“He wrote the songs, I held the pen.” -- Harlan Howard

Monday, December 20, 2010

Happy 90th Birthday Little Jimmy Dickens b. 12/19/20!

Born James Cecil Dickens in Bolt, WV,
he's been a permanent member of the Grand Ole Opry since 1949.

Click below for Christmas stories from the birthday boy himself!

Monday, December 13, 2010

Thursday, December 9, 2010

* Songwriting Legend Dallas Frazier @ CMHoF 12/11 *

The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum will be presenting songwriting legend DALLAS FRAZIER for a very special performance and in-depth interview this Saturday, December 11, at 1:30pm (CT).

Luckily, the Hall will be streaming live from the Ford Theater for those unable to attend and also archives the Poets & Prophets events for future viewing (if you have a moment, take a look at some of the artists who have participated, it's truly mindblowing).

(Click on image for more information)

* Mandy Barnett - "Winter Wonderland" CD Giveaways! *

MANDY BARNETT'S "Winter Wonderland"
Available for purchase only from
and FREE to lucky Sunday Morning Country listeners!
I'll be giving away TWO copies sometime between 10am & 2pm this Sunday, December 12th.

Songs include:
1. Winter Wonderland
2. This Time Of The Year
3. Marshmallow World
4. A Holly Jolly Christmas
5. I'll Be Home For Christmas
6. Here Comes Santa Claus
7. All I Want For Christmas Is You
8. (There's No Place Like) Home For The Holidays
9. White Christmas
10. Jingle Bell Rock
11. Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!
12. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
NOTE: check out Mandy Barnett's latest video for "This Time of the Year!" Heeeeey....who's that passenger playing guitar?

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

* Happy Birthday TOM WAITS! b.12/7/49 *

"Christmas Card From a Hooker In Minneapolis"

(click image for video)

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

* * * * HAPPY THANKSGIVING * * * *

"Turkey" by Shirley Bell
Jamestown, RI
If you think this turkey is great,
wait 'til you see what she does with lobsters and dragonflies!
Click on the watercolor for more.
T-Day BONUS: Elvis Presley's favorite
Sweet Potato Pie Recipe

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Pledge Reminder: Mail Your Check NOW!

Good News!
The WZBC premium elves have been hard at work collecting, sorting, packaging, addressing and mailing out your way cool Z premiums this past week.

Bad News!
Some of your premiums have been delayed because we need the money, honey.

The Remedy!
Get that fat check in the mail NOW so you can enjoy your CD, T-shirt, mug, messenger bag before the holiday crazies set in.

THANKS for your continued support
your ears each week!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Happy Birthday Dan Penn (11/16/41)

Dan Penn & Spooner Oldham, LIVE

(Click above for "I'm Your Puppet")

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Jim Lauderdale & Carrie Rodriguez @ The me & thee Coffeehouse 11/5/10

What a Treat!
"My Baby's Gone"
For the ailing Charlie Louvin

(click on image for video)

Thursday, November 4, 2010

** Ingram Cecil Connor III - November 5, 1946 **

Born in Winter Haven Florida on 11/5/46 and, for many of us, the world has not been the same since!

Although he walked this Earth for a short 26 years, his impact on Country, Rock and Roots music is impressive.

He didn't do it all by himself but, he sure did make a difference.

(click above for "Christine's Tune")

Happy Birthday Gram, wherever you are!!

(click above for "Older Guys")

Thursday, October 28, 2010

The Stone River Boys @ Johnny D's 10-27-10

Best Dressed Man in the House
* * *
SRB's Mike Barfield

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Remembering Porter Wagoner - RIP 10/28/07

"Love Your Neighbor"
from The Porter Wagoner Show
(click image for video)

I sure do miss his Opry Backstage back-slapping. . ."heeeeey, buddy!"

Monday, October 25, 2010

* * * Thank You For All Your Support! * * *

(if you somehow missed the WZBC fundraiser, please click on the image)

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Bob Dylan Radio Special - SUNDAY 10/24!

Normally, I'd stay clear of playing Dylan music for an hour on SMC; however, this isn't merely song after song of Dylan material.

This is an amazing look at the songwriting business and the impact that Dylan had on Tin Pan Alley, the publishing world and song plugging.

There's plenty of terrific insight from people who worked with Dylan at the start, including his first manager, music publishers, journalists and record producers.

