In A Blurrscape

The first portion of the proGram had the blur fine tuned for a different way to the same spots:

I Ain’t Gonna Work Tomorrow- The Earls Of Leicester (live)
Election Day- Roy Schneider & Kim Mayfield
Harmony- Edward David Anderson
Tar Heal- Town Mountain

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Zombie Zoo- The Pains of Being Pure At Heart
By The Time You Get This- They Might Be Giants
Somebody In My Home- Delta Moon

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One More Mile- Colin James
That’s What She Said- Billy F Gibbons
She is in Command- Detonics
Too Cold To Cry- Lindsey Beaver
It Is Or It Ain’t- Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band

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I Wanna Know- Neville Jacobs
Don’t That Bring You Back- Diane Durrett & Soul Suga (live)

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Political World- Bettye LaVette Ft. Keith Richards
**Excerpt of pre-recorded conversation with Bettye LaVette**
The Times They Are a Changin’- Bettye LaVette
Do Right To Me Baby (Do Unto Others)- Bettye LaVette

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Up The Wooden Hills to Bedfordshire- Mark McDowell
Sunshine Superman- Anton Barbeau
Nero- Beechwood

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Hollow- Polly Panic
The Reason They Hate Me- Daughters
Possum- Alec K. Redfearn & The Eyesores

Things Have Changed With Bettye LaVette

Three time Grammy nominee Bettye LaVette is no mere singer. She is not a song writer, nor is she a “cover” artist. She is an interpreter of the highest order. Bettye is one of very few of her contemporaries who were recording during the birth of soul music in the 60s and is still creating vital recordings today. To quote the late, great George Jones: “Bettye is truly a ‘singer’s singer’.” In 2016 she received the Blues Music Award for Best Soul Blues Female Artist from The Blues Foundation. She was also inducted into The Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame, and she received the Unsung Heroine Award from the National R&B Music Society. In late 2016, her friend, photographer Carol Friedman, pitched Bettye the idea of doing an album of all Bob Dylan songs, with Grammy Award winning producer, Steve Jordan at the helm. Carol sold the idea to Verve Records, and in 2017 Bettye was signed to her first major label since 1982. The resulting album Things Have Changed was born. Bettye is one of those amazing artists that has a long and wild ride attached to her life and career. Do a little internet research on the timeline of her life, and all that she is, has done and continues to do to re-imagine songs.

I was honored to have a chance to spend a little time with Bettye discussing the upcoming show at the Stoughton Opera House on October 19th. We got into the band that will be on stage helping create a magical night of music, featuring most if not all of the tracks of her brand new Verve Records release, “Things Have Changed”. Bettye walks us through the process of creating this album from the birth of the idea to songs selection to final output. I know I often wonder how she does what she does with such a high degree of beautiful success. Bettye talks sincerely about how a song has to “Fit into her mouth”, for her to be able to make it work. Makes me wonder how many have been dropped because the fit was not right. We learn who recently paid her one of, if not THE largest compliment ever about one of her translations of this artists songs.It is a classic we all know and I think we both hope, Mr. Dylan will one day do the same.

Barack & Bettye

With A Flying Leaf Twirler

The second portion of the proGram had the birds flying high and the leaves spinnin’ in their skiy:

Let The Devil Pay My Way- Tony Adamo
**Excerpt of pre-recorded conversation with Tony Adamo**
Boogaloo The Funky Beat- Tony Adamo
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Mesquite Beat- Lucky Brown & The S.G.’s
Only a Man- Mr. Confuse Ft. Dan Salem
Same Old Game- Mr. Confuse Ft. Leo Will
People Pushing People- Sam Huber
Travelers, Explorers- Calibro 35 Ft. Elisa Zoot
Plan Nine- Fima Ephron

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Coins- Tunde Olaniran
Felling Good (Amerigo Gazaway rework)- Nina Simone & Lauryn Hill
Meridian- The Elovaters Ft. The Late Ones
Tried- BADBADNOTGOOD & Little Dragon
Hobbies- Barabass & The Happy Few
Out Of this World- Chris Liebing

