Tuesday, September 16: Lateness of Dancers is the latest release from musicians M.C. Taylor and Scott Hirsch who perform under the name Hiss Golden Messenger. The music is acoustic-based and intimate with songs that touch on hard times and the hopes and fears of raising a family, among many other topics. We’ll hear from that recording as well as from lullaby and…the Ceaseless Roar, the latest release from September featured artist Robert Plant.
This week at the Crossroads, we mark the birthday of blues and roots star David Bromberg, including a concert he did at the Fur Peace Ranch in hour two of the show. Also more for the September Latin Soul/Spanish blues feature – this time from Argentina’s Claudio Gabis, and Mexico’s Real de Catorce – plus music from artists with concerts in the coming week, newly named Kennedy Center honoree Al Green, and new releases, including Johnny Winter’s final album, Step Back.
SPECIAL:Global Village celebrates the start of Hispanic Heritage Month with a program devoted entirely to the wide range of Latin sounds and artists that have helped shape American music. Latin jazz, soul and rock are all featured, including some of the legends of the music, among them Machito, Mongo Santamaria, Los Lobos and Santana, along with rare sides from Joe King Carrasco, Flash & the Dynamics and more.
Cherokee Maidens is a trio focused on the pristine harmonies of Western swing music but band co-founder Robin Macy says the trio’s debut album is about so much more.
“The three harmony vocals kind of drive the record but the music has a bit of a variety to it.”
It’s all swing music—well, mostly—and most of the songs are standards culled from the songbooks of Bob Wills, Jimmie Rodgers, and Merle Travis. But there’s even an exception to that via Darrell Scott’s “Head South.”
Listen for folk and Americana musician Slaid Cleaves who is a great example of the Austin, TX style. We recorded him at the Old Settlers Inn. Wonderful songwriter and storyteller with that “lonesome” sound… this Saturday night at 7:00.
Tuesday, September 9: North Carolina’s Holy Ghost Tent Revival has been praised for its blend of music from the 1960s (especially The Band) and contemporary sounds (think: Dr. Dog). The group’s debut album, The Right State of Mind is out now and we’ll hear from that release on this episode of Strange Currency as well as from Adult Roommates the latest from Somebody’s Darling, a release that appeals to fans of Bonnie Raitt and The Heartless Bastards.
Global Village highlights some meetings of different musical worlds, including world jazz fusion from George Brooks, Fareed Haque, and Lionel Loueke; a different approach to a Pat Metheny composition from salsa star Ruben Blades; the world chamber sounds of Ensemble Polaris; Spanish Celtic music from Milladoiro; and some bossa Beatles.
With the start of the annual Hispanic Heritage Month celebration only days away (it runs Sept.15 –Oct. 15), Crossroads embarks on a rather different feature this month, highlighting Latin soul and Spanish blues.
Listen to Dead Rider’s latest album Chills on Glass and you’re bound to be struck by the emphasis on rhythm in each of the songs. The band’s guitarist and founding member Todd Rittmann says that rhythm is an old obsession for him. It dates back to his childhood, when his bed was near the family laundry room.