New Music Monday 3/1/21

Mondays begin with WTTS New Music Monday. We play a variety of brand new releases and album previews. Hear the anthems of the future and experience upcoming artists as they break into the mainstream for the first time on New Music Monday.

This Week:
Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band: Ghosts
Chet Faker: Low
Vance Joy: You

OverEasy: 2/28/21

At WTTS, Sunday mornings and evenings are laid-back. Check out OverEasy, presented by Brothers Floor Covering, from 7 – 11 AM, and 7 – 11 PM.

Brad Holtz plays singer-songwriters, mellow and acoustic tracks, and live exclusives.

This week, hear the latest from Ray Lamontagne and a track from Del Amitri’s first new album in 18 years, plus Sun King Studio 92 performances from Caamp and Black Pumas.

FREE DOWNLOAD OF THE WEEK: The Hold Steady

The Hold Steady have released a new record: Open Door Policy is out via the band’s Positive Jams label and Thirty Tigers. Frontman Craig Finn said “Open Door Policy was very much approached as an album vs. a collection of individual songs, and it feels like our most musically expansive record. This album was written and almost entirely recorded before the pandemic started, but the songs and stories explore power, wealth, mental health, technology, capitalism, consumerism, and survival–issues which have compounded in 2020″

Download “Heavy Covenant” now.

New Music Monday 2/22/21

Mondays begin with WTTS New Music Monday. We play a variety of brand new releases and album preview singles. Hear the anthems of the future and experience upcoming artists as they break into the mainstream for the first time on New Music Monday.

Aaron Frazer: Over You
The Dirty Knobs w/ Mike Campbell: Irish Girl 
Cannons: Fire For You

Mellencamp film and live album will revisit ‘Good Samaritan’ pop-up shows

John Mellencamp
John Mellencamp surprised fans in 2000 by playing free afternoon shows in 10 U.S. cities. Myrna Suarez photo provided by Republic Records

John Mellencamp took his music to the streets in 2000, and an upcoming movie and live album will commemorate the tour that caught many fans off guard.

The Indiana Rock and Roll Hall of Famer announced “The Good Samaritan Tour” will arrive this spring as a documentary film and live album.

Across three weeks in August 2000, Mellencamp played pop-up shows in 10 U.S. cities. Many of the unplugged performances were presented in Downtown business districts.

“You know, (Woody) Guthrie used to go out and play for the workers in the field,” Mellencamp said during a press conference after the tour wrapped up on Indiana University’s Bloomington campus. “People don’t work in fields anymore; they work in office buildings. I felt like we were doing the same thing.”

The Bloomington show proved to be the least organic of the tour, thanks to a stage and full amplification prepared at Woodlawn Field. About 10,000 people showed up for the afternoon event on Aug. 31, but that wasn’t the largest “Good Samaritan” crowd.

On Aug. 21, an estimated audience of 15,000 showed up at Daley Plaza in Chicago.

Mellencamp said two tour highlights were Philadelphia and Cleveland. Philadelphia received a nod because Mellencamp, accordion player Mike Flynn and violin player Merritt Lear launched the tour there with zero advance notice.

Cleveland stood out because police officers stood next to the musicians in Public Square, attempting to keep the peace.

“It was the cops and the walkie-talkies,” Mellencamp said. “Photographers were hitting each other. It was stupid, but it was really fun. There was a real, immediate rock ’n’ roll vibe in Cleveland.”

Academy Award winner Matthew McConaughey serves as narrator for the “Good Samaritan” documentary. McConaughey appeared in the video that accompanied Mellencamp’s “Key West Intermezzo (I Saw You First)” in 1996, and the actor wore a Mellencamp T-shirt onscreen in the film “A Time to Kill” that same year.

A teaser trailer for the film features Mellencamp’s rendition of “Early Bird Cafe,” a song originally recorded by the Jerry Hahn Brotherhood in 1970.

Mellencamp devoted most of the “Good Samaritan” shows to cover songs, including tunes popularized by Guthrie, Blind Willie Johnson, Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones, Donovan and Eddie Cochran.

Turning to original compositions, Mellencamp released an excerpt of a new song titled “I Always Lie to Strangers” to preview a studio album presently in the works.

OverEasy: 2/21/21

At WTTS, Sunday mornings and evenings are laid-back. Check out OverEasy, presented by Brothers Floor Covering from 7 to 11 AM, AND 7 to 11 PM.

Brad Holtz plays singer-songwriters, mellow and acoustic tracks, and live exclusives.

This week, her new music from Fleet Foxes and The Dirty Knobs with Mike Campbell, plus Sun King Studio 92 performances from Black Pumas and Michael Franti.

The Beat with Dave LindQuist- 2/22/21

Join us Monday nights at 7 for, The BEAT with Dave Lindquist. The BEAT includes music discoveries from the local and independent scene and fresh music from familiar artists.
Monday night, Dave presents new music from The Hold Steady, Julien Baker and Celeste.

Songs played on the Feb. 22 episode:

The Hold Steady, “Heavy Covenant”

Goat Girl, “The Crack”

Caiine, “Disengage”

Aaron Lee Tasjan, “Not That Bad”

The Backseat Lovers, “Kilby Girl”

Julien Baker, “Favor”

Celeste, “Love Is Back”

Tune-Yards, “Hold Yourself”

The Backseat Lovers, “Heavy”

Otis Gibbs, “Nine Foot Problem”

Lucero, “Back in Ohio”

One-Hit Wonder Weekend

This weekend, it’s the One-Hit Wonder Weekend on WTTS. We’ll feature bands and artists who never really had another taste of fame and fortune beyond that ONE memorable song.  WTTS salutes their 15 minutes of fame, their moment of glory, with the One-Hit Wonder Weekend. Listen online at wttsfm.com, on the WTTS mobile app, via your smart speaker and at 92.3 fm. We get underway this Saturday at 6am!

Free Download of the Week: Lo Talker

Athens, Georgia, band Lo Talker will release their debut album, A Comedy Of Errors, on March 19, 2021. Andrew Shepard, vocalist and songwriter, says “I wrote ‘Don’t Hide That Light’ to try and remind myself that just because the world around me has plunged into a new level of insanity, it doesn’t mean I have to follow suit.”

Download “Don’t Hide That Light Pt. 2” now.

New Music Monday 2/15/21

Mondays begin with WTTS New Music Monday. We play a variety of brand new releases and album preview singles. Hear the anthems of the future and experience upcoming artists as they break into the mainstream for the first time on New Music Monday.

Chet Faker: Low
Nathaniel Rateliff: Redemption
I Don’t Know How But They Found Me: Leave Me Alone