A few of my Favorite Things…

Last Thursday, I was able to be a part of a the experience known as a Derek Trucks Band show. The venue, the Warner Theatre in Torrington, Connecticut is a beautiful spot to hear and feel such a blend of vibrant and alive sounds. You all know how much we like this band on the radio program, well when you remind yourself with a live performance, it really opens up many more avenues that remind us that genres don’t always have a place in the musical world. Kofi was multi-tasking all night long, Todd was all smiles as the notes proved to be an experiment at times. Count M’Butu was his classic self, dancing the robot and keeping the rhythm in all our steps while Yonrico made sure we got a significant amount of rock and roll flavors. Mike‘s voice is from a soulful planet somewhere I have never yet seen, but am thankful to be a part of, and it is even better live. There were moments during the show, but mainly during the solo/song ‘These are a Few of my Favorite Things‘, where I swear I saw both the ghosts of Jimi Hendrix and John Coltrane peek around the curtain to see what Derek was pulling off out there. There was a moment where he struck a note or four, while bending the top string around the back of the neck of his guitar. Simply Amazing!

If you can,you should always go and see the Derek Trucks Band play live, as you will not come home disappointed. But I bet you knew that!


Kaya….a new friend is born.

This set will go out to our friends new one. Good health always.

Back Door Man, Mama Roo
Do the Do, Mama Roo
Heads in Georgia, JJ Cale/Eric Clapton
Thats what Love will Make you Do, Gov’t Mule (live ’06)
Smokin’ Hole, the Radiators
the Other Side, Scrapomatic
Raw Head & Bloody Bones, Scrapomatic
Fur Peace Rag, Jorma Kaukonen
Late Breaking News, Jorma kaukonen
Broken Down Piece of Crap, Brian Setzer
Everybody’s up to Somethin’, Brian Setzer
New Values, Pale Moon Gang
Race Car Driver, Girl in a Coma
Ganja, Michael Jost & the Dragonfly Project
Towering inferno, the Green Arrows
No Delay (bullitt), the Green Arrows
Ternura, Omar Sosa
Sister Twisted, Kinky
How do they do That?, Kinky
Alkher Illa Doffer, Cheb i Sabbah/Bassnectar Remix
Ali (Tapans deep blue mix), Midival Punditz
Love & Happiness, Marc Broussard
Tibidi Waka, Vusi Mahlasela w/Derek Trucks
Volunteered Slavery, the Derek Trucks Band
I’ll Find My Way, the Derek Trucks Band
Gutterpunk Blues, Stratospheerius
Dazed & Confused, the Yardbirds (live NY 2006)
Power of Soul, Billy Cox/Buddy Miles
Why you Wanna Bring me Down, Honeytribe
***Conversation with Pedro Arevalo***

Wine & Women, Pedro Arevalo
Blues for Luci, Pedro Arevalo
I’m Gettin’ Over it, Papa Mali
Paint my Masterpiece, Chris Whitley/Jeff Lang
Rebecca Rebecca, Mojo:Saint (live 2006)
Dirty Beat, Gert Wilder & Orchestra
Getting Blue, Gert Wilder & Orchestra
Boogie Hustlers, the Poogie Bell Band
Girls & Boys, Marcus Miller feat. Macy Gray
Funky Good Time, the Melvin Sparks Band


Embrace Bomb Squad’s Brenna Gethers

I recently had the opportunity to talk with Ms. Brenna Gethers, the front woman of the Connecticut based funk group the BOMB SQUAD. Some might recognize her name from being a finalist on American Idol a few years ago, but the future looks to be fortified with some straightforward attitude and a little down home happy funk that is sure to please all those true music seekers. Those seekers need to look no further than on June the 9th at the Danbury Music Festival in Danbury CT, and again on June 22nd at the Skybox in Fairfield. You know that I’ll be at one of these events and I will be looking for you. To tempt your open minds and thirsty earholes even further, I will be getting some new material to PREMIERE on the show in the very near future. So stay tuned in!!

Check out Brenna taking a moment to talk with me here.


