The Green Lentil

The final portion of the proGram this week was the final ingredient to the soup in the making.

Medley: Give Up The Funk/Flashlight/One Nation Under A Groove/Atomic Dog- George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic with Mary J. Blige (live)
Rock Me baby- B.B. King/Trey Anastasio/The Roots (live)
Hello New Orleans- Shamarr Allen
***pre-recorded conversation with Shamarr Allen***
The Hills- Shamarr Allen
I Can’t Wait To Meetchu- Macy Gray (live)
Green Screen- Club d’Elf Ft. John Medeski (live at Cub Helsinki)
Power Plant- Club d’Elf Ft. John Medeski (live at Club Helsinki)
Freeway- Scapegoat Wax
Freeway Beat- Scapegoat Wax
An Interlude- DJ Logic
Michelle- DJ Logic
Bad Commando- Rema
Lovely- Atmosphere Ft. Nikki Jean
Comfortable- Moods Ft. HIGH HØØPS {Kraak & Smaak Hangmat Remix}

Where Far Met Out

The middle portion of the proGram had some real long jams that gave the right amount of time for all points to meet up somewhere near the middle:

National- Doctor Dan’s Music Show
Stranger In My Own Home Town- Elvis Presley
Idle Hands- Frank Bey
Feels So Good- Betty Fox Band

Hey Pocky Way- Joe Marcinek Band Ft. George Porter Jr. & Melvin Seals (live at the Fox)
Shakedown Street- Joe Marcinek Band Ft. Melvin Seals & George Porter Jr. (live at the Fox)

I Second That Emotion- Jerry Garcia & Merl Saunders (live: 12 1/23/1973 The Boarding House, SF)
How Sweet it Is (To Be Loved By You)- Jerry Garcia & Merl Saunders (live: 12 1/23/1973 The Boarding House, SF)

They Call Me Velvet- Alan Evans Trio Ft. Beau Sasser & Danny Mayer (live)
Ain’t It Funky Now- Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio
Between The Mayo and the Mustard- Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio
Louder Than A Bomb- Brownout
Fight The Power- Brownout
Bring the Noise- Brownout

Field Rolled

The first piece of this week’s proGram is wondering when all this growing got rolled up into one, errr two:

Goodbye Daughters of the Revolution- The Black Crowes (live)
St. Andrew’s Hall- Blind Melon
Hanging On The Telephone- Blondie
Till Victory- Patti Smith Group
I’m The Slime- Frank Zappa
Power To The People- Motihari Brigade
All These Kids Are Way Too High- Low Cut Connie
Ring The Alarm- Black Dub
Collapse- Soul Coughing
Nightmare Theme- Nolan Potter’s Nightmare Band
Caberfae Peaks- Nolan Potter’s Nightmare Band
Elf Curse- Nolan Potter’s Nightmare Band

Reverend Jack and his Roamin Cadillac Church- TIMBUK3 (Austin City Limits Live 1/27/1989)
Too Much Sex, Not Enough Affection- TIMBUK3 (Austin City Limits Live 1/27/1989)

The Fun Way Works For Shamarr Allen

Shamarr Allen is the definition of New Orleans! Hailing from the Lower 9th Ward of New Orleans, he has influences in jazz, hip-hop, rock, funk rhythms, blues and country. He is the lead vocalist and trumpeter of his band “Shamarr Allen & The Underdawgs.” In addition to performing with his band, Allen has collaborated with many renowned artists around the world such as Willie Nelson, Patti LaBelle, Galatic, Harrick Connick Jr, and Lenny Kravitz, to name a few. He is a sought after artist for festivals and venues around the world. In addition to displaying his skills on the front-line as a lead performer, he is also a music composer, writer, and producer. With a scintillating and unique sound, look, and exemplary talents, Shamarr Allen transcends musical boundaries. He is the True Orleans experience!

I had a chance to catch up with Shamarr ahead of the January 9th, 2020 show in Madison at the Majestic Theater opening for G Love & Special Sauce. We get into what the party might be like when Shamarr Allen & the Underdawgs bring their flavor of New Orleans to town, and how words can only do a slight justice to the experience of sharing a live show toGether. We talk about how he is able to take so many of the sounds he likes as a music listener and layer that into the traditional New Orleans sounds to pave his own path, to separate himself from others… I’d say it has worked out well as he played for President Obama, worked with many greats (we talk about how Willie Nelson‘s people contacted him) and keeps his focus on the “play” part of playing his music.

