Interviews with Roots Musicians (Blues, R&B, Folk, Country)

Dave Travis - Keeper of the Rockabilly Flame

Musician, producer, and label owner, Dave Travis of England has performed, promoted and kept the flame burning for music, especially American rockabilly, shining the spotlight on the musicians who made it and bringing dignity to their legacy through his Stomper Time reissue label.

Big Jay McNeely - King of the Honking Saxophonists

Carl Sonny Leyland - extraordinary blues and rock and roll pianist

This British pianist, based in California, is renowned for his spectacular musicianship, both in his own recordings and in backing up legendary veterans.

George Uptmor : Western Swing Fiddler with Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys

This veteran Texas fiddler talks about working with Bob Wills, Hank Williams, and seeing Elvis Presley perform in 1955.

Roosevelt Jamison : “That’s How Strong My Love Is”

Jamison wrote this song, which has been recorded by Otis Redding, the Rolling Stones, and many others.

Joe Hunter : First of the Motown Funk Brothers

Hunter was the first member of Motown’s legendary house band and its leader until he left the label.

Roy Head : Blue-Eyed Soul and Country part 2

In this second and last installment, Roy talks about some of the ups and downs of his career, including the time he bit Elvis Presley.

Roy Head : Blue-Eyed Soul and Country part 1

Roy Head had a huge hit in 1965 with "Treat Her Right." In this interview, he talks about growing up in Texas, being a white singer in the black music world. See also part 2.

Bill Keith : Bluegrass and Jug Band Banjo Man

Bill Keith played with Bill Monroe and the Bluegrass Boys and the Jim Kweskin Jug Band. The melodic approach he developed on the banjo is known as Keith style.

The Louvin Brothers - interview with Charlie Louvin

Often considered the greatest in country music’s long tradition of brother duets, the Louvin Brothers continue to inspire.

The Kingston Trio - Interview with Bob Shane - part 2

The Kingston Trio - Interview with Bob Shane - part 1

Their first hit, "Tom Dooley," a #1 song in 1958, ushers in the heyday of the folk revival.

John Hammond interview - bluesman



Interviews - 1950s and 1960s rock and roll acts

Interviews - 1960s and 1970s Musicians in the Psychedelic Era

Interviews - 1960s Musicians of the British Invasion Era

Interviews - Pop Rock Acts and Producers

Interviews with Jazz Musicians

Interviews with Musicians That Recorded for Sun Records, Memphis

Interviews with Roots Musicians (Blues, R&B, Folk, Country)

Liner Notes

Lyrics from old records

Record Collecting


is an ethnomusicologist, teacher, author, and musician
based in Montreal, Quebec, Canada
7 Nights Music Communications, 2006