Remembering Tom Petty with an Inside Look at the ‘An American Treasure’ Box Set with Producer/Engineer Ryan Ulyate

Remembering Tom Petty with an Inside Look at the ‘An American Treasure’ Box Set with Producer/Engineer Ryan Ulyate

“Tom had really high standards, and that was really in my mind,” Mike Campbell says with a chuckle when I ask him about compiling the new Tom Petty career-spanning box set An American Treasure, without his former band mate there to offer a thumbs up or down. “But these were tracks that just didn’t fit, […]

Roger McGuinn, Chris Hillman and Mike Campbell on 50 Years of the Byrds’ ‘Sweetheart of the Rodeo’ (The Interview)

Roger McGuinn, Chris Hillman and Mike Campbell on 50 Years of the Byrds’ ‘Sweetheart of the Rodeo’ (The Interview)

“I don’t think it sold many copies, but there was no pressure to go in a certain direction, and Columbia just let us do whatever we wanted,” The Byrds’ Roger McGuinn told me in 2016 of his former band’s legendary album, Sweetheart of the Rodeo. Now considered a crucial moment in the birth of country-rock […]

Top 11 British Phrases Heard in Beatles Songs

Top 11 British Phrases Heard in Beatles Songs

Until 1964, Americans imagined Brits as businessmen in bowler hats and stuffy butlers who served tea. The Beatles‘ arrival on our shores changed all that. We grew our hair, dressed in Carnaby Street fashions and overnight, British words like “fab” and “gear” entered our language. But Beatles lyrics contain many expressions that many American fans […]

Searching for ‘True Meanings’ with Paul Weller (Album Review/Q&A)

Searching for ‘True Meanings’ with Paul Weller (Album Review/Q&A)

Over the past few years, every time I’ve interviewed Paul Weller, the legendary English musician known as the Modfather, he mentioned that he was contemplating releasing an acoustic album. For an artist who’s taken as many twists and turns over the course of his 40-plus year career as Bob Dylan, it seemed no idle threat. […]

Gilbert O’Sullivan Releases New Self-Titled Album (Listen)

Gilbert O’Sullivan Releases New Self-Titled Album (Listen)

In a new interview with Rock Cellar’s Michael Mascioni, singer/songwriter Gilbert O’Sullivan said of his new self-titled album that he found inspiration in a few places — including the work of iconic troubadour and Nobel Peace Prize-winner Bob Dylan. “There are a few songs on the album with those influences, especially those using the Hammond organ.  […]

Q&A: Gilbert O’Sullivan Brings His Musical Kaleidoscope to His New Self-Titled Album

Q&A: Gilbert O’Sullivan Brings His Musical Kaleidoscope to His New Self-Titled Album

Gilbert O’Sullivan’s music was omnipresent in the 1970’s, riding high in that period with hits like “Alone Again (Naturally),” “Clair,” and “Get Down.”  During much of the 80’s, however, he seemed to fade from view. But throughout his career, he has been busy … paving new musical paths and following his muse, regardless of musical […]

Bob Dylan Details U.S. Tour for the Fall

Bob Dylan Details U.S. Tour for the Fall

You’ll have another chance to catch Bob Dylan and his band on the road this fall, as the Nobel Prize winner and part-time whiskey manufacturer just refuses to take any time away from performing his undeniably influential and legendary catalog of music. After a handful of dates in Australia, Dylan and his band will head […]

The Wild Feathers Q&A: On ‘Greetings from the Neon Frontier’ and ‘Finding That Magic Spot’ with Three Singer/Songwriters

The Wild Feathers Q&A: On ‘Greetings from the Neon Frontier’ and ‘Finding That Magic Spot’ with Three Singer/Songwriters

Any band with three singer/songwriters could easily get bogged down by disagreements about who’s going to handle lead and secondary vocal duties — but not The Wild Feathers. “Most of the time it’s pretty straightforward,” said bassist Joel King. “You get in where you can fit in. A lot of times, I’ll be singing the […]

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