Interviews

Don Was – the veteran, multi-Grammy-winning musician/producer and current president of Blue Note Records – is one of those virtual Renaissance men who always seems to have many pots a stirring. Over time, he has been a bassist, record producer, music director, film composer, documentary film maker and radio host. And 2024 promises to be no less busy for him.

Tumbledown Shack is a five-piece band that has been recreating the magic of the Grateful Dead's music since 2019. Paying tribute to one of the most inspirational bands on the planet and covering one of the largest catalogs of music ever assembled is an arduous and ambitious task. Right off the top, many thanks to this band and many other bands around the world that focus on the preservation and presentation of the timeless music of the Good Ol' Grateful Dead.

In this insightful interview, Jeremy Kaplan, the talented keyboardist from Dogs In A Pile, shares his remarkable journey from a high school student supported by Billy Joel's generous foundation, to a flourishing musician intertwined with Joel's legacy. Kaplan's connection to Joel extends beyond a mere meeting; it's a narrative of inspiration, opportunity, and the transformative power of music.

Hot Buttered Rum (HBR) kicked off 2024 with a celebration of its silver anniversary at the Sweetwater in Mill Valley on Saturday, January 27, 2024. Yes, the NorCal bluegrass band and left-coast jam festival staple has been around for 25 years – congrats, boys!

It might be a musical stretch to even think of the British rock-pop band Queen and U.S. folk-rock singer John Sebastian in the same thought bubble. But it’s really an ironic numbers thing about them both that just came to mind. As Sebastian once sang in a Lovin’ Spoonful song, “there’s thirteen-hundred and fifty-two guitar pickers in Nashville.” And, of course, there aren’t that many Queen tribute bands in the world.

Dogs In A Pile (DIAP) just announced their first batch of 2024 dates a few weeks ago and are fresh off a major tour in support of Pigeons Playing Ping Pong. As the band took a short break for the Thanksgiving holiday, Dogs guitarist/vocalist Brian Murray penciled in a date (11/25) to play a solo acoustic show at the famous NYC club The Bitter End. The stage has been graced by the likes of music titans Stevie Wonder, Bob Dylan, Chick Corea, David Crosby, Neil Young, and many more.

Parchman Prison is in the Mississippi Delta and is notorious for brutal conditions and a very high black population. In 1996, the historian David Oshinsky said, "Throughout the American South, Parchman Farm is synonymous with punishment and brutality. It's the closest thing to slavery that survived the Civil War." Ta-Nehisi Coates quoted Oshinsky's writing in his 2014 Atlantic article, "The Case for Reparations." The prison was founded in 1901, on a former plantation site.

Dogs In A Pile (DIAP) is about to embark on a 16-date tour, supporting Pigeons Playing Ping Pong. This opportunity to open for them will be highlighted by a start in New Orleans at the famed Tipitina’s, a performance at the beautiful Mission Ballroom in Denver, and a show at the Troubadour in Hollywood—amongst a slew of first-time played venues in what many would consider key cities for any young band on the rise.

Carl “Buffalo” Nichols is a living anomaly in this ever-commercial world. With a stage name that reflects the rarity and value of his art, he lives to embody in his personal life the values he advocates for in his music. Not even two weeks removed from the release of his Sophomore album “The Fatalist,” his demeanor hardly reflects acknowledgment of its notoriety, focused not on the accolades it has received, but rather on those who have received its message.

Upon arriving at the Cascade Equinox grounds in Redmond, Oregon, just outside of Bend, attendees were welcomed by an atmosphere pulsating with anticipation. Festival-goers filled the air with tunes from the featured artists on the lineup, soaking in the majestic mountainous surroundings, and forming caravans as they made their way into the fairgrounds for a weekend brimming with live music, autumnal festivities, and communal camping.

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