Apr 10, 2012 — I've been hosting music programs on NCPR for over 30 years, and The Blue Note for all of that time. Listeners and friends ask me questions about artists all the time, and sometimes I can even answer their questions. But it occurred to me a while back that there's something else I've come to know something about over three decades: the music labels.
Granted, the music industry has been in the midst of a major transformation over the last 10 years, but some labels, particularly the smaller ones, have carved out important niches for themselves and the artists and audiences they serve.
Right now, I want to be sure you know about Anti, an innovative company headed by Andy Kaulkin. If you listen to The Blue Note, you regularly hear artists recorded on this label--if it sounds innovative and surprising, it's often an Anti- artist. Like who? Tom Waits. Bettye LaVette, Solomon Burke (later work that stepped beyond his traditional soul material). Below is an article from Utne about the music company.
Apr 28, 2009 — Two thirds of the Upper Jay-based alternative trio Monsterbuck were Ellen Rocco's live guests in the NCPR production studio. Chris Kowanko and Byron Renderer play a sampling of their original compositions, which earned them Esquire magazine accolades as "one of the top five unsigned bands on MySpace. Go to full article
Apr 07, 2009 — In a special live remote edition of The Blue Note, host Ellen Rocco welcomes Russ Bailey and Crow Party to The Recovery Lounge in Upper Jay, NY. They deliver some some raw, no-nonsense blues. Go to full article
Aug 19, 2003 — Canadian blues guitarist Pat Johnson was Ellen Rocco's studio guest for The Blue Note, August 19, 2003. Pat, at left, plays slide on his 1998 National Steel. Here are two numbers he played live during the show on an Oskar Graf custom steel string: his original Sweet Baby Swing, and the traditional Corinna in the Mississippi John Hurt arrangement. Go to full article
Don Washington, guitar and vocals, teaches music at Morristown Central School
May 13, 2003 — The Don Washington Band cooled out the NCPR studio May 13, 2003. The bluesman and his band are regular guests on The Blue Note. Hear three songs from their live set: I Just Want to Make Love to You,Stormy Monday and Honey Hush. Go to full article
Apr 30, 2002 — The Conrad Story Blues Band heated up a chilly spring day in the NCPR studio. The regional bluesmen were guests on The Blue Note, April 30, 2002. Here are three tracks from their 35-minute set: How Blue Can You Get? by BB King, When the Lights Go Out by Willie Dixon and Rack 'em Up by Bruce McCabe.
Performing: Rick "Conrad" Bates, lead guitar, harp and vocals, teaches education at SUNY Potsdam. Jonathan Hunkins, drums, and Chip Lamson, keyboard and vocals, teach music in Massena. Amalio Pratti, bass, vocals. Go to full article