On Rain, Levees, Dams and Floods.

With political hubris leaving our friends and neighbors in the shadow of a catastrophic flood, this American Pastimes broadcast features a selection of tunes that are about water, levees, dams and floods.  Some are inspired by real events and others are primarily metaphorical in meaning. 


John Reischman & The Jaybirds “Johnson's War Horse” from Up In the Woods

Buckhorn Mountain Stompers “Saint James Infirmary” from Strut Your Stuff on Buckhorn Mountain Stompers

The Greenbriar Boys “Levee Breaking Blues” from The Vanguard Years

The Oroville Dam Spillway on a good day not so long ago.

Dick Weissman “Riding With the Lone Cat” from Night Sky

John Fogarty “Who'll Stop the Rain” 

Johnny Cash “Five Feet High and Rising” 

David Naiditch “Sweet Georgia Brown (feat. Stuart Duncan, Sierra Hull, Jake Workman & Rob Ickes)” from Bluegrass That Swings

David Grisman “Shady Grove” from Dear Jerry

Steve Young “Days of '49” 

Martin Simpson “Louisiana 1927” from Prodigal Son on Compass Records

Tommy Emmanual “Deep River Blues”

The Delmore Brothers “I've Got the Big River Blues.”

The Goat Family “Gravestone Blues” from The Devil Can Eat My Dust - EP on The Goat Family

Noam Pikelney “Waveland” from Universal Favorite

John Reischman and the Jaybirds “Nootka Blues” from Up In the Woods

Bob Dylan “Shelter From the Storm” from Blood On The Tracks on Columbia Records

Daddy Stovepipe “When the Levee Breaks”

Judy Henske “Wade in the Water” from Wade in the Water on Elektra

Doug Moreland “Nero's Fiddle” from The Flying Armadillos on Big Hat Records (Dedicated to: the Calif. Dept. of Water Resources, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and The Metropolitan Water District of Southern Calif.)

Larry Cordle and Lonesome Standard Time “Sweet Home Alabama” from Lonesome Skynyrd Time

David Naiditch “All of Me (feat. Stuart Duncan, Sierra Hull & Jake Workman)” from Bluegrass That Swings

Tom Rush “Galveston Flood” from The Very Best Of Tom Rush: No Regrets on Columbia

Dave Van Ronk “You've Been a Good Wagon, But You've Done Broke Down” from Live In Monterey

Gillian Welch “Lowlands”

Blake Reid “Calgary Flood Song - Hell or High Water”

Ramblin' Jack Elliot “Rising High Water Blues” from A Stranger Here on Anti

Chris Smither “Down in the Flood” from Another Way To Find You on Signature Sounds

Norman Blake and Red Rector “Limehouse Blues”

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