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Question of the Day: Initials

by Corny O'Connell

Today the King of the Blues, B.B. King, turns 89 years old. He was born Riley B. King, but while performing on WDIA radio in Memphis, he was known as Beale Street Blues Boy. That was soon shortened to Blues Boy King and eventually B.B. King. Your challenge today is to come up with other artists that are known by their initials. That could be for a first, middle or last name. Groups that use initials aren't what we're looking for, just individuals. List them below and we'll spin a set after 9am.

Here's what we played:

B.B. King "Think It Over"

Honeyblood - FUV Live - 2014

by Kara Manning

Scotland votes for (or against) independence this week, but in the realm of rock music, Glasgow's Stina Tweeddale and Shona McVicar of Honeyblood have seized upon their own ferociously indie spirit as a winning ticket. The pair—singer/guitarist Tweeddale and drummer McVicar—met serendipitously when they were both in other bands. They found common ground in a mutual affection for artists like PJ Harvey, Best Coast, the Breeders and Elastica, eschewed recruiting a bass player and began writing and recording together. Their first release was a lo-fi two-track cassette, the Thrift Shop EP, which they recorded with a single microphone and a 4-track tape deck in a bathroom. Shortly after that release, Tweeddale and McVicar nervously played their first live show in February 2012 where they caught the eye of FatCat Records founder Alex Knight, who not only bought the pair's handmade merchandise but began the process of mentoring them, eventually signing Honeyblood to the label.

Danny Schmidt and Carrie Elkin - Sunday Breakfast - 2014

by John Platt
Jeremy Rainer

It was love pretty much at first sight when Carrie Elkin and Danny Schmidt met at Folk Alliance in Memphis. It took these busy musicians about 7 years to record an album together, but it's a beauty, with a fitting title - "For Keeps." The soon-to-be newlyweds, one of Austin's favorite couples, visited me in Studio A to share a little of their love story and a few songs from the album.

Robert Plant - FUV Live - 2014

by Dennis Elsas
Robert Plant photos by Phil King
Robert Plant keeps moving forward with his musical choices, without abandoning or ignoring his glorious past. Since Led Zeppelin ended in December 1980 (following the death of their drummer John Bonham) Plant has recorded numerous solo albums, reunited with Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page for several projects, and ventured into Americana and world music. He successfully and surprisingly teamed up with bluegrass star Alison Krauss in 2007 and then joined Patty Griffin and Buddy Miller for Band of Joy in 2010.