Night Train celebrates birthdays of vibes players Dave Pike and Stefon Harris, and smart songwriter Dave Frishberg. There’s also more music from March featured artists Charles Lloyd (the first recorded version of “Dream Weaver” from a newly released album of previously unreleased concert performances) and Clark Terry (with singer Dinah Washington and pianist Oscar Peterson) – and in hour two, a special with Stefon Harris at Symphony Center.
Global Village marks birthdays of eclectic vibes man Dave Pike, mandolin master David Grisman, and world- rock artist Damon Albarn. Plus music from flamenco great Paco de Lucia’s last album and more women in world music for the March Women’s History Month feature – including international star Angelique Kidjo and flamenco singer Estrella Morente.
Chris Wise, the bassist for the band Buxton, says four albums and more than a decade into its career, the group is more solid than ever. Some of that comes down to him, and his bandmates finding time to connect with each other and to reach compromises.
When the Houston-based band entered the studio with producer Thom Monahan last year to record the album Half A Native, the band was determined to have a good experience and allow Monahan—whose previous credits include Beachwood Sparks and Devendra Banhart—to guide the sessions as he saw fit.
Christian Lee Hutson spends at least half of each year on the road performing concerts all around the United States. That doesn’t leave him a lot of time to write songs. So, a few years ago, he began using the idle hours of travel by himself as a kind of workshop. The results—many of them, at least—can be heard on his new album, Yeah Okay, I Know.
This week we look back to one of the first shows recorded for New Settlers. Dan Crary and Beppe Gambetta, flatpickers-extraordinaire, pushing the boundaries of bluegrass and acoustic music. Dan and Beppe have well-established solo careers but when they perform together, it’s wonderful. They’re favorites at the Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield but we recorded them in a much more intimate setting - St. Anne’s Episcopal Church in McPherson.
Released in 1985 Bad Moon Rising was the second full-length album from Sonic Youth. Despite the band having formed in New York City, the music on this album is focused heavily on Southern California—especially the dark underbelly of Los Angeles in the late 1960s as the counterculture’s dark side came to light. We’ll hear selections from this release as well as from Strange Angels, the 1989 release from performance artist and musician Laurie Anderson. The record was remarkable for Anderson’s new attention to her voice and more traditional song structures and its wide range of guest artists, including jazz vocalist Bobby McFerrin.
Listen for new inspirational music from Erica Campbell of the popular gospel sister duo Mary Mary. We'll hear from the Help 2.0 album on Soulsations, including her new single "More Love." This new release is a reboot of her Grammy and Dove award-winning 2014 album Help.
Erica Campbell is one of the concert headliners at the 2015 Wichita Riverfest. Campbell will close out Monday night's Gospelfest on June 1st.
Night Train continues with more music from March featured artists Clark Terry (this time with Duke Ellington) and Charles Lloyd, and begins a week-long tribute to trumpeter Lew Soloff. Plus birthday salutes to coronetist Ruby Braff, bassist Brian Torff, and ‘the poet of the piano’ Tommy Flanagan – including a Jazz Profiles special about his life and music in hour two of the show.
Friday is the centennial birthday of gospel great Sister Rosetta Tharpe. Crossroads continues the month-long feature with more music from her, one of her classic songs performed by the Holmes Brothers, related gospel blues, and a House of Blues Gospel Blues special in hour two of the show.
Plus music from Marcia Ball, who also celebrates a birthday Friday, and from several artists with regional concerts in the coming week.