LIVE! at The 1966 Berkeley Blues Festival & Zodico Blues & Boogie (1993)

Berkeley Blues Festival (1966) & Zodico Blues & Boogie (1993) Radio KAL invites you to enjoy the sounds of nineteen sixty-six from Harmon Gymnasium at the University of California, Berkeley with Mance, Clifton, and Lightning. Mance Lipscomb: What else can be said.. he’s a Choctaw-Texan blues songster who has had the ultimate honor of being […]


What in the world is SinoPop? Good question. SinoPop is the pervading super music scene that is enveloping the world. So what in the world is it? This author says, ‘everything.’ SinoPop is the music of the masses, the manufacturing process, the efficiencies, the technology. SinoPop is music designed to be enjoyed, to be danced to, […]

Creole Bred: a Tribute to Creole & Zydeco (2004)

Now that the word is out that Girls Just Want To Have Fun it’s good to know that Cyndi and her friends are interested in spreading the french-er word with this tribute album to the gentile house-party country counterpart of the modern drum-kit dance-music. Imagine this as the pop-gateway to high-humidity, spicy foods, and lyrics […]

Classic Railroad Songs – The Album

In 2006 my good buddy and I investigated the mystery of the American rails. We studied maps, made phone calls, and explored the rail yards of Tucson. Ultimately our adventure ended in a bar a quarter mile from the tracks, but it never snuffed out the intrigue of the cars, tracks, and the sound  of […]

The Carrière Brothers

Even a newborn, exiting the hospital via the elevator, is exposed to sounds piped through speakers.. unless of course you grew up in-between Houston and New Orleans, in towns like Jasper, and Eunice. While the new pavement of the divided highway 10 keeps most traffic at bay these days, only an age ago the 190 was […]

California Cajun Orchestra: Nonc Adam Two-Step

14 tracks of Franco-Cajun Zydeco & Folk never explain what ‘Nonc’ means beyond, “Let me listen to it all again.” In true two-step form, it’s difficult to sit still through just one song on this album and perhaps more difficult to resist pulling the Horner off the shelf to play along. While I could presume […]

Elizabeth Cotten: Freight Train and Other North Carolina Folk Songs and Tunes

Jamesville, North Carolina is home to, well only 500 beautiful people, but hop on the 64 and head West about 130 miles and you’ll arrive in South Durham at the junction of Fayetteville and Riddle Roads, the historical location of Keene. Here you can take a stroll along the American Tobacco Trail, a historical tobacco transportation […]

Toll Eight.

Spicy oil on my pasta makes me dance, looking at books in the library gives me the chance to pick up a disc, or two or eight, to read and listen and to celebrate. So I’ve picked some labels that I was looking for. And I picked some labels I’d never seen before. A title […]

The Rock-It! Scientists

Most people feel the only good place for Bros is at the bottom of a dumpster or making love to their MK-48 in the hills of BFE, however, in some cases the Bro elite are recruited to the “Top Gun” of bro-dom where society revels in their contributions to bass-backed booty-shakin’ reminiscent of the pop-of-your-youth sandwiched between the […]