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Guitarist Kevin Harding on Quatro Na Bossa’s CD “Bossa Nossa”

I spoke with Kevin Harding, the guitarist from Quatro na Bossa, about the band’s latest release, “Bossa Nossa.” The background behind the selections is interesting and tells a lot about the history of 20th century Brazilian music, touching on Luis Bonfa, Dorival Caymmi, Joao Gilberto, Joao Donato and other important Brazilian innovators.

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.

It's My Birthday and I'll Cry If I Want To! And Have Some Bacon Fat!

Make sure you stay up late and join us this week on Time For The Blues (7/7/13). Henry and I have been cooking up some great new sounds for you and we’ve even included a side of Bacon Fat! Actually, several sides. This late 60's west coast group featured a young harp whiz Rod Piazza! We'll also check out the Rounder Records story!

It's All About the Strings

In coming up with the headline for this week's World Music Show (6/29), I just had to eject a few really bad puns to accompany that headline in this lead. For instance, part of my brain wanted to write "I won't string you along this week," and "according to the studies on string theory...." But, thankfully, I decided to save you--and my small reputation by avoiding those puns. Instead, I'm going to focus on the music and the theme which runs throughout the show this week: strings.

Test Test...Check 1, Check 2

You know what you don't hear much anymore at live shows? Mic checks. At least I don't seem to recall hearing any of these lately. Perhaps I'm going to the wrong shows. I'm thinking about this for a few reasons--1, is that my mind works in odd, mysterious ways. And 2, it sort of goes with the theme of this week's World Music Show (6/22), which is a continuation of the celebration of Summer via live music shows. 

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