Best of 2014: Interviews

As much as I enjoy discovering new music – both live and on physical recorded media – my favorite part of this Musoscribe gig is engaging interviews. I’ve been at it of many years, but every year find new and fascinating conversations with musicians whose work I admire. 2014 was no exception: every one of my interviews – whether in person, via phone or Skype – was a delight.

Below are my four favorite interviews of 2014, but I’d encourage interested readers to check out my full list of interviews, including 2014 conversations with Alex Maas of The Black Angels, gospel/bluesman Leo “Bud” Welch, Tahrah Cohen of The Machine, Yuck‘s Max Bloom, guitar legend Larry Coryell*, Keith Allison* (Paul Revere and the Raiders), writer Cary Ginell (biographer of Cannonball Adderley and Herbie Mann), Colin Blunstone and Rod Argent of The Zombies*, Yogi Lang of German progressive rockers RPWL, Graham Parker*, Keith Emerson, Nick Montoya of The Volt Per Octaves, The Electric Prunes James Lowe, Chris Jones of 101 Runners, Mark “Flo” Volman of The Turtles, Dave Mason, Adrian Belew, Peppy Castro of The Blues Magoos, and Aaron “Woody” Wood.

Stay tuned for upcoming interviews with Ray Thomas (The Moody Blues), Jamie Hoover, Thomas Walsh of Pugwash, Dwight Twilley, and many more.

Jason D. Williams
For many years, Williams downplayed his biological connection to Jerry Lee Lewis. In fact, he’s still not crazy about discussing it. But speaking of crazy, his keyboard work can well be described using that word. A fun interview in which William lets loose with some memorable hyperbole.

The Posies
Before (and after) their work as members of a reconstituted Big Star, Ken Stringfellow and Jon Auer were and remain The Posies; Omnivore’s expanded reissue of their debut album gave me the opportunity to chat with the duo, long among my favorite musical acts who came about in the 1990s.

Todd Cochran
Cochran (billing himself as Bayeté) released one of the best – yet least-heard — progressive fusion records of the early 1970s. The fine archivist/curators at Omnivore reissued Worlds Around the Sun, and Todd Cochran sat down with me for a long and wide-ranging discussion about the album.

Small Faces
In conjunction with the reissue of some of their best work, plus a career-spanning set of gems and rarities, I spoke with surviving Small Faces members Kenney Jones (drums, and later of The Who) and Ian McLagan (the latter passed away last week). Both were a funny and candid.

Stay tuned for more Best-ofs.

* other faves!

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