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.

Airs Friday, April 20, 2018, at 9 p.m. This week on the Caravan we'll hear new tunes from The Royal Oui, The Carolina Chocolate Drops, and the Alabama Shakes plus a couple from Julie Miller and Allison Crowe. We'll also talk with Monty Brown who gives us a Profile of Jesse Thomas & Leonard "Peaches" Sterling on Blues at the Bottom and we'll feature Steve Howell and the Mighty Men in our studio to talk about and play some tunes from their latest release, called "Yes, I Believe I Will."

Meagan Beauchemin / NPR

Airs Friday, April 13, 2018, at 9 p.m. This week on the Caravan we'll feature some familiar sounds to open with a couple of classic cuts by Jethro Tull, plus tracks from Hat Check Girl, Allison Crow, and Chris Belleaun, and we'll toss in some Aretha Frankin to boot. Then in our concert hour we travel to the Newport Folk Festival for a concert featuring Tift Merrit, and this week in our final hour we Fly over the Cuckoo's Nest.

Press Image - Paul Ingles / Paul Ingles - producer

Airs Friday, April 6, 2018, 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.

Press / Brian Blade

Airs Friday, March 30, 2018, at 9 p.m. This week on the Caravan we open with a hour long profile of Brian Blade featuring an interview conducted by Alan Dyson and Robert Trudeau who explore just some of his musical output and collaborations plus word from Brian on his life's journey. Musical selection feature Brian as drummer on each including music by Norah Jones, Iron & Wine, Bob Dylan, Daniel Lanois, Charlie Haden, Joni Mitchell, Wayne Shorter, and his own group, Brian Blade & Fellowship Band. In our second hour we'll hear a concert by Steve Earl recorded Live at the Fur Peace Ranch, and in our final hour we'll wade In streams of the spring.

Press Image / Jazz Nights

Airs Friday, March 23, 2018, at 9 p.m. In the 1960s, as the civil-rights movement and other cultural changes gained momentum, a generation of women artists made their way through a jazz world that had long been less than hospitable to their aims. Singers such as Nina Simone and Jeanne Lee, composer Carla Bley, organist Shirley Scott, harpist Dorothy Ashby and fellow harpist and pianist Alice Coltrane, and trumpeter Barbara Donald all left behind notable recordings from this decade as they expanded the role of women in jazz in ways both traditional and groundbreaking.

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