Saturday night on Minnesota Public Radio News, Radio Heartland will present a selection of strange love songs - a modest collection I complied with singer-songwriter Ann Reed, who is a fan of the strangest, most oblique love songs ever written. It's simple to go directly to "I Love You Baby" as your core message in a song, but the challenge is always about getting there in a new and interesting way. We'll share some examples.
In the second hour, "Lost Jim" Ohlschmidt visits with a look at the fortunate circumstances that led to Mississippi John Hurt's late blossoming career. Hurt made some recordings in Memphis on February 14th, 1928. He wasn't supposed to be there. The session was arranged for someone else as a contest prize, but the whimsical gesture of adding John Hurt to the recording paid amazing dividends 35 years later.
Radio Heartland is on Minnesota Public Radio News stations tonight from 9 to 11pm.