Jazzy Worm Drop

This week’s episode of THE YELLOW LIGHT, was gonna keep the mouthy ones happy:

Bopstacle Course- Gerry Gibbs
The Fat Man- Gerry Gibbs
Hardly- Billy Test Trio

Strummin’ While Nawlins Swims- Dennis Mitcheltree
Tune For Tai- Dennis Mitcheltree
Fungii Mama- Roy Hargrove & Mulgrew Miller (live)
O.W. (encore)- Roy Hargrove & Mulgrew Miller (live)

Adroitness, Part II- Kevin Sun
Cheroot- Kevin Sun
Talck-overseed-nete- Kevin Sun
Young Muhammad- Brian Jackson Adrian Younge Ali Shaheed Muhammad

Jenny (Perfect Little Rows)- Selina Albright

Flippin’ The Day

The final portion of this week’s proGram took it, flipped it and made it fit right into the plan:

Foxey Lady- 2B3
Julia (rehearsal)- Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey
Songs Of The Viper- Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey (live)
Oklahoma Stomp- Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey (live)

Apple Blossom Dew- Elements
Kingston Bolero- Emanuele Della Valle
Bun It- Kenya Eugene
Rock & Groove- Drumwise Ft. The Steppas & Fiji
Soulshine- Roots of Creation

Greener Lines

The mid-section of tis week’s proGram added a hint of tint and tilt to the scope:

Rock Me Baby- Tito Jackson Ft. George Benson & Claudette King
Love One Another- Tito Jackson Ft. Stevie Wonder, Bobby Rush & Marlon Jackson

I’m a Sinner- Bette Smith Ft. Jimbo Mathus
***pre-recorded conversation with Bette Smith***
Signs And Wonder- Bette Smith Ft. Luther Dickinson
Human- Bette Smith
Is That You?- Tim Reynolds & Michael Sokolowski
Glow Worm- Photon
Estimated Prophet- Dave McMurray

Basic Goodness- Danny Mayer
Born 2 Die- Prince
Same Page, Different Book- Prince
BF Holiday- Let Your Hair Down

On That Wire

The first portion of this week’s proGram looked to the line for some questions:

Strasbourg / St. Denis- Tray Wellington
Unpacking my Feelings- alexalone
The Stories That Speak- Great North Star
King Blame- FHANG
Servin’ Somebody- Handsome Jack
Black Days- El Perro

Short Bed Blues- The Delevantes
What I’m Thinking- Grant Swift

greenarrowradio promo- Tiffany Pollack & Co
Notorious Woman- Elizabeth Hangan
The Fire Is Coming- Lea McIntosh
All Night Long, All Night Wrong- Johnny Tucker Ft. Kid Ramos and The Allstars

Living Today- Alastair Greene
***pre-recorded conversation with Alastair Greene***
Back At The Poor House- Alastair Greene
The New World Blues- Alastair Greene

The Good The Bad The Bette

Wild rock & soul singer Bette Smith traces elements of her life-affirming new album “The Good, The Bad and The Bette” to her childhood in rough Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. Musically, it connects to the gospel music she heard in church and the soul music on the corners. This injection of soul music and gospel into rock & roll powered a breakout in 2017’s “Jetlagger,” which received raves from NPR, Paste, American Songwriter, Billboard, MOJO, and a feature in the New York Times. Not just a critics’ darling, the album rose to #1 on the Roots Music Report chart and topped off a banner year with a celebrated appearance at the Montreux Jazz Festival. For this latest release, out now on Ruf Records, the Brooklyn, NY native enlisted Drive-By Truckers’ Matt Patton and engineer/drummer Bronson Tew as producers at Dial Back Sound in Water Valley, MS; Patton has previously helmed projects by Jimbo Mathus and the Dexateens as well as contributed to albums with Dom Flemons, Seratones, and Candi Staton. He played bass on “Jetlagger,” which was produced by Jimbo Mathus and the two found a kinship and shared vision. She says, “When I called on my producer Matthew Robert Patton, I told him that I wanted a southern rock soul/Aretha Franklin/’I once was lost but now I’m found’ theme.” He in turn enlisted guests North Mississippi Allstar Luther Dickinson (guitar on “Signs and Wonders”) and fellow DBT member Patterson Hood (vocals on “Everybody Needs Love”) to join him on the new album.

