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Wilburys Wander Away…

Thanks to everyone who partook of our Wilbury Weekend.  I hope you had a great weekend, and thanks for letting DylanRadio be some small part of it!  Now, BACK TO BOB!

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5000-Likes Wilbury Weekend

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As promised, we’re celebrating our new milestone of 5000 Facebook likes with a Wilbury Weekend!  Tune in all weekend long and request your faves by those crazy wandering minstrels, Nelson, Spike, Otis, Clayton, Charlie T Jr, Muddy, Lefty, Lucky & Boo!

You can also tune in to the BBC Program “The Traveling Wilburys Revisited” that will play a number of times throughout the weekend:  Friday at 8pm Atlantic (7pm Eastern, 6pm Central, 4pm Pacific, 12am London, 11am Sydney), Saturday at 2pm (1pm Eastern, 12pm Central, 10am Pacific, 6pm London, 5am Sydney), and Sunday at 5pm (4pm Eastern, 3pm Central, 1pm Pacific, 9pm London, 8am Sydney).

Girl From The North Country

Tune in to DylanRadio.com at 7pm Atlantic tonight and every other night this week through Saturday for an episode of BBC’s “The Bob Dylan Story” hosted by Kris Kristofferson.  (6pm Eastern, 5pm Central, 3pm Pacific, 11pm London, 10am Sydney)

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If you’re in the London area, you should definitely take in “Girl From The North Country” at the Old Vic while you still can.  It’s getting great reviews, and looks like a fantastic celebration of Bob’s music.

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Easttop Blues Harps (with minor update)

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I don’t normally do product endorsements, but this recent find is worth sharing. I play Lee Oskar and Special 20 harmonicas pretty exclusively, but at $60 a pop, I have to be a bit careful with them, so I’ve been on a lengthy, heartbreaking quest for a cheap alternative that I can beat up without going broke. Most of my cheap-experiments have been out of tune, losing air like crazy, or just plain miserable to play. Unsurprisingly, most of the cheapies are made in China, and every China-made harp has been utterly miserable…. until now.

The Easttop 008K Blues Harmonica is not only cheap, but it’s well made. My only concern was that the reed-plate isn’t recessed into the comb (which affect air-tightness), but they’ve compensated with additional reed-plate screws so it’s still remarkably air-tight. I thought the reed plate would be rough on the lips, but turns out it’s not too bad.  Moreover, this cheap China harp came out of the box in tune, the reeds bend nicely, and it includes little a nice belt holster and cleaning cloth.

If you’re new to harmonica, and just want something cheap to try and play along with Bob, please don’t buy that low-end Hohner or Swan crap. They’re going to give you the wrong impression of how it’s supposed to play & sound. This Easttop harp sound great, it’s a pleasure to honk on, and if you’re a seasoned harp player, it makes a great pocket-beater, or just a cheap alternative for a key you don’t regularly use in your spread.

Easttop isn’t paying me to say this – I have no idea who they are anyway – but when I find a harp of this quality for $12, it’s my civic duty to share that info. I haven’t found it available at any of my usual online music-store haunts, but it’s available on Amazon and it shipped to me from China to Canada pretty darn fast.  Here’s a link to their listing on Amazon.com: http://amzn.to/2r1dmOd

Minor Update: After picking up a couple more of these harps in different keys and doing my darnedest to try blowing them out, etc, I’ve gotta say, these are rock-solid harps.  In fact, I find myself reaching for then more & more frequently than my Lee Oskars.  If PayPal is your preferred online payment method, I’ve found a seller on eBay who carries the complete key-range with very fast shipping.  However, if you’re an Amazon shopper, my previous link is still your best bet.

Further, if you buy one and fall in love with it, like Easttop harmonicas on Facebook and join our little Easttop Fan Club group.  Again, they’re not paying me for this endorsement, but these are are the best cheap harps I’ve ever found.  Do yourself a favour and pick up one in the key of C and honk along with the organ part on Like a Rolling Stone 😀

Happy Birthday ‘Murica!

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Happy Birthday ‘Murica!  We’re celebrating your Independence by playing your greatest American songwriter in history, all day long!  Enjoy!

Thanks for Canucking

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Thanks to everyone for indulging our annual Canada Day tradition!  As a thank-you, I promise that we’ll celebrate America’s independence day by playing non-stop music by America’s greatest songwriter 😉

Happy 150th Birthday Canada!

