Learn about one of America's most important eras, the Great Depression, and how it relates to feelings in this current economy at the next KPBX Kids' Concert on Saturday, November 20, from 1-2 p.m. broadcast on KPBX 91.1. The encore performance of "Songs of Hope in Hard Times" showcases a collection of music from the Depression era, from Woody Guthrie to Hollywood and Broadway musicals.
Performing is Brad Keeler with Jim Pittman, Philip Brown, and Linda Parman. As the Brad Keeler Trio, these musicians regularly performed Vintage Music (blues, standards, bluegrass and originals).
Brad Keeler lead the group with guitar; either as a solo act or with a group, he has appeared at events featuring luminaries of roots music such as Doc Watson and Bill Monroe. In 1999, he was awarded first place in flatpick guitar, fingerstyle guitar, and slide guitar as well as second place in mandolin at the Florida Old Time Music Championships.
Linda Parman has been part of the Inland Northwest music scene since the 1980s. Her musical interests span bluegrass from Old Time to Celtic and she works from an enormous catalogue of jazz and swing era material. With the Trio she sang and played guitar and ukulele.
Jim Pittman plays bass and sings. He has worked with several bluegrass groups in the region in the past decade.
Philip Brown has been playing fiddle since childhood. He and his brother used to perform at farmer's markets in Oregon as the "Blueberry Boys" More recently he has performed with Inland Northwest bluegrass bands "Stoney River" and "Grassville." Currently he performs with "Jackie Fox and the Hounds" and used to be a special guest with the "Brad Keeler Trio" at the "Blue Waters Bluegrass Festival" as well as at the "Lewiston Valley Bluegrass Festival", the "George Bluegrass Festival" and the Spokane Fall Folk Festival.
You can hear these songs by tuning in on Saturday for an entertaining and informative afternoon of miusic!
Ain't We Got Fun
(1921) Lyrics by Raymond Egan & Gus Kahn, Music by Richard Whiting
Brother Can You Spare A Dime
(1932) Lyrics by E.Y.“Yip” Harburg, music by Jay Gorney
from the 1932 musical “Americana”
Nobody Knows You
(1929) Lyrics & Music by Jimmy Cox
written in early 1920's, recorded in 1929 by Bessie Smith just weeks before the stock market crash
Seven Cent Cotton, Forty Cent Meat
(1930) by Bob Miller & Emma Durmer
Do-Re-Mi (circa 1940) Woody Guthrie
from “Dust Bowl Ballads” collection
Pennies From Heaven (1936) Lyrics by Johnny Burke, Music by Arthur Johnston
from the movie “Pennies From Heaven”
Let's Have Another Cup of Coffee (1932) Lyrics & Music by Irving Berlin
from the musical comedy “Face the Music”
Keep On the Sunny Side (circa 1930's) attributed to the Carter Family
Let A Smile Be Your Umbrella (1927)
Lyrics by Irving Kahal & Francis Wheeler, Music by Sammy Fain
Smiles(we sing just the refrain) (1917) by Lee S Roberts & J.Will Callahan
from the Broadway musical “The Passing Show of 1918”
When You're Smiling (1928) by Mark Fisher, Joe Goodwin & Larry Shay
Bye Bye Blues (1930) by Fred Hamm, Dave Bennett, Bert Lown, & Chauncey Gray