Top 10 (or so) of 2006

Yeah so I couldn’t just limit it to 10 top albums of 2006 so there are a few more but still, a few too little I am sure.

Here’s the way it looks for the top 10 or so of 2006 for greenarrowradio:
honorable mentions:
The Wood Brothers- Ways Not to Lose- Blue Note
King Johnson- Live- Royal Kook

Liquid Soul- One Two Punch- Soul What Records
Easy Star All Stars- RadioDread- EasyStar
Tony Tyler Trance- self titled- Atlas Records
Pedro Arevalo- & Friends- DeepBlueSea
Honeytribe- Torch- Livewire
there is a tie for the #5 spot
Skeebo Knight- Tales From Wimbish Woods- Big Hair
Melvin Sparks- Groove on Up- Savant
Derek Trucks Band- Songlines- Columbia
Hazmat Modine- Bahamut- Barbes
ScrapOmatic- Alligator Love Cry- Landslide

and coming in at NUMBER 1 & receiving the 1st GREENARROW AWARD for the YEAR 2006

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12/30 1…2…3…ahh ahh ahhhh!


Whippin’ Post, Gregg Allman
Don’t Deny Me, Gregg Allman
Tell Mama, Janis Joplin (live)
Stop, Bloomfield/Kooper/Stills (live)
You’ve got the Best in Town, Buddy Miles & Billy Cox
Locomotive Breath, Jethro Tull (live)
Papa Dukie & the Mud People, the Subdudes
Let’s do it Like They used to, Sol
Back Porch, Bourbon Princess
Beautiful, G-Love/Tristan Prettyman
Mattheau, Depth Quartet
One More Day, the Wood Brothers
When, King Johnson
Atlas, King Johnson
Baghdad Cafe, Liquid Soul
Sex God, Liquid Soul
Let Down, Easy Star All Stars w/Toots & Maytals
Karma Police, Easy Star All Stars w/Citizen Cope
Erotica, Tony Tyler Trance
Angelina, Tony Tyler Trance
Wine & Women, Pedro Arevalo
C.C. Rider, Pedro Arevalo
Torch, Devon Allman’s Honeytribe
Why You Wanna Bring me Down, Honeytribe
Mykia’s Dance, Melvin Sparks
If it Don’t fit.., M.Sparks w/Nikki Armstrong
I like’s That, Skeebo Knight
Richard’s Amazing Riding Mower, Skeebo Knight
Volunteered Slavery, Derek Trucks Band
Crow Jane, Derek Trucks Band
It Calls Me, Hazmat Modine
Lost Fox Train (for Joe), Hazmat Modine
Louisiana Anna, ScrapOmatic
Ain’t got that Smile, ScrapOmatic
Riddles, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts
ACDC, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts
Baby Blue, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts
Soulshine, Warren Haynes feat. Vusi Mahlasela

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The SUBDUDES: Behind the Levee

In 1987, four musicians got together for what they envisioned would be a one-time performance at Tipitina’s in New Orleans. It was a night of mostly acoustic music – sparse instrumentation with a strong emphasis on songwriting and vocal harmonies. The show far exceeded expectations, and on that March night the subdudes were born. Nearly 10 years later, after five well-received albums and several years of hard touring, the subdudes called it quits. Spinoff projects ensued, as did the occasional reunion show. Finally, in February of 2002, three of the four original band members decided to get back together. They recruited additional longtime friends to fill out the sound and called themselves the Dudes, but the music was still unmistakably the subdudes. An homage to old New Orleans — Behind the Levee relies on guitar, accordion and tambourine to back up the well-shaped harmonies of singer Tommy Malone and his fellow singers. With elements of bluegrass and zydeco accenting a time-tested approach to rock, the band — Malone, John Magnie, Steve Amedée, Tim Cook and Jimmy Messa — bridge the gap between their roots, which extend from New Orleans to Denver and beyond.

Tracks 1,3 & 9 are some standouts on this album produced by Keb’ Mo.


