Charting California's Place in Country Music

May 13, 2014

 California’s large and influential role in the history of country music was widely overlooked or discounted, until a local writer with roots in the Central Valley took pains to fully tell that story.

California’s influence on country music added a chapter in the 1960s, as bands like New Riders of the Purple Sage, Commander Cody and his Lost Planet Airmen and Asleep at the Wheel, The Flying Burrito Brothers and the Eagles found ways to meld country and rock.  But in Gerald Haslam’s analysis, there were other stylistic threads emerging as well.

Public Schools Week Is Back

May 8, 2014

  Public Schools Week, a public display of local student’s projects and activities, gets underway tomorrow. Today, we get a preview.

The kick-off for Public Schools Week will be held from 4-5:30 Fridayt afternoon at Coddingtown Mall. See below for a full schedule of events—which continue through next Tuesday.

Friday, May 9 

A Life of Rhythm

Feb 18, 2014

From pounding out a rhythm on kitchen implements as a child, to traveling the world with a hand drum and an open heart, Marin County resident Barbara Borden has lived life to the pulse of her own beat. It’s a journey traced in the new documentary film, Keeper of the Beat.

As a high school and later, college student, Barbara Borden began to realize her fixation on drumming was unusual for her gender, but even then, Borden says, she was too deeply into her craft to be dissuaded.

Every year, more than 2,000 acts swarm to SXSW — and every year, NPR Music painstakingly handpicks 100 of the music festival's best discoveries for a downloadable six-hour sampler called "The Austin 100," and it's virtually guaranteed to contain something you'll love that you didn't know existed.

The Race to Save the Record Plant

Nov 11, 2013

  From 1972 into the new century, The Record Plant in Sausalito saw dozens of memorable songs and albums created in its studios. Today, a last-minute fund-raising effort is underway to preserve the space for further music-making.

'Sunshine Daydream' Sees the Light of Day

Jul 31, 2013

  It’s Grateful Dead night at the movies all across America on Aug. 1, as a 41 year old concert film produced by a Santa Rosa man finally makes it to the big screen.

There are North Bay screening sites in San Rafael, Mill Valley and Napa. None in Sonoma County. See a complete nationwide list here.

Roy Zimmerman’s Wake Up Call

Jul 18, 2013

There is serious intent and a compositional pedigree behind the musical political satire of Roy Zimmerman. Bruce Robinson helps peel back the process behind his topical comedy.

Roy Zimmerman performs Friday night, July 19 at 8 pm at the Glaser Center in Santa Rosa.  The videos below offer a preview.

Cotati Celebrates 50 Years as a City

Jul 11, 2013
Bruce Robinson, KRCB

A few months after Rohnert Park observed its 50th anniversary, the City of Cotati is about to do the same. But the smaller city actually has a much longer and more intriguing history.

  It’s no accident that people have lived in what is now Cotati for centuries, says Pru Draper, the city’s unofficial historian. It’s well positioned for human habitation, then and now.

Solas / Terry Allen

May 18, 2013

Combining music with conversation on E-Town
Mondays at 7 pm
May 20 – Solas / Terry Allen

The Irish music sounds of Solas (pic), who burst on the music scene some 15 years ago, joins legendary songwriter Terry Allen on our stage this week. Allen makes his first stop in E-town in two decades.

Grace Slick's New Medium

May 15, 2013
Joel Lipton

For much of her life, the White Rabbit has been an iconic image for Grace Slick. Once the central metaphor for her huge hit with the Jefferson Airplane, the rabbit now serves as a signature element in her prolific paintings.

Darrell Scott / Leftover Salmon

May 11, 2013

Combining music with conversation on E-Town
Mondays at 7 pm
May 13 – Darrell Scott / Leftover Salmon


Master songwriter Darrell Scott has earned the respect of peers and music critics all over the world. He joins us today, along with Leftover Salmon, a band who for more than 20 years has continued to provide a high-energy “festival experience” for their fans.

Flashback Shakes Things Up

May 5, 2013

Flashback Shakes Things Up
Tuesday, May 7 at 7 PM


In a decidedly oblique tribute to James Bond, the musical selections featured on this month’s Flashback program will be shakin’, not stirred. Participants will include the likes of The Paul Butterfield Band, The Beatles, Johnny Kidd and the Pirates, Canned Heat, The Jeff Beck Group and the Blues Project. It’s a whole lotta music you won’t want to miss.

Brett Dennen / Razia Said

May 4, 2013

Combining music with conversation on E-Town
Mondays at 7 pm
May 6 – Brett Dennen / Razia Said


Well known for his great lyrics and unwavering dedication to environmental and social activism, Brett Dennen performs with his full band this week. Also joining us is Razia Said (pic), who hails from Madagascar. Razia dedicates her musical career to raising awareness of the critical impact of slash and burn agriculture and climate change in her native country.

World-class artists on E-Town in April

Apr 27, 2013

World-class artists on E-Town in April
Mondays at 7 pm

April 29 – Martin Sexton / The Milk Carton Kids
   Long-time guest and friend Martin Sexton regales us with songs and stories that span his career. Then up-and-coming folk duo The Milk Carton Kids (pic) demonstrate why they receive a warm welcome wherever they perform.

