Music

An interview with acclaimed singer Bettye LaVette

Jan 3, 2014

Soul singer Bettye LaVette made her first album at the age of 16, but true success eluded her until her mid-50’s when she released I’ve Got My Own Hell to Raise. Since then, she’s been featured as a performer at the 2008 Kennedy Center Honors (she performed a talked-about version of The Who’s Love, Reign O’er Me at their induction) and at President Obama’s pre-inaugural concert in 2009. Bettye LaVette talks about her career, the struggles of aging in show business, and her career resurgence after those two high-profile performances with our Ron Esposito.

With song titles like "Dead Boy," "Poison Oak," and "Devil's Weed," and the run-time is a mere 5:07, you can expect the 3-track EP Dead Boy by Pure Predication to be driving, aggressive, dark and brutal.

What the band promises is "No soundscapes here. Just pure as s**t rock n' roll."  And they make good on their promises.

The Blues: 12/28/13 show

Dec 30, 2013

Some party favorites from Denise Lasalle, Delbert McClinton, John Mayall, and Lonnie Mack.  The blues show ends with a classic written by Gregg Allman and recorded at the Beacon Theatre in NY in 2003 - Whippin' Post from the Allman Brothers Band.

From the Ring IV: A Cincinnati Keyboard Christmas for Public Radio CD, the New Year’s Eve classic “Auld Lang Syne” performed by local musicians Bob Nave, Marcos Sastre and John von Ohlen.

This week I'm breaking my usual format of covering locally-produced music, but I wouldn't do so if it weren't for a very good and noble reason.

While recently checking out the website fark.com, I discovered a story about The Runaway Hamsters , a 4-piece band of young rockers made up of siblings that include 9-year old Isabella and 8-year old triplets Abby, Gabby & Riley Keen.

The Hamsters are already gathering a lot of press across the country from such outlets as KNCI in Sacramento, CA and KTVB in their hometown of Boise, ID - if not so much for their punkish West Coast sound as for their incredibly big hearts.

SAT. 4- SUN. 5 RICKY NYE @ NOVA JAZZ CAVA (+34 937 86 27 09)  Passatge de Tete Montoliu, 24, 08221 Terrassa, Barcelona, Spain X BOOGIE & BLUES REUNION presented by LLUIS COLOMA

FRI. 10- RICKY NYE @ FONDA- LA PRIMITIVA 08015 Lluçà (Barcelona-SPAIN) 10:00 PM showtime

SUN. 12- RICKY NYE with MR. BOOGIE WOOGIE @ GOOR BLUES Bredabaan 908, 2990 Gooreind, Belgium 4:00 PM showtime

Yes, folks, it's that time of year for drinks, burritos, friends, family and CHRISTMAS FUN ! And behind it all will be a music machine comprised of STEVE SCHMIDT on Hammond organ, BRAD MYERS, guitar and ANTHONY T. LEE, drums.

And, adding sweet vocals on top, will be EUGENE GOSS and - for the first time at this event - DIXIE KARAS !

This soulful, swinging, ebony/ivory juggernaut will be layin' it down for 3 BIG NIGHTS this year : Thurs.,Fri. and Sat., 12/19, 20 & 21. (Thanks to the Comet for its generosity !)

How many hip-hop albums have you listened to recently that contained freestyle performed in French - or that combined heavy bass-drop with samples of birdsong?

Before you can begin to address the album "Things That Go Bump In the Dark" by IsWhat?!, you must first throw away any preconceived notions of what a hip-hop album is or what 'urban' music is -- because the aesthetic of this album lies somewhere between beatnik coffee-house poetry-jams and late-night dance club after-parties.

Tune in Saturday night at 10 for Swing with Bill Cartwright. Start off the New Year with terrific tunes from the bands of Glen Gray, Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, and Duke Ellington.

Tune in Saturday night at 10 for Swing with Bill Cartwright and hear some of the great female vocalists,  including Billie Holiday,  Linda Rondstadt, Diana Krall, and Rosemary Clooney.

Tune in at 11pm on Saturday, 12/21/13, for a Blues Christmas special.  The show begins with "White Christmas" recorded by Charlie Parker on December 25th, 1948.  Other musicians featured in the holiday special are the Blind Boys of Alabama, Aaron Neville, Ramsey Lewis, Albert King, and Etta James.  James Brown's "Please Come for Christmas" is also included.

Tune in Saturday night at 10 for the Swing with Bill Cartwright Christmas Special,  featuring favorite holiday tunes played by the great swing era musicians.

The show includes music from favorites like Harry Connick, Jr., Tony Bennett, Barbra Streisand and Ella Fitzgerald.

Some of your favorite vocalists this week including Barbra Streisand, Rosemary Clooney, Frank Sinatra, and Ella Fitzgerald!

Cincinnati connection since the song was released on King Records:

"GET UP — I FEEL LIKE BEING LIKE A SEX MACHINE"
James Brown
(James Brown)
King (1970)
Single

Recorded in Nashville on  April 25, 1970 according to “The King Labels: A Discography, Volume 1” compiled by Michel Ruppli.  Bootsy Collins is listed as playing electric bass on the song.  The Grammy ceremony will be broadcast live on Jan. 26, 2014, at 8 p.m. ET/PT on the CBS Television Network.

Hot off the presses from Cincinnati label Phratry Records is a 4-band, 7" that features the groups Joe 4 from Zagreb, Croatia, Aperiodic - who have roots in Dayton - as well as Cincinnati's own Mala In Se and Knife The Symphony.

Tune in Saturday night at 10 for Swing with Bill Cartwright and treat yourself to the likes of Mel Torme, Bobby Darin, Keeley Smith and Doris Day with the Les Brown Orchestra.

Cover art by Matt Zory

On Saturday night, 12/14/13, at 11pm, join us for an hour special featuring early blues music recorded in the 1920's, plus an interview with blues expert John Tefteller who recently purchased a rare 78rpm by Tommy Johnson for over $37,000.  He'll touch on record collecting, storage, other rare releases as well as King Records.  We'll also include songs in the last set from a double-album set released by

The Blues: 12/7/13 show

Dec 2, 2013

This is going to be a fun show with music from B.B.King, Gov't Mule, and Bill Wyman's Rhythm Kings, plus  lots of ladies including Odetta, Joss Stone, Cyndi Lauper, and Janiva Magness.

Winter Blues Fest

Nov 30, 2013

The Cincy Blues Society (founded in 1990) celebrates over two decades of supporting the blues with its hottest Winter Blues Fest line-up yet! On February 7 & 8, 2014, The Phoenix will be rocking with more than 25 of the best local blues bands and two amazing touring headliners. There will be four stages.  Headliners include Tinsley Ellis and Janiva Magness.   Food will be available.  Tickets $20 per night or $35 for the weekend.  Tickets at cincybluesfest2014.brownpapertickets.com

http://cincyblues.org/winter

After a string of singles, several different arrangements, re-mixes and re-recording sessions, Sometimes out of Batavia, OH have compiled 6 tracks into a full-length album entitled "Moral Superiority," released by Apollo99 Records.

The Blues - 11/30/13 show

Nov 24, 2013

We're going to have some fun tonight with music from Stevie Ray Vaughan, Johnny Adams and Ike & Tina Turner.  Plus local favorites Bam Powell and Tickled Pink.

Tune in Saturday night at 10 for Swing with Bill Cartwright and check out the great tunes from the Blue Wisp Big Band, Linda Ronstadt, Louis Armstrong, and Harry James.

Tune in Saturday night at 10 for Swing with Bill Cartwright, and you’ll enjoy hearing some of the essentials including Rosemary Clooney, Dean Martin, Count Basie and Glenn Miller.

When it comes to supporting the music scene in the Greater Cincinnati area, few people do it with more conviction than Scott Beseler with The Lodge in Dayton, KY.

Beseler, whose day job is as a professional photographer for Soapbox Cincinnati, has partnered with physician  Dr. John Wirick (stage name: Johnny Walker) to develop what can best be described as a rock-n-roll bed & breakfast.

New music from Acarya

Nov 22, 2013

Cincinnati tribal rock duo Acarya (Liz Wu and Wes Davidson) is releasing their new downloadable CD, Reperio Terra, on November 29. It’s an acoustic rock album with guitar, male vocal and a specially designed drum set. Liz Wu joins Ron Esposito to talk about the group and the genesis of this new project.

Joe Duran Nonet has new CD

Nov 22, 2013

Cincinnati jazz musician Joe Duran’s group, Nonet, has a new album available now for download and soon as a CD. It’s called Midwest Daydream and the group is composed of members of the Cincinnati Contemporary Jazz Orchestra. He joins Robyn Carey-Allgeyer to discuss the group’s name and the help of Kim Pensyl from CCM in producing, engineering and performing.

www.cincygroove.com

This Saturday, Northside Presbyterian Church will be filled with thousands of LPs, EPs, 12-inch, 10-inch and 7-inch vinyl, 45s, 78s, and everything in-between as the 2nd Annual Northside Record Fair, presented by Dome, a local music promotion company and record label, opens its doors.

Like all great moments in history, it all started with a tweet.

Earlier in the week, I was all ready to review a different album (which will probably appear next week) when I received this message:

This moment was just too serendipitous; and I felt compelled to check it out, since they went to the trouble to contact me directly and, honestly, because I can not resist a sick bassline.

Cut Copy - Live in NYC

Nov 18, 2013
courtesy of the artist

Cut Copy - one of the highlights of MPMF 2011 will be featured in a live concert broadcast from KCRW and NPR Music.

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