Music Interviews

2:58pm

Mon April 2, 2012
Music Interviews

Dr. John: A Rock Legend Gets Personal

Originally published on Mon April 2, 2012 10:01 pm

Dr. John's newest album, Locked Down, comes out Tuesday.
Michael Wilson

In his 1995 autobiography, Under a Hoodoo Moon, Dr. John writes about his tumultuous music career, a decades-long heroin addiction and the time he spent in prison on a drug-possession charge. The book is candid in a way that most of his music is not — until now. On his new album, Locked Down, Dr. John takes a more personal approach.

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1:28pm

Mon April 2, 2012
Music Interviews

Hello? Is This The Country Album You're Looking For?

Originally published on Mon April 2, 2012 3:12 pm

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"If I had to have another title for this record besides Tuskegee," Lionel Richie says, "it would be called All the Songs That They Told Me Would Ruin My Career."
Alan Silfen UMG Nashville

You know who's got a country album out right now? Lionel Richie. The same Lionel Richie who started his career in the funk band The Commodores — that's right, the group that made "Brick House."

But on his new album, titled Tuskegee, country artists from Tim McGraw to Darius Rucker re-imagine the ballads that made Richie famous. These are the songs that have become slow-dance staples at proms and weddings everywhere.

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12:22pm

Sat March 31, 2012
Music Interviews

The Passionate, Turbulent Life Of James Brown

Originally published on Sun April 1, 2012 4:48 pm

Gotham Books

James Brown used to tell people that even being stillborn as a child couldn't stop him. He rose to the highest heights in the music industry and stayed there longer than most. But in the end he succumbed to atrocious financial planning, a drug habit and a violent temper.

RJ Smith, author of the new biography The One: The Life and Music of James Brown, tells NPR's Guy Raz that Brown believed he was indestructible.

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11:48am

Sat March 31, 2012
Music Interviews

Noel Gallagher: Flying High After Oasis

Originally published on Sat March 31, 2012 3:43 pm

Noel Gallagher's first solo album, Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, came out in October.
Courtesy of the artist

When the song "Wonderwall" hit the airwaves in 1995, Oasis was arguably the biggest rock band in the world. At the heart of the group were two combustible figures: Noel Gallagher, the main songwriter, and his brother Liam, the main singer. With their fiery tempers and frequent public outbursts, the two were on the covers of the tabloids as often as the top of the charts.

Oasis burned out quite suddenly a few years ago, with a now-famous meltdown backstage before a show in Paris.

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12:56pm

Tue March 27, 2012
Music Interviews

Dry The River: Songs Of Cardiac Anatomy

Originally published on Tue October 23, 2012 1:43 pm

A veteran of punk bands, Dry the River's Peter Liddle (center) began playing acoustic guitar to keep quiet as a med student.
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