Au revoir!

Dead air lives

I’m listening to the new work from Dar Williams, Eileen Jewell and Melody Gardot. I like all the songs a lot. How’s that for a riveting critique?

I got to thinking this morning (Thursday June 4th) how good radio programming is much like an artist painting a grand landscape. There are many ways to go about it. The painter can be very conservative with color for a “sameness” feel much like the radio programmer who can limit the songs to one or just a few genres. Or an artist can go full-bore abstract and splash the canvass with every color on the palette and the radio programmer can play every genre from Appalachian to Zydeco. No secret where I fall on the spectrum.

This morning (like most) I’m listening to FIP Radio Paris and I heard the following sequence of songs:

CALEXICO
COYOACAN
Album : EDGE OF THE SUN (2015)

THE BLUES BROTHERS
THEME FROM RAWHIDE
Album : THE BLUES ROTHERS (1980)

CHUBBY CHECKER
MISIRLOU
Album : KOSHER NOSTRA JEWISH GANGSTERS (1962)

It was the Calexico tune, Coyoacan, that caught my attention while I was trying to read some intermediate French literature. I’ve only heard the song once before maybe b/c I bought the album during the last few weeks before the blacksound-out. Like a lot of Calexico tunes you hear the southwestern Mariachi influence. It’s a very beautiful song which totally un-prepares you for the Blues Brothers cover of the Rawhide theme. That’s what I’m talking about, it’s like a deep dark blue painted adjacent fire engine red. The transition to the last song of the triad, Misirlou, was a “sonic” vs. a “geographic” segue that bordered on perfection in my mind and led me to wonder how many people hear the song and don’t realize it’s Chubby Checker?

It’s stuff like this that sets-up the course of my day for some smooth sailing.


Au revoir!

Au revoir!

Sunday May 31st – They were supposed to pull the plug yesterday but I see the “endless loop. . .” is still running. It’s out of my hands now. I feel like I just took my cat for a long ride in the country and left it along side the road. Gonna miss it but it’s also a big relief to not be worrying about the next show. Then again, cats always seem to find their way back home. 😉

Seriously, I’d never abandon a cat, but there’s some people I’d be tempted to take for a long ride in the country.

Friday May 22nd – Got the last playlist finished and posted for a 5 p.m. premier run. It’s a hour finale that I could have made 70 hours if I had the time.

Friday, May 15th – A new playlist will start around 6 p.m. tonight and run until the same time May 22nd. It’s a 5 hour run this week continuing to cover the new albums by Leonard Cohen, Beth Hart, Calexico, Diana Krall, Pokey LaFarge and Melody Gardot. A real pot-luck of eclectic goodness just for you.


May! Finally it’s here and not a month too soon. To celebrate I’ve loaded the first May show full of new songs from the releases I’ve been collecting the past few weeks. These will carry us to the end of the month when I plan to shut down for the summer. As I mention in the show there’s just not enough time for Doug or myself to crank out new shows. Hope you understand. I’ll be offering up some good suggestions for you as the month unfolds (as if there isn’t already too many choices for music these days).


Weekdays from 9a.m. to 3 p.m. check out WCBE FM Columbus OH. 6 hours of eclectic music in 2 different shows. The station is licensed to the Columbus Board of Education and has been a musical treasure for decades. Not only do they play the best music but they also bring lots of shows to Columbus and feature the acts in live performances. You can stream from their website or from iTunes and other players. Also you can easily find them with TuneIn Radio.


 

Spring, a time for jumping puddles as you become reacquainted with the outdoors. It’s shaping up to be a good month musically. BRR will be featuring a lot of new music from Louisiana, Los Angeles and Australia the first week. We’ll continue to look at the new Laura Marling and Feufollet. Some of the albums you’ll be hearing this month:

  • Courtney Barnett – Sometimes I Sit and Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit
  • Beth Hart – Better Than Home
  • Feufollet – Two Universes
  • Clifton Chenier – Louisiana Blues And Zydeco (Arhoolie Records)
  • Les chercheurs d’or – Les chercheurs d’or

…and more. Stay tuned.

Artist’s in this month’s shows are listed in the tags below.

Thanks for listening!

