Interview: Charlie Evett

The GrooveBarber’s powerhouse and jocular bassman Charlie Evett checked in. The group will bring their “acapella rock and soul royalty” (Village Voice) to Next Stage in Putney VT on December 16 in their Annual Acapella Holiday Concert Extravaganza. Charlie gave us the dirt on the other members! Tickets to the show to see how all that works out are available from www.nexststagearts.org

Interview: Sean Altman

Had loads of fun talking with Sean Altman of JEWMONGOUS, The GrooveBarbers, Everly Set, Rockapella, Blind Dates, Moon Pudding (is that an actual thing, moon pudding?), and more. So beloved is he in these parts that he’s going to be at Next Stage in Putney, Vermont, twice this month: with The GrooveBarbers for the annual GrooveBarbers’ Holiday Concert Extravaganza on December 16, and bringing JEWMONGOUS to that stage for the first time on December 23. Tickets and more info at www.nexststagearts.org

Interview: Peter Yarrow

Yeah, still on hiatus. Did another interview anyway.

Had a chat on the phone with Peter Yarrow in advance of his concert at the Bellows Falls Opera House coming up on December 8. For those who don’t know: this is Peter of Peter, Paul and Mary. They sang with Martin Luther King on stage during the ’63 march on Washington (the one that the “I Have A Dream” speech is from), and had three of the top six slots on Billboard’s album chart the week Kennedy was assassinated. Talk about mixed feelings. Peter was on hand when Dylan caused a furor by going electric at the Newport Folk Festival, and he was a founder of Kerrville’s New Folk Series. Plus he wrote the music for Puff The Magic Dragon.

This man is still firmly planted in the activist folksinger garden, and I suspect we’re all better off for it.

He turned the tables on me off the bat with some good questions about Bellows Falls and the Opera House, but we kicked into gear quickly after that. There were things to say about politics lately and the positive path forward, the state of the nation and its citizens, and Standing Rock. We also glanced off some heyday highlights and his history in history, got into the nature of folk and of fame, the fact that he has six toes, and other fancy stuff.

Two new songs and two old ones are interspersed. Songs are included in this on-demand format with permission of the artist.

Tickets for the concert online at www.vermontfestivalsllc.com or tickets.catamountarts.org