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Let’s Stay

The first portion of the proGram has the feeling of a new home:

Back Drag- Rudi Ekstein Ft. Stuart Duncan, Jeff Autry & Mark Schatz
Rockalachia- Rudi Ekstein Ft. Stuart Duncan, Jeff Autry & Mark Schatz
Travelin’ Far- Murder By Death
Groovin’ Away- Yonder Mountain String Band (live 8/22/2018)

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Stupid Pretty Face- Roscoe & Etta Ft. David Ryan Harris
Down On Me- Madeleine Peyroux
Fly To The Moon- Willie Nelson
Time Of The Season- Jake Shimabukuro
Wham!- The Skiffle Players

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greenarrowradio promo- Tom Gray of Delta Moon
Might Take A Lifetime- Delta Moon
Nutbush City Limits- Webb Wilder And The Beatnecks

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Planetarium- Slothrust
Raise Your Voice Joyce- Fucked Up

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I Don’t Know What To Do- The Creation Factory
Diablo- Mt. Mountain
Ankle Deep- The Jim Mitchells
Magnetic- The Jim Mitchells
His Name Is Beanpole- Beanpole
Chicken Boy- Beanpole

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Sweet Compromise- Scott Sharrard
Wasted- Neville Jacobs

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Luna- Joe Marcinek Band
**pre-recorded coversation with Joe Marcinek**
Mojo- Joe Marcinek Band

Drink In Some Moon Hooch

If any band is a poster child for turning the power of positive thoughts and intention into reality, it’s the explosive horn-and-percussion trio Moon Hooch. In just a few short years, the group, Mike Wilbur, fellow horn player Wenzl McGowen, and drummer James Muschler, has gone from playing on New York City subway platforms to touring around with some powerhouse groups like Beats Antique, They Might Be Giants, and Lotus, as well as selling out their own headline shows in major venues around the country. The band uses everything they’ve learned from their whirlwind journey to push their sound to new heights. That melds together the raw, transcendent energy of their live performances and the sleek sophistication of their studio work into a singular, intoxicating brew that blends elements of virtuosic jazz, groovy funk, and pulse-pounding electronic dance music. At their performances, the band now plays through what they call a “Reverse DJ” setup, in which the live sound from their horns runs through Ableton software on their laptops to process recorded effects onto the output. In addition, to flesh out their sound on the road, the band began utilizing Moog synthesizers, an EWI (an electronic wind instrument that responds to breath in addition to touch), and other more traditional instruments like clarinets. Mike has even added vocals to his repertoire on some tracks (something the subway never allowed him to do).

I had the chance to speak with Mike Wilbur about the groups upcoming stop in Madison on September 29th at the Majestic Theatre. We get into what both newcomers to the scene and people who have tasted the Moon Hooch earlier on can expect from the now version of the group. Which direction has that live sound taken in 2018? We get into how the new three track EP “Light It Up” got off the ground. BY the end of the conversation, I was wishing Mike was in studio with me helping prepare a setlist of music….as you will hear, he would play and arrange a show in a very familiar fashion as to what people expect on greenarrowradio.

Coming Home With Justin Kauflin

Home is where you hang your hat, or so the old adage goes. For Justin Kauflin, critically acclaimed and accomplished jazz pianist and composer, the last few years of touring has found home to been many places. On the brand new release, “Coming Home”, Justin invites others to experience the world from his perspective as he sonically paints the homes he has found throughout his global travels. This is his third release, and second with the tastemaker imprint Qwest Records. With this album, he ventures into new sonic territory bringing in more modern influences of synths, electric guitar, and bass. From the start, recording “Coming Home” was electric. Mr. Quincy Jones and Mr. Derrick Hodge produced the album at Quincy Jones’ famous Westlake Studios (Michael Jackson, Madonna, Frank Ocean). Justin was joined by Chris Smith on acoustic and electric bass, Corey Fonville on drums and percussions, and Alan Parker on acoustic and electric guitar. The musicians had a blast bringing the album to life. Justin is planning a tour to support the new album. He is excited to get back on the road and create new experiences with his music and can’t wait to take these tunes in front of a live audience and create new life into them.