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Kenner Boogie- Jon Batiste
Hot Stuff- Judith Owens

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In Our Time- Mark Masters Ensemble
Perplexity- Brad Goode Quintet Ft. Ernie Watt
The Denali Suite, Pt. III- Marshall Gilkes & WDR Big Band Ft. Andy Hunter

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Mighty Burner- Frank Catalano and the Sextet (live)
**Excerpt of pre-recorded conversation with Frank Catalano**
Shakin’- Frank Catalano & Jimmy Chamberlin
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L O V E- Seven Octaves
Agua a Peso- Zemog El Gallo Bueno
Motherless Children- Rich Halley 3

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The Hillary Step- Bowman Trio (Live in Berlin 27.10.17)
El Cenzontle- Cienfuegos

Sidewalkin’ The Streets

The first portion of the proGram took to the streets-a-walkin’. Share the space with those on foot.

Hoot Owl Hop- Rudi Ekstein Ft. Stuart Duncan, Jeff Autry & Mark Schatz
Big Black Train- The Earls Of Leicester (live at the CMA Theater/Country Music Hall of Fame)

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Dubstep- Swingin’ Utters
Fruit- Pill

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An Insult To Fact Checkers- They Might Be Giants
Get the Family Together- The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band
11th Amendment- Field Medic

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Closer To The Bone- Ron Spencer Band
Dig Myself a Hole- Colin James
On Bended Knee- David Lumsden and Friends
Jimmy’s Boogie- Jimmy Allchin
Make hat Move- Webb Wilder And The Beatnecks
Missin’ Yo’ Kissin’- Billy F Gibbons

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Bigot In My Bedroom- Beechwood
Angeline- Scott Sharrard
Welcome ‘Round Here- The Marcus King Band
greenarrowradio promo- Vanessa Collier
Butters In The Skillet- Diane Durrett & Soul Suga (live)
Whirlpool- Lucinda Slim Ft. The Haggis Horns

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Happiness- Wesley Bright & The Honeytones
You Don’t Want Me- Wesley Bright & The Honeytones

WAS OUT JAZZ ZONE MAD With Tony Adamo

After some time on the radio and some gigging with rock bands (as a drummer) Tony Adamo moved to Los Angeles for several years. By day, he went to work putting up billboards; to workin’ on the rehab of the famous Hollywood sign; to joining the Studio Utilities Union where he worked in the background on TV shows. That gig led him to a job as a Hollywood agent at the Beverly Hecht Agency, where he booked TV commercials and models for print ads. But by night, Tony was out was performing with local bands. Heading back to San Francisco, Tony landed a studio gig and was introduced to Tower of Power original members Mic Gillette and Skip Mesquite, who agreed to record with him. Mic and Tony became fast friends, and Mic later introduced him to Stephen “Doc” Kupka, co-founder of Tower of Power and owner of Strokeland Records. Over the next few years “Doc,” Mic, Skip and Tom Politzer recorded on Tony’s early recordings with Mic writing all the horn arrangements. Somewhere in this mix of experiences Tony found a new groove – spoken word delivered with a full band. He had worked with drummer Mike Clark, and was very hip to the fact Mike could bring out the groove needed for his lyrics. Mike laid down some screamin’ drum tracks, and Tony improvised the rest. Tony’s Ropeadope Records release is titled ‘Was Out Jazz Zone Mad’, and he pays tribute to the greats, to the players behind him, and to the art of improvisation.

I had the hip pleasure of getting toGether with Tony to discuss the road that led him to right here, right now. How the brand new album came together and we even dissected a couple of the tracks to get you, the listener to wear his creative shoes. We find out who some of the key players on the release are, with a centralized focus on the co-producer of some of the work and friend of this program, Mr. Mike Clark. We also learn that if Tony was to come into the studio to do his thing and share some tunes with the listeners of greenarrowradio, I could probably walk slowly back to the studio since everyone would be in radio bliss.

