Title: Julie Andrews VS. The Beatles…DEATH MATCH!
Time: 10/19/2015 07:00 PM EDT
Episode Notes: On this day in music The sound of music kicked SGT. Pepper’s off the number one spot. Plus music by Donica Knight, Dave Weld, Dixie Duncan, The Dirty Streets
A Montgomery, Alabama native, Knight has just begun to scratch the surface in Nashville. As she might tell you, she is still in the top of the first inning of her career. But what a ride her fans are in for! Shadowing Knight for a day would shed light on how talented and devoted an artist she is – quite honestly one of the hardest working people out there. Along with her tireless drive to perfect her craft, Knight’s distinctive voice is a breath of fresh air in the country format.
Donica Knight’s music inspires the soul, invigorates the mind and encompasses an undying passion for the art itself.
Born in Chicago in 1952, Dave was first influenced as a child when he found an old Victrola in the basement and wore out the blues 78’s. In high school the Stones, Clapton and Mayall first came out but Dave traded those records for Howlin’ Wolf, Lightnin Hopkins, and BB King.
After high school Weld moved to New Mexico, and studied guitar under Kurt Black, a jazz player who worked with Benny Carter, Grant Green and others in the New York jazz scene. Also he drove to Nevada and met and jammed with Gatemouth Brown.
Dave’s first band! Hound Dog Taylor’s group of Brewer Philips and Ted Harvey. They had been working with JB Hutto after Hound Dog’s death, and after they came back from breaking iff with JB in Boston, they had a little house gig at Sweet Pea’s. Weld joined the band and played with them for a year.
Brewer Philip and Ted Harvey are well known because their music started Alligator Records, the world largest blues label. Brewer learned from Memphis Minnie, one of the most famous women in blues history! Their recordings and tours with Hound Dog over 16 years signaled an increase in popularity of the blues in middle class America.
Dave found out the West side of Chicago in the black hood was friendlier than the North side, and started sitting in at clubs, and landed a gig with Hound Dog Taylor’s band, Brewer Phillips, Ted Harvey, at Sweet Peas on 43rd St. While there a year, there were shake dancers and fistfights. The gig ended when Brewer was stabbed in the throat by his wife, but they reconciled.
The Dirty Streets are a young band from the Memphis area who have no fear of bathing in their proto-punk and soul roots. Their album Blades of Grass is an obvious product of digging on the likes of MC5, Rolling Stones, James Brown, Cactus, Humble Pie & the Faces.
Formed by Thomas Storz (bass, percussion), Justin Toland (vocals, guitar, percussion) and Andrew Denham (drums, percussion), and originally from Mississippi, the power trio Dirty Streets now calls Memphis home. That’s where they recorded their new album “Blades Of Grass,” at the legendary Ardent studio, under the guidance of sound engineer Adam Hill. The core trio also enlisted the talents of Lucero’s Rick Steff on keys for this effort.
“Blades Of Grass” is heavy music bathed in blues, folk and psychedelia, with chops to spare and a working class point of view. The band already has two independent releases under their belt, including an album with renown Memphis producer Doug Easley, and has toured extensively in the Southeast, with a couple of East Coast runs, and an eight week U.S. tour with Radio Moscow.
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