There are a lot of great musicians in Richmond, VA. Of late the most interesting combination for me is the Tin Can Fish Band. As a part of the new mini-series within The Electric Croude, Notes from America, I was more than happy to have in the studios Steve Fisher and Doug Austin (mandolin/fiddle). Both are alumni of the Croude Bande and great guys.
Articles by George Maida
This week marks the debut of a new mini-series running within the body of The Electric Croude titled Notes from America. This new feature will concentrate on the 99%ers of working musicians--not the 1%ers vaulted across network TV airwaves.
Lots of people enjoy Autumn. I love it. And just as much, I love programming for both my classical show and The Electric Croude for third season in general and October in particular. While TEC initially began about 30 years ago as a specialty program for anglo/celtic music...in the past 3 decades it has expanded to include alternative/global folk/jazz/progressive rock/classical and more. That’s certainly true of what you’ll hear over the course of my four special October shows.
If you’ve ever seen the documentary on RUSH called Beyond the Lighted Stage, what I have to say will not surprise you. Alex Lifeson is the real deal. Amicable, prompt, enthusiastic, funny, accomodating--a class act. He had told a mutual friend he wanted to do The Electric Croude--and so he did--even on his vacation. For someone who has been through the media for 45 years, you’d never know it. Thoughtful to every question posed--even one I’d been waiting to ask for nearly 30 years!
If not for Dave Thompson’s new book, Fire and Wine-An Armchair Guide to Steve Ashley, I dare say an important part of English music history might well be lost. For decades I’ve enjoyed the writing and singing of Steve--and have been honored to have him on The Electric Croude twice--most recently during last December.
That title is a line from reclusive billionaire Harold Finch to an NSA analyst running for his life--for asking too many questions about a machine capable of keeping tabs on all americans--while technically not violating Fourth Amendment rights. Both TV characters are fictional from the CBS series called Person of Interest. There is a parallel with real-life Edward Snowden--except this episode (No Good Deed) of the series came out years before our awareness of Snowden.
That’s what they’re saying maybe in the middle of the Atlantic ocean...but remember you’ll need to adjust your Atavachron. Right here in Richmond,VA you won’t have to wait till the midnight hour--as the famous song goes.
In an age where people are so concerned about being green...less care is devoted to the care and feeding of your brain--especially as concerns music. The human body can react in very different ways to MP3s, .wav files, CDs and the once forsaken black platter--also known as the 331/3 rpm record.
I’ve done A/B comparisons with CDs/vinyl... more often than not, digital re-mastering takes away from the visceral impact of music.
Its part of the great dialogue from the 1986 motion picture, Crossroads. Its part of the banter between fiction Willie Brown and Lightnin’ Boy. The latter not exactly happy about sharing the back of a wagon with crates of chickens. Later on Willie Brown explains to a female runaway, “I’m the bluesman...he’s from long island.” I’ve always laughed at that since hence where I hail from. But in New York my discovering real life bluesmen in concert... Albert King and Muddy Waters.
Sound is endlessly fascinating for me...glorious Stereo. And Mono. I’ll take it all. And both are being served up on The Electric Croude this week courtesy of Barry Cleveland--Assoc. Editor of Guitar Player magazine & Big Brother and the Holding Company.