Music

Singer/songwriter Raye Zaragoza dropped by the studio on her way to her gig at Ludlow Garage on Tuesday afternoon, November 12th, where she opened for the Rising Appalachia band.

She spoke with Elaine Diehl about her 2017 album, what it's like being on the road so much, and her social activism.  Raye also talked about how nice it would be to take some time off after this tour and before the new cd drops to spend some time off at her home in L.A.

This week on Swing with Bill Cartwright you'll hear Anita O'Day's "Love For Sale," June Christy's "A Lovely Way to Spend an Evening" and Lena Horne's "Hesitation Blues."

This week's blues show, Saturday night, November 9th at 11pm, begins with "Sensitive Kind" by John Mayall whose autobiography,"Blues from Laurel Canyon: My Life as a Bluesman," will be released November 14th on Amazon in the states.  The rest of the first set includes music from Jeff Black, Eric Bibb, and Tony Joe White who passed away in October, 2018.

There's music from BB King/Eric Clapton, The Bluerunners, and Galactic in the second set.  Galactic will be performing at Tipitina's in New Orleans New Year's Eve.  Hugh Laurie, George Thorogood & the Destroyers, and The Byrds are featured in the third set.  And the show ends with songs from Lonnie Brooks, Bonnie Raitt, and Louis Armstrong.

Rising Appalachia At The Ludlow Garage

Nov 5, 2019

The band, Rising Appalachia, is bringing their tour to Ludlow Garage on Tuesday, November 12th.  Elaine Diehl spoke with Leah Song about the group and their new release, "Leylines," by phone Monday, November 4th.  During the conversation, Leah said that this is their 7th album, not including the bootlegs out there.  She also discussed the band members and the recording process for this new album which was recorded in 10 days in a studio north of San Francisco on the Pacific coast late summer, 2018.  The band has also teamed up with social activists and non-profits to help make a difference with this tour.

This week on Swing with Bill Cartwright you'll hear Fletcher Henderson's "Stealin Apples," Tommy Dorsey's "Snootie Little Cutie" and Ella Fitzgerald's "The Muffin Man."

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Singer Marcia Ball, renowned for her rollicking live blues shows, will appear with her band on November 7 at Middletown's Sorg Opera House. She's on the phone with our Elaine Diehl to talk about life on the road, her band, and her admiration for the blues musicians who came before her.

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One-time American Idol winner Ruben Studdard will be in concert at Memorial Hall in OTR on November 14 with his tribute to the late, great Luther Vandross. He recently spoke by phone with our contributor Yemi Oyediran about his life, career, and his interpretation of the classic Luther hits.

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The end of November will bring the traditional visit by holiday favorites, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, for two performances at both U.S. Bank Arena (November 29) and Dayton's Nutter Center (November 30.) Drummer and original member Jeff Plate previews this year's concert in a conversation with host Lee Hay.

This week's blues show, Saturday evening, November 2nd at 11pm, starts off with Eric Clapton, T-Bone Burnett, Tom Waits, and Ken Nordine who passed away earlier this year.

The second set includes music from the Honey Island Swamp Band, Mike Bloomfield/Al Kooper/Stephen Stills, Bob Dylan, and Peter Frampton.  And the last set features songs from Elvin Bishop, Shemekia Copeland (who'll be at Memorial Hall on 11/9), Etta James, and Joey DeFrancesco.

Concert note: Marcia Ball's bringing her band to the Sorg Opera House in Middletown, Thursday, 11/7.

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Local singer-songwriter Molly Sullivan is a bit of an enigma. Many of her songs have, so far, gone unrecorded, and she tends to limit her online presence. When she joined me in the studio, I had very little in front of me in terms of notes or prepared questions, so, I thought, "Let’s just start talking and see where it goes."

As it turns out, this interview ranks among one of my favorites; and as you join me as a witness to this conversation, you’ll see why; and hopefully, it will be one of your favorites as well. 

Harlem 100, featuring Mwenso & the Shakes, is a unique collaboration with the National Jazz History Museum in Harlem that’s currently on a 32-city tour around the country.  The event is a celebration of the 100th anniversity of the Harlem Renaissance.  The Harlem-based jazz band, Mwenso & the Shakes, will be on stage at Hall Auditorium in Miami University Saturday, November 2nd.

