Thursday, July 19, 2018

Blues Moon Radio returns for 29th year 28 August 2018



Sonny Boy "Red" Jackson and Clair DeLune warmly invite you to tune into the return of Blues Moon Radio on Aug. 28, 2018 as we kick off our 29th year as hosts.

Clair DeLune, a professor of Blues and Roots music history and the author of South Carolina Blues, brings you her curated mix of the very old, with a little bit of the best new Blues; a sprinkling of every spectrum and genre of Blues, and wraps it up in a themed bow that tells a story through the song titles; thus, becoming a bit of an puzzle (to discern the story she has woven into the playlist), a tuition-free mini-college course about the artists, a little bit of wry fun and wit that you can laugh along with; but mostly, a lovely evening of music entertainment that pays tribute to these amazing artists - many of whom are the uncut gems of forgotten Blues history whom you won't be familiar with.

We hope you will subscribe/follow our page here - and like us at Blues Moon Radio on Facebook and Twitter. Please consider a copy of South Carolina Blues as you fill your bookshelf, and plan your gifting ideas this season. Signed copies are available from the author and at Papa Jazz in Five Points - and you can pick up an unsigned copy online via Arcadia Publishing, Amazon, and in Walgreen's Drug stores in SC, Mast General Store, Uptown Books and Gifts and in some Barnes and Noble stores - and wherever fine books are sold.

We're excited! Mark your calendar and join us as we launch another great year of Blues History here on WUSC-FM - where Tuesday is Bluesday from 6-8 p.m.

www.wusc.sc.edu then click LISTEN... or via iTunes/collegeuniversity/WUSC ...

Stay Blues!
Clair DeLune

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Music of the Carolinas - RIP for John McElrath June 9, 2018


We are sorry to hear of the death of the founder of the Swingin' Medallions, a Greenwood, SC based band that gave us many hits, the most popular being Double Shot.

John Grady McElrath
John Grady McElrath, 77, of 306 Lodge Drive, died Saturday, June 9, 2018 at his home.

John was born in Greenwood County and grew up in historic Ninety Six, South Carolina. He was a son of the late Grady Paul McElrath and Cecil Ouzts McElrath. His wife, Jayne Buchan McElrath and his brother, Stanley Robert McElrath, preceded him in death.
Surviving are two sons, John Grady “Shawn” McElrath II, and Shane Buchan McElrath, both of Greenwood; two grandchildren, Elam Kathleen Jayne McElrath and Shane Buchan McElrath, Jr. and two nieces, Tara McElrath Smith and Julie McElrath Maldonado.

John was a graduate of Ninety Six High School and Lander College. In high school, he played all sports and music on the side. In 1962, he and friends formed a band that played shows for colleges across the Southeast. He became a huge Georgia Bulldog fan. In 1966, John took the group to Arthur Smith’s Studio in Charlotte, North Carolina to record “Double Shot (of My Baby’s Love)”. The song became a nationwide hit and has been a party classic for music lovers for decades. “ I Want to Be Your Guy”, “She Drives Me Out Of My Mind” and “Hey, Hey, Baby” were other hits, but “Double Shot” remains the signature song of John’s band, the Swingin’ Medallions.

John was the former youth director for the Greenwood YMCA, where he coached and mentored numerous kids over the years. He was a coach and inspiration to many athletes and musicians in the Emerald City. In 2008, Governor Mark Sanford awarded him with The Order of the Palmetto.
A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 21, 2018 at The James Medford Family Event Center on the Piedmont Technical College Campus with the Rev. Eldredge Kelley officiating.

Honorary escort will be the former and present Swingin’ Medallions band members and staff.
The family will receive friends before the service at the Medford Center from 4:00 — 6:45 p.m.

Donations can be made to the John and Jayne McElrath Scholarship Fund through the Lander Foundation, 320 Stanley Avenue, Greenwood, SC 29646 or to the charity of your choice.

Harley Funeral Home and Crematory (www.harleyfuneralhome.com) is in charge of arrangements.

