Cyprus Avenue

Saturday 1 p.m.; Rebroadcast at 7 p.m.

The world of popular music from gospel to rock - from country to reggae - from a different point of view.

Cyprus Avenue on KCUR has been hosted by Bill Shapiro since October 1978. The weekly radio show has aired on more than 50 stations in the U.S.

Shapiro is the author of The CD Rock and Roll Library and The Rock and Roll Review, both published by Andrews & McMeel. A native of Kansas City, Mo., and a tax and estate planner since 1962, Shapiro received his law degree from the University of Michigan.

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Cyprus Avenue
12:59 pm
Sat April 19, 2014

Here's Johnny!

Credit commons.wikimedia.org

Cyprus Avenue host Bill Shapiro cracks open the vault to unlock some previously unreleased gems from the Johnny Cash discography.  He also features new music from other members of the Carter/Cash familyto make up an hour of great music.

Track List:

Johnny Cash - "Out Among The Stars”

Johnny Cash with June Carter Cash - “Baby Ride Easy”

Carlene Carter - “Lonesome Valley 2003”

Johnny Cash - “I’m Movin’ On”

Carlene Carter - “Little Black Train”

Johnny Cash - “She Used To Love Me A Lot”

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Cyprus Avenue
12:59 pm
Sat April 12, 2014

Notable New Releases

Beck
Credit en.wikipedia.org

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...

Track List:

Peter Mulvey - "You Don’t Have To Lie To Me”

Dave Mason - “Dear Mr. Fantasy”

Beck - “Heart Is A Drum”

Peter Mulvey - “What Else Was It?”

The Holmes Brothers - “Passing Through”

Drive-by Truckers - “Prime Coat”

Uncle Tupelo - “Life Worth Living”

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Cyprus Avenue
12:59 pm
Sat March 29, 2014

Dim Lights, Thick Smoke & Hillbilly Music VI '62/'63

Credit Publicity photo of Patsy Cline distributed by MCA Records

Cyprus Avenue, host Bill Shapiro takes you to  the early ‘60’s country music hit parade…that’s right it’s classic country music.

Track list:

George Jones - "She Thinks I Still Care”

Patsy Cline - “She’s Got You”

Johnny Cash - “Busted”

Joe Carson - “I Got Drunk And I Sure Do Dread It”

Ernest Tubb - “Thanks A Lot”

Dave Dudley - “6 Days On The Road”

George Hamilton - “Abilene”

Little Esther Phillips - “Release Me”

Bobby Bare - “500 Miles Away From Home”

Patsy Cline - “So Wrong”

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Cyprus Avenue
12:59 pm
Sat March 22, 2014

The Rhythm of the Rhythms, V: 2007

Mavis Staples at Newport 2011
Credit wfuv on Flickr

In Part Five of this series, we take a look back at some of the best music that came along in 2007.

Track List:

Robert Plant/Allison Krause - "Gone, Gone, Gone”

Dion - “The Thunder”

Sam Baker - “Juarez”

Mavis Staples - “Eyes On The Prize”

Joan Armatrading - “Play The Blues”

Tom Waits - “Young At Heart”

Sam Baker - “Orphan”

Dion - “HooDoo Man Blues”

Mavis Staples - “Turn Me Around”

Bruce Springsteen - “Further On Up The Road”

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Cyprus Avenue
12:59 pm
Sat March 15, 2014

Prince

Credit en.wikipedia.org

Inspire Cyprus Avenue host Bill Shapiro and there's a long shot you could get an hour of radio focused on your music.  The legendary Prince certainly beat odds following his recent TV appearance on The Arcenio Hall Show.  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.

Tracks List:

"Gotta Broken Heart Again”

“Controversy”

“Little Red Corvette”

“Let’s Go Crazy”

“When Doves Cry”

“Kiss”

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Cyprus Avenue
11:02 am
Wed March 12, 2014

Mike Bloomfield- The Lost Legend

On this edition of Cyprus Avenue host Bill Shapiro shines the spotlight on a nice Jewish kid from Chicago. Mike Bloomfield discovered R&B, blues and jazz at an early age.  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.  He performed with many legendary musicians like Bob Dylan and Muddy Waters, and all would agree that Mike Bloomfield played a mean guitar.

