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Juicy Ingredients

The first part of this week’s proGram had the things mixed in that made it just right:

Good For Both of Us- Jay Wadley
At The End Of The Rainbow- Sierra Ferrell

Carefree Kids- Backyard Tire Fire
**pre-recorded conversation with Ed Anderson**
Little Wren- Backyard Tire Fire

Weight of the Earth, on Paper- Mega Bog
City Is Burning- Strange Majik
Let’s Get Together- The Ronnie Wood Band Ft. Mick Taylor (Live at the Royal Albert Hall)

Hustle- Tommy Castro
greenarrowradio promo- Elly Wininger
Alabama Blues- Elly Wininger
A Taste Of Malt Liquor- The Porkroll Project
4 Cars- Colin Linden

Sinners Strut- Rusty Ends Blues Band
Gimme Some Skin- Teresa James & The Rhythm Tramps Ft. David Millsap

Backyard Tire Fire Is Back

Backyard Tire Fire is back! The Midwestern alt-country band’s forthcoming EP ‘Black Dirt Blue Sky’ dropping today via Black Dirt Records/Royal Potato Family. The five-song collection marks the first new music from Backyard Tire Fire in eleven years. The rebirth of Backyard Tire Fire springs forth with an undeniable burst of musical energy. Fans will cheer the band’s return the way families celebrate a long-awaited reunion. The music radiates a spirit of renewal, like a John Deere tractor turning over a patch of rich soil. And the musicians pack more passion into the material than a team of horses in their prime, eager to work. The recordings show how much bandmates Edward David Anderson, Matt Anderson, Scott Tipping and John Ganser are happy to play new songs together after a decade-long hiatus. ‘Black Dirt Blue Sky’ is loaded with moments that coax smiles and recall good memories. “Carefree Kids” inspires nostalgia, while “Truck Stop Shower” negotiates the ups and downs of a life lived hard with guest vocals by Garrison Starr. The band’s experience touring the USA and recording a series of timeless alt-country records in the early aughts informs the present-day energy of tunes like “Little Wren” and “House Of Cards.” Holding up alongside the best of Backyard Tire Fire from years past, the music shines with beauty and joy, like light at the end of a long tunnel. Backyard Tire Fire will return to the stage for a handful of select performances, including their own Black Dirt Music Festival in Bloomington, IL on Saturday, September 11 to be headlined by fellow Illinois band, Wilco.

It’s been a few years now, but I had a chance to reconnect with Backyard Tire Fire’s founding member, primary songwriter and friend of the proGram, Edward David Anderson. We talk about the new music, where it came from and how it was made ready to go down as a BTF collection. We dissect a couple of the tracks, so that feeling of being there when pen hits paper or strings get strummed for their birth is true. We also talked about life, where it was, where it’s been and some hopes for where it could be going and how all that translates into stories, the reason this band means so much to me…it’s the stories and how they are easily relatable for me as both a listener and a music sharer. A few years back when chatting with Cody, (Chicago Farmer), he and I discussed the influences they bounced off one another and same thing goes down in this chat. This is why is we his songs seem to “get us” is discussed. There might even have been mention of a children’s album and book. Say what? If you’ve been waiting, that part is now over and it’s time to get reconnected with a little Backyard Tire Fire of your own. I think this new EP is a great place to (re)start.

Eye To I

The final part of this week’s proGram made that all important connection:

Bill- Joon Moon Ft. Liv Warfield
Footsteps- Digital Liquid Ft. Joseph Malik + Beldina Odenyo
Paradise- Lowdown Brass Band
Truth- Lowdown Brass Band
Who Will Save the World?- Anthony Joseph

Souvenir- Maston with L’éclair
Swiss Franc- Maston with L’éclair
Fiction Island- Zoe’s Shanghai

Wiya Waist- The Garifuna Collective
Faden Sawo- Nakany Kante
One Bright Road- JonQuan & Associates x Elliot Martin
Small Axe- U-Roy Ft. Jesse Royal

Wider Views

The middle portion of this week’s proGram widened some ears to this more complete view:

