Coach Eddie Robinson did it right.

“I think the thing that stands out about Coach the most is the development of transforming boys into men and preparing them for life,” said Monroe, La., native James “Shack” Harris, vice president of player personnel for the Jacksonville Jaguars and a former Grambling and NFL quarterback. “He understood the players and where they came from and what it took to be successful.” Robinson once estimated he coached more than 4,500 varsity athletes in football, basketball and baseball with an 85% graduation rate. “I tended to want to bring things out in a football player as a student,” Robinson said. “We were blessed to have some good football players, but when you graduate people, they seem to be good people. They get a degree, and they can go out and handle things.” Robinson’s career spanned 11 presidents, several wars and the civil-rights movement. “The real record I have set for over 50 years is the fact that I have had one job and one wife,” Robinson said.

Coach Robinson ended his 57 year career at Grambling with a remarkable 408-165-15 record and sending more than 200 players to the NFL.

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DJ Mister Rourke to the Quiet Corner

April 6th TURNTABLE MADNESS and LIVE REGGAE: Mister Rourke, Axel Foley, DJ Reazon,and Zion Blood: Heading to Tyrone Farm in Pomfret Connecticut.
Prepare yourself for new concepts as scratch musicians Mister Rourke, Axel Foley and DJ Reazon improvise together live on six turntables, manipulating every imaginable noise from their arsenal of samples. Rourke is considered a pioneer of using the turntable in a live band setting. He has performed with his eight piece ensembles Fat Bag, The Formula, and with countless bands in genres including Hip Hop, Funk, Dub Reggae, Free Jazz, Electronica, Blues, Ambient, Moroccan, Trip Hop, R&B, African and even Gospel. His work has earned him three Boston Music Awards, he has been featured in the Boston Globe, jambase.com, Hip Hop Nation, Billboard Magazine, MTVs The Real World and HBO’s The Chris Rock Show. His music has also been used in short films, commercials, video games, made-for television movies, and a variety of local art exhibits. The DJ’s will be joined by Zion Blood, a Boston based progressive dub reggae trio which has been playing in Boston for the past 2 years. Their style is innovative, their compositions are original and the playing is spot on.

Check out my convo with DJ Mister Rourke here.

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I think I feel a DRAFT!

Do the Dirt, the Phantom Blues Band
I Only Have Love, Phantom Blues Band w/Taj
Think, Phantom Blues Band
Muddy Water, Keb Mo
Whole Nutha Thang, Keb Mo
Papa Dukie & the Mudpeople, the Subdudes
(a style called)Crying Chic, Pop Levi
Last Girl on Earth, Supreme Beings of Leisure
Love Sweet Love, Morcheeba
Making Room for a New Day, Emily Grogan
Childe, Dana Varon
Violent Berries, Exit Clov
My Dear Country, Norah Jones
Under the Boardwalk, Tom Tom Club
Eva, Tonights African Band w/Abdoulaye Diabate
Moose, Toubab Krewe (live)
Ana, Vieux Farka Toure
***Conversation with DJ Mister Rourke***
#3, DJ MR. Rourke/Mike Rivard/J. Trauma/G. Scott/B.Sayers(live)
All Night Party, Little Axe
Soulshine, Gov’t Mule (live)
Coffee, Papa Mali
Po’ Jon, John Lisi & Delta Funk
Blah Blah Blah, John Lisi & Delta Funk
Como MS, Cashman
Everybody Love You, Hazmat Modine
Rebecca Rebecca, Mojo:Saint (live)
Chickenshack, Mojo:Saint (live)
Angelina, Tony Tyler Trance
***Conversation with Tony Tyler***
Where are the Angels, Tony Tyler Trance
Tailspin, MOE.
Pray, Book of Knots feat. Tom Waits
Ferocious, Nikki Armstrong

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Tony Tyler MORE!!!!

