The enigmatic life, times and oft-overlooked legacy of writer-producer Bert Berns is captured by veteran music writer Joel Selvin in the recent bio, Here Comes the Night: The Dark Soul of Bert Berns and the Dirty Business of Rhythm and Blues (Counterpoint).
The eighth-annual Samba Fest took place May 3 at the Mortensen Riverfront Plaza and the entire event was broadcast by WRTC
Chicago Tribune music critic Greg Kot was interviewed on the April 26 edition of Greasy Tracks where he discussed his latest book, “I’ll Take You There: Mavis Staples, The Staple Singers, And The March Up Freedom’s Highway.”
Guitarist Jim Weider, best known for his work with The Band, took some time to talk about Roy Buchanan and the iconic Fender Telecaster guitar, during a March 22 interview on Greasy Tracks.
An interview with Boz Scaggs was featured on the July 13 edition of Greasy Tracks. Scaggs, touring in support of his recent release, “Memphis,” spoke in-depth about recording at Royal Studios in Memphis, Tenn. and shared some interesting stories about studio genius Willie Mitchell. He also talked about the 1969 sessions for the now-legendary 13-minute track, “Loan Me a Dime” that was recorded with the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section and Duane Allman.
Tom Shaker & Chris Cowles outside the Stax Museum of American Soul Music in Memphis, Tenn.
4th-annual special to be broadcast from the Stax Museum in Memphis
The sounds of Memphis soul will fill the Hartford airwaves on Saturday, April 27, as Greasy Tracks host Chris Cowles presents “Soulsville 2013” — a six-hour program spotlighting Stax Records. The show runs from noon-6 p.m.
The 8th Annual Trinity International Hip Hop Festival kicks off tonight (4/4), and continues through the weekend.