#314 – Kim Wilson – Fabulous T-Birds Singer Goes Back to His Roots For Blues & Boogie vol one

Founding member and vocalist for the Fabulous Thunderbirds, Kim Wilson, has enjoyed hit albums, sold out concerts and even  videos on MTV, but his latest project takes him back to where it all started – Blues and Boogie Volume One is a collection of raw blues, done the old-fashioned way. The 16 tracks give Wilson a chance to honor some of his idols, like James Cotton, Little Walter and Sonny Boy Williamson, while also throwing in some of his originals which fit perfectly with the mood.

He reveals how he was able to channel that vintage sound on his new material.  Plus, he talks the crazy success of the Fabulous Thunderbirds’ hit “Tuff Enuff.”

60 Years Later This Still Packs a Wallop

Little Richard – Here’s Little Richard (Craft Recordings) review

Here’s Little Richard is one of the greatest albums of all time. Few records, of any genre or era, pack this much energy into the grooves. Craft Recordings is celebrating the 60th anniversary of this monumental release with a deluxe, two-disc set, including a remastered version of the original album, plus numerous demos and alternate versions. Continue reading 60 Years Later This Still Packs a Wallop

#313 – Colin Hay – Fierce Mercy and Men At Work

Colin Hay was the lead singer of Men At Work, who sold an unbelievable 15 million copies worldwide of their debut, Business as Usual, yielding hits like “Down Under” and “Who Can it Be Now.” After three albums, the band called it quits.  Since then, Hay has forged a solo career, showing an ability to write songs with incredible depth. He’s recently issued his 13th solo platter, Fierce Mercy, and it’s a diverse affair, with some songs featuring a heavy Americana feel, while another has a strong Phil Spector influence. We chat about the inspiration for some of the new songs, plus he looks back on that incredible popularity of the early Eighties.

The Replacements Finally Get a Live Album Worthy of Their Legend

The Replacements – For Sale: Live at Maxwell’s 1986 (Rhino/Sire)

When anyone talks about the Replacements, they usually mention their notorious live shows – equal parts sloppy drunkenness and punk-fueled, reckless abandon. Added to their mystique was the fact that very little actual concert footage had been issued as evidence. Rhino Records remedies this with the release of For Sale: Live at Maxwell’s 1986, a two-disc collection, featuring 29 tracks, capturing the ‘Mats at the peak of their powers. Continue reading The Replacements Finally Get a Live Album Worthy of Their Legend

#312 – Chris Barron – Spin Doctors, Losing His Voice, and Angels & One-Armed Jugglers

photo by Jesse Dittmar

Chris Barron is the lead singer of the Spin Doctors, who after much perseverance, enjoyed massive success in the early Nineties with hits like “Two Princes” and “Little Miss Can’t Be Wrong” and the accompanying album, Pocket Full of Kryptonite, which went five times Platinum.  Barron took some time out from the band to start work on his second solo record. During the process, he dealt with a paralyzed vocal cord, and the fear that he might never sing again.  Thankfully, Barron’s voice returned, and with the help of a bevy of New York’s finest musicians, he’s put together an eleven track song cycle titled Angels and One-Armed Jugglers.

Barron takes us through the stories behind several songs, including one about his neighbor who inspired the title of the album.  Plus, he talks about the massive success the Spin Doctors enjoyed, as well as the story of “Two Princes.”

#311 – Cheryl Pawelski of Omnivore Recordings – Chris Bell, Big Star, Raspberries, Beach Boys, Buck Owens – Whew!

Cheryl Pawelski worked her way from music fan, to stints with  labels like Capitol, Rhino and Concord, to starting her own label, Omnivore Recordings, in 2010. The company’s goal is “preserving, curating and championing some of music’s greatest legacies.” The label has issued everything from the earliest recordings from the Beach Boys, called Becoming the Beach Boys, to a complete singles collection from Buck Owens, to the soundtrack to the seminal film Athens Ga – Inside/Out, and a recent Raspberries Live Album from their reunion.

A reissue of Big Star’s Third was their very first release, so in a way, things continue to come full circle with the release of Big Star founder Chris Bell’s only solo album, I Am the Cosmos, in its most complete form, containing six previously unreleased tracks. This is whetting everyone’s appetite for a Complete Chris Bell collection, containing every known recording  the enigmatic singer/guitarist put to tapebefore and after Big Star, coming later in the year on vinyl.

We also chat how the label obtains the rights to certain reissues, like the Complete Rockin’ the Fillmore from Humble Pie.

A Great Dance Record From the King of Pop – Disguised in a Halloween Theme

Michael Jackson – Scream (Epic / Legacy Recordings)

Can there be a better Halloween party song than “Thriller”? (it’s certainly NOT “Monster Mash”).

Michael Jackson was definitely a fan of the spooky holiday, even fashioning the groundbreaking video to the song as an homage. So, it makes sense that the Estate of the late singer has assembled a Halloween-themed album, called Scream. But, don’t be fooled – this is actually a fantastic dance record in disguise. Continue reading A Great Dance Record From the King of Pop – Disguised in a Halloween Theme

This is Soul Music With the Rough Edges Still in Tact

Various Artists – Soulsville USA – A Celebration of Stax (Craft Recordings/Concord)

No record label embodied soul quite like Memphis’ Stax Records. The legendary company has been enjoying a year-long salute of its 60th anniversary, helping shed light on the fantastic music it helped create. Although the label has been compiled many times, Soulsville USA – A Celebration of Stax stakes its claim as the best collection ever assembled, touching on many of their greatest triumphs, with some surprises thrown in as well. Continue reading This is Soul Music With the Rough Edges Still in Tact

#310 – Louise Goffin – Johnny Depp, Skylar Gudasz and Why She Isn’t Recording Albums Anymore

Louise Goffin – photo by Amanda Bjorn

Louise Goffin is the daughter of the hit-making songwriting team of Carole King and Gerry Goffin, yet she’s been able to forge her own unique path in music, beginning when she was only 19 years old with the album Kid Blue in 1979. In 1982, she placed a song on the Fast Times at Ridgemont High Soundtrack, then had a VH1 hit with 1988’s “Bridge of Sighs,” before taking a break from releasing music.

More recently, she’s been more active, producing a Grammy-nominated album for her mother, A Holiday Carole in 2011, and sharing the stage with her last year at London’s Hyde Park, doing her own set, as well as helping sing some of Carole’s Tapestry album. Louise has recently placed several songs on TV shows, and she’s working on new material for 2018.

She tells us why she’s not interested in recording full-length albums anymore, and the crazy story of getting Johnny Depp & Alice Cooper to sing backup vocals on a recent song of hers

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