Our hearts go out to his family, friends and many fans.
Clair DeLune

http://www.indexjournal.com/obituaries/john-grady-mcelrath/article_a56938ba-e6c0-5d71-8742-5dd41e05cc1d.html

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Update on Blues Moon Hiatus May 27, 2018


Greetings, music fans!
The past month of hiatus has been restful and productive - have managed to help a few people and organizations with fundraisers, taught a mini-class, got some of my archival needs addressed and finally found a tool that might provide the capacity to preserve recorded media on deteriorating cassette tapes to be transferred to a less risky medium (who knows how long THAT will be viable, but hey... just cannot risk losing interviews with Koko Taylor, Nappy Brown, Junior Wells and too many others to count). Fingers crossed it works and the tapes are not too far gone to play the one time I need them to play in order to x-fer them.

In the meantime, I have been working on lots of writing projects for magazines, and hopefully soon: a new book. I am overseeing a fight to the finish on three possible ways to go, and have relegated that fight to the back of my brain until a winner emerges victorious. Saves so much tsuris if I make my back brain supervise the arguments and let them duke it out in my subconscious. Avoid the mayhem of the turmoil, right? LOL

Finally, am toying with the idea of applying for some mini-grants and artist-in-residence positions - such as that. Would give me a place to share the lore that I know with people who want to learn about it. I was asked to come back and teach at USC, but there are some reasons why that would not be among my first choices these days... parking being one and grading is another. I recall when I was in my mid-teens there was an experiment in education that involved free-form learning and the lore that I took away from those classes stuck with me in a way that still amazes and pleases me. The pressure "of a grade" was off and we decided with the professor at the end, what the grade would be. What was surprising is how fair and objective people were about what they had put into the class in terms of effort and what they took away from it in terms of knowledge.

So, I think a more free-form set up might be fun to try with people whose motive is simply to learn. I won't give up on teaching in a higher ed setting, but doing something a little more creative based and not evaluation based would be inspiring, I think!

Let me know on my FB page if you'd be interested in a class that involves music of the Carolinas and incorporating a short tutorial in making a Blues Suitcase (a tiny carrying case for your harmonica)... what? You don't have a harmonica? Well, that needs to be corrected ASAP. Mast General Store has them.

I have a couple of months left and I'll check in and keep you posted on my progress this summer. Looking forward to playing my music for you on my return... August 28th - and I hope to see all of you at my next book talk:
LIVE APPEARANCE
and FREE MUSIC LECTURE:

Irmo Branch of the Lexington County Library at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, June 12th... free! But do bring some cash - I find that nearly everyone who attends wants to have the book on SC Blues on their shelf... or to give as gifts - Price is $24 (which includes pre-paid state sales tax) ... and I'll sign your book for you and your gift recipient(s). I don't take cards since the BIGS decided vendors, not banks, would have to take responsibility for the safety of credit card transactions. I don't have an IT security team, and would hate for your card to be compromised ... that would give me THA'Blues! Cash is still KING. ha!


See you June 12th!
Clair DeLune (author of South Carolina Blues) and your host since 1990 of Blues Moon Radio; along with her valiant co-host since 2017, Sonny Boy Red Jackson.

In the meantime, if you feel as if you need some great Blues music... don't forget our underwriters:

 

Our supporters:


As always we thank our long-time underwriters, who help bring great music to the Midlands all year around, because we could not imagine our show without their input and support:  Papa Jazz Record Shoppe, Word of Mouth Productions AND South Carolina Blues.
You can link to these orgs by clicking on the visuals...

http://www.wordofmouthproductions.org/ourstory.html
www.papajazz.com
 
 
This blog is brought to you  in part by:


South Carolina Blues
500 years of roots and blues music history in S.C.
by
Clair DeLune
on Arcadia Publishing 
 
 





Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Wrapping up our 28th year at Blues Moon Radio 2018.04.24


Can you believe tonight I'll be wrapping up my 28th year at Blues Moon Radio?



 2018.04.24

Yep - last day of the semester for me at WUSC - 6-8 p.m. (see photo above for tuning). Going to work on music and writing and art projects this summer - sort of like being a kid again - will loll by the pool annoying my parents; waking up at the crack of noon whether I need to or not; and lounging around with the kitties, pup and horses.