Chris

by permission Anne deHaas - Toronto

by permission Anne deHaas – Toronto

Employee owned

Employee owned

Last Week of March – As you can tell, programming this 24-hr format doesn’t leave a lot of time for blogging, sorry for that.

The month started out slow but is ending on a happy note with some good new releases. I’m very impressed with the new Laura Marling album, Short Movies and very surprised and impressed with the new Feufollet album, Two Universes. I was surprised to learn they had a big personnel change. Anna Laura Edmiston left to pursue a completely different music gig singing Italian in the Cavalia: Odysseo, a sprawling, Euro-style theatrical circus production featuring more than 50 horses and an international cast of performance artists and musicians. Created by one of the founders of Cirque du Soleil, Cavalia: Odysseo will whisk Anna Laura around the major cities of the U.S. and Canada over the next few years. Taking her place is Kelli Jones-Savoy who brings an Appalachian touch that melds perfectly with the chemistry that is Feufollet.

April will soon be upon us, here’s hoping for a beautiful spring for all you listeners!

Week 1 – Week 2 – I’ve been a long time and very happy customer of Equal Exchange, primarily for coffee but I’ve tried many of their products and found them all to be top-notch. Right now I’m enjoying some Dark Breakfast Blend that gives me the best of both coffee worlds. Check out their site, I bet you’ll find something you like. It’s the sensible way to get your buzz and be responsible!

I wanted to wait and post this month’s blog because I was too lazy to do it over the weekend until I had decided on a slight programming change idea. Starting with the 3 hour block I uploaded today (Thursday March 5) and will air around 2 p.m., you’ll still hear the same eclectic mix but instead of the usual blah-blah-blah between sets, I’m sharing with you some interesting “good news” tidbits I’m gathering from such sources as Yes! magazine. It’s all part of my new “be the change you want to be” kinda-sorta-thing.

Artist’s in this month’s shows are listed in the tags below.

Thanks for listening!

Chris

image by 60th Street

image by 60th Street


So Long February –

I’m sure everyone in North America will be glad to see this winter fade into history. Chris & Lynn in Nova Scotia have snow banking up over their window sills, folks in Buffalo and Boston have been snowed into their homes also and meanwhile most of the rest of the country has been living in a deep freeze. Although I did see the lucky folks in the Pacific Northwest are have a a balmy month with spring flowers blooming. Climate Change is real no matter how much the oil and gas monopolies want to deny it.

Week 2 –

Or there abouts because I don’t really know how to describe the format now. Before it was definitely weekly but now it’s more like daily, or every other day. Better yet, let’s just not worry our pretty little minds with pesky trivia, shall we?

Between being a bit under the weather in the past week and then watching my grandkids for a couple days, I’ve fallen a bit behind but now am back on track. Really liking the new tech I got to do the show, it comes together much faster, so fast in fact I don’t get tired sitting for long stretches.

Finally finding some new music I want to share with you and also have been thinking of some new things to try so stay tuned!

Week 1 –

Here’s the new logo for my other hobby, BlueRootsNews. When I’m not thinking about music, I’m often -calmly- tweeting political snarks as @BlueRootsNews on Twitter. Well maybe not calmly, more like rabidly but thanks to Joe (aka 60th Street) my tweets have that certain boost one gets from a catchy logo.

Joe’s in the process of updating the logo for BlueRootsRadio which will be used to give this site a much needed facelift. Can’t wait to see it!

Thanks for listening,

Chris

Artists in this month’s show are listed in the tags below.

Montauban, Québec - By permission, Denis Collette

Montauban, Québec – By permission, Denis Collette

Week 3 –

A lot happened in the past week, none of it was planned. First a notice was received from Live365 about upgrading to a 128 kbps (from 64 kbps) and when I responded with a question, they flipped the switch and voilà, BRR is now streaming at 128 kbps. It sounded good to me and so I decided to break out of the 1-5 hour show per week and try to get a 24 hr format.

It won’t change completely everyday, rather the oldest 3 hr block will be replaced with a new one and everything will shift 3 hours. If you listen about the same time everyday it will seem to be live radio to you. I’m excited.

I will have 9 hours working today and hope to have everything in place by Sunday afternoon.

