WALTER TROUT: The Craig Hunter Ross interview

  To many, Walter Trout is a contemporary guitar legend and his guitar prowess, prolific recordings and non-stop tour schedule provide more than ample evidence to support the claim. As member of Canned Heat and having spent several years with John Mayall’s BluesBreakers, Trout has also supported numerous masterful musicians throughout his several decades on […]

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NOEL GALLAGHER: He admits rift with Liam was ‘Achilles heel’ of Oasis on Desert Island Discs

Jess Denham writes: Noel Gallagher has admitted that forming Oasis with his “irritant” singer brother Liam led to the Britpop band’s downfall. The 48-year-old guitarist spoke to Radio 4’s Kirsty Young about the famous family feud while taking part in Desert Island Discs on Sunday morning.“You gain some kind of strength from being in a […]

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DAVID FREIBERG: Interview by John Barthel

It was a warm sunny morning, as I drove through the rolling oak covered hills of Marin County. I had just left the town of Navato California and was heading towards David’s place, when the tape I was listening to went into “Pride Of Man”. It was then that I really got exited about the […]

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VAN MORRISON: ‘People who say others are difficult are usually difficult themselves’

Robin Denselow writes: The singer learned to love music while listening to his dad’s Lead Belly records. On the eve of an Albert Hall gig celebrating the blues genius, he talks about his musical childhood in Belfast and early ambition to be … a vet Please click HERE to continue

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NICHOLAS PAYTON: In conversation

New Orleans trumpeter Nicholas Payton has never conformed to anyone or anything. Reading his Facebook posts and Twitter “tweets”, you sort of get an idea about how un-traditional he is. He speaks his mind and, should someone attempt to challenge him on his views, is hardly lost for words. His outspoken nature has allowed him […]

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Golden Fingers: An Interview with Jazz Piano Legend Mulgrew Miller

Jazz Bassist Jonah Jonathan Interviews Legendary Jazz Pianist Mulgrew Miller. Mulgrew Miller is one of the golden fingers of jazz. February 2012. Mulgrew Miller passed away on May 29th, 2013 from complications from a massive stroke. He will always be remembered as one of the greatest jazz pianists to ever grace the planet.

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SHERYL CROW: ‘I’ve attracted people who are very… challenged’

Craig McLean writes as follows: She’s endured life-threatening illnesses, crazed stalkers, and a doomed relationship with Lance Armstrong. But you won’t hear Sheryl Crow crying on her new country album. On Sheryl Crow’s farm, sipping PG Tips in the singer’s McMansion-like home, there are many things to discuss. Things such as this 50-acre spread half-an-hour’s […]

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BLUR: Graham Coxon and Stephen Street on Parklife

  Interviews by Caroline Sullivan    Modern Life Is Rubbish [Blur’s second album] was overlooked because of the rise of grunge, but we were halfway to somewhere, and with Parklife we arrived. The album was the convergence of a lot of influences: Alex [James, bassist] wanted to be in Duran Duran, I wanted to be in […]

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Research is the key to making yourself a better musician

Pianist Ivan Ilić embarks on a journey of discovery for his new album of Feldman, Scriabin and Cage Until a few years ago, I had no interest in reading composers’ biographies or anecdotes from their lives. I concentrated exclusively on the music. But then I had a couple of experiences that led to a change […]

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RACHEL FULLER: The full interview

  From our 2005 archives ….. Without doubt, one of my 3 most played CDs last year is the debut album from Rachel Fuller – ‘Cigarettes and Housework’. It’s my personal choice for 2004. Her music is hard to categorize. I hate putting music in pigeon holes, but occasionally an indication of genre helps. It […]

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Jimmy Somerville interview: ‘I wanted people to love me’

Laura Martin writes: If Jimmy Somerville had one of the most powerful pop voices of the 1980s, then his words carried even more of an impact. As frontman of synth-pop bands Bronski Beat and the Communards, Somerville’s soprano tones were unmistakable. But almost more than his musical talent, it was his political zeal that made […]

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