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Sound Opinions Specials (Series)

Produced by Sound Opinions

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Sound Opinions' 2023 Holiday Spectacular

From Sound Opinions | Part of the Sound Opinions Specials series | 54:00

Andy_cirzan___s_2023_holiday_spectacular_small Our most mirthful musical meeting of each year- holiday music collector Andy Cirzan's spectacular yearly collection of strange tunes. This year the theme is song poems, which came from an odd corner of the music industry that hired studio musician to transform customers' poems into songs- for the right price.

The Beatles: Every Little Thing (Series)

Produced by Andy Cahn

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The Beatles: Every Little Thing - Episode 5

From Andy Cahn | Part of the The Beatles: Every Little Thing series | 54:02

Elt-logo3_small ELT 5 showcases collaborations between Paul & Ringo from the Beatles' group and solo careers, and features a musical pair from 1974, a few demo recordings, and Paul McCartney helping out a member of Travis.

Stuck in the Psychedelic Era (Series)

Produced by Stephen R Webb

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From Stephen R Webb | Part of the Stuck in the Psychedelic Era series | 01:58:10

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Younger_than_yesterday_small It's a real mixed bag this week, with trips up and down through the years, sets of tunes from a single year, artists' sets and even a request to start off the show. And if you listen closely you might spot a tune written and sung by a pre-ZZ Top Billy Gibbons. See https://thehermitrambles.blogspot.com/ for complete playlist.


From Joyride Media | Part of the DYLAN series | 59:00

Patti Smith hosts this hour of Bob Dylan music and conversation covering 1965-1974

Bddylancover_small With the mantle of folk protest singer off his shoulders, Bob Dylan launched into a flurry of creativity in the mid-1960's. His sound exploded with electric instruments and a blend of folk, rock, blues, and gospel influences. By the late 60's, Dylan was singing country music like he had grown up in Nashville. His lyrics still commented on the world, but through a wider lens that mixed personal reflection with mystical and surreal images. In this hour, we'll hear how Dylan found his own unique voice, and how that changed rock and roll for a long time to come. Interviews: Sean Wilentz, George Wein, Roger McGuinn, Anthony DeCurtis, Greil Marcus, John Hiatt, John Cohen, Ray Benson, Josh Ritter, Bill Flanagan, Garth Hudson

0:00 -- 19:00 Segment 1

In:  "He went through a period of creative genius, and he learned so quickly..."
Out:  "I'm Patti Smith, and you're listening to Bob Dylan:  Like A Rolling Stone."

19:00 -- 20:00  Break 1 with music bed

20:00 -- 43:00 Segment 2

In:  "Welcome back to Bob Dylan:  Like A Rolling Stone.  I'm Patti Smith."
Out:  "I'm Patti Smith, and you're listening to Bob Dylan: Like A Rolling Stone."

43:00 -- 44:00  Break 2 with music bed

44:00 -- 59:00  Segment 3

In:  "Welcome back to Bob Dylan:  Like A Rolling Stone.  I'm Patti Smith."
Out:  "I'm Patti Smith, and thanks for listening."

Women Making Music (Series)

Produced by WXPN

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Women Making Music: Dolly Parton

From WXPN | Part of the Women Making Music series | 03:53

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An Evening with Little Feat Vol-1

From Southwest Stages | Part of the Southwest Stages series | 58:25

An hour of Little Feat music recorded live at the Taos Solar Music festival, in Taos NM in 2001.

Fred-shaun-_-paul-_cape-2-2_small_small An hour of classic Little Feat music (including a 40 min version of Dixie Chicken) recorded live at the Taos Solar Music festival, in Taos NM in 2001. The Taos Solar Music Festival is held in Kit Carson Park in the heart of Taos NM. This program first aired in Southwest Stages 4th year of programming in the Fall of 2007

An Evening with Little Feat Vol-2

From Southwest Stages | Part of the Southwest Stages series | 58:29

An hour of Little Feat music recorded live at the 2001 Taos Solar Music festival in Taos NM, the 2002 Telluride Blues & Brews Festival, in Telluride Colorado and in 2003 at the James A. Little Theater in Santa Fe, NM.

Little-feat-rh02_small An hour of classic Little Feat music and an Interview with Little Feat's Paul Barrere by Southwest Stages' Guest Host Paul Ingles. This program first aired in Southwest Stages 4th year of programming in the Fall of 2007

In his preface to a recent Little Feat retrospective compilation, the band’s Paul Barrere wrote, ”It’s almost 33 years ago exactly since Mr. [Lowell] George came to the front door of the Laurel Canyon house I was livin’ in, with that beautiful white ”p“ bass in hand, and asked if I wanted to try out as bass player for his new band. As most who know the story’s end can tell you, as a bassist I make an excellent guitarist, and 3 years later-- when I finally began my stint in Little Feat-- I would never have guessed that I would be here writing these liner notes to yet another chapter in the now storied life of a band that has been my life, and a true labor of love.“

Truth is, there really is no story’s end yet, and Little Feat have indeed led a storied life ever since they formed in 1969. From then on, their unconventional signature of earthy, organic appeal and polished, first-rate musicianship wrapped around eclectic and memorable songs--clearly delivered as an authentic labor of love--has been a lasting fixture on the musical landscape. As American as apple pie--and rock ‘n roll itself--Feat’s music transcends boundaries, a freewheeling fusion of California rock and Dixie-inflected funk-boogie. In the mix as well are strains of folk, blues, rockabilly, country and jazz, inventing a hybrid sound that is truly Little Feat’s own.

