Thursday, April 19, 2018

Time For The Blues ~~ April 21, 2018

Henry and I hope you will join us this Saturday Night, April 21st, for another fun filled exciting adventure of Time For The Blues! We’ve got the return of one of our favorite performers, a team up from two hot players, and a tribute to the King Of The Slide Guitar.

First out of the shoot is the one and only Delbert McClinton who is teaming up with the Self-Made Men on an album that came out right at the end of 2017, and I finally saved up enough allowance to buy a copy.

Go on, say it, I’m cheap. I prefer ultra-thrifty, but why quibble about words among friends?

Anyway, as I was saying, both Henry and I are big fans of McClinton, and this was a fun album to check out. It’s called Prick Of The Litter (no phone calls or emails please, it’s the actual name of the album) and we think you’re going to like it a lot. We’ve got a few songs from it plus a selection from one of his earlier albums so you can hear how his sound has evolved over the years.

Right behind McClinton is the duo of Curtis Salgado and Alan Hager from their new Alligator release, Rough Cut. We’ve featured Salgado in the past, and normally he’s one high-energy cat (after all, he was the basis for the character of Jake Blues), but here he’s more laid back. This is a different side of Salgado and we really like it a lot.

We’re going to close out the program with some amazing covers of the late great Elmore James. James is, without a doubt, one of the most influential blues songwriters, players, and performers. Recently Sylvan Songs released a compilation of James’ songs recorded by some of today’s artists. We’re going to feature one from Elayna Boynton, one from the trio of Warren Hanes, Billy Gibbons, and Mickey Raphael, and one from someone I want to classify as one of our “Unusual Suspects.”

Trouble is, this performer might answer with, “It’s not unusual…”

Was that enough of a hint? The album is called Strange Angels: In Flight with Elmore James, and I highly recommend it for your library.

Hold the presses! There’s still more for you. Our New Releases this week will feature three great artists that you need to hear: Johnny Fink And The Intrusion, Al Basile, and the Rex Granite Band Featuring Sarah Benck.

We’ve got everything all laid out and ready to go, all we need is you and a few hundred of your closest friends. You know how to find us, point your browser to http://ideastations.org/radio or join us on one of the Idea Stations: 89.1 WCVN, Northern Neck; 90.1 WMVE, Chase City; and the flagship, 88.9 WCVE-FM, Richmond, where it’s always Time For The Blues!

Oh My Gosh, this is some hot off the presses news! Our friends at the River City Blues Society are putting on the 14th Annual Blues Challenge on June 10 at the Capital Ale House Downtown. The winners in both the solo/duo and band category will represent Richmond at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis. I don’t know yet who the judges will be, but once again it will be my honor to act as the emcee of the event. If you or your band would like to compete, please contact the Legendary Greg Willard at either 804 743-8237 or via email at gwillard9696@comcast.net.

Even without knowing who the participants are this year, I can guarantee a great time. I’ve been involved as the emcee or judge for several years now, and it’s always been a blast, and we’ve even featured many of the contestants on episodes of Time For The Blues.

Be there!


         


                    

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Janiva Magness Brings Her Americana Soul To The Tin Pan


