Rarely does the opportunity to interview a touring musician arrive with much advance notice. Schedules tend to be dictated by airline departure times, hotel check-out policies and sound checks. If I am lucky, I'll know of an upcoming show in town a few weeks in advance and can plan accordingly. If the artist has a few minutes to chat post-gig, I usually attempt to prep them with a few questions and follow up via phone later. Sometimes however, an opportunity literally sits down in the back seat of your car and starts a conversation. Like most generation x-ers, ...read more
I must plead ignorance, but two years ago if you had asked me about the Allman Brothers, my response would have been “Sweet Home Alabama”? But through a friend in the “industry” who is code named “a little bird,” I have become somewhat and I say somewhat in the loosest way, a Grateful Dead listener.
And as a result, I have been investigating so called “jam bands” with some regularity, and a day trip to Amoeba provided me with The Allman Brothers Band’s At Fillmore East, as close to a jazz album as I’ve heard from what ...read more
You may recall John Snyder's name from his tenures at CTI, Horizon Records, and his own label, Artists House--not to mention past Grammy winners lists (he's been associated with 5). By the time he was 30 he'd worked with such industry giants as Creed Taylor, Rudy Van Gelder, Herb Alpert and Ahmet Ertegun, as well as jazzers George Benson, Chet Baker, Jim Hall, Ornette Coleman and Charlie Haden.
Now 55, he's resurrected Artists House as a fully manifestoed nonprofit. Telling and fitting that with all Snyder's experience and wisdom on the business and the music, he's picked Oteil ...read more
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