Rock and Roll

Mark Naftalin's Blues Power Hour tonight

Aug 12, 2015

Fog City Blues takes the week off as Mark Naftalin presents a special edition of the Blues Power Hour. In addition to selections from his extensive catalog of blues rarities, Mark will showcase recent releases from Alligator Records. Tune in this Wednesday 8/12 at 9 pm.

Attending a Grateful Dead concert during the 1970s was a powerful and positive experience for many fans, but what was it like for those who worked with the band backstage? 

Tumbleweed Wanderers live on Fog City Blues tonight

Apr 21, 2015

In two short years, Tumbleweed Wanderers have gone from playing sidewalk jam sessions to headlining venues around the Bay Area. The story and sound of the band -- an Americana inspired mix of soul and classic rock-n-roll -- spread throughout the Bay, the West Coast and across the country, essentially, independently. They join host Devon Strolovitch for a live in-studio preview of their new album, Realize, this Wednesday 4/22 at 9 pm.

Robert Fried at leiros202 through Creative Commons at Flickr

One of the men who helped make Janis Joplin a household name died Thursday. Sam Andrew was a founder and guitarist for Big Brother and the Holding Company. The San Francisco band gained fame in the mid-1960s as part of the city’s psychedelic rock scene.

The Greatest Songwriter You've Never Heard of

May 21, 2014

Although his name is little remembered today, Bert Berns worked alongside Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, Ahmet Ertegun and Jerry Wexler, Burt Bacharach, Phil Spector, Gerry Goffin and Carole King – anyone who was anyone in the New York rhythm and blues world of the early ‘60s. In seven quick years, he went from nobody to the top of the pops – producer of monumental r&b classics, songwriter of “Twist and Shout,” “My Girl Sloopy” and others.

Johnny Harper And Carnival perform music of The Band live in the KALW studio this Saturday afternoon at 5pm here on 91.7 KALW San Francisco.

If you look back at the origins of rock music, or Rock and Roll, as it was known in the 1950s, you hear that the new sound borrowed elements from gospel, rhythm & blues, and country.