A question I get asked all the time is "Where to you find out about music that isn't popular"? The real answer is "All over the place. You just have to pay attention to what is being offered". You get it from me, which I like, but I'm also learning about artists and songs from you, other friends, complete strangers, TV, radio, movies, listening to opening acts of groups I go to see, etc...
A bunch of years ago, back when Usenet Newsgroups were popular on the the internet I used to subscribe to a few. They were like discussion boards for just about any topic you could thing of, and one of the ones I participated in was a Springsteen group. Every once in awhile someone in this group would collect addresses from people that wanted to take place in a "Mix CD Exchange", and we'd all get a list of 10 names and addresses to send a mix CD of our own creation.... stuff we wanted other people to hear. In exchange I would get compilations from the 10 people that I sent mine to.
The stuff I got in response was always fascinating. I didn't love everything, but there was also some incredible, awesome stuff that came my way.... songs and bands I was familiar with, and more importantly, so much stuff I didn't know existed. That's where I first heard of Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers... from one of those random mix discs I got in the mail from a guy named Mike in New Jersey.
On another of those CDs, a fella in Atlanta sent me a song from one of his favorite local bands, and turned me into a fan of the group. They're called Donkey. I wish there was more of them on YouTube. This is the song that introduced me to them...
Donkey- Keep It Up
How about a double shot of Donkey? As Wease and I always say, "horns make everything better"
Donkey- Never Too Late To Mend
There's a lot of excellent music coming to Rochester in the near future... in fact The Water Street Music Hall has two shows I highly recomment, and you should get tickets to before they sell out. I just saw Fitz and the Tantrums in Pittsburgh a couple weeks ago, and now will get to see them again on Tuesday 9/2.
Fitz and the Tantrums- 6AM
A couple weeks after that legendary singer-songwriter John Hiatt will be at Water Street. If you're a fan of the old Saturday Morning Music Show you know what a big fan of his Wease is.
Here is Hiatt and Lyle Lovett teaming up to do a song that Hiatt wrote, and later became a huge hit for Bonnie Raitt...
John Hiatt and Lyle Lovett- A Thing Called Love
How about something from the redheaded blues lady I just mentioned, teaming up with Crosby, Stills, and Nash...
Bonnie Raitt and CSN- Love Has No Pride
I think this next song is the perfect closer for this week, coming from one of my favorite bands, Stephen Kellogg and the Sixers. Today's lyric of the week comes from this song.... "as kids we pretend to be pirates (Arghh), and talk about starting up a band, but the older we all got the more we just forgot, that greed and treasure they go hand in hand".
Stephen Kellogg and the Sixers- See You Later, See You Soon
More tunes next week. Drop me a line and tell me what you think. @RadioBillyD on Twitter or via email email@example.com