Thorne Dreyer :
RAG RADIO PODCASTS | Hall of Fame singer Maryann Price; Ellen Sweets, author of ‘Stirring It Up with Molly Ivins’

Maryann Price sang with Dan Hicks, The Kinks, and Asleep at the Wheel; Ellen Sweets is a prize-winning journalist recently returned from Cuba.

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Maryann Price, front left, with Christy Palumbo Foster and, in back, Rag Radio’s Tracey Schulz, left, and Thorne Dreyer in the studios of KOOP-FM in Austin, Texas, March 20, 2015. Photo by Roger Baker / The Rag Blog.

Interviews by Thorne Dreyer | The Rag Blog | March 23, 2015

Recent guests on Rag Radio are Austin singer and recording artist Maryann Price, a member of the Western Swing Hall of Fame and the Texas Music Hall of Fame, and award-winning journalist Ellen Sweets, author of Stirring It Up with Molly Ivins.

Listen to the podcasts of these shows below.


Rag Radio is a weekly hour-long syndicated radio program produced and hosted by Rag Blog editor Thorne Dreyer. The show is produced in the studios of KOOP 91.7-FM, a cooperatively-run all-volunteer community radio station in Austin, Texas, and is first broadcast and streamed live on KOOP every Friday from 2-3 p.m. (CDT).


Maryann Price

Maryann Price was the voice behind iconic bands Dan Hicks and His Hot Licks, The Kinks, and Asleep at the Wheel. She is also known for leading her own jazz trio and as one half of the eclectic duo Ethyl’n Methyl, along with Asleep at the Wheel alumnus Chris O’Connell. She and Christy Palumbo Foster, who backs her up on guitar and vocals, also perform four songs live on the show.


Download the podcast of our March 20, 2015, Rag Radio show with Maryann Price here — or listen to it here:


After singing commercial jingles in her native Baltimore and jazz in Las Vegas showrooms, Price moved to San Francisco in 1969 where she was hired to sing with Dan Hicks. Upon hearing of the Hot Licks’ breakup in 1973, the Kinks’ Ray Davies asked Maryann to move to England and join the legendary British rockers. Returning to America, Maryann formed The Girtones with former Hot Licks guitarist John Girto. In1980 she was hired by long-time fan Ray Benson to sing with the legendary Texas Western swing band, Asleep at the Wheel.

Maryann’s voice has also been heard on numerous commercial jingles and, along with Chris O’Connell, she appeared on television commercials for Southwest Airlines. In 1991 Maryann organized the first reunion in 17 years of the original Hot Licks. The show packed Austin’s Paramount Theater and culminated in an appearance on Austin City Limits.


Ellen Sweets

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Ellen Sweets on Rag Radio, March 13, 2015. Photo by Roger Baker / The Rag Blog.

A longtime friend of Texas pundit and satirist Molly Ivins, Ellen Sweets wrote the acclaimed food-infused “delicious memoir,” Stirring It Up with Molly Ivins. A reporter whose beat has included everything from fires, fights, and homicides to features and food writing, Ellen’s many honors include the James Beard Foundation Award for best food section. Ellen, who began her career at her father’s black weekly newspaper in St. Louis, has reported for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Dallas Morning News, Denver Post, Austin American-Statesman, Edible Austin, the Texas Observer, and Texas Co-Op Power.


Download the podcast of our March 13, 2015, Rag Radio show with Ellen Sweets here — or listen to it here:


On the show we discuss Ellen Sweets’ fascinating life journey as a reporter; her recent trip to Cuba where she was among a select group of journalists covering the military hearing of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and others; her friendship with Molly Ivins and how she came to write the memoir; writing about food as a way of addressing culture; and issues related to race, class, and gentrification.

This show was broadcast during Austin radio station KOOP-FM’s spring membership drive and solicitation for financial support for the station has been removed from this podcast.


Rag Radio is a weekly hour-long syndicated radio program produced and hosted by Rag Blog editor Thorne Dreyer. The show is produced in the studios of KOOP 91.7-FM, a cooperatively-run all-volunteer community radio station in Austin, Texas, and is first broadcast and streamed live on KOOP every Friday from 2-3 p.m. (CDT).

853px-Rag_radio2Rag Radio is hosted and produced by Thorne Dreyer. Tracey Schulz is the show’s engineer and co-producer, Roger Baker is our still photographer, and Jesse Spratt is our Rag Radio apprentice.

Rag Radio has aired more than 250 shows since September 2009, on KOOP 91.7-FM in Austin, Texas. Rag Radio is broadcast live every Friday from 2-3 p.m. (CDT) on KOOP — and streamed live on the web — and is rebroadcast and streamed on Sundays at 10 a.m. (EDT) on WFTE, 90.3-FM in Mt. Cobb, PA, and 105.7-FM in Scranton, PA. Rag Radio is also aired and streamed on KPFT-HD3 90.1 — Pacifica radio in Houston — on Wednesdays at 1 p.m. (CDT).

After broadcast, all Rag Radio shows are posted as podcasts at the Internet Archive.

Rag Radio is produced in association with The Rag Blog, a progressive Internet newsmagazine, and the New Journalism Project, a Texas 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation.

Please contact us at ragradio@koop.org.

[Thorne Dreyer is an Austin-based writer, editor, broadcaster, and activist. A pioneering alternative journalist, Dreyer was founding “funnel” of the original Rag in 1966 Austin and managed KPFT-FM, the Pacifica radio station in Houston. Dreyer now edits The Rag Blog, hosts Rag Radio, and is a director of the New Journalism Project. Contact Dreyer at editor@theragblog.com.]

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One Response to Thorne Dreyer :
RAG RADIO PODCASTS | Hall of Fame singer Maryann Price; Ellen Sweets, author of ‘Stirring It Up with Molly Ivins’

  1. suzi stern says:

    What a GREAT thing Thorne! I love my Mary Ann!! I haven’t seen Christy in years. Would you put Christy in touch with me please? Send her my email maybe? Just want to say hi.

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