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Wednesday 9:00 PM on Sundance Channel Premiered Dec 03, 2008 Between Seasons

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  • Season 5 Inside Notes

  • Artists Appearing in Clips :


    Smokey Robinson, Jakob Dylan, Bill Clinton, Lou Reed, Julian Schnabel, Bruce Springsteen, Norah Jones, Renee Fleming, The Police, Herbie Hancock, Tony Bennett, Diana Krall, James Taylor, Rufus Wainwright, Ron Sexsmith, Jessie Winchester, Neko Case, Sheryl Crow, Lyle Lovett, Levon Helm, Nick Lowe, John Prine, Allen Toussaint, Ray LaMontagne, Bono and The Edge

  • Season 1 Episode 13: Smokey Robinson

  • If Elvis looked a bit uncomfortable during Smokey's impassioned rant against racism, perhaps it was the burden he carries still from a drunken incident in 1979 when he made racial slurs about Ray Charles and James Brown while attacking the ignorance of Afro-American music in general. Despite numerous attempts at apology, explanation and reconciliation, thirty years on, the incident haunts him to this day : "I have to live with it, with every Afro-American musician I meet. Do they know? Do they think, 'The guy's being nice to me, but secretly I know he's a racist?' I've heard people mutter it under their breath as they pass by, because they read it somewhere. What can I complain about? It happened. But if people don't hear the respect by now, they've got their ears the wrong way around."

  • Song List

    Going To A Go Go - Intro Instrumental
    (The Miracles - Written by Robinson/Moore/Rogers/Tarplin)
    Performed by Elvis Costello (Spoken Intro), Davey Faragher (Bass/Vocal)
    Anthony "AB" Brown (Guitar), Steve Nieve (Piano), Pete Thomas (Drums)
    With Ada Dyer (Backing Vocals), Andricka Hall (Backing Vocals)

    No More Tearstained Makeup
    (Martha and The Vandellas - Written by Smokey Robinson)
    Performed by Elvis Costello (Guitar/Vocal), Davey Faragher (Bass/Vocal)
    Anthony "AB" Brown (Guitar), Steve Nieve (Piano), Pete Thomas (Drums)
    With Ada Dyer (Backing Vocals), Andricka Hall (Backing Vocals)

    Tracks Of My Tears (Written by Smokey Robinson)
    Performed by Smokey Robinson (Vocal), Steve Nieve (Piano) - Snippet

    The Hunter Gets Captured By The Game
    (The Marvelettes - Written by Smokey Robinson)
    Performed by Elvis Costello (Guitar/Vocal), Davey Faragher (Bass/Vocal)
    Anthony "AB" Brown (Guitar), Steve Nieve (Piano), Pete Thomas (Drums)
    With Ada Dyer (Backing Vocals), Andricka Hall (Backing Vocals)

    Don't Know Why (Norah Jones - Written by Jesse Harris)
    Performed by Smokey Robinson (Vocal), Anthony "AB" Brown (Guitar)
    Steve Nieve (Piano), Davey Faragher (Bass), Pete Thomas (Drums)

    You've Really Got A Hold On Me (Written by Smokey Robinson)
    Performed by Smokey Robinson (Vocal) and Elvis Costello (Guitar/Vocal)
    Davey Faragher (Bass/Vocal), Steve Nieve (Piano)
    Anthony "AB" Brown (Guitar), Pete Thomas (Drums)
    With Ada Dyer (Backing Vocals), Andricka Hall (Backing Vocals)

  • Season 1 Episode 12: Diana Krall Interviewed B...