I had the honor of discussing the new album with Justin and how it grew from a newly planted seed and bloomed into a beautiful flower of sonic unity. We get into how “Home” was at times, redefined and what made the road have a comfortable feel. Of course, we had to find out what kinds of special touch working with both Mr. Quincy Jones and Mr. Derrick Hodge (as well as the other talented band members) brought out of each other during the process. And finding out what Mr. Kauflin would play on greenarrowradio if given the chance to fill in for me if I were to step out of the studio. He would easily take you, the listener, with him on a similar ride we attempt each time we get toGether through the airwaves. Check out this great person and artist in our chat, I think you’ll find he is someone to help guide us through.

Photo by John Lewis Marshall

The Harmony With Joe Marcinek Band

I found a little time to chat with friend of the proGram, Joe Marcinek as he prepares to hit The Harmony Bar & Grill on September 15th with opening act, The Lower 5th. Joe and I get into what a newcomer to the ever revolving and moment to moment coolness of his Joe Marcinek Band, and on this night in Madison he will feature a couple of the members of local favorites, Natty Nation. We spend a few moments teasing the brand new album, “JM3”. We get into the two incredible musicians that round out that organ trio album and we find out if the crowd in Madison will hear any of the new material. Joe and I will be talking aGain in November when the album drops to get more insight into the process, the work and the goodness that turned out in this new sound.

P.S. I will be airing something off the new album this week on the show.

Scotch Rocks For Cheers

The second portion of the proGram, raised a glass to say welcome:

Hey Mae- Webb Wilder And The Beatnecks
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Gunk- Voodoo Visionary
Cookie Jar- Frank Bey
Can’t Get Out Of Your Own Way- Ben Pirani
Birth Of The Cool- Tony Adamo

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Instrument of Brass Destruction- Drums & Tuba
Fake Buddha’s Inner Child- Jonathan Scales Fourchestra Ft. Oteil Burbridge
Go Back- Caz Gardiner & the Badasonics
Testimony- Anchorsong

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Number One- Robin Nolan Trio
Django’s Tiger- Alfonso Ponticelli
Soldat- Lemon Bucket Orkestra

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Panagram- Jake Shimabukuro
**excerpt of pre-recorded conversation with Jake Shimabukuro**
Eleanor Rigby- Jake Shimabukuro
If 6 Was 9- Jake Shimabukuro

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Pio Mentiroso- Afro Cuban All Stars
Elube Chango- Afro Cuban All Stars
Chikungunya- Rio Mira
Andarele- Rio Mira
Torbellino- Rio Mira
La Envidia- Novalima
Herejia- Novalima

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La Descarriá- Corina Lawrence Ft. Miss Bolivia [Uji Remix]
Interlude #3- Sly5thAve Ft. DJ Center

Valves And All

The first portion of the proGram had all the knobs turned and tweaked the way you like them:

Cannonball Blues- Hazel Dickens & Alice Gerrard
Sing me Back Home- Hazel Dickens & Alice Gerrard
Spikebuck- Rudi Ekstein Ft. Stuart Duncan, Jeff Autry & Mark Schatz
Not Far Away- Yonder Moutain String Band (live 8/22/2018)
Crazy Train- Younder Mountain String Band (live 8/22/2018)

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One Man’s Ceiling Is Another Man’s Floor- Paul Simon
Can’t Run But- Paul Simon

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Indigo Pt. 2- Kandace Springs
People Make The Work Go ‘Round- Kandace Springs
Madre Tierra- Maya Jupiter Ft. Los Cojolites

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Fruit- Pill
Sober Motel- Dilly Dally
Unwarranted Advice- Psychic Rites
Penn Station= The Jack Moves

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JP Florida Blues #1- JP Harris
Blues for Brazil- Stringshot Ft. Roy Rogers, Badi Assad & Carlos Reyes
Mad- The Boogie Beasts
Small Town Crime- Geoff Achison
Pour Another Drink- Jonathon Long
No Deals- Rachelle Coba

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Never Mind- Naia Izumi
**excerpt of pre-recorded conversation with Naia Izumi**
Soft Spoken- Naia Izumi