Yardbirds: live at BB Kings New York

On July 19th of 2006, the legendary Yardbirds lived up to their reputation that they have carried with them for so many years….they tore up the stage with a non-stop set of blistering rock and roll and blues. This album contains 19 tracks of both the noticeable and memorable tunes like “For Your Love“, “Train Kept A Rollin’“, Heart Full of Soul” and “Shapes of Things“, and some newer tunes from albums released later on in this legendary band’s career.. The line up that held the stage to a group of fans and listeners that wouldn’t let them go looked like this: Founding members Jim McCarty and Chris Dreja, guitarist Ben King, vocalist John Idan and harmonica player Billy Boy Miskimmin. The fine folks at Favored Nations released this live and unforgettable show and I want to make sure we thank them by spinning this album for some younger fans just diving into powerful blues rock, and of course for those people that lived through the Jimmy Page, Eric Clapton and Jeff Beck Yardbirds…..just to remind them that these Birds are still flying.


Re-Visiting with Pedro Arevalo

Our good friend Pedro Arevalo will be visiting the area with Dickey Betts and Great Southern May 24-27 at the Ridgefield Playhouse and the Mohegan Sun Casino. I look forward to bringing you fine open minded and thirsty earholed listeners a first hand review of one of these shows, but strongly suggest you get out there yourself and get a feel for this rockin’ live show! In our visit, we talk about what has been going on in the last year, side projects and there are some real clear hints of some new, unheard recordings coming home with me to be spun just for you all…..stay tuned for the goods.

Pedro Arevalo and MisterG catching up here.

Pedro Arevalo

Titan Arum–the Corpse Flower.

The titan arum or Amorphophallus titanum (from Ancient Greek amorphos, “without form, misshapen” + phallos, “penis”, and titan, “giant”) is a flowering plant with the largest unbranched inflorescence in the world. The largest single flower is borne by the Rafflesia arnoldii; the largest branched inflorescence in the plant kingdom belongs to the Talipot palm (Corypha umbraculifera). It was originally discovered by an Italian botanist, Odoardo Beccari, in Sumatra in 1878. Though found in many botanic gardens around the world it is still only indigenous to the tropical forests of Sumatra. Due to its fragrance, which is reminiscent of the smell of a decomposing mammal, the titan arum is also known as a carrion flower, the “Corpse flower“, or “Corpse plant” (in Indonesian, “bunga bangkai” – bunga means flower, while bangkai means corpse or cadaver; for the same reason, the same title is also attributed to Rafflesia which, like the titan arum, also grows in the rainforests of Sumatra).
After a tasty lunch, Moustapha and I had a rare opportunity to see one of these giants of the stink at the UCONN greenhouses, it was reported that it was far more disgusting smelling the day prior, but man…the scent of rotten flesh was in the air.

Titan Arum–the Corpse Flower

Gimme Gimme Some of that there.

——–SET 1——–
Something Went Right, George Soule
Shoes, George Soule
N’Taka, Terrafolk
Nobody’s Fault but Mine, NO blues
Gotta Have Rain, sol
——–SET 2——–
Centre of Nowhere, LadyBUG Mecca
Revolution Eventually, Sugar Bitch
How do They do That?, Kinky
Urban Mbalax, Brewed by Noon
Moose, Toubab Krewe (live)
Samsara, Krita Yuga
Lost on a River (Ochos Rios mix), Euphoria
September, Celia Baron
I’m No Fool, Skeebo Knight/Marcus Henderson
Mountain, King Johnson
——–SET 3——–
Squadlive, Lettuce
Bootsy, Sam Kininger
Lapdance, John Popper Project w/DJ Logic
Papa, Angelique Kidjo
——–SET 4——–
New Values, Pale Moon Gang
Battle of Faomo, Southern Crush
Apple Pie, Southern Crush
I Drink, Southern Crush
New Agenda, Mis Led
Kitten Next Door, A Brokeheart Pro
——–SET 5——–
Niferitti, Adrian Legg
Loner’s Dream, Neil Schon
Human Cannonball, Webb Wilder (live)
Beer Soaked Couch Slug, John Lisi & Delta Funk
Po’ Jon, John Lisi & Delta Funk
I’m Getting Over it, Papa Mali
Brown Panther, Roni Zonca & his band
Mambo Chillun, Davis Coen
Let it Rock, Davis Coen
Funky Town, James Hinkle
Ferocious, Nikki Armstrong
——–SET 6——–
Let Side of the Brain, Gift of Gab
Burning Down the House, Marcus Miller
How Sweet it is, Jerry Garcia Band (live)


