Nikki Armstrong and Mama SpanX

Took some time to catch up with friend of the proGram, Nikki Armstrong to discuss the new release from Mama SpanX called “State of Groove”. We talked about the influence and mastermind behind the name “Mama SpanX”, our beloved friend Mr. Melvin Sparks (rest well my brother), the way this album came toGether from the initial vision of what the Mama SpanX brand can become to the way it hits hard and heavy, in your face in a live setting. We talk a little about Etta James’ former drummer giving Nikki a track to consider and the piece of the puzzle that it Mr. Lou Donaldson. The important pieces to the success of this album are: Steve Johnson on guitar Julie Sax on alto sax, baritone sax and flute, Steve Sadd on tenor and soprano sax, Harlan Spector on keyboards and B-3, David Abercrombie on 6 string fretless bass, and Ben Beckley music director and drums.
Personally, I think once you listen to this conversation, you’ll want to listen to the entire album a few times and I hope vice versa, since this chat is definitely an extension of years of musical shares and love of similar sounds, Nikki and I can keep the rocket in the pocket as needed, but both of us like to let it out to blast off from time to time.

BIG Congrats to Lorlinda Art who did the original photo and art work for the Mama SpanX CD cover "State of Groove! We are so proud of you Lady! " Lorlinda Art

BIG Congrats to Lorlinda Art who did the original photo and art work for the Mama SpanX CD cover “State of Groove! We are so proud of you Lady! “
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The insides of an Earhole

The second portion of the program took a ride through your earholes with a funky bumpy ride. This portion of the show featured an excerpt of my conversation with Nikki Armstrong, talking Mama SpanX. Who wouldn’t want to know more about something called Mama SpanX with an ending capital X?? Here’s the music that fit well with our time together:

California Dreamin’- Bride of Chaotica
The Night of the Living Swing Zombies- Bride of Chaotica
Drink a Bit- Electric Kif
See You at the Corner- Electric Kif
Can’t Buy me Love- Organissimo

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Fireside Lounge- Soul Scratch
Sweetest Taboo- Hot 8 Brass band
Ddpp- Five Alarm Funk
Some Ol’ Dolls (2017)- Tomas Doncker & the True Groove All Stars

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I Don’t Wanna go- Coco Hames
Don’t Hesitate- The Meltdown
Natural Woman- Howard Johnson & Gravity
I’m on My Way- Professor Louie & the Crowmatix
Blues for Buckwheat- Professor Louie & the Crowmatix

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Big Fantasy (for me)- Nicole Willis/Jimi Tenor/Jonathan Maron
Tear it Down- Nicole Willis/Jimi Tenor/Jonathan Maron

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Crawl- Mama SpanX
***Excerpt of my Conversation with Nikki Armstrong of Mama SpanX***
Alligator Boogaloo- Mama SpanX
Traveling Cheeba Man- Robert Randolph Family Band
Lovesick- Robert Randolph Family Band

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2nd Time Around- Tuxedo
Sweet- Little Dragon

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Fill the Color Cup with Different

The first part of the program took the colors of all and melded…that’s the way uh huh, I LIKES IT. We had a last minute call in from Daniel Chavis of The Veldt as they were opening up for Phantogram this week in Madison. What a great chat. He has not forgotten how he got to where he is with the help of all the others. We even talked about one of my favs from the past, 24/7 Spyz and Mr. Jimi Hazel…. I really appreciated my time talking then and now with Daniel.

Hillbilly Highway- Steve Earle (live in Austin)
Nuevo Laredo- Doug Sahm (live in Austin)
Riot in the Streets- Pokey LaFarge
Got Soul- Valerie June

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Beekeeper- Hurricane Ruth
Within You, Without You- Tedeschi Trucks band (live from the Fox, Oakland)
Just as Strange- Tedeschi Truck Band (live from the Fox, Oakland)
The Shark- John Ginty Ft. Aster Pheonyx
Sum Peeples got all the Fonk- Geoff Achison
Gonna Groove- Sean Chambers

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City of Love- Thorbjørn Risager & the Black Tornado
Hott Mott’s Theme- Vin Mott
I Wanna Get Ruff With You- Vin Mott

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Start Together- Sleater Kinney (live in Paris)
I Wanna be your Joey Ramone- Sleater Kinny (live in Paris)
Stay- Maximum High

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***Live on air conversation with Daniel Chavis of The Veldt***
And It’s You- The Veldt
This Must be the Place (naive melody)- David Byrne (live in Austin)
Woah! There’s No Limit- Lord Echo

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Pre-Program Put Out

Did a little pre-proGram extra time and gave the ears a twist of this:

Good Night, Good Rest- Oracle Hysterical & New Vintage Baroque
Did Not the Heavenly Rhetorike- Oracle Hysterical & New Vintage Baroque
Scarce Had the Sunne (why was not I a flood?)- Oracle Hysterical & New Vintage Baroque

