues Traveler20:47 - Learn Me - The Big Happy26:49 - Mic Break28:31 - Island Time - Bumpin’ Uglies32:49 - Closer to the Sun - Slightly Stoopid37:27 - Love and Affection - Buddahfly40:41 - Mic Break41:22 - Angels on High - Widespread Panic48:14 - Saint Ex - Widespread Panic54:56 - Mic Break56:31 - Sailboat - Cascade Crescendo60:52 - Luckiest Man - The Wood Brothers64:38 - Episode Outro65:03 - Finish
Awake, Betray, Resurrect

Awake, Betray, Resurrect

2019-09-3001:03:32

If you’re a fan of men on the keys, reggae beats, and great live jam music, then don’t miss this week’s episode of Jam Session. We start off with Aron Magner of the Disco Biscuits’ resurrecting his jazz roots with SPAGA, here more great key-work from Greg Schatz and Clayton Doley. Our classic Jam Session set features Jaden Carlson Band and STI. The reggae portion sounds Slightly Stoopid, 10’ Ganja and Bryce Allyn, and we end some new, live decker.00:00 - Show Opening00:42 - Episode Intro02:31 - Resurrection - SPAGA10:19 - All I Do Is Ooze - Greg Schatz14:45 - Waiting for the Coffee - Clayton Doley19:48 - Mic Break21:24 - Take It Away - Jaden Carlson Band28:24 - Betray the Dark - String Cheese Incident35:07 - Mic Break35:42 - Jimi Baby - Slightly Stoopid41:46 - It’s True - 10 Ft. Ganja Plant46:43 - Midnight Rider - Bryce Allyn Band50:15 - Mic Break52:41 - Awake - decker.57:51 - Blackwash - decker.63:08 - Episode Outro63:32 - Finish
So much new music this week! We travel from Oakland to Chicago to New York and end up in Morocco. This week’s episode of Jam Session here’s new sounds from the organ of Amendola vs. Blades, the piano of Nilsson, the harmonica of Longriver, and the African songs of Tinariwen.00:00 - Show Opening00:38 - Episode Intro01:33 - Say It’s All the Same - Marco Benevento03:46 - Mic Break04:23 - River Takes the Town - The Wood Brothers08:43 - Daddy’s Song - Martha Wainwright12:28 - Backroads - Chain Station17:16 - Mic Break19:47 - Wartilla - Tinariwen23:45 - Mic Break24:29 - Hambela - Amendola vs. Blades30:05 - Giving It All Away - Seth Walker34:01 - Mic Break34:44 - Dance Through It - Twin Peaks39:20 - Kuku Ree - Longriver45:00 - Mic Break45:55 - Wanderin’ - The Freeway Revival51:43 - Blow Up the Moon - Blues Traveler56:10 - I Know No Pardon - Vetiver62:59 - Episode Outro63:23 - Finish
Ten Thousand Moves

Ten Thousand Moves

2019-09-1600:58:13

More Family Business as I get Ronnie Penque on the phone to talk about his influence, writing on the road, and the optimism of Jam Bands. New music by Tweed and Altered Five Blues Band. And we play some new sounds from a new relationship wiith Lotuspool Records.00:00 - Show Opening00:40 - Episode Intro01:45 - Sodium Vapor - Lotus07:04 - Mic Break08:15 - Interview with Ronnie Penque21:02 - Wondering - Ronnie Penque27:51 - Ça Suffit’ - Bully Pulpit31:15 - Mic Break32:04 - Mischief Man - Altered Five Blues Band35:22 - Sweet Marie - Altered Five Blues Band35:50 - Streetlight Gypsie - Vagabonds41:33 - Mic Break42:41 - Moves - Tweed47:56 - Ramses - Suneaters51:20 - Mic Break52:33 - End of the World Party (Just In Case) - Medeski Martin & Wood57:48 - Episode Outro58:13 - Finish
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