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KDRT Welcomes Visiting Singer-Songwriter Lew Hopson This Saturday Noon - 1 PM On Silver Nine Volt Heart

DJ Rodriguez is thrilled to be hosting Lew Hopson, in-studio guest this Saturday when we will be treated to what Hopson calls Brand New, Old School Funk, Soul and R&B.  Hopson is a man with many hats including singer/songwriter, author/poet, and actor in films and television, to name a few.  For those of you who have been long-time listeners to DJ Rodriguez, you may have heard several tracks from Hopson's " When U Pick Up Da Funk" album played on The Grapevine show that aired for many years on KDRT.  Lew Hopson grew up in Chicago listening to WVON radio, and was influenced by Curtis Mayfield, James Brown, Smokey Robinson and Etta James.  He produced When U Pick Up Da Funk and the more recent Goody Bag albums with his friends at RudeLab Records and remains grateful to our grassroots community station for airing them on several of our shows.   

“Fresh from the Festival.” November 16, 2018

“Fresh from the Festival.” Nancy is just back from the International Western Music Association’s festival in Albuquerque. She’ll share with you the fantastic music and poetry she heard over 5 days. Today’s episode will recreate the annual Western Music Awards show, which is like the Grammys but for western works. In the upcoming weeks, she’ll have Parts 2 & 3  of “Fresh From the Festival” so that you can hear from many more artists who performed at the festival.

Jazz After Dark November 13 2018

Coming up at 8 pm tonight on Jazz After Dark! Traditional and mainstream jazz, bootleg Ella from East Berlin, and Mary Lou Williams as our featured artist tonight.

Benny Goodman, Jo Stafford, Duke Ellington, Sweet Emma & Her Dixieland Boys, Jim Robinson's New Orleans Band, Mary Lou Williams & Ben Webster, Mary Lou Williams, Milt Jackson, James Moody, Ella Fitzgerald, Dick Wellstood, Jerry Fielding, Pat Longo Super Big Band. Photo, clockwise from upper left: Mary Lou Williams, Benny Goodman, Milt Jackson, James Moody.

Mike Blanchard & the Californios perform at Armadillo for Davis 2nd Friday ArtAbout, Nov. 9, 6:30PM

Mike Blanchard & the Californios are a country and western band playing traditional Americana and are unabashedly proud of their California roots.

Founded by Mike Blanchard of The Tattooed Love Dogs, the band that has been playing the West Coast for more than 20 years plays an Americana grab bag with a mix of originals, gospel and honky tonk, as well as covers of their favorite artists old and new. For more information, visit www.mikeblanchardandthecalifornios.com.

Anyone who can’t join in the fun at Armadillo Music may join KDRT 95.7 FM live and streaming at kdrt.org. Armadillo Music is at 207 F St. in downtown Davis and can be found online at armadillomusic.com.

Big Poppies playing KDRT Fundraiser night at Woodstock's Friday 11/02/18

Join KDRT at Woodstock's Pizza on Friday night to celebrate our Deep Roots Fundraiser!  Starting at 6 pm, KDRT gets a percentage of sales WHEN YOU SAY you're there for KDRT.  And speaking of being there for KDRT, Yolo County blues/psych rockers The Big Poppies play live beginning at 8:30 pm.  The Big Poppies' new EP is called A Taste Awaits and is available now.  See you all Friday!

The Big Poppies, live in the studio this Friday November 2, 2018 - 4:00PM

This will be EPIC.  The Big Poppies are one of northern California's favorite bands and will be in the studio with us. Their music is contagious with a heavy influence of blues, rock and throw in a bit of funk. Their stage presence is electrifying. If that is not enough, all of the band members are spot on talented musicians. Influences include the likes of Vance Joy, Alabama Shakes, Gary Clark Jr., The Black Keys, Daft Punk, just to name a few. On this show we will focus in on their new CD release.

The band members are, Max Van Dyke • vox/lead guitar, Ari Schwartz • bass/backing vox, Chris Preston • drums

For those outside the listening area this broadcast will be streamed live on www.kdrt.org

Davis Odd Fellows Nov. 1st British Invasion Concert To Benefit KDRT Fall Fundraiser

Since 2009, the Davis Odd Fellows have hosted Thursday Live! - a free concert series held on the first Thursday of the month.  KDRT's Jim Buchanan regularly records these performances, which are later aired on his weekly KDRT show - Live Tracks.  The Nov. 1st show is the 85th concert, and will pay tribute to the iconic bands from the British Invasion, including The Rolling Stones, The Yardbirds, The Beatles, The Spencer Davis Group, Herman's Hermits, Manfred Mann and Lulu, to name a few.

“In the Saddle.” November 2, 2018

“In the Saddle.” Today’s show is named after the first song, “I Make My Livin’ in the Saddle.” There will be other songs about saddle time by Trinity Seely and Dawn Anita. Beyond that, you’ll  hear cowboy poems from Mark Munzert and Doc Mehl  and western songs that well represent the genre. There are sure to be some that tug on your heartstrings and others  that’ll have you tapping your feet!

On-Air pitching tips for Fall 2018

Doug crafted these, and I just adapted for fall 2018:

Talking points for on-air pitching -- approach it as a listener and as a DJ

When listing reasons for listeners to donate to KDRT, talk about the aspects of KDRT that you enjoy participating in the most.  Be passionate, upfront, and personal and explain exactly why listeners need to go to their computers and support KDRT.  Consider that it’s possible that listeners are listening via the computer at that very moment.