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One picture can’t tell the story.

KUSP’s curated library has been growing of over 40 years. It’s one of the physical aspects that is often taken for granted.

The library occupies floor to ceiling walls in two large spaces. Additionally, many of the 30 volunteer+ (veteran) programmers haul in their own collections to draw from weekly. Nor does it account for the growing digital music library.

Discover Music with KUSP’s Jeff Thornton

Weekday mornings, it’s Jeff Thornton you hear playing the tunes – to start the day off right on KUSP’s Morning Mix Jeff also hosts the Friday Night Soul Shack!


Photo: Laufer/KUSP

Listen to Jeff, Monday through Friday, 6am to 11am and Friday night, 6-9 pm.

Listen to the  most recent Soul Shack anytime on the KUSP’s show player.

Margaret Glaspy – ‘You and I’

KUSP added Margaret Glaspy to the playlist, with this song, ‘You and I’.

Many thanks artist Margaret Glaspy and the public radio station WFUV.org making this awesome video available! More on their session at SXSW, here.

This is the kind of thing KUSP has done in the past and hopes to do again in the future, with listener support.


El Perro Del Mar – Video of ‘Breadandbutter’

New add to KUSP in April: Perro Del Mar, featuring Sarah Assbring from Sweden.



Lianne La Havas, Green & Gold

KUSP added a wonderful new solo version of Green and Gold last week. While we couldn’t yet find a video featuring that solo performance, this one comes closest.

In 2012, KUSP posted this Black Cab Sessions video:

Lianne La Havas from Black Cab Sessions on Vimeo.

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Miles Davis With/By/Remixed by Robert Glasper

Pianist/composer Robert Glasper with Ambrose Akinmusire. Photo: Steve Laufer / KUSP

Pianist/composer Robert Glasper with Ambrose Akinmusire. Photo: Steve Laufer / KUSP

Would Miles Davis be working today with Erykah Badu? Grammy-winning pianist /composer Robert Glasper says yes.

Glasper is involved with two major music projects related to the feature film by Don Cheadle, all arriving this year. Listen to new preview track:

Meet Jamie Woon, New Artist to Know

Photo: Courtesy of the artist.

Jamie Woon. Photo: Courtesy of the artist.

When KUSP plays ‘Sharpness’ by Jamie Woon, there’s a good chance the phone will ring. Local fans of Jamie Woon are making their voices heard. The 2015 album ‘Celebration’ was a big step for Woon in clarifying his sound. His 2011 release ‘Mirrorwriting’ demonstrated of a simlar sparseness but with a thicker, more ‘soupy’ consistency – which is also enjoyable. His overall sound can be compared to fellow British recording artist James Blake, but with added instrumentation.

Watch the video of ‘Sharpness’:

Woody Guthrie’s Racial Views



The new book Woody Guthrie L.A. 1937-1941 includes an essay that revisits Guthrie’s racial views. When he was Growing up, Guthrie’s family was closely associated with the Democratic Party in Oklahoma at a time when the Democrats were closely associated with the KKK. The essay argues Guthrie developed his sense of racial justice during his years in Los Angeles.

(Listen to part one of this Monterey Bay Stories.)

Listen to Woody Guthrie in a 1940 show with Leadbelly:

L.A. Changed Guthrie and Guthrie Changed L.A.



A new book makes the firm argument that Woody Guthrie’s development into a political folk singer and indeed the connection between folk singing and politics began well before Guthrie settled in New York. The collection of essays focuses on Guthrie’s artistic development in Los Angeles in the years prior to World War Two.

(Listen to part two of this Monterey Bay Stories)



Listen to Woody Guthrie in a 1940 show with Leadbelly:

James Hunter Hits His Soul Stride With New Album: ‘Hold On!’


james-hunter-sixBy Eric Berg | KUSP’s BergAlert  -

On the cover of his latest recording, there’s British R&B singer James Hunter standing an urban rooftop with one heck of a grin. And with good reason.  He just delivered the goods.

Look No further

Hold On! the new 4th album by the James Hunter 6 is destined to be classic. Now signed to Daptone Records, this is the exhilarating breakthrough Hunter’s been looking for. IF he isn’t currently the UK’s greatest soul singer, I don’t know who is. Look no further.

A one time bricklayer who became a background singer for Van Morrison in the 90’’s Hunter fell on hard times put his music career on hold, Hunter’s been slogging away for the last ten years, writing four album’s worth of original material and touring non stop trying to make his voice heard above the pretenders. Now on a new label and with Daptone Records producer Bosco Mann of Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings at the helm who recorded it live on 8 track tape totally in mono.  This new set up has paid off well because Hunter and his longtime band sound totally recharged in the style of Ray Charles and Arthur Alexander right from the get go with “If That Don’t Tell You”.

Masterful Voice

Possessing a masterful voice, Hunter also wears his heart on his sleeve and he pours it out to a new love on “Satchel Foot” and the title song.

Hold On! by the James Hunter 6 is solid dynamite soul and the singers best album yet. You’ll have to hold on just listening to it. –Eric Berg