During the month of September, the legendary recording studio King Records will be celebrated across Cincinnati with various programs. Beginning on Saturday evening, August 29th at 11pm here on WVXU/WMUB, the King Records salute gets underway with the first of five programs dedicated to the musicians who recorded at King Records on Brewster Avenue.
The five King Records specials on WVXU:
1. King Legacy - This program features a conversation I had with music historian Brian Powers and Steve Halper, Syd Nathan's nephew. (August 29th at 11pm)
2. Orangie Ray Hubbard - A special about this rockabilly musician who recorded at King Records. You'll hear his music as well as interviews with him, Herman Cress and Wilson Spivey, Jr. (September 5th at 11pm)
3. Philip Paul - A roundtable discussion of this legendary session drummer's career at King Records. The discussion is moderated by music historian Larry Nager, and included two folks from the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville: Senior Historian John Rumble and Curator Michael Gray. (September 12th, 11pm)
4. King Records Rockabilly special - This special features a number of rare interviews with King Records musicians Rusty York, Bonnie Lou, and Bill Beach. Rusty York spoke with Stuart Holman in our studio in 2007. Bonnie Lou sat down with Randy McNutt in our studio on November 26th, 2007 and discussed her career. And I spoke with Bill Beach by phone at his Florida home in 2010. You'll also hear music from each of these musicians, as well as Mac Curtis and Charlie Feathers. (September 19th at 11pm)
5. Delbert Barker: The King of Covers - You'll hear an in-studio interview of Brian Powers with musician Delbert Barker. He shares memories of his performances at WCPO, his rockabilly recordings at King Records, and being inducted into the Rockabilly Hall of Fame. (September 26th at 11pm)