Ron Jones http://kcur.org en Great Singers, Great Songs With A New Twist http://kcur.org/post/great-singers-great-songs-new-twist <p>What do the recent World Cup and Cyprus Avenue have in common?&nbsp; If you guessed Brazil you’re a borderline genius. It’s an hour of some great songs and great singers with a Brazilian twist.</p><p></p><p><strong>Track List</strong>:</p><p>Bill Withers - "Lovely Day”</p><p>Aretha Franklin - “Walk On By”</p><p>Marvin Gaye - “Sexual Healing”</p><p>Billie Holiday - “You’ve Changed”</p><p>Sly &amp; The Family Stone - “Family Affair”</p><p>Mel Torme – “I’ve Got You Under My Skin”</p><p>Nina Simone - “I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free”</p><p>Johnny Nash – “I Can See Clearly Now”</p> Sat, 19 Jul 2014 17:59:00 +0000 Ron Jones 59152 at http://kcur.org Great Singers, Great Songs With A New Twist Get Down With Some Country Funk? http://kcur.org/post/get-down-some-country-funk <p>Country Funk is an inherently defiant genre, encompassing gospel, blues, country hoedown harmony, and inner city grit.&nbsp; It’s also a slow-jammin’, booty-shakin’ good time on Cyprus Avenue.</p><p></p><p></p> Sat, 12 Jul 2014 17:59:00 +0000 Ron Jones 58716 at http://kcur.org Get Down With Some Country Funk? Nelson & Parton (Not A Law Firm) http://kcur.org/post/nelson-parton-not-law-firm <p>How does 81 year old Willie Nelson keep life interesting?&nbsp; By doing what he's done repeatedly for the past 58 years, composing and performing some of the best country music ever.&nbsp; Nelson, who's written <span class="ng-scope" itemscope="" itemtype="http://schema.org/Person">over 2,500 songs and released nearly 300 albums</span>, has a new recording called <em>Band of Brothers.&nbsp; </em>It's been critically acclaimed as his best album in a decade.&nbsp; The album is featured along with anothernew release from the legendary Dolly Parton titled <em>Blue Smoke.</em>&nbsp; Nelson and Sat, 05 Jul 2014 17:59:00 +0000 Ron Jones 58244 at http://kcur.org Nelson & Parton (Not A Law Firm) A Tribute To An American Icon: Bob Dylan http://kcur.org/post/tribute-american-icon-bob-dylan <p>Twenty-two years ago a proverbial "who's who" group of&nbsp; pop musicians gathered in Madison Square Garden to celebrate Bob Dylan's 30th anniversary.&nbsp; MSG was sold out that night, so just in case you missed it, Cyprus Avenue host Bill Shapiro takes you back to that event via the recent release of The 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration.</p><p><strong>Track List</strong></p><p>Willie Nelson - "Was It What You Wanted”</p><p>John Mellencamp - “Leopard Skin Pillbox Hat”</p><p>June Carter Cash &amp; Johnny Cash - “It Ain’t Me”</p><p>Richie Havens - “Just Like A Woman”</p> Sat, 28 Jun 2014 17:59:00 +0000 Ron Jones 57938 at http://kcur.org A Tribute To An American Icon: Bob Dylan Rock And Roll Is Back http://kcur.org/post/rock-and-roll-back <p>If you’re fan of '60s and '70s rock &amp; roll, this episode of Cyprus Avenue will absolutely blow you away.&nbsp; It’s the return of Led Zepplelin …</p><p></p><p><strong>Track List:</strong></p><p>Led Zeppelin - "Your Time Is Gonna Come”</p><p>Led Zeppelin - “Babe I’m Gonna Leave You”</p><p>Led Zeppelin - “Good Times Bad Times”</p><p>Led Zeppelin - “I Can’t Quit You Baby”</p><p>Led Zeppelin - “I Can’t Quit You Baby (Live)”</p><p>Led Zeppelin - “Heartbreaker”</p><p>Led Zeppelin – “Dazed and Confused”</p> Sat, 21 Jun 2014 21:54:48 +0000 Ron Jones 57715 at http://kcur.org Rock And Roll Is Back Need Help Finding Good New Music? http://kcur.org/post/need-help-finding-good-new-music <p>There's an abundance of new music to be found, but the problem is finding the time to sift through it all.&nbsp; Host Bill Shapiro is a music head, which means that a big part of his life is spent in the pursuit of good music.