The Wood Would

The first portion of this week’s proGram knew if the wood could chuck, it sure wood…and it would get thrown like this:

Abraço do Gringo- Andrew Finn Magill Ft. Mike Marshall
Pesadelo- Andrew Finn Magill
Djangology- Tommy Emmanuel Ft. Frank Vignola & Vinny Raniolo
Sittin’ on the Dock of the Bay- Tommy Emmanuel Ft. JD Simo

Heartbreak Coming Down- Great Peacock
Hideaway- Great Peacock

So Good- The Shacks
Grow Some- Kathy & The Kilowatts
Not My Problem- Meg Williams
Stinly Twinky- JJ Vicars
Chariot Gate- Rockwell Avenue Blues Band Ft. Steve Freund, Tad Robinson & Ken Saydak
Time to Collect- Peter V Blues Band

Country Boy- Logan Richardson
Rebels Rise- Logan Richardson
Anthem (to human justice)- Logan RIchardson
Spike- Roosevelt Collier

Hear My Train A Comin’- Jimi Hendirx (4/9/69)
Leopard Skin Pill Box Hat- John Mellencamp (live)
Rainy Day Women #12 & 35- Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers (live)
Ain’t That Lovin’ You- The Derek Trucks Band w/Larry McCray & Jimmy Herring (live 12/22/99)
Laughin’ or Crying- The Wood Brothers
***Excerpt of Pre-Recorded Conversation with Chris Wood***
River Takes The Town- The Wood Brothers
Girl Flavored Gum- The Need
Turn On Your Love Light- Jane Lee Hooker
18 Miles to Memphis- Stray Cats
Journey of the Sorcerer- The Blue Giant Zeta Puppies
Fillet of Soul- Alex Skolnick
Too Stoned- Groovesession

Chris Wood of The Wood Brothers

While brothers Chris and Oliver Wood have been rooted in music since early in their childhood, clearly at times they have made such different types of music over the years, but the influences of their early lives brings them back when The Wood Brothers create together. The storytelling and unique sounds have been gaining all sorts of musical momentum over the years and have included the stages of many a great place, with great people. Now that they are more of the final act on many of those stages, we get an album to match. The Wood Brothers’ sixth outing, “One Drop of Truth”, dives headfirst into a deep wellspring of sounds, styles and influences. Whereas their previous outings have often followed a conceptual and sonic through-line, here the long-standing trio featuring brothers Oliver and Chris along with Jano Rix treat each song as if it were its own short film. So, grab some popcorn and beer and tune in.

I had the chance to chat once again with friend of the proGram, Mr. Chris Wood about the upcoming SOLD OUT show at the Majestic Theater in Madison on April 12th, with the wonderful Nicki Bluhm opening. We talked about what to expect this time around at the live event as well as dissecting a couple of the tracks on the new release. Chris talks about how working with a variety of artists and art taps into the creative spirit of this band, and we spend a little time talking about Mr. John Scofield in particular as I had just spoke to John about playing with MMW an hour earlier.

Chris Wood

Kevin Ford of Chicago Afrobeat Project

After roughly 15 years, hundreds of tour dates, and four studio releases, Chicago Afrobeat Project has found ways of interpreting afrobeat through American urban sounds. Through it all, CAbP has been at the center of the emergence of the North American afrobeat scene and they are constantly focused on keeping the foundation of the music and creative pallet the same but they are always an ever-evolving force. As we sit in 2018, the changes and interpretations of old into new should open ears and minds of a wider audience base, so when you get the chance, take it.

I had the chance to chat with Kevin Ford, keyboardist/producer, about the upcoming show on April 7th at The Sett at the University of Wisconsin (Madison). We shape the image of what someone who has no clue what a Chicago Afrobeat Project will present to them at the show. While the goal of the show is to get down and have a great time, the event is definitely a conscious party. We get into the making of the new release “What Goes Up” Ft. the legend, Mr. Tony Allen and how getting to work and perform with Mr. Allen kept the band on it’s musical toes. We also learn what Kevin is listening to these days and how that could easiler turn into a wild DJ set duo with the two of us.