Anyday- Tedeschi Trucks Band Ft. Trey Anastasio (Live at LOCKN’)
Confess It- Saun & Starr Ft. The Dap-Kings (Live at the Apollo)
Thank You Lord- Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens (Live at the Apollo)
A Brighter Day- The New Mastersounds Ft. Lamar Williams Jr.
Honey Dijon- Hot Mustard

crybaby- Kiefer
Lift Somebody Up- Kiefer Ft. Josh Johnson
The Fall of Phaeton- One Earth Alliance
Scoochie- Tim Carman Trio

Low Era- Geese
Time- Joon Moon Ft. Liv Warfield
Young- Joon Moon Ft. Liv Warfield


The first portion of this week’s proGram took it’s sweet time enjoying every morsel:

Aeolian- Sendelica
Dose of Love- Strange Majik
That Life- Unknown Mortal Orchestra
I Need You Bad- Shannon & The Clams
Crumb Back- Mega Bog
Honesty- Naia Izumi

Praise Him- Mud Morganfield
Don’t Call it Love- Rusty Ends Blues Band
Back to Chicago- Lauren Anderson Ft. Mike Zito
Blow- Colin Linden

Shame Shame Shame- The Ronnie Wood Band Ft. Mick Taylor & Paul Weller (live at The Royal Albert Hall)
Good Lover- The Ronnie Wood Band Ft. Mick Taylor (live at The Royal Albert Hall)
It’s Too Late- Tedeschi Trucks Band Ft. Trey Anastasio (live at LOCKN’)

Found It

The final portion of this week’s proGram made it easy to spot these things with the sounds as a guide:

Smoke ‘Em Up- Gerry Gibbs Thrasher Dream Trio
Gibberish- Gerry Gibbs Thrasher Dream Trio
Hippie Twist- Gerry Gibbs Thrasher Dream Trio

In Our Time- Victor Gould
Minority- Victor Gould
Dear Ralph- Victor Gould

Eberhard- Lyle Mays
Nardis- Marc Johnson
***pre-recorded conversation with Mr. Marc Johnson***
Samurai Fly- Marc Johnson
Whorled Whirled World- Marc Johnson

Up In At It

The middle portion of the proGram knew where to look but it was the how to go there that was just right:

Olivia Benson- Brandee Younger Ft. Ron Carter
Armando’s Rhumba- Jenny Klukken

Moses on the Cross- Carlos Henriquez
Boro Of Fire- Carlos Henriquez
Calypso Trisha- Benn Clatworthy System 6
The Skipper Meets the Pharoah- Benn Clatworthy System 6

Go Happy Lucky- Andrew Cyrille Quartet
Home Cookin’- Leon Lee Dorsey Ft. Manuel Valera & Mike Clark
Chillin’- Leon Lee Dorsey Ft. Manuel Valera & Mike Clark

The Smudge- Joe Alterman (live)

Starting Points

The first part of this week’s proGram had a door to open…into somewhere:

Walkin’ On Bourbon Street- Ericson Holt
Freedom March / For John Lewis- Band of Other Brothers
Right Now Blues- Band of Other Brothers

Duality- Brian Jackson, Ali Shaheed Muhammad & Adrian Younge
So & So & So and So- David Ornette Cherry

In Walked Bud- Kenny Shanker Ft. Mike Eckroth/Daisuke Abe/Yoshi Waki & Brian Fishler
Soldiers of the Fields / Soldats des Champs- Kenny Garrett
The Eternal Triangle- Tom Cohen

Apalachicola- Chuck Owen & The Jazz Surge Ft. Sara Caswell/Corey Christiansen & Tom Brantley

Closer Look Still

The second hour of the open schedule gap fill-in’in proGram took a closer and different looksee:

Emaali- Rachel Magoola
Serubonera- Rachel Magoola

December Poems- Guy Buttery Ft. Mohd. Amjad Khan & Mudassir Khan
Kya Baat- Guy Buttery Ft. Mohd. Amjad Khan & Mudassir Khan
Sweetest- Katayoun Goudarzi, Shujaat Khan, Shaho Andalibi, Shariq Mustafa

New Arrival- Leon Lee Dorsey Ft. Manuel Valera & Mike Clark
Freedom Jazz Dance- Leon Lee Dorsey Ft. Manuel Valera & Mike Clark
Hey Chick- Gerry Gibbs Thrasher Dream Trios
Townhouse- Gerry Gibbs Thrasher Dream Trios
Old School- Dan Siegel

This Is One Of Those

Did a little open schedule gap fill-in’ in proGram. The sounds of this, I think were that?