World-class artists on E-Town in April

Apr 20, 2013

World-class artists on E-Town in April
Mondays at 7 pm

April 22 – CAKE / Danny Barnes / Eliza Gilkyson, Celebrate Elwha, Pt. 2
   Part 2 of a multi-day event commemorating the nation’s largest dam removal project.

Outbeat in April

Apr 19, 2013

Outbeat in April
Sundays at 8 PM

April 21 – Outbeat Collage
   Host Mikala Kennan welcomes performing artist and educator Chris Fritzsche. Internationally known as a counter-tenor vocalist, Chris is a frequent soloist with Bay Area vocal and instrumental ensembles. He is a former member of the vocal group Chanticleer and has sung concerts in some of the world’s most renowned venues. He currently serves as Music Director for the Center for Spiritual Living in Santa Rosa.

Outbeat in April

Apr 12, 2013

Outbeat in April
Sundays at 8 PM
April 14 – Outbeat Music

In conjunction with an upcoming benefit concert, Host Mikala Kennan features music and conversation with local, award-winning, singer/songwriter Bobby Jo Valentine (pic). Join us for an intimate look at the man and the musician behind this talented performer.

The Covers Story

Apr 9, 2013

A 12-inch square offers artists a flexible frame for all kinds of artistry, so it’s little wonder that many record album covers have become such memorable images. A new documentary examines the stories behind some of those covers, and KRCB’s Bruce Robinson talked with the film-maker.

The Cover Story is being shown twice this week at the Sonoma International Film Festival, at 10:30 am on Thursday, April 11 (at Murphy's Pub) and at 9 pm on Saturday, April 13 (at the Vintage House). 

Say What? on Flashback

Mar 31, 2013

Say what?
Tuesday, April 2 at 7 pm


Hard on the heels of April Fools’ Day, this month’s Flashback program devolves into syntactical silliness, with an hour of nonsensical songs. Well, maybe not entirely, but in their titles or other key phrases. You’ll be surprised who gets

World-class artists on E-Town in April

Mar 31, 2013

World-class artists on E-Town in April
Mondays at 7 pm
April 1 – John Hiatt / Brandi Carlile

   Gifted singer/songwriter John Hiatt (pic) brings stripped down versions of some of his brilliantly crafted songs, and singer Brandi Carlile performs with her incredibly talented band.

Tennis / Neil Halstead on E-Town

Mar 23, 2013

Monday, March 25 at 7 pm

Tennis / Neil Halstead
   Denver-based trio Tennis has music enthusiasts and critics around the country in a frenzy, while Neil Halstead has earned an ardent following by making intensely atmospheric music with a near-hypnotic power.

Wednesday, March 20 at 8 pm

During the 1940s, ’50s and ’60s, Southern-born, Chicago-raised and New York-made Sister Rosetta Tharpe (rt) introduced the spiritual passion of her gospel music into the secular world of popular rock ‘n roll, inspiring the male icons of the genre. This flamboyant African-American gospel superstar, with her spectacular virtuosity on the newly electrified guitar, was a natural-born performer and a rebel—one of the most important singer-musicians of the 20th century.

Big Head Todd and the Monsters / Nicole Atkins

Mar 16, 2013

Monday, March 18 at 7 pm

Big Head Todd and the Monsters / Nicole Atkins
Nationally renowned Big Head Todd and the Monsters (rt) share the stage with talented newcomer Nicole Atkins who performs her gutsy-bluesy songs.

The Lamb

Mar 15, 2013

Sunday, March 17 at 10 am

The Lamb
 Choral music for the season by Jonathan Dove (rt), John Tavener and other composers. Hosted by Jenny Bent.

Music for Celtic Saints

Mar 15, 2013

Sunday, March 17  at 9 am

Music for Celtic Saints
Explore music written for saints associated with Ireland, Scotland, and Wales. Plus we’ll focus on the harp in our Listener’s Guide to the Renaissance Consort, and hear music from a recent recording by the ensemble Atalante.

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy / Nellie McKay

Mar 9, 2013

Monday, March 11 at 7 pm

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy / Nellie McKay
It’s-still-cool-to-swing Big Bad Voodoo Daddy bring their huge vintage sound to the stage, followed by the one-of-a-kind musical theatrics of Nellie McKay.

Mumford and Sons / Danielle Ate The Sandwich

Mar 3, 2013

Monday, March 4 at 7 pm

Mumford and Sons / Danielle Ate The Sandwich
   The young and spirited quartet Mumford and Sons bring their unique, earnest and high-energy folk-rock sound all the way from London. Then Danielle Anderson (rt) and her band Danielle Ate The Sandwich share their quirky, hip-hop original tunes.

Music of William Byrd

Mar 1, 2013

Lofty music on Sunday mornings,  Sonoma County’s very own choir lofters bring you the best in choral music.
Sunday, March 3 at 10 am

Music of William Byrd (rt)
   A preview of the March 9-10 Circa 1600 concerts in Petaluma and Sonoma. Hosted by Kris Haugen.

Dar Williams / Slaid Cleaves

Feb 23, 2013

February 25 – Dar Williams / Slaid Cleaves

Dar Williams shares her great music with us, and singer/songwriter Slaid Cleaves dishes up his alt-country sound.

Moby / Suzanne Vega

Feb 16, 2013

February 18 – Moby / Suzanne Vega

Talented artists Moby and Suzanne Vega offer a pared down acoustic set of soulful and folk music.