Rock and Remember

Took some time today to do a show that had a rockin’ feel to it. it was also a time to remember all those who have fought for my freedoms and put themselves in positions I could not see myself succeeding in. To help me remember why this is a special day (one we should practice each day perhaps?) I invited one of my dear friends and 2 tour Vietnam Veteran, Mister Ray Maher on the show to share some tales and times…i am proud to have Ray in my life as a person I love and respect and am always proud to have him represent the voice of the veteran on my show. Here’s how it turned out.

Blue Suede Shoes- Johnny Cash (live)
Rockin’ Tonight- Elvis Presley
Graceland- Willie Nelson
Won’t be Fooled Again- Richie Havens
Drag ‘N’ Fly- Dale Watson
Drinkin’ Ain’t Hard to do- Hank III
Panama Red- New Riders of the Purple Sage
Electric Rodeo- Shooter Jennings
Everything is Broken (ALT Version)- Bob Dylan
Mean Woman Blues- Roy Orbison
Parchman Farm- Hot Tuna (live)
One Good Man- Janis Joplin w/the Kozmic Blues Band
**Memorial Day Chat w/Vietnam Veteran & Friend Ray Maher**
Half Moon- Janis Joplin w/Full Tilt Boogie Band
Indifference- Moby Grape
Mary Ann- Phantom Blues Band
Jumpin’ in the Morning- Ray Charles
Diddy Wah Diddy- Bo Diddley
Dreams- Hall/Paul/Bice
Midnight Rider- Allman Brothers (1992 live Acoustic)
Every Hungry Woman- Allman Brothers (’70 Atlanta Pop Festival)
Shape I’m in-Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives w/Warren Haynes & Danny Louis (live)
Fortunate Son-N.O. Social Club w/Branford Marsalis/Warren Haynes/Taylor Hicks (live)
North- Widespread Panic
Orange Blossoms- JJ Grey & Mofro
Real Mean Bottle- Bob Seger w/Kid Rock
Commotion- CCR
That’s What Keeps me Rockin’- the Robert Cray Band
I Don’t Dance- Seth Walker
Enjoy & Get it on- ZZ Top
Mahalo- Devon Allman’s Honeytribe
John Sinclair- Blind Melon
Riddles- Joan Jett & the Blackhearts
Street Fighting Man- the Chesterfield Kings
I am the Eye- the High Dials
What Keeps your Heart beating?- the Rattlers
Girl you Have Magic Inside of You- Outrageous Cherry
Pictures of Matchstick men-Ozzy w/Type O Negative
All My Loving- the Almighty Defenders
Battle of Faomo- Southern Crush->
Apple Pie- Southern Crush
We Care a Lot- Faith No More
Fire- Red Hot Chili Peppers
Kick out the Jams- Presidents of the United States
Welcome to the Factory- Backyard Tire Fire
American Heartache- Jamie McLean
Never Going Back Again- Fleetwood Mac (live)
Dear Prudence- Jerry Garcia Band (live)
Come Together- the Neville Brothers (Woodstock ’94)

Moonalice over Madison

I felt as if I had been thrown back in time just a little, and maybe even displace to a place I long for…..the Marin County scene….ok, I’ll awaken from it now. But Moonalice brought me to a place in space that I always long to go back to, the psychedelic folk rock scene. But when I looked around more clearly, I recognized the perfect venue here for this show, the High Noon Saloon. When I interviewed Roger Mcnamee of the group, I was excited for the sounds I knew I would get live, but it was the innovative ideas of being able to watch the show back (they video the shows and you can be part of the “Music Video”). Along with Roger (bass,guitar & vocals) is Barry Sless–bass, guitar, pedal steel, vocals
/Pete Sears– bass, keyboards, accordion, guitar, vocals
/John Molo–bass and drums/Ann McNamee–bass, keyboards, percussion, vocals
. This is a band devoted to bringing that very scene I missed out on, back into our lives. While the sets were building and the band was transporting people into plains of being only sound can penetrate…I stepped outside and had myself the time so many people wish for, I got to hang with Jerry Garcia’s main man, Mr. Steve Parish. What a truly cool time is was listening to tales being woven and memories being re-lived. Somehow, on this night….it was even better than expected and if Moonalice is near your neck of the woods….I am a believer that they will bring that same sort of experience into your world, if you just let ’em!








