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Friday FARcast: The Memory Of Music With Johnny Harper & Kit Walker

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In a recent, viral video, M.D., Oliver Sacks, brough simple ipods with headphones into nursing homes to see how music would impact residents when they heard music from their era.  The results were astounding.  Not only were they moved, they also showed increased alertness and cognitive function.  The results were remarkable.

On today's show, we'll explore some similar themes from two musicians.

In the first hour. I'll be jlined by Johnny Harper. Johnny’s songwriting clearly reflects his deep roots in American folk traditions, and also draws on the socially and spiritually conscious folk-rock songwriting tradition of artists such as Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan, Curtis Mayfield, and Bruce Springsteen.

His latest project is a tribute to The Band and their music.  He'll be performing a series of shows in the Bay Area, which will showcase their music in honor of the 45th aniversary of the famous, three-night-Winterland debut in 1969.  We'll discuss why The Band is one of the most important groups in the American musical canon and how their sound connects us to the sounds of other times.

In hour number two, I'll be joined by my friend, Kit Walker.  Kit is an accomplished keyboard player and producer as well as a pretty good,  astrologer.  Kit's latest record is "Out Of Time" with vocalist, Mariana Ingold, available on Bandcamp.

Kit will no doubt add a great deal to the conversation.  Please join us.

Kit Walker: http://ingoldwalker.bandcamp.com/

Johnny Harper: http://www.cur-ville.com/johnny_harper.html

 

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