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.
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There are a lot of great musicians in Richmond, VA. Of late the most interesting combination for me is the Tin Can Fish Band. As a part of the new mini-series within The Electric Croude, Notes from America, I was more than happy to have in the studios Steve Fisher and Doug Austin (mandolin/fiddle). Both are alumni of the Croude Bande and great guys.
This week marks the debut of a new mini-series running within the body of The Electric Croude titled Notes from America. This new feature will concentrate on the 99%ers of working musicians--not the 1%ers vaulted across network TV airwaves.
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.
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!