June 17, 2008. Posted by Joshua Jackson.
Drummer and composer Brian Blade brings the Fellowship Band to the Village
Vanguard this week. We are presenting them live on WBGO and NPR Music,
tomorrow night at 9pm. Don't miss this.
It's never an easy interview when your guest is a quiet, introspective person.
But Brian and I share a passion for music made intently and intensely. I
suppose that's why I love listening to The Fellowship Band. Especially when
they play at the Village Vanguard.
Anyway, listen to Brian Blade talk about music. My favorite story? One night,
just before midnight, Brian biked through the French Quarter in New Orleans.
He absolutely had to buy a Blind Willie Johnson record before the store closed.
So Brian gets home, plays the music, and cannot go to bed. The bare sound
of Johnson and his guitar was haunting. One of many stories you'll find when
you listen to the interview here.
© 2008 WBGO
May 15, 2008. Posted by Joshua Jackson.
I wrote a Song of the Day feature for NPR. Brian Blade and the Fellowship
Band recently released Season of Changes, and I've been playing one song
over and over and over. And over. It's called "Return of the Prodigal Son."
Read about it, and listen to it here. Brian Blade and the Fellowship Band
are playing a week at the Village Vanguard starting June 17th. We will be
broadcasting the 9pm set on Wednesday, June 18th. Live. Stay tuned.
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