Ready To Rock-n-Roll With Edgar Winter

Edgar Winter is a true music legend and pioneer. He has been celebrated across the globe since his 1970 solo debut, Entrance. Even now, with over twenty albums, top hits “Frankenstein” and “Free Ride,” and numerous collaborative efforts to his credit, Edgar Winter has not been satisfied to ride the wave of popular music stardom. His music is always evolving and he is a master at stretching his skill and imagination to produce amazing results. You can get a sense of that continual growth as you go through and listen in to his complete discography. The evolution is real and ever-shaping. He continues to thrill audiences with his live performances, always remaining on the cutting edge of music and style. Mr. Winter is now, just as before, at the very top of his game, and his future looks even brighter than his past.

I had the complete honor of talking with Mr. Edgar Winter as he prepares to rock and roll with the crowd in Milwaukee on July 1st at the world’s largest music festival, Summerfest. We start off putting who and what to expect if you happen to be on your maiden voyage into the music and scene of The Edgar Winter Band. There are always new fans to be had. It is a thrill to listen in on how Edgar has gone about and goes about listening to, feeling and sharing all types of instruments and music. The evolution is real and ever-shaping. We get into how the respect of all things musical happened to him and how much of an influence his brother Johnny truly was on his being. We find out what music Mr. Winter would share with you, the listeners if give as much time on the proGram as he wanted, really. And towards the very end of the conversation, we get an idea of a new project in the pipeline that pays homage to Mr. Johnny Winter, is brother, mentor and inspiration and how it went from being a for profit idea that was not to get off the ground into a “do it your way” respectful offering that will get to our ears in the soon to be.

Photo By: PAUL ZOLLO

Behind Home

The second portion of the proGram got to take us out to the ballgame….

Keep Em Runnin’- Marcus Miller
East Bay! Oakland Style!- Tower of Power
Butter Fried- Tower of Power
And You Know We’re Missing You- Stanley Clarke Band
Alternative Facts- Stanley Clarke Band

Prophets of Rage- Brownout
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Hot- Big Sam’s Funky Nation
Pokechop- Big Sam’s Funky Nation

***Pre-recorded conversation with Big Sam***
Da Funk- Big Sam’s Funky Nation
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69- George Clinton and Parliament
Energy Flow- Earl Jeffers
Mare- The Midnight Hour Ft LadyBUG Mecca
It’s You- The Midnight Hour Ft Raphael Saadiq
Pace Maker- Ghost Note Ft Bobby Sparks
Songhay- Rivers on Mars
Sound Beast- Rivers On Mars

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Untitled Original 11383- John Coltrane
Two Makes the Difference- Dayramir González
Brilliant Corners- Geoffrey Keezer
Sticky Hipster- Beekman
Alive- Javier Santiago Ft. Nicholas Payton

Photo by E.Wallander

Nobody’s Really Home

The first portion of this week’s proGram just keeps on ringing the doorbell……

Hill To Climb- Slocum Ramblers
Katie Dear- Mapache
Lonesome L.A. Cowboy- Mapache
The Bottle Never Let Me Down- Sarah Shook & the Disarmers

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House of My Soul (You Light the Rooms)- Langhorne Slim
***Excerpt of pre-recorded conversation with Langhorne Slim***
Zombie Ft. Casey Jane- Langhorne Slim
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Speak My Mind- Lil’ Ed & Dave Weld
Bacon Fat- Steve Howell and the Mighty Men
Did I Forget- Wily Bo Walker
Guilty As Charged- Buddy Guy

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I’m On The Hunt- Waydown Wailers
greenarrowradio promo- Tas Cru
Memphis Song- Tas Cru Ft. Victor Wainwright & Pat Harrington
First Thing Smokin’- Russ Green

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Floating Features- La Luz
Lonely Dozer- La Luz
Danny Nedelko- IDLES

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Hunnybee- Unknown Mortal Orchestra
Freedom- RoSaway
90 Degrees- Yazmin Lacey

Photo by Mammywack

Big Sam Is Bringing the Party To Madison

When you think of New Orleans, the city’s foremost flambeaux-lit traditions of Mardi Gras, Bourbon Street, voodoo, Po’ boys, beads, gumbo, and second line undoubtedly come to mind. You can also count Big Sam’s Funky Nation amongst those NOLA treasures. Known for a boisterous blend of funk, jazz, rock, and hip-hop, nothing short of seismic live “experiences,” and a whole lot of Southern charm, Big Sam’s Funky Nation might very well be The Big Easy’s best kept secret. Big Sam, the frontman, personally draws on over two decades in the game, spanning everything from 300 shows per year during his days in Dirty Dozen Brass Band and gigs backing up Widespread Panic and Dave Matthews Band to recording and touring with Mr. Allen Toussaint and Elvis Costello. Additionally, he was sought out for a recurring role on the critically acclaimed HBO series Treme.

