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New Traditions - April 21, 1998

Host: Richard H. Fox
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foxy@foxy.net

In Studio Interview: Les Sampou - Web Site

Today's guest was Les Sampou, a Boston singer/songwriter/guitarist whose writing, both lyrically and musically, continues to evolve. We followed her path as an artist this morning. In high school, Les listened to rock music and her parents' folk collection, but later, as she begin she began to play, she listened to the blues, seeking a fuller sound. Her first album 'Sweet Perfume' is an eclectic mix of folk, roots, and blues. Les chose "Travelin' Riverside Blues", a Robert Johnson cover as her first live piece. We then moved to 'Fall From Grace', a contemporary folk recording highlighted by introspective songs. Her stories contain characters and images of modern life we can relate to. Just after the CD was released, I received two poignant phone calls after playing the song "Flesh And Blood." Each caller identified with one of the two protagonists in the song, feeling the song was written for them. Les will sometimes use traditional frameworks with modern themes. A reader who prefers Southern fiction and a wide spectrum of poets, she is a literate writer who chooses words with care. Currently, she is in the studio working on a new release which will have more of a rock feel. She performed a new song "Thanks For Telling Me," powerful in the honest expression of emotion and experience. The song has its foundation in the journal writing that has been a part of her life. Our conversation was easy and fluid. Les is genuine and focused; her thoughtful comments gave us insight into the writer she continues to become. It was a fine start to our day here in MetroWorcester.

Artist - Recording - Label
Selections

> 6:00 AM Trio Of Contrasting Styles Start The Morning...
Ben Kaplan - Deeper Down - Ton Of Mun Records
Navajo
Eileen Hemphill-Haley - E's World - H2 Tunes
What A Lucky World
Joe Price - 25 Below - Trailer Records
100 Miles
Main Entrance Boogie

> 6:17 AM Heros & Television Shouldn't Mix...
Cindy Kalmenson - Let Me Out Of Here - Big Gack Records
Rock n Roll Hero
Neil Young - Zuma - Reprise
Don't Cry No Tears
Compilation - Different Guises - SCALA
Mary Laslett: TV's On

> 6:29 AM First Cup Of Dark Roast Intrudes...
Miles Davis - In A Silent Way - Columbia Jazz
Shhh/Peaceful (excerpt)
Iris DeMent - The Way I Should - Warner Bros.
When My Morning Comes Around
Big Wooden Radio - Along These Lines - BWR
Out With The Trash
Compilation - This Is Boston Not Austin, Vol. 2 - Black Wolf/EFR
Bob Buckley: Robert Johnson ***
Anne Weiss - Crossing The Border - AW
Looks Like Satin, Acts Like Steel

> 6:46 AM Travel North America Seeking Diverse Images...
Tom Jessen's Dimestore Outfit - Redemption - Trailer Records
East Elm Street
Highway 3 West
Brad Yoder - Best Sunday Heart - Reverie Records
Cemetery Street
Lenore - Lenore - Elaine Records
I Don't Want You To Die
Tim Mason - Gently, Like Water, Cracking Stone - TM
Old Hippies ***
Nancy Hewitt - Festival In My Head - NH
Mr. McGuire
Kate Campbell - Visions Of Plenty - Compass Records
Bus 109
John Pizzarelli - Naturally - Novus Jazz
Splendid Splinter

>7:12 AM The Camp Hoboken Tour - In Town This Week...
Christian Bauman - Road Dogs, Assassins, & The Queen Of Ohio - Black Potatoe Records
Blues For Willie Parker
Linda Sharar - Demo - LS
Bob Luciano's House
Gregg Cagno - Tales From Sixth & Clinton - Zesty Records
Hollywood Comes To Hoboken
Rachel Bissex - Don't Look Down - Alcazar
Dancing With My Mother

> 7:28 AM Brief Tribute To Linda McCartney...
Wes Montgomery - A Day In The Life - A&M Jazz
A Day In The Life
Paul McCartney - McCartney- Capitol
The Lovely Linda
Maybe I'm Amazed
The Beatles - Abbey Road - Capitol
The End

> 7:39 AM A Set While Les Sets Up...
Alison Brown - Simple Pleasures - Vanguard
Mambo Banjo
Andrew McKnight - Traveler - Falling Mountain Music
Magnolia Tree
Lori McKenna - Paper Wings & Halo - Gyro Productions
Paper Wings & Halo
Don Conoscenti - Boxes Of Bones - Cogtone
House Of Light ***
Maria Sangiolo - Blue Earth - Signature Sounds
Jenny Dreamed of Trains

> 8:00 AM Interview With Les Sampou...
Les Sampou - Live In Studio
Travelin' Riverside Blues
Les Sampou - Fall From Grace - Flying Fish
Holy Land
Les Sampou - Live In Studio
Flesh And Blood
Les Sampou - Sweet Perfume - LS
Chinatown
Les Sampou - Live In Studio
Thanks For Telling Me
Les Sampou - Fall From Grace - Flying Fish
Bull's-eye
String Of Pearls
The Things I Should've Said

*** indicates spoken word piece

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