“When I get up on stage and sing the words “I’m a superhero” I keep on fighting. I’m ready to take on the World and whatever comes my way”– sleevenotes ‘Superhero’ 2009
In January 2008 Candye Kane recorded a concert in Bonn for RUF records and I interviewed her for the local (now defunct) website ‘Bonn English Network’. I still remember her sitting on the big leather sofa backstage at the Harmonie next to a colleague, Manfred Schmitt, who seemed dwarfed by her. Back then Candye was a big woman and proud of it. Drummer Denis Palatin dropped in with a bottle of Jack Daniels, Deborah Coleman put her head round the door but closed it again – when Candye was in a room she ‘owned’ it. Not by demand but by sheer presence. Up and coming Brit Bluesgirl Dani Wilde was also there on probably her first major European tour and Candye, always smiling, happily posed for pictures.
A month after the interview Candye was first diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer. The eight years between this diagnosis and her death this week were hard ones but the interview she gave me shows the years before were pretty hard ones too. That Candye Kane will be remembered by so many for not just her music but her smile and her kick-ass attitude to life and what it throws at you is the measure of her talents – as both a very special singer and a very special human-being.
I hope you enjoy my interview with Blues Superhero Candye Kane.
Don’t believe the angelic smiles – these girls had my interview firmly under control!
Despite it being Valentines Day 3songsbonn was hard at work for you, dear readers. Shut away, shortly before concert begin, in a back-room at Bonn Harmonie with only three pretty girls and a microphone for company. The occasion was a chance to interview the ‘Blue Sisters’ as this years RUF Blues Caravan calls itself. Last year the tour featured three ladies with guitars. This year the instrument of choice is a voice – or three to be precise.
Three singers and only one microphone? As it turned out Tasha Taylor, Ina Forsmann and Layla Zoe were all in perfect harmony both on and off stage. Of course it’s very early days on this years RUF Records Blues Caravan and these are three ladies with their own unique styles and expectancy from what the coming months will bring as my interview reveals…
If you turn around at one of the Jazztube concerts on Bonn’s stations the chances are there will be a man wearing glasses and a concerned expression behind you. Thomas Kimmerle is the man behind JazzTube itself in fact, and I managed to squeeze a few minutes out of his busy day to ask where the idea came from and naturally as soon as the topic was jazz – time and questions flew by…
Not so long ago a rather excellent Folk oriented CD arrived on my music player called ‘Wild Skies’. Not surpisingly, when the creator of said CD was announced as a special guest at Bonn Folk Club I packed my camera, notebook and microphone and headed down to Graurheindorf. Here is the resultant interview with Cable Car recording Artist and Blues/not-Blues singer Linda Sutti.
Things seem to have been quiet for Dani Wilde since her 2012 release ‘Juice me up’ on RUF Records. In fact, Dani has been pretty busy touring, writing, and making sizeable dents in the Country music charts. Things seem to all be coming together right now for the belle from Brighton, and with the release this week of her new CD on Bri-Tone ‘Songs About You’ and a concert scheduled for Cologne’s Yardclub (28 April) this seems to be a good time to catch up with whats happened since my previous interview in 2012.
Prepare for tales of growing up, falling in love, out of love, and growing old. Like I say, it’s been a busy last couple of years for Dani Wilde…
Thomas Ruf was kind enough to arrange a few minutes before the recent Blues Caravan show for me to interview this years ‘Girls With Guitars’ stars.
So imagine if you will getting a few minutes alone with three pretty, young and talented ladies. Yep, sometimes life isn’t so hard. Join me now at the table with Heather Crosse, Sadie Johnson and Eliana Cargnelutti in a spotlessly clean dressing room for a coffee and a chat.
His life reads like a who’s who of Blues: Muddy Waters, Howlin Wolf, Alexis Korner, Lonnie Donegan, Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page are just some of the men that Chris Barber has helped on their individual ladders to stardom. in an exclusive 3songsbonn interview before his appearance at the Stadthalle in Bad Godesberg on Saturday (10 Jan) the legendary British Jazz pioneer told John Harrison about both the joys and the struggles as Blues and Jazz set off to conquer the UK and Europe for the first time in the 1950’s and 60’s.
From the Knuckleheads Saloon in Kansas to the Harmonie Bar in Bonn. Samantha Fish has come a long way in a short time. Before her recent Bonn show with Mike Zito she supplied some tips for keeping sane on the road, along with news on the next disc she’s working on. Call it Blues? Best call it the next Samantha Fish disc – categories are for music shops – not for music fans. 3SongsBonn had a few minutes to talk with the blonde bombshell from Kansas.