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Join Steve Dawson as he hosts a wide range of musical guests in these long-form interviews that get into the lives, experiences and influences of the people behind great records!

Join Steve Dawson as he hosts a wide range of musical guests in these long-form interviews that get into the lives, experiences and influences of the people behind great records!
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Join Steve Dawson as he hosts a wide range of musical guests in these long-form interviews that get into the lives, experiences and influences of the people behind great records!

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English


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Episode 73 - David Lindley (Part 2)

10/8/2019
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And now it’s time for Part 2 with David Lindley! If you haven’t listened to Part 1 yet, be sure to go back and listen to it first.

Duration:00:59:53

Episode 72 - David Lindley (Part 1)

10/1/2019
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Multi-instrumentalist and hero to me, David Lindley, joins me on the podcast this month in another 2-part epic conversation! Lindley is one of the great electric lap steel and Weissenborn players on the planet, and over the last 25 years has also deeply explored African, Arabic, Asian, Celtic, Malagasy, and Turkish music and incorporated it into his own recordings and shows. His early career took him from the psychadelic world-music genre bending band Kaleidoscope over to the UK where he...

Duration:00:59:08

Episode 71 - Dennis Crouch (Part 2)

9/10/2019
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Part 2 of the Dennis Crouch interview. Be sure to catch Part 1 from last week first!

Duration:01:15:16

Episode 70 - Dennis Crouch (Part 1)

9/3/2019
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This month’s guest is the remarkable bassist and T-Bone Burnett co-conspirator, Dennis Crouch. Originally from Strawberry, Arkansas, Dennis has lived in Nashville for many years. In his early years he struggled to make a living and find enough gigs to support his young family. But it wasn’t long before a fortuitous phone call changed his trajectory and landed him gigs touring with the Down From The Mountain tour, recording with Ralph Stanley, T-Bone Burnett, Robert Plant and Allison Krauss,...

Duration:01:20:55

Episode 69 - Redd Volkaert

8/7/2019
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My guest this month is a Canadian-born, Austin-based guitar player of the highest calibre, Redd Volkaert. Redd grew up not far from where I did, just outside of Vancouver, Canada. He spent years cutting his teeth and learning to play in the seedy country cars of Canada, before packing up and heading south, embarking on adventures in music through California and Nashville, before landing an incredible (and well-deserved) gig as guitar player for Merle Haggard, for whom he played and recorded...

Duration:01:35:35

Episode 68 - Rick Holmstrom

7/3/2019
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One of the great contemporary blues guitarists, Rick Holmstrom , joins me on the show this month. Rick has spent the last 10 years of his career burning up stages worldwide with the great Mavis Staples, but had a lengthy career as a sideman and solo artist before joining Mavis, playing with amazing artists like Billy Boy Arnold, Booker T, Rod Piazza and many more. Rick has a totally unique voice on the guitar and is one of the few electric blues players who is totally recognizable after just...

Duration:01:31:22

Episode 67 - Mickey Raphael

6/5/2019
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Mickey Raphael, Willie Nelson’s famed harmonica player, joins me on the show this month. And while he has graced the stage and recorded with Willie for over 45 years, Mickey has also racked up an incredible list of credits, working with Jason Isbell, Townes Van Zandt, Chris Stapleton, Tom Morello, Paul Simon, Snoop Dogg, Neil Young, Norah Jones, Bob Dylan, Ray Charles, Emmylou Harris, Mötley Crüe, Wynton Marsalis, and many more. Mickey and I spoke over the phone on a Willie Nelson Tour stop,...

Duration:01:30:10

Episode 66 - Alvin Youngblood Hart

5/1/2019
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It’s the first Wednesday of the month, and as always we bring you a shiny new episode! This month’s guest is the phenomenal singer and guitar player, Alvin Youngblood Hart. I’ve known of Alvin since his debut record “Big Mama’s Door” came out in 1996, but got to know, play and tour with him a number of times since playing at a Mississippi Sheiks tribute show with him back in 2010. To me Alvin is totally unique as an interpreter of acoustic and country blues, but is also a killer rock...

Duration:01:16:43

Episode 65 - Rory Block

4/2/2019
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My guest this month is the stellar guitarist and blues interpreter, Rory Block. Block grew up in Manhattan, immersed in the culture of the folk and blues music that was so prevalent at the time. Her father, Allan Block, ran a sandal shop in Greenwich Village in the 1960s, and the influence of the Greenwich Village folk music scene, including luminaries such as Peter Rowan, Maria Muldaur, and John Sebastian, tempted Block to study classical guitar. At the age of 14, she met guitarist Stefan...

