To call the all-female group, Lez Zeppelin a tribute band would be a bit like calling Jimmy Page a guitar player. Indeed, the surviving members of Led Zeppelin are ardent fans of these four hard-rockin' ladies who play Zeppelin's entire repertoire virtually note-for-note. They even go so far as to replicate entire historic Zeppelin shows! They have fans - and tour - all over the globe. It would not be too big a stretch to call Lez Zeppelin the reincarnation of Led Zeppelin.
Today, I speak with lead guitarist, Steph Paynes, about how her band's records were made (they hired Led Zep's sound engineer, Eddie Kramer to produce!), how and why her band formed a decade ago, how she actually met Jimmy Page and the other Led Zep members, and her band's plans for the future.
Jerry Yester was playing with the Lovin' Spoonful even before he stepped in to replace Zal Yanovsky. We discuss his career on the LA coffehouse folk music circuit before the Lovin' Spoonful, his eventual involvement in it while still in the Modern Folk Quartet, his role in replacing departing Spoonful member Zal Yanovsky, and his plans for the future. We also talk about his brief relationship with Frank Zappa and his "Straight" record label.
Best known for her signature songs, "Brand New Key" and the anthemic "Lay Down (Candles In The Rain)", Melanie got her big break at the original Woodstock festival. To say she was performing 'without a net' would be putting it midly, but our lady pulled it off spectacularly.
In this interview, we talk about her Woodstock experience, as well as the stories behind her hit songs and her musical career, which began when she went to the wrong Brill Building audition studio!
David Laflamme is best known as the violinist and front man for the band, It's A Beautiful Day. We talk about how the band got its name and how its signature song, White Bird came about.
Turns out LaFlamme is also an inventor. He designed a radically-improved electric violin, which we talk about in addition to his band's history, and his plans for the future.
In this almost hour-long interview, Richie Furay, one of the key members of Buffalo Springfield and Poco, talks about his brief stint with the former band, his relationship with two of its members, Neil Young and Stephen Stills, and his tenure with the latter band (which is still a performing unit). We find out how Buffalo Springfield's signature song, For What It's Worth came to be. We also talk about his current projects, including The Richie Furay Band, and being pastor of Calvary Chapel Church in Broomfield, Colorado.
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.
She's currently touring the United States.