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Artist Interview: Mike Landau on The Jamcast - Session 2 PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 23 March 2007 05:55
In Session 2 of The Jamcast with Mike Landau, Ken Volpe and Mike discuss Mike's biggest challenges as a session player. They also cover the various producers he’s enjoyed working with and the artists that Mike would like to work with in the future.

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About: Michael Landau is a legendary session musician and guitarist who has played on thousands of albums since the early 1980s with artists as varied as Seal, James Taylor, Helen Watson and Miles Davis. Landau, along with fellow session guitarists Waddy Wachtel, Steve Lukather and Dann Huff, played on the majority of major label releases recorded in LA from the 1980s-1990s.

In addition to his session work, Landau has also fronted several bands including Raging Honkies and Burning Water. In the early 1980s, he was also in the band Maxus that featured future Los Angeles session musician stalwarts Robbie Buchanan, Jay Gruska, and Doane Perry. Landau was also in competition with high school bandmate Lukather to become the guitarist for Toto in the late 1970s.

 
Artist Interview: Mike Landau on The Jamcast - Session 1 PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 15 March 2007 18:45
In a rare interview with legendary guitar great Mike Landau, Ken Volpe and Mike discuss his early musical influences from within his family. They also touch on Mike meeting the great Joe Pass at a young age. Then they discuss his approach to soloing and how his remarkable tones help shape his ideas.

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About: Michael Landau is a legendary session musician and guitarist who has played on thousands of albums since the early 1980s with artists as varied as Seal, James Taylor, Helen Watson and Miles Davis. Landau, along with fellow session guitarists Waddy Wachtel, Steve Lukather and Dann Huff, played on the majority of major label releases recorded in LA from the 1980s-1990s.

In addition to his session work, Landau has also fronted several bands including Raging Honkies and Burning Water. In the early 1980s, he was also in the band Maxus that featured future Los Angeles session musician stalwarts Robbie Buchanan, Jay Gruska, and Doane Perry. Landau was also in competition with high school bandmate Lukather to become the guitarist for Toto in the late 1970s.
 
Artist Interview: Warren Haynes on The Jamcast - Session 1 PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 13 March 2007 19:39
In session 1 of the Jamcast with Warren Haynes, Ken and Warren discuss what life was like growing up in a musical family in Asheville North Carolina. They also talk about his influences from his brothers to the 3 Kings; BB, Albert, and Freddie, and what he learned from them as a player. Also, they spoke about the importance of studying theory as a player and about how being a singer has helped his phrasing on the guitar.

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About:  Warren Haynes has been ranked by Rolling Stone as the 23rd Greatest Guitarist of All Time and the magazine has most recently ranked him among the few top Guitar Gods. Haynes is a Grammy winner and seven time nominee for his work with Gov't Mule and The Allman Brothers Band. He's been called an "American treasure" and a "legend in the making" by his peers. Haynes, along with The Allman Brothers Band, will play 14 sold out shows at The Beacon Theatre beginning March 20th then will embark on a world tour with Gov't Mule which will see him playing in New Orleans during the annual Jazz & Heritage Festival, Bonnaroo and other festivals in the United States and Europe. The band will be supporting its latest release, High & Mighty, and its single "Million Miles From Yesterday," for which the band filmed its first first music video.
 
Artist Interview: Trey Anastasio on The Jamcast - Session 2 PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 12 March 2007 19:47
In Session 2 of the Jamcast with Trey Anastasio, Ken and Trey discuss perceptions about his unique style, the recording process of Shine and his latest Bar 17, and the different production style of each project. You’ll hear about what he misses about his days with Phish and the obstacles that were part of the band's separation. And Trey opens up about his current  relationship with the band members.

A hidden gem in the conversation is that Trey reveals the possibility of Phish working together in the near future.

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Artist Interview: Lee Ritenour on The Jamcast PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 01 March 2007 07:29
Lee Ritenour has established himself as one of the world's leading jazz guitarists with a series of accessible albums over three decades. Heavily influenced in his early days by the relaxed styles of Wes Montgomery, Joe Pass and Barney Kessel, he now has his own distinctive sound and fluid style. Lee has put out over 40 albums in his career featuring straight ahead jazz, fusion, Latin, and contemporary styles and his list of session work is long with more than 3,000 sessions. Some of Ritenour's most notable performances were with Herbie Hancock, Steely Dan, Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Rollins and Pink Floyd. Ritenour has unveiled his latest album "Smoke n' Mirrors", inspired by his travels to South Africa. The CD was reviewed on Guitar Jam Daily.