SA Tegri News Aamty Kazakhstan

Melted Freshness

The final portion of the musical proGramming for this day got its delivery on the front stoop and turned into a tasty delight:

Christmas Cookies- G. Love & Special Sauce
Christmas Boogie- G. Love & Special Sauce
Your Funky Christmas- George Porter Jr.
(Everybody’s Waitin’ For) The Man With the Bag- Black Prairie Ft. Sallie Ford
Blue Christmas- Heartless Bastards
Xmas Eve (she got up and left me)- Rancid
Santa’s Pissed Off- Andy Dick & The Bitches of the Century
Santa’s Coming- Hoobastank
A Very Mullet Christmas- The Shout
Christmas Eve Jitters- SpongeBob SquarePants
Naked Christmas- Cousin Oliver
Elf on The Shelf 2019 (Rent-a-Car remix)- Elf On The Shelf
White Christmas- The Flaming Lips
Double 0 Santa- Seks Bomba
Eggnog- Rory McBrides
Santa Claus- The Waistcoats
Silent Night- The Weisstronauts
Clint Frostwood- Chillaz
Jingle Bells- Bing Crosby w/London Symphony Orchestra Ft. Puppini Sisters
O Tannenbaum- Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis Ft. Aretha Franklin
Cool Yule- Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis Ft. Catherine Russell

Auld Lang Syne- Buru Style

Dreaming Of A White Tractor

The second portion of the music for this day proGram will do what it takes to keep that snow cold away:

Santa Claus Needs Some Lovin’- The Soul Of John Black
Ain’t No Chimneys in the Projects- Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings
Ho Ho Ho (Santa’s Gotta Go)- Smoota & Meah Pace
Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer- Sparkplug
Secret Santa- Here Come The Mummies
Got to Get You Under My Tree- Rhythm Express & Heavyweight Brass Band Ft. Maiko
A Very Funky Christmas- Redtenbacher’s Funkestra
Ding Dong Merrily on High- Redtenbacher’s Funkestra
greenarrowradio holiday promo- Vaneese Thomas
Peace And Goodwill- Vaneese Thomas
Blues On Christmas- Grady Champion
Santa Claus Is Gonna Make It Right- The Reverend Shawn Amos
Please Come Home for Christmas- Chuck Leavell
I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus- The BlueBeaters
Funky Santa- Michele D’amour and the Love Dealers
Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree- Mindi Abair & The Boneshakers
Run Run Rudolph- Mindi Abair & The Boneshakers
Boogie Woogie Santa- Maria Muldaur (live)
Christmas Mornin’- Dan Hicks And The Hot licks
Somebody Stole My Santa Claus Suit- Dan Hicks And The Hot Licks
Merry Christmas Baby- Elvis Presley
Rudolph- Howlin’ Bill

The Day Of Today

The first part of this day of today went this a way:

Elf on The Shelf 2019 (Rent-a-Car remix)- Elf On The Shelf
Hanukkah On Amdromeda- Lard Dog & the Band of Shy

Twinkle (Little Christmas Lights)- JD McPherson
Christmas Weekend- Los Straitjackets
Frosty The Snowman- Los Straitjackets
Little Drummer Boy- Joan Jett & The Blackhearts
All I Want For Christmas Is You- The Dollyrots
Santa, You Owe Me- Antigone Rising
Christmas In Prison- John Prine (live)
All I Want Is Truth (For Christmas)- The Mynabirds
Winter Wonderland- Valerie June
Blue Christmas- The Record Company
Deck the Halls (with Boughs of Holly)- Langhorne Slim
Donuts In The Snow- The Reverend Horton Heat
Santa Baby- Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats
The Mistletoe And Me- Isaac Hayes
Winter Wonderland- Booker T. & The M.G.’s
Holiday Love- Tuxedo
Merry Christmas, Baby- CeeLo Green Ft. Rod Stewart & Trombone Shorty

Inside And Down

An extra set was on the proGram books with all sounds found from within the spaces and places one may not always bee aware of:

Itous Ohar- Tinariwen Ft. Cass McCombs
My Hawaii- The Green Ft. Sean Na’auao, Kaumakaiwa, Kumu Hina
Puriya Makuta- Dawn Drake Ft. Aashish Khan & Zapote

What’s The Weather- On-Ly
Nutha One- JK Group
The 63- Proto Moro
Orquídea (Sampology Remix)- Quantic Ft. Sly5thAve

