As we prepare for our annual Best of the Year show Dec. 18, we take time to wish Darryl Jones a happy birthday. The bass player replaced Bill Wyman in the Rolling Stones in 1993 and still doesn’t get to take a curtain call as a full member of the band. Come on boys, make Jones a real Stone.
Count Bob and Bill as superfine superfans after the Farmer Keenan and Grace Adele (plus bassist John Allen and fiddler Jack Bird) visited the show before their gig at the Southgate House. They played music, told tales and charmed the suits in the station for the monthly board meeting. Oh, that headline? That’s their website. (minus the parentheses).
Bob carried on a Thanksgiving tradition without Bill who was celebrating the day in our nation’s capital. So, there was lots more music without the guys jawing back and forth. Nevertheless, there was sufficient insightful commentary on the newly declared War on Thanksgiving, Jimi Hendrix’s birthday, and double entendres in the Blues. As always, we want some of your pie.
Tonight, the guys welcomed in the studio John Tarvardian, fellow music lover and Blue Snakes & Banjos webmaster nonpareil. Being gracious hosts, Bob and Bill put up with John’s playlist that was all over the road: the Allmans, Tom Jones, Pete Townshend, Zakk Wylde, and the absolute king of cool, Dean Martin. Bob celebrated Norman Greenbaum’s 77th birthday by closing the show with “Spirit in the Sky,” which also happens to be his favorite one-hit wonder. Leave a comment below and let us know what your favorite one-hit wonder is. BTW…Tarvardian votes for Carl Douglas’ “Kung Fu Fighting”.
Well, Bob and Bill managed to squeeze in two hours of their scintillating repartee in the first hour…and still get lots of good music played. Bill, doing his best Big Mike impression, ducked out early but not before recounting seeing Bob Dylan…and…drumroll, meeting Ernie and one of the Rays at the Amy Helm show.
Bill is back behind the microphone for the first time in three weeks, and his sonorous voice is, well, music to our ears. The guys waste no time getting down to it by first paying tribute to Bob’s favorite Belgian and inventor of the saxophone, Adolph Sax, on his birthday. Songs by the Rolling Stones, the Blasters, and Big Jay McNeely are testament to the awesomeness of Adolph’s invention. The real star of tonight’s show is Bill’s Aunt Helen. Streaming the show from Springfield, she became a member of WAIF to support community radio and Bill and Bob’s on-air antics. As a thank you, the guys played the Quebe Sisters ridiculously excellent cover of the Hank Williams classic “Cold, Cold Heart”. It’s Aunt Helen’s favorite song.
Bill ghosted the show tonight to catch Boz at the Taft, but Bob played a long list of vaguely Halloween related songs from Joan Osbourne, Lou Rawls, Norman Greenbaum, and others. He also featured new music from the Quebe Sisters, aka the Three Fiddle Army.
Bill was in Akron probably buying tires so birthday boy and BS&B Fifth Beatle, Jack Greiner, sat in on our scintillating tribute to lawyers. Jackson Browne, the Byrds, Warren Zevon, Drive By Truckers, and others weighed in on the exalted profession. We also celebrated Dwight Yoakam’s birthday along with Jack’s. (Hint: Jack is younger).
Elaine Diehl, who grew up on the West Side playing music (Elaine & the Biscaynes, Bromwell Diehl Band), has carved out an illustrious radio (WNKU, WGUC and WVXU) career as well. This kick-ass musician and consummate broadcasting professional shared tricks of the trade and stories from her eclectic career. Listen in as Elaine shows what radio should be.