Jake Shimabukuro’s Greatest Day In Madison

Jake Shimabukuro’s wholly unique approach to the ukulele started early. As a youngster growing up in Honolulu, Hawaii, he started playing the instrument at the age of four, learning the basics from his mother, Carol, and then developing his craft further by studying the likes of musical masters such as Eddie Kamae, Ohta-San and Peter Moon. As he matured, Jake also found inspiration from guitar players, drummers, pianists, and singers. Even athletes helped fuel the intensity of his artistic fire. Jakes’s records have topped the Billboard World Music Charts on numerous occasions, and as a live performer he has become one of the hottest tickets around. He’s played with world-renowned orchestras and at prestigious venues such as the Hollywood Bowl, Lincoln Center and the Sydney Opera House, and has dazzled audiences at music festivals including Bonnaroo, SXSW, the Playboy Jazz Festival and Fuji Rock Festival. He even performed for that rarest of audiences: Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Not too shabby for a humble young man from Hawaii and his trusty ukulele.

Jake and I have spoken to one another since the very beGinning We have offered each other our thoughts on all the music. I look forward to my yearly conversation with him to see where he is being inspired by and how direction-different he is able to make that ukulele go. This time is even more special as we get to talk about his upcoming show on September 24th at The Overture Center For The Arts, right here in my backyard of Madison, Wisconsin. We get deep into his brand new album, “The Greatest Day” and how it developed into a split of six originals and six covers. Take a listen to our chat and hear how one Hendrix tune is crafted into another Hendrix tune to weave a magical sound masterpiece. And to personalize it a little more, we learn what Jake might have done for a career if music was not the path he was fortunate (ad so were we) enough to make a living doing.

Naia Izumi Has Something To Say

Naia Izumi is an independent guitarist, bassist, drummer, singer songwriter and producer based out of Los Angeles and recipient of the 2018 NPR Tiny Desk Contest. Creating music and playing for people on the streets, watching and feeling those who pass by and making sounds that resonate within the moment when the heart feels it. Many of the shared moments of creation are interpreted elegantly with a guitar through an intricate uniqueness that is refreshing, soulful and downright bizarre at times with haunting undertones reminding you that magic exists.

I had the chance to catch up with Naia shortly before the September 8th show on the beautiful Terrace at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. We take some time to let people who go to the show know that the moments that will be shared will be unlike anything you may have seen online that features Naia. Feeding off the atmosphere and the audience has been a key to the growth of this artist. We walk through a timeline from when that first sonic experimentation to the moment in May when Naia won the annual NPR Tiny Desk Contest. Can you believe that it may have actually slipped his mind that he even entered the contest? We dissect the song he entered, “Soft Spoken” and discussed being born with something to say, and when that right moment to be heard showed up. I listen to A LOT of music of all sorts, and it is hard to find something/someone that truly fits into that “unique” category, but with Naia Izumi, I think I have found it.

Photo By Beck Harlan/NPR

Shadow Grow Flowers Beware

The second portion of the proGram was swing a bat over in the shadows:

Girl You Are Out Of Time- The Creation Factory
Magic In The Air- The Past Tense
Bedazzled- LoveyDove
Amelia Jane- Campbell Stokes Sunshine Recorder

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Budtender- Beast From The East
Policy Of Truth- The St. Petersburg Ska Jazz Review
Ecos de Radio Iguana- Sarazino

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Days Long Ago- The Temple Rockers Ft. Linval Thompson
Live & Learn- Black Uhuru Ft. Prezident Brown
Lovelght- KBong

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Just For A minute- The Sha La Das
Bout to Blow- Lucky Brown & The SG’s
Saints and Beggars- Lucky Brown & The SG’s
Wonderful Way- Beyondo Ft. Elizabeth Zimen

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Trains and Moonlight Destinies- Black Masala
Fate- Lemon Bucket Orkestra
Crooked- Lemon Bucket Orkestra

**Excerpt of pre-recorded conversation with Michael Louis Johnson of Lemon Bucket Orkestra**
Freedom- Lemon Bucket Orkestra
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Icons At The Fair- John Scofield
Trapping Season- Steady Holiday

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Stars- Iya Terra
Pickin’ Up- Cantrell
Tomorrow Party- deM atlaS
Hazing- Sextile
Drop You- Sextile
Spun- Sextile
Interlude #2- Sly5thAve Ft. Zach Brock
Interlude #4- Sly5thAve

