Category: Interviews

Question and answer sessions conducted with artists generally by email or at a live concert venue before or after a concert event.

Frank Catalano On Jazz In Chicago Ahead Of Special City Winery Set With Jimmy Chamberlin

Frank Catalano On Jazz In Chicago Ahead Of Special City Winery Set With Jimmy Chamberlin
Earlier this month in the Horner Park neighborhood on the city’s north side, Grammy-winning saxophonist Frank Catalano and Smashing Pumpkins drummer Jimmy Chamberlin rehearsed inside the historic recording studio at Delmark Records, a label that’s served as home to blues and jazz greats like Sun Ra and Junior Wells since its founding in 1953 by... Read more »

Steve Kimock On Return To The Stage Ahead Of Friday Concert At City Winery

Steve Kimock On Return To The Stage Ahead Of Friday Concert At City Winery
Over the course of more than 45 years, songwriter and guitarist Steve Kimock has carved out a unique niche, known in particular for his vast array of connections to the world of the Grateful Dead. It’s a community of fans who’ve historically gone to great lengths to embrace the art of live performance and, as... Read more »

New Power Generation Revisits Prince Sunday At City Winery - Morris Hayes On Welcome 2 America And More

New Power Generation Revisits Prince Sunday At City Winery - Morris Hayes On Welcome 2 America And More
On December 17, 1982, keyboard player Morris Hayes caught a performance by Prince at the Pine Bluff Convention Center in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, featuring opening act The Time as part of the “1999” tour. An immediate desire to perform with both led him to Minneapolis, where work with Revolution bassist Mark Brown gave way to... Read more »
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Patterson Hood On Return To The Road As Drive-By Truckers Head To Evanston For 'Out Of Space'

Patterson Hood On Return To The Road As Drive-By Truckers Head To Evanston For 'Out Of Space'
For nearly a year and a half amidst the COVID pandemic, artists were forced off the road as venues across the country shuttered in 2020 during the early days of quarantine. Following an uptick in vaccinations, live music began to return this summer, allowing artists to earn a living in an era where it’s otherwise... Read more »

Bill Cunningham Looks Back On 'The Letter' As Box Tops Head To City Winery

Bill Cunningham Looks Back On 'The Letter' As Box Tops Head To City Winery
In the early 60s, bassist Bill Cunningham performed at home in Memphis, Tennessee alongside guitarist Chris Bell and vocalist/guitarist Alex Chilton in the British Invasion-influenced group The Jynx. Chilton would go onto form The DeVilles, who would cut the early demos for tracks like “The Letter,” one made famous shortly thereafter as Cunningham and guitarist... Read more »

Rhett Miller Looks Back On Nearly 30 Years Performing In Chicago Ahead of Sunday Set At City Winery

Rhett Miller Looks Back On Nearly 30 Years Performing In Chicago Ahead of Sunday Set At City Winery
For Old 97’s songwriter, vocalist and guitarist Rhett Miller, a career which began in 1993 has brought with it a variety of highs and lows. A number of the highs have come right here in Chicago, one of the first major markets the Dallas group was able to crack outside Texas, thanks to a ravenous... Read more »
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Tiffany Revisits 'I Think We're Alone Now,' Preps New Album, Ahead Of Two Shows At City Winery

Tiffany Revisits 'I Think We're Alone Now,' Preps New Album, Ahead Of Two Shows At City Winery
Heading into sessions for her 11th studio album Shadows, the goal for pop star Tiffany was to push her music forward while reconnecting with the fun, celebratory tone that defined some of her most well-known songs in the 1980s. Working with producer Mark Alberici at Rockfield Studios in Wales, Tiffany enlisted friends Johnny Martin (bass)... Read more »

'Rise Against Day' Proclamation In Chicago Kicks Off Release Of New Album 'Nowhere Generation'

'Rise Against Day' Proclamation In Chicago Kicks Off Release Of New Album 'Nowhere Generation'
“Happy Rise Against Day, everybody!” said Rise Against singer and rhythm guitarist Tim McIlrath last Friday in Wicker Park. 20 years in isn’t a point most punk bands either aspire to or reach, which made Friday’s release of the ninth Rise Against studio album Nowhere Generation, now available via streaming platforms and on CD, vinyl... Read more »

Robert Randolph On Brighter Days, The Staple Singers And More (Concert Preview: Thursday, February 6, 2020 At City Winery)

Robert Randolph On Brighter Days, The Staple Singers And More (Concert Preview: Thursday, February 6, 2020 At City Winery)
Over the course of six studio albums since 2003, Robert Randolph & The Family Band have used their music to pick people up. Coming out of the Pentecostal church, pedal steel guitarist Robert Randolph entered the non-secular world alongside keyboardist John Medeski and members of the North Mississippi Allstars on the self-titled 2001 album The Word, exposing... Read more »
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Glen Phillips Of Toad The Wet Sprocket Explains Just What Happened In Schaumburg (Concert Preview: January 16, 2020 With Chris Barron At City Winery)

Glen Phillips Of Toad The Wet Sprocket Explains Just What Happened In Schaumburg (Concert Preview: January 16, 2020 With Chris Barron At City Winery)
During the 90s alternative music boom period, Toad the Wet Sprocket was making introspective music that dealt with life’s larger issues at a time when angst and edge made for a more popular facade. Singer, songwriter and guitarist Glen Phillips has taken that a step further in his solo career, particularly on his most recent... Read more »