Sunday Best: Unnecessary and unnerving amount of banjo today — as the main course from the 1920s and on the side with tuba accompaniment from a recent recording. We heard from Jimmie Rodgers and Ella Fitzgerald (twice!), and rare sounds from Isham Jones and his orchestra as well.
The Roots Music Project: New music from Dr. Ralph Stanley (w/ friends), Danny Kroha and Bob Dylan. Also a set of music from 1966.
The In Crowd: This week on The In Crowd we'll have a mini tribute to the great singer and pianist Shirley Horn, whose understated, swinging delivery influenced many, including Diana Krall.
The Groove Yard: Early modern jazz from the 1950's and 60's with a special emphasis on a different artist each week.
From Memphis To Motown: Blues that are a little less electric and a little more eclectic!
Cuban Fantasy: Hector Lavoe singing ballads in tribute to Venezuelan bolero legend Felipe Pirela. Also played new releases featuring piano players. Played a powerful live version of 'Manteca' from Orlando 'Maraca' Valle. Went to to the vaults for Arturo Sandoval, Hilario Duran and singer Felix Baloy.
The Big City Blues Cruise: While you were shoveling snow, the Big City Blues Cruise at 89.1 WEMU, dug new releases from Billy Boy Arnold, Smokin' Joe Kubek & Bnois King, and Ed Palermo Big Band & Rob Paparozzi's tribute to Paul Butterfield, plus Junior Wells from the vaults and Magic Slim's posthumous latest. We also tipped the Blues Birthday hat to two musicians with Louisiana connections: Sonny Landreth (Sonny Landreth- Official) (2/1/51) and Earl King (2/7/34).