R.I.P. Don E. Curtis, maestro of the pedal steel guitar

Don E. Curtis at KDHX

Photo by Sara Finke

The St. Louis music community was stunned this week by the news of Don E. Curtis’ passing. Curtis suffered a massive heart attack while hiking. He was 53 years old.

Curtis was part of the heart and soul of country music in St. Louis. He played with Commander Cody and Bobby Helms (among many, many others), was a regular at Stovall’s Grove Saloon, helped build the International Steel Guitar Convention, taught and mentored many steel players at Scottie’s Music, and held a residency with Paul Jarvis at Riddle’s Cafe on Delmar in St. Louis.

Along with being one of the finest pedal steel players in the world, he was also a hell of a drummer, a great supporter of KDHX and a warm, generous man.

Learn more about Don E. Curtis at his online bio and Myspace page.

Live at KDHX session with Don E. Curtis and Paul Jarvis

 

Don E. Curtis and Paul Jarvis – 5/28/09
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Concert photos: September Gurls and Boys: A Tribute to Alex Chilton and Big Star at Off Broadway, Friday, September 24, Part 2

All photos by Sara Finke. See more photos from this KDHX benefit at her Flickr stream.

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Concert photos: September Gurls and Boys: A Tribute to Alex Chilton and Big Star at Off Broadway, Friday, September 24, Part 1

All photos by Sara Finke. See more photos from this KDHX benefit at her Flickr stream.

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Interview + MP3: Wallpaper. plasters electronica with pop

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Wallpaper. brought its poppy electronica from Oakland, Calif. to St. Louis for a show at the Gramophone on September 18, and Eric Frederic took the time to chat with me while driving through Missouri. The duo’s 2010 release, Doodoo Face (on Eenie Meenie records) encapsulates a party: funky bass lines, weird noises, distorted vocals and playful lyrics. While he boasts a bit of an alter-ego on stage, Frederic and I had a down-to-earth conversation about the group’s experiences in Springfield, Mo., White Castle and of course, poo (and music).

Enjoy the interview, plus a download of a song from Doodoo Face while it lasts!

Wallpaper. on Myspace

Beep Beep Boop Boop Interview With Eric Frederic

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Concert photos: The Watson Twins and Laura Veirs at Off Broadway, Thursday, September 23

All photos by Kate McDaniel. See more at my Flickr stream.

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Live at KDHX, Vol. 8: Independent music plays here

Live at KDHX, Vol. 8

Live at KDHX, Vol. 8 isn’t just a music anthology. It’s a 22-track mixtape, selected with care, sequenced with love, and remixed and mastered to capture all the warmth and intimacy of the Magnolia Avenue Studios. And needless to say, it rocks (and swings and twangs and grooves) with the spirit of independent radio in St. Louis, 88.1 KDHX.

Featuring exclusive in-studio performances you won’t find anywhere else, Live at KDHX, Vol. 8 spotlights a wide array of artists and genres. From the old-time blues of the Carolina Chocolate Drops to the cinematic rock of Monahans, from the brash indie pop of White Rabbits to the riveting storytelling of Jason Isbell, from the working class punch of the Bottle Rockets to the timeless Scottish folk of the Trash Can Sinatras, from the old school country of James Intveld to the soul-soaked ska of Westbound Train, this collection is the soundtrack for your eclectic, music-loving life.

 

Live at KDHX, Vol. 8: 3 Song Sampler by KDHX

Join the Radio Frequency Club, our monthly giving program, or support KDHX at the $88 level or above during Fall Membership Drive 2010, and we’ll send you Live at KDHX, Vol. 8. The CD is not available in stores, so support 88.1 KDHX today.

Track list:

 1    Pokey LaFarge – “Born in St. Louis”   
 2    Carolina Chocolate Drops – “Don’t Get Trouble In Your Mind”
 3    Mike Doughty – “(I Want To) Burn You (Down)”
 4    Elvis Perkins in Dearland – “Stay Zombie Stay”
 5    White Rabbits    – “The Salesman (Tramp Life)”
 6    Roman Candle – “Why Modern Radio Is A-OK“
 7    James Intveld    – “Let’s Get Started”
 8    Eilen Jewell – “Rain Roll In”
 9    Joe Pug – “Hymn 101”
10    Brighton, MA – “Good Kind Of Crazy”
11    Jason Isbell – “Streetlights”
12    Monahans – “The Low Light”
13    Lou Barlow – “Only One”
14    Bottle Rockets     – “Hard Times”
15    These United States – “End”
16    Westbound Train – “Check Your Time”
17    Dave Alvin & Christy McWilson – “Here in California”
18    Trashcan Sinatras – “I Hung My Harp Upon the Willows”
19    The Dandy Warhols – “Stars”
20    Heartless Bastards – “Hold Your Head High”
21    Davina & the Vagabonds – “Black Cloud”
22    Scottie Miller & the Re-Uptake Inhibitors – “East St. Louis”

Concert photos: Richard Buckner and Fred Friction at Off Broadway and Jukebox the Ghost at Cicero’s, Tuesday, September 22

A busy night for music in St. Louis. All photos by Kate McDaniel. See more at her Flickr stream.

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Concert photos: The Felice Brothers and Pokey LaFarge and the South City Three at the Old Rock House, Monday, September 20

All photos by Kate McDaniel. See more at her Flickr stream.

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