Singer-songwriter, rock and roll provocateur, and storyteller Scot Sax has a new episode of his Vitamin FM radio show/podcast that you can listen to and download below. In this episode, Sax talks about writing songs for Meatloaf, Faith Hill, the behind-the-scenes of the publishing business, and how listening to Townes Van Zandt changed the course of Scot’s life.
Scot Sax on his dirt bike on location in downtown Narberth.
The prolific singer-songwriter, rock and roller and now the host of his own Vitamin FM radio show podcast, Scot Sax has released a new song that you can listen to and purchase below. “Dirt Bike” was inspired by WXPN’s Dan Reed who asked Sax to write a song in one day for Dan’s daily Top 5 at 5 themed feature on motorcycle songs. Wondering what a song would sound like if “Prince and Kenny Rogers were trapped in an elevator” and were asked to write in a day, “Dirt Bike” is an infectious tune, and while there is “The Gambler” meets “Lady Cab Driver,” vibe to it, it seems like the musical debt owed more to Lindsey Buckingham and wouldn’t have sounded too out of place on one of his early solo albums. Don’t miss the second episode of Sax’s Vitamin FM, right below “Dirt Bike.” The new episode’s theme is “Blacks and Whites” and features music from Odetta, Stevie Wonder and The Rolling Stones.
Singer-songwriter and rock & roller Scot Sax wants to be your DJ. When it comes to the details of music history, Sax borders on geekiness with his vast knowledge and attention to detail about music. The Grammy winning songwriter and songwriting teacher at University of the Arts, is now trying his hand at being a DJ with the “Vitamin FM” podcast that you can download below. For the first episode of the podcast, Sax says he “snuck into the DJ booth and took a swan dive into the very heart of what I love the most: songs.” You’ll hear a wide range of artists including the Beach Boys, Isaac Hayes, Mike Bloomfield/Al Kooper and Simon and Garfunkel (and some folks you may never have heard of) in his first installment of Vitamin FM.
This week, WXPN’s Free at Noon concert series is going al fresco for its first appearance at The Porch at 30th Street Station. Rocking the crowd will be Canadian four-piece The Sheepdogs, who are warming up for a headlining show at Johnny Brenda’s on September 20. In another twist for this week’s Free at Noon, XPN will be broadcasting live from The Porch from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., with various Philly musicians busking around the station and stopping by the broadcast booth to perform live on the air. Check out a tentative schedule below.
Scot Sax’s recent rock and roll project Queen Electric debuted a new video for the song “Happy Where You’re At.” The three piece features Sax, Phil D’Agostino and Mike Pietrusko. The band’s self-titled debut EP is available for a “name your price” here.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from WXPN and The Key! The last several weeks we celebrated the holiday season by offering a twelve original seasonal songs. WXPN’s Helen Leicht asked local bands to write and record original holiday songs for the third year in a row which the bands have offered as free downloads. Thanks to all the bands for these wonderful songs. You can download the entire sampler as a .zip file here.
The 12 Days of XPN Philly Local Christmas Sampler
Find Vienna – “Christmas Is For Our Hearts”
Gillian Grassie – “When the Night Gets Long”
Summer Fiction – “Christmas Eve for Two”
Matt Santry – “The Xmas Song”
Atomic Square – “Christmas Time is here”
Scot Sax and Suzie Brown – “Coming Your Way”
Angel Band – “I Want A Present”
JD Malone & the Experts – “Best Day Of The Year”
Kingsfoil – “The Valley, A Christmas Song”
John Flynn – “Christmas Balls”
Ben Smith – “I Got A New Tattoo For Christmas”
Ali Hoffman – “Evergreen”