The Attraction is really strong in April. It's whimsical for a moment and philosophical for a time. The music can be comedy, but it can also rock and it can ask questions. It visits the Philippines then takes a blues break. Maybe the important thing is that - despite the mad havoc of the moment - we stand firm on affirmation. Dammit, it DOES Matter.
Roadside Attraction is an American thing. And for most of America, March is a grim, soggy, temperature fluxing annoyance. That's why we had to invent March Madness. For fans the basketball tournament is everything that March is not. It's thrilling, captivating, exhilerating, heartbreaking, thought provoking and memorable. For fans of the final team, it's the thrill of a lifetime and when it's all over.....it's spring!
Georgia Goad has a voice like that first spring day. She's our guest. Kyleen Downs joined the Roadside Band on lead guitar, and she can make a great tone. Marceia Cornwell found a lowdown groove with guest drummer Don Winegar. Matt Byanski and Red Baumgardener delivered a big duet. Hanna Peterangelo, as always, conjures up another American place with sweet women in independent stances. Paschal DeAloia joined Scott Millsop in Charlieville for a discussion of drinking and driving. Dimmy Jean Products announced a new company. Paula Unrau delivered a thoughtful take on metaphorical landscapes. The poet Bill Mooney left us with a lovely image of a cello at sea.
Give it all a listen. You'll have more than one experience.
Matt Byanski was watching the stage and he said "That right there is something rare". He was referring to Tod Weidner who was playing his Live at Yellow Cab set. "There are not very many people that can command the stage like that all by themselves....with an electric guitar." You won't get an argument from anyone who was there. But damn, Tod is heading for the coast and we will miss him.
Tod played something very tasty with the Roadside Band too. This was a night - and this is a podcast - full of highs. Khrys Blank growled out a gutsy remembrance and Matt delivered a powerful vocal, backed by the full band including Eric Reith, Bryan Lakotos, Red Baumgardner and the guitar shapeshifter Rich Reuter. The SpokenWordWorks portion of the evening was not to be outdone either. Scott Millsop delivered a Dimmy Jean bit we're still talking about and a Charlieville Report that drew an audible gasp of recognition from the audience. Bill Mooney turned 75 and gave us a moving moment in a poem. Paula Unrau read a work of her poetry that contained the marvelous line "the howl of adolescence at full moon cry". Listen for that.
We're also offering more details on Weigards Hypothesis regarding resonance between parallel universes. See Molly Millsop and Mark Jeffers for details.
Smart, tough, passionate, authentic...Listen to Khrys Blank for more details.
Sometimes Sharon Lane is a hurricane force. Here she shows an easy touch. Windsor Knotts has a new take on an old classic and it delivers the message. Matt Byanski and Red Baumgardner (Mini Bingo) front the Roadside Attraction band of Rich Reuter, Eric Reith, and Marceia Cornwell. Hannah Peterangelo jumped on stage too. Dimmy Jean has bad advice for dinner guests. Paula Unrau mulls over big ideas and Scott Millsop learns that something that should have happened did not happen. Mark Jeffers and Molly Millsop walk us around in circles. You might wind up right back where you started but if you think you're the same you're not paying attention.
You should also check out LiveAtYellowCab.podbean.com for more from Sharon Lane.
With a nod to Timothy Leary, we think it must be time to go some other direction. But which one? The Apres Post Modern approach would be to shrug and say it doesn't matter. But it does matter.
With that in mind, maybe it's time to pull off the road.
The Roadside Attraction is just ahead.