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In Merle Haggard: The Running Kind, DAVID CANTWELL takes us on a revelatory journey through Haggard’s music and the life and times out of which it came. Taking in the entire breadth of the Hag’s career, David focuses especially on the 1960s and 1970s when Haggard created much of his best-known and most influential work. Listening closely to a masterpiece-crowded catalogue (including such songs as Today I Started Loving You Again, Okie from Muskogee, Sing Me Back Home, Mama Tried, Working Man Blues, and If We Make It through December, among many others), David Cantwell explores the fascinating contradictions - the desire for freedom in the face of limits set by the world or self-imposed, most of all - that define not only Haggard’s music and persona but the very heart of Country music. This book is published by the University of Texas Press as part of their American Music Series. Order the book from them here: http://utpress.utexas.edu/index.php/books/canmep
Music critic and longtime Haggard fan, DAVID CANTWELL is also the co-author of the acclaimed Heartaches By The Number: Country Music's 500 Greatest Singles, and his work has appeared in the Oxford American, Salon and No Depression, among other publications. He lives in Kansas City, Missouri.
The Pittsburgh Passion, a women's pro tackle football team just took the IWFL Championship game and ready for a a parade. Will the city honor them the way that they would if the Pittsburgh Steelers won?
This is the second year in a row that the team took the championship home. Owner and head coach Teresa Conn will talk with us about the 22 game streak win as well as the team's achievements including: first women's football franchise in history to broadcast games on a major television network (Fox Sports Net); first franchise to be featured in Sports Illustrated; first franchise to be featured on ESPN; awarded a permanent fixture in the Heinz History Center’s Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum in association with the Smithsonian Institute; Teresa Conn winning the Dapper Dan Charities Sportswoman of the Year Award for 2011-12.
In these difficult days and times we often look to spiritual leaders for guidance and instruction in our lives. As Christians (followers of Christ should these leaders speak from their mind, or from what is written based on the word of God? This show will examine things said by men and woman claiming to be Gods ministers to reveal whether or not they are speaking Gods word and doing his will. 1Pet 4: 11 If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.We hope you tune in and listen to our show. We air programs on Blog Talk Radio at the following times: Sun 2:00pm, Tue 8:00pm, Wed 7:00pm, Fri 7:00pm & Sat 9:00am all eastern time.
Derek Stark's 9th broadcast as a student of American Broadcasting School. The broadcast includes songs from Highwaymen, Van Halen, George Jones, Merle Haggard, Skillet, Sugarland, Miranda Lambert, Colt Ford & Craig Morgan, Charlie Pride, Hank Williams Jr., Luke Bryan, George Straight, Roy Orbison, Nickelback, AC/DC, Willie Nelson, Avril Lavigne, and Kelly Clarkson. In the final half hour of the show, Derek is joined by Bad Billy for Talk on the Streets discussing natural disasters. Be sure to follow Derek Stark on Twitter (@derekstark) and like American Broadcasting School - The Drive Home with Derek Stark Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/absthedrivehome.
BIG TOBACCO AND THE PICKERS New Album "The King Is Gone" will be released May 12, 2015.
Since 2008, Big Tobacco and The Pickers have been bringing their unique brand of traditional country to bar rooms, taverns, halls and festivals around Ontario. Their ongoing monthly residency at Toronto roots institution The Cameron House has gained them a loyal following of country music fans. Regular appearances at legendary rooms like The Dakota Tavern and The Cadillac Lounge have helped develop their gritty live show into what it is today - a glimpse back at the golden age of country music. Their renditions of the classics, along with traditional sounding original material, will make you and your friends want to dance all night & drink too much. From the rich tones of the pedal steel, to the hot licks of the Fender Telecaster, Big Tobacco and the Pickers deliver a new brand of country music, true to old school tradition.
