• The Public Radio Partnership's WFPK the New 92 is undergoing a name change, according to Trio, the PRP's publication. The new name will be "92 WFPK Radio Louisville." Got that? "Radio Louisville. Was I not supposed to mention that? Shoulda told the editors of Trio.
• I hope you tossed some bucks into the kitty for the Public Radio Partnership's Capital Campaign to renovate the Electric Building on 4th Avenue/Street. If you didn't, it's not too late to redeem your self-respect: they'll take the money now, especially since they need it so badly. After spending just a few minutes in the closet (really!) that passes for WFPK's current control room, I can testify that they are in dire need of new digs. Send your check to: PRP, 301 York St., Louisville, KY 40203.
• Got a note from Tanya Savory last month. She says she just signed a five-album deal with Rounder / Philo Records, with her recent Town to Town CD scheduled to be released nationally. Tanya also noted, rather ruefully, that her recent letter in LEO "got me lot more attention and publicity than anything I've tried to do with my music in Louisville over the past 3 1/2 years."
Savory plans to move to Nashville in the fall.
• In case you missed it, the No Cover series, which featured some of the best of the Commonwealth's original rock acts, will be rerun on Saturday nights in September at 11 p.m. on KET2. If you like this kind of programming, be sure to let KET know about it; otherwise, it won't happen again.
• "The Real Mona Lisa," written by Mike Boehnlein and Cody Blake, is getting airplay on 78 stations around the country. Mike is the artist and the label is Sheheshe. Doc Dockery handled the guitar chores.
• Brent Starkey from Cherub Scourge e-mailed us a note about a couple of goofs in my last column. His note is succinct:
"Speed Kills is the band putting out the new CD on Better Days (I play bass & my wife Roni sings in that band). Secondly, it is also Speed Kills breaking in a new guitarist and going on tour in a couple of weeks. Cherub Scourge is breaking in a new drummer and already has a CD on Better Days. . . . Cherub Scourge will be playing our 1st show with our new drummer, Stan Doll (ex- the Dangers & Flip Doubt). Friday, Sept. 11 at Sparks with Turbo A.C.'s from N.Y.C. (on Blackout records). $5 showtime is 11 p.m. and it's 21 & over."
• Big Al of Big Al and the Heavyweights called to plug their new CD Mardi Gras to the World, as well as their upcoming show at Headliner's on the 11th of September. The new CD has been picked up by Icehouse Records and will be repackaged and re-released. This CD is of special interest to Louisvillians, as there is a paean to Shirley Mae's place on South Clay. The title is, appropriately, "Shirley Mae." Al really likes her soul food.
• Nada Loutfi, artistic director of Purely Piano, Inc. has announced a celebration of Frederic Chopin, presented jointly with Conrad Piano. The series will consist of five concerts featuring Chopin's compositions. All concerts will be held at Gardencourt. The line-up: Sept. 24 - Nada Loutfi; Nov. 19 - Constance Carroll; Jan. 7 - Hie-Yon Choi; March 4 - Florence Millet; April 15 - Nada Loutfi.
For season tickets and information, contact Janet Rink at 459-7518.
• Craig Wagner has a new instructional video, called "The Art of Solo Fingerstyle Guitar," released on Stephan Grossman's "Guitar Workshop" label. It will be available around the country and also locally at Steilberg's String Instruments, were Wagner teaches, for only $39.95. A tablature book with all the lessons is included.
• Members of the Kentucky Opera will be presenting segments from Little Red Riding Hood to elementary students around the area, beginning September 5. We tell you that so that if your child comes home dancing one afternoon, you won't think there's a problem.
• Lexington-based Supafuzz, has been signed by Gotham Records. They're touring the Midwest in anticipation of their upcoming self-titled release. They're scheduled to open for Third Eye Blind, Better Than Ezra, Everything, Athenaeum and Candlebox at Red Mile. Besides all that, David Angstrom, lead singer of Supafuzz, and his wife Aleah, just gave birth to Evan Angstom on August 6. (Thanks to Mary C. Smith for the tip.)
• There's a new keyboard school opening in Bashford Manor Mall. Sherry Sims calls her group-oriented studio "The Music Funshop." She will be teaching adults and children keyboard/piano in groups. She also has a one-time, three-hour piano seminar for adults, plus a young women's barbershop group. For more information, call Sherry at 452-9100.
This year the major sponsor is Unidial Communications and proceeds benefit Kentucky Harvest. Of course, a number of companies help out, including WTFX, Miller Beer, Hoskins Public Relations, Queens, ear X-tacy, red 7 e, Headfirst Media, Mom's Musician's General Store, Warren Lynch Photography, Hamilton Printing, United Graphics, Photo Offset, Zellerbach Paper Co. and Louisville Music News. Chaz Rough of Primitive Entertainment puts it all together.
• Bob Totten's Songwriter Showcase has moved to Tuesday night at the Train Station Restaurant in Anchorage. The main dining room is a wonderful space for live acoustic music, with a high, domed ceiling. Music starts at 8 p.m., with a featured guest each week and short performances by other songwriters. The event is non-smoking; alcohol and food are served and proceeds from donations benefit Jefferson Community College's Single Parents Scholarship. Call Bob at 245-0751 for more information.
• Original Louisville country music has found a radio home on the Hawk 98.9 FM on Sunday nights at 10 p.m. The thirty-minute "Trax" show features songs from Louisville performers and songwriters and is hosted by yours truly.
• The Louisville Music News television program has passed the one-year mark. After September 1, the program will move, along with the rest of the public access programming to Channel 70. If your receive the show on Channel 18, it will remain there for the time being. Confused? You're not the only one.
• We got the sad news that Nina Aubrey-Bush, wife of bassist Bob Bush, passed away on July 18, after an extended bout with cancer. Aubrey-Bush previously sang with the Sweet Adelines.
• Jeffery Lynn DeMarco, 45, died on August 19. DeMarco was a long-time Louisville guitar repairman. He previously worked at Guitar Emporium but had moved his business into his home some years ago. A memorial service was held at the Spring Street Meeting House on September 26.
• Charles Oscar Hewitt, 79, died on August 8 in Louisville. He was a former high school band and choral director and past music director for Bardstown Baptist Church..
The top five requested acts for the last month (in no particular order):