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Down On The Corner
• This Wasn't What I Meant by Rocking and Rolling Bureau. Louisville's James Kottack got a little closer to the California mystic than he wanted during the Los Angeles earthquake. Not only was his apartment destroyed along with all his worldly goods, he suffered some scrapes and bruises. Cards and letter from friends and fans can be sent to him at 17447 Emelita, Encino, CA 91316. Alternatively, you can donate a few coins to James via MERF, which is handling the Kottack Earthquake Relief Fund. Specify that the money is to go to Kottack and send it to MERF, c/o Beverly Howell, Rt. 4, Box 291A, La Grange, KY 40031.
• Night at the To-Be-Opera Dept. Ran into Jim Boklage at Homefront the other night. He said he'd given up selling cars and was going to get into a more stable occupation — writing an opera about childhood abuse, both sexual and psychological. If you say so, Jim.
• Speaking of Homefront, the January show was pretty good, even though the temperature outside was coldcoldcold. The Floating Men were busily promoting their new album. They'll be playing in town again on January 29 at the Butchertown Pub.
Singer/songwriter Jeff Black was traveling with the Floaters. I only caught a couple of his tunes before an achy breaky back forced an early departure.
• Louisville's resident Russian singer/songwriter Misha Feigin called last week. Said he's back in town after doing an 11,000 mile trip around various national parks, presenting a program he's worked up. Feigin is also working on an album project, plus some "avant garde" music.
• lower case bands division. Two of Louisville's lower case bands, the rain chorus and lovesauce & soulbones, played the Nashville Entertainment Association's 9th Annual Nashville Music Extravaganza on January 22. According to Bob Bahr, publicist for l&s, it was a great event. "People were excited from the front of the stage to the back." Three record companies inquired shortly afterwards. Lovesauce has a new keyboardist, David Barrickman.
• Radio, Radio Again. A while back, the Federals decided that a radio station's signal need only cover the city of licensing rather than the station itself being located in that city. As a result, many small-town licenses near larger metropolitan areas have been bought and the stations moved to the bigger city. Salem's WKJK is one such. On the air since November 3, KayJay, owned by Snowden Broadcasting of Louisville, has been broadcasting "Real Country" music, i. e., you are as likely to hear Hank Senior as Hank Junior.
Bought from Don Martin in Salem and moved to the Heyburn Building, WKJK is transmitting at 89.9 FM, with 50,000 watts of power. The tower is in the knobs of Southern Indiana.
Their market niche is the over-30 crowd. Moby in Morning, 6 a.m. — 10 a.m., originates in Atlanta, with a toll-free number (800-818-0101) for requests. Mark Andrews handles the on-air chores until noon, Darlene Dixon takes requests until four. The request line then is 800-962-5590. From 4 p.m. until 9 p.m., Richard Lee is on duty. Rounding out the evening is Mark Bateman from 9 p.m. — 1 a.m. Kris Wilson takes the graveyard shift until 6 a.m.
Saturdays, an all-request show with Roger Heinrich runs from 7 p.m. — 1 a.m. That number is 800-962-5590. The local number is 568-1422.
• WFPL & WFPK have added new Arts and Jazz Information Lines. To reach the WFPL Jazz Information Line 24 hours a day, dial 329-0893. For the WFPK Arts Information Line, dial 329-0900.
• Say, Aren't We South of the Mason-Dixon Line? Dept. The Great Blizzard of '94 will be old news (I hope) by the time you read this. It's why we're late this month. I had to abandon my house after the power failed for thirty-six hours and there was no heat except the wood stove. Such fun.
• Can You Say Tab Hunter? Section. A new recording studio is opening in town — Tab Recording Studio, home of Tab Records, formerly owned by the actor Tab Hunter. The company was bought by local entertainer Wade Hampton and is located at 1137 Bardstown Rd. The phone is 569-1711.
• The Love Jones boys are scoring publicity points on their way to the top — or something like that. They managed to get on "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" and they got a write-up in the January/February issue of Creem magazine.
• The Southern Gospel Music Guild now has a permanent office, according to the Singing News. The Guild has approved a proposal to share office facilities with the National Quartet Convention at the NQC's new Louisville office. The address is SGMG, One Riverfront Plaza, Suite 1710, Louisville, KY 40202. The phone number is 502-587-9653.
• John Frank Young Jr. passed away Jan. 18 at age 85. Young was the author of Boyd Bennett's biggest hit, "Seventeen." He was also the orchestra leader for Mello Tones, a senior-citizens group.
• Neal Wertz Burris passed away Jan. 17 at age 64. Burris was a bass player and worked for Falk Recording Services. He was shoveling snow at his home at the time of his death. According to Gary Falk, owner of Falk Recording, Burris was the "nicest guy" who played one-nighters, plus the Wednesday-night jazz jam at the Rudyard Kipling.
• Hezzy M. Jewell Jr. passed away Jan. 19 at age 23. Jewell was manager and producer of the Young, Gifted and Black rap group.