Wheels Fell Off

The second portion of the program had the birthday suit take the wheels riGht off this thang:

I’ll Be There- Michael Rault
Slip it Back- Cantaloop
Ain’t it Funky Now- Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio
The Black Five- Orgone
Cynthy Ruth- Orgone Ft. Terin Ector

State of All Things- Ruby Velle & the Soulphonics
Walk With Me- Laura Rain and the Caesars

***Excerpt of Pre-Recorded conversation with Laura Rain***
Pleasure Zone- Laura Rain and The Caesars
Theme for a Private Investigator- Matador! Soul Sounds
Move It- Groovesession
Onset- Kyle Hollingsworth
Rehab- Hart, Scone & Albin
Curls- Middle Blue

Get Down With It (Qdup Remix)- Mustafa Akbar
Hey Sister (Hard Radio Edit)- Simian Mobile Disco

Shrimp- Dessa
Fire Drills- Dessa
Hope I’m Wrong- Dessa
Wire- Young Fathers
Holy Ghost- Young Fathers
The Reed- Quiet Dawn

Malison- Hibou

Wheels Off

What a Deck

The first portion of the proGram had the birthday suits left real wet:

Wheelin’ & Dealin’- Tommy Emmanuel Ft. JD Simo & Charlie Cushman
Tittle Tattle- Tommy Emmanuel Ft. Jack Pearson
I Hope it Kills You- Young Valley
Howlin’- Young Valley

Ain’t That a Shame- Birch Pereira & The Gin Joints
I Don’t Like I Did Before- Birch Pereira & The Gin Joints
Have You Ever Seen The Rain- Casey Abrams
I Put a Spell On You- Casey Abrams

Blues People- Logan Richardson
Hidden Figures- Logan Richardson

Easy With Me- Dragondeer
Girl Walking Home Alone at Night- High Up
Domino- High Up
Naked On The Internet- The Claudettes
Dance Scandal at The Gymnasium- The Claudettes

Pearls Goodtime Blues- Eric Andersen
You Can’t Relive The Past- Eric Andersen Ft. Lou Reed
One in Five- Permanent Clear Light
The Quiet Smiling Man- Permanent Clear Light
Woodstock- Jimi Hendrix Ft. Stephen Stills (9/30/69)

Happy Feet- Roosevelt Collier
Last Time I’ll Ever Sing The Blues- Myles Goodwyn Ft. Rick Derringer
Trxie- Tim Woods
Find Me a Bar- Teresa James & The Rhythm Tramps
Boogie Depression- Victor Wainwright
Cherry On The Cream- Peter V Blues Train Ft. Jeff Levine

What a Deck

Laura Rain & The Caesars at Club Tavern

Detroit’s Laura Rain and the Caesars transform funky soul and r&b into their own unique vision. Inspired by the spirit of classic recordings of time gone before us, Laura Rain creates her own environment of expression with a powerful and soulful voice. Formed in the Motor City in 2012 with her husband George Friend, the pair set off on a creative journey writing and recording their own music. The two received many accolades within the music press and radio with their debut release “Electrified” in 2013. Performing with a stripped down lineup of organ, guitar and drums….the band developed it’s signature sound, and cultivated a vintage toned energetic foundation. With the release of the fourth recording “Walk with Me”, Laura and the band push the envelope of this unique soul music. Channeling inspiration from Detroit’s long and legendary history of dance music, funk, blues, soul and r&b, Laura Rain gives modern music a raw, yet sophisticated shot of much needed authenticity and heart.

ON March 23rd at Club Tavern in Middleton Wisconsin, Laura Rain and the Caesars will bring that sound to the people. I had the opportunity to chat with Laura about what the audience should plan on gettin’ at this event, the process of creating their latest release and how the band and she have grown as creators. We spend some time talking about the place that is most intimate for her and George to write and record and how baby makes three has added to the mix. If you have a money-maker in your crew, let them know about this show….they may need to go SHAKE it there.

Laura Rain

Are You Earing Me?

The second portion of the proGram had plenty to ear up.

