What can you say about James Cotton? Plenty--one of the greatest blues harp players is now 75 and still going strong! On Time for the Blues this week (7/24/11), we’ll feature tracks from his latest release, Giant!
Sometimes I like to pretend that I’m a musician in a band. And though I do have the stereotypical fantasy of being on stage, singing and playing guitar to an adoring audience, I also fantasize about writing a set list for an upcoming show. Usually, this fantasy involves me being Elvis Costello or David Byrne. Yes, my nerd-dom knows no bounds. And while I’m no where near being a musician, I am fortunate enough to be able to assemble playlists. It’s the closest thing I’ll get to being on stage.
Nothing like late night food served up with great music on a hot summer’s night! For your edification this week at Cafe Croude is my take on Simple Sesame Salmon from my kitchen adjacent to our sonic bistro. Before we run over to comestibles, the Music. Listen to the great Al D on the enclosed video clip while you’re scanning this. You’ll hear it in HD on the show this week.
If you ever heard Gary Moore play the blues, you never forgot it! This week on Time for the Blues (7/17/11) we'll play some of his best in tribute to a superb guitarist who left us way too soon! We'll also dive back in for more great sides from the little-known '60s Memphis-based R&B label in The Goldwax Story, Episode 2!
Yes… RECIPES! Read On. An invitation to share yours, too.
Every season has its music. Best example is Christmas. You wouldn't expect to hear It Came Upon A Midnight Clear on the Croude in July… well, maybe you would.
By similar analogy I would never play Eric Johnson's Desert Rose in December. But you will hear it on this show. For me there are certain sound colours, time signatures and vibes that characterize every month of the year. The aforementioned EJ song has July written all over it.
Lately I've noticed, while reviewing my past blogs, that I've kind of adopted a "shuffle" theme. I realize this is because trying to pinpoint one or two themes for The World Music Show is a hard thing to do week after week. It's not as if I don't like theme shows, it's just I like to put together shows the way I like to listen to music--all over the place. It's sort of like when I listen to the radio, I like to be surprised. And I like to pass along that same surprise feeling to you. So many of my shows, I've noticed, will have chunks or mini-sets of themes.