Fifty years ago this month, when The Beatles arrived and conquered America, did they really save rock music from stasis and brain death, like some pundits say? On tonight's The Bottomless Pit at 10, the response to that question is: "Hell no! Are you joking?" This week's show cuts through the clichés, hyperbole and the Beatles nostalgia overkill.
On this week's "The Bottomless Pit," I'll take a nostalgia trip back to 1974 and put the audio spotlight on three albums that came out that year and really blew my mind: The Sun Collection by Elvis Presley, Legendary Masters: Eddie Cochran, and The Bop That Just Won't Stop by Gene Vincent. Those records rearranged my headspace back in '74, and of course are still exciting to me now.
Then during Part 3, we'll shift directions completely and hear a round-robin of tracks by Anoushka Shankar (pictured), banjo genius Tony Trischka and young jazz guitarist Nir Felder. All three have great, recently-released albums. And, of course, there'll be much more (including Fred Blassie).
There will be nothing recorded after 1968 on this week's "The Bottomless Pit," somewhat of a departure from usual business. I'll put the "audio spotlight"* on a favorite album of mine, A Tribute to The Delmore Brothers by The Louvin Brothers. We'll also hear the Delmores themselves and some classic hillbilly boogie by one of the The Delmore Brothers' musical partners, the great Wayne Raney.
This week's "The Bottomless Pit" is a big exercise in cronyism, featuring records by actual friends or acquaintances of mine. The Bottle Rockets, who I am on tour with at this very moment, are plugging a new twofer CD reissue of their first and second albums. These are classic records in my world. We'll hear as much of that stuff as the law will allow.
On the acquaintance side of the ledger, at least as of this moment, is the great Brendan Benson, who was born in the same hospital (in 1970) where my appendix was removed (in 1964). How about that!! We'll enjoy some selections from Brendan's great new album, You Were Right.