5:00 am
Wed June 4, 2014

Kelley Hunt Offers Best Album To Date With Beautiful Bones

Kelley Hunt’s Beautiful Bones is out now.
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Emporia native Kelley Hunt has just issued a new CD titled Beautiful Bones. The album offers plenty of the familiar for Hunt’s longtime fans—there’s gospel, blues, & R&B—but, she says, style isn’t her main consideration when choosing material for a new album.

“I think what I gravitated to at a young age and I find myself doing it still is anything that moves me on a visceral level," she says.

“Release and Be Free” may very well Hunt’s best performance on the album. She says that co-producer Al Berman encouraged her to outdo herself on the track.

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3:14 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Soulsations Sunday honors Luther Vandross

Luther Vandross remembered on Soulsations
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Sunday June 8, 2014

Sunday on Soulsations, hear songs from the unforgettable voice of Luther Vandross.  The music master was honored posthumously with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on June 3, 2014.  Vandross is ranked 54 in Rolling Stone magazine's list of 100 Greatest Singers of All Time and was included as one of NPR's 50 Great Voices in 2010.

Web extra: Luther Vandross performs "A House Is Not A Home" live at the NAACP Image Awards in 1988.

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2:54 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

Limited edition reissues from Mosiac Records on Straight No Chaser

Blue Note reissues from Mosaic Records featured on Straight No Chaser

Sunday, June 8:

Straight No Chaser continues to join Night Train in a tribute to Blue Note Records, an American jazz record label, on the occasion of their 75th Anniversary.

Tonight we will hear many limited edition reissues of iconic Blue Note recordings from Mosaic Records.  

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10:28 am
Mon June 2, 2014

May Top 40 Recap on the Night Train

May's No.1: Craig Handy and 2nd Line Smith
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NIGHT TRAIN - TOP 40 May 2014

1.    Craig Handy & 2nd Line Smith (OKeh)

2.    Monty Alexander Harlem Kingston Express - Vol. 2: The River Rolls On (Motema)

3.    Tim Hegarty - Tribute (Miles High)

4.    Fareed Haque - Trance Hypothesis (Delmark)

5.    Janice Borla Group - Promises to Burn (Tallgrass)

6.    Anton Schwartz - Flash Mob (Anton Jazz)

7.    Dave Stryker - Eight Track (Strikezone)

8.    Bruce Barth - Daybreak (Savant)

9.    Catherine Russell - Bring It Back (Jazz Village)

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10:24 am
Mon June 2, 2014

Da Lata caps Global Village's May Top 40

Da Lata's Fabiola No. 1 in May
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Global Village - Top 40 May 2014

1.       Da Lata - Fabiola (Agogo)

2.       Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars - Libation (Cumbancha)

3.       Kepa Junkera - Galiza (Fol Musica)

4.       Jerez Texas - Viento y Marea (Jerez Texas)

5.       Jaro Milko & the Cubalkanics - Cigarros Explosivos! (Asphalt Tango)

6.       Yaaba Funk - My Vote Dey Count (Sterns)

7.       Boris Kovac & La Campanella - Eastern Moon Rising (Riverboat)

8.       Garotas Suecas - Feras Miticas (VampiSoul)

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10:16 am
Mon June 2, 2014

May featured artist the Holmes Brothers are No. 1 on Crossroads' May Top 40

Brotherhood, The Holmes Brothers
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Crossroads Top 40 -  MAY 2014

1.       Holmes Brothers - Brotherhood (Alligator)

2.       Little Feat - Rad Gumbo (Warner Bros.)

3.       Johnny Winter - True to the Blues: The Johnny Winter Story (Columbia/Legacy)

4.       John & Sylvia Embry - Troubles (Delmark)

5.       Dave Keller - Soul Changes (Tastee Tone)

6.       Brent Johnson - Set the World on Fire (Justin Time)

7.       John Nemeth - Memphis Grease (Blue Corn)

8.       Robert Cray Band - In My Soul (Provogue)

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9:55 am
Mon June 2, 2014

Curtis Mayfield, Oliver Nelson, Peter Erskine birthdays and music from Blue Note

Soul legend Curtis Mayfield

Monday 6.2.14

Night Train travels to the bluesy side of town for music from Ray Charles, Dinah Washington, Oz Noy, Ray Bryant, Ruth Brown and more. Plus classic tracks from Fats Waller and the Modern Jazz Quartet, and some great jazz piano from Ahmad Jamal, Cyrus Chestnut, Ray Bryant, and Jodie Christian.

Tuesday 6.3.14

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9:50 am
Mon June 2, 2014

Curtis Mayfield tribute, June featured artist Ernest Ranglin, and New Month/New Music

June featured artist Ernest Ranglin
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Monday  June 2

Global Village tours the Caribbean for music from Haiti, Cuba, Jamaica and Puerto Rico from the Mini All Stars, the Buena Vista Social Club’s Ibrahim Ferrer, Jose Gonzalez, and Burning Spear – plus music from Tin Hat, Madagascar’s D’Gary and the Bambara Mystic Soul compilation.

Tuesday  June 3

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9:38 am
Mon June 2, 2014

New Month/New Music time with John Mayall, Chicago Blues All Stars, a Gregg Allman tribute & more

A Special Life, new album from John Mayall
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June 6/8

It’s “New Month/New Music” time as Crossroads teams up with Global Village and Strange Currency at the beginning of every month to highlight the best in new releases.

Among the new blues titles featured at the Crossroads:

Blues rock veteran John Mayall

Vanesse Thomas, daughter of Rufus Thomas

A tribute to Gregg Allman

The Chicago Blues All Stars

Horn man Terry Hanck

The return of Dave and Phil Alvin

Kenny Wayne Shepherd…and more.

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5:00 am
Fri May 30, 2014

Indigo Girls Still Offering Surprises After Three Decades

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If you’re thinking about attending an Indigo Girls concert or have in the past, you know that you should always expect the unexpected. The band wants to make sure that fans never see the same show twice.

“We’ll throw new songs in. I’ll be working on something and throw it in or we’ll do something with the opening band. We try to keep it fresh by just having a musical experience.”

Band co-founder Amy Ray says there are certain songs that fans have to hear and that the band has to play but those, she adds, are never a chore.

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