WPKN Archives: Connections with Special Guests Richard Barone and Steve Addabbo on Dylan, Dion, Buddy Holly, Beatles, Recording, Producing, Cutting Edge and more... with Live Performances

Episode Info

Connections... with Eric Cocks

Original Aired:
Friday, November 4th, 2016
4:04PM to 6:55PM

2 hours, 51 minutes

Friday, November 4th, 2016 11:25PM

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Episode: Connections with Special Guests Richard Barone and Steve Addabbo on Dylan, Dion, Buddy Holly, Beatles, Recording, Producing, Cutting Edge and more... with Live Performances

Nov 4, 2016 episode of Connections on WPKN with Eric Cocks. New and vintage music. Plus special guests Richard Barone and Steve Addabbo in the studio for a wide ranging conversation about their new albums, early music from Greenwich Village, record production, remixing and remastering Bob Dylan's 18 cd Cutting Edge album and much more… plus live performances by Richard and Steve. 

The show starts with new and vintage music from Chris Joss, Ian Hunter, Allen Toussaint, Sam Phillips, Foxygen, Jenny O., The Jaynettes, The Flaming Lips, La Femme, Flock of Dimes, Beck (remixed), Phantogram (remixed), Staglia, Suzanne Ciani and The Squeaky Chairs. 

About 57 minutes in, I'm joined by Richard and Steve on acoustic and electric guitar and vocals. There are live and recorded performances from both of their recent albums: 

Richard Barone… Sorrows & Promises: Greenwich Village in the 1960's 

Steve Addabbo… Out of Nothing 

Both albums are highly recommended! After many years as a musician, engineer, producer and studio owner working with artists such as Suzanne Vega, Shawn Colvin, Eric Anderson, Lenny Kaye and many more, Steve recently recorded his first solo album, and it's a gem. Terrific songwriting and production! 

Richard, a founding member of The Bongos, with a long history of collaboration with many artists, musicians and producers, has just released a heartfelt tribute to the music, songwriting and musicians who created music in the early days of the scene in Greenwich Village in the 60's. These are original visions of carefully selected songs, some well known, some obscure… including one by Buddy Holly (who lived in The Village), performed live by Richard and Steve. Also songs on the record written by Dion (who performs with Richard on the album), John Sebastian (who joins in on vocals, harmonica and autoharp), Lou Reed & John Cale and others. Also live performances of an early Janis Ian song, and songs from Steve's album, including the brilliant "My Emmylou". 
Btw, Steve produced Richard's album, which sounds incredible and has a great feel on each song. 

Over the course of the show, we talk in depth about record production, music, The Beatles, Bob Dylan (and Steve's methods of making 50 year old tapes of Dylan outtakes from Blonde On Blonde, Highway 61, Bringing It All Back Home and Another Self Portrait all sound great, and up to current day standards, while allowing us a chance to see what it was like being in the studio while Bob created and changed and edited such adventurous and influential music. 

There was much more to our conversations. We all had a blast… and plenty of laughs! 

Thanks for tuning in! 

Previous episodes of Connections are available in the WPKN archives, including interviews with Chris Frantz of Talking Heads and Tom Tom Club, Producer Tony Visconti (Bowie, T-Rex and many more), New Yorker cartoonist and author Roz Chast, Peppy Castro of The Blues Magoos, Grammy Award winning singer and author Janis Ian and more. Also special features on Bob Dylan, The Beatles, Harry Nilsson, The Beach Boys, Bob Marley and the British Invasion. 
Here are some direct links: 

Connections: Rolling Stones in mono, Lennon, Bowie, new and vintage music (Oct 7, 2016): 

Connections: Dylan, Beatles, new and vintage music (Sep 23, 2016) 

The Beatles Revolver at 50 plus new and vintage music (Aug 5, 2016): 
(Includes world premieres of music by Alan Menken for A Bronx Tale. Bowie, Stockhausen, Jenny O, Ian Hunter, Annette Peacock and more.)

The Beatles at The Hollywood Bowl, Dylan, The Kinks plus new and vintage music (Aug 19, 2016): 

Connections: Blonde on Blonde and Pet Sounds Outtakes, Plus New and Vintage Music (May 20, 2016): 

Connections: Dylan's Cutting Edge 1965-1966 and more (Nov 4, 2015)
(The first hour and a half explores previously unreleased songs and outtakes): 


Connections: Dylan's Cutting Edge Part 2, New Music and Tony Visconti Interview (Dec 18, 2015) 

Tony Visconti Interview
(Direct link to Dec 18, 2015 conversation about record production, David Bowie, Marc Bolan of T Rex, exploring music and much more):

Connections: Beatles movie premiere, Dylan, new and vintage music (Sep 16, 2016)  

Connections: Bob Dylan 75th Birthday Special with Eric Cocks and Chris Frantz (May 24, 2016):

Connections (Feb 19, 2016): New music from Lucinda Williams, Wild Nothing, Dion, Anna Rose, Hillary Bratton, The Mynabirds, Mavis Staples, Ty Segall, Miike Snow, One Prayer One Sin, Leon Bridges and more. World premiere of music from A Bronx Tale, The Musical by Alan Menken. Plus Beatles, Dylan, Lee Hazlewood, Larry Williams and other vintage music: 

Connections with Eric Cocks (New and vintage music, plus rare demos by Alan Menken and much more, Nov 20, 2015): 

Connections: The Beatles and Dylan in Mono on Vinyl and more… 

Connections: Dylan's Basement Tapes and other stuff… 

May 15, 2015 Bob Dylan Special with Chris Frantz: 

Roz Chast: Guest DJ and Interview with New Yorker cartoonist and bestselling author: 



Peppy Castro of The Blues Magoos: Interview/Conversation
Connections: Stretching Out (Oct 7, 2016) 
        Stretching out with electronic music by Suzanne Ciani, Laurie Spiegel, Brian Eno and Aphex Twin. Plus Beethoven, Sonny Rollins and John       Coltrane. Along with Rolling Stones, Beatles, David Lindley, The Blue Nile and much more!


Connections at Night (including music and comedy geared for late night listening): 

Bob Dylan Special with Chris Frantz and Jeff Slate (May 2014): 

For more info, updates and occasional videos, please check 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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