Bill Beckett

Press Image - Larry McClemons / Steve Gillette & Cindy Mangsen

Airs Friday, October 7, at 9 p.m.  This week on the Caravan we have new music from Patty Griffin, LAKE, Boreal sons, Kan Wakan, Augustines, Steve Howell, Buddy Flett, and Anders Osborne plus music from Etta Baker and Travis. Then a concert by Steve Gillette and Cindy Mangsen, two wanders from Vermont, and in the final hour we'll sigh "An American Prayer." join me Friday at 9 for the Caravan on Red River Radio.

Press Image / The Luce Group and KPVU-FM

Airs Friday, September 30, at 9 p.m.  Texas Jazz & Blues Greats is hosted by jazz pianist and composer Jason Moran, a Texas native himself.  Moran was recently tapped to be the Creative Director at the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts after the passing of Dr. Billy Taylor, and was the recipient of the 2010 MacArthur Fellowship.  A student of the blues, Jason’s virtuoso performances marries classical, blues, and jazz with the musical influences of his generation including funk, hip-hop, and rock.  The Texas Jazz & Blues Greats project was right in his sweet spot!       This two-hour special covers a wide range of artists – connecting the dots between jazz, blues, funk and soul music. Hour 1 includes Sly Stone (yes, funk is in the family!), Big Mama Thornton, Joe Sample, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Joe Tex, David Fathead Newman and King Curtis.     Hour 2 includes Billy Preston, Illinois Jacquet, Esther Philips, Leadbelly, Bobbi Humphrey, Billy Harper, Albert Collins, and Stevie Ray Vaughan. All are sons and daughters of Texas.  Produced by The Luce Group and KPVU-FM Prairie View TX 

Press Image / Ashley Mace Havird

Aired Monday, September 26, at 12 noon. Bill Beckett spoke with Ashley Mace Havird about the release of her first novel called Lightningstruck out now in book stores. She will be holding a book signing and reading coming up at the Broadmoor branch of Shreve Memorial Library on October 3, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 3. More info about Ashley and her works is available at her website

Press Image / Dave Mallett

Airs Friday Night at 9 p.m.  This weeks Caravan features music by Cloud Control, Nick Brumley, and Matt The Electrician, with Blues at the Bottom by Etta Baker, Kieren Kane, Xavier Rudd and a little Buddy & Julie Miller for fun. On the concert hour, Dave Mallett on the stage.

Bill Beckett spoke with Kelly Rich, Director of the Highland Area Partnership, about this year’s 13th Annual Highland Jazz and Blues Festival in Shreveport, which takes place this Saturday, September 17th, at the Highland Historic Columbia Park. For complete details visit the festival on line at Highland Jazz & Blues Fest or call 318 – 548 – 3503. That’s 318 – 548 – 3503.