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Pulling Mussels from a Shell

Pulling Mussels from a Shell

Pulling Mussels from a Shell A Q&A with Pete Palladino By Geoff Gehman   The Beatles’ “And Your Bird Can Sing” was the first song I couldn’t forget, the first tune that soaked my soul. I was eight years old, roaming a summer fair in 1966 in East Hampton, N.Y., when I was baptized by ... Read More
 
Waging Ragged Glory

Waging Ragged Glory

Waging Ragged Glory A Q&A with Joe Mass   By Geoff Gehman   Broken Arrow is turning a venue in Bethlehem into Neil Youngland. The four Pennsylvanians fill the sold-out room with faithful, liberal versions of songs swampy (“Alabama”) and stampeding (“Cinnamon Girl”), psychedelic (“Cowgirl in the Sand”) and sweet (“Harvest Moon”). At times I ... Read More
 
Anything But The Stranger

Anything But The Stranger

Anything But The Stranger A Q&A with Mike Santoro   By Geoff Gehman   Mike Santoro was 10 when he discovered Billy Joel in his home in Levittown, N.Y., their hometown. Shuffling through his older sister’s records in her bedroom, he was captivated by the front cover of the album “The Stranger,” a spooky black-and-white ... Read More
 
Love Me Like a Man

Love Me Like a Man

Love Me Like a Man A Q&A with Vanessa Collier   By Geoff Gehman   Vanessa Collier pays, and plays, it forward. Her saxophone playing has some of the bluesiness of Cannonball Adderley, her first sax hero. Her singing has some of the ballsiness of Sister Rosetta Tharpe, whose song “Up Above My Head, I ... Read More
 
Everything Always Was

Everything Always Was

Everything Always Was A Q&A with Seamus Egan   By Geoff Gehman   The last time Seamus Egan played the Mauch Chunk Opera House, in 2016, he hosted a multi-media version of his band Solas’ album “Shamrock City,” a panoramic portrait of Butte, Mont., a brawling, bursting 19th-century center for union organizers, prostitutes and Irish ... Read More
 
Get Your Ass in the Van

Get Your Ass in the Van

Get Your Ass in the Van A Q&A with Albert Castiglia   By Geoff Gehman   Albert Castiglia was on a blues cruise when he received a priceless tip from a blues captain. Junior Wells, the vaunted vocalist and harmonica player, told the young guitarist to treat his band as a school. Watch what we ... Read More
 

The Chord Is Mightier Than the Sword

The Chord Is Mightier Than the Sword A Brief Tour of Ed Hamell (aka Hamell on Trial)   By Geoff Gehman Ed Hamell swears that Ann Coulter’s vagina has supernatural powers. He says so in his spoken song “Coulter’s Snatch,” a delightfully devilish ditty about the conservative assassin’s pubic region as a cross between the ... Read More
 
Fly Like the Eagles

Fly Like the Eagles

Fly Like the Eagles A Q&A with Ken Darcy of EagleMania By Geoff Gehman Ken Darcy is a vocalist, guitarist and listener enabler in EagleMania, which performs crisp, compelling versions of songs minted by the Eagles, a gold standard for countrified rock and California outlaw rock. He doesn’t look, sound or act like Glenn Frey, ... Read More
 
‘Ain’t Gonna Take No Mess’

‘Ain’t Gonna Take No Mess’

‘Ain’t Gonna Take No Mess’ A Q&A with Cedric Burnside   By Geoff Gehman   Cedric Burnside came to Brooklyn to play a YouTube show and stayed to make a musical autobiography. The drumming, singing guitarist was so comfortable jamming with Brian Jay, the multi-instrumental host/producer of “Jammin’ with J,” he spent two days recording ... Read More
 
Fortunate Adventures of a Naked Mystic

Fortunate Adventures of a Naked Mystic

Fortunate Adventures of a Naked Mystic A Q&A with Samuel Saint Thomas Of Bovine Social Club   By Geoff Gehman   Samuel Saint Thomas lost his musical virginity in the first pub he frequented. It was 1990 and he was “a case of beer” removed from life in a Catholic monastic community, his headquarters for ... Read More