Archive for September, 2011


5 Days….

The Gourds


…Until The Gourds drop into the city of brotherly love.  Fresh off their new album, Old Mad Joy, recorded at Levon Helm’s studio up in Woodstock NY and produced by veteran producer Larry Cambell, the boys have been constantly touring.  They just finally hit the east coast this week and will also play NYC on Saturday.  Don’t miss them as they come through Philly on Tuesday Oct 4.  The World Cafe Live won’t know what hit them once Hurricane Cucurbitaceae hits town.

Get your tickets! I will see you there.



Happy Birthday Robbie “Basspeare”

Robbie Shakespeare1978

September 27, 2011

Born on this day in 1953: Robbie Shakespeare, session bass player.

Best known for being 1/2 of the iconic duo of Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare.

The salt and pepper duo of Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare is well known as being the “masters of groove and propulsion”. The names Sly and Robbie are synonymous with Reggae music. The rhythm kings Drum and Bass are at the heart of popular music and for the last 30 years Sly and Robbie have been considered the best. They are also estimated to have played on or produced 200,000 recordings.

The duo changed the face of reggae several times: in 1976, they introduced a harder beat called “Rockers”, which quickly replaced the then prevalent “One drop” style, then introduced the “rub a dub” sound in the early 1980s. Sly and Robbie were important in developing the trend towards computer assisted music and programming in the mid 1980s.

They have obviously been a big part of the Jamaican music scene in which they have played for virtually every prominent Jamaican artist from Beenie Man to Sean Paul to Peter Tosh, Black Uhuru, Gregory Isaacs, Dennis Brown, Lee “Scratch” Perry, Jimmy Cliff and others.  Not only that, they have been one of pop music’s most sought after rhythm sections, playing for and producing such stars as Ben Harber, Bob Dylan, Mick Jagger, The Rolling Stones, Joe Cocker, Matisyahu, Michael Franti, Sting, Doug E Fresh, Carlos Santana, Robert Palmer and No Doubt.

Let’s tip one back for Robbie today.  Throw a little reggae on the turntable in honor….chances are Robbie Shakespeare is playing on it.



Shady Groove Podcast #33

Ooooooooohhhhhh baby. great times, great times. Another bomb set of musical notes strung together in songs for ya. You’ll hear angel trumpets and devil trombones. You. Are. Invited.

Podcast #32 included these tasty musical tracks:

Florence + The Machine – Not Fade Away ++ Blitzen Trapper – Love The Way You Walk Away ++ Tedeschi Trucks Band – Learn How To Love ++ The Police – So Lonely ++ Joe Cocker, Leon Russell & The Shelter People – Space Captain (Live 1970) ++ Hoots & Hellmouth – Threadbare ++ My Morning Jacket – Circuital ++ Donovan – Sunshine Superman ++ G. Love – The Road ++ Superheavy – Miracle Worker ++ X – The New World ++ The Gourds – I Want It So Bad

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Are You Ready For The Country?: Podcast #32

Howdy all you Shady Groove heads out there. Here we go with another saweet edition of the grooviest of all podcasts. We’ve been goin through some location changes around here in Shady Groove world, mostly stemming from a move that I have recently made. Out of the city, into the Burbs.  Not like I’m settling down or anything, its just good to have some space.  Good to have land.  Its a lot quieter out here; though I can easily hop a quick train ride to downtown Philly for some local tunes.  So, in response to all that, here’s my rendition of a country-themed podcast.  Some great tracks on here, so play it loud and have fun!

Podcast #32 comprised of these fresh, country-fueled tracks:

Amos Lee – Are You Ready For The Country? ++ The Wood Brothers – Shoofly Pie ++ The Gourds – Country Love ++ The Allman Brothers Band – Statesboro Blues ++ The Heptones – Country Boy ++ Charlie Daniels – Long Haired Country Boy ++ Mason Porter – Girl From The North Country ++ The Gourds – Country Gal ++ The Rolling Stones – Country Honk ++ Toots & The Maytals ++ Take Me Home Country Roads ++ The Duck and The Bear (Duane Allman) – Goin’ Up To The Country ++ My Morning Jacket – Wonderful (The Way I Feel) ++ Talking Heads – The Big Country ++ Shinyribs – Country Cool

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Rainy Day, Dream Away: Shady Groove Podcast #31


This just in….

It’s not all sad songs and waltzes on this rainy day show. Podcast #31 will rock your socks!

Podcast #31 included these audible gems:

Jimi Hendrix Experience – Rainy Day, Dream Away ++ Ann Peebles – I Can’t Stand The Rain ++ G. Love – Just Fine ++ Grateful Dead – Brown Eyed Women ++ The Wood Brothers – Bucket Of Rain ++ The Wood Brothers – When I Was Young ++ Bob Dylan – Rainy Day Women #12 & 35 ++ David Grisman & Jerry Garcia – Shady Grove ++ The Black Crowes – Shady Grove ++ The Beta Band – Dry The Rain ++ Wanda Jackson – Dust On The Bible ++ Tedeschi Trucks Band – Come See About Me ++ The Gourds – Pine Island Bayou

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