DOORS Keyboard Player, Ray Manzarek, passed through the veil on May 20 at age 74. Our Album Feature for Wednesday May 22 is the 1967 debut of "The Doors", released in January of that year. Awesomely intelligent, Ray's book, "Light My Fire.....My Life With the Doors" is well worth a read.
The Album Feature for May 8 is TALES OF ORDINARY MADNESS (1996) from WARREN HAYNES. Warren will be playing with Gov't Mule in Portland Maine on May 30 and in Boston on May 31. www.warrenhaynes.com
The Album Feature for April 24 is from Ben Harper & Charlie Musselwhite: "GET UP" www.benharper.com
The Album Feature for April 17 is Richard Thompson's new "ELECTRIC" www.richardthompson-music.com
It's a Vintage Recording this week on April 10th's Album Feature, "OGDENS' NUT GONE FLAKE" (1968) from The Small Faces. www.thesmallfaces.com
The Album Feature for April 3 is "Turquoise" from Devon Allman. www.devonallmanband.com
Our Album Feature for March 20th is the brand new release from Justin Hayward, "SPIRITS OF THE WESTERN SKY".
Justin Hayward, lead guitarist and vocalist of the legendary rock band, The Moody Blues, is one of the most prolific singer-songwriters in music. Winner of four ASCAP Awards, Justin's Nights In White Satin, Tuesday Afternoon, Question, The Voice, Your Wildest Dreams and I Know You're Out There Somewhere, name just a few of his worldwide hits. Performing and recording for more than 40 years with the band, during which the group has sold more than a phenomenal 60 million albums, Justin Hayward has been a driving force in the band's success.
Spirits of the Western Sky, Justin's first solo album since 1996's The View From The Hill, features his trademark vocals & guitar work on tracks such as One Day, Someday, On The Road To Love & the lead off track In Your Blue Eyes. Not to be missed are the three country & bluegrass-influenced tracks What You Resist Persists, Broken Dream & It s Cold Outside Of Your Heart.THE ALBUM FEATURE FOR MARCH 13 IS "PEOPLE, HELL AND ANGELS" FROM JIMI HENDRIX. www.jimihendrix.com
The Album Feature for February 27 is "Blak and Blu" from Gary Clark Jr. www.garyclarkjr.com
Spirit was an American jazz/hard rock/progressive/psychedelic band founded in 1967 and based in LAX. Their 2nd album "The Family That Plays Together" is our Album Feature February 20th. 8 pm 97.9 FM WZXP. Lead Guitarist, vocalist & major songwriter, Randy California would have turned 62 on 2/20/13
The Album Feature for February 13 is "Joe Bonamassa - Beacon Theatre - Live From New York" www.jbonamassa.com
Elephants of Scotland is a Burlington, Vermont based Progressive Rock Group. Their debut recording, "Home Away From Home" will be our Album Feature on February 6.
You can see and hear Elephants of Scotland, live and in person on Monday, February 11, presented by Nectar's and WZXP. www.elephantsofscotland.com
The Album Feature for January 30 is from an Addison County, Vermont band called Panton Flats. This is their self-titled debut recording.
The Album Feature for January 23 will be the James Montgomery Band's debut, FIRST TIME OUT from 1973. Members of the band: James, Peter Malick, David Case, Billy Mather, Peter Bell, Chuck Purro and Larry Washington James Montgomery and his band headlined the Album Station's Burlington Blues Fest two years in a row.
OUR ALBUM FEATURE FOR WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 19th is "NEW POSSIBILITY" - GUITAR MASTER JOHN FAHEY'S CHRISTMAS ALBUM
John Fahey was an American fingerstyle guitarist and composer who played the steel-string acoustic guitar as a solo instrument. His style has been greatly
influential. John Fahey was Leo Kottke's guitar teacher. In 2003, he was ranked 35th in the Rolling Stone "The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time" list.
The Album Feature for December 5 is Marillion's "Sounds That Can't Be Made" (2012) www.marillion.com
Our Album Feature for November 28 is the new one from young Blues Lady, Joanne Shaw Taylor: ALMOST ALWAYS NEVER. www.joanneshawtaylor.com
The Album Feature for November 21 is the brand new one (first in nearly a decade) from Neil Young with Crazy Horse, PSYCHEDELIC PILL. www.neilyoung.com
Our Album Feature for November 14 is Mark Knopfler's new one, PRIVATEERING. Mark is touring with Bob Dylan in the U.S. right now. This coming week he will be playing with Bob in Montreal, Boston and Brooklyn, NY. An extended tour of Europe will take place in Spring and Summer of 2013, including 6 nights at The Royal Albert Hall in London. www.markknopfler.com
Our Halloween Night Album Feature is Jeff Wayne's musical version of WAR OF THE WORLDS.