&nbsp; On this edition of Cyprus Avenue, he shares some new releases from Dave and Phil Alvin, Robert Ellis and Joe Henry.&nbsp; Consider it Bill's form of public service.</p> Sat, 14 Jun 2014 17:59:00 +0000 Ron Jones 57233 at http://kcur.org The "Wicked" Mr. Wilson Pickett http://kcur.org/post/wicked-mr-wilson-pickett <p>Soul singer Wilson Pickett was a major player in the world of R&amp;B.&nbsp; His distinctive voice and showmanship thrilled audiences and led him to a Grammy Award and subsequent induction to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.&nbsp; On this edition of Cyprus Avenue, host Bill Shapiro features the work of the the artist known as the "Wicked" Wilson Pickett.</p> Sat, 07 Jun 2014 17:59:00 +0000 Ron Jones 56905 at http://kcur.org Rodney Crowell's Coming to Kansas City http://kcur.org/post/rodney-crowells-coming-kansas-city <p>Singer-songwriter Rodney Crowell is scheduled to perform live in Kansas City on Friday, June 6th.&nbsp; It's part of the series <em>KCUR Presents Cyprus Avenue Live at the Folly Theater</em>.&nbsp; On this edition of&nbsp; Cyprus Avenue, host Bill Shapiro presents the musical artistry of Rodney Crowell.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Sat, 31 May 2014 17:59:00 +0000 Ron Jones 56600 at http://kcur.org Rodney Crowell's Coming to Kansas City Survey: New Music from 'The Girls' http://kcur.org/post/survey-new-music-girls <p>Kansas City native Kelley Hunt does it all...roots music, R&amp;B, Americana.&nbsp; She's a singer/songwriter, piano player and guitarist.&nbsp; Hunt's the featured artist as host Bill Shapiro surveys recent releases from some amazingly talented women.</p> Sat, 24 May 2014 17:59:00 +0000 Ron Jones 56161 at http://kcur.org Survey: New Music from 'The Girls' I Heard The Angels Singing http://kcur.org/post/i-heard-angels-singing <p>Back in the '50 and '60, Nashboro Records was one of the leading gospel labels.&nbsp; According to NPR's <em>First Listen</em>, "...Nashboro's bread was buttered by vocal quartets that typically paired a gritty lead singer with sweet harmonies.&nbsp; Born in Ernie's Record Mart in Nashville, Tennessee, the label's glory days are captured on a new 4 disc box set.&nbsp; When Cyprus Avenue host Bill Shapiro got his hands on it, he felt the spirit, and now he takes us to church...</p> Sat, 17 May 2014 17:59:00 +0000 Ron Jones 55806 at http://kcur.org I Heard The Angels Singing A Tribute To Jackson Browne http://kcur.org/post/tribute-jackson-browne <p>It has been a while since Cyprus Avenue host Bill Shapiro has featured the music of singer/songwriter Jackson Browne...but there's a new release featuring some legendary singers performing covers of some of Browne's best work, and it's inspired Bill to pay tribute...</p><p></p><p><strong>Track List:</strong></p><p>Don Henley - "These Days”</p><p>Paul Thorn - “Doctor My Eyes”</p><p>Indigo Girls - “Fountain Of Sorrow”</p><p>Jackson Browne - “Red Neck Friend”</p><p>Sara &amp; Sean Watkins - “Your Bright Baby Blues”</p><p>Bob Schneider - “Running On Empty”</p> Sat, 10 May 2014 17:59:00 +0000 Ron Jones 55486 at http://kcur.org A Tribute To Jackson Browne Bob Marley: The Reggae Master http://kcur.org/post/bob-marley-reggae-master <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden "><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>This episode of <em>Cyprus Avenue</em> features the music of reggae master Bob Marley, along with the Wailers, that is featured in a recent documentary <em>Marley</em>, which is about Bob Marley.</p><p><strong>Playlist:</strong><br />Corner Stone<br />Small Axe<br />Stir It Up<br />Concrete Jungle<br />Work<br />Get Up Stand Up<br />Three Little Birds<br />Jammin’<br />Could You Be Loved<br />Redemption Song</p></div></div></div><p></p> Sat, 03 May 2014 17:59:00 +0000 Ron Jones 54979 at http://kcur.org Bob Marley: The Reggae Master Tell KCUR: What Would You Grab If A Tornado Was Approaching? http://kcur.org/post/tell-kcur-what-would-you-grab-if-tornado-was-approaching <p>Severe weather warnings and tornado watches are a rite of spring, and this week's weather is a stark reminder of life in Tornado Alley.