Country Interviews

Southern Rocker Joe Davis Talks About Slide Guitar, Skydog and Les Paul’s in Overalls

Southern Rocker Joe Davis Talks About Slide Guitar, Skydog and Les Paul’s in Overalls

Posted June 4, 2012 at 12:39 pm | 3 comments

If you’re into down home rock that’s laden with the grit and power of a South bound train, then you need to do yourself a favor and check out singer songwriter, Joe Davis – he’s the real deal.

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Derek Trucks Interview: “Be Completely Free To Do Whatever You Want”

Derek Trucks Interview: “Be Completely Free To Do Whatever You Want”

Posted December 10, 2011 at 1:19 pm | One comment

After over a decade of paying his dues, a fountain of good fortune is flowing endlessly for slide guitar virtuoso extraordinaire Derek Trucks. During these years of nonstop, grueling touring, he has built a name for himself as the bottleneck boogie guitar player to be reckoned with. Trucks has coordinated countless tours and recordings, playing with his own group, The Derek Trucks Band, played alongside mentors and kin The Allman Brothers Band and has appeared on numerous side projects and guest work from the Frogwings to Phil Lesh.

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Interview: Lloyd Maines, Producer/Lap Steel Wizard: “Crafting An Inspired Sound”

Interview: Lloyd Maines, Producer/Lap Steel Wizard: “Crafting An Inspired Sound”

Posted October 6, 2011 at 2:24 pm | 2 comments

Though not a household name, Maines is renowned in artist and industry circles for his journeyman talents and facility performing and producing with arttists such as Wilco, Robert Earl Keen, Joe Ely, Willie Nelson, Hank Thompson, Roger Creager and Terry Allen. Lloyd also has earned the esteemed distinction of appearing on and playing and performing live with several dozen artists on numerous episodes of Austin City Limits, PBS’s prestigious, nationally televised live music showcase.

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Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown Interview: The Late, Great Boogie Maestro, Larger Than Life

Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown Interview: The Late, Great Boogie Maestro, Larger Than Life

Posted September 20, 2011 at 6:29 pm | No comments

In July 2001, I was deeply honored to interview roots music legend, the late, great Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown before he passed away just a few years later. At some 77 years young, the virtuoso guitarist, fiddle player, and multi-instrumentalist had been blessed with a luminous, storied career and had shared the live performance stage and recording studio with the likes of Eric Clapton, Ry Cooder, Leon Russell, Roy Clark, and a glittering who’s who of music icons who have all tipped their hats to Gate’s musical gifts and immeasurable influence on them.

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Interview With Bob Boykin: How To Be A Successful Session Musician and Composer

Interview With Bob Boykin: How To Be A Successful Session Musician and Composer

Posted July 27, 2011 at 12:39 am | One comment

You may not have heard of Bob Boykin, but it’s a near certainty that you have heard him play. It’s always inspiring and equally uncanny how some guitarists have the creative juice to produce work that can fit into a broad spectrum of the performing arts. Bob Boykin has been a “go to” session player in Los Angeles and Nashville and a performing artist with some of the country’s top acts. He has also written an impressive body of music that regularly finds its way into top television programs and commercials as well as major motion pictures.

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Terri Clark Interview: A True Northern Girl

Terri Clark Interview: A True Northern Girl

Posted June 3, 2011 at 9:33 am | No comments

After reaching the top of the Country music world, Canadian guitarist, singer and songwriter Terri Clark decided to move away from the major label world that she had lived in for her whole career and went out on her own for her 2009 album The Long Way Home. This departure has only seemed to strengthen the Country star as she gets the best of both worlds, being able to have complete creative control, while working with distributors to help get her music out to a global audience; two things that would make countless other major label artists jealous.

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Jake Shimabukuro Interview: Ukulele Hero

Jake Shimabukuro Interview: Ukulele Hero

Posted April 28, 2011 at 8:20 pm | No comments

Not only does Hawaiian-born ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro make his little four-string axe gently weep, he also makes it sweep, soar, and sing. In his hands, the ukulele roams the halls of folk, jazz, flamenco, rock, funk, the blues, bluegrass and classical music. Along with his astonishing talent, Jake’s winning smile and generous personality have been recognized by the State of Hawaii that has named him a Goodwill Ambassador for the island paradise.

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Skyler Interview: A Star on the Rise

Skyler Interview: A Star on the Rise

Posted February 23, 2011 at 2:05 pm | One comment

At an age when most people are hanging around at the swing-set, or I guess these day’s it’s an X-Box, guitarist, vocalist and songwriter Skyler was working on developing his craft, a smart move that has now paid off only a few short years down the road. With a new EP out, Skyler is just hitting his stride at an age when most folks don’t even know what they want to do with their lives yet. If his past is any indication, this talented young musician has an extremely bright future ahead of him.

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Ricky Skaggs Interview: Blending His Life’s Passions on Mosaic

Ricky Skaggs Interview: Blending His Life’s Passions on Mosaic

Posted January 19, 2011 at 11:28 am | One comment

The wholeness of the life of Grammy award winning multi-instrumentalist Ricky Skaggs, cannot be summed up in individual passions, but is a blending of influences of music, spirituality, family life, and friends that are reflected, much like his latest CD, into a patchwork of armament, a personal “mosaic”.

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Albert Lee Interview: A Real Country Gentleman

Albert Lee Interview: A Real Country Gentleman

Posted January 5, 2011 at 2:22 pm | 19 comments

It’s amazing what can happen on a whim. Just a few days ago I was surfing the web, checking out some guitar videos on YouTube and I came across a great performance by country legend Albert Lee. Seeing the video reminded me of what a stellar player Lee really is and so I decided to head over to his site to see if he was touring in my area this year, hoping to get a chance to see him live. A bit dismayed after finding out that he’ll be spending most of his time in Europe in the near future, and later learning that I had just missed him in Chicago recently, I noticed that there was a contact button on his site, and that’s when things get interesting.

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