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Playlist: New Year's and Holiday Music Programs 2020

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2020: The Year in Music

From Sound Opinions | Part of the Sound Opinions Specials series | 54:00

This has been one of the most challenging years ever for the music industry. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot talk with people working in digital music, live music and record stores to save the music industry and lead it into 2021.

2020_small This has been one of the most challenging years ever for the music industry. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot talk with people working in digital music, live music and record stores to save the music industry and lead it into 2021.

Musicians' Memorial 2020 - Two Hour Compilation Program

From Paul Ingles | 01:57:59

Music documentarian Paul Ingles hosts this two- hour Musicians Memorial 2020 program remembering some of the top musicians who passed away in 2020. This music mix in HOUR 1 includes John Prine, Jerry Jeff Walker, Billy Joe Shaver, Bill Withers, Justin Townes Earle, Eddie Van Halen, Neal Peart (Rush), Little Richard, Peter Green (Fleetwood Mac), jazz players Bucky Pizarelli, Ellis Marsalis, McCoy Tyner, Tony Allen, and pop stars Kenny Rogers, Helen Reddy and Charley Pride. HOUR 2 has many more notables who passed.

[NOTE: 4 OTHER GENRE-SPECIFIC SPECIALS ARE ALSO AVAILABLE NOW AT PRX. THEY FEATURE POP MUSICIANS, ROCK 'n' ROLL MUSICIANS, SINGER/SONGWRITERS and JAZZ / R+B ARTISTS. THERE IS ALSO A ONE-HOUR PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTING THE TOP NAMES FROM EACH OF THE 4 GENRES, IF THAT'S ALL YOU CAN CLEAR.]

Mm-musicmemorialall_small Music documentarian Paul Ingles hosts this two- hour Musicians Memorial 2020 program remembering some of the top musicians who passed away in 2020. This music mix in HOUR 1 includes John Prine, Jerry Jeff Walker, Billy Joe Shaver, Bill Withers, Justin Townes Earle, Eddie Van Halen, Neal Peart (Rush), Little Richard, Peter Green (Fleetwood Mac), jazz players Bucky Pizarelli, Ellis Marsalis, McCoy Tyner, Wallace Roney, Tony Allen, and pop stars Kenny Rogers, Helen Reddy and Charley Pride.  HOUR 2 has many more notables who passed.  

PLAYLIST 

HOUR ONE

Miss Otis Regrets - Ellis Marsalis (excerpt)
I Remember Everything - John Prine
Smoke Gets In Your Eyes - Bucky Pizzarelli
God Only Knows - Helen Reddy
Oh Well, Part 1 - Fleetwood Mac (Peter Green)
I Love Rock N Roll - The Arrows (Allen Merrill)
It's Gonna Be Easy Now - Kenny Rogers
Inception - McCoy Tyner
Harlem River Blues - Justin Townes Earle
Obama Shuffle Strut Blues - Tony Allen / Hugh Masakela
Roll On Mississippi - Charley Pride
Use Me (live) - Bill Withers
Let's Stay Together - Wallace Roney (NOT IN 53:00 VERSION)
Mr. Bojangles - Jerry Jeff Walker
Live Forever - Billie Joe Shaver
Eruption - Van Halen (Eddie Van Halen)
The Spirit of Radio - Rush (Neil Peart)
Tutti Fruitti - Little Richard

HOUR TWO

Kool and the Gang - Kool and the Gang
Tossing' and Turnin' - Bobbie Lewis
Clean Up Woman - Betty Wright
Treat Her Right - Roy Head
I Can See Clearly Now - Johnny Nash
Pressure Drop - Toots & The Maytals
The Devil Went Down to Georgia - Charlie Daniels Band
Hearts Are Gonna Roll - Hal Ketchum
Bigger Then The Beatles - Joe Diffie
Deeper Well - David Olney
Texas, Texas - Eric Taylor
Ozark - Pet Metheny Group (Lyle Mays) (NOT IN 53:00 VERSION)
Soul Makossa - Manu DiBango
Don't It Drive You Crazy - Pointer Sisters (Bonnie Pointer)
In The Ghetto - Mac Davis
Walk Away Renee - Left Banke (Steve Martin Caro)
Walking Through My Dreams at Night - The Pretty Things (Phil May)
Hot Tin Roof - Brian Howe
Easy Livin' - Uriah Heep (Ken Hensley)
Stacy's Mom - Fountains of Wayne (Adam Schlesinger)
Don't Want You No More - Spencer Davis Group

Best Albums of 2020

From Sound Opinions | Part of the Sound Opinions Specials series | 54:00

The hosts of Sound Opinions Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot count down their favorite albums released in 2020.

