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One Step Ahead of the Blues

ONE STEP AHEAD OF THE BLUES | Talkin’ With Deer Tick’s Ian O’Neil

08/07/14 | By | 23,949 views More

A few days prior to the band’s upcoming show Deer Tick’s Ian O’Neil talks about everything from Deervana to labels to how the band got its ‘appropriately repulsive’ name with Geoff Hanson.

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ONE STEP AHEAD OF THE BLUES | One on One With Dragon Smoke’s Robert Mercurio

07/30/14 | By | 6,317 views More
ONE STEP AHEAD OF THE BLUES | One on One With Dragon Smoke’s Robert Mercurio

Galactic’s rhythm section – Robert Mercurio and Stanton Moore – are also the rhythm section behind the band Dragon Smoke, a New Orleans super group that closes the Telluride Jazz Festival Sunday, Aug. 3.

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ONE STEP AHEAD OF THE BLUES | Remembering JJ Cale

07/24/14 | By | 3,515 views More
ONE STEP AHEAD OF THE BLUES | Remembering JJ Cale

Geoff Hanson remembers the day the “king of the slow groove” had to ‘Kiss the World Goodbye.’

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ONE STEP AHEAD OF THE BLUES | Up-and-Coming Acts to Remember From the Ride

07/21/14 | By | 3,591 views More
ONE STEP AHEAD OF THE BLUES | Up-and-Coming Acts to Remember From the Ride

Everyone loves discovering new music, and you can rest assured that playlists everywhere are being loaded up with songs from new favorite bands discovered at The Ride.

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ONE STEP AHEAD OF THE BLUES | Thievery Corp. Will ‘Put a Torch to It’

07/10/14 | By | 2,864 views More
ONE STEP AHEAD OF THE BLUES | Thievery Corp. Will ‘Put a Torch to It’

Thievery’s music explores myriad styles including Brazilian, dub, acid jazz, reggae, Indian and Middle Eastern rhythms.

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ONE STEP AHEAD OF THE BLUES | A Most Memorable Bluegrass Festival

06/26/14 | By | 2,738 views More
ONE STEP AHEAD OF THE BLUES | A Most Memorable Bluegrass Festival

Thoughts on the 41st Telluride Bluegrass Festival.

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ONE STEP AHEAD OF THE BLUES | The Reigning King of Telluride

06/18/14 | By | 1,324 views More

This past May I worked the Base Camp Theater at Mountainfilm in the park and was flabbergasted at the state of the stage. It is literally coming apart, floorboard by floorboard.

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ONE STEP AHEAD OF THE BLUES | Looking for a Gold Nugget and Finding a Treasure Chest


06/13/14 | By | 1,014 views More

Trolling the internet for “Till the Morning Comes Around” by Grace Potter and the Nocturnals leads to a revelation.

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ONE STEP AHEAD OF THE BLUES | Muscle Shoals: A Curious Place in Rock ‘n’ Roll History

06/05/14 | By | 956 views More

There were multiple epicenters of rock ‘n’ roll and rhythm and blues in the U.S. Then there was Muscle Shoals.

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ONE STEP AHEAD OF THE BLUES | In Search of Good Times

05/22/14 | By | 921 views More

The curious thing about “Good Times.”

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ONE STEP AHEAD OF THE BLUES | Finding the Perfect Line

05/10/14 | By | 444 views More

(For link to music, paste https://www.sendspace.com/pro/dl/ovwfgc in your browser) For people who love music, deejaying at KOTO is like skiing three feet of powder on a bluebird day. Sitting in the deejay stool with a blank slate of musical possibilities in front of you is simply nirvana. For two years, I deejayed the afternoon drive at […]

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ONE STEP AHEAD OF THE BLUES | A Very Personal Soundtrack From 2001

05/05/14 | By | 718 views More

Dolly and Little Sparrow’s “Shine” to Pop Staples to “Please Be With Me”…

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ONE STEP AHEAD OF THE BLUES| From ‘Hey Now’ to ‘Israelites,’ Not to Mention Janis Joplin’s Showstopping Version of ‘To Love Somebody’

04/25/14 | By | 508 views More

Hanson writes about some of these mixes and also sprinkle in some contemporary radio shows from KOTO (One Step Ahead of the Blues airs every other Wednesday from 3-5 p.m., and my next show is Wednesday, April 30).

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ONE STEP AHEAD OF THE BLUES | Assembling the ‘Scrapple’ Soundtrack

04/18/14 | By | 545 views More

Geoff Hanson writes about the making of the soundtrack of his 1996 film, ‘Scrapple,’ and reminisces about his early days with Taj Majal.

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ONE STEP AHEAD OF THE BLUES | Ruminations on Taj Majal and the Making of ‘Scrapple’

04/12/14 | By | 455 views More
ONE STEP AHEAD OF THE BLUES | Ruminations on Taj Majal and the Making of ‘Scrapple’

It will be the subject of his next two editions of ‘One Step Ahead of the Blues,’ airing Wednesdays, April 17 and 24 on KOTO-FM radio, 3-5 p.m.

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