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Show # 102 - Returning Friends

This week has been especially enjoyable for me because three of my favorite musical acts were in town for live performances. I had the chance to visit with Jamie McLean and his band as they started the first show of their current tour here in Charleston. Jamie is about ready to release his new CD and he and the band sound as great as ever.

A few days later I saw a double bill with The Fire Apes and Ruby James. Ruby is fresh from her CD release parties in both L.A. and Atlanta and was joined on stage once again by her guitarist/songwriting partner Rene Reyes. She featured songs from her new CD "Desert Rose". The Fire Apes finished the evening with another high energy show and performed many of the songs destined for a new CD to be recorded this summer.

Todays show features songs from these talented musicians, as well as other excellent tunes previously featured on The Big Break Music Podcast. Once again, today's lineup is an eclectic mix of genres and styles and fits perfectly with the springtime mood I'm in.

Starting off the set is The Fire Apes and their most popular song Hey Kate. Rolling right after that is a song by Reverend Zen with a strong Steely Dan vibe called My Sigmund Freud.

One of the songs Jamie McLean played the other night is Woman Stay. I've always loved this track off his "This Time Around" CD and it's especially good done live. Another song from a returning artist is Brother Love with Lost Weekend.

A return visit from Tim Hawkins with his infomercial styled song Kids Rock adds a comedy layer to this episode.

After a short promo for my recent interview with Ruby James we then get to hear the the title track from her latest CD Desert Rose. Another shift in musical style in this week's episode comes in the tune Joan Of Arc by 46bliss off their album "Wish Me Away". I continue the set with Baby I Love You by Diana Page and close it out with Southern Highway by Erik Viel.

The band Wiser Time provides a tune that reminds me somewhat of the Dave Matthews band with their song Gonna Be Sure.

I then mellow things out near the end of the show with two wonderful tracks from female artists I could listen to all day. Beth Hirsch starts off with Wholehearted and I close the show with a wonderful rendition of the old "Tbone" Walker song They Call It Stormy Monday by Christi Ana Perez.