Cataliz- Immersion & Scanner
Waimalien- KUNZITE
Elements- DJ Revolution & Planet Asia

When We Move- Common Ft. Black Thought & Seun Kuti
Felabration- Mister T.

Space Station- Pachyman
Sunlight- Fortunate Youth
Unusual Times- Dubbest Ft. Elliot Martin

Hermitage- Eric Hilton
Forming Star- Eric Hilton
Mesta- Oceanvs Orientalis & İlhan Erşahin
Keep Coming Back (Azam Ali Remix)- Cheb i Sabbah Ft. Peter Murphy

Overpass By Marc Johnson

Marc Johnson was born in Nebraska in 1953, and he grew up in Texas. By age 19, he was working professionally with the Fort Worth Symphony, and while at North Texas State University, he played & recorded with fellow student Lyle Mays. After graduating he toured & recorded with Woody Herman, before becoming, at the age of 25, the bassist with the Bill Evans Trio, following in the footsteps of masterful players including Scott La Faro, Gary Peacock and Eddie Gomez. Mr. Johnson’s many recording credits since then include discs with Michael Brecker, Bob Brookmeyer, Gary Burton, Jack DeJohnette, Eliane Elias, Peter Erskine, Bill Frisell, Stan Getz, Joe Lovano, Lyle Mays, Pat Metheny, Ben Monder, Paul Motian, Enrico Pieranunzi, & Wolfgang Muthspiel, among other visionaries. His first ECM recordings were with his own Bass Desires quartet, who released 2 important albums, Bass Desires & Second Sight. The bassist subsequently recorded for the label as a member of John Abercrombie’s trio and appears on the guitarist’s discs including Cat’n’Mouse & Class Trip. He has also contributed to ECM albums by guitarist Ralph Towner (Lost and Found), pianist John Taylor (Rosslyn), saxophonist Charles Lloyd (Lift Every Voice) and bandoneón master Dino Saluzzi (Cité de la Musique). Leader dates have included Shades of Jade and Swept Away – both featuring Eliane Elias, Joe Lovano, & Joey Baron, with John Scofield also appearing on Shades. Overpass, recorded in January and February 2018 at Nacena Studios, in São Paulo, was produced by Marc & Eliane Elias and is set to be released on 8/27 on ECM Records. With Overpass, recorded in Brazil in 2018, Mr. Johnson makes a decisive & intriguing contribution to ECM’s solo bass recordings. It is an album that takes note of that tradition and Marc has said that Dave Holland’s Emerald Tears was among the solo recordings that fired his imagination almost half a century ago and builds upon it in a personal & imaginative way.

I had the opportunity to catch up with Mr. Johnson about some of the ins and outs of the new album, Overpass. We dissect a couple of the tunes to get that feeling of being inside the music, as well as the process by which the album was put toGether. A Solo double bass album, this music while some may be familiar by name, provides me, as a listener and a sharer a chance to see/hear….feel the same differently. I invite you into that same feeling by checking out our conversation, but also by finding the tunes on this album, that do the same for you.