Haunted By The Devil- Nicole Willis
(Everybody) Do The Watusi- Nicole Willis
Need Your Love- Curtis Harding

***Pre-recorded conversation with Mr. Curtis Harding***
Keep On Shining- Curtis Harding
All This Love That I’m Giving- Orgone Ft. Adryon de León
Close But No Cigar- Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio
Al Greenery- Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio
Cornbread intro- Lakecia Benejamin
Survivor- Lakecia Benejamin

Blind Opposite- 4S’d
Morning Star-Progger

King’s March- Soulive
***Pre-recorded conversation with Alan Evans of Soulive***
Sidekick- Soulive
Too Late- Matador! Soul Sounds

Wheels On The Bus- Five Alarm Funk
All The Way High- Body Heat Gang Band
Black Moon Rising= Black Pumas

If It Makes You Forget (Itgehane)- Peggy Gou
The Gambler (original mix)- Motiva
Octagon Octagon- Dr. Octagon
Little Bar- STS & Khari Mateen

Runs Thru Me- Tom Misch Ft. De La Soul

Ears Up

Ice And All

The first portion of the proGram had the still flow of water movin’ within you:

Swang Thang- Hot Club Sandwich
Melancholy April- Hot Club Sandwich
Wingding- Wood & Fire
Summertime Rolls- Wood & Fire
Mona- The Tillers

Mama Tried- Eric Andersen Ft. David Bromberg
Purple Microdots- The Forty Nineteens
Time is on My Side- The Forty Nineteens
Make Love to Myself- Lauren Ruth Ward

Step- Tim Woods
Night Train- Bernard Allison
I Ain;t Gonna Bath in the Kitchen No More- Myles Goodwyn

Forgiveness- Sol Roots Ft. Phil Wiggins
Running Out of Time- Peter V Blues Train
I Gotta Roll- Teresa James & The Rhythm Tramps
Be My Baby- Jane Lee Hooker
(Hightop Birthday Shout Out Edition)
Dogs – Crimewolf
Drop by Drop- Screaming Females
My Body- Screaming Females
End of My Bloodline- Screaming Females

Tommy & Isabelle- Frogleg
In The Dust- Frogleg
Waiting For The Man- Peter Parcek
Sweet Angel- Jimi Hendrix ( (Jan 26 1966, Previously Unreleased)
$20 Fine- Jimi Hendrix Ft. Stephen Stills (Sept 30 1969, Previously Unreleased)

Ice Ice baybe

Alan Evans Of Soulive Talks Cinematics Vol. 1

Soulive has been one of those bands I have been fond since the early days of listening and sharing music with others. They have played with many who have been on the proGram before and the sound they have been most known for over the years, deep funky rockin’ jams, always make for a great time whether over the radio or home stereo. There’s no telling what you’ll see when you press “Play” on the long-awaited new EP (been about six years since their last official release) from this genre-smashing groove dominating group, but these five dynamic new tunes are guaranteed to turn the backs of your eyelids into a vibrant, action-packed movie screen. With “Cinematics Vol. 1”, the band transforms their infectious blend of soul-jazz, hip-hop, R&B, funk and rock into a series of soundtracks for the movies of your mind.

I had the chance to talk to the man behind the kit for Soulive, Alan Evans about what the fellas (Eric Krasno, Neal Evans and Al) have been up to since their last album. We talk a little about Alan’s Iron Wax Studio and where he might retreat to if ever in need of that time away from things. We spend some time discussing how this new release was born and how it grew up from that idea in infancy to this final product I get to share out with the listeners. We also touch base on a new band he is making music with, Matador! Soul Sounds and what he would play if given the opportunity to take over greenarrowradio for a bit.


Slop And Soul with Curtis Harding

Simply calling Curtis Harding a “soul man” feels reductive. Yes, his music is undoubtedly soulful and his songwriting is both evocative and provocative, but there’s more to his music than the stock imagery the label conjures. Harding’s voice can convey pain, pleasure, longing, tenderness, sadness and strength…..the entire gamut of emotions. Yet still, “soul man” seems too simple a description for musician like Curtis, a man who has lived multiple lives as a musician, participated in different scenes, and brought all those varied sounds and experiences together to carve out his own unique niche.

