Carlos Santana Turns 70, Spain Celebrates A Love Song

Jul 13, 2017

Strange Currency celebrates the 70th birthday of Carlos Santana

Thursday, July 20

We celebrate Carlos Santana’s 70th birthday with selections from his work as a solo artist, sideman and leader of the band Santana.

Friday, July 21

Listen for selections from The Coma Calling’s The Forever Switch plus music from Standing In The Colour.

'Band on the Run' by Paul McCartney and Wings
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Saturday, July 22

Released in late 1973, Band on the Run was the third album from Paul McCartney and Wings, though most of the band had quit just before recording began. With the former Beatle playing many of the instruments himself, he was joined only by his wife, Linda, and longtime Wings member Denny Laine. We’ll hear selections from Band on the Run on this episode as well as selections from George Harrison’s Cloud Nine release.

Monday, July 24

Although Elvis Costello and Paul McCartney had intended to make a collaborative album in the late 1980s, the two split songs from joint songwriting sessions. McCartney took pieces the pair had composed to his Flowers in the Dirt release while Costello recorded the album Spike, which featured the pair’s “Veronica,” a song that would become a hit for the Costello. Listen for selections from both releases on this episode.

Prince & The Revolution's 'Purple Rain'
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Tuesday, July 25

Listen for selections from the recently reissued Purple Rain album from Prince & The Revolution as well as selections from LCD Soundsystem, The War on Drugs and others.

Wednesday, July 26

Live At The Love Song is the latest release from the band Spain. Led by Josh Haden, the band’s trademark “slowcore” sound remains intact on this new in-concert recording which features guest appearances from Bill Frisell and Haden’s sister, Petra. Listen for selections from effort as well as songs from That Dog’s Totally Crushed Out! LP.

'Mics & The Truth: Unplugged & Unhinged' by Violent Femmes
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Thursday, July 27

Mics & The Truth: Unplugged & Unhinged is the latest release from Violent Femmes. Formed in Milwaukee, Wisconsin more than 35 years ago, the trio revisits its classic material such as “Blister in the Sun,” “Jesus Walking on the Water” and “Country Death Song” in stripped down form. We’ll hear selections from this release as well as material from the latest from Luther and Cody Dickinson’s North Mississippi Allstars, Prayer For Peace.

Friday, July 28

For his latest album venerable blues and soul guitarist and vocalist Robert Cray traveled to famed Memphis studio Royal to record a series of covers and originals, emerging with a record that spotlights the purity of his voice and guitar work. We’ll hear selections from that effort plus material from Moreland & Arbuckle’s Promised Land or Bust.

Strange Currency features The Winery Dogs

Saturday, July 29

The Winery Dogs brings together guitarist/vocalist Richie Kotzen with his former bandmate in Mr. Big, bassist Billy Sheehan. They’re joined by drum legend Mike Portnoy in a band that marries soul, jazz fusion and progressive rock. We’ll hear material from across the group’s three major releases as well as songs from The Beatles, Paul McCartney and George Harrison.

Monday, July 31

We close out our July Prince and Paul McCartney feature while previewing the our August feature: The music of Aaron Lee Martin and the band Spain, led by Josh Haden. Haden is the son of jazz legend Charlie Haden. Spain marries the Americana sounds of Canadian outfit Cowboy Junkies with blues, rock and jazz.