Bill Beckett en Caravan: The Brazil Connection <div><strong>Airs Friday, July 25 at 9 p.m.</strong>&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">This week on the Caravan we feature new tracks from David Gray, Yellow Red Sparks, Doug Gillard, Dot Hacker, and Sweet Honey in the Rock plus some guitar driven blues from Johnny Winter, Muddy Waters, and Tito and the Tarantula. In our second hour we travel South of the&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Border for a look at the Brazil Connection and this week in our final hour you'll find us at The Meeting Pool.</span></div> Sat, 26 Jul 2014 02:00:00 +0000 Bill Beckett 47511 at Caravan: The Brazil Connection Caravan: Pierce Pettis <p><strong>Airs Friday, July 18 at 9 p.m.</strong> This week on the Caravan we feature a couple of cool film songs from the movie "A Love song For Bobby Long" and we'll catch some Angels Falling with Neil Young. Twang Darkly will take us delving and we'll follow The Neville Brothers down a long dark road and Warren Wilken will bring us on home. In our second hour we'll have a concert by Pierce Pettis recording at the Second Street Bakery and tonight in our final hour we'll visit with "A Natural Man."</p><p> Sat, 19 Jul 2014 02:00:00 +0000 Bill Beckett 47182 at Caravan: Pierce Pettis Savannah Music Festival: Mariza Live <div><strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Airs Thursday, July 17 at 8 p.m.&nbsp;</span></strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Afro-Portuguese </span>fado<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> sensation </span>Mariza<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> put on what many are calling the "concert of the year" at the Savannah Music Festival. Tune in for a program featuring her Georgia debut. </span>Fado<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, which translated means "destiny" or "fate," is a musical genre that can be traced from the </span>1820s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> in Portugal, but probably with much earlier origins. In popular belief, </span>fado<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is a form of music characterized by mournful tunes and lyrics. The music is usually linked to the Portuguese word "</span>saudade<span style="line-height: 1.5;">," which has no match in English but could be understood as nostalgia felt while missing someone. The origins of </span>fado<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> are a mixture of African slave rhythms, the traditions of Portuguese sailors, and the influence of Arabic music. Join us for a captivating performance given by </span>Mariza<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, the genre's biggest star, at the Lucas </span>Theatre<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> for the Arts during the Savannah Music Festival.</span></div><p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 01:00:00 +0000 Bill Beckett 47065 at Savannah Music Festival: Mariza Live Red River Radio Spotlight: 35th Annual Natchitoches-NSU Louisiana Folk Festival <p><strong>Bill Beckett</strong> spoke with&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;"><strong>Dr. Shane Rasmussen</strong>, Director of the Louisiana Folklife Center and an Associate Professor of English at Northwestern State University about the <strong>35th Annual Natchitoches-NSU&nbsp;</strong></span><strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Louisiana&nbsp;</span><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">Folk Festival</strong></strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> which takes place this Friday and Saturday, July 18 and 19, in the air-conditioned </span>Prather<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Coliseum, on the&nbsp;campus of Northwestern State University in historic </span>Natchitoches<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. You can find our more by visiting them online at </span><strong style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="" target="_blank">Louisiana Folk Life Center</a></strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp; or by calling 318-357-4332.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Read this years newsletter <strong><a href="" target="_blank">here</a></strong>.</span></p><p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 17:00:00 +0000 Bill Beckett & Shane Rasmussen 47208 at Red River Radio Spotlight: 35th Annual Natchitoches-NSU Louisiana Folk Festival Bird Calls with Cliff Shackelford <p><strong>Airs Tuesday, &nbsp;July 15 at 6 p.m.&nbsp;</strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Once again&nbsp;Ornithologist&nbsp;Cliff&nbsp;Shackelford, from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, will take questions about all our feathered friends on "Bird Calls" from Red River Radio. If you have a photo or the recorded sound of a bird that you'd like Cliff to research and identify for this show please send them to&nbsp;</span><strong style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href=""></a></strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;and we'll ask Cliff to help identify the bird. We'll also post your photos and recorded sounds on our website after the show.</span></p><p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 23:00:00 +0000 Bill Beckett & Cliff Shackelford 47186 at Bird Calls with Cliff Shackelford