I have listened to Har Mar Superstar’s latest record, Bye Bye 17, pretty much nonstop since I bought it back in March of this year. I bought it the day after seeing one of his shows at SXSW. Since then, any time I talk to anyone about great records of the last year, I make sure to tell them that it is at the top of my list. This interview is easily one of my favorites that we have done and I hope you all enjoy it.[audio https://whatbringsustogether.files.wordpress.com/2014/08/episode-59-har-mar-superstar-final-edit.mp3%5D
Mike Mattison is one cool motherfucker. He’s a singer in the Tedeschi/Trucks Band, a founding member of Scrapomatic; one of the most eclectic blues, rock, roots based bands that you have ever heard, former writer and vice-president of the Harvard Lampoon, and an all around force to be reckoned with. He’s also got a solo album coming out soon and you are going to want to own it. Mike and I met about a year and a half ago and every time I see him, I love engaging him in conversation because he is incredibly witty, knowledgeable and just great to talk to. We got a chance to sit down recently when the Tedeschi/Trucks Band was playing with the Black Crowes at Jones Beach Amphitheater on Long Island. Check it out!https://whatbringsustogether.files.wordpress.com/2013/08/wbut-episode-29-mike-mattison.mp3%5D
A good friend of mine turned me onto Frankie Miller about seven years ago. I was beginning to get into R&B and Soul music and I was thirsty for things that I was unfamiliar with. My friend John, himself a record producer, gave me a copy of Frankie Miller’s “High Life”. He had done some work with Frankie Miller years back and was always bothered that he didn’t become a bigger star in America. He has had records produced by megaproducers like Jack Douglas (John Lennon, Cheap Trick, Aerosmith), sung duets with Phil Lynott of Thin Lizzy, and his influence can easily be heard in the voices of Bob Seeger and Bruce Springsteen. He just never took off in America.
When I first heard his voice on Allen Toussaint’s “Brickyard Blues”, I thought he was a black man. His voice does not sound like a gringo from Scotland, or at least what I think a gringo from Scotland SHOULD sound like. Its raspy, soulful and beautiful.
I hadnt thought about Frankie Miller in a while but last night I was talking about funk and soul music with a lady at a taco stand. I love trying to get people into little undiscovered gems like Dyke and the Blazers and Frankie Miller. I mentioned the former to her, and forgot to mention Mr. Miller. What are the odds that she reads this?? One can only hope.