</p><p><strong>Tell KCUR: If you are told to take cover because of a tornado threat what would you grab to protect from destruction, other than family and pets?</strong></p><p>Tweet us your answers with the <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23tellkcur">#TellKCUR hashtag</a>&nbsp;or go to our <a href="https://www.facebook.com/KCURKansasCity">Facebook page</a> and leave your answer in a comment. &nbsp;</p> Tue, 29 Apr 2014 13:54:21 +0000 Ron Jones 54913 at http://kcur.org Rodney Crowell http://kcur.org/post/rodney-crowell <p>Singer-songwriter Rodney Crowell got his musical talents honestly.&nbsp; His dad was a bandleader, and his former father-in-law was the legendary Johnny Cash.&nbsp; Though he has not been the most prolific artist, it is hard to deny his artistry.</p><p><strong>Track List:</strong></p><p>Rodney Crowell - "The Long Journey Home”</p><p>Rodney Crowell - “It’s Such A Small World”</p><p>Rodney Crowell - “Ashes By Now”</p><p>Rodney Crowell - “Famous Last Words Of A Fool In Love”</p><p>Rodney Crowell - “’Til I Gain Control Again”</p><p>Rodney Crowell - “Shame On The Moon”</p> Sat, 26 Apr 2014 17:59:00 +0000 Ron Jones 54792 at http://kcur.org Rodney Crowell Tell KCUR: What Services Should Be Provided To Curb Drinking And Driving? http://kcur.org/post/tell-kcur-what-services-should-be-provided-curb-drinking-and-driving <p>Drinking and driving gets a lot of media attention. Radio, television and print advertising have raised awareness of the problem. There are even social media sites that post DUI checkpoints in the region.&nbsp; Despite all the attention drunk drivers are still on the road, and being caught at an alarming rate.&nbsp;</p><p>We want to know your ideas on how to combat driving under the influence.</p><p><u><strong>Tell KCUR:</strong></u><strong>&nbsp;</strong><strong>What services should be provided to curb drinking and driving in metro Kansas City?&nbsp; </strong></p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 12:35:50 +0000 Ron Jones 54533 at http://kcur.org Tell KCUR: What Services Should Be Provided To Curb Drinking And Driving? Here's Johnny! http://kcur.org/post/heres-johnny <p>Cyprus Avenue host Bill Shapiro cracks open the vault to unlock some previously unreleased gems from the Johnny Cash discography.&nbsp; He also features new music from other members of the Carter/Cash familyto make up an hour of great music.</p><p></p><p><strong>Track List:</strong></p><p>Johnny Cash - "Out Among The Stars”</p><p>Johnny Cash with June Carter Cash - “Baby Ride Easy”</p><p>Carlene Carter - “Lonesome Valley 2003”</p><p>Johnny Cash - “I’m Movin’ On”</p><p>Carlene Carter - “Little Black Train”</p><p>Johnny Cash - “She Used To Love Me A Lot”</p> Sat, 19 Apr 2014 17:59:00 +0000 Ron Jones 54238 at http://kcur.org Here's Johnny! Notable New Releases http://kcur.org/post/notable-new-releases <p>According to Cyprus Avenue host Bill Shapiro, over the past few years the quality and quantity of new music is not what it used to be…but he’s found some of the best new stuff from The Holmes Brothers, Dave Mason, Beck and more...</p><p><strong>Track List:</strong></p><p>Peter Mulvey - "You Don’t Have To Lie To Me”</p><p>Dave Mason - “Dear Mr. Fantasy”</p><p>Beck - “Heart Is A Drum”</p><p>Peter Mulvey - “What Else Was It?”</p><p>The Holmes Brothers - “Passing Through”</p><p>Drive-by Truckers - “Prime Coat”</p><p>Uncle Tupelo - “Life Worth Living”</p> Sat, 12 Apr 2014 17:59:00 +0000 Ron Jones 53925 at http://kcur.org Notable New Releases Dim Lights, Thick Smoke & Hillbilly Music VI '62/'63 http://kcur.org/post/dim-lights-thick-smoke-hillbilly-music-vi-6263 <p>Cyprus Avenue, host Bill Shapiro takes you to&nbsp; the early ‘60’s country music hit parade…that’s right it’s classic country music.