Archive for April 2008

Interview with David MacKay from The Fiddleworms

David MacKay

David MacKay from The Fiddleworms

Interview by Scott Preston

In the mid-1990s, The Fiddleworms emerged as the most important rock band working out of the Muscle Shoals, Alabama area. Taking their name from night crawler catfish bait, adopting stage personae like Splash Fiddle (Mefford) and Wolf Fiddle (Kennedy), and traveling to gigs in an orange stretch limo, the worms developed a large local following.

Their live shows were electric. They hammered out their musical style on stage, playing 167 shows during 1995, the first year they were together. Conceived by Chris Quillen and Russell Mefford as a vehicle for showcasing songs that Mefford had written, the Fiddleworms forged their reputation with original music in an area that cherished cover bands.

Cincy Groove: It seems everyone in your family is a touring musician.

David MacKay: We are all doing it. There was a Saturday a couple months ago where all four of us (Zion – BoomBox, Kinsman – Grown Folks, Donna – Donna Jean and The Tricksters, and David – Fiddleworms) were playing different parts of the country.

Cincy Groove: How long have you been with the Fiddleworms?

David MacKay: I have been with them for about 3 years. The Fiddleworms were a really popular band in the Southeast area of the country. They were up and coming. They had just release their first album (in 1996) and the guitar player was killed in a car accident. The band went on for a while but ended up breaking up a few years later. About 4 years ago they discovered some tracks that they had recorded before they broke up. So they went back and finished the tracks and released the 2nd album. About that time the bass player quit, and I came on to help out and have been with them ever since. Read more

Wang Dang Doodle III Music Festival, 5/30-6/1, Paxton Farm, Batavia, OH

Officially Announced: May 30th -June 1st
Paxton Farm, Batavia, OH (Cincinnati, OH)

You want to know all about The Wang Dang Doodle. The Wang Dang Doodle is a diverse music festival featuring local and regional acts. We also have plenty of other activities to stimulate the mind. We will be having this festival at Paxton Farm, located on State Route 132 in Batavia, OH (Cincinnati, OH). Paxton Farm is a world-class equine training, boarding, and breeding facility with lots of beautiful land with woods and ponds. This is an amazingly beautiful place and we are incredibly lucky to have it as our own for a weekend! So make sure to be there, we don’t want to have good times like this without you! Read more

Interview with Alex Kirt from The Woodbox Gang

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Alex Kirt from The Woodbox Gang

Interview by Scott Preston

From the village of Makanda in extreme southern Illinois, in a little hollow called Vulture Valley, comes a “caustic acoustic cacophony” known as the Woodbox Gang. They have skillfully combined the roots music styles of Americana, bluegrass, delta blues, outlaw country, & rockabilly with the aggressive delivery of punk rock to create their own style of music to which they have given the name “Trashcan Americana”. The band is known for their dark poetic lyrics and their use of various conventional and non-conventional instrumentation to create sonic landscapes specifically tailored to the mood and theme of each composition. The songwriting team of Hugh DeNeal and Alex Kirt have lead the Woodbox Gang through many musical transformations, while remaining true to their one of a kind sound. The group has performed nationwide since the year 2000. Highlights include performances at the JFK Center for Performing Arts, Wakarusa, Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Appalachain Uprising, and countless festivals, theaters, and other venues across the country.

Cincy Groove: How long has The Woodbox Gang been together?

Alex Kirt: Well we started out in March of 2000, so just about 8 years.

Cincy Groove: Who are some of your influences?

Alex Kirt: I think we are all big Tom Waits fans. I know our lyricist is a big fan of Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan. We also like The Ramones, Black Sabbath. We are all over the place with what we like to listen to. Read more

Interview with Kym Warner from The Greencards

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Kym Warner from The Greencards

