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Blues Omnicruise

cruise-shipUntil about 20 hours before this show, I wasn’t quite sure what I was going to play or how it would hold together. I think up until now I’ve subbed for just 1 hour of Blues programming, and any time I do a new genre I get a little nervous. Especially during a fund drive show, when I don’t want to piss off any of the show’s regular listeners!

I think I did OK – I tried to focus mostly on 2016 releases (as you can see by recent archives, that seems to be where my mind is oriented these days), though I mixed it up a bit during hour two (a couple of Popa Chubby tracks to help promote his show tonight at Payomet Performing Arts Center in Truro and a few Captain Beefheart tracks because … well, because … CAPTAIN BEEFHEART!)

Big thanks to those who listened live, those who donated during the show, and especially he show’s regular host, Steve Morgan. Apparently Steve can’t do the show two weeks from now (August 18), and I had a fun time today, so I’ve signed up for that one, too.

While the fund drive at the station is basically over now, we’ll still take donations for Steve Morgan’s Blues Cruise, my regular show The Omnipop Omnibus, or any other show on WOMR – you can donate online or call 508-487-2619 or 800-921-9667. As I type this, the dream offer and naming rights offers still stand for donations to the Omnipop Omnibus – just tell the person who answers the phone at WOMR or email me the details.

Happy listening!

This week’s “Son of a Preacher Man” performed by Francesca De Fazi

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Funk/Soul Love

SoulFunkLoveThis was the beginning of a 2-show/5-hour slot, with DJ Tony Scungilli of “The Squid Jigger’s Blend” show joining me part way through this show after which we co-hosted Jim Mulligan’s “Mullgan’s Stew” show.

This show starts with a Gospel brunch, proceeds into a set of Soul/Funk Love songs, and later a Keith Emerson Remembrance and the return of “Fun With Fred’s Phone”. I believe it was the first FWFP of 2016 – oh, how I missed that feature!

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2015 Wrap Up, Part III

Speed-Limit-2015For my first show of 2016 I ended up finding almost another hour or so of music from 2015, most which came from albums that I didn’t play in either of my other Year-End Wrap Up shows.

Joining me in the studio that evening was DJ-in-Training Ashley, who took over control of the DJ mixing board for several songs in the second hour. She should be doing a show on her own pretty darn soon, so be on the listen for her.

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2015 Wrap Up, Part the Second: Jazz

Fred-with-2015-balloonsFor my very first jazz show (hosting the rare fifth Wednesday of the month slot at WOMR), I tried to find some cool stuff that had been released in 2015. I came up with 2 hours and then played another hour of other fun stuff that I have in my collection. I had so much fun doing this show that I offered to take over the fifth Wednesday slot whenever it came up (there are four in 2016) and wound up subbing for Yankee Dave’s “Miles to Go” show or the first month & a half of 2016.

My most humble apologies for omitting both Henry Threadgill & Zooid’s 2015 release “In For a Penny, In For a Pound” and the “Jack DeJohnette / Henry Threadgill / Richard Abrams / Larry Gray / Roscoe Mitchell live album “Made in Chcago”, both of which I have in my collection but somehow missed when building the show.

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2015 Wrap Up, Part One

DJ-Fred-CD---2015-Year-EndIt was fun going back to the timeslot I started in way way back a whole 7 months earlier at the end of 2015. I got to do a final Gospel Brunch for the year and it gave me a chance to look back on some of the great music that came out in 2015. So much that I ended up playing a total of 6 hours of 2015 music over 3 shows and still missed several releases that I really should have included. How in the hell did I miss James McMurtry’s “Complicated Game” and Joe Ely’s “Panhandle Rambler”? Well, however it happened, it happened – too late to do anything about it now other than say “check ’em out”.

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