Indulging In Such- Robert Glasper
PRINCE- Jon Batiste (Live at the Village Vanguard)
KENNER- Jon Batiste (Live at the Village Vanguard)

Blood Money- Aaron Lebos Reality
The Touch Of Her Vibe- John Bailey

A Colorful And Fungi

The final portion of the proGram took what we see every day and added the new sounds and senses to it all:

Some Things Are Not Known- Euforquestra
Nothing But Trouble- Shamarr Allen
The Sky Sings- Sefi Zisling Ft. Layla Moallem, Jasmin Moallem & Kerendun
Groovin’ Hard (Song for Roy)- Saskia Laroo
Movin’ & Groovin’- Saskia Laroo Ft. Warren Byrd & Alexander Beets

Scheming- The Jazz Defenders
Brown Down- The Jazz Defenders
Hawkeye Jorge- The Jazz Defenders
Here We Go- David Whitman
Rear View- David Whitman

Hi Lo- Amendola vs. Blades

The Jam In The Yard

The middle portion of the proGram was laying down next to many, but it seems only a few could really see it all:

Stomp and Holler- Hard Working Americans (live: Warren’s Benefit, Vol 16)
Cinnamon Girl- Gov’t Mule Ft. Jackie Greene (live: Warren’s Benefit, Vol 16)
Tonight’s the Night- Gov’t Mule Ft. Jackie Greene (live: Warren’s Benefit, Vol 16)

Elf on The Shelf 2019 (Rent-a-Car remix)- Elf on The Shelf
The System-> Jerry Garcia & Merl Saunders (Live: 12 1/23/1973 The Boarding House, S.F.)
Honey Chile- Jerry Garcia & Merl Saunders (Live: 12 1/23/1973 The Boarding House, S.F.)
Get Out Of My Life Woman- Joe Marcinek Band Ft. George Porter Jr & Melvin Seals (Live at the Fox)

Sanctifunkious- Dave Specter
Life Is Crazy- Mike Mattison
Rivera Mountain- Col Nolan & The Soul Syndicate
By the Time I Get to Phoenix- Col Nolan & The Soul Syndicate

Feed The Iron Baby

The first portion of this week’s proGram had a tight grip on how to get those essential life-force liquids in:

Four Dreams #I. The Dream Of The Sun, Moon and Stars- Apollo Chamber Players
All Babies Must Cry- Rhiannon Giddens & Sxip Shirey
My Main Man Santa- Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks
One Night- Elvis Presley
It’s Hard to Live in This Old World- Rev Harvey Gates
The Price of Love- Rev Harvey Gates
Keep Your Faith In The Sky- Willie Scott & The Birmingham Spirituals

Asleep and Awake- Doctor Dan’s Music Show
Good Friend- Wildmen Bluesband

That’s Alright Mama- Green Leaf Rustlers (live)
Trouble Every Day- Frank Zappa

Star Birth

The final portion of this week’s proGram knew when the moments were its first firsts:

Believe In This- The Expert
Ravensdale- The Expert
Final Steps- The Expert

Ti-Petard Allard- Mélisande [électrotrad]
Smoke In C Minor- Claudio Scolari Project

Ice Age- Don Karate
De La Kufi- Brother Ali Ft. Talib Kweli
**pre-recorded conversation with Brother Ali**
Red- Brother Ali Ft. Evidence
Greatest That Never Lived- Brother Ali

In In In- Zebra Katz
Black Moon- Calibro 35 Ft. MEI
Fake It Till You Make It- Calibro 35
1937- Bossacucanova & Roberto Menescal
Vou Nessa- Bossacucanova & Roberto Menescal

These Colors Are There

he middle portion of the proGram sees what is not always seen. Just keep on looking…keep yourself cooking and take a a moment to observe:

Fight Am Finish- Antibalas
All You Need Is Air- London Afrobeat Collective
Walk Alone- London Afrobeat Collective

The Hills- Shamarr Allen
Go Crazy- G. Love & Special Sauce Ft. Keb’ Mo’
***pre-recorded conversation with G. Love***
SoulBQue- G. Love & Special Sauce Ft. Roosevelt Collier
Did Mark Murphy Believe In UFOs- Tony Adamo
Ma’at (Each Man)- Jah9
greenarrowradio/Just Give Dem The Light (World Premiere Promo)– MC ZULU
Just Give Dem The Light- MC ZULU
Blaze- IllBilly Hitec Ft. Kinetical & Parly B)
State of Emergency (RSD Dub)- IllBilly Hitec Ft. Longfingah/Lady N

