Programmer Profile: Carter Hodding

Catch Carter Hodding and his show Windfall every Sunday morning 9-10 AM.

  1. How long have you been doing your radio show?

CarterHoddingPhotoOnly since November of 2018. I arrived in Canada just last year, after a raising (of sorts) below both the Medicine and Mason-Dixon lines. After I emerged from the swamps, I spent a decade or two hobo-ing around the globe before arriving in Kamloops.

  1. What made you want to volunteer with CFBX?

To proselytize the ecumenical gospel of Americana, to give a much-needed focus for my own musical predilections and picadillos, to support the station and community, and as a (much-needed) break from my day job.

  1. What is your show about? What can we hear in your show?

North Americana, past and present, or, if you prefer, the more country and folk side of roots and rural music: alternative country, bluegrass and ‘brother duets’, country-politan, country-rock, cowboy music, cowpunk, Heartland rock, honky-tonk and classic country, Outlaw and Texas country, traditional folk, Western swing, etc. It’s a broad church (or a very big Circus tent).

  1. What makes your show unique? Why should we tune in?

Question 3 answers why it’s unique, but you should tune in to hear, among many others, The Band, Blue Rodeo, Emmylou Harris, Joe Henry, Alison Krauss, Gram Parsons, Ray Price, Uncle Tupelo (and its progeny), Townes van Zandt, Gillian Welch, and Lucinda Williams. Maybe more importantly, you can hear a wide range of younger artists in this wide tradition: Del Barber, Birds of Chicago, Hayes Carll, Jason Isbell, Lucette, Aoife O’Donovan, Mandolin Orange, Our Native Daughters, Pharis and Jason Romero, and Colter Wall.

  1. What was the best show you’ve done to date?

That’s hard to say. I’ve generally avoid thematic programs, but I enjoyed preparing playlists for Christmas (including (Canadian) Lorne Greene singing ‘Christmas is a-Comin’/God Bless You’), for the Cowboy Festival in March (with Baxter Black’s spoken word ‘Cow Attack’), and an all-Canadian content program the weekend before Canada Day, where I featured some of the best Canadian material I’ve played (including Tim Hus and Corb Lund’s ‘Hurtin’ Albertan’).

  1. Name an artist you’ve discovered in the past year you think your audience should know about?

I suppose, if they didn’t already know him, it’s Colter Wall. Somehow, it was only in looking specifically for Canadian artists that I paid enough attention to realize how good he is. It gives me a little pause that this young kid, the son of a former Premier, could sound so authentically Outlaw Country, but play-acting is hardly a novel phenomenon in music, much less in country music (where bluegrass guys from Kentucky wear ‘cowboy’ hats). And last year’s Songs of the Plains shows him expanding ever-so-slightly into Western music.

  1. What was a recent live concert or show you have been to that you enjoyed and why you enjoyed it?

In addition to my advancing age, my parole conditions and ankle-monitor keep me at home much of the time. But the Good-Lord-willin’-and-wildfires-permitting, I intend to explore more of your beautiful country as well as visiting a few music festivals this summer in Canmore, in Salmon Arm, and in Sorrento. If I have a limited budget, I have high hopes.

  1. Are there any local artists, writers or musicians that you think your audience should know about?

Sure, if ‘local’ means BC, I’ve discovered a number of musicians that my audience may not have known about otherwise: Big Fancy, Orville Peck, Pharis and Jason Romero, Sarah Jane Scouten, Leeroy Stagger, among others. While keeping abreast of Canadian content is probably the hardest part of the gig, it’s also been the most rewarding.

  1. Name another show on CFBX you enjoy and why you enjoy it.

I enjoy a number of the local jazz programs. I also hope to listen to more of both Panorama Italiano (Mondays 9-10 AM) and Celtic Connection (Saturdays 4-6 PM). But perhaps my favourite programs are When Swing Was King (Tuesdays 7-8 PM) and On the Marquee (Tuesdays 8-9 PM), and not only because Rod and Julie were so kind to me during training.

  1. What are your plans for your show in the next year?

In addition to expanding my audience, I’d love to make stronger contacts with local and visiting musicians, local club and music societies, the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame in Merritt, and the other hosts on The X (whatever style of music they believe in).