Crash on the Levee

with Jerry Treacy


Crash on the Levee

Saturdays 9:00AM to 12:00PM Eastern Time

Jerry Treacy started working at WFDU in the early 90s as the host of Crash on the Levee, an eclectic and unique mix of weekend Music America. The program takes its title from the legendary “Basement Tapes” recordings from Bob Dylan and The Band, whose sessions were typical of the spontaneity and unbounded enthusiasm that Jerry has for the music. Although the listener can always count on hearing the latest singer-songwriters, the playlist covers the span of the folk, blues, country, cajun and zydeco genres from its beginnings to the latest releases.

Jerry’s fate as a DJ was sealed during his early childhood days, spent playing 45’s on his Superman record player in a vain attempt to entertain family and friends. He also spent many a night listening to WABC-AM and WCBS-FM, during the days when stations played Aretha Franklin along with the Beatles and Johnny Cash.
However, there was one early folk song that left the most indelible mark in Jerry’s mind – The Kingston Trio’s “Tom Dooley.” Here was this very stark imagery being created with powerful lyrics and three-part harmonies. It also struck him that the popular songs of that time were a combination of folk, rhythm and blues, rock and roll, standards...all of these various genres. It became the precursor for how Jerry would present Crash on the Levee.





New - Invitation from Peter and Bethany Yarrow:   Join us for a dinner and concert with papa Peter at his apartment in NYC on March 4th, 2015 to celebrate the release of the new CD!  Food is home cooked and locally sourced, just like the music! Bring your good spirits, strong voices and share an intimate evening of song and just hanging out and having fun. Families are welcome, of course.  ($125)  Link is here:


Garland Jeffreys:   Autographed copy of his fine album “The King Of In Between,” plus a pair of passes for his sold-out show at The Historic Blairstown Theatre on Fri.,  3/27/15!   ($100)   2 pkgs. left!


2)    CD/TICKET PACKAGES (Only 1 pair for each show listed!)


Elana James/Hot Club Of Cowtown:   A pair of passes to their Mexicali Live, Teaneck, NJ show on Sat., 3/14, plus a copy of Elana’s new solo album “Black Beauty”      $100


3)    TICKETS, TICKETS, TICKETS  (Pairs & donation amts. noted)


Acoustic Café, Park Ridge, NJ   (1 pair is $40 for each show)

3-show-package for $100 donation!

  • Sloan Wainwright/The Levins CD Release: Sat., 3/28/15
  • Vance Gilbert, w/ special guest Annika Scillipote:  Sat., 4/25/15
  • Kim/Reggie Harris, Arlon Bennett & The Healing Project: Sat., 5/30/15


The Capitol Theatre, Port Chester, NY

  • Moody Blues:  Fri. and Sat., 3/20, 3/21/15  ($175/pair)    2    1    Sat:   1


City Winery, NYC

  • Poi Dog Pondering:   Fri. and Sat., 2/27 & 2/28/15 ($75, 3 pr. for both)  3  2  1
  • Tom Paxton & Janis Ian: Fri., 3/6  CD/TICKET PACKAGE:  Complimentary passes for this CD release show, plus a copy of his brand new album "Redemption Road" 


Outpost In The Burbs, Montclair, NJ    (1 pair of premium seats to each show)

  • Jonatha Brooke:  Fri., 3/13/15       ($50)
  • Susan Werner:    Fri., 3/27/15        ($50)


Ringwood Public Library, Ringwood, NJ

  • Mary Fahl:       Sun.,  3/1/15  ($50: Tickets & Live @ The Mauch Chunk Opera House CD)


Sanctuary Concerts, Chatham, NJ

  • George Winston: Sat., 3/28/15       (50)
  • Slaid Cleaves:      Sat.,  5/9/15        (50)


Tarrytown Music Hall, Tarrytown, NY

  • Tom Paxton/Janis Ian:     Thurs., 3/5/15   ($75/pair)              1
  • Drive-By-Truckers:          Wed.,  3/11/15 ($80/pair)          2         1




