Paul Kelly, Australia’s poet laureate of sorts and rock-folk-bluegrass legend, stopped by Chicago on his North American tour. During his short stay in WNUR’s vicinity, he graciously agreed to chat with me about his most recent album and touring the states. Here’s the shortened version of our talk.
About a week before his Chicago show, I had a chance to talk to Henry Cole, a Puerto Rico-born, NYC-based drummer about his newly-released album, the Afrobeat Collective, and the exports of some brilliant Caribbean music into the U.S. altogether. Here’s what came out of it.
Dies, on far right (photo courtesy of the band’s site)
In early September, right around the time Fanfare Ciocarlia was recording its forthcoming new album in Toronto, I had a chance to talk to Henry Ernst from Asphalt Tango Production and Records. Ernst, a Germany-native and Romani-adopted sound engineer and producer, introduced Ciocarlia to the world in early ’90s and thus far has seen it rise to prominence and recognition as the premier Gypsy brass band on the music scene. This discovery and a few other things became topics of our telephone conversation. After the jump is a shortened version of that talk.