March 8, 2009 by [email protected]
On Day 7 we were scheduled to be at Great Stirrup Cay, a private island in the Bahamas.  Due to the windy weather we couldn't tender off the island, so instead we docked at Nassau.  No one seemed upset at the change.  What a beautiful city!  I will always remember the ship pulling away from Nassau in the sunset, with the picturesque lighthouse. The last evening.  On the windy Pool Deck, Oakhurst was joined by Levi Lowery (a very talented fiddler who seemed to sit in with everyone), then Ed Robertson (Barenaked Ladies) and also Shawn Mullins (who did a John Prine song).  I ended up sitting next to Heather Luttrell (who we never got to see perform). The final show in the Stardust Theater was supposed to be by Buddy Miller (who is recovering from triple-by pass surgery).  Instead it was a show billed as the Know-Buddies.  Since Buddy Miller was our original choice for "Twice as Nice" we were given reserved seating in the 1st 4 rows, for this general admission show.  Wow.  It was a who's who of the performers on the Cayamo Cruise. Webb Wilder opened up the show, doing two new songs from his upcoming album.  He then did MC duties (he was previously a host of a show on satellite radio) for this tribute to Buddy Miller.  Wilder is a neighbor of Miller and often sees him in the grocery story.  Some performers did Buddy Miller tunes.  The collaborations were amazing. Canadians Kathleen Edwards (violin), Ed Robertson (guitar) and the Denver based banjo player from Oakhurst did "I Hate Winnipeg".  Robertson suggested a mutiny of sorts.  Since the passengers outnumber the crew, he wanted to storm the Sixthman offices at 3 a.m. to take over the ship.  We were all having so much fun, we just didn't want it to end. Edwards teamed up with Tift Merritt and did a bit of a Vegas like comedy act (what a great singing voice Merritt has - she also plays a mean harmonica).  Shawn Mullins lead a super group that included David Ryan Harris and Heather Luttrell.  Ken Block teamed up with Aslyn (both from FL) and a few others on a Tom Petty Song.  Shawn Colvin, Brandi Carlile and Patty Griffin each took turns singing alone and in collaboration.  Wow. In Gatsby's, we briefly saw Jeff Holmes (Floating Men).  We then went to the Spinnaker and caught Aslyn's last song.  It was a touching tribute to her grandparents.  He grandfather was named Wally (same as my dad) and it was about having a long relationship with the one you love.  It made me cry.  What a lovely way to end the evening.  We wish we had seen more of Aslyn, what a voice, what command of the piano! We weren't able to see everyone perform, but we made every attempt to at least see a few moments of as many performers as we could.  What an amazing line up of talent.  It would be hard to duplicate anywhere else.  We're ready to sign up for the journey through song, 2010! Barb S. - Sunday Mix Host
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Day 6: It’s a day with a moderate sea and strong winds. They had to cover the equipment once due to a quick rain storm. I was able to access the Internet on the Pool Deck, while listening to Bonepony.  They were followed by The Greencards (re-scheduled from the previous day, due to the weather).  They play quite a variety of music.  Great energy and sound (especially when they did bluegrass)

We both got some sun and despite using 50 SPF, I have some sun burn on my shoulders, chest and neck.

As part of "Twice as Nice" we had our photo taken with Brandi Carlile. It was a nice opportunity, even if it was very quick.  The photo came out nice and it's a good memory of the cruise.

The shows were all running a bit late on the Pool Deck, so we only caught part of Drew Copeland's (Sister Hazel) show.  He's been working with Edwin McCain on his solo effort and you could hear the influence.  We think Marc Broussard also sounds like McCain.

We finally got to see multi-instrumentalist Kathleen Edwards do a whole show.  I had no idea she played the violin.  She said her husband comforted her after her losses at the casino with goodies from the chocolate buffet.  Edwards also freely used "adult language".  She told an entertaining story about making the video to "I Make the Dough, You Get the Glory".