Odds and Ends: 10 Years of COTL on WFDU:  For ANY new pledger w/ minimum $25 contribution… 10-Year anniversary CD, featuring 12 exclusive live songs:


1.   Slaid Cleaves  -  New Year’s Day

2.   Ellis Paul  -  Sweet Mistakes

3.   Josh Ritter -  Rainslicker

4.   Chip Taylor/Carrie Rodriguez -  Angel Of The Morning

5.   Rebecca Martin -    Dindi

6.   Peter Mulvey -  If Love Is Not Enough

7.   Eliza Gilkyson  -   Easy Rider 

8.   John Train  -   I Wish It Was The Time 

9.   Bob Delevante  - John Wayne Lives In Hoboken

10.  Boo Hewerdine/Eddi Reader  -   The Birds Are Leaving

11.  Terence Martin  -  Folding Chairs

12.  Dayna Kurtz -  Love Gets In The Way  



Most Recent Selections   (asking $50)   *  =  Jerry’s Best of 2014 Picks

**   =  Jerry’s Recommended New Releases


Barnstar:    “Sit Down, Get Up! Get Out!”          3      2      1   


Bela Fleck/Abigail Washburn:     (Self-Titled)        2     1


*Bob Dylan/The Band:   “The Basement Tapes” (Sampler CD)              1


Bob Seger:   “Ride Out”         2       1


Carole King Musical:    “Beautiful”              4       3       2       1


*Catherine Russell:  “Bring It Back”                2         1


Doug Seegers:    “Going Down To The River”            1


**Elana James:   “Black Beauty”           2          1


**Gibson Bros.:   “Brotherhood”           2         1


**Gretchen Peters:   “Blackbirds”        2             1


Hot Rize:     “When I’m Free”              2          1


**JD McPherson:   “Let The Good Times Roll”          1    


Jerry Lee Lewis:  “Rock and Roll Time”      2          1


John Denver Radio Special:  $20: Highlights from Boxed Set “All My Memories”


John Mellencamp:    “Plain Spoken”       1 


**Jorma Kaukonen:   “Ain’t In No Hurry”      1


*Lake Street Dive:   “Bad Self-Portraits”               1                           


*Laura Nyro Tribute/Various Artists:   “Map To The Treasure”            2         1


Leon Russell:     “Life Journey”            1


*Marcia Ball:    “The Tattooed Lady And The Alligator Man”      4     3     2     1


*Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives:   “Saturday Night/Sunday Morning”     3              2               1

**The Mavericks:     “Mono”            3         2          1


*Mike Farris:        “Shine For All The People”               3         2           1


**The Punch Brothers:    “The Phosphorescent Blues”     3           2             1


Red Molly:    “The Red Album”                  1


**Rhiannon Giddens:   “Tomorrow Is My Turn” (Highly Recommended!)  3    2     1


*Rosanne Cash:  “The River And The Thread” (Deluxe Edition!)   $60


**Ryan Bingham:   “Fear And Saturday Night”                3           2           1


*Trigger Hippy:      (Self-Titled)            2     1


Other Terrific CD’s   ($40 pledge)                       


Blind Boys Of Alabama:   “I’ll Find A Way”         1


Chip Taylor & The New Ukranians:  “Screw All The Perfect People”   4    3    2    1


The Haden Triplets:    (Self-Titled)                   1


“Inside Llewyn Davis” Soundtrack: (feat. Van Ronk, Dylan, Oscar Isaac)  3    2    1


John Hammond: “Timeless”                      2         1


Mary Chapin Carpenter:  “Songs From The Movie”           1


Suzy Bogguss:  “Lucky” (Merle Haggard Tribute)      1


Trombone Shorty:  “Say That To Say This”               1


The James Hunter Six:  “Minute By Minute”             1


Various Artists:  “You Don’t Know Me: The Songs Of Eddy Arnold”    1 


The Waterboys:   “An Appointment With Mr. Yeats”           2         1


**Willie Nile:   “If I Was A River”              2              1



4)    SPECIAL CD PACKAGES (1 left)


Signature Sounds  Package:   ($25 for 1, $50 for 2, $75 for 3, $100 for 4)


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