Author Archives: Tim Sweeney

About Tim Sweeney

Volunteer deejay for community radio station KAOS 89.3 FM Olympia, Washington -- www.kaosradio.org. Host of Sweeney's Gumbo YaYa - a two-hour radio show featuring the music of New Orleans -- every Thursday starting at 10 a.m. (PST)

This week’s show runs through a mix of music

No plan this week. Mardi Gras season gets into full swing so I start with Professor Longhair’s “Mardi Gras in New Orleans.”  Go ahead and listen to the edited show. I also play two tracks by Davis Rogan who will … Continue reading

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New Orleans deserves more recognition for its funk

This week’s show is a funky one.  Get the show started by clicking the Mixcloud arrow then read how Ohio scooped New Orleans on the funk A recent NPR story about Dayton, Ohio having a Funk Hall of Fame took … Continue reading

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New Orleans vocalists have great back up

Click the arrow in the box to this week’s edited show started and then read about what you will hear New Orleans vocalists have such a deep musician’s bench to pull from for their recordings that its no surprise they’re … Continue reading

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KAOS/Gumbo YaYa’s – Top Ten 2017 New Orleans CD’s

Here are my top 10 New Orleans music releases.  All of these have been played on my show on KAOS in 2017 (For more new releases played on my show this year, go to my end of year roundup.)  You … Continue reading

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Happy Holidays – 2017

Here’s the edited version of my holiday show, aired December 21, 2017 on the community radio station, KAOS, 89.3 FM.  Holiday music with a very distinctive New Orleans bent. Songs by Alex McMurray, Fats Domino, Kermit Ruffins, Charmaine Neville, Theryl … Continue reading

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Your 2017 New Orleans Music Buying Guide, Part 2

Here’s Part 2 of my annual roundup of 2017 releases from New Orleans  (and a couple from Lafayette) just in time for the holiday shopping season.   Part 1 here.  The recording of this show features songs from the releases discussed in … Continue reading

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Your 2017 New Orleans Music Buying Guide, Part 1

This is my fourth annual Buying Guide to encourage you to give the gift of music. To hear the music click on this week’s show and then read about it below. (Here’s Part 2 of the guide). Links to all … Continue reading

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NOLA trumpters’ friendship spawns beautiful music

My most lasting impression of spending an hour talking with Kermit Ruffins and Irvin Mayfield is how much they really enjoy each other’s company.  While it may be a common trait of New Orleans residents to revel in hanging out, … Continue reading

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Bonerama’s latest release is Hot Like Fire

Craig Klein and Mark Mullins might joke they formed Bonerama as a way to give trombonists greater job security but there’s no hiding the enthusiasm they have for their instrument serving as the band’s main voice.  Bonerama’s latest release (it’s … Continue reading

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Plenty of music for one all-women show but still an imbalance

This week’s show features exclusively female musicians, vocalists and bandleaders. You can start the show now and finish reading while you listen. Female-focused shows have gotten easier since my first one in 2015  but there’s still a serious imbalance particularly … Continue reading

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