Interviews

Kansas. The land of Ahs! My father exited the Korean conflict and instead of returning to the coal mines in East Virginia, he, like so many other veterans, took a job with an airplane manufacturer in Wichita, where I was born and lived until I was 8. Kansas is loaded with sweeping prairies, farmlands, alabaster, clay and flint hills, geological anomalies, and Lily B. Moonflower. Lily (Brown) is a rising young star from Lawrence, KS, whose talents are broad, poetic and colorful.

The road to Golden Shoals has been a long, fruitful journey for Amy Alvey and Mark Kilianski. The duo has toured on foot—gig to gig with backpacks and instrument cases—for weeks at a time; called Asheville, Boston, California, and New Jersey home; and lived in various moving vehicles on the road for the past seven years under different names and incarnations.

While musicians are dealing with canceled tours and extra time on their hands, music director and drummer Adam Chase (Jazz Is Phsh, James Brown Dance PartyChase Brothers) is picking the brains of some of the most interesting musicians in the jam scene and sharing his findings with us at Grateful Web.  This week Chase gets bassist Reed Mathis to dive into the power of t

Occasionally a flower rises up out of the garden of humanity that stands alone in its beauty and inspiration.  In this case, it does so in the form of the Barton Hills Choir out of Austin, Texas.  Headed by elementary school choir director, Gavin Tabone, BHC made their big splash onto the music scene through the Dead Covers Project.  Submitting refreshing renditions of “Touch of Grey” and “Ripple,” the Dead family was instantly charmed by these talented young vocalists.  “And it’s been snowballing from there,” s

Grateful Web recently spoke with Deborah Grabien of The Sound Field. Their new album The Bucket List is an astounding collaborative effort between stalwart Bay Area rockers and a trio that’s been performing for a decade. Deborah opened up about the inspiration behind her reuniting with songs from decades past and how songwriting and strong musicality brought art back into the album.

Grateful Web's Aaron Dietrich had a few minutes today to speak to Head for the Hills' bassist, Matt Loewen.  Check out the interview below. Hope you enjoy!  Thanks a lot to Matt for his time and to Sean for setting this up. Head for the Hills is a great young progressive acoustic band -- go check them out when they're in your neck-of-the-woods!

The Grateful Web recently had a chance to talk to The Infamous Stringdusters' guitar player, Andy Falco, discussing their upcoming Festy Experience festival, some of the Stringdusters diverse musical backgrounds and why Yonder Mountain String Band would put a tear in the eye of the omnipotent

Amid the recent and exciting “Shakedowns” amongst the currently touring Grateful Dead threaded projects, I had the good fortune of swapping some very interesting and eloquent emails with my friend Jeff Mattson.

The last two years for percussionist Jason Hann have been a roller coaster of musical endeavors.  His main project, the wildly popular String Cheese Incident, decided it was time to take an extended hiatus from performing due to some artistic conflicts within the group.  From the break, Hann and fellow Cheese drummer Michael Travis formed a dynamic jam-tronica duo called