Episode 9 - Kingdom of Heaven Is Within You, Spiritual and Religious Psych

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In the last episode of the season we discuss religious and spiritual psychedelia. As you know, we have already talked about the Christian psychedelic scene in an earlier episode but here we take a broader perspective and tough upon some other religious and spiritual beliefs as well, including Hinduism, Buddhism and Eckankar. There is plenty of good records with religiously and spiritually themed psychedelia and in this episode we’re listening to some Jesus Rock by Wilson McKinley and Last Call of Shiloh and the more meditative mindset of the Christian community Trees. We also have a listen to the Eckist Michael Dobbins singing about Tarot cards, ESP and UFOs, as well as the Siddhartha of South Bronx - Bobby Callender and the floating mind of the Amazing Grace.

Last Call of Shiloh – s/t (Last Call, 1972)
-Great Day of the Lord
Bobby Callender-The Way (First Book of Experiences) (Mithra, 1971)
-Lord, Am I Dreaming
Trees – The Christ Tree (Pomegranate, 1975)
-Psalm 42
Amazing Grace (Baba Ram Dass) – Love Serve Remember (no label, 1973)
-Floating Mind
Wilson McKinley – Spirit of Elijah (Voice of Elijah, 1971)
-Spirit of Elijah
Michael Dobbins-Music For the Seeker (No label, 1975)
-Two Keys

More info:

Interview with Mike Messer from Wilson McKinley

The story of the Trees community

The recording of Bobby Callender’s third album, Le Musée de l'Impressionnisme

Episode 8 - Songs From Biscuit City

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Biscuit City was a folk and bluegrass label situated on the 17th avenue in Denver, Colorado. The label was founded by the two New Yorkers Jim Ransom (now Jai Ram Ransom) and Laura Benson and became a pivotal part of the local Colorado folk scene. During the years from 1973 to 1979 they released twenty-five albums in many different genres, including recordings by dulcimer and bluegrass bands, folk artists and singer-songwriters. In today’s episode we take a look at this seldom discussed label and dig out some of its treasures. 

We would like to thank Dan McCrimmon and Jai Ram Ransom for helping us with information for this episode.

Frummox - Here To There (Probe, 1969)
-There You Go
Dan McCrimmon - Colorado Folk, vol. I (1973)
-Legend of the Washeen
Jim Ransom - Just Came Along For The Ride (1974)
-Ballad of the Fisherman’s Son
Pete McCabe - Colorado Folk, vol II (1974)
-Sweet Jesus Goodbye
Randy Handley - Keepsake (1975)
Papa Always Said
Fingers Akimbo - Cowtowns & Other Planets (1978)
-Abu Dhabi Man

More info:

Pete McCabe's homepage

Dan McCrimmon's homepage

Episode 7 - Acid Cowboys & Highway Hippies, Rural Psychedelia and Singer-Songwriters

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The topic of today, rural aspects of psychedelic and singer-songwriter music, is very broad and here we loosely define rural as music that mediate a “countryside” feeling by drawing inspiration from roots genres like country and bluegrass or takes a nostalgic perspective, which is not always self-experienced, with topics of freight train drifting and the old west. The rural style is mainly related to the 1970s and usually has a laidback atmosphere, like a countryside retreat in the aftermath of the psychedelic heydays in the late ‘60s. Many favorites are included in the episode, from the Midwestern singer-songwriter duo Modlin & Scott and the reflective mood of the collage friends Thrower, Spillane and McFarland to the psychedelic cowboy Bill Madison, whose interpretation of “Buffalo Skinners” takes this traditional folk song into the third eye dimension, and the country-rock of McKay’s “This Road”, where Ray Pierle dreams of the freedom on the highway.

Special for this episode is that Bill Madison joined us to talk about the recording of his album “Sunday Mornin’ Hayride”. He also played two songs for us over Skype (so the sound quality might not be the best but the music is) and the tunes are included below. 

Modlin and Scott-The Train Don’t Stop Here Anymore (700 West, 1976)
-Loser, Lover
Thrower, Spillane and McFarland-Blue John (Ranger, 1973)
-You Led Me
Bill Madison-Sunday Mornin’ Hayride (Saloon Records, 1973)
-Buffalo Skinners
Cambridge-Share A Song (Green Dolphine, 1977)
-Faithless Lady
Wilcox-Sullivan-Wilcox-An Album of Original Music (Golddust, 1973)
-Snow on a Mountain
McKay-Into You (No label, 1978)
-This Road

For more info:

An interview with Dave Scott from Modlin & Scott.

Bill Madison's homepage.