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Since 1993, All Things Acoustic has covered most of Alabama and all of the Internet with lots of kilowatts of acousticity — Friday nights, 8:00-10:00 p.m., Central Time. Your host is Jeremy Butler.

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The 2022 ATA Theme Song

During 2022 we will be featuring Janis Ian's composition, "Better Times Will Come." It's a song she wrote in April 2020 in the depths of the COVID-19 pandemic and in the wake of John Prine's death. She then released it out into the wild—encouraging anyone and everyone to record it. Thus, the Better Times Project was born and soon dozens of recordings were posted to Janis Ian's Website.

Our plan at ATA is to start the show with a new version each week and even then we won't be able to get to all of them! The ATA staff encourages you to check out more of the recordings in the "Better Times" online jukebox. Moreover, you'll find lyrics and chord charts for the song online. We hope you'll be inspired to record you own version!

You'll find Janis Ian's first, unadorned, recorded-on-her-phone version below.



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Playlist from Friday, January 21, 2022

The last ten tunes played on January 21, 2022.

9:46 pm - Peter Lang, "John Hurt in the 21st Century,"Guitar (Horus #10362)

9:42 pm - Michele Greene, "La Tierra del Alma,"Ojo de Tiburon (Appleseed #1064)

9:37 pm - Charlie Parr, "817 Oakland Avenu,"Last of the Better Days Ahead (Smithsonian Folkways #40244)

9:34 pm - The Klezmatics, "Shprayz Ikh Mir,"Possessed (Xenophile #4050)

9:32 pm - Bonnie Dobson, "Sixteen Miles (to 7 Lakes),"Bonnie Dobson (Vocalion #8432)

9:28 pm - Bob Dylan, "My Back Pages,"Another Side of Bob Dylan (Columbia #8993)

9:23 pm - Eve Goldberg, "One in a Million,"A Kinder Season (Borealis #177)

9:20 pm - Leo Kottke, "Even His Feet Look Sad,"One Guitar, No Vocals (Private #01005821712)

9:17 pm - John Hammond, "Drop Down Mama,"Washington Square Memoirs (Rhino #N/A)

9:11 pm - John Hartford, "Little Piece of My Heart,"Gum Tree Canoe (Flying Fish #1896402892)


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