There are certain performers that cross genres and need to be seen by the widest possible audience. Janiva Magness is one such artist. Her latest album, Love Is An Army, has enough blues to satisfy her loyal audience, but she also moves more to a sound that she describes as “Americana Soul.”
Her definition of Americana Soul is, “real music played by real musicians that contains elements of folk, blues, country, and soul.” In her hands, and those of her backing band, she brings these beautiful songs to life. On a recent appearance at The Tin Pan she delivered an hour and a half set of classics mixed with songs from her recent album.
Her tight four-piece ensemble was made up of Randy Malibu on drums, Steve Dawson on guitar and lap steel guitar, Gary Davenport on bass and Josh Smith on guitar. Both Dawson and Smith were adept at trading off on lead and rhythm, and Dawson’s lap steel added a new and deeper dimension to the songs.
Magness opened the show with a strong version of Hammer that immediately got the audience into the event. Before the applause could even die down she and the band moved into the next songs, Back To Blue and On And On.
With three songs performed in rapid succession, Magness took some time to connect with the audience. From here on out, she would use the opportunities between songs to talk to the audience, recognize friends in the audience and gush about how much she loved the venue.
She next performed Tell Me, before telling the audience that in her mind, an army is made up of those people who support you and that could be “one person, ten thousand, or ten.” She then delivered a great version of Love Is An Army to drive home the point.
Magness then sang one more song from the new album, Down Below, before talking about how, when she was growing up listening to AM radio, she could often hear songs from Muddy Waters, Etta James, Hank Williams, Elvis, and a whole host of others in the same show. That radio offered diversity and not the same few songs from the same few artists over and over.
She used that to segue into a couple of songs from her EP, Blue Again, that featured great covers of songs she sang early in her career but hadn’t recorded, What’s That Say About You and a blistering version of Michael Bloomberg’s I Love You More Than You’ll Ever Know. She even worked in a performance of a great Bessie Smith number, Send Me To The ‘Lectric Chair.
From there it was back to the new album with Home, and about this time a member of the audience began to yell out a request. Magness was gracious but firm in commenting that this band hadn’t rehearsed that particular song, even though she loved it. They were concentrating on newer material and she hoped the audience understood.
She received solid applause backing that and she moved on to a very cool song, Love To A Gunfight, and then told the story about how she had to be talked into recording When It Rains, and its now one of her favorite songs.
From there it was back to Blue Again for two more songs, I Can Tell and If I Can’t Have You. As she was nearing the end of time for her performance, she moved into a couple of audience favorites, I Won’t Cry and Walkin’ In The Sun.
The audience had built into a particular high moment and she thanked the audience with her last song of the evening, Love Wins Again and left the stage to heavy applause.
Afterwards, most of the audience took some time to talk with the band, and especially Magness herself as she posed with fans for pictures, and graciously signed CDs for anyone who asked. When I finally worked my way to the front of the line, she greeted me with the biggest smile, hug, thanks for conducting an interview with her, and assurances that I would bring my co-host, Henry Cook, to the show next time.
Aside from being an incredible performer, Janiva Magness is a class act. Be sure to see her whenever you can.


"Thanks Santa, for bringing me this great dress..."


(All photos by Anita Schlank and used by permission.)

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Time For The Blues ~~ April 14, 2018

Henry and I hope you will join us this Saturday Night at 11 for a very special episode of Time For The Blues. Regular listeners know that every so often we like to check out the amazing talent that you can find almost any night in Virginia, and tonight is going to feature some of our favorites!

From the Atlantic Ocean to the Appalachian Mountains and all points in between and from north to south, there are great solo artists and bands around every bend in the road and we’re on a mission to find ‘em and play ‘em for your pleasure.

Our two main features this week will feature the new independent release from our pals The Bush League. The new album is called James RiVAh, which of course, is the proper Richmond pronunciation for the word “river.” I don’t like to brag, but I was honored to be the first person and pseudo-journalist to review the album, and you can find that review here. When an artist, or in this case, the artist’s management (thank you, Kenya Watkins) respects my opinions to the point where they let me at a new work first, it’s not something that I take lightly.

The new album completely knocked me out, and the band is doing phenomenal live work as well. We’ve got three songs from this album and we think you are going to love them as much as we do!

Photo By Ellen Foster
The Bush League has a deep connection to Gaye Todd Adebalola, one of the founding members of Saffire The Uppity Blues Women. They lovingly refer to Adegbalola as “the band’s mother” due to their closeness. Adegbalola has been making great music for many years and was recently honored by the State Library Of Virginia during their celebration of Women In History Month.

Thanks to the efforts of Adegbalola’s longtime friend and kick ass Blues Woman herself, Ellen Foster, I was able to spend a delightful afternoon interviewing Adegbalola about the award, Saffire, her post-Saffire career, and some of her recent activist activities. Virginia Currents Radio ran the interview, (mega thanks to Catherine Komp for her help and amazing editing skills – it’s safe to say it never would have happened without her guidance).

If you missed it when it ran live, the interview has been archived on the station’s website, and you can listen to it here

To celebrate this wonderful artist, we’re featuring a couple of songs from Saffire, and two more from her later career, one from a collaboration she recorded with pianist Roddy Barnes, and one that she recorded with her semi-acapella group The Wild Rutz.

In our new release segment, we have songs from Virginia artists Patrick Coman and the man I call “Mr. Ambassador” Bobby “BlackHat” Walters. If you know Walters, you know why I call him that, if you don’t know Bobby, well, you should. He has several albums out, and you can find him and his top flight band playing at just about every major show in the Commonwealth.
He’s written and recorded a brand new song titled Run Baby Run that deals with the frightening situation that faces so many of our schools and the children that have become the targets of gunmen. I’m not initiating debate here, but I do want to introduce you to Bobby’s great song, and tell you how you can get it.

