Bob kicked off a politically scented edition of BS&B with a Woody Guthrie tune reinforced with Neil Young’s new cover of Bob Dylan’s “The Times They Are A Changin’,” a Boz Skaggs cover of Neil Young’s “On the Beach,” and John Lennon’s “Crippled Inside.” There were also a couple of songs with “liar” in the title just for good measure. And Bob wished a Happy Birthdays to both John Mellencamp and Dale Watson with a three-song tributes.
Arlo McKinley is a local singer-songwriter who has been around for a long time, and is finally getting his due with “Die Midwestern,” his first album for John Prine’s Oh Boy Records. Bill started the show with Arlo, then sprinkled in more new music for a glitch-free farewell to September.
What will go down in the personal recollections of those who listened live this week as perhaps the all-time greatest show in BS&B history, was lost to the ages–or perhaps luckily captured by an avid listener on what is destined to become a near-mythical bootleg–when the station’s new leadership kicked Bob out of Studio B and into Studio A where the recorder was broken. So, just to cover our bases, Happy Birthday to Ray Charles, Roy Buchanan and Bruce Springsteen. RIP Toots Hibbert and Robert Hunter.
Bill returned after a five-week hiatus with a birthday salute to friends John London and Jim Elliott, and a tribute to Toots Hibbert, the reggae pioneer who died at 77 shortly after he finished a new album, “Got to Be Tough.” But ghosts in the studio machine reared their heads, bringing the show to an abrupt end.
Bob was live in-studio for the first time since March 4, while Bill golfed in Piqua to test out his new foot. Both excursions ended well. Feeling blue without Bill, Bob returned the show to its roots (rhymes with “foots”) with new and old acoustic blues as well as a touch of bluegrass. And, of course, he worked in a little Lightnin’.
In his second straight pre-recorded show from the Compound, Bob paid tribute to Justin Townes Earle who passed away earlier in the week at the age of 38. The show also featured new music from the Jayhawks and Ray Wylie Hubbard, and Bob wished a happy 70th birthday to Bill and Dick Cowsill, giving Bob another chance to talk about his five months without a haircut or beard trim.