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Check out this schedule. Matt Lucas, Narvel Felts, Ronnie Hawkins
Saturday, November 11th, 11am - 1pm: The Crystal Robots
Michael welcomes The Crystal Robots in person to talk about their new album & play a few songs live in the studio!
Saturday, November 18th, 11am - 1pm: Matt Lucas
Michael welcomes powerhouse singer, drummer, and songwriter Matt Lucas, best known for his crazy rocked-up 1963 version of Hank Snow's "I'm Movin' On".
Saturday, November 25th, 11am - 1pm: Interview with Paul Karasik and Mark Newgarden
Michael chats with co-authors Mark Newgarden, Paul Karasik about their new long awaited book "How To Read Nancy" (with foreword by Jerry Lewis)
Saturday, December 9th, 11am - 1pm: Narvel Felts
Michael chats with Narvel Felts about his 50+ year career – which started in the 1950s with some classic Rockabilly singles and peaked in the early 70s starting with a top 10 cover of Dobie Gray's "Drift Away" – the start of a string of 20 singles Narvel placed on the Country Charts!
Saturday, January 6th, 2018, 11am - 1pm: Ronnie Hawkins
Michael chats with Ronnie Hawkins (aka "Mr. Dynamo," "Sir Ronnie," "Rompin' Ronnie," or "The Hawk") about his 60 years making great Rock And Roll!
ASU Farmers Market
01 Mercy, Mercy, Mercy
02 My Funny Valentine
03 Now's The Time
Sid Davis - trumpet on 3
Tyler Remagen - tenor sax
Emily Lindley - drums
Paul Nunis - bass
Hairy Larry - piano
Featuring Kevin Tinker, one of the original Bebop Beatniks.
Kevin Tinker - trumpet
Chris Wilson - trumpet on 1
Parker Newberry - tenor sax on 1 and 3
Delta Legends will be performing at the King Biscuit Blues Festival in Helena-West Helena, Arkansas on Friday, October 11. We are scheduled to start at 3:00 PM but you better come early because we’re gonna start early if we can.
with their first release, while keeping the rock edge on some of the
tracks, the band displays an obvious affection for the blues. "Mr. Little Big Man"
contains eleven tracks with five being TD originals and the other six
being covers of a mixed bag of blues artists. The disc’s producer is
rock and roll hall of famer, Glyn Johns, who produced so many of the
greatest bands from the era that you may just as well say he produced
the “British Invasion” and leave it at that.
TD’s piano intro immediately gives the disc’s opening track - “Rollin’ Joanna”
- a Bayou blues vibe. Then, just as he starts singing the song’s
uptempo lyrics, Joel joins in with a muffled harmonica that’s sounding
somewhat like a kazoo; Jeff and Paul come in with the funky rhythm and
percussion; John starts laying down some slick blues guitar licks; and
this original song takes on a full Mardi Gras dance party feel.
OK, now that the party is over let’s get down to some serious blues. This one’s titled “The Letter”
(B.B. King/Jules Taub) and it just doesn’t get any more low down than
this. With the rhythm guys in the precise pocket that this kind of
blues calls for John, TD, and Joel are all over this one. From John’s
opening screamin’ blues guitar licks - which scream more and more as the
song progresses - to TD’s deeply emotional and heartfelt vocals -
which may very well be the disc’s best, to Joel blowin’ out several
scorching high end, low down blues harmonica leads, this one totally
reeks blues. You’ve got to know it by now - this is the kind of stuff
that floats my blues boat at high tide, so I’m assuming I just heard the
disc’s best track.
Things get back in high gear on a smokin’ shuffle titled “Jelly Roll”
(Taj Mahal). During an instrumental break that spans the middle half
of the track, the guys are all on top of their game as they get into a
four-way free for all going toe to toe on guitar, piano, bass, and
Another original and the disc’s title track - “Mr. Little Big Man”
- totally rocks. It’s a rhythm fueled smoker which combines one of
Paul’s more profound percussion performances with being the only track
featuring two guitars - John on lead and TD on rhythm - making it a
great formula for some good ol’ house rockin’ blues.
The duet between John and TD doing their rendition of Lead Belly’’s “Goodnight Irene”
is unlike anything else on the album. It features John caressing an
acoustic guitar so that it hums instead of screams and TD with a most
mellifluous vocal performance of this beautiful song.
The disc closes out with an original song that features the never before heard line of “I ain’t gonna be your twisted backbone bitch no more”……just when you thought you’d heard them all. The song’s titled “Reaper’s Knockin’”
and with its banjo-like acoustic guitar pickin’; various instruments of
percussion; and bizarre lyrics; it’s interestingly different, to say
the least. I know, now ya wanna hear it, right?
Other tracks on “Mr. Little Big Man” include: “Shame, Shame, Shame” (Jimmy Reed), “All Your Love” (Magic Sam), “Way Past Midnight” (Seth Walker); and two more originals: “Cold Stone And Emptiness” and “Gonna Drag Ya”.
