Thursday, September 22, 2016

Folk Fabulous Festival Saturday, Sept. 24 11-5 p.m. McKissick/Horseshoe at USC Columbia SC

Folk Fabulous Festival Saturday, Sept. 24 11-5 p.m. McKissick/Horseshoe at USC Columbia SC


Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Special guest tonight from Folk Fabulous Festival on Blues Moon Radio tonight


We're excited to announce that our special guest on Blues Moon Radio, Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016, is Laura Green. Laura is here to tell us about the University of South Carolina's McKissick Museum and the annual Folk Fabulous Festival Saturday, Sept. 24th from 11-5 p.m.

Craftsmanship and artisanship are key ingredients of the event, which is free on the historic Horseshoe between Bull and College Streets on campus.

But Blues Moon Radio is focused this evening on showcasing the musical acts that will entertain you at the festival, especially the Blues/Roots music of Mill Billy Blues and Drink Small, the Blues Doctor.

Below is a playlist showing the songs we'll draw on during our interview with Laura, who is the cultural and Folk life director for McKissick and the South Carolina Arts Commission. We'll kick off the show with Drink Small, who is also our Word of Mouth Productions' Artist of the Week, and was Blues Moon Radio's Artist of the Year (even the Millennium) last year.


Note: You can click on any image to enlarge it 



Drink Small and Clair DeLune
Drink Small started his music career in high school in Bishopville, S.C., in a gospel group, then because of his deep basso profundo vocals, he was recruited to move to Columbia to join the Spiritual Aires, one of the first gospel groups to perform at the Apollo in New York City. Small has toured with greats such as Sam Cooke, Sister Rosetta Tharpe (as a duo), and countless spiritual groups.

Small, who never aspired to be a farmer, although he grew up on a small farm, attended barber college, but left the trade to pursue music full-time, and "never looked back."

The music selections chosen for this preview show his very early gospel work, his early solo work, his mid-range (1980s) sound and one of his most recent original songs about Barack Obama's election, which was recorded to express his "joy at living to see an African-American in the White House."

Drink Small's selection as one of the National Endowment for the Arts' Heritage Fellows in 2015 was a capstone honor in a life filled with many awards and accolades.

He has been featured in at least six books, including the Encyclopedia of Blues, and the Encyclopedia of South Carolina Jazz and Blues as well as this radio show host's own history of "South Carolina Blues" on Arcadia Publishing and one more yet to be published by USC Press, in addition to his biography put out by the History Press.

Mill Billy Blues will open the show with their unique brand of Roots music. A supergroup of Carolina musicians, they will make you want to clamor for more. Tonight, we'll treat you to a preview of two of their songs. Featuring two longtime and frequent guests on Blues Moon Radio, Freddie Vanderford on harmonica and Brandon Turner on guitar, they are often joined by respected guitarist Shane Pruitt and other well-known Upcountry SC players on a rotating basis. Vanderford, as well as Small, are each recipients of South Carolina's highest Folk life honors, the Jean Laney Harris award for their careers dedicated to South Carolina music.

The second hour of the show will be part two of Prison Songs, from a "sister" show hosted by a Blues brother, Blues Unlimited's Steve Franz. He'll tour you through some of the distaff side of prison songs, and we'll hear from a few incarcerated fellows, too, of course.


On this last day of summer, we bid adieu temporarily to one of our underwriters, who helped bring you great music all summer - California Republic. But rejoining us for their fabulous fall and spring concert season is the UU Coffeehouse Concert Series - next to appear is Claude Bourbon, a rootsy singer of Americana style songs with a beautiful French twist. He'll be in Columbia at the UU Coffeehouse on October 15th.

Thank you for listening, and be sure to tune in again next week... that show will feature some of the artists coming to the annual Carolina Downhome Blues Festival in Camden, S.C., which is held each year on the first Thursday, Friday and Saturday of October.

Stay bluesy...
Clair DeLune and RockyDawg Blues Defender

As always we thank our underwriters, who help bring great music to the Midlands, because we could not imagine our show without their input and support:  Papa Jazz Record Shoppe; the UU Coffeehouse; California Republic Stand Up Paddleboards in Leesville near Lake Murray (closed for the season); and Word of Mouth Productions. You can link to these orgs by clicking on the visuals...
http://www.wordofmouthproductions.org/ourstory.html
www.papajazz.com
http://uucoffeehouse.org/

 

https://www.facebook.com/CalRepublic


Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2016 playlist, info, and upcoming events for Blues Moon Radio



Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2016
Blues Moon Radio playlist, info, and upcoming events

Thanks to "The Fox" for subbing in while I had perhaps the first case of flu in the Midlands of South Cackalacky. That had me down for the count, y'all. I pity anyone who has been sick with anything similar and power to them if they kept motoring. I could be up 15 minutes a day, max. So, again, thanks to Fox for subbing!

