The host, Mandorichard, reports:
When I was in high school and college, one of my favorite LPs was The Youngblood’s Elephant Mountain. I about wore that LP out and loved just about everything they put out in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s. I was especially intrigued by the keyboardist whom we all knew as Banana. But digging around on the liner notes from those Youngblood LPs, I came to realize that except for the bass and drums, whatever the instrument, this Banana guy was the one playing it.
What a pleasure to find that Lowell Levinger, aka Banana, is still making great music today. He was very gracious and witty. We had as much fun chatting off the air as on!
According to Lowell’s website, “he sings Americana songs from bluegrass to country blues to old R&B classics that swing while they tell stories. He plays an Italian 5 string tenor guitar tuned in fifths with a unique style and sound.”
Listen to the Interview
|Artist||Song||Album or Source||Year||Notes|
|Lowell Levinger||Get Together||Get Together – Banana Recalls Youngbloods Classics||2015||Excerpt in podcast|
|Lowell Levinger||Bound to Lose (with David Thom and Dan Booth)||https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QDL-qK0mFm8||2010||Excerpt in podcast|
|The Youngbloods||Hippie from Olema No. 5||Good and Dusty||1971|
|Grandpa Banana||Blues My Naughty Sweetie Gives to Me||Even Grandpas get the Blues||2012|
|Lowell Levinger||Grizzly Bear (with Jesse Colin Young)||Get Together – Banana Recalls Youngbloods Classics||2015|
|Lowell Levinger||On Sir Francis Drake||Get Together – Banana Recalls Youngbloods Classics||2015|
Note: The podcast contains excerpts from two songs we played before the interview began.
Photo: Lowell Levinger playing at the QueCumBar French Cafe in London, England. 11/1/15. From www.lowelllevinger.com