Galleries - As A Fan
When it comes to music, I am a fan first, musician second. Here are some bands and recording artists I've met over the years...
She's Johnny Cash's daughter and American music royalty, Roseanne was in town to promote her then-latest album, "Black Cadillac." Playing the main stage at Concordia University, she told stories about her famous father in between songs which gave the audience an intimate look into her unique family. I was actually a bit nervous about meeting her. This is the Man In Black's daughter, after all...
I've loved Shawn Colvin's music since hearing her debut album, "Steady On," in 1989. She's one of the few artists whose entire catalogue i own. She played an amazing show at Chicago's Park West Theatre, with a back-up band featuring guitarist, Buddy Miller, and I stayed the extra hour to meet her. She's as lovely in person as she is on her CD covers, and she was very encouraging when I told her I attempted to do "Diamonds in the Rough" at an open mic.
Mike Doughty is the former leader of the band Soul Coughing. I had only been aware of their radio hit "Circles," and I "discovered" Mike's music thru a music sampler in "Paste" magazine. This was one of those rare times I bought a CD on the strength of the one song I heard, and that CD, "Haughty Melodic," is still one of my favourites. I met him in 2005 when he came to the now-closed Borders Books and Music store in downtown Chicago to play a short set and sign autographs.
Calgary, Alberta, Canada's Jann Arden has been a favourite of mine since her 1992 CD, "Living Under June". Her songs are moody and dark, but she does a lot of stand-up comedy between songs. She came to Chicago as the opening act to fellow Canadian crooner, Michael Buble. The show sold out too quickly, but Jann did do a short, free performance and a fan meet-and-greet at a bookstore in town.
Toronto's Blue Rodeo is another of my most favourite bands. They straddle the line between rock, folk, and country. Of all the Canadian bands that have come thru Chicago, I've seen Blue Rodeo the most. They played a set at Chicago's Martyr's Pub in 2009, the same year "Broken Street" was released. I met them after the show and Jim Cuddy (pictured) wished me well on the CD, which included a cover of their hit, "Five Days In May."