Thursday, July 24: Jackson Browne and Warren Zevon were somewhat unlikely but lifelong friends. Browne’s songs were often earnest, while Zevon’s were satirical and sometimes biting in their observations. Still, the two often worked together, beginning with Zevon’s first two albums for the Asylum label in the 1970s, which Browne produced. We’ll hear from those two Zevon releases and from Jackson Browne’s 2008 release Time The Conqueror.
Tonight, Straight No Chaser wraps up the July salute of Prestige Records on their 65th Anniversary. Listen for music by Gene Ammons, who spent the majority of his career with Prestige. Hear a very early Miles Davis recording, along with Wichita native Greg Skaff, Kansas City favorite Everette DeVan, and Eric Alexander.
Night Train marks birthdays of pianist Sonny Clark and singer Helen Merrill; highlights new music from Fareed Haque and Chris Parker, along with a new reissue of the music of Morricone from Enrico Pieranunzi, Joey Baron & Marc Johnson; and features music from Charlie Haden’s Grammy-winning Nocturne album and, in hour two of the show, a special with Charlie Haden in a live performance with Paul Bley.
Global Village will be featuring the world music side of Charlie Haden on tonight’s show.
Crossroads continues its July Blues Festival feature with live music from Mac Arnold, Muddy Waters, B.B. King, and in hour two of the show, a concert performance from the acclaimed sacred steel group, the Campbell Brothers, at the Savannah Music Festival. Also music from Guy Forsyth, newly named NEA Heritage Fellows, the Holmes Brothers, and new music from the Rebirth Brass Band, the Gregg Allman tribute concert, All My Friends, and Rod Piazza & the Mighty Flyers.
SPECIAL: Global Village pays tribute to bassist Charlie Haden who passed away earlier this month. In a special edition of the show, the world music side of Charlie Haden is showcased in music with the Liberation Music Orchestra, Cuban pianist Gonazlo Rubalcaba, Greek guitarist Nana Simopoulos, Portuguese Guitar master Carlos Paredes, and as part of an international trio with Brazilian guitarist Egberto Gismonti and Norwegian saxophonist Jan Garbarek.
Listen for a performance by singer, songwriter and storyteller Paul Thorn, recorded at Old Settlers Inn of Moundridge, Kansas. Blues, roots-rock with that hard-to-find element that says "southern." Paul is gritty and graceful and a consummate storyteller.
Tommy Emmanuel is known not only for his mastery of the acoustic guitar but also for his showmanship. Guitar aficionados will get their fix of cool runs and hot licks at one of his shows but he also connects with non-musicians in the audience in a rare fashion. This is a skill that was passed down to him he says from his early musical mentor Chet Atkins.
Hear music from R&B and funk group the Bar-Kays. The band celebrates 50 years in the music industry. The Bar-Kays performed at the White House last year in a “Memphis Soul” concert. The group is also part of the 2014 Master's of Funk World Tour.
Web Extra: The Bar-Kays perform "Shine" on the set of Soul Train.