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Blues For Modern Times (formerly Blues For Modern Man) (Series)

Produced by Jerry L. Davis

Most recent piece in this series:

Blues For Modern Times #176

From Jerry L. Davis | Part of the Blues For Modern Times (formerly Blues For Modern Man) series | 59:00


This is show #176 of the Series "Blues For Modern Times", (formerly called Blues For Modern Man). This show is produced to be broadcast as either a weekly Series, or it can be easily be used as a stand-alone episode. The focus of this Series is to support today's Modern Blues music and working Blues Artists, and it highlights the great variety of music that they record. My shows use mainly just received new, and artists latest Blues releases in each show, though I occasionally blend in other modern Blues music. Today’s Blues are a diverse and exciting genre, as todays Blues Artists play in various styles of Blues. This allows me to create a true Blues variety show that should appeal to most any curious music lover. These programs DO NOT have to be ran in order-however-the higher the show number, the newer the music in the program. These shows ARE NOT dated at all, so that this Series can begin to be run at any point or show number, at your Stations discretion.
  This show is designed for the music lover, with a great variety of music. It's also for the Blues lover, to check out the latest from some of their favorite artists, and to discover new Blues artists and their recordings. And this show is a good intro to the Blues for new Blues listeners, to help them discover the diversity in today’s modern Blues music. I produce this show solely to be a part of a NPR/Community Station's regular weekly 1 hour show lineup. This show focus is on the music, and I inform listeners of the songs I've played, what album it's from, and an occasional tidbit or two on the Artist or the tune.  I post my playlists and more on my Facebook Page for the Show, Blues For Modern Times.
Since the show is aired regularly on several stations, I produce and upload NEW SHOWS EVERY WEEK. My hope is to grow both the number of stations and listeners of this program, thereby fulfilling my mission to support working Artists, and share today’s Blues music with as many listeners as possible...Upon request, I also can produce 25 second spots for each show if desired by your station, leaving :05 to announce show day and time.

Reveal Weekly (Series)

Produced by Reveal

Most recent piece in this series:

529: Sins of the Fathers, 7/20/2019

From Reveal | Part of the Reveal Weekly series | :00

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Classical Guitar Alive! (Series)

Produced by Tony Morris

Most recent piece in this series:

19-29 Emma Rush Interview, Bach, Rodrigo, Piazzolla, & more

From Tony Morris | Part of the Classical Guitar Alive! series | 59:27


TO: All Stations

FR: Tony Morris

DT: July 16, 2019

RE: ***** CLASSICAL GUITAR ALIVE!   18-29 Emma Rush Interview, Bach, Rodrigo, Piazzolla

Total length:58:57


In Cue: MUSIC IN “Hello and welcome to…”

Out Cue: “…another edition of Classical Guitar Alive!”

Program Length:58:57



  Bizet:  Carmen Suite: Prelude    Los Romeros, guitar quartet

                                                    (Philips 412-609)


  Bach: Brandenburg Concerto 3      Vida Quartet (4:49)

                                                  (“Bachianas” Vida Quartet 2018)


 Rodrigo: Concierto de Aranjuez      Angel Romero, guitar (22:01)

                                                        English Chamber Orch, Raymond Leppard, cond.

        (“Giuliani: Guitar Concertos 1 & 3, Rodrigo: Concierto de Aranjuez” Erato Records 2012)


 Kjell Marcussen: Pavane       Anders Clemens Oien, guitar, Duo Oktava (4:49)

                                                (“Dedications: Music by Kjell Marcussen, Duo Oktava 2017)


 Giuliani: 2 Etudes                  Lucio Matarazzo, guitar (2:37)

                                                (“Mauro Giuliani: Selected Studies, vol 2”  DotGuitar.It 2014)


 Interview: Emma Rush: “ I grew up playing …    … got along really well, really quickly.”


 Domeniconi: Variations on an Anatolian Folksong         Emma Rush, guitar  (9:43)

                                                (“Folklorica” Emma Rush  2015)


  Piazzolla: Escualo                Fernando Suarez Paz, violin  Assad Duo  (3:18)

                                               (“Fuga y Misterio”  GHA Records 1998)




This week’s program features a 2018 interview with Canadian guitarist Emma Rush, and music by Bach, Rodrigo, Piazzolla, Giuliani, Carlo Domeniconi, and Norwegian composer Kjell Marcussen.


CLASSICAL GUITAR ALIVE! celebrates 21 years of national distribution, airing each week on over 200 stations, and is free to all stations.


FUNDRAISER EDITION is available here, no carriage fee: http://www.prx.org/pieces/187790-fundraiser-editio


CGA! is a winner at PRX's 13th Annual Zeitfunk Awards: #1 Most Licensed Producer, and #2 Most Licensed Series

Blue Dimensions (Series)

Produced by Bluesnet Radio

Most recent piece in this series:

Blue Dimensions H29: Catherine Russell's "Alone Together," and a hard look at slavery and racism from the album "Songs Of Our Native Daughters."

