Roots

White Iron Band in-studio live. T. Rex bit on the old Flo & Eddie by the Fireside radio show. New songs by Ron Sexsmith, Eric Clapton, The Replacements, Son Volt, Gurf Morlix, Jesse Dee, and Deadstring Brothers. Click “episode details” for the complete list of songs.

Three songs from Lila Downs, returning to U of M – @ Ted Mann, Mar. 10. Sabor de Cuba tambien. In the 2nd hour — Afro Beat rules !

To culminate Black History Month, the Echo Chamber presented “A Short History of Reggae – from Jamaica to the World”. We started things off with Etana’s homage to “Reggae”; then a short mento track (the Jamaican equivalent to calypso); and then right into the classic “Oh Carolina” by the Folkes Brothers, and produced by the great Prince Buster; followed by a Nyahbingi classic from Count Ossie. Now that the stage was set, we moved headlong into some great ska, rocksteady, and roots reggae from Bob Marley & The Wailers, Don Drummond, Desmond Dekker, Dennis Brown, Burning Spear, The Melodians, Sound Dimension, Peter Tosh, Jennifer Lara, King Tubby, The Skatalites, Junior Murvin, Bim Sherman, Black Uhuru, and Yellowman. From Jamaica we moved out to the rest of the world and hit tracks from Alpha Blondy, Lucky Dube, Mad Professor, Dub Syndicate, Citizen Sound (“Reggae Is Her Name” feat. Blessed), 10 Ft. Ganja Plant, Pale Rider, and Gato Negro. For the second half of the show, DJ Baby Swiss traveled back to JA and covered Third World, George Nooks & Welton Irie (part of a Joe Gibbs Discomix Showcase set), I-Roy (the middle cut of a “Do Your Thing” riddim mix bookended by The Chosen Few version of the Isaac Hayes song and The Crystalites’ Nyahbinghi-fied instrumental), Tommy McCook & the Supersonics, Ken Boothe, Bob Andy, Monty Morris, Phyllis Dillon, Jackie Mittoo, Scientist, Marcia Griffiths, and more. Finally, back to the wider world with tunes from Dennis “Blackbeard” Bovell, Minneapolis Dub Ensemble, and fellow Twin Citians Dub Sack. A very nice taste of the history of Reggae music!

Great interview with harmonica man Kim Wilson at the top of the show. Look for it on line at: www.kfai.org/rollin&tumblin
From about 4:05pm to 4:30pm. See play list below.

Live in the Studio: Catie Jo Pidel & Claudia Schmidt

During the first hour we listened to a special about the music of the Talesh region in north western Iran. The show was produced by Dan Rein and Baktash Boghrati.
In the second hour we had in studio guests, Deep Midnight. Deep Midnight plays Greek Rembetika music and are Viv Corringham and James Holdman.

   A very grateful thanks to Ron Thums and Jean Silverberg for coming in and doing the show on very short notice while I was taking time to meet with doctors regarding my mom's medical status. As many of you know, she has been hospitalized since December 18th from diverticulitis complications, and it has been a real battle. Ron and Jean came up with some great music and a stellar show. Also, many of you remember them doing Radio Rumpus Room on Friday nights, which they decided to retire not too long ago.

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