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Hot Weather Cool Music: A Crouded BBQ Part I

Yes… RECIPES! Read On. An invitation to share yours, too.

Every season has its music. Best example is Christmas. You wouldn't expect to hear It Came Upon A Midnight Clear on the Croude in July… well, maybe you would. 

By similar analogy I would never play Eric Johnson's Desert Rose in December. But you will hear it on this show. For me there are certain sound colours, time signatures and vibes that characterize every month of the year. The aforementioned EJ song has July written all over it.

The teacher asked what I did on my summer vacation: AREA 51?

Let's see.  Two new books for you--AREA 51 by investigative journalist Annie Jacobsen and The Hunt for Zero Point by Nick Cook, former aviation editor of Jane's Defence Weekly.  And of course the music.  As diverse as Area 51 is complicated its not a black and white issue.  There are those who are convinced the secret military installation [which does not exist according to the US government] is a secret base where fake moon landings were staged and aliens are housed.  Other questions pop into existance as rapidly as the quantum flux...

Ry & Steve at the Crossroads: 25 Years Later

Despite the fact that its fiction with a number of historical and spiritual errors, the 1986 film featuring a musical score by Ry Cooder is still the best film about Guitar-dom ever made. John Fusco's screenplay given one off direction by Walter Hill elevates a simple story to mythical proportion. Not to mention the virtuosity of Steve Vai and Cooder's slide work enhanced with a number of blues legends.

40 Years Ago The Fillmore East Closed

You know you’re getting older when....wait. Don't answer that.

How is it i can remember the loud, clean, piercing tone of Albert King’s Flying V, the mania that followed a J Geils performance and the southern style and majesty of the original Allman Brothers Band, but have to look for my car keys if they are not in their designated morning place?  Ok...that’s rhetorical. Don’t answer that either.

Carol Lipnik : Queen of NY Eclectica

As a musical artist if you're submitting your material for a CD sampler or elsewhere, its not unusual to be asked on a form how do you describe your music....folk, new age, alternate or fill in the blank.  Labels are the bane of classifying modernn creativity and that brings us to the subject of this week's primary focus.  The ever unpredictable and always challenging Carol Lipnik

An American Saturday Night

This particular holiday weekend is perhaps one of the most bizarre for me.  The commercial media ratio of advertising to awareness of Memorial Day is....well, I dont' have to tell you.  My late Dad was a vet of WWII.  So are some of my fave departed uncles who also served overseas.  At the oddest moments I'll sometimes think of them under fire with the hell of war surrounding them.  Because of what they did I'm here.  And the domino effect through the decades is this radio station, the weekly Croudes you tune in and our general way of life.

WTF (“Who’s the Folkie?”)

“Ever hear of this Robert Zimmerman??”

You have to imagine that’s what raced through the minds of Brandeis University students in May, 1963. Bob Dylan wasn’t famous and played the metaphorical second fiddle to those such as Pete Seeger, Jean Redpath and others.  His music was accepted enthusiastically and the concert taped....AND....buried for decades.

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