Talking with Ellie Vee of the Charms

When Little Steven began signing bands to his new label, Wicked Cool Records, one of the bands at the top of the list was Boston-based purveyors of the garage rock movement, the Charms. On February 14, the Charms make their Wicked Cool debut with Strange Magic, their fourth release. The Charms’ sound garnered them attention from the very beginning when lead singer/songwriter Ellie Vee and guitarist Joe Wizda formed the band in 2002. Their first demo immediately caught the ear of Bill Kelly (Teenage Wasteland) and Gene Simmons, who was so impressed by what he heard that he called Ellie Vee personally to offer his feedback. The demo also landed in the hands of their manager Steev Riccardo who pushed the band to record their first CD Charmed I’m Sure. The disc was released in January 2003 on Red Car Records, a label stared by Riccardo, Vee and Wizda. Reaction to the CD was immediate with heavy airplay on college radio and specialty garage rock radio shows, and media coverage in local publications. Before long the Charms became one of the most popular bands in Boston. This band is even more red hot in a live setting, but the studio work gives you a great feel for this band living inside the world of high powered rock-n-roll.

Check out Ellie Vee & MisterG chatting here.

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Desiree Bassett: Keepin’ R-n-R Alive!

Desi was hanging out in studio A once again….We discussed her recent trip to L.A. at NAMM, a timetable on heading into the studio and as usual, she rocked the station to its knees. Check out the link to her in studio session with me and give the video from the WIMBASH a look-see as well. You will thank me. It is good to know rock and roll is safe.

Listen to our in STUDIO A time here.

Watch the VIDEO here.

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Desi And Joe Satriani NAMM 2007

WOMEN in MUSIC part II

Beautiful Soldier, Nadine Zahr
Jackknifes, Red Heart the Tickler
End of the Line, Emily Grogan
Psychedelia in A, Emily Grogan
Movin’ Room for a New Day, Emily Grogan
Share the Ride, Lisa Lawrence
Compass Rose, Chris Pureka
Big Lovin’ Woman, Shemekia Copeland (live)
Them Changes, Nikki Armstrong
What’s Wrong with Me, Skye (Nouvelle Vague Remix)

*Chat w/Terry Reeves of MusicMattersEntertainment*

Mood Swing, luscious Jackson
Fly Away, Sara Wasserman & Aaron Neville
**Conversation with Sara Wasserman**
Fresh out of Tears, Sara Wasserman
Sara Smile, Sara Wasserman/Vernon Reid
Beautiful, Tristan Prettyman/G.Love
Centre of nowhere, LadyBUG Mecca
Gembi, Ramatou Dikite
Bassa Kele, Mamou Sidibe
Enter Sandman, Harptallica
Children of the Grave, Desiree Bassett

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WOMEN in MUSIC…What can be better?

…I’ll tell you what might be better…PART TWO OF WOMEN IN MUSIC NEXT WEEK!!!!

D.I.Y, Exit Clov
Violent Berries, Exit Clov
From the Bottom up, Dayna Kurtz
Ol’ Cook Pot, the Duhks
Mountain o’ Things, the Duhks
Girl of Opportunity, Angeline
Out of Control, Lisa Lawrence
My Dear Country, Norah Jones
Shakespeare, Susan Cagle
Transitional, Susan Cagle
Beauty, Wax Poetic
Waiting in Vain, Rolla
Rock & a Hard Place, Supreme Beings of Leisure
Fight & Make up, Briana Holcombe
Clean up Woman, Nikki Armstrong (live)
Porchswing, Bourbon Princess
Done, Michelle Suesens
Crimson & Clover, Evil Stig
Oh Atlanta, Alison Krause & Union Station
VooDoo Woman, the NRG band feat. Nicole Hart (live)

***ON AIR CONVERSATION WITH NICOLE HART***

Hot’lanta, the NRG band feat. Nicole Hart (live)
Intruder, Janis Joplin
Coo Coo, Janis Joplin
Revolution Eventually, Sugarbitch
I Drink, Southern Crush

