This week on Swing With Bill Cartwright you'll hear Louis Armstrong's "Stormy Weather," Pearl Bailey's "Get It Off Your Mind" and Johnny Mercer's "Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah."


I got an email last week from a listener who wanted to hear Willie Mae "Big Mama" Thornton's version of "Hound Dog," so that song begins the show this week, Saturday, August 29th at 11pm.  According to Wikipedia, she was the first to record "Hound Dog," in 1952. This song became her biggest hit, #1 for 7 weeks on the Billboard's R&B chart in 1953 selling almost 2 million copies.


She's followed by Chris StapletonGeorge Thorogood & the Destroyers, and Bruce Springsteen's "Pink Cadillac" in the first set.  The second set is all Allman Brothers-related music starting with Duane Allman, then the Allman Brothers Band, Gov't Mule, and finally the Tedeschi Trucks Band.  And the program ends with Derek and the Dominoes from 1971, "Have You Ever Loved a Woman."


Bill Cartwright features swing artists including Dinah Washington, The Andrew Sisters, Harry James and Benny Goodman.

This week on Swing With Bill Cartwright you'll hear Artie Shaw's "Moonglow," Billy May's "Lean Baby" and Jan Savitt's "720 in the Books."


For the final segment of Around Cincinnati’s 15-year run, Brian O’Donnell is joined by musicians Karin Berquist and Linford Detweiler, also known as Over the Rhine. They talk about how they are dealing the pandemic and the shuttering of live music venues, cancelling their shows and tours; their Nowhere Else Festival that will, hopefully, happen again in 2021; and the time they’ve spent on their victory garden and renovating a barn.

This week's blues show, Saturday night at 11pm, August 22nd, starts off with one of my favorite songs from back in the day, "Mercy, Mercy, Mercy" by Cannonball Adderley.  You'll also hear songs by Bill Withers (who passed away earlier this year), Bobby McFerrin, and Garland Jeffreys in the first set.

Jeff Beck sets the stage in the second set with a song featuring the vocal work of Rod Stewart.  This is followed by music from Ike & Tina Turner, Van Morrison & Joey DeFrancesco, Jimmy McGriff's "I'm Walkin'," and the classic "See See Rider" by Jimmy McGary.  A documentary about Jimmy McGary was released last year entitled, The Best Jazz You Never Heard.”

The last set features Deep Purple's take on "Roadhouse Blues," "Green Onions" by Booker T & the MGs, and Janis Joplin's "Mercedes Benz" ends the show.  Booker T's written an autobiography, Time is Tight: My Life, Note by Note, and Deep Purple released their 21st album a couple of weeks ago.

This week on Swing With Bill Cartwright you'll hear June Christy's "Is You Is, Or Is You Ain't, My Baby," The Blue Wisp Big Band performing "Love For Sale" and The Bob Crosby Orchestra's "Wolverine Blues."

Local Latin musician and organizer Nicholas Radina is with Brian O’Donnell to talk about the pause needed for his Salsa on the Square summer concerts on Fountain Square, his current project featuring Puerto Rican Cuarto instrument, and a book about the history of Cincinnati Latin music.


A song from one of Around Cincinnati’s favorites, the late Katie Reider. Trusted Eyes is from her CD, Wonder.

This week on Swing with Bill Cartwright you'll hear Joe Gransden's "Night and Day," Will Bradley's "All That Meat and No Potatoes" and Les Paul's "I'm Sitting On Top of the World."

This week on Swing With Bill Cartwright you'll hear Buddy Greco's "Call Me Irresponsible," Dinah Shore's "There'll Be Some Changes Made" and Bing Crosby's "Mr. Keyboard Man."

This week's blues show, Saturday, August 15th at 11pm, starts off with songs by Derek & the Dominos followed by Duane Allman and Delbert McClinton.  The second set features music from the Tedeshi Trucks Band, the Goshorn Brothers, Marc Broussard, and an instrumental by Peter Frampton.  And the program ends with songs by local guitarist Noah Wotherspoon, Coco Montoya, Long John Baldry, and Ry Cooder.

(Please note that this program was supposed to air on August 8th but was postponed due to a technical glitch.)

This week on Swing With Bill Cartwright you'll hear The King Sisters' "Take the A  Train," Les Brown's "Get Me to the Church On Time" and Frank Sinatra's "I Won't Dance."

