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Most Recent Castaway - 30th September, 2016
Jim Pugh (2016)

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So far, life's journey has taken long-time instrumentalist and current talent spotter and label founder Jim Pugh from his birthplace of Clovis, New Mexico, to his current home in Santa Ynez via Chicago, the San Francisco Bay Area, and everywhere in between and beyond. So far, so good.

For years, Jim played keyboards and toured with Robert Cray and Etta James, but of late he's been roaming the Central Valley and the Bay Area and beyond, listening to musicians who are unique, soulful and unknown, and then recording them on his Little Village Foundation label, which returns to them 100% of the gross receipts.

Among Jim's finds are the wonderful Philipino-American singer Aireene Espirito, the indigenous Mixtec instrumental trio Los Tres Amigos de Snukivo, and the children's mariachi band Mariachi Mestizo. From further afield comes Minneapolis blues and soul singer Wee Willie Walker, and from Silicon Valley the former Adobe software engineer-turned-harmonica player and singer Aki Kumar, whose "Aki Goes Bollywood" mashes up Indian movie music with Chicago blues.
Pick Artist Album Song Label
# 1 Jack McDuff The Honeydripper I Want a Little Girl Prestige
# 2 Wee Willie Walker Live in Notdden Help Little Village Foundation
# 3 Ali Kumar Aki Goes to Bollywood Eena Meena Deeka Little Village Foundation
# 4 Mariachi Mestizo Te Doy la Libertad Te Doy la Libertad Little Village Foundation
# 5 Gene Ammons The Boss Is Back Testin' the Jug Prestige
# 6 John Blues Boyd The Real Deal You Will Discover Little Village Foundation
# 7 Aireene Espiritu Back Where I Belong My Illusions Little Village Foundation
         
Book "[S]omething ... long and involved ... "War and Peace" ... or something like that, something I could read and re-read and memorize."
         
Luxury Item "Something to sit on, ... it could be a really nice bed to lean up against ... some place to sit rather than just on a rock."