Songs from the Sunshine beat

Today was one of those shows that was put together with sun rays as a bonding agent. There was a beauty brewing out my studio window and I wanted to spin a little your way, wherever you might have been tuning in from. It has been fun watching the listenership grow weekly, let’s keep on keepin’ the expansion on! I Want to thank P Funk All Star/Yoga Teacher/Steel Bridge Songfest Artist Miss Kim Manning for being a part of the show. We spoke deeply about the connections formed at the songfest, the reasons for coming back to Wisonsin and of course, some funky times with another friend of the program, Mr. George Clinton (check out my interview w/the Godfather of funk from ’06 here) I also want to thank Chubby Wombat Moonalice (Roger McNamee) of Moonalice for bringing his high energy, storytelling and an innovative outlook on the music “Business” and what Moonalice is doing to bring those innovations alive. They’ll be at the High Noon Saloon tomorrow night.

Sex & Candy- Keller & the Keels
You Stay Here- Willy Porter (live)
Country Leaver- the Dandy Warhols (live KCRW)
Hold on Tight- Jamie McLean
On Main Street- Los Lobos
Double Talkin’ Baby- Jeff Beck & the Big Town Playboys
Junco Partner- the Radiators (live)
Hesitate- Alice Russell
You Can Make it if You Try- Sly & Family Stone w/Buddy Guy/John Mayer
Valleys of Neptune- Jimi Hendrix
Goodtime baby- Gov. Davis & the Blues Ambassadors
Never Far Behind- Moreland & Arbuckle
Aï Haïra- Vieux Farka Toure (live)
Get on Up- Jesse Jones Jr
That Girl- Tomo Fujita

Beyond Busted- Teddy Presberg
the Sax Pusher- Fort Knox Five
the Headphonist- Kinky
Tibale Danse- Maneo
Gentlemen- Fela Kuti
Carol Anne- Roy Nathanson w/Corey Harris
Just Because you Can- Catherine Russell
Feeling Good- Meklit Hadero

Bleeding of Love- Moonalice
Kick it Open- Moonalice
In a Hole- Brazz Tree
Senamou- Angelique Kidjo feat. Ziggy Marley
Download the Revolution- Rocky Dawuni
Guanabara- Dom Salvador & Banda Abolicao
Bicho Do Mato- Elis Regina
A Deoey- Los reyes ’73
Roots- Willie Bobo
Montage- FreeTempo
Ginga De Luscofusco- Zuco 103 (San Proper Mix)
Espero- Zuco 103 (Waft Corp Mix)

Candyman- DJ Cam feat Franck Black
Tightrope- Janelle Monae feat Big Boi
All Alone- Alice Russell (DJ Day meets Clutchy Hopkins Mix)
We Could Forever- Bonobo
Sélu- Rachid Taha
Birds- That 1 Guy & the Magic Pipe
Party on Plastic (What’s Bootsy Doin’)- Bootsy Collins
Leakin- Bootsy Collins
If Anyone Gets Funked Up….-George Clinton & P Funk All Stars feat Erick Sermon/MC Breed
**On Air Conversation w/Miss Kim Manning**
Ganja Street- Kim Manning
Make your Mind part 2- Mr Something Something
Medina Stepper- Jef Stott
Agean Dub- Jef Stott
*On air chat w/Chubby Wombat Moonalice(Roger McNamee)

Youngblood Brass Band Live

Man, did I not believe it when I heard the albums or what? Just like guest to the show and founder of the band David Skogan said in our interview on yesterdays show, the Youngblood Brass Band makes rhythms and brass beat you up and down with dancing feet and free jam sound. There is a mixture here in the live setting that allows the different styles to take off into their own, from the unknown nature of the jazz behind it all to the N’Orleans second line procession march rhythms all the way to the Michael Jackson covers and hip hop rhymes…..this is an act I would go see anytime anywhere. It was no wonder that local boy David and the band had a sold out High Noon Saloon to party with like it was a bunch of friends…and it was.

