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 


Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Blues Moon Radio Tuesday, March 20th - also Feb 27; March 6; March 13...


Ever have a month in which chronology is sped up? The past three-four weeks have been like that for me... I'll play a quick game of catch up:

Feb. 27th - Blues History professor and author of "South Carolina Blues," your Blues Moon Radio host put on her mortarboard to lecture on the subject at the kind invitation of the lovely Donna Ciriello of the Cayce West Columbia Library (Lexington County Library System). Donna was warm, welcoming and we had a great crowd to play a historical Palmetto State Roots Music Trivia Game, entitled, "Twelve Things You Might Not Know About South Carolina Blues History (Midlands Edition)." It was fun and I gave away posters to the top three winners and sold a lot of books, too. Donna even had a package of blues related giveaways as a grand prize! It was a wonderful evening. My next speaking gig is June 12 at the Irmo branch of the same library system. 6-ish p.m.


March 6th - we were on the air. Had technical difficulties accessing the internet and could not post. It was International Day of the Pig for some weird reason, so how would a normal, Southern Blues host prepare a feast of bluesy songs? All about that BBQ, baby. That's how. OINK. It also kicked off Women's History Month, so we heard the first six or so songs from the Women-A-to-Z playlist that we're using again this week. For the sake of continuity, I'll try to post the OINKer playlist we chose from immediately below and the WHM one further down under today's possible selections:



March 13th: The university (the USC in WUSC) took spring break and, thus, so did we. We did not spend ours reveling in the Florida sea and sand, sadly, but we did get a lot of great things done around the ranch, including a lot of patting of Kee Kee, the Wonder Horse. We'd say we missed you, except... Kee Kee assuages a lot of missing the show with his wondrousness. Sorry, that might sound harsh but it's true. Nothing a horse cannot cure except saddlesores.

That brings us to tonight's show, which will feature the usual March theme of women in roots music; also while we were going to feature Cherry Blossoms - with this Sunday being the festival in DC (moved from Saturday), we decided to focus on the original date that the Cherry Blossom Trees were gifted to the USA, so that is actually on next Tuesday, 3/27 around a century ago.

This week we will concentrate on "Wilder and Women"... it will add a festive aspect, in that we have tix to give away for the upcoming Webb Wilder show at the Legion; and of course it is smack dab in the middle of Women's History Month... sooooo, yeah. We're going there.

In a sad turn, Columbia SC lost a national folk treasure, Merrily May, who passed away in her adopted hometown a day after her 70th birthday this past Saturday. She was a kind, dear and talented soul who extended the hand of friendship to many, including me, and we'll send her off with one or two of her own compositions - leaving us with hope for beauty and love to flow on as we admire her beautiful, lilting voice. A celebration of her life will be held this Thursday (3/22/18) at Foxfield Bar and Grill on Howard St. (off Rosewood) in Columbia. Covered dish - bring a dish, a song or a poem or a memory to share.

I get a little misty when we lose someone in the fold, so please allow me to thank you for being a part of Blues Moon Radio - whether for short or long, we appreciate your being with us - it is why we do what we do, as opposed to sitting and listening to our vast reserves of music by ourselves in the living room. We fight that university traffic and commit to the vulture parking lot hunts to share the messages of these beautiful musicians with you. It matters that you are there to hear it. Please connect with us on Twitter and Facebook - and like our FB pages at: Blues Moon Radio; South Carolina Blues and Music of the Carolinas - thanks again; please tell your music-loving friends.

Tonight... tonight's show is for Merrily May and all her friends.

PHOTOS: Merrily May (left) seen below singing with Emmylou Harris; early in her career; two other early photos; then the last photo is of late.




 
 
Tonight's playlist options (always subject to change with the phases of the moon and NASA's refusal to call Pluto a planet again despite that it clearly has an active volcano and is not a dead orb and it just isn't smart to mess with a volcano, now is it? I rest my case - thank you!):
 
Some women in the Blues and their music
 
 
Some of the men's viewpoints ABOUT the women:
 
And as promised, we'll play some Webb Wilder (and have a tix giveaway); and some of Merrily May's own music as her sendoff to the folk festival in the sky. Go in peace - you are an angel now.
 

