It is always especially nice to discover musicians like Jorma Kaukonen are as down to earth and as friendly as the next guy. I talked with Jorma about everything from Jefferson Airplane, to MerleFest 2017, to his Vietnamese Pho restaurant and music camp Fur (or Pho) Peace Ranch. We even cleared up a music festival misconception. Listen on to see why I Had to Ask.
I talked with Deanie from Sister Sadie at IBMA 2016, we talked about women in bluegrass, the band’s IBMA Awards nominations and even her chickens. Listen on to see why I Had to Ask!
I talked with the touring guitarist for Al Stewart, Dave Nachmanoff, we talked about his new concept album, Spinoza’s Dream. We also talked about touring with Al, and playing with Libba Cotten, the inventor of “Cotten picking” guitar style. Not only is Dave a musician but he has a doctorate in philosophy so we even touched on living the virtuous life. Listen on to see why I Had to Ask!
Today I was very sad to find out that Leon Russell has passed away at the age of 74.
I am happy however that I will always be able to say that my first press conference was with Leon Russell. I was only in 5th grade when I met him and he treated me with as much respect as every other journalist in the room. Here’s the interview.
Thank you for your kindness and the experience, rest in peace Mr. Russell!