Music Matters Entertainment and Jamland Productions presents an evening with Wet Willie, with opening act the Tony Tyler Trance, on Saturday, April 7 at Club 29 in Decatur, GA. This is the full Wet Willie lineup, including founding members Jimmy & Jack Hall! Don’t miss this rare opportunity to see these icons of Southern Rock. Jack Hall of Wet Willie has recently joined Alabama blues greats Mojo:Saint. I’m pleased to announce that Mojo:Saint has just been added to the lineup, and will go on at 8:30. I had the chance to record another conversation with Tony Tyler, who about a year ago was just getting it all started and I believe you will see what I mean when I say “My how he has grown”. As the opportunities get more and more, Tony seems to have a good grip on where he wants to be and what he needs to do. We discuss the above mentioned show, a little on the new album and as always some fun banter.

Listen to Tony Tyler conversation here.

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Get out and see TOUBAB KREWE.

On April 6th at the Main Pub in Manchester, come on out and witness Toubab Krewe, a fusion of West African music and some “dirty south” influences that combined create a hybrid of rock and roll yet tapped into. The magnetic instrumental quintet formed in early 2005 and has attracted a diverse and devoted national following, captivating crowds everywhere from the Bonnaroo Music Festival and the Blue Note to the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. The band’s energetic performances and acclaimed self-titled debut have won them praise from the New York Times, Global Rhythm, and Afropop Worldwide. I had the opportunity to speak with percussionist Luke Quaranta recently and would like to introduce some new ears to this splendid sound.

Check out the conversation with Luke Here.

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Did you get on your flight?

Reefer Headed Woman, Cashman
Down Slow, Cashman
Out of your Life, Cashman
C’mon Down, John Lisi & Delta Funk
Food & Creative Love, Rusted Root
the Democratic Circus, Talking Heads
Chicken Bucket, Big Ass Truck
Hootchie Mama, Big Ass Truck
Gimme Shelter, Angelique Kidjo w/Joss Stone
Ombwa Te, Kaissa
High up on the Hook, Alice Russell
Ziwere, Oliver Mtukudzi
16 Dimples, Mystic Bowie
Ray Castold World Tour, Ticklah
Cooly Wages, Ticklah
Joyful Noise, the Derek Trucks band
House of Blues, Gregg Allman
Memphis in the Meantime, Gregg Allman
Drive, String Cheese Incident
VooDoo Woman, the NRG Band (live)
Rhapsody in Red, Jerry Garcia Band
Angel Dance, Los Lobos
Bertha, Los Lobos (live)
War, J.J. Grey & Mofro
Blue honey, Pop Levi
Devil Woman, Toubab Krewe
*Conversation w/Luke Quaranta of Toubab Krewe*
Hang Tan, Toubab Krewe
Lies, Panchito
What U Want From Me?, Dumpstafunk (live)
Test Tube Baby/Shoot ’em Down, Morphine
Shine My Cadillac, Craig Kingfish Griffen
All Night Party, Little Axe
Creeper Returns, Mark Hummel
I am the Light of the World, Jorma Kaukonen Trio (live)
Down by the River, Neil Young (live Massy Hall 1971)
Sanitarium, HARPTALLICA

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A double dose of Cherryholmes

Friday March 23rd and Saturday March 24th, Cherryholmes brings its family style bluegrass show to the stage of Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts at the Storrs campus of the University of Connecticut. The band goes by the family’s surname, and got its start after Jere and Sandy Cherryholmes took the family on a road trip to a bluegrass festival. The trip was meant to be a spirit-lifter after the death of their daughter Shelley. The festival inspired the couple, who were homeschooling their children, to add music to the educational agenda. Molly and B.J. played fiddle, Skip played guitar. Eldest sister Cia, 22, took up banjo and became the band’s singer and songwriter as well. Now, after only four years of performing, Cherryholmes have been signed to country star Ricky Skaggs’ label. The family’s tour bus is headquartered in Goodlettesville, a suburb of Nashville, Tenn., where they moved two years ago. But the bus is rarely in the driveway — the Cherryholmes family is on a stage most nights of the year. And I am pleased to bring a quick conversation with Jerry Cherryholmes, as he was able to step away from rehearsal long enough for a quick chat.

Listen to our conversation here.

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What day is it anyway??

All day I thought it was Thursday. But in fact, the computer tells me it is Wednesday. So, I am deciding to call today Wedursday. Happy WEDURSDAY to you all.

