As an official prelude to celebrating International Guitar Month on WCVE Public Radio, a number of new releases will greet listeners ears. Fans of Al Di Meola will enjoy electric and acoustic tracks from his latest Pursuit of Radical Rhapsody.
Whether performing with his group Reckless Abandon, running the stage or emceeing at one of the many concerts he worked at or hosting his long-running program Out o' the Blue Radio Revue here on WCVE Public Radio, Page Wilson had a huge impact on the Central Virginia Music Scene. Not surprisingly, there was a lot of coverage in the local press and on TV news about Page’s death, but by far the most eloquent tribute I have come across is the show produced by Steve Clark on Saturday’s the Sound of Swing.
When the show begins this late Saturday at midnight the cool temps will no doubt chain me to that last vestige of Fourth Season. However, spring will have arrived and I'm musically prepared for that, too. Can't think of a better way to begin our Spring show than with new music from Al Petteway & Amy White via High in the Blue Ridge (also closing bookends at the end of the Croude).
For this week's show (3/19), I wanted to make sure that I highlight some of the great singers and musicians I've come to admire in the world of World Music. The list of artists I've picked is by no means complete--and it shouldn't be. But, it's enough to hopefully get you started on a quest to find out more about whom I'll be playing. Plus, maybe you'd like to add your two bits below. Who did I miss? Once you hear my show on Saturday, come back here to let me know--maybe I'll be able to play them at a later date.
Not widely known in this country is St. Patrick’s Blue – a name applied to several shades of the latter symbolic of Ireland. That’s not what the show is about this week.
This week (3/5/11) keyboards and guitar – then and (sort of) now. Thijs van Leer and Jan Akkerman hail from the progressive rock group FOCUS from the 1970’s and for better or worse, they are remembered for Hocus Pocus, something that guitarist Akkerman is not exactly fond of (he has expanded his role over the decades as a specialist in early music as well). Some of their most interesting jams took place on the disc Focus III. The original is out of print but you’ll be set right by way of my snap, crinkle & pop (a.k.a.