With these brief hints of spring that have come across the skies of Virginia lately, it got me thinking about what kind of warn weather music I like to listen to. So on this week's World Music Show (4/16), I'll have some pretty bouncy grooves BossaNova style, along with some music from the Wine lands. Plus, for some reason I really felt like hearing some Gypsy music.
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.
This week on Time for the Blues (4/17/11) John Porter and Henry Cook take a listen to Henry’s MP3 Player! Specifically, we’ll listen to blues I found on a pre-loaded song card that came as a complete surprise to us! You’ll hear tracks of all types of blues, from classic Chicago to British to Psychedelic and back again!
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.
This week (4/6) I've had some twangy guitar riding around the trails of my mind. Why? Well, I just like the sound of this style of guitar, which I mostly find in South Africa. That style I'd twangy, jangly and just downright fun to hear. I think I first became aware of this sound when I first heard Paul Simon's breakthrough album "Graceland." I can still hear many of the opening tracks. With that, many of the tracks in the first hour are from South Africa--like the band Elias Mathbula & the Chivani Sisters and the band Majozi.
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.