Easily one of the hardest working bands in show biz, today’s Little Feat is a seven-member powerhouse that ably carries on the group’s tradition in both the recording and touring arenas. Their most recent studio album is Kickin’ It At The Barn, produced by Feat-ers Paul Barrere, Bill Payne and Fred Tackett. It’s named after the place it was recorded throughout 2003, Tackett’s barn-come-studio in Topanga Canyon, which Bill Payne has called ”Little Feat’s version of The Band’s ‘Big Pink’,“ and which lent an invaluable ambience to the undertaking. In his liner notes, faithful Feat scribe Paul Barrere writes, ”If music is a conversation between the players, then we are talking like never before…this has been truly one of the most memorable recording projects we’ve done. We started with an idea to write songs on acoustic guitar and piano, like the old days before computers and samples, and then let the band interpret the music.“

Feat’s story began in 1969 when songwriter, performer, multi-instrumentalist, and all around colorful character Lowell George, formerly of Frank Zappa’s Mothers of Invention, set out to form his own band -- at Zappa’s suggestion. The brilliant and often idiosyncratic George connected with keyboard master Bill Payne, and, along with drummer Richie Hayward and Roy Estrada, founded Little Feat. They were soon signed to Warner Bros., where Little Feat, in various configurations, would remain for twelve of their sixteen albums.

This initial line-up recorded the band’s first two LPs--their rootsy, 1971 self-titled debut, featuring the classic cut ”Willin,“ and its follow-up, Sailin’ Shoes, which added ”Easy To Slip,“ ”Trouble,“ ”Tripe Face Boogie,“ ”Cold Cold Cold“ and the infectious title track to their repertoire. Upon Estrada’s departure in 1972, Paul Barrere, Sam Clayton and Kenny Gradney (all still in Feat today) signed on, and the rest, as they say, is history…and many more great albums.

Next up was Dixie Chicken (’73), a New Orleans-influenced gumbo of greatness that offered up the signature title track and ”Fat Man In The Bathtub,“ among other delights. The two LPs that followed, Feats Don’t Fail Me Now (’74) and The Last Record Album (’75) served up ”Rock & Roll Doctor,“ ”Oh, Atlanta,“ and ”All That You Dream,“ respectively, while 1977’s Time Loves a Hero offered up, in fine Feats fashion, another unforgettable title track. That same year delivered the aforementioned Waiting For Columbus, forever memorializing their legendary stage prowess.

During Little Feat’s recording of their eighth album as a group, 1979’s Down On The Farm, founding member Lowell George—who had already been veering towards solo work-- met a tragic and untimely passing. Except for Hoy, Hoy, a 1981 full-length assemblage of rarities, live performances, previously overlooked tracks, and a new song apiece from Payne and Barrere, Little Feat disbanded until the mid-‘80s. At that point, their own lyrics from ”Hangin’ On To The Good Times Here,“ ”…although we went our own ways, we couldn’t escape from where we came, so we find ourselves back at the table again, telling stories of survivors and friends,“ proved very telling. Barrere and Payne remember that a chance jam session in 1986 brought them together again, when they were reminded of how deeply Little Feat’s music was ingrained in them.

In 1988, the reformed band—with new members Craig Fuller (handling George’s vocal duties) and Fred Tackett--rekindled Feat’s magic for fans old and new alike. That year, they released the lively reunion album Let It Roll, and the singles ”Hate To Lose Your Lovin’,“ and, of course, the title track. The 1989 follow-up, Representing The Mambo, would prove to be their last for Warner Bros. Next came 1991’s Shake Me Up (on Morgan Creek), after which Fuller departed the band. Little Feat added a new lead singer, Shaun Murphy, in 1993, and released an acclaimed studio album, Ain’t Had Enough Fun in 1995 (this time on Zoo). Shaun was with Little Feat from 1993 to 2009. Shaun’s feminine energy and powerful, seasoned, bluesy vocalizations certainly upped the fun quotient for a recharged Little Feat.

In 1998, Little Feat released Under The Radar, their first album on CMC International. Spotlighting a confident and well-oiled configuration of first-rate talents, Under The Radar delivered a consistently strong set of songs including new Feat favorites ”Home Ground,“ ”Eden’s Wall,“ and ”Calling The Children Home.“ With 2000’s Chinese Work Songs, also on CMC, Little Feat’s ever-evolving repertoire grew even more, featuring original compositions including ”Marginal Creatures,“ ”Eula,“ and ”Another Sunday,“ as well as vibrant covers of Bob Dylan, The Band and Phish songs.