Glen Phillips has some great guys backing him up.  One is Luke Bulla on fiddle (Works Progress Administration), the other is Jonathan Kingham.  Phillips gave each a chance to solo during the set.  Kingham stole the show with a rap during a Bobby Brown song all about the Cayamo cruise experience on the Norwegian Dawn.  He earned a much deserved standing ovation.  Phillips did a song about being present when his father passed on.  Mr. Barb and I could relate.  After his performance I was able to chat with Phillips and get his autograph.  He also kindly posed for a photo with me, doing a 2nd take, as he blinked the 1st time.

The Spinnaker Lounge was perhaps not the right venue for someone such as Webb Wilder.  A tight band, but very loud!  Very good at what he does.  Other artists should watch him and learn how it's done.

Ed Robertson (Barenaked Ladies) was in Dazzles.  The lounge we could never get into, and always had to settle for standing along the fringe.  Roberston is very entertaining and we were glad to catch him performing again before turning in for the evening.

We sailed into the Eastern Time Zone and to the Bahamas. Of course we would lose the hour again when we went back to Daylight Savings Time on Sunday. Oh well. As Glen Phillips said we’re on a cruise, we get back to reality next week and can sleep then.

On a cruise, you can’t help but run into the performers in the hall ways. Lyle Lovett is impeccably dressed even when not on stage. Mr. Barb saw Ed Roland in the bathroom. You just never know. The performers seem open to chatting informally with fans.  I usually was on the look out for performers in the Garden Cafe, like all of us, they had to eat sometime.

Barb S.  – Sunday Mix Host

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Another humid, windy day in the 80’s ashore, in the very quaint Tortola, British Virgin Islands.

Shawn Mullins was supposed to play the Pool Deck, but due to rain and 2” of water on the stage and over the wires, his show was moved inside to the Atrium.  Another part of the Cayamo experience is being flexible. Mullins was also joined by guests for his final set, including the banjo player from Oakhurst.  Mullins stuck to his more familiar material.  It was a so neat to see people gathering all around the Atrium, on the spiral staircases, in the glass elevators and in any free space they could find to see Mullins.  Afterwards he signed autographs at the Merch Store.  I finally got the opportunity to get my photo taken with him and I had not showered and was wearing a hat to cover my hair. Mullins was very gracious.

Next we caught Darrell Scott.  Like the others, he had guests join him on stage throughout the show.   After a shower and dinner we went to see Ed Robertson.  He’s quirky. A good quirky and I bet a fun dad.  He did a few Barenaked Ladies songs and had a few guest artists, including a “cruiser” who played a mean harmonica. Before we went to hear more music we went to a chocolate buffet (I drew the line tho on chocolate sushi).  We caught a bit of Edie Carey, Vienna Teng and Beth Woods.  We like all three ladies.  Next we went to see Ed Roland (Collective Soul).  He admitted he was not proficient on the guitar (I couldn’t tell).  He’s working on writing songs for next Collective Soul CD and was looking for some ideas from the cruisers.  It’s obvious he writes more for a group then solo, but it still translated quite well on stage.  We ended the evening with the veteran Cayamo act Oakhurst.

Barb S.  – Sunday Mix Host

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Day 4:  St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands.  Another humid, windy day in the 80’s ashore.  Our evening entertainment was provided by David Ryan Harris, Joey Ely, Girlyman, Katie Herzig, Jim Bianco and Glen Phillips.

David Ryan Harris was on Cayamo last year when he joined Shawn Mullins and Edwin McCain on the Lido Deck.  I was looking forward to seeing him solo.  Harris is a combination of John Mayer and Prince.  He's a talented singer-songwriter who’s not well known, but should be.

We sampled a bit of Joe Ely again (The Flatlanders), Girylman, along with a little bit of Katie Herzig in the Atrium, and checked in on Mindy Smith and then Jim Bianco.

