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Jonny Meister with Travis Haddix

On-Air Host for The Blues Show and Blue Dimensions.

Top Ten (or so) Things About Jonny Meister


Yes, I was.

First Records Purchased:

Elvis Presley - Elvis's Gold Records, Chubby Checker - Twist With Chubby Checker, Rick Nelson's Rick Is 21 all at the same time.

First Cassette Owned:

Jefferson Airplane - The Worst Of The Jefferson Airplane and James Taylor (self-titled).

First Concert:

Probably Dave Clark Five circa 1965. I saw an early Supremes concert. I got my dad to take me, and we were the only white people there. The show was amazing.

Favorite Bands/Artists:

Blind Lemon Jefferson, J. B. Lenoir, James Taylor, Jefferson Airplane, John Coltrane, Eddie "One-String" Jones, Blind Blake, Aziza Mustafa Zadeh, Meade "Lux" Lewis, Dolly Parton, Dory Previn, Merle Haggard, John Lee Hooker, Martin Carthy, June Tabor, Skip James, Linda Waterfall, Bert Jansch, Pentangle, Steeleye Span, The Caresser, Lord Kitchener, Mighty Sparrow, Michael Hedges, Joy Of Cooking, Melt Banana, gosh, many others.

Yasuko with Jonny Meister, Photo by Mike Lynch

Favorite Local Bands/Artists:

Georgie Bonds, Deb Callahan, Lonnie Shields, Mikey Junior, Dukes Of Destiny, Vanessa Collier

Favorite Movie and/or Book:

My favorite writings are mostly poems. Favorite poets include Dylan Thomas, John Donne, e. e. cummings Sir Thomas Wyatt, William Wordsworth, Robert Burns, Michael Drayton, Christopher Marlowe, Emily Dickinson, Edna St. Vincent Millay, William Blake, Masaoka Shiki.... and many others. King Of Hearts is a favorite film of mine, but mostly I gravitate towards documentaries and nonfiction books. The Imperial Animal by two guys named Robin Tiger and Lionel Fox!! The Singing Neanderthals by Stephen Mithen.

Musician you were most excited to meet:

Probably John Lee Hooker. J. B. Lenoir was dead by the time I first heard him, but I spent a week with Lenoir's family, which was very exciting. Linda Waterfall is a close friend of mine, and it's fun to be really good friends with someone who wrote one of the absolutely greatest songs ever written. "Song Like A Roar" still awaits a much-needed reissue on CD!

Favorite People:

The wife, the kids, extended family, and lifelong friends; among those I don't personally know, the great thinkers who explore who we are and where we came from and the larger contexts of our existence, and the courageous people who stand for equality of opportunity and fairness for all.

Bands you’ve played in:

None that have been heard of! One was called Yesterday's Coffee.

How He Got into Radio:

A friend hosted The Blues Show. His girlfriend wanted to see him Saturday nights, so he offered to teach me to alternate with him. Soon she wanted to see him every Saturday and he handed the show off to me. Thank goodness for her!

Weirdest Boss:

A frequently inebriated man who conducted job interviews in a tavern next to the office.

Three things you don't know about Jonny:

If I were to tell you, then you would know...

Catherine Russell with Jonny Meister

A Few More Things You Don't Know About Jonny:

I independently produce Blue Dimensions, a program of jazz, blues, international music, and various surprises, that is broadcast on stations around the country and airs on XPN Saturday nights (okay, officially Sunday) at midnight. I love Trinidadian music, especially the old calypso songs, but also contemporary artists including David Rudder, Black Stalin, Chuck Gordon, and Heather Mac Intosh.

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