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WTTS OverEasy, March 11, 2012

WTTS OverEasy, March 11, 2012

Comments Off 09 March 2012

Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day, we celebrate the holiday on OverEasy with a salute to a favorite album from the Pogues, coming up on its 25th anniversary, If I Should Fall from Grace with God.  Todd heard the album for the first time in his college days, and it went a long way towards – aside from giving him a great soundtrack for toasting March 17th – giving him the sensibility that landed him at 92.3 WTTS.

It’s OverEasy, this Sunday from 7 to 11am and pm, on 92.3 WTTS!

WTTS OverEasy, March 4, 2011

Comments Off 02 March 2012

A return to an album we touched on a few weeks ago, with six dozen performers, one legend, and one good cause.

In salute to the advent of Bob Dylan as a performer during the civil rights movement, Amnesty International recently released a bargain-priced four CD set of Dylan’s work, covered by multiple artists across the musical spectrum, from the Irish kick of Flogging Molly (ahead of St. Patrick’s Day, natch), to a folk-leaning Jackson Browne, to longtime OverEasy favorite Neil Finn to Bryan Ferry (who over four decades has covered many, many Dylan songs, with a full album of them to his credit).

This week on OverEasy, Todd Berryman features more great songs from the Chimes of Freedom set, including the above musicians, plus in the morning edition ONLY, gives you a chance to win a Rusted Moon 10th anniversary prize pack, including tickets for the original lineup for Bela Fleck and the Flecktones at Clowes Memorial Hall later this month – it’s this Sunday, from 7 to 11 am AND pm, on 92.3 WTTS.

Read more about the project here.

WTTS OverEasy, February 26, 2012

WTTS OverEasy, February 26, 2012

Comments Off 24 February 2012

Punch Brothers are now four albums along (if you count Chris Thile’s solo album How to Grow a Woman from the Ground, effectively the debut of the band minus one member), and their chameleon-like transformations continue on Who’s Feeling Young Now?, the newest set by the band.  In setting aside some of the more blatant fusions of classical form with bluegrass instrumentation, territory in which Chris Thile continues to work with other collaborators, Punch Brothers have found a deft way of approaching popular songforms with unusual approaches (akin to the former collection done with Nickel Creek and Toad the Wet Sprocket frontman Glen Phillips, Mutual Admiration Society).

In English, for longtime aficiandos of “new grass” music, this means that fans of ensembles like Hot Rize and New Grass Revival have a welcome album in that tradition to enjoy.  For everyone else, it’s just a damned fine rock album that happens to played on mandolins and banjos and upright basses.

Join Todd Berryman for this week’s edition of OverEasy, featuring Punch Brothers, 7 to 11am AND pm this Sunday, on 92.3 WTTS.  In the morning version ONLY, you’ll have a chance to win tickets for Bonnie Raitt and Marc Cohn, coming to Clowes Memorial Hall on May 16th!

In the past year, Punch Brothers banjoist Noam Pikelny won the Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass, worth $50,000.  Steve and Noam played “Dueling Banjos” together on The Late Show with David LettermanSee the performance, and its unusual result, by going here.

More with Steve and Noam here (ending NOT 100% SAFE FOR VIEWING WITH YOUNG CHILDREN, please be advised).

WTTS OverEasy, February 19, 2012

WTTS OverEasy, February 19, 2012

Comments Off 17 February 2012

Hard to believe they’ve been at it for 50 years now.  The Chieftains have been an institution for five decades, not just honoring tradition, but drawing common water between musical cultures as well.  The forthcoming album Voice of Ages is no exception, but the concept to celebrate their 50th anniversary is even better:  the group is essaying some traditional and trad-leaning favorites with help from the young lions of modern World Class Rock.  Among the contributors are recent Grammy winner Bon Iver, newgrass stalwarts Punch Brothers, the Low Anthem, and the Decemberists.

OverEasy host Todd Berryman will feature the new album this week on Sunday – and just to make things more interesting, he’ll have a couple of chances for you to win tickets for the Chieftains’ March 6th Palladium performance, part of their 50th anniversary tour, exclusively in the morning edition of the show.  (In other words, this is a Sunday for which you’ll want to get up early, because this is a hot, hot ticket for a rare event.)

We’ll also play a track or two from one of the bands contributing to the new Chieftains recording, with songs from the just-released Punch Brothers album Who’s Feeling Young Now?, including a rather astonishing cover of something by Radiohead (believe it or not, “Kid A”).

It’s all this week, on a packed top-to-bottom edition of Overeasy, this Sunday from 7 to 11am AND pm, on 92.3 WTTS.  

More about the forthcoming Chieftains album can be found here.

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