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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.

Vinyl-ly Yours

In an age where people are so concerned about being green...less care is devoted to the care and feeding of your brain--especially as concerns music. The human body can react in very different ways to MP3s, .wav files, CDs and the once forsaken black platter--also known as the 331/3 rpm record.

I’ve done A/B comparisons with CDs/vinyl... more often than not, digital re-mastering takes away from the visceral impact of music.

Welcome to Bluesville, Son

Its part of the great dialogue from the 1986 motion picture, Crossroads. Its part of the banter between fiction Willie Brown and Lightnin’ Boy. The latter not exactly happy about sharing the back of a wagon with crates of chickens. Later on Willie Brown explains to a female runaway, “I’m the bluesman...he’s from long island.” I’ve always laughed at that since hence where I hail from. But in New York my discovering real life bluesmen in concert... Albert King and Muddy Waters.

Teles, Strats, & Pauls O My!...Southern Style

For non guitar players, that’s the way we 6-stringers often refer to the iconic invention of Leo Fender & Les Paul.The 
The Telecaster, Stratoscaster and Les Paul--3 different guitar styles which have fueled the music industry and every musical genre you can imagine. It could take months to definitely survey all the categories and sub-categories where these great electric guitars were used.

Tonight...a shortcut. At least as long as one hour will allow. And so we enter southern soul/blues/alt country.

Finally!

Could you name the band that played on more #1 hits than the Beatles, Stones, Elvis and Beach Boys combined? A great trivia question--more importantly--a great slice of music history.

They were called The Funk Brothers--not only did they play on ALL those great Motown hits but they are they are still influential today--think everyone from Talking Heads to Jeff Beck.

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