  • Song List

    Almost Blue (Written by Elvis Costello)
    Performed by Elvis Costello (Guitar/Vocal)
    With Christian McBride (Upright Bass) and Karriem Riggins (Drums)

    But Not For Me (Written by George/Ira Gershwin)
    Performed by Diana Krall (Piano/Vocal) Two Arrangements

    Exactly Like You (Written by Nat King Cole)
    Performed by Diana Krall (Piano/Vocal)
    With Christian McBride (Upright Bass) and Karriem Riggins (Drums)

    Sorry seems To be The Hardest Word (Written by E. John/B. Taupin)
    Performed by Diana Krall (Piano/Vocal) and Elton John (Vocal)

    Happy Go Lucky Local (a.k.a. Night Train) (Written by Duke Ellington)
    Performed by Diana Krall (Piano)
    With Christian McBride (Upright Bass) and Karriem Riggins (Drums)

    A Case Of You (Written by Joni Mitchell)
    Performed by Diana Krall (Piano/Vocal)

    Makin' Whoopee (Written by Walter Donaldson/Gus Kahn)
    Performed by Diana Krall (Piano/Vocal)
    With Elton John (Vocal) and Elvis Costello (Vocal)
    Christian McBride (Upright Bass) and Karriem Riggins (Drums)

  • Season 1 Episode 11: She & Him, Jenny Lewis, J...

  • Song List

    Show Biz Kids (Steely Dan-Written by Walter Becker/Donald F*gan
    Performed by Elvis Costello (Guitar/Vocal) and band
    (Farmer Dave, Davey Faragher, Pete Thomas, Tennessee Thomas)

    Change Is Hard (She & Him-Written by Zooey Deschanel)
    Performed by Zooey Deschanel (Vocal) and Matt Ward (Lead Guitar/Vocal)
    With Elvis Costello (Guitar), Davey Faragher (Bass)
    Farmer Dave (Pedal Steel), Tennessee Thomas (Drums)

    Pretty Bird (Written by Jenny Lewis)
    Performed by Jenny Lewis (Vocal) and Johnathan Rice (Guitar)
    With Elvis Costello (Guitar), Davey Faragher (Bass/Vocal), Pete Thomas (Drums)
    Matt Ward (Lead Guitar), Farmer Dave (Pedal Steel), Tennessee Thomas (Drums)

    Carpetbaggers (Jenny Lewis-Written by Johnathan Rice)
    Performed by Jenny Lewis (Vocal) and Elvis Costello (Guitar/Vocal)
    Johnathan Rice (Guitar/Vocal), Farmer Dave (Pedal Steel), Davey Faragher (Bass)
    Zooey Deschanel (Vocal), Pete Thomas (Drums), Tennessee Thomas (Drums)

    Go Away (Written by Elvis Costello)
    Performed by Elvis Costello (Guitar/Vocal) and Jenny Lewis (Vocal)
    Johnathan Rice (Guitar), Farmer Dave (Organ), Davey Faragher (Bass)
    Pete Thomas (Drums), Tennessee Thomas (Drums)

    One Headlight (The Wallflowers-Written by Jakob Dylan)
    Jakob Dylan (Guitar/Vocal) - Alternate Arrangement/Snippet

    On Up The Mountain (Written by Jakob Dylan)
    Jakob Dylan (Guitar/Vocal) and Elvis Costello (Guitar/Vocal)

    Straight To Hell (Written by The Clash)
    Elvis Costello (Guitar/Vocal) and Jakob Dylan (Guitar/Vocal)
    Farmer Dave (Pedal Steel), Davey Faragher (Bass)
    Pete Thomas (Drums), Tennessee Thomas (Drums)

    (What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love And Understanding
    (Elvis Costello And The Attractions-Written by Nick Lowe)
    Performed by Elvis Costello (Guitar/Vocal) and Jakob Dylan (Guitar/Vocal)
    Johnathan Rice (Lead Guitar), Davey Faragher (Bass), Farmer Dave (Organ)
    Jenny Lewis (Vocal) and Zooey Deschanel (Vocal)
    Pete Thomas (Drums), Tennessee Thomas (Drums)

  • Season 1 Episode 10: Herbie Hancock

  • Song List

    Embraceable You (Written by George/Ira Gershwin)
    Performed by Herbie Hancock (Piano)

