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NEXT SHOW will be published on or about February 15.
You will hear music in several segments of top indie/DIY/underground
songwriters and bands, and also::
VERMONT: VT Artists for VT Relief:  http://www.mallettsbayrecords.com
This will be the final first airing of material from this compilation.

RCB Novus Ordo returned this week. This show is one where I spin one song from as many as 8 songs in one sitting and give you background of each artist.
So…how’m I doin’? Just fine.  Recovered very nicely from whatever was ailing me tho adhering to a better diet certainly doesn’t hurt.  Cutting out coffee and soda but getting back to some of my old ways soon enough.   I did skip one gig I wanted to go to, but am planning to go to one tonight; very shortly as a matter of fact. I’m covering a showcase at The Grape Room. Andrew Jude is on the bill. You’ve heard me debut him on RCB Novus Ordo. Johnny Action Figure also performing, another band I saw at Grape Room last time.     www.graperoommusic.com
Also scheduled to interview and see Lisa Biales perform at a venue in Center City, 2/15.  www.lisabiales.com

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On RCB Novus Ordo: The aforementioned Andrew Jude with a song set in Philadelphia started this show. The Strange Heat had played a bill at The Grape Room and I debut them here.  Ditto for Glassboro, NJ’s own indie pop band Case Closed. Makar returns with newer material, slightly subduded, more piano than guitar on this disc than in previous ones.   Katie Pearlman, one of my very favorites, has a concept album “Girls Like Me” based on stories of the lives of women that touched her heart. The book referenced for her songs is “Note To Self: 30 Women on Hardship, Humiliation, Heartbreak, and Overcoming It All” by Andrea Buchanan.    The deep, dark, sultry bluesy voice of Lin McEwan closes out this show, Muzz Skillings producing her newest effort.

RCB proper:   Tony Mecca (and those Electric Heavy Mental Gypsys) playing a few shows while they ready a new album; I dug into their prior material for a tune.  Jeff Campbell and Megan Slankard  part of a songwriter-in-the-round 2/17 at Studio on 4th, Reno NV  Jeff and Megan composed and wrote the song I spun for you this week.  I spun Megan’s song directly after this one. I was moved by the depth and creativity of her songwriting. I’m actually reminded of Holly Figueroa (O’Reilly).  In fact I contacted Holly about Megan, and…well…I’ll let you read her response via Facebook.  Then a pair of CA-based songwriters (Giana Nguyen, Marina V) followed.    I did 2 segments of music featuring artists who are part of official showcases at this year’s Folk Alliance conference in Memphis. Heather Styka is a new name, gaining strong popularity in the folk category. I had used a quote from the matthew show and also the timely song “february” in posting the playist info.  Debuted a solo piano CD from Professor Louie, segued into West Coast Blues and then rockabilly (Rod Piazza, The Mad Tea),  Garrison Starr made a new EP for her fans; I took liberty of spinning from that one, following up with train-oriented songs (Vance Gilbert, The Nields). Closed out with songs by Lauren Adams and Ernest Troost. Ernest just released “Live at McCabe’s” recorded January 2011 at McCabe’s Guitar Shop.  Lauren reintroduces her Americana Music Circle at Genghis Cohen in Los Angeles.

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