The Ones Who Do

The final part of this week’s proGram had so much going on within the time frames:

Patient Boy- Dragondeer
Alejandro Escovedo- Backyard Tire Fire
Early Morning Rain- David Ferguson
Tokyo Dream Time- Tim Motzer
Wiyathul (Longing For Place)- Gurrumul
Can’t Let Go- Robert Plant & Alison Kraus

What’s on My Mind- Johnny Tucker and The Allstars Ft. Kid Ramos
Guilty of a Good Time- Altered Five Blues Band
In the Name of No Good- Altered Five Blues Band

That Kind of Love- Tito Jackson Ft. Grady Champion & Kenny Neal
***pre-recorded conversation with Mr. Tito Jackson***
Under Your Spell- Tito Jackson Ft. Joe Bonamassa
Wheels Keep Turning- Tito Jackson Ft. Kenny Neal

greenarrowradio promo- Kate From Lung
Opium Eyes- The Speed Of Sound
Zombie Century- The Speed Of Sound

Keep On Growing- Tedeschi Trucks Band Ft. Trey Anastasio (live at LOCKN)

The Smoker Set

Well, this part of the proGram lives up to the title “The Smoker”:

Fall In Love Again- Alanna Royale
Survivor- Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats
Window Seat- Hot Mustard
A Brighter Day- The New Mastersounds W/Adryon de León
Pizza Pie- Let Your Hair Down

Mi Conga Es De Akokan- Orquesta Akokán
Olá!- Carwyn Ellis & Rio 18 w/BBC National Orchestra Of Wales

Yes- Prince
***pre-recorded conversation with Liv Warfield of New Power Generation***
Stand Up And B Strong- Prince
1000 Light Years From Here- Prince

Feel It- Joon Moon Ft. Liv Warfield
Modal B- Joon Moon Ft. Liv Warfield

Home Of The Bees

The first part of this week’s proGram kept things in and out of the hive:

Stop That Train- U-Roy Ft. Rygin King
Champion Sound- Pachyman
Roots Train- Pachyman
Equal Rights- Kingston Express Ft. Ranking Joe

Accidental Badman- JonQuan & Associates Ft. Carlton Livingston
It’s Your World (I Grade Dub)- The Archives Ft. Puma Ptah & Brian Jackson
Revolution Disguised As Change (I Grade Dub)- The Archives Ft. Mutabaruka & Puma Ptah
Kite Zo A- Lakou Mizik & Joseph Ray

Fire On The Mountain- Dave McMurray
Franklin’s Tower- Dave McMurray

Liv Warfield Is All That And More

Liv Warfield began building her legend, in of all places, Portland, Oregon. Despite having no formal background in singing, she gained the respect of local superstars and became an icon in her own right. While she takes cues from musical influences like Nina Simone, Etta James, Sade, Tina Turner, & Mary J. Blige, Liv has carved out a style all her own, which can best be described as “alternative soul with a lil’ bit of Rock ‘n’ Roll.” In 2006, she self-released her debut album “Embrace Me.” By 2009, she caught the eye of the one-and-only Prince and ultimately joined his group the “New Power Generation.”

imaGe used w/permission from LiV

After touring for several years & soaking up as much knowledge as she could from the ultimate music mentor, Liv made her big splash on the national scene in 2014, 1st as a featured artist for Vh1’s “You Oughta Know” campaign, and then with the release of her major label debut album “The Unexpected,” which was executive produced by Prince. What followed were show-stopping performances on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” “The Late Show with David Letterman,” and “The Arsenio Hall Show;” a 2014 Soul Train Music Award & nominations for two others; a BET Best New Artist Award nomination; & high-profile cosigns from Lionel Richie, Cindy Lauper, & Nancy Wilson of HEART. That same year, Warfield’s performance closing out Essence Fest was hailed as one of the most memorable after shows at the New Orleans House of Blues. In 2015, the accolades only kept growing, w/Liv and the NPG Hornz being named one of the top 10 bands to see at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland. It’s no wonder she has left celebrities like Letterman declaring it’s time to “cancel show business!”

