Interviews from 20th October include Chris While, Brit Turner of Blackberry Smoke, Kent Hartman the writer of ‘The Wrecking Crew’, along with Mark Nevin of Fairground Attraction.
Winners in the Best Duo category at the 2009 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and nine times nominated since 2001 in the Best Duo, Best Song & Best Live Act categories, Chris While and Julie Matthews’ musical partnership began in 1993 when they were key members of the legendary folk super-group The Albion Band. In 1997 they left the band to concentrate on their work as a duo which has seen them tour throughout the world and gain an ever growing devoted fan-base. Their songs have been covered by a range of artists including Mary Black, Barbara Dickson, Christine Collister and Fairport Convention.
Blackberry Smoke are one of America’s hottest live rock ‘n’ roll outfits, as well as a grass-roots phenomenon with a large and fiercely loyal fan base that reflects the band’s tireless touring regimen and staunch blue-collar work ethic. Brit Turner plays drums.
Kent Hartman, the winner of the 2013 Frances Fuller Victor Award for General Nonfiction at the Oregon Book Awards, is both a bestselling author and a longtime music industry entrepreneur. His clients have included Elvis Presley Enterprises, America, Lyle Lovett, Hall & Oates, Eddie Money, Pat Benatar, Kool & the Gang, Three Dog Night, and Kenny Loggins, among dozens of other well-known artists. During the mid-2000s he also co-owned Mark Lindsay’s Rock & Roll Café with Mark Lindsay, the former lead singer of Paul Revere & the Raiders.
Fairground Attraction were a British Folk and soft rock band. They are best known for their hit single “Perfect”, and for helping to launch the career of lead vocalist Eddi Reader. Mark Nevin was a member of the group.
Brit Turner of Blackberry Smoke
Kent Hartman, writer of ‘The Wrecking Crew’
Mark Nevin of Fairground Attraction