This Week From the Radio Free Athens Crew: July 25, 2020

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Like most everything else, Radio Free Athens has been impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. Although you won’t get to hear your favorite DJs on the air for a while, we will be supplying faithful listeners with playlists in the meantime. Find them below!


From R@T 

This week’s playlist starts with a tribute to the late John Lewis.  Some in his own words and some with music that seems fitting.  The rest of it is again a mish-mash of stuff that was created a little differently than before.  I finally joined the modern world this past week and got internet service at my house.  No more driving down to the park and ride on 550 to make playlists with my phone.  I am finally getting connected to a world that feels more disconnected than ever. The new Pretenders recording Hate For Sale is out and the new X recording Alphabetland is available to download or stream with physical copies being available around August 22nd.  *** Some challenges while viewing and listening to this week’s playlist:  First, try to not tap your feet or move around during “Sweet Georgia Brown.” Second, for those of you who have spent time in A-Camp see how many places you can recognize in the Angela Perley video.  You stay sexy A-Camp!

John Lewis- I Know Racism When I See It
Tori Kelly and John Batiste- Amazing Grace
The Wynton Marsalis Quintet featuring Mark O’Connor on violin and Frank Vignola on guitar- Sweet Georgia Brown
Elton John- Levon
Angela Perley and the Howlin’ Moons- Athens
Whitehorse- Peterbilt Coal Mine
Shovels & Rope- Birmingham
Hayes Carll- Drunken Poet’s Dream
The Pretenders- The Buzz
X- Water & Wine
Southern Culture on the Skids- Voodoo Cadillac
Bryan Lewis- I Think My Dog is a Democrat
 Hee Haw- Gloom, Despair & Agony on Me (Marriage & Money)
From Michael T. 
Before 85% of music wound up under the strict control of just 3 labels, (Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment and Warner Music Group), there were hundreds of labels featuring thousands of artists.  Much great music was either absorbed, lost or jettisoned in the consolidation, and many of those songs lost to history – certainly lost from the airwaves. This week’s list consists of artists whose original labels are gone but not forgotten.
From DJ Grumpy Grandma 
I don’t know about you, but I’m worried about the state of our world, and I’d just really like to see my parents without worrying about getting them sick. These songs are all from my “TRYING” playlist, featuring only songs guaranteed to make you feel like happy like an old time movie.
The Drifters – Up On the Roof
Burt Bacharach – What the World Needs Now Is Love
The Carpenters – Close to You
The Archies – Sugar Sugar
The Lovin’ Spoonful – Do You Believe In Magic?
The Jackson 5 – ABC
Roy Orbison – You Got It
Sam Cooke – What a Wonderful World
Emotions – Best of My Love
The Clovers – Love Potion No. 9
Little Eva – The Locomotion
Steppenwolf – Magic Carpet Ride
Stevie Wonder – Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I’m Yours)