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Elephants, Revivals And The Birth Of Two English Titans

Tuesday, August 11 

Ashes & Dust is the third solo effort from Gov’t Mule co-founder and former Allman Brothers Band guitarist Warren Haynes. The material found on the album is a culmination of more than 30 years of songwriting and finds Haynes working in a more folk-influenced direction than fans might expect. He is joined on the record by Americana act Railroad Earth. We’ll hear selections from that release as well as songs from With A Lampshade On, the newest from The Dustbowl Revival.

Wednesday, August 12 

Everything Is Subliminal is the latest release from Kansas-based musician Les Easterby performing here as The World Palestine. This recording is one of three releases that Easterby has unveiled of late and we’ll hear selections from it as well as from his 2014 collaboration with guitarist David Lord in The Wonder Revolution, WOW.

Thursday, August 13

Released in 1988, Radio Free Albemuth was the debut solo recording from bass virtuoso Stuart Hamm. Inspired by the writings of science fiction heavyweight Philip K. Dick, the instrumental-driven album features appearances from guitar greats Allan Holdsworth and Joe Satriani. It also features Hamm’s showcase bass piece from the era, “Country Music (A Night In Hell).” We’ll hear selections from that as well as from Joe Satriani’s 2001 release Live In San Francisco featuring Hamm on bass.

Friday, August 14

Formed in Ireland more than a decade ago, Pugwash remains virtually unknown on these shores despite the group’s catchy pop-driven songs. The group has just issued the album Play This Intimately As If Among Friends, which is being pegged Pugwash’s breakthrough recording in North America. We’ll hear selections from it as well as from I Intend To Comprehend The Devil and The Blues, the new album from Drunken Prayer.

Saturday, August 15 

Under The Savage Sky is the brand-new album from neo-soul/garage rock act Barrence Whitfield and The Savages. We’ll hear selections from that release on this episode of the show as well as music from Cruising With Ruben and The Jets: Frank Zappa’s parody (Or was it appreciation?) of doo-wop and R&B.

Monday, August 17

Colorado’s Elephant Revival has garnered a reputation for powerful live shows in recent years and listeners need no further evidence than the group’s new live CD/DVD release, Sands of Now, we’ll hear music from it as well as music from the latest live recording by Michigan’s Appleseed Collective.

Tuesday, August 18

Released in 1991, The Urge was bassist Stuart Hamm’s third album and first to feature vocals. Taking on a more commercial sound than his previous two releases, the record still spotlighted Hamm’s virtuosic bass playing and humor. Joining him on the release were Steve Smith (formerly of Journey), guitarists Eric Johnson, Buzzy Feiten and Dawayne Bailey as well as Motley Crue’s Tommy Lee. We’ll hear selections from The Urge as well as from a 2006 performance by Joe Satriani that was released under the simple title Satriani Live.

Wednesday, August 19

We celebrate the 70th birthday of legendary British vocalist Ian Gillan. Known primarily for fronting Deep Purple, Gillan was also briefly a member of Black Sabbath and enjoyed a successful solo career in the 1970s and ‘80s that saw him experimenting with a number of styles. He also performed the role of Jesus on the 1970 album Jesus Christ Superstar.

  Thursday, August 20

We celebrate the birthday of former Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant with material from his time with that band, as a solo artist, and in collaboration with Rockpile and others. We’ll also hear some of the artists who inspired Plant as a young musician.

Jedd Beaudoin is host/producer of the nationally syndicated program Strange Currency. He has also served as an arts reporter, a producer of A Musical Life and a founding member of the KMUW Movie Club. As a music journalist, his work has appeared in Pop Matters, Vox, No Depression and Keyboard Magazine.