Into Season

The first part of this week’s proGram had the leftovers for the critters start to color up.

The Times They Are A-Changin’- Nitty Gritty Dirt Band Ft. Rosanne Cash/Steve Earle/Jason Isbell/The War and Treaty
Quinn the Eskimo (The Mighty Quinn)- Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
Country Music Ball of Flame- Drunken Prayer

Walk On- Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee
I.O.U.- The Wildroots Ft. Victor Wainwright & Patricia Ann Dees
greenarrowradio promo- Miss Bix
You Better Believe It- Miss Bix

Empire State Express- Son House
Coal Train Blues- Ronnie Earl & The Broadcasters

Dream- Andy Frasco & the U.N.

There Must Be Something- Joey Quinones
Shake the Blues (Outta Your Shoes)- Danny Toeman
99 Pounds- Max Kaplan & The Magics
Got Myself a Good Man- Lance Ferguson

50 Year Of Imagine with Saint Disruption

Saint Disruption, the spirit-driven music & art collective led by renowned improvisational keyboardist John Medeski and musician, scientist, and folk healer Jeff Firewalker Schmitt, has created a soulful rendition of John Lennon’s classic composition “Imagine.” The single features slide guitar work by Grammy winning vocalist, songwriter, guitar legend, >Warren Haynes, marking the first time that Haynes has recorded with his nephew Austn Haynes, cofounder of Asheville-based hip-hop quartet Free Radio. Out April 8, 2022 via Root Doctor Collective, the track also features impressively dynamic vocalists—Datrian Johnson and Grammy winning artist Debrissa McKinney (both of whom also work with Austn in Free Radio)—with the foundational bass parts played by Jake Wolf. “Such a cool, inventive take on this timeless tune,” says Warren. “It highlights the amazing strength and importance of the song while taking it into the future. It’s a real honor to work alongside my nephew Austn, my Asheville cohorts and my old friend John Medeski.” Medeski & Firewalker Schmitt had no idea they’d meet & strike up a friendship when they traveled independently to the heart of the Amazon to work with a shaman healer in 2008— but when they did, a collaborative creative relationship was born. Over a decade after that fateful meeting, in the midst of a global pandemic, the two felt an urgent need to join forces and make music as Saint Disruption. The group brings together musicians and artists to create works that support positive change in the world, with a spotlight on the rich artistic community of Asheville, NC as the creative hub. Firewalker & Medeski are pleased to have created the foundation to bring Warren & Austn Haynes together for the first time in a recording. Looking forward, Saint Disruption is planning to release more music & visual art collaborations, music videos, and their soon-to-be-launched No Simple Disruption Podcast/Video-show—released in conjunction with the No Simple Road Podcast and The UBC TV Network—which aspires to provide a platform for young visionaries to share their works and engage in deep dialogue with thought-leaders of their choice.

I had the chance to catch up with both Jeff and Austn about how they took such a life changing tune and made it into their own vision. We spoke of how the individual spirits combines to form this completely new rendition, the how’s and what’s that caused surprise and what are the possibilities for the future. We get into the healing and spirt side of earlier collaborations and how that music became the gateway bridge in/outward. There reflection on finding a new flow with new music, eldership and collaborations with the North Mississippi Allstars. Towards the end, we get into the coolness that is debuting n the Fall on thegiveback of the upcoming podcast/video show that brings true stories, from real people to the next generations. Deep fun times right here.

Vinylthon Pt.3

The final part of the proGram saw the sparks fly.

Dog Eat Dog- Donald Fagan/Walter Becker/Denny Diaz
Many a Mile to Freedom- Traffic
Exiles- King Crimson
Blues For Mr. Charlie- Sammy Davis Jr. & Count Basie
Chimes Blues- New Orleans’ Sweet Emma and her Preservation Hall Jazz Band (Live)
She’s Funny That Way (I Got A Woman Crazy For Me)- Ray Charles

Alexis’ Boogie- B.B. King (Live)
Sittin’ In My Dark Room- John Lee Hooker
O Deep O- Mowgan Ft. Kaleta
Karoussel- Mowgan Ft. Kaleta

Vinylthon 2022 Pt.2

The middle part of the all vinyl spinning proGram went into the dust and came out rockin’.

