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What soul singer Al Green calls ‘The Extraordinary’

I asked  singer Al Green (“I’m So Tired of Being Alone” and “Let’s Stay Together”) what singing feels like for him. He gave a mystical answer (describing himself in the third person) that showed a total lack of fear of … Continue reading

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Marcia Ball assesses her voice

Boogie-woogie piano, swamp rock, bluesy ballads and zydeco all went into the gumbo that was Marcia Ball’s tenth studio album, “Peace, Love and BBQ.” This interview took place after the release of that album. Ball’s voice was featured prominently on … Continue reading

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Interview with John Hiatt

Many artists have had success with John Hiatt’s songs, (Bonnie Raitt, Ronnie Milsap, Iggy Pop, Three Dog Night, and the Neville Brothers), everyone that is, except Hiatt. He released his first record in 1974. But it wasn’t until his 1987 … Continue reading

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From note to note in my head (a talk with Boz Scaggs, Kenny Loggins, Bobby McFerrin, Steve Earle & Al Green)

I’ve been thrilled by music since my earliest memories. I’ve always wanted to take part in the magic somehow. So I took a few guitar lessons in the second grade-enough to play “Old MacDonald” in a recital, and I played … Continue reading

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Interview with Otis Williams–One of the original Temptations!

Otis Williams is the only founding member left in The Temptations. As such, he spiritually anchors the hit R&B group. Continue reading

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Susan Tedeschi: a singer at a crossroad

By Gene Myers (I interviewed Susan right after “Hope and Desire” came out. Those who thought it a misstep, might also see her newest album, “Back to the River” as course correction. But to the singer, it all made sense.) … Continue reading

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What is it about Willie Nelson’s singing?

About Willie Nelson, Ray Charles says, “When he sings one note –one note, not two–you know it’s Willie Nelson!” What makes Willie’s voice unique? One aspect of singing is rhythm. Back phrasing is what comes to Waylon Jennings’ mind when … Continue reading

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