In The Records of G

The first portion of the proGram had some surprises in the flow… here’s how we got it to go:

Bye Bye Love- Hazel Dickens & Alice Gerrard
True Dark- Murder By Death
Busted- William Elliott Whitmore

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Reptilia- Andrew Combs
Chicken Dinner- Luke Winslow King
Wild Wild Wild- Robbie Fulks & Linda Gail Lewis

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Wheelin’ & Dealin’- Tommy Emmanuel Ft. JD Simo & Charlie Cushman
Straight A’s- Jake Shimabukuro

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*Conversation In Studio with Kirstie Kraus*
Gotta Do- Kirstie Kraus (live in studio)
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A Seat For One And All- Dan Zanes Ft. Claudia Eliaza
Guitars To The Stars- Dan Zanes Ft. Claudia Eliaza
Hats- Dan Zanes Ft. Claudia Eliaza

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Boll Weevil- Tyler Grant & Robin Kessinger
Misha Bella- Geoff Achison
greenarrowradio promo- Michele D’Amour
Let It Slide- Michele D’amour and the Love Dealers
Rock ’em Dead- Johhny & The Headhnters
Bury Me- Jonathon Long

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Didn’t Wanna Fall In Love- David Gerald
High Cost of Loving You- Scott Sharrard
Wonder Wheel- Strange Majik
City Girls- Handsome Jack

Lemon Bucket Orkestra’s Michael Louis Johnson

Lemon Bucket Orkestra are Toronto’s original guerrilla-folk party-punk massive. The multi-award-winning ensemble has been heralded as a groundbreaking, genre-bending phenomenon by media and fans alike, and over the past 8 years have performed all over the world from WOMAD in New Zealand and Pohoda in Slovakia, to Festival D’Été in Québec City, and Luminato in Toronto. Equal parts exhilarating precision and reckless abandon, LBO’s live shows are a truly immersive experience – ranging from the ecstatic to the cathartic and all points in between – and they have expertly captured that unique blend of energy and emotion on their new album “If I Had The Strength”. Released in Canada through Outside Music in late 2018, it’s set for worldwide release via a new deal with Six Degrees Records this September, and includes guest appearances from famed soprano Measha Brueggergosman, rising Latino rapper Boogát, sing-a-long phenoms Choir!Choir!Choir! and more. The band will be busy touring the Canadian festival circuit this summer, and are heading out on a 12 date US tour in support of the Six Degrees release this fall. Along with the worldwide release of the new album, LBO will also be premiering a new live video for the song “Freedom”. Filmed with multiple cameras at Toronto’s legendary Opera House earlier this year, it captures the band doing what they do best – taking the audience on a joyful, impassioned ride through the Balkans and beyond. Don’t miss your chance to see this dozen strong juggernaut if you can.

I had the chance to catch up with Michael Louis Johnson, trumpet player of Lemon Bucket Orkestra to discuss what people at the Madison World Music Festival can expect when they show up and bring the party. We get into the creation of the new album from seed to blooming flower, and the vision and fuel behind the making of the video for “Freedom”. I found that we painted a great picture of what a show will be like and how the album and video were made, but hearing who Michael, on behalf of himself and the band, might choose to put on a festival bill with them if he could choose from any artist ever really opened my mind to the who behind the what.

Lemon Bucket Orkestra

Exactly What Was Ordered

The extra set was just what hunGry listeners had ordered up:

Night Train 57- Dan Zanes Ft. Claudia Eliaza
**Pre-recorded conversation with Claudia Eliaza and Dan Zanes**
On Our Way- Dan Zanes Ft. Claudia Eliaza
Bloom Baby Bloom- Dan Zanes Ft. Claudia Eliaza

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Maledve O- RAM
Waterfall- Samite
Mayengo- Samite

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Spell- Leni Stern w/Mamadou Ba & Alioune Faye
Isis- Mohamed Abozekry & Karkadé

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Chant of the Islands- Fiji
Tequila Sunrise- Fiji
We Don’t Roll- Fiji

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Jungle- David Starfire
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Heroes- Lemon Bucket Orkestra

Foot Free Feet

The second portion of the proGram had the shoes left right off:

