The Ryan Ober Band, The Nancy Druids, and Gold City Ashes at The Monkey House April 1, 2017   Leave a comment

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The Nancy Druids pic by Tim Lewis

 

I had a great time seeing music last night at The Monkey House. I met up with Nathan Curtis just before 9 and we drove to Winooski and got settled in.

It was not long before Ryan Ober picked up his electric guitar and started playing and singing. Joined by Creston Lea and Jeremy Frederick on drums, the trio rocked out some bluesy songs with a pop edge. The first song was about loving a girl for a long time and Creston kept asking what her name was. The second was a rocker called What Is Life? Ryan had a ripping solo at the end and played so powerfully that the stage could not hold him. They played a few of Ryan’s new songs and covers like Dylan’s To Be Alone With You and a rocking version of Ray Charles’ Sticks And Stones. Ryan’s song Caveman Blues was pretty fun and had a bit of an Elvis Costello vibe. They closed the nine song set with Ryan’s tale about how his friends say he can’t get away from the blues, and fun was had by all.

 

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The Ryan Ober Band pic by Tim Lewis

 

During the set Nathan met and chatted with Star and we hung out close to the stage and rocked out as The Nancy Druids weaved their magical spell. Their melodic indie music rocked hard and sent shimmering vibes through the club. They opened with Sky and we were off and running. With some snow outside on an April night, December still seemed appropriate. Halo has a great bass riff from John Franklin, powerhouse drumming from Ann Mindell and Sean Toohey sent the solo into a feedback guided blissful universe. By Design was super catchy and The Space Between was gorgeous and a little extra fun considering the Facebook post I did earlier in the day that threaded the space between a secret and a lie. They pulled out the brand new song Icicles, I think that’s what it’s called, and it was pretty great. The stomp rock of Just Another Day kept us grooving and Might Have Been had a wicked guitar effect at the end. They closed the set with a song that may be called Who You are and it had more great Ann drumming and a colossal ending. The Druids always make me happy when they play.

 

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The Nancy Druids pic by Tim Lewis

 

The set break was a little longer than the first one, but we hung out in the front as Canadian band GOLD CITY ASHES took the stage. They are an electric guitar/singer, bass, drums trio and had a classic rock sound. Nico had a great bounce to his drumming, Chris played a lot of leads with a slide and Lynn’s bass playing was just amazing. It was mesmerizing to watch her play. Chris was an engaging front man and was very welcoming and appreciative. His voice was nice and the songs rocked hard. The first couple had a nice stomp to them and the third song had a big bluesy feel. The next couple kept us rocking hard then they got into a jam with California Love, They tossed a little roll away the dew in the middle, then went back to the hard rock. Later in the set they played a heavy version of After The Gold Rush that made me smile. They wrapped the 15 song set with a rocker that had space for each member to do a short solo and ended with a blistering song called Big Brother which had an epic set up, a hard rocking middle and a Judas Priest ending.

We hung out and said Hi to the band then Star took off and I caught a ride home from Nathan. It was yet another wonderful night of music and was great to make some new friends.

 

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Gold City Ashes pic by Tim Lewis

Radio Show 201 Thursday March 30, 2017 9-11pm Eastern US Time 107.1 FM and WBKM.ORG   Leave a comment

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The Nancy Druids at Robot Dog Studio pic by Tim Lewis

 

Tonight’s local music radio show on WBKM 107.1FM will run from 9-11pm US Eastern Time and will go as follows.

Song before: Morrigan – Children in Paradise

intro

From our small city to the great big world, these are the Sounds Of Burlington. I’ve got lots of great new music to play tonight but let’s begin with one of Vermont’s absolute treasures.

