The final part of this week’s proGram needed to get a good bite:

Watchu Wanna Do- The Magic Beans
Oceans 413- Marcus Rezak
Burning Down The House- Dance Party Time Machine

Shape Shifter- Add Noise Collective
Mango- Bahama Soul Club Ft. Arema Arega
Rebounder- Greyboy Allstars

Five Alarm Funk Wake the Funk Up- Five Alarm Funk Ft. Leo P
**pre-recorded conversation with Tayo of Five Alarm Funk**
We Play the Funk- Five Alarm Funk Ft. Bootsy Collins
Chaos Is a Ladder- Five Alarm Funk

Kind of Strange- Out Of The Ordinary Ft. Rosanne Erskine & Check Masses (live at the Voodoo Rooms)
I Like It Like That (Uproot Andy Remix)- Pete Rodríguez
The River (R.E.)- Romare
Heart Of The City- Sixfingerz
Control Your Roll- All Good Funk Alliance Ft. Black Masala

Brother Man- Larry McDonald Ft. Shaza & Terri Lion

Petals Fall Perfectly

The middle portion of the proGram felt like it was place in a perfect spot:

Nice ‘n’ Mellow- Misty Blues
99 Years- Mark Telesca
Snatching It Back- Greg Martinez
Going Back to My Old Time Used to Be- Linsey Alexander (live)
Uptown to Harlem- Joe Louis Walker Ft. Jellybean Johnson

I Did You Wrong- Shirley King Ft. Elvin Bishop
**pre-recorded conversation with Shirley King**
Feelin’ Alright?- Shirley King Ft. Duke Robillard
Can’t Find My Way Home- Shirley King Ft. Martin Barre

Heart-Shaped Box- Hannah Williams & The Affirmations
Pecan Trees Speak to Each Other- Lucky Brown & The S.G.’s
Not My Name- Cosmic Superheroes

What The Funk- Jimmy Layton & His “All American” Not Your Daddy’s Jazz Band
Somma-The Ironsides

Ready Set Pollinate

The first part of this week’s proGram was ready to bee pollinated:

Fallen Angel- Bowregard
The Henrys- Bowregard
Das Wesen des Seins- Jack Ellister

Baby Let’s Play House- Danzig
Nuke LaLoosh- The 81’s
Teenager- Dexateens (live from Athens, GA)
Don’t Talk About It- Cro-Mags

Racing Car #9- Three Dimensional Tanx (live)
The Wind Coloured Like Laughing Rainbows- The Sugarman Band
See Emily Play- Fuchsia
Riding The Dog- The Deadbeat Poets
The Path of the Meeting- J.M. Baule

greenarrowradio promo- The Get Right Band
No Flag- Elvis Costello
I Swear To God, I Will- The Claudettes

Blues For A King With Shirley King

It’s not always easy being the child of a legend. Being the blues-singing daughter of the great Mr. B.B. King has earned Shirley King, B.B.’s eldest daughter, the title “Daughter of the Blues.” She takes the notoriety in stride because she is an outstanding singer and performer in her own right and capable of singing any kind of music that comes her way. Shirley’s newest and best album yet, Shirley King: Blues for a King, was released on Los Angeles-based Cleopatra Records on Friday, June 19. From traditional blues to gospel to funky R&B to smooth soul, Shirley defies genre and her singing and stage antics never fails to excite her growing number of fans worldwide.

I had the pleasure, and I mean it was a hoot to catch up with Shirley recently to talk about the creation of the new album. She sings the praises of Cleopatra Records who knew she could…and she did. We talk about some of the song selections and how some of them were even a big surprise to her. She reflected back on some of the advice her leGend of a father gave her, and we even find time to hear a few life lessons learned through experience and being the daughter of Mr. B.B. King. Shirley remembers heading to Madison and playing one of our main Blues festivals some years ago and how she’d love to get back and do it again as a headliner. After people check out this new album, I am sure once the path is cleared, many of the doors like that will open right up. I have to say, it is always great to catch up with the cool people, but you’ll want to listen to this whole chat to understand the fun that Shirley brings to all she does.

Big Smoke With Five Alarm Funk

Five Alarm Funk is a horn-powered, percussion-fueled sonic and visual assault. Over seventeen years of hard funking the band has burned up stages on four continents, released six studio albums and received two Juno Award nominations. And this ride isn’t about to slow down, they just released their 7th studio album, Big Smoke today. The eleven tracks get right to the roots of what Five Alarm Funk is all about: epic, intense arrangements, heavy groove and a ton of fun. For all the honing of their studio craft, the the groups epic live shows is still what defines the band. The sweat-drenched concerts are infused with an intense spirit of fun that breaks down barriers between band and audience and moves both into a manic dance party. Wild costumes, props, and choreography complement the seriously tight arrangements and genre-mashing grooves. That live show has taken Five Alarm Funk on dozens of North American coast to coast tours, performing at over 100 festivals in the last three years alone. The band has also begun to break ground abroad, with performances in Taiwan, Mexico, and a performance for international peacekeeping forces in Mali.

