Interviews | 2005

Interviews | 2005

Jeff Caudill

‘Good music is just good story telling’ says Jeff Caudill, ex front-man of US pop-punk band ‘Gameface.’ The last couple of years have seen Jeff move away from this field towards a more rootsy, alt-county sound. Finding his feet with an acclaimed mini-album, ‘The Way Back’, July 2005 sees the release of his full-length debut, ‘Here’s What You Should Do’. Jeff speaks to Nick Quantrill about his music and development as a musician.
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Karl Broadie

After a few years absence, Sydney resident Scot Karl Broadie is back touring the UK. Following the release of the highly acclaimed new album, Black Crow Callin’ he’s touring his band throughout August 2005. Having spoken to him just after his last UK tour we took the opportunity to catch up with him before he set off this time, and Barry Jones spoke to Karl one chilly Sydney evening.
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Kathleen Edwards

Canadiana artist Kathleen Edwards burst on to the scene with Failer in 2003. Universally acclaimed, it opened many doors and the ensuing years have seen her establish herself as a major artist, touring with the likes of Bob Dylan and opening for AC/DC and The Rolling Stones. 2005 sees the release of her follow up album Back To Me, and during her promotional UK tour she visited Liverpool and spoke to Barry Jones in the…
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Norman Blake | Teenage Fanclub

Initially inspired by Classic 60’s pop, like The Beatles and The Byrds, Glasgow band Teenage Fanclub (www.teenagefanclub.com) have, in turn, been hugely influential themselves, including people like Kurt Cobain in the list of many admirers. After some sixteen years in the business they have recently left Sony and formed their own label to release their album, Man-Made, which exudes all the quality we have come to expect. Songwriting talent abounds, with Gerard Love, Raymond McGinley…
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NQ Arbuckle

Originally from Montreal, now living in Toronto, Neville Quinlan is the front man, singer songwriter of NQ Arbuckle. Listening to Hanging The Battle-Scarred Piñata, his latest UK release, the image of his cigarettes and alcohol world is immediate and relentless, but behind his gruff voice and the dark settings of his songs is intelligence and humour. On a recent short solo tour of the UK he spoke to Barry Jones about his muse, and an…
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The Deadstring Brothers

Detroit has a reputation as a “Music City” in much the same way as Liverpool, Manchester and Seattle do. Any attempts to categorise the musical movement are valid only briefly before someone else comes along to buck the trend while maintaining the tradition. The Deadstring Brothers are a far cry from Motown and the more recent “garage” sound that Detroit is know for, yet their sound does have familiar references, including The Band and early…
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Chris Smither

Chris Smither has had a career which has spanned forty years without ever managing to become a household name. Widely admired for his distinctive guitar style, and laid back delivery, he has a large and loyal fan-base, including Bonnie Raitt, who know just how good his acoustic blues based songs are. On Chris’s latest album, Train Home (2003), Bonnie Raitt adds vocals to a version of Bob Dylan’s Desolation Row which really benefits from the…
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Isobel Heyworth

"Be not afraid of greatness: some are born great, some achieve greatness and some have greatness thrust upon them". The sweet voiced Isobel Heyworth falls into the latter category, with her unassuming and a little shy off stage presence, a transformation is made when she clutches her acoustic guitar and starts to sing and sooth souls with her comforting music. Having created an album; ‘Close Your Eyes’ that contains her tranquil sound without a blip…
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Willy Vlautin | Richmond Fontaine

Richmond Fontaine headlines this year’s final night show at the Darvel Music Festival ­ here frontman, Willy Vlautin talks to Festival PR, Mike Ritchie about Darvel, touring, writing music and books... as well as Scottish home cooking.
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Michel Pampelune

Michel Pampelune is young, personable, French, and an increasingly influential man in the world of Americana and Alt. Country. His Fargo record label (www.fargorecords.com) includes Neal Casal, Richard Buckner and Crooked Fingers for this side of the Atlantic and with artists like Jesse Sykes, Clem Snide and Danny George Wilson, the Paris based label has developed a name for quality acts in only five years. To celebrate that particular milestone Michel arranged a mini festival…
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Richard Buckner

Richard Buckner's 1994 debut album, Bloomed, was described by one reviewer as œa palimpsest of ornate gray graphite sketches and who could argue with that, whatever it means? There is something unfathomable about Richard's work, poetry which creates real atmosphere and a voice and guitar style which evoke some mysterious, wistful, dark, other place. A truly original performer whose presence at the Fargo festival generates genuine excitement from performers and audience alike. Barry Jones spoke…
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Mark Browning | Ox

