A conversation with R&B Grammy award-winning singer/composer Howard Hewett this Sunday on Soulsations. The phenomenal tenor was lead vocalist for the disco/soul late 70s trio Shalamar and recently released a new single. Hear his array of music including Christmas tunes. Hewett will be in concert at Wichita’s 40 Plus Lounge December 27th. For more information on the event, click here.
This week it’s a collection of holiday tunes that we’ve gathered over the past 18 years. Audience favorites like Cheryl Wheeler, John McCutcheon, Pierce Pettis, Tom Prasada-Rao, Tom Kimmel and others will sing songs about family, traveling home, winter, love – and there are a few holiday classics as well with the audience providing harmony.
Web extra: Here's a tune that's become a classic already - "Christmas in the Trenches" by John McCutcheon.
It’s holiday time at the Crossroads. The annual show features the best of blues, R&B and gospel seasonal favorites – including music from B.B. King, Charles Brown, Koko Taylor, Ray Charles, Etta James, the Campbell Brothers and more.
Night Train marks birthdays of pianists Barry Harris and Eddie Palmieri, trombonist and Jazz Messenger Curtis Fuller, and Mingus drummer Dannie Richmond. Plus holiday sounds from drummer and WSU alum Matt Wilson, and new music from Latin percussion master Candido and guitarist Bobby Broom.
Global Village kicks off the week with some holiday sounds from Cuba L.A and reggae’s Silvertones; new music from Medeski Scofield Martin Wood, and from Spain’s Alma Afrobeat Ensemble; birthday salutes to Latin piano great Eddie Palmieri and Paul Simonon - bassist with the Clash; and one of the coolest versions of a BeeGees song you will ever hear (we promise).
Tuesday, December 16: Listen for selections from Barrett, the 1970 album from former Pink Floyd frontman Syd Barrett. It was Barrett’s second and final solo recording and completed with the help of his former bandmates David Gilmour and Richard Wright. After the release of the album the gifted songwriter retired from music and spent the remainder of his life in Cambridge, England where he grew up, mostly painting and largely living in obscurity and poor health.
Hear holiday music from the new release Christmas Goes Gospel: Tis the Season on Soulsations. The release features Christmas tunes from Mary Mary, Hezekiah Walker, The Temptations, Jonathan Butler, Take 6 and Israel Houghton & New Breed.
Listen for music from the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band's performance at the Cotillion in Wichita. The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band have been performing their brand of country-rock since the 60s with a brief bit of fame in the 80s. Their best-known tunes are probably "Mr. Bojangles" and "American Dream." Amazing musicianship, tight harmonies and so much fun!
Tuesday, December 9: Released in 1969 Ummagumma is one of Pink Floyd’s most remarkable albums. One half of the album was recorded live in concert and features staples of the group’s live show from that time, the other half is marked by unusual compositions intended to give each member of the band a voice in the songwriting process. Fans and critics continue to argue about the artistic merits of the studio pieces, though the live recordings are fine examples of a band that had earned a reputation for stellar live shows.