 
 
 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 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 

Monday, February 19, 2018

Sonny Boy Red Jackson presents Presidents' Day on Blues Moon Radio 2/20/18


Yes, please do join us as our co-host with a Presidential name (General Jackson - better known as Action Jackson, Sonny Boy Red Jackson or simply "Jaxi") shepherds us through the picks of songs that relate to presidents... or in some cases, presiDUNCE. Sorry, we'll simmer down on the critiques and just get about our job, which is playing music you will enjoy.

Hither and yon we searched for songs about presidents, candidates, themes and artists with names related to this theme.

On the latter portion of the show, we'll go off-script (again - can't help being presidential) and play some odd songs we believe you will like. Politics is too dull to keep our attention for a whole show, sez Sonny Boy Red.


Note that we are off the air next week to make a live presentation at the Cayce-West Columbia Library from 6-8 p.m. (and sell some copies of South Carolina Blues, we hope - because YOU deserve a signed copy, dammit!) ... so join us there. Cash and checks accepted... sorry, no credit cards.
 
Presidential playlist:
Filling out the playlist (no theme) will be:
 
 
Again, don't forget we'll be doing a book thang:
Please attend our free talk about "12 Things You Might Not Know about South Carolina Blues" Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018 at the Cayce West Columbia Library from 6-8ish. Come hear some music lore; get a few gift copies of the book, South Carolina Blues signed for your lovvies and meet the author and host of Blues Moon Radio. Meet me there, greet me 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 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, February 13, 2018

Valentine's and Mardi Gras Mashup on Blues Moon Radio 2/13/18




Valentine's and Mardi Gras Mashup
2/13/18
Blues Moon Radio 6-8 on wusc.sc.edu
with your hosts, Clair DeLune and Sonny Boy "Red" Jackson

Tonight we begin with a sad tribute to two icons in music:
Algia Mae Hinton inspired me as a Carolina musician, a female who could keep up with the best of anyone, and a hot-footed hoofer; but, she stood out in terms of the spirit of joy she evoked in others whenever she was around. She died last week at a ripe old age, having done more than I could ever aspire to accomplish. Righteous. Much love.

Sonny "Sunshine" Payne had the longest running radio show in the world when he signed off for the last time - not the longest-running blues show, but of any sort. I had often laughed when people would exclaim about how long I've been on the air (since 1990 - when few blues programs were on the radio and you had to have FCC licensure to do it and a terrestrial station that would close its eyes to the fact that blues never generates much income). Blues Moon joined the ranks of shows in the mid-double-digits - now they are a dime a dozen. If people spoke of my longevity, I quipped that I hoped to have the energy to come close to Sonny Payne's legendary status. It will never happen - I'm so tired I might soon RE-tire - but he does inspire, so perhaps I'll stick around until the kids at the station get me my "golden walker." Sonny was amazing, warm, supportive to everyone in the business and a friend to infinite numbers of folks - all of whom he influenced positively. I am glad to have been in his music and radio community orbit. Honored. Awed.

Now, on with the show. Mardi Gras and Valentine's Day went off this year and got congruent. It happens. So we had the birth of Valen-Gras.

Our spotlight falls on the following artists:
Papa Jazz Record Shoppe Artist of the Week: Bobby Rush
Word of Mouth Productions.org Artist of the Week: Bob Margolin
South Carolina Blues Artist of the Week: Skipp Pearson

Enjoy - in case you are not in love, we always include the disgruntled side of the lovey-dovey stuff. That happens, too. We're sorry. We have faith you will survive to love again. Meanwhile, laissez les bon temps rouler!

Upbeat note: McKissick Museum will be screening HBO's Treme - check the University of South Carolina webpage for McKissick events - I hear they chose Tuesdays - so you have my permission to miss some of my shows to attend.

Tribute to Hinton/Payne; plus ValenGras
Extra juicy Val-day heartache - oy!

 
We'll be doing a talk about "12 Things You Might Not Know about South Carolina Blues" Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018 at the Cayce West Columbia Library from 6-8ish. Come hear some music lore; get a few gift copies of the book, South Carolina Blues signed for your lovvies and meet the author and host of Blues Moon Radio. Meet me there, greet me 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 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