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Another trip through music's history and hidden gems with Justin Vernon

A few weeks back, Justin Vernon’s voice eased into the ears of 88Nine listeners once again. Not the tuneful version we hear in his compositions and collaborations, but a low-end rumble that puts you at ease as he speaks and sifts through the Song Chest Radio Hour.

Episode two was another 60-minute exercise in connection, playing songs and artists from anywhere and everywhere to make the world feel a little smaller. There was blues from the American South, electronic-dance from Norway and experiments in sound from Portugal, plus some Dolly Parton for good measure.

As usual, we got more than a wide-ranging playlist. We got Vernon’s perspective, personal stories and even performances as he couldn’t help but sing along when the moment moved him.

You can find episode two below ( and episode one here), then mark your calendar to listen live when Song Chest Radio Hour returns to 88Nine’s airwaves at 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 6.

Episode 2 playlist

  • 00:00 — “Black Nails,” Tierra Whack
  • 02:27 — “Shake 'Em on Down,” Mississippi Fred McDowell
  • 06:05 — “High & Low,” Lindstrøm & Christabelle
  • 11:54 — “What Becomes of the Brokenhearted,” Jimmy Ruffin
  • 15:55 — “Open Your Eyes,” Bobby Caldwell
  • 20:00 — “Bless the Telephone,” Labi Siffre
  • 22:22 — “Hammond Song,” The Roches
  • 28:53 — “Smoky Mountain Memories,” Dolly Parton
  • 35:06 — “Jesus Be a Fence Around Me,” Sam Cooke
  • 37:50 — “Untitled #9,” Nuno Canavarro
  • 40:55 — “Wouldn’t It Be Nice,” The Beach Boys
  • 42:47 — “four ethers,” serpentwithfeet
  • 47:14 — “Eshten Charlyyry Berge,” Huun-Huur-Tu
  • 48:00 — “Aunt Mabel,” Michael Perry
  • 54:49 — “The End of the Innocence,” Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Browne, Shawn Colvin, Bruce Hornsby and David Lindley