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National Poetry Month Spectacular


Johnny Winter called in from someplace on the road on his way to Kansas City. We chatted with Johnny and his producer Paul Nelson. Their cellphone crapped out a few times, but we weaved our way thru the interview. Ah, the beauty of live radio.

Teague Alexy stopped into the studio with his new CD “This Dance” in hand. We played a couple tracks from it plus Teague performed a few tunes live in the studio.

I also played a couple tracks by Leon Helm, who passed away the next day. “Rain Down Tears” was from his 1977 release Levon Helm & The RCO All-Stars, an album I play often on the show. Another track by Levon was “When I Go Away”, an especially moving piece from his Electric Dirt release of 2009.

Also, we played a track from Muddy Waters Woodstock Album, on which Levon played drums and bass.

Next week, we’ll have an interview with Charlie Parr.

If you want to check out the playlist, click the “more” link. You’ll also be able to listen to the show from there via the archives.

A review of recent world-class musician’s visits.


Another show filled with great chilled sounds: brand new Gentlemans Dub Club, Pale Rider, Brownout vs. McPullish, Céu, Prince Fatty meets Mutant Hi-Fi, Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, 9Tomorrows (w/ Beres Hammond), Madtone, 10 Ft. Ganja Plant, Jah Marnyah, J Boog, Yabass Yaba Radics, Nneka, Touré-Raichel Collective, and The Pinstripes, plus Irie Sol, Dub Terminator, Metastaz, Mista Majah P, Natty Nation, Subatomic Sound System, and much more…

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On tonight’s program, we feature songs, both old and new, that were based on classical works. Following those songs, we continue with a pot pourri of songs from the past and the present. As usual, there will be announcements of French films currently playing, plus news of events interesting to French speakers and those interested in things French.


Poet Richard Broderick joins us to talk about a new theater endeavor at Celtic Junction in St. Paul April 27-28 with the Celtic Players, a new non-profit theatre group exploring Celtic heritage across the world. A wee bit about their playlist: it is “not confined only to the Celtic Fringe countries and regions (Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Brittany etc.), but also sounds its magical enchantments in the works of Shakespeare (particularly, The Tempest, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Macbeth and Romeo and Juliet), and the Arthurian lyrics of Alfred Lord Tennyson.”

We also talk with Alethea Black about her debut collection of short stories, I Knew You’d Be Lovely. It was chosen as a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers pick and was an Oprah.com Book of the Week. More information is available at AletheaBlack.com.

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