Paula's Picks

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Join me every 1st & 3rd Thursday of the month at 8 pm, to celebrate music that transcends genres and spoken word artists who will capture the heart, mind, spirit and soul!

Paula the Small will pick music to groove to, accompanied by spoken words that will move and inspire you!

If you or someone you know is a spoken word artist and would like to share spoken word on the air, please get in touch!

E-mail me at: kboopaula at gmail dot com.

Feel like sharing your thoughts about Paula's Picks, the musical journey or the spoken word artists? Please leave a comment!

And don't forget, please visit the links/websites of the artists, who were kind enough to contribute to making the journey that much easier.

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Episode Archive

Paula's Picks on 12/19/13

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Thu, 12/19/2013 - 8:00pm - 10:00pm
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Spoken word & music representing the Afrikan Diaspora ... and its descendents.

Paula's Picks on 12/05/13

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Thu, 12/05/2013 - 8:00pm - 10:00pm
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Spoken word & music representing the Afrikan Diaspora ... and its descendents.

Paula's Picks on 11/21/13

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Thu, 11/21/2013 - 8:00pm - 10:00pm
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Spoken word & music representing the Afrikan Diaspora ... and its descendents.

Paula's Picks on 11/07/13

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Thu, 11/07/2013 - 8:00pm - 10:00pm
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Spoken word & music representing the Afrikan Diaspora ... and its descendents.

Paula's Picks on 10/17/13

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Thu, 10/17/2013 - 8:00pm - 10:00pm
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Spoken word & music representing the Afrikan Diaspora ... and its descendents.

Paula's Picks on 10/03/13

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Thu, 10/03/2013 - 8:00pm - 10:00pm
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Spoken word & music representing the Afrikan Diaspora ... and its descendents.

Paula's Picks on 09/19/13

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Thu, 09/19/2013 - 8:00pm - 10:00pm
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Spoken word & music representing the Afrikan Diaspora ... and its descendents.

Paula's Picks on 09/05/13

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Thu, 09/05/2013 - 8:00pm - 10:00pm
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Spoken word & music representing the Afrikan Diaspora ... and its descendents.

Paula's Picks on 08/01/13

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Thu, 08/01/2013 - 8:00pm - 10:00pm
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The Garifuna Collective In-Studio TONIGHT!

Tonight's show will be extra special, as guests The Garifuna Collective join Paula the Small LIVE to talk about their new album with Canadian musician Danny Michel, titled Blackbirds Are Dancing Over Me.

This exciting collaboration, released earlier this month, prompted a tour that brings the artists together on-stage at Mississippi Studios in our own City of Roses!

You can catch their live performance at Mississippi Studios TOMORROW night at 9 pm. For more information, click here.

Listen TONIGHT for this exclusive treat, as we listen to a few of their tracks, as well as music from around the world!

Paula's Picks on 07/18/13

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Thu, 07/18/2013 - 8:00pm - 10:00pm
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Spoken word & music representing the Afrikan Diaspora ... and its descendents.


Paula's Picks playlist for 09/02/2010

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Sandra de SáOlhos Coloridos
Ashley MaherAminaAminaSpin Wild
George Benson & Earl KlughBrazilian StompCollaborationWarner Bros Records
Beth CarvalhoSaco de Feijão
Eastern SunzBalanceCorroded

Paula's Picks playlist for 09/02/2010

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Sandra de SáOlhos Coloridos
Ashley MaherAminaAminaSpin Wild
George Benson & Earl KlughBrazilian StompCollaborationWarner Bros Records
Beth CarvalhoSaco de Feijão
Eastern SunzBalanceCorroded
Seu JorgeTive Razão
Pamela MeansFirefliesPrecedent