I had the pleasure of chatting with Curtis about the upcoming show in Madison on March 21st at the Majestic Theater. We give props to the band that’ll help create that night’s vibe, dig a little bit into that “Slop and Soul” sound and experience that he is getting well known for and we spend some quality time talking about the growth of him and his craft between the two releases, “Soul Power” in 2014 and “Face Your Fear” in 2017. We discuss some of the new things happening with him, such as his recent appearance playing with Jon Batiste and Stay Human on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, his work on the Sundance TV period drama series, “Hap and Leonard” and we get a glimpse into the styles of music and the flow Curtis would give the listeners of greenarrowradio if he took over proGramming for a bit.

Curtis Harding at the Echo (Photo by Andie Mills)

In Need of Some Getting Straightened out

The second portion of the proGram made sure you were all set:

Don’t Deny Me- John Mayall
Trouble and Pain- The Robert Cray Band
***Pre-Recorded Conversation with Mr. Robert Cray***
Chicken in the Kitchen- The Robert Cray Band
Sun Up Sun Down- Roosevelt Collier
Metropolis (radio edit)- The Lao Tizer Band
2319- 4S’d
The Mountain- Escaper

Darkness- The John L. Nelson Project
Heart of Mine- The John L. Nelson Project

***Pre-recorded Conversation with Ms. Sharon Nelson***
Step Back- The John L. Nelson Project
Can’t Stop This Feeling I Got- Prince
Computer Blue- Prince & The Revolution
Shy- Tuxedo Ft. Zapp
Brick- Dusty
We Play The Funk- Five Alarm Funk Ft. Bootsy Collins
The Harder We Try- ReFunk
Black Sheep- Nolatet

Made of Love- OY
Your No Good- Akin Amusan
Un Tabaco para Elegua- Orquesta Akokán

The Upward Climb

The first portion of the proGram had the ability to look up and try:

Palm Springs Jump- Hot Club Sandwich
It Ain’t Right- Hot Club Sandwich
Dawgs Waltz- Tommy Emmanuel & David Grisman
Standing Rock- Tommy Emmanuel & David Grisman
Way Past Midnight- Seth Walker (Live)

Here With The Hawk- Dead Meadow
I’m So Glad- Dead Meadow
To Love You- Sunny War
I Came Back to Bitch- L7

By My Side- The Bonnevilles
The Good Bastards- the Bonnevilles
Won’t Back Down- Dragondeer
My Camaro (Have Some Fun)- The Forty Nineteens

How I Wish She Was Mine- Jake La Botz
***Pre-Recorded Conversation with Jake La Botz***
Damsel in Distress- Jake La Botz
greenarrowradio promo- Nico of the BluesBones
Find My Way Out- The BluesBones
Seesaw Blues- The BluesBones

Righteous- Victor Wainwright & the Train
Look Out Mabel- Bernard Allison
Just Getting Started- Michelle Malone
I Hate To see you go (but I love to watch you walk away)- Myles Goodwyn
Once the Women Start Talking- Reverend Raven & The Chain Smokin’ Altar Boys

In The Nelson’s DNA

Our friends over at Ropeadope are thrilled to announce release of The John L. Nelson Project, “Don’t Play With Love”. The long anticipated album was in conversations between Mr. Nelson and his eldest daughter, Sharon, many years ago. In a time before Prince Rogers Nelson changed the world of music. Shelved as John L. Nelson frequently collaborated with Prince, the project re-appeared in serendipitous fashion with the sheet music falling out of a cabinet as Sharon Nelson was organizing (yes, just like the movie). Sharon brought the great Louis Hayes (her & Prince’s cousin) to Paisley Park with his seasoned band – including Richard Germanson, Dezron Douglas, Vincent Herring, and Jeremy Pelt. And these cats laid down seven tracks live. The incredible history paints the picture, and these players and those melodies let the music jump right off the canvas. “Don’t Play With Love” is a journey from the past to the present conjuring up the sense of an earlier time yet the feeling of the human emotion that rings true for eternity.

I had the distinct pleasure of discussing this new release with Ms. Sharon Nelson. We start off learning about the man, the father and the musician, John L. Nelson was. Kind, caring and hardworking went into all that he did. We dove into the journey that was life and how her dad’s would find time to write and create the songs that she and Prince would go to bed to each night. Because of their collaborations at times, you can hear the influence of Mr. Nelson in some of Prince’s music. As Sharon says a few times, “The music ran in our DNA”. We talk about how this Be-Bop sound is both fresh and familiar and how the incredibly talented group of musicians worked and shared this emotional journey with Sharon leading the production…..well, she does talk about the presence of her father and brother within Paisley Park overseeing the entire project. This to me is another wonderful peek into jazz music, into the Nelson family, and how a guy so many of us felt we knew, observed and allowed himself to be influenced. This album is important in so many ways, as a teaching tool, as a history book and as a look towards the future of modern music.

