Listening Lyrics

Welcome to an hour of LISTENING LYRICS. Right here on KDRT 95.7FM in Davis, California. Listening Lyrics is a genre free zone - we feature the artist. What makes them do their thing. Listen to the hope and satisfaction in their voices. Listen to what only commercial free community radio can bring you. Close your eyes - open your ears - relax your mind. Join host Pieter Pastoor and co-host Jeanne Pastoor. Now lets enter, the mother of all that is music and lyrics and the human capability of producing art.
Replays Monday 9-10pm, Sunday 11am-12pm
Live Friday 4-5pm

Austin James Hicks - part II - Feb 17th, 2017

LISTEN NOW - Back for a second time is Austin James Hicks. Born in Berkeley, CA.he has been playing guitar since he was 8 and singing since 10. Why does he do this? To him its simple but he is still searching for the right words.

"I guess because music is sort of everything. Not everything in sense of it being all I want to do but simply that it sort of feels like it's interwoven so tightly in all aspects of my life that it almost feels silly to talk about it as if it were separate from anything else I do. I like to think that everyone has that in some way with something. But if I were to break it down to simply the act of writing, playing, and performing, it's both what is getting me through this crazy life and what makes this crazy life worth getting through."- from an interview with Federica Buonsante for The Babel Harbinger.

Jack Symes and Nat Lefkoff Feb 10th, 2017

Listen now - Jack Symes (link is external) is a singer-songwriter from the LA area but has been living in and performing around the Bay for the last 5 years. A solo act, his music embodies a folky, relaxed tone packed with emotional lyrics and a shaky moustache. Symes recently released his debut EP titled “Gargoyles (link is external)” and is now out on a 3-month long West Coast tour through April.

Nat Lefkoff (link is external): Born and raised in Davis, California, Nat has since toured up and down the West Coast throughout his high school and college careers with a variety of groups and venues. Nat focuses heavily on lyrics and melody as he composes with the goal of creating music that speaks to the experience of being human as we interact with the changing worlds around us.

What Rough Beast visits KDRT Feb 3rd, 2017

Listen now - to  What Rough Beast,  an exceptional fusion band. The talent of each individual member shines through in their music. Whatdoes that mean, a depth of sound rarely heard. What Rough Beast is Sacramento based, but their sound is not limited to one geographic location. Members are:

Jon Shapiro - keyboards

Keith Filson - guitar

David Martin - guitar

Bryant Whaley - Bass

Jesse Escobar - Hand percussion

Bob Gibeault - Drums

Mike Rice - Flute/saxophone

Tarek Isham on Listening Lyrics Jan 27th, 2017

Listen now.   Tarek Isham found his musical voice while living in New Orleans’ Lower Ninth Ward, where music and creativity make daily and deep impressions. Four years ago, he moved back to Clyde Park, Montana to help his mother with her Quarter Horse Ranch and to pursue an education in veterinary medicine, which subsequently brought him to Davis, California. Before moving, he played many nights and weekends in the Bozeman area in a duo called Cottonwood Line. Tarek plays guitar, harmonica, foot-pedal drums and sings songs–both original and old–in country, blues, gospel and folk styles. Look to catch one of his feel-like-dancing live shows and an upcoming demo album under the name Doc Tari, which was the name of a famous Quarter Horse. Visit Tarek on facebook @Doc Tari.  Short video of Tarek in the KDRT studio

UC Davis Music School discussion on KDRT - Jan 20th, 2017

 Listen now.  UC Davis Music Department ( ) loaned KDRT 3 of their ambassadors to talk music and listen to some music. Sam Griffith (Director of Jazz Ensembles), Christopher Castro (Doctoral Canadate) and Marti Sarigul-Klijn . We talked about their love of music, the UC Davis Music Dept. and so much more. Really our conversation was like a jazz performance - taking us to where our minds flowed. The UC DAVIS school of music does offer many concerts in a variety of genres. Vistit their calendar page to see whats happening.UC Davis 

Alex Calatayud spreads his love of music - Jan 13th, 2017

LISTEN NOW as Alex Elvis Calatayud explains building a musical bridge between Brazil and the USA. Listen in as Alex shares his story and introduces us to some new Brazilian musicians. We will be playing selections from the music of Nilton Rabello, Bororo, Marcus Biancardini and many more.

