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Remembering Keith Emerson And Looking Forward With Cheap Trick

Tuesday, March 22

We’ll remember keyboard legend Keith Emerson, who passed away earlier this month at the age of 71. Listen for selections from Emerson performing as a bandleader and with Emerson, Lake and Powell as well as The Nice. 

Wednesday, March 23

A new boxed set explores the decade-long reign of Boston’s The Cars. Listen for selections from the band’s first six albums all recorded for the Elektra label. We’ll also hear selections from the latest by longtime Guided By Voices leader Robert Pollard.

Thursday, March 24

Inspired by Southern Gothic writings, gospel music and punk rock, Lincoln Durham has returned with a powerful new album, Revelations of a Mind Unravelling, which recalls blues greats such as Son House and Fred McDowell as well as the music of contemporary artists such as Nick Cave. We’ll hear selections from this release as well as music from the Paul Butterfield Blues Band.

Friday, March 25

Listen for selections from the latest release by Colorado’s The Heresies and the Kansas-based Mountain Deer Revival. 

Saturday, March 26

Patch The Sky is the latest release by punk rock legend Bob Mould. The guitarist and vocalist says that many of the songs on this new release were inspired by death and loss, both of which were in ample supply while he wrote the record in 2015. The record recalls his work with both Husker Du and Sugar. We’ll hear selections from that release as well as music from the latest by Cheap Trick, Bang Zoom Crazy Hello.

Monday, March 28

The always-eclectic Black Mountain returns with a new album IV, which explores space rock, progressive rock and even some of the band’s most pop-leaning material to date. We’ll also hear selections from THRAK, the 1995 album from King Crimson. The record reunited the 1980s lineup of Bill Bruford, Adrian Belew, Robert Fripp and Tony Levin but added Trey Gunn and Pat Mastelotto to create what Fripp referred to as a “double trio.” 

Tuesday, March 29

Celebrated producer Dave Cobb has just released a new compilation titled Southern Family which finds a variety of acts celebrating their southern heritage including Jason Isbell, John Paul White (The Civil Wars), Shooter Jennings and Rich Robinson (Black Crowes). We’ll hear selections from that release on this episode of the show as well music from the latest by Shooter Jennings.

Wednesday, March 30

Listen for selections from the latest by Robbie Fulks, Upland Stories, as well as music from the latest by Willie Nile.

Thursday, March 31 

We’ll close out our March Jimmie Vaughan/Paul Butterfield feature with selections from both acts.

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.