I am humbled and honored.

You can dive in and listen or take it home here

The John L. Nelson Project – Don’t Play With Love

Meditating with Jake La Botz

Jake La Botz hit the road at fifteen. He became a man of many crafts, including time spent as a roofer, boilermaker, factory worker, and obituary writer. In the midst of this he learned how to play guitar. He played on the streets and in the juke joints of New Orleans, Chicago, and the Mississippi Delta, finding kinship with some of the last of the pre-war era bluesmen: David “Honeyboy” Edwards, “Homesick” James, and “Maxwell Street” Jimmy Davis. He has become known for his “Tattoo Across America Tour”, where he tours the country performing at tattoo shops. He is also known as an actor in films in which he sometimes sings his original songs: RAMBO directed by Sylvester Stallone, ANIMAL FACTORY directed by Steve Buscemi and others are part of his resume. Jake has toured extensively in the U.S. and Europe and has opened for Ray Charles, Etta James, Dr. John, Mavis Staples, JD McPherson, Buddy Guy, Jr. Wells, Taj Mahal, Buckwheat Zydeco, Tony Joe White, John Hammond, The Blasters and a host of other greats.

I had the pleasure of chatting with Jake about his upcoming stop in Madison on March 7th at the High Noon Saloon opening for Lucero. We get into why the pairing of his music works with opening for a band like Lucero and who he is bringing along with him to share his stories. We talk about how he became the man and the musician he is today, which I learn he and I share the same “he was my favorite person growing up” about our respected grandpas. We spend some time getting a feel for how his latest release, Sunnyside on Hi-Style Records went from its beGinnings to a point where I have been able to share with listeners.

Robert Cray To Play Barrymore

Friend of the proGram, Mr. Robert Cray has been bridging the lines between blues, soul and R&B for the past four decades, with five Grammy wins and over 20 acclaimed albums. For his latest project, Robert Cray & Hi Rhythm (April 28, 2017 / Jay-Vee Records), the Blues Hall of Famer traveled to Memphis with his friend, renowned Grammy Award winning producer Steve Jordan, to make a classic soul album with Hi Rhythm, the band that helped create that sound. Mr. Cray has a style that is easily recognizable, he has always had a unique sound to himself and when that first note of a tune is hit, it is comfortable knowing what is abut to come with the rest.

I had the opportunity to discuss the upcoming show atThe Barrymore Theatre in Madison on March 8th with Mr. Cray. We got into a role call of his band-mates/friends and how they inspire him to keep on getting better at their craft. We compare and contrast the latest release, Robert Cray & Hi Rhythm to his 1983 (second album release), Bad Influence. Last time Mr. Cray and I spoke we talked about how if he was not a touring successful musician/artist, he would be some kind of cook or chef, so we find out what would be on the menu today. We also learn what he would play on greenarrowradio, if I walked out of the studio and left him in charge for a bit. Once again, it is a thrill to talk to an artist who is equally as talented as they are down to Earth. Take a listen above to hear for yourself.

Robert Cray

Up The Wall

The second portion of the proGram took the chance on scaling the wall, up and over….and a little bit of the ol’ IN and OUT:

Smarter Harder Darker- De Lux F. Sal P
Stratosphere Girl- De Lux Ft. Mark Stewart
Gave My Heart- Omar Ft. Leon Ware (DJ Jazzy Jeff Remix)

Raymond Brings The Greens- Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio
Hindewhu for You- Headhunters
Slick It- Headhunters
Evil People- Femi Kuti
Jikko- Les Freres Guisse
Odongo- Winyo

Come and Dance- Sam Mukoro
Home- Chris Berry & Panjea
Meadowlands- Sharon Katz & the Peace Train

