Detroit musicians Greg Sharrow and James McGovern put together Can You Hear Me TV with a mission.
“There’s a problem in the music industry. The bands that should get exposure don’t, and something should be done about it,” Sharrow explains.
What he and McGovern are doing is “Rock ’N’ Roll Safari,” a weekly music show that begins a 12-week run 11:30 p.m. Saturday (Jan. 6) on Detroit’s WTVS-Channel 56. Each show will spotlight one unsigned band with a 45-minute live set and a 15-minute documentary-style introduction about the group.
Four episodes featuring Detroit bands are ready to go so far. The Muggs will be showcased Saturday, followed by the Hard Lessons on Jan. 13, Hotness on Jan. 20 and a special show on the Sweet Sounds of Detroit label (and candy maker) on Jan. 27. The remaining performances, which will include some bands from outside of Detroit, will be filmed Jan. 12-13 at Detroit’s Magic Stick. (Admission will be $10 each night.)
Some of the performances also have been available for more than a year at www.canyou hearmetv.com.
“It’s a labor of love,” says Sharrow. “It’s been five years of doing it now, trial and error fi guring out the best way to convey the stories and music of these bands in an underground, live setting.
“We feel we’ve captured the formula now and can go into any club and nail exactly what’s going on in that city.”
CYHMTV hopes to expand “Rock ’N’ Roll Safari” to other cities. The company also plans to keep the Web site fully updated, although Sharrow feels the Internet is “still a little young” to be the sole home for the show.