M&H 067: Jim Rooney and Todd Tyson


Well, here’s a terrific surprise! As a result of some late-breaking shenanigans, we’ll have a couple guests this New Year’s Eve Wednesday at 7:00 PM. One of them won a Grammy; he probably won’t bring that, but he probably will bring his guitar. Our other guest is more of a local hero up Royalton / Tunbridge way, but no less of a mover and shaker and toucher of lives.

The Grammy guy is singer / songwriter / record producer / festival manager / music publisher / and-that-ain’t-nearly-all Jim Rooney, jim rooney who’s worked with Nanci Griffith (he got the Grammy for producing her album Other Voices, Other Rooms), John Prine, Iris DeMent, Tom Paxton, Tom Rush, Peter Rowan, Hal Ketchum, Townes Van Zandt, Robert Earl Keen, Bonnie Raitt, and many, many more. Maybe you’ve been hearing his show, In It for the Long Run, on Sunday mornings at 11:00 and rebroadcast Monday afternoons at 4:00 on Black Sheep Radio.

Here’s some of his bio highlights:

· appeared on the radio show Hayloft Jamboree as a teenager in the ’50s
· managed Boston’s legendary Club 47 during the emerging folk music revival in the ’60s
· director and talent coordinator of the Newport Folk Festival
· tour manager and stage manager for the Newport Jazz Festival
· organized the first New Orleans Jazz Festival in ’68
· managed Albert Grossman’s Bearsville Sound Studios in Woodstock NY in the early ’70s
· produced records in Nashville
· read this article
· look at his website

Despite all that, he’s still one of the nicest guys ever.

And it ain’t over yet! todd tyson He’s bringing Todd Tyson from the newly-minted LPFM station WFVR-LP, Royalton Community Radio with him. Todd’s another great guy, an indefatigable supporter and motivator of good-for-the-world and good-for-the-soul things like grease cars and mountain music and big independent radio and little independent radio.

As always, Monsters & Hamsters has an open studio policy. C’mon by! 33 Bridge Street in Bellows Falls, a couple blocks over from Popolo and Flat Iron. Nobody’s going to stop you from bringing your mandolin, or fiddle, or bass, or harmonicas, or banjo, or voice, or whatever. The phone will be open too, 802-460-9665 ext 100.