Richard Barone fronted the new wave band the Bongos in the early eighties, then went on to a critically-acclaimed solo career, which Rolling Stone dubbed “chamber pop.” He took several years off to work on projects for other people. He also wrote a book called Frontman – Surviving the Rock n’ Roll Myth. Now, he’s set to release his first studio album in 16 years, Glow. Icon Fetch talks with Barone about working with legendary producer Tony Visconti (David Bowie, T.Rex), his new toy – the Digital Les Paul, and writing songs with legendary tunesmith Paul Williams. Click below for the Richard Barone interview.
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.
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.
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.