The Family Stand follow-up & the state of radio

I had a GREAT time co-hosting Creative Unity last night on WBAI (99.5 FM and http://www.wbai.org).  The Family Stand – Peter Lord, V. Jeffrey Smith and Sandra St. Victor – sat in with Yusuf and I, playing tracks from their GREAT new CD, ‘In A 1000 Years’!  Really great people to talk to – FUNNY too!  Be sure to check out their acoustic show at Southpaw in Brooklyn on September 8th!  The first 50 people who attend will receive an autographed copy of the new CD!  ‘In A 1000 Years will be available on Tuesday, September 7th as a digital download.  I’ve had the honor of hearing the CD and it’s one of the best of 2010!  Go to http://www.thefamilystand.net for more info.   Thanks to The Family Stand for coming out to sit with us and also to Rob Fields of http://www.boldaslove.us for helping out with the album’s release.  Thanks to Yusuf, Darrell & the entire Creative Unity crew also!

Doing the show really got my radio juices flowing again.  No playlists, no consultants, no interference.  It was just two guys playing off the cuff and having fun.  That’s really the way radio should be.  I can’t understand why it isn’t that way on terrestrial radio anymore.  What do they have to lose?  What I really don’t understand is how so-called ‘urban’ or ‘Black Radio’ is IGNORING artists like The Family Stand, Janelle Monae, Meshell Ndegeocello, Bilal (his new CD, ‘Airtight’s Revenge’ is pretty solid), Tamar-Kali, Betty LaVette, the list goes on and on.  Rock radio – what’s left of it – isn’t that much better.  It’s still keeping Black Rock artists at bay also.  Then they wonder why an entire generation of music lovers have retreated to satellite radio, the ‘net and their Ipods.  I just don’t get why they can’t adapt and change.  It’s still a beautiful medium.

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About earldouglas

Author of the book, 'Black Rock Volume 1', which is available now at Blurb.com and as an e-book on Barnes & Noble.com and Amazon.com. Executive Director of the Black Rock Coalition New York Chapter. Photographer, music fan, Yankee fan, supporter of the arts!
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