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Mitch Woods talks back

Singer-pianist Mitch Woods found his thrill in the pre-rock and roll music of blues shouter Wynonie Harris, the boogie-woogie pianists Meade Lux Lewis, Albert Ammons and Pete Johnson, and the […]

Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Rickey Medlocke talks back

Classic Southern-rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd is in the second year of The Last of the Street Survivors Farewell Tour. In its first year, the farewell trek sold out ninety percent […]

Mavis Staples talks back

There is no more fitting talent to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Jazz Fest than Mavis Staples, who at 80 years of age is celebrating a total career revitalization. Her […]

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 […]