Rule 1- Yak Attack
Rule 2- Yak Attack
Pump And Dump- Yak Attack

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greenarrowradio promo- Jeremiah Johnson
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Despirationism- Light Blue Movers
Truths- Light Blue Movers
Don’t Analyze- Big Heart Machine

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Thanks For the Memory- Errol Garner
Where Or When- Errol Garner
Easy To Love- Errol Garner

O Morro Não Tem Vez- Wes Montgomery & Wynton Kelly Trio (live)
Oleo- Wes Montgomery & Wynton Kelly Trio (live)
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Broadway Blues- Rich Halley 3
Vision- Stephen Martin
Three By Two- Stephen Martin
Coming Home- Justin Kauflin

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Body N Soul- The Deli
Yes Y’All Interlude- The Deli
Fractals- The Deli Ft. Lungfulls
California Love- Sly5thAve Ft. Corey Henry
Shiznit- Sly5thAve Ft. Jesse Fischer

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The End Of The End- The Orb Ft. Emma Gillespie
Turn It Up- David Starfire

Where People Can Be

The first portion of the proGram was to be a haven to be….yeah…just…..BE:

Rescue The Past- Geoff Achison
Ace of Spades- Johnny & The Headhunters
Hug You Squeeze You- David Gerald (live)
Pour Me- Damon Fowler

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Summertime- Joanne Shaw Taylor
Let It Slide- Michele D’amour and the Love Dealers
Gun Toting Preacher- Frank Bey
Freight Train- Bruce Katz Band

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Without You- The Creation Factoy
Everything’s Gonna Be Alright- Handsome Jack
Just Another Song- Fuchsia

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Wag The Dog- Strange Majik
Frozen Bread- Chris Lightcap
Let There Be Light- Darshan

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Crumble- Maya Jupiter
Never Said Yes- Maya Jupiter

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Lemonade- Rubblebucket
Inner Cry- Rubblebucket
Pigs, Sheep and Wolves- Paul Simon
Sunshine- The Jack Moves

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Try Love- Ben Pirani
Soul Albo- Henley Douglas RnB

Sensory Speaking with Claudia Eliaza and Dan Zanes

Grammy Award winning children’s artist Dan Zanes and Haitian-American vocalist and music therapist Claudia Eliaza present the freewheeling musical world of the Night Train 57, an engine powered by fifteen original singalongable songs. In this Sensory Friendly comic folk opera, the husband-wife duo are joined by Mexican percussionist Yuriana Sobrino on a collection of festive tunes played with an amazing array of diverse instruments, and of course their voices. This recording is intended to be enjoyed as a stand alone listening experience for families and early childhood educators as well as fans of the comic folk opera. Night Train 57 was significant in the Theater for Young Audiences genre in that it was the first entirely Sensory Friendly work to be commissioned by The Kennedy Center which for several years has been the leader in the movement towards greater accessibility. The show premiered in the Fall of 2017 and will be touring North America for the next several years. Claudia and Dan are at the forefront of the emerging Sensory Friendly movement which aims to help performing arts venues provide conditions that are welcoming to a variety of families, including those who have children with special needs. Night Train 57 is the 22nd release from Dan’s Festival Five Records, a label specializing in all-ages music for kids and kid sympathizers. The label’s first release was Rocket Ship Beach in 2000. For the past 2 years, in addition to Night Train 57 performances, Claudia and Dan have been performing as a duo – and sometimes a trio with Haitian jazz vocalist Pauline Jean – in venues large and small across America and Canada. In concert, their soulful take on family folk music includes selections from Lead Belly, Baby!, an award winning 2017 Smithsonian / Folkways release, as well as hits from Dan’s deep back catalog and, more recently, some traditional tunes from Claudia’s Haitian heritage.

I had the honor of speaking with Claudia and Dan about this project and how we all share the “inclusion is a cool thing” thinking. We get into how the songs were developed and nurtured by a new found toGetherness, and how the first experience of a sensory friendly event has left not only Claudia and Dan with a real satisfied feeling, but what it has shown to mean for the variety of people in attendance. Variety. Diversity. Everyone.

Performing Arts centers are catching on and I am sure the one closest to you does not want to feel left out, so share this concept, share this interview and share these people with them and hop on the Night Train 57 engine that can, for all.

