Fitting that DJ Andy Bargerstock should play as second song on this week's program the 1971,"Jack-knife Gypsy," by Paul Siebel (photo), little known singer-songwriter but well-known among musicians who sang his compositions including Linda Ronstadt, Bonnie Raitt, Ian Matthews and Waylon Jennings. This track emits a raw, blue-collar feeling about working in factories and dancing with danger in the form of a woman known to carry a knife.
This week Fringe Toast DJ, Andy Bargerstock, takes us on a surreal ride through the outer fringes of blues, singer-songwriter ballads, and improvisational alternative styles. Early in the program, Pittsburgh's The Clarks (photo) take the stage with their alternative brand of rock that they have been laying down for more than 20 years. From Athens, GA, Matthew Sweet (photo) steps up with "The Devil with Green Eyes". Keyboard wizard, Merl Saunders, returns with Jerry Garcia doing "After Midnight". From Boone, NC you'll hear the blues-grass-tinged instrumental sound of The Major Sevens.The list goes on with The Back Door Slams, Winterpills, Jonatha Brooks, Zorg, Zenphonic with Oceana and Mac Gayden.
(See link to playlist below). In 1967 during their first American tour, The Who played the Fillmore West and Paul Fauerso's The Loading Zone (1968 album cover) opened the show. You will hear an interview with Fauerso telling stories from the early days and music from recent Loading Zone CD, Blue Flame. You will also hear tracks from Marshall Crenshaw's 2009 CD, Jaggedland. Noted singer-songwriter and guitarist, Crenshaw (photo) is known for tight leads and offbeat chord progressions. More tracks from The Amorphous Androgynous. Where else do you hear music like this?
(Link to playlist at bottom). Iron Butterfly 1970 recording, "In the Time of Our Lives" launches this week's program... just to recall our roots. When the prolific UK electronic duo, Future Sound of London (FSOL), assume their alter ego identity as Amorphous Androgynous, members Garry Cobain and Brian Dougans dive deeply into '70s style psychedelic rock. On this show, you will hear from AA's 2010 CD, Peppermint Tree and the Seeds of Superconsciousness(album photo).
(See link to play list at bottom). Sounding better than ever vocally, Steve Miller (photo) and his band just released a new CD, "Bingo!" and on this week's show you will hear two tracks. Paul McCartney returns with additional tracks from CD, Flaming Pie. Johnsmith (recent Fairfield performer) offers two tracks from CD, Traveler. But, hold tight, for UK legendary folk-rock band, Fairport Convention (photo), performing Fringe Toast favorite 1970-track, "Sloth", an epic nine-minute commentary on the folly of war. It's the extended instrumental segments that will carry you away.
(play list link at bottom of this article). Dear Friends: As host of Fringe Toast, I write this article in first person tonight because it is important that you plan carefully to hear this remarkable collection of fine tunes... rarely heard and delightful music! Paul McCartney (photo) takes center stage with tracks from his 1997 CD, Flaming Pie. You will also hear an extremely rare version of the '60s classic, "White Bird" recorded in 2003 by David LaFlamme Band. David (photo) was the composer and electric violinist in the original recording by It's a Beautiful Day. This version reveals new delicious flavors. You don't want to miss this track early in the first hour.
(See link to play list at bottom of article.) Collecting tracks across the USA and around the globe, DJ Andy Bargerstock presents some of his most recent delightful finds of compellingly beautiful folk/rock bands. The program begins with a set of fringe-group performances of famous cover songs originally done by The Beatles, Everly Brothers, Aerosmith, Pink Floyd, and Rolling Stones. Imagine Leo Kottke (photo), acoustic guitar virtuoso doing Aerosmith's "Sweet Emotions"! Leo played last year at Englert Theater in Iowa City. Yeah, really, he wants to come to Fairfield!
Then, late in the program, you'll hear from Aidan Hawken (photo right) with his moving eulogy to his marriage breakup on 2005 CD, Pillows and Records. Prepare to settle in for the entire show. Invite a friend, a favorite libation, and lower the lights. You'll be glad you did.
See PLAYLIST at bottom of article. This week's show features the music of Ohio-based jam band, Ekoostik Hookah (photo) and a recent single release from Fringe Toast favorite, Lisa Hannigan (photo). Is she adorable? You'll also hear an extremely rare track, "Granny on the Gramophone" from Natural Food (1972) with band member links to Fairfield. Tune in to discover more....about the best music you've never heard before.
(See link to playlist at bottom). When DJ Andy Bargerstock first heard Steve Winwood (photo) and his band Traffic LIVE in 1970, they had just released the classic album, John Barleycorn Must Die. Listen early for the title track followed by same-era artists Pentangle featuring John Renbourn and guitar wizard, Robin Trower. Hold tight for Norwegian singer, Kate Havnevik (photo), with her Imogen Heap influenced vocals and fashion proclivities. Close your eyes and you will swear its Imogen. Are you listening David H, loyal IH fan? You don't want to miss this performance.
(See link to play list at bottom). In July, Eddie "Devil Boy" Turner (photo) will play at the Fairfield Sondheim Civic Center. You don't want to miss this event. And, DJ Andy Bargerstock will educate your ears on this subject with two marvelous tracks that show the influences of his years in the Chicago music scene where he collaborated with legends including Otis Taylor who will also be heard in this opening set of blues. The first track of the night by Ian and Sylvia (1966) with "Catfish Blues" reveals a different side of their music. Melody Gardot (photo) sings the jazz/blues will such nuance and subtlety.