Artists Talking Shop's Blog Posts Tagged 'Chicago' (13)

Talking shop with guitar legend Melvin Taylor

What was the first guitar you ever owned and what was the best thing you recall about it?

My very first guitar was given to me by my teacher, Father Duffacy at Saint Francis Cabrini.  I was 13. It was a white Kingston and he also gave me an amplifier. I couldn’t believe it – my family could not afford to buy me one.  What a wonderful, generous man.  I loved that guitar.  I polished it, slept with it… The best part about the guitar was that it was my very…


Added by Artists Talking Shop on May 4, 2013 at 9:00am — No Comments

Michael McDermott talks about new release "Hit Me Back"

1.0  - Are you happy with how your new release Hit Me Back (Rock Ridge Music) has turned out?

Couldn’t be happier. Took a wee bit of a different approach than the prior albums….for example….there were certain artists we couldn’t reference….it was out of bounds so to speak…to reference some of the artists that most singer songwriters. Mkight refer to…


Added by Artists Talking Shop on September 10, 2012 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Angelo Santucci, musical Orphan at heart

1.0  How do you see yourself, as a singer? a songwriter? or a musician? Musician first, then songwriter.  I feel OK saying that I’m those things, or at least trying to be those things.  I never liked my own voice much.  It seems like most people don’t care for their own voices, and I’m one of them.  I feel more comfortable being the background voice then the lead voice….I have this fear that I’m going to be at a party years from now and an old friend or band mate…


Added by Artists Talking Shop on February 23, 2012 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Magic Slim, down in Chicago Blues Alley

1.0 – What are the plans for Magic Slim & The Teardrops in 2012?

I have been cast in an independent production movie about a blues man from Mississippi who gets involved with the ghost and two young musical prodigies. I am actually playing the lead role and will be performing as an actor for the first time in my life. The shooting starts next month and the movie will be called …


Added by Artists Talking Shop on January 26, 2012 at 4:30pm — 1 Comment

Will Phalen, ghost in the machine

1.0 – Your solo release, HolyGhost/GoldCoast feels incredibly organic, did making it without other’s input per se help accentuate the flow? 

There’s something about working alone, late at night, when the rest of the world is quiet that really works for me. When I can get into a zone working on a track and just take it from start to finish over the course of several hours…


Added by Artists Talking Shop on January 13, 2012 at 12:00pm — 1 Comment

The Pear Traps, dreamy 'Midwesticana'

Interview w/ Nathan, bassist of THE PEAR TRAPS

1.0 – How did the band come together? 

Bryant had written a number of songs before moving to Chicago and went to craigslist to find some bandmates. Within two months we were regularly playing in Billy’s basement, drinking, booking shows and recording.


2.0 – Did…

Added by Artists Talking Shop on October 31, 2011 at 5:00am — No Comments

Jon Drake & The Shakes, Chi-town stirring

1.0 - What songs or artists did you really connect with as a kid? 

Jim (Drake) and I rocked out to David Bowie “Diamond Dogs”, Dire Straits “Tunnel of Love”, Queen “Bicycle Race”, Bruce Springsteen “I’m on Fire”, The Waterboys’ “Room to Roam” (the whole album) and our beloved The Might Be Giants’ “Flood” in its entirety.  That Waterboysrecord really struck a chord in me and is actually the inspiration behind that ad I put on craigslist when I set out to…


Added by Artists Talking Shop on October 9, 2011 at 12:00pm — No Comments

ROBBIE FULKS, song & dance man

1.0 – Was a there a single artist you wanted to be growing up? Yes, a single artist in March 1972 and another single artist in November 1972 and….does everyone answer your very reasonable questions with touchy-artiste evasions and sloppy stabs at comedy? Because this is the approach that comes to mind. Evasion and hair-splitting and up-yours ridicule. This is a terrible attitude that is rooted in, I’m pretty sure, teenage overemulation of … Continue

Added by Artists Talking Shop on August 26, 2011 at 9:30am — 3 Comments

Grzelak comes clean w/ "Fresh Frosting"

1.0 Do you see your ‘Frosting’ cd as a one-off project or the future? One off? oh, no... Frosting is the future of my personal writing... "till old and grey, or old and greyer". The name is somewhat non-descript, and lends itself to an ever morphing musical ride, threaded in Rock and Roll. Well, that's how I see it.


2.0 Are the songs on the album all new? Half are new…


Added by Artists Talking Shop on March 16, 2011 at 10:30am — No Comments

Musikanto mines 'Midwestern' folk sensibility

1.0  How does your upcoming, 2nd album Sky Of Dresses differ from the debut Ghost Pain?


They are definitely both very different records. “sky of dresses” was recorded at a friend’s home studio over a period of several months and “Ghost pain was done in a large Chicago studio in a couple weeks. I loved recording the new record…


Added by Artists Talking Shop on February 16, 2011 at 1:00pm — No Comments

10 with Kenn Goodman; Goldstars for Pravda

1.0  What’s up at Pravda these days? Pravda is quietly extremely busy and kicking ass. We released 4 records last year and our licensing dept has placed our catalog in tons of tv shows, films, ads, video games, and anywhere else you can think of that uses music.
2.0  Has the labels content mirror your tastes or is their some…

Added by Artists Talking Shop on January 13, 2011 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Michael McDermott, scars to prove it

1.0 Are your earliest musical influences the most pervasive or do others break through along the way? The early ones in the formative years are still the Mount Rushmore for me of songwriting….but there certainly have been people that have shown up in recent years that can influence you. Things constantly influence me……the train outside my window, to the man at the counter in a diner…..songs are everywhere….you just sometimes go looking for them in different… Continue

Added by Artists Talking Shop on November 29, 2010 at 2:30pm — 2 Comments

let's play 10 questions with Peter Himmelman

1.0 Why are people more open to an artist’s music if they are exposed to it by a friend? Everything needs to go through a filter. There’s just too much out there. That includes food, vacations and people.

2.0 Where does music rank in importance in your life today? The making of music ranks..? Here’s the ranking in order; God, family, music, yeah probably third.

3.0 How did you choose the title “Furious World” for your show? Is it… Continue

Added by Artists Talking Shop on September 13, 2010 at 11:37am — 2 Comments


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