Friday, April 19, two talented vocalists from different corners of the music world visit the Fubar Omniverse (10 AM-Noon).
The first hour features an interview with Cherie Currie. Cherie is an artist, actress, singer and author. She began her career in the legendary band The Runaways alongside Joan Jett and Lita Ford. As the lead singer of the first all-female rock/punk band, she helped stretch the boundaries for future female artists. Cherie’s story as told in Neon Angel (It Books/Harper Collins) was the subject of the 2010 film The Runaways, starring Kristen Stewart as Joan Jett and Dakota Fanning as Cherie. Cherie recently went back in the studio with Matt Sorum of Velvet Revolver and Guns ‘N Roses to create an album featuring guest appearances from Slash, Billy Corgan, Julliette Lewis, Duff McKagan and more. Aside from her musical accomplishments, Cherie is one of a handful of American female professional chainsaw artists. Cherie headlines the second night of the Girls Got Rhythm Fest Saturday, May 11, at Amsterdam Ball and Hall in St. Paul. GGR Fest co-organizer Travis Ramin will be along for the hour to talk with Cherie and give a festival preview.
Eastern European vocalist Natalie Nowytski drops by in the second hour to introduce her new solo project, Amerikana. Fubar Omniverse listeners know Natalie from her work with Orkestar Bez Ime, Ethnic Dance Theatre, and Mila Vocal Ensemble. Natalie describes Amerikana as “a collection of folk songs from Czech Republic, Slovakia, and the Rusyns in Eastern Slovakia, set to American bluegrass, old time, country, and Americana. It's something I've been wanting to do for many years and finally got the chance to really work on it, thanks to an Artist Initiative Grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board--our tax dollars hard at work!” “In my research,” Natalie continues, “I found that, interestingly, most bluegrass and ‘newgrass’ out of Czech Republic and Slovakia is made up of original compositions; there is no tradition of taking old Czech, Slovak, and Rusyn folk songs and infusing them with a bluegrass sensibility. That’s one reason this album is so unique.” A crew of local heavy-hitters worked with Natalie on Amerikana, including Steve Kaul, Peter Ostroushko, Scott Keever, Adam Kiesling, Jim Parker, and Gabriela Sweet. Natalie celebrates the release of Amerikana with a concert Saturday, April 20, 8 p.m. at the Czech and Slovak (C.S.P.S.) Hall, 383 Michigan St., St. Paul, above Glockenspiel Restaurant.
This program will be available on the KFAI archives for two weeks, so tell your friends if they can’t listen live.