Track List:

"I’m A Country Boy”

“I Got My Mojo Workin’”

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Cyprus Avenue
12:59 pm
Sat March 1, 2014

The Singer And The Songwriter

Townes Van Zandt
Credit fr.wikipedia.org

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.

And it goes beyond the obvious fact they all have composed and performed great songs. 

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.

Track List

Sam Baker - "Baseball”

Tony Joe White - “Willie and Laura Mae Jones”

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Cyprus Avenue
12:59 pm
Sat February 22, 2014

The Brill Building Teams

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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."  On this edition of Cyprus Avenue, host Bill Shapiro features the music written by two of the great writing teams from the Brill Building.

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Cyprus Avenue
12:45 pm
Sat February 15, 2014

New Releases: Rosanne Cash, Bruce Springsteen And Others

Credit Wikipedia

This week on Cyprus Avenue host Bill Shapiro samples new music featuring Rosanne Cash and her release The River's The Thread.  The "Boss: is back-- Bruce Springsteen with High Hopes, and a new release from Billy Joe Armstrong and Norah Jones titled Foreverly that celebrates music of the Everly Brothers. 

Track List:

Rozanne Cash- "A Feathers Not A Bird”

Bruce Springsteen- “High Hopes”

Rozanne Cash- “Etta’s Song”

Billy Joe & Norah Jones- “Roving Gambler”

Rozanne Cash - “World Of Strange Design”

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Cyprus Avenue
1:00 pm
Sat February 1, 2014

The Beatles' 12 Greatest Hits

Last week’s Grammy Awards featured a reunion of Sir Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr.  The former Beatles received a lifetime achievement award …and  on this edition of Cyprus Avenue an encore of the Beatles’ 12 greatest hits. 

Playlist:

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Cyprus Avenue
12:10 am
Sun January 26, 2014

20 Feet from Stardom ~ Encore

Darlene Love
twentyfeetfromstardom.com

This past summer on Cyprus Avenue, Bill Shapiro put the spotlight on the documentary film 20 Feet from Stardom, a celebration of outstanding musicians who rarely receive recognition:  the back-up singers.  Included on the show were portions of the film's soundtrack, plus other recordings by the artists featured in the film.  Since then, 20 Feet from Stardom has been nominated for an Oscar, so we bring you a special encore of that show.

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Cyprus Avenue
1:00 pm
Sat January 18, 2014

Instrumental Hits

Credit Stax Records

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.

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Cyprus Avenue
8:00 pm
Sat January 11, 2014

Sly and the Family Stone

Sly and the Family Stone
SlyStoneMusic.com

This week we celebrate the often-happy, always-funky music of Sly and the Family Stone – including some newly-released material.

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Cyprus Avenue
8:00 pm
Sat January 4, 2014

The Band: Live at the Academy of Music 1971

Album cover for The Band's 'Live at the Academy of Music 1971'
facebook.com/TheBandTheBand

We kick off 2014 with some legendary rock ‘n roll, as Bill Shapiro brings you selections from the famous 1971 New Year’s Eve concert by The Band.   This performance footage also features horn arrangements by Allen Toussaint, who returns to The Folly Theater January 11th for a Cyprus Avenue Live concert.

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Cyprus Avenue
8:00 pm
Sat December 28, 2013

Annual New Year's Show

Jerry Lee Lewis
K&K Center of the Beat/Retna; RollingStone.com

Bill Shapiro starts the New Year celebration early, bringing you his annual party of live concert recordings.

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Cyprus Avenue
9:00 pm
Sat December 21, 2013

The Sounds of Christmas

The Ronettes
RonnieSpector.com

Cyprus Avenue rings in the holidays, as Bill Shapiro brings you his annual “The Sounds of Christmas” show.

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Cyprus Avenue
8:12 pm
Sat December 14, 2013

Allen Toussaint ~ Encore

Allen Toussaint
Glade Bilby II; AllenToussaint.com

Thank you for supporting Cyprus Avenue during KCUR's Winter Membership Drive!  Later this evening, Bill Shapiro brought you an encore presentation of a show focused on Allen Toussaint.  The New Orleans legend will return to The Folly Theater for a Cyprus Avenue Live concert on January 11, 2014.  This edition of Cyprus Avenue features Toussaint's music, including songs that became huge hits for other artists.

