Twirl Radio #772: Rick Hromadka

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
Nelson Bragg | Welcome To Nowhereville | We Get What We Want
The Feelies | Stay The Course | In Between
Irene Peña | Not From Around Here | Single release
Cirrone | All I Know | Uplands Park Road
Maxi Dunn | Meteor Shower | Edmund & Leo
Rick Hromadka interview
Ruby Free | Owe To The Man | Shades
Ruby Free | Talk To Me | Shades
DC Cardwell | Something Worth Voting For | Some Hope
Blake Jones & The Trike Shop | At Every Train Stop (Big Stir Mix) | Big Stir compilation
Gretchen’s Wheel | Wish | Sad Scientist
Felsen | Lorazepam | I Don’t Know How To Talk Anymore
Glen Campbell | Wichita Lineman | The Very Best Of Glen Campbell
Gail George | He’s An Exclamation! | Follow Your Bliss!
The Undecided By Default | Wig Pins | Totally Undecided
Duncan Faure | Back To The Day | 4
Eric Peter Schwartz | Whip Around The Sun | American Disrepair
The Corner Laughers | Bells Of El Camino | Poppy Seeds
Lannie Flowers | I Didn’t Know | LIVE in NYC
Ass Ponys | Death Car $25 | Little Bastard EP
Chandler Travis Philharmonic | Going Back To Work Tomorrow | Waving Kissyhead Vol. 2 & 1
Walker Brigade | Don’t Sell Out (For Free) | Therapy Animal
The Cherry Bluestorms | As Above So Below | Bad Penny Opera


Rick Hromadka’s musical projects have been Twirl Radio favorites for the better part of a decade. He grabbed his rightful place on our airwaves with Maple Mars, and has sweetened the deal with another great band, one which he and his wife, Lisa Cavaliere co-front, Ruby Free. The new Ruby Free album is called Shades, and it is magnificent! Lots of variety on this one–it rocks a little harder than the last one–and oh–there’s a Carpenters cover to boot! That’s treading on musical holy ground, but they handle it masterfully. Shades comes out in a few weeks, so we were lucky to grab Rick and chat for about 25 minutes on today’s show.


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