    Watermelon Man (Written by Herbie Hancock)
    Performed by Herbie Hancock (Piano)
    With Christian McBride (Upright Bass) and Karriem Riggins (Drums)

    Chan's Song (Never Said) (Written by Herbie Hancock)
    Performed by Herbie Hancock (Piano)
    With Christian McBride (Upright Bass) and Karriem Riggins (Drums)

    Edith And The Kingpin (Written by Joni Mitchell)
    Performed by Herbie Hancock (Piano) and Elvis Costello (Vocal)
    With Christian McBride (Upright Bass) and Karriem Riggins (Drums)

  • Season 1 Episode 9: Renee Fleming

  • Song List

    All This Useless Beauty (Written by Elvis Costello)
    Performed by Elvis Costello (Guitar/Vocal)

    Vissi D'Arte (Written by Giacomo Puccini)
    From the opera Tosca
    Performed by Renee Fleming (Vocal)
    Gerald Moore (Piano)

    L'Absence (Written by Berlioz)
    Performed By Rufus Wainwright (Vocal)
    Gabriel Kahane (Piano)

    Answer Me, My Love (Nat King Cole-Written by C. Sigman/G. Winkler)
    Performed by Renee Fleming (Vocal) and Bill Frissel (Guitar)

    In The Pines (Traditional)
    Performed by Renee Fleming (Vocal) and Rufus Wainwright (Vocal)
    With Elvis Costello (Guitar/Vocal), Kate McGarrigle (Vocal) and Bill Frissel (Guitar)

    The Scarlet Tide (Written by Elvis Costello/T-Bone Burnett)
    Performed by Rufus Wainwright (Vocal) and Renee Fleming (Vocal)
    With Elvis Costello (Guitar/Vocal), Kate McGarrigle (Vocal) and Bill Frissel (Guitar)

  • Season 1 Episode 8: Kris Kristofferson, Rosan...

  • Song List

    Big River (Written by Johnny Cash)
    Performed by Elvis Costello (Guitar/Vocal), Kris Kristofferson (Guitar/Vocal)
    Rosanne Cash (Guitar/Vocal), Norah Jones (Guitar/Vocal)
    John Mellencamp (Guitar/Vocal) and John Leventhal (Electric Guitar)

    Small Town (Written by John Mellencamp)
    Performed By John Mellencamp (Guitar/Vocal)
    With Elvis Costello (Guitar), John Leventhal (Guitar) and Kris Kristofferson (Guitar)

    How Many Times Have You Broken My Heart
    (Written by Hank Williams/Norah Jones)
    Performed by Norah Jones (Guitar/Vocal)
    With Elvis Costello (Guitar/Vocal) and Kris Kristofferson (Guitar/Vocal)
    and John Leventhal (Electric Guitar)

    Sunday Morning Coming Down (Written by Kris Kristofferson)
    Performed by Kris Kristofferson (Guitar/Vocal)

    Seven Year Ache (Written by Rosanne Cash)
    Performed by Rosanne Cash (Guitar/Vocal) and Norah Jones (Vocal)
    With Elvis Costello (Guitar), Kris Kristofferson (Guitar), John Mellencamp (Vocal)
    and John Leventhal (Lead Guitar)

    From Sulfur To Sugarcane (Written by Elvis Costello/T-Bone Burnett)
    Performed by Elvis Costello (Guitar/Vocal) and John Leventhal (Lead Guitar)

    Longest Days (Written by John Mellencamp)
    Performed By John Mellencamp (Guitar/Vocal)

    April 5th (Written by R. Cash/E. Costello/K. Kristofferson)
    Performed by Rosanne Cash (Vocal), Elvis Costello (Guitar/Vocal)
    Kris Kristofferson (Guitar/Vocal) and John Leventhal (Lead Guitar)

    Here Comes That Rainbow Again (Written by Kris Kristofferson)
    Performed by Kris Kristofferson (Guitar/Harmonica/Vocal)