From Bluesnet Radio | Part of the Blue Dimensions series | 59:00

Crussell_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, some spirited singing from three new albums - - a new album from the wonderful singer Catherine Russell called "Alone Together." Also, Gaye Adegbalola offers great singing and telling social commentary, as well a humor on her new album "The Griot," and, song and social commentary also come our way from Rhiannon Giddens with Leyla McCalla, Allison Russell, and Amythyst Kiah, who have recorded an album called "Songs Of Our Native Daughters." We'll also hear the latest from saxophonists Joshua Redman and Javon Jackson, all in this hour of Blue Dimensions.

Cat Russell had a long and successful career as a backing vocalist recording and performing with singers of all sorts, including Snoop Dogg, Dolly Parton, and Paul Simon, and she was a very prominent part of David Bowie's show for a while, both singing and playing percussion. She's the daughter of Luis Russell, Louis Armstrong's New York band leader, and Carline Ray who also was a singer and guitarist and bassist. Carline and daughter Catherine did an album together shortly before Carline's death in 2013. Catherine started her solo career with her album Cat in 2006, and Alone Together is her seventh album as a leader. She "sets the standard" for singing standards. Gaye Adegbalola's musical career began with a remarkable trio of women known as Saffire The Uppity Blueswomen, who provided some humor and thought-provoking ideas in the 1990s. Adegbalola has developed a unique solo act, with some very hard-hitting social commentary, spirited singing, and a dose of humor too. Rhiannon Giddens, who became known as a member of The Carolina Chocolate Drops and received a MacArthur Foundation fellowship for her work, has put together a powerful new album with Leyla McCalla, Allison Russell, and Amythyst Kiah that explores the horrors slavery and life for African-Americans after slavery.

We also have a couple of instrumental things coming up, a new piece from saxophonist Joshua Redman and his quartet, from an album coming out in March called "Come What May," and a tribute to Pharaoh Sanders from saxophonist Javon Jackson from his wonderful 2018 album "For You."

promo included: promo-H29

You Bet Your Garden (Series)

Produced by You Bet Your Garden

Most recent piece in this series:

YBYG42: You Bet Your Garden # 42, 7/17/2019

From You Bet Your Garden | Part of the You Bet Your Garden series | 54:59

Ybyg-summ-hero_small Mike McGrath dives into POND SCUM for the question of the week and what it can do to benefit your Garden!! And of course, your FABULOUS Phone Calls!!

A Way with Words (Series)

Produced by A Way with Words

Most recent piece in this series:

A Shoo-In (#1475)

From A Way with Words | Part of the A Way with Words series | 54:00

Butterfly_small Hiking in the mountains, Martha kept noticing butterflies at about 4,000-to-5,000 feet above sea level. Those butterflies are hilltopping. It’s when male butterflies of many species go to high points to advertise their fortitude and genes to the female butterflies.

Judy in Huntsville, Alabama, has hundreds of song lyrics playing on auto-shuffle in her head. When the Polka Dot Polka started playing, she began to wonder how polka dots came to be associated with the music. It turns out that the polka dance craze of the early 1800s — named after the Polish word for a Polish woman — gave its name to a lot of things, including this fabric pattern.

Writing advice from Mark Twain, who was not a fan of adjectives. In The Tragedy of Pudd'nhead Wilson, he says, “As to the adjective, when in doubt, strike it out.” He also wrote a letter with clever, useful advice that still holds true for the modern writer.

When you would ask the father of Chris from Reno, Nevada, something to which he thought the answer was obvious, he’d answer with jokey phrases like “Is a pig pork?” or “Is the Pope Catholic?” or “Does a bear poop in the woods?” (but with a different verb!). These sarcastic interrogatives, also known as a kind of echo question, are wonderfully discussed in an article by Charles Clay Doyle titled “Is the Pope Still Catholic?” in the journal Western Folklore. (The article is free with registration.)

The Greek word for the cuckoo bird, kokkux, is related to our word coccyx, the tailbone, because the bone looks like the bill of a cuckoo.

Our New York City quiz guy John Chaneski joins us for a punny word quiz. How to play: There’s a pun with a key word missing. You need to fill in the blank. For example, if you don’t pay your e_______, you get repossessed. The answer: exorcist. Get it?

Steve in Bend, Oregon, asks: Does bully pulpit mean what people think it means? Is the bully the same as the bully you might find in a schoolyard? What did Teddy Roosevelt really mean when he said he had a bully pulpit? There’s an old meaning that has fallen away that changes how we understand the phrase.

