: Cavalcade of October 3
Bruce Springsteen and John Mellencamp (photo by Taryn Weitzman, RP)
10.03.21 7:00 a.m.
A “Cavalcade” of covers comes in unusual associations on new thematic album projects from various artists. Bruce hornsby hammers a Dinosaur Jr. riff on the keyboard on the Join the ritual covers compilation and Michael stipe adds another jewel of the Velvet Underground to its repertoire for I will be your mirror, New Dig from FUV this week.
Bria salmena and Duncan Hay Jennings send it back to a nugget of the 60s by the Walking brothers and Eleri district executives Stephen Sondheim through an ambience of Sufjan Stevens acoustic guitar.
You would imagine that Jean Mellencamp and Bruce springsteen have at least shared a beer now, but they’ve done one better – a new song collaboration, “Wasted Days”. The turbaned king of Hammond B3, Dr Lonnie Smith, has passed away and his recent unlikely but delightful collaboration with Iggy Pop.
A first show of the month in the hollow box in the musical riches of 1971 returns it exactly half a century to Dolly parton, Melanie, Curtis Mayfield, and very early Meatloaf; plus some Brit-prog adventures with The Incredible String Band, Lindisfarne, and Pink floyd. Stellar songwriters Stevens cat, Van Morrison, and Don McLean at the top of their game too – all October 1971 releases.
Watch last week’s “Cavalcade” or tonight’s post-air on-demand weekend archive.