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HAPPY CANADA DAY!!!!   My home and native land turns 150 today!  To celebrate, we’ll be rocking to non-stop music by some great (and occasionally not-so-great) Canadian artists all day long!  Please request & dedicate your favourites, because goodness knows Mrs. Walrus will be, and she needs someone to offset her 80s nostalgia. 😉

Rather than the usual Theme Time programs, today at 3am this morning we’ll hear from The Frantics, a classic comedy troupe, and at noon we’ll be hearing from Canada’s international ambassadors, Bob & Doug Mackenzie.  There might even be a little concert at 10pm from The Arrogant Worms.

Once again, I offer a Canadian “Sorry” in advance, and I thank you all for indulging my true, patriot love of this chilly corner of the world.  Canada loves each and every one of you… well… ‘cept maybe one American… you know who you are.  😉

Canada who? What’s going on?

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In case anyone is still confused about what’s going on Saturday, July 1st, here’s the straight goods:  It’s long-standing tradition here on DylanRadio that every July 1st, your proud Canadian Walrus takes over the station (that I already run?) to celebrate CANADA DAY by playing music all day long from some of Canada’s finest artists.

This year is particularly special for two reasons.  First, it’s Canada’s 150th birthday, which is kind of a big deal.  Secondly, next to our Wilbury Weekends, our Canada Day celebrations were a particular favourite of our dearly beloved Eva, who always spent much of the day requesting her Canadian favourites every year, so this year’s celebration holds a very special meaning to me:  I get to honour my nation and my friend at the same time.

So, when you tune in tomorrow and don’t hear Bob, don’t panic!  Relax, put your toque on, flop out on your chesterfield, crack a bottle of maple syrup, munch some poutine, cuddle with your beaver, and tune in to celebrate how awesome Canada is!  Sorry.  😉

From the Office of the Prime Minister of Canada

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I’ve just received this letter from the Prime Minister’s office, and I promise to honour the intention expressed therein. We won’t let you down, Justin!

Saying Goodbye…

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Eva’s funeral will be held at 2pm, Thursday, June 29th at Østerlunde Kirkesal, Lundvej 48, 6800 Varde, DenmarkAnneke Derksen Hoftijzer has set up a PayPal donations link to help raise money for flowers and any additional funeral costs that may be needed, so please consider donating if you can.

Eva.

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Eva Johansen helped both myself and the website navigate through some of our lowest points. When I seriously considered just giving up, she was there to talk me through stuff.  She was ever-present with a kind, compassionate word, and was, honestly, the most wonderful Dylan fan I’ve ever encountered.  Listeners have no idea how much she worked behind the scenes to keep this site running day-to-day.  If I’m the hands, and Bob is the soul, Eva was most certainly the heart of DylanRadio.

I’m a little too broken right now to write more than that, but I just wanted folks to know how important this wonderful lady was to this site. Her passing today is a terrible loss for our whole community.

EastTop Blues Harps

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I don’t normally do product endorsements, but this recent find is worth sharing. I play Lee Oskar and Special 20 harmonicas pretty exclusively, but at $60 a pop, I have to be a bit careful with them, so I’ve been on a lengthy, heartbreaking quest for a cheap alternative that I can beat up without going broke. Most of my cheap-experiments have been out of tune, losing air like crazy, or just plain miserable to play. Unsurprisingly, most of the cheapies are made in China, and every China-made harp has been utterly miserable…. until now.

The Easttop 008K Blues Harmonica is not only cheap, but it’s well made. My only concern was that the reed-plate isn’t recessed into the comb (which affect air-tightness), but they’ve compensated with additional reed-plate screws so it’s still remarkably air-tight. I thought the reed plate would be rough on the lips, but turns out it’s not too bad.  Moreover, this cheap China harp came out of the box in tune, the reeds bend nicely, and it includes little a nice belt holster and cleaning cloth.

If you’re new to harmonica, and just want something cheap to try and play along with Bob, please don’t buy that low-end Hohner or Swan crap. They’re going to give you the wrong impression of how it’s supposed to play & sound. This Easttop harp sound great, it’s a pleasure to honk on, and if you’re a seasoned harp player, it makes a great pocket-beater, or just a cheap alternative for a key you don’t regularly use in your spread.

Easttop isn’t paying me to say this – I have no idea who they are anyway – but when I find a harp of this quality for $12, it’s my civic duty to share that info. I haven’t found it available at any of my usual online music-store haunts, but it’s available on Amazon and it shipped to me from China to Canada pretty darn fast.  Here’s a link to their listing on Amazon.com: http://amzn.to/2r1dmOd

Walkin’ Down The Line

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Just a beautiful colourization job!

Hello June!

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I’ve posted the new running total for June, but thanks to last month’s donators, we’ve already got a great head start! Please consider donating towards June if you can afford it, but in the meantime, a little treat for this afternoon… Enjoy!