Ric Chetter - From Radioland

Like a late night talk show without the cameras.

September 16th, 2018    

Episode 240: Keith Douglas & Duwayne Burnside

In a From Radioland first, we have two separate guests in one episode. First up, from the band Tora Tora, guitarist Keith Douglas sat down with Ric to talk a little about the history of the band over the years and to share the exciting news about a brand new album headed your way very soon. Then things get rather wild when Duwayne Burnside sits in the studio with Ric and Jeff to talk about his new album coming out among some other exciting things. Duwayne and his band performed in studio and you'll hear those songs and all the crazy moments we had in the studio.

NEXT WEEK: Brenda Taylor, the daughter of Eddie Taylor


September 9th, 2018    

Episode 239: Ms. Zeno The Mojo Queen

This episode is a little different. It was decided we would do a CD release show on the air at Radio Memphis during the Booze & Blues show. At Ms. Zeno's request, we are making the entire thing public including the songs from her latest CD called Back in Love. You'll hear some of the stories about how this project was recorded, how some of the songs were written and how Ms. Zeno is perched to take the world by storm as one of the premiere singers from Memphis.

NEXT WEEK: Keith Douglas from Tora Tora


September 2nd, 2018    

Episode 238: Mick Kolassa

An old friend of Radio Memphis, Mr. Mick Kolassa steps into the studio this time around with a brand new CD. You'll hear a couple of songs from it and learn how you can add it to your library, which is highly recommended. Also in this episode, Ric takes a shot at all of the so-called "experts" plying their trades on Facebook. He has made an interesting comparison between what happens away from the social media to what is happening on social media. 



August 26th, 2018    

Episode 237: Big T & Johnny Drummer

It's always a great tuime when Big T brings his show to the studio and this was certainly no different except this one thing. He brought the legendary Johnny Drummer with him to play some keys. That real Memphis blues sound is here and it was a great conversation and perfomance by Big T & The Family and it is exclusively right here. Also in this episode, Ric is starting to have issues with the Bird scooters. 

NEXT WEEK: Mick Kolassa



August 19th, 2018    

Sharde Thomas and The Rising Star Fife & Drum Band

From the Mississippi Hill Country comes the true American music. In the studio comes Sharde Thomas and The Rising Star Fife & Drum Band. What you will hear in this episode is real history. This was blues before there was blues. This was a type of music meant for communication and this young lady is carrying on a tradition she learned from her grand father Otha Turner. You are going to hear this music and the stories behind it all. Plus, Jesus and the Devil are fighting in Arkansas. 

NEXT WEEK: Big T & Johnny Drummer


August 12th, 2018    

Episode 235: Walking East & West with Pops Fountaine

Pops Fountaine is an extraordinary percussionist. He's played with a lot of people over the years. From his native Chicago to Memphis, he has some great stories to tell. In this episode, he sat down with Ric to tell some of those stories and some of the importnant life lessons learned from a career in music. You are going to hear some of the real secrets to being a successful musician on and off the stage. Plus, what happens when you have nothing left to boycott?

NEXT WEEK: Sharde Thomas & The Rising Star Fife & Drum Band


August 5th, 2018    

Episode 234: Frank Monteleone & Blind Mississippi Morris

It was a night of some great, laid back fun. Frank moved to Memphis some time ago and has a great story to tell about that event. Also, the band that was assembled in the studio that night had not really played together before. But, you wouldn't have known that by listening to them. Plus, the great Blind Mississippi Morris brought out his magic harmonica and sang the real deal blues and you'll hear it all in this episode From Radioland.

NEXT WEEK: Pops Fountaine


July 29th, 2018    

Episode 233: Gee Whiz, It’s Carla Thomas

In 1961, she scored a Billboard hit with Gee Whiz and in 1966 she did it again with B-A-B-Y Baby. Carla Thomas sat down with Ric for a conversation about her career and her father, Rufus Thomas. What was it like for a young lady to find her way into show business and to later discover she had a top 10 hit? She'll tell you all about that in this episode. Also, Ric talks about what having a smart watch kind of makes you feel like when you are all of sudden chained to your smartphone.

NEXT WEEK: Frank Monteleone and Blind Mississippi Morris


July 22nd, 2018    

Episode 232: Stepping Off The Mothership with Harold Beane

Take a look at your copy of Isaac Hayes' Hot Buttered Soul. Great album. All the guitar parts were recorded by Harold Beane. He inadvertantly became one of the most sampled guitar players in history. In this episode, Ric talks to Harold about being sampled and by whom. Also, Harold spent some time with Funkadelic. Oh yeah, there is story there. Also, one of the most powerful stories you'll ever hear about the plane crash that took the lives of Otis Redding and The Bar-Kays. Harold Beane was supposed to be on that flight. Another moving and powerful conversation with a music legend is right here.

NEXT WEEK: Gee Whiz, It's Carla Thomas


July 15th, 2018    

Episode 231: The Architects of Memphis Music

Howard Grimes has been on this show several times. This time, he brought a couple of friends with him. Spencer & Percy Wiggins. This is a rather important show in that these three men have quite the story to tell when it comes to how the Memphis sound came to be and what it was like for young African-American performers on the road and in the studio. Along the way, these men were involved in some of the most iconic music in history. Plus, you'll hear some new gospel music that accurately defines that Memphis sound.

NEXT WEEK: Harold Beane, the most sampled guitar player in history.


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