As we recover from our legendary 24 hour Ragas Live Festival this weekend, we share two great past episodes with talents that will be performing very soon. We’ll hear some of Awa Sangho and the BRM’s All Stars blistering set as the group is set to return to the Rubin Museum of Art on August 12th. Hear her full set Pioneer Works here. And we’ll revisit our chat with Lech Wierzynski
of the California Honeydrops who play the knitting factory tonight. More to come!
Eric Krasno is the amazing guitarist/producer with artists ranging from Soulive and Lettuce (both of which he co-founded)to Norah Jones, 50 Cent, Aaron Neville, Phil Lesh, Derek Trucks, and, well, the list keeps going!
To celebrate the upcoming release of his new album, Blood From A Stone, we got to hang with Eric at his home studio, hear him play some guitar and share what he’s learned so far in an incredibly prolific career.
The California Honeydrops are more than a band, they’re a traveling party. All stellar musicians they’ve earned their stripes playing with folks like B.B. King, Dr. John, Buddy Guy, and Allen Toussaint. We caught up with them as they were touring with Bonnie Raitt at NYC’s Beacon Theater and got to sit down with their lead singer, multi-instrumentalist Lech Wierzynski. We also got to hear some selections from their latest album, A River’s Invitation.
Whoa! This one went viral. Here is the full hour podcast interview and below is a half hour of video interview with George Porter. As the bass player of the Meters, George Porter, Jr. defined one of the most influential styles of popular music. It’s now called “Funk.” Beyond that he’s on a million records including all the killer material coming out of the Sea-Saint studio in New Orleans with cats like Allen Toussaint, Earl King, Lee Dorsey, Johnny Adams, Irma Thomas, The Lastie Brothers and later with people like Paul McCartney and John Scofield, (check out Sco’s Piety Street Album!)
George Porter Jr. and his Funky Friends will be in performing in New York City
Here’s the full half hour of video from the second part of the interview where he teaches how NOT to play “Cissy Strut”
Juan Ospina of M.A.KU. Soundsystem joined me on the radio last night.
M.A.K.U. is an exciting and eclectic band which hails mostly from Colombia. On stage MA.K.U juxtaposes traditional Colombian percussion, drum-set, synthesizers, electric base, guitar and sizzling horns, creating an explosive performance filled with unshakable grooves. Lyrically M.A.K.U talks about the realities of everyday people, encompassing love, hardships, culture, and the immigrant experience, but with a positive, spiritual and sometimes humorous spin.
Check out their new vinyl release M.N.D (Music Never Dies).