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.
Thanks to Ed Felien of Southside Pride Newspaper for stopping in this morning. We chatted and played tracks from their great new comilation CD Southside Soul, Volume 1. They’re having a CD Release Party Saturday night at McMahon’s Pub, 3001 E. Lake Street in Minneapolis. The first 200 people get a FREE CD. If you have the wherewithall, why not flip them a few bucks for the CD? …they’re doing this as a labor of love.
SPECIALLIVE! Broadcast from Carty Heights (affordable Senior Housing)located at 412 N Dunlap Street in the St. Paul Midway area.
Quite fun and entertaining with resident participation. Also Heidi Crumpler – Resident Manager of Carty Heights, Janis Lane-Ewart – Executive Director of KFAI Fresh Air Radio, Alden Drew and Mrs. Sylvia O. Carty – wife of the late Father A. Denzil Carty were present and spoke briefly.
SAINTPATRICK’S DAY in the Land of the Round Haircut. And not to forget SAINTURHO, Patron Saint of Finland. The wearing of the Green and the Wearing of the Purple. A pair of Saint Patrick’s Day Birthdays-in-Green: NAT ‘KING’ COLE and JOHNSEBASTIAN, along with a Gospel styled Birthday-in-Gold for SISTERROSETTATHARPE. Lots more Good News in Song/Gospel Sounds for this sixth Monday in Lent/Holy Week. EASTER is the EARLIEST possible date this year—the last time EASTER came this early was in 1913! And SPRING arrives in the North Country(wishful thinking department) on Saturday———
A big thanks to Beth Shaw for filling in for me this week as I recuperate from minor surgery. I still look back fondly on our days as co-hosts of Urban Folk after the untimely death of our friend Bob Feldman.
I knew she’d put together a great show. Here’s proof in the form of her playlist:
denotes new release
Hot Club of Cowtown, Orange Blossom Special, Continental Stomp, HighTone
John Doe Veronica Jane, Mama Don’t, This is Americana 2, Americana Music
Tony Gilkyson, Juanita, Goodbye Guitar, Rolling Sea