Category Archives: Music

Back to the Music! Rock, Soul, and Optimism for Your February

Welcome back! First, a BIG thank you to our first few donors – you’re making my vision of a New England community radio station come true.

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This week covers a lot of ground – Laura Nyro to Don Varner and everything in between. Plus, we’ll keep talking about the explorer mindset and why optimism is so important today. Visit rfne.orfg for archived episodes, the podcast, merchandise, and more!

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RFNE S1 Ep 15: Rare Soul, New Soul, and Great Oldies for the New Year

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We’ve got a set of great music for you, from established favorites like Marvin Gaye and Fats Domino, all the way through Nathaniel Rateliff and Seattle Soul Band The True Loves.

The True Loves are an all instrumental band, with an album released in 2017 and a single in 2018. They’re a fun band to cook to, dance to, or to just close your eyes and listen. You can find out more about them on their site at truelovesband.com.

In the episode, I also mention Stax Records. They were a tremendous Soul powerhouse from the mid sixties through the seventies. Here’s a Memphis Rock and Soul Museum site put out by the Smithsonian for you to learn more (ie: Internet rabbit hole the heck out of this great music).

On a final note, it’s been a great 2018 getting back into radio/podcasting. Thanks for your support and for listening. I’ll have some big announcements, and will be looking for your continued support, in 2019!

Happy New Year!

RFNE S1 Ep 11 – Rock and Soul from the 50s to Today

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In this week’s episode, we help you get over your full Thanksgiving belly with a great blend of soul and rock ‘n’ roll greats as well as fresh faces on the scene. 

Check out these links for more on select artists from this week’s show:

An interview with Sharon Jones from 2015: She says soul is different than hip-hop – it isn’t about flash and lights: “You play on that stage and you look into people’s eyes and give them a show.”

The site for Daptone Records – an independent label dedicated to authentic soul, gospel, and rock ‘n’ roll musicians. They are serious about music – virtually all of their musicians are phenomenal including Sharon Jones whose last album, unfortunately, was released in 2017.

An archived interview with Allen Toussaint, singer-songwriter of that New Orleans sound (like Mother-in-Law from tonight’s episode) featured on Terry Gross’s Fresh Air. Hearing him talk about music, in his beautiful cadence, is reason enough to listen. The content of what he says is just as rich and full of music history. 

RFNE Returns this Summer!

Radio Free New England returns with a music radio feel. We’ll feature an eclectic mix of rock, soul, indie, alternative, and jazz to help you discover the best music from New England and around the world.

We’ll also have artist and musician interviews and conversations with New Englanders. All this, plus info on upcoming music festivals and New England events.

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From the Archives: RFNE 2.11: Jesse Kurn on Music Therapy and Corey Road

As we prepare to reboot Radio Free New England, here’s a blast from the past featuring Massachusetts musician Jesse Kurn.

Today is January 27, 2013. Speaking with me today by telephone is Jesse Kurn. By day, Jesse is a music therapist, but Jesse is also a musician himself. Jesse plays the violin and other instruments for the Boston-area band Corey Road.

You can find out more about Corey Road at their bandcamp page: coreyroad.bandcamp.com.

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