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‘Folk Music … It Ain’t for Sissies’

‘Folk Music … It Ain’t for Sissies’

‘Folk Music … It Ain’t for Sissies’ A Q&A with Jonathan Edwards   By Geoff Gehman   The headline above appears on a T-shirt advertising Jonathan Edwards as a fierce, fiercely funny facilitator. For five decades he’s been promoting a healthier world through folk and pop, bluegrass and cowboy country; hits above-ground (“Sunshine”) and underground ... Read More
 
Communication Breakdowns

Communication Breakdowns

Communication Breakdowns A Q&A with Mickey Coviello of Cabinet   By Geoff Gehman   Todd Kopec, the fiddler in Cabinet, has compared performing with his band mates to painting a large mural on the side of a building. Kopec and company basically invite listeners to join their Tom Sawyer-Huck Finn party by offering live recordings, ... Read More
 
Sonic Mirror

Sonic Mirror

Sonic Mirror A Q&A with Billy Cobham   By Geoff Gehman   Billy Cobham’s first solo record, “Spectrum,” has been a mother-and-father ship for jazz-rock-funk fusioneers for most of its 40 years in outer and inner space. Everyone from Jeff Beck to Chick Corea has been bowled over by the ferocious, ferociously creative grooves played ... Read More
 
Surfing with the Sharks

Surfing with the Sharks

Surfing with the Sharks A Q&A with Montag the Magnificent (aka Ian Hansson) Of Great White Caps   By Geoff Gehman   The first time Ian Hansson heard “Misirlou,” during the opening credits of “Pulp Fiction,” he was hooked line and sinker. Chaperoned to the R-rated flick by his “very cool” parents, the 13-year-old punk-rock ... Read More
 
Nantucket-to-North Pole Sleigh Ride

Nantucket-to-North Pole Sleigh Ride

Nantucket-to-North Pole Sleigh Ride A Q&A with Craig Thatcher   By Geoff Gehman   For Christmas 1966 Craig Thatcher received a budding blues-rock guitarist’s greatest gift. His grandmother gave him what he wanted most, a copy of the album “Blues Breakers,” John Mayall’s coming-out party for Eric Clapton. Clapton’s revolutionary guitar-and-amplifier mix—fuzzy, ballsy, mountainous, earth-quaking—hooked ... Read More