The biggest curse of commercial radio isn't the commercials. Its the enervating mediocrity of programming done by focus groups in other cities and slammed in your face day after day. Month by month. Year after year.
On this week's World Music Show (2/18), besides our usual forays into some varied and unique sounds from musical hotspots around the globe (more on these later), we'll be holding a salute to traditional Latin music (which is the translation of this week's blog headline). We're talking about hearing some classic "Son" Cuban music as well as some marimba music from Guatemala. Plus, we'll take a listen to "Musica Ranchera," otherwise known as Mexico's soulful "country music."
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We've said it before and we'll say it again! We HATE tribute shows! We want our legends to stay forever! But we must pay tribute to Etta, Hubert and Johhny Otis this week on Time for the Blues (2/19/12) and we hope you'll join us!
Right off the bat, I'm going to tell you that this week's headline for the World Music Show (airing 2/11) could be thought of as an oxymoron, or at best, a cruel trick for your ears. How so, you say? Well, in hour two of this week's show, I'm highlighting a few songs from Michael Franti & Spearhead.
It sounds too pompous and way too much of a cliche to state one particular Americana ensemble has taken up where The Band left off--on the other hand--if anyone deserve's to be in that category, The Black Crowes certainly do. Critics in the past loved to slap miselading labels on them.