We’ll also sample some new work from Breezy Rodio from his new Delmark release. Trust me, this is a guy you’re going to like a lot.

Last, but certainly not least, I’m introducing a new segment made up of members of back up bands, in this case two of the guys from Marcia Ball’s touring group, guitarist Mighty Mike Schermer and drummer Corey Keller. Both of these players have side gigs going and they are damn good musicians.

We’ve got everything all laid out and ready to go, all we need is you and a few hundred of your closest friends. You know how to find us, point your browser to http://ideastations.org/radio or join us on one of the Idea Stations: 89.1 WCVN, Northern Neck; 90.1 WMVE, Chase City; and the flagship, 88.9 WCVE-FM, Richmond, where it’s always Time For The Blues!



                                                 



Monday, April 9, 2018

Marcia Ball ~~ SHINE BRIGHT

I have been a fan of Marcia Ball’s music for longer than I care to admit. She is equally at home with a rollicking barrelhouse style piano as she is with a tender ballad and can change your mood by switching gears from one to the other. In all the times I have seen her perform live, she has always been surrounded by top drawer musicians, and on her most recent release, SHINE BRIGHT, on Alligator Records, she continues that tradition.
Aside from Ball herself on piano and vocals, the album features several members of her touring band including Don Bennett on bass, “Mighty” Mike Schermer on guitar, Eric Bernhardt on tenor sax, and Corey Keller on drums. Other musicians on the album include Lee Allen Zeno and Bruce Hughes on bass; Jermaine Prejean on drums and percussion; Conrad Choucroun on drums; Roddie Romero on guitar, accordion, and background vocals; Eric Adcock and Red Young on Hammond B-3 organ; Steve Berlin and Dan Bechdolt on baritone sax; Enrique Chi on tres; Justin Vasquez on alto sax; and Steve Butts and Al Gomez Jr on trumpet.
Backing vocals were provided by Yvette Landry, Shelley King, Carolyn Wonderland, Eric Bernhardt, Don Bennett, Mike Schermer, Kimmie Rhodes, and Jolie Goodnight.
Ball kicks off the album with the title track, Shine Bright, an up-tempo number that offers a touch of optimism with a gospel tinge. It’s a solid quick number and sets the table for what will most likely be a fun album. It’s one that calls the roll of a number of people who have positively affected the world and it will be appearing on Time For The Blues, probably starting the show!
She follows up with another upbeat number, I Got To Find Somebody. It’s a longing for someone that Ball would like to stay home with and just be herself. It’s a sweet sentiment, and Ball has some fun with the song.
Next up is a song written by Ball and Gary Nicholson, They Don’t Make ‘Em Like That. It’s got a nice shuffle and takes a nostalgic look at life. It’s easy to look back with rose colored glasses and Ball recreates the sounds she’s describing. She also makes a strong point of creating strong foundations for the future.
Ball co-writes the next song, Life Of The Party, with Mike Schermer. It’s a bit of a departure for two artists so deeply steeped in the blues, much more of a Caribbean rhythm than a 12-bar shuffle. As both Ball and Schermer are influenced by New Orleans sounds, (which include Caribbean and Mexican influences among others) it’s fun to hear what they do with this song.
Ball then covers the Ray Charles number, What Would I Do Without You. It’s a solid R&B cover and should be appearing on an upcoming episode of Time For The Blues. Ball co-wrote the next song, When The Mardi Gras Is Over, with singer Shelley King and Tim Cook. It’s a joyous party song that throws in lots of great ingredients like a tasty musical gumbo.
Once In A Lifetime Thing is a sweet ode to domestic love. It’s a fun song that should find its way onto the airwaves. I know it’ll be on our show. Ball gets soulful as well as philosophical on the next song, Pots And Pans. Politics be damned, it’s time to make noise and be counted. Here’s your chance.
She slows things down for the lovely World Full Of Love. Marcia Ball delivers a ballad like few others can, and she’s at the top of her game on this song. It’s the kind of soft song that can silence an audience and make them pay closer attention and maybe even shed a tear while listening.
Before you can get too melancholy, Ball follows up with the rocking, I’m Glad I Did What I Did. This is a fun over the top stomping number that will get ‘em up and moving around. I love this song, and you better believe it will be making an appearance soon on the show.
She keeps the tempo lively with the next song, Too Much For Me. It wouldn’t be a Marcia Ball album without a few party songs that keep you moving and this is definitely one of the best on the album.
Ball brings the album to a close with Jesse Winchester’s Take A Little Louisiana. She rocks it Cajun style, complete with accordion and some solid orchestrations, and you just can’t help but move to the song. It conjured up a little bayou dive I fondly remembered for its great music and spicy food. What a delightful way to end the album, and make me want to hit the repeat button a couple more times.
Chances are that if you are a blues fan, you just might be a Marcia Ball fan as well. Her music is too big and too boisterous to fit under one label, even blues, so if you like New Orleans flavored songs, or sweet unapologetic ballads, this album is one you’ll enjoy. Catch her while she’s on tour and find any of her albums that are not currently in your collection by visiting her web site: http://www.marciaball.com/.