Thanks for listening!

Chris

Week 2 –

Running a bit late this week getting the new show uploaded. Lost internet for about 3 hours today and it just snowballed into an unavoidable delay. Look to be starting at 8 p.m. EST -5 GMT

Thanks for listening.


Welcome to 2015, the first show of a new year. When I think of my Canadian listeners, I don’t imagine them all spending the winter as in this photo but I thought it made a nice image for this month’s blog.

Hope everyone had a good holiday season and are ready for the new year. Some folks need help sometimes getting their New Year Resolutions in gear, and if that sounds like you, you might want to consider a life coach to help you along. It so happens I know one, Michele Happe, who has been a long time contributor to BRR over the years. Michele just posted a blog on the subject you can read here and see if maybe this is something you’d like to try.

This week features 3 more songs from Catherine MacLellan’s The Raven’s Sun. This is a strong album start to finish. There is no filler or fat to be found in this tasty follow-up to Silhouette an album I wrongly assumed would not soon be outdone. This is an independent release so be sure to purchase it from her site. If you’re lucky like I was, you’ll get some extra goodies. Just know the lyrics are not included but available for easy download here.

Thanks for listening,

Chris

Artists in this month’s show are listed in the tags below.

Photographer Anne de Haas

Photographer Anne de Haas

Week 4 –

And so good people, here comes another year, are you ready? It’s not as if you can do anything about it. ;-). Anyway, the year really started on Dec. 21st when we reached the solstice and started back towards longer days . . . and spring!

Weather-wise it was uneventful here. Wish the same could be said for the psychological state of my country, the world for that matter. I prefer the French word for crazy, “fou”. A lot of folks have gone fou. It has happened many times and will happen again.

All you can do is to do your best and hope it finds a way to work itself out.

😉

Thanks for listening and here’s to a Happy New Year !

Chris


Week 3 –

This week will be eventful with the winter solstice and Christmas. What won’t be eventful is this week’s show. I thought it would be nice to have a full uninterrupted hour of music, so there are only short breaks at the top of the hour. Several hours I didn’t catalog the songs for you, so if you want to know what played, you can get a copy of the playlist by sending an email.

I did cave and played at least one Christmas song each hour but most are far from traditional. That you can get everywhere else, right? I have to admit, the older I get the more oblivious I get to the over commercialization of the holidays.

Finally found out what happened on Dec.10 when it seemed the whole world was tuning in to BBR. One of the Live365 servers had “issues” that day, and as luck would have it, BRR was one of the few stations folks were able to get. Many of them stayed logged in for 4 hours or more and several added the preset for BRR. So if you’re one of the new listeners we got by chance, Welcome!

Hope everyone has great week and safe hassle free travel if you’re going home for Christmas.

Thanks for listening.

Chris


Week 2 –

Watched the 1987 movie “Down By Law” with Tom Waits recently so I decided to dedicate the first hour of this week’s show to Tom and his favorite pastime. I’m sure you can guess what it is. 😉


Week 1 –

I’m very lucky to have Toronto photographer Anne de Haas as a friend who is willing to share her great pictures. I figured it was time I posted her picture. As you can see, a little bit of “weather” does not deter her from getting that one great shot.

I was poking around on Twitter today and saw @BlueRootsRadio in a Tweet but I didn’t recognize any of the other names when I realized I was looking at another radio station with a very similar Titter name @BluesRootsRadio which is the Twitter account for a Canadian internet radio station called “Blues And Roots Radio“. They are a station that plays features independent artist, a great concept. Be sure to check ’em out but be sure to come back.

Thanks for all the new listeners who have made BRR a preset on their Live365 player and thanks for listening.


Artists in this month’s shows are listed in the tags below.

Here are the downloads for recent playlists for The Celtic Stream, if you want other weeks just ask Doug.

Show 48 Sep 13
Show 49 Sep 20
Show 50 Oct 04
Show 51 Oct 18
Show 52 Nov 08
Show 53 Nov 22
Show 54 Dec 07

by permission:  Anne de Haas

by permission: Anne de Haas

Week 5

I was just poking around the internet when I remembered I wanted to check out Laurence Hélie’s (Montréal) solo work. I tried sampling her newest album from Oct 2013 and found it great. I put 3 cuts from it in this week’s show.

