Walked On Down The Hall

The second portion of the proGram had to decide whether to come or go and which way:

Dinner Time!- Beanpole
Pumpkin Pickin’ Time- Beanpole
All Along The Watchtower- Nick Nicely

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Maloveilove- Johnny Pisano’s Punk Rock Pizzeria
Don’t Think- Johnny Pisano’s Punk Rock Pizzeria

No Fun- Eyedress
Tramadoliday- Alec K. Redfearn & the Eyesores
Bat Living In My Room- Alec K. Redfearn & the Eyesores

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Speak In Tongues- Nova Materia
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Joy- Cliff Beach
Kissing My Love- José James
When I Woke Up- Gecko Turner
Ámame, Mímame- Gecko Turner
Black Velvet- Charles Bradley

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Are You Lonely For Me Baby?- Mike Farris
**pre-recorded conversation with Mike Farris**
Hope She’ll Be Happier- Mike Farris
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Gabriel’s Lament- Vivian Sessoms Ft. Keyon Harrold
See Lude- Vivian Sessoms Ft. Meku Yisrael
See Line Woman- Vivian Sessoms Ft. Vincent Gardner, Kenyatta Beasley & Donny McCaslin
Papa Was A Rolling Stone- Grupo Magnetico
Smokey Joe’s La La- Lance Ferguson’s Rare Groove Spectrum

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Easy Tiger- Mister T.
Rock Stars- Mister T.

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Ciao- Georgia Anne Muldrow

Between Building

The first portion of the proGram scaled with a single bound…or something like that:

Cluck Old Hen- Hillstomp Ft. Anna Tivel
Snake Eagle Blues- Hillstomp
Dirty Swerve- Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band
That’s The Way- Matt Campbell

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Catbird Seat- Webb Wilder And The Beatnecks
Dead And Starting To Cool- Webb Wilder And The Beatnecks
Sign On The Window- Taylor Martin
No Vacancy- The ArKaics
You Turn Me Bad- The ArKaics

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Parrot Woman- Black Cat Buscuit
What’s the Matter With the Mill- Dave Lumsden Ft. Reggie Britton
It’s All In Your Eyes- Dave Keller
Ain’t Givin’ In- Dave Keller
All Night Long- Sean Chambers
Headin’ Home- Sandy Carroll Ft. Bernard Allison

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My Baby She Rocks- Billy F Gibbons
Bring It To Jerome- Billy F Gibbons
Tell The Truth- Scott Sharrard
How Long- The Marcus King Band
Magic Carpet Ride- Chris Robinson Brotherhood (live)

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Roshamboagogo- Keller Williams
**pre-recorded conversation with Keller Williams**
The Cabella Vibe- Keller Williams
Gracias Leo- Keller Williams

Keller Williams ‘Sans’ in Madison

Singer, songwriter, and all around cool guitarist Keller Williams is a sorta one-man jam band. His live shows feature him solo on-stage with a killer looping unit, and he creates and builds his backing loops in the moment, simultaneously improvising on the guitar guitar. He can make any song fun and funny, with a personality of their own. In 1994, he self-released his debut album, Freek. He relocated himself to Colorado the following year, and met up with the members of the progressive bluegrass band The String Cheese Incident at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival and ended up touring with them as an opening act in 1997 and 1998. Staying creative and busy has never been an issue with Keller, he has released nearly an album a year, all with one-word titles. Not only is his own music something to grab onto, but Keller has managed to work with so many great people and artists along the way. He performs with a reason and for a cause and the giving back is always something new and unique.

I had the chance to catch up with friend of the proGram, Mr. Keller Williams to talk about his upcoming sow in Madison, “An Evening With Keller Williams” on November 30th, at the Majestic Theater. We break open the live show nut to let anyone who is unfamiliar into the who and what to expect from this event. We spend a good amount of time discussing the making of his latest release, Sans, believe it or not it’s his very first instrumental album. As always with him, there are so many projects going on to be a part of so we of course pitch a couple of these so people can get their ready….ready. The best part of the artists I get to meet up with is just that, the artists…. so we talk about how he met up with our friends, The Keels and also what “All Star” cast would he select to play one of his tunes with.

Silver & Stone and a Show With Mike Farris

Nashville native Mike Farris is the real deal. He left home at fifteen and has since overcome addiction and other kinds of obstacles. Coming off of a GRAMMY win for 2015’s SHINE FOR ALL THE PEOPLE (Best Roots Gospel album), he is touring in support of his Top 10 Americana radio charting-album, SILVER & STONE, put out on Compass Records. The album features an ace group of musicians channeling the classic Stax Records sound and the single, “Golden Wings,” was a recent top pick in Rolling Stone’s Best New Country Songs. Now seven years sober, Mike has the energy and conviction of a man saved, a stack of anecdotes and life experiences that would make most people’s heads spin, and a soulful vocal delivery reminiscent of this classic voices we all hold near and dear. While SILVER & STONE isn’t a “gospel” album by any means, listeners still get taken to church on these twelve engaging tracks, including a cover of Bill Withers’ “Hope She’ll be Happier.” The album features an amazing group of players who were all allowed to put their modern spin on classic grooves and progressions. The musicians were given just enough structure so they could add their own flavor.

I had the great pleasure of speaking with Mike about the upcoming show with he and his band at the Stoughton Opera House on November 29th. Mike provides a little insight into the band and the sounds to be expected on n evening that seeks to provide a smile and feeling of joy for all who attend. We get into the making of the new album from a point of ideas into the aural experience I get to fill listeners earholes with. Playing and paying respect to the places the music Mike feels comes from, we talk about what it is like growing up in a place with the soil is rich in traditions and SOUL MUSIC….and how all you had to do was be paying attention to grow a little soul yourself.

Milk This Weed

The second portion of the proGram knows just how to get to the juicy parts:

Space Bop- LTF
Soviet Groove Machine- LTF
City Connection- Bugseed
ESC- Bugseed

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Groovin’ Sweet- Eric Lau
Take Me To Brasil- Eric Lau
By The Sea- Eric Lau
King of the Hill- Thundercat Ft. BADBADNOTGOOD & Flying Lotus

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Lovecoaster- Moods
Celica Supra- Harrison
Mustang- Harrison Ft Talvi
Blue Nile- Te’amir
Afar Hustle- Te’amir

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Marching On- Iya Terra Ft. Jesse Royal
Fansdub (outro)- Alborosie
Wailing Dub- Alborosie
Big Pharma- Taj Weekes

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Time To Go- Yasmine Kyd
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Madagascar- Barabass & The Happy Few
Carry On- The Crystal Method
The Drive Inside- The Crystal Method
Intro: Sniper- Shad
The Revolution/The Establishment- Shad

This Is Your Land Too

The first portion of the proGram knows there should be no boundary lines:

Jesus Was A Walking Man- Amy Ray Ft. The Wood Brothers
Season’s Turn- Edward David Anderson

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Mr. and Mrs. Hush- Elvis Costello & The Imposters
High Cost Of Loving You- Scott Sharrard (live)
Runnin’ Blind (vinyl version)- GospelbeacH
The Night That I Found Jesus (Down at Robert’s Western World)- Matt Campbell
Lux- Mod Hippie

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Lay Baby Lay- Cary Morin
Get to You- The String Cheese Incident Ft. Lyle Divinsky
Losing You- The Gary Douglas Band
Dupree- Kirk Fletcher

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Child Of The Sky- Moonweevil
Losing Form- Polly Panic
Twisted Up- Polly Panic
Danger By Starlite- Morricone Youth

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Better Off Dead- José James
Stay Away- Charles Bradley Ft. Menahan Street Band
Minor Minor-The Stance Brothers
Riisto- Mopo Ft. Jimi Tenor
Love Will Tear Us Apart- Hot 8 Brass Band

