Sitting With Gianluca: From country-bluegrass-blues to CBGBs

by Gianluca Tramontana · · ·

Music journalist Gianluca Tramontana presents a "roots and shoots" interview show which - through music and conversation - explores genres that some way or other lead back to country-bluegrass-blues. You can listen live on ResonanceFM 104.4, Wed. at 10PM

Vincenzo is a multi instrumentalist who plays roots music from his native Sicily. He is especially knowledgable but without a whiff of academia to him. We cover the super-natural and mystical side of roots music and how many early musicians were almost like shamans. Among the instruments he plays in …
Sitting With Maga Bo April 20, 2013
If you think there is a huge cultural gab between electronica and traditional roots music then think again Maga Bo, Seattle-born dj, producer and percussionist plays a genre mishmash of world roots music and electronica on his laptop - and he pulls it off! “The laptop is the most universal …
Blues guitar player Sue Foley and songwriter Peter Karp strike quite a contrast. Peter’s gruff, from northern New Jersey by way of Alabama and sings with a raspy baritone. While Sue is slight, her voice and demeanor almost delicate until, that is, she fires up her telecaster guitar and lets …
Rising star Justin Townes Earle has just released his third CD ‘Harlem River Blues’ to 5 star reviews across the board. Fresh out of rehab, we met just before Christmas to sit down for some conversation and some music. If you want to hear more about this remarkable songwriter, dip …
Guy Clark is the songwriter every songwriter aspires to be compared to. I caught up with Guy in his hotel room in New York where, fortunately he had a guitar handy. Guy’s been on the show before so if you want to find out more about how this masterful songwriter …
Chris Smither has been singing his songs with his acoustic guitar and syncopated foot taps for the last forty years. He came to prominence as part of the Boston Massachusets folk scene of the sixties. I caught up with him just after a sound check in New York City where …
Since leaving the rodeo circuit, former bull rider Ryan Bingham has been touring almost constantly with his band The Dead Horses. They have just released their second CD on a major label produced by Marc Ford formerly of the Black Crowes. Ryan takes some time out to sit and talk …
If you think the banjo is played by hairy old men in the woods, then have yet to hear the jazz banjo of Alison Brown. Alison came to prominence in the late 80s as a member of Alison Krauss and Union Station. After leaving the band, she played with Michelle …
Whatever genre Robbie Fulks is writing in, his lyrical dexterity lets him cut and thrust with razor-sharp wit and sardonic humor. Robbie is accompanied by fiddle player Jenny Scheinman
William E Whitmore has just released his fourth CD, Animals In The Dark. His first release on a major label still has those parched weather beaten songs sung from somewhere in the center of the earth. He sits with Gianluca and talks music, and plays a couple of songs.
Scottish identical twins The Proclaimers have a brand new CD out. They talk to Gianluca about songwriting and some of their songs including their two huge hits (Im Gonna to be) 500 Miles and Sunshine On Leith.
Guy Clark is a giant among songwriters. In the early seventies he was at the vanguard of a gritty, progressive and highly influential style of songwriting. The songs are simple, direct and as vivid as three minute movies whos characters are often on the on the margins and face life …
Ninety-four year-old blues legend Honeyboy Edwards spent close to thirty years as a hobo and gambler. Gianluca visits Honeyboy at home to listen to stories about riding boxcars through the deep South and hustling with loaded dice.
James Yancey Jones otherwise known as Tail Dragger - one of the last of the classic Chicago bluesmen who learned their craft directly from the originators of that gritty, urban post-war style. The name Tail Dragger not only comes from a Howling Wolf song, it was given to him by …
JD Souther was part of the seventies LA music come that included Jackson Browne, Linda Ronstandt and Little Feat and has been called the architect of the Southern California sound. Since his last album almost twenty-five years ago, he moved to Nashville and has concentrated on writing. Then out of …
In their thirty year history, the UK punk band the Mekons have genre-hopped from punk to country and many points in between. Their most recent CD is an unplugged affair. I went over to the home of drummer Steve Goulding to meet the band for an afternoon of music and …
Louisiana Red was born to sing the blues. As a boy after his mother died and his father was murdered by the Ku Klux Klan he left Mississippi for Pittsburg. He then moved to Chicago where he first recorded for Chess Records in 1949 and was mentored by Muddy Waters. …
Susan Cowsill started her professional career when she was seven, as a member of the Cowsills the real-life family band that inspired that seventies TV band the Partridge Family. She has also been in the alt.country supergroup the Continetal Drifters and has recently started releasing solo projects. We are in …
Formerly of contemporary bluegrass supergroup Chesapeake, this mandolin and guitar duo are have been playing in bands together for over twenty years AND it shows. They read each other like a book and clearly take great delight in playing together. They've just released their first recording as a duo called …
Often referred to as Italy's Ani DiFranco because of her aggressive guitar playing and kinetic performances, Consoli has achieved critical and commercial acclaim by wrapping catchy pop melodies around her literary and poetic narratives. On her latest CD Eva Contro Eva, All About Eve Consoli re- discovers her Sicilian roots. …