Eric Blumberg

Host

Eric Blumberg is an award-winning radio talk show host who gained acclaim as a reporter and columnist for several radio stations and local weekly newspapers.

Born in New York City in 1952, he received his B.A, in Media Studies at Hunter College and spent two years at the graduate school of journalism at the University of Texas in Austin. He spent the majority of his broadcast journalism career in Austin, at KVET and KLBJ, where he was recognized four times as the city’s best radio talk show host. Eric has interviewed everyone from comedian Ellen DeGeneres to former President Jimmy Carter.

Blumberg has taught journalism at Austin Community College and currently teaches communications and writing at Western Iowa Tech Community College in Sioux City.

He is an accomplished musician who has played with Kinky Friedman, the Geezinslaw Brothers, Ponty Bone and the Squeezetones, Charlie Burton and the Texas Twelvesteppers, the Naughty Ones, Bad Rodeo, Shawn Phillips, Steve Fromholz, Van Wilks, John Bolin, and Mike Langley

He now lives in Sioux City, Iowa with his wife, Cindy Waitt, who is the executive director of the Waitt Institute for Violence Prevention and the executive producer of the Emmy nominated films “Bully and “Private Violence”. He has a daughter, Niki, who lives in Los Angeles.

 

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One the of lost genres of rock and roll is British Pub Rock. It evolved as many music-lovers in England grew bored with the psychedelic and glam rock scene. 

Pub rock is a perfect name since the bands spent their nights playing in the London pubs. The two bands in this battle hail from the same area, Canvey Island. This was an oil refinery town on the border of the Thames River and the North Sea. It was a gritty and grimy place to live.

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New York is home for a lot of great things: great restaurants, Broadway shows, and, of course, some of the finest rock and roll in the world.

On this B-Sides with Bolin and Blumberg, we take an in-depth look into hard rock the Big Apple way.

When the punk scene hit in the mid-seventies, New York and the world saw the emergence of the Ramones, a quartet from Queens. Their hard, fast and brief songs set the template for other punk bands from America and England. This show begins with of the band's earliest work.

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Imagine what it would have been like to wake up Monday morning to the strains of Jimi Hendrix playing the “Star-Spangled Banner”? Well, that's how Woodstock came to a close after 3 days of peace and love.

On this hour of the B-Sides with Bolin and Blumberg, you get to hear the whole thing plus the remarkable performance of Joe Cocker doing the Beatles' “With a Little Help from my Friends” and The Jefferson Airplane waking up the crowd on Sunday morning with “Volunteers.”

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This week marks the 50th anniversary of one of the most beloved cultural events of the 20th century.  Woodstock marked the way people could celebrate, en masse, in a peaceful and joyful time together on this planet.

And the B-Sides is here to help you celebrate the universal karma that was three and a half days of peace and love.

Johnnie and I believe the event was so significant that we have dedicated two shows to Woodstock, its music and history.

There is likely nothing so visceral or gut churning as the 60's and early 70's primal rock and roll. 

On this edition of the B-Side, we bring this feeling to life with our 1st Battle of the Bands. The Rolling Stones face off against San Francisco's Flamin' Groovies with newly released versions of songs that have been in the Stones' repertoire for more than 50 years.

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Despite his early passing, Tommy Bolin not only remains a Sioux City treasure but also one of the best guitarists in rock and jazz history.  No less than Peter Frampton, Warren Haynes and Joe Bonamassa look to him as a model for their own distinguished careers.

In this special edition of the b-sides with Bolin and Blumberg, Tommy's short but prolific time in the spotlight is presented.  From his time in Zephyr through his last recording, Private Eyes, you can see his impressive evolution. 

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The B-Sides features the Free family tree including four songs from the seminal 70's band, cuts from Bad Company and solo work from Free's original guitarist, Paul Kossoff and his band Backstreet Crawler.

The B-Sides takes a look at blues rock from The Yardbirds, featuring Eric Clapton and Jeff Beck to Peter Frampton's latest all blues album.  Also included Humble Pie, Rory Gallagher, Led Zep and ZZ Top.

Saturday in the Park

Bolin and Blumberg take a deep dive into the history of Saturday in the Park with co-founder Dave Bernstein and take a listen to some of the bands from this year and the past.