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
Bands occasionally have a terrible night or encounter the dreaded “gig from hell.” On the other hand, well-rehearsed groups also have exceptional nights when everything clicks. The Dave Wilson Quartet experienced the latter when they played Chris’ Jazz Café in Philadelphia in March 2018. Emphasizing saxophone, the group’s fifth album captures the evening’s energy and excitement with four Wilson originals and six jazzy arrangements of pop rock classics. Between the opening and closing tracks of Wilson’s “Ocean Blues” and “Spiral” are engaging, tastefully-rendered interpretations of favorites like Jerry Garcia’s “Friend of the Devil,” McCartney and Lennon’s Norwegian Wood” and Brian Wilson’s “God Only Knows.” Don’t expect anything like Grateful Dead, Beatles or Beach
From the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, Nothin’ Fancy has presented quality contemporary bluegrass for 25 years. Their successful formula emphasizes original material, innovative arrangements, clear vision, and solid musicianship. Nothin' Fancy's 15th album, “Time Changes Everything” has a thematic focus with songs that emphasize life’s passage with its uncertainties, revelation, optimism and redemption. Mandolinist Mike Andes wrote “The Footsteps That I’ve Followed” and “A Soldier’s Love,” and guitarist Caleb Cox penned “Where The Good Lord Only Knows” and “Please Say Anything.” Andes and Cox handle most of the lead singing. The band also grassifies folk, country and western swing material from the likes of Glen Campbell, Tom Paxton, Tommy Duncan and Bob Dylan. For me, they
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”.