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The Bottomless Pit

The Bottomless Pit With Marshall Crenshaw For January 24

by Marshall Crenshaw
Little Richard and Jerry Lee Lewis

At 10 on "The Bottomless Pit," we'll hear Sonny Boy Williamson cursing at Leonard Chess, The Bobby Fuller Four doing a shoe commercial, and catch lots more of my and your favorite recording stars, like Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis, and of course, The Everly Brothers, in unguarded moments and/or struggling to find their way in the recording studio. Yes, that's right, a whole show of outtakes and things that were saved from the cutting room floor, the wastebasket, or the bulk eraser.

The Bottomless Pit With Marshall Crenshaw For January 17

by Marshall Crenshaw
Little Jimmy Dickens (c. 1955)

I'm wondering if every edition of "The Bottomless Pit" from now on will have to contain a eulogy or tribute to a musical artist that I like; it's starting to seem like it. Anyway, tonight's show at 10 contains a eulogy/tribute to Little Jimmy Dickens. It's too bad that the Digital Millenium Copyright Act only allows me to play four songs by him; I have dozens of favorites. Among the ones I ended up leaving out are: "They Locked God Outside the Iron Curtain," "Waitress Waitress," and "Sleeping At the Foot Of the Bed". Tune in and find out which ones I opted to play.

The Bottomless Pit With Marshall Crenshaw For January 10

by Marshall Crenshaw
Joe Cocker (courtesy of the artist's Facebook page)

For the umpteenth time (and counting) it'll be an "All 45 RPM Night" on "The Bottomless Pit" at 10 tonight. All the music that we'll hear on the show will be at least 40 years old—and that's a promise. The proceedings will include an overdue tribute to the great and sadly late Joe Cocker; I have lots of 45s with his name on them. We'll also hear from Buck Owens, Webb Pierce, George Riddle, Red Foley, Eddie Noack, and many many more.

The Bottomless Pit With Marshall Crenshaw For January 3

by Marshall Crenshaw
Frank Sinatra, circa 1947 (photo: William P. Gottlieb)

On tonight's "The Bottomless Pit" at 10, we'll explore, a little bit, Frank Sinatra's ambivalent (at best) interactions with rock music during the '60s. And I'll recap, a little bit, an outstanding musical and social experience that I had on December 26 as a guest artiste with Deer Tick at Brooklyn Bowl: they're a great band and a great batch of guys. All that, plus Dionne Farris and more.

The Bottomless Pit With Marshall Crenshaw For December 27

by Marshall Crenshaw
TV on the Radio (courtesy of the artist,

Please join me tonight at 10 for what is, of course, the final installment of "The Bottomless Pit" for 2014. It's the second and last of two shows that served as year-end wrapping up exercises. Tonight we'll hear some of what I added to my record collection—in terms of new-for-2014 music—by artists like Bill Frisell, Regina Carter, TV on the Radio, Tony Trischka and many more.