CD Review: Benji Hughes "A Love Extreme"
I have a little secret to tell you. There is a band in town that relatively few people seem to have discovered. They are not only good, but they are world-class good. The band is Tracy Shedd, fronted by Tracy Shedd (vocals), with James Tritten on lead guitar, Becca Hummer on electric bass, and Tasha Sabatino on drums.
Tracy Shedd has a new album out called "Cigarettes and Smoke Machines." I was able to get an advance copy last weekend, and I have been listen to it ever since, sometimes while dancing in my living room. The album was recorded right here in Tucson at Craig Schumacher's Wavelab Studio.
This is smart pop, pop music in the best sense of the word. The most prominent feature of the music is Tracy Shedd's smooth, melodic vocals. There is something calming about her voice, something reassuring. The lyrics are based on conversations and describe everyday situations. "Whatever it takes, don't let them break you down. And whatever it takes, don't let them talk to you this way." sings Tracy Shedd.
Tracy Shedd's smooth delivery is juxtaposed by James Tritten's exuberant electric guitar, played on a black Fender Telecaster that delivers that crunchy surf sound. James Tritten's guitar lead is another voice. His guitar sings along with Tracy, harmonizes, and then at times takes its own way only to meld seamlessly once again with Tracy's steady vocals.
Tracy Shedd has assembled Tucson's finest with Becca Hummer on electric bass, and Tasha Sabatino on Drums. There is chemistry on stage between these four fine Tucson musicians. They are having fun, doing what they love. The only thing missing right now is a solid fan base, and I have a feeling that is soon to follow. The album has just been released to radio stations around the country and the excellent reviews and blogs are already rolling in.
The album "Cigarettes and Smoke Machines" will be released in October, 2008 and there will be a true CD release party at Club Congress. If you want to get a preview of their songs, listen in to Locals Only at 91.3FM KXCI on Monday, July 21st at 8pm and I will be sure to play one song. Or, you can visit Tracy Shedd's Myspace Page. Tracy Shedd will play live on Sunday, July 27th at Plush, opening for touring musician Eef Barzelay of Clem Snide (Nashville, TN).
Dr. Dan, Host of 91.3FM KXCI's Locals Only, 8pm Mondays
Friday's One Cup of Java Challenge:
With today being July 11th - or "7-11," our One Cup of Java Challenge question this morning asks you to name the decade in which the 7-Eleven company first started using that name.
Would you believe the 40s? Specifically 1946.
As work continues for other stations co-located on Mount Bigelow with KXCI, we have been informed this morning (Thursday morning) that KXCI will be completely off the air for about 20 minutes while a power switch is changed out. There is no set time for this 20 minute outage, and there may not be any warning.
If/when KXCI goes off the air, we will continue free webstreaming at KXCI.org.
If the outage occurs during the Democracy Now! program, we will switch to music during the outage (at KXCI.org only) and continue with the Democracy Now! program past its usual 1pm end time.
Thank you for your time and patience!
Thursday's One Cup of Java Challenge:
Vice presidents, or at least potential ones, are in the news a lot lately. Our One Cup question today tackles the office, asking you to name the last U.S. president to have had more than one vice president (obviously, not at the same time!).
Not as far back as you might think - Richard Nixon had both Spiro Agnew and, briefly, Gerald Ford.
Wednesday's One Cup of Java Challenge:
Spencer Eldon is celebrating his 17th birthday today. Not that we’d expect you to be too excited by that news, or for that matter, know Spencer Eldon’s name. You also probably wouldn’t recognize him in a photo taken today, but you do probably remember a photo taken when he was only a few months old. That photo was on the cover of one of the best selling albums of 1991. Your One Cup of Java Challenge this morning: name that album and the band who released it, a band that had a much shorter life than Spencer Eldon has had to date.
Monday's One Cup of Java Challenge:
A legendary solo recording artist in his own right, Leon Russell has also recorded with many other artists, and often on their hit songs. Your One Cup challenge this morning: Leon Russell, under a pseudonym, played piano on a song that became a #1 hit in 1965, was the first #1 hit for the band that recorded it, was one of only two #1’s they’d ever have, and was a cover of a Bob Dylan song. Your challenge this morning: based on the clues provided - name that band, name that song.
The Byrd’s Mr. Tambourine Man
Leon Russell is in concert Wednesday night, July 9th at the Fox Tucson Theatre downtown. Learn more at their website (http://foxtucsontheatre.org/mainhome.php). Your final chance to win tickets to see Leon is Tuesday morning on the One Cup of Java Challenge at 8:20am.
The 17th Street Band returns to Barrio Brewery on Tuesday, July 15th for their monthly KXCI benefit concert.
A “who’s who” of local musicians, the 17th Street Band performs blues, rock, jazz and soul covers and originals. The fun starts at 7pm on July 15th.
$5 gets you in the door, with all proceeds benefiting KXCI.
The 17th Street Band, July 15th from 7 to 9pm at Barrio Brewery, 800 East 16th Street. Learn more at 17thStreetBand.com or the events page at KXCI.org.
Repair work has been ongoing on transmitters that are co-located with the KXCI transmitter on Mount Bigelow. While no work is being done for KXCI, the work on other stations has required us to power down at times over the past two weeks.
No more daytime reductions are planned at this time. However, beginning Tuesday night, July 8th, at midnight (technically, Wednesday morning!) we will be powering down to 50% power to permit overnight work. We will be at reduced power until 5am Wednesday morning.
We will also power down Wednesday night at midnight, and more than likely Thursday night at midnight, while repair work is completed.
Again, no further daytime power reductions are planned.
While KXCI is at 50% power, many home and office radio receivers will not be able to receive KXCI. During those times, please visit us online at KXCI.org for free webstreaming (click "Listen Live") or, if you are a Tucson cable TV customer, visit Access Tucson public access television and use your television's SAP function to switch your television audio to KXCI.
Thank you for your continued patience!