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Rocking Out on ‘This Big Old Rock’

Rocking Out on ‘This Big Old Rock’

Rocking Out on ‘This Big Old Rock’ A Q&A with Les Dudek By Geoff Gehman Interviewing Les Dudek is like being strapped to a Stratocaster plugged into a Marshall. A musician’s musician for five decades, he tells amped-up, ramped-up stories about his nice niche in the history of electrified rock ‘n’ roll blues, Duetting with ... Read More
 
Squeezing Lemonade from Adversity

Squeezing Lemonade from Adversity

Squeezing Lemonade from Adversity A Q&A with Cruz Contreras Of the Black Lillies By Geoff Gehman  Cruz Contreras specializes in turning scrap metal into sculpture. The founding frontman of the Black Lillies wrote a lively, tail-wagging song, “40 Days and 40 Nights,” about the band’s first tour, a mess of roadblocks and wrong turns. The ... Read More
 
Crowning a Musical Knight

Crowning a Musical Knight

Crowning a Musical Knight A Q&A with Lenie Colacino of The Most Excellent Order of Sir Paul By Geoff Gehman Lenie Colacino grew up in metropolitan and suburban New York in the 1950s and ’60s, a left hander in a right-handed world. An avid New York Yankees fan, he felt a little less odd because ... Read More
 
Caravan of Soul Sirens

Caravan of Soul Sirens

Caravan of Soul Sirens A Q&A with Ina Forsman And Layla Zoe of the Blue Sisters   By Geoff Gehman   Looking for a rousing, arousing, take-no-prisoners performance of “Chain of Fools”? Look no further than the YouTube video of the Blue Sisters putting a serious hurting on Aretha Franklin’s siren song. Ina Forsman, Tasha ... Read More
 
True-Blue Troubadour

True-Blue Troubadour

True-Blue Troubadour A Q&A with Al Stewart   By Geoff Gehman   I became an Al Stewart fan in 1976, the year of “Year of the Cat,” a commercial breakout for him and an aural awakening for me. I was hooked, line and sinker, by his crisply melodic, poetic mini-movies about an ecstatic aviatrix, a ... Read More
 

Sister in the Amen Corner A Q&A with Ruthie Foster By Geoff Gehman   One of the highlights of a Ruthie Foster concert is “Travelin’ Shoes,” a traditional blues that she and her band members rip open into a soul picnic and a gospel pilgrimage. It runs, scoots and zooms on Foster’s remarkably potent, agile, ... Read More
 
Soul Cruiser

Soul Cruiser

Soul Cruiser A Q&A with John Nemeth   By Geoff Gehman   The 1973 Cadillac Eldorado convertible on the cover of John Nemeth’s “Memphis Grease” album is much more than a cool set of classic wheels. For the song-writing, harmonica-playing, Memphis-living singer, the sporty luxury car symbolizes the vintage early ’70s Blues City soul—sweaty, sweet, ... Read More
 
(Un)locking the Heart

(Un)locking the Heart

(Un)locking the Heart A Q&A with Heather Masse   By Geoff Gehman   Heather Masse’s voice can stop time and end traffic jams of the mind. She sings with pizzazz, panache and presence whether she’s performing a folk hymn with the Wailin’ Jennys, a shot of stardust sorrow with legendary jazz pianist Dick Hyman or ... Read More