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.
On this week's "The Bottomless Pit" we'll hear from Harry Nilsson, Dinah Shore, The Astronauts, Robert Gordon, The Sidekicks, Marian Harris and more. And as you may have guessed, all the records on the show (but one) are on either the RCA, RCA Victor or Victor Records label. Not for any particular reason, but that's the show!