WPKN Archives: Connections: Exploring the music of Muscle Shoals

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Connections... with Eric Cocks

Original Aired:
Friday, December 17th, 2021
4:20PM to 6:56PM

2 hours, 36 minutes

Friday, December 17th, 2021 4:07PM

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Episode: Connections: Exploring the music of Muscle Shoals

Dec 17, 2021 episode of Connections on WPKN with Eric Cocks, joined by my good friends Chris Frantz and Martha Willette Lewis. It’s spontaneous!! It’s non-linear!!! It’s a celebration of the music written, created and recorded in Muscle Shoals studios, featuring The Swampers, Bob Dylan, Etta James, Otis Redding, The Rolling Stones, Aretha Franklin, Arthur Alexander, Wilson Pickett, Dan Penn, Percy Sledge, my old friend Buzzy Linhart (joined by Carole Bayer Sager, Peter Allen and my friends in Barnaby Bye), The Staple Singers, Aloe Blacc, my friend Emily Duff (produced by my long time friend Craig Bishop), The Fame Gang and whatever happened in the moment. 


Plus a number of great stories and spontaneous humor. 


It’s also a low key fundraiser for WPKN and our move into new studios in Downtown Bridgeport as we move into the future!! 


Most of all, it’s an entertainment show!!!


You can still donate, either by calling 203-331-9756 during business hours or donating online at wpkn.org


Great thanks to everyone who tuned in and/or donated!! 


This is how we stay independent!!! 



Btw, last week’s rare nighttime episode of Connections at Night is still here in archives, with a great variety of new and vintage music by The Kinks, Sam Phillips, The Yardbirds, The Monkees, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Donovan, The Shangri-Las, plus uncensored Aimee Mann, Liz Phair, Jenny Lewis, Olivio Rodrigo, Wet Leg, Taylor Swift, Skylar Gudasz, Paul Krassner and Eddie Izzard in the last 50 minutes with music and comedy that cannot be played in the daytime!! 


Connections at Night: John Lennon, Beatles, Dylan along with new and vintage music plus late night comedy and songs that can’t be played on radio in the daytime: 






Thanks for tuning in!! 


And thanks to all who donated or will donate in the future!!! 



Please tune in next Friday, Dec 24th for a new episode of Connections from 4-7 pm, a new episode of Chris Frantz the Talking Head on Friday Dec 31st from 4-7 pm and Martha Willette Lewis on alternate Thursday mornings from 10 am to noon starting up again in January 2022. 



For info, updates and occasional videos, photos and articles, please join the Facebook page Connections on WPKN. 

Show: Connections... with Eric Cocks

Connections... with Eric Cocks

Explores the connections between songs, songwriters, musicians, producers and people... often in surprising ways.

Vital, intelligent music with true artistic vision. Or just because it sounds good...

Includes extended features on specific artists such as Bob Dylan, The Kinks, The Beatles and far more. Also comedy by Lenny Bruce, George Carlin, Eddie Izzard, Paul Krassner and others with a rock and roll renegade attitude. In depth explorations of early electronic music (and how it relates to current music). Vital new music that deserves to be heard. Surf music. Garage bands. British invasion. Rock and Roll. John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins, Jimi Hendrix, Laurie Anderson, William Burroughs, Robert Anton Wilson, The Blues Magoos, David Bowie, The Beach Boys, Dr Fiorella Terenzi, Beethoven, Bo Diddley, The Rolling Stones, Alex Chilton, Nilsson, Tom Petty, Lucinda Williams, Jon Brion, Aimee Mann, Tame Impala, Grimes, The Pretenders, Blondie, Caitlin Rose, Juana Molina, Mojo Mancini, Elliott Randall, Marshall Chapman, Jessy Lanza, Big Star, demos, rarities, unreleased new music and far more may be part of any given show. Also live interviews of performers, writers, producers, engineers, session musicians and people behind the scenes. Plus unexpected surprises...

Previous in depth interviews include Sam Phillips, Peppy Castro of The Blues Magoos, author/comedian Paul Krassner, Chris Frantz of Talking Heads and Tom Tom Club, Neil Innes of The Rutles, Tommy James, legendary session musician Carol Kaye, Warren Zanes, Felix Cavaliere of The Rascals, Rod Argent of The Zombies, Oscar Winning Composer Alan Menken, Patty Larkin and more. All are available in archives for about 385 days. (Maybe that'll get extended some day.) Stay tuned for future interviews and special features.

The show will keep changing over time.

Tune in every 1st and 3rd Friday afternoon of each month at the new  time of  4 to 7 pm eastern. Also special editions at other times. Available live over the air at 89.5, online at http://wpkn.org, tunein radio or listen later in the WPKN archives.

For further info, updates, news, videos and special features, please check the FaceBook site: Connections on WPKN

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