Getting these guys in the studio took a while but we have them this week. The Bottom Dwellers are a four-piece Americana band from Woodland, California. Formed in 2003, the group has three full-length releases under their belts, “Deep on the Line,” “Twang Americana,” and “Think I Need a Drink.” With original songs ranging from twangy and gritty to sweet and creepy, the Bottom Dwellers have a uniquely Northern-Californian sound. Bottom Dwellers are: Ivan Sohrakoff, vocals/guitar; Robbie Thayer, vocals/guitar; Mark Eagleton, double bass; Chris Eynon, drums. visit them at
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Local talent continues to impress and this week's guest is no exception. Born and raised in Woodland, CA, Seth Cooper, the lead singer and instrumentalist for indie band Alamo Merchant, swoons in high falsetto and rumbling baritone to script tragedies ripped right from the silver screen. Whether it be the idolization of the disco era or a cold, meditative drive through the blizzards of West Texas, Cooper's stories convey a sense of farm boy wit and wonder with the world at large.
All Listening Lyrics shows are live on Fridays from 4-5PM (PT) on KDRT 95.7FM. For those outside the listening area, the show will stream live online at KDRT.org . It will also be available for replays in the show archives or as an podcast on iTunes under LISTENING LYRICS.
The ukulele will be front and center this week on Listening Lyrics. Abhineet Ram will share his talent and knowledge of the ukulele. I have heard him play and it was exceptional. Abhineet is a fourth year cell biology student at UC Davis and started playing the ukulele when he was 14 years old. He also playes the clarinet and bass clarinet. As if that isnt enough, he is also a thrower on the UC Davis Track and Field Team. With him in the studio will be Matt Elliott with his saxaphone - I'm looking forward to one great radio hour.
Alex Elvis Calatayud is a percussionist extraordinaire and we have hime for the hour. His smile and love of music and live is very contagious. Elvis is in the group Boca Do Rio . He has just returned from Brazil and will be introducing to us some of the new music he found. Brazil has an ancient history, one that is complex and intricate. This has created a deep sense of culture and heritage as an array of traditions, customs, colors languages and religious denominations have settled in this South American nation. Music, song and dance remain an integral part of the identity of a society. Even the most primitive of tribes tend to establish their own sort of musical culture.
As different people set up home throughout Brazil, each brought with them and developed their own unique style of song and music. With time, these different styles have evolved somewhat. Some have remained distinct and unique, while others have influenced modern music and performance to a certain degree. This has created a characteristic sound for Brazil.
Noah Byrd is back in the studio with us. Noah is a local songwriter (indie rock) and will be introducing to us his new EP Feathers. With a voice compared to Elliot Smith and Bradley Nowell, he combines melancholic vocals with punk-influenced acoustic guitar, giving an aggressive undertone to his otherwise laid-back sound.
All Listening Lyric shows are live on Fridays from 4:00PM to 5:00PM (PST) on KDRT 95.7FM. For those outside the listening area, the show will stream live online at KDRT.org . It will also be available for replays in the show archives or as an podcast on iTunes under Listening Lyrics.
A group of local Sacramento musicians featuring A wide variety of Rhythmic vibrations is about to hit the airways. If you enjoy a little jamming, this up and coming group will fit your earbuds. Keith - Guitar/Vocals, Bryant - Bass, Jon - Keys/Vocals, Bob - Drums
All Listening Lyric shows are live on Fridays from 4:00PM to 5:00PM.(PST) on KDRT 95.7FM. For those outside the listening area, the show will stream live online at KDRT.org . It will also be available for replays in the show archives or as an podcast on iTunes under LISTENING LYRICS.
Bob Wertzberger is well known in and around Davis, CA. The two main reasons are his music and his landscaping business. Bob has performed with several bands throughout his career, such as, Fun Attic, Anywhere But Iowa, Polyester Jones, Chickee Bob and B and K roadshow. He also performs solo. Bob will be appearing at the prestigious Davis Music Fest this year in June. Join us for an hour with Bob.
All Listening Lyrics shows are live on Fridays from 4-5PM (PDT) on KDRT 95.7FM. For those outside the listening area, the show will stream live online at KDRT.org. It will also be available for replays in the show archives or as an podcast on iTunes under Listening Lyrics.
Talk about a musician’s musician, Adam Block knows his way around a guitar. KDRT is thrilled he will be in the studio this Friday. Adam has played guitar for 20 + years. After studying history and graduating from UC Davis in 2004, he continued studying guitar with Dave Lynch at Guitar Workshop and then decided to apply to Berklee College of Music in Boston. He earned a Bachelor degree in music and graduated from Berklee College in 2012. Adam has since studied and performed various styles of music: blues, jazz, rock, R&B, Funk and soul. He has also studied Senegalese music as well as different styles of African guitar playing. He has worked as a sideman in many bands on the East and West coasts, and has also led bands performing his original songs and compositions. Adam has taught guitar students of all ages, young and old and enjoys sharing his knowledge of music and the guitar with his students.
This week, Listening Lyrics takes a look back at the musical contributions of Merle Haggard, one of country music's most gifted and prolific songwriters. During the 60s, 70s, and 80s, Haggard had an amazing streak of 26 number-one country singles. Haggard's early hits – including "The Fugitive," "Mama Tried," and "Okie From Muskogee" – comprise what Rolling Stone executive editor Jason Fine, in a 2009 profile of Haggard, called "the backbone of one of the greatest repertoires in all of American music, plain-spoken songs populated by the kinds of working people Haggard grew up with: farmers, hobos, convicts, widows, musicians and drunks." Quoting Bob Dylan, "Merle Haggard has always been as deep as it gets...totally himself. Herculean. He definitely transcends the country genre."
Singer-songwriter Dirk Hamilton visits The Grapevine on KDRT Wednesday evening, April 13th, at 6 p.m. PT. Hamilton was born in Indiana and raised in Northern California. He picked up a guitar as a youth and was writing songs and playing live performances by the time he was in high school. He moved to Los Angeles in the late 70s and recorded four critically acclaimed albums: two while at ABC Records, and two while at Elektra/Asylum Records. A poet and musician known for his uniquely intelligent lyrics and passionate performance style, Hamilton creates music that can't be pigeon-holed into one genre or another, so indie rock, alt-rock, roots music, americana and folk-rock are often used. For his lyrics and performance style he is most often compared to Dylan, Van Morrison, and John Hiatt. Visit Dirk at www.dirkhamilton.com