Paula's Picks playlist for 08/19/2010

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Ashley MaherAminaAminaSpin Wild
Israel Kamakawiwo'oleSomewhere over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful WorldFacing FutureBigboy Record Company
Louis Armstrong(What Did I Do to Be So) Black and BlueSatch Plays FatsSony Music Entertainment
The CoastersIf You Want to Be Happy
Carrie CunninghamThe Single LifeHoneysweetDivulge
Jefferson StarshipMiracles
The New LimbWe Were ChildrenSounds People Can HearThe New Limb
Alexis JacksonSometimes I WonderUndefinedAlexis
Savage GardenTo The Moon & BackSavage GardenSony Music Entertainment
AquaHappy Boys & GirlsAquariumMCA Records
Frank ZappaMuffin Man
Concrete BlondeJoeyBloodlettingInternational Record Syndicate
Pink FloydTake It BackThe Division BellSony Music Entertainment
The Lost Boys SoundtrackDon't Let the Sun Go Down on MeThe Lost Boys SoundtrackAtlantic Records
MarillionPunch & JudyMarillion: The SinglesEMI Records
The DickiesBanana SplitsKick-Ass Soundtrack
The Lightning SeedsPureCloud CuckoolandMCA Records
MarillionLady Nina (Extended)Marillion: The SinglesEMI Records
Emmett WheatfallPretty Black Girl You So FineWhen I Was YoungPeterson Entertainment
The New LimbBizarre Love Triangle/Time after TimeSounds People Can HearThe New Limb Music
QueensrycheResistanceEmpireEMI - USA

Paula's Picks playlist for 07/15/2010

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EnigmaPrinciples of LustMCMXC a.D.Virgin Records
Deep ForestSweet Lullaby
CherrelleI Didn't Mean to Turn You OnFragileTabu
Cherrelle feat. Alexander O'NealSaturday LoveHigh PriorityTabu
Junior JackMy Feelings (Club Remix)
Stevie WonderDo I DoOriginal Musiquarium I, vol. IIMotown Records
Frankie Valli & the Four SeasonsCan't Take My Eyes Off of You
Lauryn HillCan't Take My Eyes Off of You
Shakespear's SisterStayHormonally YoursLondon Records
Danny Kaye & Louis ArmstrongWhen the Saints Go Marchin' InThe Five Pennies
Patra feat. Yo-YoRomantic CallQueen of the PackSony Music Entertainment
Shabba Ranks feat. PatraFamily Affair
Bob Marley & the WailersIt Hurts to Be Alone
PatriceIt Hurts to Be AloneNileYo Mama/
Carrie CunninghamThe Single LifeHoneysweetDivulge
David BowieSound & VisionBowie The Singles 1969 - 1993Rykodisc
The ScorpionsNo One Like YouBest of Rockers 'N' BalladsPolygram Records
Guns 'N' RosesSweet Child O' MineAppetite for DestructionGeffen Records
They Might Be GiantsBirdhouse in Your SoulFloodElektra Records
The NunsAnitaNew York VampiresTriple
Eastern SunzBalanceCorroded
George Benson & Earl KlughBrazilian StompCollaborationWarner Bros
Angie StoneTake Everything InThe Art of Love and WarStax

What a great night of "Paula's Picks"! Music handpicked by Paula the Small AND DJ Muffin!

Thanks for the listener support, especially those who phoned in to represent their towns:

- Williams, OR

- Independence, OR

- Salem, OR

- Portland, OR

- Ryderwood, WA

- Vancouver, WA

Think I covered all the spots!

There were songs new & familiar and a solid lineup of originals and respective covers.

Please support the independent and/or local artists featured on the show, by clicking the links below and finding out more about them.

- Carrie Cunningham -

- Patrice -

- Eastern Sunz -

Remember to find "Paula's Picks" on Facebook and Twitter!

On the 1st Thursday, August 5th will be the next brilliant selection of music in honour of Jamaican Independence Day (August 6th)! You don't want to miss it!

Feel free to leave any constructive feedback in the comments section, or e-mail: kboopaula (at) gmail (dot) com.

Paula's Picks playlist for 07/01/2010

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Tonight's spoken word artists are part of a special "Spoken Word Roundtable".

Join local storytellers Lynne Duddy and Lawrence Howard of the Portland Story Theatre, as they share tales and adventures that captivate the heart & mind!

Local poet Emmett Wheatfall will also be in the studio to share poems that move the spirit, toes and fingers!

Portland Story Theater was launched in 2004 to bring the urban community together for a unique performance experience, telling tales that stimulate the mind and rouse the heart. We are a grass-roots operation, building awareness and appreciation for narrative. In late 2009, we established ourselves as a not-for-profit business. PST uses a unique collaborative approach to produce shows of people performing stories drawn from real-life experiences. We also offer workshops and one-on-one coaching for people who want to learn how to tell stories. Portland Story Theater has been recognized by The Oregonian for our groundbreaking work that "keeps audiences entranced from start to finish." <?xml:namespace prefix = o />


From the heroes of Celtic myth to the wise men and fools of Yiddish folklore, Lawrence Howard takes us on a journey through the rich landscape of story. One of the original co-founders of Portland Story Theater, he creates personal stories that really resonate with adult audiences. He is well-known for his Armchair Adventurer Series that includes "Shackleton's Antarctic Nightmare: The 1914 Voyage of The Endurance," "Mawson's Mettle, Alone On The Wide Shores of The World," and he's researching another piece, "Polar Opposites: Amundsen, Scott, and the Race For The Pole" to premiere next January at PST. Lawrence is originally from New York but has lived in the Pacific Northwest most of his adult life. He has a keen fascination for Antarctica, is a lover of limericks, and enjoys homemade ginger ale. He currently lives in Portland, Oregon.