Take your bath to this…

There were some times during todays show that I could easily think many of you listeners were slipping into a bath and getting relaxed and lost with me. I want to thank you for cleaning me up some. I also want to thank David Skogen from Youndblood Brass Band (show tonight at the High Noon Saloon) and James McMurtry (Steel Bridge Songfest artist) for being live phone in pieces to this show’s puZZle.

Don Juan- Pierre de Gaillande
Sideshow- Mary Gauthier

Rehab- Keller & the Keels
Feet on the Ground- Cornmeal
Skateboard- Hillbilly Hellcats
Cabbage Diablo- the Ramblin’ Ambassadors
the One who got Away- Devil Doll
It is What it Is- Diane Durrett
It’s Hot in Here- EG Kight
Moped Momma- Little Rodger & Cheap Thrills
I Don’t Stutter- John McVey
Sunshine- Topaz & Mudphonic
All in a Day- Joe Strummer & the Mescaleros
Spooky Tina- Jackie Greene
Baby, What you Want me to do- Elvis Presley

Gimme Shelter- Angelique Kidjo feat. Joss Stone
Djalele- Elikeh
Trouble Sleep Yanga Wake AM-Baaba Maal/Taj Mahal feat. Kaouding Cissoko & Antibalas
Mananga- Steve Dyer
Johnny Cool Man- Toots & the Maytals feat. Derek Trucks
African Reggae Fever- Rocky Dawuni
Work- Zoro

Not so Simple- Groundation
Ace of Spades- Missy Andersen
Money- Sharon Jones & the DapKings
Funky Drummer Part 1&2-James Brown feat Clyde Stubblefield
Sell me More or Like you Just don’t Care- Youngblood Brass Band
**On Air conversation w/D.H. Skogen of Youngblood Brass Band**
Thanks- Youngblood Brass Band
Sweet Auburn Mishegas- 4th Ward Afro Klezmer Orchestra
Circus Downtown- Mad Juana
Concrete & Steel- Jane Wiedlin/Early Thomas
Leaving it all Behind- Todd Carey/Freedy Johnston/MelanieJane
**On Air Conversation with James McMurtry**
Freeway View- James McMurtry (live)
Dance to the Music- Sly & the Family Stone feat. Will.I.Am
Everyday People- Sly & the Family Stone feat. Maroon 5
Sundown- international Velvet feat. Mustafa Akbar
Higher to the Bass- Nate Mars
May Job (no Vox)- Kenautis Smith
Warrior- Declaime

Kalakuta- Mixmaster Mike w/Lateef & the Gift of Gab
The Road- Von Asma
The Antidote- Mr Something Something
Calor- Grupo Fantasma

Dreamworld:Marco de Canaveses- David Bynre & Caetano Veloso
Mi Gente- AB Quintanilla III & Kumbia Kings feat. Ozomatli
Tambo Lya- Ricardo Eddy Martinez
Aphrodite- Dave Pike
Two of You- Marco Benevento
Rescue Spreaders- Garage a Trois

Sinister Minister- Dorado
New feet- Luke Vajsar
Grandma’s Groove- Jame Shimabukuro
Erghen Diado- Yoshida Brothers
King of Bongo- Manu Negra
Tribute to Mr. Cool- Exodus Quartet
The Sound of Philadelphia- MFSB feat. the three Degrees
Faster- Janelle Monae
Rhythm & Poetry- Desdamona
Peace & Love- Resin Dogs
5th Base Girl- Roast Beef Curtains
No Woman No Cry- Xavier Rudd
Banjul Girl- Justin Adams/Juldeh Camara
6 A.M.- Moneybrother
Ride- Gayngs
Funk ‘N’ Bop- Mutiny
Milk Truck- the Julien Kasper Band

JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound

JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound brought it to the Terrace in such a hip soulful way tonight that I left the place not only in a buzz, but hearing a buzz coming from the crowd as we grooved past one another in front of the stage, by the lake and even on the way to the car. Little did I know that good friend, Mr Greenweedz was the nights MC of sorts. His on the spot word rhyming machine that keeps the interludes as fresh as the new sound this band creates. One part James Brown, one part Soul Train and one part Liquid Soul mixes up brings on a true reason to be happy that your soul survives. JC Brooks has the charm and presence that commands your attention, because you WANT to hear what he is sayin’ as he walks you into a song……The horns were tight and the guitar work ripped nasty…but Greenweedz in the moment rhyme attack put a hip hop hug on an already well wrapped musical package. One with a soul’s soul. I was happy to run into my old friend and glad to make more musical friends like JC and the band to encourage new ears to open up for…This is a band that realizes that soul music ain’t only just begun….but its always in it’s beginning stages. They have borrowed something from the great legends and added the right amount of themselves to be worthy of such danceable now times and look back times that’ll last decades. Speaking of making music that lasts…JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound had the pleasure, wait maybe it was our pleasure, of opening up this night for The Heavy.








Sound Arms around Ears.

A day off from my normal scene brought me into the studio for three hours and I was thankful to be able to wrap my impromptu sound arms around so many ears…

So What- Jerry Garcia/David Grisman/Tony Rice
Rehab- Keller & the Keels
Stofer’s Ramble- Cornmeal
Mary’s Kitchen- Old Crow Medicine Show
Barstool Boogie- Dan Hicks & the Acoustic Warriors (live)
A Blond Headed Girl (in a convertible automobile)- Sid Selvidge
Ghetto Girl- Lipbone Redding
Get Involved- George Soule
Family Affair-Sly & Family Stone w/John Legend/Joss Stone/Van Hunt
Love City- Sly & the Family Stone (Moby Mix)
H2O- Pimps of Joytime (DJ SMAHS MIX) with Cyril Neville
Tell Me Why- Rithma feat. Nica Brooke
Put the Sound Around me- Rithma feat. Nica Brooke
Through the Dirt- Mr. Something Something
Right to Complain- Trombone Shorty w/Marc Broussard

Well- Laura Reed & Deep Pocket (live)
Lonlon- Elikeh
Ekolo D’Amour- Salif Keita
Ujaheni- Soul Brothers

Everyone Deserves Music- Michal Franti (live)
Bang bang LuLu- North Mississippi All Stars
Ship of Fools- Jazz is Dead
The Beatdown- Gayngs
Pie Eyed Manc- Stanton Moore
Smokin’ Section- Organissimo
Extensions- John Patton
Armitage Shanks- The Claudia Quintet
Sonata for Violin & Turntables, Part 4-Daniel Bernard Roumain
Daraboukaton- Soulico
Move It- Balkan Beat Box
One- Declaime
Alone with You- Von Asma
Twisted- Nate Mars feat. Sissy

Got the Hunger?- Alice Russell ( J-Boogie’s Houston Mix)
Set the Children Free(Lenny B Inst Radio Mix)- Larry McDonald
Passing By- Carmen Rizzo feat. January Thompson
Rainbow in my Heart- V.M. Bhatt & Matt Malley

Hear with you

In the second part of the program, I was able to turn the grOOve up some and hEAR it from the artists themselves as we found out the who/whats that are going on at the Hoopee Jam with Music Matters Entertainment’s Terry Reeves. Jared Tanner, one of the cast members of the Broadway touring group, the LION KING, called in and we chatted about a side project happening called “Lion in the Library” and a group dubbed Quanda, helping to raise $$ for kids in South Africa to get backpacks and books to them. Rocker/songwriter Geri X called in to the show to share a tale about desert misery, talk briefly about herself and her new album “The Bedroom Sessions” and of course a large part of her bloodline, Steel Bridge Songfest was discussed heavily during the second portion of a five hour event on the waves of WSUM. Here’s what took place:

Yes we Can can- Davis Coen
Time to Blow- Crown Prince Waterford
Run Myself out of Town- the Holmes Brothers
I Just Keep Loving Her-Kenny Neal & Billy Branch
Dancing without Sound- NO Blues
**On air chat w/Miss Terry Reeves of Hoopee Jam**
Mr New Orleans- Jeremy Davenport w/Kermit Ruffins
Dubinland Carnival- John Ellis & Double Wide
Gold Lions- Fight the Bull w/Steve Bernstein

