Program Note


 Document video for the release of
Edwin Buster Pickens – The 1959 to 1961 Sessions

 

I've been collaborating with Document Records since 2005 when they asked me to write the notes for the Robert Nighthawk collection Prowling With The Nighthawk. The next project was the series that grew into the three double disc sets of Blues, Blues Christmas. For years I had being doing an annual Christmas program on my blues show and pitched the idea of a vintage collection of blues and gospel Christmas songs to Document. This year Document issued the third volume of Blues, Blues Christmas, the most wide-ranging collection yet, jumping genres from blues, gospel, jazz, rock, doo-wop and country. Another idea I brought to Document was to resurrect some great long out-of-print blues records. One of the first records that came to mind was pianist Buster Pickens' lone album for Heritage (HLP 1008), the self-titled Buster Pickens, which was recorded over several sessions between 1960 and 1961 and released in 1962, subsequently reissued in 1977 on the Flyright label as Back Door Blues and now appears on CD first time as Edwin Buster Pickens – The 1959 to 1961 Sessions.

Texas Piano Part 1 Texas Piano Part 2

 

A couple weeks back I got a call from Gillian from Document asking me if I was interested in putting together some podcasts. With the release of the Buster Pickens and the Christmas CD we decided to do a couple revolving around the rich Texas piano tradition and one devoted to Christmas tunes. You can hear these on the new Document podcast page. While you're there check out the great podcasts on James Booker and Christmas songs from Edison Records.

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A few weeks back I passed along the sad news that Doc's Juke Joint was going off the air. Starting June 3rd the blues will be back to four hours as we announce the addition of The Blues Spectrum with Jim McGrath to the Sunday lineup, immediately following Big Road Blues. Jim is well know to the Rochester blues community, probably best known for his overnight blues program on WXXI for many years. Jim was an inspiration to several of us, including myself, who went on to host their own blues shows in Rochester. In addition, Jim has been compiling the Living Blues Playlist that has appeared in Living Blues magazine for the past twenty-five years. Jim was born and raised in Rochester, and started listening to music in the 50's coming to jazz in high school due to a priest that enjoyed jazz and had an after school jazz club. It was just a listening activity but that coupled with stories of The Pythodd Club and other Jazz venues lead Jim to a life long love of the music. But after "liking what he liked" he sat down and tried to figure out what he liked about the music styles, and the common denominator turned out to be the blues. To learn more about Jim McGrath, click here.

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You can now automatically record Big Road Blues using DAR.fm. DAR stands for "Digital Audio Recorder". DAR.fm is a personal recorder which records radio stations and shows to be played back at the convenience of the listener. Similar to how a DVR (digital video recorder) works with television DAR is a DVR for your radio. Just click the "Record This Show" on the sidebar to get started. Your recordings can be played on multiple devices.

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Jazz90.1 is pleased to announce the release of it's iPhone, iPod and iPad app, available free in the iTunes app store. You can browse DJ bios, station information, listen live, see the complete program schedule, event pictures, and even become a member right from the App. All listeners need to do is search for Jazz90.1 in the iTunes app store and download the app!

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