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  • Booker T & Robert Randolph Live at WBGO

    July 29, 2013. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    Click here to hear Booker T. Jones and pedal steel guitarist Robert Randolph play live together for the first time at WBGO.

    This special Blues Hour with Michael Bourne celebrates the remarkable first-ever collaboration between two powerhouse artists – one an acknowledged master, another making his own mark for the future. Jones's new CD Sound the Alarm, and Randolph's new CD Lickety Split are just out. Both in the present – Booker T and Robert Randolph – live at WBGO, for you, our listeners. Enjoy!

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    Booker T. Jones is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Musicians Hall of Fame and a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award winner. His classic tunes for the Memphis label Stax, like "Green Onions" and "Time is Tight," set a high bar for modern soul music.

    On the new record, which marks Booker T's return to Stax, he is joined by Anthony Hamilton, Raphael Saadiq, Mayer Hawthorne, Estelle, Vintage Trouble, Luke James and James Jay Picton, as well as Gary Clark Jr., Poncho Sanchez, and Sheila E.

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    Robert Randolph hails from Orange, New Jersey, where he grew up in the "sacred steel" tradition of the Pentecostal church, and he has since extended the sound of his instrument into a multitude of genres. Lickety Split, which captures the excitement of his live performances,  is his first recording for the Blue Note label.

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  • Singer Claire Martin Talks With Michael Bourne

    July 29, 2013. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    Singer Claire Martin talks with WBGO's Michael Bourne about her new CD, Too Much In Love To Care, with pianist Kenny Barron, bassist Peter Washington, drummer Kenny Washington and Steve Wilson on saxophone and flute. Enjoy!

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  • Pianist Freddy Cole With Michael Bourne

    July 22, 2013. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    Pianist Freddy Cole talks with WBGO's Michael Bourne about his new CD, This and That, and his seven-decade career in music. Enjoy!

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    L-R: Michael Bourne, Rhonda Hamilton, Freddy Cole