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Derek Trucks

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Derek is a consummate musician, he has been on the cover of Down Beat and Rolling Stone; he’s been profiled in The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal; he’s toured with Clapton and Santana; he’s guested on recordings with J.J. Cale, Elvin Bishop, Buddy Guy, and David Sanborn; he’s done a DVD with McCoy Tyner, Ron Carter, and Jack DeJohnette; and he and his wife performed at the White House with B.B. King, Jeff Beck, Mick Jagger, and m.m..

Here is the audio of the second half of my feature interview with Derek for All About Jazz. From his earliest guest appearance on stage with the Allman Brothers Band to his duets with Eric Clapton and lots more!

file: https://talking2musicians.files.wordpress.com/2013/01/t2m-derek-trucks-podcast-interview.mp3

Read the full print interview


 

Mike Seal

Mike Seal

t2m-mike-sealGuitarist Mike Seal first caught my attention at the end of 2014 as part of the Jeff Sipe Trio. At that time I described him as an extraordinarily talented young musician, an assessment shared by many, including the legendary dobro virtuoso Jerry Douglas. This summer the three time winner of the Country Music Association’s Musician of the Year award invited Mike Seal to join his band. At the beginning of this exciting new chapter in his musical journey, it seemed like an ideal time to speak with him.

Mike has been active on the Southern music scene for over ten years, touring with The Jeff Sipe Trio, The Black Lillies, The Jeff Coffin Mu’tet, and sharing the stage with musicians such as Kofi Burbridge, Oteil Burbridge, Col. Bruce Hampton, a.m.m.

Mike’s grandfather was a gifted self taught gospel guitarist in rural Virginia, and his older brother, Rob Seal, is a multi-instrumentalist (guitar/mandolin/violin/banjo) who is active on the bluegrass music scene. Mike is married to Megan Lovell who is a very accomplished lap steel and dobro player.  She and her sister Rebecca front the popular Americana roots band Larkin Poe. The band frequently tours with Elvis Costello, and has opened for the Tedeschi Trucks Band.

During the interview he solves the mystery of his unique technique, talks about his influences, and his trial by fire initiation into the Jerry Douglas Band at the Bluegrass Festival this past summer in Telluride, Colorado, a.m.m. There are several audio clips which showcase his remarkable musicianship and the breadth of his musical interests – jazz, bluegrass, and even two classical pieces. I’m eagerly anticipating an album from this extraordinarily talented musician.

NOTE 2018: If you prefer to read, this interview is now available in print form on my Steemit page here, or on the Internet’s most popular jazz website AllAboutJazz here.

Here are the videos which accompany the interviews.


 

Mike Seal Interview & Note

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NOTE 2018: If you prefer to read, this interview is now available in print form on my Steemit page here, or on the Internet’s most popular jazz website AllAboutJazz here.

Guitarist Mike Seal first caught my attention at the end of 2014 as part of the Jeff Sipe Trio. At that time I described him as an extraordinarily talented young musician, an assessment shared by many, including the legendary dobro virtuoso Jerry Douglas. This summer the three time winner of the Country Music Association’s Musician of the Year award invited Mike Seal to join his band. At the beginning of this exciting new chapter in his musical journey, it seemed like an ideal time to speak with him.

Mike has been active on the Southern music scene for over ten years, touring with The Jeff Sipe Trio, The Black Lillies, The Jeff Coffin Mu’tet, and sharing the stage with musicians such as Kofi Burbridge, Oteil Burbridge, Col. Bruce Hampton, a.m.m.

Mike’s grandfather was a gifted self taught gospel guitarist in rural Virginia, and his older brother, Rob Seal, is a multi-instrumentalist (guitar/mandolin/violin/banjo) who is active on the bluegrass music scene. Mike is married to Megan Lovell who is a very accomplished lap steel and dobro player. She and her sister Rebecca front the popular Americana roots band Larkin Poe. The band frequently tours with Elvis Costello, and has opened for the Tedeschi Trucks Band.

During the interview he solves the mystery of his unique technique, talks about his influences, and his trial by fire initiation into the Jerry Douglas Band at the Bluegrass Festival this past summer in Telluride, Colorado, a.m.m. There are several audio clips which showcase his remarkable musicianship and the breadth of his musical interests – jazz, bluegrass, and even two classical pieces. I’m eagerly anticipating an album from this extraordinarily talented musician.

Hit the play button to listen, or click R on the guitar pick icon to download the mp3

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Interview related videos

Facebook video of Mike playing “The Claw”
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Below — Jeff Sipe Trio  with Mike Seal, Taylor Lee bass, Jeff Sipe drums

Mike Seal on guitar with the Jeff Coffin Mu’tet in 2011, playing “L’Esperance” by Felix Pastorius (bass) and Jeff Coffin (sax)

Mike Seal with The Black Lillies

The Jerry Douglas Band with Mike Seal on guitar

Mike Seal playing J.S. Bach

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Mike Seal and Jonathan  Keeney playing Girl with the Flaxen Hair by Claude Debussy

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Mike’s wife is Megan Lovell (lap steel guitar) of the band Larkin Poe.

(look close and you’ll see Mike riding in the back of the truck.)

Here are some clips of the stunningly talented Mark O’Connor, can’t thank Mike enough for turning me on to him.

And a fantastic blues player to boot!

