Randy Berka works as a scientific manager at a local biotech company in Davis by day, but pursues his passionate hobby of music after hours. He has played guitar, bass and harmonica with a number of rock bands since the late 60s. Randy grew up in the Midwest (a small town in Iowa) where he performed with bands such as The Lazy River Band and Shadrack. The Lazy River Band's most recent CD entitled "Now & Then" and a single called "Man of Steel" were released just a few years ago (both are available online). The Lazy River Band still meets every year or two for gigs wherever and whenever they can arrange it. Randy co-wrote the Shadrack single "It Was Me/I Wonder Why" on the Sonic label in 1972 and played on the LP "Shadrack Chameleon" in 1973. The album was re-released on the Gear Fab label nearly a decade ago. Since moving to the Davis area in the early 90s Randy has played with a group of co-workers calling themselves The Amplified DNA Band. They performed at a variety of local venues including the Rock'n'Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland when they competed in Fortune Magazine's Corporate Battle of the Bands. He also plays an assortment of local gigs with QuidZin, The Plainfield Pickers, Stones Throw, The DNA Mechanics, and The Steve Kotarek Band.
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Davisite Evan Daly is well known in Northern California. His own band, the Evan Daly Blues Band, creates a soul-searching experience of blues-rock and a mighty fine guitar. Evan's involvement in multiple bands, including Tha Dirt Feelin, is made possible by his absolute control of the guitar--he can play to fit most any genre. Evan's stage persona is electrifying, and he's been known to drive the dance floor into a frenzy. Let's hear what drives this young man.
Gordon is a multi-instrumentalist, producer and songwriter based out of Oakland, California. Starting with the Scottish fiddle at the age of 4, his passion for music has grown to encompass a wide variety of styles. On the violin, this has included jazz, folk, celtic, bluegrass, r&b and reggae. As a vocalist, he has done everything from shape-note singing to opera to beatboxing. Among other credits, he was introduced to choral music by the legendary Chanticleer, briefly competed in a barbershop quartet, and directed a pop acappella group at UC Davis. In college, his tastes as a dance facilitator and budding producer lead him to house music, electroswing, and glitch hop. Gordon's current projects aim to bring together these diverse influences – his sounds have been described as "gospel folk" and "post apocalyptic railroad blues." As a musician, producer and performer, Gordon hopes to unite people of all backgrounds and make them dance. You can follow him online at soundcloud.com/buskproject
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. Listening lyrics on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter
Everything goes better with gravy. We at KDRT and Listening Lyrics are thrilled to get these 3 very talented musicians in the studio. "Gravy Nation is creating a stir in the Northern California underground rock scene. Local artist Christopher Hunt is the mastermind behind this rock trio along with Ryan Shickman on guitar and Billy Thompson on drums. The music is a delicious mix of sound that combines 90s guitar-driven rock with 60s pop sensibility. Gravy Nation is a product of Davis, California, a town that runs through their art and their blood." Visit and listen to GRAVY NATION here https://gravynation.bandcamp.com/releases. Getting into the GRAVY? Check out their music video here produced by Davis Media Access Kids Camp graduates Alec Lesnick and his brother Ed!
A new band in town is not especially newsworthy, but then this is no ordinary band. QuidZin out of Woodland, CA, has created a unique sound, and that does make it newsworthy. Just for that reason I have the pleasure of hosting them on Listening Lyrics this Friday 1/22. Members are Jim Hillard (brass), Randy Berka (bass), and Naomi Rogers-Hefley (fiddle). Their genre is a mix of jazz, Irish folk, and rock. Listen in as we explore their sound.
Stone Temple Pilots - Tiny Music... Songs from the Vatican Gift Shop. My favorite album by one of the first bands I loved as a young teenager. Scott Weiland's death last month resonated with me the way Bowie and Glen Frey did my parents this past week. (Although those ones matter to me as well). Tiny Music is 41 minutes long, so I'll probably break tradition and play a little Bowie, Motörhead and Eagles to fill our the hour. Justin Cox your host this week
DEAD WAX. Tune in for our weekly vinyl-centric exploration of Americana. Each Episode features a current artist and digs into the roots of their music as we dig through our record stack. Everything from classic country to roots rock and blues. All from the KDRT-LP 95.7 FM community radio station in Davis, California.
A week of rainy days in Northern California is something to celebrate. Sooo LISTENING LYRICS has an hour of songs about rain across a wide spectrum of genres. Listen in but bring your umbrella.
This month's KDRT Live from 2nd Friday ArtAbout features Davis' own Spangler, performing live from the Armadillo Music stage. Singer/songwriters Helen and Tim Spangler front the band of five musicians, which also includes Scott Katzman and Adam Estell on dueling guitars and Christopher Reilly on drums. Most recently nominated for a SAMMIE (Sacramento Area Music Award) in the folk-rock category, Spangler's songs tell stories of passion and need, triumph and defeat, and the grounded realization that timing is everything. After releasing their second album We're All Fine Here Now, Spangler was featured in the Sacramento News and Review and performed on the headliner's stage at Sacramento Music Festival 2015, opening for Sean Mullins, Eve 6, and Everclear.
Music and movies and how they compliment and affect each other. Who better to have someone talk about this than Andre. Andre Martinez started his film career at age 9 with simple LEGO animations he shot in his room. He began doing more serious film work in high school, and has been committed to film production as a career path ever since. He has produced/directed several short films and webisodes, as well as produced/directed a 30-minute feature (Second of Ypres) and a 60-minute feature (Unforgotten). He has two YouTube channels: StealthyNinjaMedia and S Ninja. He is currently a freshman at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles studying film. We will be playing some great movie scores. 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.