All Women Are Beautiful- Ladysmith Black Mambazo
**Excerpt of pre-recorded conversation with Albert Mazibuko of Ladysmith Black Mambazo**
Go Well and Peace Be With You (Hambani Kahle)0 Ladysmith Black Mambazo
Unomathemba- Ladysmith Black Mambazo
Tararum Pumpum- Falu
Pot and Pans- Falu

Juice- House of Waters
Vacancy (Charles Webster Remix)- Una
New Day- Abstract Orchestra Ft. Illa J
Brazilica (Radio Edit)- Alexandra Jackson
Evolution- Menagerie Ft. Fallon Williams

The Rug Stops Here

The First portion of the program had the rug frinGe tight-roping to the edge of the floor:

Looking Forward to the Past- Tommy Emmanuel Ft. Rodney Crowell
Windy Warm- Tommy Emmanuel (live at the Ryman)
Tall Fiddler- Tommy Emmanuel (live at the Ryman)
Fire In The Belly- Seth Walker (live)

Haute Sauce- Mindi Abair
Train- Victor Wainwright & The Train
Backdoor Man- Bernard Allison
Bad Little Girls- Reverend Rave & The Chain Smokin’ Altar Boys
Trina O’ Mine- Peter Karp

Congo Square- John Mayall (live 2017)
Do The Rump- AJ Ghent
Power- AJ Ghent

Black Rat- Jane Lee Hooker
The Bronte PIN Pt.1- Monks Of Doom
Panakromatik- The Bonnevilles

John Doe- Matthew Stubbs & The Antiguas
Show Her- The James Hunter Six
Whatever It Takes- The James Hunter Six
Waves- Soulive

Underground Disco- Alessandro Alessandroni
After Crime- Alessandro Alessandroni
The Breakdown- Orgone Ft. Mixmaster Wolf
It’s Serious- Orgone

Albert Mazibuko of Ladysmith Black Mambazo

For over 50 years, South Africa’s Ladysmith Black Mambazo has warmed the hearts of audiences worldwide with their uplifting vocal harmonies, signature dance moves and charming onstage banter. With a deep respect for both their cultural and personal history, Ladysmith Black Mambazo is ever-evolving with an eye toward their long musical legacy. Over the years, the original members have welcomed a younger generation in their mission, passing along the tradition of storytelling and spreading their message of peace, love, and harmony to millions of people. The newer members, in turn, have infused the group with their youthful energy and the promise of a bright future. Ladysmith Black Mambazo founder Joseph Shabalala looks to these young men to carry on his dream to “keep South Africa alive in people’s hearts” for years to come.

I had the honor of talking with Albert Mazibuko, who has been with the group since the early seventies, as Ladysmith Black Mambazo makes their way to Madison on February 24, at the Overture Center for the Arts. Albert and I discuss the two latest Grammy nominated albums, “Songs of Peace and Love for Kids & Parents Around the World” and “Shaka Zulu Revisited” and how handing off the group’s mission to someone other than Joseph Shabalala became the new way, without forgetting the way it has been. and what a young kid could expect from their first time being a part of a show. We walked down the path of creating an album for children and something real interesting, was the conversation about how new members are invited to try to become a part of this worldwide cultural legacy. Fascinating.

The Subject Tonight Is Love

Kate McGarry looks ahead with optimism born of the many facets of love on her first trio album featuring Keith Ganz and Gary Versace. On The Subject Tonight Is Love, out February 2 via Binxtown Records, the trio conjures an alluring cinematic approach to a wide-ranging spectrum of love songs. Kate is as versatile a songwriter and singer out there who is able to translate feeling into sound, with words and with the way the words are drawn outward. She is someone who has taking in many lessons from life, music, and love to help paint the expressions into song.

I had the opportunity to talk with Kate about the new album. How the magic moments took place and just when was it that the three artists did the best research and development behind the compositions. We take time to dissect one of my favorite tunes on the album and get a chuck of interesting insight into the flow of the album. Each arrtists brings a sense of how to do the things they set out to accomplish, this conversation will give you a very strong idea how Kate and Keith and Gary all were able to take advantage of each others rare time, energy and devotion to the project. We even get a little peek into some of the music Kate is turning to these days, as a listener, herself.