Reefer Headed Woman, Cashman

Pistol Blues, Cashman
C’Mon Down, John Lisi & Delta Funk
let the Mermaids Swim w/me, scrapOmatic
Bubblegum Song, scrapOmatic
Apocalypse Blues, scrapOmatic
Goin’ to the Country, Martin Sexton
By the Rivers of Babylon, Jorma Kaukonen
the Mother, Xavier Rudd
Balkan Trilogy, Terrafolk
A. Mystic Intro
B. Ajde Jano
C. Ederneni Boyacilari
Devil Woman, Toubab Krewe
Toe Foo, Ticklah
Tickla’s Swing, Ticklah
I’m Tore Down, John Hammond/G.Love
Nobody’s Fault but Mine, NO Blues
Lovin’ in my Baby’s Eyes, Leftover Salmon/Taj
Up the hill…, Leftover Salmon feat. Bela Fleck
***CONVERSATION WITH JERRY CHERRYHOLMES***
How Long, Cherryholmes
La Bamba, Freak Guitar
Dream Land, Caveman
Crusin’ (live), Al DiMeola
First Flight, Panchito
Girl Watcher, Yelloman (live in S.F.)
What U Want From Me, Dumpstafunk (live)

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Little Feat 3/18 at the WOLF DEN

Well, this highly anticipated evening was even better than expected. You know how it usually is, you get yourself psyched up for an event and it doesn’t ever quite “get there”…well, Little Feat got there and then some…and then…some MORE. I got a chance to hang with Billy Payne and a couple other of the Feat members, watching and talking a little college hoops. The show started off with a bang and we all never looked back. There were some tasty treats as expected we got to Skin it Back, and walk around on a Spanish Moon, and we did get a fried up encore-like rendition of Dixie Chicken, but what blew me away was what appeared to be a version of Within you With out You. The best part of all, believe it or not was the way the entire Little Feat family treated me like I was one of the crew, making sure all was well on several occasions. This band might have little feat, but they sure do have some big hearts…please check out their webpage to see how active they are in the social/medical climate around the world.

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The day a little g was hatched.

Thanks to all who made RADIOTHON a success for greenarrowradio as we toppled the goal of 800$ with a total of 1280$. THANK YOU.

Todays show looked like this.
In a Gadda Da Vida, Yat Kha
Im Telech, the Idan Raichel Project
Beauty, Wax Poetic
Thylicine, Wayne Warwick Williams
Tabey Tarate, Tartit
Wosoubour, Vieux Farka Toure/Eccodek Remix
Dear God, Sarah McLaughlin
Psychedelia in A, Emily Grogan
One More Day, King Johnson
Do your Thing, Papa Mali
***CONVERSATION WIT PAPA MALI***
Honeybee, Papa Mali
Down the Road, Little Feat
Footsteps, JJ Grey & Mofro
Turpentine, JJ Grey & Mofro
Flatbush & Church Revisited, Vernon Reid & Masque
the Chamber, Neal Schon
Blues for Charles, Julian Kasper
by the Rivers of Babylon, Jorma Kaukonen
Indios do Norte, Forro in the Dark
Asa Branca, F.I.T. Dark feat. David Byrne
Bara, Source w/Abdoulaye Diabate
Wait a Minute, Reuben Wilson
Hot Tub, Cadillac Jones
Sex God, Liquid Soul
Restraint, Keller Williams
Lil Sexy Blues, Keller Williams
Thankful n Thoughtful, Robert Randolph Family Band
I Drink, Southern Crush

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Stars in my Crown by Jorma

A brand new solo release on Red House, Five years after Blue Country Heart, this new release finds Jorma Kaukonen continuing and expanding on that Grammy-nominated work. Not generally a prolific writer, Kaukonen has written a welcome five of the disc’s fourteen numbers this time out. They range from the perfect and prayerful opener “Overture: Heart Temporary,” with its 12-piece string section holding his acoustic guitar and vocal aloft, to the lilting instrumental “A Life Well Lived.” Jorma’s choice of covers has left him room to make them his own, while also adding to the portrait of who he is as an artist, and how he got there. Continuing the journey through American roots music he started in the early 1960’s, Jorma cooks up a tasty collection of down-home blues, bluegrass, folk, country gospel and reggae. Stars In My Crown was recorded in Nashville and is rooted in classic Americana, flavored with a laid-back bluesy feel. This album certainly shows off Jorma’s ability to hears songs in a different light then those who wrote them before him. While he does have quite a collection of backing musicians on this album, it is obvious that Jorma is his own star and another shining jewel in the history of sound. As i sit and listen for the fourth time through, I look forward to locating the quirky tastes of individual personality this guitar master tempts us with as his signature style. And then I look to his website for tour dates….

