CLOSER TO THE EDGE is a “Prog Variety Show” playing the finest classic and modern Progressive music from around the world! Progressive Rock (or simply Prog) evolved in the late 60’s/early 70’s from Psychedelic music to elevate rock to new levels of artistry. Prog bands, then and now, push rock’s technical and compositional boundaries by going beyond the standard rock or popular verse-chorus song based structures. Also, the arrangements often incorporate elements drawn from classical, jazz and world music. Long, multi-dimensional pieces are more common while songs with lyrics are sometimes conceptual, abstract, or based in fantasy. Musically, unusual time signatures are frequent as is orchestration and many ‘movements’ within one song. Prog bands sometimes use “concept albums” to tell an epic story or tackle a grand overarching theme. Sub-genres include Prog Folk, Progressive Metal, Jazz/Rock Fusion, Crossover Prog, Symphonic Rock, Psychedelic/Space Rock, International Prog and more. Classic bands include Pink Floyd, Yes, King Crimson, Renaissance, ELP, Jethro Tull, Moody Blues, Genesis, Rush, etc and modern bands include Porcupine Tree, IQ, Transatlantic, Anathema, Tool, Dream Theater, Marillion, Opeth, Steven Wilson, etc.
Closer to the Edge airs on Asheville FM 103.3 and online. Asheville FM is a volunteer-based, grassroots community radio station created by Friends of Community Radio, a non-profit entity. The idea for Asheville FM was hatched in early 2009.
JD is the host of “Closer to the Edge”. For the past 40+ years he has studied the genre and amassed an extensive Prog music collection including the latest bands and artists. He has many stories about meeting Prog legends like Keith Emerson of Emerson, Lake and Palmer, Todd Rundgren ex Utopia frontman, Steve Hackett formerly of Genesis, current and former members of Yes, Adrian Belew former guitarist and vocalist for King Crimson, Steven Wilson founder of Porcupine Tree and many others.
OH. at 01:27′ and 01:50′