Our “Twice as Nice” Show was Brandi Carlile (instead of Buddy Miller, who was unable to join the cruise due to triple by-pass surgery).  Sixthman did a great job of trying to accommodate those of us who choose Buddy Miller.  We were thrilled to see Carlile twice.  We had 4th row center in the Stardust Theater.  Wow.  Brandi, one of The Twins and Josh performed barefoot again.  Since we were close enough, I tried to get some photos of their feet.  Marc Broussard and Vienna Teng were among the performers who joined her on stage.  A large group sang “Let It Be” (Beatles) while holding lyric sheets.  It’s that kind of impromptu atmosphere.  You never know who will turn up on stage.

It was off to the late show of Glen Phillips.  I have to admit here, I was not impressed with Phillips when we saw him with Jonatha Brooke in December at the Rex.  I really wanted to give him another chance, as I had heard he was a good performer.  Well, he won me over.  Mr. Barb and I stayed for the whole show, until 2:15 a.m.  The Spinnaker has very comfortable couches and chairs.  Mr. Barb and I found a couch.  It was ironic, that Phillips talked about the “bumper cars” (couches).  He knew it was late and said was okay if we fell asleep in the bumper cars/couches.  Phillips is still re-learning the guitar after his accident (injuring his hand after it went through a glass table).  The late night show also seemed to affect his memory for lyrics.  But that’s part of the ambiance of this cruise.  It’s very casual and it’s okay to forget the words.  Phillips hit his head on the microphone a few times when he just couldn’t remember anymore of the song.  Mr. Barb and I left the comfy bumper car to move up front to get a closer look. 

 Barb S.  – Sunday Mix Host

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Day 3:  Webb Wilder, Hub City Allstars, Tift Merritt, Glen Phillips, Brandi Carlile, Marc Broussard, Shawn Mullins, Ed Robertson, Zac Brown Band.  After a day in Samana, we had plenty of music to come back on the boat for.

Webb Wilder followed by the Hub City Allstars were on the pool deck again.  It’s a perfect location to hear their music.

Tift Merritt started off the night in the Spinnaker Lounge.  She did “Broken” and mentioned watching the “Titanic” before going on the cruise.  We were quite impressed with her performance.  We caught a little bit of Glen Phillips (who noted he was enjoying getting re-acquainted with his wife on this cruise) before going to see our headliner Brandi Carlile.  What a difference a year makes.  Carlile, with Josh on upright bass and “The Twins” in her band were amazing.   She has much more confidence (as she should with that voice and songwriting ability).  Carlile likes to perform barefoot.  She also sang a few new songs from her upcoming new release.  The Indigo Girls joined her on stage. As usual, Marc Broussard was SRO and on again before Shawn Mullins.  Broussard brought his dad on board to accompany him.  Mullins’ changed up his set for his 2nd show of the cruise.  He did a very impassioned version of the James McMurtry song  “We Can’t Make It Here”. While I was seeing Mullins, Mr. Barb checked out Ed Robertson (Barenaked Ladies) – his quirky sound played well in the Atrium, and Mr. Barb recommended we check out his show later in the Spinnaker.  After Mullins’ we stayed around to see the Zac Brown Band (Clay Cook pulling double duty tonight with Mullins & Zac.)  There was a lot of buzz for this band, and their hit “Chicken Fried”.  We only stayed for a few jams, but we were in awe over their sound.  A little bit of everything. 

Barb S.  – Sunday Mix Host

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It was very windy, as I sat at a picnic table in the shade, overlooking the Pool Deck, while Brandi Carlile was singing “The Story” … it’s the 2nd day of the journey through song ... we’re somewhere in the Eastern Caribbean.  Carlile and the Indigo Girls teamed up this afternoon. 

Our travels from Pittsburgh to our stateroom aboard the NCL Dawn were practically seamless.  I discovered I can function, with some short naps, for 24-hours.  Our day began at 3:30 a.m. in Pittsburgh and ended the next morning about 4:00 a.m. Atlantic Standard Time (yeah, we lost an hour when we went into another time zone).   

Day 1 included performances from Beth Wood, Roddie Romero & The Hub City Allstars, Emerson Hart, Ken Block, Drew Copeland & Ryan Newell (3/5’s of Sister Hazel), Kathleen Edwards (who was introduced by fellow Canadian, Ed Robertson of the Barenaked Ladies), Indigo Girls, Marc Broussard and Shawn Mullins.

Roddie Romero & The Hub City Allstars would sound perfect on the Roots & Rhythm mix (Sundays, 11a-2p on WYEP), with their Cajun Louisiana sound.  Our discovery on Day 1 was the guys from Sister Hazel.  Wow we had no idea how good they were & their CD was the 1st we purchased.  

The Indigo Girls were our 1st headliner show.  Brandi Carlile joined them on quite a few songs, as well as a few other guest musicians.  They just rocked the Stardust Theater.  A great way to begin the journey. 

Despite a sinus infection, Shawn Mullins delivered an amazing performance that began about 12:50 a.m.   Joining Mullins was the multi-instrumentalist and a great singer-songwriter in his own right, Clay Cook. With Patrick Blanchard on guitar.  Mullins started off acoustic, and then invited the musicians up on stage for the remainder of the set.  Mullins is returning to Cayamo and a veteran of four Sixthman cruises. He seemed genuinely happy to be on-board and appreciated those in the Spinnaker Lounge (AKA, The Listener’s Room) being there this late (early?) to attend his show.  Mullins ended his 90 minute set, with his now trademark “House of the Rising Sun” and “Lullaby”. 

My oh wow moment on Day 2 was seeing Glen Phillips.  Mr. Barb and I were having a late breakfast, and Phillips came over to our table to ask us the time.  I didn’t realize who it was at first, until I heard another musician call him Glen.  Neat!  (I might add, he’s nice looking in person). 

On Day 2 we also sampled Webb Wilder, Over the Rhine, Girlyman, Ken Block (whose set started off solo, then he was joined by his Sister Hazel band mates), Girlyman, The Greencards, Kathleen Edwards (we were thrilled to hear her do “I Make the Dough, You Get the Glory”).  Beth Woods introduced a fellow Texan, our headliner for the evening, Mr. Lyle Lovett.  What a performer.  He is the consummate professional.  With a stellar band, impeccably dressed, just first rate.  The artist’s should all come to one of his shows to see how it’s done.  He performed over 90-minutes.  Lovett continues to deliver the goods.  We also checked in on Joe Ely, who performed some new Flatlander’s music. 

It was 78 on our Day at Sea and it’s supposed to be 82 for our Day in Samana, Day 3.  Internet access was spotty on Day 2 of the cruise, so I'm only getting around to posting on Day 3.

 Barb S.  – Sunday Mix Host

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February 27, 2009 by [email protected]
During the first week of March, Mr. Barb and I embark on our 2nd journey through song.  The chartered cruise is called Cayamo (pronounced kay-AH-mo)  Last year we sailed thru the Western Caribbean for six days, this year it’s the Eastern Caribbean for seven days.

The headliners are (bold indicates returning from 2008):

Lyle Lovett, John Hiatt, Patty Griffin, Shawn Colvin, Indigo Girls, Brandi Carlisle, and Buddy Miller (* Buddy Miller is recovering from triple-bypass surgery, so he will not be on the cruise. Best wishes to Buddy for a full recovery – Get Well Soon! – We will miss you!)

Other singer-songwriters on-board will be (bold indicates returning from 2008):

Aslyn, Jim Bianco, Ken Block (Sister Hazel), Bonepony, Marc Broussard, Drew Copeland (Sister Hazel), Antje Duvekot, David Ryan Harris (John Mayer band), Kathleen Edwards, Joe Ely (The Flatlanders), Girlyman, Emerson Hart (Tonic), Katie Herzig (Newcomers Home), Jeff Holmes (The Floating Men), Roddie Romero and the Hub City All-Stars, Tift Merritt, Shawn Mullins, Oakhurst, Over the Rhine, Glen Phillips (Toad the Wet Sprocket), Ed Robertston (Barenaked Ladies), Ed Roland (Collective Soul), Darrell Scott, Mindy Smith, The Greencards, Vienna Teng, Webb Wilder, Beth Wood, and The Zac Brown Band (with Clay Cook)

I counted 35 (!) artists! Woo hoo!

Our survival kit from Sixthman (who organize these themed cruises, included a 2-CD set of 30 songs from the artists scheduled to be on the 2009 Cayamo cruise.

We’re looking forward to seeing some of the returning artists again (especially Shawn Mullins), and discovering some new artists that we’ve never seen before.

Pacing and power naps will be the key (and with Freestyle Cruising, we can eat at our convenience). Looking at the schedule of performances, to see Shawn Mullins 1st concert, I will have to find time to take a nap, as his show begins at 12:30 AM right after set sail. Mr. Barb said I’m not allowed to sleep during the headliner shows, like I did in 2008. We chose the headliner show time of 8:30 PM (an hour earlier than last year). Our first headline act on the day we sail is the Indigo Girls.

We expect sunshine, happy smiling faces, unexpected impromptu collaborations, and to add to our CD collection. If possible, I will try to blog during the cruise to share our experiences.

Barb S. - Sunday Mix Host

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February 19, 2009 by [email protected]
es·sen·tial (ə sens̸həl, i-) uh-sen-shuh l adjective

1.    of or constituting the intrinsic, fundamental nature of something; basic; inherent

2.    absolute; complete; perfect

3.    absolutely necessary; indispensable; requisite


something necessary or fundamental; indispensable, inherent, or basic feature or principle

Many of the songs on my list are the first release or first “hit” by the artist.  These songs introduced me to their music.  When some of these artists no longer had a home on commercial radio, they were still embraced by independent public radio.  So these songs are essential.  They are necessary, without hearing these songs I would not have discovered these artists and continued to listen to their music, buy their CD’s or download their songs.


1.      “Falling Slowly” – Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová (2007-2008)

Having won the Academy Award for Best Original Song in 2007, to me this song epitomizes that a good song doesn’t necessarily have to be a commercial hit to be recognized.  The movie and soundtrack to “Once” were great examples of the fact that the little guy does sometime come out on top.

2.      “Driving” – Everything But The Girl (acoustic version) (1990 & 1996)

This song just flows.  I love hearing it while I’m driving.  Love how it sounds on the radio.

3.      “Walking in Memphis” – Marc Cohn (1991)

Marc Cohn won the Best New Artist Grammy in 1991 on the strength of this song.  Cohn’s songwriting has only continued to improve, too bad commercial radio all but abandoned him after this hit.

4.      “Lullaby” – Shawn Mullins (1998)

Commercial success may have alluded Shawn Mullins since “Lullaby”, but he’s found his niche as a great story teller.  It’s still a highlight when Shawn sings his “medley” of this greatest hit in concert.

5.      “Solitude” – Edwin McCain (1995)

This is what a great story song should sound like.  Yes, I know you may dismiss this because Edwin McCain teamed up with the lead singer of Hootie and the Blowfish, Darius Rucker.  But it’s a testament to McCain’s songwriting abilities.

6.      “No Such Thing” John Mayer (2002)

The 21st century is continuing to introduce us to talented songwriters.  John Mayer co-wrote this song with Clay Cook.  Mayer is still young but his songwriting ability and wisdom are far beyond his years.

7.      “All I Wanna Do” – Sheryl Crow (1994)

The ultimate catchy pop song.  Sheryl Crow keeps cranking them out year after year after year.

8.      “That Girl Can Sing” – Jackson Browne (1980)

This was one of those songs that stood out while I was in high school.  It seemed so sophisticated and ahead of its time.  It still sounds good.