I had a chance to catch up with drummer, vocalist, and band leader Tayo Branston to talk about this latest release, Big Smoke out now on Ropeadope Sur. We get into the seed to flower of the new collection of tunes, how it came to have both the leGend, Bootsy Collins and Leo P of Too Many Zooz appear on the record and what’s the what as we await a clearer path through this current pandemic. To me, as we find ourselves in a new world, this is just the type of sound and groove to help us all meet on the virtual funk bridge and “shake that thang” a bit.

Ring This Buzzer

The Second half of this week’s Hump Day fill-in proGram rang it more than once:

Invitation- Brian Landrus
The Signs- Brian Landrus

Heavens To Murgatroyd- Derrick Gardner & the Big dig! Band
Conversion- Jeff Reed
Your Name Never Came Up- Jeff Reed

The Windup- Rudresh Mahanthappa
Sassafrass (For Kundan B.)- Ben Tyree + Sameer Gupta = Unruly Neighbors
Everybody’s Cryin’ Mercy- The Jerry Granelli Trio

Dia Mal Ka- Elena Moon Park Ft. Sayun Chang

Roadside Seats

The first half of this week’s Hump Day fill-in proGram had us all sitting at the kid’s table:

Synergia Ranch- Owen Pallett
Bloods Go Into Jungle- Terence Blanchard
Con Alma- Jimmy Heath

Be Water I- Christian Sands
Drive- Christian Sands Ft. Marcus Strickland
Trane Ride- Eric Binder Trio Ft. Walter Smith III & Petros Klampanis
Midwest Steam Locomotive- Azat Bayazitov

4623- Ambrose Akinmusire
Mr. Roscoe (consider the simultaneous)- Ambrose Akinmusire
Things Fall Apart- Jeff Cosgrove, John Medeski, Jeff Lederer
Harlem- Jeff Cosgrove, John Medeski, Jeff Lederer

Herbs Dry To Taste

The final portion of this week’s proGram grew from the moment and added that certain something to the rest of what was cooked up earlier:

Grounds- IDLES
State of the Union (STFU)- Public Enemy Ft. DJ Premier

Strange Fruit- Bettye LaVette
Fight On!- Harlem Gospel Travelers
Ain’t Nobody’s Business- Bahama Soul Club Ft. Billie Holiday
Here We Go- Dojo Cuts Ft. Carlton Jumel Smith

Lombok Sunset- The 7 Day Weekend
Seu Chocolate- Fantomaticos
Aquarelle- Souleance

Wheels ON The Bus- Five Alarm Funk
Pike Jawz- Lexsoul Dancemachine
Carambola Jelly- Lexsoul Dancemachine

Do You See The Critter

The middle portion of the proGram spotted a soon to be monarch butterfly preparing for the turn:

In Between The Cracks- Ben Tyree
‘Til The Freedom Comes Home- Shabaka and the Ancestors

New Groove Blues- Steve Yeager
All Alone Blues- Joseph Bowie & Adam Rudolph
Biz- Scott Sawyer
I Believe I’ll Make a Change- Jaimoe’s Jasssz Band
Etymologies- Hamid Drake Ralph M. Jones Adam Rudolph
Birks Works- Steve Yeager
Fugette- Steve Yeager
In This Mouth- Anoushka Shankar Ft. Alev Lenz
Those Words- Anoushka Shankar Ft. Shilpa Rao & Ayanna Witter-Johnson
Kyyrän Matti- Juuri & Juuri
Pillantok Halálomra- Meszecsinka
Wirt- Gankino Circus

Devotion- Michael Whalen

Out Of The Shadows

The first part of this week’s proGram gave us all a clue as to what really happened:

Peg Monster- Della Mae
Eureka!- David Haerle
The Way That You Tease- Jenny Reynolds
Papa’s On The House top- Mark Telesca

One Night- Danzig
Fever- Danzig
Mind Bender- The 81’s
Is This All You Got?- The 81’s

Paranoid- Venus Furs
Sweet Life- SilVer VialS
Winter- Ex Norwegian
Dedicated To The One I Love- Schizo Fun Addict
Love Or Confusion- The Chemistry Set
Lazin’ In The Afternoon- Alain Pire Experience

1969- The Proper Ornaments
14a Chestnut St.- Dick Taylor & The Red Squirls

***pre-recorded conversation with filmmaker Danny Garcia**
Tighten It Rough- Steve Hooker
(I’ll Never Be) Satisfied- Alabama 3
Brian Jones (The Real True Leader of The Rolling Stones)- The Bermondsey Joyriders