I had the pleasure of chatting with Bette about the upcoming event at the High Noon Saloon on August 15th. We really get into how the people at the reason Bette brings it out on the road. She hopes to get to know the folks who feel the music, feel the stories and just feels it. We spend time walking, almost dancing though some of the tracks on the album, where they came from and how they piece toGether that almost diary feel to this record. This album has many angels to it, the soulfulness one would come to expect, the bluesiness one needs and that rockin’ feel that one might have been hoping for. Seriously now, if you like to allow your body, mind AND soul to be moved, Bette is your guide. Bette also takes a little about the artists she might think round out a set along with her new music and to me, I am think an extended set of Bette Smith is just what the doctor ordered.

Sticking Out

This week’s THE YELLOW LIGHT had many great points to be pointed out:

Reclamation- Brandee Younger
Música Problemática- Trilitrate
Saturnais- Trilitrate
Abedul Centeno- Trilitrate
Dignity- Angelique Kidjo Ft. Yemi Alade
Choose Love- Angelique Kidjo Ft. Shungudzo

Another Beginning- Mission Brown
Mrs. Wood- Immersion
So Much Green- Immersion

Three Piece- DJ 2-Tone Jones
Joe D. DaDaa- DJ 2-Tone Jones
Woes- Atmosphere
I’m the Man, That Will Find You- Alice Russell
Tomorrow (BadBadNotGood Remix)- Brittany Howard

Make You Dance (interlude)- Paul Alexander
It’s Ovah (Kiwi Dreams 2020 Mix)- Kiwi Dreams/Darrell Martin/Omri Angel
Dance M.F. (Interlude)- Tituss Burgess

New World Blues With Alastair Greene

As Alastair Greene’s prolific and acclaimed career rounds the corner into a third decade, he finds himself arriving at a new, yet familiar destination. Following a 2018 live album that celebrated the 20th anniversary of his noteworthy Alastair Greene Band, the singer-songwriter/guitarist returns with an inspired solo collection, “The New World Blues”, and a tonic for these times. “I’m not a prophet by any stretch of the imagination,” Greene says. “But, this record is even more relevant now than when I wrote it in 2019. A much in-demand guitarist and vocalist, Greene traveled the world, touring with the legendary Alan Parsons Live Project from 2010 – 2017, as well as stints with Starship featuring Mickey Thomas and, most recently, Blues Music Award-winner Sugaray Rayford. His work with Parsons, in particular, sparked a conversation with renowned multi-instrumentalist and producer Tab Benoit at a Las Vegas blues festival. In 2019, Greene signed with Benoit’s Whiskey Bayou Records label.

I had the opportunity to catch up with Alastair ahead of the August 11th show along with Tab Benoit here in Madison at The Barrymore Theater.. We painted a brief picture of what is to be expected when he hits the stage. Believe me, if you are fans of Tab Benoit, you’ll want to pay attention to this. We spend a good amount of time talking about the album that came out late last year that he is touring on the back of “The New World Blues” and how it was recorded and where some of the songs originated from and how the openness of working with Tab opened new sonic doors, thus created an album of songs that have a feel of each artist within it. Alastair was also kind enough to think of a few artists he might build a set around one of the tracks off this brilliant album, to me that list could really extend all over that bluesy/rocksy scene and well beyond. Check out the show, check out the album and feel this music for yourself.

Up Change

The final part of the proGram this week proved that sometimes up is different than just looking towards the sky:

Daily Wheatgrass Shots- Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey (live)
Gracemont- Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey (live)
I Mean You- Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey (live)
The Eleven- Dave McMurray

Shanna Shuffle- The Dave Mullen Ensemble
Closet Monster- Joshua Jern Jazz Orchestra
The Alchemist- Scott Reeves Quintet

Long Tall Sunshine- Barry Altschul’s 3Dom Factor Ft. Gabriel Ferrandini/Joe Fonda
Smoke & Mirrors- Keith Loftis
Shady Grove- Sam Blakeslee & Wistful Thinking
Lonely Days- Gerry Gibbs Thrasher Dream Trio

Offering Part IV- Douglas J. Cuomo Ft. Nels Cline & Aizuri Quartet
Rejoicing Part I- Douglas J. Cuomo Ft. Nels Cline & Aizuri Quartet

Still Up

The middle portion of the proGram looked up from another spot:

Up All Night (original Vocal Mix) – King Brasstards Ft. Lisa Miller & Gary Davis
Diggin’ Dirt- Magic In Threes
Soul Shower- Mister T.

