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.
The Electric Croude
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.
A pun I’ll admit – as you can’t Fireballet on Focus. And somehow the James Gang doesn’t fit in there but will in the show.
That brings us to compositional length. In the early to mid 1960s, most radio material seldom exceeded 3 minutes. That all changed with commercial Progressive FM radio in the latter part of that decade.
“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.
Its Mom's Day and the 100th birtday of blues legend Robert Johnson on The Electric Croude. A special giveaway for Moms, exploring the music of R.J. and contrasting it with the lighter side of reality with bluesman and preacher Blind Willie McTell. Also observations & music from Robert Plant, Keith Richards, Billy Gibbons and how Johnson influenced them.
Every few years or so, I can have fun with this. Yet it’s hard to believe that the fifth month is upon us. Almost that time of year when we actually start keeping the money we make after Uncle Sam has been taking his.
I digress – unusual pairings dominate our musical thread this week.
Strange title – well, yes. And obviously a play on words. The Italian flag colours in honor of Italian musicians as we celebrate International Guitar Month and Richard White, who will be in our studio this week as we talk about his new band Divining Sage and disc The Universe Room.
For week two of International Guitar Month on The Electric Croude, we’ll hear some of Richmond’s best from the jazz community. Thirteen years ago, Emme St. James was just starting out. Now she’s a seasoned professional.
Instrumentalists have been the bastard step children of the music industry. Not the will of the public but corporate suits who think they know what the public wants. Even Steve Morse--one of the finest guitarists on the planet--was told "get a singer and we'll get back to you." Despite the global succes of Morse, record companies for the most part still don't get it.
My listeners do and I'm sure the artists I'm playing this week would appreciate that as much as I do.
As an official prelude to celebrating International Guitar Month on WCVE Public Radio, a number of new releases will greet listeners ears. Fans of Al Di Meola will enjoy electric and acoustic tracks from his latest Pursuit of Radical Rhapsody.