Category Archives: Podcasts

Bowie, Memphis Blues, and the Marot Memo

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My my, this is starting to sound like a ‘real’ radio show! Great rock and soul, old and new, plus news from around New England, This Week in History (with some special rock and soul birthdays) and a Marot Memo. (But mostly, it’s good music).

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Where’s Your John Hancock?

In today’s episode:

New England’s statehouses get busy with legislation, New Englanders gear up for winter weather and the AFC championship, and we celebrate milestones of the week, including John Hancock’s 282nd birthday.

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Marot Memo: In Sickness and in Health

When we’re sick, we’re not at our best. Chris tries to apply Stoic thinking to illness and our life struggles. 

This feed is for the Marot Memo, interviews, features, and rights-cleared music. For the full show, including an hour of rock & soul, check out this link.

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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 Christmas Special

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Merry Christmas Everyone! Please enjoy this selection of soul, Motown, and classic Christmas songs as we head into the New Year. I hope you’ll be celebrating with friends and family. Once the festivities are over, I’ll be working hard on Radio Free New England, making some updates, and preparing some exciting additions to RFNE for 2019.

RFNE S1 Ep13 Gone Too Soon: Remembering Henry

This week marks the sad loss of Henry, our much-loved Border Collie. You’ll hear stories about his life, and music from artists who also left us too soon – from Otis Redding to Sharon Jones and Buddy Holly.

Share your memories and pet stories to chris@rfne.org. I’ll read your email on air, or play your recorded message (it’s easy! Record a voice memo on your phone, share it via email, and it’ll attach when we send it to me). Or, call 207-536-8997 and leave your thoughts via voicemail. 

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.