Eighteen with a Bullet

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All new music from:
 Amy Allison, Ed Askew, Peter Blegvad, Dave Schramm, Laura Cantrell, Peter Holsapple, Kate Jacobs, Don Piper, Emily Arin, and writer Leslie Daniels

Presented by: Nicholas Hill

The Radio Free All Stars: Dave Schramm, David Mansfield, Jeremy Chatzky, Paul Moschella, and Mark Spencer

Recorded in company with a full house at The Living Room. Ed Askew sang his warm and elevating songs (with a tipple!) & Emily Arin came in from both north and south. The author Leslie Daniels crossed the mighty Susquehanna several times at flood stage, to read an essay about kitchen implements and blow jobs, Don Piper and David Mansfield brought us to China, Amy Allison charmed utterly, romantic New Yorker that she is. And Mark Spencer on keys! Dave Schramm, Laura Cantrell, Peters Blegvad and Holsapple, Kate Jacobs, Nicholas Hill time traveling again and more.

Peter Blegvad, Too Much (Peter Blegvad) performed and recorded by Peter; Copyright Control Peter Blegvad

Ed Askew, For The World (Ed Askew) recorded live with the Radio Free All Stars and Tyler Evans on the tipple; Copyright Control Ed Askew 2011.

Emily Arin, Nothing’s the Same (Emily Arin) recorded live with the Radio Free All Stars; Copyright Control Emily Arin

Nicholas Hill, Wild Geese (Mary Oliver) reading of a poem

Dave Schramm, Under the Influence (Dave Schramm) recorded live with the Radio Free All Stars; Hot Stove Music (BMI)

Laura Cantrell, Space (Laura Cantrell); recorded live with the Radio Free All Stars; Thrift Shop Songs (BMI) admin Bug Music

Peter Holsapple, Game Day (Peter Holsapple) performed and recorded by Peter Holsapple; Hospital Music (BMI) admin Bug Music

Kate Jacobs, The Bad Day (Kate Jacobs, arrangement by Dave Schramm and the RFAS); recorded live with the Radio Free All Stars; Small Pond Music (BMI)

Don Piper, Bamboo (Don Piper) recorded by Don Piper with live overdubs from the Radio Free All-Stars featuring David Mansfield on an unnamed Chinese reed instrument; Situational Sounds (ASCAP)

Amy Allison, No Stars in New York City (Amy Allison); recorded live with the Radio Free All Stars; Shop Girl Songs (BMI) admin Bug Music

Leslie Daniels, Smoothie; Copyright 2010 Leslie Daniels

Nicholas Hill, I’m a Drifter (Travis Edmondson) live with the Radio Free All Stars; Haymarket Music Company (BMI)

Ed Askew, Little Eyes (Ed Askew) live with the Radio Free All Stars and Tyler Evans on the tipple; Copyright Control Ed Askew 2011.

Engineered by Jimi Zhivago and Ed McEntee at The Living Room, NYC, September 10, 2011

Thanks to Jennifer Gilson and everyone at The Living Room.


Peter Holsapple: This is probably the most elaborate mix I’ve ever done on one of my recordings; I’ve learned a few new tricks and have decided to show them off, miscues and all.  Sadly, one thing I have not yet learned is how to coax those MIDI-fied trumpet sections and exotic percussion onto my tracks. Later for that. I played plenty of stuff on here, and I might’ve put more on had I not left myself too little time. As my late brother used to remind me, “nothing exceeds like excess.”

The drums, in particular, are a personal triumph. My inner B.J. Wilson revealed itself in the midst of a Saturday drum session when the kids were playing in the Eno river with their mother.

The song is a kind of pep talk one might give a member of a reuniting band who is having doubts. Nobody you know. The sports metaphor is a direct result of my many years with Hootie and the Blowfish who are diehard fans of all sports, so far as I have determined.

Holsapple syndrome is in play, as usual. I hate it when that happens with a song I wrote (?) that I really like.

Have a fun show! Please spread my love around. And sorry I didn’t get the RFSC alternate version ready yet, it’s well underway.


Don Piper: Hello radio free song club from Chengdu, China. I’m happy to present my latest offering to you while traveling around China and Vietnam. That’s how we roll. It’s my first song written on a ukulele. I hope it captures a bit of the Asian vibe that surrounds me right now. I was able to find a recording studio while in Chengdu and throw it down. The engineer was an ex-pat named Jovian. He’s now the proud owner of a RFSC t-shirt. Represent. Now I can’t wait to hear what the all stars bring to it. Onward.


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