Poet Michael C. Ford was a friend of the late Ray Manzarek, as well as one James Douglas Morrison. They met at film school in the early 1960s. He was once considered for the position of bass player in The Doors. Here we discuss his brand new album, Look Each Other In The Ears, which not only features his latest poems but the last-ever musical back-up tracks by all three remaining members of The Doors. We also discuss, among other things, how he learned poetry under the great beat poet, Kenneth Patchen, his first-ever public reading in 1969, and his first appearance on vinyl on SST Records in the mid-80s.
Bluesman Danny Kalb was a founding member of the 1960s psych-blues band, The Blues Project. He currently has a 2-CD set out, Moving In Blue. We talk about it, the formation of The Blues Project, the Greenwich Village folk and blues scene of the 1960s, and more!
Today I interview the son of the late Ken Kesey, who plans to reprise his father's 1964 cross-country trip in the psychedelically-appointed bus, Furthur.
The lead guitarist of the Jefferson Airplane and co-founder of Hot Tuna talks about his band's recent tour of Japan and his music school/performance space, Fur Peace Ranch as well as his unique “Psylodelic” sixties culture museum. We also talk about how he got involved with The Jefferson Airplane and how Hot Tuna got formed and named!
Heather Dunbar, my collaborator on this interview and a long-time fan described Ms. DeMent's music thusly: "Country music could be more like this if it wanted to be.... What I like best is its true. pure emotion. She is best enjoyed live, but her albums are dynamite!"
Although her 2012 album, Sing The Delta is the first album of original music she's released in 16 years, that doesn't mean this sweet-voiced alt-country icon hasn't been busy. In this interview, we discuss her gospel-influenced musical background, her creative process, and side projects like her duet with John Prine.
Ben Fong-Torres got his start as a professional journalist in 1968 working as a reporter for a fledgling publication called Rolling Stone. He was later made senior editor of that bi-weekly. His profiles of and interviews with Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney, Ray Charles and Linda Ronstadt to name just a few are required reading for music fans and students of music journalism. He currently has a book out about the band Little Feat called Willin'.
Mr. Fong-Torres and I talk about his new book, the early days at Rolling Stone, his experiences covering Bob Dylan's Planet Waves tour, his interview with Jim Morrison (only weeks before Jim's passing) and his broadcast career, begun in the heyday of free-form radio.
She performed at Woodstock '69 in front of 500,000 people. She lost her sweet, young voice and nearly her life in a car crash only four months later. Her band, Sweetwater put out four albums before disappearing from the music scene.
Nancy (or Nansi as she once was known) and I go into detail about her current music, Sweetwater's recent live album, and delve into the band's colorful history (what, a cello instead of a lead guitar?)
Janis Joplin may have been the most famous member of Big Brother & the Holding Company, but she wasn't the only one in the group central to its sound -- guitar/singer Sam Andrew also wrote songs for the group, and he ended up with one of the longest careers of any of the members.
I speak with Sam about his musical career before, during and after Big Brother. We talk about how he came to join the band, the band he was in at age 15, his interest in the classics, and more!
Today I talk to Canned Heat, Spirit, Jo Jo Gunne, Firefall and Heart bassist Mark Andes about his early career and what he's been doing between the sixties and the present day. As it turns out, that covers quite a bit of ground!
Mister "Mr. Bojangles". Originally from Oneonta, NY, this man has done quite a bit since riding into the top-40 with that song. From his biography:
... Jerry Jeff has lived - and is still living - the troubadour's life. Lots of musicians talk about the road; Jerry Jeff really is the kid who rode his thumb out of his hometown in upstate New York to such exotic destinations as Key West (where he introduced another young musician named Jimmy Buffett to the pleasures of island life)...He really did sing for pennies on New Orleans streetcorners, alongside Mr. Bojangles...He really did strap his guitar on the back of a motorcycle and go busking across Canada...And he really did sing in the smoky cafes and folk clubs of Greenwich Village, following in the footsteps of Bob Dylan and Ramblin' Jack Elliott.
And that all happened before he became a star. Most folks know that story - how Jerry Jeff moved to Austin, Texas in the early Seventies and reinvented himself as a Lone Star country-rocker. He became, along with Willie Nelson and Asleep At The Wheel, one of the arbiters of the internationally famous Austin musical community. Since then, he has celebrated the music of peers such as Guy Clark and Townes Van Zandt, and served as a fountainhead and inspiration to younger musicians such as Robert Earl Keen, Pat Green, Jack Ingram, Todd Snider, and a moderately successful country tunesmith named Garth Brooks. ...
Among other things, we talk about his signature song, his annual birthday bash, going independent of the recording industry, and digital sound versus analog.