See Clean Clear

The first half of the Hump Day fill-in proGram had cleanser all over its face:

Freedom Day- Black Light Collective Ft. Isis Damil, Sowande Keita & Allen Dennard
Freedom For Sale- Black Light Collective Ft. Isis Damil

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Change: A Suite for Madiba Nelson Mandela- Michael Gregory Jackson
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O’ Canada- Daniel Hersog O’ Canada Orchestra
Torontango (after Astor Piazzola)- Ron Davis’ Symphronica
Blues Jawn- Eric Binder Trio Ft. Walter Smith III & Petros Klampanis

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Little Spots- Stirrup+6
Composition No. 61- Thumbscrew
Composition No. 157- Thumbscrew

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Twelve Wire Byrd- Vibration Black Finger
Soul Fire- Vibration Black Finger

Sun Nature Shine

The final part of the proGram had the sky light right down here with us:

Soul Dream- The Greyboy Allstars Ft. Fred Wesley
**pre-recorded conversation with Robert Walter of Greyboy Allstars**
Executive Party- The Greyboy Allstars
Les Imperials- The Greyboy Allstars

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Awooga- Five Alarm Funk
Put Some Mustard On It- Five Alarm Funk
Tripwire- Zbonics

Sugar and Spice- Jimi Tenor
Lover’s Bridge- Jimi Tenor

greenarrowradio promo- The Archives
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Even Now Prayer- Michael Olatuja
Lagos Pepper Soup- Michael Olatuja Ft. Angélique Kidjo & Lionel Loueke
Nothing But His Love- The Harlem Gospel Travelers

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Kind of Strange- Out Of The Ordinary Ft. Rosanne Erskine & Check Masses
To The People- All Good Funk Alliance Ft. Mustafa Akbar
Rebosando- Captain Planet

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Pardo- Céu
Lockdown- Neville Staple, Sugary Staple, FROM THE SPECIALS & NEVILLE STAPLE BAND
Cool Rockers- Black Ark Players
Ethiopia- Carole Cole
Stylee- Morgan Price & Billy Polo
Last Dance- Morgan Price & Billy Polo

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808 Defibrillation- Alexander Flood

Fire Danced

The middle piece of the proGram kept it warm all over:

All of My Lovin’- Shirley King Ft. Joe Louis Walker
At Last- Shirley King Ft. Steve Cropper
Phunk ‘n’ Grewv- Misty Blues
Memphis Heat- CD Woodbury
Let it On Out- Peter Karp

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The Thang- Joe Louis Walker Ft. Jesse Johnson
**pre-recorded conversation with Mr. Joe Louis Walker**
Feed the Poor- Joe Louis Walker Ft. Jorma Kaukonen
Old Time Used to Be- Joe Louis Walker Ft. Keb’ Mo’ & John Sebastian

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I Am A Ram- Mark Telesca
I Believe To My Soul- Greg Martinez
Walk The Walk- Victor Wainwright and The Train
Memphis Loud- Victor Wainwright and The Train

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I Feel Alright- Dedicated Men of Zion
Where Is Resolution Blue?- The Stance Brothers
Go Outside- Jazzy Ash

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Get Yourself Some- The Allergies
Penny Candy- Cliff Beach Ft. Mestizo Beat

Go On, Love- Matador! Soul Sounds
Fatty Gnar Gnar- Color Red All-Stars

Hard Skin

The first part of this week’s proGram had one shell of a time:

The Thing About Grief- Radnor & Lee
Flannery’s Dream- Boregard
Formaldehyde- Boregard

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D.A.E.L.- Jack Ellister
Bergwanderung- Jack Ellister
Hostage- The 81’s

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Hard Lovin’- Dexateens (Live from Athens, GA.)
Enough Of Nothing- Dexateens (Live From Athens, GA.)
Page Before- Venus Furs
Ain’t Nothin’ Here To Change My Mind- Greg Stackhouse Prevost
Edith Groove- Dick Taylor & The Red Squirls

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Boon Tune- The Purple Gang
Starstreamer- Mark McDowell and Friends (live)
Granchester Meadows- Crystal Jacqueline Acoustic Band

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Mountain Moves- Deerhoof (live)
Polly Bee- Deerhoof (live)
Welcome To Bobby’s Motel- Pottery
What Is Fashion?- Pottery
Under The Wires- Pottery

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America- G.E. Smith & LeRoy Bell
How Long?- Fantastic Negrito
I’m So Happy I Cry- Fantastic Negrito Ft. Tarriona Tank

