Roots and Americana with The Rebel
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Drive-By Truckers are an alternative country/Southern rock band based in Athens, Georgia, though two out of five current members (Patterson Hood and Mike Cooley) are originally from The Shoals region of Northern Alabama, and the band strongly identifies with Alabama. The band currently consists of Mike Cooley (lead vocals, guitar, banjo), Patterson Hood (lead vocals, guitar), Brad Morgan (drums), Jay Gonzalez (keys/guitar/accordion/backing vocals) and Matt Patton (bass guitar). Like many alternative country acts, the Drive-By Truckers record in analog (using 2 inch, 16-track open reel tape recorders). The band’s constant touring has developed its dedicated following.
Mississippi–bred singer–songwriter Paul Thorn and his band make their Capitol Theatre debut! The Paul Thorn Band delivers a unique blend of roots music: blues, rock, and thoroughly Southern. Enjoying strong airplay of the hit single Ain’t Love Strange and the success of his latest album Too Blessed To Be Stressed, Paul is joined by his dynamic band for an up–close and personal experience that only the Capitol Theatre can provide. Paul has been performing for two decades and garnering a reputation for shows that ricochet from humor to poignancy to knock out rock ’n’ roll. He’s cherished by his many fans thanks to his down home perspective and colorful characters. The heralded songwriter follows up his most successful release to date, with 11 feel–good numbers that already have audiences singing along.
Active as a sideman since 1962 and as a band leader since 1972, he has recorded albums for several major record labels and singles that have reached the Billboard Hot 100, Mainstream Rock Tracks, and Hot Country Songs charts. His highest-charting single was “Tell Me About It”, a 1992 duet with Tanya Tucker, which reached number 4 on the Country chart. Four of his albums have been number 1 on the U.S. Blues chart, and another reached number 2.
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What a long, strange Bumpy Ride it’s been…started on a midnight to 3 am show on Friday night (AKA Sat morn) in 1979. Called the show “What’s Shakin”. Lots of strange call-ins on that one. That show started at the first “station” in an old house in Hyde Park, continued at the church until format changes took it off the air. What’s Shakin had a long, fun run.
Patience resulted in a Traffic Jam show on Friday evenings at the house on MLK (once next door to the spiffy new station). Began using “The Bumpy Ride Edition” of Traffic Jam as a call-out. Shift the format to Sonic Detour which “roughed up” the playlist a bit (Bumpy Ride on a Rocky Road Edition) and then a move to Saturday afternoons following the 60’s show, now known solely as the Bumpy Ride. Then, back to Friday afternoons as the Bumpy Ride you know today (still a pretty rocky road).
A Rebel Bio? If you have been listening to the show for the last 35 years there is little you don’t know. You’ve heard about my travels, cars, favorite artists (and not so favorite artists), experiences, you know, strikes and gutters, ups and downs, miles of smiles and even shared a hissy-fit or two along the way, always trying to keep it entertaining. It’s amazing I’ve had time to play any music.
Ah, the music. Rock & roll, rock & rhythm, occasional blues to confuse, and most definitely Rockabilly, as much music as can fit into 120 minutes. Each decade that passes adds another decade of musical selections. Did I say decade?! About 3 and ½ so far thanks to you. Some of you have been friends since ’79 and that’s a Radio Family. I’m still excited to be part of it.
Tune in on Friday’s at 5 pm.