The Year End Stew – Best Interviews 2017

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Lots of interview this year..so how do you pick the best of the best?

They pick you actually.
These interviews are the ones that stayed with me..resonated with truth, passion and humour.

Two hours of the years most memorable interviews.. (and YES, I could have done 3-4 more shows.)

Robbie Robertson – Original member and songwriter for The Band. One of the greatest most influential groups ever. Talking about his book Testimony, Dylan, The Last Waltz and writing The Weight!

The Wood Brothers – Wonderfully talented, gifted singers and songwriters. Talking about The Band and their influence.
LeeRoy Stagger – Surely in the running for Top 100 albums of the year
Ron Sexsmith – Talking about The Last Rider and what his early years were like.
Susan Tedeschi – Her husband Derek Trucks had to take another phone call but Susan finished off our interview with some great thoughts about a life in music
Stephen Fearing – Talking about his single Blowhard Nation and what influenced the song.
Rhiannon Giddens – It’s all about what happens to her when one of the most influential Producers T Bone Burnett offers to produce a solo album so the World can really hear her voice. Interview backstage at this year’s Edmonton Folk Festival
The Juno Couch – Yes it was recorded in 2016 but I played this special and portions of it all during 2017..so I fudged a bit.
It was worth it – interviews with Buffy St Marie, Tom Cochrane, Miranda Mulholland, Matt Good and Alan Doyle. All on the Couch together.
Bruce Cockburn – His first interview for new album Bone on Bone. Again, a must have on the Top 100. Talks about the song that started it all Three Al Purdy’s for a $20 bill
Bare Naked Ladies – Interviewed them twice..this one in Nanaimo. Focused on an album that did not get the recognition it deserved, with The Persuaders.
And how that collaboration changed the way BNL sing some of their songs.
Grant Lawrence – On his book on The Smugglers Dirty Windshield.
This interview was about Grant and Nardwuar knocking on my door Halloween Night.
Valerie June – again at the Edmonton folk festival. There’s also a YouTube version of this CKUA interview. I expect her album will be Top 10, maybe even Top 5
Huey Lewis – I really wanted to talk to Huey again, as I hadn’t seen him for many years. I loved his blues take on hit music. We shared a common take on what was great music. I asked him what it felt like walking out on stage after all these years..what went on inside of him when the audience found its voice.

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