Maria Muldaur is best known for “Midnight at the Oasis,” her quirky hit from 1974. She’s led an eclectic career that’s seen her receive high praise and multiple Grammy nominations for her recent excursions into American roots music. Her latest CD, Maria Muldaur’s Garden of Joy, is a collection of jug band music reuniting her with John Sebastian of the Lovin’ Spoonful and Dave Grisman; musicians she first played with way back in the early Sixties. This latest project has just been nominated for yet another Grammy. Icon Fetch talks with the multi-faceted singer about reuniting with old friends, recording music for children, and the true story behind “Midnight at the Oasis.”
Gary Brooker has led Procol Harum since their 1967 hit “A Whiter Shade of Pale,” which was the first ever song they recorded. His band’s multifaceted output got labeled Prog rock because there was no better name. But, Procol Harum tackled many different styles, oftentimes on the same album; mixing rock with classical, jazz, blues, folk and turn-of-the-century nostalgia. The band’s catalog is getting an overhaul with each album featuring remastered sound and bonus material.
Brooker takes Icon Fetch through the last four albums the band released in their Seventies heyday. He also touches on why the band called it quits originally in 1976 and what led to their regrouping in 1991. Click below to listen to the Gary Brooker Procol Harum interview on Icon Fetch.
The Doobie Brothers have their first new release in ten years, World Gone Crazy, out now The album reunites them with longtime producer Ted Templeman, who was behind the console for all their blockbuster albums of the seventies. The disc’s first single, “Nobody,” is a re-recording of their first-ever 45 from back in 1971. Amazingly, this new version blows away the one from 40 years earlier. The band has sold over 30 million copies worldwide, and is currently on tour in support of the new release. Icon Fetch talks with lead singer / guitarist / songwriter Tom Johnston about the great care that went into assembling this new record. He also speaks candidly about him having to leave the band in 1974 due to health issues and being replaced by Michael McDonald. Click below for the Tom Johnston Doobie Brothers interview.
Boogie rockers Foghat, best known for hits “Slow Ride” & “Fool For the City,” have always had their roots in the blues, but they’ve never done an entire album of blues music until now. Last Train Home is a great mix of classics and originals, all featuring the fierce playing of a well-seasoned band. Icon Fetch talks with founding member, drummer Roger Earl about recording the new record, and the crazy story of the front-cover photo shoot for their classic LP Fool For the City. Click below for the Roger Earl Foghat interview.
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.
Find out more about Gary Wright by visiting his official site.
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.
You can find out more about Elvin, by going to his official site