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Remembering Stevie
It was 23 years ago today that we lost the great Stevie Ray Vaughan, when his helicopter went down in a crash after a show at Alpine Valley. And I'm still angry!

He was such an amazing talent and had just gotten his life together after battling demons including alcoholism, and he had so much more to give.  I didn't go to the show at Alpine, figuring I'd catch him on the next time through.  I really don't understand why I didn't go to the show--with Eric Clapton, Buddy Guy and Robert Cray on the bill it was guaranteed to be a winner.

I wonder if the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will wait until he's been gone 25 years to induct him. Seriously, the Beastie Boys  are in the Rock Hall, but Stevie Ray Vaughan isn't?  What the heck?

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Who's ready to Rock for Respite?
Every parent needs a break now and then, because raising kids can be pretty stressful.  And if you're a parent of a special needs kid, there's a chance you need a break even more.  But it's often hard to find a child care worker who's prepared to handle the extra challenges.

Well, that's where GIo's Garden comes in.  The respite center for kids with special needs opened just last June, but now needs your support to continue providing respite care and therapy at no cost.

How can you help? Come on out to the High Noon Saloon Friday August 30th for great live music from the Hometown Sweethearts, Beth Kille, and the Sharrows. Suggested donation is 15 dollars, but you can give more if you would like. (Hint, hint).

Find out more about Rock for Respite here.

And check out this video made by my buddy John Urban if you want your heart strings tugged...just a little bit.

GIO'S GARDEN - ROCK FOR RESPITE 2013 from John Urban on Vimeo.

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Should Davy Jones be on a postage stamp??
Marcia Brady had a crush on him. He was on the Ed Sullivan show on the night of the Beatles first performance, and could shake a  tambourine like nobody's business. 

But should Monkee Davy Jones be honored with a postage stamp featuring his picture?

There's a petiion on the White House website change.org that suggests he be featured on a stamp, not only for his teen  heartthrob status, but also for his love of horses. 

Davy Jones was born in England, but other Brits have been featured on US postage stamps--including Alfred Hitchcock and Bob Hope. Okay, so he hasn't exactly had the same cultural influence as either of those guys, but if Vivian Vance, who played Ethel Mertz on "I Love Lucy,"  can be on a stamp, I don't know why loveable Davy couldn't be on a stamp as well. 

Check out the petition here.

You might also enjoy this different sort of Monkees song, sung by Davy. It's their perspective on groupies!!

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Five Things You Didn't Know About Robert Plant
Happy 65th birthday Robert Plant!

My big claim to fame regarding this former Led Zeppelin singer is that when Jonathan and I interviewed him several years ago, he asked me for my phone number. I'm still kicking myself for not giving it to him!  (I could just see it now, "I think I'll ring up that delightful American radio DJ and ask her over for tea").

Here are some other Robert Plant facts  you may have missed:

1. Robert Plant loves J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings, and many early Zeppelin songs were inspired by Lord of the Rings or The Hobbit. (Misty Mountain Hope, The Battle of Evermore, Over the Hills and Far Away, etc.)

2. His current band is called the Sensational Shape Shifters.

3. Before he became a rock star, he worked at a Woolworths dime store in England. Or I suppose they would call it a shilling store?

4. You'll never believe what he likes to do to relax before he goes on stage. He irons, and says he always has an ironing board backstage.

5. Robert Plant is a little bit naughty. (Watch the clip below.)

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Cassette Store Day is coming
Talk about putting your finger on the rewind button.

Capitalizing on the popular of Record Store Day, Cassette Store Day is set for September 7th. Will it be the catalyst for a resurgence of that almost-dead musical format?

Probably not, but it is kind of funny, in a wistful sort of way.

Like they do for Record Store Day, some artists are coming out with special releases that day, on cassette. I wonder if this will send people streaming into second hand shops looking for something to play them on.

This is an international effort, with stores in Europe and the United States taking part. I'm not sure if any of them regularly sell cassettes. The one Madison store on the list is MadCity Music Exchange on Willy Street.

Artists that plan special releases include Los Campesinos!, The Flaming Lips, Animal Collective, and Guided By Voices...plus many artists that are so cool I've never heard of them.

For example, "Refrigerator" is cool by definition.

Find out more about Cassette Store Day here.

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Kitty's College Radio Playlist
A little over a week ago, I went back to my college radio station, 90FM in Stevens Point, to reunite with an awesome cast of characters from my past. A great time was had by all, and I was launched into a crazy period of nostalgia (even more intense than my usual tendencies).

I told you I'd post my playlist from my two hour airshift, and now, at long last, here it is.

