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The Bottomless Pit

The Bottomless Pit With Marshall Crenshaw For September 20

by Marshall Crenshaw
Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels

On tonight's "The Bottomless Pit" at 10, I'm still dealing musically with my recent road trip out West. In the Joshua Tree area of California I saw an old friend, Victoria Williams, and over the next few weeks I'll be playing some of her remarkable and singular music on the show. Her records are a real treasure trove, that's for sure. But the most of the show this week, about 65% of it, will feature the music of the great Mitch Ryder, which is way more eclectic—and there's much more of it—than many people realize. I read Mitch's autobiography during my trip. It's one of those books where you have to wash your hands every time you put it down, but I was moved by it, dug it. And likewise for his music that I heard for the first time after reading.

The Bottomless Pit With Marshall Crenshaw For September 13

by Marshall Crenshaw
The Smithereens (courtesy of the artist, Facebook.com)

Tonight's "The Bottomless Pit" at 10 is a hybrid affair, let's say. Originally, the plan was to do an "All Buddy Edition" of the show, following in the tradition of the "All Hank" and "All Bobby" shows that I've done lately. But, as I'm just back from an eventful three-week road trip, I decided to do a "Road Trip Recap," featuring some interesting music that I heard while traveling. Also, a little bit of music from The Smithereens and The Romantics, some great fellas and old pals that I've done some gigs with recently. 

The Bottomless Pit With Marshall Crenshaw For September 6

by Marshall Crenshaw
Buddy Holly publicity shot

Since I first started doing "The Bottomless Pit" back in 2005 (sporadically, then habitually), there's been an occasional recurring feature segment on the show called "A Salute To the Fender Stratocaster." Tonight's show at 10 is mostly an all-Buddy Holly edition of the salute: I figured out a way to do it that is well within the letter of the law and doesn't violate the terms of the (idiotic) Digital Millenium Copyright Act, which I'm happy about. The whole time I was putting the salute together I, of course, had a giant dumb grin on my face, listening to all those killer BH records that I never tire of. He "invented" the Stratocaster, as far as I'm concerned, and much else.

The Bottomless Pit With Marshall Crenshaw For August 30

by Marshall Crenshaw
Dick Wagner with The Frost (band publicity photo, Vanguard Records)

I'd originally planned tonight's "The Bottomless Pit" at 10 as a straight-up summer rerun of show #98, from May 2013. Instead, it'll be a "modified rerun," swapping the original Part 1 for a now-overdue tribute to the great guitarist and songwriter Dick Wagner; he passed away back on July 30. I first saw Dick with his band The Frost at the roller rink in Caseville, Michigan when I was about 14 years old (along with my friend Charlee Throneburg) and became a Fan for Life.  Dick was one of the heroes of my youth.

In addition to the great and now sadly late Dick Wagner, we'll hear some great experimental avant-garde music from three ex-members of Paul Revere and The Raiders, the Joyride album by Drake Levin and Friendsound, a real keeper. To be honest, I forget what else is on the show; I've been away from my desk for about three weeks now. But I encourage you to tune in and find out!

The Bottomless Pit With Marshall Crenshaw For August 23

by Marshall Crenshaw
Chet Atkins (courtesy Gretsch Guitars)

Tonight's "The Bottomless Pit" at 10 is a straight-up rerun. I'm not exactly on vacation—it's more like the opposite—but I'm away from my desk for the next couple of weeks with the Bottle Rockets, headed across Texas, up and down California, etc. The show is a salute to Gretsch guitars: it got lots of plaudits and kudos when it first ran, and it features the sounds of Sal Salvador, Billy Zoom, Mary Osborne, George Harrison, plus many many more.