British songwriter Joan Armatrading has been blazing her own musical trail for almost 40 years. She’s been nominated for three Grammy’s and two BRIT awards. She’s also one of the very few artists who’ve never done a cover song; she’s only ever performed music that she’s written herself. Her brand new release, This Charming Life, is a collection of melodic songs with a rock edge to them. The album finds her playing almost all the instruments herself. Icon Fetch talked to Armatrading while she was on the way to a recent gig about her new CD and getting the chance to meet Wallace and Gromit. Click below for the Joan Armatrading interview.
Drummer Ray Luzier joined Korn in 2008 and did two massive worldwide tours with the band. Now, Korn has released their ninth album, Korn III: Remember Who You Are, and Luzier’s monster drumming is all over it. The band is currently out on the road with Rob Zombie in the Mayhem Festival. Icon Fetch talks with Korn’s newest member. As an added bonus, we also talk with Rob Zombie’s bassist Piggy D. Click below for the Ray Luzier of Korn and the Piggy D of Rob Zombie interview.
Delbert McClinton has been playing his own mix of blues, country and rock n’ roll for almost 50 years with no sign of slowing down. His latest release, Acquired Taste, was a gritty collection of songs and another triumph. He talks with Icon Fetch about where he still gets inspiration for his songs (he co-wrote almost every song on the album), plus his upcoming Sandy Beaches 17, a cruise vacation that he started that’s in it’s, that’s right, seventeenth year. In addition, he sets to rest the rumor that he taught a young John Lennon how to play harmonica. Click below for the Delbert McClinton interview.
Swiss hard rockers Krokus have returned with their original lineup for the first time in 25 years. The band is best known in the US for hits like “Screaming in the Night” and “Stayed Awake All Night.” They’ve just released their new disc Hoodoo, that harkens back to their early 80’s heyday. Icon Fetch talks with lead singer Marc Storace about what led to the reunion, how they approached recording the new CD, and how they still love filming videos with hot chicks in them. Click below for the Marc Storace Krokus interview.
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.