Worldly Pepper

The extra portion of the proGram produced a pepper stuffed with worldly goodness….finally:

Cha Cha du Nord- Omar Soasa & NRD Bigband
The In Between- Mark Egan & Arjun Bruggeman
Joy Ride- Mark Egan & Arjun Bruggeman
Spirit Blues- Mark Egan & Arjun Bruggeman
Two Faces of the Moon- Sameer Gupta
Tyagaraja Dreams in Brooklyn- Sameer Gupta

The Falls- House of Waters
***Excerpt of pre-recorded conversation with Max ZT of House of Waters***
17- House of Waters
Patience- House of Waters
Bobby Babylon- Freddie McGregor
Little Girl- Freddie McGregor
Swinging King- Glen & Dave
Good Enough- Glen & Dave
Factory Girl- Little Axe
Method 7- Method of Defiance

The Metal Leaves

The second portion of the proGram took the metal leaves and grew out:

And We all Swing the Tuna- Chad Smith’s Bombastic Meatbats
Greasy Louise- Chad Smith’s Bombastic Meatbats
Fire on the Mountain- Joe Russo’s Almost Dead (live, 1/13/2018->
***Excerpt of pre-recorded conversation with Joe Russo***
->Fire on the Mountain- Joe Russo’s Almost Dead (live, 1/13/2018)
Fistful- Matthew Stubbs & The Antiguas
Blisters- The James Hunter Six
ArchiZoom- Calibro 35
Superstudio- Calibro 35

Nobody’s Fault But Mine- Orgone Ft. Kelly Finnigan
Melting Pot- Orgone
Shot Undercover- Alessandro Alessandroni
Obstinate Pop- Alessandro Alessandroni
Call Out My Name- Ruby Velle & The Soulphonics

BPM- Headhunters
Everything- Headhunters
Chick’s Chums- The Chick Corea & Steve Gadd Band
Busy Hands- 4S’d
Nectar Nymph- 4S’d
Eat The Weak- Dingonek Street Band
Siddhatha- Dingonek Street Band
Grind it Out- Lowdown Brass Band

The Grain Goes With

The first portion of the proGram went with the grain and the grain followed:

Hard Days Work- Nickel & Rose
Life Goes On- Nickel & Rose
Zorro’s Last Ride- Tommy Emmanuel & David Grisman
Saturday Night Shuffle- Tommy Emmanuel Ft. Jorma Kaukonen & Pat Bergeson
Can’t Look Away- The Wood Brothers

I Wanna Do it- Johnny Tucker
Catfish Blues- The Bush League
The Extra Mile- Laurie Morvan

Bee Hive Baby- Reverend Raven & The Chain Smokin’ Altar Boys
The Arson’s Match- Peter Karp
Lonely Feelings- John Mayall (live)

I Can’t Lose- Mindi Abair
Will There Be Any Stars In My Crown? (Instrumental)- Jorma Kaukonen
Fur Peace Rag- Jorma Kaukonon
***Excerpt of pre-recorded conversation with Jorma Kaukonen***
Late Breaking News- Jorma Kaukonon
Beatles Medley/Classical Gas- Tommy Emmanuel (live at the Ryman)
Wash Your Hair- AJ Ghent
23rd Century Hard Bop- Monks of Doom
Gimme That- Jane Lee Hooker

Jorma’s Coming To Town

Whether you know Jorma Kaukonen from his legendary hall of fame work with bands like Jefferson Airplane or Hot Tuna, or as a singing/songwriting troubadour spinning and telling his tales as a solo artist, his dynamic style is captivating. Jorma has a natural way of making the music, and the story not only sound good, but it feels right and relate-able. He is one of those artists that makes it comfortable to get a look at life from his take. Fortunately, we will get to take a shared ride down the same path as Jorma heads to the Stoughton Opera House on February 15th.

I had the honor of talking with Jorma about how the music and the times do some changing. We chat a bit about storytelling and storytellers, even sharing which book remains one of those we were first introduced to that stuck. The thing I have always liked about Jorma is the things he does for music and to enhance the learning experience of those around him. The work being done at Fur Peace Ranch is just one example of some of the cool going on in his scene. We share thoughts about three of his friends and instructors, and friends of the proGram, Mr. Tommy Emmanuel, Teresa Williams & Larry Campbell. While learning why Jorma prefers live music and what makes a good show, in his opinion…Jorma shares a nice word or two about the Stoughton Opera House.