36 weeks on the charts - The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band with the classic, Mr. Bojangles
It was a song originally written by Jerry Jeff Walker but made famous by The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. The band’s ‘string wizard’ John Mceuen is celebrating his 76th birthday this week. John joins me from his hotel room in NYC to tell me tales from his fifty years on the road. They were the first American group to tour the Soviet Union, why they had to play an all-girls junior high school in lower Manhattan (and who else did same) and what it was like playing at both Mickey and Minnie Mouse’s funerals. It’s hilarious! Watch the full zoom interview below.
Master musician and storyteller John Mceuen has me in stitches in this zoom interview. Press play here ...
Bluesman Mike Zito live streaming
Mike Zito is one of the most lauded artists in the contemporary blues arena today. He began playing guitar at the age of five, and by the time he reached his late teens, he was a fixture on his local music scene. ‘Pearl River’, the title track of his 2009 album won Song of the Year at the Blues Music Awards and his latest album ‘Quarantine Blues’ has been equally decorated. Check out his music and if you like what you hear, make sure you tune in to veeps.com for tickets to this week’s livestream. It’s gonna be one helluva show!
Creedence Clearwater Revival's Stu Cook speaks his truth.
As John Fogerty celebrates a re-issue of his first solo album this week, I catch up with bass player Stu Cook who tells me all about how John’s ‘control freak’ nature caused the group’s demise. I hadn’t realised that, at the top of their game, CCR only existed for three and a half years. Read more about the band’s acrimonious break up here and listen to Stu’s candid interview with me first up in this week’s episode. It’s fascinating. Here’s CCR’s first breakthrough massive hit – Suzie Q
What did Edwin Starr have to do with Rose Royce - plenty! Find out below.
Where were you when the movie ‘Car Wash’ came out in 1976? The song was a massive hit in discos all over the world. Written and produced by Motown producer, Norman Whitfield, it was Rose Royce’s debut single and it went straight to number one in the US. As Rose Royce founder, Kenny Copeland tells me, it turned the members of the band into overnight stars … and they just loved it. Here’s a reminder of the song and make sure you take a look at my unedited zoom interview too with Kenny below.
Rose Royce's 'Car Wash' turned fledgling musicians into superstars overnight.
Rose Royce founder Kenny Copeland reveals he and another band member used to work in a car wash! Press play to watch the interview.
Moody Blues' John Lodge releases new music.
The Moody Blues’ John Lodge has released new music this week – well, not exactly new music, Gemini Dream was originally released on the 1981 ‘Long Distance Voyager’ album. John’s new album is called ‘Royal Affair and After’. While the band mourns the recent loss of drummer, Graeme Edge I wonder which your favourite Moody Blues song was? Mine was definitely this one below from 1964, ‘Go Now’. Read more about The Moody Blues here.