Our Guest for this week’s Off The Record is “Honey” Roy Carter. According to his bio:
My music career began in the streets of New Orleans, LA where I played harmonica for tips. After getting some curbside lessons, I hitchhiked through the Florida Keys and stayed for the Winter. Spring returned, and I headed North taking a brief pit stop in Ocala National Forest for a Rainbow Gathering. Things get a little fuzzy at that point, but I do remember making some money in little Five Points Atlanta, GA before returning to my hometown of Evansville, IN. From there I fronted my first band which was an inspiration. We moved to Bloomington, IN and quickly disbanded. I put together a new group, and we received the honor of being voted best local band by a reader’s poll. The Bloomington Voice sent us to Memphis, TN where we opened for Tonic at Beale Street Park during the Crossroads Music Showcase. We also opened for Train in B-town right before they became superstars. I left Indiana to study music theory and marketing in Oregon. While snowboarding at Mt. Bachelor, I earned my degree and was once again voted best local band. In Bend, OR, I recorded the first CD which actually captured my sound. The songs from that CD continue to sell via internet through a digital distribution deal with CD Baby. Now as a father of two boys and a girl I hope to pass down this heritage just as my father has done with me. My Dad and I continue to do gigs together whenever we can, and I pray that he’ll be around long enough to see my kids join us. I’ve got a new CD that I’m selling at our live shows.
You can catch Honey Roy At Qdoba on Bardstown Road at Eastern Parkway on Friday, August 13th, 7-9pm. Here are Honey Roy’s funky picks:
Our guest this week is long time Louisville singer/songwriter Butch Rice. You can catch Butch at his regular Thursday night gig at BW3′s in Saint Matthews and he’ll have a CD coming out soon. According to his bio:
I sing and I write a song every now and then. I’ve lived in Louisville, KY for most of my life and I love music. As long as I can remember there has been music in my life, music all around me, music inside me. It’s always been there. I don’t really know where it started or how I got hooked. I close my eyes to remember and I find myself at my Granny’s player piano with her playing while her brothers and sisters gathered around her singing along. I’m listening to my Great-Grandmother humming next to me as he wrote in her diary. My Grandfather is blasting Big Boss Man on the 8-track of his 1978 Pontiac Bonneville as we drove down a country gravel road. I’m sitting in front of my Aunt’s stereo listening to her copies of the Beatles Sgt. Pepper and Rubber Soul. My Mom is playing Stevie Wonder’s Greatest Hits on the way to my Grandparents for the holidays and my Dad changes the tape so Marvin Gaye, Sly and the Family Stone, and Earth Wind and Fire sing to us on the way back home. Mtv is on and I can’t get enough. I can remember trying to sing along with it all. (Read more at Butch’s website).
Here are Butch’s favorite “dark” love songs:
Our guest today is the lead vocalist for the Louisville duo A Lion Named Roar. They released their debut CD Said And Done in February and also performed on WFPK’s Live Lunch in support of it. As the group’s Myspace page notes:
Chris Jackson and Tyler Anderson have been collaborating on songs since they met in high school in 2003. Wandering in and out of several bands, all with their own unique styles, they are no stranger to songwriting and touring. The years of pursuing their dream of playing music are finally paying off, and they’re willing to wager their time in return for your feedback…(read more at their Myspace page).
