Monday, September 16, 2013

The Beatles at Walnut Ridge

A tiny farm town in Arkansas was swept away with unbelievable excitement ...when The Beatles briefly landed at the city's airport. The story has it that during a weekend layover between Dallas & New York, John, Paul, George & Ringo stole away to a dude ranch in Southern Missouri for some much needed rest and relaxation. When this sleepy town of Walnut Ridge got wind of the Fab 4 potentially landing at the airport, the crowd gathered to steal a peak....or a touch....

Tomorrow, Carrie Mae Snapp will share her exciting tale of when she saw The Beatles (and gasp, even touched GEORGE!)  Her brother, Charles, will fill us in on the details of The Beatles At The Ridge, a festival which is taking place in Walnut Ridge this weekend (oh & it's FREE!)

The city reminds me of my own slumbering hometown which struggles to save its history, along with paying the bills. There is a rich history of rock & roll in this area of Arkansas and I applaud the citizens for "saving rock & roll" in Walnut Ridge. Check out the enchanting parks the city constructed as a tribute to the foundation of Rock and Roll along with The Beatles.


This weekend's festival will showcase three stages of music: The Beatles, early Rock 'n' Roll, Country and Bluegrass. Chicago's terrific tribute band, BritBeat will perform Saturday evening. Stan Perkins, the son of rock & roll legend Carl Perkins (who The Beatles ADORED,) will be performing as well as Sun Records legend Sonny Burgess and The Legendary Pacers, and JR Rogers & The All Stars.
Of course you do not want to miss our friend & world renowned author, Jude Southerland Kessler, who will present an engaging program titled "Lennon's Liverpool" on Friday evening. Oh, and I will be there chatting about my Beatles cookbook, too.

Tune into the radio show tomorrow to hear all about the festival from fest organizer Charles "Hammer Time" Snapp (gotta find out why they call him that) along with his sister, Carrie Mae Snapp.

This is the link for the show:

Come for the nostalgia and the good vibes. The Beatles would love that....

Lanea Stagg
Recipe Records Cookbooks

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Bacon Jam Rocks.....

I love bacon. Bacon is the great American ingredient and it's used to enhance every possible food

I'm very excited to introduce a product made by a company who really knows how to make bacon lovers happy. These Philadelphia food connoisseurs developed a way to blend savory bacon with brown sugar & other superior ingredients and "jam" it so it could be spread onto any possible food.

Bruce Kramer, one of The Bacon Jams founders, will be my guest TOMORROW, SEPT. 6TH - at 9:00 a.m. CST (10:00 a.m. EST)  on the radio show!  Tune in to hear Bruce explain how they came up with the jam as well as share recipes. Warning: you are gonna be hungry after listening to this one.

Here is the link to the show - which can be heard live or via the archived episode  -  same link:

The Bacon Jams company is currently undergoing a Kickstarter campaign & you can support their cause -- while receiving their delicacies by going to


Recently I was given the great pleasure of sampling the products & we had a little taste test at my house. The Bacon Jams were sampled with a recipe from Recipe Records-the 60's Edition, a killer biscuit called "Danger Will Robinsons" (long story, read the book ;)
We sampled The All Original Bacon Jam, Black Pepper & Honey and Red Chile & Garlic...and surprisingly one flavor won by an overwhelming vote.... 

Would you like a chance to sample them (for free) at your house??
Then check out the products at and suggest a recipe for this fine product.
Email your suggestion to me at:

Hurry & send the email by midnight tomorrow, Sept. 6th, and your name will go into the drawing!

For those of you listening LIVE tomorrow -- Bruce will announce a way to win samples via Twitter!

Check them out at Facebook:

Peace, Love & Bacon,

Lanea Stagg
radio: cookbook

Sunday, September 1, 2013

The Hits Kihn-tinue

It's so cliché to start with "I remember when I was in high school"...but I'm gonna do it anyway. During my high school days, The Greg Kihn Band was blasting on the Kansas City radio stations, along with The Police, J. Geils Band and Judas Priest.  Kihn's hits "Jeopardy" and "The Breakup Song" rocked lots of hip Missouri country teenagers & we proudly blasted the tunes in our cars.
Greg Kihn experienced success in his music career and with great ease he smoothly transitioned over to radio disc jockey in San Francisco, where he planted himself for nearly 17 terrific years. The musician proved that he could not only write hit songs, but he could write outstanding novels. His first novel, Horror Show, was nominated for the prestigious Bram Stoker Award for Best First Novel.

His latest "hit" Rubber Soul, is part murder mystery, part coming-of-age story, brilliantly inspired by interviews with Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Patti Harrison, Yoko Ono and Pete Best. The characters are meticulously developed and tell the story of how four lads in Liverpool obtained vinyl records from the USA, which influenced their creativity & took their band to unimaginable heights. The story, bound with completely accurate historical details, is an engrossing tale conveying the Fab 4's road to stardom which also includes an unforgettable assassination plot in 1966 by Ferdinand Marcos in The Philippines.  

Tuesday, September 3 is the release date for Rubber Soul  and I am incredibly honored to host Greg on my radio show, where he will talk about his new book & other projects. You are invited to tune in live (it's a 30 min. show) & I invite you to call the show to ask Greg a question or congratulate him on his latest hit.  The phone number is found on the radio show link.

The show link is:

If you can't listen live, you can listen to the archived episode, which posts immediately following the show. It is found at this link as well.

Greg Kihn & Lanea Stagg @ The Fest for Beatles Fans - Chicago

You're going to enjoy Greg's genuine manner & knowledgeable anecdotes. Be sure you pick up a copy of Rubber Soul which is available at his website:
This book idea is so awesome that I wish I'd thought of it...

Peace, Love & The Beatles, 

Lanea Stagg
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