Drummer JT Bates came by to talk about his appearances at the Minnesota Sur Sein Festival, and the new album NEXT, on which he appears with French saxophonist Francois Courneloup. Also showcased some Fats Waller tunes.
On today’s show, I was able to get in about 35 tunes. How? By not talking as much! I’d had so many interviews the last few shows, I decided to stop all the grinning, and just keep spinning from 3p to 6p with non-stop blues.
Birthdays-in-Blue for Five-Count ‘Em-Five RECORDMEN—Emile Berliner, inventor of the flat disc(records as we know ‘em): RALPHPEER, pioneering AR Man who discovered both Jimmie Rodgers and the Carter Family in the ‘Big Bang’, of Country Music, MILTGABLER, founder of Commodore Records-one of the first independent labels-and later producer of both Louis Jordan, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Bill Haley and many others for DECCA; Henry Glover of KING and CHESS infamy; and BUMPSBLACKWELL of Specialty Records.
We celebrate their legacy with a number of tunes from the recent BEARFAMILY release ONEMORERECORD. Other Birthdays-in-Blue include Unsung Motown Hero SHORTYLONG, FATSWALLER, ARTIESHAW and Our Own BOBDYLAN who turns 67 on Saturday. And, of course, it’s NATIONALBICYCLEWEEK. Look out for RUSTY J……