Louise

Something Blue – Louise – May 18, 2024

Stackabones

This is Hairy Larry inviting you to enjoy Something Blue every Saturday night at ten. This week we’re featuring Striding The Blast, Stackabones, and Yarn. For more about the show visit the Something Blue website at sbblues.com.

Don’t miss Something Blue, Saturday night at 10:00 PM CST, at kasu.org.

Stackabones Live at 118 North (Wayne, PA) on 2024-05-05
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Yarn Live at 118 North (Wayne, PA) on 2024-05-05
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Striding The Blast Live at In The Loft at The Edge Coffeehouse on 2017-01-28
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DJ Hairy Larry Presents Striding The Blast Playing Twist Of Fate


Striding The Blast

DJ Hairy Larry Presents Striding The Blast Playing Twist Of Fate
From The Archives Of Something Blue 2024-05-12

Thanks Marty, today we’re going to hear an original song recorded In The Loft At The Edge.

I’ve played at The Edge Coffeehouse for years either in one of the rooms downstairs or on the front porch. When I learned about their loft it was an eye opener. The room upstairs was usually used for meetings, game nights, or book clubs but it was an ideal performance venue with an obvious stage area in front of two windows overlooking the ASU campus.

Besides, you could get on your phone and order coffee or a meal and they would bring it up to you.

I also loved promoting shows In The Loft At The Edge. So interesting. We had jazz nights, acoustic nights, ambient nights, and a bunch of mix and match too.

James Carvell and Joey Hankins are the singer/songwriters in Striding The Blast and they cowrote the song we’re hearing today, “Twist Of Fate”.

I worked with them a lot at Blues Fest and other venues. They are real crowd pleasers with their high energy, harmony vocals, and exuberant lyrics. I even shot a couple of Striding The Blast videos. I’ll post links on the Something Blue website at sbblues.com.

Playing In The Loft that night were Joey Hankins – vocals and percussion, Mark Meyer – guitar, and James Carvell – guitar and vocals. We were having an Arkansas Roots style acoustic night at The Edge Coffeehouse with Eden Prime and Bear Country also playing. All of the bands knew each other and I enjoyed it when the bands featured guests from the other acts. Of course, we were all singing in the audience.

So now, recorded In The Loft At The Edge on January 28, 2017, here’s Striding The Blast singing “Twist Of Fate”.

Striding The Blast Live at In The Loft at The Edge Coffeehouse on 2017-01-28
Something Blue Archives
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Striding The Blast Concede Your Defeat Video

Striding The Blast Reggae Love Song

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Circular

Something Blue – Circular – May 11, 2024


This is Hairy Larry inviting you to enjoy Something Blue every Saturday night at ten. This week we’re featuring Manuzik, Reno Project, Luck & Doc, Boom Boom Beckett, Maggy Mistake, and NJHB. For more about the show visit the Something Blue website at sbblues.com.

Don’t miss Something Blue, Saturday night at 10:00 PM CST, at kasu.org.

MixRemix On Anonradio – From The Creative Commons Jazz Library – 2024-04-26
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Manuzik-Nouvelles Shortstories
www.jamendo.com/album/327/nouvelles-shortstories

Reno Project -1.0
www.jamendo.com/album/23661/1-0

Live At The Wake by Luck & Doc
archive.org/details/BSOG0069

20 – Boom Boom Beckett
www.jamendo.com/album/166470/20

Maggy Mistake-4 Losers
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NJHB-Colossus
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DJ Hairy Larry Presents NJHB Playing El Amor Cubano La Mujer O El Caballo



DJ Hairy Larry Presents NJHB Playing El Amor Cubano La Mujer O El Caballo
From The Archives Of Something Blue May 5, 2024

Thanks Marty, today we’re going to hear a Cuban love song written and performed by the Dean of Fine Arts.

When Don Bowyer came to ASU he was looking for someone to play music with so, of course, everybody mentioned me. I was a student in the music department at the time and I played out a lot, including at our monthly New Jazz In Jonesboro show with NJHB, the New Jazz House Band.

We played all original songs and Don Bowyer is an outstanding jazz composer, so he fit right in. On February 2, 2013, he brought music for a song he wrote called “El Amor Cubano: La Mujer o el Caballo?” roughly translated as who is your true love, your woman or your horse? So the title’s funny but the song is actually quite beautiful.

Also difficult. Most jazz changes are 12, 16, or 32 bars. Dr. Bowyer extended that out to 44 bars by including two 16 bar movements and several 4 bar tags.