12/28 tripppin’ over the worlds

I started off by welcoming in the sunrise as best I thought it could be:

the Constitution, Rufus Harley
Nwahulwana, Wazimbo
Terre d’oru, I Muvrami w/ Sting
Lonely, Bebel Giberto
Inkosana, David Hewitt
Mbube, LadySmith Black Mambazo w/Taj Mahal
Man no Sober, Steel Pulse
Suger Pie, Melody Makers/the Wailers
Bed’s too big w/o you, Sheila Hylton
Long Shadow, Joe Strummer & the Mescaleros
That Old Black Magic, Dr. John
Save the Bones for Henry Jones, Dr. John
Hende Baba, Thomas Mapfumo
Insurreccion, Juan-Carlos Formell
U.K. Cosmopolitan Sound, Horace X
Gankino Horo, Reptile Palace Orchestra
Speed the Traktor, 3 Mustaphas 3
Knockin’, Luminescent Orchestrii
Klezbos Kolomeyke, the Isle of Klezbos
Kaita, O Jos De Brujo
Dojo Kun, Temple of Sound feat. Natacha Atlas
Go, Dusminguet
Mera Sacha Si Pyar, N’aseebo Lal
Youm Wara Youm, Samira Sa’id w/Cheb Mani
The Mother, Xavier Rudd
Mana, Xavier Rudd
Let’s do it Like They Used to, Sol
Bo Diddley, Bo Diddley
Who Do you Love, Bo Diddley
Willie & Lillie, Bo Diddley
the Clock Struck 12, Bo Diddley
32-20, Muddy Waters
Soulshine, Warren Haynes w/Vusi Mahlasela (live)
Zillionaire, Rob Wasserman & Edie Brickell
Jah Kas Cool Boy, Lo’Jo & Django
A Dancda Moda, DJ Delores Y Orch. Santa Massa
Swaliti, Kanda Bongo Man
EhYaYe, Kasse Mady Diabate
Nha Mame, Manecas Costa
Por El Suelo, Manu Chao’s Radio Bemba
Closet Belly Dancer, Red Elvises
I Wanna See You Bellydance, Red Elvises
The Time, DJ Shadow
Centre of Nowhere, LadyBug Mecca
Kuumba, Count M’Butu
When I feel the Sea Beneath my Soul, Taj Mahal
Follow the Drinking Gourd, Taj Mahal
After Midnight, Merl Saunders & Friends
Expressway to your Heart, Merl Saunders & Friends
L’appel a la Paix, Wa-Zimba
Como soy Cubano, Habana Abierta
Mouna Pola, Manu Dibango
Flatbush & Church Revisited, Vernon Reid & Masque
Interplanetary Love Song, Chris Spies
Kenny, MMW


James Brown’s Passing

n 1986, he was inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. And rap stars of recent years overwhelmingly have borrowed his lyrics with a digital technique called sampling. His work has been replayed by the Fat Boys, Ice-T, Public Enemy and a host of other rappers. “The music out there is only as good as my last record,” Brown joked in a 1989 interview with Rolling Stone magazine.”Disco is James Brown, hip-hop is James Brown, rap is James Brown; you know what I’m saying? You hear all the rappers, 90 percent of their music is me,” he told the AP in 2003.
Born in poverty in Barnwell, South Carolina, in 1933, he was abandoned as a 4-year-old to the care of relatives and friends and grew up on the streets of Augusta, Georgia, in an “ill-repute area,” as he once called it. There he learned to wheel and deal.

“I wanted to be somebody,” Brown said.


12/23 You there, stay away from that.

So, Moustapha was in studio today trying to get me to play any sort of Christmas music. I Hate Christmas music. It is just not for me. Simply put. I found a couple of holiday tunes I thought would be appropriate and Moustapha did manage to tie me down for a moment or two and get some of his choices on too.