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Amuse Bouche 2- Rick Cutler
Opposite Distract- Rick Cutler
Amuse Bouche 3- Rick Cutler
Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright- Chris Thile & Brad Mehldau
Independence Day- Chris Thile & Brad Mehldau

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Beguine Nummer Eins- Satoko Fujii Orchestra
No More Out- The Jim Yanda Trio
Motel- Mark Masters Ft. Adam Schroeder
Monk, Bunk & Vice Versa- Mark Masters

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Entre Las Raices- Miguel Zenon
La Segunda- Jason Anick & Jason Yeager
(I’ve Got) Beginner’s Luck- Keith Oxman/JeffJenkins/Todd Reid
Thingin’- Lee Konitz

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Route 666- Jentsch Group Quartet
Follow That Cab- Jentsch Group Quartet

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That Freedom Highway- Thollem Electric
Socotra- Jü
Summa- Jü
Wendigo- Bill Brovold & Jamie Saft

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Glare Of The Tiger

All the years of being a part of the family that radio provides has done my mind and soul quite well. I get to discuss art with artists and every now and then, I locate a being that is a similar being as I. I talked with Adam Rudolph for the first time on air a couple years ago and we hit it off like old friends, with the music being the guide. Well, Adam has a new album out with his Adam Rudolph’s Moving Pictures project called “Glare Of The Tiger” on Meta Records and through M.O.D. Technologies. You can imagine my delight when setting up another chance to run through this sounds existence from start to finish. We talked about how the relationships of the musicians transforms the music into something else, a research and development model based off concepts Adam has in mind and heart. How to take the music and feelings of then, and turn them into something fresh and traditional as the now. We talk about the feeling of the music created, not just how it makes you feel inside, but a way to truly relate to the sonic adventure the music catches you in ans where it can take you. Being able to share the work of people I believe in is something I hold high above my head, I wear it like a crown I am proud of, and Adam reminds me of why I always found a home next to a radio, music and the sharing of ideas toGether. It’s the people who share what’s within them that matter so much to me, and when I get time to bring the vice of the art to you, not just the saleable commodity, it truly feels like the circle is complete. Please enjoy this half hour conversation about the new album, but know that it is as much about living as it is about this particular moment in art, or art history.

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Crick Creek Ponder

The second portion of the proGram featured an excerpt of my conversations with Adam Rudolph and Mina Girgis and the parts leading to and separating each were executed in the moment sounds jumped off the paGe:

Come Together- Organissimo
Eleanor Rigby- The Ed Palermo Big Band
Cat Toys- The Microscopic Septet

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Interlude: Afterglow- Lucy Woodward
Ladykiller- Lucy Woodward
I Don’t Know- Lucy Woodward Ft. Snarky Puppy (live)

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Torredembarra- Mariah Parker Indo Latin Jazz (live @ Yoshi’s)
Rat Down Front- The Three Sounds Ft. Gene Harris (live at the Penthouse)
The Boogaloo- The Three Sounds Ft. Gene Harris (live at the Penthouse)

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Ghosts- Gary Lucas (live at the Knitting Factory)
Foxy Lady- Odd Job (live at the Knitting Factory)
Part of the Family- Chunk (live at the Knitting Factory)
Simultaneous Realities of a Parallel Universe- Ernest Dawkins New Horizon Ensemble Ft. Vijay Iyer
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Rotations- Adam Rudolph’s Moving Pictures
***Excerpt of Pre-Recorded Conversation with Adam Rudolph***
Ciresque- Adam Rudolph’s Moving Pictures
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Tama Tama- Omar Sosa & Sekou Keita
Thiossan- Omar Sosa & Seckou Keita

***Excerpt of Pre-Recorded Conversation with Mina Girgis of The Nile Project***
Dil Mahbubu- The Nile Project

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Remember Liberty

The first portion of the show is a call to remember liberty…and justice…for all:

Take Five- Ned Luberecki
Kitchen Squirrel Medley- Ned Luberecki
Sunday Mornin’ Comin’ Down- Johnny Cash (live in Austin)
Long Old Time- Scott H. Biram
Set me Free- Scott H. Biram

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Heart to Hang Onto- Pete Townshend Ft. Eddie Vedder (live)
Shakedown- Valerie June
I’d Rather be the Devin (Devil got my Woman)- John Martyn
From a Whisper to a Scream- Robert Palmer
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Fun All Night- Banditos
Friendship is a Small Boat in a Storm– Chicano Batman

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Blue Monday- Fats Domino (live in Austin)
Working my Way Back Home- Geoff Achison
Travelin’ North- Sean Chambers Ft. John Ginty
Electric- John Ginty Ft. Aster Pheonyx
Do Me Dirty- Tomas Doncker & the Groove All Stars

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Shake it Up- Robert Randolph Family Band
Whatchoowantgurl- Keller Williams’ Kwahtro
Fade Away- JC Brooks
Bang Bang- The Proof
Pacified- Soul Scratch
Elephant- Mister T.
Khaleesi- The Nylon Brothers

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