Dead items “Sold to the man in Tie Dye”

SAN FRANCISCO — An auction of Grateful Dead memorabilia Tuesday brought in more than $1.1 million for items collected by the band’s longtime road manager. The collection of Lawrence “Ram Rod” Shurtliff included a 1975 cream-colored Travis Bean electric guitar played by the main man, Jerry Garcia, which fetched $312,000, according to Bonhams & Butterfields Auctioneers. Deadheads bidding by phone and in the crowded auction room bid up prices for band photos, original album artwork, guitars and other musical gear RAM ROD collected over decades. A leather guitar strap worn by Garcia on stage about 1973 sold for $20,400 — 4 times the estimated selling price. A flight case containing Garcias picks, unopened guitar strings and other accessories sold for $16,800. RAM ROD died in 2006. He started as a truck driver for the band in 1967 and went on to become president of the group’s board of directors when the Dead incorporated in the 1970s.


Anyone for some FUNKY SAX?

A saxophone legend, Berklee alum, and all-around funk genius, Sam Kininger is building his fan-base and repertoire simultaneously at clubs across the country. Kininger has been in legendary funk/soul groups since the beginning, including, but not limited to Lettuce, Soulive and the Brotherhood of Groove. As a solo artist Sam Kininger has developed a distinctive, organic sound on the saxophone that is strongly expressive. He consistently demonstrates his technical dexterity and rhythmic precision while maintaining an honest and innovative exploration of musical improvisation.
Sam will be bringing his “knock the walls down” sound of funk and groove to the Main Pub in Manchester CT on May 19th and if you like you sax funky, I will see you there.

Check out Sam and I talkin’ turkey here.


Music that hits me right THERE.

Bei Bei is a Gu Zheng (Chinese Zither) virtuoso. She started to play the Gu Zheng at the age of seven. She received her professional musical training, majoring in the Gu Zheng at the Central University of Nationalities in Beijing, China and the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts in Hong Kong from several Gu Zheng masters such as Li-Jing Sha, Mu-Lan Hai, Chun-Jiang Teng, and Ling-Zi Xu. Bei Bei is a multi-award winner of many national and international competitions such as the 1993 National Chinese Instruments Competition and the 1999 College Students Art Festival in Beijing. Bei Bei came to United States in 2003 both to perform and study music recording. She has been collaborating with musicians from different genres such as Jazz, Alternative, Rock, New Age, Hip-Hop, and dancers. Bei Bei has been featured as an instrumentalist and composer at Revolution 626, the Chinese Moon Festival Concert, Knitting Factory Hollywood, Irvine Barclay Theater, UC Irvine Claire Trevor Theater, Ford Amphitheater, and more. The feedback that she has received as she has introduced American audiences to Gu Zheng and its broad and varied repertoire has been extremely positive. Her passion for her instrument and the beauty of her music have touched people across the world.

Folk Music Center/Upland CA

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If I knew half of…

Today, Mustapha was on the mic and making the breaks wittiful.(?) Soon, the Mowing Report will be up and running. I actually got the mower of the Mustapha out in the yard after the show and the report was favorable: LOTS OF GREEN.