If I feel like writing, painting, throwing pots, sewing or working on projects I will. Then back to "school" in August. Hey. I am going to need new sneakers. "Daaaaaad, I need money!"

Just kidding - about asking Dad. I DO need new sneaks.


Now, whose pool needs a semi-pro "loller?" ha!

And speaking of needing money - I need our show's listeners and fans to pitch in and help me "earn my slot" in the fall:

We also have the final week of our FUNdraiser going on - and I need to thank you for your previous support while simultaneously managing to plead, beg and exhort you AGAIN to be generous within your means and click on the site and be sure to enter your name (let that appear) and do an "In Honor Of" Blues Moon Radio and Clair DeLune - if you want me back in the fall, please vote with your Benjamins and let the new program director know that a 29th year of BMR is a gooooooood thing.


Here is the secure University of South Carolina link for online donations. If you prefer to send a check, I think you can do that, too... just send in care of Sarah Scarborough at Student Media Russell House UU University of South Carolina Columbia SC 29208

But the online link is: https://crowdfunding.giving.sc.edu/project/10062/wall

Thanks!


Our Papa Jazz Artist of the Week is Tampa Red - elegant picking, there!

Our is Word of Mouth Productions dot ORG Artist of the Week is Mac Arnold and Plate Full O Blues. Our SC Blues Artist of the Week is Mac Arnold and Plate Full O Blues, too!

Mac Arnold and Plate Full O Blues - Earlewood Park
Plate Full O Blues - Austin Brashier and Max Hightower
Mac Arnold and Clair DeLune - Cornbread Fest Columbia SC 4/21/18
 
 


Mac's having a birthday in June, and we just saw him at one Cornbread Festival and he's having his own annual Cornbread and Collard Greens Festival soon, so he is getting double honors on our farewell for summer show.

Today also happens to be East Meets West Day on the oddball calendar, so our playlist will feature these cuts:



We'll have the amazing sound guy, Dave Alewine, on the show from the Jam Room Studios talking about a fundraiser for a local musician at Foxfield Bar and Grille.

And a little bit of this and that, including notification of my next speaking engagement for South Carolina Blues (the book) ... at the Lexington Library on June 12th IRMO BRANCH! 6 p.m. - Free - but you are going to WANT a book or two so please bring some cash ($24/per book -  buy several, they make great gifts, and I will sign them and inscribe to whomever you wish). See you there!

 
Don't forget to love up on those who make this show possible:
WUSC-FM
Papa Jazz Record Shoppe
Word of Mouth Productions
South Carolina Blues on Arcadia Publishing

AND YOU, my lovely listeners, without whom this show could be done from my living room, but I do it over the air because Mama Clair Bear loves to share - because she cares!



All the best from yours truly:
"Sonny Boy Red" Jackson and me - we look forward to serving you up some red hot Blues! We'll see you tonight and again in mid-August to kick off YEAR 29. Dang... that's a lot.
Clair DeLune



 

Our supporters:

As always we thank our long-time underwriters, who help bring great music to the Midlands all year around, because we could not imagine our show without their input and support:  Papa Jazz Record Shoppe, Word of Mouth Productions AND South Carolina Blues.
You can link to these orgs by clicking on the visuals...
http://www.wordofmouthproductions.org/ourstory.html
www.papajazz.com
 
 
This blog is brought to you  in part by:


South Carolina Blues
500 years of roots and blues music history in S.C.
by
Clair DeLune
on Arcadia Publishing 
 
 





Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Tender Tributes tonight on Blues Moon Radio 4/17/18


April is national food month, so we will focus on Food Themes for Blues Moon Radio next week - lots of cool things to do then, and for the last show before summer hiatus (May 1), we'll have "MayDay! MayDay!" - a show about things going wrong.
Tonight on www.wusc.sc.edu between 6-8 p.m., enjoy these themes:
Tonight we say adieu to two different, but both amazing, musical icons.
 
