Marc Applegate

Announcer/Producer

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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9:00am

Sat October 18, 2014
marc on the blues

Eddie C. Campbell Epitomizes West Side Chicago Blues

Eddie C. Campbell meets several of my prime criteria for artists to take note of. First, he has played with a Blues who's who including Howlin' Wolf, Jimmie Reed, Koko Taylor, Little Walter, plus Willie Dixon and the Chicago Blues All-Stars, among many others.

Second, he plays and sings a delightful West Side Chicago style that he helped develop, along with people like Luther Allison and Magic Sam. Plus, and this is what really counts, he is a great songwriter, very good vocalist and smokin' guitarist.

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9:00am

Sat October 11, 2014
marc on the blues

Jimmy Thackery Is Equal Parts Great Guitarist, Vocalist and Songwriter - And All Music

Blues guitarist Jimmy Thackery learned from the masters and mastered what he learned. When you hear him crank up his axe he denudes the forest with every solo. He takes no prisoners.

In his words: "I put all my senses on hold and find the zone and follow what's inside. There's an electricity from your mind to your heart to your fingers. You just try and remember to breathe."

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9:00am

Sat September 13, 2014
marc on the blues

J. B. Hutto Sang Like He Played Guitar, With Attitude

The cover of the 1999 reissue of J.B. Hutto's final album 'Rock With Me Tonight.'
Bullseye Blues

J. B. Hutto's style was a throw back, but his commitment made it far more than just a rehashing of things past.

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9:00am

Sat September 6, 2014
marc on the blues

A Product Of Two Cities, 'Gatemouth' Brown Was A Wonderful Gumbo

"Gatemouth" Brown was born in Vinton, western Louisiana, and raised in Orange which is in eastern Texas. I've been told that those two areas compete in culture and nearly every other way. But Brown was born on one side and raised on the other. Maybe that's what made him such an amazing and eclectic talent.

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9:00am

Sat August 23, 2014
marc on the blues

The Siegel-Schwall Band Helped Drive The 1960s Blues Revival

The album art from Siegel-Schwall's 1971 self-titled release.
Wounded Bird

In the early 1960s many considered the Blues passé and turned to more "mod" music styles. Then along came the two-pronged attack of British bands like The Rolling Stones, The Animals and John Mayall teamed with two mostly white Chicago bands; The Paul Butterfield Blues Band and The Siegel-Schwall Band.

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