Sunday, 30 October 2016

Chuck Berrry Records Again!

Chuck Berry
Chuck Berry recording again at 90? The Big Fat Wide Americana Hour celebrates with Berry covers -- by Linda Ronstadt! Dion! Buck Owens! Emmylou Harris!

Here it here:

Plus so much more. New stuff from the Avett Brothers. Old stuff from Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose. Where the hell else are you going to find a show like this?

Turn it up! I mean, crank it!

Your friend,


Friday, 21 October 2016

Holy smokes, what a show!

Norah Jones
Three Dog Night. New stuff from the The Devil Makes Three. The Righteous Brothers. Brand new single from Nora Jones. And so much more.

Holy smokes, what a show we have for you this week!

Did I mention Patsy Cline, Cyrstal Gayle, K.D. Lang and John Lee Hooker? Soul, blues, country, bluegrass, jazz, doo-wop – oh my goodness!

You can’t miss with a show like this. The Big Fat Wide Americana Hour, starting Saturday, Oct. 22. 

Hear it here: And turn it up!

-- M.D. 

Three Dog Night

Thursday, 13 October 2016

Dylan wins Nobel!

Bob Dylan wins the Nobel Prize for literature! 

Tune into the Big Fat Wide Americana hour now for a celebration of Dylan's music -- sung by himself and by others.

Saturday, 8 October 2016

New Norah Jones single!

The brand new single from Norah Jones -- just released! Plus a cut from Paul Simon's new album. 

And so, so much more. All on The Big Fat Wide Americana Hour.

Join the crowd. Tune us in. And crank it!

Your friend,


Monday, 3 October 2016

Springsteen at 67!

Bruce Springsteen
By M.D. Spenser

Bruce Springsteen just turned 67 – and published his autobiography, too.

At The Big Fat Wide Americana Hour, we pay tribute to The Boss, and also give you a wide variety of American music, old and new.

From the Mavericks to Kim Richey, the Pointer Sisters and more – it might be your best entertainment all week.

Visit us at The Big Fat Wide Americana Hour:
. And turn it up!

Your friend,

The Pointer Sisters
Dolly Parton

Sunday, 2 October 2016



Open Your Eyes

By M.D. Spenser

Open Your Eyes is a lovely and inventive folk-pop album by an eight-piece British band called Dennis -- 11 songs marked by gentle horns, rich instrumentation and delightful vocal harmonies. 

All the songs are originals, credited to the full band – and fine songs they are. Whoever is crafting them understands that many of the best songs are moods and moments rather than narratives; they ask questions rather answer them, and they wonder rather than declaim.

The song Give Me Soul, for example, has lyrics comprised of a mere 50 words, yet it evokes longing and need. And the lyrics to Leaving You Alone – sung over a danceable rhythm accented here and there by hand claps – are punctuated largely by question marks: ‘Lately I’ve been asking questions/Maybe I should be leaving you alone?’ 

Many of the songs are beautifully orchestrated. One of them, though – Talk For Hours – is a cappella but for hand claps and drums. 

The song-writing, from the opening track to the final note, exhibits experience and control: A couple of the songs are less than two minutes long – and they are the more powerful for it. 

Most of these songs sound entirely new yet immediately familiar. They are about desire, about doubt, about hope. 

Hometown, the final number in the set, speaks of being well-grounded. ‘I really love my hometown,’ the lyrics go, ‘I really love the way we keep hanging around/I really love the way it makes me stay.’ The song refers no doubt to someplace in County Durham, a good 270 miles north of London, where the band is from. 

For music-lovers whose tastes encompass diversity, this album is a gem. I hope the band members are all getting along because we need to hear more from Dennis. What a find.

Saturday, 1 October 2016

Happy Birthday to the Boss

Bruce Springsteen
Bruce Springsteen turned 67 this month – and published his autobiography, too.

At The Big Fat Wide Americana Hour, we nod in tribute to The Boss, and also give you a wide variety of American music, old and new.

Kim Richey
From Shirley Bassey to the Mavericks, from Kim Richey to the Pointer Sisters and so much more – you know it’s your best entertainment all week.

Your friend,

Shirley Bassey