Tender Goodbyes:
Jerry Cover - inspired photographer and music collector and a friend who donated a fabulous photo to the compilation of musical artists photos for my book, South Carolina Blues.
 
Deborah Coleman - Piedmont-based award-winning Blueswoman who died far too young.

 
PROMOS - we have two pairs of tix to each of these events
 
  INTERVIEW w/Webb Wilder in front of his appearance at Legion 6 Whaley at Pickens 4/20
 
 Cornbread Festival w/Mac Arnold and Danielle Howle 4/21
 
Stay tuned for the cue to call in to win!
And don't forget to shop at Papa Jazz on RECORD STORE DAY! 4/21
Historic references will fill the rest of the show roster:
April 17:
1790 Benjamin Franklin dies (okay, this is more garage/pop than blues, but hey... not too many songs about old Ben, ya know?)
1815 Volcanic eruption kills 80,000 (song by the Volcanos)
1960 Eddie Cochran dies, Gene Vincent injured, in UK car accident (oh, we're going to the mat on this one - and staying in Rockabilly world for a bit)
1961 The Bay of Pigs invasion begins (we had a direction to go, but with the missile firings of this week, we deleted this... scary!)
1964 Ford Mustang debuts at World’s Fair (apologies to bands who hate this as a request, but we happen to have Ford's Mustang as one of our favorite cars, and not just because we love ponies).
1970 Apollo 13 returns to Earth (Houston: we have a problem; but so glad they made it home)
 
Thanks for tuning in - PLEASE support great radio by donating to WUSC's Blues Moon Radio by clicking the secure donate button on the page site at www.wusc.sc.edu; then please add your name and that you support Blues Moon with Clair DeLune! We rely on listener support as a volunteer radio station. Thank you! We have $7K to raise. Every dollar makes a difference and most goes to paying artists for the use of their amazing music. Pay the artists to keep the Blues alive, y'all. xoxo Love Love!
 
We'll have an interview with Webb Wilder, and the following songs:

Don't forget to love up on those who make this show possible:WUSC-FM
Papa Jazz Record Shoppe
Word of Mouth Productions
South Carolina Blues on Arcadia Publishing


 All the best from yours truly:
"Sonny Boy Red" Jackson and me - we look forward to serving you up some red hot Blues!
Clair DeLune


 
Our supporters:
As always we thank our long-time underwriters, who help bring great music to the Midlands all year around, because we could not imagine our show without their input and support:  Papa Jazz Record Shoppe, Word of Mouth Productions AND South Carolina Blues.
You can link to these orgs by clicking on the visuals...
http://www.wordofmouthproductions.org/ourstory.html
www.papajazz.com
 
 
This blog is brought to you  in part by:


South Carolina Blues
500 years of roots and blues music history in S.C.
by
Clair DeLune
on Arcadia Publishing 

 

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

National Sibling Day and Taxes on Blues Moon Radio 4/10/18


Well, THAT sounds redundant, doesn't it? Taxes and siblings? Both are taxing.

So, we'll pay tribute to both (groaning and gnashing of teeth allowed) on tonight's Blues Moon Radio show.

We had tech difficulty on last week's show posting, so we'll add last week's playlist to the bottom of this week's.

Economy of scale. Sounded very MBA-ish, didn't it? Wait until I trot out my Supply Chain and Green Belt lore. Wait... are you snoring? Okay, okay - back to the music - sheesh, y'all. How are you EVER going to retire if you don't learn about economics?

Here's tonight's playlist:

 
Last week's main playlist (theme was International Book Day - "words"; MLK 50th anniversary of his death and commemoration of his life):
 

Mark your calendars for April 17th when we have an interview with Webb Wilder prior to his appearance April 20th Webb Wilder at the Richland Legion 6 at Whaley and Pickens in Columbia SC.
 