***** MisterG rating

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Bill Payne of Little Feat

Well, here’s the deal. Both Billy and I had a scratchy reception. We forged ahead as it was the only time that would work for us. There was some good chatter back and forth about the visit to The Wolf Den on March 18th 2007, the latest Little Feat excursion to Jamaica, and I do try and pry a little into what Billy is up to in a solo artists vane. Payne, who co-founded Little Feat with the late, great Lowell George 35 years ago, has been Little Feat’s keyboardist – and its pilot – throughout the band’s existence, writing and singing such beloved classics as ”Oh Atlanta,“ ”Day or Night,“ ”Time Loves a Hero“ and ”Gringo,“ while ”steering a ship that was rudderless,“ as he puts it. He’s also contributed to hundreds of records as a sideman. The list of the artists Payne has recorded with is as lengthy as a small-town telephone book, ranging from Jackson Browne to Beck to Jimmy Buffett – and that’s just some of the ”B“s. Although the quality of this recording is sub par, I still wanted to make it available.

Check out our scratchy chat here.

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Radiothon day, the 1st verse.

We had special guest galore…Pete Karensky, the Right Reverend Douglas McNeil, Moustapha, Lotring…we had studio A rockin’ for sure. We thank all of those who called in to pledge their support to greenarrowradio on behalf of WHUS. THANK YOU!

Power of Soul, Band of Gypsys
Wind it Up, Moe
No Woman, No Cry- Honeytribe
Courage, Vieux Farka Toure
Road to Peace, Tom Waits
Something Went Right, George Soule
Home Movies, Jamie McLean band
***Surprise Chat with Jamie McLean***
This Time Around, Jamie McLean band
Tribal Gathering, the Byrds
Heliotrope, Robyn Hitchcock
Jubilee, Patti Smith
Family Band, Tragically Hip
La Flor de la Chamiza, Inti-Illimani
***Conversation w/Jorge Coulon of Inti-Illimani***
Coffee, Papa Mali
Peaches En Regalia, Frank Zappa
Push Comes to Shove, John Hammond
Louisiana Sky, John Popper Project w/DJ LOGIC
Sister Twisted, Kinky
The Good, the Bad, the Ugly, the Dillingers
Theme from Magnificent Seven, the Dillingers

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Inti-Illimani heading to Jorgensen

The group was formed by students at Universidad Técnica del Estado at Santiago, Chile in 1967. In 1973 as they were on tour abroad, Pinochet came to power. Having heard of the numerous extra-judicial killings of many fellow artists by Chile‘s army, they took up residence in Italy. They continued their efforts supporting democracy internationally; samizdat copies of their work continued to be widely distributed in Chile. In September 1988, days after they were no longer banned from their home country, they began touring Chile again. They helped organize the voting down of the referendum that would have re-elected Pinochet. Recently, they were actually supported by Chile as representatives of Chilean culture. Much like a Zen affirmation, Inti-Illimani’s music floats within your soul with sounds of traditional Latin American music with the windows open paying attention to its surroundings. Come out March 15th to see this very special group as they celebrate a new album release and their 40th anniversary at our Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts.

Check out my conversation with founding member Jorge Coulon here.

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Doin’ our Thing w/Papa Mali

Papa Mali and I have been trying to connect up for a little bit now and we finally put the pieces together. He has been touring around with Galactic supporting his swampy hot sophomoric release dubbed DO YOUR THING. This album here is one for the books. I tell you, it takes on a storm of sounds, some noticeably familiar to our senses…while others really gives us time to reflect and others still…..time to bob and weave like a funky soul chicken. DO YOUR THING really is an album worth personifying and giving an identity to, it could become one of your best pals. It is warm and welcoming, like Papa Mali himself and it welcomes you in for some spiced gumbo that knocks your socks off. In our chat we get a chance to discuss the new album, the first album and some shared friends in Stanton Moore and J.J. Grey. You can check out Papa Mali’s show coming to Lupo’s with Galactic on March 27th, be sure to bring your voodoo dancing boots and your positive spirit to this one folks.

