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Strawberry Alarm Clock, Renaissance, and John Lee Hooker Jr. on Next Dave White Presents! [Sep. 19th, 2012|03:37 pm]
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The Sept. 25 Dave White Presents is a Musical Trifecta with Strawberry Alarm Clock, Renaissance, and John Lee Hooker, Jr.!

It’s been a long time since we had a member of Strawberry Alarm Clock on the show. Back in Nov. 2009, keyboardist Mark Wietz shared the history of SAC and told the story behind their biggest hit, “Incense and Peppermints.” It’s been even longer since SAC put out a new studio album—40 years in fact.

Now, bassist, rhythm guitarist, and songwriter George Bunnell stops by DWP to take you inside WAKE UP WHERE YOU ARE, a new time capsule of the psychedelic ‘60s. It’s an album performed by a band of, with one exception, original members of the group that rode the charts in 1967 and 1968. What took so long to put out new music? Did you know Lynard Skynard’s Ed King was an original member of SAC? Yes, we have stories for you . . .

In 1969, two former Yardbirds didn’t go the hard-rock directions of other alumni like Clapton, Page, and Beck. Instead, Keith Relf and Jim McCarty founded Renaissance, a quintet fusing classical and folk traditions. By 1971, the formula remained the same but the players had changed, including a new lead vocalist named Annie Haslam.

As Annie shares on the next DWP, the heyday for Renaissance was the mid to late ‘70s with a string of popular albums including TURN OF THE CARDS, SCHEHERAZADE AND OTHER STORIES, and LIVE AT CARNEGIE HALL. After the group disbanded in the early ‘80s, Haslam went on to do solo work. Then an old friend called to ask—why don’t we do it again?

On September 23, 2011, the new Renaissance performed at the Keswick Theatre in Glenside, Pennsylvania. That’s the concert captured on two CDs and one DVD called TURN OF THE CARDS AND SCHEHERAZADE AND OTHER STORIES LIVE 2011. That’s a lot of music and Annie has lots of insights into the old Renaissance, the new incarnation, and what you can expect on this very special Collector’s Edition.

You couldn’t get into a better blues school than growing up as the namesake of the legendary King of the Boogie, John Lee Hooker. After he started performing on Detroit radio at the age of eight and trying his hand in local clubs, John Lee Jr. appeared with dad on albums like LIVE IN SOLEDAD PRISON in 1972. Then, they younger Hooker took a wrong turn and returned to Soledad—as an inmate.

At the age of 52, Junior came into his own with the award-winning 2004 release, BLUES WITH A VENGEANCE. He’s been consistently winning over critics and fans ever since, especially with his hot new ALL HOOKED UP. It’s old fashioned blues but with very modern, autobiographical stories. Wait till you hear “Dear John” and how it became Hooker’s second blues cartoon.

So that’s three great guests and six hot new songs on the next DAVE WHITE PRESENTS, Tuesday, Sept. 25 at 7:30 p.m. Eastern, then 7:30 Pacific over--

You can pre-record the show at Digital Audio Recording (DAR)--

But if you miss the premiere broadcast, on Wed. Sept. 26, the 90 minute show will be available as a podcast, mp3 download, from itunes, through TEVO and Sticher.com, or on the player at--

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Wes Britton’s review of Strawberry Alarm Clock’s WAKE UP WHERE YOU ARE is posted at:

Wes Britton’s review of Renaissance’s TURN OF THE CARDS AND SCHEHERAZADE AND OTHER STORIES LIVE 2011 is posted at:

Wes Britton’s review of John Lee Hooker, Jr.s ALL HOOKED UP is available at: