These are the interviews from the most recent editions of the weekly national radio broadcast of In The Studio .

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

Two significant events informed the songwriting on 1991's Into the Great Wide Open , Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' first post-Traveling Wilburys/Full Moon Fever effort with his own band. First,Tom turned forty. "I'll probably look back at this as some kind of mid-life crisis album," Petty chuckles ,"and go ,'God, I should've just lightened up ! Should've had a drink and forgot about it !' But I suppose I'm just working a lot of things out.It's very hard living your life as we have in tour buses and airplanes for all of this time. I think when I turned 40 I kinda did , as most people do, get a little reflective about 'Where have we been?And where are we going?' And you do kind of realize that ,' Gee, twenty more and I'm outta here !' So you do take stock of that , you do." The second significant factor was that the songs for Into the Great Wide Open were written with a pre-9/11 perspective during Desert Storm Gulf War 1...(more)
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Tom Waits-Blue Valentine 1978

In 1978 my pick for album of the year was Bruce Springsteen's Darkness on the Edge of Town,which no doubt topped many such lists that year.Second by a gnat's eyelash on my list,however,was Blue Valentine by Tom Waits,an album which I can cherish easily for another thirty years...(more)

Alice Cooper

...(cont)after recording two unsuccessful albums -Pretties for You and Easy Action- on Frank Zappa's Straight Records label,Alice Cooper headed for Furnier's birthplace of Detroit in hopes of better luck.Inking a deal with Warner Brothers,they actually released two albums in1971 ,Love It to Death and Killer , with both albums becoming instant successes .On the brink of his induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame , Alice Cooper tells us how it all happened In The Studio.-Redbeard

Melissa Etheridge-The Awakening pt2

This is the conclusion of the Melissa Etheridge interview regarding her first album as a cancer survivor, The Awakening, from 2007 [jwplayer config="Audio Player" file="http://its-interviews.s3.amazonaws.com/melissa-etheridge-the-awakening-pt2.mp3"…

Melissa Etheridge

I can honestly say that , in over twenty-two years of the In The Studio program series , no conversation has been more important than this one with breast cancer survivor Melissa Etheridge...(more)

Steve Miller-Early Best + Bingo!

I had said in the liner notes where I was talking about one of the songs and I just said ,' it reminds me of ya know Brave New World and Sailor when I was working on my guitar parts '. And what I did then and what I did on this record. So, it is similar, I think and it’s been a very fun project to get excited about playing lead guitar on a record...(To read the entire 1-hour interview,click the link below)