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Notes from America Vol. 3: The Nied’s Hotel Band

First off--they are not a hotel band. There is a fascinating story behind John Vento’s project called The Nied’s Hotel Band and that’s explained in this third volume Notes from America--my new open ended mini-series detailing real music--real musicians--across the country.

If you’re new to this, in the first two volumes, we travelled to Texas and in our last round--right here in good ’ol Richmond, Virginnie.

Notes from America Episode 1: Patrick Lee

In the inaugural episode of The Electric Croude series Notes from America, I spoke with Brownsville, Texas musician Patrick Lee. Self-taught in true Lone Star fashion, Lee is a gifted singer/songwriter/guitarist, though his primary instrument is the electric 3 string bass (yes, you read that correctly), played in upright fashion due to a back injury.

The Electric Croude in October

Lots of people enjoy Autumn. I love it. And just as much, I love programming for both my classical show and The Electric Croude for third season in general and October in particular. While TEC initially began about 30 years ago as a specialty program for anglo/celtic music...in the past 3 decades it has expanded to include alternative/global folk/jazz/progressive rock/classical and more. That’s certainly true of what you’ll hear over the course of my four special October shows.

An Evening with Alex Lifeson from Rush

If you’ve ever seen the documentary on RUSH called Beyond the Lighted Stage, what I have to say will not surprise you. Alex Lifeson is the real deal. Amicable, prompt, enthusiastic, funny, accomodating--a class act. He had told a mutual friend he wanted to do The Electric Croude--and so he did--even on his vacation. For someone who has been through the media for 45 years, you’d never know it. Thoughtful to every question posed--even one I’d been waiting to ask for nearly 30 years!

International Guitar Month

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 9:51am -- WCVE

George Maida, host of The Electric Croude, once again celebrates International Guitar Month in April on 88.9 WCVE. Be sure to tune in Saturday nights at 10:00 p.m. during the month for a variety of special guests, interviews and musical offerings.

April 5: Pam McCarthy
A mainstay on the Richmond music scene for decades, McCarthy demonstrates in song and interview the complexities and beautiful simplicity of the ukulele.

A Heart Warmer for Third Season: An Interview with Dave Thompson

If not for Dave Thompson’s new book, Fire and Wine-An Armchair Guide to Steve AshleyI dare say an important part of English music history might well be lost. For decades I’ve enjoyed the writing and singing of Steve--and have been honored to have him on The Electric Croude twice--most recently during last December.

“If you really need a mystery, I’d recommend the human heart--”

That title is a line from reclusive billionaire Harold Finch to an NSA analyst running for his life--for asking too many questions about a machine capable of keeping tabs on all americans--while technically not violating Fourth Amendment rights. Both TV characters are fictional from the CBS series called Person of Interest. There is a parallel with real-life Edward Snowden--except this episode (No Good Deed) of the series came out years before our awareness of Snowden.

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