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Playlist for Week after August 15, 2014

Original Show Date  - October 13, 2013

HourArtistSong
1The BobsLorenzo Da Ponte
The Honey Rumours
Hedy Lamarr Spreads It Around
White Room
Julie AdamsBarkin' Up the Wrong Tree
The James Hunter SixChicken Switch
Let The Monkey Ride
Don't Do Me No Favors
Talkin' Bout My Love
Dominiquie PruittVictim
Won't Hold My Breath
He's Got It Bad
2Joy Kills SorrowWas It You
Gold in the Deep
Working For the Devil
Such Great Heights
Get Along
New Man
Brett DennenOut of My Head
Who I Am
When We Were Young
Only Want You
Comback Kid
Wild Child
Don't Mess With Karma
Larry Groce & Co.Roll Over Beethoven
Press Release

 

  Brett Dennen - In the early 2000s, Northern California native Brett Dennen was a camp counselor in the Sierra Nevadas who played guitar, wrote songs and performed fireside. With a self-made album, he began playing coffee shops along the West Coast and developed a strong following. He was championed by KCRW DJ Chris Douridas, who, in 2004, called Dennen “the best unsigned artist of the year.” Following 2006's “So Much More,” “Rolling Stone” named Dennen one of the “10 Artists To Watch in 2008.”  Dennen has toured with performers such as John Mayer, the John Butler Trio, Rodrigo y Gabriela and Ben Folds. On 2008's “Hope For the Hopeless,” he was joined by Femi Kuti, Natalie Merchant, and Jason Mraz. His songs have appeared on “Scrubs,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Parenthood,” “Brothers & Sisters” and “House.” Following up 2011's “Loverboy,” Dennen’s current release is titled “Smoke & Mirrors” was produced by veteran producer Charlie Peacock.

 

Joy Kills Sorrow - Formed in 2005, this Boston-based string band brings together virtuoso musicians who share a love of American roots music. Emma Beaton, who studied cello at Berklee College of Music, won “Young Performer of the Year” at the Canadian Folk Music Awards in 2008. Matthew Arcara took first place in the National Flat Pick Guitar contest at the Walnut Valley Festival in 2006. Jacob Jolliff, who was Berklee’s first full-scholarship mandolin student, won first place in the National Mandolin Championship in 2012 at the Walnut Valley Festival. The group’s debut, “Darkness Sure Becomes This City,” won JKS widespread acclaim. A seven-song EP titled “Wide Awake” follows 2011's “This Unknown Science” and introduces bassist/singer Zoe Guigueno.

 

The James Hunter Six - Championed by legends like Van Morrison - who called him “one of the best kept secrets in British R&B and soul” - British guitarist/singer/songwriter James Hunter has crafted an impeccable blue-eyed soul sound that recalls greats like Jackie Wilson and Sam Cooke. Born in Essex, in the early Nineties, Van Morrison caught James’ act at a gig in Wales and hired him as a backup singer for touring and recording. Hunter appeared on Morrison’s 1994 live set, “A Night in San Francisco” and on 1995's “Days Like This.” His stateside debut, “People Gonna Talk,” was released in 2006. By year’s end, the disc was included on numerous Top 10 lists and was nominated for a Grammy for “Best Traditional Blues Album.” Meanwhile, Hunter was nominated for “Best New/Emerging Artist” in the Americana Music Awards. Now recording as The James Hunter Six, the band’s new CD, “Minute By Minute,” was produced by Gabriel Roth, the co-founder of Daptone Records who earned a Grammy for engineering Amy Winehouse’s “Back to Black” release.

 

 

 The Bobs - Dubbed the country’s premiere a capella pop group, The Bobs formed in 1981 when members “Gunner Bob Madsen” and “Matthew Bob Stull” lost their jobs with a singing telegram company. Adding Richard Bob and Janie Bob a year later, the San Francisco-based group found a unique niche writing quirky originals and reinventing tunes like “Purple Haze” and Talking Heads’ “Psycho Killer.” The Bob family tree grew in the late ‘90s, when Janie Bob Scott was replaced by Lori Bob Rivera, who was then replaced by Amy Bob Engelhardt. The new millennium saw a pair of releases, 2005's “Rhapsody in Bob” and 2007's “Get Your Monkey Off My Dog.” Now celebrating more than three decades of their cappella zaniness, The Bobs - now made up of Richard Bob, Dan Bob, Angie Bob and Matthew Bob - have released “Biographies,” an collection of songs about famous (and not-quite-so famous) historical figures including Clarence Birdseye, Hedy Lamarr, Julia Child, Jackie Gleason, Andy Kaufman, Fidel Castro, and Lord Buckley.

 

Dominique Pruitt -  Sporting electric red/orange hair and multiple tattoos, L.A. retro diva Dominique Pruitt may look like she stepped off the set of Blue Hawaii straight onto a lounge lizard's nightclub stage, but her upbeat tracks of love, heartache and longing - garnished with a pineapple twist and a hair flip - is the real thing. Her hyper-colored spin on ‘60s West Coast pop mixes everything from pop to country to surf. According to her press release, “Pruitt lives the look all day, every day. Over the years she has sourced an impressive wardrobe of vintage clothing, sleeps in curlers and always sports perfectly manicured nails worthy of Priscilla Presley on her wedding day.

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