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Mirror Ball

Mirror Ball

Mirror Ball A Q&A with Marcia Ball By Geoff Gehman   Marcia Ball sings and plays piano with her legs crossed, the left one swinging freely and in time. The unusual alignment allows her to swivel easily between musicians, listeners and keys. It’s also a distinctive signature of a 70-year-old musician who swivels easily between ... Read More
 
Just Like (Good) Medicine

Just Like (Good) Medicine

Just Like (Good) Medicine A Q&A with A.J. Croce   By Geoff Gehman   A.J. Croce’s latest album, “Just Like Medicine” (Compass Records, 2017). has many good doctors operating with the veteran pianist, vocalist, composer and sonic pilgrim. It’s produced by Dan Penn, writer of hits (“Do Right Woman, Do Right Man”), producer of hits ... Read More
 
Bonfire of the Harmonies

Bonfire of the Harmonies

Bonfire of the Harmonies A Q&A with Jesse Iaquinto of Fireside Collective   By Geoff Gehman   Fireside Collective grazes and blazes in the many meadows of bluegrass. The five members make acoustic rural music electric and urban with robust rock licks, jazzy improvisations and the pass-the-baton telepathy of a chamber ensemble. Their marriage of ... Read More
 
That’s Frank’s Life

That’s Frank’s Life

That’s Frank’s Life A Q&A with Tony Sands   By Geoff Gehman   Tony Sands had Frank Sinatra’s style in his bones long before he made his bones with Frank Sinatra’s style. He was an elementary schooler in South Philadelphia, a Sinatra stronghold, when he began singing along with Sinatra while listening to “Friday with ... Read More
 
‘Never Practice, Always Perform’

‘Never Practice, Always Perform’

A Q&A with Josh Shilling of Mountain Heart By Geoff Gehman The members of Mountain Heart are performing an uncommon version of “Whipping Post” that would make the Allman brothers cheer from the grave. String players trade lashing licks in a shifting circle, whipping rock, bluegrass and jazz with greased-lightning efficiency and excitement. Pianist Josh ... Read More
 
Chasing the Dragon with a Big Machete

Chasing the Dragon with a Big Machete

A Q&A with Nick Moss By Geoff Gehman Nick Moss is cooking with all kinds of gas during a simmering-to-boiling version of “Woman You Must Be Crazy” on a blues cruise. He sings with brawny soul, makes his guitar sting and sing, and shakes his head in ecstatic wonder. His fingers trigger other parts, turning ... Read More
 
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