I had the pleasure of catching up quick with Big Sam in advance of the Funky Nation heading to Madison on June 28th to play the Ruby Lounge. We spoke about what kinda party will be happening when we all get together to celebrate. We dive into the new album, “Songs In The Key Of Funk Vol. 1”, and how not only is it a New Orleans sound, but it heads knee deep into a funk that is beyond one area of the world. Big Sam’s Funky Nation bring their sound to all sizes and shapes of people including the kids….as I recall a great album FUNKY KIDZ….where they get down to the Hokey Pokey. That’s what it’s all about.

Photo Credit: Andy Goetz

Cut From The Same Cloth as Langhorne Slim

As the phenomena of instant connection and the need for constant self-improvement further implant their tendrils into our culture, the ability to truly connect with each other and ourselves has begun to fade. As we all reach for our smartphones to gaze upon the manufactured perfection of the lives of those we admire, we lose sight of what makes our own lives important. Nashville’s Langhorne Slim interlaces this theme throughout his new album. “Everyone’s searchin’ for something better around every corner, but it’s already right here,” he says. “We’re all born whole — through livin’ we fall apart…” The songs on Langhorne Slim’s newest album, “Lost At Last Vol. 1”, which dropped November 10, 2017, challenge the idea of social rigidity: the attitude that there’s a “correct” way for us to live and a side we should be on. He urges the world to see through the idea that by following that path and focusing only on fitting the mold, one will have lived a good life. He re-interprets the sound of the free-spirited yet vulnerable every-man heard on 2015’s “The Spirit Moves” and brings forth anew the call for us to abandon “the fold” and re-connect with ourselves and each other.

I had the complete pleasure of speaking with Langhorne Slim about this latest release and how it grew from the seed to it’s own unique flower. We paint a water-colored picture of what the people in Madison, specifically what a newcomer to the scene can imagine will occur on June 23rd at the High Noon Saloon when Langhorne Slim And The Lost At Last Band come toGther with Madisonians. There is a moment of reflection where thinking about a special space to get away or create is contemplated and who or what might have rubbed off on the skill of connectable storytelling. When we discussed his recent playing and relationship with our friends (family), Victor and Janet of Nineteen Thirteen, we get a tease of the potential of something real different being in the works for consumption in the near future. If you’ve been wondering, ‘What is Langhorne Slim listening to these days’, well guess no further, just check out the entire conversation, as it will be sure to pry open your mind into a real cool cat.

Photo Credit: Dawn Hamilton

Plant Eating Plants Eat Animals Plant

The second portion of the proGram fed those who needed a good feeding regardless of what they eat.

East Bay All Day- Tower Of Power
Hangin’ With My Baby- Tower Of Power
Untamed- Marcus Miller

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Insurance Man- George Clinton & Parliament
My Uzi Weighs A Ton- Brownout
Snake Eyes- Chip Wickham
Black Beacon- Ali Shaheed Muhammed & Adrian Younge

Call Of The Wiley- Rivers On Mars
Brer Lowman- Rivers On Mars
Will You Still Be Here- Nickodemus Ft. The Real Live Show & The Pimps Of Joytime

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Seen Not Seen- Angelique Kidjo
Nzele Momi- Jupiter and Okwess
Lebanese Blond- Molly Tigre

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Nov Power- Nova Meteria
Project Cybersyn- Ross From Friends

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Disability- Ayuba Kajanja
El Senor Del Flautin (interludo)- Chancha Via Circuito
Baru- Chancha Via Circuito
Coming From Afar Ft. Mavado- Matisyahu
World on Fire- Stick Figure Ft. Slightly Stoopid

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Naked Walk- Dave McMurray
Que Je T’Aime- Dave McMurray
Barbara’s Strut- Sullivan Fortner
Wayward- Gordon Grdina’s The Marrow
Autumn- Javier Santiago

Photo by Mammywack

Hearing You Hearing Me

The first portion of the proGram had it’s ears on everything:

Skinny Elvis- Sam Morrow Ft. Jaime Wyatt
Now I Feel It- Sam Evian
You, Forever- Sam Evian

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Rainbow Trout- Howlin’ Rain
Sweet Springs (intro)- Israel Nash
Sweet Springs- Israel Nash

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Save Me- Tom Hambridge
Have A Drink- Tas Cru
Chattahoochee Coochee Man- Wily Bo Walker
Know My Name- The Bones of J.R. Jones
The Edge- Russ Green
Never Get To Say Yer Sorry- Reggae Workers Of The World
Crossroads of Love- The Faithful Brothers

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Kangaroo- The Big Wu
***Excerpt of pre-recorded conversation with Padre of The Big Wu***
Break of Day- The Big Wu
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Tell Me More And Then Some-ABIAH
See Line Woman- ABIAH
Three Little Words- Cyrille Aimée (live)
Wanna be Startin’ Somethin’- Cyrille Aimée (live)
I’m Not Rough- Wynton Marsalis Septet Ft. Eric Clapton (live)
I’m Gonna Move To The Outskirts Of Town- Wynton Marsalis Septet Ft. Ray Charles (live)

Photo by Mammywack.

