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 February 22, 2014
marc on the blues

Tommy Castro Has A New Album And The Changes Are Great

Tommy Castro's latest, 'The Devil You Know.'
Alligator Records

“The contemporary blues scene is full of fresh, new sounds. It’s an exciting time.”

Tommy Castro both said that and proves it true.

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9:00am

Sat February 8, 2014
marc on the blues

It Took B.B. King To Get Arthur Adams 'Back On Track'

Arthur Adams live at Sunset Junction festival, Los Angeles, Calif., Aug. 2008.
mykalburns Flickr - Creative Commons

Many years ago B.B. King told Arthur Adams, “I love the spirit in your guitar playing.” It was a friendship that has contributed to Adams’ development and success as an individualistic and sophisticated artist.

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9:00am

Sat February 1, 2014
Music

Lowell Fulson Equals A Half Century Of Great Blues

Blues guitarist Lowell Fulson in Paris, France, 1980.
Lionel DECOSTER CC BY SA Creative Commons

Some say Lowell Fulson is the second most important figure in West Coast Blues after T-Bone Walker. I feel strongly about the great T-Bone so maybe it carries some weight that I’d say Fulson is not number two, but a co-equal number one.

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9:00am

Sat January 25, 2014
marc on the blues

Mr. Five By Five Was A Five Star Artist

Jimmy Rushing, Aquarium, NYC, circa August, 1946.
William P. Gottlieb Library of Congress - Public Domain

Was Blues and Swing Jazz singer Jimmy Rushing fat? Well, it might be impolite to say so, but Harry James did have a hit with his song about Rushing titled “Mr. Five by Five.”

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9:21am

Sat January 18, 2014
marc on the blues

Junior Kimbrough, A True Original Stayed True To The Blues' Roots

Album art from the 2002 release, 'You Better Run: The Essential Junior Kimbrough.'
Credit Fat Possum Records

David "Junior" Kimbrough was a throw back to a time when the Blues was raw and repetitive, and juke joints were the primary place to find it. Yet he also managed to be an innovator.

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