Interviews | 2007

Interviews | 2007

Mark Olson

Last year everything suddenly seemed to go terribly wrong in Mark Olson's life. He split up with his wife and fellow songwriter, Victoria Williams, and this subsequently caused the collapse of The Original Harmony Creekdippers, the folk-bluegrass outfit Mark Olson formed with Williams after leaving The Jayhawks in 1995. His new album, The Salvation Blues, finds the experienced and in these parts, legendary songwriter back on his own feet with what has been desribed as…
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Songdog

Acoustic music with a strap-on. Waiting For Godot sung to a three-chord trick. Songdog are really all about the songs. Dark, literate songs sung from the prison-cell of the heart (from where you can sometimes see just as far as from the top of any mountain) - that's what is says at the top of the dreaded myspace page and I’m not inclined to argue. An interview with Lyndon Morgans writes and sings the songs:…
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Joe Pernice

Morag Rose writes: I was really looking forward to interviewing Joe Pernice. This years "Live a Little" is the latest in a long line of literate and lovely bittersweet records he has made both with The Scud Mountain Boys and The Pernice Brothers. In my world he"s the kind of person cliches like prolific genius and cult hero were invented for. The comparisons to Morrissey don"t seem far wrong. Pernice also wrote "Meat is Murder,…
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Tim Rutili | Califone

Califone's earliest roots lie in the band Red Red Meat, from whence came Califone's founding members Tim Rutili and Ben Massarella and its longtime producer Brian Deck. Orignially conceived as Rutili's solo project they soon evolved into something more. The band's first release was a self-titled EP on Flydaddy in 1998, followed later by the full-length debut, Roomsound, in 2001 In three years, they recorded four albums (two instrumental, two song-based) and toured heavily in…
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Frazey Ford

The Be Good Tanyas make old time folk with a contemporary edge; the sweetly yearning harmonies and traditional musicianship meshing with contemporary themes and their own unique sparkle. The band recently released their third album Hello Love, three years after Chinatown and a period away from the constant travelling they had long embraced. Morag Rose rang Frazey Ford to find out more.
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David Celia

Sian Claire Owen writes: Toronto-based singer-songwriter David Celia has just released his second album "This Isn't Here", which grapples with issues such as yoga, Cactus People, and good old fashioned love and friendship. But don't be fooled, Celia is no tree-hugging hippy. His accessible brand of music is a tasteful blend of folk, country, with a sprinkling of prog rock, and even some occasional jazz. Nice. His impeccable vocal and instrumental arrangements, coupled with a…
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Redlands Palomino Company

I am not Everett True, I mean I hate that kind of arrogant journalism that's all about the rock hack and hut forgets about the music. However it's disingenuous to pretend I'm objective and sometimes it's necessary to declare an interest. I was quite ridiculously nervous about this interview. I've not had the best few months and amongst the sickness and despair the unthinkable happened: I got bored of music. A few records got me…
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Michael Weston King

Michael Weston King came to prominence as founder, leader, singer and songwriter with The Good Sons, one of the pioneers of alt. country in the UK (whatever that means) The Good Sons were the first British band to sign to Glitterhouse Records, after Their fourth, album, Happiness the band went their separate ways in 2002. Since then Michael has toured extensively both on his own and sharing the bill with many great artists including Nick…
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Jason Ringenberg

Legendary Nashville singer-songwriter and alt-country, cow-punk pioneer Jason Ringenberg has an identical twin whose success may be about to eclipse that of the ex-Scorchers frontman. Children's entertainer Farmer Jason has just released his new album Rockin in The Forest With… and embarked on a tour of UK schools whilst the ever glamorous Mr Ringenberg rocks out in the evening. He gave Morag Rose a quick call (on a very crackly phone line) to give Americana-UK…
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Robyn Hitchcock

Robyn Hitchcock: Sex, Food, Death... and Insects is a new film about the maverick singer songwriter and former Soft Boy. It is directed and produced by John Edginton, who previously made the acclaimed omnibus P ink Floyd and Syd Barrett Story as well as documentaries such as Battle for the Trees and Mumia Abu-Jamal: A Case for Reasonable Doubt? He spoke to Morag Rose about why he's focused on the English singer songwriter.
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Bob Frank and John Murry

Bob Frank and John Murry make an odd and curiously mesmerizing couple. Frank's a 70s troubaour and self proclaimed cult artist turned recluse; Murry is a descendant of William Faulker from Memphis who moved to California to work on his songs and play with various bands. Actually talking to them about World Without End, their Tim Monney produced album of murder ballads based on a grim catalogue of true horror proved to be something of…
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Jim White

Jim White's music is as beguiling as his life story, encompassing everything from digging graves to modeling and turning it all into southern country soul music. He says this about his new album. "Transnormal Skiperoo is a name I invented to describe a strange new feeling I've been experiencing after years of feeling lost and alone and cursed. Now, when everything around me begins to shine, when I find myself dancing around in my back…
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