Rolling Stone: Life And Death Of Brian Jones

Dudeski/Chip Baker Films is proud to announce the official release date of their latest project “Rolling Stone Life and Death of Brian Jones”, a Danny Garcia film. It is the first documentary about the founder and original leader of The Rolling Stones. Rolling Stone Life and Death of Brian Jones is the 5th acclaimed music documentary for Spanish filmmaker Danny Garcia. His other releases include “The Rise and Fall of The Clash”; “Looking for Johnny”, about New York Dolls guitarist Johnny Thunders; “Sad Vacation”, a film chronicling the final months in New York City of the Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious & his girlfriend Nancy Spungen and Danny’s most recent release “Stiv: No Compromise, No Regrets” about Stiv Bators, legendary frontman of the iconic Ohio band the Dead Boys and The Lords of the New Church.

Film Background:

In the mid 1960s, Brian Jones emerged as “the face” and poster boy of the Bohemian Swingin’ London scene, topping the charts with The Rolling Stones and dating model/actress Anita Pallenberg. However, his excessive lifestyle and his reputation as “the original bad boy of Rock & Roll” was to cost him dearly. As the scene descended into the acid ridden year of 1967 so did Brian. Targeted by the authorities and media, he spiraled out of control, losing both Anita and the respect of the Stones. Two years later, Brian was found at the bottom of his swimming pool, the verdict: death by misadventure. During the last 50 years many theories have emerged, claiming that Brian was murdered and that it was covered up at high level, as this film discovers – the evidence for this is extremely compelling.

I had the chance to catch up with filmmaker, Danny Garcia about the project to get a sense of what prompted him to want to revisit the mysteries and confusion behind the death of Brian Jones. There is so much more to this film than that, but after watching the film, my eyes and ears have been opened up in a much different way. If you’re into the Stones, music culture, mystery and questioning authority….might I suggest you find a way to check it out. The film was released June 12th, 2020 on DVD by MVD Entertainment Group and will be available thru the following streaming services: Amazon/Dish Network/Films Media Group/Google Play/Night Flight/Sling/Xbox/Vimeo

Here is a link to the film’s trailer

The Climb Over

The second half of the Hump Day proGram climbed and crawled into your thirsty ear-holes:

Underground- LADAMA

Jah Love Is Sweeter- Lacksley Castell
Guidance- Black Ark Players
Classy Time- Morgan Price & Billy Polo
Time To Go- Victor Rice

Tomorrow Dub- Jah Sun
Shaolin Dub (Water Version, Pt.1)- Subatomic Sound System & Junior Dread
Revolution 2 Freedom (7″ Dub Mix)- Subatomic Sound System & Junior Dread
It’s Your World- The Archives Ft. Puma Ptah & Brian Jackson
Peace Go With You, Brother (As-Salaam-Alaikum)- The Archives Ft. Puma Ptah

Say Their Names- Salam Fatayer
Goonies Vs. E.T.- Run The Jewels
Belles- Marques Martin

Yalla Yalla- Zenobia


The first half of this week’s Hump Day fill-in proGram had the idea of trapping you in it’s little world wide web:

Waves- Chris Haugen
Tunnels, speed- Julian Shore
Something New- JAF Trio
Det Er Dig- JAF Trio

Barbados/26-2- Rudresh Mahanthappa
Cokes with Gregs- Spirit Fingers Ft. Greg Ward
Baby Please Don’t Go- The Jerry Granelli Trio
Circadian Taal- Alexander Flood Ft. Deep Sroa & KS Roopraj
Blood Can’t Clean Blood- Naujawanan Baider

El Güararey de Pastora- Gonzalo Rubalcaba & Aymee Nuviola (live in Tokyo)
Bemba Colorá- Gonzalo Rubalcaba & Aymee Nuviola (live in Tokyo)

Canopy Of Sound

The final part of the proGram this week had us looking up and groovin’ on down like we were inside of a tree hammock.

Vice Grip (Discodub mix)- J&B Kings
Syzygy- Ajoyo Ft. Joel Ross
Soki- Michael Olatuja Ft. Dianne Reeves & Lionel Loueke
Ma Foya- Michael Olatuja Ft. Brandee Younger

Lamella- Spirit Finger Ft. Jonathan Scales
African Sounds- Adrian Younge & Ali Shaheed Muhammad w/ Roy Ayers
Law Of The Universe- Vibration Black Finger
Can You See What I Am Trying To Say- Vibration Black Finger

Infinite Everywhere- Eric Hilton
The Pace- Dover
Chained- 2Square/Mark Gardener

Out Of Site- Run The Jewels Ft. 2 Chainz
Pulling The Pin- Run The Jewels Ft. Mavis Staples & Josh Homme
A Few Words For The Firing Squad (radiation)- Run The Jewels

