Singer-pianist Tony DeSare, a child of the ‘80s and a member of what is perhaps the last generation to witness the direct and powerful influence of radio on 20th century popular culture, recaptures that golden age on his new Telarc recording, Radio Show. The album embraces a variety of eras in American popular music, all tied together by the voices of radio announcers who set the tone for each individual track and the recording as a whole. Most prominent and diverse among the announcers is former Saturday Night Live comic and longtime radio personality Joe Piscopo. More than just a collection of period songs with clever intros, though, Radio Show offers up a historical retrospective of the intimate relationship between the music, the listener and the magic medium that brought them together.
While much of DeSare’s career to date has been about doing his part to preserve the Great American Songbook, he maintains that that canon could be more broadly defined as the 20th century grows smaller in the rearview mirror. “Most of the great singers of the 20th century are gone,” he says. “But there’s a new generation of people, including myself, who are writing and recording in this genre that has just as much to do with a particular style as a particular song catalog. With Radio Show, I wanted to open this style up to songs that are not just limited to the Great American Songbook. The idea is to look at this style of music, but from the perspective of a new generation.”
Tune in to yesteryear and hear the future. Tony DeSare’s Radio Show is on the air.