Mike Dronkers / Tuesday, March 17 @ 3:47 p.m. / In Studio
Singer-songwriter Gwyneth Moreland returned to KHUM with bassist David Hayes and a pile of big news. From the US folk charts to the airwaves of Europe, Moreland's new album Ceilings, Floors, and Open Doors is getting a lot of attention. Casually recorded at Hayes' home studio "with the doors open," the album is dotted with ambient sounds: birds, buzzes, and whatever else wafted into a microphone during the performance.
Moreland’s voice on this album is so authentic to the genre that we initially thought we were listening to something remastered from the 70s and not a new release.
- Matthew Harrison, RadioInfo.com
Moreland talked about the recording process, how the Mendocino coast informs her songwriting, and the baby she's expecting in August. Congratulations!
Mike Dronkers / Tuesday, March 17 @ 10:28 a.m. / Activism
Cliff Berkowitz / Tuesday, March 17 @ 10:18 a.m. / Trails
Today Emily and I spoke with Anne Thomas of Shasta Living Streets. Redding already has an extensive, world class trail network. Shasta Living Street's goals include:
• Quiet, low-speed residential streets
• A world-class bicycling network with bike lanes to serve people of all abilities, ages 8 to 80
• Protected bike lanes on busy streets with sophisticated intersection controls
• Off-street pathways, greenways and trails
• Walkable, bicycle-friendly business districts
• All children can walk or bike to school
• Services and events to support community-wide active living excellence
Mike Dronkers / Friday, March 13 @ 10:20 a.m. /
They have a show of music and iconic rock photography at the Eagle House at 8pm this evening. Tickets available online here.
Blachley is a singer-songwriter whose career took him from Vietnam to the height of the music video industry. He's built sets for adult films (he needed the work) and worked in shipping for Capitol records (he needed the money).
For his third act, Peter Blachley is emerging as a captivating singer-songwriter with his debut album,Nevada Sky. It recalls the work of CSN, John Stewart, Neil Young, Waylon Jennings, and Ian Tyson. It stretches across the highways of high lonesome country, confessional folk, and swampy rock n’ roll.
Diltz is responsible for an grossly unfair share of rock album cover photos from the likes of The Eagles, James Taylor, The Doors, America, The Turtles, The Byrds, Jimmy Webb, Jackson Browne, Linda Ronstadt. Name a music legend; Diltz has probably photographed them. He and Blachley are partners in Morrison Hotel, the revered rock photography gallery.
In this wide-ranging interview, Blachley and Diltz discuss:
- what it took to get a video into rotation on MTV,
- how musicians are like wildlife,
- and how to crash a glider on a remote mountainside.
Also in the room, albeit coincidentally, is the founder of Rational Animal, a group that betters the lives of animals and have fun at the same time. Susan Brandt happened to be Blachley's fiance.
Cliff Berkowitz / Friday, March 13 @ 9:35 a.m. / Theater
Cornerstone Theater Company is touring 10 cities throughout California doing an adaptation of Shakespeare's The Tempest called California: The Tempest. In each town where they are playing they are looking for members of the community to add to the cast. They are looking people with or without any acting experience, ages 8 and up.
This morning I spoke with Iris Gonzalez and Ashley Sparks from Cornerstone about it. They are holding these auditions this weekend and Monday. Sunday, March 15th from 3pm to 5pm and Monday, March 16th from 5pm till 7pm at the Jefferson Community Center (formerly Jefferson Elementary School.) Rehearsals will be May 6th through May 20th. The performances will be May 21st through May 23rd. For more information call Ashley at 540-558-8744 or go to CornerstoneTheater.org.
Mike Dronkers / Thursday, March 12 @ 12:24 p.m. /
Need to be reminded that we basically live in a National Geographic photo spread? Surrender a few minutes to this aerial view of the NoHum coast.
It's been pointed out that FAA rules seem to prohibit operating a model airplane or drone within five miles of an airport. This seems a more like 3,000 feet.
Cliff Berkowitz / Thursday, March 12 @ 8:57 a.m. / Literacy
This morning I spoke with Emma Breacain,Executive Director of Humboldt Literacy Project. Coming up on April 12th at Cher-Ae Heights Casino Casino will be the 10th annual Humboldt Trivia Challenge. Teams of 3 compete on areas of trivia including Literature, Pop Culture, Sports, History and this year, 1985 as a category. The event includes a buffet dinner for participants and spectators.
This is Humboldt Literacy Project's main fundraiser of the year. Doors open at 5:30pm, dinner is at 6pm, and the contest begins at 7pm. To form a team and for more information go to HumLit.Org. KHUM has won this trivia challenge several times. This year's MC is Lost Coast Outpost's Andrew Goff.