Fast forward a little closer to this moment today and the release of Prince’s Welcome 2 America certainly reminded me of just how much Liv has been instrumental in bringing a special joy to my ear, my heart and my radio proGram. I had the true pleasure of catching up with Liv about the music of Welcome 2 America being released out to the world, working with Prince and the trust & education that comes with it. We spend some time talking about the great new and fresh-feeling music being released very very soon with Joon Moon and how yet another music page is being turned with this effort. I am a true believer that Liv can turn as many musical pages as as can be held in the library. There are stores we share, there is some poetic waxin’ and of course there is the “So…how did you come to the attention of Prince?” was definitely run through. Although, Liv Warfield may be synonymous with the work she has done with a true one-of-a-kind, there is a reason this visionary of life’s art chose her to be on the “team”. Because of this unique dubbing by a king, I am not one to keep this chat only abut the music. Liv and I talk about the person, not just the powerhouse of an artist that she is and I think when you are done getting to know her, you’ll see why I believe now is the time for all of us to Liv better!

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Peeking In

The final episode of the Summer’s spin off THE YELLOW LIGHT saw what you were doing and provided this soundtrack:

Every Knee Shall Bow- U-Roy Ft. Big Youth & Mick Jones
Land Back- The Halluci Nation Ft. Boogey The Beat & Northern Voice
Collaboration ≠ Appropriation- The Halluci Nation Ft. Tanya Tagaq

Discognized (Deep Dub Version Alt Break)- Mr. Confuse & Ferry Ultra
Naked- TOKiMONSTA Ft. Channel Tres
America The Beautiful (original version w/Guitar)- Kameelah Waheed
Unclustered- Immersion
Ripples- Immersion

Home Is Where the Hatred Is (I Grade Dub Mix)- The Archives Ft. Puma Ptah
Must Be Something (I Grade Dub Mix)- The Archives Ft. Puma Ptah & Brian Jackson
The Resolution With Not Be Televised- The Archives (I Grade Dub Mix) Ft. Mateo Monk & Kenyatta Hill

Under Tito Jackson’s Spell

Tito Jackson has spent his entire life tempting music lovers w/soulful harmonies interwoven w/curvaceous rhythms as a member of Motown’s greatest discovery, The Jackson 5, and presently as a multi-faceted solo artist. His unyielding passion for blues, R&B, pop, and other music forms is the secret to his boundless energy & unique achievements in the ever-changing & at times heartless business. In 1962, before the Jackson 5 & the Jacksons, Tito performed in a local group called The Jackson Brothers. After competing & winning local talent shows in and around Gary, the precocious brothers were victorious again on the most prestigious amateur stage of all — Manhattan’s Apollo Theater. In that same year Tito & his brothers made their first studio recording, titled “Big Boy.” Not only did it turn out to be a local hit, but it set the stage for a partnership with Motown Records and appearances on the top-rated Ed Sullivan Show, American Bandstand, Soul Train, & later, their own primetime television series in 1976, on CBS. In addition to this, Tito and his brothers’ soaring popularity with America’s youth was so captivating that they were captioned in a Saturday morning, ABC TV animation series. Tito and his brothers signed with Epic Records and officially came under a new name, The Jacksons, in 1976. In 1978 he co-wrote the songs “Everybody,” “Destiny,” and “Push Away” for his new record label. As the group The Jackson’s, including Tito, they self-produced the Destiny album. Later, for the Victory album Tito produced, wrote, and sang on “We Can Change The World,” which was featured on their popular Victory Tour. A father of three men (Taj, Taryll, and TJ), known to the music world as 3T, Tito works closely with his sons. This is consistent with the fine direction that he received from his loving mother Katherine & his caring father Joe. In addition to working with sisters Janet, Rebbie, & La Toya, Tito has worked with countless fine musicians, singers, and producers. One of the performing highlights of the remarkable career of Tito Jackson is the unforgettable reunion performance on one of histories most watched television specials, Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever (1983). The show signaled a pivotal point in his dazzling career and an auspicious focus on likely the greatest performer to ever grace a stage, Michael Jackson. In 1997 Tito and his brothers were ceremonially honored as inductees of the well-respected Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. In September 2001, nearly 17 years after their last performance together, all 6 Jackson brothers reunited for 2 performances at Madison Square Garden for a 30th anniversary special commemorating Michael’s solo career. Tito’s initial success with the recording masterpieces “I Want You Back,” “Never Can Say Goodbye”, “I’ll Be There,” (best selling single in Motown’s history), and other mega-hits is the start of an amazing journey thru modern musical immortality. Tito also rocks the world through various riveting live shows with his brothers, his own band & the BB King Blues Band. His brother Michael had this to say about him, “Tito is very quiet and soft, but can be really strong when necessary. He’s always there when we need him and manages to project an inner calm which is vital within a family unit”. Those statements have proven to be consistently true through the ups and downs of the exciting but rigorous show business lifestyle. As an international artist, Tito has garnered great respect from peers & fans alike. His emphasis on fairness & loyalty in the music business community is a hallmark of his selfless style. This legend’s mark on music history & the rich legacy that he established is one that has stood the test of time and is one that will flourish for as long as there is a song to sing!

