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J.J. Thames was raised in a blue-collar family.
J.J. began performing at the tender age of 9 years old, and became a blues- shouting banshee by the time she was just 18 years old.
She cut her teeth after moving down to Jackson, MS. Where she began to perform with the celebrated "Chitlin' Circuit superstars like; Marvin Sease.
J.J. and I will explore her roots and check out tunes from her album, Tell You What I Know.
Ken Chester "Sugar Brown" Kawashima was born in Bowling Green Ohio.
His attachment to the Blues came while he studied at the University of Chicago by day and prowled the blues clubs at night, backing artists such as Taildragger and "Big Eyes" Smith.
He now lives in Toronto, and his latest album is entitled Sugar Borwns Sad Day and Sugar and I will chat about his journey to where he is today while we listen to tunes from the album.
Polly O'Keary began playing music in bars in Mexico at 16, and after a early rock career that included a record deal, she fell in love with blues at 28.
She was first named Washington Blues Society Female Vocalist of the Year in 2004, and has won it twice more since then.
Her first and second albums were well-reviewed, and the second was named Album of the Year by the WBS, and Polly was named Songwriter of the Year.
She spent time touring with Too Slim & The Taildraggers and is now back in the Northwest with a new trio. Polly and I will discuss her career and listen to songs from her latest, Compass.
Tweed Funk originally came to The Couch back in April of 2012. They return with their new album, First Name Lucky and we will find out what the band has in store for 2014 while we listen to cuts form the album.
The band Tweed Funk earned their way to the 2012 IBC by way of the Grafton Blues Society. Not bad for a band together for less than a year.
Their debut album, Bringin It brought the band huge recognition and airplay.
Joseph "Smokey" Holman on vocals, JD Optekar on guitar, Marcus "MG" Gibbons on drums, Eric Madunic on bass and Jon Lovas on Sax are the core of Tweed Funk.
They have a new album dropping the week they are on the show entitled Love Is and we will be playing cuts from it on the show as we chat with the guys.
Then Boy Wells will make his trip to The Couch after having to reschedule his first appearence.
Wells is a veteran of the southern rock scene that was rooted in the geographical and multi-stylistic pocket around the nation’s capital, who now resides in the artistically fertile hills of Central Texas.
His album Blue Skies Calling is a collection of sweet tuneage.
Boy has had some difficult times in his life and we will explore how they shape his music and where he is headed in his career.
in Self Help
As we enter into festive times with our loved ones and friends let's remember that not everyone has family and friends to connect with. We often take for granted that their is someone to go home too or share a meal with together.
Many people are grieving at this time of year due to loss of a loved one, financial hardship, or just the weather can cause people to feel down, isolated, and depressed. Pride and Fear are two main factors that keep us stuck and bound in isolation and depression. We will discuss ways to get out of a "funk" and how to deal with loneliness during this season and for a lifetime.
Let's talk about what it means to be and the difference between being Lonely, Alone, and Loneliness.
1. Are you feeling overwhelmed from too many commitments, financial hardships, or unrealistic expectations?
2.Are you experiencing frequent headaches, excessive drinking or overeating, or insomnia?
3.Do you find yourself being isolated from friends or co-workers, crying or feeling "down" during this time of the year?
4. Do you feel emotionally isolated and you have family and friends around?
5. Do you dread being alone at this time of the year?
COME GET ON THE COUCH!!!!
Timotha Lanae is an American soul songstress, a dynamic dancer and an award winning theatrical performer who seamlessly joins together her passion for music and theater. Born and raised in Minneapolis, USA, Timotha Lanae is one of the most prominent and significant artists to emerge from the post – Prince era Minneapolis music scene.
Named after her father, Timothy, Timotha credits his rich musical collection as being responsible for her love of music. She grew up listening to her father’s music collection of 50’s legends, the Motown artists of the 60’s, the R&B/funk/gospel artists of the 70’s and the Minneapolis sound of the 80’s. The first track on her debut album RED, Smooth Music, describes her sound as “A touch of Jazz, R&B, Soul and Hip Hop too, I mix these all together to make my grooves…”.
Timotha Lanae wrote ten of the 12 songs on her debut album RED. RED is a two-part project that bridges the gap between the record industry and musical theater. Timotha Lanae drew inspiration from every day life to write her singles – Radio, Talkin’ To Myself, People Pleaser, Gettin’ To Know You and My Man. Please Pleaser reached number #6 on the UK Soul Charts. Timotha Lanae is the brainchild behind the concepts of her music videos. In the music videos for Talkin To Myself and People Pleaser, she bridges the gap between her love of theater and recording by incorporating her original musical REDdington into the storyline. She portrays herself in these videos, while also portraying, Eva Reddington, the main character from her original musical REDdington.
Can the Giants overcome their funk, and beat Dallas at home? Can the Jets make it 2 against the Bills in Detroit? Join Jose Otero, and Joey Torres as they take a look at the day in NY Football live from the Meadowlands. Plus sports writer Rich Mancuso calls in to talk some NY Baseball Hot Stove. At a special time of 11:30. Don't miss it
Eddie Lanier was born in New Jersey, home to funk giants Parliament-Funkadelic and Kool N The Gang, but it was Sly & The Family Stone that turned me out and made me a funkateer for life. Bought my first guitar after hearing Sex Machine. Played guitar with a high school rock band that did a few SATFS songs. Later played in the back-up band for some singers in an organization run by Martha Taylor (wife of Richard Taylor singer with The Manhattans). Many of those musicians went on to work with Kool N The Gang.
