My Midnight With Zappa

“I don’t give a shit about the Doobie Brothers. You want to see Frank or not?” Marty replied. I was shaking on the other end of the phone—I had dropped The Doobies name and failed to impress Marty Perellis, Frank Zappa’s road manager, with my interview schedule for that week, “Definitely . . . I didn’t […]

Charlie Daniels: Martyr to Music

A fickle finger of fate that Charlie Daniels is a 2016 Country Music Hall of Fame inductee. The first time I interviewed Charlie he was sipping whiskey and smoking in a trailer behind the stage at an outdoor festival from Hell. Hard rain fell and arcs of electricity popped off a guitar during the set of […]

The Dream Weaver

This guy made me miss my interview with Hall & Oates. Kept me waiting in his hotel room. Really pissed me off. The thing was he had this monster album out at the time—The Dream Weaver—and every song was great. So I waited. By the time he showed up I had a real attitude. He turned […]