Saturday, 19 August 2017

Variety -- the Spice of Life!

John Hiatt
This week, 
The Big Fat Wide Americana Hour celebrates the 65th birthday of 
John Hiatt -- one of the best Americana songwriters ever.

We rejoice in one of his best songs, and we enjoy a couple of great covers of his other songs by artists in different genres.

Plus, of course, we have our usual wonderful variety -- folk, blues, country, soul, etc.-- from all eras right up to the present day.

Roy Orbison * Jesse Winchester

Gretchen Peters * Greg Brown

Bonnie Raitt * Aaron Neville

Brand new stuff from 
Walter Trout and Bill Booth

Classic stuff from 
Linda Ronstadt and Jeannie C. Riley

And so much more!

Hear it here!

-- M.D. 

Monday, 14 August 2017

Elvis, 40 years on ...

Elvis Presley
Elvis Presley died 40 years ago this week,
at the age of 42.

we remember him with two of his songs plus a great cover by one of the people you'd think would be least likely to do one.

All that and our regular variety -- soul, country, bluegrass, jazz, blues, you name it.

Nathan Bell * Alison Brown * Dolly Parton

Dr. John * Delbert McClinton * Fontella Bass

Lizz Wright * Fleetwood Mac * Big Mama Thornton

Clare Lynch * Justin Johnson * Eden Brent

... and many more.

Here it here.

-- M.D. 

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Gentle On Our Minds

Glen Campbell
Glen Campbell rose from small-town Arkansas to the top of the music world, selling more than 45 million records and having no fewer than 80 of his songs make it onto one chart or another. 

And at the end, when he was diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease, he bravely shared the diagnosis with the public, recorded an album, and embarked on a farewell tour of the world.

For all that he is familiar to us, he had a bigger hand in shaping modern American music than many of us realize. Before he hit the big-time, he was a session musician much in demand for his guitar skills. He backed up stars too numerous to list -- Sam Cooke, Frank Sinatra, the Beach Boys, the Righteous Brothers, Dean Martin, the Monkees and on and on.

The Big Fat Wide Americana Hour is celebrating the life and music of Glen Campbell, through his songs and those of others. Join us, won't you? As one and all lift their voices and make a joyful noise.

See you there. Click here to hear the show.

-- M.D. 

Saturday, 5 August 2017

Best Variety, Most Fun!

Robert Cray
Great new soul from 
Robert Cray! 
Great old soul from 
Joe Tex!

Great old country from 
                                       Roger Miller! 

Great new folk from 
Applewood Road!

Bluegrass, americana, rock 
and everything in between. 

Terry Evans * J.J. Cale

Ciara Sidine * Robert Earl Keen w/ Lyle Lovett 

Steve Earle * Keith Whitley

Tift Merritt * Buddy Miller

Tony Joe White * Marcia Ball

Delbert McClinton * Z.Z. Hill ... and more!

Don't miss it! Hear it here! 

-- M.D. 

Saturday, 29 July 2017

From Satchmo to Jimmie!

Louis Armstrong
The latest edition of The Big Fat Wide Americana Hour brings you music ranging from Louis Armstrong to Jimmie Dale Gilmore -- and everything in between!

The widest variety, and the most fun, of any radio show online! We've got soul, blues, country, folk, bluegrass, jazz and more! Don't miss it!

Great soul from Sam & Dave and Percy Sledge

New country from Amanda Ann Platt & The Honeycutters 

Bluegrass from Jerry Garcia & David Grisman
Jimmie Dale Gilmore

Blues from Luther Allison and Guy Davis 

Americana from Los Lonely Boys, not to mention Bob Dylan

And so much more! Don't miss it. Hear it here.

And turn it up! I mean, crank it!

-- M.D. 

Saturday, 22 July 2017

Keep On Running!

Bruce Springsteen
Yes, we've reached back to The Spencer Davis Group, for "Keep On Running," as we bring you the widest variety 
of American music of any show online.
That was originally a Jamaican ska song.

The Spencer Davis Group's version was a hit in 1966. And the shouting you can hear in the background? 
That's Jimmy Cliff, who was in the studio, 
whooping with excitement
as the band laid the track down.

We've got it all this week on 
-- soul, blues, country, bluegrass, and loads of fun.

And we've got a few songs where 
the backup singer was as famous 
as the lead performer -- or even more so.

Hold on a second, is that really Bruce Springsteen
in the background there on a Joe Ely song?
Sure is.

Among the other performers featured this week:

Gladys Knight, Rhiannon Giddens, Marvin Gaye
Paul Simon, Randy Newman, Delbert McClinton
Robben Ford, Rhiannon Giddens

Martin Harley & Daniel Kimbro
Carly Simon, Taj Mahal and Robben Ford

Not to mention some very famous backup singers.

Enjoy! And crank it!

-- M.D.

Saturday, 15 July 2017

War! Good God, y'all!

Edwin Starr

We've got some 
great soul on this week's edition of
-- including Edwin Starr, Clarence Carter and Betty LaVette.

But that's not all. 
Not by a long shot. 
Our specialty is all genres, all eras
 -- all good.

We've got new bluegrass from The Orange Circus Band.

And new country from Amanda Ann Platt & The Honeycutters.

And classic country, too -- and classic blues!

Among the artists featured this week:

Little Milton, Steve Forbert and Reba McEntire

Rosanne Cash, Big Maybelle and Shirley Bassey
Kane, Welch &; Kaplan as well as Diana Krall
The great Emily Barker 
and the equally great Delbert McClinton
Not to mention Greg Allman 
and Derek and the Dominos! 

What a lineup. Here it here!

And crank it!-- M.D.