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Christine Renee @ The Lot Radio 03:31:2017

Christine Renee @ The Lot Radio 03:31:2017


Christine Renee

"What's Up with Chuck (Berry)" and Inquiry into the King of Rock. Followed a set by guests Bruce and Will of DJ Palace.

Christine Renee

When Chuck Berry died, my curiosity ignited. I knew that as a music lover, I am indebted to his contribution. I knew the Beatles and the Stones began with Berry as their foundation, and once, DJ Harvey pulled out a Berry record from my shelves. He was impressed. With raised-eyebrows and a low-radio announcer voice he said, "Chuck Berry." My idols and mentors love him, but this was not enough. Why should I share their adoration?

So I set off on a musicological investigation. Why is Berry "The Father of Rock and Roll?" Is his death significant? Does his dying validate the NYTimes question asked last November, "Is Rock and Roll Dead or (Just) Old?" This sent me on a week's musicological journey researching the Father, and I'm so glad I did.

For this show, I sampled iconic Chuck moments from the Johnny Carson show, that moment with John Lennon and Yoko on American TV and the Keith Richard's produced Berry documentary, "Hail, Hail Rock and Roll."

I also turned to my Dad in Austin TX, and asked him to record some of his memories upon discovering Berry and how it influenced his learning to play rock and blues guitar in the early 60s.

You'll hear some rarely (never?) played Berry tunes and songs from his influences like Muddy Waters, Louis Jordan, T-Bone Walker, Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys. There's also a nice moment with Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley and Jerry Lee Louis in Sun studios circa 1956, where they play "Brown Eyed Handsome Man" around a piano. The mike is on, and they're chatting about Berry directly conveying the influence he had on them as musicians and performers, perhaps as men even.

On the Second half of the show I have guests Bruce and Will Robbins of DJ Palace join in the studio for a taste of our gig together later that Friday night at Brooklyn's Black Flamingo.

In Music,
Christine Renee