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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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Miles Davis and A Trio of Birthdays

Miles-SmilingThis is another “5th Wednesday of the month” show. WOMR has alternating DJ’s for Wednesdays on weeks 1 & 3 and 2 & 4 of the month, but no one permanently on the schedule for the 5th Wednesday. I’ve enjoyed taking these 5th Wednesdays and playing jazz from my collection.

To commemorate the release of the new bio-pic “Miles Ahead” as well as a tip I heard that the next Miles Davis bootleg series collection will feature recordings from the “Miles Smiles” era, the first hour of this Omnijazz Omnibus show featured songs from “Miles Smiles” – some from the album, some played live, and some performed by other musicians.

The second hour of the show celebrated the March 30 birthdays of Norah Jones, Astrud Gilberto, and Marvin Pontiac.

Note on the recording: I forgot to start my recorder at the beginning of the show so I had to grab the beginning of this archive from the online archives at RadioFreeAmerica.com and there seem to have been a few hiccups.

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Squid Jigger’s Omnistew

bromanceWe’re not ashamed – DJ Tony Scungilli & I definitely have a long-term bromance going on. The latest manifestation of this bromance has been co-hosting radio shows together. Last fall we took over Matty Dread’s “Soul Funky Train”, a week or so back we co-hosted the Saturday morning oldies show, and this week we took over Jim Mulligan’s “Mulligan Stew”. Usually we just take turns and alternate songs, sometimes we’ll talk about a plan for a set of songs ahead of time, other times we just wing it and play something that seems to make sense after the song that’s playing. The key thing is to have fun and make each other laugh (and hopefully you, the listener, too).

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A Gumbo of Blues, Gospel, and R&B

I gumbowas given the opportunity to sit in for Jim Mulligan’s show “Mulligan Stew” the other day. Jim plays a great mix of blues and R&B with lots of New Orleans music. I expanded on that a bit to play a “Gospel Snack” (the show ran 4pm to 6pm, so I thought it a bit late for a full “Gospel Brunch”) and some vocal R&B/doo wop. I hope I got close to the essence of Jim’s show. I sure had a good time playing these songs for you.

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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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The Way Back Machine

66535_1641111637130_2250759_nI was subbing for Kevin O’Rourke’s “The Northern Trawl” this week and I’m not sure what got into me, but for some reason I chose that show to revisit some of the music that made an impression on me back in high school (that would be the late 70’s for any of you keeping score). This show brought back some really fine memories – maybe it will for some of you, too.

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Tony & Fred Commandeer the Soul Funky Train

photo by Rodney Lewis

photo by Rodney Lewis

Oh this was a fun one! DJ Matty Dread, WOMR Station Manager and DJ for the Thursday afternoon show The Soul Funky Train went on vacation for a week, so DJ/Chef Tony (Wednesday morning show The Squid Jigger’s Blend) and I seized control of the studio for Matty’s three hour show.

We played some crazy funk & soul and just kept cracking each other up all show. We certainly entertained ourselves and I hear from some listeners out there that we entertained them, too. Now I hope we can continue to entertain you.

 

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