Trail Head

The final portion of the proGram went up and down, and sideways round:

Thee Sacred Souls Trade of Hearts
Lhetargija Hollogramma

Nothing But Summer- Oilix
Southern Beach- Oilix
Counterpart- Bonobo
Straw Belle- Grottoes

Don’t Cheat the Beat- Ursula 1000 Ft. Activity Partners
It’s Only Time- Bound16

I’ll Wait For You (Supreme Beings of Leisure Remix)- Opium Moon
Aura- Talisk

Original Riddim- Groundation Ft. Israel Vibration & The Abyssinians
Ride On Donkey- The Moon Invaders
Walk Don’t Run- The Upsessions

Under The Air

The middle part of the proGram was the air on both sides:

Darkened Room- Charming Disaster
Honey Colored Hills- Los Days Ft. Tommy Guerrero & Josh Lippi
El Carro Del Sol- Los Days Ft. Tommy Guerrero & Josh Lippi
Dancing to the Radio- Don Cavalli

Looking For Moses- Mamas Gun
La vie, la vie, la vie- Laurent Bardainne & Tigre d’Eau Douce
Destination danger- Laurent Bardainne & Tigre d’Eau Douce
Party- Sam Redmore Ft. Lumi HD

Hot Child in the City- Sara Rachele
Going to the Party- The Allergies Ft. Lyrics Born
This Is Who I Is- Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio

Summertime- Bill King
Round The Corner- Kerbside Collection

Take Me To The This

The first part of this week’s proGram had the sky to its back and went that way:

Beat the Devil- Tinsley Ellis
Done with Bad Luck- Peter Veteska & Blues Train
Young Bold Women- Peter Veteska & Blues Train

Memphis in the Rain- Pierce Dipner
Fool’s Gold- Pierce Dipner
Big Man- Big Llou Johnson
Ridin’ That Memphis High- Val Starr & The Blues Rocket

Walking With Zambi (Try Hoodah)- Col. Bruce Hampton & The Late Bronze Age
Gotta Get Goin’- Goodnight, Texas
Squirrels in My Car- Mohavisoul

Red Sky- Chris Castino & Chicken Wire Empire Ft. Sam Bush
***pre-recorded conversation with Chris Castino***
Jackson County- Chris Castino & Chicken Wire Empire Ft. Jerry Douglas & Adam Greuel
The Ballad Of Dan Toe- Chris Castino & Chicken Wire Empire Ft. Peter Rowan & Jerry Douglas

Fresh Pickles And Chris Castino

Chris Castino is the primary songwriter for his longtime popular Minnesota-based rock’n’roll jamband The Big Wu. The Big Wu started in the mid 90’s and quickly ascended from the comforts of the local club scene to playing H.O.R.D.E Fest, Bonnaroo, Gathering of the Vibes, High Sierra, and the list goes on. Chris joined forces with the incredibly talented band Chicken Wire Empire from Milwaukee, WI, and took the opportunity, while sitting through COVID-19 lock-downs in 2020 and 2021, to arrange some of his catalog into impeccably fitting bluegrass tunes. With the addition of many of Chris’s lifelong musical heroes, including several GRAMMY winning artists (and some friends to the proGram) in the bluegrass & Americana: Sam Bush, Peter Rowan, Tim O’Brien, Jerry Douglas, Andy Hall, Vince Herman, Nick Forster, & Keller Williams, this feels like a classic bluegrass album and sounds instantly familiar. “Fresh Pickles” aims to satisfy your cravings—it is a light-hearted, down-home concept that plays with the idea that although some of the songs were written many years before, they now feel brand new. Fresh.

“Fresh Pickles” features 11 original songs penned by Chris. All of which, but one, were first released on four of The Big Wu’s 5 studio albums spanning from 1997-2019, and will be independently released on February 4. I had the opportunity to chat with Chris about this brand new and exciting project. From the moment we start talking about the songs – the process and the artists – you can tell there was an almost “Christmas morning for the kid” feeling in Chris’ Voice. And, anytime I can hear someone talk about friend of the proGram, Jeff Austin, I am all ears. Listening to his record, I can understand why. Bluegrass fan, Wu fan, maybe its jamgrass….but music fans alike will find the ear appeal. Finding out how Chicken Wire Empire, who many of us around here in Madison have been diggin’ on, is a story worth hearing, and the whole thing made me wish I was in the room when the record button was hit. Open the music jar and grab yourself some “Fresh Pickles”.

