This week on the ol’ Redbud Radio:
Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings, Townes Van Zant, Bruce Cockburn, Fairport Convention, Red Tail Ring, Al Caldwell, Paul Pena, Robbie Fulks, Roy Book Binder, Arthur Alexander, Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys, Campbell Brothers, Hank Williams, Tim O’Brien & Darrell Scott, The Tillers, and Slaid Cleaves.
And, as if that weren’t enough, we’ll feature a track from the new Andra Faye and Scott Ballantine project “Laying Down Our Blues.” Recorded right here in Indy (Rocky Ripple, to be exact) this collection features Andra and Scott originals alongside songs by James “Yank” Rachell, Carla Daruda, Minnie Lawlers, and Scott’s old Strugglers bandmate Stan Smith.
Had an opportunity this week to ask Andra about the song featured in this weeks program. Here’s what she had to say:
“Sweet Melody” is our very first collaboration. Scott gave me a beautiful set of chords to work on to try to spark my songwriting this past spring. It took me a month to learn to play the jazzier chords on guitar(!), and the melody came as I worked on the chords. I kept coming back to the phrase “in dreams I find you” & thought it was a love song, but it just wasn’t quite right. Scott suggested while we were recording our cd that maybe it was a tune for my friend, the late Ann Rabson, from Saffire…and sure enough, it was. We recorded the music for it first, and my words came together just in time to finish our project with our first co-written song!”
If you haven’t had an opportunity to hear Ann’s music, please allow me to suggest that you start with any of the Saffire — Uppity Blues Women material (the lion’s share of which also features Andra on bass, mandolin, guitar and fiddle), or her excellent acoustic duets project with Bob Margolin.
Redbud Radio airs at 1:00AM (Eastern) Saturday night/Sunday morning on WICR 88.7 FM in Indianapolis and Sunday evening at 6PM (Central) on Dewberry Jam Community Radio in San Antonio, Texas.
Not in Indy? Not a problem!
The show will be posted here on the site later this week and remains on our player for 7 days.