Patty and the Buttons formed in 2008 when accordionist/vocalist Patrick “Patty” Harison returned to the Midwest. Inspired by his travels and work Panorama Jazz Band, Loose Marbles and the Baby Soda Jazz Band, he formed the Buttons to continue his love of hot rhythm and happy feet. The band’s eclectic repertoire includes New Orleans Traditional Jazz, Western Swing, Gypsy Melodies, Dust Bowl Ballads, Jug Music and 1930’s Popular Song. The core instrumentation of accordion, clarinet, guitar and bass is light and swift, but also beautifully melancholy and lush. Known as an accordionist, Patty doubles as the bands vocalist, with a vocal style that has been described as “Tom Waits meets Rudy Vallee.” This show was produced for KFAI by Tom Garneau.
Another night in the Echo Chamber just loaded with new tunes… Brand new releases including Slimmah Sound & various artists (Roots Tribe Showcase – Vol. II); Citizen Sound’s “Addicted” remixes (Balanced Records) featuring Ammoye; Dubmission’s new “The Next Mission (Pt. 2)” compilation; Ashley’s latest Roots in a Minor Key album; and a very powerful single from Eggblood (and feat. E.G. Bailey) titled “Morning on Creation Day”. On top of that were recent releases from Steve Steppa, Jimmy Cliff, Ondatropica, Empresarios, Cinematic Orchestra, Big Shiny, Dr. Mooch, and Richie Phoe.
We speak with Steve Kemper, author of A Labyrinth of Kingdoms: 10,000 Miles through Islamic Africa, the story of near-forgotten explorer Heinrich Barth. The book has been praised by Booklist, Kirkus Reviews, the Wall Street Journal, and the Boston Globe, among others. Steve Kemper is also the author of Code Name Ginger (about the Segway), which was selected for Barnes and Noble's Discover Great New Writers award, and he has written for many national publications, including Smithsonian and National Geographic.