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Introducing Sara Wasserman,

Music has been a part of Sara’s life from day one. The daughter of Grammy-winning bassist Rob Wasserman, Sara was immersed in a rare musical world from an early age. This experience has molded her into a young artist with whom few can compare. Even though she has been surrounded by many great people of art, what made me want to talk with her is her ability to create her own song & unique musical style. Her musical influences draw from a diverse list of artists, but it is the voice of Sara Wasserman that I believe will be the inspiration of those seeking a fresh blend of expressive lyrics with seductive melodies.. From her soul-stirring ballads to her sensual up-tempo vocals, Sara’s unique take on contemporary melodies is a refreshingly creative approach.

And soon I will be spinning a variety of songs from Miss Wasserman that’ll be sure to fuel your open minds and fill those thirsty earholes.

LISTEN TO OUR CONVERSATION HERE.

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LadyBug Mecca come out and play.

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Alrighty people, get ready to TRIP THE LIGHT FANTASTIC with LadyBug Mecca of Digable Planets. I am thankful that I was able to catch a moment of her time as she has been stacked with things-a-happ’nin’. In our convo we talk about her recent video work with Raheem DeVaughn and Kenny Dope on a fly hit dubbed “DOGG STARR”. We touched briefly on the MTV unplugged performance of PLANETS for the movie FREEDOM WRITERS, and her honor of being sampled by SNOOP. HELL YEAH! Matter of fact, she has a cameo in SNOOP‘s most recent video “CANDY“. There is much more to this convo so check it out. LadyBug Mecca is cooler than the FONZ, and maybe even TRON. I would love to have the LadyBug and MisterG show some Saturday morning, spinnin’ the eclectic-ness would blow your thirsty earholes and open minds from here to there. We’ll see!

PEACE,
G

click here for LadyBugMecca and MisterG’s chat.

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11/23/06 This Turkey Survived…..so far.

Lots of guest today. We had my nephew stop in to wish the listeners a happy thanksgiving and to be cute as hell. Briana Holcombe blessed us with her presence and even sang a little tune that mentions yours truly, we will make sure to keep our eyes on what she is up to, and believe me that won’t be a difficult task. And a true friend of greenarrowradio, Mr. Melvin Sparks called in to chat and let us know he will be at the Main Pub in Manchester CT on Dec. 2. A must see.

Here’s what the 4 hours of the show looked like.

The Great Ceilidh Swindle, Peatbog Faeries
Mouth Music
Loyin’ Loyin’, Babatunde Olatunji
Dance of the Hunter’s Fire, Mickey Hart
Satan Dub, Lee “scratch” Perry
Oualahila Ar Tesninam, Tinariwen
Ya Man, Balkan Beat Box
In a Gadda Da Vida, Yat-Kha
Weasel Potpie, That 1 Guy
Personal Jesus, Depeche Mode
I Want Candy, Bow Wow Wow (Kevin Shield remix)
Dumb World, Rav Shmuel
Last Chance, Rav Shmuel
***Conversation w/Nadine Zahr***
Beautiful Soldier, Nadine Zahr
The Minute I, Nadine Zahr
A little Better, Nadine Zahr
Childe, Dana Varon
Home Movies, the Jamie McLean band
Holy Water, the Jamie McLean band
Bottle of Red Wine, Eric Clapton & friends
Sunshine of your Love, Ginger Baker
I Only have Love, Phantom Blues Band w/Taj
Think, the Phantom Blues Band
I Drink, Southern Crush
***Briana Holcombe Phone Conversation***
Fight and Make Up, Briana Holcombe
Right Here, Right Now, Briana Holcombe
Shakespeare, Susan Cagle
I will, Al & the Transamericans
Waiting for the Punchline, Al & Transamericans
Carnival Time, Leftover Salmon
***Phone Conversation w/Mr. Melvin Sparks***
Funky good time, Melvin Sparks
Louisiana Sky, John Popper Project feat. DJ LOGIC
Girl of Opportunity, Angeline
Rainy Day Blues, Willie Nelson
Head ’em off at the Pass, Wolf Krakowski
Shady Grove, Grisman/Garcia
Blues for Luci, Pedro Arevalo
Barstool Boogie, Dan Hicks & Jimmy Buffett
Why you Wanna Bring me Down, Honeytribe
Nothing to be Sad About, Honeytribe
Angelina, the Tony Tyler Trance
the Mother, Xavier Rudd
Food in the Belly, Xavier Rudd
Beautiful, G-Love/ Tristian Prettyman
Let the good times roll, Taj Mahal/Ry Cooder
100% Pure Love, Tey
Burning Down the House, the Cardigans w/Tom Jones
Boom Shak-a-la-ka, Apache Indian

