Two years ago, Fringe Toast received rave comments from listeners after hearing award-winning Dory Previn (photo left) from her acclaimed but rarely heard 1971 album, Reflections in a Mud Puddle. On this night, you will hear a 12-min., five-song reflection on her childhood experiences with a mentally ill father and its impact on her life. This is both brilliant songwriting and performance. Notice the well-crafted choice of lyrics and haunting musical arrangements.
Second spotlight artist this week is Juana Molina (photo right), former TV comedian in Argentina who turned singer-songwriter with amazingly delightful results. Her intriguing avant-garde harmonies, coiling electonic keyboards and Middle Eastern textures flow smoothly from her Argentinian and French musical influences. Thanks to Rodney Franz for the tip on this great new find!
Tune in early to catch the best unknown blues guitarist of our age. From the archives of DJ Andy Bargerstock, you will hear the magical sounds of British bluesmaster, Miller Anderson (photo left with band below), formerly with Keef Harley Band, Savoy Brown, Spencer Davis Group, and T. Rex. You will hear his classic, little known 1969 blues masterpiece, "Born to Die", cited as "one of the best electric blues songs ever recorded" with Miller on vocals and guitar. Additionally, Anderson will be heard playing more contemporary compositions from his 2008 Chameleon CD.
Bridging the classic and the new, Peter Gabriel (photo left) doing "Mercy Street", and Ray LaMontagne (right) anchor the first hour with support from Peter Green, Jose Gonzalez and Iron & Wine. The new Fringe Toast artist spotlight shines on American band named, The Eels, with front man, Mr. E, or simply, E. The music ranges from plaintive ballads to acoustic instrumental journeys. Additional FT first-timers include: Texas "psychedelic blues-based" Soulhat, James Newton Howard (former keyboard player behind Elton John's band; now movie score composer), DJ Embee, and Ilhan Erasahin (Turkish saxophonist with electronic and jazz influences).
By popular request, DJ Andy Bargerstock brings you more music from Peter Green (photo left), the great blues guitarist. Tune early to hear his cover of "Born Under a Bad Sign" and "Going Down." Chris Whitley and Chris Isaak are the bookends around the Green set. The likely highlight of the evening will consist of back-to-back versions of Norway's Kings of Convenience doing "The Weight of My Words" -- first, an acoustic and then a scintillating endorphine-raising, chill-out version. It will be important to lower the lights for this one!
You'll hear new FT tracks from singer-songwriters: Anne Heaton, Meg Hutchinson, Deb Talan, Madeleine Peyroux, the Corrs, and Cyndi Lauper teaming with Sarah McLachlan on a great version of "Time After Time."
In 2008 music legends, Jack Bruce (photo left) and Robin Trower (photo right with Bruce), released their third collaborative CD effort called "Seven Moons" .... Bruce, best known for his vocals with Cream and Trower's vintage electric blues guitar first noticed as the lead guitarist with Procol Harum. On this night, you will hear the track, "Just Another Day" and recent version of "Theme from an Imaginary Western." Echoing back to the '70s, listen closely for King Crimson's "I Talk to the Wind."
"> Pulling from a dusty back shelf, DJ Andy Bargerstock will introduce the Fringe Toast audience to the 1987 album, Orbit, produced by William Orbit. Officially, this is considered dance/electronica with sophisticated, refined grooves... just the kind of stuff to make you move and get in the mood.
This week's show spotlights two covers of Bob Dylan's classic "Masters of War" offered by Warren Haynes (Allman Brothers and Government Mule) and Maria Muldaur, frequent Fairfield visiting artist and blues singer. But, the show kicks off with Donavon Frankenreiter, long-time surfer friend of Jack Johnson. These live recordings from 2007 harken back to the vintage sounds of the mid-70s. Solid arrangements, tight vocals, a crazy crowd...and then through the applause drifts Crazy Horse (Neil Young's 70s electric band) with their own tune, "Dirty Dirty."
On this night, you will be introduced to Elbow (UK), acclaimed for their "innovative sound and frontman Guy Harvey's candid, evocative lyrics" (Wikipedia). The flavor of this band is a cross between Phil Collins and Peter Gabriel. The female singer-songwriters of the evening include Bird York, Ireland's Lisa Hannigan, and France's Telepopmusik.
Early Fleetwood Mac is the honored group of the week on Fringe Toast. The critically acclaimed yet seldom heard "Future Games" LP emerged as a deep track FM album in 1971. In those days, the group was not well-known. This album marks the beginning of the Christine McVie era (Stevie Nicks came later). John McVie plays bass, Christine on keyboards, Bob Welch and Danny Kirwan on guitars and vocals, and of course Mick Fleetwood on drums. You will hear an extended 20 minute set including tracks, "Future Games", "Sands of Time", and "Woman of a Thousand Years."
From the same time period, you'll hear the group, Love, and It's a Beautiful Day with David and Linda LaFlamme who will play "Don and Dewey" and "Girl with No Eyes". Ah, sweet memories of spring days, frisbee tossing, and student protests. World in transformation....
Later, Seattle-based band, Green Pajamas, conjures up flavors of Tom Petty and the Beatles among their own uniquely creative riffs from the CD, "Box of Secrets". During a set to honor female singer-songwriters, we will hear Beth Orton, Sally Ellyson from the NYC band, Hem, K.T. Tunstall, and Ellis (who performed at Paradiso last weekend). Interspersed throughout the evening, we will be visited by international artists including Zingaia, S-Tone Inc., Luka Bloom, Air, John Mayer and more....
This evening may encourage a double-cup-of-tea and visions of warm toes roasting near an open fire. Certainly your heart will feel the tingling, tangling massage of wonderfully lyrical and melodious sounds.
This week's program embraces the music of Adrian Belew (photo left) and Brian Auger (photo right). Belew, considered one of the most distinctive electric guitarists of his generation and former member of King Crimson, also excelled as vocalist, pianist, and drummer since the late 1960s. On the other hand, Brian Auger is a jazz and rock keyboardist who specialized in the Hammond organ. This groups, The Trinity and the Oblivion Express, toured extensively since the early 1970s. On this night, you will hear DJ Andy's favorites from Auger's Befour LP (1970). Listen closely to his distinctive stylistic runs across the ivories.
Pulling deeply from the dusty rack, DJ Andy Bargerstock unveils the music of 1999 super-fringe group, Eurphoria (photos), featuring Geddy Lee (Rush), Roy Babbington (Soft Machine), Anne Dudley (Art of Noise), and gospel singer Juliette Roberts. However, it was Toronto guitarist Ken Ramm who led the way with his curious blend of oozing, loopy slide guitar. Later, in 2004 they released CD Precious Way with Tina Dico (former Zero 7 songstress). After launching this week's show with three tracks from this fringe classic, DJ Andy goes retro with Nick Drake, Eddie Vedder and "Norwegian Wood" from The Beatles Chillout Classic CD.
You will hear a curious blend of female singer-songwriters including SF's Loquat, NYC's Jaymay, and Denmark's Tina Dico from her Notes CD. In the chill-out segment, you will drift away on the ethereal sounds of Italy's The Dining Rooms, Ben Cox's Eno-like "Oh Water", and a new endorphin-producing band called Supreme Beings of Leisure. Late in the show, the Cowboy Junkies return for an encore! Encore??? Isn't every week of Fringe Toast like the encore you hope that never ends? Tune in and let the bliss flow.