Thursday, May 29, 2008

Watch Channel 8 on June 2nd at 7:00 PM!!!

I've just watched an advance screening of "Arizona Memories from the 1970s", which will air on Channel 8 on Monday, June 2nd. The show will include a segment about KCAC and KDKB, with a special emphasis on Bill Compton. Marty Manning makes a number of appearances, along with Hans Olson, Jerry Riopelle, Alice Cooper, and the Tubes. Be sure to watch!!!


Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Travis Edmonson Honored At Concert Friday May 9

Fiddler's Dream Coffeehouse Celebrates Travis Edmondson
Don't Miss This One!!


'All my waking hours are in terms of music. I see it in my mind. I know when it's right, and I know when it's wrong. Everything that has a sound is music to me,' says Travis, one of folk music's greatest legends and half of the 1950's and 1960's duo of Bud and Travis. That vantage point has served him throughout his life and continues to be a great source of inspiration, despite some minor chords along the way.

In the early 1960's, Bud and Travis performed 'The Time of Man', an antiwar song written by Travis, on the floor of Congress. 'The Time of Man' was about the use of atomic energy and is known throughout the world. In 1982, Travis' ability to play the guitar was stolen as a result of an aneurysm and a stroke. 'It came as a great shock. I couldn't play. It was a heart breaker. It would have been easier not to be able to walk.'

Ironically, Bud suffered an inoperable brain tumor at the same time. Travis says, 'I was paralyzed on the left, and he on the right.' Bud died in the late 1980's. Their wonderful spirit and music will be shared on this special night! Admission is by suggested donation of $20, which will go to Travis and Rose Marie. The night's schedule includes The Santa Cruz River Band, Sue Harris, Gaylan Taylor, Don and Victoria Armstrong, Joe Bethancourt, Earl Edmonson, Chris Burton Jacome, Oscar Cisneros, Ron Iverson, and a surprise special guest or two! The concert will be held in the large room. Spread the word and bring a friend! Bring your albums! Travis will be there to say hello, it will be a very special evening.

from Fiddler's Dream

To my KCAC LIVES Cohorts:

This is truly a once in a lifetime event. Travis Edmondson's legacy is worldwide. Let's all get out there and celebrate this incredible musician whose body of work helped define the musical consciousness of a generation. Jimmy, talk about a story worth writing!! Hope you can be there!


Monday, May 05, 2008

"Arizona in the 1970s" program

Watch Channel 8 on June 2nd for the big "Arizona in the 1970s" special. I'm told that there will be clips of KCAC and KDKB audio, and a discussion of how Phoenix radio and music evolved during the 1970s. Hans Olson, Jerry Ripoelle, Alice Cooper, the Tubes, Bob Boze Bell, and Wonderful Russ have all been interviewed on film for the show. There will be many other 1970s topics addressed, of course - the Don Bolles murder, the Orme Dam controversy, the floods of 1978, the Bicentennial, etc. None of these stories will be explored at great length, since the show is designed to feature an entire decade in one hour, but it will be well worth watching.

For anyone who has been following my KCAC tape preservation project: I need a little help from my friends to get this job done within a reasonable time frame. Please contact me if you can offer any technical support, advice, or training in digital audio management during May or June. Thanks,