1.) Scattered Birds – Aaron Flinn
2.) Faded Movie Reel – Jeremy Gilchrist – Singer-Songwriter
3.) Wooden Heart – SWALE
4.) All Love – Kat Wright

That’s the next song from Kat’s album By My Side that I’m playing all the way through, song after song, week after week. That’s a brand new song from Swale from their upcoming album There’s No One Here. Wow, what a beautiful song, and what about those horns? The Jeremy song was from the interview and recording we did a few weeks back at Robot Dog Studio. Great song by Aaron, who is a great guy, a great singer, a great songwriter and a fantastic guitar player. We are so lucky to have such a wonderful person in our community. Speaking of wonderful people in our community, this next band have been playing around for a while but don’t have anything recorded. We met up last night with Ryan Cohen at Robot Dog Studio and recorded this interview and they played these four songs.

5.) Sky – The Nancy Druids
6.) Just Another Day – The Nancy Druids
7.) By Design – The Nancy Druids
8.) The Space Between – The Nancy Druids

I love the songs and the over the top guitar playing and can’t thank Ryan and the Druids enough for playing that. Also, I brought my brother Ken along and he had a great time watching it all happen. OK, let’s play some more rock and roll.

9.) East Jabib – REDadmiral
10.) Ain’t No Sunshine – Kiki’s Lost Nation
11.) Cascade – Andriana Chobot
12.) Loose Tooth – Clever Girls

Great new song from Clever. I love the huge sound of cascade. Kiki come out now and then to rock us hard, and it was cool to see Andriana play that song the other night. Great political rocker from Admiral. OK, let’s keep rocking.

13.) Give Love – 1881
14.) My Fear Of Losing You – Milton Busker
15.) Sorrow Of The Space Inside – Secret Heliotropes
16.) Every Last One Of Us – Swale

That song is so quiet and so loud and so gentle and so powerful and always blows me away when then play it live. I’m so happy I finally get to play it for you. That’s another cool song from Heliotropes album A Well Lit Room. Great song from Milton and same for 1881. OK, let’s keep rocking.

17.) Journals – Senders
18.) This Ain’t The Summer Of Love – The Contrarian
19.) Blind Pigs – ROUGH FRANCIS
20.) Burn – Dirty Blondes

I was listening to Pigs the other day and the imagery of burn and summer of love made me want to play those three together. Great song from Senders. OK, It’s my job to play local music but I just have to cheat now and then. There’s this french prog rock band called Children In Paradise who have been captivating me lately. The singer is about to release her solo album and is starting a crowdfunding campaign on April 1st. Since I play her music before and after my show all the time I thought I’d toss in one of her new songs.

21.) Who Are These Gods? – Dam Kat
22.) Be Like Ryan – The Mountain Says No
23.) Counting On A Ghost – Elephants of Scotland
24.) Freeway – David Rosane & The Zookeepers

David sometimes lives in Vermont and sometimes lives in France so I thought that would be a fun way to bookend that set. Great song from Elephants. It sounds like they have new cool music coming for us soon. If you are near Jeffersonfille on Saturday, go check out Mountain!! Also, feel free to be like Ryan. Great song from Kat. Bonne Chance. OK let’s keep rocking.

25.) Jackbooted Thugs (Get All The Best Drugs) – Anders Parker
26.) Vicarious – Alice Austin
27.) Teenage Mother Earth – The Red Telephone
28.) Time To Get Out – Aaron Flinn

Another great song from Aaron. Sean Toohey sings and plays guitar for The Nancy Druids and played in Telephone and played with Alice on that song. He and Ann Mindell used to play in Envy. Great song from Anders. I hope you enjoyed checking out the music of our town. Let’s do it again next week, shall we?

29.) Sayonara – Black Rabbit
outro

Songs afte
3-D – Fish
Alone – Children In Paradise
The Revenge Of Vera Gemini – The Contrarian
Flood Of Sunshine – The Posies
The Funny Bird – Mercury Rev
Wake The Raven – Kimberly White Project
Bomb – Envy
King Of The Mountain (live) – Kate Bush
Alone In The Night – Andriana Chobot
Symmetry – jane siberry
Dying Stars – Slingshot Dakota
The Stars (Are Out Tonight) – David Bowie
When You Were Mine – The Church Band
What’s In California? – Joshua Glass Music
regular programming.

