This past Saturday at the AES Convention, music industry executives and professionals gathered for the Grammy SoundTables producer panel on "Songs that Move the Needle," featuring Alex Da Kid, Don Was, Michael Brauer, Niko Bolas, No I.D., moderated by Ed Cherney.
I first interviewed Dr. John (aka Mac Rebennack) about "Ske-Dat-De-Dat: The Spirit of Satch" a year ago when he described the album in progress as being inspired by a dream in which Louis Armstrong told him: "Do my music your way."
We had been on this carousel together since 2011 -- a seemingly insignificant period of time in, but at present, that's a substantial era of my life. I sit here trying to recount the bad memories but I can barely find a handful. You've made it impossible for me to hate you.
The 1960s folk music scene was a chapter in a long story, one that began decades earlier and that continues today as a new generation of singers and songwriters connect -- directly and indirectly -- to the burgeoning progressive movements that are rippling across the country.
The recent charity benefit at San Francisco's Davies Symphony Hall not only staged a lovely show with some stellar performances by big music and Hollywood names, it also extended an olive branch that stretched across current conflicts.
Roy Orbison received a sweet reissue treatment this year with a bunch of projects that included an upgrade of his star-studded Black & White Night concert that guested folks like Bruce Springsteen, Tom Waits, Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt and Elvis Costello.
Well, if you're traveling with the aunts and the cousins, it might not mean music at all, unless your last name is Von Trapp, or dare I say Cyrus. Chances are, though, that there will be music and there will, thus, be singing.
Back on November 13th, Christmas With Scotty McCreery was the subject of an interview with the young American Idol winner and country music star. As we're getting closer to the holidays, Scotty offered this glimpse into his Christmasness with this exclusive EPK...
Now on the second leg of an epic U.S. tour -- to be followed in Asia and Europe -- Bonnie Raitt has taken it to a new level. Reading through the show-by-show reviews of her performances is like being witness to an ecstatic coronation.
It's not enough that music is of a time -- it also has to be good on its own. The deep resonance of the chord changes, the perfect harmonies, master guitar riffs, intriguing lyrics... there are reasons these songs are still with us.
I'm a poet who wants to write song lyrics and can't for the life of me figure out how it's done. Maia falls into the line of singer/songwriters whose lyrics are satisfying, musical and meaningful. I thought picking her brain might help me crack the code on writing a song.