Not that this week’s episode of Jam Session is full of dirges, but I did want to take the time to dedicate this week’s show to Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg and all that she did, not just for women in America, for the people of the World.
Music from Sonny Knight, Sharon Jones, Mavis Staples, and Son Little. Names you wouldn’t normally see on Jam Session. But Artists that can hang with the best of them (if not already be leading the march).
Inspired by the West Coast, today’s episode is kicked off by Slightly Stoopid. More BC-hydro inspired music from Papa Grows Funk and The Disco Biscuits, and we end with a long Alt-Rock stream-of-consciousness guitar piece by Erika Wennerstrom.
For the first time ever on Jam Session, I play Cleveland’s own jam band Heartless Bastards. Two tracks by the Ghost Town Blues Band, some great music by Bully Pulpit and WhiteWater Ramble, plus a great drinking-politics song by Scott Cooper.
Paying homage to the birth of jamming — the African Drum Circle — today’s episode features music by Fela Kuti, Femi Kuti, Mustafa Khaliq Ahmed, Abdoulaye Alhassane Toure, homage Mapfumo, and many other great African musicians.
There is no common thread, no glue that bonds, no theme. This episode is music we need to hear right now, including Dangermuffin, Widespread Panic, Bedouin Soundclash, Karl Denson, Doug Tuttle, Seth Walker, plus more.
I play Ryan Montbleau for the first time on my episodes of Jam Session, and today I pontificate on the meaning of hearing Live music, with all the crowd noises and mic checks and improvisations, in face of all the ‘artist-alone-Live’ shows we’ve been taking in. Live tracks from ALO, Railroad Earth, CRB, plus some other studio gems.
This week we try to stay focused on some great singer-songwriters who live in the tradition of Americana, Country and Bluegrass, and put an emphasis on the power of words and whose voices we can’t forget. In remembrance of John Prine, 10.10.1946 — 04.07.2020.
I play Road Man for the first time, get a Reggae theme to kick things off with Bumpin’ Uglies, Buddahfly and SS. Funk it up with Tomatoband. And ponder on lyrics with Dangermuffin and Fruits Bats. CRB brings it on home.
New music by CATS and WhiteWater Ramble leads us to Robert Walter’s 20th Congress, The Motet, Leif Erikson, Misty Mountain Sting Band, Chris Thile, Leftover Salmon and moe. It’s amazing how’s its all connected, idn’t it?
New Wood Brothers and new Moon Hooch as they both start tours to support new albums released Jan 10. And I replay for you some new, old music I discovered this week by Railroad Earth and Keller Williams (plus a lot more).