Check out our conversation here.

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Melvin Sparks-A FUNKY Good Time.

The night was set..there was a very nice crowd at the Main Pub in Manchester, CT. Melvin was in rare form I thought. You know, it is always good but there was this medley at the end of the night that just blew the house down. A Parliament and P-Funk type jam ensued out of the fog, and I know my head is still spinning from this funkin’ good time. We had real serious dancing grooves going on, sexy mamas out there shaking their booties and there was even a couple of your favorite WHUS DJ’s spotted in the crowd AND on the dance floor. In this conversation, Melvin tells a tale revolving around his first on stage experience with the late/great Mister James Brown.

Check out our chat right here: you dig.

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Melvin and G right before the show.

Icey Conditions…

Blue Honey, Pop Levi
A Style Called Crying Chic, Pop Levi
Don’t Worry About the Gov’t, Talking Heads
Homework, Peter Wolf
Too Close Together, Peter Wolf
Old Friend, Al & the Transamericans
Lost & Found, Al & the Transamericans
Shine my Cadillac, Craig Catfish Griffin
Columbus Stockade, NO Blues
Avalon Highway, ZZ Top
Get Ready, Oteil & the Peacemakers
I’ll be the One, Warren Haynes (live)
Do Right, Jimmie’s Chicken Shack
***Conversation w/J.J. Grey***
War, J.J. Grey & Mofro
Country Ghetto, J.J. Grey & Mofro
Footsteps, J.J. Grey & Mofro
Turpentine, J.J. Grey & Mofro
Tailspin, Moe.
Courage, Vieux Farka Toure
Sidiki, Baba Maal
Dee Moo Woor, Orchestra Baobab
Catfish Blues, Taj & Cultural Club of Zanzibar
Insurreccion, Son Radical
Banal Reality, Organic Grooves
Funky Good Time, Melvin Sparks
***Conversation with Melvin Sparks***
Bad Mama Jama, Melvin Sparks
Minha Magia, Panchito
Tales of Change, James Robinson
Wave upon Wave, James Robinson
While my Guitar Gently Weeps, Jake Shimabukuro
Wa, Kaissa
drumbone, Blue Man Group
Oceania, Bobby Previte’s Coalition of the Willing
Doomed, Galactic
Rocket, Nikki Armstrong

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What’s new w/J.J. Grey & Mofro?

I took some time recently to catch up with our friend J.J Grey of the Florida based group Mofro. The new album is doing well and the first leg of the tour has been reportedly “blowing J.J. away”. The fans have been ready for a new album and there should be no disappointment when the get through listening to COUNTRY GHETTO. This album has some noticeable differences throughout and is still, like the others filled with solid songwriting, thoughtful care and flare and possibly an album like no other. But, check out our quick catch up session and get it from the man himself. I’d like to thank J.J and Megan from Madison House Publicity for helping make this happen once again.

Check out our Catch Up Session here.

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Vieux Farka Toure rocks the Iron Horse

Last night was something special. We arrived early and caught the sound check, which produced one of the coolest and most original guitar jam of the evening…and there were many. We met up with other journalists and discussed Vieux and his father but mostly the home country to them, Mali. The green room was the spot for our conversation. We shared laughter and languages, handshakes and with some heritage, it was as real as the very earth we stand on. The guys at Modiba Productions are doing this tour right. They are a team of people, treating each other and us as family and it really hits you when they are on stage. The crowd was to the back walls and as you looked around they were smiling from thirsty earhole to thirsty earhole, most containing the urge for dancing until the end of the show…oh, this music makes you dance like no one is watching. Vieux was filled with energy and enthusiasm as always on stage and off. Many tracks of his new self titled release are featured during the show, and there are some surprises also. Many of the people in attendance walked away with their copy, I suggest you find yours. O.K….LET’S GO!!

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Also, check out the first music video in Vieux’s career.

produced by Andrea Wozny