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Pat Wolfe's Photo I'm a long-time KDHX programmer, former host of Medication and current host of Interstate on 88.1 every Friday from 10 a.m. - Noon CST. I'll be covering lots of musical genres: from Americana to pop to rock to country and beyond.

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Long Songs II – Friday 7/9 on the Interstate

What a good time last Friday. Whenever I do “theme” shows like this, the response is always overwhelming, so thank you! This Friday on the Interstate, I’ll be spinning more Long Songs…if you have a request, e-mail me: Interstate@kdhx.org

Long Songs on the Interstate 7/2/10

This Friday on the Interstate, tune in for 2 hours of Long Songs from 10am to noon. I define a long song as any tune between 6 and 15 minutes in length (can’t do any longer than that due to required station breaks). If you would like to make a request, send me an e-mail to Interstate@kdhx.org

I have a couple of suprises up my sleeve, including 2 acts never before heard on the program. Here’s a hint: one of them was featured often on my previous show “Medication”, and the other died 29 years ago. Tune in to find out what the hell I’m talking about…

Kick off your Independence Day weekend with a ride on the Interstate this Friday at 10am!

Lucas Cook, Crazy Heart, and other musings

The first day of Spring today. Thank GOD. According to the National Weather Service, we went 94 days in a row with the high temp below 55 degrees, a streak which ended a couple of weeks ago. While I actually like Winter, I usually get tired of it after the Super Bowl, when I start longing (again) for Cardinal baseball. Here’s hoping for a relatively storm-free Spring.

Lucas Cook will be calling in from Austin this Friday (March 26th) to talk about his new cd, a 5-song EP which I think is quite excellent. Of course I’ll be sharing several cuts from the cd as well. Check him out at www.lucascookmusic.com

I picked up the Crazy Heart soundtrack this week, and I can’t remember the last time I listened to a movie soundtrack that I liked so much. Currently it’s the #1 album on the Americana chart, and the #6 Country album according to Billboard. Ryan Bingham sings the theme song, as well as a couple of others. This album is literally stuffed with great songs, including Kitty Wells – “Searching (For Someone Like You)”, George Jones – “Color Of The Blues”, Buck Owens – “Hello Trouble”, and Townes Van Zandt – “If I Needed You”.  Best Actor Jeff Bridges is a pretty good singer too. This is the ULTIMATE Americana album, and a microcosm of Interstate. Buy this album.

I also bought the relatively new Radney Foster album, Revival. I am a little embarrassed that I didn’t catch on to this record sooner, as it easily would have made my Top Ten albums list for last year. Whoops. Regardless, it is outstanding, easily Radney’s best since 1994′s Labor Of Love. (or as they say in the U.K., Labour) www.radneyfoster.com

As you may or may not recall, I talked about my periodic intense fixations on certain artists, both old and new. My newest mental breakdown focuses on Eddie Rabbitt. He was born in Brooklyn and grew up in East Orange, NJ (there is a West, South, and just regular Orange as well…commonly referred to as “The Oranges”). He scored many #1 hits, both Pop and Country, but I always liked the 1988 album “I Wanna Dance With You”. It’s been out of print, but I found a compilation that has 5 songs from that album, and songs from “Rabbitt Tracks”(1985). I have been looking for some of these songs for years, and I will share many of them with you in the coming weeks.

Thanks as always for listening to my show. I am always grateful when I receive compliments about the music, and I thank you. The Membership Drive is coming up April 1st through the 11th, and your support is what drives the station. Please call in and give us a hand: 314-664-3688.

The Band Of Heathens on Interstate Friday 3/12/10 at 11 a.m.

Sorry, but it went down to the wire as to whether the band was going to make it or not, but it’s a go! They recorded their set late this afternoon (before thier gig at Off Broadway tonight) and will air just after 11 a.m. Friday, March 12 on the Interstate. The Band of Heathens is an Austin group whose star is rising fast, with their 2009 album One Foot in the Ether hitting #1 on the Americana music charts, as well as one of my personal favorite Top Ten albums of last year. If you miss it, the show will be streaming online at KDHX.org for the next 2 weeks, so check it out!

Larry Weir, New Slogan, and Live Music

Larry Weir died a month ago today.

I still expect to see him at his desk when I walk back in his “office” to find a cd. It’s weird.

KDHX wouldn’t be what it is today without Larry’s hard work, knowledge, and enthusiastic spirit for an independent voice for St. Louis.  He has been, and continues to be, an inspiration to share the best damn Americana music I can find. Thanks Larry, you were a great guy.

As you may have heard, KDHX’s new slogan is “Independent Music Plays Here”.  At first it grated on me (and many listeners that I have talked to), but I must say that when I’m listening to other programs and hear the DJ’s say it, I kinda like it. We ARE independent, we mainly play music except for Monday night’s talk block, and we are the only station that really stands out. I was listening to Ska’s The Limit hosted by JJ Loy tonight, and I gotta say that it sounded good, and I feel like it ties the station together, so we don’t seem like 80 or 90 seperate fiefdoms. Anything that pulls in the casual listener or gets us exposure is cool in my book, since we rely so much on listener support. Give the people what they want!

Yesterday (2/12/10 – Lincoln’s Birthday) two musicians who I respect and admire came by the station to perform some songs live: longtime Guy Clark sideman Verlon Thompson, and Freedy Johnston. Verlon did a 4 song set, including a couple of love songs he penned for his wife. He’s a real nice fella. Freedy came in just after Verlon’s set was over to perform a few songs from his new album “Rain On The City”, as well as a request by yours truly for his cover of “Wichita Lineman”. Freedy and his lovely wife were posing for pics with me (taken by Thomas Crone) in the air studio as my show was expiring, which was strangely exciting! Probably my favorite show I’ve done on KDHX since I started “Medication” back in January 2004 (although Ryan Bingham and Cracker also kicked ass).

The Blues just took care of the Capitals in a shootout tonight, and are just 3 points out in the Western Conference. After the Olympics, the Blues play the first 6 games on the road: 3/2 – Phoenix, 3/4 – Dallas, 3/6 – Colorado, 3/11 – NY Islanders, 3/13 – Columbus, and 3/14 – Minnesota. Considering thier road record, this isn’t a bad thing. The first home game is the day before St. Patrick’s Day (whom I am named after) against Colorado. Let’s Go BLUES!

Top Ten Interstate Albums Of 2009

It’s always difficult to narrow down the dozens of great albums released every year to just ten, but it sure is a lot of fun! I hope you agree that the following releases deserve your attention.

10. Slaid Cleaves – Everything You Love Will Be Taken Away

The Portland, Maine area native is stunning on the track “Cry” (which he also performed here at KDHX this year), and shows off his amusing side on “Tumbleweed Stew”.

9. John Fogerty – The Blue Ridge Rangers Rides Again

John reprises his role from 1973, covering classic songs from Buck Owens, Rick Nelson, and a version of “Haunted House” that will knock you out!

8. Mark Knopfler – Get Lucky

Still going strong at 60, Mark delivers once again. “So Far From The Clyde” is a standout track, telling the story of a ship built in the shipyards of the River Clyde in Scotland, meeting it’s final fate as it is broken down into scrap in the far away land of India.

7. Trigger 5 – Heartbreak and Regret

Classic traditional country always has a home on the Interstate, and this album does not disappoint. “One Last Dance” is one of the best songs I have heard in the last 10 years.

6. The Band Of Heathens – One Foot In The Ether

These guys straddle the line between blues, rock, country, and americana, and they do it WELL. This is just their 2nd studio album, and I look forward to hearing alot more from them in the future.

See my top 5 albums after the jump.

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