Author Archives: Greg Vandy, The Roadhouse

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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The Big Easy Trying To Be Easy Again

I haven’t been to New Orleans in five years. This year I had to go to Jazz Fest. On my show, The Roadhouse (Wed 6-9 pm), I talk a lot about New Orleans, and demonstrate with music as to why it’s such a significant place and why it matters to all music fans - particularlyRead more...

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This week in The Roadhouse...

This week in The Roadhouse, A post-Jazz Fest hangover. I’ll post more on the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival on Wednesday, but here’s a little taste... Clearly, the unfortunate theme of this year’s Festival was Katrina and the Flood of ’05, as nearly every performer had a topical new song about the disaster, revivedRead more...

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