Author: Randy Black
Summer’s here, even before the Fourth of July, so we’ll celebrate with songs from Deadwood Revival, Pokey LaFarge, and Jim Boyer, plus Jimmie Rodgers, Cubanismo, and Bix Beiderbecke.
Viking Twang Episode June 13, 2015 Good morning, welcome to Viking Twang. My name is Randy Black, happy to be here. It’s been so hot and gorgeous lately, you’d think summer is here! So I’ve put together a whole show of summer songs to celebrate the early start of the season. We’ll start with the […]
This week on Viking Twang, we pay tribute to pioneering record producer, publisher, talent scout, and executive Ralph Peer. Starting in the 1920s, Peer discovered acts such as the Carter Family and Jimmie Rodgers, developed ways to make sure that musicians and composers were fairly compensated for their work, and had the audacity to believe […]
For today’s Night Driving, we go back 48 years to the first rock festival, the 1967 Monterey International Pop Festival. You’ll hear breakout performances by Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin, as well as some people you’ve never heard of, but should have!
Listen to Viking Twang at 9 a.m. Sunday, June 7 to hear the music discovered, produced and promoted by influential 1920s-30s recording executive Ralph Peer. The man who discovered Jimmie Rodgers and the Carter Family also created markets for blues singers, string bands, and African-American musicians, and developed systems to make sure they got paid […]
On Episode 40 of Viking Twang, we celebrate the legacy of talent scout, producer, publisher and recording executive Ralph Peer, as detailed in the new book, “Ralph Peer and the Making of Popular Roots Music,” by Barry Mazor. Peer discovered countless artists, including the Carter Family and Jimmie Rodgers, made sure that musicians and composers […]
We have a special show on Viking Twang this week, celebrating the life and work of Ralph Peer. Ralph Peer was a pioneer in the recorded music business. Starting in 1919, when he started working at the Okeh label, he was a talent scout, recording engineer, producer and music publisher. He discovered countless artists, most […]
Viking Twang takes a look at the earliest days of hillbilly women being recorded; two sets from the 1920s and 1930s. Plus, in honor of the Indianapolis 500, we play some hot rod songs and go Back Home Again in Indiana.
Viking Viking Twang celebrates its 40th episode with some goofiness, both bluegrass and rockabilly, and a tribute to the great Texas swing fiddler Johnny Gimble, who passed away May 9 at the age of 88.
We live up to our name this week on Viking Twang, starting with some great twangy women. Then, a live show by Steve Earle from 1999, and a final set by George “Thumper” Jones.