by Troy Williams
Does the visual image of a bartender preparing your cocktail entice your child to early drinking? That is the popular logic behind the so-called Zion Curtain, but as Eric Peterson from the Salt Lake City Weekly argues, there is no empirical evidence to back this up. Should the Zion Curtain still stand? Peterson joins us along with Rep. Ryan Wilcox to discuss bringing Utah liquor laws into the 21st Century.
We end the week with Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings most recent release, Give the People What They Want, released on Jan. 14, 2014.
The album marks their fifth release, but is also a triumph for the group. The album was scheduled for release last August, but after being diagnosed in early 2013 with Stage II Pancreatic Cancer just after the album was finished, things were put on hold. Sharon has fought and overcome and is determined to do a tour for the album after her final treatments are finished up.
Give the People What They Want is a short 10 song album, with a powerful punch and proves that Jones is unstoppable.
Check out Stranger to My Happiness below.
On this day in Beatles history, The Beatles gave their last live performance on top of the Apple building in Row, London. The 42-minute show was recorded onto two eight-track machines in the basement of Apple as part of their film, Let It Be. They performed:
- Get Back
- I Don’t Want You (She’s So Heavy)
- Don’t Let Me Down
- I’ve Got a Feeling
- One After 909
- Dig A Pony
- God Save the Queen
- A Pretty Girls Is Like a Melody
At the end of it all, John Lennon said, “I’d like to say thank you on behalf of the group and ourselves, I hope we passed the audition.”
Read all about the Let It Be Live Rooftop Concert on January 30, 1969 right here.
Henry Roeland “Roy” Byrd – better known to the world as Professor Longhair or “Fess,” for short – stands as the foremost exponent of New Orleans piano style. Byrd’s idiosyncratic style is a rhythmic jambalaya reflecting the freewheeling, good-time spirit of the Crescent City. Professor Longhair soaked up influences from close-at-hand sources – barrelhouse boogie-woogie, Caribbean rhythms like the rumba (many of his relatives were West Indian), and the Crescent City’s “second line” parade rhythms – but the way he pieced these elements together is what made his style such a marvel of fluidity and drive. He has been hailed as “the Picasso of keyboard funk” and “the Bach of rock.” Professor Longhair also served to influence profoundly a generation of New Orleans pianists that came up behind him, many of whom made their mark in the interlocking worlds of rhythm & blues and rock and roll. Some of his more prominent musical heirs include Mac Rebennack (a.k.a. Dr. John), Fats Domino, Huey “Piano” Smith, James Booker and Allen Toussaint.
He was born Henry Roeland Byrd in Bogalusa, Louisiana, and lived in New Orleans from the age of two onward. As a child, he learned how to play on an old piano that had been left in an alley. He seriously began to master the instrument while working at a Civilian Conservation Corps camp in 1937. After a stint in the service during World War II, he returned to New Orleans and began playing at clubs like the Caledonia, a neighborhood bar just outside the French Quarter. He was called Professor Longhair, the “professor” part being an honorary nickname bestowed on New Orleans piano wizards. He first recorded in 1949 and scored his one and only R&B chart hit with “Bald Head,” released on Mercury Records, a year later. Soon after, he was signed to Atlantic Records and began recording under the aegis of the label’s producer/executives, Ahmet Ertegun and Jerry Wexler.
As a vocalist, Professor Longhair was a classic blues shouter. As a pianist, he was a unique force of nature – or, more accurately, New Orleans. It was a city whose sense of festivity he celebrated with such anthems as “Tipitina” (now the name of the city’s most fabled music club), “Mardi Gras in New Orleans” and “Big Chief.” Longhair remained locally popular as a working musician from the late 1940s to the early 1960s, rarely venturing off his home turf. He abandoned the music business in 1964 to work odd jobs and deal cards for a living. After languishing in obscurity Professor Longhair was rediscovered and enlisted to play at the second New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival in 1971. His comeback included tours of Europe and albums for major labels as a new generation discovered his inimitable “mambo-rumba-boogie” style. All the while he remained the patron saint of Jazzfest, closing out the final show each year until his death in 1980.
