Hot on the heels of CJTR’s tenth season on-air, Your’s Truly Ruly, The Conductor In Black has marshalled together some new acquisitions to get 2012 off to an impressive start.

The Prairie Lily Special WILL NOT air it’s first edition of the new year on Saturday, January 7th. Our station’s special show devoted to the celebration of Ukrainian Christmas airs that night starting at 7 pm. But that doesn’t mean I won’t be there with a good, short (1 hr) slice of radio to serve up. All throughout January on the Rockabilly Boogie Time segment of TPLS, Elvis Presley’s early, immortal recordings for RCA will be presented alongside rare, recorded live performances and other rarities for a limited series called ELVIS ’56. This series will premiere with a special one hour program on January 7th, starting at 6 pm and continuing on Rockabilly Boogie Time segments of TPLS on January 14th, 21st and 28th. Now that you know it’s coming…GET YER’ LIP ON!

The Prairie Lily Special’s season opener on January 14th kicks off another year of terrific Bookender Artist Spotlights. Artists due to be profiled include:

CHET ATKINS & JERRY REED (January 14th & 21st) – Two of Nashville’s greatest gitarzans of all time collaborate on two rare RCA LPs released back in the 1970’s but recently re-issued for our enjoyment today.

SUSAN RAYE (January 28th) – As promised following our November Bookender pairing her on some timely duets with Buck Owens, the solo sides of this versatile Oregon-native will be heard on the 28th, pre-empting Johnny Bond (sorry Hoss, be we’ve got a good reason why we did it).

JOHNNY CASH: THE BOOTLEGS (February 4th, 11th, 18th and 25th) – One of the most heavily-awaited series’ of historic Country releases involves The Man In Black and contains absolutely nothing he recorded for Rick Rubin and American Recordings. Compiled and selected by the great man’s son John Carter Cash and released by Sony Legacy beginning in 2006, The Bootlegs series’ not only gives listeners an insight into Cash’s work habits, it also collects many signposts and innumerable highlights of a great career, from his first-ever radio appearance on Memphis radio to a White House performance for then-president Richard Nixon. Hear, climb and ride the well-earned highs and canyons of despair with the great man himself throughout the month of February.

JOHNNY BOND (March 3rd & 10th) – One of TPLS’s favorite singin’ cowboys of all time receives a proper and worthy examination of his Columbia Records output from the late forties’ through early fifties’, befitting this lovable lamb of a man who possessed a lion’s pride of talent.

As always, The Conductor will continue to bring you the best Rock and Pop and Soul your way on Boss Radio (Fridays 4 – 6 pm). Now that you know what’s headed your way in the new year, let’s all pledge to have a happy one in 2012!

‘Later Friday Freedom Riders and Pards’ Of All Ages!

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