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Mercy Boogie- Joe Marcinek Band
**pre-recorded conversation with Joe Marcinek**
Terre Haute Blues- Joe Marcinek Band

The Making Of JM3

The Joe Marcinek Band is an experience you will never forget. That is because each show features a different lineup of musicians creating a different set of music every night. The music is equal parts Chicago Blues, New Orleans Funk, Grateful Dead Psychedelia, and Jazz Fusion! Joe tours nationally from New York to LA and everywhere in between. Most of the lineups will only happen one time making every night a can’t miss show.

The group has featured many prominent special guests including Bernie Worrell (P-Funk, Talking Heads), Melvin Seals (Jerry Garcia Band), George Porter JR (The Meters), Ivan Neville (Dumpstaphunk), Alan Evans (Soulive), Kris Myers (Umphrey’s McGee), Tony Hall (Dumpstaphunk, Dave Mathews & Friends), Shaun Martin (Snarky Puppy, Kirk Franklin), Allen Aucoin (the Disco Biscuits), Marty Sammon (Buddy Guy), Jason Hann (String Cheese Incident / EOTO), Erik “Jesus” Coomes (Lettuce), Borahm Lee (Break Science), Jennifer Hartswick and Natalie Cressman (Trey Anastasio Band), Mike Greenfield (Lotus), Borham Lee (Break Science), Steve Molitz (Phil Lesh & Friends / Particle) Joey Porter (The Motet / Juno What), Fareed Haque, Scott Metzger, Nate Werth (Snarky Puppy) Garrett Sayers (The Motet) Allie Kral (Yonder Mountain String Band), Freekbass, Vinnie Amico and Jim Loughlin (moe.) and more!

Joe has been a friend of the proGram for years now and it is always a pleasure to catch up. We get deep into the making of his third (and self-released) alum, JM3. We talk about the process and how working with Wil Blades and Terence Higgins for the very first time happened when they hit record. We talk about the differences between this album and his previous release “Slink” and of course Joe dishes out props along the way ti all the hands and ears that assisted in the making and creating these pieces of art. Joe is one of the busiest people making the scene happen out there, so of course we talk about the who and where or what’s going on on the beGinning legs of touring on the new release. Including time upcoming with friends of the proGram, Manny & Ronnie of Groovesession, Melody Trucks of The Melody Trucks Band, and Jason Hann of EOTO/The String Cheese Incident. Check out the conversation to find out the closest stop to you and who might be a part of the making of music for you, on that evening.

No Farm No Foul

The second portion of the proGram had already been worked:

BMX- The Putbacks
Heavy Shit- The Putbacks
Drones- The Putbacks
The Same Love That Made Me Laugh- José James

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East Bay All Day- Tower Of Power
**Pre-recorded conversation with Mr. Emilio Castillo of Tower Of Power**
Do You Like That?- Tower Of Power
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High Life- Vivian Sessoms Ft. Charissa “The Violin Diva” Rouse
People (& Belles Personnes Reprise)- Vivian Sessoms Ft. Shedrick Mitchell & Amp Fiddler
I’ll Do That- Gecko Turner
Fight So Hard- The Public Opinion Afro Orchestra

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The Deep End- Cookin’ On 3 Burners
Egg Roll- Lance Ferguson’s Rare Groove Spectrum
The Dump- Lance Ferguson’s Rare Groove Spectrum
Feel Like Jumping- Caz Gardiner & the Badasonics

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Rolling a Donut with a Snake in a Vest- The Mackrosoft
It’s Complicated- Sam Huber
The Jam, Pt. 2- Sly5thAve Ft. Paul Wilson
My Name Is- Sy5thAve Ft. Robert “Sput” Searight

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My Cherie Amour- Stevie Wonder (Beatnick & K Salaam Remix)
Dogs Of War- MC Zulu
Runnin’ Back- deM atlaS
Joe Strummer- Four Fists
Hit n’ Run- The Samps

