Twirl Radio #889 – George Miller of Solid Bronze and Genya Ravan

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 3:00 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
DEVO | Uncontrollable Urge | Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are DEVO!
The Lilacs | Shadow Of Doubt | The Lilacs Endure
Bellygunner | Negative Kid | Machine Gun Built For Two
Lisa Mychols | Endless Daydream | Sugar
Drunken Prayer | It Happens All The Time | Cordelia Elsewhere
The Gold Needles | This Autumn Road | Through A Window
Jet Electro | For Sale By Owner | Jet Electro

George Miller interview
Solid Bronze | Papa’s Bug | The Fruit Basket
Solid Bronze | Like That Ol’ Saying Goes | The Fruit Basket

Chris Church | Fall Into Me | Limitations Of Source Tape
The Carpetbaggers | Sin Now…Pray Later | Sin Now…Pray Later
The Armoires | Responsible (Reuptake) | Side Three
Nick Eng | Too Good For Anyone | Long Shot
Rachel Taylor Brown | Up You | Run Tiny Human
Lannie Flowers | Day Glow | Single release
The Claustrophobes | Con Man | Underdog Pop

Genya Ravan interview
Genya Ravan | He Got Me (When He Got His Pants On) | Icon
Genya Ravan | Mean It | Icon

Maxi Dunn | Messed Up | The Neglected Gambit
In Deed | Another Start | Everest
The Well Wishers | Someplace | The Lost Soundtrack
Sunshine Boys | Save It For A Windy Day | Blue Music
Deborah Gee | Risk | Portal
Steve Barton | Little Strange One | Tall Tales And Alibis 3

Well, it’s now fall, and I’m just now starting to put the finishing touches on the fun summer we had here at Twirl Radio. This episode was pretty exciting. In the first hour, we chatted with George Miller of New Jersey funk-soul band Solid Bronze. He and his musical partner Ian Everett recently released their debut album, “The Fruit Basket”, and it’s a great listen. Since summer goes on until about Halloween here in Sacramento, I can highly recommend driving around town with the windows rolled down to this album. It’s very summery, and it’s hard not to move to this music. Very funky and listenable, and there’s even a guest vocal turn by Atlanta-based hip hop artist CLEW. It was produced by Mickey Melchiondo, better known as Dean Ween, who took a genuine liking to Solid Bronze’s music, and was inspired to help them finish the album rather quickly at his studios. Give a listen–this is some of the grooviest music of 2019 so far.

I was only a “little” nervous in the moments leading up to the second interview. After all, how often do you get to interview a living legend? Well, about 5 seconds into my phone call with Genya Ravan, my mind was put at ease–she was sweet, rowdy, and completely friendly and gracious. And man, does she have some stories to tell. Genya pretty much formed and led the first all-female rock and roll band (Goldie and the Gingerbreads), took it to England and toured with The Rolling Stones and met with plenty of success there. Later on, she played a leading role in the burgeoning NYC punk rock movement, producing The Dead Boys’ debut album. She’s played on the same bills as the likes of Chubby Checker, Lou Reed, Bo Diddley, Donna Summer, Dave Mason, and so many others. She’s fronted her own bands, released solo records, written a book, painted art, and currently, hosts a pair of radio shows on Sirius/XM satellite radio. Her good friend Little Steven Van Zandt persuaded her to join his station, the Underground Garage. She supports female artists on her Chicks and Broads show, and champions unsigned artists on her other show, Goldie’s Garage. Oh yeah–and here it is, 2019, and she has a new album out, “Icon”. It rocks pretty hard–drawing heavily from her years in the New York/CBGB scene of the punk era. Her voice is strong, and her attitude even stronger. I’ve only scratched the surface of her many achievements–you really should visit her at, to find out more!

Enjoy the show!


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