Caravan with Bill Beckett

Fridays at 9pm

So Much Music - So Little Time

The Caravan is a Weekly program featuring a diverse selection of music and hosted by Bill Beckett. Each week you'll hear selections from across the globe in a mosaic designed to carry you along effortlessly. The program will feature a broad mix in hour one with certain recurring themes. 

Hour two will feature live concert material gathers from around the country and world, from locally produced concert recorded in our new studios to concert we record at venues around our listening region. We will also feature specials on a variety of musical subjects and live CD material as well.

Hour three is simply called be quiet and play the music. This hour is designed as a 52:00 minute segment of music with no breaks. A listening experience that is unique. Underneath the music is a sort of hidden theme that only Bill knows and he's not telling, so you can approach the hour and let it affect you in your own unique way. Bill will return near the end to let you know what you've heard and close out with one final song.

Tune in Friday at 9:00 p.m. for the Caravan. Bill has a vast library of music and a deep love of all genre's from Indian Raga's and Delta Blues to Classical, Jazz, Folk, Rock, Alternative, and World and more. We hope you enjoy the experience and discover new music each week as well as hear familiar favorite.

For More Information contact Bill at wbeckett@lsus.edu.

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Airs Friday, October 27, 2017, at 9 p.m. This week on the Caravan we'll open with a look back at the life and influences of David Bowie featuring tracks from The Rise and fall of Ziggy Stardust, Space Oddity, and Heroes plus track from numerous artists he collaborated with including Brian Eno, Lou Reed, Iggy Pop, Mott The Hoople, and more. Then, in our concert hour, another musical icon, Arlo Guthrie live on stage at the Tent Show Radio Hour Live from Big Top Chautauqua in Bayfield Wisconsin and in our final hour we'll dance with the Lady in Black.

Caravan: Tom Petty

Oct 20, 2017
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Airs Friday, October 20, 2017, at 9 p.m. This week on the Caravan we feature a two part appreciation of Top Petty starting with Tom Petty - Live and Kickin' It. The legendary rocker's surprising death on October 2, 2017 set off a series of tributes and fond memories by Petty's millions of fans around the world. Paul Ingles produced several specials honoring the beloved musician.  Then we'll hear Room At The Top. Rolling Stone writer Anthony DeCurtis and Esquire Magazine's Jeff Slate join Paul Ingles for a thoughtful and heart-felt review of the special qualities that made the late Tom Petty such an important figure in rock 'n' roll. Music from throughout Tom's 40 year career is featured. In our Final hour we'll examine a Paradox of Grace.

Charlie Warren - while backpacking the Wind River Range / Charlie Warren

Airs Friday, October 13, 2017, at 9 p.m. An extensive journal of the life and music of one of the most creative and popular performers of the late 20th Century. John Denver's music and comments about his life as a songwriter and performer, as revealed in interviews and his songs. Includes top hit recordings and those less familiar, but revealing, meaningful, and sometimes humorous. We're also reminded of his life as a husband, father, environmentalist, and adventurer. In our second hour we'll share Ten More From David: A David Bowie Appreciation, and in our final hour we'll share a New Angel Song.

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Airs Friday, October 6, 2017, at 9 p.m. This week on the Caravan we'll have cuts by Creedence Clearwater Revival, the Mansion Family, Buddy Flett, Luther Allison, King Curtis, and new tracks from John Gorka and Eliza Gilkyson. In our concert hour, Sarah Jarosz, and in our final hour we're "Lost with the Lights On," seeking music by Robert Deeble, Neil Young, Johnny Depp & Come, Red House Painters, Patti Smith, and Nirvana.

Caravan: Steve Earl

Sep 29, 2017
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Airs Friday, September 29, 2017, at 9 p.m. This week on the Caravan we have a distinctive country flavor, both traditional and a touch old school plus some Creole country music called Zydeco. We feature tracks from Guy Clark, a new cut from Chris Thile with Michael Daves, some Alison Krauss, and an unusual track from the Punch Brothers. On Blues at the Bottom, country blues from Marie Nofsinger and Brad Paisley, a traditional and soulful track from Dorothy Moore and we'll have some happy feet music from Geno Delafose and Beau Jocque. On our concert hour, Part 2 of a solo show by Steve Earl at the Fur Peace Ranch, and in our final hour we'll search for Sunken Treasure.

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