There is a paragraph on the one-sheet that accompanied the album where Glyn Johns comments on how impressed he was that after only three or four hours of rehearsal, this
project was completed in two days. Reading that rang a bell for me so I
went back and read something similar that I had mentioned in my review
of the bands’ debut release……“Although the CD is titled "Gimme More Time”,
more time was certainly not needed to make it all happen. From
beginning to end, and I’m talking about from the time they walked into
the studio, throughout the mixing and mastering processes, production took all of three days". That’s called consistency and professionalism.
if you were to walk into just about any firehouse in the country and
say “Hi, I’m here to see the mean old fireman and the cruel engineers,”
you’d most likely be booted out on your ass for being disrespectful to a
group of brave first responders. However, if you happened to walk into
a certain engine company in the Boston, MA area and said the same
thing, you just might be greeted with “Sure, c'mon in, they’re in the
back jammin’.” You see, the mean old fireman is actually Ned Bolle, a
full-time firefighter and a heck of a bluesman and musician, as well.
band consists of Ned on slide guitar, guitar, banjo, and vocals; Rick
Plourde on bass; Joey Pafumi on drums and percussion; Chuck Whiting and
John Wadkins on keyboards and Christina Lacoste on accordion.
contains approximately a dozen tracks with many being impeccably done
instrumentals and half being Ned Bolle’s originals. The reason I use the
word approximately is because the list contains medleys and songs
Unaware as to the origin of the opening track, with it being the band’s namesake, I just assumed that “Mean Old Fireman” was
an original song. Discussing this with Ned, and delving further into
it on the Internet, I’m now aware that it was written by Arthur “Big
Boy” Crudup and made popular by The Original Fleetwood Mac - some fifty
years ago. The song tells the story of a man actually losing his woman
to a mean old fireman and cruel engineer.
now listened to that rendition, I’ve got to say, I’m liking this one
better. Reason being, I’m loving Ned’s gruff and scratchy vocals. Some
would call this a smoker’s voice but with him being a real-life “smoke
eater”, I don’t even want to go there. Besides the outstanding vocals,
this over seven-minute track features several instrumental interludes
that highlight killer rhythm from Rick, Joey and Chuck and some fine
pickin’ and slidin’ by Ned on the guitars.
In upper New England, a mountain passage is referred to as a “notch”. This original instrumental titled “Through The Notch”
is classic Americana music that will mystically transcend you to a
peaceful and relaxing drive on a journey through the notch on that
beautiful American highway.
At barely over one hundred seconds long, if you danced to “Hogg Wild”
you’d have yourself a decent cardio workout. The song pays tribute to
the fictional country slide player known as “The Great Joe Bob Hogg” - a
figment of the imaginations of the Hogg Brothers - a famous Boston area
country, or as they like to say “Cowpunk” band. This is pickin’,
strummin’ and drummin’ on steroids.
“A Second Line Procession: Amazing Grace/Gulf Of Slides” is a medley of a traditional and an original song. On the first part - “Amazing Grace” - Ned’s Resonator work needs to be mandatory listening for any guitar student. The original part of the Medley - “Gulf Of Slides”
is another reference to New England folklore. Legend has it that the
mountain ravines that fill with clouds are called “Gulfs” and on Mount
Washington, the one that is prone to rock slides and avalanches is
called the “Gulf of slides”. Of course, the guitar work remains
stunning and once again the rhythm - this time fueled by fabulous
percussion by Joey - is killer.
you know how most of the times, no matter how good a rendition of a
classic is, it’s mostly said that “the original was better”? Well had
this been the original version of "Sleepwalk", people would be
saying that as good as Santo and Johnny’s version was it wasn’t as good
as this one. I’ve literally heard this song done by countless numbers
of artists and I’m telling you that if you have as well, you’ve got to
hear this one.
This next original track is titled “Miles Per Hour”
and although it doesn’t have a number in the front, if it did it would
be a high one. It’s a fast-paced instrumental done in a very fast two
minutes and yet there is time enough to feature everyone involved. With
Ned and John taking turns sparring on guitars, banjos, and keyboards,
even Rick and Joey manage to sneak is a bass and drum solo. I’m telling
you right now, this may not be blues but it is some seriously kick-ass
Other tracks on this very well done project include: “On Your Marc”, an original dedicated to slide guitarist Marc Athlan; a cover of Jimi Hendrix’s “Little Wing”; another original titled “Bogged Down” which features four different movements cleverly titled: “Bye Ewe”
(Bayou); “Mount McKinley” (in recognition of McKinley Morganfield);
“Beau Nose” (in recognition of Bo Diddley); and “Low Well” (a nod to
Lowell George of Little Feat); additionally, the disc ends with Ned’s
solo acoustic version of “Mean Old Fireman”.
going on record as saying that inasmuch as this recording is not 100%
blues it is indeed 100% enjoyable, 100% entertaining and 100%
impressive. From everything to Ned’s New England references to the
titling of his songs, the projects just screams creativity.
