Ballad singer and old-time musician Elizabeth LaPrelle is a shining star in a movement some are calling The New Young Fogies – twenty-somethings who play old Southern Appalachian music in its pre-bluegrass form, the way it sounded deep in the hills and hollers before radio and commercial recordings came about.
What the what? Can it really be the beginning of December? I feel like I just blinked and all of the sudden, here we are. And with that, here we are discussing this week's World Music Show (12/1). Like all the many parts that make up a year--the seasons, the highs and lows of life--this week's show will be somewhat in the same vein, which means basically a mix-up of genres and styles. In fact, to beat this comparison a tad longer, the show may be little like one long run-on sentence, ala a Jack Kerouac novel.
Seriously, we're playing blues that's been piling up in John Porter's car?? Y'know Professor, we do have shelves in the station for our blues CDs! Well, anwyay, join us this week (12/2/12) as Time for the Blues features some new stuff and new-to-us stuff!
Listen: I don' t want to knock any references to this fine holiday. Nor do I want to mock any references to my fine blues-filled colleagues who may present some tuneful leftovers. My conundrum for this week's World Music Show (11/24) or really for this week's blog, is to come up with a witty title that gives a special nod to the season, while still retaining the ethos of world beats.
Don't worry. I'm not goint to arbitrarily list this week's World Music Show (11/17) in alphabetical order--that would be nearly impossible and quite the stretch (though, I may use this idea at a later date, so don't hold it against me). However, I will say, to stretch this particular theme, that this week's show does push the boundaries in terms of musical global outposts. Sure, one-to-two themed shows are a good way to exlpore a region or a particular artist or two. But, really, variety is the spice of life, as the cliché goes.
Hold your horses. I'll get to the meaning of the title in just a bit. But you can probably guess that it referes to something deep on this week's World Music Show (11/10). Let's start with the latter part of the headline--"Other Sounds" first, becuase those are easier to explain. And it's quite a mixed-bag throughout the two hours, as well. It'll be as if we've hit the Frappé button on the world musical blender.