9.      "Orinoco Flow (Sail Away)" – Enya (1988)

A sound that really was unique and still is.

10.  “One Headlight” – The Wallflowers (1997)

I love listening to this song in my car, in the rain, with the windshield wipers going.  I know it’s one of those “super groups”, but it’s a good song.

11.  “Runaway Feeling” – The Thorns (acoustic version) (2003)

Okay, maybe only the record label was convinced it was a good idea to team up Shawn Mullins, Matthew Sweet and Pete Droge.  But the music they produced was magical.

12.  “One of Us” – Joan Osborne (1995)

A lot of us have a copy of “Relish” and remember Joan Osborne for this wonderful song.

13.  “I Don’t Want to Wait” – Paula Cole (1997)

There’s a reason this song stayed on the charts for almost a full year - I don’t know what more to say, other than I just like this song.

14.  “Marlene on the Wall” – Suzanne Vega (1985 & 1986)

Typical example of the songs Suzanne Vega has recorded over the years that makes it fit in perfectly with the music at WYEP.

15.  “Someday We’ll Know” – New Radicals (1999)

I actually discovered this song on Daryl Hall & John Oates’ CD “Do It For Love“.  Then I heard it on WYEP.  Songwriters surely know a good song when they hear it.

16.  “I Can’t Make You Love Me” – Bonnie Raitt (1991)

Only Bonnie Raitt can make a song sound like this.  Sultry.

17.  Everybody’s Free (To Wear Sunscreen)” – Baz Luhrmann (1999)

Forgive me for including  a “one hit wonder”.  I just think this song has a great message for all of us and you probably won’t hear it on any other radio station.

18.  “River” – Joni Mitchell (1971)

There’s a reason why so many artists have covered Joni Mitchell songs.  They are well written songs that stand the test of time.  “River” is a holiday themed song, that just conjures up so many vivid images.

19.  “Smooth” – Santana (featuring Rob Thomas) (1999)

One of those songs that I never get tired of hearing and I turn up the radio each time it comes on.

20.  “All I Want” – Toad the Wet Sprocket (1992)

Young artists who made a song that gets stuck in your head.


A holiday song as an extra:


21.  “Driving Home for Christmas” – Chris Rea (1988)

I heard this song years ago on the radio while driving in Canada around the holidays and have loved it ever since.