Ball just rolled through town a couple of months ago, so we’ve probably got to wait close to a year to catch her again. But you better believe, whenever she comes through, I’ll be there. Hope you’ll join me! 

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Time For The Blues ~~ March 3, 2018

Henry and I hope that you will join us this Saturday Night, March 3rd, at 11 as we recreate the great Olympic Curling Team and sweep in another exciting action packed episode of Time For The Blues.

While Henry has been glued to the television for the past few weeks cheering on all of our great competitors (okay, I cheered them on as well, but really didn’t catch the events themselves), I’ve been busy tunneling my way through the onslaught of great blues that has made its way to my desk.

And let me tell you brothers and sisters, I mean that this music is GOOD! It’s gooder than most, it may be the goodest music we’ve heard in a long time. Don’t send me letters, I know the proper words, but these seem to fit the bill pretty well…

Who are we playing, you ask out loud? Well, for starters, we’ve got one of our favorite piano pounding pundits, the one and only Mitch Woods himself. We featured Woods in one of our earliest shows, and we’ve kept our eyes open ever since looking for new material. Fortunately, Mrs. Professor gave me an advance on my allowance and I was able to buy a copy when the new CD came out.

Mitch has put together a duets album and he’s playing with some of the best talent currently walking the planet. We’re going to features songs that team him up with Kenny Neal, Elvin Bishop, and Maria Muldaur. Where else are you going to find music like that? Just right here on Time For The Blues.

But we’re just getting started! That’s right, you heard me, we’ve got more for you.

Since we’re always on the lookout for new talent, Henry and I get a chance to listen to some great players, and this week, I am happy to report that we’ve got several new artists to share with you.

Another feature will shine the spotlight on Heather Newman, whom I first heard as the bass player for the great Nick Schnebelen. Schnebelen has been tearing it up for several years now, first as a great guitarist with the popular family band Trampled Under Foot, and then on his own with his own kick ass band.

Now, his bass player, Newman has stepped out with her first solo album, Burn Me Alive, just released on VizzTone. She’s good, she’s very good, and the album smokes from beginning to end. We’re going to sample a few songs from it, and share one with her backing Schnebelen.

And that’s only half the show! We’ve still got more.

Henry and I have been needing some soul for a long time, and I finally decided it was time to rectify that mistake with help from Andrea Marr, Rockie Charles, and Miss Freddye herself.

Believe it or not, there’s still more on the way! Don’t give up on us yet, keep pushing, the thrill of victory is within your grasp…

We have new releases from the Jim Shaneberger Band, from Kelly Z (she does a great turn on an Isaac Hayes classic), and R.D. “Real Deal” Olson from their latest albums. Each one of these new releases are fun and I’m sure you’re going to like them as much as we do.

We’ve got everything all laid out and ready to go, all we need is you and a few hundred of your closest friends. You know how to find us, point your browser to http://ideastations.org/radio or join us on one of the Idea Stations: 89.1 WCVN, Northern Neck; 90.1 WMVE, Chase City, 93.1 WWLB Ettrick and 107.3 WBBT Powhatan, and the flagship, 88.9 WCVE-FM, Richmond, where it’s always Time For The Blues!


