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It's Simple: Just Listen

I get it. I understand. Sometimes you just need a little nudge. Perhaps you're just checking out what The World Music Show is all about. Perhaps you were intrigued by the pointing finger of the legendary Brazilian musician Tom Ze. Or maybe that digit extending from Ze's hand has put you off from maybe reading more. Whatever the reason is, I get it. Just know this: Don't fear music.

Taking the High Note

When you look at that picture of Beninese singer Angelique Kidjo, you can just tell that she means business. She's been around for quite a while and as sung with a stellar line-up of talent as equal as hers. And sure, she has a new CD out, in which she partners with another great group of singers (which we'll continue to explore), but because of her majestic status, we've had to raise the bar on this week's World Music Show (2/15/14). Not that we frequently wallow in mediocrity, but upping the level to match Kidjo's status isn't a bad thing.

In Your Ear Episode 26: Jae Sinnett Trio

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 11:20am -- WCVE

Enjoy top-drawer Virginia-based jazz courtesy of the Jae Sinnett Trio, led by Tidewater-based percussionist and music educator Jae Sinnett who also hosts a popular radio show himself. Jae is joined by one of a prominent fraternity of VCU Jazz graduates under professor Doug Richards…that would be bassist Terry Burrell. And on piano, a 27-year-old Virginia Beach native who has caught the attention of some of the music industry’s most prominent figures, including Quincy Jones.

In Your Ear Episode 24: Cadillac Sky, Hit & Run

Mon, 02/10/2014 - 2:18pm -- WCVE

We revisit an In Your Ear session with five talented players who had a short but sweet ride as a progressive band called Cadillac Sky. Organized in 2002 in the Dallas/Fort Worth area by lead vocalist/songwriter Bryan Simpson, applying a Texas state of mind to the bluegrass template, the band turned intriguing tunes and solid musicianship, into a meteoric career.

Love: World Music Style

Is this love? What is love? Is love all you need? These questions plus many more may be answered on this week's World Music Show (2/8). I say "may" be answered becuase since love is a unviversal thing, an ambigous thing, and a fleeting thing, then I'm not sure if we'll be able to answer any or even some of those questions. However, since this is a music program, these thoughts can be addressed musically. In addition to those musings, we'll also be looking at love in this way: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly. Sound appropriate for the upcoming special day?

Viva la World Music!

Once in awhile you just need to throw your hands up and celebrate. I'm sure if you look around, you'll find something to rejoice in. Besides the usual suspects of birthdays, anniversaries, new babies, etc, there are other things, such as, say, the temperature has risen above freezing, or that there is a new, stellar episode of The World Music Show (2/1/14)--that alone is a great reason to party, at least in my mind.

With that said, here's a sampling of what you can expect on this week's show.

In Your Ear Episode 23: Kruger Brothers, Jonathan Byrd, Harris Brothers

Thu, 01/30/2014 - 10:43am -- WCVE

In this episode of In Your Ear, we share the work of three accomplished Carolina acts who have all been featured on this program before. First up, we revisit the two Swiss-born brothers Jens and Uwe Kruger and their bassist New Yorker Joel Landsberg. The trio was completely taken with American mountain music and would move to western North Carolina to be closer to it and to new friends like Deep Gap’s legendary Doc Watson.

Voices Like Thunder

The term "Legendary" gets tossed around quite a bit--even by me (but in my defense, I feel like I do play quite a few, truly legendary musicians on the show). But, on this week's World Music Show (1/25), not only will I play a few legendary musicians but I will actually have an interview with someone who is part of a legendary ensemble. 

Rene Marie Pays Tribute to Music of Eartha Kitt

Rene Marie is an artist familiar to many of our listeners because she used to live and perform in Richmond. In the years since she moved away, she has recorded several critically acclaimed albums and with each new release has become more assured of her own artistic vision. Her most recent recordings have veered away from the standard songs that populate most  jazz albums, instead focusing on her own songs.  It came as something of a surprise that her new recording was a tribute album. It’s called “I Wanna Be Evil – With Love to Eartha Kitt.”

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