As loyal listeners, you have come to expect three things: great music, rapier-like wit and technical difficulties. You always get the great music, the other two are sporadic. But tonight, gentle listener, you’ve hit the trifecta! Bill’s microphone stopped working, so don’t focus on the weird speech-like sounds emanating from deep in the background. Do, however, enjoy the great music and fabulous interview with John and Brenda Madden of JBM Productions, the premier purveyors of live roots music in the Tristate.
Bob took a shot at that week’s Grammy Awards, pointing out that a performance by AC/DC was the single highlight. And there’s no better way to pay tribute to the hard rock heroes than with Lucinda Williams’ cover of “It’s a Long Way to the Top (If You Want to Rock ’n’ Roll).
Bob and Bill presented their first Year in Review show, which has grown into an annual staple. Bob didn’t name a No. 1, so Bill celebrated Frazey Ford’s “Indian Ocean,” recorded at Royal Studio in Memphis with the Hodges brothers, who were instrumental in the 1970s’ heyday of Al Green and producer Willie Mitchell.
Tim Vonderbrink, Bob and Bill’s former Enquirer colleague, tells the story of the Yardbirds with Jimmy Page playing the 1968 St. Xavier High School prom. This is one of our favorite shows although there are some technical glitches. But the tale is worth the work it takes to listen.
Jim Blase, who owns Shake It Records in Northside with his brother Darren, makes his first appearance on the show to talk about the upcoming Record Store Day. But that was only the second most interesting thing about him that night: He mentioned that he took his mother-in-law to see Bruce Springsteen the week before.