A Lion Named Roar will be part of an outdoor Christian music festival called Shepherdsfest on Saturday August 28th in Shepherdsville, KY. Here are Chris Jackson’s Off The Record picks:
This week’s Off The Record guest is Amber Garvey of sonaBLAST! Records, located here in Louisville @ The Green Building. They represent such artists as Ben Sollee, Lucky Pineapple, The Seedy Seeds (who will be part of this Friday’s Live Lunch at noon on WFPK), The Pass and more. Amber works with artists to see their albums through production, works on licensing, contracts, etc. Amber has noticed this record hot summer in Louisville as have the rest of us, so her theme is weather related. She’ll start with some heat, build up to a storm and then cool things down:
John Hartford: Long Hot Summer Day
Billie Holiday: Stormy Weather
The White Stripes: 300 M.P.H. Torrential Outpour Blues
Led Zeppelin: The Rain Song
The Beatles: Here Comes The Sun
On the eve of what will be the biggest Forecastle Festival since it’s start in 2002, our guest is once again the Festival’s “Captain” JK McKnight. This time around JK’s theme are songs that make him think of travel – both in the literal sense and in the “moving through life” sense. Three of his song choices (Rocket, Do You Realize & I Put My Camera On) are by bands that will be performing at this years event:
Our guest for this week’s Off The Record is Noah Hewett-Ball, leader of the Louisville group Cabin which just released a new CD called Among the Rectangles and Changeable Parts. According to the band’s Myspace website Noah was:
A musical late bloomer, Hewett-Ball taught himself to play piano in the practice rooms at Murray State, where he attended college. “They were open 24 hours a day but I noticed that the talent didn’t practice past midnight,” he says. “That was when I could sneak my jam box in and learn Yann Tiersen by ear.” The guitarist, pianist and singer returned to his native Louisville, Ken. with a degree and the desire to start a band so he hooked up with a cousin and two high school friends and wrote, recorded, and released an album, 2005’s “Govern the Good Life.” Shortly thereafter Hewett-Ball’s band mates began to fall away one by one and were replaced by Welder (violin, viola, keys, vocals), Chale (drums) and Lease (bass). That lineup recorded the “I Was Here” EP in 2007 and began to stretch their touring legs. Cabin began to get traction but decided in mid-2008 to take a break from playing out. “We had spent the last two years back peddling with each new member while touring and hadn’t really become a band of our own,” Hewett-Ball says. “We decided to put touring on hold until there was a new record to support.” “Among the Rectangles And Changeable Parts” features ten songs tracked by Chale, a former recording engineering student at Indiana University’s prestigious School of Music, in the band’s rehearsal studio. Cabin’s new material treads thin lines; they are romantic but not saccharine, knowing but not cynical, lyric but not pretentious.
Here are Noah’s five Off The Record picks:
Our guest for this week’s Off The Record is guitarist and veteran of the Louisville rock music scene: Wayne Young. According to his MySpace bio:
Young started his music career in the late 1950s with the Carnations, and in the 1960s joined Soul, Inc. for two tours with the “Dick Clark Caravan of Stars” and nights opening for Bo Diddley, Paul Revere and the Raiders, and The Byrds. In the 1970s and 1980s, Young began to hone his blues licks with The Heavyweights and later toured extensively with his own group, Midnight Special. In the Nineties, he created and performed the popular Slow Hand, and Eric Clapton tribute show, and reunited with his Soul, Inc. band mates to put out a CD under the name The Shufflin’ Granddads. Wayne Young currently performs regularly throughout the region with Wayne Young and The Louisville Legends.
Wayne Young & the Louisville Legends will be preforming at the Jeffersonville River Stage Friday July 16th, at 8 to 10:30pm
Spring & River Road in Jeffersonville, IN.
Wayne recently discovered a project he worked on as engineer/guitarist (and some vocals) back in 1970 called “For Now.” It was a two album set of gospel songs “modernized” for younger audiences. Besides Wayne, Dennie Lile provided some of the lead vocals, Marvin Maxwell on drums, Ray Barrickman bass & vocals, and Ronnie Bedenbaugh, keyboards. Here are Wayne’s 5 picks taken from those two albums:
- All My Trials
- You’d Better Go
- With Joy
- Come Away
- Come My Brothers
Our guest this week is the long time host of ‘Best Coast Jazz’ heard on WFPK 10:00-11:00 on Sunday mornings. John La Barbera brings over thirty years of professional composing/arranging experience to his weekly show featuring the best of the big bands and large jazz ensembles. Sometimes interspersed with personal anecdotes and glimpses of the real inside of the jazz world. From Duke to Gil Evans, Dizzy to Woody, and Basie to Thad Jones, the show has a broad appeal and should satisfy the listening tastes of all age groups.
It began with a cornet in his hands at the age of five and a musical family (his brothers Pat and Joe have their own great stories to tell). From there, trumpeter John LaBarbera forged a name for himself as a performer, arranger and educator. During his tenure with Buddy Rich in the late sixties, John learned that he loved to compose and arrange. He is now one of the most respected artists in the field of large ensemble Jazz arranging. John’s Grammy nominated big band CD “On The Wild Side” and his latest “Fantazm,” on the JazzCompass label, have been met with tremendous artistic and commercial success and are on the way to becoming a jazz big band standards. Besides his work with Buddy Rich, John has had works performed and recorded by a host of well known musicians including Woody Herman, Count Basie, Dizzy Gillespie, Phil Woods and many others.
John LaBarbera is also a noted music educator. He is the former Director of Jazz Ensembles at Cornell University and is now a Professor of Music at the University of Louisville where his vast experience has led to the development of courses in Music Industry, Computer Techniques in music, and of course, Jazz.
Here are John’s 5 picks: