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The Xavier University Music Series is back in session.

Ron Esposito welcomes the director of this music series, Polina Bespalko, to the studio for a preview of the Jazz Series with its first concert featuring Terri Lynn Carrington’s Money Jungle on September 25 in the Gallagher Center.

Melanie Davis: Allegoria

Sep 5, 2019

Melanie Davis is a wonderful singer-songwriter from Murray, KY whose writing is imbued with intense passion wrapped in beautiful harmonies.

She and her partner - Fate McAfee (Diesel Palomino) - are performing at Cincinnati’s Listing Loon on September 11 and I thought you might enjoy getting to know a bit more about her and her music.

Look for Allegoria by Melanie Davis to be released in early 2020.

Marcia Ball begins this week's blues show, Saturday, September 7th at 11pm, with the title track from her album, "The Tattooed Lady and the Alligator Man." Music from the Bluebirds and Gov't Mule finish out the first set.  The second set includes songs from Charlie Musselwhite, the Wilbert Longmire Quartet, Tom Waits, and Louis Armstrong.  And the show ends with the music of Bonnie Raitt, Aaron Neville, Jeff Beck, and J.J. Cale.

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I got a press release a few days ago about a young musician, Adam Chaffins, who's getting some national attention recently.  He's been featured on NPR's World Cafe Nashville and as one of the best new artists playing AmericanaFest according to NPR City Scene.  Rolling Stone has also highlighted his song, I'm Over You, as one of the 10 Best Country and Americana Songs to Hear Now.  According to his press release, Chaffin's also come to the attention of one of my Nashville favorites, Buddy Miller.

So, Adam Chaffins will be on stage at Northside Tavern this Thursday, September 5th at 9pm and the following night, Friday, September 6th in his hometown, Louisa, Kentucky, for their SeptemberFest.  

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Christ Church Cathedral, 318 E. 4th Street in downtown Cincinnati, begins another season of Music Live & Lunch concerts this Tuesday, September 3rd from 12:10-1pm with guitarist James Meade.  The series runs through Tuesday, May 26th, 2020.

Associate Music Director Shiloh Roby recently spoke with Elaine Diehl about the series which began in 1971.  Roby has been running the series since 2010 with an aim to include as many musical genres as possible including jazz, bluegrass, world music, classical and even use the church's organ occasionally.  His goal is to have different performers each week, so that no two weeks in a row are the same genre.  

They're currently looking for volunteers to usher as well as help in the kitchen to help with the lunches which are available for purchase each Tuesday.  Music lovers may also bring their own lunches with them.

This week on Swing with Bill Cartwright you'll hear The King Sisters' "Early Autumn," Caterina Valente's "Old Devil Moon" and Lulee Fisher's "Mood Indigo."

No Promises Vocal Band: The Nines

Aug 30, 2019

Cincinnati's No Promises Vocal Band is ready to release its latest EP, a collection of unique stylings of jazz standards called The Nines.

As Elaine Diehl learns from Nat Comisar, the release will be celebrated at a Memorial Hall concert on Thursday, September 19.

On The Blues this week, Saturday, August 31st at 11pm, Ron Esposito speaks by phone with Stanley Booth about his new book, Red Hot and Blue, which recounts his 50 years of writing about the music scene in Memphis.  Their conversation was recorded on July 16th.

During this blues show, you'll hear not only their conversation, but also music from Mose Allison, Furry Lewis, Percy Mayfield, Elvis Presley, Albert King, Eddie Floyd, Otis Redding, and Booker T. & the Mgs.

At the end of this blues show, you'll hear a set of music with Big Joe Duskin, Ricky Nye, Ben Levin, and Professor Longhair.

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Patty Smyth & her band Scandal will appear on PNC Pavilion's stage with Rick Springfield and Greg Kihn on Friday, September 6th at 7:30 which also features a pre-show wine tasting.  Smyth is replacing Eddie Money who cancelled his remaining tour dates due to pneumonia complications from a heart valve procedure and is also dealing with stage 4 esophageal cancer.  The tour will move up to Rose Music Center the next night, September 7th.