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listen to my conversation with the lovely and talented Ms. Briana Holcombe

Rocker Rhonda G. of SOUTHERN CRUSH!

If you like to RAWK…not just rock, then let me point you in the direction of SOUTHERN CRUSH. A Pure force from Atlanta Georgia. This three piece Southern Blues RAWK band is taking the music scene by storm. I was fortunate enough to get a moment of the lead lady, the Raspy, Raptured Rocker Rhonda G. on greenarrowradio. Take a listen here to our conversation. If you are looking for me, I’ll be shaking the apple tree.

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Oh hell, here is todays fill in set list while we’re at it:

Ride, G-Love
Beautiful, G-Love featuring Tristian Prettyman
Sweet Life, Karen Gibson Roc
Revolution Eventually, Sugarbitch
Beef Jerky, Cibo Matto
Georgia Slop, Los Lobos
When , King Johnson
Workin’ Sux, King Johnson
let the Mermaids Flirt w/me, scrapOmatic
Food in the Belly, Xavier Rudd
Let the Good Times Roll, Taj Mahal/Ry Cooder
Corrin, Corrina, Taj Mahal/Ry Cooder
(turn on your) Lovelight, Them feat. Van Morrison
I Like’s That, Skeebo Knight
Expressway to your Heart, Merl Saunders & friends
Take me with you, Orchestra Morphine
Rhythm & Booze, Treat her Right
In a Gadda Da Vida, Yat-Kha
Broken Down Piece of Junk, Brian Setzer
You’ve got the best in Town, Band of Gypsys
Mama, he Treats your Daughter mean, Susan Tedeschi
No Riders, Shannon Curfman
Battle of Faomo, Southern Crush
Apple Pie, Southern Crush
**Conversation with Rhonda G. of Southern Crush**
I Drink, Southern Crush
Riddles, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts
Baby Blue, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts
DIY, Exit Clov
K.C. Jones, North Mississippi All Stars

Nadine Zahr hanging in Studio B

Nadine Zahr is a singer songwriter currently based out of California. As you will hear, she has been touring mighty heavily and I was lucky enough to catch her with a few free moments. There are two parts to our hanging out in the studio and the first part is some friendly personality banter between the two of us, and the second will be Nadine singing/playing her songs. I will be airing these on Thanksgiving day along with giving away one or two of her albums. To learn more about Nadine, head to Nadine Zahr or her myspace hideaway.

listen to part one here.

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10/21/06 Desiree Bassett In Studio A

Yeah, it is always nice when artists stop by at a moments notice. It really makes for a GREAT time in studio A. Today Desiree Bassett hung out and rocked the place. I’ll have a podcast up of her time w/greenarrowradio shortly. But for now head HERE TO CHECK OUT DESIREE

HERE IS A LINK TO HER PERFORMANCE IN STUDIO A

What did we hear besides a 14 year old rock-n-roll star????