The band was up for it and we did pretty good but I wouldn’t say as good as the definitive version that you can hear on youtube from the “Itchin’ in the Kitchen” album recorded by the Don Bowyer Big Band and released on February 1, 2003, almost exactly ten years earlier. Of course, they rehearsed. Still, there are only 68 plays on Youtube Music while the NJHB concert has almost 1600 views.

I will include links to the album and the NJHB concert on the Something Blue website at sbblues.com.

Playing on the song were Hairy Larry – piano, vocals, and congas, Don Bowyer – trombone, Matt Jackson – bass, and Carl Abraham – drums.

Now, recorded at The Arts@311 in downtown Jonesboro on February 2, 2013, here’s NJHB playing a Don Bowyer composition, “El Amor Cubano La Mujer O El Caballo?”. Just listen to this beautiful trombone.

NJHB Live at TheArts@311 on 2013-02-02
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Itchin’ In The Kitchen
Don Bowyer Big Band
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Eldorado

Something Blue – Eldorado – May 4, 2024

Scott Sharrard Playing With Eldorado Slim

This is Hairy Larry inviting you to enjoy Something Blue every Saturday night at ten. This week we’re featuring Eldorado Slim and moe.. For more about the show visit the Something Blue website at sbblues.com.

Don’t miss Something Blue, Saturday night at 10:00 PM CST, at kasu.org.

Eldorado Slim Live at The Falcon on 2024-04-13
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moe. Live at The Egyptian Theater, Park City, UT on 2024-03-10
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DJ Hairy Larry Presents Hairy Larry Singing Promises


Photo of Richard Murray and Hairy Larry by Megan Heyl

DJ Hairy Larry Presents Hairy Larry Singing Promises
From The Archives Of Something Blue 2024-04-28

Thanks Marty, today we’ll hear a song I wrote recorded by some fine Northeast Arkansas musicians.

My song “Promises” was released on the album “Collaborators” by Richard Murray and Hairy Larry. The album is full of songs cowritten by Richard and myself. I’ll save that story for another podcast. “Promises” was written, music and lyrics, by me.

We ended up with nine songs and I knew just who I wanted to record them. On December 2, 2009, I got the band together. Paul Moore on electric mandolin, Corey Emerson, bass, Addison Boling, drums, and I’m playing acoustic guitar. We all lived in the Jonesboro area at the time and we all had strong ties to ASU.

Since all of the songs were originals I was the only one at the session who had ever played them before. I gave Corey some pages with the chords scratched out in pencil, my notes while writing the songs so I wouldn’t forget them. Paul is blind so he plays by ear. And our drummer, Addison, like most drummers was used to playing without written music.

The rhythm section recorded all nine songs in a two hour session. We did two takes on each song and Addison’s time was so precise that sometimes I used pieces of both takes, spliced together on the album. I added vocals, trumpet, and harmonica later as overdubs.

Like most songwriters I write a lot of love songs. When I sing a love song people come up to me after the show and ask if I wrote that song about Vivian. And I usually have to say, nope, sorry, that songs not about Vivian.

But I’m here to tell you now I wrote the song “Promises” about Vivian and I sing it from my point of view. I not only wrote the song about Vivian I’m singing it to Vivian.

So now, recorded at HairyLarryLand in December of 2009 here I go, singing “Promises”.

Richard Murray and Hairy Larry – Collaborators
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Whiskey

Something Blue – Whiskey – April 27, 2024


This is Hairy Larry inviting you to enjoy Something Blue every Saturday night at ten. This week we’re featuring Copyright Infringement, Eddie Roberts, and Robert Walter. For more about the show visit the Something Blue website at sbblues.com.

Eddie Roberts & The Lucky Strokes Live at Brooklyn Bowl on 2024-04-12
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Robert Walter’s 20th Congress Live at Star Theater on 2022-05-14
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Copyright Infringement Live at Riceland Hall on 2018-07-13
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DJ Hairy Larry Presents Copyright Infringement Playing Stella By Starlight

DJ Hairy Larry Presents Copyright Infringement Playing Stella By Starlight
From The Archives Of Something Blue 2024-04-21


DJ Hairy Larry Presents Copyright Infringement Playing Stella By Starlight
From The Archives Of Something Blue 2024-04-21

Thanks Marty, today we’re going to hear a band of young musicians play a jazz standard.

