Closer to the Edge

  • Thursday 2-4pm
Progressive Rock

CLOSER TO THE EDGE is a "Prog Variety Show" playing the finest classic and modern Progressive music from around the world! Progressive Rock (or simply Prog) evolved in the late 60's/early 70's from Psychedelic music to elevate rock to new levels of artistry. Prog bands, then and now, push rock's technical and compositional boundaries by going beyond the standard rock or popular verse-chorus song based structures. Also, the arrangements often incorporate elements drawn from classical, jazz and world music. Long, multi-dimensional pieces are more common while songs with lyrics are sometimes conceptual, abstract, or based in fantasy. Musically, unusual time signatures are frequent as is orchestration and many 'movements' within one song. Prog bands sometimes use "concept albums" to tell an epic story or tackle a grand overarching theme. Sub-genres include Prog Folk, Progressive Metal, Jazz/Rock Fusion, Crossover Prog, Symphonic Rock, Psychedelic/Space Rock, International Prog and more. Classic bands include Pink Floyd, Yes, King Crimson, Renaissance, ELP, Jethro Tull, The Moody Blues, Genesis, Rush, etc and modern bands include Porcupine Tree, Transatlantic, Anathema, Tool, Dream Theater, Marillion, Opeth, Riverside, Spock's Beard, Steven Wilson, etc. Great resources for Prog fans are PROG MAGAZINE and

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Jan. 17 2017
Prog, Progressive Rock, Entrance, Frank Zappa, Jimi Hendrix

His name will go unmentioned but there will be some great music on this very last day before "Truth, Justice and the American Way" takes on a (w)hole new meaning. Join Professor JD for a few protest songs, including the brand new single by Entrance to benefit Planned Parenthood, Frank Zappa from Frank Zappa For President, Jimi Hendrix at Woodstock and NEW Rick Wakeman! In between will be tracks selected by the international Prog Magazine and played in honor of the rebirth of the leading voice in Prog. All happens Thursday, Dec 19th from 2-4pm EST and On Demand after at:

Jan. 9 2017
Prog, Progressive Rock, Verses Records

JD will spin tracks from local bands & artists Nest Egg, Divine Circles, Shane Parish and Bicho Raro who, along with Andre Cholmondeley and Xambuca, represent Asheville on Code Red, where 40 international bands and artists have donated tracks to benefit the ACLU and fight corruption in American politics. There will also be plenty of classic and modern Prog too w/ Opeth, Steve Hackett, Motorpsycho, Porcupine Tree, King Crimson, Kansas, Procol Harum, Glass Hammer, Crippled Black Phoenix and much more! Tune in Thurs, Dec.12th from 2-4pm EST and On Demand after at:

Jan. 4 2017
Prog, Progressive Rock, David Bowie

This week JD spins some classic vinyl from Traffic, Blue Oyster Cult, Spirit, Deep Purple, The Who, Wishbone Ash and Supertramp PLUS you will hear cuts from brand new additions to the Official Progressive Albums Chart PLUS vintage Bowie and the title-track from the recently found master tapes of the Original Soundtrack for cult classic The Man Who Fell To Earth. You definitely don't want to miss this show, folks! Tune in Thurs, January 5th from 2-4pm EST and thereafter archived at:

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