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.

Taken at the Sunday Sampler Concert series at the Dunnellon Historic Train Depot
Photo by Donna Green-Townsend

Airs Friday, April 22, at 9 p.m. This week on the Caravan we open with a rockin' blues filled hour featuring the Memphis Rockabilly Band, the Chicago Rhythm & Blues Kings, Son House, and Erin McKeown, along with Henry Gray, Arthur Adams & BB King, Deborah Coleman, and George "Harmonica" Smith. Then, in our concert hour, from Miami Florida, it's Amy Carol Webb live at the Sunday Sampler Concert series, and in our final hour we visit The Plateau of Mirror with tracks from The Wailin' Jennys, Alice Coltrane, Phosphorescent, Violet, Brian Eno & Harold Budd, and Poi Dog Pondering.

Courtesy of Reverend Charley Photography / Reverend Charley Photography

Airs Friday, April 15, at 9 p.m. This week we feature an Americana flavor with new tracks from 3 Penny Acre, the Honey Dewdrops, and Rick Adams; some classic tracks from the Steve Gillette & Cindy Mangsen, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and Neil Young; a concert set with John Wakefield & John Jordan; and a full blues concert with Buddy Flett and Josh Hyde. Then on Be Quiet and Play The Music we'll close the show with all the Pretty Little Horses.

Women in Jazz

Apr 8, 2016
Unknown / This work is in the public domain because it was published in the United States between 1923 and 1977 and without a copyright notice.

Airs Friday, April 8, at 10 p.m. This is a tribute to a few of the more influential women who were instrumental in the formation of early jazz. Lillian "Lil" Hardin Armstrong, Marian McPartland, Mary Lou Williams and Valaida Snow (Queen of the Trumpet) are the featured artists.

WFIU - Producers / Night Lights Classic Jazz

Airs Friday, April 8, at 9 p.m. If you're searching the pages and records of jazz history for early and important women instrumentalists, then stop and take note any time you come across the name of Mary Osborne.  She started out as a little girl playing violin and guitar on the radio in Depression-era Minot, North Dakota, listening to jazz broadcasts on the radio out of Chicago--then one night she went to a club and heard Charlie Christian play, and her path as a jazz guitarist was set.

Carol Highsmith / Explicitly placed by author into the public domain

Airs Friday, April 8, at 11 p.m. Memories producer and host, Bernadette Cahill wrote to women all over early in 2006 asking for suggestions of "women's protest songs" for International Women's Day (March 8 every year). Correspondents loved the idea, and the overwhelming response resulted in two 59-minute editions of "Memories" devoted to songs written, performed and chosen by women. This show is an updated version for 2007 of the second of those two editions of "Memories" from 2006 -- the one of the two that includes commentary on the women's movement.

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