Aug 12, 2023
While sitting through COVID lockdowns Chris
Castino of Minnesota-based rock'n'roll jam band The
Big Wu teamed up with Milwaukee-based bluegrass
band Chicken Wire Empire to reimagine
some of his catalog into impeccably fitting bluegrass tunes. These
songs were transformed and resulted in their collaborative
album Fresh Pickles. Fresh
Pickles is just the beginning of a heartfelt and
fulfilling voyage into bluegrass— it features stomping rippers and
sweet, harmonic ballads, as well as a taste of genre-shifting
psychedelic rides. Always true to the tradition and authentic in
presentation, this collaboration is packed with great pickin'
excitement and most importantly joy.
Fresh Pickels is a triumphant musical collaboration that was pulled right out of the ground by its Midwestern roots, from traditional folk to blends of contemporary bluegrass and jammy deliciousness. The joyous album-making process produced many special guest appearances from several GRAMMY-winning artists in the bluegrass and Americana world including Sam Bush, Peter Rowan, Tim O’Brien, Jerry Douglas, Andy Hall, Vince Herman, Nick Forster, Keller Williams, and Adam Greuel. With the help of many of Chris’s lifelong musical heroes, the record has that classic 70’s and 80’s alt-bluegrass sound, while never too far from the traditional bluegrass style that defines the genre.
This episode features recordings from Chris Castino & Chicken Wire Empire's July 2022 performance under the tent and serves as a special experience for audiences of bluegrass purists and all lovers of great tunes.
First broadcast in 1994, Tent Show Radio is a weekly one-hour radio program showcasing the best live recordings from acclaimed music acts and entertainers who grace the Big Top Chautauqua stage each summer in beautiful Bayfield, WI. In the program's nearly 30-year history it has featured artists like Johnny Cash, B.B King, Brandi Carlile, Willie Nelson, Don McLean, and many more. Hosted by celebrated New York Times best-selling author Michael Perry-who weaves stories and humor throughout each episode - Tent Show Radio features performances from renowned national & regional artists, with regular appearances featuring Big Top’s own unique brand of shows that feature songs and stories performed by its acclaimed house band, The Blue Canvas Orchestra. Tent Show Radio is independently produced by Big Top Chautauqua, a non-profit performing arts organization, with a mission to present performances and events that celebrate history and the environment - along with their annual summer concert series - nestled in the woods on the shores of Lake Superior and the Apostle Islands.
Michael Perry - Host
Phillip Anich - Announcer
Matt Jugenheimer - Engineer & Producer
Gina Nagro - Marketing Support
2023 TENT SHOW RADIO
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