Join me, if you will, for this week's "The Bottomless Pit," Saturday night at 10pm EST, for an hour-long installment of one of the show's signature and occasional feature segments. Tonight I'll have a "A Salute to the Fender Stratocaster."
I'm looking forward to this week's The Bottomless Pit. It will be a salute to an iconic American artiste — and one of my favorite of all musical practitioners — the tragically late, phenomenally great Curtis Mayfield.
Curtis wrote tons of classic hits for artists like Jerry Butler, Major Lance, Aretha Franklin and many more. During the 1960s, he created some of the most quintessential songs of the decade with The Impressions and did the same in the 1970s as a solo artist.
This week's show starts with one of my favorite songs from 2013: "I Dreamed I Met Lou Reed" by Gregg Turner. It also features music by Lou himself and by other artists that I either know that he (knew and) liked or I'm willing to assume he did. In other words, it's a Lou tribute show, but one with kind of loose parameters.
I'm still sad that the great Lou Reed has left the building.
Last weekend when I finished recording tonight's The Bottomless Pit, it had to be reworked to include an acknowledgment of the passing of one of the greatest of the greats, a man whose work I admire deeply — Lou Reed. I really regret that I didn't manage to meet him when I had the chance.
For most of the show, as originally planned, I borrowed my son Dean's iPod, set it on shuffle and tried to make sense of whatever jumped out. One unfortunate error: during the show I say that Dean is 15 years old — he's actually 14. Oops!
In a rare move this week on The Bottomless Pit, I'll be drawing heavily from some records that have my name on them, like Hillbilly Music, Thank God, Vol. 1, a compilation album that I put together back in 1990 of post-WWII country music from the Capitol Records vaults. We'll hear some remarkable and vital stuff from Merle Travis, Skeets McDonald, Rose Maddox (pictured above) and more.