I Remember This Picture- Kiefer
Hot Summer- Prince
Welcome 2 America- Prince
Promised Land- The Allergies

Heartbreaker (Sefi Zisling Remake)- Alice Russell
History Repeats (Georgia Anne Muldrow Geemix)- Brittany Howar
Guruji- Kutiman
Majan- Kutiman
Mother Nature- Angelique Kidjo
MiRALA- Los Mocosos (live)
Mala- Los Mocosos (live)
Bansuri- Mitchum Yacoub

The Rise

First part of the proGram made it easy to get on up:

Let Love Be You Guide (For John Lewis)- Dan & Claudia Zanes
Downhill From Everywhere- Jackson Browne
Year Of The Spider- Shannon & The Clams
Scooby Doo- Punk Rock Factory
Surfboard City, USA- Andrew Gabbard

greenarrowradio promo- Debbie Bond
What’s The Matter- Johnny Tucker Ft. Kid Ramos and The Allstars
Born Under a Bad Sign- Chris Daniels & Hazel Miller Ft. Dana Marsh & Freddi Gowdy (live)
Harlem Tonight- Adam Schultz Ft. Michael Angelo
Phillips Goes Bananas- GA-20
662- Christone “Kingfish” Ingram
Not Gonna Lie- Christone “Kingfish” Ingram

Loser- Dave McMurray Ft. Bettye LaVette & Bob Weir

Slide Into The Ear

This week’s edition of the Summer Spin-Off THE YELLOW LIGHT had that soundslide set up just right to get it all in there and grow:

Hara Siva- Alice Coltrane
Lost A Dream- Uma

Maré- Rodrigo Amarante
Sina de Cantador- Raymundo Sodré
Redencion- El Italiano
El Pecado- El Italiano

Talwit- Abdelli
Grace- Fadhilee Itulya
Afrika- Fadhilee Itulya
Jo Po Wants to Know- desmond the songwriter

She’s Not Bothered (Interlude)- Paul Alexander
Elastic (808 Beach Dangerous Power Remix)- Crickets
Frequency (Cenzig remix)- LCSM
World Order Is Chaos (NameBrandSound Remix)- LCSM

Weed Lace

The final part of this week’s proGram, just laid on its’s back and apprecciated this view:

Eyes Of The World- Dave McMurray
Dark Star- Dave McMurray
Hover- Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey (live)
Don’t Let it Bring You Down- Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey (live)
Lola & Alice- Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey (live)

Gimmme Some Lovin’- Wayne Alpern
Hero Stomp A Future Past- Theo Croker

Invitation- Roy Hargrove & Mulgrew Miller (Live)
Sonny Monk (If I Were A)- Mike Clark & Michael Zilber
Like Rashaan- The Dave Mullen Ensemble

Under And Out

The middle portion of the proGram went from below to way up”:

Triumph- Lee Turley Ft. Marcus Rezak
greenarrowradio prommo- Cole Bales
Leather And Lace- Black Light Animals
**pre-recorded conversation with Cole Bales of Black Light Animals**
Montage-Black Light Animals
Dark Fantasies- Black Light Animals

Neighbour- Kings & Associates
Lay It Down- Claudio Corona
Push And Go- ATA Reccords
Going Galactic- ATA Records

Black Pearl- Cochemea
Nahsuareo Bwikam- Cochemea
The Big Man- The Jazz Defenders

Roots Roll

The first part of the proGram went from the ground up:

Jump In!- Lisa Bouchelle & The Bleu Ft. G Love
Last of the Better Days Ahead- Charlie Parr
Down Home Blues- Chris Daniels & Hazel Miller Ft. Dana Marsh

Howlin’ for My Darling- Sean Chambers
Give Me Back My Wig- GA-20
Hawaiian Boogie- GA-20
My Bad- Christone “Kingfish” Ingram

Twistin The Night Away- Doogie White
This Flight Tonight- Doogie White
Emerald- Doogie White
Swamp T’ing- Gary Lucas
King Strong- Gary Lucas

Super Inertia- 10,000 Russos
So Tired Of Waiting For You-Sorrows

Cole Bales Of Black Light Animals

Black Light Animals are a psychedelic soul group hailing from the Midwest. Taking equal influence from ’70s Italian horror soundtracks, Wu Tang samples, and Ziggy Stardust-era David Bowie, their sprawling debut album explores themes of humanity, social media obsession, political division, and the concept of “amusing ourselves to death.” Sonically rich and full of spaghetti western guitars, psychedelic keyboards, hip hop rhythms, and lush vocals, “Playboys of the Western World” comes off as some forgotten ’70s film soundtrack, while exploring themes very much relevant to today. Black Light Animals’ “Playboys of the Western World” will be available August 20th on limited vinyl, CD and streaming/digital formats via Groove King Records.

I had the chance to catch up with frontman of Black Light Animals, Cole Bales recently to dive a little deeper into the creation of both the band and this stellar debut album, “Playboys of the Western World”. We get into how it all went from there to here both as a group and as song creators. We chat a bit about the differences for him between B.L.A. and another group ole is in, a more soul oriented outfit, The Freedom Affair and Cole even takes a little time to choose a track off the new album that he would build a set around for the radio show, and what other things he’d surround that track with. It is always a pleasure to dig into an album and after several listens and shares, and still be unsure what to actually call the sounds.. Hoping you all with dig in and wonder with me.

