Category Archives: Shows

#13 – Jackyl – When Moonshine and Dynamite Collide

Jackyl - When Moonshine and Dynamite Collide
High-octane rockers Jackyl have just released When Moonshine and Dynamite Collide (Mighty Loud Records), 12 tracks of riff-heavy, irreverent rock n’ roll.  The band is best known for “The Lumberjack,” which proved that a chainsaw could actually be used as a musical instrument.  Icon Fetch talks with lead singer Jesse James Dupree about the new CD, tour and filming the Full Throttle Saloon reality show for TruTV during Bike Week at Sturgis.  Plus, he tells us about when things go wrong with his chainsaw on stage.  Visit Jackyl’s official site for more info, www.jackyl.com.  Click below for the Jesse Dupree Jackyl interview.

#12 – Peter Case – Wig!

Peter Case in his studio
Los Angeles, California: Peter Case in his studio (Photo: Ann Summa).

Peter Case was the leader of the Plimsouls who had an early eighties near-hit with “A Million Miles Away.” He left for an eclectic solo career in 1986 that’s garnered him critical acclaim and three Grammy nominations.  Now Peter returns with a new disc called “Wig!”  He talks with Icon Fetch about having to have emergency heart surgery and the effect that it had on his life and his music.  Plus the subsequent comeback shows that led to the recording of his new material.  Click below for the Peter Case interview.

#11 – Shelby Lynne – Tears, Lies & Alibis

Shelby Lynne - Tears, Lies & Alibis
Shelby Lynne won a Grammy for Best New Artist in 2001 after being in the music business for more than ten years.  Shelby has followed wherever her muse has taken her: elements of country, soul, folk, and rock have all been blended into her music.  Because she’s difficult to categorize, she’s had a hard time with record companies.  Her latest CD “Tears, Lies & Alibis” remedies the situation by coming out on her own Everso Records label.  All ten songs on the disc were written, sung, and produced by Shelby, with help from notable session folks like Spooner Oldham.  Icon Fetch talks with Shelby about her new CD, record label and the benefits of having a home studio.  Click below for the Shelby Lynne interview.

  • Read a review of Shelby’s new CD here.
  • For more information on Shelby Lynne, visit her official site, www.shelbylynne.com.

#10 – Joe & Arif Mardin – All My Friends Are Here

Arif Mardin - All My Friends Are Here

Legendary producer Arif Mardin was responsible for the success of so many artists, from Aretha’s “Respect” and the Rascals’ “Good Lovin’,” to “Nights on Broadway” by the Bee Gees and “She’s Gone” from Hall and Oates, Arif lent his magic to countless hit records over the years.  He also produced the Grammy-sweeping Come Away with Me by Norah Jones.  Arif was working on a unique project called All My Friends Are Here when he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

The disc featured many of the artists that Arif worked with over the years, including the Bee Gees, Norah Jones, Hall & Oates, Phil Collins, Chaka Khan, and Bette Midler.  Sadly, he passed away before completing the project.  However, his son, Joe Mardin, did finish the disc, and he talks to Icon Fetch about the process and his dad’s legacy in music.  Click below for the Joe Mardin interview.

#9 – Gary Wright – Connected

Keyboardist Gary Wright had a pair of monster hits in 1976 with “Dream Weaver” and “Love is Alive.”  He’s just released his first rock-oriented album in 20 years called Connected.  It’s a star-studded affair, with appearances by Ringo Starr on drums, and Joe Walsh & Jeff “Skunk” Baxter on guitar.  The deluxe edition of Gary’s CD contains some unreleased footage from George Harrison.  Icon Fetch talks with Gary about his new disc, his friendship with two ex-Beatles, and what drew him to keyboard technology.   Click below for the Gary Wright interview.


Find out more about Gary Wright by visiting his official site.

