Archive for the ‘Interviews’ Category

(Way More Than) 12 Questions with Larry Keel

(Way More Than) 12 Questions with Larry Keel

By Lindsey Grossman Alt-grass legend and flatpicking guitar genius Larry Keel has been a busy guy this year. Keel launched a new website, Fishin’ and Pickin’, as well as a facelift of LarryKeel.com, complete with new music releases and daily fishing reports. Keel played a full summer schedule, hitting the biggest and best festivals and […]

The J. Tillman Interview – Reassembling Assumptions

The J. Tillman Interview – Reassembling Assumptions

J. Tillman Learns Through Book Writing and Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy; Gets His Kicks from Fans Getting All of His Humanity By Crystal Murphy Between his notably more lighthearted new songs, J. Tillman told a story about the last time he was in Pioneertown. A local approached him asking if he was a glass blower—for the […]

(Way More Than) 12 Questions with Anthony D’Amato

(Way More Than) 12 Questions with Anthony D’Amato

Solid debut recorded and released independently with members of Ben Kweller’s & Natalie Merchant’s bands, plus Canadian star Sam Roberts. With his debut album Down Wires getting loads of attention, recent Princeton grad Anthony D’Amato seems to be on the fast track to a stellar career as a singer/songwriter. The attention is indeed warranted, as […]

Q&A with The Secret Sisters – (Way More Than 12 Questions)

Q&A with The Secret Sisters – (Way More Than 12 Questions)

Honest and meaningful music is what caught T. Bone Burnett’s ear. The Secret Sisters certainly caught our collective ear with their clean and close harmonies — they really are sisters, after all. Natives of Muscle Shoals, Alabama, Lydia and Laura Rogers learned to harmonize in church and at family picnics performing classic gems by the […]

Interview: A Small Chat with Lucero

Interview: A Small Chat with Lucero

Lucero could very well be America’s most hard working band. Playing between 150 to 200 shows a year since 2001 definitely puts them in the ranking. While we’re at it they could win the award for most entertaining and down to earth as well. At times lead singer, Ben Nichols can be drunk as a […]

Q&A with Calexico’s Joey Burns – Tripping on the Esthetic Sidewalk

Q&A with Calexico’s Joey Burns – Tripping on the Esthetic Sidewalk

Calexico is fast becoming a household name, and for good reason. Joey Burns and John Convertino have committed over a decade to writing and touring as a kick-ass band with a better-than Spaghetti Western vibe. After our chat, Joey seemed much more like the makings of a young Plato than merely a dude with a […]

Q&A with Emmylou Harris at All for the Hall Fundraiser, L.A.

Q&A with Emmylou Harris at All for the Hall Fundraiser, L.A.

By Jim Simpson/Jason Estopinal Emmylou. Like Elvis, Dolly, Liza and Frank, she’s attained single-name recognition. It seems as though she’s been around forever, but she arrived in Nashville in 1970, driving a beige Ford Falcon that she bought from her uncle for $400. She was waited tables at a Polynesian restaurant and then played and […]

Q&A with Taylor Swift at All for the Hall Fundraiser, L.A.

Q&A with Taylor Swift at All for the Hall Fundraiser, L.A.

By Jason Estopinal/Shannon Hutchison When one sees a fundraiser entitled “All for the Hall” held for the County Music Hall of Fame, one’s first thought may be “I think the Country Music Hall of Fame is doing okay. I mean, it’s a Hall of Fame; I don’t see the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto […]

Interview: Local Natives

Interview: Local Natives

I re-he-heally hope that Andy from Local Natives has a Bluetooth, because if not, we were breaking the law together today, and not in a cool way you want to tell people about when you’re drinking. In a ticket-getting way. I got to chat with Andy Hamm, bassist, vocalist, writer, percussionist, etc. etc. etc…(more on […]

Interview: The Black Twig Pickers – Nothing Funny About Days Gone By

Interview: The Black Twig Pickers – Nothing Funny About Days Gone By

Old time music is strange. I don’t think it’s really like a warm fireplace. I find it to be constantly challenging and engaging. — Nathan Bowles, The Black Twig Pickers The Black Twig Pickers are a non neo-traditional old time band that resides in the hills of Appalachia in Southwest Virginia. The trio consists of […]

Interview: Blue Giant…no longer just for the space scientists.

Interview: Blue Giant…no longer just for the space scientists.

You know when you have a friend who has a friend she REALLY wants you meet, and every time you say something something funny, she always says “Oh, so and so would think this was HILARIOUS…I can’t WAIT for you to meet him,” and you say “Oh yeah, he sounds suuuuper great,” but really, you’re […]

Audra Mae — The Happiest Interview

Audra Mae — The Happiest Interview

Audra Mae is a dreamer with both feet on the ground. The great-grandniece of starlet Judy Garland, Audra is darn proud of her roots but equally as proud to have carved a path of her own, musically speaking. With a hugely capable voice and thoughtfully whimsical melodies, her music is a unique but well-rounded listening […]

The Infamous Stringdusters Fly High

The Infamous Stringdusters Fly High

With fingers flying across acoustic strings and a sound blending the finest traditions of American bluegrasss with the aesthetic sensibilities of the contemporary music, the Infamous Stringdusters embody today’s young, hip bluegrass scene. And with the release of their third album, Things That Fly, the Infamous Stringdusters are flying higher than ever. In laying the […]

Charlie Daniels’ Real America

Charlie Daniels’ Real America

To the world at large, no musician epitomizes country music more than Charlie Daniels. His name is shorthand for epic fiddle playing. His albums are country music classics. Not only is “Devil Went Down to Georgia” one of the most widely recognized country music songs in the world, it is the most celebrated face-off between […]