Thursday, April 24: We’ll hear selections from The Delivery, the 2005 release from Solagget. Formed circa 2003 in Wichita, Kansas, the trio featured twin brothers Aaron and Sean Fanning on drums and bass, respectively, and guitar from David Lord. Recalling Pat Metheny’s classic collaboration with Bob Moses and Jaco Pastorius, 1976’s Bright Size Life plus contemporary acts such as Tortoise and The Sea and Cake, The Delivery is an independent classic. We’ll hear selections from that as well as the John Scofield Band’s 2003 release, Up All Night.
April 27: Sunday on Soulsations, we have music from the 2014 version of The Essential Earth Wind & Fire. Lead singer, Phillip Bailey, recently released his new book Shining Star: Braving the Elements of Earth Wind and Fire. Bailey writes about life behind the scenes of one of the most storied bands in music history.
Web extra: EWF perform "Shining Star" live on Midnight Special circa 1975
This week on Night Train, we're playing current and former Wichita Jazz Festival performers with a focus on drummers and percussionists who've played the festival. Tune in for two of this year's headliners, Matt Wilson of the Matt Wilson Quartet (pictured), Allison Miller, the Nat Adderly Quintet, Chick Corea & Bela Fleck, Bobby McFerrin and more.
Global Village travels to Italy for music from Calibro 35, and their blend of funk, jazz and Italian crime drama soundtrack music, and for world-jazz ensemble, Elianto; to Eastern Europe for traditional music from the group Harmonia; and to Africa for Malian guitarist and vocalist Sidi Toure, popular ‘70s Ghanian band Vis-A-Vis, and Benin’s most famous export, Angelique Kidjo.
Crossroads wraps up the April Magic Sam feature with some of the first tracks he recorded for Delmark, a newly released album – Live at the Avant Garde – a track from his days on Chief Records, and another recorded on Cobra Records with his uncle, Shakey Jake Horton.
Also a birthday salute to one of the legends of the blues, Albert King, and new music from John Nemeth with the Bo-Keys, Daunielle, RL Burnside’s grandson Kent Burnside, and Tommy Castro.
In 2011, after more than a decade of non-stop touring and several changes to its lineup, Drive-By Truckers was a band on the verge of collapse. Guitarist Mike Cooley was suffering a frightening case of writer’s block and everyone in the band was tired of the road and, to a degree, each other. Band co-founder Patterson Hood says there was only one thing the group could do.
Formed in 1981 Scotland’s Big Country’s biggest moment in the United States came with the 1983 album The Crossing, which featured the song “In A Big Country.” The band continued to have commercial success outside the United States after that release but The Crossing remains the group’s best-known work on these shores. We’ll hear selections from that release as well as music from Tin Can Trust, 2010 release by Los Lobos.
Tune in for Celeste Krenz and Sally Barris recorded at the Old Settlers Inn. Celeste Krenz represents a blend of contemporary singer-songwriter and Americana. Sally Barris works as a performer and a songwriter – and many of her songs have been covered by country artists, including Trisha Yearwood and Martina McBride. The two women shared a concert at the Old Settlers Inn and provided backup vocals for each others' tunes. Nice, nice!