Lo_ve_small The hosts of Sound Opinions Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot count down their favorite albums released in 2020.

Sound Opinions 2020 Holiday Extravaganza

From Sound Opinions | Part of the Sound Opinions Specials series | 54:00

Sound Opinions hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot welcome our crate-digging Kris Kringle, Andy Cirzan to share great holiday songs that aren't played-out.

Sound_opinions_small Sound Opinions hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot welcome our crate-digging Kris Kringle, Andy Cirzan to share great holiday songs that aren't played-out. 

Echoes Holiday Programs 2020 (Series)

Produced by Echoes

Special Echoes Programs for the Fall and Winter Holidays.

Most recent piece in this series:

Echoes Downtempo New Year's Eve

From Echoes | Part of the Echoes Holiday Programs 2020 series | 01:59:00

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Stomp on 2020, and blow it out of your mind, when we dance-in 2021 with Downtempo New Year’s Eve Soundscape. All systems are plugged in, the chill is turned up to 11, as we swing-in on electronic sounds old, new, and beyond time and space. We’ll be spinning electronic, downtempo, techno-tribal and other electro-propulsive music to make 2020 just a bad memory, as we bring the 21st century of sound to 2021. 

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Dance in 2021 with an Ambient New Year’s Eve Soundscape. The chill is turned up to 11 as John Diliberto obliterates 2020 for an Ambient New Year’s Soundscape from Echoes and PRX at . . . . . . . . on . . . . . .

 

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Expand your mind and erase 2020 with an Ambient New Year’s Eve Soundscape. All systems are plugged in, the chill is turned up to 11 as we swing into 2021 on electronic sounds old, new and beyond time, space and pandemic. John Diliberto spins Ambient New Year’s Soundscape from Echoes and PRX at . . . . . . . . on . . . . . .

Playlist:

First Half Hour

Thievery Corporation - Lebanese Blonde (Feat Elin Malgarejo) - Symphonix

Kidso - Nordstar - Apart

Ian Boddy - Nitro - Axiom

Ane Brun - The Waiting - After the Great Storm

Bluetech - Lights From Mariana - Underwater Cities

 

Second Half Hour

Kraftwerk - The Model - The Man-Machine

Nicolas Godin - Turn Righ Turn Left - Concrete And Glass

Ezinma - Vivaldi Springs Forth - Vivaldi Springs Forth (single)

Wax Tailor - Fear of a Blind Planet - The Shadow Of Their Suns

Purity Ring - Better Off Alone - Better Off Alone (single)

Orchid-Star - Surya (DnB Mix) - Faster Reimagined

Hiatus - Shadowless - Distancer

 

Third Half Hour

Ametrom - The Tetrahedron Pavillion - The Great Western Industrial Zone

Erothyme - Inspiral (Feat Jessica Sirena) - Steep Dreams

Shpongle - I Woke Up As a Shlummutz - Codex VI

Ultraísta - Ordinary Boy (Zero 7 Remix) - Ordinary Boy - The Remixes

Eric Hilton - Acetone Dub - The Impossible Silence

Nym - Light Catcher - Lilac Chaser

 

Fourth Half Hour

Emancipator & 9 Theory - Moebius Trip - A Thousand Clouds

Moby - Rise Up In Love - All Visible Objects

AstroPilot & Spectrum Vision - The Expectancy - Colours II: Ice (v/a) 

Sohn - Oscillate - Live with the Metropole Orkest

Time Traveler - Ancient Wanderers - Sky Falter
 

 

The Christmas Revels: In Celebration Of The Winter Solstice 2020 (Series)

Produced by HOUSTON PUBLIC MEDIA RADIO PRODUCTIONS

“THE CHRISTMAS REVELS: IN CELEBRATION OF THE WINTER SOLSTICE 2020” is an all-new, 119-minute or 59-minute musical celebration of the Winter holidays -- Christmas, the Solstice, Chanukah, New Year’s and Twelfth Night/Epiphany -- featuring traditional carols, chants, wassails, hymns, children’s game-songs, and folk dance-tunes excerpted from live Christmas Revels stage productions presented around the country.

Most recent piece in this series:

All Is Calm: A Quiet Afterglow Christmas

From WFIU | Part of the Afterglow (Jazz and American Popular Song): Specials series | 59:00

At the end of a stressful year, relax with Afterglow, as I play some peaceful holiday songs to soothe your soul, sung by Ella Fitzgerald, Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra and more.

