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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
 
Kind Town Blues

Kind Town Blues

Kind Town Blues A Q&A with Tina “T-Bone” Gorin Of Jane Lee Hooker   By Geoff Gehman   Tina “T-Bone” Gorin has her dream gig in the rock/blues/punk quintet Jane Lee Hooker, which seriously troubles the waters of such standards as “Wade in the Water,” the spiritual bible, and “Mean Town Blues,” Johnny Winter’s turbo-charged ... Read More