Chicago Afrobeat Project Full Band

In The Frontground

The second portion of the Sunday morning “toe-knuckle in the jazzy bucket” proGram had the front view with a promising backdrop:

Gina’s Groove- Jeff Hamilton Trio (live)
Bennissimo- Jeff Hamilton Trio (live)
Consternation- The Reggie Pittman & Loren Daniels Quartet
Straight Up- The Reggie Pittman & Loren Daniels Quartet
Notes for Nostalgia- Perry Smith Quintet
Lullaby For Freedom- Perry Smith Quintet
Monk’s World- Perry Smith Quintet

Think About It- Bill Frisell
Rambler- Bill Frisell
Lost Memories- Andreas Varady
Radio Joint- Andreas Varady
Outro- Andreas Varady
Prelude to Freedom/Troubled Waters- James Weidman
Wade in the Water- James Weidman
No Hiding Place- James Weidman

The Making Of You- Jamie Saft
Human/Gates- Jamie Saft
Po’ Boy- Jamie Saft

Time is a Sphere- Counterweight
Ergot- Counterweight

Pam Pim Pam Pum- Miguel de Armas Quartet
Rumba on Kent Street- Miguel de Armas Quartet Ft. Alexandre Laborde
A Song For My Little Son- Miguel de Armas Quartet Ft. Elmer Ferrer
The Attic- Joshua Trinidad
Feathers- Joshua Trinidad
Iconograph- Dave Liebman, Adam Rudolph & Tatsuya Nakatani
Present Time- Dave Liebman, Adam Rudolph & Tatsuya Nakatani
The Simple Truth- Dave Liebman, Adam Rudolph & Tatsuya Nakatani

Feelin’ Alright- Calle Mambo Project
The Way You Move- Calle Mambo Project
The Source- The Lao Tizer Band
Don’t Start Lyin’ to me Now- Hart, Scone & Albin

Click Bike

The first portion of this Sunday morning “toe-knuckle” in the jazzy bucket proGram rode it’s way to this:

A Quiet Walk In The Snow- Pauline Frechette
Follow My Heart- Pauline Frechette Ft. Stewart Cole
Bellow- Moira Smiley
Worried Now- Moira Smiley
The New You- Alina Engibaryan
Shut it Up- Sirintip

Samba For Django- Benji Kaplan
Roger Kilowatt- George Khan
Belo’s Bellow- Dan Pugach Nonet
You Eat My Food, You Drink My Wine, You Steal My Girl!- Leslie Pintchik
Skit: Freedom in the Studio- Jay Phelps
Spread- Jay Phelps
FAB outro (Batata)- Jay Phelps

Exultation- Scatter The Atoms That Remain
The Theme- Miles Davis & John Coltrane (live)
Oleo- Miles Davis & John Coltrane (live)
Om Rama- Alice Coltrane
Disappearing- Billy Martin
Electric Ascnesion OrkestrockinRova- Rova Channeling Coltrane
The Nail Will Burn- the Thing

My Queen is Harriet Tubman- Sons of Kemet
Libation (For My Ancestors)- Corcoran Holt
Smile- Corcoran Holt
NW- Corcoran Holt

Dat Dere- Robert Kennedy
Do You Know a Good Thing (When You See One?)- Robert Kennedy
What Have You Done?- Wynton Marsalis Septet (live:Lincoln Center Gala)

Twin Peeks

The extra portion of the reGularly scheduled program gave us more to see than usually meets the eye:

Cair Paravel- Becky Buller
The Rebel and the Rose- Becky Buller Ft. Sam Bush
Watson Blues- Tommy Emmanuel Ft. David Grisman & Bryan Sutton
C Jam Blues- Tommy Emmanuel Ft David Grisman & Bryan Sutton
Deep River Blues- Tommy Emmanuel Ft. Jason Isbell

All Aboard- Del McCoury Band (live 9/22/2016)
***Pre-recorded conversation with Mr. Del McCoury***
To Make Love Sweeter For You- Del McCoury Band
How Long (until I See The Sun Again)- Birch Pereira & The Gin Joints
As Long As I Live- Birch Pereira & The Gin Joints
Like a Rocket- Elliott Murphy
Give it All Up For Good- The Claudettes
Taco Night Material- The Claudettes

Souvenirs- Michael Gregory Jackson
Exit 16- Roosevelt Collier
Stepping Stone-Jimi Hendrix (11/18/1969)

You Don’t Drink Enough- Breezy Rodio
Not Going To Worry- Breezy Rodio
Give Me A Holler- Teresa James & The Rhythm Tramps

Broadway Avenue- Dragondeer
Acid Mountain- Moon Hooch
(She Got me) Wang Dang Doodle- Arthur Alexander
I’ll Get Your Love Someday- Arthur Alexander
Green Hill Zone- Escaper
Dystopia- Progger

Storm Drained

The second portion of the proGram had been fully drained….no swamp needed:

Balla Balla- Brazilian Girls
Let’s Make Love- Brazilian Girls
Go Out More Often- Brazilian Girls
One More Thing- Sango
Marfa Sunset- Dungen & Woods

9am- Bekon
Catch Me if You Can- Bekon
4am- Bekon

Relationship (Skit)- PRhyme
Sunflower Seeds-PRhyme Ft. Novel & Summer of ’96

Downtown- Emapea
Chillin’ Hard- Emapea
Funk It Up- Emapea
The Offering- Darkhouse Family
Modaji Suite- Darkhouse Family
Journey to Love- Darkhouse Family Ft. Vanity Jay
Prelude for a Madman- Cut Chemist Ft. Dntel
Madman- Cut Chemist
Plains- Cut Chemist

Flight (remix)- Lusterlit
Kofi Nomad- Jessica Lauren
La Corbata Barata- Orquesta Akokán
Gamma Riddem- Miraa May


Lake Flow A Go

The first portion of today’s marathonG program started off with a melt and go approach:

Fire on the Mountain- Roots of Creation Ft. Stephen Marley, Marlon Asher
Deal- Roots of Creation Ft. The Aggrolites, Melvin Seals
Shakedown Street Dub- Roots of Creation Ft. Melvin Seals
Hustle- Brother Jerome

We Need More Love- Freddie McGregor
Press Along Nyah- Glen & Dave
Shabby Attack- Sly & Robbie & Dubmatix
Ruff House- Sly & Robbie & Dubmatix

In Pursuit of Shai Hulud- The Sorcerers
Kaushi Kanra in Vilambit Tintal- Alam Khan Ft. Indranil Mallick
Kaushi Kanra in Drut Tintal- Alam Khan Ft. Indranil Mallick
Khafa (up in Arms)- Kiran Ahluwalia
Kuch Aur (Something Else)- Kiran Ahluwalia
Song of the Birds- Karavan Sarai

Puppets- Shokazoba
Dem Militarize Democracy- Femi Kuti
Na Thier Way Be That- Femi Kuti
Crystal Ball- Dingonek Street Band
Chaka Chaka- Thornato Ft. Bajah)
No Problem- Thornato Ft. Kongo Elektro & Zongo Abongo

Soul Meeting- Gianni Dell’Orso & Gianni Oddi
Crociera Verso Il Sud- Bruno Zambrini
Porto Cammelli- Silvano D’Auria

Kirie- gEoRgEtTe
Maga Bo- No Balanço da Canoa (Chico Correa Remix)
Sika Blawa- Afroelectro

Spending time with Del McCoury

Mr. Del McCoury has had a long career in bluegrass. Although originally hired as banjo player, he sang lead vocals and played rhythm guitar for Bill Monroe’s Blue Grass Boys in 1963, with whom he first appeared on the Grand Ole Opry. In the 1980s his sons began performing with him. Fiddler Tad Marks and bass player Mike Brantley joined the group in early 1990s. They relocated to Nashville, Tennessee as they began to attract attention. Fiddler Jason Carter and bassist Mike Bub joined in 1992. Alan Bartram joined the band as bassist in 2005. Mr. McCoury became a member of the Grand Ole Opry in October 2003 and has influenced a great number of bands, including Phish, with whom he has shared the stage several times and who have covered his songs. He has also performed with The String Cheese Incident and Donna the Buffalo, and recorded with Steve Earle. Mr. McCoury has covered songs by artists as diverse as The Lovin’ Spoonful, Tom Petty, and Richard Thompson and has appeared at festivals including Bonnaroo, High Sierra, the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, The Telluride Bluegrass Festival, and the Newport Folk Festival. In 2008, Mr. McCoury started DelFest, an annual bluegrass festival in Cumberland, Maryland, held at the Allegany County Fairgrounds with the Del McCoury Band plays every night at each of the festivals.

I had the honor of chatting with Mr. McCoury to support the April 21st show at the Stoughton Opera House. We spent time talking about the history of Bluegrass music, from when he started to where it is now. We got into a discussion about his soon to be released album, “Del McCoury Still Sings Bluegrass” will drop this May 25th, smack dab in the middle of Delfest and along side the release of his son’s group, The Travlin’ McCoury’s new release. We spoke about his work with Jerry Lee Lewis and friend of the proGram, Mr. David “Dawg” Grisman. We even get a little insight as to the first time Mr. McCoury met up with Jerry Garcia and what could have become of it if Jerry was a little less shy.

It is always a treat to speak with the greats, and in this case, it sure did not disappoint.

Mr. Del McCoury

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