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**excerpt of pre-recorded conversation with Nnamdi Ogbonnaya**
let gO of my egO- Nnamdi Ogbonnaya

Celebrating All Of Us

The first portion to the proGram wants you all to celebrate the way you do:

Gracie’s Dawn (prelude)- Amy Ray
Sure Feels Good Anyways- Amy Ray
Bad Tattoos- Edward David Anderson
Lazy River- Town Mountain

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Jug In The Water- Cary Morin
Little Pictures- Taylor Martin
Midnight Detective- Peggy Sarlin
Long Way To Go- Delta Moon
Tractor Pull- Jonathan Byrd
You Can’t Take My Shine- Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band

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Butter Side Up- Detonics
The Rat- Detonics
greenarrowradio promo- Dave Keller
This Is Gonna Hurt- Dave Keller
Love is a Wonderful Thing- Sandy Carroll Ft. Johnny Rawls

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Further on up the Road- David Lumsden Ft. Bill Evans
Hard Pill To Swallow- Joe Louis Walker, Bruce Katz & Giles Robson
Fine, Fine Woman- Ron Spencer Group
Red Hot Mama- Sean Chambers
Blue Monday- Peter V Blues Train
Money-Gaetano Letizia & The Underworld Blues Band
greenarrowradio promo- Lawrence Lebo

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California Steamer-GospelbeacH (live)
Where I’m Headed- The Marcus King Band
Somewhere Past The Sunset- Chris Robinson Brotherhood (live)

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Bright Side- Diane Durrett & Soul Suga (live)
The Stakes- Neville Jacobs
Light It Up- Seth Hunter Davis Ft. George Porter, Jr., Johnny Neel & Chef Dave

The Oakland Zone with Tower Of Power’s Emilio Castillio

Oakland, California music legends Tower of Power – the most dynamic and distinctive band of survivors in Soul Music – is roaring into its unprecedented 50th anniversary with a dynamic new disc of all new material that finds them as energized and inspired as ever. A labor of love, definitively titled “Soul Side of Town”, this new release is charged with fourteen filler-free songs. In the spirit of their enduring theme song “Oakland Stroke” – the book-ending intro and outro “East Bay” shine a light on elemental instrumental ingredients within the band’s signature sound. This astounding and historical release (out since June 1, 2018 in digital, vinyl, streaming & CD formats) inaugurates Tower of Power’s fresh affiliation with Mack Avenue Records, a Detroit-based company renowned for its award-winning dedication to top-tier Jazz that is now extending its support to Soul and Funk giants, Tower of Power: a band so one-of-a-kind, it’s an institution. Anticipation is so high for Tower of Power’s 50th Anniversary milestone that the first show on their home turf of Oakland swiftly sold out with a second one right on its heels, and an appearance at this year’s Playboy Jazz Festival also has tongues wagging! This year promises to be a BLAST for Tower of Power and all its fans as they celebrate this incredible milestone with a motherload of electrifying new sounds guaranteed to funkifize, energize and provide the soundtrack for new American movements of Love, Peace, Soul Power, Mind Power and People Power to rise!

I had the honor of catching up with founding member Mr. Emilio Castillo ahead of the group’s November 15th show in Madison at the Overture Center’s Capitol Theater. Mr. Castillo and I get into what a newbie to the scene could expect if this is their first time catching the soulful leGends in a live setting. We talk about how the new album keeps the familiar sound and gives ears a fresh feel, as well as how the album went from the seed of soul to a funkified flower that uplifts and charts! How does Tower of Power keep that signature sound so fresh and when it unites with other artists, how does it know where to do all it does? We talk a little bit about that secret sauce that allowed fifty years to fly by and a hope for fifty more with new songs like the ones on “Soul Side of Town”. Dig, what is hip!