Wreck this Heart, Bob Seger
Real Mean Bottle, Bob Seger/Kid Rock
American Dream, CSNY
Queen of the hi-way, the DOORS (rare)
Monkey & the Engineer, Grateful Dead
Big Jake, Roy Rogers/Norton Buffalo
Hey there Grandpa, Roy Rogers/Norton Buffalo
Move on Way from Here, Roy Rogers/Norton Buffalo
Sunshine of your Love, Ginger Baker
the Things I used to do, Stevie Ray Vaughn/Double Trouble
Let Down, Easy Star All Stars/Toots & Maytals
**interview w/Michael G of Easy Star Records**
Kharma Police, Easy Star All Stars/Citizen Cope
Angelina, the Tony Tyler Trance
Why you Wanna Bring me Down, Honeytribe
Mountain, King Johnson
***DESIREE BASSETT IN STUDIO A PERFORMANCE***
Supergirl’s Complaint, Bourbon Princess
Ronnie Johnson, Twinemen
After Midnight, Merl Saunders & friends
Making Music Macon GA. Style, Vassar Clement
Can’t Keep Running, the Tony Tyler Trance
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a big thank you to Desiree for spending her Saturday morning with the listeners of GREENARROWRADIO

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Anoushka Shankar speaks w/ Mr.G?

Oh it is true. If you recall, my very first conversation was with Pundit Ravi Shankar, almost one year ago exactly. Ms. Shankar is as talented as she is beautiful, and I feel honored to have the opportunity to chat with her while she was relaxing at home in California. The eastern leg of her RISE tour begins mid-October and if you can find a way to make it, you must. Learn more about it at Anoushka‘s website.

Please treat yourself to our conversation here.

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Introducing Desiree Bassett.

When have I ever led you astray??? Do me a favor. No, correction, do yourselves a favor and check out www.myspace.com/desireebassett. Desiree was an in-studio gust the other day and I couldn’t be happier that she chose to hang out on greenarrowradio. Just 14…..yeah….I’ll wait for you to stop shaking your heads…..Just 14, she plays Purple Haze, All Along the Watchtower and rocks Santana’s SMOOTH with sister Jessica, all on her birthday. During Purpple Haze, she swung he guitar over her shoulders and played, during Watchtower she would be seen fingerplucking many notes and during smooth, she completed the deal by singing with a rock and roll emotion that made me go home and plug in that air-guitar and brush off the dust.

Don’t believe me….listen to her visit here.

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Desiree & Vernon Reid

Della Britton-Baeza…More than Fundraising

If when you hear, the Jackie Robinson Foundation, you think that they are involved in baseball or merely giving money to needed young adults, well than this conversation is for you. If you thought, like I did, that there IS a museum dedicated to Jackie Robinson‘s life in baseball and his triumphs and battle in society, then you need to check this out. If sometimes you only think of yourself or feel like the world is going in the wrong direction, take 26 minutes to learn more about what the JRF is up to and how you can pitch in to assist those students who have the leadership qualities and dedication to work harder than most and become important voices in our future communities. And I am not talking dollars and cents, more like thoughtfulness and comon sense. I hope you will take the time to listen to the Foundation’s charismatic and energetic President/CEO, MS. Della Britton-Baeza, and always remember to think about others……it only takes some time.

DELLA AND MR.G CONVERSATION HERE.

I want to thank Della and Gary for helping to make this talk happen, as well as the work they accomplish each day.

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A quick Cello w/Rasputina’s Melora.

A very brief chat with the founder of one of the coolest bands without a guitar since Morphine( at least for me). Melora was on her way from upstate NY to her next destination with a stop over at the infamous Toad’s Place in New Haven. Rasputina is a “cello-rock” ensemble. Founded by Melora Creager in 1891, they have long held true to their mission of enlightening the common man as to the power and versatility of the mighty cello. Historically influenced, and constantly costumed, Rasputina keeps a small legion of incredibly passionate admirers enthralled with their earnest musicianship.

Listen to our short talk here.

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7/15/06 WOMEN IN MUSIC….

