DJ for Mountain Bluegrass with David Pugh
Independence , Kentucky, United States
Our newest broadcaster, David Pugh moved to Kentucky when he was 12 years old. So, he is living in Ky. with W. Va. roots!! He grew up on mountain music, and fell in love with bluegrass music as a teenager. David has been a DJ for several stations over the years. He has worked with country, bluegrass, and southern gospel formats. He is ready to bring his new show, Mountain Bluegrass, to the WWB.
Sometimes music can be like a flashback to a kinder, gentler time in history. Case in point is Good Sad News, the 2019 CD by Minnesota-based Doug Collins & The Receptionists. The ten-track CD clocks in just under a half an hour but it covers a wide range of music. Some of the signposts here are 1960s country music favorites like Buck Owens, Gram Parsons era Byrds and even later period 1950s rockers like Buddy Holly and Buddy Knox. Doug’s vocals and twangy guitars get great backup by a range of players, including the rhythm section of Charlie Varley (bass) and Billy Dankert (drums). There’s a definite 1959-1963 vibe of innocence to Good Sad News. A gifted band-leader, guitarist and songwriter, Doug Collins will leave you all misty-eyed with the retro country-rock vibe of Good Sad News. A fine choice for music lovers of all stripes, Good Sad News is tastefully packaged
Guitar innovator Kevin Kastning may be best known for his modern approach to acoustic, ambient guitar instrumental music, yet he’s also gaining acclaim for his mesmerizing piano albums. That piano side of Kevin Kastning is best explored on Ethereal III, the 2019 album by Kevin and fellow guitarist Sándor Szabó. Compared to Piano I, the early 2019 album of solo piano music by Kevin, the May 2019 release of Ethereal III features Kevin’s acoustic piano enhanced by computerized orchestrations by Sándor. The computerized orchestral sounds by Sándor is a great way to frame Kevin’s experimental acoustic piano music. Eschewing the popular orchestral software, on Ethereal III, Sándor incorporates recorded samples from real string instruments, which weren’t modified. Even though these string sounds are sampled, the idea seems to get
Ariana Gillis Album: The Maze Label: Self-Release Genre(s): Americana Country
Posted By: Duane Verh
Jun 19, 2019
Ariana Gillis encapsulates incandescent emotions and compelling verbal visuals within a highly developed sense of song crafting. The Toronto-bred singer/songwriter’s phrase turning brings a true pro’s touch- almost a “lightness” of sorts- to lyrics of intensity and substance and a vocal urgency that consistently seals the deal. Standouts from this cut-or-two-above release include “The Feeling of Empty”, “Rock it Like Fantastic” and “White Blush”.
An excellent example of where jazz-rock fusion is heading in the early 21st century, the 2019 CD by L.A. based Fraud Prophets, humourously entitled Poptosis, is a most electrifying instrumental music experience. Essentially a collaboration between multi-instrumentalist Sean Halley and drummer / percussionist Nate Morton, the duo are joined by several guest artists including electric guitar ace Oz Noy and B3 player Matt Rohde. A good example is track one, called "I Think I Just Said That", featuring Sean Halley's well-rounded electric guitar chops. Careening between jazz-rock and funky riffs, held together by a decidedly 1970s instrumental fusion groove, Poptosis is a wake-up call for anyone that might have prematurely written off the power of instrumental jazz-rock in the early days of the millennium.
That’s not a misspelling of “California,” but rather an intentional, catchy moniker by guitarist Doug MacDonald to acknowledge his quartet that also includes Kim Richmond (sax, flute), Harvey Newmark (bass) and Paul Kreibich (drums). On their appealing debut album, each shares MacDonald’s careful balance of virtuosity and expressive musicality. Based around Los Angeles, this exceptional group gives us four covers and six MacDonald originals. The eclectic and tastefully rendered selections are presented in a leisurely manner with plenty of emotion, yet the band also imparts plenty of swinging bounce and pizazz. Standards like “Tenderly,” “A Beautiful Friendship” and “If You Could See Me Now” are given fresh arrangements, and MacDonald’s solo presentation of “The Things We Did Last Summer” is calming and sweetly