Christmas-1869533_640_small Merry Christmas, happy holidays to all you Great American Songbook fans out there. On this program, we’ll be celebrating the holiday with some familiar—and maybe a few unfamiliar—holiday favorites sung by some beloved songbook singers, including Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland, Nat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald, and many more. However, after this unquestionably stressful year, we’ll be turning down the volume a bit, playing all ballads and other slow sentimental Christmas tunes to help you relax this holiday season.

Bluegrass Connection Christmas Specials

From Bill Taylor | Part of the Bluegrass Connection series | 01:49:59

This year The Bluegrass Connection is providing two, 55 minute Christmas specials for you to air this Holiday Season

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This year The Bluegrass Connection is providing two, 55 minute Christmas specials for you to air this Holiday Season.  Both specials contain an open and a close with continuous Bluegrass Christmas music in between.  These Bluegrass Christmas Specials can be aired independently or back to back as a two-hour program.   We know you will find Lanny Carbaugh’s Bluegrass Connection Christmas specials entertaining with both voice and instrumentals of traditional, new and original of the past and present Bluegrass Entertainers.  Let us take this opportunity to wish each of you a very happy Holiday Season.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

A Right Jolly Old Elf 20-50

From All Classical Public Media | Part of the The Score with Edmund Stone series | 59:00

This week on The Score, with Edmund Stone, we celebrate Santa Clause in movies with A Right Jolly Old Elf

Score_logo_small This week on The Score, with Edmund Stone, we celebrate Santa Clause in movies with A Right Jolly Old Elf, from Arthur Christmas to The Santa Clause, Fred Clause and Elf. The stockings will be filled with fun. On the next edition of The Score.

A Salvation Army Christmas

From Wind & Rhythm | 59:29

What would Christmas be like without carolers, bands, and music? This week on Wind & Rhythm, we feature a mainstay of the season, the Salvation Army Bands. Join us to hear their special arrangements and renditions of classic Christmas tunes, right here at the gathering place for people who love band music.

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This week we are celebrating the Salvation Army and their contributions to the band world.  Founded in 1865, in London, by William Booth, the Salvation Army now has over a million and a half adherents worldwide.  We see a lot of volunteers with red kettles this time of year, and so many of us have had the pleasure of listening to Salvationists bands playing Christmas carols that it seems to help set the season.  And that’s exactly what we’ll hear here, some wonderful music by some wonderful bands.  We have medleys of carols, and some special arrangements of individual Christmas songs, new and old, all played by Salvationist bands, right here, at the gathering place for people who love band music, Wind & Rhythm.


Blue Canvas Christmas with the Blue Canvas Orchestra Episode 20-52

From Tent Show Radio | 58:37

The tent may be all tucked away in hibernation for winter, but the Blue Canvas Orchestra is brimming with the magic of Christmas. Hearken back on old memories with songs the Blue Canvas Orchestra has been performing for years, and hear some new songs too. There’ll be holiday classics, instrumentals, and maybe even an audience sing-a-long.

The Blue Canvas Orchestra has played a lot of shows under the big blue tent over the years. Some of their most cherished arrangements, however, have happened at Christmastime. When the magic of Big Top combines with the magic of Christmas, you can bet your last sugar cookie the good cheer will be flowing! So sit back and enjoy while music decorates the air like so much tinsel.

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First broadcast in 1994, Tent Show Radio is a 59-minute weekly radio program assembled from the best live recordings from the acclaimed musical acts that perform at the Big Top Chautauqua Tent each summer. Running 52 weeks a year, Tent Show Radio is broadcast on 31 listener supported radio stations across 6 states and online world wide.

Tent Show Radio is independently produced by Big Top Chautauqua and is made available around the country at no cost to public radio stations and around the world to podcast listeners.

Broadcasting music, stories and happiness wrapped in canvas since 1994, Tent Show Radio is a weekly one-hour variety series showcasing national and regional acts in live performance at Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua, Bayfield, Wisconsin.

Tent Show Radio is hosted by bestselling author, humorist, singer-songwriter and intermittent pig farmer Michael Perry.

Perry is the New York Times bestselling author of numerous books including Population 485: Meeting Your Neighbors One Siren at a TimeTruck: A Love Story, Roughneck Grace, and The Jesus Cow. His live humor albums include The Clodhopper Monologues and Never Stand Behind a Sneezing Cow. Perry lives in rural Wisconsin, where he remains active as an emergency medical responder with the volunteer fire department. He can be found online at  www.sneezingcow.com

In 2018, Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua will celebrate its 33th season under the big blue canvas tent on the south shore of Lake Superior near Bayfield, Wisconsin.