Grandson of a Kentucky Governor. US Air Force Vet. Manufacturer of LSD. Pioneering Audio Engineer. Those are four titles that belong to Owsley “Bear” Stanley. Music history remembers him best for that fourth description. And it was this weekend–24 years ago–that he recorded Janis Joplin at the Carousel Ballroom--only recently released. In an age when concert sound was by and large lo-hi, Bear had radical approaches to changing the abysmal sonic scene.
Articles by George Maida
As is the custom in Croudeland, I celebrate Mom’s Day & Dad’s Day on the show with a special CD giveaway (sonic not financial).
This week’s show is something of a time traveling sandwich–the late 1990s surrounded by the 70’s–and 3 different areas of the world to boot featuring our own South with Duane Allman, Scandanavia with Norwegian born Terje Rypdal, and Canada’s six-string maestro Alex Lifeson.
As the years go by, I’m more conscious of linking certain albums with certain holidays. Listening to and broadcasting from my bedroom as a kid was challenging. Not like radio. Since the speakers were not directly positioned in the windows, lots of extra amperage was required to make sure the neighborhood enjoyed what I did. I had more direct feedback from the rest of the household downstairs.
On this first weekend of May... yes, there will be Beatles but not from that disc. Its a surprise. What isn’t a surprise to me is how great my snap, crinkle & pop platters (a.k.a. LP records) sound. We have a saying in Croudeland. Be good to your vinyl and it will be good to you. There is a decidedly English edge to this week’s assortment before we head back across the pond to the colonies. Part of a sonic celebration--WCVE Public Radio turns 24 years old this Sunday. And the Croude is now 27. No word on how old the Cricket is.
Who’s next, Tommy? Ok. No more bad puns as we enter our concluding weekend of celebration with International Guitar Month (IGM).
If you are a player you’ll dig this... Jimi Hendrix would have been 70 this year and Guitar Player magazine has the maestro as its cover subject for the May issue. A lot of what Jimi did has not been widely heard from across the pond but you will on this week’s Croude--his BBC sessions.
True story. I was having dinner recently with a good friend and running down the list of guests on the Croude during IGM (International Guitar Month). My pal, an acoustic guitar player asked what Dave Hunter’s specialty was? I paused a second, then said everything! It sounds like hyperbole but when i spoke to the author/musician/editor by phone recently, I joke about how one man could amass so much guitar knowledge and still be under 200 years of age?
Back in the late 1970s, I worked in the diamond district of of NYC. At first it seemed exotic. Then daily tedium set in so badly I found myself taking lunch breaks a block down on 48th street to save my sanity--the music street as its known. At the time Electro- Harmonix had a great showroom. Cool and dark on blistering Manhattan days, it was like stepping into a time portal with untold treasures of guitar effx boxes.
Never say never... but our mix this week is generally sprinkled with great in-studio performances by Chris Lucas, Laura Ann Singh and husband & wife virtuosi Rusty and Susan Farmer. Yes, this is part II of International Guitar Month. Last week we kicked off our month long celebration with Mike Molenda, ed-in-chief of Guitar Player magazine, now in its 45th year.
Trade show people wanting to showcase their guitar goods have the NAMM conference for gear and mingling each winter... the rest of us, like yours truly, eagerly await Guitar Player magazine in our mailboxes each month. A late bloomer on the 6 string, I began reading it a couple of years before I began to play in the late 1970s. And its still my periodical of choice. Unlike many institutions that seem to worsen with age, Guitar Player keeps getting better.