Music Friday Blog

  • Back from Mexico and ready for SJae

    sjae_head_300sq.jpgEven though we were in Guadalajara - Mexico's music capital according to some - we were putting the final touches on this Friday's interview with SJae.  We have been listening to her music all week.  She does so many things so well that it is hard to comprehend how good she is.  Best just to talk with her which we will do this Friday at 11 am.

     

  • March 1. The Tourist Company. New single and new adventures

    Tourist_Company300sq.jpgI met these guys in Mexico last year and good things just come around.  we finally reconnected and about the time we did, they have a new single out. We get the full story of where they have been and the play their new music.

     

     

     

  • Feb 22. John Mayall. We interviewed him and premiered new album

    Mayall._photos_by_Cristina_Arrigoni.jpegFor over 50 years, John Mayall has served as a pioneer of blues music, rightly earning him the title, "The Godfather of British Blues". After decades of touring and recording, in 2013 John signed with producer Eric Corne's label, Forty Below Records, and has since been experiencing an artistic and career renaissance, including a Blues Hall of Fame induction in 2015.  This Friday Forty Below Records will release Nobody Told Me, Mayall’s  new studio album. Born in the UK in 1933, Mayall first became attracted to jazz and blues through  his father's 78s  record collection, listening to guitarists like Big Bill Broonzy, Brownie McGhee, Josh White and Leadbelly. However once he heard the sounds of boogie woogie piano giants Albert Ammons, Pete Johnson and Meade Lux Lewis, he was hooked.  As a young teen, he began learning the guitar and  later, the harmonica, inspired by Sonny Terry, Sonny Boy Williamson and Little Walter. The rest is history: mentoring future stars like Paul McCartney, Mick Fleetwood,  and Eric Clapton, moving to Los Angeles, more live and studio albums, and world touring his band The Bluesbreakers. Never stopping, he recently recorded albums in 2016, 2017 and 2018 and began playing live as a trio. His 2017  European tour resulted in the critically acclaimed live recording Three for the Road that showcased his skills on organ, piano and harmonica. In 2018, he recruited Texas blues guitarist Carolyn Wonderland -- the first female guitarist in his permanent lineup- for recording and touring in 2019.   Mayall also has a  new studio album in the works which features a full blown lineup with guest contributions from an impressive list of extraordinary, well-known guitarists.  So with the usual full calendar of live shows booked from coast to coast and all over the world, John Mayall’s prodigious musical saga continues, as vital as it has ever been. listen here  http://tobtr.com/11206663

     

     

  • Ozomotli this Friday

    ozo_tour._300sq.jpgWho would have believed in 1995 that almost 20 years later, not only would the Latino fusion band Ozomotli still be kicking it, but that the music world would have almost caught up with them, as we saw at the opening of the Grammys last week?  Latino and Latin and Latino fusion music are now universally popular, and Ozo helped move that revolution and are on top of its wave.

     

     

  • Two great women. Two new albums. This Friday.

    nominjin._seated._mic._300s2.jpgWe are back from NAMM and off to a fast start with SISSTER and Nominjin. Tune in.

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • NO SHOW THIS WEEK. WE ARE AT namm

    We will be attending NAMM, music's biggest convention, which takes over the Anaheim Convention Center Thursday, Friday and Saturday.  Broadcasting from NAMM is very difficult (we did it badly one year and decided to skip it from now on) so no show this Friday.  But you can always download shows s podcast from iTunes or from www.blogtalkradio.com/musicfriday.

    We will be posting stories, photos and videos from NAMM every day here and on Music Junkie, IndiePulseMusic, Making the Scene  online magazines, so you can see what all the excitment is about.

  • Country star Alice Wallace this Friday

    Alice_Wallace-credit_Linka_Odum__300qjpg.jpgThis video tells it all

     

     

    She embodies the heart and spirit of California.

  • Screamin' Rachael this Friday. Wow

    rachael_cain._queen300.jpgScreamin’ Rachael has been named the “Queen of House Music” by Billboard Magazine. She was the first house artist to sign a major label deal and also launched the Hip House sound when she recorded Fun with Bad Boys with her mentor and friend, Afrika Bambaataa. Born Rachael Cain - Rachael’s collaborations with notable artists including Bambaataa, Marshall Jefferson, Colonel Abrams, Grandmaster Melle Mel and others has resulted in a string of hits such as Real Thing and Rock Me which have made her club royalty. She has been the subject in a number of books, documentaries, and films including The History of House Music, Nightclubbing, The Last Party, Techno Style and the recent Hollywood release Party Monster. And did I mention she is now president of the label that first signed her, TRAX?

     

  • Alice Wallace this Friday

    This video says it all.  She is pure California and really knows how to tell a powerful story.

     

  • Matia Gabriel. Amazing music this Friday

    matias_pink_guitar_300.jpgI first saw Matias at a Sin Color concert.  He was opening for the Sin Colorquestra and I was mesmerized by his guitar virtuoso and his range of playing.  So glad to have him on the program.