The Northerner

Her voice is familiar to longtime listeners of WEBN or WNKU, and for many, was the first female rock jock most locals ever heard. She’s The Real Mary Peale and she’s with her former co-worker, Elaine Diehl, to talk about her long career and share some fun anecdotes.

Small businesses, like record stores, have been severely impacted by the ongoing pandemic, so how are they surviving? Darren Blase from Shake It Records in Northside joins Brian O’Donnell to talk about how his shop is doing and the changes to Record Store Day.

Celebrating 30 Years Of The Music Of Raison d'Etre

Jul 31, 2020

For three decades, the women of the musical trio Raison d’Etre have been sharing their talents in coffee and wine shops, local festivals, libraries, theatres, classrooms and more. Joining Elaine Diehl to celebrate their 30th anniversary are Roberta Schultz, Violet Webster, and Vickie Ellis.

This week on The Blues, I'm going to share some of the long list of songs which I compiled during this week while watching the coverage of the nation saying farewell to civil rights icon, Rep. John Lewis.  Hearing his speeches over the years brought up memories of the struggles of so many civil rights activists and also the memory of hearing of the deaths of Robert Kennedy and  Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

A Song From Katie Laur

Jul 26, 2020

From our friend Katie Laur, her song “Ohio River Blues,” from The Official Tall Stacks ’92 Soundtrack.

This week on Swing with Bill Cartwright you'll hear Jo Stafford's "No Love, No Nothin," Judy Garland's "Zing Went the Strings of My Heart" and Gene Krupa's "Drummin Man."

Music From Doris Day

Jul 24, 2020

The song “Night and Day” from Cincinnati’s own Doris Day, who passed away last year at the age of 97.


Stuart Holman is not only one of Around Cincinnati's contributors, but also an accomplished guitarist.

In this commentary, Stuart shares the inspirational story of how he, as a beginning guitarist, idolized Lonnie Mack and his legendary guitar style, and later got to perform on stage with him.

This week on Swing with Bill Cartwright you'll hear Louis Armstrong's "I Can't Give You Anything But Love," The BBC Big Band's rendition of "Begin the Beguine" and Hoagy Carmichael's "Ole Buttermilk Sky."

This week on Swing with Bill Cartwright you'll hear Billie Holiday's "Say It Isn't So," Nat King Cole's "That  Ain't Right" and Billy May's "All of Me."

This week on Swing with Bill Cartwright you'll hear Andrew Sisters' "Bei Mir Bist Du Schon," Helen Ward's "I've Got a Crush On You" and Carmen McRae's "I'm Putting All My Eggs in One Basket."

This week, Saturday, July 4th at 10pm on Bill's swing show, he starts things off with Benny Goodman's "King Porter Stomp" followed by Peggy Lee, Bobby Darin and Lena Horne.  He also includes in the first set songs by Woody Herman, Diana Krall and George Shearing.

This week's blues show, Saturday, July 25th, 11pm, starts off with a song from "The Daughter of The Blues," Shirley King.  The nickname comes from being the daughter of the legendary BB King.  During the rest of the first set, you'll hear music from Dr. John, Etta James, Freddie King, and John Mayall.

How Wheels Turned Old Tapes Into A New Double Album

Jul 17, 2020

Since 1979, musician Mickey Foellger of the band Wheels has been in possession of tapes from the band’s performances at Shipley’s in Clifton. Now, with the help of his bandmates, they’ve mastered these tapes into a double album that’s scheduled for release on August 1. Elaine Diehl talks with Mickey and Jeffrey Seeman about the Wheels days, and the story behind Wheels Backstage: LIVE 11.3.79

This week's blues show, Saturday night, July 18th at 11pm, features the music of Lonnie Mack, Screamin' Jay Hawkins, Little Freddie King, Sleepy La Beef, and Tony Joe White.

The Blues Is Back!

Jul 10, 2020

After several months of repeating specials, management finally gave me the okay to start recording new blues shows from my home computer.  So, this Saturday night's program, July 11th at 11pm, will feature a couple of new songs plus some favorites.  It's taking some time getting used to this new system of working on my computer producing this, so thanks for your patience.

Local Favorite Danny Frazier Is Out With New Music

Jul 10, 2020

Danny Frazier is one of the area’s favorite country singers, and he’s just dropped a new album. He spends some time with our Elaine Diehl to talk about his life, career, and the new Nobody Knows Where I Am.