What are the Blues? by KZUM Programmer, Jimmy Hudson
Listen to “Hudson Blue” Friday’s from 3-4:30pm on KZUM 89.3 FM/HD or online at www.KZUM.org!
Some thoughts from Jimmy Hudson
Recently I was asked “What are the blues?” While this is a tough question to answer, here are some thoughts to ponder. First one must open one’s mind. My skydiving friend Cory will tell you that your mind is like your parachute, it doesn’t work unless it’s open. There are many opinions on what the blues are. I once stood before an American flag and swore an oath to defend your right to your opinion, Even if the one advocating it at the top of his lungs is someone I would spend a lifetime arguing at the top of mine. I will respect and defend your opinion. Some will say that unless it came from the Mississippi delta it’s not blues. Some will tell you that if the artists name isn’t Lightnin’ or Muddy or Howlin’ or King or Taylor it’s not blues. Is it a motorcycle only when it says Harley Davidson on the gas tank? Is it a firearm only if it says Smith and Wesson on it?
I once asked a guitar player what the blues are and he told me it is a feeling deep in his soul that comes out his fingers on the neck of Lucille. We cannot attempt to compartmentalize the genre known as the blues. In 1957 John Baldry called it boogie woogie, An English cop on the same album said “ it is a style of music peculiar to the American Negro my Lord.” Johnny Winter said “I make my living feeling lousy but I feel good when I play blues.” Delbert McClinton called it “blues as blues can get.” Jake and Elwood called” Briefcase Full of Blues” master bluesmen practicing their craft.
I was at a house party at my good friend Terry’s house. I was in the basement playing pool when I heard the most amazing music coming through the floor. I did not recognize the band but it was some great blues. I immediately sunk the eight ball, racked my cue and headed upstairs to find out who this was. I was pleasantly surprised to see a video on the big screen of some early concert footage of Led Zeppelin, but they’re a rock band aren’t they. Eric Clapton started his career as a rock and roller, but he is also a great bluesman. My point is that the music known as the blues can be that which stirs your soul. It will cause an emotional, spiritual, or physical response to the listener. It can come from any number of sources. From Lightnin’ Hopkins to Joe Bonamassa to Webb Wilder it will flow through you and leave you wanting more. The blues is an attitude. The blues is a feeling. The blues is a mindset. With your mind open please feel free to decide for yourself what the blues are to you personally. As long as you enjoy it, the music known as the blues will ‘live long and prosper,”
Lincoln, NE, December 20, 2011: KZUM, Nebraska’s only non-profit community radio station, is pleased to announce that it will be moving its on-air studios and business office to 3534 South 48th Street in the spring of 2012. The new College View facilities will have street level access, ample off street parking, additional space for a second studio, and extra work and meeting areas for the KZUM staff and volunteers. Situated near bus lines and on one of Lincoln’s major arterial streets will provide easy access and increased visibility for the station.
This is the first move for KZUM since 1988 when they moved into their present location at the Terminal Building in downtown Lincoln. “We have had a good run in our present location, but the Board feels that the new location will better serve the needs of the station and the Lincoln community as we move forward through the next several years,” says General Manager Cathy Behrns. “We are optimistic that we will continue to cultivate different types of programming, including broadcasting on the HD frequency. We are also looking forward to remote broadcasting from across our community.”
“A Facilities Committee has been looking at various possibilities for the past 18 months, including other sites in Lincoln or even staying in the Terminal Building,” says Facilities Committee Chair Jim Smith. “After much research, study and discussion, the committee, with the endorsement of the Board of Directors, decided on the new location. We are excited about the potential that comes with the new site.”
Details regarding a capital campaign will be announced in the near future to help with the costs of relocation as well as purchasing new equipment and furnishings. However, anyone who wishes to make a year–end tax deductible donation to this cause may do so at any time by check, cash or credit card by contacting the KZUM offices at 941 ‘O’ Street, Suite 1025, Lincoln, NE 68508 or calling the business office at 402-474-5086.
Congratulations to Deb Andersen, Molly Pitcher, and Hilary Stohs-Krause on being elected to the 2012 Program Committee at KZUM! Deb hosts The Wimmin’s Show, Sunday afternoons from 11am to 1pm. Amy hosts The Melting Pot, Tuesday mornings from 8am to 10am. Hilary hosts X-Rated: Women in Music, Thursday afternoons from 1-3pm.
Way to represent, ladies!! You rock!
Al Jazeera’s coverage of the popular uprisings in the Middle East is creating a lot of U.S. demand for the Qatar-based network’s English-language broadcasts. Unfortunately, Connecticut isn’t on the short list of places in this country where they’re available, at least not quite yet.
John Murphy, general manager of WHUS, says his community radio station is hoping to be able to broadcast Al Jazeera’s hour-long newscasts as soon as they become available.
So maybe The Hood Internet’s mixtape #5 isn’t your thing today. That’s cool. NPR has you covered: 100 quintessential jazz recordings as crowdsourced by the listeners of Jazz24.org. They appear to be streaming the whole list.
Radio Pikon Ane is a community radio station established in the Central Highlands in West Papua, Indonesia in 2007, with the assistance of the independent news agency KBR68H, and funding from the Media Development Loan Fund and the Dutch government. This short film looks at the radio station’s impact in Anyelma, where it is based, and in surrounding areas.
We’ll remember February 2nd, 2011 for two reasons: a massive blizzard and The White Stripes’ break-up. According to a notice posted on the band’s website, Jack and Meg White’s acclaimed collaboration is no more.
“The reason is not due to artistic differences or lack of wanting to continue, nor any health issues as both Meg and Jack are feeling fine and in good health,” the statement reads. “It is for a myriad of reasons, but mostly to preserve what is beautiful and special about the band have it stay that way.”
“The White Stripes do not belong to Meg and Jack anymore. The White Stripes belong to you now and you can do with it whatever you want. The beauty of art and music is that it can last forever if people want it to. Thank you for sharing this experience. Your involvement will never be lost on any of us and we are truly grateful.”
During their 13-year existence, the band released six studio albums, and their third LP, White Blood Cells, was picked by Consequence of Sound as the 7th best album of the 2000s. In September 2007, the duo announced the cancellation of 18 tour dates due to Meg’s suffering from acute anxiety problems They last performed together on February 20th, 2009 for the final episode of Late Night with Conan O’Brien, where they dropped a version of “We’re Going to Be Friends”.
(Reuters) - A tiny nonprofit organization operating a 12-year national campaign from a basement to get more noncommercial radio stations approved, may soon see its dream come true.
On January 4, the nonprofit Prometheus and other groups seeking to diversify media ownership, scored a victory when President Barack Obama signed into law the Local Community Radio Act. It directs the Federal Communications Commission, which regulates the national airwaves, to allow more low-power stations access to the FM radio dial.
Once implemented, the law is expected to result in as many 2,000 new stations, beginning in about 2013.
That would more than double the approximately 800 low-power stations currently in operation, compared with around 13,000 commercial stations nationwide. About a third of commercial stations are owned by half a dozen corporations, led by Clear Channel Communications, Inc, with almost 900.