Storyteller, monologist, narrative artist ... whatever you want to call it, Lynne Duddy tells stories. She's a self-described cross between Laurie Anderson and Linda Barry. Lynne co-founded PST in 2004 to give adults a chance to have a sense of connection through stories. She recently participated in the First National Story Slam in Chicago and is now on her way to LA to the National Storytelling Network Fringe Festival to share her new piece, "There's No Place Like Home."  Lynne is the producer of Singlehandedly, Portland's Solo Performance Festival and she's an ordained minister of the Church of Sexual Healing. She's native to Portland, is learning to play the mbira, and enjoys hanging out with her dog in the garden. She currently lives in Portland, Oregon.

emmett wheatfall is an aspiring poet. When it comes to poetry, the first letter's of his first and last name are in lowercase. He says “I lowercase the letter's “e” and "w" out of my respect for the art and craft of poetry, and in recognition of what my poetry mentor suggests I am at this time. I am an Apprentice Poet.”


His very first poetry reading of his own work was held on September 25, 2009 at the Manhattan Café in Portland, Oregon. The proprietor of the café Angela Snow was so enthralled by emmett’s poetry that she opened her cafe for an evening of poetry called “The Poetry of Emmett Wheatfall: Imagine with Me.” It was a wonderful evening, with a full house of friends and guests who were inspired by his poetic artistry.

Subsequent to that time emmett has written numerous poems as well as recorded two CD’s. The first CD is entitled “When I Was Young” and the second “I Speak.” His first CD release concert was called “The Toast of the Town” and performed to a standing room only audience on January 27, 2010 at Portland's premier jazz club Jimmy Mak’s. The musicians who recorded the album with him and performed at the CD release concert were Gordon Lee, pianist, Andre St. James, Upright bass, Ed Coleman III, drums, Noah Peterson, alto and soprano saxophone.

At this time emmett continues to read, write, study, and perform poetry.

*Independent, local musical artists Shabâvâ's song "Baran" will air tonight *SHABAVA, live in concert

Friday, July 2nd at
5441 SE Belmont
Portland, OR 97215

7:30pm/$10 all ages

Please join us for a special evening, as we celebrate the conclusion of Reza Antoszweska's Ebru (also called marble painting) art exhibit.  Shabava will take you on a musical journey across the Silk Road, featuring the poetry of Rumi, Hafez and Khayyam, as well as excerpts of recent works by contemporary poets.

SHABAVA is a trio with members trained in Iran, Morocco and the USA.  They combine their backgrounds in classical Persian, Arabic and flamenco music to deliver fresh presentations of traditional pieces and create
original compositions with a unique voice.  Shabava features Bobak Salehi on Persian kamancheh and sehtar, Nat Hulskamp on Arabic oud and flamenco guitar, and Pouria Sayrafi on tombak and percussion.

For more info please visit

Contact: Nat Hulskamp or Bobak Salehi,

Local and/or Independent Musical Artists

Paula's Picks playlist for 06/03/2010

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Caron WheelerLivin' in the LightLivin' in the Light
Anita O'DayThem There EyesAnita O'Day 1945 - 1950
Ella Fitzgerald & the Ink SpotsThat's the Way It IsElla Fitzgerald 1945 - 1947
Jazz Jamaica All StarsWalk on ByMassive
Elephant RevivalRing around the
Eastern SunzBalanceCorrupted

Tonight's show was one of the most fun, creative and inspirational "Paula's Picks" yet! There was great music, but also AMAZING poets who were local, established and generous with their time and art.

Four poets joined us for a "Poets' Roundtable", which I hope to make a monthly series to showcase a slice of the local poetry scene. Each poet shared a few poems, some reflections and insights on poetry and their lives as poets and left us in awe! A big thanks (in order of reading) to: Barbara Drake, Scot Siegel, Penelope Scambly Schott and Mark Thalman.