photo by: Anna Webber

Nnamdi Ogbonnaya At High Noon Saloon

Nnamdi Ogbonnaya is a multi-instrumentalist composer, producer, and performer. His musical identity was forged in the DIY community of Chicago. Relentless participation in numerous musical projects bridged genres and created inroads between scenes. Near constant activity quickly made him a locus of gravity in the community. Nnamdi has toured the USA, Mexico Europe and Canada with projects ranging from punk to jazz. A full accounting of his musical activity over the last eight years includes approximately 15 bands and dozens of tours. All the while, Nnamdi has not only released a stream of records and EPs under his name and the ironic moniker “Nnamdi’s Sooper Dooper Secret Side Project”, but also runs his own label called SOOPER Records. His solo styling combines hip-hop, experimental rock, gospel, and jazz. His songs can often contain a sense of satire that is just as humorous as it is critical. Nnamdi’s lyrical insights draw on the diversity of his cultural experience as a Black, Jewish, first generation Nigerian-American. His work is characterized by the coupling of sophisticated compositional structures with pop-music motifs.

I had a chance to catch-up briefly with Nnamdi Ogbonnaya ahead of his November 8th show at the High Noon Saloon in Madison, Wisconsin. We get into what folks can expect at one of his shows, how he does the things he does the way he does. Find out how “The Simpsons” fit in and which one of his tunes would he choose to build a set-list around if programming a set on greenarrowradio.

Nnamdi Ogbonnaya

Take Me Home Or Here

The final portion of this week’s proGram cleared a path for the smallest of homes to be a way to get away:

Os Índios de Meia Praia- Susan Palma-Nidel
Maria Lisboa- Susan Palma-Nidel
Rhythm of Loneliness- Ozan Aksoy
Düm Tek- Ozan Aksoy
Ajde Jano kolo da igramo- Amira Medunjanin & TrondheimSolistene

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Baru (Saltwater Crocodile) In E-Flat Minor- Gurrumul
Don’t Do It- Bokanté, Metropole Orkest & Jules Buckley
Bas Kollo Yehoon- Youssra El Hawary
Eat.Drink.Work.Sleep- Teatr-Pralnia with CCA Dakh
Hyto Ya- Teatr-Pralnia with CCA Dakh

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Tarana Chaturang- Brooklyn Raga Massive (live)
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Chin Up- Jr. Thomas & The Volcanos
Mr. Harriott- Jr. Thomas & The Volcanos
A Lickle Jug- The Temple Rockers

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South Of 5th (Intro)- ¡MAYDAY!
Unfamiliar- ¡MAYDAY!

**Excerpt of pre-recorded conversation with Wrekonize of ¡MAYDAY!**
Lifetimes- ¡MAYDAY!
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La Frecuencia- Sarazino Ft. Sandflower
People (2018 Version)- Sarazino Ft. Toots Hibbert & Albert Watson
Asi eres tu- Akatz
Buttah (Instrumental)- New York Ska Jazz Ensemble
Atlantida- Orquestra Brasileira de Musica Jamaicana

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Limon Partido- Gilberto Rodriguez y Los Intocables

Filling The Hole Out

The second portion of the proGram is actually the first…with some liberties….taken:

Glimpses- Keith Oxman
Afreaka- Keith Oxman
Oh Henry- Xavier Davis
Frankly- Phillip Johnston & The Collerators
The Magic Lamp- Phillip Johnston

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Full House- Wes Montgomery Ft. Johnny Griffin (live in Paris)
New Waltzo- John Scofield
Kid- Aaron Parks
Rising Mind- Aaron Parks

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Slipstream- The David Ullmann Group
Vortex- The David Ullmann Group
Creepin’- The Brian Auger Piano Trio (live at Bogies)

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John Day- Christian McBride
I Shot The Sheriff- Jaco Pastorius (live 6/27/82 NYC)
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Scoo Ba Dit- OJT
Electric Chair (Don’t Sit There)- Circles Around The Sun
Shake- Big Hands Rhythm & Blues Band

