ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED ON JUNE 6, 2012 By Steve Newton The itinerary for Steve Earle’s North American summer tour isn’t quite what you’d expect for a singer-songwriter of his legendary status. Of the 39 dates that span May 31 to August 26, no less than 14 occur in B.C. and Alberta, including such unglamorous venues as … Continue reading Steve Earle says that he makes an embarrassing amount of money for a borderline Marxist
By Steve Newton I’ve interviewed Steve Earle six times between 1987 and 2012, because I think he’s one of the greatest singer-songwriters of all time. The last time I chatted with him he was touring behind his 14th studio album, I’ll Never Get Out of This World Alive, which included the song “Little Emperor”, a … Continue reading That time I asked Steve Earle if he thought the United States would ever live down the invasion of Iraq
By Steve Newton I’ve interviewed Steve Earle five times, ’cause he’s one of my favourite all-time songwriters. The first time was back in May of 1987, two weeks before the official release of his second album, Exit O. (“It’s Exit Zero”, he explained to me when I tried pronouncing it “Exit Oh”.) At one point … Continue reading That time Steve Earle raved to me about the influence of Elvis and the generosity of Springsteen
By Steve Newton As I mentioned yesterday, since the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has just announced its seven inductees for the Class of 2023, my own little institution located in the wilds of British Columbia–Newt’s Rock Hall–is gonna counter with seven different inductees of its own. And of course mine will be better. … Continue reading Newt’s Rock Hall inducts Dick Dale, Soundgarden, the Guess Who, the Replacements, Bad Company, Mahogany Rush, the Edgar Winter Group, and the Stray Cats
ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, NOV. 25, 1999 By Steve Newton On his first two albums, Texas singer-songwriter and ace guitar-slinger Teddy Morgan took a decidedly bluesy approach, but on his third, Lost Love and Highways, he’s adopted a more country-roots stance. Although he now sounds more like a cross between J.J. Cale and … Continue reading Texas bluesman Teddy Morgan will never forget having Lazy Lester on his new album
By Steve Newton After ten years of my complaining about Link Wray not being in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the boneheads who run the high-falutin’ joint in Cleveland finally caved and decided to induct him, in the “musical influence” division. It’s about freakin’ time. Wray, who pretty well invented the raunchy guitar … Continue reading Rock Hall finally inducts Link Wray, can Johnny Winter and Rory Gallagher be far behind?
By Steve Newton Well, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has done it again. A few days ago the Cleveland-based institution nominated 17 bands and artists to its class of 2022, but once more just plumb forgot the three artists most deserving of immediate induction: Rory Gallagher, Johnny Winter, and Link Wray. Instead they … Continue reading Oh my f***ing god! Rock Hall snubs Rory Gallagher, Johnny Winter, and Link Wray yet again!
ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, FEB. 5, 1998 By Steve Newton Last month’s ice storm back east took no prisoners, but Barstool Prophets singer-guitarist Graham Greer got off pretty easy. The native of Cornwall, Ontario, was residing in “the fortunate end of town” when the storm hit, so he only lost power for three … Continue reading The Barstool Prophets’ Graham Greer hopes to model his life after producer Joe Hardy
By Steve Newton As you may aware, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame crapped the bed again yesterday, inducting the likes of Whitney Houston and Depeche Mode over nominees like Thin Lizzy, Soundgarden, Judas Priest, and the MC5. So today Newt’s Rock Hall is gonna match their six additions, and add a seventh to … Continue reading Newt’s Rock Hall inducts Rainbow, BTO, Steve Earle, Judas Priest, Little Feat, Todd Rundgren, and Mahogany Rush
ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, FEB. 17, 2000 By Steve Newton It’s high noon (or thereabouts) in Texas when Cliff Jones, who’s lounging in his band’s tour bus outside the Austin Music Hall, answers his cellphone. He’s playing there that night—if he makes it past sundown in one piece. “I’ve never been to Texas … Continue reading Cliff Jones doesn’t think Texas cowboys will appreciate Gay Dad’s “Limey faggot look”
ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, JULY 20, 2006 By Steve Newton It’s funny, the stuff you remember, like a phone call to Vancouver rocker Barney Bentall in the early ’80s. I was a cub reporter for the Straight, new on the local scene, and I rang him at home to get some details for … Continue reading Album review: Dustin Bentall, Streets With No Lights (2006)
By Steve Newton Back in May of 1989 I interviewed British guitar great John Sykes, who was promoting the debut album by his power trio Blue Murder. Six years earlier Sykes had played on Thunder and Lightning, the final studio album by Thin Lizzy. So at one point in the conversation I asked him rather … Continue reading That time I asked John Sykes if he thought Thunder and Lightning ranked among the best of the Thin Lizzy albums
photo by the newt By Steve Newton I did the first of my six interviews with Canadian rock great Kim Mitchell back in July of 1984, when he was promoting his new Akimbo Alogo LP. That was a wicked album, containing as it did the singles “Go For Soda”, “All We Are”, “Feel It Burn”, … Continue reading That time I told Kim Mitchell that I’d like to see “Lager and Ale” as his next single