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Going All In

Going All In

Going All In A Q&A with Samantha Fish By Geoff Gehman Samantha Fish is having a ball feeling like the belle. The Kansas City native’s latest album, “Belle of the West” (Ruf Records), is a slow-burning, subtly honest collection of originals (“American Dream”) and covers (R.L. Burnside’s “Poor Black Mattie”) steeped in the raw, relaxed ... Read More
 
Leaving the Gate Open

Leaving the Gate Open

Leaving the Gate Open A Q&A with Caroline Doctorow   By Geoff Gehman   Caroline Doctorow was perusing a gift shop in Woodstock, N.Y., passing time before her concert, when she found the sort of gift that keeps on giving. There, on a piece of wood, was the inspirational saying “Live as if someone left ... Read More
 
Glorious Birds

Glorious Birds

Glorious Birds A Q&A with Dana Louise   By Geoff Gehman   Dana Louise went to the Azores intending to spend a month and a half painting the magical beauty of wild hydrangea hedges and volcanic gardens. She ended up falling in with some magical scenes that inspired her to learn to play the guitar ... Read More
 
One True Note Can Slice Every Heart

One True Note Can Slice Every Heart

A Q&A with Scott Sharrard By Geoff Gehman   Scott Sharrard was sleeping at a friend’s house when he dreamed up a beyond-the-grave message from one Allman brother to another. After waking up, the veteran blues/rock/soul musician rushed downstairs, grabbed a guitar, sat on a picturesque porch, and sketched music to suit the cosmic couplet ... Read More
 
From Grace to Grindhouse

From Grace to Grindhouse

          From Grace to Grindhouse A Q&A with Todd Morris             Of the Jim Thorpe Independent Film Festival                        By Geoff Gehman            The Victorian Goth Girl is coyly coiled in the menacing, mesmerizing cobblestoned passageway of what could pass for a castle or a prison. She wears a billowy ball gown, a shoulder-to-forearm tattoo and ... Read More
 
Subtle Music That Speaks Loudly

Subtle Music That Speaks Loudly

‘Subtle Music That Speaks Loudly’ A Q&A with Seth Walker By Geoff Gehman   Seth Walker didn’t set out to set his compass straight. The singing, composing guitarist didn’t expect that his latest record, “Gotta Get Back,” released last year by The Royal Potato Family, would be all about getting back to elementals–country blues, blue-eyed ... Read More
 
Around the Horn with a Master Horn Man

Around the Horn with a Master Horn Man

Around the Horn with a Master Horn Man A Q&A with Tom “Bones” Malone By Geoff Gehman             Tom “Bones” Malone was a true-blue, bona-fide ringer on April 22, 1978, the night the Blues Brothers debuted on “Saturday Night Live.” The master of many horns—trombone, trumpet, sax etc. et al.–played up a storm as John ... Read More