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Cyprus Avenue
8:00 pm
Sat December 7, 2013

Bill Shapiro's Favorite Recordings Of 2013

Sam Baker
SamBakerMusic.com

Bill Shapiro shares his favorite recordings to come along this year.  It’s a celebration of the music of 2013 this week on Cyprus Avenue. 

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Cyprus Avenue
8:00 pm
Sat November 30, 2013

The FAME Studios Story

Etta James recording at FAME Studios
facebook.com/famestudios

This week on Cyprus Avenue, music that came out of the legendary FAME Studios, at the heart of the Muscle Shoals sound. 

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Cyprus Avenue
8:00 pm
Sat November 23, 2013

Allen Toussaint: The Sound of New Orleans

Allen Toussaint
FollyTheater.org

On January 11, 2014, Allen Toussaint returns to The Folly Theater for a Cyprus Avenue Live concert.  This week on Cyprus Avenue, Bill Shapiro brings you music by the New Orleans legend, including songs that have been performed and made famous by other artists.

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Cyprus Avenue
8:05 pm
Sat November 16, 2013

Survey

Paul McCartney
facebook.com/PaulMcCartney

This week, Bill Shapiro brings you a survey of new, fall releases -- music from Paul McCartney, Neko Case, Elvis Costello and others. 

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Cyprus Avenue
8:00 pm
Sat November 9, 2013

Moondance ~ Redux

Van Morrison's 1970 album cover for 'Moondance'
VanMorrison.com

Van Morrison is in the spotlight this week, as Bill Shapiro explores a newly-released collection of Morrison's music.  

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Cyprus Avenue
8:00 pm
Sat November 2, 2013

In Memorium: Lou Reed

Lou Reed
Robert Leslie (from facebook.com/LouReed)

This week we explore the influential music of a rock legend who recently passed away, as Bill Shapiro pays tribute to Lou Reed.  

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Cyprus Avenue
8:00 pm
Sat October 26, 2013

Mostly Willie

'To All the Girls...' album cover
WillieNelson.com

On this edition of the show, Bill Shapiro puts the spotlight Willie Nelson's new release, To All the Girls..., in which Nelson collaborates with female artists on his well-known songs.  Also featured this week, music from Raina Rose, who sang with Sam Baker recently at Cyprus Avenue's 35th Anniversary Concert.

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Cyprus Avenue
8:00 pm
Sat October 19, 2013

Survey

'The Diving Board' album cover
EltonJohn.com

This week on Cyprus Avenue, Bill Shapiro brings you a survey of new releases with something unique to say:  music from Elton John, Mark Knopfler and Garland Jeffreys.  

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Cyprus Avenue
8:00 pm
Sat October 12, 2013

Doc Pomus ~ Redux

Doc Pomus
songwritershalloffame.org

On this edition of Cyprus Avenue, we take a journey through decades of popular songs by well-known artists and with something in common:  they were either written or co-written by Doc Pomus.

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Cyprus Avenue
8:00 pm
Sat October 5, 2013

Elvis at Stax

Elvis Presley
Facebook.com/Elvis

This week, Bill Shapiro brings you music from Elvis Presley’s Memphis studio sessions of the early ‘70s – released recently in the extensive “Elvis at Stax” compilation.  

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Cyprus Avenue
2:30 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

Rock 'n Roll Party for the Fall Membership Drive

Chuck Berry in the 1950s
ChuckBerry.com

Thank you for supporting KCUR and Cyprus Avenue!  For this year's Fall Membership Drive, Bill Shapiro presented a special, two-hour rock 'n roll party. 

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Cyprus Avenue
8:00 pm
Sat September 21, 2013

Tell It Like It Is: Aaron Neville (Encore)

Aaron Neville
AaronNeville.com

Bill Shapiro brings you an encore this week of his spotlight on Aaron Neville, including some of the iconic singer’s more recent songs.  Neville will perform October 4th in Cyprus Avenue Live at The Folly Theater.

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Cyprus Avenue
8:00 pm
Sat September 14, 2013

Sam Baker: Say Grace

Sam Baker
SamBakerMusic.com

On September 28th, Bill Shapiro celebrates his 35th Anniversary of bringing you Cyprus Avenue, with a special celebration concert at The Folly Theater.  Sam Baker will be our guest performer that night, and this week on the program, we feature Baker's music. 

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