Up In Dark

Did an extra set once aGain to keep the door to the mind open:

Kiss Me Quick- Steve Yeager
Breaktime- Steve Yeager
Encore: Puerto Rican Rumble- Anders Koppel: Benjamin Koppel/Scott Colley/Brian Blade (live)
Movement 3 (Pearl)- Wadada Leo Smith
Movement 4 (Diamond)- Wadada Leo Smith
Movement 2 (Pearl)- Wadada Leo Smith
Rocket- Wadada Leo Smith Ft. Jack DeJohnette & Vijay Iyer

Machu Picchu- Andrew Cyrille, William Parker & Enrico Rava
Overboard- Andrew Cyrille, William Parker & Enrico Rava

Tale End

The final portion of the show this week had to make sure the beGinning was not over:

Yoshi Orange- Ebi Sola
Tio Bernar- The Ana Nobo Quartet
Intro Tambors- Libérica Ft. Antonio Lizana & Raphaël Pannier
Els Tres Tambors- Libérica Ft. Antonio Lizana/Pere Martínez/Raphaël Pannier & Max Villavecchia

Dj- Cortez – Williams Project
Territorial Imperative- Cortez – Williams Project

Archetypes: I. The Rebel- Third Coast Percussion
***pre-recorded conversation with Sean Connors of TCP***
Archetypes: X. The Creator- Third Coast Percussion
Archetypes: XI. The Hero- Third Coast Percussion
Archetypes: VII. The Jester- Third Coast Percussion

Wail Bait- Makaya McCraven
When Your Lover Has Gone-Makaya McCraven

Tell Him– Moonchild Ft. Lalah Hathaway

Into The Blue

Mid-part of the proGram too the sounds into the great beyond:

I’m Walking- Calvin Johnson
Justice- The OGJB Quartet
#74 Monday, June 1, 2020 in C- Stuart Bogie Ft. Mike Dillon

Make The Move- Oscar Hernández & Alma Libre
Force Of Nature- Deanna Witkowski
Strapped- David Whitman

Bemsha Swing- Roswell Rudd & Duck Baker
Insect Ward- Tony Malaby’s Sabino
Scratch The Horse- Tony Malaby’s Sabino
Top, Bottom And What’s In The Middle- Andrew Cyrille, William Parker & Enrico Rava

Bill- Dave Sewelson

Up Then There

1st part of the proGram thought abut sound from the there to the hEAR:

Gilese- Adam Rudolph’s Go Organic Guitar Orchestra
Dolidaze- Adam Rudolph’s Go Organic Guitar Orchestra
Deneb- Adam Rudolph’s Go Organic Guitar Orchestra

Swing Low, Sweet Chariot- Javon Jackson Ft. Nikki Giovanni
Welcome- Mary Akpa
I Promise- Mary Akpa Ft. Melanie Charles
Curioso- Scott Burns, John Wojciechowski & Geof Bradfield
Ready Out There- Eberhard Weber (Live in Avignon)

Sun For Sonny- Bill O’Connell
Neener Neener- Remy Le Boeuf’s Assembly Of Shadows

Worldly Winds- Fred Hersch Ft. Drew Gress, Jochen Rueckert & Crosby Street String Quartet
Cool- Pete Malinverni
Snake Song- Mathis Picard (live)

