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Fok Music Icon CAROLYN HESTER comes to town!


Folk music icon Carolyn Hester, along with daughters Karla and Amy Blume, makes a rare appearance at Barnegie Hall in Avon Lake, Ohio, on Saturday, November 10th, 2018 at 7:30pm. 

Carolyn’s place in music history is secure. After two highly successful albums on minor labels Coral and Tradition, Carolyn, known as “The Texas Songbird,” hit the big time. John Hammond signed her to Columbia Records in 1960.

Carolyn entered Columbia’s venerable New York recording studios in September 1961 to record her self-titled debut album on that label. As a favor, she brought along an unknown harmonica player from Greenwich Village to play on a couple songs. That unknown harpist was Bob Dylan, who was quickly signed to Columbia by John Hammond.

Carolyn, who shared a hometown, Lubbock, Texas, and a manager, Norman Petty, with rock sensation Buddy Holly, was also the first major label star to combine folk and rock music. In 1958, she recorded an unissued session with Buddy and Jerry Allison and George Atwood of the Crickets.

Her two Columbia albums opened ears up to the possibilities of folk musicians recording with rock bands, as they included contributions by future Dylan sidemen Bill Lee on bass and Bruce Langhorne on guitar, and even drums, on a cover of Buddy Holly's "Lonesome Tears." It is fair to say that Carolyn helped pioneer what became known as the folk-rock period of the mid-60s.

In the late '60s, Carolyn made the move to psychedelic music as part of the Carolyn Hester Coalition, and recorded a couple of albums for Metromedia. These contained updates of traditional material like Ed McCurdy's "Last Night I Had the Strangest Dream" along with some self-penned folk-rockers. Carolyn also recorded for Decca, RCA, and Capitol, and later formed the Outpost label with her husband, jazz pianist/producer/songwriter David Blume (who wrote the hit song “Turn Down Day” for The Cyrkle). 

Carolyn continues to record and tour occasionally. She duetted with Nanci Griffith on Bob Dylan's "Boots of Spanish Leather" on a nationally broadcast tribute to Dylan at Madison Square Garden in the '90s and headlined a Phil Ochs Tribute concert in 1999. In 2010 she headlined a La Cave Reunion concert in Cleveland. She continues to be musically active into the new century and released the “We Dream Forever” in 2009, an intimate album that featured her daughters Karla and Amy Blume co-producing, writing, and performing with her. In 2013 she released the retrospective “Carolyn Hester Introduces Bob Dylan” on the Jasmine Music label, which includes Dylan’s first single.

For reservations, click on www.musicmissioninc.com/ 

Barnegie Hall is located 2 minutes from the Lear-Nagle exit on I-90, 20 minutes from downtown Cleveland.

This event is co-sponsored by Music on a Mission and Steve’s Folk Radio Show/WCSB 89.3fm 

About US

What is a Steve’s Folk Radio Show and why should I listen?

First, what it ISN’T: it’s not “folk music,” nor is it ‘hit songs.’ It also isn’t “for everyone.” But if you love that off-the-beaten-track music that you just can’t find anywhere else - that concert track, those deep album cuts, that bootleg, those festival recordings – well, then, we might just be what you’ve been looking for.

In short, SFRS offers a highly-curated set of playlists that feature live recordings, obscure recordings of popular songs, alternate tracks, covers, originals, deep album tracks and bootlegs that might appeal to anyone with a 60s or 70s music sensibility. But the music isn’t limited to those decades – songs can and do come from any time between 1940 and yesterday. Stan Jones’s Ghost Riders from the 40s to Leonard Cohen’s debut album to Joan Baez’s latest release in 2018. And everything in between.

But wait…there’s more. Much more.

Steve is a music historian who cherishes the backstories of songs, albums, artists, labels, festivals, clubs and time periods and provides you – the listener – with highly-researched and interesting tidbits about all of these topics. Every show is themed, and the music of each show is dedicated to that theme. Recently we aired a show featuring the music of founding Byrd/Burrito Brother/solo artist Gene Clark. We also featured a show spotlighting album releases from January 1968. Another show featured 12-string guitar players. 

You get the idea. SFRS is the kind of FM radio show you might have heard late at night on your homemade Heathkit radio while hiding under your bed covers back in the day, flashlight in hand, wonder and awe in mind.

Steve grew up in the 50s and 60s and was influenced by the early FM radio jocks, especially the late night ones, who curated their own playlists and might pepper in Procol Harum with a deep track from a Turtles album. Or a Janis Ian track and something from Cream’s Wheels of Fire album. 

Oh yeah – no commercials! WCSB is a live, local, noncommercial, nonprofit terrestrial station that is 100% funded by listener donations during our annual Radiothon (see our Radiothon page for details).

You might be surprised at how much the backstories enhance your listening pleasure. It’s fun to know that Felix Pappalardi produced folk albums as well as the hard-rock band Mountain, or that Led Zeppelin opened for Spirit instead of the other way around during their 1st American tour.

SFRS also places your fave songs in their historical perspective. Large events such as the Vietnam War, Civil Rights marches, assassinations and other noteworthy events are cooked into the music so a larger appreciation of the lyrics is gained. 

So, why should you listen? Because it’s fun! Check out the playlists, then tune in. And although SFRS has aired live every Saturday morning 9-11am Eastern Time on WCSB 89.3fm out of Cleveland since 2001, we now stream live on the web AND the show is archived for a week at a time at wcsb.org.

There’s no need to wait til Saturday – tune in right now. And let Steve know how you feel and how he can make the show even better!


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