A garage located on the Chicken Shack Alley


If you search Google maps for “Chicken Shack Alley, Garage” (I don’t know why you would, but if you did) it’ll point you to someplace in Collinsville, Ill.; that’s not the Chicken Shack Alley Garage I have in mind.

Let me clarify: On Sunday September 9 from 6-8 p.m. Central join me and Tony C. in a garage on the Chicken Shack Alley. Tony C. will be filling in for Rich Barta on the regular Sunday night R&B show that night (Rich Barta and Bruce B. alternate every other week). Tony has asked me to help put together a show that we’ve been talking about for a couple years. We were discussing the connections many of the garage bands had to blues, R&B and soul, and we’ll be broadcasting from the studios of 88.1 KDHX in St. Louis…not Collinsville.

Many garage bands based their sound on that music, filtered through the British Invasion bands of the mid-’60s: the Rolling Stones, the Yardbirds, the Kinks, the Who, Them and others. So we will be playing garage bands — and their British equivalent “freakbeat” bands — covering the blues, R&B and soul, or doing music that was heavily influenced by those genres.

Please join Tony and me on Sunday, September 9 from 6-8 p.m. Central — you can listen online at KDHX.org on mobile device via TuneIn — as we explore these specific meandering musical paths as they crisscross the crossroads of the blues, R&B and soul. Oh, and don’t bother looking for it on Google maps.