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After working with the legendary Procol Harum for five albums, Robin Trower departed to embark on a stellar solo career. Today, I speak with Robin about things like  his days with Procol Harum, influences (like James Brown) and his latest tour (info at http://trowerpower,com).


Jim Kweskin plays old-time music the way it was played back in the twenties, thirties and forties, though he is quick to point out that his band was not and is not a "revival" or nostalgia act.

Today, we talk with Jim about, among other things, how he got his first musical instrument, his first record contract, his musical mission, and the intentional community of which he is still a member.


The Ventures were the best-known and most successful rock instrumental band ever. Few are those who don't know the theme from Hawaii Five-O by heart, to say nothing of chart slammers like Walk, Don't Run and Slaughter on Tenth Avenue. Some say The Ventures invented surf-rock!

Today, I speak with founding member of the band, Don Wilson. And he's got a lot to say!


Buffy Sainte-Marie has held a solid following over the last 5 decades despite having her records banned from airplay at the behest of none other than Presidents Lyndon Johnson and Richard Nixon. Seems that some of this articulate, talented and politically-astute singer-songwriter's output offended certain people in power!

In our brief interview, Buffy and I discuss among other things, her previous work, her current album, Power in the Blood, and her 5-year run on Sesame Street.


You've probably never heard of her, but if you listen to the music of the sixties, or watch TV programs like Mission:Impossible, you've definitely heard her work. Today I speak with LA's number one session bassist with over 10,000 sessions to her credit, everyone from Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass to Sonny & Cher ("The Beat Goes On") to The Doors ("Light My Fire").


Tom Paxton has written everything from dog food commercials ("My Dog's Bigger Than Your Dog") to acoustic standards ("The Last Thing On My Mind"). Said the late Pete Seeger of Paxton's songs: “Tom’s songs have a way of sneaking up on you. You find yourself humming them, whistling them, and singing a verse to a friend. Like the songs of Woody Guthrie, they’re becoming part of America.” 
Mr. Paxton and I go over his storied half-century-long career.


Doug Lubahn, bassist for the band Clear Light, also played bass for the Doors on three of their albums, Strange Days, Waiting For The Sun, and Soft Parade.

On stage, the Doors didn't use a bassist. Keyboard wizard Ray Manzarek would provide the bass line using the lower register of his Vox Continental organ. In the studio however, the Doors relied on several session bassists. Doug was one of them. In fact, Doug was once offered a permanent position as the Doors' bassist.

In this interview, we talk with Doug about his early days in the music business, his first major-league band, Clear Light, that band's glimpse of fame as they played a cameo role in the motion picture, The President's Analyst, and his day-to-day experiences working with the Doors, including his relationship with Jim Morrisson.

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Rat Scabies was the drummer for the seminal English punk band, The Damned. Indeed, they were the first English punk band to put out first a single (New Rose, 1976) and then an album (Damned Damned Damned, 1977) on an enterprising little independent record label called Stiff Records. Here, we discuss the formation of the Damned, the appearance of members of The Clash on the Damned's third LP, Machine Gun Etiquette, his career with The Damned and his current projects, one of which is the documentary, The Damned – Don't You Wish That We Were Dead?


Singer-songwriter Matt Venuti plays with his band, The Venusians as well as solo. He plays two unique percussion instruments, the Hang and the Gubal. This interview took place the week of a splendid solo performance at Vishnu's Couch yoga studio in Binghamton, NY.

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Woodstock veterans Canned Heat were not just another blues/boogie band. They had some top talent on their team - to name just a few, frontman and major-league blues record collector Bob Hite, musicologist, harpist and bottleneck guitar player Alan Wilson (one John Lee Hooker once remarked that Wilson played his own music better than he himself did!), and a gifted drummer who'd begun his career in the mid-1950s playing with Mexico's top pop acts.

It is with this drummer, Fito De La Parra, that I speak this time. We discuss his career before and with Canned Heat, for whom he still plays.


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