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.
This week's "The Bottomless Pit" is what I'm calling a "Rerun Anthology." I've been on the road and in the studio so much lately that I'm resorting to a rerun this week, but not exactly a straight-up rerun. I decided to go into the archive and grab three different chapters from different points in the show's chronology, with artists like Erykah Badu (pictured), Marc Ribot, Marvin Gaye and Mickey and Sylvia.
I've been meaning to do this since back in March 2013 when Canadian music icon Stompin' Tom Connors stomped his last stomp. So, nearly a year in gestation, this week's "The Bottomless Pit" will be a musical salute to the great nation of Canada.
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.