Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Darryl Vance and Blues Radio


One of the great honors of my life was to be included as a performer on artist and designer Darryl Vance's blues radio program on KZSU (Stanford) 3-Way Blues Caravan with  Smitty Ray Barlow (Vance)  and Bones d'Ivory (Fred Perry). My character was Howell Norfolk  intrepid Millennium Reporter from the Millennium Capital of the World, Los Angeles, California.

From Darryl Vance: "The Plywood Lounge" made its debut on September 30th, 2002. Prior to this program, Smitty Ray Barlow was a host of "Soul Heaven" on KZSU. This program, billed as a "gourmet Soul showcase" featured the underplayed and overlooked aspects of Soul Music from Memphis, Muscle Shoals, Jackson, and around the world. "The 3-Way Blues Caravan" began airing in July, 1998 on KZSU. Maintaining its rigid stance of "no focus, no emphasis", The 3-Way is able to play blues and blues-oriented material from the entire spectrum of recorded music. The show, sometimes co-hosted by the beloved Bones d'Ivory, includes blues news, a live music calendar, interviews, and and of course, "The Howell Norfolk Millennium Report". Since 1996, Mr. Norfolk provides random updates on the people and phenomena that shape and are being shaped by the new century. The program traces its roots back to "The Smitty Ray Barlow Show", which aired from 1995-98 on Geronimo Radio, a cable fm station in Marin County, California. During its heyday, it was Marin's only blues radio program.



I really can't think of anything I've ever been involved with in the United States that had more authenticity than actually being a part of an American blues radio show.  

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for these very kind words. Hosting a blues radio show was something I'd dreamed about for over 20 years, before I landed the spot on Geronimo Radio. And you, Norfolk, were always an important and entertaining part of the show. Your impersonation of George Harrison was one of the funniest things many of my friends and I have ever heard.