09 January 2013

RAG RADIO / Thorne Dreyer : Sixties Music Legends Powell St. John and Charlie Prichard

From left, musicians Charlie Prichard and Powell St. John and Rag Radio host Thorne Dreyer at the KOOP studios in Austin, Texas, Friday, December 21, 2012. Photo by Alan Pogue / The Rag Blog.

Rag Radio podcast:
Sixties music legends
Powell St. John and Charlie Prichard

By Rag Radio / The Rag Blog / January 9, 2013

Sixties music legends Powell St. John and Charlie Prichard were Thorne Dreyer's guests on Rag Radio, Friday, December 21, 2012, on KOOP-FM in Austin, Texas.

Listen to the interview, which includes live performance by Powell and Charlie, here:

Rag Radio features hour-long in-depth interviews and discussion about issues of progressive politics, culture, and history. The syndicated show is produced in the studios of KOOP-FM, Austin's cooperatively-run all-volunteer community radio station. It is broadcast live on KOOP Fridays from 2-3 p.m. (CST) -- and streamed live on the Internet -- and is rebroadcast on WFTE-FM in Mt. Cobb and Scranton, PA.

Texas Music Hall of Fame singer-songwriter and musician Powell St. John performed in Austin in the early Sixties with the Waller Creek Boys, a folk blues trio that included Janis Joplin (who later made a hit of Powell's song, "Bye, Bye, Baby"). He founded the iconic Austin band, St. John and the Conqueroo (later just the Conqueroo), and wrote six songs for the 13th Floor Elevators’ first two albums.

In the late Sixties St. John moved to San Francisco, where he founded the country/psychedelic/blues band, Mother Earth with Tracy Nelson. Since 2006, Powell has worked with members of Roky Erickson’s former band, The Aliens, performing live shows and making annual appearances at the SXSW Music Festival. He lives in Northern California.

Charlie Prichard and (inset photo above) Powell St. John at KOOP studios. Photos by Alan Pogue / The Rag Blog.

Charlie Prichard grew up in San Antonio where he played in a jug band called Tom Swift and His Electric Grandmother that also featured country singer Michael Martin Murphy. Charlie played lead guitar, bass, and vocals for the Conqueroo, the legendary Austin band that fused rock with blues and other roots music -- and a touch of psychedelia.

The Conqueroo were a mainstay at the Vulcan Gas Co., the historic Austin venue that predated the Armadillo World Headquarters. Charlie and the Conqueroo moved to San Francisco where he later played with Cat Mother, a band that toured with Jimi Hendrix. Charlie, who lives in Austin, has worked with artists ranging from Doug Sahm and Mance Lipscomb to Carolyn Wonderland.

Powell St. John, backed by Charlie Prichard, performs his song, "We Were All Born Free," on Rag Radio, Friday, December 21, 2012. Video by Patrick McGarrigle.

Rag Radio has aired since September 2009 on KOOP 91.7-FM in Austin. Hosted and produced by Rag Blog editor and long-time alternative journalist Thorne Dreyer, a pioneer of the Sixties underground press movement, Rag Radio is broadcast every Friday from 2-3 p.m. (CDT) on KOOP, 91.7-FM in Austin, and is rebroadcast on Sundays at 10 a.m. (EDT) on WFTE, 90.3-FM in Mt. Cobb, PA, and 105.7-FM in Scranton, PA.

The show is streamed live on the web by both stations and, after broadcast, all Rag Radio shows are posted as podcasts at the Internet Archive.

Rag Radio is produced in association with The Rag Blog, a progressive internet newsmagazine, and the New Journalism Project, a Texas 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation. Tracey Schulz is the show's engineer and co-producer.

Rag Radio can be contacted at ragradio@koop.org.

Coming up on Rag Radio:
THIS FRIDAY, January 11, 2013:
Black Feminist Academic Beth E. Richie, Author of Arrested Justice.
January 18, 2013: Activist Lisa Fithian and Editor Mike McGuire: We Are Many: Reflections on Movement Strategy from Occupation to Liberation.
January 25, 2013: Economist Robert Pollin, Author of Back to Full Employment.

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