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RMOD - B&B - Butch Mudbone

June 15th, 2019

Butch Mudbone was a guest on The Booze & Blues. We brought in the Radio Memphis House Band for this special night of fun. The House Band was Willie Hall (drums), Leo Goff (bass) and Stephen Seligman (guitar). Butch wanted to get into some older tunes, standards and few of his own songs. Along the way, he told some stories and one we never heard before about the time he went to Sharon Tate's place in Los Angeles before the murders and how he got a pretty heavy vibe before getting out. Plus, Butch goes unplugged for the last part of the show and performs a little of his slide work. 

RMOD - The Fast Mothers - Honey, Mercy, Please

June 13th, 2019

Memphis Southern Heavyweight Champions of Rock and Roll, The Fast Mothers brought Radio Memphis their brand new disc Honey, Mercy, Please. This is a stripped down version of The Fast Mothers. It is a solid rock and roll CD and for their premiere, they chose to bring it to Radio Memphis for a world debut. If you missed the June 8 live broadcast, here it is with all the tunes from the disc. Plus, a whole lot of stories from the band on the making of the album and what they have coming up very soon. 

For those in the Memphis area, they will be performing live at Murphy's with Every Mother's Nightmare, Saturday June 15 at 9:00PM. In the broadcast there was mention of the band BSOL also on the bill, however, due to unforeseen circumstances they had to back out of the show. 

Honey, Mercy, Please is available wherever you get your music.

 

RMOD - B&B - Bluff City Backsliders

June 6th, 2019

Bluff City Backsliders are celebrating their 20th Anniversary. They are doing it with a new CD and show at The Levitt Shell June 16. Part of that celebration took place on the air with Ric, Natalie and Mark at Radio Memphis. They performed live and you'll hear a few cuts off the forthcoming CD. Also, Mark gives us the latest news from The Memphis Blues Society. Listen now.

 

RMOD - Christi Eason Meeks - In The Morning

June 6th, 2019

The Bartlett Farmer's Market is in full swing in Freeman Park. Joining BJ Banks and Ric for The Nooner during Radio Memphis in The Morning, Christi Eason Meeks from the Bartlett Chamber of Commerce to talk about the market and all the cool things coming up this summer. Plus you will hear about some proposed updates to the park and the possibility of a having an evening Farmer's Market. Also, BJ sings a song (Going Green) and talks about all the talent that will be playing the Bartlett Farmer's Market. Listen now.

You Got Mail - Simone Lipkin

June 6th, 2019

Did you miss the latest edition of "You Got Mail" featuring Simone Lipkin during Radio Memphis Around the World? Catch the message Dianna got from Simone straight out of New York City right here.
 
Are you an artist/band that wants to share your story with Radio Memphis Around the World? Drop D a line to her email at dianna@pirateradiostudios.com. You can even mail her an actual letter (and music) to Pirate Radio Studios, Inc. 4745 Poplar Ave., Suite B100, Memphis Tennessee. 38117 c/o Dianna. She’s checking her mail live on the air and you never know, you could be next. Listen now.

RMOD - Karen Single Band - Around The World

June 6th, 2019

Dianna​ caught up with Karen Novak​ of the Karen Single Band​ to talk about the amazing experiences with musical theatre company (Ptarmigan Ptheatrics​) and pulling in one of the lead roles in Yellowknife's (Canada) version of broadway musical, Mama Mia, which proved a musical hit having sold out before opening night. Being inspired by working with her theater group, Karen took another leap of faith and submitted an application to put her first album Wide Open, along two more of a trilogy to be written, then recorded and put on stage as a theatrical rock production. Her proposal even requested that she tour Europe with this concept idea and production. Karen has been accepted into the Northern Arts and Cultural Centre (NACC​) mentorship program and is now getting the help needed to make a forever dream of hers a reality.
 
Did you miss Dianna and Karen's conversation during Radio Memphis Around the World? Listen now.

RMOD - B&B - Johnny Riley & The Hired Guns

May 31st, 2019

Texas bluesmen Johnny Riley & The Hired Guns blew through Memphis the night before Memorial Day to visit with Ric on The Booze & Blues Show. After Johnny spotted the Radio Memphis guitar from Killer B Guitars hanging on the wall, it was decided that would be guitar choice of the night as the band tore through several original songs and some stories from the road and studio. Johnny is a great personality who you just want to spend some time with and that is exactly what happened on the air. Now you can go along for the ride in case you missed it when it happened live.

Also, Mark Caldwell from The Memphis Blues Society brings the news as well as a special appearance from the President of the Memphis Blues Society with a special award presented to Ric during the show. It's all here. Listen now.

 

RMOD - B&B - Theo Dasbach

May 21st, 2019

Theo Dasbach is from Holland. He also is the owner of the Rock and Blues museum in Clarksdale, Mississippi. Theo also likes to play boogie woogie blues. At one point in his life, Theo was working with a radio station in Holland. In this show, you will hear some airchecks of his work on the air as he speaks Dutch surrounding blues and rock music. Also in this show, Theo played live in studio and told a bunch of stories about his life in the Netherlands and in other places he's lived around the world. One more thing, do want to buy a museum?

