Music

The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center is presenting a number of programs throughout 2019 in honor of the 1964 Freedom Summer in Mississippi.  The series is entitled, Freedom 55, in reference to the 55th anniversary of Freedom Summer.

I've produced a one-hour special, which will air at 11pm on Saturday, April 13th, highlighting the events planned at the Freedom Center on Thursday, April 18th and Friday, April 19th.  The special includes a conversation with Dion Brown and Jacqueline Dace from the Freedom Center; music from Bobby Rush, Marquise Knox, and Ben Levin.  There's also an interview with Ron Esposito and Ben Levin in our Corbett Studio.

This week's blues show, Saturday, April 6th, at 11pm starts off with the group Deep Rhumba followed by Lucinda Williams, John Scofield, and Johnny Adams in the first set.  You'll hear Jonny Lang, k.d. lang, Anders Osborne, and Amos Lee in the second set.  And, the show ends with Delbert McClinton, Larry Kinley, Janiva Magness, and Jimmy McGary's "See See Rider."  Amos Lee's playing the Taft Theatre 9/6, and Jonny Lang's on PNC Pavilion's stage 8/8.

This week on Swing with Bill Cartwright, enjoy great favorites like Artie Shaw's "Back Bay Shuffle," Joe Gransden's "Let's Face the Music and Dance" and Duke Ellington's "I Let a Song Go Out of My Heart." 

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WoodyFest, a celebration of the music of folk legend Woody Guthrie, happens Saturday, April 13 at Mount St. Joseph University's Recital Hall. 

Record Store Day, the annual celebration of local music stores complete with new releases and special appearances, happens on Saturday, April 13. 

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Local singer-songwriter Maria Carrelli is set to digitally release her debut CD, Strings On My Guitar, at two sold-out shows on Saturday, April 13 at Ludlow's Folk School Coffee Parlor

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Singer/songwriter Nellie McKay is "a sly, articulate musician who sounds comfortable in any era" according to the New York Times.  She's bringing her solo show to the York Street Cafe on Thursday, April 18th at 8pm to promote her new album, "Sister Orchid."

Nellie spoke by phone from North Carolina to Elaine Diehl on March 28th.  During the conversation, she spoke about Bob Dorough, Geoff Emerick who was an engineer with the Beatles, and also about her new album.  McKay also said that she plays a number of instruments, but mostly piano and harmonica, and loves mallets.

"Sister Orchid" is her 7th album.  Nellie McKay's also performed on Broadway, on NPR programs, and on films.  Her music has been heard on many television programs like Mad Men, NCIS, and Boardwalk Empire.  And, she's also been recognized for her support of animal rights , civil rights, and feminism.

More than a tribute show, Hagfest is a musical celebration of country legend Merle Haggard who passed away on April 6th, 2016 at the age of 79.  Joe Macheret of The Tillers and Joe’s Truck Stop is the organizer with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the Appalachian Prison Book Project.  Otis Williams who recorded at King Records will also be performing.  There'll be three stages of music beginning at 6pm, Saturday, April 6th, at Southgate House Revival in Newport, Kentucky.   

This week on Swing with Bill Cartwright you'll hear songs of love like Ella Fitzgerald's "You Couldn't Be Cuter," Tony Bennett's "I Wish I Were In Love Again" and Frank Sinatra's "I've Got the World on a String."

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Jayne Sachs is a Dayton-area singer-songwriter who has been focused on writing for a Nashville music publishing firm and not on performing. 

A New CD From Local Pianist Andrew Haug And His Trio

Mar 29, 2019

Jazz pianist Andrew Haug and his trio from Cincinnati have recently released a new, improvisational CD called On a Limb

Bob Dylan begins this week's edition of The Blues at 11pm, Saturday, March 30th, with "Gotta Serve Somebody."  His album, "Blood on the Tracks - The Original New York Test Pressing," will be offered up on Record Store Day at independent record stores across the country, Saturday, April 13th.  Only 7500 copies will be available that day only  throughout the many record stores participating.

Other musicians in the first set of this show include Charlie Musselwhite, the Blind Boys of Alabama, and Garland Jeffreys.  The Blind Boys of Alabama will be performing at Rose Music Center at the Heights on June 19th along with the Robert Cray Band, Marc Cohn, and Shemekia Copeland.

Phratry

Mar 26, 2019

15 years ago, Jerry Dirr decided to start his own record label, Phratry Records,  in the bedroom of his home in Cincinnati.

When the label celebrated its 10th anniversary, Jerry partnered with director Shane Chaney with the intention of compiling video footage of the various Phratry bands into a documentary short film.

Five years and hours of film later, the completed feature-length film is finally ready for its premiere.

To learn more about the label, the film and the celebration, I spoke with Phratry Records founder Jerry Dirr as well as producers David Cornelius Matt Gray from Argo One Productions.

Chris Smither is one of those singer/songwriters who's been on the scene for fifty years and loves to keep bringing joy to his fans with his music.  Promoting his first album of originals in six years, Call Me Lucky, Smither will be bringing his tour to the 20th Century Theater in Oakley on Wednesday, April 10th.  Kevin Gordon will be opening for him.  Doors open at 7pm with music beginning at 8 o'clock.  

Elaine Diehl spoke with him by phone on March 19th about his new album, his tour of Ireland in January, and the fact that he's only playing 100 shows per year.  Smither also talks about the guitar he'll be playing at the 20th Century solo show, which songs he prepares for shows, and what he does in his time off.  Chris Smither also said that he grew up in New Orleans and lives in Amherst, Massachusetts now, but still makes red beans and rice once a week.

This week on Swing with Bill Cartwright, you'll her many beautiful voices, including Mel Torme's "Don Cho Go Way Mad," Sammy Davis, Jr.'s "September Song" and The Four Freshmen's "Give Me the Simple Life."

The Cincinnati Jazz Hall of Fame is preparing to induct its fifth class of local musicians on Sunday, March 31 at Mount St. Joseph University

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Courtesty of Ohio State Fair

Ohio State Fair officials have announced this year's concert lineup, and it includes a mix of everything from classic rock and R&B to country and comedy. 

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One of the songs in the first set of this week's blues show, Saturday, March 23rd at 11pm, is from "The Blues White Album," a tribute to the Beatles "White Album," featuring Joe Louis Walker performing "While My Guitar Gently Weeps."  This song is followed by Buddy Guy's "74 Years Young."  The set begins with Curtis Salgado's "Strung Out" from his Alligator release, "Soul Shot."

The Joe Policastro Trio is bringing their jazz sounds in support of their new release, Nothing Here Belongs, to Caffe Vivace on Friday, April 5th. 

During their conversation, Joe, who's a Cincinnati native, talks about some of the songs on the new cd, what the band's process is working up arrangements, and the chemistry of the band members.  Joe also talks about the club where they play regularly in Chicago, Pops in Champagne.

The week on Swing with Bill Cartwright you'll hear great songs like Woody Herman's "Woodchopper's Ball," Tex Beneke's "Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree" and The Mills Brothers' "Paper Doll."

I wood-n't miss it if I were you.

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