Released in October 2003, Kickin’ It At The Barn adds to the ever-growing repertoire on the band’s very own Hot Tomato Records. ”It’s something we’ve talked about doing for a long time,“ says founding Feat-er Payne of launching the label, adding, ”it gives us the chance to do what we want, and it’s there for everybody in the band… and when it’s really up and running, for other artists too.“ In a perfect synergy of saluting their vibrant past and christening the untold future, Hot Tomato kicked-off in June ’02 with the inaugural releases Raw Tomatos and Ripe Tomatos, each a double-CD collection of live rarities spanning over three decades. Tracks were culled from a wealth of tapes amassed over the years from both fans and band sources alike, with each collection boasting well over two hours of music—they are only the first in what promises to be a Hot Tomato tradition of creatively mining the band’s inexhaustible archives.

Other Hot Tomato releases include the 2002 two-CD set Live From The Ram’s Head, capturing a 2001 acoustic show recorded in Annapolis, MD, and ‘03’s Down Upon The Suwannee, a live recording captured at the Magnolia Festival in Live Oak, Florida. The title, which is also a tip of the hat to Stephen Foster, refers to the Suwannee River, which flows through the concert site.

Fred Tackett’s solo album In A Town Like This came out in 2003 as well, and plans are in the works to release discs from various band members in the future, including a second Paul Barrere/Fred Tackett album, among other projects. Bill Payne finally got on the solo bandwagon with 2004’s Cielo Norte (Northern Sky), a marriage of the various types of keyboard, from synthesizers to acoustic piano, that is at times atmospheric, impassioned, and lyrical, and always intimate. Any CD that takes its inspiration from Yo Yo Ma,, Bill Evans, and John Fahey covers an elegant span of musical territory.

Yet another present day acknowledgement of Little Feat’s rich legacy is Rhino’s deluxe 25th anniversary edition of the band’s monumental concert LP Waiting for Columbus, released in 2002 as an expanded two-CD set with extensive new liner notes and rare photos. When it first came out in 1977, Waiting For Columbus instantly became one of the all-time great live rock ‘n roll albums, serving up bringin’-down-the-house versions of a host of Feat favorites including ”Dixie Chicken,“ ”Fat Man In the Bathtub,“ ”Time Loves A Hero,“ ”Sailin’ Shoes,“ ”Oh Atlanta,“ and ”Willin’.“ The new package restores the full 17-song sequence of the original concert, and adds seven previously unreleased outtakes. In October 2002, Little Feat commemorated Rhino’s re-release--and the unforgettable musical event that inspired it-- with a benefit concert at Washington, D.C.’s Lisner Auditorium, one of the two venues where Waiting For Columbus was recorded. An all-star guest line-up including Jackson Browne, Stephen Bruton, Joe Ely, Bela Fleck, Levon Helm, Sonny Landreth, and Billy Bob Thornton helped the band celebrate.

Rhino/Warner Bros. also saluted Little Feat’s accumulated musical history with the comprehensive retrospective Hotcakes & Outtakes: 30 Years of Little Feat, a project initiated and co-produced by Bill Payne and Paul Barrere. Released in 2000, the deluxe 4-CD, 83-track boxed set features hits from all of Little Feat’s classic albums as well as fan favorites, alternate takes and hand-picked rarities from the band’s eventful past.

Time has loved these musical heroes for more than three decades now, as have legions of fans and countless fellow musicians, many of whom they’ve played with over the years. Feat’s fabled collaborators have included Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, Beck, Brian Wilson, Bonnie Raitt, Robert Plant, John Lee Hooker, Johnny Lang, and Leftover Salmon (for whom Bill Payne recently produced an album). With the success of Hot Tomato Records, an endeavor powered by an inspired band of musicians continuing to create exciting new material both individually and as a group, Little Feat will no doubt be sailin’ into the future with no end in sight.

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Sounds from the Mother Road (Series)

Produced by Jamie Hoover

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Sounds from the Mother Road #3049-July 22, 2024

From Jamie Hoover | Part of the Sounds from the Mother Road series | 59:00


On this edition of the Mother Road featuring some favorites from Don Walser, Lyle Lovett, Guy Clark, George Jones and more. Sounds from the Mother Road is weekly exploration of the last 70 years of American Roots Music, featuring western swing, country, rockabilly,cowboy tunes and the artists who continue those traditions today

"The Stone Age" with Dan Wargo (Series)

Produced by Daniel Wargo

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'The Stone Age' Program 267

From Daniel Wargo | Part of the "The Stone Age" with Dan Wargo series | 59:01

Sa-267_small 'The Stone Age' Program 267 brings to your audience the musical experiences of artists such as The Beatles, Aretha Franklin, Fleetwood Mac, and others for a show dedicated to great music from the '60's and '70's. This show highlights Live and Studio performances,and is designed for all audiences to hear, and enjoy. The selections contain versions of famous music, and reveal the driving force behind this era in music. We explore electric rock, soul, and some very innovative approaches to Sound. Part of the seris available here on Public Radio Exchange, this show can also be aired as a single, stand alone program.