I am crawling back to life, so will keep this short...

Today's show is a mix - we have some fun stuff and some things to proclaim!

One is the Roy Book Binder show at the UU Coffeehouse in Columbia, SC on Saturday Sept 17. Go and see this master of finger-picked guitar - if you know and love Blues, you will be aware he traveled with and learned from SC's own Rev. Gary Davis in the 1970s. Absorbed a lot from him. I've done an interview in RBB's Traveling Man wagon, and his stories are not to be missed. Click below for info on UU tix.

Another is the FolkFabulous Festival on Saturday, Sept 24 on the USC Horseshoe. That fest is free and worth a million dollars.  I will be interviewing the cultural coordinator, Laura Green, next week on Blues Moon Radio, but this week we'll be featuring Freddie Vanderford, Piedmont Blues Harp and Mill Billy Blues as our Word of Mouth Productions' Artist of the Week. Just could not love them more!

Our Facebook pal, Mr. Venditti, asked why I couldn't play a collection of "Alberts" on the show, and there is no good reason not to and a thousand great ones to do it... so we will call his bet... and raise him an Alberta, to boot! I love to hear requests on my Blues Moon Radio Facebook page... I plan shows in advance, so hop on the request bus early for best seating!

Here is tonight's playlist, from which I'll choose the songs... and beneath that is info/links about the two concerts coming up. Don't forget October is the Downhome Blues Festival in Camden (Oct 6 - 8) and Word of Mouth Productions' Columbia Blues Fest is (free!) in Columbia Saturday, Oct. 15th in Martin Luther King Park.

 
Folk Fabulous: Saturday, September 24, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
 
For Immediate Release Sept. 13, 2016
For more information contact: Amanda Belue; McKissick Museum; 803.777.2876; BELUEAK@mailbox.sc.edu McKissick to host fourth annual FOLKFabulous festival celebrating South Carolina woodworking traditions
COLUMBIA, S.C. – The University of South Carolina’s McKissick Museum will present the 4th annual FOLKFabulous festival on Saturday, September 24th, from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. in front of the museum on USC’s historic Horseshoe in Columbia. This event is free and open to the public. Built around the theme of the yearlong exhibition, A Compass to Guide: South Carolina Cabinet Makers Today, FOLKFabulous brings together the best of South Carolina’s wood- working artisans and musicians for a day of hands-on activities, music, and fun. Demonstrating artisans include The Columbia Woodworkers, Jean Laney Harris Folk Heritage Award (FHA) recipient Ike Carpenter, Mary May, Michael McDunn, Thomas Williams, and the Palmetto Woodturners. Legendary bluesman Drink Small, a National Endowment for the Arts Heritage Fellow and FHA recipient, will be headlining. This year’s other performing artists include FHA recipient Freddie Vanderford & Mill Billy Blues, Wilson Banjo Co., the El Shaddai Ambassadors, Grupo Frenesi Digital, Ricky McDuffie & Family, and USC Woodwinds. In addition, members of the woodworking community will be featured throughout the day on the indoor narrative stage. For more information visit: artsandsciences.sc.edu/mckissickmus.... Co-presented by the Columbia Woodworkers and the Greenville Woodworkers Guild, A Compass to Guide explores the diverse woodworking traditions that contemporary South Carolina furniture makers draw upon for inspiration. This exhibit represents year four of McKissick’s Diverse Voices series, which celebrates the traditional arts and folkways of the Southeastern United States. FOLKFabulous is funded with support from the South Carolina Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts. ### The University of South Carolina’s McKissick Museum tells the story of southern life: community, culture, and the environment. The Museum is located on the University of South Carolina’s historic Horseshoe with available parking in the garage at the corner of Pendleton and Bull streets. All exhibitions are free and open to the public. The Museum is open from 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Saturdays. The Museum is closed Sundays and University holidays. For more information, please call at 803-777- 7251 or visit artsandsciences.sc.edu/mckissickmuseum.