It was my great good fortune to be able to work with high school jazz musicians at the Delta Jazz Workshop for several years. I enjoyed the workshop sessions and listening to rehearsals but my favorite job was rehearsing small groups made up of workshop attendees, mostly high school students.

In July of 2018 I was given some amazing musicians including a rhythm section of young musicians who were already playing at a professional level. So this was a great opportunity to show these students the whole process, selecting songs, creating instrumental sections, writing arrangements, and rehearsing for a concert.

And we had five days to make all this happen.

The first problem I confronted was instrumentation. We had four trumpets and a tenor sax. I think that could be called top heavy. So I asked one of the college students in the band, Brian Bewely, if he could play flugelhorn. The flugelhorn has a round soft sound, not as bright as a trumpet, so I grouped him with the sax. We wanted a flute player on “Stella By Starlight” so Dr. Carroll recruited another college student, Cody Ballard. His main instrument is tenor sax so that gave us a woodwind section of flute, sax, flugelhorn or two saxes and a flugelhorn.

The third college student in the band was Chris Wilson so he led the trumpet section. They worked together, as a unit, providing background punches the way only three trumpets can.

Everyone had a solo.

There were ten musicians in the ensemble and I’m going to name names so here’s the seven high school students that played in Copyright Infringement.

Sophie Hacker – guitar, Parker Robinson – tenor sax, Tucker Kyle – trumpet, Ryan Hartness – trumpet, Gabe Waters – bass, Braden Jones – drums, and Drew Murray – piano.

I did not play. I billed myself as bandleader and arranger. Sophie Hacker suggested the name for the band.

We had help from several other workshop attendees who would sit in the audience and let us know what they heard.

We played Friday night in Riceland Hall and everyone really stepped up. Best foot forward, dress for success, work together, 100% on.

We played three songs. The other two will be on Something Blue, Saturday night. I will also include links on the Something Blue website, sbblues.com.

So now, recorded in Riceland Hall at the Delta Jazz Workshop on July 13, 2018, here’s Copyright Infringement playing “Stella By Starlight”.

Copyright Infringement Live at Riceland Hall on 2018-07-13
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Shine

Something Blue – Shine – April 20, 2024


This is Hairy Larry inviting you to enjoy Something Blue every Saturday night at ten. This week we’re featuring Robert Glasper and Cory Henry. For more about the show visit the Something Blue website at sbblues.com.

Don’t miss Something Blue, Saturday night at 10:00 PM CST, at kasu.org.

Robert Glasper – Black Radio III

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Cory Henry and The Funk Apostles – Operation Funk Live
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DJ Hairy Larry Presents John T. Parks Playing Life



DJ Hairy Larry Presents John T. Parks Playing Life
From The Archives Of Something Blue 2024-04-14

Thanks Marty, today we’re going to hear a little philosophy from a fine Arkansas songwriter.

One of the benefits of volunteering to work at KASU and recording for Something Blue is that I get to meet so many great musicians. That’s how I met John Parks, recording him at KASU live events. And there’s been quite a few of them. I can even say that over the years we’ve become friends in music, one of the best kind of friends that you can have.

On November 11, 2014, KASU booked John T. Parks to play at the KASU Coffeehouse held at the Arts@311 in downtown Jonesboro. He played solo, standing there singing while accompanying himself on a 6 string guitar. I love duets, trios, and bands, and I’ve recorded John in all of these configurations. But there’s just something powerful about a solo performance.

Especially when the performer is playing all original songs. The truth rings clear from a single voice, words and music written by the singer.

Now John does a great job on other people’s songs too. I especially like to hear him covering songs by The Band. But still … Like I said …

John T. Parks lives in Batesville, Arkansas. He teaches for a living and he practices what he teaches with his songwriting. He has several albums full of his own songs. I found two on the internet that you can listen to, “Sleeping In The Henhouse” and “Northern Girl”. He ends the album “Northern Girl” with the song “Life” and he also chose that song to end his KASU Coffeehouse show.

I will include links to the albums and the concert at the Something Blue website at sbblues.com.

Don’t be afraid of the philosophy. It’s not like Kant or Wittgenstein. The philosophy in his song “Life” is more of the Arkansas homespun variety.

Now here’s John T. Parks singing “Life” recorded at a KASU Coffeehouse concert on November 11, 2014.

John T. Parks At The Kasu Coffeehouse November 11 2014
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Something Blue Archives – List Of Concerts
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John T. Parks – Northern Girl
www.reverbnation.com/johntparks/song/21159101-northern-girl

John T. Parks – Sleeping In The Henhouse
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