Ken Volpe and Lee Ritenour connected on The Jamcast and discussed the current state of Jazz, creativity in the younger generation, how his musical career has changed throughout the years, and how he has reinvented himself.

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Artist Interview: Trey Anastasio on The Jamcast PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 01 March 2007 07:25
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It's the day before Trey Anastasio's Fall 2006 Tour and I'm hanging with Trey's road crew before the final rehearsal in NYC. Trey is in the other room working with the String section getting them ready for the Webster Hall gig. Brian Brown, who is Trey's guitar tech, is kind enough to show me Trey's rig and answer my many questions about working with Trey's latest band and getting ready for the tour. I'm also talking Yankee baseball with one of the other guys from his crew who is definitely a fan. I think deep down both of us knew that the Yankee ship was going down with A-Rod at the helm.

Everyone is very friendly and down to earth. They order lunch and Trey breaks free to hang out in the lounge with me to do the interview. Orchestrator Don Hart sits in with us as well. We jump right into a deep discussion about improvisation, composition, and the creative process. Right away I get the sense that Trey is very open and honest and willing to share his insight to all my questions.

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Artist Interview: Kenny Wayne Shepherd on The Jamcast - Session 1 PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 26 February 2007 05:39
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In the summer of 2004, Kenny Wayne Shepherd spent two weeks traveling through the heartland of America filming a documentary about the spirit of the blues and the players who are primarily responsible for shaping the sound of blues and rock music today. The project is called 10 Days Out: Blues From The Backroads and is due out on January 23.

In session one of The Jamcast, Ken and Kenny discuss the origins of the film 10 Days Out, the road experience, the amazing artists he connected with, and the unique perspectives gained along the way.

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Artist Interview: Jack Blades on The Jamcast PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 26 February 2007 04:55
In Session 1 of The Jamcast with Jack Blades, Ken and Jack discuss his transition from a guitar player to a bass player at a young age. You'll hear how Jack and Tommy Shaw hooked-up in 1989 in the Damn Yankees, and how they wrote "High Enough" at Tommy's New York apartment in 30-minutes. Plus, you'll hear how Ted Nugent tweaked the song. Listen to Session 1 >

Shaw-Blades INFLUENCE is due out on March 6 and is the duo’s first album since their recently re-released 1995 debut, HALLUCINATION. Like the debut--and unlike their history-carving decades as icons in the more hard-rock minded Styx, Night Ranger and Damn Yankees--the latest release is rooted in acoustic guitar and organic production, harvesting a decade of musical influences into 11 tracks (on which Blades and Shaw played all the music except for drums and the occasional keyboards). With classics from the ‘60s and ‘70s including the Mamas and the Papas’ “California Dreamin’,” Buffalo Springfield’s “For What It’s Worth” and Steely Dan’s “Dirty Work,” INFLUENCE offers a track-by-track chronology of the musical era that helped define modern rock.
 
Artist Interview: Steve Kimock on The Jamcast PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 07 February 2007 13:07
Steve Kimock is best known for creating music that is generally considered to be the nearest modern day sound to that of the Grateful Dead, and his music is held in high esteem by diehard fans of the former band and by members of the Grateful Dead themselves.

Kimock has toured and recorded with (among others) Jerry Joseph’s Little Women (1988), The Psychedelic Guitar Circus (1993), Steve Kimock & Friends (early 90s), and Everybody Slides (1996). Kimock has also been featured on the two most recent recordings by Bruce Hornsby ("Big Swing Face" and "Here Comes the Noisemakers"), and toured as featured guitarist with Bruce Hornsby and his band in the fall of 2002.

Though SKB is now Kimock’s primary musical focus, he continues to play other outlets such as acoustic performances that have allowed him to play some of his favorite and diverse instruments publicly, including custom guitars, vintage lap steels and arch tops, Hawaiian guitars and even an octave mandolin. These special performances also have offered Kimock the opportunity to connect with his folk roots and with old musical friends.

In session one of the Jamcast, Steve and Ken discuss his first guitar, first live concert, his approach to the guitar, and what he listens to for inspiration.

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