Interviews

Between True & Imaginary Friends - An Interview with Reeves Gabrels

Between True & Imaginary Friends - An interview with Reeves Gabrels

by Gio Pilato

Innovator, pioneer, alternative but fundamentally, one of the most talented guitarists and producers that the music business has ever had in the last four decades of music history. To define Reeves Gabrels is rather difficult, given the magnitude of his talent; therefore, no one better than The Man himself can tell us more about him and his incredible career in the music industry. Reeves has recently completed his new project, called Reeves Gabrels And His Imaginary Fr13nds, together with bass player Kevin Hornback and the drummer, Jeff Brown. Bluebirdreviews.com is delighted to have today Reeves talking about past, present and future and most importantly, about his new album.

Gio - Hi Reeves and many congratulations for your new project called Reeves Gabrels & His Imaginary Fr13nds. Despite the fact that you have been on the music scenes for many years, this is only your fifth album as a solo artist. For how long has this record been in your mind?

Reeves - We started this record about four years ago; then I joined The Cure in 2012 and I was about to release the record that summer but I got shelved because of many different things happening. I listened to it again and re-mixed a couple of songs, re-recorded few tracks,take some tracks off the album and recording few more pieces for it.. Actually it is (the record) something I have never had the luxury of doing having that much time available in between the whole process. Kevin Hornback, Jeff Brown (The Imaginary Fr13nds) and I have been playing together for almost seven years now and they have been part of this project for so long time that I really felt the need of calling the album Reeves Gabrels & The Imaginary Fr13nds as a tribute to their involvement. Originally I use The Imaginary Fr13nds nickname at the time I was doing some acoustic shows because people was asking who I was playing with and I said: "My Imaginary Fr13nds!". I brought some stuffed animals with me at that time at the shows and I thought, "It's as good as a name as any"; It was like the Buckaroo Banzai movie and I felt like the Buckaroo Banzai and the Hong Kong Cavaliers (chuckles).

Gio - The album counts 5 covers among the overall 11 tracks, all beautifully executed with your unique style, full of virtuosity and versatility as always. How difficult has it been for you to choose the covers that ended up on the record?

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Phillip Fox - Ohio, No Places Like Home

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Phillip Fox - Ohio, no places like home!

by Gio Pilato

One of the most notorious slogan about Ohio in America is "The Heart Of It All" and the debut album of the Phillip Fox Band, Heartland, pays a wonderful tribute in many ways to this beautiful part of the world. After about one year in the making, the band releases this superb journey in music that take the listeners through an imaginary trip through Route 70, crossing Columbus until reaching Buckeye Lake in a road of the soul, made of love, loss, hope and truth.

Phillip Fox has courteously accepted today to talk to us at Bluebirdreviews.com to find out more about the band, their debut album and their phenomenal music combustion that Phillip likes to call "Country-Fried Rock'n'Roll".

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The Return of Rival Sons

 

Rival Sons' drummer, Michael Miley, took on interview questions from rock writer, Stephanie Hussey.

 

RIVAL SONS is an American rock band from Long Beach, California. Formed in 2009 the bands current members are: Scott Holiday, Michael Miley, Jay Buchanan, and David Beste.  Signed to Earache Records the band released their newest album, Great Western Valkyrie, in Europe, UK and the USA in June 2014. 

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The Michael Marquart Interview

The Michael Marquart Interview.

BBR:

Tell us about your new project: A Bad Think: Sleep

Michael:

Sleep is my 5th album, and they just keep getting better. You would think I'd run out of things to say but apparently I have a lot to say! I'm hitting a sweet spot or something, in my writing or production, and there has been a ton of responses. It's fantastic to hear ... I do this for the art and all that. I don't do it for the fame or the glory or any of that. Of course, it's fantastic when you put all the hard work into it and someone appreciates it. I do it for the music. All of my albums, I love them all and this one I love too. They are like children, it's hard to play favorites.

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An Audience with Robben Ford

by Gio Pilato
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Robben Ford is one of those very rare people that is able to make an impact on anybody, as a musician and as a human being. When I walk in his dressing room, his charming smile and his presence makes me feel extremely comfortable and personally, I could not hope for more, given the importance of this extraordinary musician.
 
Bluebirdreviews is extremely honoured to meet Robben in London, UK, to promote his latest record, A Day In Nashville, which demonstrates once again the class and the ability as songwriter and performer of the american guitarist.
 

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Where I'm From: The Dave Gutter Story

Sat. August 9th, 2014
Written by Lee Hebert

WHERE I'M FROM

Love Underground: The Dave Gutter Story

My 'Music Lover' friends and I feel so good when we can introduce each other to an artist or band. Not just any band, but one that deserves to be shared. A band that blows us away. We will pass around the CD after enough listens that we can part with it. Before you know it your CD is returned. "So how'd you like it?" "I loved it. I found their webpage and ordered this one and their first album." That is about on average what happens, and we're old school, we prefer hard copies, the way we prefer our cash in our pockets. We respect each others opinions and taste in music, and it is a privilege to turn each other on to something pure and real.

This piece is about an artist that is pure and real, devoted to a life pursuing that perfect moment. This is about a big fish in a small pond. It isn't someone just breaking out, I am certainly not at the cusp of it this time. You may have heard the name. Someone could have got to you before I have, considering this artist has been playing music for thirty years and has released over a dozen albums, winning as many awards. The first EP released still sounds fresh, as does the entire discography, the way most great music does. I hope you'll enjoy this read, I enjoyed writing with anticipation of turning you on to some music by an artist 'where I'm from'. This is the story of a true luminary, and his name is Dave Gutter.

