Tent Show Radio: Old Last Night

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1st Airing: 6/27/15
2nd Airing: 12/26/15

Links
Old Last Night
www.bigtop.org

Michael Perry
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Join us for our traditional closing night of the summer season. Old Last Night is a variety show featuring music from our beloved house band the Blue Canvas Orchestra with commentary by our host and special guest Michael Perry.  Michael is the host of Tent Show Radio and author of several humorous and heartwarming books about ordinary yet extraordinary Midwesterners.

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Program Notes Backstage Monologue

In this episode’s monologue – delivered from the backstage dressing room with the one lonely little lightbulb burnin’ – Mike tells a little story about music and how it moves him.

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Tent Show Radio: The Lone Bellow

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1st Airing: 6/13/15
2nd Airing: 11/28/15

Links
The Lone Bellow
www.thelonebellow.com/

Michael Perry
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Long before they combined their voices, the three members of the Lone Bellow were singing on their own. Brian had been writing and recording as a solo artist for more than a decade, with three albums under his own name. Kanene and her husband Jason were living in Beijing, China, hosting open mic nights, playing at local clubs and teaching music lessons. Zach began writing songs in the wake of a family tragedy: After his wife was thrown from a horse, he spent days in the hospital at her bedside, bracing for the worst news. The journal he kept during this period would eventually become his first batch of songs as a solo artist. Happily, his wife made a full recovery.

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Program Notes Backstage Monologue

In this episode’s monologue – delivered from the backstage dressing room with the one lonely little lightbulb burnin’ Mike tells a story about pareidolia and the world famous Bongo Java “Nun Bun.”

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Tent Show Radio: Gaelic Storm

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1st Airing: 4/18/15
2nd Airing: 10/17/15

Links
Gaelic Storm
www.gaelicstorm.com/

Michael Perry
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After 10 albums, and nearly 3,000 live shows, Gaelic Storm — the chart-topping, multi-national Celtic band — is dishing up a hearty serving of Full Irish. The greatest-hits album spans the bulk of the band’s career from 2004-2014, mixing crowd favorites and concert staples with three previously unreleased recordings.

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Program Notes Backstage Monologue

In this episode’s monologue – delivered from the backstage dressing room with the one lonely little lightbulb burnin’  – Mike tells the story of how his tractor tire blew out and he became a man sorta.

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Tent Show Radio: Cornmeal

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1st Airing: 3/28/15
2nd Airing: 9/26/15

Links
Cornmeal
www.cornmealinthekitchen.com

Michael Perry
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A nationally recognized live music band, Cornmeal is heavily influenced by American roots and folk music and seamlessly blends lightning fast tempos and impeccable harmonies into an unrivaled live performance that continues to expand upon the five-piece acoustic-electric groups’ vast musical repertoire. Cornmeal has been a main stage band at some of the best known festivals in the country. Festivals like Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Magnolia Fest, Wakarusa Music Festival, and Summer Camp Music Festival as well as having performed on multiple stages at Bonnaroo, All Good Music Festival, High Sierra Music Festival, 10K Lakes, and lots others. They pride themselves on the energy they put forth each night creating an unrivalled live performance that continues to shape itself into an energetic one of a kind experience.

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Program Notes Backstage Monologue

In this episode’s monologue – delivered from the backstage dressing room with the one lonely little lightbulb burnin’ – Mike explores the matrimonial definition of “OK.”

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Tent Show Radio: Corey Carlson

[one_third]Broadcast Schedule

1st Airing: 3/21/15
2nd Airing: 9/19/15

Links
Corey Carlson
www.consideritcorrespondence.com

Michael Perry
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Tent Show Radio is pleased to welcome back to the Big Top stage Bayfield’s very own blues, folk, rock musician Corey Carlson and his Big City Band.  Corey was raised by his parents in an A-Frame ski chalet-style house at the foot of Mount Ashwabay Ski Hill ~ the summer home of Big Top Chautauqua where Corey attended many shows and acquired many great musical influences.  Corey is a regular at Big Top with his annual performance as well as guest performances with the Blue Canvas Orchestra.

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Program Notes Backstage Monologue

Mike delivers the monologue from the backstage dressing room with the one lonely little lightbulb burnin’.

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Tent Show Radio: Teague Alexy & Tin Can Gin

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1st Airing: 3/14/15
2nd Airing: 9/12/15

Links
Teague Alexy
www.consideritcorrespondence.com

Tin Can Gin
www.tincangin.com

Michael Perry
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Sit back and enjoy a special episode where we feature a couple of up and coming performers from just West of us in Duluth, Minnesota.  First up tonight Teague Alexy, a Duluth favorite singer and songwriter.

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Tin Can Gin was born and brewed upon the shores of Lake Superior near Duluth by childhood pals Harrison Olk and Trevor Marrin. Along with mandolinist Bryan Nelson, the trio created the trademark TCG tunes that are fan favorites to this very day. In the autumn of 2011 the group was summoned to the stage at their first gig as “Tin Can Gin”. As time passed the band added fiddle virtuoso Nori Perrine and Neil Krause on stand-up bass to round out the Tin Can Gin sound.

