Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Inside Musicast Interview of Jerry Lopez

Earlier this month Inside Musicast began airing an interview with Jerry Lopez the leader of one our favorite bands "Santa Fe & The Fat City Horns".  The interview is a must listen for fans of the band, as well as for those that have heard the band on and would like more inside info on the band.  Check out the interview with Jerry at:

You can always find one of Santa Fe's songs in our rotation.  Also, check out Santa Fe's new website for more information at or Bobby G's Santa Fe Blog at

In Memory of Steve "Skip" Mesquite

In memory of Steve “Skip” Mesquite, has three songs that were written or co-written by Skip in its current rotation. The songs are Gone, Sparkling In The Sand both songs were recorded by Tower of Power, including Skips excellent flute work on Sparkling. The last song Mahdi (The Expected One), is a song co-written by Greg Adams and is featured on Greg’s CD Hidden Agenda.

With David Garibaldi's permission we would like to share what David recently “Twittered” about Skip.

"Hey folks...greets from Detroit. A very busy 3 weeks since my last tweet. Many miles and many things have come and gone. The most significant is the passing of my dear friend, Skip Mesquite. He was one of the most gentle people I've ever known. We experienced many things together. He and Mic Gillette brought me into the TOP. It was in the spring of 1970 when we met. He leaves behind a beautiful family and many, many friends...he was loved by all of us. This is tough, and I'm not very good at eulogizing. I will say that Skip was a man who I trusted 100% and was a man of his word. He was a great husband, and father, a supreme friend with a wicked sense of humor. He was a man of unwavering faith who encouraged me in many ways. In all the years we knew each other, I never heard him complain about anything. He was creative, was an excellent musician and band mate he loved baseball and stupid jokes. He was a proud grandfather. He was one of a kind. I loved him and will miss him for a very long time. He and his saxophone are now awaiting the Lord's in peace my friend".

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Revised Playlist for 03/30/10

List is in Artist order and not in order of play...

