Interview with Dr. Palmer of “The Blues Society” documentary

On Friday, May 31st at 4:00pm and again Tuesday, June 3rd at 6:00am, Steve from The Deep Blues Hour will be interviewing Dr. Augusta Palmer, the director, producer, and writer of the documentary “The Blues Society” which will be shown during the Three River Arts Festival this coming week. Dr. Palmer tells the story of the legendary Memphis Country Blues Festivals, held in Memphis, Tenn. annually in 1966 to 1970.

Dr. Palmer’s father and mother were co-organizers of the festival which featured Delta Blues musicians including Furry Lewis, Mississippi Fred McDowell, Nathan Beauregard, Sleepy John Estes, Bukka White, and others – all of whom listeners can hear regularly on The Deep Blues Hour. Taking place amidst the civil rights movement, the assassination of Dr. M.L. King Jr. in Memphis, and the rediscovery of traditional black musicians by a young white audience, the film speaks to both the music and the dynamic new social and race relations in the South.

The Blues Society” will be shown at the Harris Theater, 5:30pm during the Three Rivers Arts Festival on Saturday June 1, Tuesday June 4, Friday June 7, and Sunday June 9. More information found here.

May 29: Canadian Singer Abigail Lapell appears on Whiskey Before Breakfast

On Wednesday May 29, shortly after 11:00 a.m., Canadian artist Abigail Lapell will join WRCT’s Whiskey Before Breakfast program to talk about her music and her June 10 show at Pittsburgh’s Club Cafe. She’ll talk about her songwriting, her influences, her guitar-playing, and lots of other topics. Plus you’ll hear three of her songs!

Mandorichard says, “I didn’t discover Abigail Lapell’s music until the lockdown. She’s a low-key powerhouse of a singer and guitarist. Her intimate & powerful music just grabs your attention.”

Catch this interview at about 11:20 a.m., Wednesday May 29, right here on WRCT Pittsburgh, 88.3 FM and streaming from this very website! If you miss it, no worries: The interview will be available at Mandorichard’s Mixcloud page after it airs on WRCT and will be rebroadcast on WRCT at about 9:20 a.m. on Thursday June 6.

Backstage: Angel Talks Controversy

On May 24, WRCT’s Court’s in Session aired a conversation your Rockin Attorney Eric Jackson Lurie recorded recently in Cleveland with members of the band, Angel.

Angel has a new video for their song “Once Upon a Time an Angel and a Devil Fell in Love (And it Didn’t End Well)” — a song that the FCC says can’t be played on radio — and the band won’t change the song! Hear guitar legend Punky Meadows tell Eric why the band is sticking with the song the way it is and not releasing a radio edit that conforms to FCC rules.

You can catch the replay of the conversation Sunday May 27 just past 11:00 p.m.! Only here at WRCT, 88.3 FM, Pittsburgh, and streaming from

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