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They made glorious eclectic music with a blend of virtuosity and amazing harmonies that remains unmatched by any local artist. This was a group of musicians coming together in their prime and forming a band that consistently hit on all cylindars. It’s a shame that their albums are not currently in print, and that’s why I decided to play so much of their music in this show. All of the members of the band are still musically active, and if you follow the links in their names in the preceding paragraph, you’ll see what they’ve been up to since disbanding in 1991.
Our first set is drawn from their first album (which can be found on eBay for a hundred bucks, if you’re lucky), “A Hundred Million Reasons.”
“Pachabel’s Canon in D Major/ Whiter Shade of Pale”
“Riding On A Wave”
“I Know You”
Next up we have four tunes from the second Stark Raven album, “Learning To Fly.” It was at the release party for this record that I first met Melanie Larch, who is now my wife.
“There’s More To Life Than This”
“Every Time You Say Goodbye”
“Back On My Baby’s Arm”
“Couldn’t I Just Tell You”
Next up we hear solo material from Ron and Deni, and a cut by The Voodoo Katz, featuring the drumming of Ammed.
Ron Sowell “Dead Egyptian Blues”
Deni Bonet “One In A Million”
Voodoo Katz “Glimpse”
We wrap up the show with the final song (and title cut) from the first Stark Raven album, and the first song from their second one:
“A Hundred Million Reasons”
Next week Radio Free Charleston on New Appalachian Radio will revisit another one of the original episodes of RFC from more than twenty five years ago. You will hear The Blind Blue Leper Society performing live in the studio. That band consisted of Joe Vallina, who would go on to be part of Feast of Stephen, and Dave Thomas, who would grow a long beard and a washboard and become the king of The Boulevard Tavern