Tune in, call in, it's the LAST weekend of fundraising - so show your support for SMC and the Z!

NEWS FLASH: I'll have a very limited number of copies of the brand new "Witmark Demos: 1962-64: Deluxe Edition" double-CD & booklet (being released 10/26) available as a premium for your charge donation of $50!

Friday, October 22, 2010

RED HOT: The Paul Thorn Band, Johnny D's 10/21

The band was on fire last night!

Al Kooper sat in for a song,
some tasty mandolin accents, a nice touch...

Friday, October 15, 2010

* * If You've Got the Money, Honey! * *

The 2010 WZBC Fundraiser has begun!
Call in, call often, show your love for

There are plenty of cool WZBC premiums

being offered for your donation to the station.

You do want to be hip, right?

Tune in on Sunday for additional SMC premiums being offered to the Country lovin' faithful.
As always, THANKS for your continued support!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

HOT TIP: The Best $5.98 You'll Ever Spend!

With the passing of SOLOMON BURKE, I got to thinking there are probably lots of folks who (gasp!) have not heard many of his great hits from the past.
Sure, he received a GRAMMY this decade but, there's so much more, so many beautiful songs.
Well, here's where to go for a quick and glorious recap of why he was known as the King of Rock & Soul!

And while you're at it, a little research on the great

BERT BERNS wouldn't hurt, either.

Connecting the musical dots, that's what it's all about, baby!!

Monday, October 11, 2010


The King of Rock & Soul has moved on up!

(click image for "Don't Give Up On Me" live)

"Awaiting the King"
Zeiterion Theatre - New Bedford, MA
March, 2007

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Thanks for the Memories Randy!

Watching N.E. Patriot RANDY MOSS in action
was a thing of beauty.
Arm up, ball caught. Done deal.
I hate that he's been traded.

October 31st should be interesting to say the least...

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

B.U. Presents - American Letterpress: The Art of Hatch Show Print

Wednesday, October 6th at 4pm
In support of the traveling Smithsonian exhibit:
American Letterpress: The Art of Hatch Show Print
Boston University Art Gallery (BUAG)
(click image for more info)

Thursday, September 30, 2010

* * * The Flintstones Turn 50! * * *

Here's an episode featuring Ann Margrock,
yabba dabba doo!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

* Happy Birthday Jerry Lee Lewis - 9/29/35 *

Who'd have thought Jerry Lee Lewis would outlive them all!
Happy 75th Birthday!
Put On Your Red Dress, baby!
(click image for more)

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

* * LIVE on SMC - SCOTT MILLER 9/26 * *

SCOTT MILLER makes good on his canceled Lizard Lounge engagement from earlier this year, with a show on Saturday 9/25 (8pm), THEN...hauls it over to the Z the next morning for a LIVE performance/interview on Sunday Morning Country (noon-ish, following the spiritual set).

He's an Ex-V-Roy, a witty songwriter, passionate singer and sharp as a tack lover of all thangs Virginia. His latest CD, "For Crying Out Loud" is a must own.


Friday, September 17, 2010

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

* * 9/19 SMC Even Better LIVE Presents: Teri Joyce (Austin) & Li'l Mo (NYC) * *


This Sunday, 9/19, SMC listeners are in for a real treat when the ladies of Cow Island Music -- TERI JOYCE (all the way from Austin, TX) and Li'l Mo (duckin' outta the Big Apple) -- perform live on Sunday Morning Country!

They're in town this week, with a gig at The Plough & Stars (9/18), but promise to be up bright and early to entertain the SMC faithful from high atop Heartbreak Hill!
We're shootin' for just after the Spiritual set, so adjust your radio dials, apps, streams, and recorders accordingly.

You don't want to miss this one!

* * 9/15 UPDATE * *

Back to a full 1000 watts-O-power as of September 7th.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

30W!...looks like Jo-Jo mighta had some problems this week...

At least if you're beyond a 5-mile Newton/Boston radius! Waaaaahhhhhh!

Due to a water damaged cable (THE cable connecting the antenna to the WZBC transmitter), we're only putting out 30w of power instead of our massive 1000w at 90.3FM.

Chin up! All is not lost pardner....along with the lucky folks living within the privileged 5 mile radius, you can hear the Z via our stream, iPhone app AND archives of all the shows.

Listen at your leisure, hopefully in the comfort of cool A/C, anytime for the next two weeks.

We promise to be back up, strong as ever, soon.