To find out more about the Mean Old Fireman just go towww.meanoldfireman.com. When you do, please tell him his friend the Blewzzman sent you.
I’m smiling just thinking about this Monday’s
Bluegrass Monday concert! If you’ve never seen Little Roy Lewis live,
he alone is worth making the trip to the Collins Theatre, but he’ll be
there with the incredibly talented Lizzy Long
and their phenomenal band too!
The Little Roy and Lizzy Show will
perform a concert of bluegrass, gospel and acoustic music this Monday, September 23, at 7:00 p.m. at the Collins Theatre, 120 West Emerson Street,
in downtown Paragould, Arkansas. The show is
part of the Bluegrass Monday concert series presented by KASU 91.9 FM.
KASU will literally “pass the hat” during the show to collect money to
pay the musicians. The suggested donation is $5 per person.
Little Roy Lewis is the youngest child of
eight of Roy Lewis Senior and Pauline Lewis of Lincolnton, Georgia.
Members of the Lewis family began performing music publicly in the
1940s. The family released their first LP record in
1951, and they produced almost sixty commercial recordings during their
career. The family performed together until the late 2000s at which
time the group retired due to the declining health of several members of
the family. Throughout those decades, the
family averaged 200 concerts each year. The Lewis Family also had their
own weekly TV show which ran for 38 years.
Little Roy Lewis began playing banjo at age
six, and he won his first talent competition at age eight. He started
playing in the family band at age nine after his older brother entered
the army. He appeared on all of the family’s
recordings, and he began producing solo albums in the 1960s.
Lewis is known for his on-stage antics. He
sings, tells stories, tells jokes, and plays many different
instruments. He is in the Georgia Music Hall of Fame, the Society for
the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America Hall of Greats,
the International Bluegrass Music Association Hall of Fame, and the
Southern Gospel Music Hall of Fame. When the family band retired, Lewis
began recording and performing with Lizzy Long as the “Little Roy and
Lizzy Long is also from Lincolnton, Georgia.
She began playing music at an early age, first on piano, and later
learning to play fiddle, guitar, autoharp, bass, banjo and mandolin.
She attended college at Glenville State College
in West Virginia as part of the College Bluegrass Music Certificate
During her career, Long has performed and
recorded with bluegrass legends Mac Wiseman, Jim & Jesse, Rhonda
Vincent, Ralph Stanley and Earl Scruggs as well as country artists Patty
Loveless and Ty Herndon.
Long is one of the youngest members ever
inducted into America’s Old Time Fiddler’s Country Hall of Fame. She
has also recorded music with the Daughters of Bluegrass, a large
all-female ensemble which has won multiple International
Bluegrass Music Association awards. Long has also won three Dove awards
for Bluegrass Song of the Year with Little Roy Lewis and one Dove award
in that category with Rhonda Vincent.
For their concert in Paragould, Lewis and Long
will be joined onstage by guitarist Tyler Biddix, mandolinist Nathan
Stewart, and bassist Terry Poirier.
Seating at the concert is first-come, first-served. Doors to the theatre will open at 6:00.
In addition to the concert, Terry’s Café, 201 South Pruett Street
in Paragould, opens on Bluegrass Monday nights to welcome bluegrass
music fans. The café serves a buffet meal beginning at 4:30 p.m. on the
evenings of Bluegrass Monday
concerts, and menu information may be found at
www.facebook.com/TerrysCafeParagould. Concessions will also be available at the Collins Theatre.
Bluegrass Monday concerts are held on the
fourth Monday night of each month. These concerts are presented with
support from the Northeast Arkansas Bluegrass Association, Bibb
Chiropractic, the Posey Peddler, Holiday Inn Express and
Suites of Paragould and KASU.
KASU, 91.9 FM, is the 100,000 watt public
broadcasting service of Arkansas State University in Jonesboro. For
more information, contact KASU Program Director Marty Scarbrough at
or 870-972-2367. Bluegrass Monday is also on Facebook (search
“Bluegrass Monday”). To be removed from this emailing list, please
reply to this email message.
We had a huge crowd two years ago when the
Little Roy and Lizzy Show performed at Bluegrass Monday. Don’t miss
your opportunity to experience these one-of-a-kind entertainers!
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Mix Remix Radio Creative Commons Remix February 19, 2019
MixRemix Radio can be heard at mixremix.cc.
Sometimes serendipity rules. This playlist was generated randomly from the MixRemix Radio Creative Commons Library. When I listened all the songs flowed together to make an exceptional show.
Since all the music is Creative Commons it is fine to post the songs with attribution. Here’s a list of the albums these songs were drawn from including the duration of the album, the link, and the license. Each song also includes attribution in the filename. Free streaming. Free to download and share.