Canada Day weekend is here again and, as always, The Conductor In Black will be starting the summer off right with two All-Canadian shows.
“Boss Radio” (Fridays 4 – 6pm) this weekend will present the sixth edition of it’s “Boss Sounds Made In Canada” franchise. Hear some of the finest performers from this land throughout this paean to patriotism lasting two hours.
“The Prairie Lily Special” (Saturdays 6 – 8pm) will do likewise with the eleventh installment of the “All Canadian Country Music Cavalcade”. Even Dolly Parton will even have the weekend off in order to preserve the longtime tradition of this special program, which has been part of TPLS’s schedule from the very beginning back in 2002. By the way…here are the artists you’ll be hearing on The Bookender Spotlight during the summer:
July 7th & 14th: Cowboy Copas Revisited
Most of you know better by now that Lloyd “Cowboy” Copas is more than just a footnote in Country Music history (as one of the performers who perished in a 1963 plane crash with Hawkshaw Hawkins, Randy Hughes and Patsy Cline). I’ve acquired more recordings from Copas’ discography and I’ll be sharing those sides with you soon.
July 21st & 28th: Mel McDaniel
Country Music lost an understated, down to earth performer when Mel McDaniel passed away last year. If you missed what Mel had to offer during the seventies and eighties, we’ll bring you all the best from his halcyon years with Capitol Records.
August 4th: John D. Loudermilk
This quintessential Southern gentlemen was one of American music’s most prolific songwriters, having had his compositions recorded by both Pop and Country stars such as Johnny Cash, Kitty Wells, The Browns and many more. Hear some of John D.’s best works as covered by these folks as well as his etchings interpreted by his own self…DIG?
August 11th & 18th: Bobby Bare Revisited
Bobby Bare emerged from the 1960’s as one of RCA’s most consistent hitmakers. As opposed to my last Bookender on Mr. Bare, this one will fully concentrate on the sixties, bringing you recordings you’ve NEVER heard before on TPLS. Make some cars or make some bars (awesome line…eh?!) , I don’t care, but make some time to hear this great legend Bare his soul. I promise…no more dumb puns.
August 25th & September 1st: Glen Campbell Revisited
As the Labor Day weekend marks the transition from summer to fall, it’s only fitting that one of American music’s most versatile performers will be the last artist to be featured for The Bookender this summer. In the winter of his life, Campbell is currently continuing his farewell tour, endeavoring to leave his fans with a beautiful memory before resuming his battle with Alzheimer’s disease. This extended Bookender will go the whole nine yards, with early attempts to upgrade his cachet from brilliant session guitarist to star, to his breakthrough thanks to Jimmy Webb, Capitol Records and Glen’s own gifts and charm. I like this fella myself, so I’ve got to pay tribute to him the best way I can.
Coming In September: Johnny Cash Bootleg IV and Jerry Reed on RCA.
‘Later Friday Freedom Riders and Pards’ Of All Ages!