So, I decided to do a featute this week on WOMEN IN MUSIC, not really my list of the greatest women to perform but more of a collection of voice/music/sounds all created and presented by women. I featured a wide range from Ms. Aretha to Queen Janis, rocker Joan Jett to the duel cello-sounds of Zoe and Melora of RASPUTINA. Newcomers Susan Cagle, Mandi Perkins and in studio guest Michelle Lewis certainly have awakened a new mucial beast, one the listeners have responded to well. We ended the show w/ the beautiful voice of Kimber Manning from her album Eventually, her classy rendition of WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD reminds us why we wake.

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WOMEN IN MUSIC SETLIST FOR 7/15/06
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Baby, I love you, Aretha Franklin
Trouble in Mind, Janis Joplin*
Ball & Chain, Janis Joplin*
Me & Bobby McGee, Janis Joplin*
My Best Friend, Jefferson Airplane
3/5 of a Mile in 10 seconds, Grace Slick
Oh Atlanta, Alison Krause
Get Right With God, Lucinda Williams
No Riders, Shannon Kurfman
The Weight, Shannon Kurfman
Riddles, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts
A.C.D.C., Joan Jett & the Blackhearts
Baby Blue, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts
Save Me, Ruth band
Why, Mandi Perkins
Shakespeare, Susan Cagle
Transitional, Susan Cagle
Picante, Charro
This Time Around, Michelle Lewis
Someday, Michelle Lewis
Caroline, Michelle Lewis#
5th Floor Song, Michelle Lewis#
Never Cried for You, Michelle Lewis#
The Sea, Morcheeba
Summertime, Morcheeba
Barracuda, Rasputina
Beloved, Thievery Corp w/Anoushka Shankar
Angels, T.C w/Wax Poetic feat. Norah Jones
Dreams, the Cranberries
Just Leave, Lisa Bourne
Sunday Girl, Blondie
Bold As Love, the Pretenders
What a Wonderful World, Kimber Manning
* Live at monterey Pop Festival
# At WHUS Studios

listen here to the entire in-studio visit.
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Marlene Jeanrenaud: The Magic of Africa

Sparks Fly up from campfires, as Jeanrenauld and friends tell exciting tales of people and wildlife encounters, and of hairraising escapes from hungry crocodiles, angry ostriches and charging rhinos. Under the dark velvet of night, no star shines brighter that Jeanrenauld’s love for her continent and native country. From seashore to savannah, from desert floor to mountain top, her stories weave an emotional spell of the MAGIC OF AFRICA to enthrall adults and children alike.

Listen to our chat here.

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Susan Cagle…My American Idol.

listen to our conversation here.

The second-oldest of 10 children, Cagle started performing in public stations in New York City, including Union Square, Grand Central Terminal and subway stations in Times Square. In addition to singing, Cagle plays the guitar in the majority of her performances, with her sister Caroline playing bass and her brother Jesse on second guitar. Cagle began playing guitar at the age of 7, and by the age of 14 was writing poetry and songs. When older, she decided to leave her family and the Children of God group, at odds over their beliefs, and moved to New York. She soon began writing, recording music and performing in subway stations (her album, “The Subway Recordings”, is cut from live shows).

During a show in the Herald Square subway station, Cagle was discovered by producer Jay Levine, who introduced her to then new president of Columbia Records, Steve Greenberg. She soon became his first signing in this placement. Cagle and her band still tour and perform in New York’s underground. Her album currently sells across the US, the first released single titled “Shakespeare”. Susan has recently finished recording her new studion which should be coming out soon. Her MySpace site states the release date to be March of 2007.

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Sweet Honey’s Aisha Kahlil

I had the pleasure of chatting with Sweet Honey in the Rock member Miss Aisha Kahlil. She was walking through her neighborhood on a sunny April day and we had a fun little conversation. We spoke of the upcoming show at Uconn’s Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts , this Saturday April 29th. if you are not familiar with their work, Aisha will clue you in a little and also let us know what she is personally up to on the side.

Listen to our conversation here.

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