Guy Sebastian won the inaugural season of Australian Idol and parlayed that into five top ten albums in his native country, including “The Memphis Album” that featured legendary guitarist Steve Cropper. Now Guy has his sights set on the US, with his first domestic release “I Like It Like That.” He gets help on the new disc from John Mayer, who plays guitar on three tracks and former American Idol winner Jordin Sparks, who duets with him on “Art of Love.” Icon Fetch talks with the soul singer from “down under.” Click below for the Guy Sebastian interview.
Sam Cutler was the tour manager for the Rolling Stones during their 1969 tour that ended in the Altamont concert tragedy. He later became the road manager for the Grateful Dead, helping them get out of debt and on their way to being one of the top-grossing bands in the world. Sam is the author of a new book called “You Can’t Always Get What You Want: My Life With the Rolling Stones, Grateful Dead and Other Wonderful Reprobates.” Icon Fetch talks with Cutler from his home in Australia, where he gives some of his thoughts on what went wrong during the Altamont free concert, and shares memories of the Dead and Janis Joplin. You can download an App for your I-phone and hear Sam read the book by clicking here. Click below for the Sam Cutler interview.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.