ALL In With Frank Catalano

Frank Catalano recently finished a successful tour of the United States, France, England and Japan and he has been releasing them as a series of live recordings on Ropeadope Records. His Savoy/Columbia recording “Bang!” debuted at #12 on the Billboard Jazz Charts. Frank’s recording, “Mighty Burner” was on the Billboard Charts for twenty straight weeks. Now forty years old, Mr. Catalano is the only known saxman to have performed with Miles Davis, Randy Brecker, Charles Earland, Elvin Jones, Stan Getz, Betty Carter, Von Freeman, Tito Puente, Tony Bennett, Les Claypool and Louis Bellson while still in high school! This led to his signing to Delmark Records at age 18 and a string of critically acclaimed recordings. He has been heard by millions of people all over the world thanks in part to three Grammy-winning and eleven Grammy-nominated recordings with a wide variety of artists such as Jennifer Lopez, Destiny’s Child, and John Legend. He has also performed live on the Oprah Winfrey TV show with singer/composer Seal.
No stranger to adversity, Frank cut off his right middle finger in an automobile accident. After several surgeries and much effort, he relearned his signature technique, making him one of the most in-demand musicians today and regularly donates his musical services to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.
Also an entrepreneur, he has patented a devise that allows him to control his saxophone via midi components. Yamaha acquired the patent rights and in 2007 they received a Special Merit Grammy Award for Technical Achievement.

I had the pleasure of catching up with this man of many talents ahead of his October 6th show at Arts & Literature Laboratory in Madison. We spoke about who will be performing with him to round out the evening’s quartet, and just what kinds of sounds and grooves to expect. We reflect on what it is that allows Frank to be able and moreover, willing to play with all different kinds of musicians creating all kinds of different art. This is the part of the conversation that really had me diggin’ the person I was speaking to as it made me feel like he is ready to be ready at any time and that is what makes the moments of music fascinating for the creators, and sharers. We find out who he would share over the air on greenarrowradio for 30 min….err…we bumped it up to all three hours since the choices were so damn solid.

Credit: Andrew A Nelles/Chicago News Cooperative

Rearranged Into

The second portion of the proGram has it’s tiles realigned.

Sonic Henderson- Tony Adamo
Love Fool- Tanika Charles
Love Thief- Lucinda Slim Ft. The Haggis Horns
Inside In, Outside Out- Joseph Malik
Country Yard- Joseph Malik

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Daddy Ho!- Sarazino Ft. Niyo Pumpin & SK
Glory To The Sound- The Skatalites
Do You Know Why?- The Temple Rockers Ft. Ansel Meditation
Pour Some Oil- The Temple Rockers
Jamaican Herbman- Black Uhuru

*Excerpt of pre-recorded conversation with Duckie Simpson & Andrew Bees of Black Uhuru*
Ganja Baby- Black Uhuru
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Navegando Verano- Gilberto Rodriguez y Los Intocables
Say What?- Jim Roberts
Soul Power- Jim Roberts
Rude Boy (Navigatorz Who’s Boss Remix)- Ray Lugo

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You Mama- Steve Creason Ft. Christina Chen & David Leach
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Exit The Dragon- Black Bear Whisper
Heavy (Ashley Beedle’s North Street Bass Goodness Vocals)- Paul Randolph
Toy- Young Fathers
Pthex- Aphex Twin
Katanga- Gerardo Frisina
Yapatera- Gerardo Frisina

In The Shed

The first portion of the proGram had the lights tangled up in the shed…”My, what big bulbs you have”:

All Night in Kentucky- Rudi Ekstein Ft. Stuart Duncan, Jeff Autry & Mark Schatz
Brimstone & Perfume- Someone You Can X Ray
Sparrow’s Boogie- Amy Ray

