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.
In looking over this week’s World Music Show playlist (2/4), I’ve come to the conclusion that I’m stumped. That’s right, I’m stymied as to what to hang a hook on. There’s so much goodness for your ears that it’s hard to pick just one thing, just one artist as to give you a reason to tune in. So, let’s break it down so I give you a dozen reasons to listen.
There is more to American youth's involvement in music than American Idol. Unfortunately, what is truly worthy in other forums seldom gets the attention it deserves. Last fall, I highlighted how the band Styxx did a concept DVD with a youth orchestra and you heard insightful thoughts from prog guitarist James Young.
On this week's World Music Show (1/28), I feel like I took all the cool sounds and songs from around the globe and put them into a blender and came out with a show worthy of a few hours. Where to begin, oh, where to begin! Ok, how about with a few tracks from the Maylasian singer and ukelele player Zee Avi. Her voice is smooth, deep, sultry and even whimiscal. And her songs evoke a bit of magic, too.