Metamorphosis Third Coast Percussion

Third Coast Percussion is a GRAMMY® Award-winning Chicago-based percussion quartet and GRAMMY®-nominated composer collective. For over fifteen , the ensemble has created exciting and unexpected performances that constantly redefine the classical music experience. The ensemble has been praised for “commandingly elegant” (New York Times) performances, the “rare power” (Washington Post) of their recordings, and “an inspirational sense of fun and curiosity” (Minnesota Star-Tribune). Third Coast Percussion maintains a busy tour schedule, with past performances in 38 of the 50 states and Washington, DC, plus international tour dates across 4 continents. A direct connection with the audience is at the core of all of TCP’s work, whether the musicians are speaking from the stage about a new piece of music, inviting the audience to play along in a concert or educational performance, or inviting their fans around the world to create new music using one of their free mobile apps. The 4 members of Third Coast are also accomplished teachers, and make active participation by all students the cornerstone of all their educational offerings. The quartet’s curiosity and eclectic taste have led to a series of unlikely collaborations that have produced exciting new art. That will be on display on January 27th in Madison for an all senses in, spirit bending performance titled ‘Metamorphosis’. I had the chance to get together with Sean Connors from the ensemble to discuss just how cool this upcoming event is going to be. Sean teases us just right with what one can expect if they go in to the show as a blank slate. We discuss the latest album, “Archetypes” (nominated for 3 Grammys) and how that was born and how it grew to into is final form and of course coming to the University means you have to go to class…so we talk briefly about the educational workshop with UW–Madison percussion students the ensemble will take part in on the 28th. A complete package indeed.

Third Coast Percussion joins forces with the groundbreaking choreography of Movement Art Is (co-founded by Lil Buck and Jon Boogz) for an intimate, evening-length program that explores the duality of human nature. At once intensely personal and fiercely virtuosic, two disparate styles of street dance blend seamlessly with new music by Jlin and Tyondai Braxton, as well as Third Coast Percussion’s critically-acclaimed arrangements of Philip Glass’s Aguas da Amazonia.

This performance is presented by Wisconsin Union Theater, and will take place in the Mead Witter Foundation Concert Hall at Hamel Music Center.


PHILIP GLASS (arr. by Third Coast Percussion) Metamorphosis One
JLIN Perspective
PHILIP GLASS (arr. by Third Coast Percussion) Amazon River

Movement by Cameron Murphy and Quentin Robinson
Choreography by Movement Art Is
Lighting design by Joe Burke
Stage direction by Leslie Buxbaum Danzig

Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.

Click here to watch the Metamorphosis trailer, with videography by David Javier, Tim Salaz, and Dakota Sillyman.

Warm Holes

Did an extra set to help warm all your special places:

Gimme Some Lovin’- Marco Benevento (live at TONIC)
Turn On the Light / Ascent- Jon Batiste, Chad Smith & Bill Laswell
Black Arc- Jon Batiste, Chad Smith & Bill Laswell
Walk On Guilded Splinters- Jello Biafra & The New Orleans Raunch & Soul All-Stars (live in N.O. 5/8/2011)
Slots- Revolutionary Snake Ensemble (live)
Twilight Time Zone- The Microscopic Septet
Madrecita- Club d’Elf
Sunshine of Your Love- Club d’Elf

Crittering Round

Final part of the proGram ran with the wild ones:

Me And Baby Brother- WAR
After these Messages- Bootsy Collins Ft: Samuel L. Jackson
Celestial Blues- Andy Bey
The Message- Cymande
Supermarket Blues- Eugene McDaniels
Last Tango in Paris- Blue Mitchell
Family Affair- Dave Hubbard
Don’t Worry Bout What I Do- Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio

Nox- Manycolors
The Good Life- The Super 20
Matumbee- Soul Sugar Ft. Booker Gee & Blundetto
Lava Rock- Jr. Thomas & The Volcanos
Who Could It Be- The Soul Chance Ft. Wesley Bright
Goodbye- The Soul Chance Ft. Wesley Bright

First Steps In

The mid portion of the proGram had no problem sinking right in:

Love Her Madly- Bo Diddley
Here Comes The World- Thollem
Backwoods- Red Hot Chili Peppers
Fujiyama Mama- Wanda Jackson
Get Involved- George Soule
Never Like This Before- Huey Lewis and the News
I’m Still Here Pt. 1- Sonny Knight and His Fabulous Lakers
I’m Still Here Pt. 2- Sonny Knight and His Fabulous Lakers
Country Boy- Robert Finley
**pre-recorded conversation with Mr. Robert Finley**
Make Me Feel Alright- Robert Finley
Souled Out On You- Robert Finley

Flight- Barry Adamson
What’d I Say- John Scofield Ft. Dr. John, Warren Haynes, John Mayer, Aaron Neville & Mavis Staples
Star Time (Tribute to James Brown)- Tower of Power