The Width of a Circle- David Bowie
Baby Strange- T-Rex
Draggin’ The Line- Cherie Currie
Breakaway- Tommy James & The Shondells

Fingerprint File- The Rolling Stones (Live)
Dreams I’ll Never See- Allman Brothers Band (Live)
Tripe Face Boogie- Little Feat (Live)

People Say- The Meters
Frisky- Sly & The Family Stone
I’m Gonna Git You Sucka- The Gap Band
He’s A Flyguy- Curtis Mayfield with Fishbone

Vinylthon 2022 Pt.1

Joined in on the vinylthon thanG with my vinylthonG. Collection records that helped to build. Started like this.

Ain’t Gwine to Whistle Dixie (Any Mo’)- Taj Mahal [Live]
My Sunday Feeling- Jethro Tull
Sweet Child- The Pentangle

Slim Slow Slider- Van Morrison
Second Generation Woman- Family
I’ve Been Waiting for You- Neil Young
Sunshine Baby- Big Brother & The Holding Company

Rainy Day, Dream Away- The Jimi Hendrix Experience
1983… (A Merman I Should Turn to Be)- The Jimi Hendrix Experience
Moon, Turn the Tides… Gently Gently Away- The Jimi Hendrix Experience

The Air- The Mothers of Invention
Tomorrow Never Knows- The Beatles

It’s In The Above

The final part of this week’s proGram took off in many ways.

Zeed al Maal- Club d’Elf
The Witnesses- The Bogie Band Ft. Joe Russo

Cara De Espejo- Juana Molina (ANRMAL – Live in México)
***pre-recorded conversation with Juana Molina***
Paraguaya Punk- Juana Molina (ANRMAL – Live in México)

Rock The Casbah- The Clash & Ranking Roger
Superpower- Zretro
Ti Amo- mtbrd

Emigre and Exile: III. Bottomless- Arcomusical
Emigre and Exile: II. Tongues- Arcomusical

New Day-Inkswell & The Snaglepuss Ft. Kylie Auldist & N’fa Jones
Money- Amazin’ Five
Soul Rebel Dub- ZOOLOOK
The Loveliness of You- Carlton Jumel Smith Ft. Cold Diamond & Mink
Heaven in My Arms- Carlton Jumel Smith Ft. Cold Diamond & Mink

Christianblood- More Ghost Than Man

Sudsy Middle

The mid-portion of the proGram definitely had a flavor felt from top down.

Joy Spice Soul- Lucy Kalantari & the Jazz Cats Ft. Falu & Fyütch

Dancin’ Around My Grave- Andy Frasco & the U.N. Ft. SUSTO & Doom Flamingo
Love Hard- Andy Frasco & the U.N.
Carnival Time- Irma Thomas Ft. Cyril Neville, George Porter Jr., Ian Neville and Ivan Neville
Act Like You Know- Dee-1, Mannie Fresh, Big Freedia, Galactic

Neither Love nor Money- Michael Rault
Love You Better- Monophonics & Kelly Finnigan

Something on My Mind- SuperShy
Famous Last Words- True Loves
Turn It On- The Greyboy Allstars
Love Age- The Sure Fire Soul Ensemble
Checkmate- J&B Kings

Mutiny on the Bayou- Free Radicals Ft. D-Ology

Bottled In

1st part of todaze proGram was in there with the fish and ships.

