THREE great interviews: 1) Former Frank Zappa singer Lady Bianca, being inducted into the West Coast Blues Hall of Fame; 2) Dee Miller, Winner of the 2007 Whiskey Junction Battle of the Blues Competition, appearing at Shaw’s March 29, 2008; and 3) Vincent DeRasmi and NAGA, appearing at Shaw’s March 25th 2008. NAGA played LIVE in the on-air studio for Lady J.
Seriously—a new B-52s record. Thr first in 16 years. Along with the 25th Anniversary Boiled in Lead release, and Gary Louris playing that night, it felt like high school this morning. We also heard new local music from El Guante with an incredible spoken-word piece, and the new Southside Soul Volume One. Congratulations to South Minneapolis for the 20-track representation on that.
BOPSTREET Swings into Spring with Birthdays-in-Blue for the Once and Future Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, Diana Ross, ‘MotorMouth’ Billy Stewart, the ‘World’s Oldest Teenager’ Rufus Thomas, and Don Covay, whose every vocal move was shadowed by a young Mick Jagger. And a Kansas City Birthday-in-Blue for Big Joe Turner’s musical partner—boogie woogie piano great Pete Johnson and rememberances of a pair of Blues Immortals: Robert ‘Junior’ Lockwood LeRoy Carr. Not to forget master of vocalese King Pleasure and jazz greats Ben Webster the Divine One-Sarah Vaughn.