guest mix: William Matheny

About a year ago, I was asked to do a guest DJ feature for a radio station's website. They gave me a series of prompts like "current artist you admire," "song you'd like to cover" and a bunch of stuff like that. It was a good time. When the finished piece went live a few weeks later, all of the songs by women had been scrubbed from the list. After blaming the overt sexism, I wondered if it was because the female artists were generally more obscure than the dudes, but that just pointed to a systemic issue. Anyway, it bothered me then and it still does.

I don't think the good people at the Grey Estates would do such a thing, but I didn't want to take any chances, so here's two hours of music by women. Some of these are my all-time favorites and some of these are in my current rotation, but they're all a great source of inspiration. I could go on at length about how I think Laura Nyro is the NRBQ of singer-songwriters, too much of everything for most listeners, but the heads know what's up. Or, how at 83, Alice Gerrard continues to make brave, real, honest and authentic music with more creative spirit than most people possess at any age. I don't want to drone like I'm hanging out at a house party, so I'll just stop and you can put this on shuffle.   

Strange Constellations from William Matheny is out now on Misra Records. Moon Over Kenova is also out now.