RMOD - Pepe Willie - Part 2 - Around the World

May 21st, 2019

“Because of his role in the careers of the Time, Vanity 6 and others, one could be forgiven for thinking that Prince created the Minneapolis R&B/funk scene by himself. In fact, it was thriving locally before it began, and one of the biggest bands was 94 East, named after the interstate that splits Minneapolis in half. ~”How Prince Got his Start with ‘Just Another Sucker’”/DIFFUSER
 
The band (94 East) was led by Pepe Willie, whose path to pursing his own fame and fortune took a detour to Minneapolis when he married Shauntel Manderville and relocated there. Not long after arriving, Willie worked with his wife’s cousin, Prince and his then band, Grand Central, which included Andre Anderson (now known as Andre Cymone), Linda Anderson, Morris Day and William Doughty (also known as “Hollywood”)– as well as other local musicians during their formative teenage years on the rapidly-florishing local music scene and who later found success in the music business.
 
As the nephew of Clarence Collins, founder for Rock and Roll Hall of Famers “Little Anthony & The Imperials”, and having grown up in New York City, Pepe Willie learned about the music business as a teenager. Watching his uncle’s gigs, serving as road manager and assisting the acts his uncle played with….. Pepe saw how record companies operated, the way tours were organized and how musicians made their money. He even ran errands for major stars of the day including Dusty Springfield, The Chiffons, The Four Tops, Ray Charles, Diana Ross & The Supremes and Smokey Robinson and the Miracles and more. It was during this time he spent with rock-and-roll luminaries that Pepe decided to pursue a career in show business. Pepe had also been introduced and had interactions with the likes of Jimi Hendrix, Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, Patti LaBelle and the Bluebells, Dionne Warwick, Wayne Newton, Ike and Tina Turner. But, when he saw and met Elvis, Pepe will even tell you that he thought wow, “now that man’s a star. It was a different kind of thing.”
 
This BROOKYLN-BRED songwriter and producer, who also plays a variety of instruments, wound up dedicated his life not only to writing and creating music, but also helping young artists understand and teach them that the “music business hasn’t changed”. Pepe tells everyone that “the only thing that’s changed is the music. Artists still have to copyright, you have to have that (songwriting) formula, you still need to have publishing and you still have to be part of a performer’s rights organization. You’ve got to be protected out there.”
 
Did you miss Dianna catching up with PEPE WILLIE for a LIVE PHONE INTERVIEW during RADIO MEMPHIS AROUND THE WORLD? They talked about his life in the business and how setting aside his personal plans for his own band to push for the success of another artist that becomes a legendary icon influenced and shaped Pepe as the mentor his is today. LISTEN NOW.

RMOD - Pepe Willie - Part 1 - Around the World

May 21st, 2019

“Because of his role in the careers of the Time, Vanity 6 and others, one could be forgiven for thinking that Prince created the Minneapolis R&B/funk scene by himself. In fact, it was thriving locally before it began, and one of the biggest bands was 94 East, named after the interstate that splits Minneapolis in half. ~”How Prince Got his Start with ‘Just Another Sucker’”/DIFFUSER
 
The band, 94 East, was led by Pepe Willie, whose path to pursing his own fame and fortune took a detour to Minneapolis when he married Shauntel Manderville and relocated there. Not long after arriving, Willie worked with his wife's cousin, Prince and his then band, Grand Central, which included Andre Anderson (now known as Andre Cymone), Linda Anderson, Morris Day and William Doughty (also known as "Hollywood")-- as well as other local musicians during their formative teenage years on the rapidly-flourishing local music scene and who later found success in the music business.
 
As the nephew of Clarence Collins, founder for Rock and Roll Hall of Famers “Little Anthony & The Imperials”, and having grown up in New York City, Pepe Willie learned about the music business as a teenager. Watching his uncle’s gigs, serving as road manager and assisting the acts his uncle played with….. Pepe saw how record companies operated, the way tours were organized and how musicians made their money. He even ran errands for major stars of the day including Dusty Springfield, The Chiffons, The Four Tops, Ray Charles, Diana Ross & The Supremes and Smokey Robinson and the Miracles and more. It was during this time he spent with rock-and-roll luminaries that Pepe decided to pursue a career in show business. Pepe had also been introduced and had interactions with the likes of Jimi Hendrix, Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, Patti LaBelle and the Bluebells, Dionne Warwick, Wayne Newton, Ike and Tina Turner. But, when he saw and met Elvis, Pepe will even tell you that he thought wow, “now that man's a star. It was a different kind of thing.”
 
This Brooklyn bred songwriter and producer, who also plays a variety of instruments, wound up dedicated his life not only to writing and creating music, but also helping young artists understand and teach them that the “music business hasn’t changed”. Pepe tells everyone that “the only thing that’s changed is the music. Artists still have to copyright, you have to have that (songwriting) formula, you still need to have publishing and you still have to be part of a performer's rights organization. You've got to be protected out there.”
 
Did you miss Dianna catching up with Pepe Willie during Radio Memphis Around The World to talk about his life in the business and how setting aside his personal plans for his own band to push for the success of another artist that became a legendary icon influenced and shaped his own career as the mentor his is today?  His story tells artists that they have to respect and learn from the past to move forward.
 
Listen to part 1 now.
 

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