Twirl Radio #862 – Gail George and Eric Blakely

After ten years at a National Public Radio station in Chicago, Mike Lidskin returned to California in 1997 and created Twirl Radio, a weekly two hour radio program which features the finest independent music and artists from the rock era. Mike’s on a mission to not “just spin rock music, but to educate listeners about this vital art form.” Indeed, he doesn’t just announce the songs, but gives histories about some of the artists, the albums, and the songs themselves.

You can catch Twirl live each Saturday afternoon, from 4:00 to 6:00 PM PST on Sacramento’s Voice, KUBU 96.5 FM, and archived right here, as well as at If you haven’t headed into your Saturday night with an earful of Twirl, you’re doing it wrong!

Artist | Track | Album
Felsen | Lay Kenneth Lay | Accidental Drowning
Steely Dan | Barrytown | Pretzel Logic
Rachel Taylor Brown | Up You | Run Tiny Human
Maxi Dunn | Pull You Down | Welcome To Soonville

Gail George interview
Gail George | Crazy | It’s Personal
Gail George | He’s An Exclamation | Follow Your Bliss!

Eric Blakely interview
The Bottle Kids | Into The Ether | Let Me In On This Action
Eric Blakely | The Only Heart That I Can See | Live in studio
The Bottle Kids | Tell Her That You Mean It | Let Me In On This Action

Krista D | Simple Social Tragedy | Look At Me I’m Krista D
Lannie Flowers | Good | Single release
Duncan Faure | Man Of A Thousand Dreams | Pronounced “Four-Uh”

More chat with Gail and Eric
Don Hawkins | If I Were A Pen | Single release
Eric Blakely | American Girls | Live in studio
Lisa Mychols | Endless Daydream | Sugar

Radio magic. It happened this weekend. I was fortunate to have two amazing, wonderful, friendly musical guests visiting me in person, in the Twirl studios. They both traveled a long way to get here, so it was one of those days where all musical roads lead to Sacramento.

Sacramento native, singer-songwriter Gail George, was visiting from New York City. It’s become a regular thing for her to visit whenever she’s in town. She recently released a wonderful set of vocal-oriented cover songs called “It’s Personal”, so we chatted about the making of that, and played some other songs from her past–and even her future–by way of a soon to be released collaboration with Don Hawkins.

Berkeley native, and leader of The Bottle Kids, Eric Blakely, got married a while back and moved to Paris, France. Pretty romantic. Well, he was back in NorCal for a visit, and was kind enough to make the drive up to Sacramento. Last year, he released the Kids’ sophomore release, “Let Me In On This Action”, so we heard some tracks from it, talked about the history of the band, and Eric even graced us by playing a couple of songs live in studio.

The best part for me was that Gail and Eric had never met before, and weren’t even familiar with each other’s music. But the three of us had a terrific chat. It was a great musical meeting of the minds between these two talents, and you can hear it all here.


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