Canadian band Ox is the vehicle for singer songwriter Mark Browning. No stranger to Americana UK, Mark’s album Dustbowl Revival has now been released in the US by Universal, and it looks as though his talent will soon be recognised by a much wider audience. Emerging blinking from a gig in the gloom of Liverpool’s famous Cavern Club on a sunny Saturday afternoon in May, Barry Jones spoke to Mark to find out what had…
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Paul Quinn | Primary 5

When he was drumming for Teenage Fanclub Paul Quinn had no desire to write songs and sing, but since he left all that’s changed. He is now fronting his own band The Primary 5 whose debut album North Pole is a fine collection of summery melodic songs. They recently toured the UK supporting Arthur Lee and Love and made short work of winning over the audiences with their accomplished performances. In Manchester Barry Jones was…
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Danny George Wilson, with Simon Alpin and Josh Hillman

In the heady days of the late sixties and early seventies, the combination of musical talent of Grand Drive’s Danny Wilson (www.dannygeorgewilson.com) and Willard Grant co-Conspirators Simon Alpin and Josh Hillman would have been called, without a trace of irony, a “Supergroup”. Although the term may now be a bit passé, the sentiment is still valid, and will undoubtedly be seen as genuinely appropriate by those lucky enough to see them play on their recent…
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Gina Villalobos

The release of Rock and Roll Pony (Laughing Outlaw 2005), Gina Villalobos’ self produced album, was unavoidably delayed because of an accident from which she is still recovering. Swapping the warmth of her LA home for a late winter European tour is probably not everybody’s idea of recuperation, but Barry Jones met a very upbeat Gina for a chat.
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Laura Veirs

Seattle resident Laura Veirs (www.lauraveirs.com) has a sound which is individual and atmospheric. Art country, rather than alt.country, her hauntingly beautiful songs have caught the attention of growing numbers in Europe and now the USA, where a well-deserved record deal should mean a wider audience for her distinctive work. Barry Jones spoke to her at the very picturesque Telford’s Warehouse in Chester. Interview date: 7th March 2005
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Fred Eaglesmith

“I’m not part of the music business, I’m not interested in it and I HATE IT!”’ The words of Fred Eaglesmith, a name that may not be familiar to you, but should be. He has just released his 14th album ‘Dusty’ and just completed a solo tour of Holland and the U.K. His songs have been covered by The Cowboy Junkies, Chris Knight, Dar Williams, Kasey Chambers etc. His music has a vitality and compassion…
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Jess Klein

In 2000, when Jess Klein (www.jessklein.com) released Draw Them Near she was being hailed as a rising star, but things went a bit quiet, apart from some collaborative projects, including contributions to the Willard Grant Conspiracy album, Regard The End. In April 2005 her follow-up solo release, Strawberry Lover, is destined to raise her profile once more. Barry Jones spoke to Jess in her Brooklyn, New York, home to find out what she had been…
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Joesolo

‘Joesolo’ is the alter ego of Paul Thompson, formerly of Hull guitar-pop outfit, Lithium Joe. As the band’s songwriter and vocalist, Paul played in excess of 350 gigs as the group released a string of self-funded records through their own label, ‘Resolve Records’. After a musical hiatus, 2004 saw Paul commence recording as a solo artist with his debut CD ‘An Exile In Suburbia’. Paul talks to Nick Quantrill about his new musical direction and…
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Jeffrey Foucault

Brought up in Wisconsin, now living in the foothills of the Berkshire mountains, Jeffrey Foucault (www.jeffreyfoucault.com) would love to live in Ireland, but on a cold February Dublin night, the last night of a short tour of the UK and Ireland supporting Chris Smither, his thoughts were very much of his home, and his wife of only a few months. His 2004 album Stripping Cane is an acoustic collection which demonstrates rare artistry and talent,…
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Megan Hickey

Megan Hickey is The Last Town Chorus. She writes the songs, and her lap steel guitar gives the band its distinctive, ethereal sound, redolent of her New York home. She spoke to us in 2004, and now that she has a distribution deal for the eponymous first album, and a 16th January 2005 visit planned to London’s 12 Bar, Barry Jones had a brief chat with her to get an update on what appears to…
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