 
Don't forget to love up on those who make this show possible:
WUSC-FM
Papa Jazz Record Shoppe
Word of Mouth Productions
South Carolina Blues on Arcadia Publishing


 All the best from yours truly:
"Sonny Boy Red" Jackson and me - we look forward to serving you up some red hot Blues!
Clair DeLune

 
Our supporters:
As always we thank our long-time underwriters, who help bring great music to the Midlands all year around, because we could not imagine our show without their input and support:  Papa Jazz Record Shoppe, Word of Mouth Productions AND South Carolina Blues.
You can link to these orgs by clicking on the visuals...
http://www.wordofmouthproductions.org/ourstory.html
www.papajazz.com
 
 
This blog is brought to you  in part by:


South Carolina Blues
500 years of roots and blues music history in S.C.
by
Clair DeLune
on Arcadia Publishing 


Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Playlist for March 27, 2018 on Blues Moon Radio


Decades ago, Blues Moon Radio's host lived in our nation's capital - a stone's throw from the magical cherry blossom trees - and was enamored with the stately beauty of the city.

Over 100 years ago today, the cherry blossom trees were gifted to the USA, so tonight, we celebrate that event from 1912 by kicking off our show with a celebration of Blues songs that feature songs with "cherry" in the title. There were more than I'd have imagined, and we did not even include all the ones I gathered up.

Other historical events connected to 3/27 include:
1829   Jackson appoints John Eaton as secretary of war and starts scandal
1912   Japanese cherry trees planted along the Potomac
1945   Germans launch last of their V-2s
1958   Khrushchev becomes Soviet premier
1964   Earthquake rocks Alaska *
*We don't happen to own one single disaster song for earthquakes, and I guess we could have gone the "shake" route, but hey - we got references to the rest of the historical dates. Interesting side note: I know ten people who were in that earthquake, and I've been in three myself - but none of that magnitude.


The main segment of Blues Moon features the following songs and artists of the week:

Blues Moon Radio – bringing you the best in Blues and Roots music since 1990. Tuesday is Bluesday – get your Blues licks at six, and don’t be late, because we are gone at eight. Whether you dial in at 90.5 or stream it at www.wusc.sc.edu, stay tuned to the Blues Moon with Clair DeLune on WUSC-FM and HD-1 Columbia.

Papa Jazz Artist of the Week:– John Lee Hooker - Papa Jazz brings the best in Blues to the Midlands and around the globe via support for WUSC-FM radio. The staff at Papa Jazz helps you compile the music collection of your dreams – specializing in Blues, Jazz and many other hard-to-find genres on CD and vinyl.  Papa Jazz Record Store is located at 2014 Greene Street in Five Points – Columbia South Carolina. Telephone 803-256-0095. Web link below.

Word of Mouth Productions' Artist of the Week: Nappy Brown
Find out more about WOMP at their Web site; link below.

South Carolina Blues Artist of the week: Nellie Florence (this song was recorded with accompaniment by Bob Hicks and his brother Charlie who left ColaSC to record it in Atlanta (according to AllMusic.com) - learn more about South Carolina Blues in the book available at the link below.
 
Of course, we're giving away another set of free passes to the April 20th Webb Wilder show at the Richland Legion 6 at Whaley and Pickens in Columbia SC - tune in for details. And it's Easter and Passover, so we have some songs titles that reference both of those holidays - spring will spring eventually (brrrr, it's still cold in our usually balmy South).
 
So, we wish you well and hope you think the show is swell. Enjoy!
 
Don't forget to love up on those who make this show possible:
WUSC-FM
Papa Jazz Record Shoppe
Word of Mouth Productions
South Carolina Blues on Arcadia Publishing


 All the best from yours truly:
"Sonny Boy Red" Jackson and me - we look forward to serving you up some red hot Blues!
Clair DeLune

 
Our supporters:
As always we thank our long-time underwriters, who help bring great music to the Midlands all year around, because we could not imagine our show without their input and support:  Papa Jazz Record Shoppe, Word of Mouth Productions AND South Carolina Blues.
You can link to these orgs by clicking on the visuals...
http://www.wordofmouthproductions.org/ourstory.html
www.papajazz.com
 
 
This blog is brought to you  in part by:


South Carolina Blues
500 years of roots and blues music history in S.C.
by
Clair DeLune
on Arcadia Publishing