Hamid in San Diego, California, says that his wife is a job recruiter who finds people to fill high-profile positions. She will come home and say, “This candidate’s a shoo-in.” What’s the story with shoo-in? Where does it come from? It has something to do with an old slang term for rigging a horse race. It’s not, shoe-in, by the way, although that is a common misspelling, and it has nothing to do with footwear. There are many everyday terms that come from horse-racing, such as the term hands-down.

Growing up in Kentucky, where the state religion seems to be basketball, Martha played a lot of rounds of horse, where players compete to make baskets from the same court positions, shot for shot. If you miss, you get a letter from the word horse. If you get all the letters, you lose. Basketball star Steph Curry instead challenged a bunch of high school students to a game of sesquipedalian. We’ve talked about long words like that before.

Rodney in Suffolk, Virginia, is interested in the word tattoo. His grandmother didn’t use it to mean skin art. She used it to rave about seeing a great concert or band: “It was just such a wonderful tattoo!” It might have something to do with a musical military tradition involving a tattoo (of Dutch origin) that is unrelated to the skin tattoo (which has a Tahitian origin).

A belly flower is a small low-growing flower you have to get down on the ground to see.

Martha recommends Pax, by Sara Pennypacker, a book targeted at children but in which adults will find much to admire and mull over. In preparing the book, Pennypacker spent a great deal of time studying the behavior of foxes. Martha shares a particularly perfect passage.

Zach from Plano, Texas, watched the documentary Jiro Dreams of Sushi. In it, a protegé of the star sushi chef ends a long explanation about how much he’s learned from his mentor by saying, “I don’t sleep with my feet in his direction.” What does this Japanese expression it mean?

Man-eating spiders! Martha tells a charming story about how illustrators and authors work together when they make children’s books.

Greg, calling from Norfolk, Virginia, says that when he uses the word smarmy, some people seem not to know it. What does it mean? Where does it come from? Is it even a real word? It’s related to an old verb meaning to smear or be-daub. It’s kind of like the word unctuous.

Andrea in Haslett, Michigan, and her six-year-old daughter Neevee had a question about the way we show love in writing. When they were texting back and forth with Neevee’s daddy, she got to wondering where where we get X and O for kisses and hugs. It may have something to do with the way people used to sign and kiss important documents, and the Christian cross.

Plot bunnies are writing ideas that you can’t get rid of. The only way to purge yourself of the ideas is to write them!

This episode is hosted by Martha Barnette and Grant Barrett, and produced by Stefanie Levine.


Produced by Catalina Maria Johnson

Most recent piece in this series:


From Catalina Maria Johnson | Part of the BEAT LATINO series | 58:00


We're celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Lunar Landing on this week's Beat Latino! A musical ode to that beautiful orb that is symbol of romance, madness, passion, light and luminosity, hope and desire---and that the Apollo made it to 50 years ago. One small musical step in celebration and here's to all the lunatics in the best sense of the word. Enjoy!
Feature photo: Natalia Lafourcade

Juke In The Back With Matt The Cat (Series)

Produced by Matt "The Cat" Baldassarri

Most recent piece in this series:

Episode #480 - Chuck Willis, Pt. 2 - 1954-58

From Matt "The Cat" Baldassarri | Part of the Juke In The Back With Matt The Cat series | 59:01

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"Juke In The Back" completes its 2 part special on the great Chuck Willis.  This week, in part 2, we focus on Chuck's amazing crossover success in the late 1950s with huge pop hits like "C. C. Rider," "Betty And Dupree," "What Am I Livin' For" and "Hang Up My Rock n' Roll Shoes."  Willis' career ended with him on top after his tragic death in 1958 at the age of 30.  Chuck Willis is one of the many underrated 1950s R&B performers.  Pop audiences only remember him for a handful of tunes, yet he was extremely popular on the R&B-side of the 1950s.  Each week, the "Juke In The Back" with Matt The Cat brings the music and stories of this oft forgotten part of American Music.

Sound Ideas (Jazz & Blues) (Series)

Produced by Clay Ryder

Most recent piece in this series:

Sound Ideas #208 - Memories, Journeys, and Change

From Clay Ryder | Part of the Sound Ideas (Jazz & Blues) series | 57:00

Sound_ideas_small This is the two hundred and eighth episode in a thematic series focused on jazz, blues, and spoken word.

In this hour we explore memories, journeys, and change with a touch of Spain.

The Spanish Hour with Candice Agree (Series)

Produced by Candice Agree

Most recent piece in this series:

The Spanish Hour 1912: Chamber Music from Central and South America

From Candice Agree | Part of the The Spanish Hour with Candice Agree series | 58:30


A suite for six – count-em six -- tubas by Panama’s Enrique Crespo, plus miniatures for small orchestra from Uruguay’s Roque Cordero. Federico Moreno Torroba’s homage to the dance “seguidilla” round out this week’s program.