That unique sound draws from each members musical upbringing. Harrison’s traditional bluegrass banjo, Trevor’s creative song writing and guitar work, Bryan’s fast folk pickin’ mandolin, Neil’s solid bass backing all wrapped and complimented with a sprinkle of Nori’s Celtic fiddle subtleties.

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Program Notes Backstage Monologue

In this episode’s monologue – delivered from the backstage dressing room with the one lonely little lightbulb burnin’ – Mike reflects on the privilege of carrying a fire department pager.

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Tent Show Radio Schedule Update

Howdy folks. Tent Show Radio will not be airing as usual this weekend on some WPR stations, but instead tune in for Big River Radio Wave Special from WPR. Other stations will hear Kenny Wayne Shepherd.

[one_third]Broadcast Schedule

1st Airing: 3/7/15
2nd Airing: 9/5/15

Links
Kenny Wayne Shepherd
www.kennywayneshepherd.net

Michael Perry
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This past summer we were thrilled to see bluesy guitar man Kenny Wayne Shepherd and his electrifying band as they tore up the tent!

Shepherd was born in Shreveport, Louisiana and is “completely self-taught”, and does not read music. Growing up, Shepherd’s father was a local radio personality and some-time concert promoter, and had a vast collection of music. Shepherd got his first “guitar” at the age of three or four, when his grandmother purchased a series of several plastic guitars for him with S&H Green Stamps, which Shepherd has said he would “go through like candy” Shepherd stated in a 2011 interview that he began playing guitar in earnest at age seven, about six months after meeting and being “pretty mesmerized” by Stevie Ray Vaughan, in June 1984, at one of his father’s promoted concerts. His self-taught method employed a process of learning one note at a time, playing and rewinding cassette tapes, using “a cheap Yamaha wanna-be Stratocaster…made out of plywood, basically”, and learning to play by following along with material from his father’s record collection.

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Program Notes

Backstage Monologue
In this episode’s monologue – delivered from the backstage dressing room with the one lonely little lightbulb burnin’ – Mike discusses how meditation can change your life provided you find the right squirrel.

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Tent Show Radio: Jason Isbell

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1st Airing: 2/28/15
2nd Airing: 8/29/15

Links
Jason Isbell
www.jasonisbell.com

Michael Perry
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After working as a songwriter, in 2001 at the age of 22, Isbell joined the rock band Drive-By Truckers while they toured in support of their album Southern Rock Opera.

Patterson Hood recalled that meeting Isbell was a “life-changing moment in time,” — becoming their third guitarist and beginning a songwriting collaboration that was lauded by many as a fertile time for the band.  On April 5, 2007, Isbell announced that he was no longer a member of Drive-By Truckers.  This past summer we were pleased to have Jason Isbell and his electrified band cross the Tent Show stage!

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Program Notes

Backstage Monologue
In this episode’s monologue – delivered from the backstage dressing room with the one lonely little lightbulb burnin’ – Mike discusses how meditation can change your life provided you find the right squirrel.

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Tent Show Radio: Blue Canvas Orchestra with the Trouble Notes

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1st Airing: 2/21/15
2nd Airing: 8/22/15

Links
The Trouble Notes
www.thetroublenotes.com

Michael Perry
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Gypsy fusion trio, The Trouble Notes, have been performing on the streets and stages of Europe and the United States since late 2012. The group consists of violinist, Bennet Cerven; guitarist, B-zy Brain; and percussionist, Oliver Maguire. Having been raised in different countries (France, UK, and USA), each individual brings a unique perspective and flavor to the group’s core. What they share is a common sacrifice – the comfort and stability of career and home – to travel and share their musical talents with every culture of the world while further growing as musicians and beings. Their music is described as a fusion of genre across the entirety of the musical spectrum, creating a sound that is truly unique to its own.

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Big Top Chautauqua’s house band consisting of band leader Ed Willett, vocalist Phillip Anich and Jack Gunderson, Jane Aleckson on bass, Tom Mitchell on vocals and drums,  and special guests Stevie Matier on bodhran, percussion and vocals, Tom Draughn on guitar and vocals and Nori Perrine on fiddle.

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Program Notes Backstage Monologue

In this episode’s monologue – delivered from the backstage dressing room with the one lonely little lightbulb burnin’ – Mike discusses the finer points of road trips and giant truck stop pickles.

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Tent Show Radio: Yonder Mountain String Band

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1st Airing: 2/14/15
2nd Airing: 8/15/15

Links
Yonder Mountain String Band
www.yondermountain.com

Michael Perry
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Yonder Mountain String Band has always played music by its own set of rules.  Bending bluegrass, rock and countless other influences, Yonder has pioneered a sound of their own.  The Colorado-based foursome has crisscrossed the country over the past eleven years playing such varied settings as festivals, rock clubs, Red Rocks Amphitheater in the band’s home state, and recently the Democratic National Convention in Denver at Mile High Stadium opening for Barack Obama.  Their loyal fanbase has been built from this diverse setting of venues as fans latched on to their genre-defying original sound for one more night under the blue and grey canvas!

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Program Notes

Backstage Monologue
In this episode’s monologue – Mike helps the Department
of Homeland Security rewrite its Winter Survival Kit instructions.

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