Baby it’s You, Smith
Jeepster, T. Rex
It’s so Easy, Willy DeVille
Candy, the Charms
in the Background, Girl in a Coma
Try, ALO
I Won’t Leave you There, Scarecrow Collection
Groovin’ on a Feeling, Laid Back
Occapella (have a beer), Slavic Soul Party
Canastero, Gipsy Kings
Crazed, Rando Brothers
Look-Ka-PyPy, Derek Trucks Band
Transit, Furley
No War for Oil, Sam Kininger
Grandma’s Groove, Jake Shimabukuro
Beyond the Break, Jake Shimabukuro
Pegao, Tommy Emmanuel
Thank You Nation 1814, Janet Jackson/DJ Reset
New E, Liquid Soul
Words with the Griot, Eccodek
Hootchie Mama, Big Ass Truck
Lively up Yourself, Bob Marley & the Wailers (live)
Nutmeg, Johnny Katchoolik
Crossdresser Blues, John Carey
Broadcast to the Addicted, Drakes Hotel
Supergirls Complaint, Bourbon Princess
White Rabbit, Patti Smith
Rotten World Blues, Eels
Dog-Faced Boy, Eels
When I get Drunk, Pork Tornado
All American, Pork Tornado
Top Floor Bottom Buzzer, Morphine
Rope on Fire, Morphine
Porchswing, Bourbon Princess
Queen of the Highway, the Doors (’69 Elektra session)
Drinking Muddy Water, the Yardbirds (live 7/19/06)
Dazed & Confused, the Yardbirds (live 7/19/06)
Tell Me, Stevie Ray Vaughn & Double Trouble (live 1980)

a Saint of Rhythm..a drum for Passion

A few of my most spiritual moments have come with the explorations joined in accompaniment with the music of Babatunde Olatunji. I was fortunate to have been able to attend several shows and met up with this saint of rhythm while he put on a seminar at Central Connecticut State University many years ago. I wanted to share my memories of a healing time in my soul and found this video to help represent the man who brought insight to my mind.

Will Congress Rescue Internet Radio?

Internet radio broadcasts, jeopardized by a royalty payment ruling earlier this year, would get a reprieve under bipartisan legislation introduced in Congress. The Internet Radio Equality Act would roll back dramatic rate increases handed down earlier this year by the Copyright Royalty Board and instead charge royalty payments for Web-based radio broadcasting, or streaming, in line with those paid by satellite radio. Under the rules issued by the CRB, an agency charged by Congress with overseeing royalty disputes, streamers would be charged 8 cents a song retroactively to 2006 – a rate that would increase to 19 cents a song in 2010. For public broadcasters, the CRB set fees at a flat $500 a month but only for a set level of listening hours per month, one that many station owners said they would easily exceed and thus have to pay much higher fees. Internet streamers said the increases amounted to 30 to 300 percent increases over what they are paying now.

The new legislation, proposed by Reps. Jay Inslee (D-Wash.) and Don Manzullo (R-Ill.), would instead charge streamers a flat fee of 7.5 percent of their revenue through 2010. A companion piece is expected to be introduced in the Senate this week.

Advocates championed the bill as more in line with reality and a proper response to the public outcry from critics who said the ruling could kill Internet radio streaming. Inslee spokeswoman Christine Hanson said the congressman’s office alone received about 1,000 complaints about the CRB fees, and members of Congress had received more than 400,000 e-mails demanding the fees be changed, so the sponsors are hoping quick action can be taken on the legislation. Radio stations large and small as well as Internet-only broadcasters who have gotten into the streaming business were united in their opposition to the new royalty fees and had been preparing a court challenge. (Jeff Cox, CNNMoney.com contributing writer)

Well, I for one hope there is no hesitation to put this Legislation through, as it would overturn rulings that boosted Web radio royalties and align them with what satellite broadcasters pay.

This is one to watch.

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Windham High’s Battle of the Bands ’07

I was asked to be a judge in the Windham High School Battle of the Bands, the 2007 edition. It was a fun and difficult task to rate the artists, not because they were hard on the ears….quite the opposite. The 7 acts proved to be quite a challenge for myself and the 2 other judges (Kelly Savoie & Gabriel Stalnaker). The artists were (in order of appearance): Looked, Vincero, Restless Souls, the Whiskers, This City Never Sleeps, Tim Roxy and Matador. Blending many styles together with a ferocious rock theme as a foundation, the large crowd…(man, was I impressed with the support by fellow classmates and friends) was treated to a night that was a true BATTLE of good bands. In the end, the rough, raw sound of RESTLESS SOULS took home the $200 prize with a groovy edged MATADOR taking in $100 for the runner up. All participants should walk proud for the efforts and sounds that put forth on this fine night in April. Thanks to the WHS PAC for sponsoring this event as well as Charter Communications, Dillion Kearns, Jay Hernandez and the host for the evening, Bryce Monahan.


