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In the final interview he recorded for Around Cincinnati, Frank Johnson spoke last fall to Darren Blase of Northside's Shake-It Records about their just released Cincinnati Musical Legends Trading Cards, Set #1. This project, a collaboration with ArtWorks, celebrates the rich diversity of Cincinnati's music scene through the years with 36 cards featuring the likes of Lonnie Mack, Katie Laur, The Cotton Club, and more.

Update: You can see the original artwork in an exhibition at the Public Library of Cincinnati entitled, "Cincinnati Musical Legends: Art from the First Deck."  In this exhibition, you'll see the source materials artists used for their portraits.  The exhibition is located on the second floor connector in the Main Library downtown and will be up through December 31st.

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Aprina Johnson spends her days helping transform Cincinnati's Walnut Hills neighborhood as the community outreach coordinator for the Redevelopment Foundation, but after hours, she is an accomplished musical/communal activist with an album coming out in the fall. She is in our studio with Elaine Diehl for a conversation about her life and work, plus she performs her song “Ima Pick You U Up."

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One of the area's most popular live music duos are Jeff and Misty Perholtz, better known as The Newbees. This year, they are celebrating 15 years of the band known for outstanding originals and a love for performing The Beatles songbook. They visited recently with our Elaine Diehl for conversation and a performance, engineered by Cincinnati Public Radio's Rick Andress, in advance of their anniversary celebration on August 10 at the Southgate House Revival.

We weren't able to air the entire conversation with Misty and Jeff or all the music they performed, so here's the full interview with more music from The Newbees:


This week on The Blues, Saturday, August 3rd, at 11pm, the first set begins with the Claudettes, Ricky Nye, Bob Dylan, and ends with Larry & Tim Goshorn's song "Wild About My Lovin'."  The second set features Shannon Curfman, Gov't Mule, Bobby Blue Bland, and E.G. Kight.  Albert King begins the third set followed by Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble, and Luther Allison.  And, The Blues show ends with Bruce Cockburn's, "Deep Lake."

I don’t know much about Mike Montgomery’s childhood, but I imagine it included a lot of people telling him that he can’t make a career out of punk rock and skateboarding - but that’s pretty much exactly what he’s done.

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Jonny Lang recently spoke with Ron Esposito in advance of his performances at PNC Pavilion, 8/9, and Rose Music Center, 8/10, along with JJ Grey and Mofro along with Marc Broussard.  Lang discussed his guitars including playing Duane Allman's Les Paul on his new album,

On this week's blues show, Saturday, July 27th at 11pm, the program begins with BB King & Friends, Alvin Youngblood Hart, the Delgado Brothers, and the Neville Brothers.  The second set features Jorma Kaukonen, the Blind Boys of Alabama, and Curtis Salgado.  The High Street Rhythm Rockers start off the third set followed by the Bluebirds and the Derek Trucks Band.  And, Billie Holiday closes out the show with "My Man" from her "God Bless the Child" release.

This week on Swing with Bill Cartwright, you'll hear Mildred Bailey's "When Day is Done," Robin McKelle's "Night and Day" and Ella Fitzgerald's "This Can't Be Love."

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Featuring more than 20 new acts, the Bellwether Music Festival returns with a change of venue August 9-10, with an array of great music and fun activities for all ages. Join Elaine Diehl as she speaks with co-founder Bill Donabedian about tickets, artists, and his inspiration for the event.

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From the bestselling 60’s pop duo Chad & Jeremy, Jeremy Clyde joins Lee Hay to talk about the current tour in support of his new five-volume set, The Bottom Drawer Sessions, and his upcoming show on August 14 at the York Street Café in Newport.

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Under the direction of John Morris Russell, the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra has released Voyage, their first CD recorded in the newly refurbished Music Hall. Commemorating the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, the title track, from Academy Award-winning composer Michael Giacchino, draws inspiration from the stars.  Also from the CD, from that same composer, we present his theme music from the new "Star Trek" films.