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Slow Sipper- The Dip
Can’t Fight the Feeling- Charles Bradley Ft. Menahan Street Band
Orange- The Putbacks

Log Jumping In

The first portion of the proGram was an early morning fill in and we had time to jump in and out of the log home:

The Brain- Golden Hornet Ft. Jeffrey Zeigler
Adentro y Afuera- Walter Gorra
Reciprocal (reprise)- James Francies
Crib- James Francies
Too Close For Comfort- Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra w/Wynton Marsalis Ft. Ruben Blades (live)

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El Guije- Chucho Valdes
DNA- Myriad3
Piano Rag Music- Myriad3
Devairada- Rhythm Future Quartet

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Coal Creek Road- Dred Scott
Wild Turkeys- Dred Scott
Congruently- Devin Gray Ft. Ellery Eskelin, Michael Formanek & Dave Ballou
Rollin’ thru Town- Devin Gray Ft. Ellery Eskelin, Michael Formanek & Dave Ballou
Micro Dosage- Devin Gray Ft. Ellery Eskelin, Michael Formanek & Dave Ballou
Baseball Simulator 1000- Lucas Pino

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D2 de Africa- Omar Sosa & Yilian Cañizares
Alex Mercado Trio- Alex Mercado Trio
Siluetas- Alex Mercado Trio
Steps- Mikkel Ploug & Mark Turner
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Look, Listen- Cuong Vu 4Tet
Alive- Cuong Vu 4Tet

¡Mayday! Bringing The Warm Vibes Back To Madison

They’ve performed with Lil Wayne, collaborated with Cee Lo Green and toured extensively with labelmate Tech N9ne. No matter whom they work with or who hears their music, ¡Mayday! quickly impresses whoever hears its diverse music and sees its riveting live show. Before joining Strange Music, ¡Mayday! became a draw in Southern Florida and the Southeast because of its energetic shows and anthemic music, earning such A-list fans as Lil Wayne, who featured the group in his “Get A Life” and “Da Da Da” videos, and Cee Lo Green, with whom they collaborated on the Internet hit “Groundhog Day.” Upon joining Strange Music, the sextet released its debut album, Take Me To Your Leader, in March 2012. The group’s stellar instrumentation and its captivating blend of singing and rapping on such selections as the ominous “Badlands” with Tech N9ne, the stirring “Tango In Tunisia,” the edgy “Death March” and the eerie “Don’t Make Me Live” introduced ¡Mayday! on a national stage as a versatile, noteworthy group with thematic diversity and impressive musicianship. Touring, recording and working with independent music powerhouses Tech N9ne and Strange Music also gave ¡Mayday! the keys to success. And now they have a new release that takes their recent tour experience in a roots/reggae heavy scene and combines that with tier thoughtful hip hop-ness, we get “South of 5th”

I had the chance to speak with Wrekonize from ¡Mayday! before they bring that South Beach part scene back to Madison at Ruby on November 2nd We familiarize folks with the style and sound of the band as it is now, back in the day and where they are heading We dive deep into the new release “South Of 5th”. I guarentee you will have a good time checking out the new album, but also getting yourself tothe part whenever they are in your town will certainly keep that Summer feeling alive.

Pod Tube Slide Down

The second portion of the proGram had me ready to choose the correct way:

That’s What You Mean To Me- Ben Pirani
Ain’t No Sunshine- José James

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Mosaic- The Expansions
Transcoso- The Expansions

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Catch Me I’m Falling- Kelly Finnigan
Out Of Time- Caz Gardiner & the Badasonics
Mother Corn Stalk- Lucky Brown & The S.G.’s
The Right Time- Ural Thomas & the Pain
Slow Down- Ural Thomas & the Pain
Heart Failure- The Mackrosoft

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Driving Decoys- Morricone Youth
Nerva And Dumbo- Robert Walter’s 20th Congress
360 degrees Interlude #2- Brockett Parsons
360 degrees of NYC- Brockett Parsons

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Drowning- Drums and Tuba
Boubacar- Drums and Tuba
Se Malule- Drums and Tuba

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Crusin’- Bright Dog Red
*Excerpt of pre-recorded conversation with Joe Pignato of Bright Dog Red*
Breaking Down Barriers- Bright Dog Red
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ACT II : The Mountain- Dead Can Dance
Goddess Gang- Sa Roc
Wade In The Water- Christine Hitt

Who Is Peeking?