***Al Green\Take Me To The River
***Anna King\That's When I Cry
***Archie Bell And The Drells\The Soul City Walk
***Arthur Prysock\I've Got The Blues So Bad
***Average White Band\Pick Up The Pieces
***Back To Basic\Good, Good Time
***Band of Oz\Smoke From A Distant Fire
***Barbara Lynn\This Is The Thanks I Get
***Barry Danielian\Common Ground
***Betty Wright\Shoorah! Shoorah!"
***Big Maybelle\96 Tears
***Bill Bergman & The Metro Jets\Laguna
***Bill Champlin\Stone Cold Hollywood
***Bill Evans\The Shorty Shuffle
***Bill Withers, G Washington\Just the Two of Us
***Bing & the Bingtones\Mr DJ
***Blast\Do it 'till dawn
***BlowZone\Sucker Punch
***Bob James\Farandole
***Bobby Wayne\Soul's Got A Sound
***Bona Fide\The Horse You Came In On
***Bononia Sound Machine\Very Little Good Time
***Bradley Leighton\She's Gone
***Brecker Brothers\Sneakin' Up Behind You
***Brian Culbertson\You Got To Funkifize feat Chance Howard
***Brothers Of The Southland\Rock And Roll Survivor
***Bruce Conte\Bump It Up
***Bull City Syndicate\You Make Me Feel
***Carmen Grillo\Dr. In The House
***Chad Rager Groove\Whipping Post
***Charles Earland\My Blues Is Funky
***Chase\Handbags And Gladrags
***Chilly Bob\Step Into My Life
***Chops Horns\Groove Me
***Chris Cain\Wake up and Smell the Coffee
***Crusaders\Street Life
***Dave Brubeck\Take Five
***Dave Koz\The Dance
***Dave Murphy Band\Right This Moment
***David Clayton - Thomas\Mornin' Blues
***David Mann\Urban Eyes
***Delta Wires\Big Leg Woman
***Dko the Darren Kramer Organization\Quench!
***Down to the Bone\Spiderlegs
***Dr. Hector & The Groove Injectors\Good Night For Making Love
***Dyke & The Blazers\Let A Woman Be A Woman - Let A Man...
***Earth, Wind, & Fire\Reasons
***Eddie Floyd\Knock On Wood
***Edgar Winter's White Trash\I've Got News For You
***Electric Flag\Soul Searchin'
***Entropy\Another Man's Woman
***Eric Bolvin\Panama Red
***Euge Groove\Let's Get It On
***Frank Biner\Frankie B. Is Back In Town
***Frank Williams & the Rocketeers\Show Me What You Got
***Funk Filharmonik\We Get The Notion
***Grant Smith And The Power\Keep On Running
***Greg Adams\Mahdi (The Expected One)
***Grover Washington, Jr.\Winelight
***Herb Albert\Rise
***Here Come The Mummies\Pants
***Herman Matthews\Function At The Junction
***Hip Service\Hip2DaFunk
***Huey Lewis & The News\Small World (Part Two)
***Jack Mack & Heart Attack\Hooray For City
***Jaco Pastorius\Soul intro/The Chicken
***Jacob Merlin\Monster
***James Brown\Soul Power (Parts 1 & 2)
***James Taylor\Whenever Your Ready
***Jay Soto\Slammin'
***Jeff Tamelier\East of the Caldecott
***Joe Cocker\You Can Leave Your Hat On
***John Findlay\Intoxicated
***Jon Burr Band\Just Can't Wait
***Kal David\That's Not Me
***King Beez\Against The Grain
***Larry Carlton\Minute By Minute
***Lee Ritenour\Is It You?
***Lloyd Jones\When I Get Back Home
***Louise Hoffsten\Shut Up And Kiss Me
***Luther Kent\I Pity The Fool
***Men From U.N.C.L.E.\How Can You Doubt My Love
***MGB-Mic Gillette Band\Moondoggie
***Mi22\Hit me with your rhythm
***Mick Sterling & The Stud Brothers\Jackie Wilson Said
***Mingo Fishtrap\Baby Money
***Muscle Shoals Horns\More Than Ever Now
***New York Trumpet Company Artists\Crawl, Slap, and Boogie
***Nils Gessinger\Jam It Up
***Ohio Players\Fire
***Patrick Allen\You Lit A Fire In Me
***Poncho Sanchez\One Mint Julep
***Robert Peckman\Stirrin' Up Bees
***Sage\King of the Avenues
***Santa Fe & The Fat City Horns\Brother To Brother
***Santa Fe And The Fat City Horns\I'll Pack It Up
***Santana\Watch Your Step
***Scott Martin\Escuela De Peska
***Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings\100 Days
***Smokin' With Superman\2 Sweet Fine Hams
***Spyro Gyra\Morning Dance
***Strokeland Superband With Fred Ross\When Little Jesse Hit The Set
***Sweat & Tears Blood\God Bless The Child
***Tad Robinson\Long Way Home
***The Blues Brothers\634-5789
***The Boogie Kings\You Don't Know Me
***The Buckinghams\Don't You Care
***The Budos Band\Mas o Menos
***The Groove Hogs\Shoulda Read The Rules
***The Meters\Cissy Strut
***The Rascals\Jungle Walk
***The Sons of Champlin\Tabacco Road
***Tony Adamo\What Is Hip?
***Tower Of Power\Gone
***Tower Of Power\Sparkling In The Sand
***Various\Jimmy Hall w/LA Reflection Section / Higher And Higher
***Was (Not Was)\I Can't Turn You Loose
***Whiskey Howl\Everythings Gonna Be Alright

Friday, March 26, 2010

TOP Ten things I learned standing in the Horn spit section at a TOP gig By Al Carlos

10. Wear glasses with little windshield wipers on them.

9. Enough hot air to pass a major Health reform bill.

8. Your face looks like a cricket reflected off of Docs Sax.

7. Learn to read lips on the way home.

6. Your cell phone is fine, it your ears that are not working right.

5. You can tell if the band deli tray included garlic.

4. Horn players hate it when you suck lemons.

3. Blow drying your hair is redundant.

2. Don't wear a cheap toupee, they can blow it into the balcony.

1. The hardest part of Adolpo and Mic hitting the high notes is watching you dance without laughing.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

