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
3:55 pm
Sun February 17, 2013

Townes Van Zandt: Sunshine Boy

Townes Van Zandt

An exploration of the new release Sunshine Boy, which contains unreleased and demo tracks from the height of Townes Van Zandt's recording career.

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Cyprus Avenue
3:10 pm
Sun February 10, 2013

New Blues

Ben Harper & Charlie Musselwhite

Traditional blues music has influenced generations of musicians, but is it still alive in this modern era?  On this week's Cyprus Avenue, we explore new releases from Ben Harper/Charlie Musselwhite and Gary Clark Jr. that keep the blues tradition going strong.

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Cyprus Avenue
1:00 pm
Sun February 3, 2013

Survey

Richard Thompson

A survey of Bill Shapiro's favorite new releases.

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Cyprus Avenue
2:00 pm
Sat January 19, 2013

The Beatles: Their 12 Greatest Songs

Rolling Stone has compiled a list of The Beatles' 100 greatest songs. 

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Cyprus Avenue
2:00 pm
Sat January 12, 2013

Dan Penn: The Sound Of Muscle Shoals

This week on Cyprus Avenue, a look at the career of a man who was once described as the "secret hero" of 1960's R&B music.

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Cyprus Avenue
12:18 pm
Fri January 11, 2013

2012: The Year They All Came Back

Bob Dylan

The year 2012 brought new releases by some of the biggest names in popular music.  Bill Shapiro shares some highlights.

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Cyprus Avenue
3:02 pm
Mon December 31, 2012

Annual New Years Concert

Tuff Gong

Bill Shapiro brings you the annual end-of-the-year "ultimate concert experience."

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Cyprus Avenue
2:17 pm
Sun December 23, 2012

Annual Holiday Show

The Ronettes

It's that time of year again.

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Cyprus Avenue
1:02 pm
Sat December 8, 2012

2012 Favorites

Bill Shapiro shares his favorite recordings of 2012.

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Cyprus Avenue
5:37 pm
Sat December 1, 2012

Art Garfunkel: The Singer

This week on Cyprus Avenue, a retrospective look at the solo and collaborative work of Art Garfunkel. 

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Cyprus Avenue
1:02 pm
Sat November 24, 2012

Paul Simon: Live In New York

This week on Cyprus Avenue, a look at Paul Simon’s latest release - a live album recorded in New York’s historic Webster Hall.

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Cyprus Avenue
2:36 pm
Sat November 17, 2012

Warren Zevon: A Remembrance

This week on Cyprus Avenue, an intimate look at the early demos, and final recordings of Warren Zevon.

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Cyprus Avenue
3:36 pm
Sat November 3, 2012

Country Funk: 1969-1975

This week on Cyprus Avenue, slinking bass lines, brass section breakdowns, and pedal lap steel?  An aural expedition into the world of country funk music via a new compilation release from Light In The Attic Records.

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Cyprus Avenue
3:36 pm
Sat October 27, 2012

Ray Charles: The Atlantic Years

This week on Cyprus Avenue, a look at the undeniable genius of Ray Charles, and the tracks that defined his early recording career at Atlantic Records.

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Cyprus Avenue
3:36 pm
Sat October 20, 2012

Echoes From Britain: Tom Jones & Van Morrison

This week on Cyprus Avenue, new releases from two giants of popular music - Van Morrison and Tom Jones.

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Cyprus Avenue
3:36 pm
Sat October 13, 2012

Rosanne Cash Returns

This week on Cyprus Avenue, a career spanning look at Rosanne Cash, the latest artist coming to town for Bill Shapiro’s “Live at the Folly Theater Series.”

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Cyprus Avenue
2:00 pm
Sat October 6, 2012

Survey

Dwight Yoakam.

On this week's Cyprus Avenue, a survey of music from artists Dwight Yoakam, Shooter Jennings, Los Lobos & more.

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Cyprus Avenue
2:00 pm
Sat September 15, 2012

Dim Lights, Thick Smoke, Hillbilly Music: Vol. 5

George Jones.

This week, Cyprus celebrates the American tradition of hillbilly music. Below, the playlist for this week's show.

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Cyprus Avenue
2:00 pm
Sat September 8, 2012

We Are Alive: Bruce Springsteen At 62

From his early glory days.
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This week's Cyprus features the music of The Boss, from his early songs to his latest from the album Wrecking Ball.

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Cyprus Avenue
2:00 pm
Sat September 1, 2012

Jerry Lee Lewis: 'The Killer' Live

Lewis in the 1950s.
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This week's Cyprus featured the music of American rock icon Jerry Lee Lewis, aka The Killer.

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Cyprus Avenue
2:00 pm
Sat August 25, 2012

Jimmy Cliff: Then & Now

Jimmy Cliff performing in 1997.
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This week Cyprus featured the music of Jimmy Cliff, from the songs of 1972's The Harder They Come to those from his new album Rebirth.

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Cyprus Avenue
2:00 pm
Sat August 18, 2012

Sam Baker: For The Folly (Repeat)

This week, Cyprus celebrates the music of Texan Sam Baker in a repeat broadcast of this previous episode.

Cyprus Avenue
2:00 pm
Sat August 11, 2012

Survey Of The Overlooked Artists

This week on Cyprus Avenue, several new releases from overlooked artists spanning four decades. Below, the playlist for Bill Shapiro's survey of his favorite tracks from The Blasters, Rodriguez and more for this episode of Cyprus Avenue.

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Cyprus Avenue
2:00 pm
Sat August 4, 2012

Half A Century Of The Rolling Stones

Look how cute.

On this episode of Cyprus Avenue, celebrate 50 years of the Rolling Stones with a collection of their greatest hits.

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Cyprus Avenue
2:00 pm
Sat July 28, 2012

Songs Of Heartbreak: Bruce Springsteen And Richard & Linda Thompson

Richard and Linda Thompson.

This week on Cyprus Avenue: Break-up songs. Bruce Springsteen and Richard and Linda Thompson give us their musical take on heartbreak.

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Cyprus Avenue
2:00 pm
Sat July 21, 2012

Sam Baker: For The Folly (Repeat)

This week, Cyprus Avenue is a repeat of the June 30 episode featuring the work of Texan singer-songwriter Sam Baker. You can find that playlist here.

Cyprus Avenue
2:00 pm
Sat July 14, 2012

Etta James: A Belated Remembrance

Etta James in 2006.
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This episode of Cyprus Avenue features the music of blues, rock, jazz and soul queen Etta James, the Matriarch of R&B, who passed away in January of this year.

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Cyprus Avenue
2:00 pm
Sat July 7, 2012

Music By Bob Marley From The Movie 'Marley'

This episode of Cyprus Avenue features the music of reggae master Bob Marley, along with the Wailers, that is featured in the new documentary Marley, which is about Bob Marley.

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Cyprus Avenue
2:00 pm
Sat June 30, 2012

Sam Baker: For The Folly

This week's show features the songs of Sam Baker. Raised a West Texas Baptist, Baker's songwriting style has been compared to Leonard Cohen's.

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Cyprus Avenue
2:00 pm
Sat June 23, 2012

Neil Young & Patti Smith

Patti Smith in 2007.
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This week's Cyprus Avenue celebrates the works of Neil Young and Patti Smith.

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