Exene interview, Robert Ellis Orrall interview, Champaign blues scene
In the latest issue of Perfect Sound Forever <http://www.perfectsoundforever.com>, you'll find (among other things):
* X frontwoman goes it alone
"When not trading off vocal harmonies with John Doe in X, she's published books, exhibited journal collages, fronted other bands (Auntie Christ, Original Sinners) and left Los Angeles for Idaho and, more recently, Missouri. Exene has also shown a more introspective side on acoustic solo outings, like Old Wives' Tales and, twenty years later, Somewhere Gone (now out on Bloodshot). She was recently diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, but it isn't slowing her down."
* Where the action is outside of Chicago
"Champaign and Urbana are situated on a railroad line called "The Central" which goes to Chicago, Memphis and New Orleans. The Central has lines into St. Louis and Indianapolis and it runs the entire length of northwestern Mississippi's Delta. It was very pleasant to live in Champaign/Urbana from 1994 to 2005 and a big pleasure to have occasional (if limited) participation in the local blues scene which to a great extent could be described as 'authentic.'"
* Interview with the drummer from Tom Petty's original, and recently reunited, band
"Jumping back and forth between fame and quiet life, drummer Randall Marsh certainly knows the sensation of the fast and slow beats of the music industry. In the early '70's after moving to Gainesville, Florida, Marsh unknowingly stumbled upon fame with a band called Mudcrutch, with a young bass player named Tom Petty about to explode in his songwriting abilities."
ROBERT ELLIS ORRALL
* Extensive interview with singer/songwriter/producer
"Robert Ellis Orrall was signed to RCA records as both an artist and a songwriter in 1980 and had early chart success and a Top 40 hit with "I Couldn't Say No," a duet with Carlene Carter, then married to Nick Lowe. He eventually moved to Nashville and had a series of hits (some written for other artists like Clay Walker and Shenandoah) and some performed by himself."
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