Jimi Hendrix

Monday, September 11, 2017  

Inspired by Jimi Hendrix, modern-day bluesman Selwyn Birchwood got his big break after a high school friend arranged for him to meet blues singer and lap steel player Sonny Rhodes.  After hearing Birchwood play, Rhodes told him "I'm gonna take you on the road with me."  Birchwood now fronts his own band.  They perform songs off of their latest album, Pick Your Poison.  

 

 

Tuesday, September 12, 2017  

During the Cold War, the U.S. State Department started sending jazz musicians overseas with the tactical aim of using their hot licks to thaw relations with Eastern Bloc countries. Jazz great Dave Brubeck recalls how Louis Armstrong, a.k.a. “Ambassador Satch,” won international hearts and minds with his trumpet. Band member Arvell Shaw saw Armstrong literally disarm Russian guards in East Berlin. Meanwhile, fear of nuclear war with the Soviets infiltrated American popular consciousness resulting in gospel, bluegrass and pop odes to and protests against atomic weapons.

This week Ric presents "Deep FM Cuts", a throwback to the days before demographics and playlists (which basically whittled the thousands of songs available to DJs down to about one hundred). Deep album cuts from classic rockers like AC/DC, Aerosmith, Pink Floyd, Jimi Hendrix, Thin Lizzy, Blue Oyster Cult, UFO, Queen, Yes and more!