In hindsight, it seems almost incredible: 34 years ago, a young musician named Jeff Wayne (who at the time primarily wrote music for commercials) fell in love with H.G. Wells' much-loved book The War of the Worlds, and decided to make a musical version of it. Star Wars had just put people's minds into outer space, musical theatre was hugely successful, and long, anthemic orchestral prog-rock was all the rage. Wayne was inspired by all these elements and decided to gather together his peers and make a musical-mixed-with-spoken-word album, with the script taken directly from the famous book. This was by no means a soundtrack to a movie; in fact, all of the visuals were to come straight from the listener's minds (hard to imagine in today's video-oriented world.) The two-LP set featured Sir Richard Burton as frontman, along with some of the leaders of the progressive rock world who joined in on the fun. Moody Blues' Justin Hayward, "Rock On" vocalist David Essex and Thin Lizzy lead Philip Lynott each did more than sing on the record, they took a part in the musical play, performing key roles alongside the aforementioned dramatist Burton.
Amazingly, the eccentric project was a massive success, selling over 13 million copies and staying on the U.K. charts for over 260 weeks straight. DJs and bands--including the Orbital and Todd Terry--still use WOTW samples to inspire their own works. Unquestionably, the genesis of electronica can (in part) be mapped back to the War of the Worlds' use of sound experimentation and synthesized grooves.
The Album Feature for October 24th is Michael Burks' latest and final album: "Show of Strength". Michael passed through the veil in May at the age of 54.
Our Album Feature for October 17th is "Listening", the brand new one from Ben Taylor, son of James and Carly.
ROYAL SOUTHERN BROTHERHOOD......OCTOBER 10 ~ ALBUM FEATURE THIS IS AN INCREDIBLY STRONG DEBUT ALBUM. BAND MEMBERS INCLUDE: DEVON ALLMAN, MIKE VITO & CYRIL NEVILLE. www.royalsouthernbrotherhood.com
ALBUM FEATURE FOR SEPTEMBER 19 is the BRAND NEW ZZ TOP: " LA FUTURA" www.zztop.com
The Album Feature for September 12 is the brand new one from Bob Dylan, TEMPEST. www.bobdylan.com
Our Album Feature for August 15 is Robert Cray's brand new one, "Nothin' But Love" This recording will be available for purchase on August 28th.
Hear it first on WZXP. www.robertcray.com
Our Album Feature for August 8 is Strangefolk's self-titled debut album circa 1994. Strangefolk plays on the waterfront in Burlington this Saturday evening,
August 11. www.strangefolk.com
Our Album Feature for August 1 is "The Lion The Beast The Beat" from Grace Potter & The Nocturnals. www.gracepotter.com
Our Album Feature for July 18 is IN ROCK from Deep Purple (1970). We chose this album because Jon Lord, long time keyboard player for the band, passed through the veil on Monday, July 16, at age 71. www.deep-purple.com www.jonlord.org
The Album Feature for July 11 is the brand new one from Little Feat: ROOSTER RAG www.littlefeat.net
www.facebook.com/littlefeatOur Album Feature for the 4th of July is Neil Young's (with Crazy Horse) new one: AMERICANA www.neilyoung.com
Our Album Feature for June 27 is Rush.....and their latest, very recent release......CLOCKWORK ANGELS www.rush.com
Wednesday,June 20 is Brian Wilson's 70th birthday. The Album Feature is the brand new one from The Beach Boys,THAT'S WHY GOD MADE THE RADIO.
THE ALBUM FEATURE FOR JUNE 13 IS JOE WALSH - "ANALOG MAN" - BRAND NEW!!!! Jeff Lynne co-produced this album with Joe. Ringo plays on one of the tracks. This is Joe's first solo album in 20 years. www.joewalsh.com
The Album Feature for June 6 is the recently released "Early Takes" Volume I from George Harrison. www.georgeharrison.com
The Album Feature for May 30 is the brand new one from Joe Bonamassa, "Driving Towards The Daylight". www.jbonamassa.com
THE ALBUM FEATURE FOR MAY 23 is "SHAPE SHIFTER" , the brand new one from Santana www.santana.com
Our Album Feature for May 16th is "bring it on home" (2001) from The James Montgomery Blues Band. James plays at Higher Ground's Showcase Lounge on Saturday, May 19th. Dave Keller opens. www.jamesmontgomery.com
The Album Feature for May 2 is WARREN HAYNES BAND LIVE at the MOODY THEATER......Recorded in Austin. Texas (November 2011)
This album was released in April. www.warrenhaynes.net
In honor of Levon Helm, the Album Feature for April 25 will be "THE LAST WALTZ" (1978). http://theband.hiof.no/
The Album Feature for April 18 is AEROSMITH.....the band's 1973 debut album. www.aeroforceone.com
The Album Feature for April 11 is Bonnie Raitt's new album Slipstream .....daring, bluesy, and steeped with the inimitable slide guitar and soulful vocals that could only be hers. Out April 10, 2012, Slipstream marks her first new album in seven years, and the debut for her newly-minted label, Redwing Records.
