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Live DiRT with Austin Singer-Songwriter Patterson Barrett, Thursday, March 29th

Austin singer-songwriter Patterson Barrett joins host Bill Wagman for another edition of Live DiRT in the KDRT studio, Thursday, March 29th, at 2:00 p.m.  Patterson Barrett has played with Jerry Jeff Walker, Lou Ann Barton, Nanci Griffith, Chuck Berry, and many more.  His latest album is Give ‘Em What They Want.  He will be playing live at the Acoustic Den Café in Roseville that same evening.

Willie Watson on Live DiRT Thursday 092117

KDRT broadcaster Bill Wagman hosts Americana artist Willie Watson live in the KDRT studio on Thursday, September 21st, at 2 p.m.  Willie Watson, formerly of Old Crow Medicine Show, makes modern folk music rooted in older traditions. He’s a folksinger in the classic sense: a singer, storyteller, and traveler with a catalog of songs that bridge the gap between the past and present. On his new Acony Records release,  Folksinger Vol. 2, he acts as a modern interpreter of older songs, passing along his own version of the music that came long before him.  Willie appears at Harlow's in Sacramento the same evening.  

Album of the Week - Taking Tiger Mountain (By Strategy) by Eno - Apr 27

Taking Tiger Mountain (By Strategy) is Eno's second solo album, inspired by a series of postcards regarding a Chinese revolutionary opera of the same name.  Eno described his understanding of the title as referring to "the dichotomy between the archaic and the progressive...Half  Taking Tiger Mountain – that Middle Ages physical feel of storming a military position – and half (By Strategy) – that very, very 20th-century mental concept of a tactical interaction of systems."  Eno and artist Peter Schmidt developed instruction cards called Oblique Strategies to use throughout the creative process of the album.  The content of the lyrics seems to range from espionage to the Chinese Communist Revolution.  Forty plus years later, this album is still mindblowing. Listen in for yourself starting at 5p PT on KDRT.

Album of the Week -- Rush Hour by Joe Lovano

Rush Hour, released in 1995, was a collaboration between the American jazz saxophonist Joe Lovano and longtime composer/arranger Gunther Schuller, featuring compositions by Ellington, Mingus, Monk, and Schuller.  Schuller coined the term "Third Stream", referring to a music composed and performed using jazz and classical music techniques.  

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds' "Skeleton" Tree on Album of the Week - Jan 19

Skeleton Tree is a somber LP, even for Nick Cave.  Its's very atmospheric, with songs that defy the usual verse-chorus-verse of most pop tunes in much the same way as his last release, Push Away the Sky. The lyrics were written by Cave and the music by Cave and Bad Seed Warren Ellis, his chief collaborator since the mid 1990s. While the songs are dark and often sad, reportedly they were written before Cave’s son Arthur passed away unexpectedly in July 2015. The album was released in September 2016 in conjunction with the film One More Time with Feeling, which Cave used as a promotional vehicle rather than doing interviews. Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds just stepped off on a world tour last week and will be appearing in Nor Cal on June 24.

Moon Hooch Visits KDRT, Thursday, Nov 10

KDRT broadcaster Dug Deep will host New York City trio Moon Hooch for an interview in the KDRT studio on Thursday, November 10 at 4:00 pm. Moon Hooch are saxophone players Mike Wilbur and Wenzl McGowen, and drummer James Muschler. The group’s live performances make avant-garde music seem fun and approachable and spark a raw, transcendent energy that blends elements of jazz, groove, funk, and – at its core – the pulse-pounding tribal urgency of electronic dance music. The trio has gone from playing on New York City subway platforms to selling out major venues around the world.  The Davis Live Music Collective presents Moon Hooch with special guest Honeycomb on Thursday, November 10, at Odd Fellows Hall in Davis, CA.  Doors open at 7:30p.

LIVE DiRT with T Sisters and Kuinka -- Sunday 10/30/16!

Dug Deep hosts a pre-Halloween Americana double-header edition of Live DiRT with the T Sisters and Kuinka (formerly called Ra!!it Wilde)!  Both bands play live in the KDRT studio on Sunday, October 30th, at 4:30 pm, just ahead of their appearance that evening at the Graduate thanks to the Davis Live Music Collective.    

Album of the Week - Lubbock on Everything by Terry Allen -- October 13th 2016

This week's Album of the Week features a classic you may well have never heard of: Lubbock on Everything by Terry Allen and the Panhandle Mystery Band from 1979, a record that has over the years become known as a seminal Americana recording. Lubbock on Everything  is visual artist Terry Allen’s love letter to the hometown that he left the day after he graduated high school and drove out to LA with his wife, artist/writer Jo Harvey Allen. It rocks some, but it swaggers plenty…and jigs…and two-steps. It’s really an autobiographical snapshot of West Texas culture, with a couple of stories about Terry’s early experiences in the bigtime art world tossed in for good measure. Rolling Stone called it one of the most important records of the 1970s. We are pretty sure Terry knew that when he recorded it. The deluxe  reissue treatment is being re-released this week!