 

Radio Show 200 Thursday March 23, 2017 9-11pm Eastern US Time 107.1 FM and WBKM.ORG   Leave a comment

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Tonight’s local music radio show on WBKM will run from 9-11pm US Eastern time and can be streamed from the Facebook page link above. It will go as follows.

Song before: The End Of The World – Skeeter Davis

intro

From our small city to the great big world, these are the Sounds Of Burlington. Tonight is the 200th show that I’ve done on WBKM and it’s been a joy bringing you some of Burlington’s best music over the past 4 years. Tonight, I will pull out a whole bunch of classic songs. Let’s begin with one of my favorite songs from 2007.

1.) Star – The New Siberians
2.) Alone In The Night – Andriana Chobot
3.) Black Sheep – Kelly Ravin
4.) Green Doors – Lowell Thompson Music and Crown Pilot

Lowell and Kelly play in a band called The Welterweights and they play at Higher Ground on Saturday. Thanks for sponsoring our station Higher Ground! Andriana is amazing and I loved seeing her play that song last Friday. Hmmm, Siberians. OK, it’s time to play the next song on By My Side.

5.) Way With Words – Kat Wright
6.) Harvest Moon – Silver Bridget
7.) Unspoken – Anders Parker
8.) When She Sleeps – Peg Tassey MUSIC

Great gentle and powerful song from Peg. Anders is just amazing. Bridget are playing some enchanting shows these days. Yet another great song from Kat. This next band released this song last year and it quickly became a favorite. They are playing at The Monkey House on Saturday.

9.) The Bad Year – Carraway
10.) Paper Train – Dave Jarvis Band (Daffy Mal Yinkleyank)
11.) Tastes Like Nothing – Zola Turn
12.) Popular Crowd – SWALE

Swale are playing great shows and are about to drop a new album on us. They have a Kickstarter going if you want to help out. Zola and Dave put on great shows in the ’90’s and Dave is now in Agent 802. Great song from Carraway. This band played around in the early 2010’s.

13.) Move Through Time – Persian Claws
14.) There’s A Problem – Mr. Doubtfire
15.) Sun In The Sky – Ninja Custodian
16.) You – Screaming Broccoli

Broccoli played in the late ’80’s and early ’90’s. Same for Ninja. I want to send Sun to anyone going through a rough time. It’s always been a source of strength for me. Doubtfire are out playing great shows and have a new EP coming soon. Hmmm, Claws. OK, here is another of my favorite songs.

17.) Alienation – Black Rabbit
18.) Plastic Revolution – Doll Fight
19.) Bloodboy – Envy
20.) Black & Red – ROUGH FRANCIS

Francis are a tremendous band and have a new album coming soon. Envy played great shows in the ’90’s and one last year. Doll Fight rocked us in the 2000’s and Rabbit are rocking us now. This next song is one of the most intense songs that got played in town many times over the years.

21.) The Drone – The Cush
22.) Release The Beast – The Mountain Says No
23.) Knight Ov Swords – The Contrarian
24.) Bionic – The Red Telephone

Such a great song from Matt Hutton and Sean Toohey as they moved from Envy to RT. Casey Merlin Rae is the Contrarian and is amazing. Great song from Mountain’s first album and an absolute classic from The Cush. This next band are playing around as The High Breaks but did an album of Sabbath.

25.) Children Of The Grave – Surf Sabbath
26.) Can’t Feel It – Vetica
27.) Grey Goo – Villanelles
28.) Break – Slingshot Dakota

SD come to town so often they are honorary Vermonters. Villanelles are playing around and that song always makes me happy. Great song from Vetica from the 2010’s and a rearranged classic from the Breaks from the last year or so. I hope you enjoyed checking out the music of our town. Let’s do it again next week, shall we?