Inside The Cactus Flower

This week’s edition of THE YELLOW LIGHT, got a one day glimpse inside the spike:

Black Friday- Mo’ Gigs
Apollo 73- Claudio Corona
The Expanse- Claudio Corona

Balada Borracha- Quantic & Nidia Góngora
Modal B- Joon Moon Ft. Liv Warfield
Imagine- Common Ft. PJ

Remember 01- The Halluci Nation Ft. John Trudell & Black Bear
We Go Again- Theon Cross

Pressure (Red Top Remix)- Sam Sparro
Super Duper Party People (Alan Braxe Extended mix)- Allie X
Free {Live Your Life} (Felix da Housecat & Chris Trucher Remix)- Ultra Naté
I Will Survive (Eric Kupper Dub Mix)- Gloria Gaynor

The Bubbles Of Summer

The final portion of the proGram had the perfection of G-n-T’s in full effect:

Let Us In- FUTURENOT Ft. Moe Betta
Family Reunion- FYÜTCH Ft. Divinity Roxx
Indigenous People’s Day (Remix)- FYÜTCH
Omo Aye (Sauco Dub Remix)- The Voice of Lajorun

Bade Zile- Lakou Mizik & Joseph Ray
Take It Or Leave It- Angelique Kidjo Ft. EARTHSTRONG
Stigmata- Arky Starch
Ripped- Curt Ramm
Dancehall Dreams- Curt Ramm
Soy Calle Jero- Los Mocosos (live)

Come And Get It- Taku Hirano Ft. Keyon Harrold
Reverse Coil Distinction- The Fourth World Quartet

Grew Up Spot

The middle portion of the proGramm took you back to a a true G spot:

Let Love Stand a Chance- Charles Bradley and His Extraordinaires (live at The Apollo)
Get Up and Get Out- Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings (live at The Apollo)
Swamp Cat- ATA Records
Money Rambler- ATA Records

Love’s Vestige- The Jazz Defenders
Curandera- Cochemea
Tukaria- Cochemea

A Brighter Day- The New Mastersounds w/Josh Hoyer
Special FX- Black Light Animals
Live Current- Claudio Corona
Psychedelic Prayer- Jim Kost & G. Calvin Weston
Chapel and Sky- Jim Kost & G. Calvin Weston

Improv High Sierra- Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey (live)
Happiness Is A Warm Gun- Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey (live)
Recovering The Time Capsule- Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey

photo: Mustapha

Bumper To Bumper

The first part of this week’s proGram did not leave anything behind:

Tehachapi- Margo Cilker
Walking Back from Willmar- Charlie Parr

It’s No Good- pat mAcdonald
If The Blues Was Green- Andy Peake w/Kevin McKendree, Will McFarlane
My Soul My Choice- Tiffany Pollack & Co.
Do It Yourself- Tiffany Pollack & Co.
Wrong Side Of The Blues- Blind Lemon Pledge

Rabbit Got The Gun- Roger Chapman
West Coast Junkie- Billy F Gibbons
Hey Baby, Que Paso- Billy F Gibbons
Let’s Get Funky- GA-20

Evil- Mike Zito
Chunky- Sean Chambers

greenarrowradio promo- Rodd Bland
(Get Your Money) Where You Spend Your Time- Rodd Bland and the Members Only Band Ft. Jerome Chism (live)
Takin’ It To The Streets- Chris Daniels/Hazel Miller/Dana Marsh Ft. Freddi Gowdy & Victor Wooten
A Real Mother for Ya- Adam Schultz Ft. Clarence Spady

Electric Zest

This week’s edition of The Yellow Light brought some lies to the party to see if that could zest it up SUM:

Clock Catcher- Attacca Quartet
Pilgrim Side Eye- Attacca Quartet
I Am The Greatest- Elohim
Journey To The enter Of Myself- Elohim
Pink Honda- Citronade (A Martin Denev Project)
Lazy Noon- Citronade (A Martin Denev Project)
Lazier Noon- Citronade (A Martin Denev Project)

Nitz Rebb Garage- Cohuna Beatz
All the Fellows in the House (ODC Edit)- Cohuna Beatz

Your Portfolio- John Grant
Kanskje i Morgen (Maybe Tomorrow)- Morgendugg
Ashes To Ashes- Jahrukus
Abundance- Death By Dub
Tanokumbia-The Halluci Nation Ft. El Dusty & Black Bear