Roger McGuinn – Sweetheart of the Rodeo 50th Anniversary
This year marks the 50th anniversary of what’s considered the first country rock album. The Byrds “Sweetheart of the Rodeo” went on to influence a whole new sound from the Eagles, CSN&Y, Poco and many others. Original Byrd’s leader Roger McGuinn talks about the evolution of the country rock sound.
Jimi Hendrix Matters
with Guitarist Ben Verdery
While down in Greenwich Village I met up with classical guitarist and good friend, Ben Verdery. Here’s our lively discussion about Jimi Hendrix and his continued relevance. Exactly fifty years ago I had the great luck of meeting Hendrix after a gig in Hartford. He was on tour promoting “Axis Bold As Love” and needless to say the show was incredible.
Billy Joel’s The Stranger
The Making of a Classic with Richie Cannata and Liberty DeVito
Forty years ago Richie Cannata and Liberty DeVito were making music history as part of the Billy Joel Band. In the studio with legendary rock and jazz music producer Phil Ramone they were crafting one of the great rock albums of all time, “The Stranger.” They recently shared their memories with me in an Italian Restaurant.
The Doors talk about Jim Morrison’s last days in Paris
Bataclan Theater, One Year Later
One year later. Imagine if the Bataclan terrorist shootings had happened at the Fillmore or the Beacon Theatre? Last year’s tragedy in Paris rocked the world, especially concert goers. My music loving French friends insisted that I go visit the theater and bring along a camera while I was in Paris.
The story behind the sound of David Bowie’s “Young Americans” with David Sanborn
In the middle of our sit-down interview with sax man David Sanborn I asked him about working with a musical force like David Bowie.
Music in Conversation