The Big Wu and You

The story goes that the Big Wu, bound for rock stardom, sold their souls for a case of Old Style beer one thirsty night long ago. The legend and the band live on. Still rocking their powerful, moving, and energizing original music for the fans. A jam band with a unique style and presence, the Wu combine strong, free flowing sonic improvisations and vocal harmonies, with finely crafted songs for all tastes. Oh, and their fans are famously friendly.

I had the chance to catch up with Padre of The Big Wu to talk about the upcoming event on June 6th at the Majestic Theater with opening act, The Grasshoppers. Padre and I talk about the potential of what is and what could be when it comes to the moments leading up to a show, such as the one on the 16th. We get into the new music that will soon be in my hands to share with all you listeners, the upcoming Big Wu Family Reunion, which is August 17 and 18th and this year it is back to being a home game. Finally, we somehow get to talking about how Robert Randolph is the butter on Prince‘s bread…err…something like that. Check it out out for yourself.

Photo Credit: Wandering Skunk Photography

Alien-Like Nature Gifts

The second portion of the proGram reminded us that the foreign is right under our noses and in our ears:

See Ya in 5- Sneaky Pete and the Secret Weapons
Zig Zag (I Like To Dance, I Like to Ski)- Sneaky Pete and the Secret Weapons

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Don’t Believe The Hype- Brownout
By The Time I Get To Arizona- Brownout
Medicated Creep- George Clinton & Parliament
All In- George Clinton & Parliament
Pain Management- George Clinton & Parliament
Weedie B. Good- Ghost Note Ft. Karl Denson & Weedie Braimah

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Gunz Concerto- Piero Piccioni
La Polizia Accusa, il Servizio Segreto Uccide- Luciano Michelini
Uhuru Na Umoja- Nicola Conte & Spiritual Galaxy
Tribes From The Unknown- Nicola Conte & Spiritual Galaxy

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La Marcha Gatina- Barrio Manouche
Turkish Wedding- Cocek! Brass Band
Storm- Cocek! Brass Band

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Imperial Sugar- Free Radicals
Circle of Peace- Ziggy Marley Ft. Stephen Marley
El Diablo- Henry Cole & Villa L’ocura Ft. Tito Allen

El Poderoso Caballero- Juan Pablo Diaz
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Born Under Punches- Angelique Kidjo
Hello Bolly- Molly Tigre
Mujje- Nsimbi

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Storm In The Gulf- Sasha Masakowski
Struttin’ With Some Barbecue- Sasha Masakowski
Mr. G- Gregory Generet & Richard Johnson

Crawfish Boil Thang

The first portion of the proGram had its boil spread out across the awaiting table:

Teppich- Otis Sandsjo
Sumo- Denzel Curry
A Long Engagement- Nickodemus
Night Blooming Jasmines- Nickodemus
All Over The Place (outro)- Nickodemus

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Phosphorescent Letter- Matt Costa
Flowers- Michael Johnathon Ft. Sam Bush
The Baghdad Breakdown- Michael Johnathon

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Quick Fix- Sam Morrow
Coming Down- Howlin Rain
The Drop- The Bones Of J.R. Jones

City Looks Pretty- Courtney Barnett
Crippling Self Doubt and a General Lack of Self Confidence- Courtney Barnett

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Heal My Soul- Tas Cru
Georgia Blues- Jimi Hendrix Ft. Lonnie Youngblood (3/19/69)

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A Little Bit- Dustin Douglas & the Electric Gentlemen
Eye Of The Storm- Reggae Workers Of The World
Hold It Right There- Van Morrison & Joey DeFrancesco
Evening Shadows- Van Morrison & Joey DeFrancesco

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Milk Cow Blues- Wynton Marsalis Septet Ft. Willie Nelson (live)
It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Lot To Cry- Wynton Marsalis Septet Ft. Bob Dylan (live)
The Last Time- Wynton Marsalis Septet Ft. The Blind Boys Of Alabama (live)

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Atomic Dog- Dave McMurray
Trip Trap- Marcus Miller
Life Cycle- Venture
Tipping The Scale- Venture
If You Really Love Me- Dave Koz
Conga- Dave Koz Ft. Aubrey Logan & Gloria Estefan