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Month: January 2021

The Soul Show focuses on MLK and more

The Soul Show focuses on MLK and more this weekend. The WYEP edition offers reflections from Charenee Wade, Gil Scott-Heron, Christian McBride and, of course, Stevie Wonder. On Three Rivers at Three, I debut a Pittsburgh single by the band Leaky Faucet. Birthdays carry us to Lisa Lisa, Blige, Toussaint, Duke and Sade.

The TSS syndicated edition introduces more late-2020 music from Jeff Bradshaw. There’s a continued dive into the Resistance Revival Chorus, and I traverse the expanse with Joe Tex, Cecily, Haviah Mighty and Funkadelic. Also, a surprise new duet from Freda Payne and Johnny Mathis.

See you during any or all broadcasts or streams.

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Volunteer Hosts at WYEP – Dave Blaushild’s “After Hours”

Volunteer hosts fill many of weekend and evening slots at WYEP. – Big Town Blues, Roots & Rhythm, The Soul Show, …
My friend Dave Blaushild started in 1997, hosting his first show on August 12th. He was the man behind The Sunday Mix mic in the early 2000s, then became a versatile sub for many of us in later years. I call him Everyman for his ability to cover a wide range of genres. My favorite memory with Dave is when he co-hosted an all-analog episode of The Soul Show. There was vinyl, cassette, and reel tape all over the on-air studio that day in 2011.

Blaushild debuted a new program in May 2020. To make it happen during limited pandemic access to the station building, he had to build his own voicing and production capabilities at home. “After Hours” is on Wednesdays at 10p Eastern. Congratulations to my buddy. As he says, “Tune in, hang out.”

Killer smile.

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The Soul Show on WYEP, WTJX and RI Public Radio, January 9, 2021

The Soul Show’s Highlights for January 9th on WYEP include

  • Jeff Bradshaw’s new album ‘Stronger,’ covering The Jones Girls
  • Joan Baez at 80 (and her influence today)
  • the second of a pair of new & heavy singles from Haviah Mighty
  • David Bowie
  • consciousness from Living Colour and the Resistance Revival Chorus
  • Wynton Marsalis doing Sesame Street
  • B3 master Merl Saunders live with J Garcia
  • Elvis with The Memphis Horns

On WTJX and Rhode Island Public Radio later in the day, eclectic programming continues on the TSS Syndicated Edition:

  • The Chosen from Down Under, collaborating with Roy Ayers on a very heavy groove
  • Brasil’s Flavia Coelho
  • Christian Scott and The Next Collective
  • Khruangbin’s revival of a Kool & The Gang classic
  • Brass Construction
  • Brittany Howard, Malo, Jessica Childress, Johnnie Taylor
  • West Coast Get Down Collective members Trevor Lawrence, Jr. | Terrace Martin | Kamasi Washington

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The Soul Show Crosses Boundaries

The Soul Show crosses boundaries the way musicians do, especially when there’s an important story around it. When I selected jazz drummer Kassa Overall’s album “I Think I’m Good” as a 2020 Top Ten Album, a certain track contributed to that decision. I didn’t realize at the time that it was a reimagined Phil Ochs’ composition made famous by the great sixties folk singer Joan Baez. A college friend and TSS listener pointed out the connection. Baez’s 80th birthday is on January 9th, and I’ll tell you more during the The Soul Show, WYEP, Saturday 2-5p Eastern.

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Black History Month Updates

Black History Month is February 2021, and there will be some nice surprises. I’m collaborating with WYEP management and staff to deliver some great content, both on The Soul Show and on the station’s weekday schedule. Also, you know that survey where I asked TSS listeners for BHM programming suggestions? Some of those ideas are being implemented. Thanks! More updates to come.

Also, remember the “Thanksgiving with Motown” special that Brian Siewiorek and I produced in 2020? We received great feedback. Stay tuned for a nice surprise in a similar vein. (In gratitude for our collaboration, Brian gifted me this Motown replica poster. Something on the Electric Basement Studios walls has to come down to make room for this beauty.)

On a separate note, next week’s “Soulshowmike’s Album Picks” in Pgh City Paper will cover The Soul Show’s Top Ten Albums for 2020. They were summarized at wyep.org, and this time I’ll be including more details on what’s special about each. It will hit newsstands on Wednesday, 1/13/21.

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The Soul Show wants your input for Black History Month

TSS needs a little help from listeners! During every WYEP weekend of Black History Month, there’s a selected theme that flows through the episode. Mike Canton, the host and producer, wants your input.

Past examples include…

Dayton, OH Funk (Ohio Players, Zapp, …)

Songwriters (Ware, McDaniels, Scarborough)

The Chicago Legacy (Rufus & Chaka Khan, Impressions, Ramsey Lewis, Terry Callier)

Hi Records (Ann Peebles, Syl Johnson, Al Green).

The quickie form below will take just a minute. Thanks!

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