Georgia on my Mind, Jerry Reed
Sittin’ on top of the World, Jerry Reed
Blue Moon of Kentucky, Jerry Reed
Me & Bobby McGee, Ramblin’ Jack Elliot
Silver Beaver, Saffire
Dump that Chump, Saffire
Bo Diddley is Crazy, Bo Diddley
Don’t Stand so close to me, The Police (live)
White & Nerdy, Weird Al
Polkarama!, Weird Al
Keep your hands off, Jas Mathus & his Knockdown Society
Mississippi Moan, Jas Mathus & His Knockdown Society
Let’s do it Like They Used to, Sol
Mister Frank, Sol
All Good Children, John Popper Project feat. DJ LOGIC
Louisana Sky, John Popper Project feat. DJ LOGIC
Purple Girlfriend, the Goldstars
It’s all about You, the Goldstars
Ragin’ Angel, the Charms
Battle of Faomo, Southern Crush
Apple Pie, Southern Crush
Little Drummer Boy, Dandy Warhols
11 Cats of Christmas, Trout Fishing in America
Fixin’ to Die, Col. Bruce Hampton
Good Lover, Nikki Armstrong
I Like it Like that, Nikki Armstrong
Memphis in the Meantime, Gregg Allman
Every Hungry Woman, the Allman Brothers (live 1970)
Soulshine (Reggae version), Gov’t Mule (Live 10/19/06)
It’s a Wonderful Life, Fishbone
Can’t get Satisfied, the Greyhounds
Butter (For you popcorn) the New Mastersounds
Thank you, Melvin Sparks
Song #8, Celia Baron
Greensleeves, Andy Timmons
Jingle Bells, Adrian Legg
Red Moon, Al Di Meola
Action Packed, Green Light
Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, Jack Johnson
Santa’s Pissed Off, Andy Dick/bitches of the Century
Santa’s Second Line, New Birth Brass Band
Creeper Returns, Mark Hummel


Where in the world is….MisterG?

in Strange Loops, Jack Kevorkian & Morpheus Quintet
One Step Beyond, Karsh Kale w/DJ Spooky
Dali Tzerni, Charming Hostess
Godecki Cacak, Reptile Palace Orchestra
Zurle, Balkan Tribes
Palmistry, Tabla Beat Science
Boombox, Mosquitos
Raja Vedalu, DJ Cheb i Sabbah
at the top of Cerro De Palomares, Estrella Morente
Rihaee, Shabaz
Peregrino, Zuco 103
A Gathering Storm, Terry Hall & Mushtaq
Dancing, Wu-Man
Ah Ya Win a Win, Club D’elf
Challaban, Club d’Elf
Thick Interlude, Mocean Worker
Acid, Louie Vega’s Percussion Madness
Oshagrinza, Louie Vega’s Percussion Madness
Ya Man, Balkan Beat Box
In a Gadda da Vida, Yat Kha
Superbol, Alms for Shanti
Laisse les Phases, Ali Farke Toure
Mbube, Ladysmith Black Mambazo w/Taj Mahal
Tussin’ & Fightin’, Extra Golden
Everybody Loves You, Hazmat Modine w/Huun-Huur-Tu
Ngolowake, Manu Dibango
Grooved ja wie die Sau, the Funkgerat
Golden Isles Groove, Skeebo Knight
Kuumba, Count M’Butu
Cotu, Baka Beyond
Bastet, Natacha Atlas
Pirates, SuperRail Band
I Shall be Released, Moussa Kanoute
Simple Twist of Fate, Bob Dylan (live ’75)
Love Minus zero/no limit, Bob Dylan (live ’75)
Soulshine, Warren Haynes/Vusi Mahlasela (live)
Tsingane, Abaji
Greensleeves, Andy Timmons
Hellebrations, Radim Zenkl
Belleville, Hot Club of Detroit
What a Wonderful World, Maceo Parker
In the Buzzbag, Brooklyn Funk Essentials
An Airbag Saved my Dub, EasyStar All Stars
Love is a Pleasure, the Cables
Cheer Up, the Cables
Gibbering Smit, Peatbog Faeries
Testamento, Juan Carlos Formell
Chatuna, Tinariwen
Incaldido, Bonga
Zebra, John Butler Trio
The Mac, Cadillac Jones
Casin’ the Joint, Cadillac Jones

