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Album of the Week (4/30/15 @ 5pm) Tim O'Brian & Darrell Scott, "REAL TIME"

The songs on Real Time were recorded in Scott's living room over the period of a week. Both musicians play multiple instruments including banjo, mandolin, guitar, and bouzouki; they also exchange lead vocals and sing some very fine harmony. Both the song choice and songwriting add to this project. Hank Williams'"Weary Blues from Waiting" receives an acoustic revision, with both singers sharing lead vocals and providing affecting harmony. O'Brien sings a charged version of "Little Sadie" driven by Scott's aggressive guitar playing. Part of the beauty of this album is how fresh and vital these traditional songs become with these simple and straightforward arrangements. Real Time also contains a handful of refined originals, including O'Brien's "Walk Beside Me" and "I'm Not Gonna Forget You." Scott has written the impressive "There Ain't No Easy Way," complete with the same soulful singing found on his last release, Family Tree.

Listening Lyrics May 1, 2015, 4:00PM with Steve Kahn

Tune in for some great banter and music, also learn what a "red diaper" baby means. A review in Midwest Records recently described Steve Kahn as “a singer/songwriter that knows well from whence he speaks, (who sings) easy rolling, back porch music with rough edges that play well without sanding.”   An award-winning, singer/songwriter, Steve was a part of the Sonoma County folk renaissance in the 1970's and 80's.  He has shared the stage with performers ranging from Kate Wolf and Hoyt Axton to Dave Nachmanoff, David Maloney, Hugh Shacklett, Dick Holdstock and Allan MacLeod.  He performs throughout Northern California and the West.  He has recorded three albums and was recently recognized by the International Song Writer’s Association for his song, “Nothing but the Wind.”  Steve’s songs reflect the lives, solitary struggles, and the improbable triumphs of the people he has met in his work and his travels throughout the Western United States.  (Photo by VIP Studios, Davis, CA)

Visit Steve at http://stevekahndefiantmousemusic.com/home1/

Album of the Week (4/23/15 @ 5pm) The War on Drugs, "LOST IN THE DREAM"

From host Jesse Deere: This appropriately titled album seems familiar, like a vague dream. We can try to analyze the album for influences, but for me, I think that it’s best heard when I just relax my mind and enjoy its unique experience. Throughout the album, textured instruments create so many layers that the music feels bottomless. I love to close my eyes and sink into them. It’s one of my favorite chill-out records. We’ll play the LP version released on the Secretly Canadian label. It’s 4 sides, so there will be a little flipping, but it’s a great pressing so it’s definitely worth it.

Listening Lyrics Apr 24th, 2015, 4:00PM with Wyatt Hesemeyer and Keith Cary

Wyatt Hessemeyer is joining us in the studio this week along with Keith Cary. Wyatt brings with him a real knack for songwriting and we aim to showcase that. He has a way with his lyrics, voice and guitar to make you cry in your beer. Wyatt also is the glue of Miss Lonely Hearts. We will also discuss his other passion, since he is an awesome tattoo artist

Wyatt Hesemeyer, Keith Cary,  kdrt, listening lyrics, pieter pastoor

Keith Cary has a knack for supporting any band with his superb instruments. Especially the commodium which he makes, sells and repairs along with any number of stringed instruments.

Both Wyatt and Keith are from Winters, CA

Album of the Week (4/16/15 @ 5pm) Emrah Kotan's, The New Anatolian Experience

Emrah is a master at combining 2 cultures (USA "jazz" and his native Turkey) but I hear a third - can YOU hear it?

After receiving a Bachelor of Music degree from Turkey's Ankara State Conservatory, Emrah Kotan moved to the States to pursue his Master's degree in Jazz Studies at Georgia State University. He has performed in prestigious jazz festivals and venues such as the Montreux, Antibes and Istanbul Jazz Festivals in Europe as well as the Atlanta Jazz Festival and The Blue Note in the United States.

Emrah performs regularly in the Atlanta area with various bands and conducts lectures pertaining to jazz, Middle Eastern and Turkish drumming. He is an applied percussion instructor and Director the Jazz and World Percussion Ensembles at Agnes Scott College.

Emrah resides in Atlanta, Georgia

Celebrate KDRT's 10th BDAY at the ODD FELLOWS, Sat 4/25

KDRT 10th Bday imageIt's time to celebrate 10 years of creating community via the Davis airwaves. The Smoke Shovelers, Gravy Nation, and headliners Boca Do Rio supply the party music. The rest of us supply the great community vibes. There'll be door prizes and a raffle, too. Doors open at 7p, with music 7:30-11p. Admission is sliding scale, starting at just $10, with proceeds benefiting KDRT. Please RSVP and share the event. Tickets are available at the door. See you there!

Album of the Week (4/9 @ 5pm) Carrie & Lowell by Sufjan Stevens

"Sufjan Stevens' new album, Carrie & Lowell, is his best. This is a big claim, considering his career: 2003's Michigan, 2004's stripped-down Seven Swans, 2005's Illinois, and 2010's knotty electro-acoustic collection The Age of Adz. He's also had residencies at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, collaborated with rappers and the National, donned wings and paint-splattered dayglo costumes, and released Christmas albums. But none of those side projects were ultimately ever as interesting, or effective, as when Sufjan was just Sufjan, a guy with a guitar or piano, well-detailed lyrics, and a gorgeous whisper that could reach into a heartbreaking falsetto.