The first portion of the proGram left me wondering who was able to see…..?

Flint Hill Special- The Earls Of Leicester (live)
Don’t Let Your Deal Go Down- The Earls Of Leicester (live)
New Freedom Blues- Town Mountain
The Best Part- Edward David Anderson

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Knox County Stomp- Dom Flemons
**Excerpt of pre-recorded conversation with Mr. Dom Flemons**
He’s A Lone Ranger- Dom Flemons
Goin’ Down The Road Feelin’ Bad- Dom Flemons

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Little Martha/Last Pint- Cary Morin
On That Day- Leonard Cohen
Morning Glory- Leonard Cohen
Now That’s What I Call Interior Decorating- TVP
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Dishonor The Stars- Elvis Costello & The Imposters
Fine Line- Parker Milsap
Running Down A Dream- The Pains of Being Pure At Heart
The Bright Side- They Might Be Giants

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Midlife Crisis- Johnny Pisano’s Punk Rock Pizzeria
Annie- Polly Panic

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Let It Bleed- Chris Robinson Brotherhood (live)
Seeing The Real You At Last- Bettye LaVette

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greenarrowradio promo- Sandy Carroll
Mama Don’t Like It- Sandy Carroll
I Don’t Wanna Stop- Travellin’ Blue Kings
You Can’t Do That- Gaetano Letizia & The Underworld Blues Band
Don’t Cheat On My Lady- Peter V Blues Train

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Two Steps Forward- Kirk Fletcher
One More Night To Ride- Sean Chambers

Dom Flemons Returns To Stoughton Opera House

Dom Flemons is known as “The American Songster” since his repertoire of music covers nearly 100 years of American folklore, ballads, and tunes. Mr. Flemons is a music scholar, historian, record collector and a multi-instrumentalist. He is considered an expert player on the Banjo, Fife, Guitar, Harmonica, Percussion, Quills, and Rhythm Bones. He has performed with leading musicians, such as, Mike Seeger, Joe Thompson, Taj Mahal, Old Crow Medicine Show, and Guy Davis. He has been a professional touring musician for the past ten years and has traveled around the nation and the world presenting traditional folk and roots music to diverse audiences. Mr. Flemons has performed as a soloist at prestigious venues, such as, Carnegie Hall, Cecil Sharp House, the Grand Ole Opry, National Cowboy Poetry Gathering, Newport Folk Festival and represented the United States at the 2017 Rainforest World Music Festival in Kuching, Malaysia. In 2005, Flemons co-founded the Carolina Chocolate Drops who have won a GRAMMY for Best Traditional Folk in 2010. He left the group to pursue his solo career in 2014. In 2016 the Carolina Chocolate Drops were inducted into the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame and are featured in the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. On March 23rd, 2018, he released his first solo album titled “Dom Flemons Presents Black Cowboys” on GRAMMY Award-winning record label Smithsonian Folkways. This recording is part of the African American Legacy Recordings series, co-produced with the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C.

I had the honor of speaking with Mr. Flemons ahead of his October 25th show at the Stoughton Opera House. We got into why the Midwest is an important stop to consider in the history of the black cowboy and we sure are thankful for his stopping through. We talk extensively about the creation and concept of the new release (from the turning of the then into the times of the now), and what someone who is unfamiliar with his solo scene can expect at one of his shows. The project comes with a forty page booklet to help wrap your mind around all the pertinent who,what,where,when, and whys and he recommends a book/story he would recommend to any listener who wants to dive in a little deeper. This is one of the conversations that proves to be both entertaining and informational, and for sure, it has inspired me to think about some things much differently.

