Just made it before Thanksgiving ended. Best laid plans, right? Studio meltdown at just the right time but all is again operational. Wishing that all have had a wonderful Thanksgiving Day. Consider this episode a bonus for letting us into your head in the first place. More from the Plant/Krauss album, something brand new from old pal James Deely and the legendary Dion, who has never made a record I didn’t eventually like, the blistering new album from Gov’t Mule gets us to classic Savoy Brown. Jah Wobble, Erin McKeown, The Professionals, Strand Of Oaks, and Kurt Elling are in the New Release Bin and Miles Davis completes the “Lost Trilogy” with perhaps his only live recording of a Herbie Hancock treasure with Herbie on stage with 30 days left before his Transition. We say a prayer for brilliant drummer Billy Conway of Morphine and discover another lost treasure as Meters’ guitarist Leo Nocentelli unearthed the genre shift Another Side, which was believed to have been destroyed by Katrina. With 4 years past we also remember Tommy Keene and so much more, including an 80th Birthday mini-tribute for Jesse Colin Young. Happy Thanksgiving and thanks for listening.
As we approach the milestone of 150 Episodes I must confess this has been much more than a simple show for yours truly. Actually, it has been a vehicle to help reset the brain and stimulate memory after the wallop suffered by R-EPOCH Chemo. I thank every one of you for taking the ride and am happy to report that I feel better than I have in a very long time. New releases are everywhere and you will hear previously unreleased vault material from Elvis and Joni Mitchell (with and without James Taylor) immediately. In the brand new dept. NRBQ returns, Nick Piunti, The Weeklings, Inhaler, The Fixx, Nada Surf, Explorers Club, The The, Susanna Hoffs, The War On Drugs and Robert Plant and Alison Krauss join the fun with a stunning new record. Also a heartfelt tribute to Neal Casal and we hear the final musical gift from the brilliant Lyle Mays. Our romp through the massive library yields the expected wide assortment of sounds tying everything together. Thanks for listening, your support and encouragement. I wish I could give all of you a hug. If you can (https://www.paypal.com/pools/c/8EAHQADmvJ).
Episode 148 comes after a very hectic week of studio remodeling, which is why it missed the planned release of Friday. There will be a deluge of new stuff in the next installment while we use this one as something akin to a giant musical exhale. Bowie, A Girl Called Eddy, David Sylvian and Prefab Sprout set the tone, but we also highlight the amazing playing of Danny Gatton, Miles Davis, Charles McPherson, Radiohead and more. There’s a new things from Neil Young (with Crazy Horse) and Elvis Costello, Ray Charles rocking some Stevie Wonder, old pal Syd Straw, Steve Gibbons, Dinosaur Jr., The Undisputed Truth, Peter Gabriel, Grand Funk Railroad, Swan Dive, Humble Pie and a ton more. Art Damage says goodbye to Graeme Edge and we have a new spot for donations (for a month) at https://www.paypal.com/pools/c/8EAHQADmvJ. Thanks for all your support and most of all for listening.
Now this episode is the first that I truly consider a full and complete show. Clocking in at six hours, it is the first time in over 3 years that I have been able to do a regular six hour show. After doing two of these a day for 17 years, it was something I needed to do, proving to myself I still can. Honestly, there is no way I could do even one every day but that is fine. Small victories must be celebrated, so we hitch our wagon to the Induction of Todd Rundgren to the RRHOF and Suzy Creamcheese files a report from Cleveland. We also bid a fond farewell to one of the true masters of Jazz, guitarist Pat Martino, a player that other players were in awe of, as much for his humanity as his chops. There’s plenty of new things, including The War On Drugs, Mount Westmore, Voka Gentle, Spoon, The The, Jackson Browne, Liily, Aaron and the Lord, Joe Bonamassa, Tori Amos, Dave Hause and more. Last chance to donate at the original location which gets shut down on 11/8 (https://paypal.me/pools/c/8beKwFWlHR). Thanks so much for your generosity, support and most of all, your ears.
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