Twirl Radio #847 – Eric Kern and John Ratts of Vegas With Randolph

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
Glenn Mercer | Wheels In Motion | Wheels In Motion
Karla Kane | Sisters Of The Pollen | Single release
Addison Love | Wee & Nancy Lee | Thoughts On Lunch?
The The | Slow Emotion Replay | Dusk
Maxi Dunn | Change The Record | Edmund & Leo
The Turnback | This Could Be Our Year | Spinning The Earth In Reverse

Vegas With Randolph interview
Vegas With Randolph | The Girl Holding Out For Me | Legs & Luggage
Vegas With Randolph | She’s An Intellectual | Legs & Luggage

Allyson Seconds | I’m Just A Country Girl | Bag Of Kittens
Sunshine Boys | Schoolyard Bully | Blue Music
Lannie Flowers | Day Glow | Single release
The Cherry Bluestorms | Purple Heart Magic | Whirligig!
Elk City | He’s Having A Baby | Everybody’s Insecure
Piramid Scheme | Bandwagon Jumping Machine | Get Rich Quick Too
Duncan Faure | Better Than Ever | Pronounced “Four-Uh”
Astral Drive | No One Escapes | Astral Drive
Mod Hippie | Johnny’s Gonna Die | Wannabe Nobody
Gretchen’s Wheel | Tatyana | Black Box Theory
The Sleep Junkies | The First Time Is Never The Last Time | The Fowl Tone Sampler
Steve Barton | Before I Get Too Young | Tall Tales & Alibis 3
Wilkerson | You Still Owe Me A Kiss | Wilkerson
The Smoking Flowers | Young & Brave | Let’s Die Together
Pugwash | Everyone Knows That You’re Mine | Silverlake

Vegas With Randolph is a band that we’ve championed on Twirl Radio for a long time–pretty much this entire decade. They’re a hard working bunch of musicians from the greater Washington, D.C. area, who’ve released three exciting albums, and are about to release their fourth, “Legs & Luggage”, which might be their most rockin’ and upbeat to date. I once said that they produce “thinking man’s party music”, and alluded to the fact that you should always listen to their songs driving around town with the windows down (regardless of the time of year). I was given the great honor of writing the liner notes to their album “Above The Blue”, back in 2011.

Well after five years, I welcomed principal songwriters Eric Kern and John Ratts back to the show. As you might imagine, we had plenty to catch up on. I’ve heard most of the new album, and it is wonderful. It is an album of transitions, not the least of which is the passing of their bassist, Dan Aylestock, who looms large in the band’s history.

We chatted about the making of the record, and its imminent release. We’ll also hear a couple of tracks. You should get this one once it’s released on October 23rd.

Addtionally, we played brand new tracks from Karla Kane, The Turnback, and Mod Hippie. We heard Allyson Seconds’ love song to downtown Sacramento. And I played a song from a guy who went to the same high school that I did. I found out this week that Steve Barton, frontman of Translator, graduated from the same high school in Los Angeles that I went to, a few years before I did. Musical greatness did indeed walk those halls!

Enjoy the show!


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