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White Trash, All-American Boys And The Rise Of The Dead

Friday, June 26

In 1984 King Crimson closed out a run of three interesting and now classic albums. The short-lived quartet featuring guitarist and vocalist Adrian Belew, drummer Bill Bruford, bassist Tony Levin and founding member Robert Fripp was in fine form when the group visited Montreal in April of that year. The band’s April 17 show was recorded and released some years later as Absent Lovers. We’ll hear selections from that recording as well as from Adrian Belew’s 1993 release The Acoustic Adrian Belew

Saturday, June 27

Released in 1971 White Trash was the second album from Edgar Winter. The album was met with great acclaim upon its release and remains one of Winter’s greatest achievements and features both his brother Johnny and Rick Derringer on guitar. Listen for selections from that recording as well as from Derringer’s 1973 release All-American Boy.

Monday, June 29

After leaving Genesis in 1978 Steve Hackett embarked upon a promising and adventurous career, releasing his second solo album that year, Please Don’t Touch!, which featured guest appearances from members of Kansas, Frank Zappa’s band, and other progressive rock acts. Listen for selections from that release as well as from Hackett’s work with Genesis. 

Tuesday, June 30

Chris Squire, bassist for Yes, died Sunday at the age of 67 after a short battle with cancer. He was the sole original member of the band--a group formed in London in the late 1960s and considered one of the founding acts in the progressive rock movement. We'll remember Squire on this episode of Strange Currency with selections from his work with Yes and from his mid-1970s solo album, Fish Out of Water.  

Wednesday, July 1

We celebrate the birthday of legendary songwriter Willie Dixon with a range of artists who have recorded his songs, including Led Zeppelin, ZZ Top and others.

Thursday, July 2

In 1987 a Grateful Dead studio album was a most unusual commodity. The band hadn’t made a studio album in seven years, guitarist Jerry Garcia had several life-threatening health problems, and the group was keenly aware that its studio albums were never top-sellers. Despite the cards being stacked against the band In The Dark featured the group’s first—and only—mainstream hit, “Touch of Grey,” and became the group’s best-selling record, introducing the band to an entirely new audience. We’ll hear selections from this recording on this episode as well as music from Still, the latest recording from legendary British guitarist and singer-songwriter Richard Thompson. 

Friday, July 3

It’s Our New Month, New Music episode. On Broadway: Act One: October 28, 1987 is the first in a new archival series spotlighting Jerry Garcia’s 13-night run at a theater on Broadway in New York City. We’ll hear selections from that as well as from the latest releases by Richard Thompson, Jason Isbell and Joe Satriani.

Saturday, July 4

We celebrate Independence Day with selections from X, Bruce Springsteen, The Band and others.

Monday, July 6

Listen for selections from Drive-By Truckers’ 2003 release Decoration Day plus selections from the Grateful Dead’s classic Workingman’s Dead LP.

Tuesday, July 7

Released in 1973 Time Fades Away was Neil Young’s first live album. Although it was well-received at the time of its issue, Young has, for many years, distanced himself from the recording and it remains one of his few albums to remain out of print. A cult following for the record has emerged over the last two decades, persuading Young to release a limited edition run of the record in 2014 as part of Record Store Day. We’ll hear selections from that album as well as from 4 Way Street, the classic 1971 live album from Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young. 

Wednesday, July 8

Released in 1979 UFO’s Strangers In The Night is considered by many to be one of quintessential live albums from the era. The group’s final LP to feature guitarist Michael Schenker until 1993, it is an excellent example of the group’s high-energy songs and unique melodies. Listen for selections from that recording as well as from Michael Schenker’s 1980 self-titled solo debut album.