I had the complete honor to sit down and chat it up with this living legend, Hall Of Famer and a true gentleman, Mr. Tito Jackson. Mr. Jackson and I spent time discussing his new release “Under Your Spell” on Gulf Coast Records. We get into a few of the tracks and how the amazing lineup of accompanying artists added their “them” to the project. We talk about the lead single “Love One Another” and moreover, the video for this anthemesque tune that reminds us all about this simple thing…and its the list of the who Mr. Jackson has in the video to help get that message out. Of course, no good chat with a one and only member of the most influential family in pop music/culture goes on without some stories of the then and how it got all of us to the now, toGether. I am honored to have had the chance to do my little part to help spread this message and hope you’ll dig into the album and this conversation to see what’s what (and even a hint of what’s possibly next…did someone say Sly Stone?).

Getting Warmer

The final part of the proGram might have found the spot:

Africa, One Of A Kind- Angelique Kidjo Ft. Mr Eazi & Salif Keita
Omon Oba- Angelique Kidjo Ft. Zeynab & Lionel Loueke
Winter In America- The Archives Ft. Puma Ptah & Brian Jackson
Who’ll Pay Reparations On My Soul?- The Archives Ft. Puma Ptah & Mustafa Akbar
A Toast to the People- The Archives Ft. Raheem DeVaughn
Macumba De Marea- Quantic & Nidia Góngora

The Real Royal Turkey- Besarabia
Quin enrenou- Fenya Rai
One- Shujaat Husain Khan, Katayoun Goudarzi, Shaho Andalibi, Shariq Mustafa

Prelude- Adi Meyerson Ft. Eden Girma
Ancestors Are Calling- David Ornette Cherry
Ethiopian Sunshower- Brian Jackson, Ali Shaheed Muhammad & Adrian Younge
Baba Ibeji- Brian Jackson, Ali Shaheed Muhammad & Adrian Younge


The middle portion of the proGram is still out there checking for more of those goodness grooves:

Running Game (Son Of A Slave Master)- Prince
Check The Record- Prince
Break The Bough- Yola

America The Beautiful (North Street West Vocal RMX)- Kameelah Waheed
Up All Night (North Street West Dub)- King Brasstards Ft. Lisa Miller & Gary Davis
I Got Soul (Mogul Remix)- Cliff Beach
Discognized (Deeb Dub Version)- Mr. Confuse & Ferry Ultra

Purple Haze- 2B3
Crazy Fingers- Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey
Bumper Crop Of Strange- Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey
Dove’s Army Of Love- Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey



The first part of the proGram had it’s buzzers-a-buzzin for you:

Coming Up Tough- Chubby and The Gang
Get Up- Andrew Paul
The Junkman- The Delevantes
I Felt it To- Bette Smith
Soul Stripper- Lea McIntosh

greenarrowradio promo- Jeff Taylor of Altered 5 Blues Band
Holler If You Hear Me- Altered Five Blues Band
All In The Family Blues- Tito Jackson Ft. Eddie Levert & Kenny Neal
You’re Gonna Push Me Too Far- Tito Jackson

Little Birdie- Izo FitzRoy
Don’t Throw Me To the Lions- Mo’ Gigs Ft. Pugs Atomz
Fondle Rock- The Poets of Rhythm
Survival Of The Freshest- The Poets of Rhythm
With a Bit Kurkuma- YORK Ft. Yane Singh
Avalanche!- Shinji