Interview by Scott Preston

Four short years ago, a green card was an immigration document – now The Greencards are an acoustic music phenomenon that has played around the world, headlined major festivals, won awards, and toured with Bob Dylan and Willie Nelson. They’ve released three fine albums, and their latest release, Viridian, was nominated at the Grammy Awards Ceremony in 2008 for ‘Best Country Instrumental Performance’. Their label debut Weather and Water was strong enough to win them a slot on the Dylan/Nelson tour, but then they had to deliver. Fortunately, The Greencards have an ability to go out on stage in front of 20,000 strangers, and magically turn them into friends and fans. It’s happened at Merlefest, Telluride and Austin City Limits, on both US coasts, Down South and Down Under, and of course many times in Austin Texas, “The Live Music Capital of the World”, city of the band’s chance origins and initial successes. Their respect for bluegrass is very evident, but they also bend their music to include more modern influences such as Patty Griffin and Tim O’Brien, meaning you’re just as likely to find them filed under ‘Americana’ as anything else. (source –

Cincy Groove: How long have The Greencards been together? How did you meet?

Kym Warner: We have been playing together now for six years. Carol and I met Eamon in the studio in Austin. I was producing a record and needed a fiddle player. A mutual friend Rich Brotherton (Robert Earl Keen Band) recommended Eamon. We all hit it off straight away.

Cincy Groove: What was it like to be nominated for a Grammy for “Best Country Instrumental Performance?”

Kym Warner: It was incredible! It’s something that none of us thought would ever happen. A real career highlight for all three of us.

Cincy Groove: Are The Greencards working on any new projects?

Kym Warner: Yes, we have been writing for a new record for the past 5 months or so. We are planning to get back in the studio late summer to start working on a new Greencards record. Read more

Interview with Arlo Guthrie

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Arlo Guthrie

Interview and Photos by Scott Preston

Arlo Guthrie was born with a guitar in one hand and a harmonica in the other, in Coney Island, Brooklyn, New York in 1947. He is the eldest son of America’s most beloved singer/writer/philosopher Woody Guthrie and Marjorie Mazia Guthrie, a professional dancer with the Martha Graham Company and founder of The Committee to Combat Huntington’s Disease.

He grew up surrounded by dancers and musicians: Pete Seeger, Ronnie Gilbert, Fred Hellerman and Lee Hays (The Weavers), Leadbelly, Cisco Houston, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee, all of whom were significant influences on Arlo’s musical career. Guthrie gave his first public performance at age 13 and quickly became involved in the music that was shaping the world during the 1960s.

Over the last four decades Guthrie has toured throughout North America, Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia winning a wide, popular following. In addition to his accomplishments as a musician, playing the piano, six and twelve-string guitar, harmonica and a dozen other instruments, Arlo is a natural-born storyteller, whose tales and anecdotes figure prominently in his performances. (source –

Cincy Groove: Are you working on any new projects?

Arlo Guthrie: We will be recording a new project in June/July of new material and there’s this record we recorded some years ago that we never had a chance to actually mix. We have been working on it for many years. The record I did was of my dad’s songs (Woody Guthrie) with The Dillards. I just love those guys and I thought they were way ahead of their time back in the 60’s and 70’s. They were doing stuff long before The Eagles and other bands like that. So finally I said before we get too old here lets get together, so I went to Branson, Missouri and made a record with them. We just sat down, sat around the microphone and played the songs. No studio magic, nothing like that. That record was scheduled to come out when there was a postage stamp that was coming out of my dad. The name of the record was called “32 Cents”. At this point its called “32 Cents, Postage Due”. So thats finally done and I think we are just working on some artwork. It will be coming out ASAP, because we don’t want it to conflict with the record of new songs that will be coming out later this year. Read more

A Message from Bootsy Collins

A Message from Bootsy Collins:

We would like to think that we here at Bootzilla Productions represent the feelings of our City, concerning the sacrifices that these young Men and Women are making daily, on our behalf for Freedom for us, for you and our Country. Thanks to all of you that Matt and our Troops efforts will not be in vain.

Love & P-funk hugs!

“MATT MAUPHIN SOLDIERS AT WAR”, a new song Bootsy has written for the Mauphin family, and our troops will be released and shipped to our troops overseas. All proceeds go to Yellow Ribbon Foundation to support our troops.

