Jewel is returning as a judge this season on “The Sing-Off,” returning to NBC on Wednesday, December 17, at 8:00 Central. We talked about how it’s important for her to be a mentor, the art and science of harmony singing, and what current projects she’s working on. We also casually name-dropped Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Merle Haggard and Graham Nash.
I was very saddened to hear about the passing of Ian McLagan. I’ve been a fan of Small Faces and Faces ever since I was exposed to them as a kid and their influence on me as a music fan, musician and songwriter cannot be understated. Ian’s memoir, All The Rage, is one of the best rock bios I’ve ever read (and I’ve read just about all of them).
I feel very fortunate to have had the chance to chat with Ian back in June about his most recent album. We talked about the making of the record, Chicago blues, and his plans to work with Rod Stewart again.
Graham Nash returned to the show this morning to talk about the paperback release of his memoir, “Wild Tales: A Rock and Roll Life.” I think Graham must have heard yesterday’s interview with Dennis DeYoung, because he also sang a few lines, busting out bits of “Bus Stop” and “Look Through Any Window” from his days in the Hollies. We also discussed the Hollies’ first tour of America, how he developed his harmony technique, and why he constantly feels the need to create.
One of the first 45’s I remember owning was “Come Sail Away.” I came home from school one day and my mom had bought it for me after hearing it on the old WLS. I wore that thing out on my little Fisher-Price record player. I’ve been a fan of Styx ever since, and was very happy to have the chance to chat with Dennis DeYoung. When he started spontaneously singing a little bit of “Lady” it gave me chills! Dennis was on to talk about his new CD/DVD, “Dennis DeYoung and the Music of Styx Live in Los Angeles.”
It was an honor and a pleasure to speak with Justin Hayward of the Moody Blues. He discussed songwriting, his new solo live album, touring with the Moodys, and his secret magic formula elixir to keeping his amazing voice in top shape. Can we please put the Moodys in the hall of fame while Justin is still around to blow the roof of the joint?
I am a huge fan of Crosby, Stills, and OH MY GOD GRAHAM BLEEPING NASH CALLED INTO MY SHOW!!! We talked about the new CSNY 1974 box set and more while I tried to keep the conversation going despite it running around my head constantly that I was TALKING TO GRAHAM BLEEPING NASH!
I cannot overstate how important an influence the Small Faces have been to me as a music fan, songwriter and musician. It was fantastic to spend a few minutes with the legendary Ian McLagan to talk about his new album, United States. Ian also mentioned a few things he’ll personally require before reuniting with Rod Stewart.
Music icon Darryl “DMC” McDaniels called in to talk about a cancer awareness event he was hosting. He also did a freestyle rap for me at the end of the interview. If my 16-year-old self is somehow reading this: Yes. This happens in the future.
Rev Run is a motivational speaker, TV host, and a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Run DMC’s “Raising Hell” very rarely left the cassette deck of my 1972 Pontiac LeMans Sport Coupe during the summer of 1987. Actually, the car came with an 8-track deck. I had to get one of those adapter things to turn it into a cassette player. Anyway, it was a thrill to chat with Rev Run, who called in to promote diabetes awareness.