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The Bottomless Pit

The Bottomless Pit With Marshall Crenshaw For October 4

by Marshall Crenshaw
Idris Muhammad

At 10 on "The Bottomless Pit," an overdue tribute to one of the greatest of the greats and one of my favorite musicians of all time: jazz, soul and funk drummer Idris Muhammad (November 13, 1939 – July 29, 2014). Born as Leo Morris into a musical family in New Orleans, Idris had a sound, style and groove that was utterly distinctive. Hearing Idris Muhammad play the drums makes me want to say, "God Bless America."

Also, we'll hear some of the remarkable recorded works of my good friend David Greenberger, of Duplex Planet fame. It's very moving stuff, and he always works with brilliant musicians. "The Bottomless Pit" is still on a Victoria Williams binge of indefinite duration, so we'll hear at least something from her ... and it'll be great.

The Bottomless Pit With Marshall Crenshaw For September 27

by Marshall Crenshaw
David Johansen (photo by Montecruz Foto, Creative Commons)

On tonight's "The Bottomless Pit" at 10, we'll explore the vast, diverse and magnificent musical legacy of the great David Johansen. As a songmaker and song stylist—whatever name he's using or whoever he's working with—David is one of the best there is. And as an entertainer, David is somebody who really knows how to take people on some kind of trip.
So we'll dig him this week, and we'll hear a little bit more from another of the all-time greats, Victoria Williams.

I'm playing her music on the show every week until further notice.

The Bottomless Pit With Marshall Crenshaw For September 20

by Marshall Crenshaw
Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels

On tonight's "The Bottomless Pit" at 10, I'm still dealing musically with my recent road trip out West. In the Joshua Tree area of California I saw an old friend, Victoria Williams, and over the next few weeks I'll be playing some of her remarkable and singular music on the show. Her records are a real treasure trove, that's for sure. But the most of the show this week, about 65% of it, will feature the music of the great Mitch Ryder, which is way more eclectic—and there's much more of it—than many people realize. I read Mitch's autobiography during my trip. It's one of those books where you have to wash your hands every time you put it down, but I was moved by it, dug it. And likewise for his music that I heard for the first time after reading.

The Bottomless Pit With Marshall Crenshaw For September 13

by Marshall Crenshaw
The Smithereens (courtesy of the artist,

Tonight's "The Bottomless Pit" at 10 is a hybrid affair, let's say. Originally, the plan was to do an "All Buddy Edition" of the show, following in the tradition of the "All Hank" and "All Bobby" shows that I've done lately. But, as I'm just back from an eventful three-week road trip, I decided to do a "Road Trip Recap," featuring some interesting music that I heard while traveling. Also, a little bit of music from The Smithereens and The Romantics, some great fellas and old pals that I've done some gigs with recently. 

The Bottomless Pit With Marshall Crenshaw For September 6

by Marshall Crenshaw
Buddy Holly publicity shot

Since I first started doing "The Bottomless Pit" back in 2005 (sporadically, then habitually), there's been an occasional recurring feature segment on the show called "A Salute To the Fender Stratocaster." Tonight's show at 10 is mostly an all-Buddy Holly edition of the salute: I figured out a way to do it that is well within the letter of the law and doesn't violate the terms of the (idiotic) Digital Millenium Copyright Act, which I'm happy about. The whole time I was putting the salute together I, of course, had a giant dumb grin on my face, listening to all those killer BH records that I never tire of. He "invented" the Stratocaster, as far as I'm concerned, and much else.