Guest Host Jack Greiner and Bob reveled in the Alt-Christmas Mega — not MAGA — Extravaganzapaloozathon. Jack vowed to learn and perform in studio next Christmas Ronnie Fauss’s classic “Everybody Deserves a Merry Christmas,” and although far from a “deep track” anymore, the duo extolled and deconstructed the reportorial insight into the human condition as reflected in Robert Earl Keen’s “Merry Christmas from the Family.” The show closed with Judy Garland’s melancholy “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” original lyrics, of course.
Brownie McGhee would have been 80 and Christine McVie passed the day of the show. Bob observed both with help from Buck Owens, Bowling Green John Cephas, and Carson Robison along with many more. Neal Black and the Healers were a huge success with “Jesus and Johnny Walker.” The listeners couldn’t get enough.
Bob put down his pie fork and whiskey tumbler long enough to host the annual BS&B Thanksgiving Eve celebration. Hayes Carll, Blind Boy Fuller, Slim Harpo, Neal Black, Neil Young, Paul Thorn and all the others with big Thanksgiving hits were featured. There also was lots of talk about food, spirits, love and generosity.
Web Lord and Master John Tarvardian joined Bob in studio for a terrific edition of BS&B. John’s music selections had the fanbase agog, texting, twittering and insta-tocking all over the interverse. Some of John’s great selections were from Billy Gibbons, The Modern Lovers, Jocelyn & Chris Arndt,The Bamboos, Tedeschi Trucks, and Tom Morello.
BS&B belatedly observed the passing of Rock-and-Roll giant Jerry Lee Lewis, and devoted much of the show honoring Veterans with cuts from Johnny Cash, Neil Young, Bruce Springsteen, Lucind Williams and more. And, Bob blew out 45 candles on the birthday cake for Rolling Stone magazine.
Solo Bob celebrated Sam Moore’s 87th birthday (Sam & Dave) with help from Bruce Springsteen and others and celebrated Martie Maguire’s (Chicks) with help from K.D. Lang. There was a set of truckin’s songs, too. Adia Victoria, Calexico, Los Lobos, Boz Scaggs, Sunny Sweeney and more joined the party. And there was a poignant track about the mortality of dogs.
Bob paid tribute to the queen of country music, Loretta Lynn, who died this week at 90. Then Cori Wolff of the Longworth-Anderson Series joined us to talk about three big shows in October – Calexico, Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives, and the Lone Bellow. One glitch comes during the two Neil Young songs near the start, but just turn the sound up for those.
Eureka! After more than 8 years on the air, Bob and Bill have entered the 21st century by going digital in the studio. Hopefully, this will eliminate many of the glitches, at least during the live broadcast, but we promise not to remove the human errors that are part of the charm.