Big Dave McLean got pointers from John Hammond as a teen

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, AUG. 7, 2003 By Steve Newton When he was just a teen, Dave McLean attended the Mariposa Folk Festival in Orillia, Ontario, and got pointers from John Hammond on how to play some basic blues progressions. A couple of weeks ago the now 51-year-old Big Dave performed with Hammond … Continue reading Big Dave McLean got pointers from John Hammond as a teen

John Doe goes solo on some “basic roots shit” but that doesn’t mean X is dead

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, AUG. 2, 1990 By Steve Newton Some rock musicians, when you ask them about their music, go to great lengths to describe the sounds they create. Not John Doe. "It's your basic roots shit," says the recently-gone-solo former bassist/vocalist for California's X. "But we try to keep twisting it … Continue reading John Doe goes solo on some “basic roots shit” but that doesn’t mean X is dead

Steve Earle on jail, addiction, execution, and other lighthearted topics

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, AUG. 8, 1996 By Steve Newton So I’m sitting there by my phone, sipping a coldie and patiently waiting for Steve Earle to call. His manager has set up the “phoner” himself and guaranteed me that Earle will call from Dallas after his Lollapalooza gig. I’m raring to find … Continue reading Steve Earle on jail, addiction, execution, and other lighthearted topics