New song from Tony Adamo

Several months ago, was the first station to play Tony Adamo's new version of the classic Tower of Power song “This Time It's Real”.  Tony has just sent us a remastered version of the song and it is now in our rotation.  For “This Time It's Real” Guitarist/producer Jerry Stucker brought in R&B/Soul -legend drummer, James Gadson (Bill Withers, Herbie Hancock and Quincy Jones),The organist Neil Larson (Gregg Allman, B.B. King, Whitney Houston), and Reggie McBride on bass (Stevie Wonder, Al Jarreau, Keb’Mo’) to record the rhythm tracks on the song. The horn section is made up of current Tower Of Power members Doc Kupka, Tom Politzer, and Mic Gillette.

Tony is back at it again with yet another cover of a Tower of Power staple, “What Is Hip?”  This time around the lineup consists of Tony Adamo(vocals) Mike Clark (drums), Bill Summers(percussion), Sandy Griffith (background vocals), Eddie Henderson (trumpet), Richie Goods (bass), Neil Larsen (organ), and Jerry Stucker (guitar). Eddie Henderson in the horn section and Doc Kupka (bari sax) is mo’ funk and groove than anyone can handle.  Once again, is pleased to announce that we are the first station to have “What Is Hip?” in its rotation.  

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Tuesday, March 9, 2010

TOP Ten ways to celebrate Rocco’s (Prestia) Birthday (3-7) By Al Carlos

10. The bus driver dressed like a Clown makes obscene cartoon balloons.

9. Spend the day at the airport getting frisked.

8. Fill a piñata full of Advil, hit it with a bass.

7. Hostess snowball with a wooden match candle cake.

6. Band chips in for a carton of generic squares (Biker term for cigarettes).

5. One gallon of Red Mountain jug wine, no cups.

4. Homemade fan underware head band and matching ascot.

3. Keswick fans yodeling Happy Birthday via cell phone.

2. Coincidentally, every band member gives him stolen hotel ashtray presents.

1. His entire liver transplant surgical team gets gold watches.

Monday, March 8, 2010

News From Tony Adamo

Tony Adamo’s Voice N’ Soul Music
Fred Harris, Los Angeles, California
UrbanZone Productions

Strokeland recording artist, Tony Adamo, got a new perspective of Voice N’ Soul when his long time guitarist/producer, Jerry Stucker got down with it at Capitol Studios and Mastering, at the historic Capitol Records Building, Hollywood, California. He brought in the big fat funk jazz beat of Stephen 'Doc' Kupka (Tower of Power, Strokeland Records) and Neil Larsen (Diana Krall, B.B. King, Greg Allman) for Adamo’s cover of the Tower of Power classic, "What is Hip," written by Kupka and Emilio Castillo. The arrangement by Jerry Stucker with Adamo’s "good gracious that’s a whole lot of soul vocal and spoken hip word" is so far removed from the original, that Doc "dug the hell out of it."

The "What is Hip" line up: Mike Clark (drums), Bill Summers(percussion), Sandy Griffith (background vocals), Eddie Henderson (trumpet), Richie Goods (bass), Neil Larsen (organ), and Jerry Stucker (guitar). Eddie Henderson in the horn section and Doc Kupka (bari sax) is mo’ funk and groove than anyone can handle.

"What is Hip" will be available as an MP3 download on Doc Kupka’s Strokeland Records soon. Horndrivenradio will be the first radio station in the west to play"What Is Hip." Raoul Fernandes PD for Horndrivenradio has been running"'This Time It's Real" in its rotation for several months. The retooled "What Is Hip" and This Time It's Real" will be on Adamo's new unnamed CD. Drop date 5-1-10.So get ready for some swingn' soul groove vocals that brings the hip back to funk.

Above Photo by Mark Leialoha

For more information on Tony Adamo check him out at

Sunday, March 7, 2010

New CD from Scott Martin

Scott Martin's new CD "Only Trust Your Heart" now has an official release date of March 29th.  The CD features Justo Almario as special guest.