29.) Sayonara – Black Rabbit
outro

Songs after:

Where In The World – Fish
Brothers And Sisters – Joe Adler
Breathing In – The Hero Cycle
The Awful Ache – The Church Band
The Old And The Young – MIDLAKE BAND
On And On – Michael Schenker Group
In Trance – Uli Jon Roth
TFAY – Elephants of Scotland
Two Weeks (’til The End Of the World) – Grand
Fear Of The Dark – Iron Maiden
Afraid Of Sunlight – Marillion
New York My Lovely – Joshua Glass Music
regular programming

 

Cricket Blue, Silver Bridget, The Parts, and Phil Yates & The Affiliates at The Monkey House March 19, 2017 Show Up Shows vol 2   Leave a comment

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Cricket Blue pic by Tim Lewis

 

I had a great time seeing music last night at The Monkey House. The show was set to go from 6:30-10 and I had to work until 7. It was a benefit for Planned Parenthood and is part of a series of shows to benefit worthy organizations put on by The Monkey House and Sean Hood.

I got out of work at 7 on the dot and ran over to the Monkey. I assumed I would miss one of the four bands but would be happy to catch what I could. Cricket Blue were on stage and playing as I got settled in and said hi to Jeremy Gilchrist. I wasn’t listening with full attention but still liked the sound of the new song they were playing. I got into focus mode and loved the guitar and vocal interplay on Quiet pt 2. They followed with Ode To Billy Joe and wrapped up the set. I missed a few songs but was happy with what I caught.

 

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Cricket Blue pic by Tim Lewis

 

The emcee of the night, Annie Russell, got up and plugged Planned Parenthood and encouraged people to vote in the silent auction with poise and humor. I think she began the night with a stand up set, which was what let me catch a couple of Cricket songs.

Up next Silver Bridget took the stage. Matt Saraca rocked the electric guitar while John Townsend formed the rhythms with acoustic guitar and kick drums and Johnnie Day Durand‘s musical saw soared over the top. They opened with Heart Of Gold then brought us to The End Of The World. And I Love Her was sweet then we went out to the Blue Bayou. They capped the set with Nowhere Man and the quiet and appreciative crowd was well pleased.

 

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Silver Bridget pic by Tim Lewis

 

Annie came up for more announcements then made way for Danny LeFrancois and The Parts. Danny sang and played electric guitar and was joined by Steve Sharon on drums and Jason Pappas on bass. They opened with a heavy rocker that showcased Danny’s deep guitar sound. Driving All Alone was second and rocked hard too. The third song was a rocker about drinking and the fourth was a fast Irish ditty about a liquor store. The mellowed out for It’s A Shame and were joined by a fiddle player. I think his name was Jake. They brought Sean up to sing the next one and a distant memory made me cringe. It proved to be unfounded as Sean sang the heck out of a gorgeous song about Berlin after the wall or Oklahoma at dawn, or something like that. He stayed on stage for a cover of Achy Breaky Heart and that was the one I was worried about. It was fun and the audience liked it, so that was cool. After that, they called it a night.

 

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The Parts pic by Tim Lewis

 

Annie came back and announced the auction winners then Phil Yates & The Affiliates hit the stage hard and loud. They played a blistering Co-Pilot and kept rocking with My Favorite Bag. They eased up for the gorgeous If Only I Was Lonely then went back to full on rock for my new favorite song Send Him The Bill. They kept rocking with Burn It Down Bernadette and played one of the most intense versions of Little French Earthquakes that I’ve heard. They capped the night with Ninjas Vs Zombies and I was in a happy place.

I headed out pretty quickly and took the long happy bunny chasing walk home

 

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Phil Yates & The Affiliates pic by Tim Lewis

 

Silver Bridget at Nectar’s March 18, 2017   Leave a comment

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Silver Bridget pic by Tim Lewis

 

I had a great time seeing music last night at Nectar’s. It was a long work day but I think I did a good job and got the numbers to fall in line. I had enough time to go home and eat some food and settle a bit then took the sunny walk downtown for the early show.

I arrived a couple of minutes late for the 7pm show but the band were still setting up so I hung out and chatted with Charlie Messing. When the band were ready we grabbed seats at the table at the front. Silver Bridget were soon on stage and ready to go, but something looked odd. John Townsend plays acoustic guitar and sometimes has a kick drum. He not only had the drum, but also set a snare on it’s side so he could use pedals on that too. To make things really fun, he had an electric baritone guitar which changed up the sound a little. With a bit more of a rocking sound the band opened with Radiohead’s Creep and followed with All Apologies. I love the band’s ethereal take on classic pop songs and this was a nice addition to the sound. Matt Saraca added a little extra muscle to his electric guitar and Johnnie Day Durand‘s musical saw soared over the top. John switched to acoustic for lovely takes on The End Of The World and You Got It then went electric for Nothing Compares 2 U. From there John switched back to acoustic and the band settled into the set. They took us on a journey that had us searching for a Heart Of Gold. The told the tale of The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down. They encouraged us to Follow The Sun as we drifted past the Blue Bayou. They pulled out the Dolly version of I Will always Love You then warned us that if we were not careful we were Going To Lose That Girl. They lit up the room with Paint It Black then played a sweet version of Love Me Tender. Old Man had the super cool Johnnie saw riffs then they encouraged us to Stand By Your Man. For some reason I was sure I knew what was next and was correct as they played Girl, You’ll Be A Woman soon. Matt led the take off section as the band took us on a Space Oddity. And I Love Her sounded sweet then they rocked out Hey Hey My My, or was it My My Hey Hey? Either way, it was great. They said Goodbye Yellow Brook Road then took us to the beach to hang 10 with the Surfer Girl. They told us that Only Love Can Break Your Heart. John left the stage as Matt and Johnnie took us Somewhere Over The Rainbow. John returned and picked up the electric and they closed the 24 song set with a stirring Nights In White Satin.

I said a couple of quick goodbyes then took the dark, icy, and happy walk home.

 

Here’s a video I shot of Only Love Can Break Your Heart – Tim

 

Posted March 19, 2017 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows, Uncategorized

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Andriana Chobot Trio at Light Club Lamp Shop and Joe Adler at Radio Bean March 17, 2017   Leave a comment

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Andriana Chobot Trio pic by Tim Lewis

 

I had a great time seeing music last night at Light Club Lamp Shop. The show was set to go from 7-8:45. I worked until 7, raced home, did a real quick turn around and walked to the club, arriving just before 7:30. Andriana Chobot was on stage singing and playing keys as I settled in. She was joined by Julian Chobot on bass and Cody Sargent on drums so they had a nice full sound. Julian is super steady on bass with some cool running around the fretboard. Cody plays with subtlety and grace and is always where he needs to be to enhance the song. Andriana has a strong voice that is equally as powerful when she is whispering or belting it out. Her keyboard has an almost orchestral piano sound. They played a bunch of her songs, some that I knew, some that I did not and a couple that I am getting to know. I only caught a bit of the song they were playing as I got settled then they went into a bass and drum groove as she sang Come Together. She added some keys to the instrumental section, late in the song, then went back to just singing to close out the classic Beatles song. I joyfully let the next four songs wash over me and fill me, then they pulled out the magnificent Cascade. It’s from her first EP and is just wonderful. They ended the first set with a powerful cover of Ain’t No Sunshine and her singing was epic.

 

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Joe Adler with Chris and Tucker pic by Tim Lewis

I took advantage of the break to head over to Radio Bean to see a few songs by Joe Adler and Tucker Hansen. Joe sang and played the card deck guitar while tucker played the violin. They were joined by Chris on trumpet and he played a nice solo just after I arrived. They pulled out the Nathan Moore song about wondering how you would know if you are an asshole. The catchy chorus is fun and easy to song. They followed with Dylan’s One More Cup Of Coffee then I hit the road back to the lamp shop The band was not on yet so I made the reverse trip and listened to the song on bended knee before heading out for good.

When I arrived back at the Lamp Shop they were playing a gorgeous version of Alone In The Night, another epic song from her first EP. I wish I had arrived sooner but caught most of it. From there, Andriana and the band played a bunch of fantastic songs that made me just want to listen and hear them and to barely think of anything and just exist in the moment. They played eight wonderful songs and wrapped the night with one of the songs that I’m getting to know. It’s called Neon and is really cool.