Duration:01:31:23

Episode 64 - In Honor of Hal Blaine

3/11/2019
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In honor of the great Hal Blaine, this is a re-release of my 2016 interview with the legendary studio drummer and key member of the Wrecking Crew

Duration:01:41:31

Episode 63 - Dave Cobb (Producer for Chris Stapleton, Jason Isbell, Brandi Carlisle, John Prine)

3/6/2019
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My guest this month is one of the top producers in music today, Dave Cobb. Cobb first heard Chris Stapleton’s classic country delivery through the tinny speaker of an iPhone and was so taken he swore he’d someday work with the Kentucky-born singer. Eight years later they celebrated an all-genre Album of the Year nomination for “Traveller” at the 58th annual Grammy Awards. He also heard something special in Jason Isbell, Anderson East, and Brandi Carlisle. His work with all those distinct,...

Duration:01:25:07

Episode 62 - Debashish Bhattacharya

2/4/2019
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Debashish Bhattacharya is an Indian classical musician, singer, composer and instrument pioneer. Debashish has redefined Indian classical music over the last 25 years by performing on slide guitar, and through introducing new techniques, sounds and instruments to the music. He has taught more than a thousand students, created a new genre (Hindustani Slide Guitar), and performed in more than two thousand concerts and workshops, with Grammy nominations and several world music awards. He...

Duration:01:20:24

Episode 61 - Kevin Breit (Part 2)

1/8/2019
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If you haven't already, please listen to Episode 1 of this interview to get the whole story! Kevin Breit is a humble Canadian treasure. And a hell of a unique guitar player. And a nice feller. I’ve known Kevin for about 20 years at this point, although I haven’t seen him much over the last 10, sadly. When I first got to know him, he was at the tail end of a run in Norah Jones’ live band, and had played on most of her recordings as well. He was bowing out of that gig to be able to spend some...

Duration:01:04:06

Episode 60 - Kevin Breit (Part 1) (solo artist and guitar slinger for Norah Jones, Cassandra Wilson)

1/1/2019
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Kevin Breit is a humble Canadian treasure. And a hell of a unique guitar player. And a nice feller. I’ve known Kevin for about 20 years at this point, although I haven’t seen him much over the last 10, sadly. When I first got to know him, he was at the tail end of a run in Norah Jones’ live band, and had played on most of her recordings as well. He was bowing out of that gig to be able to spend some more time with his young family, but was already a seasoned vet in the studio, having played...

Duration:01:03:13

Episode 59 - Gabriel Roth (Daptone producer/bassist for Sharon Jones, Charles Bradley, Lee Fields)

12/5/2018
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My guest this month is Gabriel Roth, a/k/a “Bosco Mann”. He is a Grammy award winning engineer, the founder and chief producer/engineer of Daptone Records, and a prolific song-writer, having penned over 150 songs. Roth is highly regarded throughout the industry for his detailed and analog approach, a rare find in today’s computer-obsessed production world. Since the mid-90s, Roth has been honing his craft, first under his label Desco Records and then as co-founder of Daptone Records,...

Duration:01:42:59

Episode 58 - Billy Bragg

11/7/2018
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My guest this month is the incredibly original singer, songwriter, author and activist, Billy Bragg. Bragg was the leading figure of the anti-folk movement of the '80s and for most of the decade, Bragg bashed out songs alone on his electric guitar, singing about politics and love. While his lyrics were bitingly intelligent and clever, they were also warm and humane, filled with detail and wit. Even though his lyrics were carefully considered, Bragg never neglected to write melodies for songs...

Duration:01:45:08

Episode 57 - Chuck Leavell (Part 2)

10/9/2018
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Please go and listen to part one of this episode first to get the full story! Chuck Leavell is one of the great piano and organ players of our time. A member of The Allman Brothers Band throughout their commercial zenith in the 1970s, he subsequently became a founding member of the jazz rock ensemble Sea Level. He has served as the principal touring keyboardist and de facto musical director of The Rolling Stones since 1982. As a session musician, Leavell has performed on almost every Rolling...

Duration:00:57:25

Episode 56 - Chuck Leavell (Part 1) (keyboards for Allman Bros, Rolling Stones)

10/2/2018
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Chuck Leavell is one of the great piano and organ players of our time. A member of The Allman Brothers Band throughout their commercial zenith in the 1970s, he subsequently became a founding member of the jazz rock ensemble Sea Level. He has served as the principal touring keyboardist and de facto musical director of The Rolling Stones since 1982. As a session musician, Leavell has performed on almost every Rolling Stones studio album released during his tenure. He has also toured and...

Duration:01:05:52

Episode 55 - Jorma Kaukonen (Hot Tuna, Jefferson Airplane)

9/4/2018
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My guest this month is guitarist, singer, and songwriter Jorma Kaukonen. Jorma grew up in Washington, D.C., where he first turned to the guitar. He lived in the San Francisco Bay Area in the early '60s, playing backup to Janis Joplin in local clubs. In 1965, he became a founding member of Jefferson Airplane which soared to fame in 1967, and his distinctive guitar-playing was crucial to its sound with signature solos and parts in classics like "White Rabbit" and "Somebody To Love". With...

Duration:01:32:35

Episode 54 - Season 3 Intro

8/28/2018
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In this brief episode, Steve gives you the rundown of what's going to be happening starting next week when the season begins for real!

Duration:00:08:29