Airs Friday, June 15 at 9:00 p.m. Johnny Cash became the stuff of legend over his long and storied career. Born in Arkansas and reared in fields of cotton, he was also raised on Gospel music and radio. The struggles of the depression that his and other families endured would ring through much of his music. He would become a champion for many who didn't have one. As his career progressed he would use his fame and status to bring changes and awareness of the plight of many, including prisoners, Native Americans, as well as the poor and downtrodden. Join us for this hour long look at Johnny Cash's politics and influence on American Culture. "Till things are brighter, I'm the Man in Black" sang Johnny Cash. He was an American with open eyes, aware of the state of the world, and he cared deeply. Cash shared his opinions on politics without hesitation or compromise, and people listened. His influence helped open the way for artists to express their feelings and views without fear. Rodney Crowell hosts this hour long tribute to The Man In Black.
Airs Thursday, May 24 at 11:00 a.m. Starting with the Civil War, which spurred the eventual creation of Memorial Day, we present an objective, nostalgic, entertaining, and respectful music/sound chronicle of America’s war history. This program is highlighted by music of the Civil War, Spanish-American War, World Wars I & II, Korea, Vietnam, and the Persian Gulf, touching also on Bosnia, Iraq, and Afghanistan. It documents our country’s strife over our entry into some wars, but respectfully acknowledges the hardships of combat, and honors our fighting men and women who have given the ultimate. You’ll witness moments of entertainment and nostalgia with the U.S. Air Force Band, The Navy Band and Country Current, the BBC Orchestra & Royal Air Force Band, the Glenn Miller Orchestra, Canadian Brass, Bette Midler; Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young; Mitch Miller; Steppenwolf; Joan Baez; Jefferson Airplane; plus music from top Broadway shows such as The King & I, Bloomer Girls, Hair, Phantom of the Opera, and songs from talented unknowns. You'll hear the heartfelt remembrances of Army and Air Force veterans, including Generals Norman Schwarzkopf and Colin Powell, and the voices of Presidents Roosevelt, Eisenhower, George H. W. Bush, Clinton, and Obama.
Bill Beckett talks with Bill Allen and Julia Dunning from the Soulfish Blues Band about their upcoming performance at MUDBUG MADNESS on Saturday May 26. They also preview the weekend at MUDBUG MADNESS.
Airs Wednesday, May 9 at 8:00 p.m. Randy Brewer sat down with Brady Blade, renowned musician, entrepreneur, and co-owner of Blade Studio’s in Shreveport, to talk about his life, his music career, and the current work he is doing with Blade Studios. During the hour we’ll travel across the globe with Brady as he works with artists ranging from the Killer Bees and the Brand New Heavies, to Emmylou Harris, Steve Earl, Daniel Lanois, and Dave Matthews. We’ll follow as he travels back to his home in Shreveport, after living in Sweden for many years, to open Blade Studio’s along with partner and Executive Producer Scott Crompton and award winning recording engineer Chris Bell. During the hour we’ll hear selections from some artists Brady has been working with including singer-songwriter Maggie Koerner and Citizen Cope. We'll also listen to some artists he recommends such as Massive Attack, Hurricane Chris, and The Lackadaisies. In addition we will listen to tracks Brady played on from Steve Earl, Dave Matthews, and Emmylou Harris. Join us for an hour long profile of Brady Blade, Wednesday Night at 8:00 p.m., here on Red River Radio.
Airs Wednesday, April 11 at 11:00 a.m. Renowned actor Theodore Bikel and The Western Wind, America's pre-eminent vocal ensemble, present 25 eclectic selections that, along with an inspiring narration, serve as musical documentary of Passover. Music includes Hebrew folk melodies, classical European liturgical music, ancient Sephardic chants, Klezmer-style improvisations, and traditional songs from the Seder. This program is designed for listeners of any religious background and provides a good introduction to a holiday whose lessons of redemption and faith are universal.