A nice day for a Baseball game

Well, the show got an early exit as the hometeam was playing a make up double header versus Georgetown. GO HUSKIES.

I managed to get some tunes on before the national anthem and the old “PLAY BALL”

Train Kept-a- Rollin’, the Yardbirds (live 7/19/06)
Shapes of Things, the Yardbirds (live 7/19/06)
OverUnderSideways, the Yardbirds (live 7/19/06)
I’m Tore Down, John Hammond & G-Love
Eyes Behind Your Head, John Hammond
Underground, Chris Whitley & Jeff Lang
Blind, Crppled & Crazy, Buddy Guy/John Mayer
Heaven has n Mercy, Honeytribe
Memphis in the Meantime, Gregg Allman
Hot’Lanta, Nicole Hart & the NRG band
Flipping Time, Julien Kasper
Redd Foxx, the Poogie Bell Bnad
I Want to Take You Higher, S.Tyler/R. Randolph
Pray, the Book of Knots w/Tom Waits
Juju in those Stings, Eccodek
Courage, Vieux Farka Toure
Jarabi, Lamine Soumano
Ali, Moonboot Lover
Restraint, Keller Williams
the Thrill is Gone, J.Garcia/D. Grisman
Still I’m Sad, the Yardbirds (live 7/19/06)
Dazed & Confused, the Yardbirds (live 7/19/06)
Take me to the River, Annie Lennox
Breezeword, the Poogie Bell band
V-Neck Sweater, the Greyboy Allstars
I Likes That, Skeebo Knight
Zimbabwe, Dr. Lonnie Smith
Naked, Anoushka Shankar


the Poogie Bell Band Brings IT

Poogie Bell‘s drums is what you hear on many of the world’s finest jazz, neo-soul, R&B and hip-hop records. Performer, record producer, composer, and arranger, you’ve heard his work with artists including Chaka Khan, Marcus Miller, Stanley Clarke, Roberta Flack, Erykah Badu, David Bowie, John Scofield, David Sanborn, Angelique Kidjo, Al Jarreau, Vanessa Williams, Victor Wooten, and Randy Crawford. Native of New York and a second generation musician he has been immersed in music since he was born. Taking cues from his father, a jazz musician and professor of music, Poogie has always had an inherent connection to music. As hard as it may be to believe, he started playing at the age of ten months old and made his concert debut when he was two and half at Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Hall with his father. By the time he was five he’d already appeared on The Mike Douglas Show with Pearl Bailey. As a kid it wasn’t unusual for Poogie to see the likes of drummer Max Roach, saxophonist Ornette Coleman, pianist Marylou Williams, bassists, Paul Chambers, Ron Carter and Richard Davis in his living room jammin’ with his father. Poogie is doing his own project with The Poogie Bell Band!


You can catch the Poogie Bell Band at the Main Pub on Saturday night, April 28. Listen to my conversation with Poogie RIGHT HERE.

exp-EAR-ience..a monday afternoon

I had a chance to fill in for Alex from 1-3pm EST today and wanted to say thanks to those tuning in from myspace land and around the globe. Your thirsty earholes are always welcomed to stop thru GREENARROWRADIO for a fill up.

Here was the show goings-on:

Gettin’ into it, King Britt (Brother ? Mix)
Toe Foo, Ticklah
Ticklah’s Swing, Ticklah
16 Dimples, Mystic Bowie
Smells Like Teen Spirit, Patti Smith
Suits me Fine, King Johnson (live)
Ain’t Next to You, King Johnson (live)
Ridin’ High, Dread Clampitt
Totally Awesome, Honchie
Godzilla, Diego Garcia
Ardells Home, Stew Cutler Trio (live)
Mind of My Mind, Vernon Reid & Masque
Hi There, the Poogie Bell Band
Dark & Happy, the Poogie Bell Band
Resurreccion, Panchito
Mantilla de Feria, Paco Pena w/the Losadas (live)
Wherever U go Whatever U do, Prince
Into You, Eymarel
Jekyll Island Night, Skeebo Knight
Reefer Headed Woman, Cashman
Do the Dirt, Phantom Blues Band
VooDoo Boogaloo, Ron Levy’s Wild Kingdom
Ashville to Abidjan, Toubab Krewe


In the Groove w/Greenarrowradio

I was able to fill in for Ken, who is the host of a fine radio program here at WHUS from 7-9pm EST on Saturday evenings called IN THE GROOVE, JAZZ AND BEYOND.

