Music

This week on Swing with Bill Cartwright we'll warm up ypour weekend with Steve Lawrence's "Baby, It's Cold Outside," Diane Schuur's "Come Rain or Come Shine" and Les Brown's "I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm."

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Singer/songwriter and unique instrumentalist Matt Venuti returns to Cincinnati for a November 30 performance at the Center for Spiritual Living. He joins our Ron Eposito by phone to talk about his music, his fascination with instruments like the Hang, and his life on the road as a traveling musician.

Elementz Wants Cincinnati's Hip-Hop Scene To 'Thrive'

Nov 14, 2019
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Cincinnati may not be top of mind when people think of innovative hip-hop music, but some local artists are hoping to change that with "Thrive," a series that celebrates the local hip-hop scene.

This week's blues show, Saturday night, November 16th at 11pm, starts off with two songs from the opening night of Chicago's House of Blues in 1996 with the Blues Brothers.  You'll also hear songs in the show by the Allman Brothers Band, Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble, and Nina Simone.

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.  

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