Music Interviews

1:26pm

Sat May 19, 2012
Music Interviews

John Mayer: Restoring An Image, And An Instrument

Originally published on Sat May 19, 2012 4:18 pm

John Mayer's new album, his first since a 2010 controversy that sent him retreating from the spotlight, is called Born and Raised.
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John Mayer is one of the biggest-selling artists of the last decade — and with love interests like Jessica Simpson and Jennifer Aniston, one of its most pursued by the media. In 2010, he gave a pair of interviews to Rolling Stone and Playboy that shocked readers with sexually aggressive and racially insensitive language. Mayer seemed to be self-destructing in full view of his fans.

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10:03am

Sat May 12, 2012
Music Interviews

Days With Dizzy: Arturo Sandoval On His Trumpet Mentor

Originally published on Sat May 12, 2012 4:10 pm

Arturo Sandoval and Dizzy Gillespie on tour in Europe in 1991. Sandoval's new album, Dear Diz (Every Day I Think of You), is a tribute to his friend and mentor.
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Cuban trumpeter Arturo Sandoval first met Dizzy Gillespie in Havana in 1977, when the American jazzman came to Cuba to play a concert. Sandoval showed him around the city, where the two men listened to the sounds of rumba music echoing through Havana's black neighborhoods. That night, Sandoval managed to play his trumpet for Gillespie — and blew him away.

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3:00pm

Wed May 9, 2012
Music Interviews

Paul Thorn: Music From The Margins

Originally published on Wed May 9, 2012 5:19 pm

Paul Thorn's new, all-covers album is called What the Hell Is Goin' On?
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Before Paul Thorn made his living as a singer, he was a professional boxer. He also spent 12 years working at a furniture factory in his hometown of Tupelo, Miss.

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1:47pm

Mon May 7, 2012

2:03pm

Sat May 5, 2012
Music Interviews

John Fullbright: The Man (And Album) Written In Oklahoma

Originally published on Mon May 21, 2012 8:38 am

John Fullbright's new album is From the Ground Up.
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Okemah, Okla. — the birthplace of Woody Guthrie — has another musical native son to call its own. John Fullbright's recordings mix folk, country and blues, and his lyrics often tackle big-picture topics.

"I grew up with a lot of questions that couldn't really seem to be answered," Fullbright tells NPR's Rachel Martin. "Why are we here? Did some higher power make all of this? Did he make me? And songwriting is kind of your own voice, your strongest voice, that you can use to ask yourself those questions."

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