Here is what it looked like after the smoke cleared:

To Bop or not to Be, John McLaughlin
Fly, Eymarel
You Sho’ Walk Funky, The Sol-Reys
Watch Me Fly, Reuben Wilson
Red Moon, Al DiMeola
Construcao, Ulisses Rocha
Brownie, Gus & Boo Boo, Skeebo Knight
Round Oak Blues, Skeebo Knight
Jekyll Island Nights, Skeebo Knight
Hi There, the Poogie Bell Band
Dark & Happy, the Poogie Bell Band
Legalize It, MSMW
Colon Pie, Skerik
Baghdad Cafe, Liquid Soul
Matthau, Depth Quartet
Dr. Smile, Club d’Elf (live)
Guitar Playah, Melvin Sparks
Dana’s Lick, Ripplegroove
Little Bag (in search of), Chris Spies
the Ministry of Truth, Bobby Previte
Getting into it, King Britt/Brother ? Mix
Therapeutic Space, Natacha Atlas/Marc Eagleton project
Gypsy, Ajamu Akinyele


SUN in the sky. I see it.

Shake your Money Maker, Elmore James
Fine Little Mama, Elmore James
Heads in Georgia, JJ Cale & Eric Clapton
Paint my Masterpiece, Chris Whitley/Jeff Lang
Devil’s Dream, Peter Prince
Smells Like Teen Spirit, Patti Smith
White Rabbit, Patti Smith
Hale’s Lady, Pop Levi
Knock ’em Out, Lily Allen
Say When, Move.Ment
Everyday People, Maroon 5
You can Make it if you Try, B. Guy/J. Mayer
Wherever u go, whatever u do, Prince
Dance to the Music, the Clinton Administration
Hate to Lose your Lovin’, Little Feat
Chevrolet, the Wood Brothers (Live)
Big Time, Webb Wilder (live)
Louisiana Hannah, Webb Wilder (live)
Rebecca Rebecca, Mojo:Saint (live)
Footsteps, JJ Grey & Mofro
Turpentine, JJ Grey & Mofro
Back and Black, Robot Goes Here
Totally Awesome, Honchie
Red Sun, Anoushka Shankar
Indios do Norte, Forro in the Dark
Asa Branca, Forro in the Dark w/David Byrne
Garota de Ipanema, Ulisses Rocha
Redd Foxx, the Poogie Bell band
Creepin’, the Poogie Bell band
Round Oak Blues, Skeebo Knight
Descargate, Gino Castillo
Wishful Thinking, the Microscopic Septet
Mr. Bradley Mr. Martin, the Microscopic Septet
Descarga en la Egnem, Hilario Duran
Gonna Buy me a Mule, Koko Taylor
Lay Me Down, Laura Cheadle
Into You, Eymarel
People got to be Free, Keb Mo
Lets Dance, Jake Shimabukuro
Grandma’s Groove, Jake Shimabukuro


Chillin’ wit some Nasty Beats Y’all.

I had an itch that needed to be scratched and there was only one cure…6 turntables and a Reggae Dub Trio named Zion Blood. There were dueling turntables throughout this night with heavy psychodelia and scratch-tastic beat dropping. The turntables even got involved in the dub action staying all around the stage while Zion Blood kept the irie feelings in the haze. Oh yeah. This was an inventive, creative soundscape of imagination and vinal madness. DJ Reazon, DJ Axel Foley and DJ Mister Rourke brought the noize to this quaint spot in the quiet corner of Connecticut. Tyrone Farm hosted this madness in their beautiful barn that would make any farmer jealous…if they didn’t have animals. If you are someone who often says that there is nothing good happening out there, you just haven’t thought about it long enough or you might need to tune into greenarrowradio for some live music to open your minds and fill up those thirsty earholes. You won’t be going down the wrong avenue if one of these fine DJ’s is making magic in your neck of the woods. Supposrt live music!


Dj Reazon & DJ Mister Rourke at Tyrone Farm