I spoke with Michael Mwenso, the bandleader and lead vocalist of the band, by phone Tuesday, October 22nd.  We discussed the tour, the events over the last 100 years in Harlem, Mwenso’s personal musical journey, and the components of the multi-media show.  He also talked about the band.

When asked about his personal story, Mwenso said he was born in Freetown, Sierra Leone but grew up in London where he met many musicians and then Wynton Marsalis brought him to New York City to work with the Jazz at Lincoln Center group.

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This week on Swing with Bill Cartwright you'll hear Mel Torme's "This is the Army Mr. Jones," Les Brown's "I Let a Song Go Out of My Heart" and Larry Clinton's "Dipsy Doodle."

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Newport's Mentoring Plus is a small nonprofit supporting local high school students needing academic help but also providing a safe haven for friendship, food, and more. Local musician and former judge Mickey Foellger will be part of a fundraising music festival on November 2 at the Southgate House Revival. 

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You know him as a versatile musician and the congenial host of Live From Here (heard on 91.7 and 88.5 Saturdays at 6 p.m. and Sundays at noon.) Chris Thile is coming to Memorial Hall for a solo acoustic performance on November 13 and he talks about his music and hosting Life From Here in this conversation with Elaine Diehl.

This week's edition of The Blues is a one-hour special in honor of Halloween starting at 11pm, Saturday, October 26th.  Sonny Moorman's "Deal with the Devil" begins the program followed by John Mayall, Kenny Neal, and Howlin' Wolf.  The second set starts off with Andrew Gold's "Don't Scream (It's Only Halloween)", then Dr. John's "Ki Ya Gris Gris," and songs by Saffire: The Uppity Blues Women & the Blind Boys of Alabama.

The second half of this Halloween special features Dr. John's reading of Edgar Allan Poe's "Berenice" from the "Closed on Account of Rabies" cd compilation.

Happy Halloween!

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Sawyer Fredericks is bringing his band to Southgate House Revival in Newport, Kentucky, on Thursday evening, October 24th to promote the 11/9 release of their new single, "Flowers for You."  The album will be coming out in Spring, 2020.  The song was recorded at Dreamland Recordings in Woodstock and was written and produced by Sawyer.  

During his conversation with Elaine Diehl, they discussed his writing process, collaborations, and the members of his band.  His experience on NBC's, "The Voice," was also explored.  Sawyer said that the show scouted him for the auditions when he was only 15 years old.  He considered his time on "The Voice" as a valuable learning experience and is looking forward to working on this new album.  The playlist for their concert at Southgate House Revival will include the new single, songs he sang on "The Voice," as well as selections for his past albums.  

This week on Swing with Bill Cartwright you'll hear Bob Crosby's "Willow Weep For Me," The Mills Brothers' "Flat Foot Floogee" and Rosemary Clooney's "As Time Goes By."

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Jazz legend Bobby Broom joins our contributor Yemi Oyediran for a conversation about his life, career, and some of the musicians who made an impact including Sonny Rollins, Stanley Turrentine, Patrice Rushen and others. He'll be with his trio in concert on Thursday, October 24 at Caffe Vivace in Walnut Hills.

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Happening on Friday, October 25 at The Redmoor in Mt. Lookout is You Know You're Right, a multi-artist tribute show to the influential grunge rock band Nirvana. Charles Baker from the local band Six Hours to Kill is the organizer, and he's in the studio with Elaine Diehl to talk about the impact Nirvana had on him as well as this being the 30th anniversary of the band's release Bleach and their appearance at Murphy's Pub in Clifton.

Blues guitarist Coco Montoya and his band are coming to the Sorg Opera House in Middletown on Thursday night, October 24th for one show only at 8pm.  Their sounds are surely going to rock out given the great acoustics in this hall which is loved by the musicians who play there.  It's an intimate setting, so the audience will be up close and personal to these blues musicians.

Their album, "Coming in Hot," is Coco Montoya's 5th album with Alligator Records and features studio musicians from the west coast as well as special guests including Jon Cleary.  But, he'll be bringing his regular band with him on the tour.

I spoke with Mr. Montoya by phone on Tuesday, October 15th about this new album, one of the songs on the album, a memory of working with Albert Collins, and his guitars.  I'd also like to thank Elaine Diehl for her assistance editing our interview.

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