The Bottomless Pit – 01/24


On this week’s Bottomless Pit we’ll hear Sonnyboy Williamson cursing at Leonard Chess, hear The Bobby Fuller Four doing a shoe commercial, and catch lots more of my and your favorite recording stars, like Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis, and of course The Everly Brothers, in unguarded moments and/or struggling to find their way in the recording studio. Yes, that’s right, a whole show of out-takes and things that were saved from the cutting room floor, the wastebasket, or the bulk eraser.
It’ll be fun, and that’s the Bottomless Pit, every Saturday at 10 PM EST, on WFUV

The Bottomless Pit – 1/17/15


I’m wondering if every edition of the Bottomless Pit from now on will have to contain a eulogy/tribute to a musical artist that I like; it’s starting to seem like it.. Anyway, this week’s show contains a eulogy/tribute to Little Jimmy Dickens. It’s too bad that the Digital Millenium Copyright Act only allows me to play 4 songs by him; I have dozens of favorites. Among the ones I ended up leaving out are “They Locked God Outside the Iron Curtain”, “Waitress Waitress”, and “Sleeping At the Foot Of the Bed”. Tune in and find out which ones I opted for..

Also, I’ll take a personal/musical nostalgia trip and recall my experience as a cast member on an episode of “The Adventures Of Pete and Pete”; that was a thing that I loved doing. We’ll hear some music from the show, along with some selections by Mark Mulcahy, Miracle Legion, and a bunch of tracks by the great Syd Straw.

That’s this Saturday night at 10 on WFUV Public Radio

Dick Wagner Memorial Concert


unnamed (1)Gary Graff wrote a fine article about a show that I was on last night; I agree with every word of it, although he might’ve said a few extra words about the token young people on the show, The Accidentals, who played one song and KILLED the audience, got a standing O, etc., but other than that, again, GG nailed it. Personally, I loved the whole thing. I met a bunch of great people for the first time last night, including Drew Abbott, Brad Whitford, Derek St. Holmes, Tino Gross, Mary Cobra, Danny Seraphine, Jack Douglas, and many more, and really enjoyed visiting with the great Scott Morgan, Johnny Badanjek, Rich Cole, my long-ago Oakshire Ave. neighbor Dennis Burr (great on gtr.), many more.. I dug the great sense of camaraderie amongst everybody on the show, and backstage..
I drove in from Indiana Saturday on a stretch of hwy where there’d been a 150 car pileup the day before, not fun at all; I missed rehearsal and soundcheck, hadn’t even met everyone in the band when the first tune was counted off, and it sounded f#cking right on..
I LOVED playing the 3 Dick Wagner/Frost tunes that I did, and the audience was super engaged…
Extra kudos to the great Ray Goodman for playing and band-leading his ass off, and for inviting me onto the thing in the first place.
Much respect from me to Dick Wagner and to everybody who was part of this… A real keeper for me..
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