As always we thank our underwriters, who help bring great music to the Midlands, because we could not imagine our show without their input and support:  Papa Jazz Record Shoppe; the UU Coffeehouse; California Republic Stand Up Paddleboards in Leesville near Lake Murray; and Word of Mouth Productions, who present the Columbia Blues Festival each autumn - hold Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016 open for a great show!

You can link to these orgs by clicking on the visuals...

http://www.wordofmouthproductions.org/ourstory.html
www.papajazz.com
http://uucoffeehouse.org/
 
https://www.facebook.com/CalRepublic
 

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Tonight we pay tribute to several artists who have left us:
Carey Bell will be featured as our Word of Mouth Productions' Artist of the Week. This is the five year anniversary of Honeyboy Edwards passing. And Nature Boy Nik's funeral was this past weekend in Charleston, South Carolina.

Rest in peace, to all our Blues friends who have gone on ahead; and peace to those who miss them forever. We will see and hear you again one day in heaven.

Tonight, we'll hear from those artists on the radio, amid some surprise cuts sprinkled in among the following scheduled cuts:


Stay strong, Blues fans...
Clair DeLune and RockyDawg, Blues Defender

As always we thank our underwriters, who help bring great music to the Midlands, because we could not imagine our show without their input and support:  Papa Jazz Record Shoppe; the UU Coffeehouse; California Republic Stand Up Paddleboards in Leesville near Lake Murray; and Word of Mouth Productions, who present the Columbia Blues Festival each autumn - hold Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016 open for a great show!

You can link to these orgs by clicking on the visuals...

http://www.wordofmouthproductions.org/ourstory.html
www.papajazz.com
 

http://uucoffeehouse.org/
 
https://www.facebook.com/CalRepublic


Monday, August 22, 2016

Playlist for Tuesday, August 23, 2016 with special guest host, Sleepy Boy Hawkins

Blues Moon Radio show and playlist for August 23, 2016

This week featuring special guest host, Sleepy Boy Hawkins of Blues Unlimited.

For our second hour, we have a very special guest host who is sharing his expertise in a program about prison life in Mississippi. I am pleased to welcome Steve Franz, author of The Amazing Secret History of Elmore James, and - as his alter ego, Sleepy Boy Hawkins - host of the weekly radio show, Blues Unlimited.

Steve will guide you through the second hour on Blues Moon Radio on WUSC FM (click here for the link to stream, then click tab marked "listen"). I am so pleased to have someone who has written an academic book and who shares my interest in the history of the music and its players as well as the songs. This is radio that lands on the line between education and entertainment - you will enjoy hearing it!


Tune in on Tuesday, 6-8 p.m. ET/USA, with his contribution starting a little before 7 p.m.

We'll also feature our Word of Mouth Productions' Artist of the Week, Etta Baker, with her classic "One Dime Blues," after we play some other great Blues... these songs are compiled from earlier shows with leftover songlists... we will postpone playing Paul Geremia until a later date when we can feature him as an artist of the week.

Playlists below:


Steve Franz's Parchman Farm segment playlist
(click on image to enlarge print size):

Thanks again to Steve for a compelling show addition. Thanks to all our listeners for tuning in each week. Be sure to put Steve's podcast on your calendar each week, too!

Clair DeLune and RockyDawg, Blues Defender


As always we thank our underwriters, who help bring great music to the Midlands, because we could not imagine our show without their input and support:  Papa Jazz Record Shoppe; the UU Coffeehouse; California Republic Stand Up Paddleboards in Leesville near Lake Murray; and Word of Mouth Productions, who present the Columbia Blues Festival each autumn - hold Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016 open for a great show!

You can link to these orgs by clicking on the visuals...


www.papajazz.com
http://uucoffeehouse.org/
https://www.facebook.com/CalRepublic
http://www.wordofmouthproductions.org/ourstory.html

Friday, August 12, 2016

Playlist for Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2016 - Gambling, Chicken, Chops and more!

Tuesday, Aug. 16 will be a red hot show, full of sin and bluesy degradation.

We'll feature songs about the horror of gambling... then we'll serve you up some chicken and chops; as well as Tried, Slide and Side Eyed Blues.

If that isn't enough to make you lick the aforementioned chops, or your own, we've got the millennial winner of the International Blues Challenge as our "Word of the Mouth Productions Artist of the Week" - Richard Johnston, who will sing with one of my favorite female artists, Jessie Mae Hemphill.

