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Arch City Radio Hour: Ransom Note and Mt. Thelonious

Ransom Note

Vocalist Merv Shrock and keyboardist Jon Parsons met and wrote what would be their first album of songs in a short period of time.  Since then, they've been met with good reviews and appreciative audiences with their blend of rock and soul.  They sit down with Nick Garcia to talk about the band and to play a few songs, too.

Songs performed:

"Russian Blue"

"Are You Waiting?"

"Baby Blue"


"Feelin' Great"
Ransom Note on Reverbnation

Ransom Note on Facebook
Mt. Thelonious

Mt. Thelonious was brought to our attention by jazz guitarist/vocalist/composer Tommy Halloran.  Guitarist/vocalist Ian Lubar, violinist Alyssa Avery and bassist Mark Wallace play in a style that's really all their own.  They talk to Nick Garcia about their first full-length release (which came out last year), playing on the road, and try to answer the question "what kind of band are you"?  They'll also play some newer material, including a cover of an old Police song they make all their own.

Songs performed:

"Every Little Thing She Does is Magic"

"Word Grenades"

"All I Needed"


Mt. Thelonious' Website

Mt. Thelonious on Facebook

Mt. Thelonious on Twitter


Mike Schrand began his radio career at St. Louis Public Radio as a live recording intern from 1986 to 1988. From 1988 to 1992, he acted as Jazz ‘Till Dawn producer and host and weekend announcer, occasional engineer for Jazzstream With Walter Parker and Jazz Unlimited and Morning Edition engineer and producer. From 1992 to 1995, Schrand worked in the corporate world, but returned as a weekend announcer in 1995. In 1996, Schrand was hired as St. Louis Public Radio Traffic Director and was promoted to Assistant Program Director in 1998 and Program Director in 2001. In his spare time he writes, sings, and plays bass in the local roots quartet Salt Of The Earth, and enjoys down time with his family in St. Louis City.