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Catamount Community Radio - October 12, 2014

I generally pride myself on running the board pretty smoothly, and with all the years I've been doing radio, I usually do a pretty good job. I made a couple of mistakes today, leading to a couple seconds of dead air, but I have to say I'll take sloppy, live radio over perfectly voiced-tracked, canned radio any day. That said, I look forward to one day doing a completely voice-tracked show with special jokes and sound effects.

The time went rushing by today. I got to the station at like 9:57, was on the air by 10:00, and before I knew it, it was 12:00. And it wasn't like it was some sort of extraordinary show.

We did listen to a few tunes from Bill Frisell's new album, "Guitar in the Space Age." I remarked that Frisell has a special talent for taking upbeat tunes and making them sound plaintive and almost melancholy, "Surfer Girl," for example.

We considered the country guitar finger picking style today. You use a pick on your thumb and use it to play the bass notes. The other fingers are used to play the melody notes on the treble strings. Its popularity can be traced back to Ike Everly (father of Don and Phil the Everly Brothers), from Muhlenberg County in western Kentucky. Everly taught the technique to his neighbor Merle Travis, "country's first Renaissance Man," who in turn taught it to Chet Atkins, who taught Jerry Reed, and son. We listened to Chester and Jerry pick a tune called "Cannonball Rag," which Travis and Everly had played, and then listened to Frisell (who loves him some Americana) do the same tune.

Mary Ellen edges Jim Dandy in the cover contest, by a half a point, 2.5 - 3.0.

1. What classic surf tune is Bill Frisell covering? - "Pipeline"

2. What classic surf tune is Bill Frisell covering? - "Surfer Girl," by the Beach Boys

3. What tune is being covered, and who is covering it (for extra credit) - The Everly Brothers' "All I Have to do is Dream," covered by The Dandy Warhols.

4. Who is covering Junior Wells' "Messin' with the Kid"? - Bill Frisell

Catamount Community Radio, Sunday mornings 10-12 (East Coast) on WWCU-FM.

1. David “Fathead” Newman – Hard Times
2. Bill Frisell – Rebel Rouser
3. Sten Getz & Oscar Peterson – Three Little Words
4. Sly and the Family Stone – If You Want me to Stay
5. Abdullah Ibrahim & Ikaya – Joan Capetown Flower
6. Bill Frisell – Bryant’s Boogie
7. Bill Frisell –Pipeline
8. Nick Lowe – Poor Side of Town
9. Charlie Parker – Drifting on a Reed
10. Bill Frisell – Cannonball Rag
11. Chet Atkins & Jerry Reed – Cannonball Rag
12. Everly Brothers – Bye, Bye Love
13. Abdullah Ibrahim & Ikaya – Nisa
14. Yusef Lateef – Jungle Fantasy
15. Van Morrison – Cleaning Windows
16. Bill Frisell – Surfer Girl
17. Bob Marley – Zimbabwe
18. Charles Mingus – Alice’s Wonderland
19. The Dandy Warhols – All I Have to do is Dream
20. Junior Wells – Messin’ with the Kid
21. Bill Frisell – Messin’ with the Kid
22. Amy Winehouse – Love is a Losing Game (demo)
23. Amy Winehouse – Love is a Losing Game
24. Bix Biderbecke – In a Mist
25. Mel Tormé – Let’s Take a Walk around the Block
26. Christian McBride, Nicholas Payton & Mark Whitfield – Drfitin’
27. Fred Frith – Spring any Day Now




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