Photo Credit: Anna Zanes

Of The Fresh Kind

The second portion of the proGram was just picked from the garden:

Loser Island- Amit Peled
Laz Bar (alt take)- Aram Bajaklan’s Kef
Selector- Chris Lightcap
She Walked In- Chris Lightcap

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AURATALK- Rubblebucket
What Life Is- Rubblebucket

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Think- Aretha Franklin with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Son Of A Preacherman- Aretha Franklin with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Warning- Cookin’ On 3 Burners Ft. Kaiit
Aman (Gaudi Remix)- The Turbans

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Gate 54- The Midnight Hour
Reneph in B Minor- The Midnight Hour
Dans un Moment D’errance- The Midnight Hour Ft. Laetitia/Questlove/Keyon Harold
The Jam- Sly5thAve- Ft. Matthias “Pedals” Loescher
No Diggity- Sly5thAve Ft. Sydney Driver
Curtis- Sly5thAve Ft. Patrick Bailey
Pheromones- Smoota

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Big Discount- Karrin Allyson
Shake It Up- Karrin Allyson

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St. James Infirmary Blues- Lipbone Redding
*Excerpt of pre-recorded conversation with Lipbone Redding*
VooDoo Cadillac- Lipbone Redding & The Lipbone Orchestra
James Brown- Lipbone Redding & The Lipbone Orchestra
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Pillow Fight @Shag Mountain (Roger Roger Mix)- The Orb

Up And Down Lever

The first portion of the proGram was lucky there were no keys to be found:

Long Way Home- Anthony Geraci
Hand You Your Walking Shoes- Anthony Geraci
Sweet Lovin’ Man- Michele D’amour and the Love Dealers
Honey On- Michele D’amour and the Love Dealers
Ready To Roll- Joanne Shaw Taylor
Wanna Be My Lover- Joanne Shaw Taylor

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St. James Infirmary- Chad Elliott & The Redemptions
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Quarter Life Crisis- Chicago Farmer (live)
***Excerpt of pre-recorded conversation with Chicago Farmer***
Weatherman- Chicago Farmer (live)
Postcards- Chicago Farmer (live)

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Better Look Out- Frank Bey
Everything A Good Man Needs- Scott Sharrard Ft. Taj Mahal
Willie The Wimp- David Gerald (live)

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My Prison- No Trombones Ft. LiL
You Be The Judge- The Creation Factory
Hallucination Generation- The Creation Factory
Holding Out- Handsome Jack

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I’m Your Captain (Closer to Home)- Grand Funk Railroad (Live – Shea Stadium 1971)
**Excerpt of pre-recorded conversation with Mr. Don Brewer of Grand Funk Railroad**
Paranoid- Grand Funk Railroad

Lipbone Plays House Concert At East Side Bungalow

In his early twenties, Lipbone Redding migrated from North Carolina to New York City with his guitar. After a brief stint as an actor, carpenter, bartender and producer for the Museum of Sound Recording, he promptly became a subway musician. From the swampy farmlands and beach towns of coastal North Carolina. Lipbone was steeped in the musical tradition of Soul, Boogie and Blues. Early on in his career, Lipbone honed his guitar and people skills among the underground caverns of New York City, In 2002 his craft allowed him to travel and make a living wherever life took him: India, Europe, South America, New Orleans, San Francisco. Along the road, he forged lifelong collaborative relationships with producers, DeeJays, artists and masters around the globe. Since 2012, in order to maintain a lifestyle of 200 engagements per year, Lipbone has returned to his roots and has sprouted new shoots. An uncanny vocal range, a nylon string guitar, a wooden spoon duct-taped to his foot and a lifetime of stories are all he needs to get the party started. While he mostly tours as a solo act, he is known to collaborates regularly with other musicians and his trio, The Lipbone Orchestra. He has shared the stage with many great artists including Marcia Ball, John Mayall, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Tab Benoit, Cyril Neville, Jimmy Hall, Jonathan Edwards, Rita Wilson, Shemekia Copeland, Tommy Castro and others. Lipbone has taken his singular vocal instrumental style to a new level by playing guitar and producing all of the instrument sounds while simultaneously singing and storytelling without the use of electronic effects nor a loop pedal. This might just be the kind of thing you want to check out?!