                   

                                                                                                                       


Saturday, February 10, 2018

Paul Edelman Solos At Richmond’s Tin Pan


There’s a long tradition of a solo performer; an artist with an instrument and a voice that combines with poetry to cast a spell over an audience. Paul Edelman is an artist who is very much in that vein. While he’s been working as a small band, The Jangling Sparrows, lately, when his drummer came down with the flu that’s creeping its way across the country, he packed his guitar, put his foot in the road and travelled from Asheville to Richmond by himself to play a show for a small but very appreciative audience.  
It was a quiet opening. There was just a chair, amp, monitor and a single microphone on the stage. No pedals, no extraneous chords, nothing that could get between Edelman and his audience. Many in the audience were unfamiliar with his work, but trusted someone telling him how good he was, or maybe just trusted that if he were playing The Tin Pan, it had to be worthwhile to see what he had to offer.
What Edelman has to offer is a wonderful evening of music and more than a few stories. He went through a delightful set of songs for the next two hours and had stories to go with just about each. He’s a very personable performer and hopefully we will progress from cult figure to wider acceptance.
He started the show off with an older song, Highway Doesn’t Know, from his solo album Stranger Things And Truer Words album. It was a lovely song and it set the mood for a quiet evening of musical storytelling. He followed up with another song from the same album, Ballad Of Lizzie Mainford, that dealt with the emotions of a woman leaving home.
After that second song, he mentioned his CDs, but he was clearly not comfortable doing so; he even remarked that he had “never gotten the hang of pimping himself on stage.” Let me just comment that for many performers, appearances don’t pay all the bills, and with the limited payments that online services provide, an artist selling CDs and other merchandise often makes the difference from being a fulltime artist, and a part-timer with a day job.
After that, Edelman played a song he deemed his “personal Dock Of The Bay,” a meditation on where he grew up, Burning A Hole. He followed up with a song that hasn’t been released yet, Rabbit Hole. He would pepper the rest of the night with new songs that have yet to released, and it was a real pleasure to listen to music that was still in early stages.
From there he played a nice classical style intro to Chase It Down, then revisited his childhood memories for the collage song, Daddy Says, and the song Hidden River.
The next song was written about a friend’s wedding, and again it hasn’t been recorded. It hasn’t even been titled yet, although I am calling it Old Friends Catching Up (Sparkle And Flicker), until it gets a name. From the impetus of a wedding, he began to examine the theme of growing older with Eyes Of A Stranger and A Year Is Still A Long Time.
Afterwards he asked if everyone was okay. He could actually play some dance tunes if we wanted them. He was told in no uncertain times that we were enjoying this musical journey and he could proceed as he saw fit. Edelman then took a second to demonstrate two of his favorite chords to play and indeed they went well together. Don’t ask me what they were, I’m not a guitar player and couldn’t explain what he was showing.
It sounded good, though…
He went back to exploring themes dealing with growing older, Somebody Again led to New Wheels and Great American Limbo. He followed up with a ghost story of a number, Old Red Song and a creepy tune, Label’s All Mine, that’s not yet recorded.
Up until this point, Edelman has only played original tunes, but he took a break with Love Please Come Home that was originally performed by The Stanley Brothers. He showed off some fancy picking on this number. He followed that with Trouble Is A Stray before playing another brand new song, not yet titled, that is a love song for his wife. I’m calling it Moonlight until it gets a final name. Gorgeous song, hurry up and record it!
The next song, Anyhow, also hasn’t been recorded, and was followed by an older song written by a friend of his, The Blue Route (Who Leaves The Lonely People Alone). The latter song sounded to me as if someone had put together two of John Prine’s best, Sam Stone and Hello In There. It’s a powerful song, and I hope to track down the original recording soon.
The country sounding, Space In Between The Notes followed, and then another country sounding song, Chopping Onions. Not Chopping Broccoli that Dana Carvey made famous, something entirely different.
At this point, Edelman was well over 90-minutes into the show when he played Blame The Sky and That’s All Night. Since it was a school and work night, he lost a couple of audience members, but he thanked them for coming out and finished up with two more numbers, I Lied Because I Love You and closed with his one political statement, Go To Hell John Wilkes Booth.
Edelman is a wonderful and personable performer. His voice is strong and expressive and his playing is tight and covers several different styles. As much as I enjoyed this evening, I will be interested to see what he does with the rest of the Jangling Sparrows, as I found their album 140 Nickels to be one of the best I’ve heard this year.  

If you are a fan of Roots/Americana music, or just of good songwriting, Paul Edelman is a performer that needs to be on your radar. You can find him on Facebook or https://janglingsparrows.com/. Take the journey, you’ll be glad you did!