Hanging Backstage w/ Mr. Bo Diddley

Mike Rivard of Club d’Elf…FINALLY

Micro and I went back and forth like an Olympic table tennis match trying to set up a moment to talk. The new album from Club dElf is title NOW I UNDERSTAND, but rest assured, you won’t. The music is unexplainable and dynamic, at time touching on sounds you’ve heard and at other moments, you will be lead to a new location with your ears driving the train. And that is what it is like, a train of sound that you should ride from song one until the final track to get the complete story told. Be sure that the next time you board that train, it’ll take you on a completely different ride.

Listen to our LIVE ON AIR talk here.


….and a bag of chips!!!!

Vineyard Blues, J.Cotton/Joe Lewis Walker/C. Haden
2 Trains Rnnin’, Cotton/Walker/Haden
Play w/Your Poodle, Cotton/Walker/Haden
Good Understanding, Al Copley & the Fabulous T-Birds
Bitch/Dumbass, Gary U.S. Bond/D. Betts/P. Snow
Blind/Crippled/Crazy, Buddy Guy & John Mayer
Nobody Understands me but my Guitar, Buddy Guy
For You my Love, Nikki Armstrong
Think, the Phantom Blues Band
Surfin’ Albania, Immigrant Suns
Shopetzuki Kopanitsa, Boiled in Lead
Fanfare Ciocarlia, Borat Sndtrk
You Be My Wife, Borat Sndtrk
Valhalla, the K-O’s
Mana, Xavier Rudd
Speakeasy, Cadillac Jones
Watch me Fly, Reuben Wilson
Bemsha Swing, Dr. Lonnie Smith
Ministry of Truth, Bobby Previte/Coalition of the Willing
Colon Pie, Skerik
Dana’s Lick, Ripplegroove
Will Run, Raq
Antonella’s Birthday, Tommy Emmanuel
Cold December, Matt Costa
3 more Days, Ray LaMontagne
Ain’t that Right, G-Love
So Much Love, ScrapOmatic
Broken Down Piece of Junk, Brian Setzer
the Spider Sings, Bourbon Princess
Don’t You Miss Yourself, Conrad Ford
Things Don’t Seem as Bad, the Amity Front
the Lobster Parade, the Microscopic Septet
Dan’l Boone, Sam Bush/David Grisman
How Sweet it is, Jerry Garcia Band
Fight and Make up, Brianna Holcombe
Rasa Lila, Go GO Galazian


12/14 To a Columbian Beauty.

Akiwowo, Babatunde Olatunji
Kiyakiya, Babatunde Olitunji
Ratevka, Reptile Palace Orchestra
Little Wing, Reptile Palace Orchestra
Feen, Natacha Atlas
No Other, Skye
Bass Beatbox, Club d’Elf
***Impromptu Conversation w/ Mike Rivard of Club D’elf***
Vishnu Dub, Club D’elf
Agni, Tom Rossi
Take this Hammer, Taj/Toumani Diabate
Revery in Hijaz, the Isle of Klezbos
Cumbia de los Muerto, Ozomatli
Patricia, Manuel Galban/Ry Cooder
the Grandma with a Limp, Rim Banna
Arrumacao, Uakti
Aziz Aziz, Outback
Let your Yeah be Yeah, Jimmy Cliff
Dance of the Fireflies, Merl Saunders
***Conversation w/Mr. Jerry Wennstrom***


Exit Clov brings darkly melodic acid-pop

Exit Clov is a five-piece indie rock band from Washington, DC, described as everything from “darkly melodic acid-pop” to “kaleidoscopic pop noir.” With the punk ethos of Blondie, the political edge of Metric, the pure pop sensibilities of indie darlings Stars, and the playfulness of Shonen Knife, the band has a broad appeal that transcends ordinary music genres. Since its conception in 2003, they have established a trademark sound with beautiful harmonies sung over infectious synth, violin, guitar, bass and drums. While the band’s sound is golden to the ear, they are consistently raw and fresh beyond traditional rocknroll standards. Exit Clov have to their credit two self-produced EPs (2004 Starfish, 2005 Saskwatch), the Jolly Roget Sessions (2006) — on which they enlisted the help of Roger Greenawalt (No Doubt, Ben Kweller, Iggy Pop, White Stripes) — and the newest, Respond Respond EP, released on Livewire Recordings. I had them here and was able to squeeze out 3 acoustic renditions of their unique tunes and a little chatter after. I dig Exit Clov, now it’s your turn.