Forecastle Festival Announces 2008 Lineup

forecastle music and arts festivalLOUISVILLE, KY – The Forecastle Festival is proud to announce the complete® line-ups for the seventh annual event, July 25th – 27th at the Riverfront Belvedere in Louisville, KY. Among the headliners for the expanded three day festival are are Method Man, leader of the Wu-Tang Clan and HBO hit “The Wire”, Philadelphia’s trance-fusion jam band the Disco Biscuits, and Grammy Award winners the Del McCoury Band.

New in 2008 are music industry panels, along with the debut of two new festival stages: the Ocean Stage and the Activism Stage. As with the 2007 event, the festival will also feature an outdoor extreme sports park, personal empowerment panels, an environmental film showcase, and other activities. Read more

Interview with One Under

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One Under

Interview by Scott Preston

Formed in early 2005, One Under has quickly become the newest emerging musical force to come out of Ohio. The sextet is comprised of former members of Ekoostik Hookah, The Shantee and The Ark Band and is forging a sound incorporating elements of Roots Rock, American Jazz, Progressive Rock, Afro-Cuban Latin and Pure Funk Back Beat. This combination manifests into a danceable and energetic show that keeps people on their feet. One Under and it’s members have appeared at festivals including Bonnaroo, Wakarusa, Sierra Nevada Reggae Festival, Grateful Fest, Tabfest, the Recipe Family Cookout, Harvest Fest, Schwagstock, and Sunshine Daydreams. Recent college appearances include Dennison University and James Madison University as well as support slots for bands such as Particle, Hot Tuna, The Samples, Oteil and the Peacemakers, Rusted Root, Keller Williams and The Dirty Dozen Brass Band and CJ Chenier. With incredible improvisation, solid grooves and strong lyrical content, One Under is continuing to reach new and diverse crowds wherever they play. (source –

One Under has also been nominated for a 2008 Jammy Award in the “New Groove” category be sure to goto and vote for One Under (their category is at the bottom of the page) Read more

Interview with David Grisman

David Grisman

David Grisman

Interview by Scott Preston

For more than 40 years, mandolinist/composer David Grisman has been busy creating “dawg” music, a blend of many stylistic influences (including swing, bluegrass, latin, jazz and gypsy) so unique he gave it its own name. In doing so, David has inspired a whole new genre of acoustic string instrumental music with style and virtuosity while creating a unique niche for himself in the world of contemporary music.

Praised for his mastery of the instrument as well as his talents as a composer, bandleader, teacher and record producer by the New York Times, David’s role as an acoustic innovator continues to grow. After recording for several major and independent labels, Grisman founded his own company, Acoustic Disc, which he runs from his studio in northern California.

In 1990, David founded the Acoustic Disc label with his friend and manager, Craig Miller, and two other long-standing friends from New York, Artie and Harriet Rose. To date label has released 55 CDs, including six with Jerry Garcia, all produced or co-produced by Grisman.

David Grisman has always been a pioneer. He has deeply influenced several generations of musicians through his own musical explorations, and with the continuing success of Acoustic Disc has helped make artist-owned independent labels a viable force in the modern music business. (source –

Cincy Groove: What led you to create Acoustic Disc?

David Grisman: Actually it was a serendipitous happenstance. I had just built a studio and was ready to make my next album. My record company at the time (MCA) was in the process of dropping me (or at least making my artistic life miserable,) and two old friends, Artie and Harriet Rose, had just moved to the Bay area and were looking to start a music-related business. These events converged and since CDs were the new thing, we all said, “Why not start our own label?” With my long-time manager, Craig Miller, we had all the necessary ingredients. Read more

Grateful Dead Archives to move to UC Santa Cruz


On Thursday, Bob Weir and Mickey Hart are scheduled to announce that the archives of the legendary band – 30 years worth of correspondence, business records, merchandise and memorabilia, including stage backdrops, a large “Blues for Allah” stained-glass artwork a fan gave the band in 1978 and some of the life-size skeletons of the band members for the 1987 “Touch of Grey” video shoot – will be donated to the UC Santa Cruz archives. UC Santa Cruz Chancellor George Blumenthal is also scheduled to be on hand for the announcement, which, appropriately enough, will be made at the Fillmore in San Francisco, one of the most storied venues in Bay Area music history. Read more

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