Oregon's newest (read: 6th) Poet Laureate, Paulann Petersen also joined us to share more information the Friends of William Stafford - a 501(c)3 non-profit established to continue the legacy of the late, great William Stafford.

As Paulann mentioned, anyone interested in the community of poetry, as well as the creativity inspired by William Stafford, should visit the website for more information on becoming a member, or to find out about upcoming events.

Please support independent and/or local musical and spoken word artists. You can click on the links below for more information!

And feel free to leave feedback (constructive criticism appreciated) about this show!


Local Spoken Word Artists (links provided as available)

Barbara Drake - newest book of poetry Driving One Hundred .

Paulann Petersen - . More information about her recent appointment as Oregon's 6th Poet Laureate - .

Penelope Scambly Schott - newest book of poetry Six Lips .

Scot Siegel - newest book of poetry Skeleton Says (check it out on Facebook

Mark Thalman - newest book of poetry Catching the Limit .

All poets books can be found at or requested from Looking Glass Bookstore in Sellwood (Oregon), Powell's or your local, independent bookstore.

Local Musical Artists

Ashley Maher - or on Facebook or on MySpace .

Elephant Revival - or on Facebook or on MySpace .

Eastern Sunz - or on Facebook or on MySpace  .

Paula's Picks playlist for 05/20/2010

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Dennis BrownYour Love Is AmazingBless Me JahRAS Records
Caron WheelerLivin' in the LightLivin' in the LightEMI USA
Djanka DiabateAcocoDjankaSound Wave Records
Lena HorneBlack IsSeasons of a LifeBlue Note
Charley PrideKiss an Angel Good Mornin'The Essential Charley PrideLegacy /
ShineheadFamily AffairThe Real RockElektra Entertainment
Angie Stone feat. James IngramMy PeopleThe Art of Love & WarConcord Music Group
The Staple SingersI'll Take You ThereBe Altitude: Respect YourselfStax Records
Lena HorneIt's All Right with MeAt Long Last LenaBMG Music
Alton EllisGirl I've Got a DateCry ToughHeart Beat Records
Etta JamesHere I Am (Come and Take Me)Life, Love & the BluesPrivate Music
Frankie PaulFree Jah ChildrenA We RuleRAS Records
Jah 9WarningRebellionDon Corleon
Dorothy MasukaPata PataPata PataMango/Island
The SpinnersI'll Be AroundSpinnersAtlantic Recording
Double XposureZoom (feat. Scandalous & Karen B)You Know Where to Find UsDX Productions
Sister CarolDedicated to Bob MarleyBlack CinderellaHeart Beat Records
Dionne FarrisRealityYou Can Hear the Future of MusicSony Music
Elephant RevivalRing around the MoonElephant RevivalIndependent
Tom JonesI (Who Have Nothing)The Best of Tom JonesUniversal Music
Bob MarleySoul RebelSoul RebelPegasus
The ImpressionsGypsy WomanIt's All RightUniversal Music
Jill ScottGoldenBeautifully HumanHidden Beach Recordings

A "Thank YOU" edition of "Paula's Picks", to show how much I/we appreciate all of YOU who showed your support, during our KBOO Spring Membership Drive, AND to those who support by listening to community radio!

Thanks for listening in every 1st & 3rd Thursday to this eclectic mix of music and spoken word!

Spoken Word Artists

Inua Ellams

Gil Scott-Heron

Independent Musical Artists

Jah 9

Elephant Revival

Paula's Picks playlist for 04/01/2010

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Corinne Bailey RaePut Your Records OnCorinne Bailey RaeCapitol Records
Tree Top TribeCharlie's HideoutThe Blackberry Jam SessionsIndependent
Ashley MaherAminaAminaIndependent
SharelleAngels' WingsAngels at the WaterfrontElektrocat Records
Toshi ReagonHeartbreak HotelHave You HeardBlack Elephant
Billy PrestonI Wrote a Simple SongThe Best of Billy PrestonUniversal Music
Elephant RevivalRing around the MoonIndependent
TaarkaA Whole New YouSeed Gathering for a Winter GardenIndependent
Kreyol SyndikatSonger Nous (Think of Us)
Tina & the B-Side MovementMatter of TimeSalvationElektra Entertainment
DX TwinzKeep It 2getherIndependent
Brothers Next DoorDo for SelfBrothers Next DoorIndependent

Here's the Pick List!