About Scott Martin:

Scott Martin is exploding on the scene as a leader of his own bandThe Latin Soul Bandafter more than fourteen years of playing with the GRAMMY® Award Winning Poncho Sanchez Latin Jazz Band. He was an influential part of the Poncho Sanchez Latin Jazz Band and has recorded with Ray Charles, Billy Preston, Sam Moore and many other soul greats.

While Scott Martin was traveling the world, performing, recording, composing and arranging with Poncho Sanchez, the band received a GRAMMY® Award for Best Latin Jazz Performance and they were nominated numerous times. They also won 2 Billboard Music Awards, and embarked on countless World and Nationwide tours. Scott’s compositions have been featured on Poncho’s recordings, as well as on TV shows such as “Sex and the City”“The Jimmy Kimmel Show”“As The World Turns” and more.

The Scott Martin Latin Soul Band has performed at numerous venues and festivals all over in the last couple of years. They performed a tour of Japan, a tour of Canada, they played at the Hawaii International Jazz FestivalMammoth Mountain Jazz Jubilee, Temecula International Jazz FestivalKSDS ‘Jazz Live’ from the  Seville Theatre, Brea Jazz Festival, Oxnard Jazz Festival, San Jose Jazz Festival, and many more concerts, events, and jazz clubs.

Scott Martin’s latest CD is called ‘Organic Voodoo Juice’. It is a powerful musical statement from Scott Martin and his Latin Soul collaborators, once again straddling the musical genres of Jazz, Latin and Soul. Scott Martin’s Band has captured some magical moments on this CD. Featuring the B3 organ sounds of Joe Bagg, this CD is reminiscent of the sounds of the classic organ groups of the 1960’s. This CD also features Ramon Banda, a great drummer well respected all over the world. Rene Camacho anchors the rhythm section on bass. The Martin Brother Horns add their horn expertise, and Rick White plays some great guitar as well as contributing some compositions and vocals.

Scott’s first release, “Café Cubano” on SCM Records is a collection of mostly original compositions penned by Scott Martin and/or his collaborator, guitarist Rick White. It’s an array of tunes with influences from Willie Bobo and Mongo Santamaria to Herbie Hancock’s Headhunters; which received radio airplay all over the US, Japan, and Europe.Poncho Sanchez performs on this CD as Scott Martin’s special guest. This CD is *Soulful Latin Jazz at it’s finest!

Scott Martin’s second CD is entitled “Menudo & Gritz”. It combines Scott’s long term tenure performing Latin Jazz, and his love and experience of playing soul and jazz, and mixes them into a soulful sonic stew that is extremely intoxicating. It also features three generations of Martin Family Horns!! Scott’s father - Dave ‘Big Daddy’ Martin, his two brothers – Stan and Andy Martin, and his son- Tyler ‘The Kid’ Martin all play. Latin Soul never sounded better!!

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Thursday, March 4, 2010

New Playist Today 03/04/2010

New playlist uploaded today.  As usual playlist is in artist order and not order of play:

