Tuesday, May 26 at 11 pm: Hard-hitting Blues veterans Smokin' Joe Kubek and Bnois King feature on Beale Street Caravan this week as they tour the U.S. in support of their new release, Fat Man's Shine Parlor. Beale Street Caravan contributor David Less stops by to continue his series, The Memphis Beat. We'll also reach into the archives and hear a performance from the late, great, T-Model Ford.
Tuesday, May 26: Bill Kreutzmann of the Grateful Dead calls in to chat with Brian Griffith. Kreutzmann was the drummer for the Grateful Dead, along with Mickey Hart. Together, they were known as the band's "rhythm devils." Kreutzmann toured with the band for 30 years. He was born in Palo Alto, California, in 1946. In sixth grade, he was kicked out of band class by a teacher who said he couldn't keep a beat, but took drum lessons and helped form the Grateful Dead in 1964.
Rickie Lee Jones needs no introduction. Seriously. The singer-songwriter is so elementally articulate, so gifted at grasping both the rawest and the most complicatedly cooked emotions in her compositions, that critical framing best comes after the experience of listening to her.
Bruce Lundvall, the longtime President of Blue Note Records who supported many top jazz artists over the last four decades, died yesterday, May 19. The cause was complications of Parkinson's Disease, according to a Blue Note statement. He was 79.
In his new memoir, Words Without Music, Philip Glass tells the story of how he slugged a man in the jaw in Amsterdam. At a concert, a quarrelsome audience member climbed onto the stage and began banging on the composer's keyboard. That was in 1969, when Glass' repetitious, slowly evolving music fell on many ears like a needle stuck in the groove of a record.
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