Don’t look for a lot of “highfalutin” tunes on Max Marbles’ “Zydeco ‘n Blues” show on KMUZ radio (Tuesdays, 8-10 p.m., or streaming live at www.kmuz.org). He prefers tunes that originate from the “front porch.”
Max launched “Zydeco ‘n Blues” as one of KMUZ’s earliest shows, taking listeners down to Southwest Louisiana once a week to experience the sounds of the bayou – Zydeco, Cajun, and Creole – that make up a vast gumbo of music from French, African, and Afro-Caribbean influences. In preparing for his new hobby as a DJ, Max bought more than $1,000 worth of music from iTunes to fuel his playlists. “The earlier the better,” says Max. “I’m not all that interested in the modern, highly produced stuff. I like what I call scratchy realism…Some time back I quit apologizing to my listeners for the occasional scratchy records. To me, part of the attraction is how real it sounds. You can hear them out on the front porch, dogs barking, kids crying.”
Marbles fell in love with this music back in his days as a band roadie when his work took him to New Orleans. “I just loved it all – the music, the food, and the people.” When his son attended Tulane University in New Orleans, he had many more opportunities to visit Louisiana and to learn about the unique culture of this special part of the U.S.
The term “Zydeco” is relatively new, Max explains, starting in the 1950s with the breakthrough sounds of Clifton Chenier, who merged Cajun and Creole music with R&B, jazz, and blues. Chenier went on to play on the premier season of PBS’s “Austin City Limits” and win a Grammy Award. He is credited with designing the“vest frottior” – the now iconic washboard instrument that is such a part of modern Zydeco.
Max says there is a vibrant Zydeco scene in Oregon. Just last year, rising star Rosie Ledet headlined at the Salem Art Fair. And the Cascade Zydeco organization in Portland hosts regular music and dance events for those interested in learning more (www.cascadezydeco.com).
You can keep up with Max and his show by visiting www.facebook/ZydecoMax.
Th Jul 10 1:00pm – This Week In Salem: Host Ken Adams and Salem Weekly publisher AP Walther discuss news and features in the current issue.
Th Jul 10 8:00pm – Now and Then Show: Host Eric Gessner features Travis Larson’s band and the “Guitars Under the Stars” concert series Aug 8-10 in Lebanon, Or.
Fr Jul 11 7:00am – Because It Matters: Reports from the award-winning Center for Investigative Journalism about deadly accidents linked to the Coast Guard’s lapses in safety and leadership and abuses of the GI Bill by for-profit colleges.
Fr Jul 11 noon – Alternative Radio: David Barsamian presents a discussion by Eduardo Galeano, from Uruguay titled “A Calendar of Human History”.
Fr Jul 11 1:00pm – The Forum: The Forum team presents a discussion about Education and Workforce Readiness in the Mid-Willamette Valley.
Fr Jul 11 7:00pm – Celtic Music Hour: Ann and Beth will present the music of Wales. The Celtic Music hour is rebroadcast Tuesdays at 10:00am.
Sa Jul 12 2:00pm – MashUp with Marc: Marc spins 28 artists performing at the 2014 Oregon Country Faire.
Su Jul 13 7:00pm – Local Roots: Host Robert Richter features Anne Weiss live at the Alberta St. Pub.
Mo Jul 14 noon – Aging Without Raging: Host BLee Coyne discusses “Elders & The Arts” with Rich Harcourt.
Tu Jul 15 1:00pm – Transgender World 101: Kris Rieck interviews the Morrison Family of Portland, OR. They discuss their experiences of having a family member transition. Scott Morrison attended Grant High School as a transguy spearheading efforts to get gender neutral bathrooms on campus.
Th Jul 17 1:00pm – Waste Matters-On The Air: Host Beth Myers-Shenai interviews Todd Irvine, General Manager of the Mid-Valley Garbage and Recycling Association about recycling and what happens once it leaves your curb. What goes in your bin?
Th Jul 17 2:00pm – Thunderous Thursday: DJ Maureen interviews poets Annie Lighthart and Carter McKenzie about poetry, creativity and inspiration with great Jazz!
Th Jul 17 8:00pm – Now and Then Show: Host Eric Gessner interviews Night Ranger’s Kelly Keagy about their latest release “High Road” and their upcoming show in Albany.
Fr Jul 18 7:00am – Because It Matters: A summer holiday season special from America’s Test Kitchen about the roots of authentic barbeque, the latest kitchen gadgets and how to make a perfect Bundt Cake with Willamette Valley Blueberries.
Fr Jul 18 noon – Alternative Radio: David Barsamian presents a discussion by Noam Chomsky titled “The State of Insecurity”.
Sa Jul 19 noon – Contemporary Health Care: Kelly Ann will focus on Home HealthCare.
Su Jul 20 7:00pm – Local Roots: Host Robert Richter features James Faretheewell and the Fool Hardy live at the Alberta St. Pub.
Mo Jul 21 noon – Aging Without Raging: Host BLee Coyne discusses “Getting Organized” with Julie Starr.
Tu Jul 22 noon – Down In The Dirt w/Diana: Diana’s guest is landscape designer J.J. Sweeney. They willdiscuss drought tolerant gardening.
Tu Jul 22 1:00pm – Transgender World 101: Kris Rieck and Jack Joubert discuss life on hormones. Jack is a transman from the McMinnville area. His fiancé Sunnshyne Hawks will join in the discussion.