    Me And Bobby McGee (Written by Kris Kristofferson/Fred Foster)
    Performed by Kris Kristofferson (Guitar/Harmonica/Vocal)
    Rosanne Cash (Vocal), Norah Jones (Guitar/Vocal), Elvis Costello (Guitar/Vocal)
    John Mellencamp (Vocal) and John Leventhal (Lead Guitar)

  • Season 1 Episode 7: Rufus Wainwright

  • Song List

    If I Only Had A Brain (Written by Harold Arlen/E.Y. Harburg)
    Performed By Elvis Costello (Vocal) and Bill Frissel (Guitar)

    Memphis Skyline (Written by Rufus Wainwright)
    Performed By Rufus Wainwright (Piano/Vocal)

    New Paint (Written by Loudon Wainwright III)
    Performed By Elvis Costello (Guitar/Vocal)

    Vibrate (Written by Rufus Wainwright)
    Performed By Rufus Wainwright (Piano/Vocal)

    Willie Moore (Traditional)
    Performed By Rufus Wainwright (Vocal) and Kate McGarrigle (Banjo/Vocal)
    With Elvis Costello (Guitar), Bill Frissel (Guitar) and Gabriel Kahane (Piano)

  • Season 1 Episode 6: The Police

  • Song List

    Every Breath You Take (The Police-Written by Sting)
    Performed By Elvis Costello (Guitar, Vocal) and band
    (Davey Faragher, Steve Nieve, Pete Thomas)

    Weird Nightmare (Written By Elvis Costello/Charles Mingus)
    Elvis (Vocal), Andy Summers (Guitar)

    Roxanne (The Police-Written by Sting)
    Sting (Guitar, Vocal) - Alternate Arrangement/Snippet

    Allison (Written By Elvis Costello)
    Elvis (Guitar/Vocal), Sting (Vocal) - Alternate Arrangement/Snippet

    Flow My Tears (Written By John Dowland)
    Sting (Lute/Vocal), Elvis (Vocal)

    Watching The Detectives (Written By Elvis Costello)
    Elvis Costello (Guitar, Vocal) and band (Davey Faragher, Steve Nieve, Pete Thomas)
    The Police … Sting (Bass, Vocal), Andy Summers (Guitar), Stewart Copeland (Drums)

    Walking On The Moon (The Police-Written by Sting)
    Elvis Costello (Guitar, Vocal) and band (Davey Faragher, Steve Nieve, Pete Thomas)
    The Police … Sting (Bass, Vocal), Andy Summers (Guitar), Stewart Copeland (Drums)

    Sunshine Of Your Love (Cream-Written by Bruce/Brown/Clapton)
    Elvis Costello (Guitar, Vocal) and band (Davey Faragher, Steve Nieve, Pete Thomas)
    The Police … Sting (Bass, Vocal), Andy Summers (Guitar), Stewart Copeland (Drums)

  • Season 1 Episode 5: Tony Bennett

  • Song List

    Cold, Cold Heart (Written by Hank Williams)
    Performed by Elvis (Guitar/Vocal), Tony Garnier (Upright Bass)

    The Way You Look Tonight (Written By Dorothy Fields/Jerome Kern)
    Performed by Tony Bennett (Vocal), Bill Charlap (Piano)

    I'm Old Fashioned (Written By Jerome Kern /Johnny Mercer)
    Performed by Tony Bennett (Vocal), Bill Charlap (Piano)

    I've Got The World On A String (Written By Harold Arlen/Ted Koehler)
    Performed by Tony Bennett (Vocal), Diana Krall (Piano/Vocal)

    Who Cares? (So Long As You Care For Me) (Written by George/Ira Gershwin)
    Performed by Tony Bennett (Vocal), Bill Charlap (Piano)

  • Season 1 Episode 4: James Taylor

  • Song List

    Bartenders Blues (Written by James Taylor)
    Performed by Elvis (Guitar/Vocal), Laura Cantrell (Vocal)

    She Thinks I Still Care (George Jones-Written By Dickey Lee)
    Performed by James Taylor (Guitar, Vocal), Elvis (Vocal)

    Why Baby Why (Written By George Jones/Darrell Edwards)
    Performed By James Taylor (Guitar/Vocal) and band
    (Jimmy Johnson, Steve Gadd, Mike Landau, Andrea Zonn, David Lasley, Kate Markowitz, Arnold McCuller)

    Crying In The Rain (Everly Brothers-Written By King/Greenfield)
    Performed By James Taylor (Guitar/Vocal), Elvis Costello (Guitar/Vocal) and band
    (Jimmy Johnson, Steve Gadd, Mike Landau)

    Fire And Rain (Written by James Taylor)
    Performed By James Taylor (Guitar/Vocal) and band
    (Jimmy Johnson, Steve Gadd, Mike Landau)

    That Lonesome Road (Written by James Taylor/Don Grolnick)
    Performed By James Taylor (Vocal) and chorus
    (Andrea Zonn, David Lasley, Kate Markowitz, Arnold McCuller)

    Sweet Baby James (Written by James Taylor)
    Performed By James Taylor (Guitar/Vocal) and band
    (Jimmy Johnson, Steve Gadd, Mike Landau, Andrea Zonn)

    The Hippopotamus Song (Written by M. Flanders/D. Swann)
    Performed By James Taylor (Vocal) and Elvis Costello (Vocal) - Snippet

  • Season 1 Episode 3: Bill Clinton

  • Song List

    Mystery Train (Elvis Presley-Written by Junior Parker/Sam Phillips)
    Performed by Elvis Costello (Guitar/Vocal) and band
    (James Burton, Davey Faragher, Pete Thomas)

    Baby Let's Play House (Elvis Presley-Written by Arthur Gunter)
    Performed by Elvis Costello (Guitar/Vocal) and band
    (James Burton, Davey Faragher, Pete Thomas)

    Is This America? (Katrina 2005)
    Performed by Pat Metheny (Guitar) and Charlie Haden (Upright Bass)

  • Season 1 Episode 2: Lou Reed and Julian Schnabel

  • Song List

    Femme Fatale (Velvet Underground-Written by Lou Reed)
    Performed by Elvis Costello and band
    (Larry Campbell, Tony Garnier, Steve Nieve, Jenny Scheinman)

    I'm Waiting for the Man (Velvet Underground-Written by Lou Reed)
    Performed by Elvis Costello and band
    (Larry Campbell, Tony Garnier, Steve Nieve, Jenny Scheinman)

    Perfect Day (Written by Lou Reed)
    Performed by Lou Reed (Vocal), Elvis Costello (Vocal)
    (Kevin Hearn and Steve Nieve on Pianos)

    Set the Twilight Reeling (Written by Lou Reed)
    Performed by Lou Reed (Lead Guitar, Vocal), Elvis Costello (Guitar, Vocal)
    (Kevin Hearn is credited but is neither seen nor heard)

  • Season 1 Episode 1: Elton John

  • Song List

    Border Song (Written by Elton John/Bernie Taupin)
    Performed by Elvis Costello and band
    (James Burton, Allen Toussaint, Davey Faragher, Pete Thomas)

    Burn Down the Mission (Written by Elton John/Bernie Taupin)
    Performed by Elton John (Piano/Vocal)

    Working in the Coal Mine (Written by Allen Toussaint)
    Performed by Elton John (Piano/Vocal), Elvis Costello (Guitar/Vocal) and band
    (James Burton, Allen Toussaint, Davey Faragher, Pete Thomas)

    Down River (Written by David Ackles)
    Performed by Elton John (Piano/Vocal), Elvis Costello (Vocal) and band
    (James Burton, Allen Toussaint, Davey Faragher, Pete Thomas)

    Ballad of Well-Known Gun (Written by Elton John/Bernie Taupin)
    Performed by Elvis Costello and band
    (James Burton, Allen Toussaint, Davey Faragher, Pete Thomas)

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