I saw the band perform last year during their ‘Thick as a Brick and Thick as a Brick 2′ tour and was interested to see if my perception of Ian changed after interviewing him.
I was not familiar with Andy McKee until a friend of mine mentioned that he’s her favorite musician. When I saw that he would be playing at Regattabar, one of my favorite venues, I knew I had to be in the audience.
Wow, everything she said completely understated Andy’s talent.
Not only is he a terrific musician and ethnomusicologist, he’s a warm, personable man as well.
There are a number of reasons why Malcolm Holcombe‘s performance at the Extended Play Session for Alternate Root TV was so special, not the least of which is that it was a milestone birthday celebration for me!
I was not familiar with Malcolm prior to this show but went in with an open mind and heart.
I was almost giddy with excitement at my impending interview with Ian Anderson, scheduled during a break between legs of his current American tour (he is touring in support of his 2014 release, ‘Homo Erraticus’ – a wonderful album – I suggest buying it). Not only was it my first interview (although I feel it was more of a conversation) but I would be talking with rock royalty!
I admitted at the outset that it was my first time interviewing anyone and that admission seemed to set me free to relax and enjoy the process, and enjoy it I did! Ian did an amazing job of making me feel at ease.
I was prepared to enjoy The Howlin’ Brothers at the Extended Play Sessions at Alternate Root TV, but I had no idea just how much! In fact, I enjoyed them so much I saw them a few days later at Atwood’s Tavern!
The announcement for the show promised a foot-stompin’, loud hollerin’ show, and the Brothers delivered just that (with emphasis on the foot stomping).
“Not quite country, somewhere beyond folk, Holcombe’s music is a kind of blues in motion, mapping backwoods corners of the heart” wrote David Fricke in Rolling Stone Magazine.