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  • Bourne's Journal: The Christmas Dragon Awakes

    December 18, 2013. Posted by Michael Bourne.

    Glenn Dicker, my son-in-law, is nuts about Christmas, and his Christmas
"Dickerations" on the family's house in Chapel Hill are the most
 spectacular for miles around.

Here's me, with my daughter Elizabeth, with last year's centerpiece, a
 Christmas Kong.

    Never Underestimate a Christmas Monkey
    Never Underestimate a Christmas Monkey

    I knew that Elizabeth was marrying a cool guy when I first saw his record
 collection, including about a foot-wide of Slim Gaillard CD's.  I was
 amazed all the more that there were that many Slim Gaillard CD's.

    Glenn
is enjoying great success as one of the owners of a record distributor,
RedEye -- they distribute the labels of Branford Marsalis and Dave Holland
 -- and a record label, YepRoc -- named for one of Slim's classic songs,
"YepRoc Heresy."  Glenn's label puts out an extraordinary variety of
 music, from the Mexican-wrestler-mask-wearing instrumental rockers Los
 Straightjackets to several British pop stars: Robyn Hitchcock, Paul
W eller, and especially Nick Lowe.  WBGO is playing one of YepRoc's newest 
blues albums, Tony Joe White's "Hoodoo."

    "Black Friday" is when most people go nuts shopping.  On the day 
after Thanksgiving, Glenn lights up his Christmas extravaganza.  There's
always 
something new and flabbergasting. This year, there's a secret weapon: a lawn-wide Christmas DRAGON!

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  • Dulé Hill & Art Baron On New Jazz Musical "After Midnight"

    December 3, 2013. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    Dancer, actor and singer Dulé Hill and trombonist Art Baron talks with WBGO's Michael Bourne about the Broadway musical After Midnight, which features songs from the Jazz Age of the 1920s and 1930s, originally performed by Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong and others. The musical, which also features the Jazz At Lincoln Center All Stars, is at Broadway's Brooks Atkinson Theater.

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  • 2013 Blues Hour Thanksgiving Top Ten

    November 29, 2013. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    More listeners voted in the 9th annual Thanksgiving Blues Poll than ever before.  Don't ask.   I lost count — of how many voters.  I've counted all the votes.

    Here's a phenomenal number: 143. That's how many musicians or groups got votes. He's a top-ten of WBGO blues listener favorites.

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    Muddy Waters and BB King were even at the beginning of Wednesday's blues hour, and surges of votes for both happened during the hour.  Muddy was up, then BB was up, then Muddy, then BB, then Buddy Guy vaulted up to pass BB, and Muddy  jumped even higher.  Fifth year at #1 for Muddy Waters.

    1st    Muddy Waters
    2nd    Buddy Guy
    3rd    BB King
    4th   (tie) Howling Wolf and Stevie Ray Vaughan

    6th    John Lee Hooker
    7th    Tedeschi/Trucks Band
    8th    Albert King
    9th    Johnny Winter
    10th   (tie) Robert Cray and Taj Mahal