Interviews

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Gretchen Peters - Interview and Gig Review

I begin my interview with Gretchen Peters on a congratulatory note. She has just scooped International Album and Song of the year (2015) at the inaugural UK Americana Awards in London. Back in 1995 she won best song of the year at the Country Music Associations with “Independence Day”. So twenty years on with 10 albums to...
 
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Eric Bibb - The World of Blues

Eric Bibb is an internationally acclaimed bluesman who just can't seem to break the habit of life in the Nordic states. Since moving to Sweden from his native New York in around 1970, Bibb has travelled the world playing, touring, recording and generally making a name for himself while always scratching the itch that is Sweden. Again based in Sweden, near Nykoping, he laughs...
 
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Kathy Sledge Talks About Solos and Sisters

The disco era. Some want to toss it out as a mulligan in music history. Children of the era defend it with a Dangerfield-esque “don’t get no respect” stance. Nonetheless it produced some of the most iconic music of all time and was not just a fad; it was a cultural phenomenon that defined a generation and paved the way for modern dance music. Kathy Sledge was at the forefront...
 
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What Would You Do If You Found Your Fiancé’s Porno?

As they traverse the country on the back of their latest single My Heart, Nick and Toby from High-tails put their hearts on their sleeves as they tackle some big romance issues and give wise advice to five lonely people. Since this is the My Heart tour we’ve decided to keep things romantic. We did something similar with Donny Benet, so we had to try it again with you guys. We have...
 
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Getting Into the Mind of Harts

Darren Harts is this generation’s next quintessential guitar player. Sweeping the Blues into previously untouched territory that seeps through the crevasses of the mainstream, flows through the tried and tested sounds, and invites Rock n Roll, Funk, Soul and Pop to mingle in a kaleidoscopic lacuna – The Aussie multi-instrumentalist, and one man band has ignited a serious riff hungry beast within us all.
 
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Blind Lemon Peel Blues All-Stars: Best ‘Lil Blues Band You Might’ve Never Hear Of (‘Till Now)

"This ain't no sittin around cryin in your beer blues band", insists front-man/lead vocalist, Blind Lemon Peel. "We're a kick-a**, funky, get up and shake your love thang, boogie-woogie blues machine". Blind Lemon Peel All-Stars have recently headlined some of the top blues rooms in L.A., including Harvelle's, Catalina Jazz Club, and The Mint. We recently conducted an email interview...
 
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The Moody Blues Are Ready To Fly Me High

There is an old saying, “Adapt or Die.” The Moody Blues did neither and are celebrating their 50th Anniversary. The group has stuck to its core principles when writing and recording music they felt driven to create and the industry seemed to adapt around them. They are radio format spoilers; The “Moody’s” can be heard at any time, on any frequency and not seem out of place. Best known...
 
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The ‘Passion, Soul & Fire’ of Guitarist David M’ore

Guitarist-vocalist David M'ore has blazed a path of quickly-growing recognition that's landed the Bay Area musician on the cover of the San Francisco Chronicle, among others. M'ore's high-octane blues rock shines on his new album, "Passion, Soul, & Fire", which one reviewer says, "smolders with salacious bass grooves and really irresistible beats". Add a few portions of electrified sexually...
 
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Showmanship, Making Beats and Being Remembered - An Honest Discussion with Tom Lark

From his humble beginnings practicing in a Christchurch garage Shannon Fowler has always sought to create music that would be memorable. After gaining plenty of praise as Tom Lark he continues to make strides towards his ultimate goal, leaving behind a worthy legacy. Hey mate thanks for taking the time to chat with us. This isn’t your first time in Sydney is it? No, I’ve been to...
 
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Introducing Pete Scobell  

Most of us are fortunate to find success at one calling in life, let alone three. Then there’s Pete Scobell. Scobell served honorably for nearly two decades as a Navy SEAL, facing life-and-death situations most of us can’t even imagine. After retiring from that life he took his family to the mountains of Colorado to return to one of his first loves, snow skiing, as a competitive...
 
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Ray Brooks - Elder Statesman of the Blues Still Going Strong

The Southern California High Desert city of Victorville is home to one of the Blues genre's most notable names, songwriter-producer-guitarist-vocalist Ray Brooks, a former Grammy nominee who's still performing on a regular basis some six decades after he first started playing music in his home state of Texas. Brooks - recently interviewed by Living Blues magazine...
 
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Chronicling Larry “Fuzzy” Knight’s Long, Colorful Music Trip

"Blowin' Smoke conveys a welcome reminder to all people with a beating heart that putting a smokin’ 4-horn section alongside a burnin’ rhythm section, then layering three charismatic and powerful vocalists, The Fabulous Smokettes, on top of that - all live, intense, soulful, sassy, and powerful – this is music at its most enriching moment. Bandleader Larry "Fuzzy" Knight and...
 
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Dirty Deuce: Rock-Tinged Alt Country From The Frozen Tundra

Dirty Deuce is a Sturgeon Bay, WI-based band consisting of 'Reverend' Rob Atwood on guitars and vocals; Zach Vogel on bass; and Jamey 'J-Dirt' Clark on drums. The Dirty Deuce sound is best described as rock-tinged alt-country with a strong melodic base, as heard on such tracks as "100 Years" and "Body Is A Temple". You might also hear such varied influences ranging from 70's Brit...
 
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Crooked Eye Tommy: Going Straight to The Top of The West Coast Blues Scene

When Tommy Marsh and Crooked Eye Tommy released Butterflies & Snakes in August of 2015, little did the Ventura County-based blues musician realize how well the band's debut album would be received. To date, B&S has been the recipient of dozens of stellar reviews, while charting high on numerous international and domestic radio charts. In January, Butterflies & Snakes represents...
 
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E^ST’s Dream Collaborator? Jeff Buckley Of Course

E^ST (aka Melissa Bester), is the NSW Central Coast 17-year old who continues to captivate us with a signature sound proudly burdened by sweeping stories of defeat and encouragement – it’s authentic and anthemic, proving to us that age has no limits in creating something timeless. We caught up with E^ST to find out more about the processes behind her music, the relationship...
 
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