Local Exposure

WVXU's Local Exposure focuses on the thriving music scene in the Greater Cincinnati area.

You'll find interviews with local musicians as well as national artists coming to town, plus concert announcements, album reviews and other music news. Contributors include musicians, artists and a number of folks who have their finger on the pulse of the local and regional music scene.

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The King Records 75th anniversary celebration this month winds up with several events this week including a panel discussion of Cincinnati Reds broadcaster Waite Hoyt by Reds historian Greg Rhodes and Nick Clooney, a presentation by Jim Tarbell about Ronnie Hollyman at the Main Library downtown, a performance at The Greenwich by the Spear Shakers, and a discussion by Christine Anderson about "The Kings and Queens of Cincinnati."  

Simon McDermott has written a new book about connecting with his father, who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's, through carpool karaoke.  Their video, "Quando Quando Quando - Teddy Mac - the Songaminute Man," has gone viral and been viewed millions of times.

Dellan Stokesbary spoke with Mr. McDermott by phone on September 12th about his book, "The Songaminute Man: A Tribute to the Unbreakable Bond Between Father and Son."  They discussed the support he's received from the Alzheimer's Society and the need to share the experience with others who are going through the same situation.  McDermott also shares that his mother is the rock of the family and has been there for her husband and son everyday coping with this illness.

This presentation is on the third floor of the Main Library downtown, and at 2pm right before Roy Baugher's slideshow, Darren Blase from Shake It Records will be on the first floor talking about the comeback of vinyl recordings.  A great afternoon of musical history Saturday afternoon, September 22nd, at the Main Library downtown!

Bradford Jones

In this episode we re-visit an interview I did in 2015 with David Lowery and Johnny Hickman from the band Cracker.

David & Johnny stopped by the WVXU studios to talk about the band, its longevity, the music industry and to play a few songs prior to their show at The Southgate House Revival.

This week's "Music Notes" covers a number of events in honor of King Records 75th anniversary in September, tickets going on sale this week for John Mellencamps's February tour coming to the Aronoff,  and a number of local concerts including Oktoberfest Zinzinnati in downtown Cincinnati.

The 44th annual Bill Monroe Bluegrass Hall of Fame & Uncle Pen Days Festival is running 9/19-22 in Bean Blossom, Indiana, with performers like Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Bobby Osborne, Larry Sparks, and Ralph Stanley II & the Clinch Mountain Boys.  Tom T. Hall & Miss Dixie will be inducted into the HOF this year.

Madeleine Peyroux is a singer who has many fans here in Cincinnati.  Her voice has been described as reminiscent of jazz vocalist Billie Holiday.  She recently released her album "Anthem" which was produced and co-written by Larry Klein who also worked with Joni Mitchell and Herbie Hancock.  In support of this new release, she'll be playing at Ludlow Garage on Saturday, September 29th.  

Elaine Diehl spoke with her at her Brooklyn home while taking a break on August 9th.  They discussed the new album, personal connection to her audiences, the writing process with a group, band members, guitars, and Billie Holiday.


This week's musical events include many local concerts as well as several events in honor of the 75th anniversary of King Records.  Tickets are going on sale Friday, September 14th for two December shows by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra and also concerts by Cher in Louisville and Indianapolis.  

The GoFundMe campaign in support of a documentary about the great saxophonist Jimmy McGary will end Saturday, September 15th.  


Photo by Brian Mahar

Lung has just returned from an extensive tour and I was fortunate enough to get time with them before the release of their new album All The King’s Horses.

Kate Wakefield & Daisy Caplan joined me to play two songs - one of which is not yet released.

Dispatch From America, Location 12

Sep 5, 2018

Colorado-based Dispatch formed in 1996 and became one of the most successful Indie bands ever, jokingly called “the biggest band nobody’s ever heard of!”

Dellan Stokesbary, an intern with Lee Hay at WVXU,  shares his thoughts about Jeremy Bridgman's book, Darci the Drummer, with artwork by Gabbi Steiger. 

Jeremy Bridgman has written a book for young children ages 4-9 about a 2nd grade girl who wants to be a drummer and the support she needs to accomplish her dream.  This book highlights the need for parental support of their children's creative dreams.

September starts off with a number of King Records-related events which continue throughout the month.  Concerts, panels, a twist dance at the Cincinnati Reds, a King tribute by Roomful of Blues are just some of the lineup.  There's a GoFundMe page to raise funds for a Jimmy McGary documentary, plus music lessons and lots of concerts in this week's Music Notes!

King Records Month in Cincinnati kicks off Saturday, September 1st, at Listermann Brewing Company with their latest 4-pack of limited edition beer, “The King of Them All,” in honor of King Records.  “The King of Them All” is a salute to the day, 75 years ago in September, 1943, when Grandpa Jones and Merle Travis recorded the first songs for King Records. 

As a founding member of Jefferson Airplane and  Hot Tuna, Jorma Kaukonen has had a long career in the music business. Along his journey, not only did he attend Antioch College where he was introduced to  the guitar style of Rev. Gary Davis, but he was also inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with Jefferson Airplane in 1996.  

He and his bandmate Jack Casaday are currently on tour as Hot Tuna in support of Jorma's new autobiography, Been So Long: My Life and Music, which is on book shelves Tuesday, August 28th.  The book also includes a 5-track album with live recordings of “Been So Long,” “Song for the High Mountain,” “Broken Highway,” “River of Time,” and “In My Dreams.”

This week's Music Notes includes local jazz concerts, auditions for the May Festival's Youth Chorus, WVXU's first King Records special about Moon Mullican,  a new Christmas album by Eric Clapton, and an Opera Fusion: New Works collaboration.

If not having a website for your band makes you part of the underground, then Sweet Pablo is the next big thing in Cincinnati’s subterranean culture.

On September 29, Her Royal Airship Ashanti and the Midwest Black Speculative Fiction Alliance will be hosting a jazz concert at Withrow High School to celebrate 20 years of the popular anime series, Cowboy Bebop.

The concert also benefits Melodic Connections an organization dedicated to teaching people with special needs through the power of music.

From local jazz concerts to Commander Cody at Ludlow Garage and the King Records gala celebration, there's plenty of music for your taste this week in the Cincinnati area.

I recently spoke by phone with Douglas Blue Feather who's the organizer of the 3rd Annual Ohio Valley Indigenous Music Festival at Patricia Allyn Park in Springboro, Ohio, August 25th and 26th.  This festival brings together world class flute makers & performers, as well as vendors of Native American jewelry and other crafts.  

This week's blues show at 11pm, Saturday, August 18th, is a trip down the Mississippi to New Orleans, because Trombone Shorty's Voodoo Threauxdown tour is coming to PNC Pavilion Saturday night, August 25th.  

Kentucky Post

Bobby Mackey is a great country singer and shares his joy of the music every Friday and Saturday night at his club, Bobby Mackey's Music World,  in Wilder, Kentucky.  Most of us have paid a visit at some time over the last 40 years listening to him and his band, dancing, taking a ghost tour, drinking a beer or two or more, or riding the famous bull.

So, it's only fitting that we asked him into the studio to talk with Elaine Diehl about some of the highlights at the club over these past 40 years.

Bobby talks about how he found the club which used to be a gambling casino, the first song he sang there, and his band.  He also shares memories of welcoming George Jones and Merle Haggard to the stage, plus some of the history of "the most haunted nightclub in America."

And, his new single, "I'll Go Down Swinging," was #3 on the country charts last week.  So, Bobby Mackey doesn't plan on retiring anytime soon.  His 40th anniversary celebration is coming up September 7th and 8th at the club in Wilder, Kentucky.

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