Generation X- Werkha
C.O.N.F.O.R.M.- DJ Shadow Ft. The Gift of Gab, Lateef the Truth Speaker & Infamous Taz
Been Used Ta- DJ Shadow Ft. Pusha T

Still In Use

The first portion of today’s proGram reminded us that even if it look done, there’s plenty who still can find a reason for it:

Roll On Blues- Sideline
Twister’s Devil Dance- Sideline

Mother Lover- Angel Forrest
Looking Glass- Angel Forrest
Strange Train- Robert Randolph (live PASTE studio 12/4/2019)
Joy Bells Ringing- Robert Randolph (live PASTE studio 12/4/2019)
Soul Drop- Dave Specter Ft. Liquid Soul Horns

We’ve Got The Music- Southern Avenue
Keep On- Southern Avenue

***pre-recorded conversation with Ori Naftaly of Southern Avenue**
Switchup- Southern Avenue
Playafool- Shakewell
Sex Machine- Jack Mack & The Heart Attack (live Centennial Park ATL 1996)

Loumandja- Lakou Mizik Ft. Jon Cleary
Lakou Mizik Grann- Lakou Mizik Ft. Lost Bayou Ramblers

Elf On The Shelf (2019 Rent-A-car remix)- Elf On The Shelf

Sharing That Juice With G Love

G. Love & Special Sauce is a three member alternative, blues, hip hop band originally from Philadelphia. G. Love proudly describes himself as a road dog who “will be touring until I fall off the earth” and plans to keep on pushing with Special Sauce from stage to stage. Whether Love Saves The Day makes one dollar or a million isn’t a big concern to him. It stands as a huge success because he made the gritty, honest album that he intended by “keeping it raw, keeping it immediate, keeping it real.” It’s an approach that he has honed over the years: “be original and be true to what you do.”

A longtime friend of the proGram, Garrett A.K.A. G. Love will be heading back to Madison on January 9th at the Majestic Theater with Shamarr Allen. Over the years, Garrett and I have talked many times, about many albums and upcoming shows (and defintely some hoops). This time we get into his soon to be released album “The Juice” produced by Keb’ Mo’ and put out there by his very own “Philadelphonic Records” imprint. We dive into that relationship and how the tweaks of working differently on a new project can take off in n upward direction. It was exciting to hear (and sounded exciting for Garrett to say) how this project changed him as a songwriter and after a few listens, I can easily hear that extra “juice” on these new tracks. We talk about collaborating and collaborators, recent nuptials and no plans on retiring now. Find out what three tracks off the new release Garrett would pack into a set-list for you and just what is “The Juice” anyways……here’s a hint….we all have it.

Photo: Kaelan Barowsky via G. Love

Southern Avenue Brings Many Shades of Blue

On their self-titled 2017 Stax Records debut album, the boundary-breaking Memphis group Southern Avenue sparked a one-band musical revolution, embodying an effortlessly organic soul/blues/R&B fusion that reflects the band members’ diverse roots as well as their deep commitment to their own style. On their second album Keep On, set for released inn May via Concord Records, the dynamic outfit expands its gritty musical vision to embrace new musical challenges and a more expansive creative vision and includes guest appearances by Stax legend William Bell and renowned bass player Marc Franklin, to help flesh things out.. Combining the talents of a set of young musicians who bring their individual backgrounds and skill sets to create music that carries the Southern soul legacy into the 21st century, Southern Avenue showcases the powerful chemistry and electrifying live show that they’ve honed through extensive stage and studio experience. Since the release of their debut, Southern Avenue has played in over a dozen countries and wowed audiences at such festivals as Bonnaroo, Firefly, Electric Forest and Lockn’.

I had an opportunity to speak with the bad’s guitarist Ori Naftaly ahead of their January 17th event at the Majestic Theater toGether with North Mississippi Allstars. Ori and I paint the picture of who will be giving what on that evening. We do a compare and contrast between the 2017 self titled album and the hot new release and how they both took shape and form. It is easy to talk about making unique music with many artists but I found it really interesting to hear how Ori finds the band’s sound influences the listeners around the globe versus when it is shared around the Mississippi River areas. Ori and the band are super excited to be out on the road officially with NMAS for a few dates and he opens the door to the information that they are working on a couple of new tracks with Luther and Cody. Stay tuned in!!!!