Hope everyone in the U.S. had a good Thanksgiving and managed to survive the dreaded Black Friday. Nothing says Merry Christmas like grabbin’and tearin’ your way through stuff for sale. Ho, Ho, holy smokes what’s wrong with that picture?

Have a good week and keep warm.


Week 4

Everyone in the U.S. have a safe and happy Thanksgiving and everyone else around the world have a great week also!


Week 3

For everyone who got their panties in a twist over the performance of “Fortunate Son”, let’s set the record straight.


Week 2

Finally! Got the show uploaded and ready to run at the usual 6 p.m. EST. Still have some time change issues with the Live365 servers. It’s always goofy this time of the year b/c everything is tied to GMT and Europe switches back before we do and for a week or two I don’t anyone knows what the hell is going on! 😉

Will post more later, right now I’m more concerned with dinner. 😉


Week 1
I like it when I can start new show blog on the first of the month, just makes things seem orderly. I never like to wish time away but Nov 4th can hurry up and get here and it’s not because I’m anxious to see the results. I’m anxious for the back-stabbing, flat out lying and deceitful campaign ads to end. Then thing can fall back into “normal” which means your inbox and mailbox will be less full of fear mongering requests for money to save our “democracy”. We’re not fools, we know democracy died long ago when the Supreme Court opened the flood gates to all the government to be purchased by the highest bidder.

Let’s not fret about that now.

It’s shaping up to be a good month for music. We will be expecting the big blockbusters to be coming out in time for Christmas (and the Grammy’s) but I’m more excited about the new music from the best artists outside the commercial mainstream because that’s what BRR is all about, n’est pas?

Thanks for listening.


Artists in this month’s shows are listed in the tags below.

Here are the downloads for recent playlists for The Celtic Stream, if you want other weeks just ask Doug.

Show 45 Aug 9
Show 46 Aug 16-23
Show 47 Aug 30
Show 48 Sep 13
Show 49 Sep 20
Show 50 Oct 04
Show 51 Oct 18
Show 52 Nov 08

by Anne deHaas

by Anne deHaas

Oct 29

I know you’ve heard me talk about my online French lessons, but did you know you can take music lessons online too? I’ve never tried it but my friend Anne, in Toronto, has been taking banjo lessons from Coty Hogue who lives in Montana. Check out her recent cover of the mega-hit Royals by Lordes. Makes ya wanna take up the ol’ banner, doesn’t it? 😉 I love banjo covers.

Oct 25

Had a great week with BRR listeners and Lynn, really hated to see it come to an end. Glad to report they are safely back in Nova Scotia. We’re planning to meet up next summer at the Montreal Jazz Fest, which is really a misnomer if you ask me. It may have started as a Jazz festival but it’s grown into a big musical tent showcasing lots of good music.

Oct 18

Three weeks into October the the musical heat was turned up a notch with the discovery of Indian Ocean, Frazey Ford’s second solo effort. I was hooked on the first measure of the first song which is backed in part by Rev Al Green’s band The Hi Rhythm Section. Get the details at her label Nettwerk. I predict big things for this record. I know stuff, I have a radio station. 😉


Oct 4
This is the month in North America when nature slips into it’s pajamas getting ready for the long sleep till spring.

It’s hard to accept fall is here when you can still pick vegetables from the garden but with each day the plants look a little older, require less and less water and you know the youngest “fruits on the vine” are never going to see the inside of a salad bowl.

Same as it ever was.

While we’ve yet to be plunged into the early darkness of post Daylight Savings time, the noticeable reduction of pesky insects makes the days that much more enjoyable. Already the holiday junkies are putting out their Halloween decorations which means the Christmas ads are days, no hours, away.

I like the beginning of every season, it’s the next 3 months that leave me grinding my teeth. 😉

Thanks for listening. . .

(Bonjour Josiane)


Artists in this month’s shows are listed in the links below. Thanks for listening.

Here are the downloads for recent playlists for The Celtic Stream, if you want other weeks just ask Doug.