Anyone New- Dallas Ugly

Open the Line- Datura4
Paint Me A Dream- The Chemistry Set
Firefly- The Chemistry Set
Moon in June- Soft Machine Ft. Robert Wyatt [live 1/17/1970]

Something You Should Know- HOROJO Trio
Only You and I Know- Ronnie Earl & The Broadcasters
greenarrowradio promo- Vaneese Thomas
Bad Man- Vaneese Thomas
I’m Movin’ ‘On- Vaneese Thomas

Wildroot Boogie- The Wildroots Ft. Victor Wainwright
The Bad Seed- The Wildroots Ft. Dyer Davis

Sun Blues for Alfie- Nick Sheppard & Marigold

Time With Juana Molina

Juana Molina is a singer/songwriter from Argentina whose atmospheric blend of folk, electronica, & experimental pop have brought her international acclaim. Her career trajectory has been a unique one with her initial success coming as a massively popular comedic actress in the early-1990s. The subsequent abandonment of her television career in 1996 flummoxed critics at home where her newly launched music career failed to take hold. Nevertheless, Molina’s inventive and original songwriting was widely accepted outside of Latin America where, over the next two decades, she has established herself as a critically-lauded recording & touring artist. The daughter of tango singer, Horacio Molina, & actress Elva “Chunchuna” Villafañe, Juana was immersed in the arts from a young age and began playing guitar at the age of five. She actually made her first recorded appearance as a child alongside her father in 1967, singing the song “Te regalo esta canción” as a Mother’s Day gift to her mother. Her father secretly released it as a single and it became a hit, selling 45,000 copies. Now, after many diverse experiences, her passion and commitment to music prevailed, and worldwide recognition began to grow. After the release of her second and 3rd album, she quickly became the darling of the international indie/electronic/folk scene, and praise began pouring in from admirers in all corners. As her catalog continues to grow, more open minds and ears keep following, and I look forward to more opportunities for the incomparable Juana Molina to say yes to new projects that will continue her expansion.

I had the honor of catching up with Juana ahead of the April 29th solo event at the Stoughton Opera House. We get into what someone who gets out to go experience this show will try and prepare themselves for. We get into an interesting discussion about lyrics vs. music and how and when one become the anchor and one is the ready to move vessel. I’ve been sharing a few tracks off the new CRAMMED DISCS album ‘Find The One’ to be released on the same day Juana is in WI, from Congotronics International. This part of the conversation just keeps opening my eyes to that abality she has to find where and how she fits in and being such a valued addition to the scene, the people…..the art. After this conversation, I know I am even more interested in the moments of Juan and how the act/react to and within me.

photo by Alejandro Ros

Mossy Coolness

The final part of the proGram took to the woods and found a place to settle in.

Timeline- Joe Tatton Trio
Stomp- Joe Tatton Trio

Take Them On- The Bogie Band Ft. Joe Russo
***pre-recorded conversation with Stuart Bogie***
God In Us- The Bogie Band Ft. Joe Russo
The Struggle- The Bogie Band Ft. Joe Russo

Dark Fish- Club d’Elf
Hezeny- Al Massrieen
Mentiras Con Cariño- Adrian Quesada Ft. iLe

Soké Wo- Dogo Du Togo (Live In Studio)
Waiting for Spring- Voyagers
One Rock- Groundation Ft. The Congos

The Science of Beauty (For Arthur Livermore)- Michael Gregory Jackson
The Needle and the Damage Done- James Brown

Jumpin’ In

The middle part of the proGram coulda taken easy care of itself.

Rush- Logic1000
Minute by Minute- Weval

Melt Session #1- Denzel Curry Ft. Robert Glasper
Zatoichi- Denzel Curry
Lighta- CARRTOONS Ft. Rae Khalil

Never Did I Stop Loving You- Rachel Modest
It’s Alright- Shirley Davis & The Silverbacks
Wicked Karma- ORGÖNE
Love Land- Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio (Live)

But For the Love- Oliver James
Feel The Groove- YORK Ft. Selena Evan
Egress- Brothers Of Brass
Jug Eyes- The Greyboy Allstars
Buster Rides Again- Tim Carman Trio

Going To Be Up

The first past of the proGram grew in the funniest of ways.