I had the chance to catch back up with my pal, Lipbone before he heads to Madison on August 31st to play a special House Concert at an East-Side bungalow. Sounds like the right place for him. We get into what people who have not heard him can expect from this nomadic music warrior, as well as a quick backstory of how he got from there to here. He gets to go to so many amazing places in his ‘Beautiful Flying Machine”, so we get to find out a stop or two that recently blew him away and where he likes to retreat off to in order to just refresh and retool himself for the next portion of his organic journey. What would Lipbone play to the listeners if given the opportunity to take over the show, find out by clicking into our conversation and then check out where he is playing next that is close to you.

Photot By: Margaret

Chicago Farmer Live and In Madison

Some live albums are so good they become the recordings those artists are known for. Frampton Comes Alive and Cheap Trick at Budokan were monster hits and catapulted the groups to rock superstar status. Cody Diekhoff, too, has big hopes for his first live Chicago Farmer first live album, Quarter Past Tonight, a two-disc set that was independently released on August 3. A touring musician for twenty years with a quarter century of writing songs under his belt, he has seen the type size for his moniker grow steadily larger on festival posters over the years. He called his 21-song 2005 debut album About Time, and the same title would have fit for the new live album, recorded December 1-2, two sold-out nights at the Apollo Theater in Peoria, IL in 2017. This is a solo record with Cody being the only performer, singing and playing guitar as well as harmonica as Chicago Farmer. Fans have requested a live album for years with a love for his stories and banter as much as his songs.

I had the chance to catch up with Cody to discuss the new album as well as the Brewgrass Fest event he is playing with Charlie Parr and the No Name String Band on August 31st at The Edgewater in Madison, Wisconsin. We talk about how stories and storytelling became a big part of his life and how the people in his small town became the center of his attention as he created his delivery on presentation these tales. We also get a chance to hear just how he felt about finally getting a live album out there for himself and his followers. What was really great was learning about some of the heroes of a small town kid who is able to put himself in the shoes of others and keep it real and easy to relate to. Take a listen to our chat and I have a feeling you might go out and take a look or listen to more from Chicago Farmer yourselves.

Photo By: Scott Preston

Grand Funk Railroad’s Don Brewer

Grand Funk Railroad laid the groundwork for such bands as Foreigner, Journey and Van Halen with its signature hard driving sound, soulful vocals, muscular instrumentation and forceful pop-rock melodies. The fact that Grand Funk’s legacy still reigns over the Classic Rock landscape forty years after its 1969 birth in Flint, Michigan is a testament to the group’s influence and staying power. Internationally acclaimed Grand Funk Railroad has toured the world, selling out in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Japan and South America. A 1971 performance at New York’s Shea Stadium even sold out faster than the Beatles. The group’s widespread appeal is also evident in its prestigious recording achievements. Over their career, Grand Funk has had 19 charted singles, 8 Top 40 hits and two Number One singles (We’re An American Band and Locomotion, both selling more than one million each). The group has now accumulated 13 gold and 10 platinum records with record sales in excess of 25 million copies sold worldwide. The most recent gold CD award was presented to the band for their greatest hits package Grand Funk Railroad The Collectors Series. This top selling and legendary American rock group of the ‘70s is “COMIN’ TO YOUR TOWN TO HELP YOU PARTY IT DOWN.” Grand Funk Railroad is extremely excited to be touring in 2018 marking a 49 year milestone. After playing to millions of fans on the band’s tours from 1996 to 2017, Grand Funk’s 2018 Tour will continue to reach both new and long-time fans.

I had the honor of talking with founding member and legendary drummer, Mr. Don Brewer about the multi-talented band that will be coming to The Dodge County Fair in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin on August 18th. Mr. Brewer shares with me what to expect at a 2018 show from the classics everyone is familiar with all the way to tunes no one has head before. We discuss some of the differences between the then and now of the business and what advise he would give to emerging artists. The story behind one of the most played songs out there, “We’re An American Band” is walked through from idea to necessity all the way to how it is at the tips of most of our musical minds. Check out out chat to find out what Mr. Brewer and his wife enjoying doing with some of their extra time and what two bands Don would play to the listeners if he had control over greenarrowradio for a bit.

Photo By: Jim McGuire