Author Archives: Greg Vandy, The Roadhouse

The Roadhouse Tribute to Martin Luther King – MLK and the Songs of Freedom

Listen to the annual The Roadhouse tribute to the Martin Luther King and the Civil Rights Movement – MLK and The Songs of Freedom. On this week’s show you’ll hear lots of gospel and field recordings from the early 60s – mass meetings and church gatherings throughout the south which captures the spirit of thisRead more…

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KEXP’s Year in Review: Greg Vandy, The Roadhouse – A buyer’s guide for 2006: Top albums, great compilations, and other notable releases.

Bruce Springsteen, photo courtesy of Manuel Huerga I did my Best Of 2006 broadcast in The Roadhouse back on December 13th, but you can listen to it now, streaming ‘till Dec 26th from the audio archive. I’ve been crazy hectic with all the Roadhouse specials in the past few months, not to mention some upcomingRead more…

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Thanksgiving Folk: The Origins of the Traditional American Song, part 2.

Ben’s Chili Bowl, photo courtesy of dbking This week in The Roadhouse, Part Two of last week’s Holiday program, Thanksgiving Folk: The Origins Of The Traditional American Song. All the songs on this show are from the most influencial release of all-time. The Anthology Of American Folk Music. It’s an 84 song collection of recordingsRead more…

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Happy Thanksgiving from the Roadhouse and KEXP!

Greg Vandy has all the fixin’s for a special Roadhouse this Wednesday night from 6-9pm. “THANKGIVING FOLK – The Roots and Origins of the Traditional American Song.” Greg will play songs from the “Golden-Age” of American recordings from the 20s & 30s, to the Folk Revival of the 1960’s and beyond. Leadbelly to Beth Orton,Read more…

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From Labor Songs to Vietnam

Johnny Cahse in White Plains, NY – February 1959 Image by Marvin Korner/CORBIS, courtesy of Bella of Bacardi Join me in The Roadhouse for a 3-hour special broadcast, “From Labor Songs to Vietnam – Topical Songwriters and American Protest Singers”. You’ll hear classic union songs and topical material from the 1930s to the ’60s featuringRead more…

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Haunted Roadhouse, tonight 6pm!

Muddy Waters, photo courtesy of Orexa This week in the Roadhouse, Join Greg Vandy drinkin’ muddy water from a hollow log! You’ll hear traditional murder ballads, old folk songs, and stuff to freak you out. The dark side of the American Folkloric and a Halloween preview. Tonight (Oct 25) from 6-9pm. A haunted Roadhouse. Don’tRead more…

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Soul Freedom, tonight!

Wayne Jackson & Andrew Love, W.C. Handy Park in Memphis Around the formation of the Memphis Horns in 1968 or 1969 Courtesy of Stax Records Tune in tonight at 6 pm for three hours of classic soul from the 1960s & 70s. From Deep Southern soul, to Detroit’s Northern soul, the Philly Sound and studiosRead more…

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Mark Pickerel in the Roadhouse…

Mark Pickerel, courtesy of Victoria Renhard Mark Pickerel is stopping by the Roadhouse tonight to chat. I’m also doing a feature on the late Billy Preston, who passed away last week. Have a listen to a couple songs from Mark’s new record, Snake in the Radio… Forest Fire – (MP3) Graffiti Girl – (MP3) I’llRead more…

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Roadhouse Jug Band!? Who’s interested?

The Memphis Jug Band Photo Courtesy of Discographie Even though John in the Morning and Cheryl Waters poked a sharp stick and openly laughed at our love of the Jug Band (did you know that John wants to “beat” those who stomp and blow in a jug, or those who pluck a one-string broomstick bass?Read more…

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Dust-To-Digital… we’re going old timey!

We’re going Old-Timey with Jug bands, County Blues & Southern Gospel, and Fonotone (78 RPM only) Records… Joe Bussard is from Frederick, Maryland. He is a collector. Of most things really, but for our purposes, he’s into old-time American music. Pretty much anything before 1955 – but that’s stretching it. He mostly swears off anythingRead more…

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