Friday, July 27, 2007

On The Radio

I'm going to be interviewed on a radio program, The Back Porch, that runs from 4-5:30 pm E.T. tomorrow - that's Saturday - at 89.3 FM in Hartford, Connecticut. And everybody around the world can hear because they have a live stream on the internet I just checked it out and it's super easy to access. Right on their front page is a "Listen Live" link. I clicked it and it immediately connected through my iTunes, crystal clear.

The show is celebrating Michael Bloomfield's birthday so it will be an hour and a half of great music and interviews. The show's host, Chris Cowles, told me he is also interviewing , who played with Michael on Bob Dylan's Highway 61 Revisited and with The Electric Flag. It should be a great hour and a half, so don't miss it.

I am really excited that my first official publicity for the book will be talking about Michael, who you all know is one of my favorite people in the world...and favorite guitarist.

And in my own Everybody I Shot Is Dead celebration of Michael's Birthday, please put on your party hats and your favorite Bloomfield CD, then sit back and read my Michael Bloomfield ghost stories:

Part one:

Part two:

Part three:

And take a look and listen to the passionate Michael I knew as he talks about the blues, Son House and Paul Butterfield on from the documentary, Festival.

Happy Birthday, Michael. I miss you.


pEG said...


timo said...

It was great to hear your voice! You really seem like a down-to-earth sort of person with a great personality. It´s pretty late on this side of the world, about 0:30 a.m, so I think I´m gonna go to sleep. Anyway, what a great interview!

Chesher Cat said...

Thanks for staying up to listen to the show. I hope you liked the music!!

It's so great that people all over the world can hear a live interview on a little radio station in Hartford, Connecticut. And hear me from L.A. "Yay!" for technology.

Thanks for the compliment. Hopefully I'll stay down to Earth a while longer...but after I'm gone...all bets are off.

chairman ralph said...

Hi, there, Deborah,

Enjoyed the interview: a lot of great points made (especially when the talk turned to Michael's view of the whole bigtime rock circus).

I have a thing for guitar underdogs, myself, having written a biography of one (Danny Gatton).

I discovered Bloomfield in high school, as I watched the technicolor '70s yield to the grey, cardboard '80s (which are beginning to look pretty good in these dispirited, Dubya-driven times!).

I spent a good chunk of spare time scrounging $1 cassettes and 8-tracks (!) of the man: I recall wearing out three copies of LIVE ADVENTURES alone (not to mention LIVE AT BILL GRAHAM'S FILLMORE WEST, and MY LABORS).

As it was, my listening diet (Clash, Doors, MC5, Sex Pistols and Lou Reed, to name a few) veered left of the ever-popular Styx-Foreigner-Journey axis that boomed through my high school cafeteria.

When I heard the above trio of albums, I 'got it' -- the tone, the high-flying volleys of notes, and string-bending passion. Suffice to say, I was hooked...and didn't need to look back.

Anyway, I remember taking tapes of MY LABORS, and Cream's DISRAELI GEARS -- among others -- to ease the deariness of a long, half-day bus ride to a play competition.

Long story short, I'm grooving to "Gypsy Good TIme," and even though the volume's down low, somebody behind me just has to pipe up, "Do you have any music that isn't bizarre?"

I turned around, stared, and said, "Hey, where do you think today's stuff came from? This is your roots, man!"

I still got a weird look, but I'd made my point.

I told Norman Dayron this story when I interviewed him in 2001, and he got a kick out of it...I'm sure Michael would have, too.

Looking forward to your book.

Brett said...

Damn-- missed the webcast as I was out stewing in my own juices at a hellishly hot and humid baseball tournament.

Hope it was fun and did some good for you and the cause.

Peg said...

I enjoyed it a lot! Is it October yet? :)