Radio Hour #1

I’ve been working on a book project, entitled Guitar Uncivilized, about the guitar and its strange/awesome “cowboy chords” for the last few years. It’s still a work in progress, but I’ve decided to start capturing some real-life examples in the form of a radio show, to share my research and listening recommendations. The first episode (featuring tracks by Frank Zappa, Robert Stillman, Kurt Cobain, Ingrid Laubrock, Jason Moran, Brandon Ross, Sibylle Baier, Pete Rende, and more) can be streamed/downloaded for free on Bandcamp here:

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P.S. here is this week’s tracklist:

1. Jimi Hendrix – “Here My Train A Comin’ ” from the 1973 Warner Brothers documentary Jimi Hendrix (

2. Robert Stillman – “No Good Old Days” from What Does It Mean to Be American? (Ordinal, 2022).

3. Kurt Cobain – “And I Love Her” (Beatles Cover) from Montage of Heck: The Home Recordings (Universal Music, 2015).

4. Ingrid Laubrock’s Anti-House – “Alley Zen” Strong Place (Intakt records, 2012).

5. Jason Moran – “Aubade” from Same Mother (Blue Note, 2005).

6. Brandon Ross – “Love From Above” from Puppet ( Intoxicate Records, 2006):

7. Teddy Bunn – “King Porter Stomp” from King Porter Stomp / Bachelor Blues (Blue Note, 1940).

8. Pete Rende – “Rondo SKETCHO” from SoundCloud (Unreleased).

9. Son House – ” Death Letter Blues” from Legends of Country Blues Guitar, Vol. One DVD.on YouTube (Vestapol, 1994).

10. Sibylle Baier – “Remember The Day” from Colour Green (Orange Twin, 2006).

11. Jimmy Guiffre – “The Green Country (New England Mood)” from  Trav’lin’ Light (Atlantic, 1958).

12. Frank Zappa – “Sleep Napkins (Sleep Dirt) Live in Vancouver, 1975” from YouTube.