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Indigo Pt.1- Kandace Springs
Piece of Me- Kandace Springs
Cantaloupe Island- Jeff Goldblum & The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra (live)

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7th Amendment- Adia Victoria
24th Amendment- Caroline Shaw
19th Amendment- Dolly Parton

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Bella Ciao (Goodbye Beautiful)- Marc Ribot Ft. Tom Waits
Supper Time!- Beanpole
Cousins- Beanpole
I Don’t Want To be A Lone Ranger- Walter WOLFMAN Washington
That’s When I knew- Jonathon Long
Nobody’s Fault But Mine- Delta Moon
Mr. Barber- Detonics
High Rollin’- Webb Wilder and the Beatnecks

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Invincible Bubble- John Medeski’s Mad Skillet
Anonymous Skulls- Medeski Martin & Wood Ft. Alarm Will Sound
Chalk Giant- Robert Walter’s 20th Congress

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**excerpt of pre-recorded conversation with Charlie Hunter**
Spoonful- Charlie Hunter Trio Ft. Lucy Woodward & Keita Ogawa (live)
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March Of The Owl And The Bat- Cuong Vu 4-Tet
IV. Struggling for a Quiet Mind- Moon Sugar

As The World Turns With Black Uhuru

For the first time in 15 years, legendary godfathers of reggae Black Uhuru have returned to the studio to record a new album. “As The World Turns” captures the band’s best, passing the torch even as Black Uhuru’s flames continue to burn strong. Featuring original songs and strong cameos, it is one of the first times in years Duckie Simpson, iconic founder of the band, has stepped out in front, his earthy, soulful baritone guiding the record. To support the album, the band is headed on a East Coast US Tour with stops in major cities New York, Washington DC, Philadelphia, and Boston. Plans of a West Coast Tour will be in March 2019. The album was recorded half in California and the rest in Jamaica. Most of the production was done by Horace “King Hopeton” Campbell at his Double Lion Studio who tours with the band on keyboards. Leebert “Gibby” Morrison studio in Jamaica was used to overdub and voice the backing vocals by Nikki Burt. The album was mixed by Jermaine Forde who tours as the band engineer and Jay Edge William at Ajang Studio and the album was mastered at Music Works Anchor Recording Studio in Kingston. Band agent Mike Gener along with Derrick Simpson are the Executive Producers. The album was released September 7th and is available on all major platforms and distributed by Independent Distribution Collective based out of San Francisco.

I had the honor of speaking with Duckie and Andrew Bees of Black Uhuru about this latest release, “As The World Turns”, and the mini-tour they just wrapped up on the heels of it’s release. We got into what are similarities and differences between making music now and then. How the new album’s songs are being received by the audiences of today, and what are the demoGraphics of an audience at a Black Uhuru concert in 2018. This is some of that music that really shaped me as a listener and believer, and it was a complete thrill to get a few moments with these great guys as they continue to spread love around the world. Love to all.

Finding That Sound With Charlie Hunter

With a career spanning sixteen years and almost twenty albums, Charlie Hunter consistently ups his game as an innovative writer and bandleader. He has worked with incredible and diverse talents like Norah Jones , Mos Def, John Mayer, and D’Angelo, just to name a few. He is widely considered the authority on the seven and eight string guitar, and continues to stun audiences with his ability to simultaneously bust out tasty bass parts, melodic leads and swinging rhythms. Charlie has previously recorded for the venerable Blue Note label, Concord, Ropeadope, GroundUP and others. His recent independent venture is steered by his motivation to release music that most inspires him. Critics have touted his genius technique, but it’s his profound artistic sensibility that propels his original music. His signature style of writing and performing has secured his place as one of today’s great guitarists.

I had the chance to catch up with Charlie once aGain ahead of his October 5th show at the Stoughton Opera House. We got into who will be joining him on stage for the show and we spoke about his new guitar. We tapped into how he stays hip with musical newness and what is what about that instrument and players that preceded him that inspired him to play every part of a song on it, like a one man band of musicians. It’s good to know as soon as he is set to release new music, he will be sure to get it over for me to share with you(s). We also find out what Charlie would play if given some time to take over the program.