But you Can’t Run- Youngblood Brass Band
Is that a Riot?- Youngblood Brass Band
On your Way Down- Trombone Shorty w/Allen Toussaint
He’s got the Whole World in his Hands- George Porter Jr.
Space Station- John Patton
Dancing for the Queen of Bohemia-Eldad Tarmu Chamber Jazz Ensemble
House Party- the Funkmasters
Fur Turban- Michale Bellar As Is Ensemble
Element of Hope- Carmen Rizzo
Basa Bhagwaan- Sunny Jain

Rising- Somi
**On air chat w/Jared Tanner for “Lion in the Library“**
Externity(reprise)- EOTO
Party on the Bridge- James Hall & the Steel Bridge Gang
**On Air conversation with Geri X**
Above the Bed- Geri X
Monument- Geri X & Robby Schiller
Year of Explorers- the Magnificents
I’m no Good at all- Surprise me Mr Davis

Waking the alarm clock

Someone has to get up EARly enough to wake up the alarm clocks. I felt like some sort of AlarmBot this morning stumbling into the station. I started making radio at shortly after 7am and went until high noon. I am going to break this into two separate shows. In the second show, set list to follow….I was fortunate enought to interview Miss Terry Reeves (Hoopee Jam), Jared Tanner (Lion King, Lion in the Library), and Geri X (another fantastic member of the Steel Bridge Songfest family)…here’s what I did to wake up the alarm clocks for the rest of you:

Monorail- Cornmeal
This is Us- Mark Knopfler/Emmylou Harris
Kick it Open- Moonalice
Fillipino Box Spring Hog- Tom Waits
World’s Longest Hot Dog- Brother Dege
Bad Year Blues- Albert Castiglia
Seeing Things- pat mAcdonald
Mystery of Being- the Yardbirds (live)
Born in the 50’s- the Police (live)
John Henry- Van Morrison
Get Together- Keb Mo
Medicine- Jackie Greene
Dimestore Angel- Sid Selvidge

Peace Train- Tony Brown
the Temple- MT Zion Soundsystem
Yellow & Black Taxi Cab(Kamel Nitrate mix)-TransGlobal Underground
De la Fiesta Le Mejor- Combo Tiempos Nuevos
Hasta Siempre- Panchito
No Me Guardes Rencor- Sierra Maestra
Electric Boogaloo- Yerba Buena

Clap Yo’ Hands- Organissimo (live)
Dark Clouds Rain Soul- Breakestra
Better Things to do- Sharon Jones & the Dapkings
Gotta pay the Man- Laura Reed & Deep Pocket (live)
Shadow of Death Hotel- Barry Adamson
I’m Yours, You’re Mine- Morphine
Dita Dimone- Pop Levi
Yalla Yalla- Joe Strummer & the Mescaleros
Glass Tables- Zevious
King Queen- the Nels Cline Singers
Danger- Doug Wimbish
Gesdeut- Soft Machine
Tease- Greg Howe/Victor Wooten/Dennis Chambers
Got me a Black Woman- Tony Bunn

Truth & Salvage CO. Rock it!

After having a chance to listen to the new album (self titled and dropping May 25th on Silver Arrow Records) and connect up with Smitty for a phoner, I was pretty sure that I was going to be digging on some live Truth & Salvage CO. in Der Rathskeller and man was I ever hitting that nail on the head. They were to play outside on the Terrace but the weather forced us in…I only wonder what the experience would be like in front of the lake? The bands parts hail from diverse Southern and mid-Western backgrounds, but make up a sound that feels so real and true, like these cats were all brothers that have made these songs grow together as they grew up individually and added their pieces to the sounds and words. They have recently done tours with the Black Crowes (Chris Robinson produced the new album) and the Avett Brothers, this six piece band is lyrically clever and witty, while engaging the listeners into some backyard story telling at times. But the side of the band that caught my ear as the night moved on was the complete rockin’ side. The groups riveting set closer “Pure Mountain Angel” and a healthy rendition of the Band’s “Shape I’m in” still have my ass kicked, the boot mark on my jeans proves it. These guys are booking around playing out in many places, I hope you’ll get a chance to meet up with them and say hello. Maybe some of you will catch them at Bonaroo on June 11th, and they still have a couple of gigs on the schedule left with the Crowes coming up mid summer. Either way, look for Truth & Salvage CO. to be knocking on your I-Pod’s door sometime in the nEAR future with an “ADD ME” sign, and I hope you’ll oblige.







