Interviews

Lots of festivals are dropping their line ups for 2020 which has us dreaming of warmer days, oceanside sunsets, and the feel-good music we all love. One of the first big festivals of the year will be Skull & Roses Festival in Ventura, CA, April 2-5, 2020.  With Billy and the Kids and Oteil & Friends headlining, let’s dig into more artists that will also be playing.

It's a wonderful life after all… If you want a piece of feel-good to put under the tree this year, look no further than the at your service songwriting duo extraordinaire, Arthur Lee Land and Carol Lee.

From Bare Bones is the latest offering from Bucks County's, burly song-smith, Jeremiah Tall. His second full length LP is indicative of an evolution in sound as his one man band metamorphosed into a fully realized, modern folk, quartet with Jeremiah Tall at the helm.  

Grateful Web: Tell us a little bit about why you decided to include the band in the recording of your latest and how they impact the sound of Jeremiah Tall.

Julia “Girl” Dreyer Brigden has published her memoirs of life as an untethered youth running around the Haight-Ashbury days of the ’60s in San Francisco.  Her stories traverse the globe from being born in South Africa to trading for a manufactured ‘around the world’ ticket that got her from Istanbul to Toyko, to Europe and back to the tour bus with her then-husband, David Freiberg ( Quicksilver Messenger Service /Jefferson Airplane/ Jefferson Starship).  In this delightful read, she examines her journey through the lens of written tradi

The Flusters, hailing from nearby Palm Desert, CA, made their Joshua Tree Music Festival debut on October 10, 2019, with their post-sundown set on the Boogaloo Stage.  Their live performance offers a bit of a time warp, from the black suits and two-toned shoes to the surf guitar meets 80’s synth blend, The Flusters offer a live music experience unlike anything you will have seen before, a kind of vintage psychedelic sock-hop synth party.  Lead signer Dougie VanSant Jr.

Grateful Web had the chance to chat with Cody Diekhoff, better known as Chicago Farmer.  He will be playing his first headlining show at City Winery Chicago on Thursday, October 3rd, 2019 with special guest Althea Grace opening the show for him.  His style can best be described as a folk artist with a bold talent for storytelling.

This month, Tulsa jazz fusion outfit Henna Roso released their debut record, Feed The Hungry (Horton Records), with an album release celebration where they not only performed new material, but  held a food drive in partnership with the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma--which pushed them to over 91,000 meals raised since they formed in 2016.

This year, Larry Keel released a new album, One, played numerous festivals, and collaborated with a handful of fellow musicians, including Tyler Childers, Billy Strings, and The Travelin' McCourys.

This year, Rising Appalachia released a new album, Leylines, played numerous festivals, and did good work for the world. On August 25, 2019, Rising Appalachia will continue that good work in Northwest Arkansas during the Fayetteville Roots Festival.

We got in touch with Chloe Smith just ahead of the band's Roots Festival appearance to learn how music connects to the deepest parts of their human-ness.

Inside Out is the new album by Bernard Fowler, a man who is Mick Jagger in his own right.  After touring as backup vocals with The Rolling Stones since 1989, Inside Out takes his own perspective of hand-selected Rolling Stones songs. Driven by percussion and spoken word poetry, this disc is a must-have for Rolling Stones fans as well as fans of salsa, spoken word, soul, and R&B.

GW: Hi Bernard! Where am I speaking with you from today?