Meaning And Music With Alex Mercado

A pianist with astounding technique and boundless imagination, Alex Mercado is acclaimed for his ability to write striking compositions and create vibrant sonic landscapes that have resonated with critics and audiences alike in his native Mexico. On Symbiosis, his second trio recording after 2012’s The Watcher, Alex takes us on a journey through a vibrant musical world full of engaging melodies and the dynamic improvisations that typify the finest in contemporary modern jazz. Featuring Antonio Sanchez & Scott Colley, and being selected as one of Downbeat Magazine Editors’ Picks for 2014, the album will introduce jazz aficionados outside Mexico to a virtuoso instrumentalist without peer in his homeland where he is the “1st Call” pianist of choice for Magos Herrera, Sachal Vasandani, Bryan Lynch, Camila Meza and other visiting artists. Alex’s career highlights to date include being commissioned in 2010 to arrange and perform as the featured soloist in the orchestral opening to Sir Elton John’s concert at Chichen Itza with the Yucatan Symphony Orchestra; participating in 2011 as an arranger/composer on singer Magos Herrera’s album Mexico Azul, recorded in NYC with John Patitucci, Adam Rogers, Tim Hagans and Luis Perdomo; and being chosen in 2012 by the Mexican government to inaugurate with a solo piano concert the iconic City Of The Books, one of Mexico City’s most important and historic landmarks.

I had the honor of speaking with Mr. Mercado ahead of his show on September 27th at Cafe Coda in Madison, Wisconsin. We spoke about the trio he has playing his music off of his four recordings. We dive mind first into how the music transcends entertainment and becomes a spiritual thing, each note taking on a different personality…. a rebirth, when different musicians join him, especially in a live setting. I found myself spellbound at times listening to Alex describe the nuances of a song’s journey, and how the energy that we create together, artists and listener, can create an adjustment to our spirit.

The trio for the evening of 9/27 in Madison is as follows:

Alex Mercado – Piano
Bob DeBoo – Bass
Rodrigo Villanueva – Drums

Alex Mercado & Wynton Marsalis

Picked Up Your Toys

The second portion of the proGrm will not pick up your toys unless it is to donate them to someone who will use them:

8 A.M.- The Marcus King Band
Shuffle Ya- Rachelle Coba
Rollin’ And Tumblin’- Billy F Gibbons
Soul Of A Man- Colin James
Dance For Me Mama- Neville Jacobs

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It’s Understanding- Ben Pirani
She’s So Good To Me- Jerry Velona
Taterbug- Lucky Brown and the SG’s
I’m Dancing Too- Caz Gardiner and the Badasonics

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Boogaloo The Funky Beat- Tony Adamo
Jax Bulldog Priest- Tony Adamo
Ace Of Spades- Chris Lightcap Ft. Nels Cline

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Frail Pagans- Victor DeLorenzo
*Frail Pagans: Sci Fi Romance Edition Ft. Victor DeLorenzo*
Sci Fi Romance- Nineteen Thirteen
So Fine- Nineteen Thirteen
Whistle Breath- Nineteen Thirteen

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Dunna Runna- The Drop Ft. Lee SCRATCH Perry
Mama Funny Day- Sarazino Ft. Black Prince
Shake It- Hip Spanic Allstars
Disconnect- Animanz & Juanita Euka
Above The Clouds (Frank Cueto Remix)- Black Masala

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Just Reach For The Stars- Brandon Coleman
Sundae- Brandon Coleman Ft N’Dambi
Sexy- Brandon Coleman

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Extended Story- Connie Han
Swing With it- Yellowjackets

Moss Gathered

The first portion of the proGram grew without worry:

Cornerstone- Rudi Ekstein Ft. Stuart Duncan, Jeff Autry & Mark Schatz
Play ON- Roscoe and Etta
Subjected Love- Roy Schneider & Kim Mayfield

