The Vancouver-based musician takes her turn hosting the CBC Radio show
Frazey Ford
  • INTRO: Frazey Ford hosts This is My Playlist
  • THE BROADCAST: On CBC Radio, Oct. 18, 2020
  • ARCHIVES: Find past episodes of My Playlist here. 
    (Note: readers outside Canada may be unable to connect)
  • PLAYLIST: Songs from the broadcast on YouTube and Spotify

Be Good Tanyas co-founder and solo artist Frazey Ford’s most recent release – U kin B the Sun – came out just before the pandemic lockdown earlier this year


Musician Frazey Ford brings an eclectic and informed mix to the weekly CBC Radio show

CBC Radio’s My Playlist features some of Canada’s best musicians and artists playing DJ for an hour each week presenting music that shaped and inspires them. Recent broadcasts feature hosts like Maestro Fresh Wes, Loreena McKennit, Hannah Georgas, Nelly Furtado and Chilly Gonzales.

A couple of weeks ago I tuned in to Vancouver’s Frazey Ford taking her turn on the show playing an eclectic mix of songs from a range of artists including her first musical crush, Prince. 

“The very first record I bought was Prince, Purple Rain,” Ford says.

“And that record definitely changed my entire life. I think I was 11 years old and everything about Prince hit me really hard. His entire career he was such a genius and so innovative. He never stopped changing what he did and how he did it.”

Her 11-song set includes a rousing gospel song from Shirley Caesar, an obscure gem by Canadian 70s folkies Fraser and DeBolt, a reggae tune from Jimmy Cliff and a haunting ballad by her friend Pauline Lamb (aka Violet Wolf).

She reserves two slots for Joni Mitchell: “ I would argue that no one in the world writes better lyrics than Joni Mitchell … including Bob Dylan,” she says. 

Ford first made her musical mark as co-founder of the alt-country trio The Be Good Tanyas who released three albums between 2000 and 2006 and continued to perform until around 2012. She has also recorded three solo albums since 2010. Her latest, U Kin B the Sun, was released in February.
In this edition of My Playlist, Frazey Ford brings passion, a keen ear and musical smarts to her commentary and song choices. Click here and give her hosting gig a listen. The broadcast may not be available outside Canada. However, see below for the playlist I put together of the songs featured in it.

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Kris Sig Plastic V3

31 October 2020


The Youtube and Spotify playlists include the 11 numbers she plays on the show as well as four songs from the Be Good Tanyas and Ford solo that were excerpted at the start of the broadcast. Spotify doesn’t have the songs by Jimmy Cliff or Violet Wolf.

  • September Fields: Frazey Ford
  • Littlest Birds: The Be Good Tanyas
  • For the Turnstiles: The Be Good Tanyas
  • Azad: Frazey Ford
  • Let’s Go Crazy: Prince
  • Don’t Interrupt the Sorrow: Joni Mitchell
  • Lessons in Survival: Joni Mitchell
  • Draw Your Brakes: Jimmy Cliff
  • Fraser and DeBolt Theme: Fraser and DeBolt
  • Simply Beautiful: Al Green
  • Pink and White: Frank Ocean
  • Mother Moon Mother Mary: Violet Wolf aka Pauline Lamb 
  • Save the Last Dance for Me: Emmylou Harris
  • Lucky One: La Force
  • Millennial Reign: Shirley Caesar