Paint The Sky

First part of this week’s proGram tried to find that happy little cloud:

Blue Ridge Mountain Blues- Earl Scruggs Ft. John Fogerty
I’ve Got a Lot of Traveling to Do- Willie Nelson
3: 10 to Yuma- Richie Havens
Boats Up River- Corey Harris
Sunjata- Corey Harris
When Did You Leave Heaven- Corey Harris

Woman Your Guitar- Jan Smith
Lovin’ Oven- Peter Veteska & Blues Train
Nobody but Myself to Blame- Pierce Dipner
On My Way- Katie Henry
Is You Is Or Is You Ain’t- Dick Van Dyke
Shucky Ducky (Quack Quack)- Big Llou Johnson

You’ll Be the Death of Me- Johnny Winter
I’m Gonna Make Her Love Me- Jim Ford
Where Did My Baby Go- Howard Tate
Shooting Hoops- G Love & Special Sauce

Robert Finley Sharecropper’s Son

Robert Finley’s singing is as primal as an alligator & sweeter than late-summer honey. And on the new Sharecropper’s Son, he uses his marvelously expressive voice—which can glide from a gut-deep growl to a soothing purr to a transcendent falsetto all in one single phrase—to tell the story of his life in song. The album’s 10 numbers, produced by Dan Auerbach for his Easy Eye Sound label, are blues, soul, gospel, & rock-infused chapters from that life, weaving Mr. Finley’s own stories of picking cotton, country childhood, hardship on city streets, jail time, the pain and joy of love, the search for a better life & the dream of salvation into a spellbinding musical tale. You can hear that in how Mr. Finley and the band nearly breath together in songs like the gospel “Souled Out On You,” where the singer’s heart-piercing falsetto rings sharp and clear as an angel’s horn—underpinned by Auerbach’s fuzz-sweetened brown-butter guitar tone—and “Sharecropper’s Son,” where the musicians mine a deep, funky groove as Mr. Finley sings about his raising “out in the red hot sun, where the work is never done.” Cut-by-cut, this follow-up to his 2017’s Easy Eye Sound release “Going Platinum!” bristles w/the visceral energy that can only be captured by creatively charged musicians playing live & spontaneously in the studio. Of course, the fire behind the conflagrant performances on Sharecropper’s Son is Robert Finley, who was so deeply in the zone throughout that his lyrics & vocal approach for 2 of the album’s songs, the autobiographical “Country Child” and his manifesto of love and struggle, “Country Boy,” were improvised as he and the band rolled tape. Although he has long been a potent artist, for most of the past 20 years, after his blindness led him to semi-retirement, he’s mostly been playing little joints within an hour’s drive of Winnsboro—like Riverside Coney Island, which specializes in boiled crawfish, and Enoch’s Irish Pub & Café, both in Monroe, Louisiana. But his ascent has been swift since he was discovered in 2015 busking on the streets of Helena, Arkansas. In addition to touring more than 10 countries in the wake of his two earlier albums, he was also a contestant on the 2019 season of the TV competition America’s Got Talent reaching the semi-finals and quickly became a fan favorite during his run. His daughter Christy Johnson, who appeared with him on the show, also provides some backing vocals for Sharecropper’s Son.

I had the complete please of chatting with Mr. Finley about his upcoming performance here in Madison on January 22nd at the High Noon Saloon. We get into what folks in attendance can expect from that night’s show, including learning how you, the people there to see this show, are the most important thing in that moment for Mr. Finley. We take time to discuss how the new album went from there to here, then to now and how the stories seems so real, because they are. Certainly after listening to the new album, I do wish Mr. Finley was a name we all caught on to earlier….I bet the live show will back that up 100%.

UPDATE: This event has been moved to Feb 15th.

