Grandson of a Kentucky Governor. US Air Force Vet. Manufacturer of LSD. Pioneering Audio Engineer. Those are four titles that belong to Owsley “Bear” Stanley. Music history remembers him best for that fourth description. And it was this weekend–24 years ago–that he recorded Janis Joplin at the Carousel Ballroom--only recently released. In an age when concert sound was by and large lo-hi, Bear had radical approaches to changing the abysmal sonic scene.
So perhaps this is a "Dad-ism," or an "Ian-ism," as my Dad would say to me when I was younger. I just realized, while starting to write this, that this week's World Music Show (6/16) aires right before Father's Day.
Did I plan out a special show for Dads to enjoy? Not particularly.
But, can I wrap all the songs I'll be playing this Saturday into a nice package with a bow and present it as a Father's Day special? You bet!
As is the custom in Croudeland, I celebrate Mom’s Day & Dad’s Day on the show with a special CD giveaway (sonic not financial).
It’s rare to hear banjo in a straight-ahead jazz setting these days, which makes the new collaboration between banjoist Béla Fleck and jazz masters the Marcus Roberts Trio all the more interesting. What started as an impromptu jam session at the Savannah Music Festival in 2009 has turned into an hour long album entitled Across The Imaginary Divide, released June 10 on Rounder Records.
One of the best things I love about Summer, besides the beach, the food and the Mosquitos (the band, in this case, not the bug), is the ability to see live music. Or maybe in my case now, it's the rememberance of seeing some really great live shows (with two kids and two jobs, it's hard to get out to see music much).