Radio Crystal Blue 3/4/12 news

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NEXT SHOW will be published on or about March 7 and will be available for about 4 months beyond
You will hear music in several segments of top indie/DIY/underground
songwriters and bands.
RCB Novus Ordo will also air separately. On this show I spin one song from
as many as 8 songs in one sitting and give you background info  of each

CD FOCUS returns on the next show with a special CD: Little Blue Egg by Dave Carter & Tracy Grammer.  This is a disc with 11 long-lost recordings found by Tracy 2 years ago,
We’ll hear these songs, 2 by 2, all through the month of March.
INTERVIEWS of Lisa Biales and Marybeth D’Amico are now available at the FIELD RECORDING FeedPlayer.  This is now active as a popup at the homepage of  and at the dedicated webpage at
My REVIEW of the event featuring music by Meghan Cary and Marybeth D’Amico can be read at
Happy birthday greetings to Miles High Productions founder Chip Schutzman!
Davy Jones passed away this week.  Davy was bassist for Williamsport, PA songwriter Johnny J. Blair in recent years.I believe you’ve heard Davy on JJB’s material.
A radio promoter asked me on Facebook about my thoughts on Americana.  Since I’ve already given you my thoughts on the general genres of folk and roots, I’m too happy to comply:
Americana appears to be something that’s not necessarily in the pop category. Akin to folk, it’s about realism, and not always positive realism.  The songs contain innate meanings of what today’s America is like. Would the songs suggest meanings relevant to the days of yesteryear, they would be called ‘roots’.  Americana differs from roots for its modernism. Remember, there is still the Great American Songbook, all those jazz standards and easy listening songs out there. That’s not Americana, just a different interpretation.    Americana resembles roots and country and pretty much anything that are not on the major (Billboard, etc.) radio/sales charts. Suggested artists: Mark McKay, Larry McMurtry, Andrew McKnight, Mark Erelli.  Here of course is where I should tell you my definitions of alternative, indie and underground music, but I’ll save it for next time.
For some non-radio content:
March’s lions are ever-present, what with the cold grey weather  Already looking forward to sunnier days (sometimes; I still like grey days) and putting away the space heater.  Saved a lot on electricity from last year!  Stomach is just about at full strength but I’m off coffee, soda and common fruit juice until further notice (doctor, heal thyself).    Some of you may know that I am returning to elements of holistic health and healing.  Not certain it will be a huge career move given the economy.
A weeks ago I located a gourmet shop in Old City called…wait for it….Gourmet Of Old City.  They carry Big Train (powdered) chai tea! This will be my go-to store once a month; it’s about how long the chai lasts here.
Handicapping continues in earnest for this weekend’s big horse racing events. I’m off wagering outside of the Future Wager pools until Derby Day itself. I’ve had a losing year so far, and am taking a big break from this sort of investing.
TWITTER FIVE TO FOLLOW: @electrikemily @rosslivermore @TheValeryTrails @sharongoldman @3_kisses
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Next show I’m attending is 3/7 at The Tin Angel here in Philly (Greta Gertler, Noam Weinstein) .
RCB REVIEW: The annotated version of my shows.
On RCB Novus Ordo: Australia’s The Valery Trails and Philly songwriter Rob Lytle are the standouts on this week’s show.  Rob has great personnel on his CD including Fats Kaplin, Karyn Oliver, & Thomm Jutz.  Dan & Faith, friends of The Kennedys, take a similar path as that other dynamic duo with an album inspired by dreams.
RCB proper:  The opening track by Forces Of Nature has really grown on me; it’s an absolute keeper.   First segment began with another new one by Garrison Starr. Her newest album will be available later in the spring.  Catie Curtis and Edie Carey (& Jenna Lindbo) perform tonight at The Ark in Ann Arbor, MI.  Jann Klose & Avi Wisnia with some laid-back tunes back-to-back, following it up with slightly more uptempo tunes by Ben Knighten and Helen Austin (drawing upon Helen’s Song of the week CD, her personal song-a-week challenge). Segment 2 includes Heth & Jed (I cited a reference having to do with a lawsuit against NYC), followed by another spin of Darlingside’s 2010 EP. They have a subscription-only album ready to launch this summer. Tumbledown returns to the airwaves while frontman Mike Herrera (MxPx) plans recording new material.  The song I spun “Great Big World” now has a video, available on their site.   Took a turn to pop and folk in segment 3, including one by Brother Sun. Well, not exactly their song, but actually an unreleased song penned by Bob Dylan & Danny O’Keefe. I wonder how they came across the song in the first place.    Meg Braun was opening act for Vance Gilbert at Christopher St. Coffeehouse in NYC on 3/1.  Danny Schmidt and Carrie Elkin continue to tour together in many fine establishments along with the SXSW experience just ahead.    I spun songs with ‘guilt’ references in their latest CDs.   Closed out with 2 ‘train’ references; Matt Turk’s raucous version of “Wabash Cannonball”, and Andrew Calhoun’s reworking of the classic “John Henry”
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Dan Herman
Radio Crystal Blue
1701 Snyder Avenue, #4
Philadelphia, PA 19145
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Dan Herman
Radio Crystal Blue
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215 995 2234


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