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November 4, 2013

MUSIC NOTES: Interview 'bucket list' is wide and varied

Tonawanda News — At various times I have had bucket lists of artists that I really want to see in concert, and after recently interviewing one of my guitar heroes — Dave Davies of the Kinks — I realized that I have formulated an interview bucket list as well. Maybe I will be fortunate enough to have one of their publicists or the artist themselves read this and I can check a few off.

These are in no particular order:

My first artist is Jennifer Nettles of Sugarland. In 2008 I bought tickets for my wife to see Sugarland in Rochester. Honestly, I was hoping she would take a friend because the name Sugarland just didn’t seem like the type of band I would be interested in seeing. Boy, was I wrong!

Since 2008 I have seen the group eight times and purchased all of their albums. They are just one of the best live acts around. Nettles has a new solo album coming out and I have put in a few requests, but no luck so far.

The next one is Paul McCartney. I have attended two Ringo Starr press conferences, at the first one the person directly in front of me got to ask the last question, but the second time I was able to ask a question and that was pretty darn cool. I have been a longtime fan of The Beatles, and I am sure internally I would be like Chris Farley if I ever interviewed Paul, but I would have a lot of good questions for him. I have never even attempted to request an interview with him, the closest I have come is an interview with his official biographer.

Next is Linda Ronstadt. If you read this column regularly, you may have seen the piece I wrote about Linda Ronstadt a few weeks back. I am reading her book right now and it would be very cool to talk with her. I requested an interview but was given a book instead.

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