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Fresh Air Remembers Blues And Jazz Historian Samuel Charters

As hosts for Time for the Blues, John Porter and I are always listening for interesting stories of the blues! Last Friday (3/19), Fresh Air played an interview from 1987 with Samuel Charters, the blues and jazz historian who helped ignite the blues revival of the 1950s and ‘60s. Charters made field recordings of forgotten and previously undiscovered performers. He also wrote two books. He died Wednesday (3/18/15); he was 85.

Locals Only

As a surfer/skater kid who grew up in Southern California, I used to see that sign quite a lot when I would travel from my Valley home to surf spots along various parts of the Pacific Coast Highway. However, before you think I've changed format, this week's World Music Show (3/21), has nothing to do with California, or surf music. Instead, it has a lot to do with local World Music. Wait, you say, there's World Music here in RVA? Yes, yes there is. And we'll explore as much as we can--at least for the first hour.

Hmmm, What's This World Music All About?

Suppose you're new to this genre called "World Music." Or perhaps you're a seasoned listener. Or maybe you're listening tastes fall somewhere in between. Either way, I want to say this: don't fear music. Because whether you're a newbie or a grizzled veteran of global music, this week's World Music Show (3/14) has something for everyone. It's two hours of beats from around the world, sprinkled with bits of background as well some (hopefully) humor.

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