Jon Anderson fronted progressive rock legends Yes for almost 40 years before stepping away due to health issues near the end of last decade. He's just released a brand new solo effort called Survival and Other Stories, which deals in part with some of the struggles that he's had to overcome recently. Anderson talks with Icon Fetch's Justine Bevan about collaborating with different songwriters, having his wife as producer of the new record, and his spiritual outlook on life.
Maria Muldaur has made a career out of shifting from one genre to another - folk, blues, jazz, classic R&B and even jug band music, while all along garnering critical praise and multiple Grammy nominations. Her latest venture returns her to New Orleans and the blues - Steady Love, reuniting her with long-time collaborator Dave Torkanowski. The 13 tracks on her new disc have a raw immediacy lacking in the majority of blues-based recordings that get released every month. Icon Fetch talks with Muldaur about choosing the songs for the new record, recording the album on a "tweezer" budget, and what is was like trying to followup her 1974 hit "Midnight at the Oasis." She also gives us a preview of her next project.
Rick Derringer was just 17 years old when his band hit with "Hang on Sloopy" - how did he deal with fame at such an early age?
Hippiefest 2011 is coming to a city near you. Featuring Rick Derringer, Dave Mason, Gary Wright, Mark Farner of Grand Funk Railroad, and Felix Cavaliere of the Rascals, it proves to be a night filled with great songs and performances. Icon Fetch gives you a preview of the tour with interviews by both Rick Derringer and Gary Wright. With Rick's interview, we hear the story behind the smash hit "Hang on Sloopy," which he sang on at the tender age of 17. With Gary's chat, we hear about his involvement in a new film about his friend, the late George Harrison. Plus, both give insight into the current Hippiefest 2011, which is touring the country.
As a teen, he hitchkiked across Europe, at one point ending up at a party at Bridgette Bardot's house
Songwriter Michael Franks has just released his 18th studio album, Time Together, a delectable blend of gentle melodies and clever wordplay - both signatures of Franks' almost 40-year career. Icon Fetch talks to the jazz singer about the long, five-year gap between recordings, reuniting with some old friends, and Hearts United for Animals, a charity he supports.
An engineer accidentally erased a song he had just recorded. To fill the space, he recorded a song called "Sunshine" - which became a huge hit.
Jonathan Edwards is best remembered for his 1972 anti-establishment song "Sunshine." He's just released his first new studio album in 14 years, My Love Will Keep -- 12 acoustic-based tracks featuring Edwards' warm voice augmented by tasty accompaniment. He's joined by a variety guests, including bluegrass sensation Claire Lynch, and former Seldom Scene member Moondi Klein on backing vocals. Icon Fetch talks with the current native of Maine about drawing on a variety of sources for his new record, getting a chance to sing with his daughter, and the story behind the unlikely success of "Sunshine."