The album's twelve tracks feature Raitt's renditions of songs by such luminaries as Bob Dylan, Joe Henry, and Loudon Wainwright III. An updated, reggae-fied version of Gerry Rafferty's "Right Down the Line" leads the charge as the album's first single.
Raitt sets out on a national tour in 2012 - stay tuned for dates to be announced soon. www.bonnieraitt.com
The Album Feature for April 3 is "THICK AS A BRICK PART 2" from Jethro Tull. www.j-tull.com
The Album Feature for March 28 is an interesting (and unexpected) collection from Dion.....yes, THAT Dion....."TANK FULL OF BLUES". www.diondimucci.com
The Album Feature for March 21 is the most recent from Nils Lofgren, "OLD SCHOOL" (2011) Paul Rodgers, Lou Gramm and Sam Moore (of Sam & Dave) make guest appearances on this album. www.nilslofgren.com
The Album Feature for March 14 is "HARD KNOCKS" from Joe Cocker. This is Joe's most recent, released in late 2011. www.cocker.com
The Album Feature for March 7 is "Wrecking Ball", brand new from Bruce Springsteen. www.brucespringsteen.net
The Album Feature for February 29 is "Planet Waves" from Bob Dylan and The Band, circa 1974. www.bobdylan.com
Legendary guitarist,Thomas Richard "Tommy" Bolin (1951 - 1976) was a member of Zephyr, The James Gang and Deep Purple.
This brand new top-notch tribute, produced by Warren Haynes and Greg Hampton features Peter Frampton, Derek Trucks, Joe Bonamassa, Sonny Landreth and more. Don't miss our Album Feature on Wednesday Feb 22 "Tommy Bolin and friends Great Gypsy Soul" Tommy wrote or co-wrote nearly every song on it.
The Album Feature for February 15 is the 1971 self-titled album from Little Feat. www.littlefeat.net
The Album Feature for February 8 is from Montpelier's Heckhounds: "For The Price of a Haircut". myspace.com/theheckhounds
The Album Feature for February 1 is "After Bathing At Baxters" from The Jefferson Airplane. Singer Marty Balin turned 70 on January 30. "After Bathing
Our Album Feature for January 11 is "RUNNING HORSE" from POCO (2002) www.poconut.com
Vermont's own NOBBY REED PROJECT is in the spotlight this week on January 4th, as we feature their brand new album "HARD TO QUIT".
Our Album Feature for December 21 Brand new....and just arrived on our doorstep today (Thanks, Paul....our UPS man and longtime ZXP listener) "A Holiday Carole" from Carole King!
The Album Feature for December 14 is "Magnification" from Yes (2001).
Beth Hart is one of the most powerful female blues/rock singers to emerge since Janis Joplin and she recently recorded a new album in collaboration with guitar maestro Joe Bonamassa entitled 'Don't Explain'. After crossing paths out on tour and previously working together making 'No Love On The Street' for Bonamassa's recent `Dust Bowl' album, it soon became apparent to Bonamassa that his guitar would provide the perfect foil for Hart's vocals. 'Don't Explain' showcases Beth Hart baring her heart and soul on vocals & Joe Bonamassa playing guitar as only he can, delivering classic songs from a golden bygone era that belonged to divas like Billie Holiday, Aretha Franklin and Etta James coupled with more contemporary numbers worthy of inclusion. Backing band is the same Bonamassa successfully assembled for his album 'The Ballad of John Henry' featuring Anton Fig (drums & percussion), Blondie Chaplin (guitar) & Carmine Rojas (bass) with Arlan Scheirbaum joining them on keyboards. DON'T EXPLAIN (2011) is our Album Feature for December 7.
The Doobie Brothers' "World Gone Crazy" from 2010 is our Album Feature for the last Wednesday in November. (The title seemed very appropriate following "Black Friday" so closely.)
Our 12th Birthday is Wednesday November 23. We've chosen an Album for our Feature that was released the same year: J-TULL DOT COM
We play and have played a lot of Jethro Tull music over the past dozen years. Ian Anderson phoned in from London in 2005 and chatted with Russ on the air for 45 minutes! And we also had an in person chat with Ian backstage at The Flynn Theatre after the show a couple of weeks later during which he signed our copy of this terrific album.