The Isaacs have come along way from Blue Grass Gospel to New American. Lily Isaacs is the matriach of this extremely talented family of singers. Her son Ben plays the bass, and daugthers Rebecca and Sonya each play the guitar. Sonya is known for composing many of their songs. The years have gone by as Lily decided to write a book entitled You Don't Cry Out Loud, the Inspirational Legacy and Life Stories of Lily Isaacs. We will talk with Lily and hear some of the great music.
Their latest CD is called The Living Years.
One piece that Sonya co-wrote called I'm Gonna Love You Through It was made popular by Martina McBride as she dedicated the song to Robin Roberts and other cancer survivors.
Lily's parents were Holocaust Survivors. Lily and her family look to their religious inspiration for all that her life has and still is bringing them. www.theisaacs.com
Derek Stark's 8th broadcast as a student of American Broadcasting School. The broadcast includes songs from Johnny Cash & June Carter, Montgomery Gentry, Waylon Jennings & Jessi Colter, Little Big Town, Gloriana, Kid Rock, Sheryl Crow, Merle Haggard & Willie Nelson, Travis Tritt, Gypsy Blood, Alan Jackson, Nickelback, AC/DC, Avril Lavigne, Kelly Clarkson, Billy Currington, Blake Shelton, Gina Giordano, Roy Orbison, Jamey Johnson, and Carrie Underwood & Randy Travis, Highwaymen. Be sure to follow Derek Stark on Twitter (@derekstark) and like American Broadcasting School - The Drive Home with Derek Stark Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/absthedrivehome.
BOULEVARD: ROBIN WILLIAMS FINAL FILM
Boulevard, directed by Dito Montiel, was first presented at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival. The movie, starring, Robin Williams is high drama and the last movie that Williams made. He portrays Nolan Mack who has worked at the same bank for almost 26 years in a life of monotony. He and his wife Joy (Kathy Baker) have embraced their marriage as a convenient distraction from facing reality each sleeping in separate rooms at this point. Then, one day, what starts as an aimless drive down an unfamiliar boulevard turns into a life-altering decision for Nolan.
When he meets a troubled young male prostitute named Leo (Roberto Aguire) on his drive home, Nolan finds himself breaking from the confines of his old boring life and coming to terms with his closeted sexuality and determination to help the young man’s life as well.
Joy and Nolan maintain some separate social lives as each do their own thing some evenings. When Nolan comes home very late and alibis being questioned, Joy simply accepts his word, never suspecting Nolan’s other desire.
Don’t expect any humor in the film and at times may be dragged out and sometimes boring. Do expect some fine acting from Williams and Baker and praise from the LGBT community. Boulevard will be in theatres in July.
Williams does star in another yet to be released film, Absolutely Anything, but only with his voice as he portrays, Dennis the Dog.
We will be talking with Director Dito Montiel
Just in time for the start of summer, we’re excited to share the return of the 2015 Metropolitan Summer Recital Series to all five boroughs bringing New Yorkers free outdoor concerts from June 15 through June 30. Starring leading Met artists and young rising stars of the Opera World, the series, now in its seventh season, features six free concerts presented in collaboration with City Parks Foundation.
Located at Socrates Sculpture Parks in Queens, soprano Kiri Deonarine, mezzo-soprano Ginger Costa-Jackson, and baritone John Moore joined by pianist Dan Saunders will perform arias and duets from various operas including Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Don Giovanni and Samson et Dalila on Wednesday, June 24 at 7 p.m. Deonarine, Costa-Jackson, Moore and Saunders will also perform three additional recitals in Jackie Robinson Park (Manhattan), Crotona Park (Bronx), and Clove Lakes Park (Staten Island). No tickets are required for this performances.
The first two recitals, on June 15 at 8 p.m. at Central Park SummerStage and June 17 at 7 p.m. in Brooklyn Bridge Park, will star soprano Janai Brugger, mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard, and baritone Nathan Gunn, joined again by Saunders. These two recitals will feature arias and duets from a number of operas such as Faust, Carmen, La Bohème, and Porgy and Bess, along with selections from the American Songbook.
My guests today are Ginger Costa-Jackson and John Moore
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