It’s been a while since we did a big interview show. This week on Riffin’, Thursday, 30 April, a double-decker two-hour episode featuring interviews with members of SC garage monsters The Mod VI and my Fayetteville, NC favorites Dayv Butler and The Delmars. Both of these bands are poorly represented on the interwebz and deserve your attention!
The Mod VI from Aiken, SC scored a regional top ten hit with their single “It’s Not The Same” in February of 1968. They followed it up with appearances in the Augusta area supporting some of the top national acts of the day. Then a second single appeared further elevating the group to garage rock cult status, “What Can I Do?”
We’ll be joined by lead singer Dennis Lundy and lead guitarist Billy Chapman by phone (and fingers crossed). Get the inside scoop on one of Carolina’s lost rock ‘n’ roll treasures, The Mod VI, who we are proud to announce will be reuniting for The 3rd Annual Rock ‘n’ Roll Reunion in Charlotte on 27 June at The Neighborhood Theatre. Tickets available NOW! Look it up.
The second half, at least tenatively for this late hour, I am so very pleased to chat with a fellow I’m proud to call a friend, who has contributed so much to the show that I’ve neglected to get him on the line until now. Mike Butler was the original drummer for Dayv Butler & The Delmars. This fabulous Fayetteville outfit produced two singles circa ’65 which ride the wave of Beatle-mania and yet demonstrate uniquely original and highly infectious sounds. “If I Had A Girl” and “She’s No Baby” are two of my favorite tunes, and you’ve heard them before on Riffin’ if you were listening, along with fantastic tracks from Dayv’s later group The News.
Mike can tell us something about Dayv’s co-writer and piano man Jay Spell, who will be inducted (belatedly and, sadly, posthumously) into The North Carolina Music Hall of Fame later this year. Jay was such a great talent! It’s easy to say and just as easy to mean it once you’ve listened to a bit of his career output spanning several decades and performing alongside the likes of Jimmy Buffett, Canned Heat, David Clayton-Thomas of Blood, Sweat & Tears… the list goes on and on… and on.
This show promises to be an advanced college-level course in Carolina Rock ‘n’ Roll with these special guest lecturers. We’re setting the bar high as anticipation of Asheville FM’s arrival on the local airwaves grows. Go ahead and point a preset button in your Buick to 103.3 FM and in just a few weeks the static will finally be replaced by the most excellent sound of WSFM… and Riffin’ every Thursday from 11am to 1pm. Stay Tuned!