Barb S. - Sunday Mix Host

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February 13, 2009 by [email protected]
In May we will be having a blast counting down the listener generated 913 Songs list.  Think about your favorite songs that you identify with when listening to WYEP.  Make your list of your favorite 20 songs and vote in WYEP's 913 Essential Songs. Here's Beaver County Times writer Scott Tady's Top 20 list to get you thinking. From Scott: I've been a regular listener since the early '90s, and I'm prepared to fight for any one of these songs. Ryan Adams - New York, New York Beck - E-pro Billy Bragg - A New England R.L. Burnside - Someday Baby Steve Earle - Transcendental Blues Peter Gabriel - Digging in the Dirt Grateful Dead - U.S. Blues John Hiatt - A Perfectly Good Guitar Indigo Girls - Closer to Fine Joe Jackson - Breaking Us in Two The Jam - That's Entertainment Lyle Lovett - That's Right (You're Not From Texas) Loretta Lynn/Jack White - Portland, Oregon My Morning Jacket - I Believe Rusted Root - Ecstasy Spoon - Don't Make Me a Target Richard Thompson - 1952 Vincent Black Lightning Wilco - Heavy Metal Drummer Lucinda Williams - Car Wheels on a Gravel Road and Number 20 will be coming !  
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February 9, 2009 by [email protected]
The 51st Annual Grammy Awards produced a number of winners for WYEP artists.  Congratulations to Robert Plant & Alison Krauss for taking home 5 total awards, including Album & Record of the Year. Album of the Year: Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, Raising Sand Record of the Year: Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, "Please Read This Letter" Best New Artist: Adele Best Rock Album: Coldplay, Viva la Vida Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals: Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, "Rich Woman" Song of the Year: Coldplay, "Viva la Vida" Best Rock Song: Bruce Springsteen, "Girls in Their Summer Clothes" Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance: John Mayer, "Gravity" Best Alternative Music Album: Radiohead, In Rainbows Best Pop Vocal Album: Duffy, Rockferry Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocals: Coldplay, "Viva la Vida" Best Female Pop Vocal Performance: Adele, "Chasing Pavements" Best Country Collaboration With Vocals: Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, "Killing the Blues" Best Contemporary Folk/Americana Album: Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, Raising Sand Best Traditional Blues Album: B.B. King, One Kind Favor Best Contemporary Blues Album: Dr. John and the Lower 911, City That Care Forgot Best Traditional Gospel Album: The Blind Boys of Alabama, Down in New Orleans
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February 3, 2009 by [email protected]
Fans of the UK band Elbow know 'Grounds for Divorce'. Take a listen to the band performing that song with the BBC Orchestra, the orchestra really kicks in about a minute into the song. Click on the link and see what you think.  
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February 3, 2009 by [email protected]
91.3fm WYEP did a first ever 'live' broadcast from backstage at Bonnaroo last year.  We were able to air backstage performances from Rilo Kiley, Nicole Atkins, Newton Faulkner, The Racontuers, and several others. The new lineup for this June's festival in Manchester TN has been announced and iincludes a wide range of musical styles and genres. Juen 11th - 14th are the dates for the Festival. BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN AND THE E STREET BAND, PHISH, THE BEASTIE BOYS, NINE INCH NAILS, ANDREW BIRD, TV ON THE RADIO, WILCO, AL GREEN, Alejandro Escovedo and Rodrigo y Gabriela , DAVID BYRNE, FEMI KUTI, MERLE HAGGARD, ERYKAH BADU, MGMT, BON IVER, THE DECEMBERISTS, LUCINDA WILLIAMS AND MANY MORE.      
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January 28, 2009 by [email protected]

