Donnie Fritts interviewed by Eric Gebhardt

  There is a unique blend of southern R&B, soul, and blues that is known the world over… Closely related to the sounds of Stax Records and folks like Rufus Thomas, but with a slightly different blend of spices and it’s own distinct flavor… Studios, sessionmen and songwriters from the northwest corner of Alabama put […]

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Gareth Malone has built a career coaxing emotion out of nervous performers. So why is the nation’s favourite choirmaster so eager to brush away his own feelings?

Cole Moreton finds out! Is Gareth Malone really as nice as people think? He’ll happily coax a weeping military wife or a distressed shop keeper into singing through the tears, but when was the last time he put himself on the line and sang in public? “I had to choose the music for the funeral […]

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Joe Bonamassa Interview from 2010 – by Trevor Hodgett

Due to popular demand, and straight off the back of a sold-out London Hammersmith Apollo concert in front of 5,000 people, critically acclaimed blues rock guitarist Joe Bonamassa will embark on a nationwide UK tour in October. Here’s an online exclusive – an archive interview with Joe from issue #83 in November 2008. Asking the questions – Trevor […]

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Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page: Why I assembled a 40th-anniversary edition of Physical Graffiti

So many myths have grown around Led Zeppelin, the British rock band that ruled the Seventies and continues to cast a long shadow over popular music, that their guitarist, producer and curator extraordinaire Jimmy Page has to see the funny side. The 71-year-old’s hair may be snow-white but his black-clad frame is as pencil-thin as […]

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AN ORCHESTRA OF PIANOS: Maxime Le Guil: Recording Vincent Delerm’s Les Amants Parallèles

Paul Tingen (Sound on Sound magazine) writes ….. Under the guidance of engineer and producer Maxime Le Guil, Vincent Delerm forsook grand orchestration for the humble piano — bowed, plucked and hammered… We had three principal constraints when making this record,” explains engineer, mixer, and co-producer Maxime Le Guil. “The first was that it was […]

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ETTA JAMES: ‘I was like a punker … I’d spit in a minute’ – a classic interview from the vaults

  “In our latest visit to Rock’s Backpages – the world’s leading archive of vintage music journalism – we bring you an interview with the late Etta James, by Cliff White for NME in 1978” “Thanksgiving Day in November will be my silver anniversary: 25 years since I cut my first record and I haven’t […]

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ERIC BIBB: The relationship between the blues and Los Angeles:

Brilliant blues artist Eric Bibb carries the experiences of performing with Taj Mahal, Bonnie Raitt, Tommy Sims (Bruce Springsteen, Kelly Clarkson, Eric Clapton), of touring with Ray Charles, John Mayal and Robert Cray. Bibb received honors twice for “Acoustic Album of the Year” at the Blues Music Awards (2006 & 2008). Best yet, he keeps growing and developing, as […]

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