</p><p></p><p></p><p><strong>Track list:</strong></p><p>George Jones - "She Thinks I Still Care”</p><p>Patsy Cline - “She’s Got You”</p><p>Johnny Cash - “Busted”</p><p>Joe Carson - “I Got Drunk And I Sure Do Dread It”</p><p>Ernest Tubb - “Thanks A Lot”</p><p>Dave Dudley - “6 Days On The Road”</p><p>George Hamilton - “Abilene”</p><p>Little Esther Phillips - “Release Me”</p><p>Bobby Bare - “500 Miles Away From Home”</p><p>Patsy Cline - “So Wrong”</p> Sat, 29 Mar 2014 17:59:00 +0000 Ron Jones 53353 at http://kcur.org Dim Lights, Thick Smoke & Hillbilly Music VI '62/'63 The Rhythm of the Rhythms, V: 2007 http://kcur.org/post/rhythm-rhythms-v-2007 <p></p><p>In Part Five of this series, we take a look back at some of the best music that came along in 2007.</p><p><strong>Track List:</strong></p><p>Robert Plant/Allison Krause - "Gone, Gone, Gone”</p><p>Dion - “The Thunder”</p><p>Sam Baker - “Juarez”</p><p>Mavis Staples - “Eyes On The Prize”</p><p>Joan Armatrading - “Play The Blues”</p><p>Tom Waits - “Young At Heart”</p><p>Sam Baker - “Orphan”</p><p>Dion - “HooDoo Man Blues”</p><p>Mavis Staples - “Turn Me Around”</p><p>Bruce Springsteen - “Further On Up The Road”</p> Sat, 22 Mar 2014 17:59:00 +0000 Ron Jones 52855 at http://kcur.org The Rhythm of the Rhythms, V: 2007 Prince http://kcur.org/post/prince <p></p><p>Inspire Cyprus Avenue host Bill Shapiro and there's a long shot you could get an hour of radio focused on your music.&nbsp; The legendary Prince certainly beat odds following his recent TV appearance on <em>The Arcenio Hall Show</em>.&nbsp; So you will receive the reward as Prince takes to the Cyprus Avenue stage to perform some of his greatest hits, as well as some nuggets you may not have heard before.</p><p><strong>Tracks List:</strong></p><p>"Gotta Broken Heart Again”</p><p>“Controversy”</p><p>“Little Red Corvette”</p><p>“Let’s Go Crazy”</p><p>“When Doves Cry”</p><p>“Kiss”</p> Sat, 15 Mar 2014 17:59:00 +0000 Ron Jones 52645 at http://kcur.org Prince Mike Bloomfield- The Lost Legend http://kcur.org/post/mike-bloomfield-lost-legend <p>On this edition of Cyprus Avenue host Bill Shapiro shines the spotlight on a nice Jewish kid from Chicago. Mike Bloomfield discovered R&amp;B, blues and jazz at an early age.&nbsp; So obsessed by what he heard, he literally dropped everything and dedicated his life to become one of the most incredible blues guitarists ever to take the stage.&nbsp; He performed with many legendary musicians like Bob Dylan and Muddy Waters, and all would agree that Mike Bloomfield played a mean guitar.</p><p><strong>Track List:</strong></p><p>"I’m A Country Boy”</p><p>“I Got My Mojo Workin’”</p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 16:02:39 +0000 Ron Jones 52150 at http://kcur.org The Singer And The Songwriter http://kcur.org/post/singer-and-songwriter <p></p><p>Inspired by the recent International Folk Alliance Convention held recently in Kansas City, host Bill Shapiro features a group of singer-songwriters that all share the same quality.</p><p>And it goes beyond the obvious fact they all have composed and performed great songs.&nbsp;</p><p>It's that those great songs put listeners in touch with their feelings. This week's edition of Cyprus Avenue showcases the work of Bob Dylan, Sam Baker, Townes Van Zandt and others.</p><p></p><p><strong>Track List</strong></p><p>Sam Baker - "Baseball”</p> Sat, 01 Mar 2014 18:59:00 +0000 Ron Jones 51991 at http://kcur.org The Singer And The Songwriter The Brill Building Teams http://kcur.org/post/brill-building-teams <p></p><p>In the '50s and '60s, New York City's Brill Building was known as a place where you could write a song; shop it to publishers; book some studio time to cut a demo; hire some of the musicians and singers; cut a demo; then present it to building to record companies, publishers, artist's managers or even the artists themselves. It was a "one-stop shop" that produced some great music known as the "Brill Building Sound."&nbsp; On this edition of Cyprus Avenue, host Bill Shapiro features the music written by two of the great writing teams from the Brill Building.</p> Sat, 22 Feb 2014 18:59:00 +0000 Ron Jones 51532 at http://kcur.org The Brill Building Teams New Releases: Rosanne Cash, Bruce Springsteen And Others http://kcur.org/post/new-releases-rosanne-cash-bruce-springsteen-and-others <p></p><p>This week on Cyprus Avenue host Bill Shapiro samples new music featuring Rosanne Cash and her release <em>The River's The Thread</em>.&nbsp; The "Boss: is back-- Bruce Springsteen with <em>High Hopes, </em>and a new release from Billy Joe Armstrong and Norah Jones titled <em>Foreverly </em>that celebrates music of the Everly Brothers.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p><strong>Track List</strong>:</p><p>Rozanne Cash- "A Feathers Not A Bird”</p><p>Bruce Springsteen- “High Hopes”</p><p>Rozanne Cash- “Etta’s Song”</p><p>Billy Joe &amp; Norah Jones- “Roving Gambler”</p> Sat, 15 Feb 2014 18:45:00 +0000 Ron Jones 51178 at http://kcur.org New Releases: Rosanne Cash, Bruce Springsteen And Others Wilt Chamberlain Featured In Kevin Willmott's 'Jayhawkers' http://kcur.org/post/wilt-chamberlain-featured-kevin-willmotts-jayhawkers <p>At the outset and in the spirit of full disclosure, let me just say that I am a graduate of the University of Kansas and a huge fan of Wilt Chamberlain, aka “Wilt the Stilt," and “The Big Dipper.” He is widely considered one of the greatest basketball players of all time. Wilt Chamberlain also happened to play at KU.&nbsp; He was a Jayhawk.</p><p>A new movie about Chamberlain’s brief time at KU is the subject of a film by Kansas filmmaker Kevin Willmott, premiering this weekend. It’s called <em>Jayhawkers</em>.</p> Fri, 14 Feb 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Ron Jones 51262 at http://kcur.org Wilt Chamberlain Featured In Kevin Willmott's 'Jayhawkers' The Incomparable Otis Redding http://kcur.org/post/incomparable-otis-redding <p></p><p>Otis Redding's Sittin' On The Dock of the Bay is one of those songs that gets stuck in your head...and with good reason.&nbsp; It was the first posthumous number one hit for an artist...and it was recorded only three days before his untimely death in 1967.&nbsp; On this edition of Cyprus Avenue, host Bill Shapiro chronicles the life of Otis Redding, a dynamic performer with a magnetic personality.</p><p></p><p><strong>Track List</strong></p><p>"These Arms of Mine”</p><p>“I’ve Been Loving You Too Long”</p><p>“My Girl”</p><p>“I Got The Will” -- Etta James</p> Sat, 08 Feb 2014 19:00:00 +0000 Ron Jones 50821 at http://kcur.org The Incomparable Otis Redding The Beatles' 12 Greatest Hits http://kcur.org/post/beatles-12-greatest-hits <p></p><p>Last week’s Grammy Awards featured a reunion of Sir Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr.&nbsp; The former Beatles received a lifetime achievement award …and&nbsp; on this edition of Cyprus Avenue an encore of the Beatles’ 12 greatest hits.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Playlist</strong>:</p> Sat, 01 Feb 2014 19:00:00 +0000 Ron Jones 50511 at http://kcur.org The Beatles' 12 Greatest Hits Instrumental Hits http://kcur.org/post/instrumental-hits <p></p><p>When you think of instrumental rock ‘n roll, classics like Green Onion and Honky Tonk probably come to mind…but Bill Shapiro serves up some other gems worth a listen.</p> Sat, 18 Jan 2014 19:00:00 +0000 Ron Jones 49868 at http://kcur.org Instrumental Hits