This week's "The Bottomless Pit" is one of my favorites so far, ever. It's an hour-long salute to Detroit's United Sound Systems, a recording studio with a deep and illustrious legacy. Launched back in 1933, and moved to its present location in 1943, there's a ton of popular music history connected to this place.
Tonight's "The Bottomless Pit" at 10 is a little complicated. Near the end of last year I did an interview with writer Joe Bosso for an online publication, Musicradar. Joe asked me to name and discuss what I thought were "10 Essential Guitar Albums." They regularly ask people to address this question; it's a recurring feature in the magazine (e-zine?) Anyway, I love this kind of stuff.
I'm sorry to say that last week's Scott Asheton tribute didn't run as planned, due to gremlins, sabotage, user error, or none—or all—of the above. So tonight's "The Bottomless Pit" at 10 will be a second try at honoring Scott and his many bands, like The Stooges, Sonic's Rendezvous Band, Dark Carnival and the Scott Morgan Band.
I had other plans for this Saturday's show, but then came the news last Sunday of the death of drummer Scott Asheton, aka "Rock Action," one of the all-time greats of rock music. So tonight's "The Bottomless Pit" will be nothing but Scott Asheton with, of course, The Stooges, Sonic's Rendezvous Band, Dark Carnival and the Scott Morgan Band. Scott Asheton created a remarkable musical legacy and played on lots of the best rock records ever made.
The story of the life and times (and death) of Stax Records is a huge, powerful American story, and it's told the way it needs to be told in a great new book, Respect Yourself: Stax Records and The Soul Explosion, by Memphis-based author Robert Gordon. Robert's one of the best music writers around, probably my favorite, and this book is another killer from him. On most of this Saturday's "The Bottomless Pit" at 10, I'll be plugging this book and playing the music of Stax Records, as much as I can fit.
We'll also hear some nearly brand new tracks from Gregory Porter, and from another favorite of "The Bottomless Pit," Regina Carter.