Buddy Holly Tribute: 50th Anniversary Special

Tuesday, February 3rd , 4 – 6pm on 91.3fm WYEP

Hosted and Produced by Afternoon Mix Host Rosemary Welsch

February 3 marks the 50th anniversary of “The Day the Music Died". Three of the biggest stars in rock and roll-- Buddy Holly, Richie Valens and The Big Bopper-- and their young pilot died in a small plane crash in an Iowa cornfield. This two hour special takes a look at the influence of Buddy Holly's music and celebrates his contribution to the music world. 
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January 22, 2009 by [email protected]
We all have favorite songs that we've discovered listening to 91.3fm WYEP.  We're trying to have some fun in these long winter months by creating the ultimate listener generated list called 'WYEP's 913 Essential Songs'. We're asking you to submit 20 songs that define the WYEP listening experience for you.  Have some fun with it, it's a chance to reflect and help us create a really cool list that we'll count down sometime in May. I'll be posting some volunteer announcer and staff lists over the coming weeks, and some other local notables in our community.  
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January 11, 2009 by Andy C
Andy here, from the Tuesday Evening Mix. I know, it's kind of late, but here is a list of my favorites from 2008. 1)DoDo's - "Visiter" (French Kiss Records) I've written about these guys before on here.  They are fantastic.  Their second full length was a total surprise to me.  The melodies are great, but really the best part for me is the percussion.  It's loud, forceful, and gorgeous.  It sounds like they are just jamming away on whatever they can find to bang on.  It's very freeing to listen to that. 2) Hayden - "In Field and Town" (Fat Possum) This guy just does it for me.  Always has.  People think of him as being similar to Neil Young, but actually I think he writes amazing 3 minute pop songs when he wants to.  Take for example the gem of a single, "Where and When": "The snow was falling down like pieces of the sky last Friday night I was outside on the street, and she was inside to a beat Next thing I know, she's watching me writing to her in the snow "Let's go" She got up so close, the condensation changed her to a ghost But she appeared again, as she wrote on the glass "Well, it depends..." "Where and when?" Take that and add some hand claps.  Fantastic   3) Fleet Foxes - "Fleet Foxes" (SubPop) Fleet Foxes seem kind of boring.  I mean this in the best possible way, though.  They are long haired guys with beards who play alot of acoustic guitar.  This has been done a million times.  In fact, the first few times I listened to them I didn't get it.  I thought there had to be more to it.  Then I started to realize that there didn't have to be more to it.  In fact the whole debut long player is so comforting and good, that it can almost creep by you without notice.  I'll be shocked if they can't keep putting out solid releases over the next 10-15 years.  It's just feels that good and that natural.   4) The Walkmen "You and Me" (Gigantic) The Walkmen are a band thats quality, in my opinion, has varied greatly at times.  They can put me to sleep with how morose and alike all their songs can sound on some recordings.  However, this release reminded me of what I've liked in the past.  I think this is the first time they have put out a whole LP that is great from front to back.  They are from NYC, and not surprsingly so.  The record sounds like walking around NYC at night in the winter time.  Or maybe, it sounds like sitting around your house in the winter with friends while having a few drinks.  You may have a different opinion of what it sounds like, but I know it will involve winter.  It has to.   5) Retribution Gospel Choir - "Retribution Gospel Choir" (Caldo Verde) Well, I had wondered for a while what would happen if the band Low took it up from 20 bpm, to even like 30, or maybe 40, and just got even slightly angry.  Alan Sparhawk, of Low, has done just that with this side project.  Produced by Mark Kozelek, of Red House Painters and Sun Kil Moon fame, it sounds like a lost Crazy Horse record.  No frills rock n' roll.   6) Spiritualized "Songs In A&E" (Fontana Intl.) Jason Pierce's output has slowed somewhat in recent history, but the quality has not.  This is one of his best.  "Soul On Fire" is also one of the under appreciated songs of the year.   7) Frightened Rabbit "Midnight Organ Fight" (Fat Cat) There is something very comforting about this record.  Which is kind of weird, as some of the lyrics are pretty harsh.  Maybe that's what makes it comforting, though.  Of course, it also always helps to swear in a heavy Scottish accent.  It just sounds that much more biting.  Not that I think that Americans should put on a fake Scottish accent and start swearing.  That would just be obnoxious.  Do you think Ryan Adams is going to start doing that?     8) Vampire Weekend - "Vampire Weekend" (XL Recordings) A lot has been written about these guys so I'm just going to tell a quick story in this place.  I have this major problem of forgetting my keys when I leave my house.  I do it probably like 5 or 6 times a year.  Thankfully my wife works at a hospital about 3 blocks from our house.  So, I have upon occasion had to call her and go to the hospital to get her key.  One cold day I did this while she was working in the ICU.  She explained to me where exactly to go and she would be waiting just inside the main doors to the unit.  I walked in and there she was.  She then preceeded to turn around and say, "Everyone, it's okay...".  The whole unit of staff turned around at this point.  "This is my husband.  You see, he locked himself out of our house so he had to walk over here to get my keys.", she says.  Everyone kind of chuckles and goes back to their business.  Kind of unnecessary, right?   9) MGMT - "Oracular Spectacular" (Columbia) MGMT actually is rather over the top for me.  I'm a simple man with simple pleasures.  However, If you can write really good melodies that are amongst the catchiest this decade, well to a certain degree you can get a pass.  I still may roll my eyes at you on the cover of magazines in neon colored spandex, but I will defend the songs anytime someone brings them up.   10) Beach House "Devotion" (Carpark) A very subtle release from this duo out of Baltimore.  The vocals are really what make it for me.  I find myself singing along to it all the time.  
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