Interviews | 2006

Interviews | 2006

Cosmic Rough Riders

The Cosmic Rough Riders have recently been supporting Tom Jones on tour - a baffling idea until you think about the effortless way their melodic west coast influenced Scottish pop glides into your head. Their fifth album "The Stars look Different From Down Here" has just been released. The Melodic Sunshine and 60s jangle is still much in evidence but they've come a long way from the early self released albums featuring Dan Wylie. Stephen…
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Thomas Denver Jonsson (Hell's Ditch Dozen)

So, Thomas Denver Jonsson, imagine that you're travelling across wild country on the way home from a gig. You're travelling alone, and when your vehicle (inevitably) breaks down you have yourself for company. Assume that you have a CD player or record player which still works, and that you expect to be rescued fairly soon, it's a questionnaire, not a horror film! With all this time to think, please answer these questions, and tell us…
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Jim Cuddy | Blue Rodeo

In their native Canada, Blue Rodeo are legends. For over twenty years they have forged a musical career, combining country tinged rock with pop to great domestic success. The twin songwriting talents of Jim Cuddy and Greg Keelor have collaborated with many of Canada's rising stars, and their participation at Canada's Live 8 concert along with people like Neil Young was no surprise to anyone there. Outside of Canada, the story is a bit different,…
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Josh Ritter

Idaho artist Josh Ritter's fourth album, The Animal Years, has just been released in Ireland and the UK, with the North American release soon to follow; the release was marked in Dublin by a gig in a remarkable venue, Christchurch Cathedral, and in England with a short showcase of new songs at The Social in London's West End, to be followed by a full UK tour. The Animal Years represents something of a new direction…
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Gina Villalobos (Hell's Ditch Dozen)

So, Gina Villalobos, imagine that you're travelling across wild country on the way home from a gig. You're travelling alone, and when your vehicle (inevitably) breaks down you have yourself for company. Assume that you have a CD player or record player which still works, and that you expect to be rescued fairly soon, it's a questionnaire, not a horror film! With all this time to think, please answer these questions, and tell us your…
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Hazey Janes (Hell's Ditch Dozen)

So, Andrew Mitchell (lead vocals & guitar) and Matthew Marra (Bass), imagine that you're travelling across wild country on the way home from a gig. You're travelling alone, and when your vehicle (inevitably) breaks down you have yourself for company. Assume that you have a CD player or record player which still works, and that you expect to be rescued fairly soon, it's a questionnaire, not a horror film! With all this time to think,…
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Mark Browning | Ox (Hell's Ditch Dozen)

So, Mark Browning, imagine that you're travelling across wild country on the way home from a gig. You're travelling alone, and when your vehicle (inevitably) breaks down you have yourself for company. Assume that you have a CD player or record player which still works, and that you expect to be rescued fairly soon, it's a questionnaire, not a horror film! With all this time to think, please answer these questions, and tell us your…
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Alexis Harte (Hell's Ditch Dozen)

o, Alexis Harte, imagine that you're travelling across wild country on the way home from a gig. You're travelling alone, and when your vehicle (inevitably) breaks down you have yourself for company. Assume that you have a CD player or record player which still works, and that you expect to be rescued fairly soon, it's a questionnaire, not a horror film! With all this time to think, please answer these questions, and tell us your…
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Jeff Finlin

Jeff Finlin on.....Writing songs I practically record the same time as I write, songs on the new record like.... Postcards from Topeka and Forever Evergreen, they were based on my original demos. They might develop a little but I've a got a real Zen thing going on with my writing now. Ideas turn into action immediately or it's no good. I start suffering if a song is stuck in my head. Writing for me is…
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The Storys

The Storys are a 6 piece 70s West Coast influenced band from South Wales. They've just started their first headline tour having previously played stadiums supporting Elton John. Interview by Morag Rose Steve Balsamo (vocals/guitar) talked to us about aubergines and their pet ghost Carter....
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Bruce Molsky

Bruce Molsky is one of those figures who flies under the radar. Always busy, with a string of critically acclaimed albums and collaborations under his belt, this quiet and unassuming figure is one of the best fiddle and banjo players around. At this year's Cambridge Folk Festival he played with Mozaik, a band of all the talents that also features Irish legends Donal Lunny and Andy Irvine. Americana-uk caught up with him just after their…
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Darren Smith

Darren Smith is a singer-songwriter originally from Idaho who is now Seattle-based. A longtime member of the Seattle band Straw Dogs, Smith has broken out into solo mode and is currently touring in support of his first solo record release, Last Drive. The album is receiving rave reviews and each show, small or large, brings new fan converts as a result of Darren's silky smooth style and contagious personality. I caught up with him on…
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Steve Wynn (Hell's Ditch Dozen)

So, Steve Wynn, imagine that you're travelling across wild country on the way home from a gig. You're travelling alone, and when your vehicle (inevitably) breaks down you have yourself for company. Assume that you have a CD player or record player which still works, and that you expect to be rescued fairly soon, it's a questionnaire, not a horror film! With all this time to think, please answer these questions, and tell us your…
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Jimmy Barrett (Hell's Ditch Dozen)

So, Jimmy Barrett, imagine that you're travelling across wild country on the way home from a gig. You're travelling alone, and when your vehicle (inevitably) breaks down you have yourself for company. Assume that you have a CD player or record player which still works, and that you expect to be rescued fairly soon, it's a questionnaire, not a horror film! With all this time to think, please answer these questions, and tell us your…
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Ben Lee

Ben Lee is arguably the youngest person to ever make an impact on the Australian music scene when his band Noise Addict released their debut record with an average age of 14. Since then, Lee has gone from strength to solo strength, recording with everyone from Evan Dando to Kylie, and his latest album on New West "Awake is the New Sleep" has been garnering rave reviews across continents. Mark Whitfield caught up with Ben…
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