Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Tribute to Lonnie Mack and Prince on tonight's Blues Moon Radio April 26, 2016

I was stunned and heartbroken to learn about Lonnie Mack's death.

Lonnie Mack at Rising Sun
Photo by Russell House
 used with permission (CC30)
I had a personal experience with him. After listening to his records in awe from the age of four, I flew across country and saw him play three decades ago in San Francisco. Long interesting story about how it transpired that I'll save for my memoirs, but the short chat we had that evening after he performed made it golden for me in the city of the Golden Gate Bridge.

It stuck with me how kind and patient he was -- taking the time to speak with me for half an hour. He seemed genuinely surprised and pleased that a young girl would be such a fan for so long.

It was in a club called Wolfgang's, and I spied Bill Graham, whose middle name was Wolfgang, so I surmised it was his club. Graham was also surprised I recognized him and picked him out of the crowd - but I wanted to compliment him for all he had done for music, too.

Both were gracious, both pioneers, both off-the-charts innovators.

Both are gone.

So we pay tribute to Lonnie Mack, as well as Prince, who died the same day and who was a musician's musician as well as having multitudes of fans. We don't play top 40 hits (of the last 40 years) on our station, so we'll feature Slam Allen's cover of Purple Rain as we tip our "raspberry berets."

We also welcome Tish Hinojosa to Columbia this Saturday evening, sponsored by the fine folks at the UU Coffeehouse. Contact them at UUCoffeehouse on Facebook for tickets and information.

On the fourth week of the month, we always feature our artist of the millennium, Drink Small, the Blues Doctor. Tonight's cut is from a very early, very obscure, LP that I had been hunting for years. Glad to share some of these long-unplayed cuts with Drink Small fans!

We did not finish all we had from last week, so we'll sprinkle some of those cuts atop the following menu:

As always, thank you so much for taking time to tune in!
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 and California Republic Stand Up Paddleboards in Leesville near Lake Murray.

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


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