A joyous night mixed with a note of sadness. The sadness is derived from the passing 18 hours earlier in the day of Johnny Cash, one of the seminal figures in country music. The “Man in Black,” who championed the common human being and the downtrodden, had a musical influence that spread over several generations of performers not only in country music but also rock, folk and gospel.
The joy stemmed from having renowned flatpicking guitarist Beppe Gambetta of Italy with us in Studio A for the remainder of the night as part of an international tour to promote forthcoming area concerts and his new album, Blu di Genova on Gadfly.
We spent a delightful and awe-inspiring 75 minutes with Beppe and his lovely wife Federica discussing a wide range of topics from Beppe’s guitar stylings to turn-of-the-20th Century Genoese music to his cooking prowess to next year’s tour of “The Men of Steel.”
Tribute to Johnny Cash
“The Man In Black”
“When The Roses Bloom Again”
“The Ballad Of Ira Hayes”
“The Legend Of John Henry’s Hammer”
“The Long Black Veil”
“Folsom Prison Blues”
“A Boy Named Sue”
“I Still Miss Someone”
All selections from the Columbia Records box, “The Essential Johnny Cash”
Live In WSHU’s Studio A: Beppe Gambetta Listen to the live portion of the show.
Live: “On The Road With Mama”
CD: “Church Street Blues”, Blu di Genova, Gadfly Records
Live: “Nashville Blues”
CD: “O’Carolan’s Quarrel With The Landlady”, Live: Men Of Steel, Thunderation Records
CD: Beppe with Carlo Aonzo, “I Venditiori”, “La Doccia”, Serenata, Acoustic Music Records