Talk about a strange coincidence, during the interview I mentioned to Mike that Dan Seals 1985 song “Headin’ West” was the first time I heard Jerry Douglas play.  Here’s is a clip from the 90s of Jerry Douglas and Dan Seals doing that song — but instead of Jim “Moose” Brown on guitar, it’s Mark O’Connor on fiddle!

The great Phil Baugh mentioned in the interview

Mentioned in interview TTB backstage with Jerry Douglas & Taj Mahal

Jeff Healey’s amazing 5 finger technique

OVERVIEW of INTERVIEWS

Guitarists Interviews

John McLaughlin, Jimmy Herring, Susan Tedeschi, Derek Trucks

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Alex Machecek, John Scofield, Scott Sharrad, Louie Shelton

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Ronny Jordan, Devon Allman,  Eliot Lewis, Oz Noy

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Carl Mörner Ringström, Joey Molland, Michael Lee Firkins, Ray Russell

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Bassists Interviews

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Oteil Burbridge, Etienne Mbappe, Jerry Jemmott, Nathan East

Keyboard Interviews

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Chuck Leavell, Barbara Dennerlein, Jon Batiste, Matthias Bublath,

Gary Husband, Matt Slocum

 

Drummer Interviews

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Jaimoe, Jeff Sipe

Various Instruments Interviews

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Anne Drummond, Jim Hart, Rod Melancon,   The Ringers: Jimmy Herring, Mike Landau, Wanye Krantz, Kieth Carlock

 

VISIT THE HOME PAGE TO STREAM OR DOWNLOAD INTERVIEWS

Oteil Burbridge Interview & Note

oteil-txOteil Burbridge is one of the most respected bass players on the Southern music scene. He is an original member of the cult band Aquarium Rescue Unit led my Col. Bruce Hampton, who are regrouping for a reunion tour this summer. He was the original bass player in the Tedeschi Trucks Band, and he received a Grammy lifetime achievement award for his 17 year stint with the legendary Allman Brothers Band.

He departed the TTB in order to start a family and he is now the very proud father of a healthy baby boy. To spend more time with his family he is selective about touring and has really been mixing it up these past few years.

If you’ve listened to my interviews with John Scofield, Jimmy Herring, Derek Trucks, and Jeff Sipe you know his name has come up several times. He is all about the music and it was a treat to finally talk to the man himself.

File: https://talking2musicians.files.wordpress.com/2015/05/t2m-oteil-burbridge.mp3


 

 

 

Aquarium Rescue Unit with guests Kofi Burbridge on flute and Chuck Leavell on piano

Roosevelt Collier, Derrick Lee, Kofi Burbridge, Oteil Burbridge & Anthony Cole

Oteil in the movie Being There with Peter Sellers — he appears about 4 minutes into the clip.

Oteil on Studio Jams #7 doing “Butter Biscuit”

Oteil with the ABB

BB King & Bobby Blue Bland mentioned in the interview

Kofi & Oteil join Soulive on stage

Jaco Pastorius – Bass Solo Montreal Jazz Festival 80

Weather Report

Joni Mitchell & Jaco mentioned by Oteil

Interview with Derek Trucks

Derek Trucks talks about international audiences, Howlin’ Wolf, Hendrix, Clapton, Santana, John Lee Hooker, Duane Allman, Coltrane, and even classical music.

Here is audio from  my feature interview with Derek for All About Jazz.

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Interview with Jimmy Herring part one

Jimmy Herring is one of the world’s premier progressive rock guitarists.  In this wide-ranging one hour  interview he shares his thoughts on music and his musical influences — from  John Scofield, Jimmy Smith, and chicken pickers, to his favorite Howlin’ Wolf song, and lots more.

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Interview with Jaimoe of the Allman Brothers Band

As a 2012 recipient of a Grammy Award for Lifetime Achievement, Jaimoe needs no introduction. He has been a beloved figure on the music scene for over four decades, as a veteran of the R&B circuit with Otis Redding, Percy Sledge and Joe Tex, and as a founding member of the legendary Allman Brothers Band and the critically acclaimed band Sea Level.

In late 2011 his Jaimoe’s Jasssz Band released Renaissance Man (Lil’Johnieboy Records, 2011), an album that is generating well-deserved praise and a lot of buzz.  We talk about his band, Otis Redding, his friendship with Noel Redding, Jimi Hendrix, Clapton and much more.

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Interview with John Scofield

Just after sitting in with the Allman Brothers Band at the Beacon, the iconic jazz guitarist spoke with me about his musical roots in rock and blues — imagine, Cream and the Rascals played at his high school, and he even saw Jimi Hendrix.  He gave me his take on Duane Allman, Mike Bloomfield, Sly and the Family Stone, Derek Trucks, Warren Haynes, John Mayer, Jimmy Herring and plenty more.

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Interview with Susan Tedeschi

Susan shares stories from her amazing career: meeting Johnny Cash as a child,  hanging out in Willie Nelson’s bus with him and Les Paul, her tears when listening to Eric Clapton rehearsing with Derek Trucks, sitting on BB King’s lap,  and much more!

The 2010 launch of the Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi Band brought together two of the brightest talents on the contemporary music scene.

This interview took place just after Susan and Derek announced the launch of their new band and their intention to take some time off.  I was so grateful that she made an exception and granted me this interview during her down time.

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