Music Interviews


Sun August 5, 2012
Music Interviews

Billy Edd Wheeler: 'I Can't Rock Anymore, But I Can Still Roll'

Originally published on Sun August 5, 2012 5:34 am

At his peak in the 1960s, Billy Edd Wheeler was writing songs for the likes of Johnny Cash, Neil Young, Elvis Presley and Hazel Dickens.
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Even if you've never heard of Billy Edd Wheeler, you might recognize "Jackson," a song he wrote with the help of songwriting heavyweights Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller back in 1963. It was a Top 20 pop hit for Lee Hazelwood and Nancy Sinatra in 1967, and got to No. 2 on the country charts that same year in a version by Johnny Cash and June Carter.

" 'Jackson' is a fun song," Wheeler says. "It's been my most famous and most lucrative song. It helped build our house."

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Sat August 4, 2012
Music Interviews

Uptown Vocal Jazz Quartet: Scat Singing To Its Own Tune

Originally published on Sun August 5, 2012 9:43 am

The Uptown Vocal Jazz Quartet, left to right: Ginny Carr, alto; Robert McBride, tenor; Holly Shockey, soprano; and Andre Enceneat, bass. The group's new album, Hustlin' for a Gig, came out in May.
Michael G. Stewart

The Uptown Vocal Jazz Quartet has been serenading audiences in its native Washington, D.C., across the country and even as far as France for more than two decades. But its members are finding ways to bring something new to their performances. Bandleader and co-founder Ginny Carr says she wrote the words and music to all 10 songs on the quartet's new album, Hustlin' for a Gig — a relative rarity in a jazz world defined by time-tested standards.

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Thu August 2, 2012
Music Interviews

Lin-Manuel Miranda On Learning From Ruben Blades

Originally published on Fri August 3, 2012 7:59 am

Lin-Manuel Miranda performs in his Tony-winning musical, In the Heights, in 2008 in New York City.
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All summer, All Things Considered has been digging into Mom and Dad's record collection, asking listeners and guests to name one song that inspired them, changed them or taught them something about their parents.

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Sun July 29, 2012
Music Interviews

Aerosmith's 'Sixth Member' Takes Center Stage

Originally published on Sun July 29, 2012 9:58 am

Russ Irwin has toured with Aerosmith for 15 years. His new solo record, Get Me Home, was released this May.
Courtesy of the artist

Imagine being able to rock a piano so well that Aerosmith wants you as its touring keyboardist. That's what happened to Russ Irwin, and he's been sharing the stage with Steven Tyler and Joe Perry for 15 years.

"I'm staring at their backsides," he tells NPR's David Greene. "It's an interesting place to be."

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Sat July 28, 2012
Music Interviews

Michael Kiwanuka: For Those Who Think Young

Originally published on Sat July 28, 2012 5:52 am

Michael Kiwanuka's debut album Home Again was released this spring.
Sam Butt Courtesy of the artist

It's been a hugely successful year for Michael Kiwanuka. The British singer-songwriter, who just turned 25, has been voted the BBC Sound of 2012, and was picked to tour with Adele.

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