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George Benson talks back

George Benson never dreamed he’d record a tribute to Fats Domino and Chuck Berry. A jazz musician and vocalist who became a major pop star in the ’70s, Benson fetes […]

Leyla McCalla Talks Back

“You keep telling me to climb this ladder. I’ve got to pay my dues. But as I rise the stakes get higher. I’ve got the capitalist blues. When I give […]

Colin Blunstone of the Zombies talks back

In a cosmic twist of fate, March 29 is a twice-special date for the Zombies. On March 29, 1969, the British invasion band’s “Time of the Season” reached number one […]

Derek Trucks Talks Back

United in marriage and music, Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks lead the sprawling, improvising, steeped-in-roots music Tedeschi Trucks Band. The twelve-piece group includes a three-piece horn section and trio of […]

John Waters talks back

Pink Flamingos, Hairspray, Female Trouble, Polyester, Pecker, Cry-Baby and a dozen more movies, most of which are guaranteed to shock and amuse. They’re all products of the feverishly obsessive mind […]

Simple Minds talks back

Scotland’s Simple Minds are famous in America for their number one hit, 1985’s “Don’t You (Forget About Me).” But that song, featured in the John Hughes film The Breakfast Club, […]

Shemekia Copeland Talks Back

She’s a second-generation blues artist with a lot to say. In August, Shemekia Copeland released America’s Child, her ninth album. Her 22-month-old son, Johnny Lee Copeland-Schultz, inspired the topical collection […]

Robert Earl Keen talks back

Robert Earl Keen’s never had a hit—at least not in the traditional chart-topper sense. And he didn’t wear a hat for every album cover, show and publicity shot. He tried […]

Tony Joe White talks back

Growing up in north Louisiana’s West Carroll Parish, Tony Joe White picked cotton on his dad’s farm and pokeweed in the woods and fields. When he wasn’t working or going […]

Ledisi Talks Back

Ledisi, whose name means “to bring forth” in the Yoruba language, will be in a very familiar setting when she performs at the Essence Music Festival on Friday, July 6. […]