Man Inside- Acoustic Syndicate
Slippin’ Away- Railroad Earth
Come and Go Moon- Railroad Earth

Good Times- AJ Fullerton
Going Back To New Orleans- Catherine Russell
Stompin’ Ground- Aaron Neville with the Dirty Dozen Brass Band
greenarrowradio promo- Mike Guldin

Sleeping in Your Arms- The Rocketz
An Anthem for the Strange- Black Rose Burning

USA (An Unimaginable Beauty)- The Good Ones
Whiskey Tango Fox- Near Deaf Experience
La Hafla (Delmore Remix)- Acid Arab
Ancestral (Novalima Remix Dub)- Punku
Protection From Evil- Ibibio Sound Machine
Beauty & the Bloc- Werkha

The Bogie Band Ft. Joe Russo

Stuart Bogie was born in Evanston, Illinois & studied music at the University of Michigan & Interlochen Arts Academy. He has toured & recorded extensively w/the groups Antibalas, Arcade Fire, TV on the Radio, Iron and Wine, Sway Machinery and performed as the featured soloist in the original Broadway production of Fela!, directed by Bill T Jones. As a composer/arranger, he scored the Oscar nominated documentary ‘How To Survive a Plague’ which featured performances by the Kronos Quartet alongside Stuart’s group Superhuman Happiness. He has appeared on several recordings by the above mentioned as well as those of Craig Finn (of The Hold Steady), Cass McCombs, Sharon Van Etten, Angelique Kidjo (2 Grammy winning albums), Medeski Martin and Wood, Yeasayer, Spencer Day, Holly Miranda, Foals, Passion Pit, Biloji, and legendary improvised conductor Butch Morris. He has performed on television with Public Enemy, Rob Stewart, Barry Gibb, Paul Simon, My Morning Jacket, Tune-Yards, The Fela! Broadway Cast, The Roots, Antibalas, Gomez, Craig Finn, Sam Fender, Erykah Badu, & Alabama Shakes. It’s all of these experiences that lead us to the moments of today. Currently, Stuart leads The Bogie Band feat Joe Russo, a nine piece Winds & Drum group that performs ecstatic music that’s half sit down and half get up. He has been performing daily solo clarinet concerts on Instagram throughout the Covid 19 Pandemic, and has featured remote collaborations with over 50 different artists. He regularly composes music for film, stage, & commercials.

Stuart and I got toGether to mainly discuss the fresh to the world release of ‘The Prophets In The City’ —the debut album from The Bogie Band ft. Joe Russo on Royal Potato Family. We dive right into the way this music was planted as a seed, ways it was allowed to grow and Stuart creates a set-list around the album with many local Madison artists, just to be even more impressive than being such a deeply sought after saxophonists in the business – his resume is long/diverse & amazing [just like the roster of friends on this new album]. Something tells me this is another one of those albums of sound that could be an instant addition to a collector of music with an open mind and a thirsty ear-hole.

What The Hail

The final part of the proGram made what was once over there…move to here…or hear.

The Prophets In The City (Arrival, Balance, Discipline, Joy)- The Bogie Band Ft. Joe Russo

Dervish Dance- Club d’Elf
***pre-recorded conversation with Mike Rivard***
Lalla Aisha In Jhaptal- Club d’Elf
King Kong- Club d’Elf

Tony- Giuseppe Paradiso & Meridian 71 Ft. Mark Zaleski/Phil Sargent/Utar Artun/James Hazelwood-Dale/Malick Ngom

Stirred Beast- Neptungo
Mundo en Extinción- Rubén Albarrán, Ramon Amezcua & Golden Hornet
Where’s the One?- Congotronics International Ft. Deerhoof, Juana Molina, Kasai Allstars, Konono No 1, Wildbirds & Peacedrums & Skeletons
Soké Wo (Sol Power All-Stars Remix)- Dogo Du Togo

Gene Pool- Uèle Lamore
Predation- Uèle Lamore

Criminal- The Spy from Cairo Ft. Mambe Rodriguez
Extraterrestre- The Spy from Cairo Ft. Carmen Estevez
Clbr 35- Calibro 35


The middle part of the proGram seemed to take a lively form.