 

#8 – Elvin Bishop – Red Dog Speaks

Elvin Bishop

Veteran blues guitarist Elvin Bishop returns with a new CD “Red Dog Speaks,” on June 15th.  The title refers to his favorite stringed instrument, a 1959 Gibson hollow body.  Bishop’s storied career includes a stint in the acclaimed Butterfield Blues Band in the mid 1960’s.  In ’68, he went solo and played a series of stellar co-headlining shows with the Allman Brothers Band at the Fillmore East.  Bishop’s “Fooled Around and Fell in Love” hit #3 in 1976 and is still a staple at classic rock stations around the country.  He was also nominated for a Grammy for Best Blues Album for 2008’s star-studded “The Blues Rolls On.”  You can order Elvin’s CD by going directly to his record label’s site or at amazon.com as well.  Click below for the Elvin Bishop interview.

You can find out more about Elvin, by going to his official site

 

#7 – Creed Bratton of “The Office” – Bounce Back

Creed Bratton plays himself on the NBC hit comedy “The Office.”  The true part of his character is that he was the lead guitarist of the sixties band the Grass Roots, who had hits with “Let’s Live For Today,” “Midnight Confessions,” and “Things I Should’ve Said.”  He’s just released a new solo disc, appropriately titled Bounce Back.  Icon Fetch talks to him about his dual career as actor and musician.  Click below for the Creed Bratton of the Office interview.

#6 – Justin Currie – The Great War


Justin Currie hit the top ten as lead singer of Del Amitri with 1995’s “Roll to Me.”  That 2 1/2 minute Beatles knock-off merely scratched the surface of his talent.  Currie is a prolific songwriter who has a gift for writing incredibly melodic songs that refuse to leave your head.  He’s just released his second solo set called The Great War (Rykodisc). Currie talks with Icon Fetch from his home in Scotland on the eve of a tour of the US.  He talks about his new CD, how he almost drowned shooting the underwater front cover, and also gives his feelings on the social networking craze.

#5 – Bobby Blotzer of Ratt – Infestation

Hard rockers Ratt have just released “Infestation,” their first new CD in 11 years.  The band, whose hits include “Round and Round,” “Lay it Down,” “You’re in Love,” and “Way Cool Jr,” recently put the original lineup back together and have hit the road.  With singer Stephen Pearcy back in the fold after a hiatus, the band sounds re-energized and the new CD is proof.  Infestation is full of crunching guitars and memorable hooks straight out of 1984.  Icon Fetch talks with drummer and founding member Bobby Blotzer about the reunion, new album, and his new book, “Tales of a RATT: Things You Shouldn’t Know.” Click below for the Bobby Blotzer Ratt interview.

 

#4 – Solomon Burke – Nothing’s Impossible & Robert Rodriguez – Fab Four FAQ 2.0

He is the King of Rock and Soul, Mr. Solomon Burke, and he’s just released his latest CD, “Nothing’s Impossible.” We’ll talk to Solomon about recording the new record with legendary producer Willie Mitchell, who weeks after wrapping up the sessions, passed away of heart failure. Mitchell was responsible for most of Al Green’s big hits and lends that same style to Burke’s disc.

Solomon had a great string of R&B hits in the mid-60’s, but is probably best known for “Everybody Needs Somebody to Love,” a song covered by the Rolling Stones and featured prominently in the Blues Brothers movie.  Burke’s other film credits include working alongside Dennis Quaid in “The Big Easy.”  He won a Grammy in 2002 for his album “Don’t Give Up On Me.”  Click below for the Solomon Burke interview.  {mp3}show4solomonburke{/mp3}  {enclose show4solomonburke.mp3}

For more information on Solomon Burke, visit his official site (www.thekingsolomonburke.com)

 

Also on the show is Robert Rodriguez, author of “Fab Four FAQ 2.0“.  He talks to Icon Fetch about his new Beatles book, covering the solo years 1970-1980.  Robert’s interview is at the end of our show with Solomon Burke.  Click below for the Robert Rodriguez Beatles interview.

Robert’s official site is: www.fabfourfaq2.com