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1 hour, 55 minutes
First broadcast:
Friday 14 May 2010

Two hours of new and classic Americana and alt-country tunes, plus Ricky Ross celebrates the music and songwriting of Randy Newman.

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    Randy Newman Photograph

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  • Randy Newman

    23 years ago I was in a studio working on the first album I ever made. Jon Kelly, the producer, and I had a conversation about Randy Newman. Jon said, “Let’s have a Randy Newman night some time.” I imagined this. There would be a fire lit and one by one we would unsheathe each piece of vinyl and play the record in its entirety. Not too realistic but it was my wish. Needless to say it never happened, though Jon and I did go to see the man in London one night.

    Next Monday, 17th May Randy visits Scotland where he’s playing at The Royal Concert Hall. Bafflingly there still seems to be some availability for tickets at this show. I say this because it is a very rare chance to see the greatest living American song writer play live. The last time he was here I went to see him a few years back at the Edinburgh Queens Hall and it was one of the great gigs.

    So this Friday on Another Country we will only do one thing: we will celebrate the music of Randy Newman. We will play songs which have chronicled the Great Depression, The Louisiana Flood, Racism and the USA’s own shaky prosperity built on the evil of the Slave Trade. We will play songs all written by Randy but performed by great singers including Glen Campbell, Linda Ronstadt, Van Dyke Parks and Harry Nilsson. Trust me I will not be able to play you everything, even though we will try to play more songs than we have ever played in one night.

    I am going to make sure that we play songs you will recognise as well as some personal favourites and some very obscure covers. I hope those of you who love the music of Randy will feel we have done justice and those of you not yet convinced may want to get hold of some of his music.


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