Show 45 Aug 9
Show 46 Aug 16-23
Show 47 Aug 30
Show 48 Sep 13
Show 49 Sep 20
Show 50 Oct 04

September Sky 1952

Sunset at Weikswood, September 1952

Week 4 – This week there will be 2 4-hour shows on alternating days and then on Friday the 2 shows will alternate. Why? Well, for one, change is good and two, this way I can give you 6 of the 9 songs on Leonard Cohen’s new album Popular Problems. Hope you like it as much as I do.

Week 3 – On schedule to start the new show at 6 p.m. EDT 19 Sep. We’re continuing our look at Ryan Adams new self-titled album and both the EP and new album from Les Hay Babies who hail from New Brunswick, Canada. More about them later.

Week 2 – The next show will kick-off at 6 p.m. EDT Friday 12 Sep.

Week 1 – September is shaping up to be a good month for music, most notably the new self-titled Ryan Adams album being released this week. There are 2 cuts from in in this week’s show.

Doug has prepared a new Celtic Stream for this week with a few surprises I know you’ll enjoy.

Stay tuned for more details!

Thanks for listening!


Artists in this month’s shows are listed in the links below. Thanks for listening.

Here are the downloads for recent playlists for The Celtic Stream, if you want other weeks just ask Doug.

Show 40 Jul 7
Show 41 Jul 14
Show 42 Jul 21
Show 43 Jul 28
Show 44 Aug 2
Show 45 Aug 9
Show 46 Aug 16-23
Show 47 Aug 30

Credit: Shandi-lee Cox

Credit: Shandi-lee Cox

    Week 4.5

The first two days of this week’s show will be the last 2 days of August and then Labor Day. It doesn’t feel like summer to me when the kids are back in school, but then I’m just getting to the biggest daily yields from my garden and that does feel like summer.

As far as music this week, Doug has a new Celtic Stream Show ready to roll Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at noon that he cobbled together on his new iMac. Don’t miss it!

Thanks for listening and have a safe holiday weekend!

    Week 4

This week’s show is a lot like a baseball game. There are a lot of singles, several doubles and even a triple or two. Some are intentional and the rest we can chalk-up to the radio muse.

I didn’t mention it in the show because you might be tired of hearing about my garden but, I’m finally eating something from it at every meal. (It’s still been a very strange growing season.)

If you missed The Celtic Stream last week with the great interview with Danny Gillespie of Skerryvore, you get two more chances Aug 23-24 at 2 p.m. and noon respectively. It’s a great two hours of Celtic music.

Sorry I didn’t launch this week’s show at 6 p.m. EDT like usual, it will/did start at 11 p.m.. The whole week has been an adjustment as my grandkids are back in school and this year I’m picking them up instead of putting them on the bus. It might sound a bit lame but it’s all I got. 😉

A big HELLO to the new listeners and the old. Get out there and enjoy the rest of the summer while we have it!

Chris

    Week 3

So where’s Week 2? I dunno, it must be around here somewhere. This week features new material from Ryan Adams, John Fullbright, Jenny Lewis and still more from Chris Smither.

The next Celtic Stream will have some live interviews Doug did at the Dublin, OH Irish Festival, don’t miss them at 2p.m. Saturday and 12 noon Sunday EDT.

    Week 1

Welcome to August at BlueRootsRadio. Every month has it’s pluses and minuses and August’s pluses include harvesting my garden and the minuses usually include the “Dog Days” of summer but I can’t use that this year. Our weather has been almost perfect. I’ve only been able to pick a few hot peppers so far. I can only guess my tomatoes are taking longer b/c they haven’t had any real heat.

Program note for all Celtic Stream listeners, we’ll be repeating show 45 this weekend. Doug’s working up a special show for Aug 16 which will feature some interviews from the Dublin Irish Festival here in Ohio. Plus there will be more goodies he brought back from his recent journey to Scotland.


Artists in this month’s shows are listed in the links below. Thanks for listening.

Here are the downloads for recent playlists for The Celtic Stream, if you want other weeks just ask Doug.

Show 40 Jul 7
Show 41 Jul 14
Show 42 Jul 21
Show 43 Jul 28
Show 44 Aug 2
Show 45 Aug 9

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