Como De Allstars with Robert Walter

“Como De Allstars” is the title track from a surprise Greyboy Allstars studio album which dropped July 3. Self-described boogaloo revivalists, the band’s first new music in seven years captures a relentless Caribbean funk groove buoyed by an inspired message of unity: “Surviving in a bitter world…divided, confused by the states…united, come on friends we’re gonna make it brighter.” The quintet initially formed in 1994 to provide a live band alternative to the rare groove DJs who were spinning records from the dusty catalogs of labels like Blue Note and Prestige, as well as, the lighter funk of English acid jazzers playing to loops and samples. Comprised by saxophonist Karl Denson, guitarist Elgin Park, organist Robert Walter, bassist Chris Stillwell and drummer Aaron Redfield, Greyboy Allstars debuted with the revelatory and electrifying LP, ‘West Coast Boogaloo,’ featuring James Brown trombonist Fred Wesley as a special guest. Coinciding with the band’s forthcoming new album, reissue label Light In The Attic Records will deliver a fresh pressing of the long out of print ‘West Coast Boogaloo’ on August 7. Greyboy Allstars have slowed their recording and touring schedule down considerably over the years as demand has grown for individual members in other capacities: Mike Andrews (aka Elgin Park) is renowned for his film scores, including most recently ‘The King of Staten Island,’ Karl Denson tours as the saxophonist in The Rolling Stones, as well as his own Tiny Universe, Robert Walter plays keys for Phish bassist Mike Gordon and fronts his own ensemble 20th Congress, while rhythm section Chris Stillwell and Aaron Redfield are in demand sessions players whose resumes stretch from Elton John to Charli XCX. The magic between the five musicians returns instantly, however, when reunited—as ‘Como De Allstars’ so convincingly displays.

I had a chance to catch up with Robert Walter to talk about the new album and the re-issue of one of my favorite Greyboy albums. We do some comparing and contrasting, diggin’ into a few tracks and the growth of the players and the band, and just how it is they are able to get all the cylinders firing as if they never skipped a beat. We learn a little about what Robert has been doing with his “lockdown” time, kids…don’t be surprised it has everything to do with fundamentals and we build a set-list toGether which will lead the listeners to want him there more than they want me. I have to admit, Robert is one of those players for me that when I hear him, I know it is him and my joy level instantly rises. Just like when I tune into this new release.

Blues Comin’ On with Joe Louis Walker

Joe Louis Walker is one of the greatest bluesmen of his generation. He is a four-time Blues Music Award winner and 2013 Blues Hall of Fame inductee who has appeared on multiple Grammy-winning albums. He is known worldwide as one of the genre’s top musical trailblazers—a mesmerizing guitarist and soul-testifying vocalist. The New York Times raves, “Walker is a singer with a Cadillac of a voice. He delivers no-nonsense, gutsy blues. His guitar solos are fast, wiry and incisive, moaning with bluesy despair.” Rolling Stone simply calls him “ferocious.” Billboard writes: “His playing blows all over the map…gutbucket blues, joyous gospel, Rolling Stones-style rock crunch, and aching R&B. Walker’s guitar playing is fine and fierce.”. Joe won the 2016 Blues Foundation Contemporary Blues Male Artist of the Year award at the Blues Foundation Awards ceremony in Memphis. The Blues Music Awards are universally recognized as the highest accolade afforded blues music performers. The annual Blues Music Awards ceremony is the premier event for blues professionals, musicians, and fans from all over the world.

I had the chance to catch up with this living leGend to talk abut his brand new album, “Blues Comin’ On” out on Cleopatra Records. We got into the how the album went from an idea, a few lines of a poem to the moments of now when I prepare to give the listeners a deep dive in. It is always nice to be able to see backwards with an artists on how they became the person they are, the shapes and molds that they took on along the way, and Joe and I discuss how he became such an open-eared and open-minded artists. Real cool stuff. Just like the new album, there’s more to it then the blues, but he is truly one of the fine-tuners of that blues language.

Home Buzz

The final portion of this week’s Hump Day fill-in proGram has real sweet houses:

Lang la Ku Shona- Guy Buttery & the Bandura Express Marimba Ensemble (live)
Fênix do Amor- Céu
Mar Rojo- Ladama

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Double Wine- The Upsetters
Give Praises- The Silvertones
Let Love Touch Us Now- Bunny Rugs
Formula1- Fyah Roiall
Revolution Riddem- Liondub Ft. Natty Frenchy & Ricky T.

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Fire Spell 2020- Svjata Vatra
World, You Are Changing- Svjata Vatra
Maijodler- AULI Ft. Albin Paulus (Live at GORS, Rēzekne, 2019)

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Funky Egal- Zenobia
Shaglaba- Zenobia
Saffron- Lailoken x Benza
Theogony- BARDZ

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Orgone- Jyoti
Feel The Same- Ángela Muñoz

About To Burst Into

The first half of this week’s Hump Day fill-in proGram knows that in just a few hours, we will be filled with color and bees:

Sergei’s Shuffle (after Sergei Prokofiev)- Ron Davis’ SymphRONica
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Segment- Jeff Reed
Mind Prelude 1- The Jerry Granell Trio
Your Mind Is On Vacation- The Jerry Granelli Trio
8 Ball, Side Pocket- Derrick Gardner & The Big Dig! Band

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Epistrophy- Thelonious Monk (live)
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Chihuahua Pearl- Dave Bryant
Dee Dee- Dave Bryant
Radio- John Scofield

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Ring Of Fire- Rudresh Mahanthappa Trio
Dewey Square- Rudresh Mahanthappa Trio
The Water Is Wide- Ben Tyree + Sameer Gupta = Unruly Neighbors