- Taken from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Professor Longhair was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992
by Troy Williams
How did the John Swallow debacle happen? Nick Burns welcomes Maryanne Martindale from Alliance for a Better Utah and journalist Robert Gehrke from the Salt Lake Tribune to shine light on the dark money trail behind John Swallow, Jason Powers and the Proper Role of Government Education Association. Powers has gained a reputation of being the Lee Atwater of Utah politics. He has mastered the art of setting up non-profit shell groups to attack his client’s opponents. With such secretive schemes the public doesn’t know who is funding what. The stage is set in Utah for corruption and political scandal.
by Troy Williams
Is it possible to be a transwoman and an active Latter-day Saint? Sara Jade Woodhouse is doing just that. She grew up in a rural community in Utah County and at an early age knew that she was different from the other kids. Today, she remains committed to living authentically as both a woman and a Mormon. Sara now works with Equality Utah and is hoping to see passage of SB100, a statewide non-discrimination bill that will protect other transgender Utahns from being fired or evicted because of their gender identity.
Today, David Crosby releases “Croz,” his first solo studio album in 20 years. The album features 11 new original songs, released as a digital and physical release on Blue Castle Records, the label Crosby co-founded with Graham Nash in 2011.
In support of “Croz,” Crosby and his touring band will be performing on a series of dates through early 2014.
David Crosby’s career first started with The Byrds in 1964. Around 1968 Crosby left The Byrds and started jamming with Stephen Stills and Graham Nash. They released Crosby, Stills & Nash which spawned two Top 40 hit singles. The three were joined by Neil Young in 1969, they became known as Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, releasing Deja Vu, which hit number 1 on the charts. Crosby released his first solo album in 1971, “If I Could Only Remember My Name,” featuring contributions from Nash, Young, Joni Mitchell and members of Jefferson Airplane, the Grateful Dead and Santana.
When talking about “Croz,” in an interview with Rolling Stone, Crosby said, “I have this stuff that I need to get off my chest.” The album features eleven new tracks, a number of iconic players including guitarist Mark Knopfler and trumpeter Wynton Marsalis.
Find out more about “Croz,” below. Purchase “Croz” here today.
In honor of Bobby “Blue” Bland’s birthday, we’re highlight The Best of Bobby “Blue” Bland!
The Best of Bobby “Blue” Bland features track such as “I Pity the Fool”, “I’ll Take Care of You”, “Turn On Your Love Light” and more. Bobby Bland was also referred to as “The Lion of the Blues”, or “The Sinatra of the Blues”.
His first chart success came in 1957 with “Farther Up the Road,” hitting no. 1 on the R&B Charts, it also reached no. 43 on the Billboard Hot 100. Bland was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 1981, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992, and received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement award in 1997. His track “I’ll Take Care of You” was written by Brook Benton and originally recorded by Bland in 1959. It has gone on to be covered by the likes of Van Morrison, Etta james and Gil Scott-Heron, to name a few. The Jamie xx remix of Gil Scott’s version [of "I'll Take Care of You,"] was reworked by Drake and Rihanna and released as the single “Take Care” for the album Take Care by Drake.
Through his career, Bland collaborated with Van Morrison, and in 2008, Mick Hucknall of Simply Red released, Tribute to Bobby, containing songs associated with Bland. Bland had a total of 23 Top Ten hits on the Billboard R&B charts and in the 1996 Top R&B book, Bland was ranked the #13 all-tim top charting artist.
Bland continued performing until shortly before his death. He passed away on June 23, 2013 at his home in Germantown, Tennessee.
List to the original version of “I’ll Take Care of You,” below.
Happy birthday Bobby!
by Troy Williams
Owen Smith is the manager of community programs with Equality Utah. He is a Wisconsin native whose earliest memories include marching with his mother on a labor picket line. He took from his parents a determination to work for a more just world. Today, he is working with Equality Utah to pass SB100, a bill designed to protect LGBT Utahns from discrimination in both housing and the workplace. As a transgender man living in Utah, Owen has first hand experience with the bitter realities of discrimination.
To finish up the Sundance Special Edition of Album of the Day this week, we’ve got Quentin Tarantino’s 1992 release and third official film, Reservoir Dogs. The soundtrack to the movie was his first release which would be followed by stellar soundtracks for Pulp Fiction, Jackie Brown, Kill Bill, to name a few, and his most recent, Django Unchained.
The Reservoir Dogs soundtrack set the tone for his future soundtracks. While the film had a very 50′s feel to it, the music was from the 60′s-80′s. The soundtrack also featured snippets of dialogue in-between songs. Tarantino has followed this style of soundtrack throughout the majority of his films.
The soundtrack features songs by Harry Nilsson, Bedlam, Joe Tax, Stealers Wheel and more. Check out “Stuck in the Middle With You” below.