Can’t U Can U

The second half of the extra portion took a ride this way:

Aliens Enter Ft. T-Fly (Hint Remix)- Hint
Get Started (Full Crate Remix)- Mark de Clive-Lowe Ft. Shelia E. & Omar
Raving Bully- Sleepin’ Giantz
The Hop- Radio Citizen Ft. Bajka
Girlfriend Is Better (Sam Redmore Remix)- Talking Heads
Get Ur Freak On (Sam Redmore Remix)- Missy Elliott

Set The Children Free- Larry McDonald Ft. Toots Hibbert
World Party- Larry McDonald Ft. Shaza
Dub Rhythm- Loud Apartment
Get Up (I Feel like Being a) Sex Machine- Q-Burns Abstract Message
Hot Pants (She Got to Use What She Got to Get What She Wants)- Scarnela
INNOCENT BLOOD (Let it be known)- Lagos Thugs

Canoe You

Did a little extra radio proGramming to start f the 2022 yEAR. Here’s the first part:

Southern Gul- Erykah Badu
What I Might Say- Ill Chemistry
Nickel Bags- Digable Planets
Snakes and Ladders- The Mackrosoft
Rush- Big Audio Dynamite
The Globe- Big Audio Dynamite
Crabbuckit- K-Os
High Up On the Hook- Alice Russell
The Truth Is…- The Orb

Trilling Flight

Did a little extra on the tail end of the reGular show. Here’s what that looked like:

Upshot- Grant Green (Live at the Antibes Jazz Festival on July 18, 1970)
Soul Intro / The Chicken- Jaco Pastorius (Live)
Fannie Mae- Jaco Pastorius (live)
Detroit- Marcus Miller
Greñudos- Ocote Soul Sounds
Fever- Jingo
Yuda- Dackin Dackino

Flowing On

The final part of the proGram this week played Pooh sticks with its flow:

A Love Jam- Melvin Sparks
I Like’s That- Skeebo Knight
Blue mist- Skeebo Knight
5 Finger Discount- Liquid Soul
Tou Tou Rendezvous- Mo’ Gigs Ft. Szécsi Saci
Jeanskutter- Hamburg Spinners
Grottenrallye- Hamburg Spinners
Captain Flamingo- Hamburg Spinners

Be Thankful For What You Got (Long Version)- Lipbone Redding & The Lipbone Orchestra
You Said a Bad Word- Joe Tex
Hellhound- Sol
Faith Dub- Soul Sugar Ft. Booker Gee & Lone Ark
Dub Rebellion- Loud Apartment Ft. Garrison Hawk
Jingo Thief Thief (Sam Redmore Remix)- Fela Kuti Vs Candido

Around That Bend

The mid-portion of the proGram wondered and found out:

Sweet Hunk O’Trash- Dr. John Ft. Shemekia Copeland
Ball & Chain- Big Brother & The Holding Company Ft. Janis Joplin (Live At The Carousel 1968)
Dark Green Thing- Leftover Salmon (live)
I Know It’s a Sin- Jerry Garcia & Merl Saunders (5/21/1971 Keystone Korner SF, CA)
Insurrection Blues (Chickens Come Home To Roost)- Corey Harris
Jack-A-Roe- Bob Dylan
I’m A Man- The Yardbirds (LIVE 3/30/1968)
The House, The Street, The Room- Gentle Giant
Sunday, Pt. 1- Cibo Matto
I Need- Witches Broom
Got Me High- Witches Broom
Tell Your Boyfriend- Witches Broom

Messin’ With The Kid- Bill Frisell
Here Comes the Sun- Al Di Meola

Upward The Hills

The first part of the proGram climbed with the tools of times gone by:

Florida Blues- Arthel “Doc” Watson & David “Dawg” Grisman
Louis Collins- Jerry Garcia David Grisman Tony Rice
Running Wild- The Del McCoury Band
Honky Tonk Nights- The Del McCoury Band Ft. Vince Gill
Fill ’em up Again- Larry Keel Ft. Del McCoury, Jason Carter & Mike Guggino
I Scare Myself- Dan Hicks & The Hot Licks Ft. Rickie Lee Jones
Chattanooga Shoe-Shine Boy- Dan Hicks & The Hot Licks
Box Of Rain- Phil Lesh (live Seva Foundation Concert)
Heroes- David Bowie (live The Bridge School Concerts)
Great Change- Hot Tuna (live at Sweetwater)
Thunderbird- ZZ Top (live)
Cool Love- Wanda Jackson
Riot In Cell Block Number 9- Wanda Jackson