Photo by: David_McClister

Feel The Real With Brother Ali

Over the past 20 years, Brother Ali has earned wide critical acclaim for his deeply personal, socially conscious, and inspiring brand of hip-hop. Under Rhymesayers Entertainment, he’s unleashed a series of lauded projects, establishing himself as one of the most respected independent voices in music. His latest and surprise release ‘Secrets & Escapes’ is a compendium of his time with Evidence over the course of three trips to California, recording in a Venice garage with no regard for pleasing the internet or competing with the music industry. Ev chopped up records on old-school samplers and ran them through a compressor (2 track) so they couldn’t be re-arranged or mixed. Brother Ali sat with the mic and spit rhymes as they came to him, without writing or organizing them into songs. Ev smoked a lot of weed, Ali prayed a lot, and their influences on each other can be heard in the recordings. Every time they made something that reminded them of what they’ve become known for, they threw it away and started something new. Talib Kweli, Pharoahe Monch and CS Armstrong all came through to bless the project with contributions too. This album is two friends making rap music for no other reason than because it’s what they love to do

I had the pleasure of chatting with Brother Ali ahead of his 12/18 stop back “home” in Madison at the Majestic Theater. We get into what someone unfamiliar with him can expect from that evening, the range of emotion and celebration that one feels at his shows is vast. We get into the seed to flower of his latest release and how it all of a sudden was there…..contrary to the process of creating it. I think the one thing that rings true when you listen to Brother Ali in this conversation, is the reality of the real and the feelings we feel can be done in your way, this is his.

Blink Of The Eye

The final portion of the proGram held the lens still until the moment when the eyes did their own thing:

Badger Parade- The Expert
Suede Shoulders- The Expert
Profiteroles- The Expert

Louisiana Sky- The John Popper Project Ft. DJ Logic
Who Am I?- DJ Logic
***pre-recorded conversation with DJ Logic***
Tih Gnob- DJ Logic
French Quartet- DJ Logic
Glad to Be Unhappy (DJ Logic Remix)- Billie Holiday
Dark Side of the Heart- DJ Shadow Ft. Fantastic Negrito & Jumbo Is Dr.Ama
Rain On Snow- DJ Shadow Ft. Inspectah Deck, Ghostface Killah & Raekwon
H2o- Leaf Erikson Ft. Blue Raspberry

Eleven Toes- Masok
Maybe Not- Masok

I’ll Put Pants On- Horne Electric band
He Fixes The Cable- Horne Electric band

Invasion- Death By Dub

Is This Your Moon?

The second portion of the proGram looked to the starts for all the questions:

Big Easy Dreams- The Eminent Stars
Let’s Stay Together- The Eminent Stars
Just One Taste- The Eminent Stars

Something About Ya- Jack Mack And The Heart Attack (live Centennial Park ATL 1996)
Shades Of McSoul- Col Nolan & The Soul Syndicate
Sunny- Col Nolan & The Soul Syndicate

George Washington- Joe Marcinek Band Ft. George Porter Jr. & Melvin Seals (live at the Fox)
***pre-recorded conversation with Joe Marcinek***
Lovelight- Joe Marcinek Band Ft. Melvin Seals & George Porter Jr. (live at the Fox)
Here We Go-The Mighty Mocambos Ft. Mocambo Kidz
Stronger- The Mighty Mocambos Ft. Jswiss

Holiday Breakdown ’09- Binky Griptite
8 Days of Hannukah- Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings
Every Day Is Christmas (When I’m Lovin’ You)- Charles Bradley Ft. Menahan Street Band
Santa’s Got a Bag of Soul- The Poets of Rhythm
You’re a Mean One Mister Grinch- Cliff Beach & the MB’s

Where The Ice Drips

The first portion of the regularly scheduled proGram met the water to it’s solid form:

Anywhere Is Everywhere- Hello Forever
The Dreidel Song- Five Star Iris
Forgot Mrs Claus- Ben Levin
Feliz Navidad- Los Lobos

You’ll See- Cass Clayton Band
Homesick Sunnyland Special- Homesick James
Special Agent- Andrew “Blueblood” McMahon
Just In Case That You Git A Case- Clyde Lasley
Somebody Changed The Lock- Willie Williams

Ponchatoula Way- Dave Specter
The Noisiest Toy- Michele D’amour and the Love Dealers

You Can’t Fight Love- Mike Mattison
That Makes Two of Us- Mike Mattison
The Reverend- The Funkstamatics
24th/7- Re:Funk
If You Want Me To Stay- Trulio Disgracias