Kitty's Back--Bruce Springsteen (can you think of a more perfect one to kick things off)
Old Stompin' Ground--Rory Gallagher
Girls Talk--Dave Edmunds
Hey Grandma--Moby Grape
Save It For a Rainy Day--Jayhawks (Live from Studio M version)
6:00 News--Kathleen Edwards (another Live From Studio M track)
Two Hangmen--Mason Prophet
Homework--J. Geils Band
Busted Afternoon--Old 97s
Impermanent Things--Peter  Himmelman
Gypsy--Suzanne Vega
Dusty Turnaround--Lizzie West
Ain't Hurtin' Nobody--John Prine
Disco Kid--Shortstuff (this was a miscue, really wanted to play a different track)
Sweet Goddess of Love and Beer--Popa Chubby
I Made a Mistake (the day I made my girlfriend my wife)--Shortstuff (THIS was the one I wanted).
May This Be Love--Emmylou Harris
Tomorrow Never Knows--Beatles
Steady As She Goes--Ranconteurs
California (Hustle and Flow)--Social Distortion
I Think Hank Woulda Done it this way--Blue Chieftains
Hole in Shoes Working Man Blues--Mighty Short Bus
Jesus On The Grille--Willy Porter
I Want You--Beatles
Blazin' Your Own Trail Again--R.E.O. Speedwagon
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5 Best Beer Names from the Great Taste of the Midwest
Another Great Taste of the Midwest has come and gone--and one thing I love about is that while people are very serious about beer, breweries like to have a little fun when naming their beer.

I went through this year's Great Taste guide to pick out he best of the best.

1. Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice. This beer from Karben4 in Madison is made with beets!

2. Cool Hand Cuke. Another movie themed beer, this one from RIght Brain Brewery in Traverse City, Michigan. And yes, it was made with cucumbers!

3. Dude Hold My Purse. This one's from Solemn Oah Brewing in Naperville, Illinois, which also offered this one...

4. Snaggletooth Bandana. This would also be an excellent band name.

And the award for best/worst beer name EVER goes to ...

5. Urine Trouble, from 3 Floyds in Munster, Indiana. Is that really the association you want  people to make when drinking your beer?
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5 things you didn't know about Kool-Aid
There's a big festival happening in Hastings, Nebraska this weekend. Basically it's a celebration of Kool-aid in the place where the stuff was originally created.

Since I drank pitchers full of the stuff back in the day, I thought I'd do a little research into the soft drink mix, and share my knowledge with you.

Five Thing You Didn't Know about Kool-Aid

1. It was originally sold in liquid concentrate form and was called "Fruit Smack."

2. Kool-Aid was invented by Edwin Perkins. His wife's name was Kitty!

3. The original flavors were strawberry, cherry, lemon-lime, grape, orange and raspberry. Root beer and lemonade were added in 1955. (Root beer Kool-Aid sounds disgusting, doesn't it?)

4. Kool-Aid tried spinoffs of its product--including ice cream mix and pie fillings, but they never caught on.

5. Black Cherry is the best flavor.*

*Okay, that might be a little subjective. Is this one better? 5)The Monkees appeared in several Kool-Aid commercials in 1969 and 1970.

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What's better than Hunger Games camp?
A kids' day camp in Florida is getting a lot of attention due to its theme. It's Hunger Games Camp, based on the dystopian young adult novels that feature young people fighting to the death on national TV. Don't be alarmed--the campers don't actually kill each other; it's just pretend.

I was thinking that The Hunger Games isn't the only book that could provide inspiration for a kids' camp.

What do you think of these?

The Outsiders Camp: Kids would divide into two groups, learn to despise each other and then get into a festive rumble on the last day.

The Exorcist Camp:  Face it, you know some kids that have some demons that need to be cast out.

Jaws Camp:  It's time we added a little excitement to the daily swimming lessons!

Old Yeller Camp:  The only thing I can tell you about this one is that at the end, everybody cries.
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Kitty's adventures: College Radio Revisited
This weekend was my much anticipated college radio reunion. I got to reconnect with old friends, some I hadn't seen in three decades!

While they may have looked a smidge older, I could tell that music keeps all of them young at heart!  We all took turns manning the microphone at 90FM, the student-run radio station at UW-Stevens Point. Everyone seemed to have such inspired taste in music back then, so I was very nervous about whether my song choices would meet their favor.

I was more comfortable Friday morning, when I was interviewed by some one who's on the same time as me every morning in Madison (and around the state). Joy Cardin, who hosts a morning interview program on Wisconsin Public Radio, asked me what I learned at 90FM.

I told her I learned a lot of things that are now obsolete--like how to edit old-fashioned reel to reel tape with a razor blade!

Coming later this week--I'll post the playlist from my two-hour show.

Pictured below: That's me in the vintage Yacht Club t-shirt, with Erin Davisson from WFRV-TV in Green Bay, and Joy Cardin from Wisconsin Public Radio.

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