Dom Flemons Photo by Timothy Duffy

Means To The Ends With Bright Dog Red

Bright Dog Red (BDR), an improvising collective from Albany, New York, fuses free improvisation, electronica, jazz, hip hop, psychedelia, and noise music into a proliferation of beats, bars, and blasts of sonic energy. In early 2018, BDR signed on to release an album with Ropeadope Records, the Philadelphia based record label. The band’s first full-length album, “Means to the Ends,” dropped October 5, 2018. Since debuting in September of 2015, BDR has played a number of high profile bookings, including opening for friend of the proGram, Mr. George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic at the historic Paramount Hudson Valley Theater, opening for Hip Hop sensation Decora, sharing bills with Italian Surf Academy and with pianist Zack Clarke. In addition, the band has become a fixture on the New York jazz and improvisation scene, playing regularly at venues such as ShapeShifter Lab, Nublu, and Spectrum. Beyond New York, the band has performed at the Berklee College of Music, twice headlined Albany’s Madison Theatre, played BSP Lounge in Kingston NY, Lilypad at Inman in Cambridge, MA, Olive’s in Nyack, NY, and the O+ Festival three years in a row.

I had the opportunity to catch up with the founding member and percussionist of Bright Dog Red, Joe Pignato. We got deep into the creation of this wild new release, “Means To The Ends”, discussing the process that the group followed and follows in making their music. Including leaving in the clams! We learn how the teachers and influences in Joe’s life, the great Yusef Lateef and Max Roach had such a profound imprint on the way Joe goes about his path in life, musically and/or otherwise. How important it must be to find a record label that gets it, even without knowing what IT is, that’s the Ropeadope Records way and is how this partnership came into effect. What a treat it would be to do a three hour radio set build with Joe, as we learn some of what he would try to weave toGether if I gave him a portion of the program to help build that bridge for you. This is a very interesting listen, which makes sense when you put on the new record.

I’m Probably Going To Cello

The second portion of the proGram plucked one string at a time to get some rhythm going:

Uncle Southern- John Scofield
Ain’t Gonna Let Them Turn Us Round- Marc Ribot Ft. Steve Earle & Tift Merritt
Northern Lights- Medeski Martin & Wood w/Alarm Will Sound
Modifier- Robert Walter’s 20th Congress
Posthuman- Robert Walter’s 20th Congress

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Intro to 360 of NYC- Brocket Parsons Ft. Esai Morales
360 Degrees Interlude- Brocket Parsons
Sunsets- Brocket Parsons Ft. MonoNeon
This is the Last Hurrah!- Jonathan Scales Fourchestra Ft. Jeff Coffin

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Bistro- Abstract Orchestra
Fancy Clown- Abstract Orchestra
Far Away Planet- Chris Lightcap Ft. Nels Cline & John Medeski
It’s a Thing or it Ain’t- Bright Dog Red

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El Jaguar- Cienfuegos
Stardust- Gentleman’s Dub Club
La Despedida- Novalima

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Wrath of the Lawmen- Lucinda Slim Ft. The Haggis Horns
You Don’t Mean It- Lucinda Slim Ft. The Haggis Horns (Instrumental)
Glancing Meteors- Lucky Brown & The S.G.’s
Force of Nature- Cookin’ on 3 Burners
This Is A Man’s World- Lyrics Born
In Case Of Fire- Lyrics Born Ft. Galactic & Kelly Finnigan

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Drelude for Woo- Sly5thAve Ft. Mark de Clive Lowe
The Jam Pt. 3- Sly5thAve
Specificity- Atmosphere
Stopwatch- Atmosphere
Breukelen, Brooklyn- Masta Ace & Marco Polo Ft. Smif ‘n’ Wessun

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Hot Garbage- Nineteen Thirteen