I hung out for a little bit, chatted about how nice the sound is at the Lamp Shop, and said a quick goodbye. The walk home through the winter wonderland was lovely and quick.

 

 

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Andriana Chobot Trio pic by Tim Lewis

 

Posted March 18, 2017 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows

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Radio Show 199 Thursday March 16, 2017 9-11pm Eastern US Time 107.1 FM and WBKM.ORG   Leave a comment

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Tonight’s local music radio show on 107.1FM WBKM.ORG will run from 9-11pm US Eastern time, whatever time that is, and will go as follows:

Song before: Little Wing – Uli Jon Roth

intro

From our small city to the great big world, these are the Sounds Of Burlington. There is a new series at The Monkey House called The Show Up Shows where they have bands play and donate money to a worthy cause. Sunday will be the second installment and will support Planned Parenthood. It will feature these next four bands.

1.) Angela Carter – Cricket Blue
2.) Paint It Black – Silver Bridget
3.) It’s A Shame – The Parts
4.) Grass Is Always Greener – Phil Yates & The Affiliates

Those are four cool songs and all of the bands will be at the Monkey House on Sunday. I think it’s an early show and starts at 6:30. OK, let’s play the next song on By My Side.

5.) Feelin’ Strong – Kat Wright
6.) Spring – Madaila
7.) Summer Falls – Lendway
8.) Paperclip Chains – Let’s Whisper

I love Whisper’s songs. I think they are making a new album. I had to play Spring and Summer Falls since we got 30″ of snow on Tuesday and Wednesday and it’s a bright shining winter wonderland outside. Great song by the super strong Kat Wright band. Madaila, and these next four bands, are playing at Higher Ground (thanks for sponsoring us HG) on Saturday at 12:30 in the afternoon. They will be rocking out some kids songs.

9.) Smile – Dwight & Nicole
10.) What’s The Deal With The Triangle? – James Kochalka
11.) Popular Crowd – SWALE
12.) Righteous – ROUGH FRANCIS

If I was not working, I’d love to be there for that show. They’ve done it for a few years now. So, I just got in this new album by a new band who feature Greg and Casey from Rocketsled. They are called Senders.

13.) Too Late To Learn – Senders
14.) ETI (Extra Terrestrial Intelligence) – The Contrarian
15.) Go Ahead And Fear The Reaper – Senders
16.) Purpose And Object – The Contrarian

Casey Merlin Rae creates music as the Contrarian and is now in a new band too. Perhaps he is in others too. OK, I just got this new song in and it’s really cool.

17.) Laughing Jim – The Edd
18.) Lines and Spaces (live) – The Cancer Conspiracy
19.) Random Earth – Elephants of Scotland

Cool song from Elephants. Per John M Whyte they have a new album coming and a really cool sound. I can’t wait. CC were a classic ’90’s band. I love the Floyd feel of Edd. OK, this next artist just released this EP last week and it’s getting a lot of notice.

20.) 45 – Clever Girls
21.) Small Town Movie (live) – The Cush
22.) This Machine – Invisible Homes
23.) This Machine Still Kills Fascists – Senders.

I just had to play the Senders and Homes songs back to back. Great song by The Cush. Same for Clever. OK, let’s go way back in time.

24.) Wally Rides The Ferry – Zoot Wilson
25.) It’s Real Again – Zola Turn
26.) Decide – Dave Jarvis Band
27.) Silver And Gold – Waylon Speed!

I hope you enjoyed checking out the music of our town. Let’s do it again next week, shall we?

28.) Sayonara – Black Rabbit
outro

Songs After:
The Lost Plot – Fish
In Trance – Uli Jon Roth
The Road – Anders Parker
Fly To The Rainbow – Uli Jon Roth
Emerald – Ace Frehley
Catch Your Train – Uli Jon Roth
Hand Of Doom – Black Sabbath
The Sails Of Charon – Uli Jon Roth
Sealine – The Church Band
All along The Watchtower – Uli Jon Roth
What’s In California? – Joshua Glass Music
regular programming.