Listen to our time together here.


Buddy Guy’s BOX SET, Can’t Quit the Blues

Robert Cray says that Buddy Guy’s guitar solos sound like laughter from space, but they can also peal like the cries of lost souls attempting to cross the River Styx. If these 47 songs on three CDs plus a DVD boasting a new 75-minute documentary and six performances from the Montreux Jazz Festival prove anything, it’s that Guy is one of the most dynamic, diverse, expressionistic, and emotional guitarists–in any genre. The set neatly examines the 70-year-old Chicago blues legend’s half-century career, starting with a ragged but soulful “The Way You Been Treating Me” cut in 1957 at a radio station in Guy’s native Louisiana that finds him developing his searing, exploratory style. A year later, he’s in Chicago working with tunesmith Willie Dixon, and the rest is history (chronicled in Anthony DeCurtis’s excellent lines notes) that leads from the glory days of Chess Records to Guy’s early breakout recordings for Vanguard to his modern-day mastery. The most recent recordings often find him working with acolytes: Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Keb’ Mo’, Jonny Lang, Bonnie Raitt, Keith Richards, and John Mayer (who duets with Guy on the unreleased “I’d Rather Be Blind, Crippled & Crazy“). B.B. King, who along with Guitar Slim was Guy’s most important early influence, also joins Clapton and Guy on a stirring acoustic version of John Lee Hooker’sCrawlin’ Kingsnake.” This set shows that Mr. Guy is always growing as a musician–not only as a player whose frenzy, improvisational instincts, and tonal control keep stretching with age, but as a stylist who was unafraid to put aside his trademark electric approach in 2003 to make the acoustic Blues Singer/primal North Mississippi juke joint music part of his gig.

Listen to my chat w/Mr. Buddy Guy here.


12/09 a Bonafide good ride…..

I was thrilled with this show. Musically, it was a transitional weave that I think took us around the corner and down a suspicious path that was once a secret, like opening up that wardrobe. Check this set list out:

You’ve got to Love her w/a Feeling, Freddie King
San Ho Zay, Freddie King
See See Baby, Freddie King
Today, Jefferson Airplane
Come Back Baby, Jefferson Airplane
Come on Over, George Soule
Earthquake, Jackie mittoo
Legalize it, Pato Baton (*live/a’capella)
Yalla Yalla, Joe Strummer
Stir it up, Dread Zeppelin
Straight Cold Player, Lenny Kravitz
Boxer’s Fracture, Liquid Soul
If it Don’t Fit.., Melvin Sparks/Nikki Armstrong
Waitaminute, Reuben Wilson
Planet of the Superkids, the Greyboy Allstars
Good Friends Good Music, Skeebo Knight
Come on Come Over, Jaco Pastorius
Louisiana Sky, John Popper Project feat. DJ LOGIC
I Wanna Be like You (Monkey Song), Los Lobos
Ol’ Cook Pot, the Duhks
A Drink for you, Whiskey & Co.
Fish to Fry, the Ditty Bops
78% H2O, Ani DiFranco (live)
Tonite, the Bottle let me Down, Throw Rag w/Lemme
No Strings Attached, Freak Guitar
Samba Caramba, Freak Guitar
Wyonna’s Big Brown Beaver, Primus
People Carrier, Morcheeba
Innocence Lost, the Jamie McLean Band
Shoes, George Soule
Blues Stay Away, Pedro Arevalo
Messin’ w/the Kid, Junior Wells
Superharp, James Cotton
Before you Accuse me, Bo Diddley
Sit & Cry (& sing the Blues), Buddy Guy
***Conversation with Mr. Buddy Guy***
Mustang Sally, Buddy Guy
Crawlin’ King Snake, Buddy Guy/Eric Clapton/BB King
I Put a Spell on You, Buddy Guy/Carlos Santana
Ain’t no Sunshine, Buddy Guy/Tracy Chapman