From Goiânia, Brazil, the  percussionist Alex Calatayud descends from a long line of musicians and is recognized as one of the most exciting and unique performers on the pandeiro(link is external) (Brazilian tambourine) as well as the timba(link is external). Alex has music in his blood: he is the youngest of three brothers, all of whom play music. Alex’s commitment to the tambourine,  started around age 8. While most kids on his age were playing with toys or video games, young Alex was busy playing the  pandeiro the  Brazilian tambourine  Alex  left  school after the fifth  grade and started  performing professionally  at age 14  playing 5 nights a week with bossa nova groups in Bars  and Hotels in Goiania Brazil(link is external), in California!!!  Alex performed with his Band Boca Do Rio(link is external),  Alex now travels back and forth between Brazil and the United States Creating a musical bridge between the two cultures,  Alex plays all the Brazilian percussion of his native land. Descending from a long line of musicians, Alex continues the tradition in the Bay Area and regularly performs with many of the regions top Brazilian bands.

Listening Lyrics with Chris Hunt Jan 6th, 2017

Listen in NOW as we spend some time with Chris Hunt.

Christopher Hunt is well known in and around northern California, having said that he graduated from a distinguished school (the University of the Pacific) with a masters degree in music. He has performed in numerous bands based in Davis, CA.(Gravy Nation, Tha Dirt Feelin) Chris slips easily in and out of genres such as pop, rock, jazz, funk. He also has a background in producing and feels at home behind the controls in a recording session. In all we have a musician well equipped to pursue a career in music. Thats why Chris relocated to New York City. Thats why we have Chris calling in from NYC to join us on the show today, lets explore his goals and motive for his move across the continent.

Today, in New York Chris plays with several bands, Semaphore, Phonoscenes, Secret Creatures and Bottler.


Links to bands below:

Beyond Uranium on KDRT, Listening Lyrics. Dec 16th, 2016

The KDRT studio glowed with this group. Beyond Uranium is an original funk quartet from Vacaville.Featuring retired UC Davis Professor, Delbert Bump and includes members from Dank Ocean, Berklee College, and Mondavi Center Jazz All-stars. Funk originals featuring keyboard, electronic trumpet, guitar and world drums. Members of the band are Delbert Bump, Thomas Molina, Jimmy Toor, Elias Lucero.

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Since this was a teaching show where I was the student - may the student share?

Screaming Jay Hawkins: His most popular song was "I put a Spell on you". But, my personal favorite and much less known was: "You Put a Spell on Me." Definitely a blast from the past.

Best recent drummers: please add Levon Helm from The Band to the list, he dramatically changed the role of the drummer in a band.

Luciano Pavarotti: He passed in 2007. However he recorded a show for PBS along with Jose Carreras and Placido Domingo titled; The Three Tenors (and as luck would have it I caught it on our local PBS statation - again - just a week ago). Magnificent!


Great comments Dirk - Thank you. Robert is a guy that has great musical taste - all this from a very young man. 


Definitely one fine show Pieter & Jeanne. It was hearing the eclectic mix of music which brought on a rush of memories. Notably, Phillip Glass’ “Open the Kingdom” made me think on my personal favorite Glass piece, the score to the film; Powaqqatsi. As an aside, having a grandchild with Aspergers I remembered listening to an interview with Music Critic, Tim Page who revealed that after being diagnosed as having Aspergers realized that it was Glass’ minimalist focus on each individual note/sound which had him absolutely love Glass’ works; listening by the hour and eventually seeking a career in music. At the time I heard that interview it proved to be just the right positive “punch” I needed while reflecting the future opportunities for my own grandchild.  The wonder of music is indeed powerful.

Thanks - we had fun putting it together.

Once I get all of your albums cleaned up - I'm doing a show on your collection. I think I'll call it Vinyl - one mans trash reaps another mans treasure. :)

More dobra, more acordian, more piano, more 'silky' voiced lyrics, more Richie Lawrence. Great show!

If I lived in the Davis area I'd chase these two around to every one of their gigs. What a find!

Surely this was a relaxing hour complete with great banter and music. All that was missing was for all of us sitting around with some after dinner Port and maybe a fire in the fireplace as the conversation carried on.

You and Jeanne were so right about the old 78s and their scratch bringing something special to the listening experience. The occasional totally 'dead' moments found on CDs are almost jarring.

Loved Alpert's opening & Justin's closing bumps.

Had I realized just how wonderfully mellow this show was I would have listened in the evening with a cup of caffeine free Peppermint tea and my feet up on the table. As it was, listening in the morning, it was still one I was gald I did not miss.

Just discovered that I am never too old to learn -- this week Chris Clark opened up a whole new pathway leading to a greater appreciation of and the enchantment of jazz.

Thanks for having Chris Clark on the show Pieter.


Pieter!!! I was listening to few of your shows today.
First- this is high quality stuff!!!! I was blown away!!! great music, great interviews, great ideas for the show. I'm a fan!!!!
Secondly- You two have great communication there. 
Third- for me, it is just brilliant to be able to listen to you two. Your voice sounds so familiar. It feels like sitting with you in the same room. You sound so calm and I just LOVE it.

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