In The Studio: Medium Rare

Rare musician interviews by Redbeard not part of the weekly radio series .

Dave Matthews Band- Crash 20th Anniversary- Dave Matthews

After meeting and interviewing Dave Matthews during the 1996 Horde Festival tour just as their second studio album, Crash, was being released, none of the subsequent successes of the Dave Matthews Band since then has surprised me. Impressed ? Absolutely, but not surprised. Sure, the fun-loving good time swing in their first big...
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Bonnie Raitt- Luck of the Draw 25th Anniversary

Prior to release of her tenth album Nick of Time in 1989, Bonnie Raitt was a bit of a puzzle. For two decades she had been a critic’s darling, starting with her 1971 debut (four stars), Give It Up in 1972 (four and a half stars), 1973’s Takin’ My Time, and Streetlights the...
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Collective Soul”Continuing”- Ed Roland

The story of Collective Soul emerged almost twenty-five years ago from the basement of Stockbridge Georgia songwriter and preacher’s son Ed Roland‘s parents’ house. It is not the first time that a song demo such as “Shine” was recorded at home by an aspiring songwriter, only to escape and then find itself in...
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R.E.M.- Lifes Rich Pageant 30th Anniversary- Michael Stipe, Peter Buck

My conversations with R.E.M. lead singer Michael Stipe and lead guitarist Peter Buck about those early IRS Records. Includes the earliest days of the Athens GA band, with songs from their first four full albums Murmur, Reckoning, Fables of the Reconstruction, & now on its thirtieth anniversary their biggest seller to that point,...
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Jackson Browne- Lives in the Balance 30th, Looking East 20th Anniversaries

After 1978’s Running on Empty (covered separately elsewhere here In the Studio), Jackson Browne deftly used his superstar celebrity to send #1 hits up the Pop Chart (‘Somebody’s Baby”) as well as romantic mid-tempo laments (“In the Shape of a Heart”), the personal (“Sky Blue and Black”), the political (“Lives in the Balance”),...
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David Lee Roth- Eat ‘Em and Smile 30th Anniversary

To quote David Lee Roth himself in this lengthy 1991 conversation,”You can’t stand what he says but you LOVE the way he says it!” Gregarious, colorfully verbose, but interestingly not prolific as a songwriter, Roth cranked out a number of pop-metal ditties after saying “sayonara” to the biggest American hard rock band, Van...
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Little Feat- Lowell George Years- Bill Payne, Paul Barrere

Wednesday June 29 marks the sad anniversary of the drug-related death of the gifted, enigmatic co-founder of Little Feat, Lowell George. If only musicians voted for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, then Little Feat would have been inducted twenty-five years ago on the first ballot. Encompassing every form of indigenous American...
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