In 1991 I had the great honor of getting to meet and interview Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, the world’s greatest singer of qawwali, a devotional vocal style associated with the mystical Islamic practice of Sufism. Sadly, in 1997, I was tasked with penning his obituary.
It’s a Friday night in 1992, and the members of My Bloody Valentine are squashed together in a rental van and barreling down one of the many endless, flat streets of Houston, Texas. I was in that van.
If you ever find yourself interviewing Tom Watis, don’t expect straight answers. Don’t even expect bent answers. He doesn’t really answer questions. He questions questions. […]
“Phil Ochs was like Lenny Bruce – he just totally uncensored himself. He wrote the songs nobody else would.” — Butch Hancock
In 1997, I was invited to a small birthday party for David Bowie at the English restaurant Tea & Sympathy in downtown Manhattan. At the […]
Leaving Eden tells the story of countless small towns across the South since the days of slavery.
It’s been said that falling in love with John Lennon was the worst career move that Yoko Ono could have made.
“It was difficult to get them to believe in me … I mean, Southern rock is by nature a very white, very male-dominated genre.”
A decade ago this year, Michael Jackson died. Two days after his death on June 25, 2009, I wrote the following tribute for The Charlotte […]
I wrote the following tribute to my mother, Joan Carlton Kemp, for a Charlotte, North Carolina, publication on February 18, 2018, the morning after she […]