Jerry Wennstrom: The Inspired Heart

At age 29 Jerry Wennstrom set out to discover the rock-bottom truth of his life. For years he questioned the limits of his creative life as a studio painter. After destroying all of his art and giving away everything he owned, he began a life of unconditional trust, allowing life to provide all that was needed. He lived this way for 15 years. Jerry’s story is told in his book, The Inspired Heart: An Artist’s Journey of Transformation (foreword by Thomas Moore) published by Sentient Publications and in the Parabola Magazine documentary film called In the Hands of Alchemy: The Art and Life of Jerry Wennstrom. Jerry travels internationally lecturing, teaching and presenting his film and work and he writes a monthly piece on the spirit of the times for a New York City consulting firm. He has presented at the Birmingham Art Museum, the Seattle Art Museum, the EMP (Experience Music Project), Glen Arbor Art Association, the Old Firehouse Art Center, Other Side Arts, Pacifica Graduate Institute, UCS-NAROPA (Wisdom University), the Vancouver Public Library, Western New Mexico University, California Institute of the Arts and NYU. He has also done over 50 radio, TV and magazine interviews and art features. And he was a guest recently on greenarrowradio for your learning pleasures.

Open your minds and listen here for our chat about transformation.

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Bo Diddley..Bo Knows how he feels.

This conversation will prove that. Bo Diddley knows how to rock and roll, he knows how to entertain an audience, but I learned that he also likes to talk about the things that are going on. Who better than Bo to talk about how things look from a perspective he has gained just weeks short of his 78th Birthday. Bo Diddley will be at the Mohegan Sun on Sunday December 17th. If you have never had the opportunity to see him live, this is a great time to catch him as he’ll mention in this chat, he is workin’ on some new stuff, always adding new ingredients to his musical pie.



12/2 It’s a Happ’nin’ Show.

You’re Gonna Miss Me, 13th Floor Elevators
Everybody’s Gonna be Happy, the Kinks
Always See your Face, Love
Papa was a Rolling Stone, Los Lobos
Knockin’ round the Zoo, James Taylor & t.o.f.m.
Night Owl, James Taylor & the original flying machine
Still Hanging Around, G-Love
Something Went Right, George Soule
Shoes, George Soule
Come on Over, George Soule
Asa Branca, Forro in the Dark feat. David Byrne
Como Soy Cubano, Habana Abierta
Gibbering Smit, Peatbog Faeries
John the Revelator, Gov’t Mule
She Said, She Said, Gov’t Mule
Mean ‘Ole Wind, N. Mississippi All Stars
I only have one Love, Phantom Blues Band, feat. Taj
Don’t think Twice, Mike Ness
Crawlin’ King Snake, Robert Plant (live in Mali)
You know what you Know, the Microscopic Septet
Fresh Air theme (Happy Twin), the Microscopic Septet
***conversation W/Phillip Johnston***
Baghdad Blues, the Microscopic Septet
Ice Cream Samich, Skeebo Knight
Suits me Fine, King Johnson
Legalize it, MSMW
Concoction, Depth Quartet
Action, the Charms
Rock Tonight, Southern Crush
Bob (Cousin O.), Evil Stig
Last to Know, Evil Stig
Porchswing, Bourbon Princess
Rome Wasn’t Built in a Day, Morcheeba
Suicidethoal (killufast capsules 100mg), Ladybug
Ministry of Truth, Bobby Previte’s Coalition of the Willing
Ultra-Funk, los Amigos invisibles
Bean, the Cubby Creatures
It Calls Me, Hazmat Modine
Humphrey Bulgar, Metropolitan Klezmer
Black Night, Willie Nelson/Dr. John
Your head’s too Big, the Ditty Bops