Elaine began their conversation mentioning that she saw Patty on tour with John Waite many years ago.  They discussed the members of her band, multi-generational fans, and a new recording that's coming out in January.  Patty also mentioned that she calls New York City home with her kids and husband tennis legend John McEnroe.  They also mentioned her self-titled 1992 album (that went gold), the song "Hands Tied," and covers of "Whole Lotta Love" and "Piece of My Heart" that she probably won't be performing this tour.

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Hank Williams recorded four songs in the Herzog Studios for MGM on August 30th, 1949.  In honor of the 70th anniversary of these recordings, a special concert has been planned in the Herzog Studios space where those recording sessions happened.  The Hank Williams Songwriter Showcase and 70th Anniversary of Hank Williams at Herzog event will happen on Friday, August 30th, from 7-11pm.

This week on Swing with Bill Cartwright you'll hear Michael Buble's "Dream a Little Dream of Me," Glenn Miller's "PA-6-5000" and Charlie Spivak's "Stardust."

Bobby Mackey Talks Music And His Haunted Honky Tonk

Aug 23, 2019
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Local country music legend and club owner Bobby Mackey is celebrating 41 years of his iconic, possibly haunted, country music honky tonk in Wilder, Kentucky. He's with our Elaine Diehl for some reminiscences and to talk about his latest single.

This week on The Blues, Saturday, August 24, at 11pm, you'll hear new music from the Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band, the Tedeschi Trucks Band, Coco Montoya, Kingfish, Delbert McClinton, and several others.

You'll also be treated to an interview I did on August 7th with local blues pianist Ben Levin in WVXU's Corbett Studio.  Ben also plays two songs, "Before Me" and "Caledonia."  Rick Andress was the engineer.

Sad news...Bassist Larry Taylor who's on the song, "Hold On," by Tom Waits, and also played with Canned Heat and John Mayall, plus many others, passed away earlier this week.

There’s a free event for musicians this Saturday, August 24th from noon to 3pm to recycle and replace their instruments’ strings with new D’Addario NYXL or Nickel Bronze Acoustic strings.

The event will be held at Third Rock Music Center at 1232 Eight Mile Road.  Old strings collected during the event will be recycled through Playback, D’Addario’s national recycling program.   For more information, call Third Rock Music Center at 513-843-5739.

Elementz, a Cincinnati-based urban arts organization - with the help of ArtsWave - is producing their first ever concert series for the community focused on music and spoken word from the local Hip Hop community. The series is called THRIVE - A Celebration of Hip Hop Music & Culture.

The first of these four events entitled HipART will take place Thursday, September 19 at the Woodward Theate. HipART performances will explore themes of personal growth, adulting and continuing to pursue dreams at every stage of life.

We're all about names this week on Swing with Bill Cartwright as you'll hear Buddy Rich's "Shorty George," The Andrew Sisters' "Oh Johnny, Oh Johnny, Oh" and Ella Fitzgerald's "Johnny One Note."

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The Whispering Beard Folk Festival, celebrating its 12th year, is leaving the communal atmosphere of Friendship, Indiana for the big city party vibe of Cincinnati's Smale Park. With a preview of all the music and fun that will happen along the river August 22-24, organizer Catfish Washbordio is with our music contributor Elaine Diehl.

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A celebration of Native American music and culture is coming to Springboro's Patricia Allen Park on August 24-25. Organizer and performer Douglas Blue Feather previews this year's Ohio Valley Indigenous Music Festival during this conversation with Ron Esposito.

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Jim Tarbell's Ludlow Garage was open from September 1969 to January 1971, just about 18 months. But in that time the music venue hosted some of the best bands in Cincinnati, along with some of the biggest names in rock, including Alice Cooper, Santana, The Kinks and the Allman Brothers.

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