Maintained my love for SATFS and all related music throughout all these years. Throughout those years, I met and became friends with many of the original Family Stoners. For the last ten years or so, I frequently hook up with them mostly at the east coast shows.
These days, I run the Sly & The Family Stone FB page which now has over 5000 members as well as the current Family Stone FB page.
I am associate producer for the upcoming Sly & The Family Stone Convention in Oakland.
Keeping the legacy of Sly & The Family Stone legacy alive...forever!
The first show back for R.W.Coolins after a long hiatus. Coming to you from a new location in the DMV (DC/MD/VA) and ready to bring you new topics that are not only controversial but thought provoking. Soecial guest for tonight is JaLi an up and coming artisit and he will be bringing his new single Give Up On Love. Also, DJ Insane Payne will be stopping by to give us a taste of his new mix Old School Funk. Go to www.speakonitshow.com to get all the information about the show and tune in every Sunday Night from 5-7PM EST. Lets Go!
Stan hansen and bruiser Brody vs the funks. AJPW 12/8/84. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=KpwvApRdfaU
Hiroshi tanahashi vs AJ Styles. NJPW. 10/13/14
in Rock Music
Michael Hutchence was the lead singer of the band INXS, a popular rock group in the 1980s and 1990s.
Michael Hutchence was born on January 22, 1960, in Sydney, Australia. In high school he formed the band The Farriss Brothers which became INXS. They released a self-titled debut album in 1980 which was a hit in Australia. They reached the American audience through heavy video rotation on MTV and their album Kick became a huge international hit. Hutchence was found dead by hanging in 1997.
Michael Kelland John Hutchence was born on January 22, 1960, in Sydney, Australia. A vibrant and sensual performer, Michael Hutchence was the lead singer of INXS, a popular rock group in the 1980s and '90s. The son of a makeup artist and a businessman, he spent part of his childhood in Hong Kong. Hutchence grew up listening to the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, among others. In high school, he met keyboardist and guitarist Andrew Farriss, and the two became friends and bandmates. They formed a band with bassist Gary Beers. Later on, Farriss brothers, Tim, a guitarist, and Jon, a drummer, joined the group along with Kirk Pengilly, who played guitar and saxophone, forming what was then called the Farriss Brothers.
Formation of INXS
After high school, Hutchence went to Perth with the band and played in some clubs there without a lot of success. They returned to Sydney and renamed themselves INXS. Landing a recording contract, the group released its first self-titled album in 1980. The group's first hit in Australia was "Just Keep Walking," and with their powerful live shows, they began to attract quite a following. With elements of funk and new wave, the band had a distinctive sound. Hutchence's strong vocals also won people over. He had great charisma and sex appeal, with some comparing him to Mick Jagger or Jim Morrison.
Steve Arrington joined the funk group Slave on their 3rd LP origjnally to play percusson. He became the drummer, a backing vocalist and then eventually the lead on such songs as "Just a Touch of Love", "Watching You" and "Wait For Me". He left Slave in 1982 and formed Steve Arrington's Hall of Fame and had such hit singles as "Weak At The Knees" and "Nobody can Be You But You". His most successful album was a solo project, "Dancing in the Key of Life" The title track became a top 1en R&B hit and was number 2 on the dance charts. Steve Arrington was nominated for the NAACP Image Award for Best Male Artist in 1986. His music was blasted in my teenage bedroom and now I get to blast it for you during this segment of Brunch In The Basement With JaVonne. With featured segments by Nathan James and Meka Rae!
Fresh off the release of the deluxe version of his new self-titled album, two-time GRAMMY® award-winner Timothy Bloom is excited about the future. Recently named a VH-1 Soul “You Oughta Know Artist,” Timothy Bloom is on the move. Forged from a childhood of diverse experiences, powered by a kaleidoscope of musical influences, Timothy’s music defies category and refuses to be put in a box. But my music is ultimately a fusion of many influences. I could never see myself doing one type of music. When anyone asks me who I’d like to work or tour with, I answer everybody.”He started early. Timothy was introduced to various cultures and lifestyles as his father’s service as an army chaplain took the family to such varied locales as Germany, Alaska and Oklahoma. His parents, both pastors, only allowed their five children to listen to gospel music. One day Timothy “ran away”, meaning he spirited away the keys, and snuck out to the car to turn on the radio. The first song that came on was Bob Dylan’s “Lay, Lady, Lay.” Seven year-old Timothy was amazed, and inspired. Timothy’s refreshing voice and sound reflect the multiple influences of his musical heroes and his varied upbringing. He attributes his unique blend to the styles he heard growing up. His favorite singers were the likes of Stevie Wonder, Donny Hathaway, Johnny Mathis, Frank Sinatra, Jeff Buckley because “those type of cats had tone and texture.” Timothy’s tone and texture caught the eye of skilled musicians early on. He began his career as a songwriter and producer writing for the incomparable Smokey Robinson (“My World”, “Fallin in Love”). Timothy then moved on to writing and producing GRAMMY® award-winning songs for both Ne-Yo (“Say it” on Because of You) and Chris Brown (“All Back” on F.A.M.E).