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Postcard from the Soul: An Interview with Cedric Burnside

Postcard from The Soul: Interview to Cedric Burnside

by Gio Pilato

The REAL music, the one that comes from the heart, is never fortuitous; it may be coming from inner, deep feelings such as loss or separation, but is nevertheless the result of somebody that is able to observe life with pure eyes and is, in that specific moment, that one is able to separate REAL music from the pre-planned one. Cedric Burnside belongs to this minute portion of worldwide artists able to express their emotions in music in a straight forward way, without filters and capable to adopt such purity in the immediate build-up of their songs.

When I met Cedric at 9 am in a beautiful, sunny Italian morning in Rome and almost immediately, Cedric welcomed me with the biggest, most sincere smile ever, and a hug that almost disarmed for such immediacy and spontaneity. Cedric is today's guest of Bluebirdreviews.com to talk to us through Hear Me When I Say, his latest release, recorded in collaboration with Trenton Ayers, a very talented guitarist and long time friend of Cedric under the name Cedric Burnside Project. The album is a very intense one, lyrically speaking, packed with soulful tales of life and once again, a true treat of pure Mississippi Hill Country sound played beautifully both by Cedric and Trenton.

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The Way Life Goes - An Interview with Tom Keifer

The Way Life Goes - An Interview with Tom Keifer

by Gio Pilato

For somebody coming from a paralyzed vocal chord health issues, Tom did a pretty good job on this record. Released in 2013, The Way Life Goes is hard-rock, with blues roots, which comes naturally for someone like Tom Kiefer to write and record. Tom is taking a temporary hiatus from the 80's band Cinderella to promote his first solo album. He kindly accepted to talk to us at Bluebirdreviews.com about this album and his career, in and out of Cinderella.

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Behind The Tracks: An Interview with Ray Goren

June 24, 2014 marked Ray Goren's music recording debut, with the release of LA Sessions, a five song EP penned by Goren and produced by Eddie Kramer. This exciting event is celebrated by fans, friends, and family members alike. Many have logged into Goren's Facebook and Twitter accounts to express their well-wishes and heartfelt sentiments:

"Good Stuff."

"Awesome!!! So incredibly happy & excited for u!! ! I've very much enjoyed seein your growth since the first time I saw u blow the LBC jam @ Ashley's up:)) what an exciting journey lies ahead... Huge congrats!! Look forward to seein u soon... Peace N Luv."

"Thank you Ray, I can't tell you how cool this video is but also how cool it is to watch you blossom or more like explode into this absolutely amazing young artist. Your original music is great and most impressive and a glimpse of things to come."

"From first to last note, LA Sessions is a hit parade, with Goren strumming to his own beat, as the young composer cleverly integrates jazz, rock, pop, rhythm, and blues elements into one distinctly modern soundtrack." Read the full review in Bluebirdreviews.

It was shortly after reviewing LA Sessions when I had the good fortune to speak with Ray by phone, from his home in California. During our 34 minute conversation, I discovered Ray is modest, intelligent, and full of wisdom. He is driven by an innate passion for songwriting and instrumentation, being heavily influenced by multiple musicians and genres. When Ray's not practicing or playing out, he's listening to others. He is goal-oriented and knows exactly where it is, that he wants to be five years from now. Ray's mannerism is that of a seasoned professional: He graciously answered my every question with poise and sense of humor, simultaneously.  

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Roberto Cacciapaglia's Alphabet (for the Invisible)

Bluebirdreviews' chronicles of an Alphabet: An Interview with Roberto Cacciapaglia

by Gio Pilato

"...from my music, love can be created, but not intended as a physical thing, but more spiritual. Just the feeling of being a little instrument that brings love to the world..." ~Roberto Cacciapaglia.

When it comes to music in its globality, no matter what genre it may be, it's the talent that makes the difference, leaving an unmistakable mark on the history.

Maestro Roberto Cacciapaglia from Milan, Italy is, without a doubt, one of those very rare people.  Born with this built-in talent, the faculty of transmitting emotions and feeling that go beyond time and space is present, solely by playing his piano so beautifully.

Yours Truly is deeply honored today on behalf of Bluebirdreviews.com to have the Maestro with us, talking about his latest production, Alphabet, which is the natural follow-up to Ten Directions, his 2010's last album.

Read more: Roberto Cacciapaglia's Alphabet (for the Invisible)

The Omar Dykes Interview

The Omar Dykes Interview- The Return Of The Wolf

Sometimes, it is just destiny. Careers of artists such as Omar Kent Dykes, cross paths with legends of the blues such as Howlin' Wolf - destiny. When the Texan Bluesman (although born in Mississippi) decided to use his formidable voice, together with his great ability as guitarist to create an album solely dedicated to The Wolf, the results were astonishingly brilliant. Released in 2013, Runnin' With The Wolf is perhaps one of the best blues album released worldwide last year and www.Bluebirdreviews.com is very proud to have Omar talking about the making of this album and his career overall.

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Out On The Tiles

Roger Waters The Wall, 2010 at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Colisuem

October 12, 2010
From Uniondale, NY.

When I heard that he was going to do the Wall again I said to myself, not again. Not now, after this long. He could choose from so much, why the Wall?

The night of October 12, 2010 I was reminded why. Roger Waters is the Wall. It is about him. His life, his times, his experiences. His Wall.

The Wall came out back in 1980. It was finally released way overdue and over budget. The Fans were chomping at the bit for new Floyd and they delivered. Straight to number one, smash hits, incredibly memorable guitar riffs and songs that take you far far away. They only did a few shows. London, Uniondale NY, and Los Angeles. They actually built a wall onstage and you couldn't even see the band play. Not many were able to witness the event, only to be told through word of mouth, magazine articles and newspaper clippings.

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