***Ain't No Thang\Sister Long Legs
***Al Kooper\Id Rather Be An Old Mans Sweetheart (Than A Young Mans Fool)
***Alias Smith and Lane\Little Buggers
***Back To Basic\Solid Soul
***Back To Basic\No Mumbo Jumbo
***Barela\Tower Pops
***Big Band Der Bundeswehr\Mr. Toad's Wild Ride
***BIG HORNS BEE\Vamp Intro (Reprise)
***Bing & the Bingtones\Funk With Me
***Bing & The Bingtones\Old Soul Music
***Blood, Sweat & Tears\I Love You More Than You'll Ever Know
***Bononia Sound Machine\Wasted Time
***Brandon Fields\Grapevine
***Brecker Bros.\Some Skunk Funk
***Bull City Syndicate\Brother Man
***Candy Dulfer\Drop It In The Slot
***Chad Rager Groove\Squib Cakes
***Charles Wright & the Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band\Express Yourself
***Chester Thompson\Mr. T
***Cold Blood\Down To The Bone
***Darrell Nulisch\My Baby's Gone
***Dave Weckl Band\Tower Of Inspiration
***Delbert McClinton\New York City
***Doctor Funk\It May Be Very Good
***Doug & the Slugs\It's Got To Be Monday
***Downchild Blues Band\I Got Everything I Need
***Drori-Hansen Furniture\I Can Take It
***East Bay Soul\iHope
***East Bay Soul\Jump, Shout & Holler
***Eric Miyashiro\Ken's Bar
***Five Alarm Funk\Don Mega
***Fontella Bass\Rescue Me
***Francis Rocco Prestia\Everybody on the Bus
***Frank Biner\Old Home Week
***Freeport\Keep it Up All Alone the Line
***Funk Filharmonik\Everybody Get Down
***Gangbuster\Mercy Mercy
***Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band\There's The Rub
***Gota Yashiki\What's Up Charlie
***Heavy Metal Horns\Horns In The House
***Himlaväsen\Ain´t No Stoppin´ Now
***Jacob Merlin\Madness (Featuring Mic Gillette)
***Jules Broussard\Cajun Moon
***King Beez\Against The Grain
***L.A. Boppers\Where Do The Bop Go?
***Lighthouse\One Fine Morning (Canadian Mix)
***Liquid Soul\This And That
***Little Mike & The Sweet Soul Music Band\Free Ride
***Lon Bronson All-Star Band\This Story Must Be Told
***Luther Kent & the Forever Fabulous Chickenhawks Showband & All-Star Revue\Pocky Way
***Luther Kent and Trick Bag\Let The Good Times Roll
***Mandrill\Mango Meat
***Marc Broussard\Love And Happiness
***Max Carl & Big Dance\Show Me The Money
***MGB-Mic Gillette Band\Don't Let The Door Hitcha
***Mic Gillette\Funky Good Time
***Michael Grimm\I've Been Loving You
***Mick Sterling and the Stud Brothers\Dr. Feelgood
***Mike Reilly\Whos Been Sleeping In My Bed
***Mingo Fishtrap\Catch The Bus
***New York Horns\Bring That Friend Of Yours
***Nils Gessinger\Soulmusic
***Nils Landgren\Give it up
***Out Of Control\Cardiac Party
***Pee Wee Ellis\Cold Sweat / Licking Stick Licking Stick
***Peter Friestedt\Time To Play
***Phantom Blues Band\Do The Dirt
***Prime Time Funk\Ready And Willing
***ReUnion\Willing to Learn
***Richard Elliot\The Boys From The Bay
***Robert Peckman\Put It In the Pocket
***Roger Smith\Horn-Afication
***Ryan Foret and the Foret Tradidtion\Sweet Soul Music
***Sage\Make It Funky
***Santa Fe and The Fat City Horns\Livin' For The City
***Santa Fe And The Fat City Horns\Wishing Well
***Santana\Everybody´s Everything
***Scott Martin\Unchain My Heart
***Shades of Soul\Enjoy Yourself
***Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings\Humble Me
***Soulbop\Midnight Hour
***Steve Ferrone\STEVE FERRONE - Put It In
***Strokeland Superband\Just As Long As We Have Each Other
***Strokeland Superband\Just In Case You Wondered
***Super Funky Express\Super Funky Express
***Tad Robinson\Too Late To Turn Back Now
***Ten Wheel Drive With Genya Ravan\Tightrope
***The Chops Band\Up For The Downstroke
***The Doobie Brothers\Long Train Running
***The Hip Pocket\The Pocket
***The Ides of March\Vehicle
***The Lincolns\Don't Fight It
***THE SUN MESSENGERS\Late Night Cruise
***The Super Groovers\Seaside Adventures In Hollypool
***The Tubes\Tip Of My Tongue
***Tom Saviano\Over The Top
***Tony Adamo\Groove Therapy
***Topper Headon\Leave it to luck
***Tower Of Power\Attitude Dance
***Tower Of Power\You Ought to Be Havin' Fun
***Wayne Cochran\Goin' Back To Miami
***Yoichi Murata\Two Woodpeckers
***Zen Blues Quartet\Let A Women Be A Women
***Zen Blues Quartet\What A Life