This week on Swing with Bill Cartwright, you'll hear Glenn Miller's "St. Louis Blues March," Chris Connor's "Jeepers Creepers" and June Christy's "Skyliner."

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Otis Williams is the founding, and only surviving, member of the original, legendary, super-group The Temptations. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees are currently on tour with The Righteous Brothers and will be in concert at Cincinnati's PNC Pavilion on Friday, July 26. Elaine Diehl had the chance to speak with Otis Williams about the history, music, and legacy of The Temptations.

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This week's blues show, Saturday, July 20th at 11pm, starts off with Harry Connick, Jr; Queen Latifah; Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson; and Billie Holiday.  The second set features Curtis Salgado, Joe Cocker, and Tony Monaco from Columbus, Ohio.  Jimmy Witherspoon begins the third set followed by Roy Orbison, Dr. John, and Tom Waits.  And, Delbert McClinton's, "My Love is Burnin'," end the show from his 1990 release, "I'm With You."

Concert notes...the 4th Annual Blues, Brews & BBQ festival will be held at the Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park & Museum on Saturday, July 27th from 3-9pm.  Bands performing include the Leo Clarke Band, Ralph and the Rhythm Hounds, the Almond Butter Band, and the North Second Crew.  Jimmy D Rogers will be playing in the Beer Garden during set changes.

Alligator Records performing artist, Billy Branch, will be on stage at the Sorg Opera House in Middletown on Friday, August 9th at 8pm.  

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We're hoping to set up an interview for Around Cincinnati with Sandy Nassan who'll be performing at the Ludlow Garage's 50th Anniversary Celebration in Eden Park on Saturday, August 17th.  So, I reached out to Doug Yeager for his contact information since they're good friends, and Doug sent me this 1970 concert poster of Sandy's appearance at the Reflections nightclub at the corner of Calhoun and Vine Streets in Clifton.  That was a great venue!!  I drove up with friends from Morehead to see the Allman Brothers there with Duane.  It's an empty lot now, but what great memories for those of us lucky enough to hear great musicians who played there.

This week on Swing with Bill Cartwright, you'll hear Mills Brothers' "Nagasaki," Charlie Barnet's "Clap Hands, Here Comes Charlie" and Julie London's "The One I Love Belongs to Somebody."

Meet Steve Berlin Of The Legendary Band, Los Lobos

Jul 12, 2019
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Los Lobos band member Steve Berlin reminisces about the band’s early days as he joins Elaine Diehl to talk about upcoming shows, new music and his own touring experiences. Los Lobos and The Mavericks will co-headline a show at the Rose Music Center in Huber Heights on Tuesday, July 23.

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On August 4, Cincinnati's The Eric Wurzelbacher Quartet will perform at the legendary Newport Jazz Festival. Before they go, our Elaine Diehl welcomes the group into our studio for a conversation and performance. Here is an additional live performance recorded at Cincinnati Public Radio:


This week on The Blues, Saturday, July 13th at 11pm, you're in for a treat.   You'll hear a phone interview I recorded earlier this week with Derek Trucks from the Tedeschi Trucks Band, plus an in-studio performance/interview featuring Ron Esposito with Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Noah Hunt who dropped by the WVXU studio on Father's Day, June 16th, with their guitars.  You'll also hear two songs from Tedeschi Trucks Band's new album, Signs, as well as two songs by Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Noah Hunt live in our studio.  A shout out to Rick Andress who engineered the in-studio session with Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Noah Hunt.

The Tedeschi Trucks Band is bringing their Wheels of Soul tour to PNC Pavilion on Friday, July 19th and to the Rose Music Center in Huber Heights on Saturday, July 20th.  Both shows start at 7pm.  Opening acts are Blackberry Smoke and Shovels & Rope.  I spoke by phone yesterday with guitarist Derek Trucks about the Tedeschi Trucks Band's new album, Signs, and also about their Wheels of Soul tour. 

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