You Ain’t Ready (Smoove Remix Special Version)- Crowd Company
(Hey Mama) Wild Tchoupitoulas- The Neville Brothers Ft. Ivan Neville, Ian Neville & George Porter Jr
Omnificent- The Sure Fire Soul Ensemble
Step Down- The Sure Fire Soul Ensemble

Chase Theme- Don Leisure
Samosa Swiss- Don Leisure
Interludio 3- Sly5thAve & Roberto Verastegui
Interludio1- Sly5thAve & Roberto Verastegui
Empeño (lil’ Bop)- Sly5thAve & Roberto Verastegui

Horizon- POLY POLY
AIR- Space Kamp Ft. Jessica Lamb
Lost- Zola Jesus

New Moon- Electric Beethoven w/Death By Dub
Moonlight Sonata- Electric Beethoven


The first part of this week’s program took that biG first step.

Blues Highway- Railroad Earth
The Barstow Street Blues- Andrés Miguel Cervantes

Probably Something- Tim Gartland
Queen of the Devil’s Den (Reprise)- Fonky Donkey Ft. Joe Krown
Oaklawn Blues- Fonky Donkey
greenarrowradio promo- Kathy Murray
I’m Just Saying- Trudy Lynn

I Wanna Be Your Man- Hoodoo Gurus

Take out the Trash- Shirley Davis & Silverbacks
The Haploids- Calibro 35
Omicron Paradox- Calibro 35
Gallus Major- Tetrao Urogallus

Club d’Elf You Never Know

To the naked eye, Club d’Elf looks exactly like a world-class instrumental band: 5 or 6 fierce players laying down heavy grooves & exploratory solos on distinctive original material, as audience members dance or listen in amazed attention. To its fans, however, and its large and colorful cast of musicians, D’Elf is all that & much, much more. The paradox & the power of the unusually named Club d’Elf become increasingly clear through repeated encounters. Unlike almost any other band, D’Elf’s personnel changes radically from show to show. Fans have their favorite configurations & players, but unlike groups where musicians’ tenures are finite, ‘D’Elf-ians’ revolve in & out, reappearing in endless combinations. Beyond the cast of characters, the music itself is in constant flux. Individual songs can vary dramatically from performance to performance as new alignments of players make every moment fresh. No 2 sets are alike. Yet the feeling & philosophy that animate D’Elf remain consistent, the product of the vision & dedication of leader Mike Rivard (aka Micro Vard) and the ongoing contributions of his talented collaborators. Club d’Elf’s desire to move beyond the world of appearances & venture into the realm of the eternal is at the center their music. This metaphysical quest is embodied – much to listeners’ benefit – within one of the best bands you will ever hear – and one that rewards repeated listening. You can enjoy D’Elf any old way you choose it, but make no mistake: This community of sound gardeners intends to move your booty, excite your intellect, & ultimately join you in transcendence itself.

This is always a special time for me, when Club d’Elf celebrates the release of new music. Micro and I dive way deep into the new music off You Never Know. We get personal…like the music tends to feel…and we learn how the sound formations took place, where the origins were and how the growth and friendship allowed a new bloom to blossom. The album offers a fusion of jazz, gnawa & other North African traditional music influences refracted through a prism of contemporary psychedelia—Morocco turned technicolor. Over an hour & 15 minutes, the record unfurls upon kaleidoscopic clouds of spiced smoke, shifting from chopped dub-jazz through trance epics that reimagine Boston as a city of bazaars. Micro talks of being inspired to make the record after overcoming a life-threatening embolism he suffered while on a spiritual quest in Peru. In the studio, he was joined by collaborators Dean Johnston (drums), DJ Mister Rourke (turntables), Paul Schultheis and John Medeski (vintage analog keyboards), Casablanca-native Brahim Fribgane (oud, vocals and percussion) and guitarists Duke Levine, David Fiuczynski and Kevin Barry—ceded the spotlight to the collective, allowing for free-play and improvisational dexterity. Through it all rides the trance, pulsing, calming and seeking mystic truths. I welcome you this community, in service of the Groove.