Archive for the ‘Interviews’ Category

Billy Joe Shaver, an interview

Billy Joe Shaver, an interview

Maybe I’m a little jaded, but there aren’t too many  people I’d get excited about meeting.  Billy Joe Shaver is an exception.  He’s a writer that proves less is more which meant a lot when my dad showed me “Tramp on Your Street” while I was in college.  Surrounded by people trying to use big […]

ATF Self-Interview: Folk Family Revival

ATF Self-Interview: Folk Family Revival

Texas roots quartet Folk Family Revival released their debut full-length, Unfolding, back in July of 2011. It’s an honest record, a gritty effort straight from the heart of these three brothers and one honorary brother. Produced and mixed by Jeffery Armstreet at Red Tree Recording Studio in Magnolia, Texas, the album also features Scott Davis, […]

Good Times with Swear and Shake – Interview

Good Times with Swear and Shake – Interview

When New York band Swear and Shake visited Nashville at the end of September, I got a chance to talk with them in between a photo shoot with MD Laidlaw and their show at the Music City Bar and Grill.  In thirty minutes, we covered a lot of ground, during which I discovered the origin […]

Interview with Matt Duke (and Sometimes Jay Nash)

Interview with Matt Duke (and Sometimes Jay Nash)

On September 26, two-thirds of TFDI performed at 3rd and Lindsley.  Matt Duke was kind enough to speak with me before the show, and Jay Nash was kind enough to join on occasion.  In thirty minutes, we discussed everything from love songs to bobsledding.  These are seriously talented and very funny guys, and I enjoyed […]

Words with Buffalo Clover

Words with Buffalo Clover

Back in August, I got a chance to sit down with some of the members of Buffalo Clover, Margo Price, Jason White, and Matt Gardner.  In thirty minutes, we covered carnivals, scalawags, and cliff diving.  Read on to get inside the minds of Nashville’s most eclectic band. ATF: How would you describe your music for […]

Little John the Conqueror: An Interview with The Reverend John DeLore

Little John the Conqueror: An Interview with The Reverend John DeLore

Back in August, with Hurricane Irene bearing down on NYC and New England, Brooklyn singer/songwriter The Reverend John DeLore tweaked the lyrics to the old Leadbelly classic, “Goodnight Irene,” giving it a timely Gotham City theme, a musical plea to spare the island metropolis. DeLore recorded a solo acoustic version around 3pm on August 28, […]

Lee MacDougall Speaks – Interview, August 13

Lee MacDougall Speaks – Interview, August 13

Before Lee MacDougall took the stage in Nashville on August 13, I got a chance to talk with him for a few minutes.  With his easy, charming wit, Lee discussed heavy metal, TJ Maxx, and his mom.   ATF:  How would you describe your music to someone who has never heard you? LM: Um, wow.  […]

A Chat With Cane Spur Arkansas’ Darlings The Cleverlys

A Chat With Cane Spur Arkansas’ Darlings The Cleverlys

Cross-genre cover experimentation is often dangerous ground and should only be attempted by a skilled few. The Cleverlys, who don bright orange scarves, ten-gallon hats and brandish Porter Wagoner drawls, are one of the skilled few. Their sincere and hilarious skewering of Beyoncé’s ‘Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)’ and dance hall star Shaggy’s early […]

An Interview with the Legendary American Troubadour: Guy Clark

An Interview with the Legendary American Troubadour: Guy Clark

On July 19, 2011, I had the distinct pleasure of interviewing a true icon in the world of songwriting, Guy Clark. Terms like troubadour, legend, and master are used all too often when referring to songwriters/musicians of far lesser caliber who do not live up to the honor. You do deserve all of those accolades […]

Interview with Scott H. Biram

Interview with Scott H. Biram

If Jimmy Martin, Leadbelly, David Allan Coe, a fire and brimstone preacher, and Gregg Ginn had their DNA combined and implanted in the womb of Janis Joplin, the baby that resulted would be the closest match to the incredible talent that is “The Dirty Old One Man Band,” Scott H. Biram. Equal parts country, blues, […]

Interview with Taylor Goldsmith of Dawes

Interview with Taylor Goldsmith of Dawes

Dawes sophomore album Nothing Is Wrong gets its release Tuesday June 7th. Last week I got a chance to talk to lead man Taylor Goldsmith while the band was up in Vermont. ATF: So Taylor, what inspired you more on this album home or touring? TG: Out of the two I would say touring. I […]

Robbie Robertson Talks About New Album, Favorite Song By The Band

Robbie Robertson Talks About New Album, Favorite Song By The Band

Robbie Robertson wrote some of the greatest rock songs of the late ‘60s and ‘70s. As a member of The Band, he penned classic songs filled with rueful stories and quirky characters. Robertson’s first album in more than a decade, How to Become Clairvoyant, is more memoir than fiction. He talks with Studio 360’s Kurt […]

Interview/Live Review: Kill County — @ Trophy’s in Austin, TX

Interview/Live Review: Kill County — @ Trophy’s in Austin, TX

For a truly unique take on folk and country music, look no further than Kill County. The band recently brought their minimalist old-school roots sound on a mini-tour to Texas, playing a series of shows around the Austin area. I sat down with the band’s vocalist/banjo player, known only as Ringo, vocalists/guitarist Josh James, and […]

Interview: (Way More Than) 12 Questions With Kate Jacobs

Interview: (Way More Than) 12 Questions With Kate Jacobs

If Kate Jacobs has learned one thing, it’s patience. Her latest release, Home Game (Small Pond Records), is her fifth full-length and comes seven years after her previous effort, 2004’s You Call That Dark. In that span she’s taken time off from recording and touring to raise a family while continuing to write the same […]