I met Richard at a picnic in Como, Mississippi, along with his lovely mother, when he was just a tadpole and coming into his own with playing and awards. I made friends that day with Jessie Mae, who was there to eat, and with Othar Turner, who played and danced, as well as with progeny of many of the North Mississippi legends, such as R.L. Burnside. Also in attendance were many other illustrious players, but we'll tell those tales another time. The picnic took place on a beautiful Mississippi spring day in May of 2001, right after the Handy Awards (now called the Blues Foundation Awards). Fabulous time. Unforgettable.

So this cut takes me back to a wonderful afternoon, and Richard Johnston does a fine job on this tune. We enjoyed him again at the WOMP Columbia Blues Festival... and know you will love him, too... keep in mind, when you picture it in your head, that he plays a cigar box guitar (and did it to be authentic sounding... long before it was "the hip thang" to do).

Another Columbia connection is via the Indie Grits festival, which showcased an independent film called Richard Johnston: Hill Country Troubadour by award-winning filmmaker, Max Shores.

Tonight's music will come from this list:

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Columbia music cognoscenti will all know our dear friend, Will Salley, who has been critically ill for several years. We're paying tribute to him and the upcoming fundraiser, WILLSTOCK II, which takes place Sunday. We'll play a few tunes in his honor, including a song by one Will's best friends, Elliott New, who is also one of the planners of the fundraiser, along with the Untouchables. You can find information about the fundraiser and how you can help at: WILLSTOCK II on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/507875106085599/

 
Our fill-in list will flesh out the rest of the two hours (some of these have been played on previous week's shows).
 
then, perhaps from this list:
 
Tune in at www.wusc.sc.edu from 6-8 for WUSC-FM and Blues Moon Radio - thanks for listening!
Clair DeLune and RockyDawg, Blues Defender
 
As always we thank our underwriters, who help bring great music to the Midlands, because we could not imagine our show without their input and support:  Papa Jazz Record Shoppe; the UU Coffeehouse; California Republic Stand Up Paddleboards in Leesville near Lake Murray; and Word of Mouth Productions, who present the Columbia Blues Festival each autumn - hold Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016 open for a great show!

You can link to these orgs by clicking on the visuals...

www.papajazz.com
http://uucoffeehouse.org/
https://www.facebook.com/CalRepublic
http://www.wordofmouthproductions.org/ourstory.html

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Playlist for Aug. 9, 2016 Blues Moon Radio


Tonight's show is a personal tribute to someone. While it paints a picture for me and those close to me, the magic of music makes it possible for something that has great meaning to me for a one reason to provide a great mix of obscure and familiar artists singing and playing songs that Blues Moon Radio's listeners can enjoy for another reason: the pure enjoyment of the music and the education about new and unusual songs and artists.

One of the missions of Blues Moon Radio is to bring listeners music that has not been played before on radio (at least not this radio station), so the search for roots music is relentless and ongoing. This week we culled from searches made as long as two decades ago, and as recently as Sunday to compile this array of songs. RockyDawg and I hope you enjoy it, although I must admit, he slept through most of the process to bring it to you - yet, he still inspires it all!

The Word of Mouth Productions' Artists of the Week are Randall Bramlett and Geoff Achison whose birthdate is coming up this week. We'll play Tell Me Something from Jammin' in the Attic.

Somewhere in the (as yet unposted) archives is a great interview with Geoff. Blues Moon Radio's YouTube page keeps whining for attention, and I've got it on my "SOON" list! Thanks for your patience. Part of it is a techno-glitch yet to be resolved; another is sheer time to go through hundreds of hours of audio tape and convert to video format for YouTube. Sigh.

Tonight's tribute music will come from this list:


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Our fill-in list will flesh out the rest of the two hours (some of these have been played on previous week's shows).

 
Tune in at www.wusc.sc.edu from 6-8 for WUSC-FM and Blues Moon Radio - thanks for listening!
Clair DeLune and RockyDawg, Blues Defender
 
As always we thank our underwriters, who help bring great music to the Midlands, because we could not imagine our show without their input and support:  Papa Jazz Record Shoppe; the UU Coffeehouse; California Republic Stand Up Paddleboards in Leesville near Lake Murray; and Word of Mouth Productions, who present the Columbia Blues Festival each autumn - hold Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016 open for a great show!

You can link to these orgs by clicking on the visuals...

www.papajazz.com
http://uucoffeehouse.org/
https://www.facebook.com/CalRepublic
http://www.wordofmouthproductions.org/ourstory.html