2/3 in a nutshell…
We’ve once again taken to observing birthdays here on the Rocket Ship, and this week we had a bumper crop. Bob Marley, Derrick Harriott (on Bob’s day!), Lester Sterling, Arthur Lyman (the inspiration for a few choice Skatalites covers for Top Deck) and Hal Blaine, who gave us a percussive psych instrumental for every month of the year. Cakes and candles aside, some outfit calling itself the Special Beat existed in the late ’60s, beating the Specials/English Beat blended band by a good quarter century! They recorded for our fine feathered physician friend Dr. Bird… Our initial 4(+1)-in-a-row plan (3 minute heroes) got Busted up real bad this week, February’s GotchaSKAvered tune is Don Drummond’s Confucious, we got Frosted with The Dualers, and we threw in a Skeatles set… Ska for mop-tops! Like David Lindley once said, Ev’wybody skweem!
February is Black History Month, and to celebrate KFAI will be featuring special programming throughout the month.
Tonight’s edition of MinneCulture features an encore presentation Penumbra Theater, produced by Andy Driscoll. For nearly 35 years, Penumbra Theatre has been producing plays by, of and for the African-American community. Its legacy includes 27 world premieres of important plays by Black playwrights, and the starting place for all of August Wilson’s productions.
In this special radio documentary, meet members of Penumbra’s highly revered company of actors and performers, including its founding Artistic Director, Lou Bellamy.
Artist Song Album Label Time
Hobo Nephews Memphis Blues Traveling Show Self 4:08
Carolina Chocolate Drops Cornbread and Butterbeans Heritage Dixie 3:30
John Hammond Milkcow’s Calf Blues At the Crossroads Vanguard Records 2:43:00
Reverand Peyton’s Big Damn Band Born Bread Corn Fed The Wages Side One Dummy 3:15
Cash Box Kings Lost Sheep Blues Black Night Fallin Blue Midnight Records 3:33:00
Odetta Shame and Scandal Absolutely the Best Varese Sarabande 2:21:00
The Brass Kings When the Springtime Comes Live Humdinger Self 3:28