Thanks for all your calls, emails and IMs, it's always good to hear from our loyal listeners!!

Saturday, August 21, 2010

* * Happy Birthday YAZ! 8/22/39 * *

One of my childhood heroes,
a member of the 1967 Impossible Dream team,
forever #8...the one, the only, the great

(Click below for footage of Yaz over the years)

Friday, August 20, 2010

** SMC's Even Better Live Series Presents - ARTY HILL 8/22 @ High Noon **

Cow Island Music recording artist, ARTY HILL, will be stopping by Sunday Morning Country at high noon to sing a few (some brand spankin' new!), fill us in on his Tejas tour conquests, and all the latest & greatest from the AH songwriting camp in Baltimore!

Don't forget....Arty's playing Sally O'Brien's the night before at 9pm, so all you honky tonkers better have your dancin' shows shined & ready to go!

He's got Stan Mitchell bangin' away on drums, Steve Potter slappin' the upright bass, and Mike Castellana making the pedal steel cry like a baby!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

* RIP Robert Wilson - GAP Band Bassist *

Robert Wilson provided the backbone for all The GAP Band's songs, including BURN RUBBER (Why You Wanna Hurt Me), one of my favorites from 1980.
It went to #1 in 1981 and (with apologies to "Leader of the Pack") reeving engines haven't sounded quite the same since!

Monday, August 16, 2010

* * Happy Birthday Billy Joe Shaver * *

The Mighty Billy Joe Shaver
b. 8/16/39
Corsicana, Texas
(click below for early performance in Austin)

Eddy & Billy Joe Shaver, Johnny D's - 7/24/99

Friday, August 13, 2010

* Autographed Giveaways --> GHOST TRAIN: The Studio B Sessions *

Thanks to the fine folks at Sugarhill Records, this Sunday 8/15, I'll be giving away the brand new Marty Stuart CD - autographed by Marty himself!!
You heard right!

Recorded at the legendary RCA Studio B in Nashville, this CD will not be released to the public until 8/24 but, you have an opportunity to get your hands on this super CD NOW!
Stay tuned between 10am and 2pm (EST) for more of the good stuff on Sunday Morning Country via 90.3FM, www.wzbc.org or download our new iPhone app for free.

Remember, ZBC reaches the beaches and all global stops worldwide!

That's a big 10-4!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Happy Birthday Buck (8/12/29 - 3/24/06)

Buck Owens & Don Rich harmonies...
better than great!

(click above for "Together Again")

Monday, August 9, 2010

* Link to FREE iPhone App for WZBC! *

With all the new gagets out there, we want to be sure
you're able to tune in to SMC
whenever & wherever you want to!
Simply click on this . . .

. . . and you're on your way!

SMC Album of the Week - Marty's Ghost Train

The Studio B Sessions (Sugarhill)
* Available 8/24 *

What real Country music fans have been waiting for all year!
It's another must own for your collection.
Marty does not disappoint!
Listen to SMC for plenty from this new CD each week

Thursday, August 5, 2010

* * Happy Birthday Sammi Smith * *

August 5, 1943 - February 12, 2005

Sammi Smith like never before!

(click on image for "Help Me Make It Through the Night" from 1971)

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

* * Happy Birthday Pops! * *

August 4, 1901 - July 6, 1971
* * *
(click above for his "Blue Yodel No.9" performance with Johnny Cash)
(click above for Louis singing "Nobody Knows The Trouble I've Seen" from 1962)
Find out more about Louis Armstrong and his amazing music career here:

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

* Fort Adams State Park - Newport, RI *

Many of you have been to Jazz & Folk festivals here over the years but, did you know that it really is an historic fort!
* * *

(click above for more info about Fort Adams)

Monday, August 2, 2010

* The 2010 Newport Folk Festival - Pt 2 *


* * *

Sam Bush fan
(OLD GUYS RULE - Still Got An Axe To Grind)

Sunday, August 1, 2010

* The 2010 Newport Folk Festival - A Glimpse *

Thank You Mr. Wein!

(The Low Anthem)

(Jim Rooney, MC'd)

(Sam Bush)

(A.A. Bondy)

(What Cheer Brigade fending off demons atop Fort Adams)

(Prine gear backstage)

(John Prine)

(Dave Jacques, Jim James, Jim Rooney, John Prine, Jason Wilber
& the Newport Bridge close out Saturday)