Halak Halak- Zenobia

Fallin’ In The Middle

The middle part of the proGram had a perfect bullseye target to do a back-flop dive right into:

Before Your Time- Leon “Kid Chocolate” Brown
Sunset Trails- DJ Williams’ Shots Fired
Never Roam No More- Bahama Soul Club Ft. John Lee Hooker

Mufasa- Five Alarm Funk
No Smoke- Five Alarm Funk
Sex- Lexsoul Dancemachine

This Time- Smoove & Turrell
Never Wanted You More- Smoove & Turrell
Be Thankful For What You Got- J Felix Ft. Sol Goodman

The Higher Love- Nicola Conte & Gianluca Petrella
It’s on Tonight 2020- Reggie Got Beats Ft. Kari Eskild

The Color Within All

The first part of this week’s proGram found the colors that are known to be inside of us all…at the least it can be the sounds that unite:

Let It Come, Let It Go- Elena Moon Park Ft. Dan & Claudia Zanes
The Caveman- Electric Feet
Late Night Radio- The Forty Nineteens with Tony Valentino
The Races- Sports Team

AMFM- Jake Reed
Welcome Home (reprise)- Jake Reed
Vista- Escaper

America, How Do You Feel Today (I Can’t Breathe)- Bobby “BlackHat” Walters
Sugaree- Sol Roots Ft. Eddie Christmas/Phil Wiiggins (live at The Hamilton)
‘Bout To Blow (rehearsal)- Lucky Brown & The S.G.’s
Too Much To Feel- The Gabbard Brothers
Good Thang- Crushed Velvet and the Velveteers Ft. Kim Dawson
(What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love & Understanding- Natural Numbers Ft. Judah Eskender Tafari

Winged Rescue

The final piece of this week’s Hump Day Fill-In proGram saw this creature drop from the sky and fought off a would be bird hunter to take off down a new path:

Queen Nzinga- Sara Serpa
El Baz- Gordon Grdina’s The Marrow
Outsize- Gordon Grdina’s The Marrow

Medgar Evers’ Blues- Christian McBride Big Band
Boobam Boo (Pup Pup)- Jake Reed
Soul For Shahid- BK Trio

South Hemisphere- Claudio Scolari Ft. Daniele Cavalca & Simone Scolari
Over The Horizon- Claudio Scolari Ft. Daniele Cavalca & Simone Scolari
Flattening- The People Of 2020
Slide Out- The People Of 2020

Jenta- Sen Svaja
Aš Atsikėliau- Sen Svaja

Hours Flipped Filters

The first half of this week’s Hump Day proGram went from this time to that time and then that time to this time, but the Bluebird was still the entire time.

Kachi ghodlo- Lakha Khan (Live at Global)
Ghoomar- Lakha Khan (Live at Global)
The Train > Raag Khamaj- Ghewar & Firoze

Sequence 3- Audio Pervert and Da Saz
Revolution 2 Freedom (10″ Mix)- Subatomic Sound System & Junior Dread
The Revolution Will Not Be Televised- The Archives Ft. Kenyatta Hill & Mateo Monk

How Deep Is Your Love- The Inamans
Mumbling and Grumbling- Junior Byles
After Hours- Morgan Price & Billy Polo
This Is Fine- Victor Rice

Hold A Vibe- Jah Sun

The Middle Of It

The final portion of the proGram got to the middle of it by starting at the top and thinking about the bottom:

Got To Be Irie- The Originals
King Louie- Morgan Price & Billy Polo
Sunshine- Jah Sun
Sus Dem Out- Isiah Mentor

Earthbound- Spirit Fingers
Cast Your Fate To The Wind- Jerry Granelli Trio

Not For Me- Esperanza Spalding & Fred Hersch (Live at The Village Vanguard
***pre-recorded conversation with Mr. Fred Hersch***
Dream Of Monk- Esperanza Spalding & Fred Hersch (Live at The Village Vanguard)
Loro- Esperanza Spalding & Fred Hersch (Live at The Village Vanguard)

Updown Sides Grown

The middle parts of the proGram took the funkiest way to get into you:

St. James Infirmary- Sol Roots (live at the Hamilton)
What’s His Name- Thee Sinseers
Always Looking Up- BK Trio

Empty Streets- Vibration Black Finger
Bring Forth Change- BT ALC Big Band Ft. Alan Evans, Nigel Hall & Eric Bloom
Don’t Give a Damn- The Haggis Horns Ft. John McCallum
Burning- The Haggis Horns

Basics- Lexsoul Dancemachine Ft. Luiz Black
Do What You Like- The Phenomenal Handclap Band
More Or Less- Sly5thAve Ft. Marlon Craft

Vice Grip (Just Groove Mix)- J&B Kings
Assyko- Ajoyo Ft. Takuya Kuroda