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Harsh Toke- The Skiffle Players
Sweet Georgia Brown- The Skiffle Players
Night and Day- Willie Nelson
Shape of You- Jake Shimabukuro
Little Echoes- Jake Shimabukuro

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Sponge Boy- Beanpole
Midnite Snack- Beanpole
7 And 7 is- The Electric Prunes
Planet Absorbed- The Jim Mitchells
You Unfollow Me- The Jim Mitchells

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I’m Getting Better (and I’m feeling it right now)- The Record Company
**Excerpt of pre-recorded conversation with Chris Vos of The Record Company**
Life To Fix- The Record Company
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Flesh Hotel- Beechwood
Fast, Cheap And Outta Control- Black Angel
Getting Stronger- Handsome Jack
Hot Mama (put your red dress on)- Handsome Jack

Green and Gold- Victor and Malachi DeLorenzo
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That Ain’t Me- Maya Jupiter
Shake- Maya Jupiter

The Record Company Rolls In

By now, The Record Company’s story is a well-known one: a trio of musicians grit it out on their own for years in bars and clubs, join forces in L.A., set up some microphones in a living room, and cut an album that turns their world upside down. Released in 2016, Give It Back To You spawned three Top Ten hits at Triple-A radio (including the #1 smash “Off The Ground”), earned the band a slew of festival appearances and sold-out headline dates around the world, and garnered a GRAMMY nomination. The group made the rounds on late night TV, shared bills with John Mayer, My Morning Jacket and Nathaniel Rateliff among others, and racked up more than ten million streams on Spotify. Even at their very first jam session, it was absolutely clear that the trio was on to something special. With a sound that blended the biting blues of John Lee Hooker with the charismatic swagger of the Rolling Stones, the band went from releasing their home-recorded debut to taking the stage at Madison Square Garden in the span of just eighteen months. As the group’s audience grew, so did their artistry, and when it came time to record All Of This Life, it was clear that their approach in the studio would have to take a big step up to reflect the maturation they’d undergone on the road.

I had a chance to catch up with singer/guitarist, Chris Vos about the upcoming show on September 26th at the Majestic Theatre. We get into the unforgettable beGinning stops on the Fall tour. Those new to the scene will find a band that brings not only the rock, but especially the roll to a live show. We talk extensively about the process of creating and sharing the music on the brand new release, All Of This Life, and how rare it would be for this band to not use a first or second take when recording. Which to me is both fantastic and incredible since this new album is such a great radio set-list building collection, one an architect like me has loved to build with.

Photo By: Cortney Armitage

Underwaterfalls

The second portion of the proGram washed right over:

You Brought The Rain- Ben Pirani
Think I’m Falling In Love- The Devonns
Cortando Bajito- Gecko Turner
Hitchhike- Jerry Velona
Digging My Potatoes- Sam Huber

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Growing Up- Moon Hooch
**pre-recorded conversation with Mike Wilbur of Moon Hooch**
Acid Mountain- Moon Hooch
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Holy Arp- The Crystal Method
Loyal- Odesza
Monster- Big Data Ft. Jamie Lidell
Human Love (PAAX Tulum Remix)- Dirty Vegas
Is It Worth It- Lyrics Born Ft. Del Tha Funkee Homosapien & Forrest Day
Guilty Conscience- Sly5thAve

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End Of The World Party (just in case)- Medeski Martin & Wood w/Alarm Will Sound
Spacesuit- Robert Walter’s 20th Congress
13th Key- Robert Walter’s 20th Congress

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Rebel Music- Christian Sands
Get Down, Get Down- Nate Smith
Ghost Thud (for Mr. Allen)- Nate Smith
So Be It- Nate Smith

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Present Day- Justin Kauflin
***pre-recorded conversation with Justin Kauflin***
Country Fried- Justin Kauflin
Somethin’ Somethin’ (revisited)- Justin Kauflin

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