Earning my Nap Star

After today’s show, I will be aiming to earn my NAP star as the night out on Friday, coupled with the long work week just took a toll. However, I was happy to be able to share the time with so many ears, new ones and regulars……I also want to send out a special thank you to pat mAcdonald and Melaniejane who took the time to get up EARly on a Saturday morning to discuss “Purgatory Hill”, how that sound is created and of course, the Steel Bridge Songfest. Here is how it went down while my eyes were still open:

End of the Line- Randall Bramblett
Hail Hail- Truth & Salvage Co.
Grave- 30db
It’s Been so Long- AM
Keep off the Dunes- Undersea Poem
Playground Hustle- the Do
Sweet Child o’Mine- PROJECT trio

What’s he Building- Tom Waits
Closet Disco Dancer- Red Elvises
Duct Tape- Imaginary Johnny
Unstoppable- Foxy Shazam
Hold on Tight- Jamie McLean

Bo’s Guitar- Bo Diddley
On the Road to Charlie Parker- Anders Osborne
Midnight Rider-the Radiators w/Gregg Allman (live)
Send a Gram- Parliment w/Jessica Cleaves
Who in the Funk do you Think you are- Sly Stone (demo)
Ile Ife- Catalyst
Backbeating- Chris Joss
Honey Burger’s Grill(new Mix)- Skeebo Knight
Brazilian Heat- Mose Davis
Backatown- Trombone Shorty
Come Get Summa This- the Funkmasters
Space Beats- Resin Dogs
Fanfare- Soft Machine
All White- Soft Machine
Sphinx- The Claudia Quintet with Gary Versace
Drops of Rain- Satch Hoyt

Jijy- Big Blue Ball
Holy Water- Tom Tom Club
Crumbs off the table- RJD2 feat. Aaron Livingston
Up From the South- the Budos Band
Big Apple Boogaloo- Brooklyn Funk Essentials
L’air du Camargue- Tierra Negra & Muriel Anderson
Los Hongos de Marose- Juana Molina
Shake Well- pat mAcdonald
Reset me Lord- Purgatory Hill
**Conversation with pat mAcdonald & Melaniejane**
Blues of Sin/Babylove- Purgatory Hill

pat and melaniejane

Mutha May Day

I had to park four blocks further away today…on my walk in to do the show, I (1) got involved in a March of Dimes walk (2) had a detour into a Mifflin Street Block Party and (3) well, three is yet to be remembered. I want to thank Bill “Smitty” Smith of the group Truth & Salvage CO. for making some time to talk about their upcoming show in Madison on 5/8, the debut album produced by Chris Robinson of the Black Crowes (and they have the first album on the Crowes label Silver Arrow) and their recent tour with the Avett Brothers. It was one Mutha of a May Day…here’s what I put into your ears:

Fear of Nothing- the Contribution
Nantahala- Beat Circus
Have you ever been(to Electric Ladyland)-the Jimi Hendrix Experience
Lonesome Gods- Moonlight Wranglers
Trouble in Mind- Hot Tuna (live)
My Babe- Elvis Presley
When- King Johnson
Sissyfuss- Surprise me Mr. Davis
Hurricane Season- Trombone Shorty

Blast!- Marcus Miller
Oh Shizzney- the Macpodz
Watermelon Man- Herbie Hancock
Rainbow in my Heart- V.M. Bhatt & Matt Malley
Tell Her She’s Lovely- Brownout
Spaghetti Circus- Still Going
one of my days- the Floydian Propulsion Project
Steeplechase(sittin’ on 22’s)-Charlie Parker(Dan the Automator Mix)
No Quarter Dub- DJ Spooky w/Golden Hornet Project
Jerry’s got a Squeezebox- Red Elvises
I don’t Believe you- the Len Price 3
Bright Lady Light- Univox

She Really Does it for me- Truth & Salvage CO.
**On Air chat w/”Smitty” of Truth & Salvage CO.**
Rise Up- Truth & Salvage CO.
Can’t Come with You- Seth Walker
Eres Bella Flor- Sones de Mexico Ensemble
Durga Suktam + Mahishasura- Ravi Shankar