As promised, the show was packed with TONS of surprises - in-studio guest Mick Schafer of Tree Top Tribe; featured in-studio guest Will Redwood, who chatted with us about his artistic melding of poetry and visual art AND treated us to a reading of his poem"A Bird Song" now available as a picture book!

There was a ticket giveaway to Elephant Revival's performance on April 2nd at The Woods.

We had spoken word artistry through a poem by local poet Scot Siegel, an inspirationally poignant essay by Dana Roc and an excerpt of an interview with The Mighty Third Rail!

The Mighty Third Rail shared their thoughts about one of their pieces, "The New America" - a timely lyrical essay nestled on a bed of violin & bass. Simply amazing!

What else? Plenty! More music from independent artists. It was a show full of fantastic music and spoken word poking out from every corner.

As always, please support local artists by seeing performances and/or purchasing their art from local sources.

Spoken Word Artists

Will Redwood

Scot Siegel

Dana Roc

The Mighty Third Rail


Independent Musical Artists/Notable Musical Artists

Tree Top Tribe

Ashley Maher


Toshi Reagon

Elephant Revival


Tina & the B-Side Movement

DX Twinz

Brothers Next Door

Paula's Picks playlist for 03/18/2010

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The Pan African OrchestraWia Concerto No. 1Opus 1Real World Records
MidniteSeek Knowledge before VengeanceSeek Knowledge before Vengeance
Leo the LionessWae Me Over
MC 900 Ft JesusThe City Sleeps
Cesaria EvoraCrepuscular SolidãoSão VicenteWindham Hill Records/BMG
Sarah VaughanBlack CoffeeThe Divine Sarah Vaughan: The Columbia Years 1949 -1953CBS Records Inc.
Bobby WomackCheck It OutAnthologyCapitol Records
Michael JacksonHuman NatureThrillerCBS Inc./Epic
Clarence CarterSlip Away
Minnie RipertonSimple ThingsPerfect Angel/Adventures in ParadiseEMI Records
Frightened RabbitOld Old Fashioned
Michael JacksonHeaven Can WaitInvincibleMJJ Productions
Ella Fitzgerald(I Love You) For Sentimental ReasonsElla Fitzgerald 1945 - 1947Classics Records
Bill WithersJust the Two of UsThe Best of Bill Withers: Lean on MeSony Music Entertainment
Toshi ReagonBuilding BluesHave You HeardBlack Elephant Music
Emmett WheatfallPretty Black Girl You So FineWhen I Was YoungPeterson Entertainment
Ashley MaherSmall BoatsAminaSpin Wild
The Bamboos feat. Kylie AuldistI Don't Wanna Stop

Tonight's journey was a FUNtastic one! DJ Muffin was in the studio the entire time and even participated in "Muffin's Picks", by running around finding the tunes selected by YOU, our KBOO family!

Many thanks to all who called with their "Muffin's Picks". Thank you for sharing your love of music with us and fellow listeners.

Tonight's show also included a special spoken word "open mic" flashback! I played segments of all the spoken word contributions to "Paula's Picks" so far. It was a lovely revisit of the amazing poems and short stories written by talented local and not-so-local artists!

As always, here is the information for local/independent artists featured on "Paula's Picks".

Spoken Word Artists

Cicely Rodgers - "Educational Anxiety"

Jacob Sam-LaRose - "Communion" and "Manifesto"

Niall O'Sullivan - "Prologue"

Michael Guinn - "They Speak"

Peter "Achilles" Kallon -

Mike Aspros - "Daylight Savings"

Bunmi Hazzan - "Being My Friend"

Richard M. Johnson - "Ouija"

Paste Tree - "San Franzilla"

Will Brown - "The Inconvenience of Haiti"

Will Redwood - "Freestyle Walkin'"

Beverly Mickins -

Emmett Wheatfall - "Black Rose, Black Rose"

Notable Music Artists



MC 900 Ft Jesus

Toshi Reagon

Ashley Maher


The Bamboos

Kylie Auldist

Please support local/independent artists, as well as local/independent music stores.

If you or someone you know is a spoken word or musical artist, please get in touch to participate with "Paula's Picks". I'd love to share your talent with everyone who tunes in every 1st & 3rd Thursday at 8 pm! E-mail for submission guidelines: kboopaula (at) gmail (dot) com.



Hi Paula, Tom and Ardyth here

Hi Paula,

Tom and Ardyth here from Vancouver, WA. We spoke to you over the weekend when we dropped into donate. Great show tonight and I really enjoyed hearing your choices, great job!

Have a great week......... 


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