HV111- Guitar Heroes

Hearing Voices from NPR®
111 Guitar Heroes: Pickers, Pluckers, Players
Host: Barrett Golding of Hearing Voices
Airs week of: 2011-02-23

“Guitar Heroes” (52:00 mp3):

From the original big bad bluesman to a Master Class with classical guitarist Christopher Parkening:

“Masked Marvel: Charley Patton” (2011 / 7:21) Barrett Golding

Charley Patton and guitar

The legend is of a shadowy soul traveling the countryside as singer, preacher, outlaw, teacher, of a hard boozin’, brawlin’, womanizin’ Blues Man. Well, that man had a name: Charley Patton, born around 1890 in the heart of the delta.

We hear interviews with people who played with Patton, David “Honeyboy” Edwards, and archival tape from Booker Miller (interviewed By Gayle Dean Wardlow), Roebuck ‘Pops’ Staples, and Howlin’ Wolf. And we talk to musician Corey Harris and authors Jim O’Neal (Living Blues Magazine) and Francis Davis (History of the Blues: The Roots, the Music, the People: From Charley Patton to Robert Cray).

Thanks to the NPR series Honky Tonks, Hymns & the Blues for collecting the recordings and interviews. The songs are off the Revenant Records box set Screamin’ and Hollerin’ the Blues; The Worlds of Charley Patton: “A Spoonful Blues, Charley Patton, “Prayer Of Death Part 1” Charley Patton, “Shake It And Break It (But Don’t Let It Fall Mama)” Charley Patton, “Oh Death”Charley Patton and Bertha Lee, “I Will Turn Your Money Green” Furry Lewis,, “County Farm Blues” Son House.

Masked Marvel, Patton record cover

Some Patton places…
National Park Service: Trail of the Hellhound
Wikipedia: Charlie Patton
TheDeltaBlues: Charley Patton and Gennett Records
R.Crumb comic book: Patton

“Ride On” (1994 / 1:50 excerpt) Little Axe

From the CD Wolf That House Built.

“Pin Pia” (2006 / 2:46) Jack Chance

In a Thailand market, Manop Thammadoonpinij, a music teacher and luthier, performs traditional songs on a haunting little-known ancient stringed instrument, the Pin Pia. Collected during a year-long Asian trek, recording traditional and street musicians for The Mountain Music Project.

“Keter Betts: Bass” (2003 / 4:54) David Schulman

Jazz bassist Keter Betts (July 22, 1928 – August 6, 2005) describes his instrument and some people he’s played with, among them Dinah Washington, Stan Getz and Ella Fitzgerald. Produced for the NPR series Musicians in their own words; archived at PRX.

“The Staunton Lick” (2000 / 2:00 excerpt) Lemon Jelly

From their CD Lemonjelly.Ky.

“A-E-I-O-U” (2006 / 2:07) David Greenberger & Birdsongs Of The Mesozoic

A ten to twelve string verbal breakdown based on conversations with William “Fergie” Ferguson and Abe Surgecoff. Artist David Greenberger has been collecting the thoughts, memories and stories from elderly Americans for more than a quarter century, and meshing them with music for his Duplex Planet project. From the CD 1001 Real Apes.

Parkening CD cover

“Master Class” (1994 / 17:00)

One of the greatest classical guitarists ever, Christopher Parkening, gives a week-long Master Class every summer at Montana State University. We sit in with students and teachers, eavesdropping on insights into intense technique and artistic expression. Narrated by NPR’s Susan Stamberg

“Jesu, Joy Of Man’s Desiring from Cantata” (1993 / 1:00 excerpt) Christopher Parkening

From Grace Like A River; companion CD to Parkening’s autobiography.

“Chuck Campbell: Sacred Steel” (3:31) David Schulman

The Campbell Brothers play Sacred Steel Guitars: African-American gospel music mixed with electric steel guitar. It’s a sixty year old tradition just now emerging from the House of God Church, where it’s an integral part of their weekly worship. Another in the NPR series Musicians in their own words.

“Song of Tibet” (2008 / 3:30) Jack Chance

There’s history and politics hidden in the songs of Tibet, which has been under Chinese control for half a century. A music recordist visits during Losar, the Tibetan New Year, looking for traditional music, as part of The Mountain Music Project.

“Plink Plink Plink” (2006 / 2:08) David Greenberger & Birdsongs Of The Mesozoic

Another from The Duplex Planet project, based on conversations with Ken Eglin and Larry Green; off the CD 1001 Real Apes.

R. Crumb comic about Chareley PattonPage 1 of Patton, by R.Crumb

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