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SUNDAY NIGHT/MONDAY MORNING:
This week's New Music Monday spotlight is, as our friend Paul Harvey used to say, "partly personal." As many of you know, much of my rock & roll youth was spent in recording studios and on stage in various bands. I was fortunate to spend a fair amount of that studio and stage time with an incredibly talented fellow south-sider named Kal David. Even in the early days of our relationship, playing at high school dances and teen clubs, Kal's talent stood out. He went on to make his mark in The Illinois Speed Press, The Fabulous Rhinestones and more. If you have, One Hit Wonder, Robbie Dupree's "Steal Away" in your collection, that's Kal playing sitar and singing backup. He's backed Etta James, Johnny Rivers and played lead guitar with John Mayal's Bluesbrakers. Since the 80's Kal's commitment to the blues has resulted in a now international fan base. Last week, he sent me an advance copy of his new, self titled, album. Johnnie and I both feel it's much too good to keep to ourselves so, tonight we're sharing Kal David with you. He's traveled a long way from Chicago's south side, but you can still hear it in his playing .... and that's a VERY good thing. Here's hoping we get to see him back in his hometown sometime soon.
Just in case you haven't had enough of the cold right here, we'll get the latest on the record setting cold snap in Britain direct from the other side of the big pond as we check in with the S&J show's UK Bureau Chief, Simon Thompson.
Dave Miller, Editor Of ChicagoConcertGoers.com, joins us with a review of this weekend's Alejandro Escovedo appearance at Fitzgerald's and a preview of some of this week's upcoming concerts.
MONDAY NIGHT/TUESDAY MORNING:
Thanks to some high profile celebrities, like The View's Elisabeth Hassleback and CNN Newsroom Anchor Heidi Collins, more and more people are becoming aware of Celiac Disease and the benefits of a Gluten-free diet. Tonight, we're joined by Dr. Michelle Sullivan of the Sullivan Medical Clinic, in Mokena, who's personal experience led her to focus much more specifically on the problem.. In addition to servicing those with celiac in the southern suburbs, Michelle, her husband and two of her four children have all been diagnosed with Celiac Disease.
To hear a previous conversation we had about Celiac Disease and get more information click here.
For many years, as our Monday night segued into the wee hours of Tuesday morning, we'd check redhotred.com to see who our friend Les Paul had been jamming with at the Iridium Jazz Club, in New York. Now and then Les would surprise us with a call after his show. Once again, tonight we'll take a few minutes and remember the amazing Les Paul and his legacy as we revisit part of an interview, a story, a laugh or, most importantly, his music and listen to "A Little More Les."
TUESDAY NIGHT/WEDNESDAY MORNING:
It's Baaaaack! American Idol returns tonight! We'll talk about the premiere and other TV news (Can you say Jay Leno?!?) with Tim Cuprisin, Media Columnist, of onmilwaukee.com.
And remember, you can now follow American Idol all season long here on wgnradio.com
Our Radio Road Tests will resume after our vacation. This week we'll talk winter driving tips and get a report on the Detroit Auto Show from Consumer Guide's Associate Publisher, Tom Appel.