(All photos taken at The Tin Pan by Jessica Wood. Used by permission.)

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Time For The Blues ~~ February 10, 2018

We’re back! After bouts with the flu and other upheavals too many to mention here, Henry and I are back at full strength, and hope you are as well. We hope you will join us this Saturday night at 11 eastern for a great show featuring music from a couple of artists who rolled through town recently, some new music, and we remember an old friend that we recently lost.

First up, we’re going to sample a few tracks from Tinsley Ellis’ latest album, Winning Hand, which marks his return to the Alligator label. It’s no secret that we’re both big fans of this hard working, hard driving blues rocker and we’re delighted to see that he’s back on Alligator. I’ve been following Ellis for a number of years now, and caught him several times live in the area. Unfortunately, I had to miss his recent performance at The Capital Ale House due to that nasty flu, but I heard it was one of the best shows of the year so far.

Not only do we have three songs from Winning Hand to share with you, but we’re also going to reach way back to another one of his releases from Alligator, Trouble Time, so you can compare the evolution of his sound.

Speaking of The Capital Ale House, the night after Ellis was there, Popa Chubby blew through town. Two amazing blues guitarists and performers back to back, thank you Capital Ale House for bringing these artists to town. Chubby has just released a new CD, Two Dogs, and he’s out of the road promoting it and pretty much burning down every place he plays.

We’re glad to bring you this new album, as it features some of his strongest work to date.

You know we’re not through yet. Our new selection contains work from two female artists who will be featured on later shows: Ghalia Vauthier, a Belgian who teams up with Johnny Mastro and Mama’s Boys on a fantastic album, Let The Demons Out; and Heather Newman, normally the bass player for the great Nick Schnebelen, on her debut album, Burn Me Alive. Those two albums are available on Ruf and VizzTone respectively.

How impressive are they? I actually paid full price for Ghalia’s album and actually got in touch with Ruf Records’ American office to tell them how great the album was. I can’t say that I had anything to do with it, but the company then upgraded their marketing push so that other producers could share her work.

Another “new” release actually dates back to the 1970’s. The era of CB Radios, disco, and punk, also saw the first release from Johnny Nicholas. Nicholas released one album in 1978, Too Many Bad Habits, on Blind Pig Records. Shortly after that, he joined the group Asleep At The Wheel and his solo record went out of print. I had always heard how good the album was, but had never owned a copy myself. Imagine my surprise when one showed up in my mailbox complete with other recordings that were made at the same time.

After 40 years of languishing in a vault somewhere, we are so happy to share one of the songs from the album with you. Enjoy.

Lastly, Henry and I faced a very difficult Christmas. The entire WCVE family was dealt a terrible blow when we suddenly lost our colleague, George Maida. George has been a fixture of the station for over three decades and been a friend/brother to Henry and me for many years. When I came to work at WCVE some almost 24 years ago, George was one of the first two people I met and he made me feel welcome.

Our offices were always near each other, either next door or across the hall and there were many continuing discussions on a variety of topics including movies, conspiracy thoughts, television, religion, food, cats, and of course, music. George was a great champion of local music, a passion that Henry and I also share, and it was always fun as we tried to scoop each other with new finds.

Up until his passing, George’s program, The Electric Croude preceded ours. The Croude was his true love and he poured himself into every show, mixing musical genres like an alchemist and creating new sonic landscapes every week. You never knew what direction his program would take, it might be Anglo-Celtic, or progressive, or Brazillian folk, or even the Go-Go’s and it would all be accompanied by his ever faithful companion Hermie The Wistful Cricket.

The station has remembered George with a moving memorial service, and the local roots music community has done the same with a concert that featured several of George’s friends, and even a selection of music he wrote and performed. Now, it’s our turn. As Henry likes to remind me, he’s got New Orleans in his blood and “we don’t mourn, we celebrate!” So, we’re going to celebrate with a few good memories and three songs that connect us with our good friend and brother, George Francis Maida.

We’ve got everything all laid out and ready to go, all we need is you and a few hundred of your closest friends. You know how to find us, point your browser to http://ideastations.org/radio or join us on one of the Idea Stations: 89.1 WCVN, Northern Neck; 90.1 WMVE, Chase City; and the flagship, 88.9 WCVE-FM, Richmond, where it’s always Time For The Blues!



 (Photo of George Maida by Marshall Lloyd. Used by permission.)