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.
The Electric Croude
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!
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.
If not for Dave Thompson’s new book, Fire and Wine-An Armchair Guide to Steve Ashley, I 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.