Marc Applegate


I am a carbon-based life form from the planet Earth who specializes in making noise. I have been audible since 1951. Early on I laughed, cried and gurgled, then, to the dismay of many; I spent several years talking until I stopped long enough to hear a better way of making noise from the Beatles. Since then I've made noise with guitar, bass and voice. Those noises supported me for many years and took me across the US and to Europe.

My politics are between Woody Guthrie and Phil Ochs and my philosophies have been shaded by Alan Watts, Baba Ram Dass, and The Firesign Theater.

The last decade I've played early blues and rags and, due to limited demand for those, I've had time to make noise on KUNC and share my primary love-music. I like Mississippi John Hurt, Blind Blake, Hot Tuna, The Grateful Dead and kind people.

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An agent once said to me, "if you can't give your best to an empty room you don't deserve a full one."

That's something Curtis Salgado would fully approve of, since the singer and harmonica player always gives 100 percent. It's a habit he picked up from watching watched his friend singer Buddy Ace perform at a casual house party like he was playing a make or break show.

"Blues music is not hard- it's just a documentary about life."

Those are the words of Bluesman Linsey Alexander and documenting life is something he has done very well for 50 years. He has taken his Southside Chicago influenced sound and crossed to the north to become a north side regular at Blues clubs like the famed Kingston Mines, reputed to be Chicago's oldest.

There are more than a few Blues historians who pinpoint Henry Gray as the number one creator of what has become Chicago Blues piano. Most any riff or turnaround that shouts "Chicago!" when you hear it very probably originated with Gray. He has played with true giants and became a true giant.

The Neal family are practically Louisiana Blues Royalty. Guitarist, bassist, harmonica player and singer Kenny Neal ranks high in the Blues hierarchy.

One of nine Blues musician children of Blues singer, songwriter and harmonica player Raful Neal, Kenny is an exponent of the Blues style typical to South Louisiana. He is possibly the best hope to preserve the Baton Rouge Blues sound, being as he is, fully aware of the region's rich Blues tradition. Yet he is also doing a very nice job expanding the Blues idiom.

Internationally known guitarist Chris Cain bridges the Blues and Jazz - solid proof of the close relationship between the two genres.

Brazos, Texas, bottom land native Mance Lipscomb called himself a songster and a farmer and he wasn't pleased by anyone who called him a guitarist, Blues singer or sharecropper. But I can attest that he certainly could sing the Blues, and very well.

Ana Popovic may not have been raised in a traditional center of the Blues, but having come from Serbia, she has reason to know something about what it means to have the Blues. Whether it is her experience or her father's extensive collection of Blues records, she has figured out how to proficiently and powerfully crank out the Blues… and she certainly has the talent to do it.

Johnny Shines has been misjudged by many as a mere imitation of Robert Johnson, but I don't hear it that way. I think it is easy to make out the originality of Shines in most all of his music and especially in his slide guitar work.

Eddie Shaw is a rare individual. For nearly 60 years in the city of Chicago - where Blues bands are nearly always led by either a guitarist or, more rarely, a pianist - Eddie both plays the saxophone and has been a successful band leader. Which makes him virtually unique.

The Tedeschi Trucks Band, started by husband and wife Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi, contains two top guitarists - one of which who is also a very fine female vocalist. They have two very good studio albums, Revelator and Made Up Mind, plus one live album, Everybody's Talkin'. They also are a very popular live act well worth checking out if you get the chance.