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Monday, December 26, 2011

Uprooted Music Revue's 25 Most Memorable Interviews of 2011

I started Uprooted Music Revue in March of 2010. But something very significant occurred early on in 2011 that changed my commitment and motivation to becoming more serious about music writing. I interviewed Lucinda Williams.

As a longtime fan of Ms. Williams' work, I was thrilled to be given the opportunity to speak directly with her last February, regarding her then-to-be released album "Blessed". It was such an exciting experience for me, both as a fan and a writer. At the time, I didn't really know where I wanted my blog to go, what aspects of writing I was interested in, or what I wanted to primarily focus on. So I decided to just go with the flow. Sometimes you set a course, sometimes the waters guide you along...

Since the interview with Lucinda, I did my best to keep building UMR's momentum. I continued to work hard, posting live features, album reviews, and interviews. I wasn't even really thinking about where this whole "Uprooted Music Revue" project was going, I was just enjoying the ride and keeping my mind open to possibilities without putting any expectations on it.

Then one day in late March, as I hung up my phone and turned off my recorder after speaking at length with Alejandro Escovedo for 45 minutes, I sat frozen at my desk, staring at the recorder and just smiling. It hit me like a ton of bricks: THIS IS IT. It all came together in that moment. I knew that if I was going to continue writing about music, that what was most exciting for me personally (as a fan, player, and writer) was to go right to the source: to talk to the artists themselves. I decided that it was time for me to begin focusing my blog primarily on interviews.

Unlike speaking with Lucinda Williams, interviewing Patterson Hood, or composing a Q and A for Maggie Bjorklund, this time- I realized that I was relying less and less on my list of questions, and that the so-called "interview" with Alejandro quickly (and without realizing it) became a leisurely, relaxed, and enjoyable chat. This changed EVERYTHING. All of a sudden I went from being a music fan to being a "fan with privileges". If speaking with Lucinda opened the door and offered a glimpse of what was ahead for me and Uprooted Music Revue, then talking with Alejandro was like a cold beer being slung down the length of the bar towards me as the door was closing behind me. I needed to catch it! So since then, I've had the pleasure of interviewing many amazing artists that I admire, and whose work I enjoy immensely.

So as 2011 is coming to a close, and as I'm about to officially post my least feature of the year, I have decided that I would like to take this opportunity to share some of the most rewarding, memorable, and inspirational interviews from these last 12 months that I have worked on with you. This one is for the new readers who may just be discovering UMR, and to those of you who have been following the blog since it's inception.

Finally, I'd like to thank the wonderful community of bloggers, professionals, artists, and friends who have supported, encouraged, and helped spread the word, allowing me to grow Uprooted Music Revue in 2011.

As always, thanks very much for reading, and here's to another great year!


Uprooted Music Revue's 25 Most Memorable Interviews of 2011:

In chronological order:

Merideth Sisco Discusses 
The "Winter's Bone" Soundtrack & 
The Music Of The Ozarks
(January 14th, read here)

Sam Amidon, Speaking In His Own Voice
(February 6th, read here)

A Conversation With The Legendary 
and Prolific Lucinda Williams
(February 27th, read here)

Patterson Hood of The Drive-By Truckers 
Talks "Go-Go Boots"
 (March 14th, read here)

Introducing Bloodshot Records 
Recording Artist: 
Maggie Bjorklund, Pedal Steel Songstress
(March 21st, read here)

Alejandro Escovedo Reflects On 
His Work While Looking Ahead
 (April 3rd, read here)

Jason Isbell Tells The Story Behind 
His New LP: "Here We Rest"
(April 10th, read here)


Chatting Up Mr. Pokey LaFarge
(April 13th, read here)

Greg Jamie of O'Death 
Speaks About "Outside
(May 4th, read here)


Michael Daves Retraces His Musical Steps 
Discusses His New Album With Chris Thile
(May 11th, read here)


Celebrated Songwriter Jim Lauderdale 
Shares "Reason And Rhyme"
(June 21st, read here)

An Informative Q & A 
with Sarah Jarosz
(June 28th, read here)

William Elliott Whitmore 
Talks "Field Songs"
(July 11th, read here)

A Conversation With The Black Twig Pickers
(July 26th, read here)

Interview, Part One: Richard Buckner On 
His Musical Philosophy & Early Albums 
(July 28th, read here)
Interview, Part Two: Richard Buckner Tells The Arduous Journey To Deliver "Our Blood" 
(August 1st, read here)

An Unexpectedly Lively & Spirited Chat 
With Frank Fairfield
(August 2nd, read here)

On The Road With Dex Romweber
(August 24th, read here)

Pharis And Jason Romero 
Generously Share Much More 
Than Simply "A Passing Glimpse"
(September 18th, read here)

Jesse Sykes Discusses 
The Creation of "Marble Son"
(September 27th, read here)

Aoife O' Donovan of Crooked Still 
Shares Memories While Looking Ahead
(October 23rd, read here)

Banjo Master Noam Pikelny Tells 
"How To Beat The Devil",
Talks Punch Brothers, And More!
(November 6th, read here)

Chris Isaak Tells of Going "Beyond The Sun"
(November 8th, read here)

Author Dr. Philip Ratcliffe Discusses 
"Mississippi John Hurt: His Life, His Times, His Blues"
(November 13th, read here)

Gill Landry Reflects On His Work 
With The Kitchen Syncopators & 
Old Crow Medicine Show, 
While Delivering His Own "Piety & Desire"
(December 13th, read here)


A Discussion with Author and Music Historian 
Bill C. Malone On "Music From The True Vine:
Mike Seeger's Life and Musical Journey"
(December 21st, read here)


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