Occasionally we send Jon Norton out to local record stores to hear what's playing on the turntable while customers browse the bins. This week Norton dropped in on Reverberation Vinyl on Main Street in Bloomington where he heard a new release of a long buried 1970's Memphis gem.
One of the musicians behind Sweet Megg & the Wayfarers is also now working with another New York City hot jazz band, "Jessy Carolina and The Hot Mess." Normal native and saxophonist Ryan Weisheit, along with vocalist Megg Farrell played the 2014 GLT Summer Concert in downtown Bloomington and their group continues to thrive in New York City's vibrant hot jazz scene.
Brothers Dave and Phil Alvin play the Castle Theater in downtown Bloomington Saturday March 5th. Many music critics credit the two for kicking off the American Roots Rock scene in the early 1980's with their band The Blasters. As teens the brothers absorbed the recordings of now legendary blues, rockabilly and country performers, and as Dave Alvin tells WGLT's Jon Norton, they also frequented nightclubs that featured these bands in their hometown of Downey, in Southern California.