February 23, 2010 -- One of America's most honored and longest-running folk radio programs has chosen the newest release by Virginia Troubadour Bob Zentz as its "CD of the Week."
"The Midnight Special," a program that has featured hundreds of the nation's finest folk performers over the past half-century and reaches a worldwide audience via radio, satellite and Internet, has chosen "Horizons" as the latest CD to be showcased in this way.
"I was amazed and very pleased to hear the news," says Zentz, "and grateful that Rich has chosen to shine such a bright light on a collection of songs that are so much about Virginia, and especially my home of Hampton Roads."
"CD of the Week" can be viewed at: http://www.midnightspecial.org/cdofweek.htm
Zentz recently appeared on “The New Year’s Eve ‘Midnight Special’" that originated in Chicago and included a global audience through live streaming on the Internet and several rebroadcasts on “The Village” on XM satellite radio. Zentz joined fellow guests Christine Lavin, Megon McDonough and Chris Walz, and featured his classic “The End of Another Year,” widely covered by other artists yet only now available on a Bob Zentz recording with the release of “Horizons.”
The Midnight Special has aired on Chicago’s WFMT-FM (98.7 MHz) since 1953, and took its name from the traditional song of the same name sung by Lead Belly. Following on the heels of former hosts – comedian and film director Mike Nichols, Norm Pellegrini and Ray Nordstrand – as well as various guest hosts including Tom Paxton, Warren brings “folk music and farce, show tunes and satire, madness and escape” to an audience base that has grown, with the advent of the Internet and satellite, to global proportions.
"Horizons" is a collection of fourteen songs written, arranged, or set to music by Zentz over the past forty years that was released January 1, 2010 on Folk-Legacy Records, a label that has produced music by some of the world's best-known folk artists, including Zentz’s first two albums, one of which was lauded by Johnny Cash as "one of the finest works I've heard by any artist."
For five decades, Bob Zentz has been at the heart of the Hampton Roads traditional music scene. The Norfolk native performs internationally yet still lives and plays in his hometown, and is active in nurturing the next generation of traditional music performers, in the belief that the future of our world depends upon our youth, and music. Information about Bob's music, life, friends, performances, and programs for all ages – elementary school to elders – is available at www.bobzentz.com
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