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Playlist for Week after November 8, 2013

Original Show Date  - September 29, 2013

1Red BaraatShruggy Ji
Azad Azad
Drums ‘N Brass
Burning Instinct
Julie AdamsDumb Things
DawesFrom a Window Seat
Someone Will
A Little Bit of Everything
Most People
2Dave MasonWe Just Disagree
Only You Know and I Know
Good 2U
You Can All Join In
Feelin' Alright
Ani DiFrancoJ
Studying Stones
32 Flavors
Both Hands
Joyful Girl
Larry Groce & Co.If I Had a Hammer
Press Release



Ani DiFranco - With a business plan that was a gutsy as her songs and look, Ani DiFranco emerged as one of the most influential musical forces of the ‘90s. Through constant touring and songs that took on issues like rape, abortion and sexism, the outspoken Buffalo, NY, native built a massive grassroots following. After leaving her troubled home at 15, DiFranco had written more than 100 songs by the time she was 19. Attracting considerable major label interest in the mid-‘90s thanks to regularly sold-out shows, DiFranco stood by her independent ethos and continued issuing her recordings on her Righteous Babe label. Formed in 1990, it has since expanded to include a dozen other artists. Since 1989, the prolific songwriter has released 21 CDs as well as eight discs in her “Official Bootleg Series.” DiFranco also established the Righteous Babe Foundation, which supports grassroots cultural and political organizations. In 2007, she gave birth to a daughter Petah Lucia and published “DiFranco: Verses,” a collection of her poems and paintings. To date, DiFranco has written hundreds of songs and played thousands of shows.  She has collaborated with artists ranging from Dr. John and Prince to Chuck D, the Buffalo Philharmonic and Bruce Springsteen. She was invited to play Pete Seeger’s 90th birthday bash at Madison Square Garden and Wavy Gravy’s 75th birthday at Manhattan’s Beacon Theater. “Which Side Are You On?,” released in 2012, featured Pete Seeger singing and playing banjo on the title track - a song he made popular in the ‘60s. 


Dawes – The California-based roots rocking Dawes consists of brothers Taylor Goldsmith and Griffin Goldsmith - whose father Lenny was the lead singer for the legendary Tower of Power - Wylie Weber and Tay Strathairn. Formed in the Los Angeles suburb of North Hills, this young group quickly became a favorite or critics, fans - and the veteran musicians who influenced its music. After connecting with producer Jonathan Wilson, the group began sitting in on informal jam sessions at Wilson's house with Bright Eyes' Conor Oberst, the Heartbreakers' Benmont Tench, and the Black Crowes' Chris Robinson. These sessions informed the group's stunning 2009 debut, “North Hills.” The follow-up, “Nothing Is Wrong,” again featured Tench as well as Jackson Browne - who has since invited the band to both support and back him on a European tour. That same year, the band played at the Occupy Wall Street protests and performed a cameo on the prime-time network television show “Parenthood.” After Goldsmith contributed vocals to Robbie Robertson’s “How To Become Clairvoyant” CD, the famed guitarist/songwriter asked Dawes to serve as his backing combo for a number of performances. Dawes was also tapped by none other than rock legend John Fogerty for his duets release, “Wrote a Song For Everyone.” Recently, they performed the song from that CD, “Someday Never Comes,” together on “The Late Show With David Letterman.” 


Dave Mason - A native of Worcester, England, Dave Mason's career spans several important rock eras, and encompasses his work as a producer, performer, songwriter, and consummate guitarist. At age 18, he teamed up with Steve Winwood, Jim Capaldi and Chris Wood to form the legendary band Traffic. Musically adventurous and articulate, the group helped shape the sound of a rock for a new generation. While still a teen, Mason penned the Traffic hit “Feelin' Alright” for the band’s second LP. The song became a rock anthem on both sides of the Atlantic, in part, thanks to Joe Cocker’s huge international hit with the song. His million-selling, solo debut, “Alone Together” - originally issued on marbled vinyl - is a collectable classic. Five highly successful albums for CBS/Sony followed, four of which were certified Gold. His next release, “Let It Flow,” sold millions and contained the "We Just Disagree." In addition, Mason’s guitar work can be heard on albums including The Rolling Stones' “Beggar’s Banquet,” George Harrison's “All Things Must Pass,” Paul McCartney's song “Listen To What The Man Said” and Jimi Hendrix's version of “All Along the Watchtower.” In 2004, Mason was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for his work with the groundbreaking group Traffic. 


Red Baraat - Formed in Brooklyn, in 2008, Red Baraat is a pioneering eight-piece band that has drawn worldwide praise for merging hard-driving North Indian bhangra rhythms with elements of jazz, go-go, brass funk, and hip-hop. Founder Sunny Jain first made a name for himself as a rising star in the jazz world – awarded the designation of “Jazz Ambassador” by the U.S. Department of State and the Kennedy Center, and appearing regularly in “Downbeat magazine” critics polls. He has played for the likes of Norah Jones, Kenny Wollesen, and Kyle Eastwood, and played with Junoon, Pakistan’s pioneering Sufi rock band. Red Baraat performed its own TED Talk at the flagship TED Conference in 2012, in front of an audience that included Al Gore, Matt Groening and David Byrne. The group played a full-on show at the White House, a concernt at Google’s Mountain View Campus, and were handpicked to close the London 2012 Paralympic Games in the center of Trafalgar Square. The group’s second CD, “Shruggy Ji,” followed up its debut “Chaal Baby,” and the live document “Bootleg Bhangra.” 




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