Hittin' the Note #78 - 2013
Two tremendous bands, two provocative covers, one
spectacular issue: that is what Hittin' the Note has put together for #78.
As they were for Issue # 69, Warren Haynes, Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi are
the subjects of our dual covers. Warren and Gov’t Mule are set to release Shout!,
the group’s first studio CD in four years, while Derek and Susan’s Tedeschi Trucks
Band recently put out Made Up Mind, their follow up to 2011’s Grammy Award-winning
Revelator. Clearly we weren’t going to choose one group over the other, so
we’re giving you both. Very special thanks go to Tony Sclafani for truly stepping
up and interviewing Derek, Susan and Warren, and kudos to Art Director Terry
Bradley for doing double duty. Great job guys!
Dr. John is a living legend and the epitome of New
Orleans’ music; he has spent over 50 years creating his distinctive gris-gris sound,
and at age 72 he shows no sign of slowing down. Richard Skelly caught up with him
a few months back, and it was a vintage Dr. John conversation; witty, earthy and
delivered in the vernacular that belongs to the one and only Macolm John Rebennack,
Bill Szymczyk is one of the most successful producers
of the rock and roll era; over the past five decades, he was worked with the likes
of B.B. King, the Who, Bob Seger and Joe Walsh, but he is best known for his tenure
with the Eagles. Bill’s astonishing ability to listen and figure out what should
be played when helped the Eagles become the biggest band in the world during the
late ’70s, and established Bill as one of the best in the business. HTN was fortunate
enough to chat with Bill, and he covered a wide variety of topics. We hope you enjoy
spending some time behind the board with Bill Szymczyk.
Guitarist Kenny Wayne Shepherd is recognized as a
major force in own right; his spot-on blues playing is held in high regard by fans,
critics, and, most importantly, his fellow musicians. In fact, Kenny’s playing so
impressed Stephen Stills that the rock and roll legend asked Kenny to join his band,
The Rides, and participate in the recording of the group’s new album, Can’t Get Enough.
Brian Robbins and Kenny had a great conversation about The Rides, band chemistry,
and playing guitar with his musical heroes.
Jeff Larson represents the best of the current generation
of California singer/songwriters, and while his insightful lyrics, crystal-clear
voice and engaging melody lines compare favorably with those of Jackson Browne,
America and Brian Wilson, Jeff is always looking forward to pursuing something new
and different in his burgeoning career.
Also found within the pages of #78 are our regular
columns: Tom Clarke’s “Compact Dreams,” “In Tune” from Jamie Lee, the HTN “6-Packs”
and reviews of a dozen wonderful CDs. In addition, our “Photo Session” captures
the spirit of the Wanee, Mountain Jam and Peach Music festivals, as viewed through
the lens of photographers Ian Rawn, Rhiannon Bradley and Chris Eason.
That’s a wrap for this one, but looking ahead to
our next issue we can promise more of what you have come to expect from Hittin' the
Note; in-depth, quality interviews with the artists who make music that
matters. Thanks for your continued support of HTN; our readers make this happen,
year after year.