July 15, 2020
With Bob entering his fifth month of self-quarantine, Bill is playing more music each week, including the return of Spotlight Artist. “All the Good Times,” a new album of cover songs by Gillian Welch and David Rawlings, was inspiration to visit the catalog of the Nashville duo.
July 8, 2020
To paraphrase the late, great Barry White, you “Can’t get enough of Blue Snakes & Banjos, baby.” The legendary singer made his BS&B debut on a show that sailed smoothly until the end when Bill signed off with a song by Rod Hamdallah, then mashed the button for Mandolin Orange. Oh well, it’s all part of the charm.
July 1, 2020
Bob delayed his return after his salon receptionist tested positive for coronavirus and he had to cancel his haircut. Bill stepped into the breech, wishing Debbie Harry, the leader of Blondie, a happy 75th birthday.
June 24, 2020
Technical glitches (no live streaming, balky CD players) interrupted the usually seamless pandemic presentation, but Bill persevered to get most of the show recorded. And when an episode opens and closes with legendary songwriter Dan Penn, it’s worth a listen
June 17, 2020
Just another week of pandemic, protests, presidential rallies and Prine, with a touch of Father’s Day. The holiday is dedicated to Dad, but Bill paid tribute to Jane and Kate Thompson for making him the luckiest guy in the world.
June 10, 2020
The world is moving at warp speed, and it’s impossible to keep up with events. The Chambers Brothers sang “Time Has Come Today” in 1967. On the day that NASCAR banned the Confederate flag, the reckoning has arrived.
June 3, 2020
After almost three months of struggling with a global pandemic, protests over the death of George Floyd during a confrontation with Minneapolis police spread across the world. Our WAIF colleague Senovia Byndon, host of “I Hear U,” joins Bill to offer the perspective of an African-American woman.
May 27, 2020
It was Bob’s Birthday Week show, but the call-in connection failed again so Bill saluted him in absentia. Turns out the final week in May is chock full of birthdays, however, with famous artists and friends alike.
May 13, 2020
There would be no rock ‘n’ roll without Little Richard, the flamboyant singer of hits such as “Tutti Frutti” and “Long Tall Sally,” who died this week at 87.