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On Jan. 3, The Boris & Devo Rock Show will feature an interview with Australian singer/songwriter Anne McCue.
Co-host Devo caught up with McCue at a recent appearance in Boston to discuss her career and current projects she’s involved with.
McCue began her career as a guitarist in the Sydney-based band Vertigo, before linking up with the all-girl group Girl Monster in Melbourne. McCue played lead guitar with Girl Monstar from 1988 until the band broke up in 1992.
She would relocate to Los Angeles and later Nashville, where she continues to write and record a unique blend of rock, folk, blues and soul. She has toured in support of Lucinda Williams.
In addition to the interview, the show will feature McCue’s solo work as well as Girl Monstar material.
The Boris & Devo Rock Show airs on alternating Friday’s, 7:30-10:30 p.m. and features rock music, comedy and commentary from Boris and Devo.
An interview with Boz Scaggs was featured on the July 13 edition of Greasy Tracks. Scaggs, touring in support of his recent release, “Memphis,” spoke in-depth about recording at Royal Studios in Memphis, Tenn. and shared some interesting stories about studio genius Willie Mitchell. He also talked about the 1969 sessions for the now-legendary 13-minute track, “Loan Me a Dime” that was recorded with the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section and Duane Allman.
Tom Shaker & Chris Cowles outside the Stax Museum of American Soul Music in Memphis, Tenn.
Tom Shaker and Chris Cowles, joined by Deljuan “Del” Calvin and Harold “Scotty” Scott of the Temprees who released 12 singles on the Stax subsidiary, We Produce.
Relive ‘Soulsville 2013’ as WRTC broadcast from Memphis
6-hour program from the Stax Museum now archived
On April 27, WRTC-FM broadcast live from Memphis, Tenn., where Greasy Tracks host Chris Cowles was joined by Tom Shaker for a six-hour feature at the Stax Museum of American Soul Music.
The program marked the fourth edition of duo’s annual feature on Stax Records, the label that defined southern soul music and the place where such legends as Otis Redding, Booker T & The MGs, Albert King, Eddie Floyd, Isaac Hayes, William Bell as well as Rufus and Carla Thomas recorded their most famous material.
“There were times Tom and I had to pinch ourselves to see if we were dreaming,” admitted Cowles. “Here we were, in the very city where all of this amazing music was recorded, surrounded by some of the people who made it all happen. It was an incredible experience and we were honored to be able to do a broadcast like this.”
In addition to playing nearly 70 tracks, Cowles and Shaker were joined on the air by such Stax legends as vocalist and writer William Bell and Memphis Horns co-founder Wayne Jackson. Also included were vocal groups The Temprees, The Mad Lads and The Astors; musician/writer/producer Don Nix; writer and producer Bettye Crutcher; Deanie Parker, who headed the Stax PR department and engineer/producer/guitarist Bobby Manuel.
“This (broadcast) was like being in a musical history class,” said Shaker. “I’m just sorry the listeners weren’t able to see what we saw during this program. It’s one thing to play some of the timeless music recorded by groups like the Mad Lads or The Astors, but it’s another to hear them, pitch-perfect, singing along to the tracks we were airing.”
Sherman Willmott, who helped found the Stax Museum which was marking its 10th anniversary, talked about the origins of the institution, while Tim Sampson, the communications director for the museum and Stax Academy, shared some insight to the success the charter school and academy have attained.
4th-annual special to be broadcast from the Stax Museum in Memphis
The sounds of Memphis soul will fill the Hartford airwaves on Saturday, April 27, as Greasy Tracks host Chris Cowles presents “Soulsville 2013” — a six-hour program spotlighting Stax Records. The show runs from noon-6 p.m.
The fourth-annual edition of the special will be broadcast live from Memphis, Tenn., at the Stax Museum of American Soul Music which will be marking its 10 anniversary.
Keeping with the theme of previous features, listeners will be treated to a history of the label which defined southern soul music with insight from those who played a part of the “Stax Sound.”
“We’re really honored to be invited to the museum to do this program,” says Cowles. “There will be many Stax alums there that weekend, so it’ll be a unique and tremendous opportunity to have them on the air with us in the city where it all happened. I have no doubt there will be some real surprises when it comes to interviews.”
Tom Shaker, who presents Soul Serenade on public radio’s WICN-FM in Worcester, Mass., will co-host the program featuring music from the humble beginnings of Stax in 1957, through its demise in 1976 as a recording entity. Cowles and Shaker have a combined 60-plus years of broadcast experience.
Coinciding with his induction to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, influential guitarist Albert King, who recorded eight albums for Stax, will be featured prominently as will the recent release, Lonely and Blue: The Deepest Soul of Otis Redding. Artists from various subsidiary Stax labels will also be highlighted.
Past editions of “Soulsville” have included nearly 40 on-air guests, including a veritable who’s who of southern soul greats: Eddie Floyd, Steve Cropper, William Bell, Wayne Jackson, Al Bell, David Porter, Skip Pitts, Sir Mack Rice, Marvell Thomas, Jody Stephens, Mable John, Kirk Waylum, Don Nix and Larry Dodson, while an average of 70-80 Stax tracks were played each time.
There will be CD giveaways throughout the program courtesy of Concord Music Group.
“Sadly, the way radio programming has evolved over the years, there’s less and less Stax music getting airplay,” says Cowles. “Stax artists and writers made incredible contributions to America’s rich musical legacy — their material and the story of the label is too important not to share.”
Perhaps not a household word like Motown, Stax proved over its often-turbulent history that it could more than keep pace with Detroit’s “Hitsville U.S.A.” as the label churned out innumerable classic hit singles and introduced the world to some of the most captivating soul and blues artists ever to grace the stage or the airwaves.
Focusing on soul, blues, jazz and funk, Greasy Tracks debuted in 1995 and is the longest-running program of its kind in Connecticut, regularly airing on Saturdays, 3:30-5:30 p.m.
The 8th Annual Trinity International Hip Hop Festival kicks off tonight (4/4), and continues through the weekend.
For more information, go to http://www.trinityhiphop.com/ or check out the facebook page for a list of scheduled events http://www.facebook.com/events/388888191185335/?ref=3
Come support International Hip Hop and Trinity College. The festival is open to all.
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