I've been meaning to do this since back in March 2013 when Canadian music icon Stompin' Tom Connors stomped his last stomp. So, nearly a year in gestation, this week's "The Bottomless Pit" will be a musical salute to the great nation of Canada.
Fifty years ago this month, when The Beatles arrived and conquered America, did they really save rock music from stasis and brain death, like some pundits say? On tonight's The Bottomless Pit at 10, the response to that question is: "Hell no! Are you joking?" This week's show cuts through the clichés, hyperbole and the Beatles nostalgia overkill.
On this week's "The Bottomless Pit," I'll take a nostalgia trip back to 1974 and put the audio spotlight on three albums that came out that year and really blew my mind: The Sun Collection by Elvis Presley, Legendary Masters: Eddie Cochran, and The Bop That Just Won't Stop by Gene Vincent. Those records rearranged my headspace back in '74, and of course are still exciting to me now.
Then during Part 3, we'll shift directions completely and hear a round-robin of tracks by Anoushka Shankar (pictured), banjo genius Tony Trischka and young jazz guitarist Nir Felder. All three have great, recently-released albums. And, of course, there'll be much more (including Fred Blassie).
There will be nothing recorded after 1968 on this week's "The Bottomless Pit," somewhat of a departure from usual business. I'll put the "audio spotlight"* on a favorite album of mine, A Tribute to The Delmore Brothers by The Louvin Brothers. We'll also hear the Delmores themselves and some classic hillbilly boogie by one of the The Delmore Brothers' musical partners, the great Wayne Raney.