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"Page's Kitchen"

  • A lot of the credit for this last show, this Texas Twin Bill, goes to one of Page’s cohorts Ames Arnold, who was often tasked with contacting touring artists and cajoling them into a recording studio, schooling them on the whole Swamp scene, and having them buy into it - no small task. Ames coaxed Robert Earl Keen, Jr. and Townes Van Zandt into Alpha Audio’s main 3rd floor studio on June 18th 1991.
  • On this 7th edition of Page’s Kitchen, we spend the full hour with one of Americana’s most treasured voices and songwriters with strong Virginia roots - Mary Chapin Carpenter and her longtime musical partner John Jennings.

"Page's Kitchen...the Swamp Sessions"

Historic recordings from "Out O' the Blue Radio Revue"

About "Page's Kitchen"

A very special documentary radio series debuted in May 2021 on VPM Music. The historic recordings, some more than three decades old, feature prominent artists who were playing Richmond venues back in the day - the likes of Delbert McClinton, Robert Earl Keen, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Indigo Girls, Marcia Ball, C.J. Chenier, and folks like Page who have joined the Angel Band--John Cephas, J. J. Cale and Tony Rice.

About "Page's Kitchen...the Swamp Sessions"

For your listening pleasure and historical perspective, JAMinc is proud to present the full 35-program season of "Page’s Kitchen…the Swamp Sessions" as previously aired on VPM Music and The Breeze. These Americana allstars appeared on the late Page Wilson’s "Out O' the Blue Radio Revue" some three decades ago. They were all live, one-take recordings made in various Richmond studios at the time and stand as a fitting tribute to those artists and to Page for having the taste, drive and gumption to lure them into his make-believe lair, deep in the Chickahominy Swamp. We’re deeply grateful to Jude Schlotzhauer and Virginia Blue Wilson for entrusting us with these priceless master tapes and to Guy Spiller and Charlie Reilly for carefully converting them from analog to digital. Sincere thanks to our loyal sponsors: Digital Video Group, the Scott Street Family and the members of VPM.

Get your own "Out O' the Blue Radio Revue: The Kitchen Sessions" commemorative merchandise here!

About Page Wilson

Page Wilson was a Virginia native, a songwriter, musician and long-time radio host for a program called the "Out O' the Blue Radio Revue" which aired on VPM Music (then WCVE) for well over a decade. He described his programming as “pure-bred American mongrel music,” a broad spectrum of Americana that reflected his diverse musical tastes: Country, Rock, Bluegrass, Blues, Rockabilly, Folk, etc.

Wilson was dedicated to supporting other musicians and encouraging attendance at live performances. One of the biggest draws of his show was the in-studio performances that he hosted, which he called “Kitchens.” Wilson had a special way of relating to his program guests because he had played the same venues and followed the same path, having tried to make it as an artist in Nashville and working locally in his popular band Reckless Abandon.

Page Wilson died at the age of 56 in March 2011.