Dafnis Prieto moved from his home country of Cuba to the Untied States in 1999. Since that time, he has been blazing a trail in the world of jazz music as a drummer, composer and bandleader. On episode 023, Jamie and Dafnis discuss his upbringing in Cuba, his move to the US, forming the Dafnis Prieto Big Band and their newest release, Back to the Sunset. Dafnis was recipient of the prestigous MacArthur Fellowship in 2011 and also teaches at the University of Miami. He is truly a masterful jazz drummer and bandleader and his advice and insights are an inspiration to all.
Michael Miley has been bringing the thunder with Rival Sons since 2005. Widely known for their work ethic, great albums and non-stop touring, Rival Sons have established themselves as one of the flag-bearers of Rock n' Roll in the 21st century. On episode 022, Jamie and Miley discuss their current tour in support of 2016's Hollow Bones record, the recording of the band's yet-to-be-titled upcoming album, Rival Sons' writing process and working and recording with Dave Cobb. Miley's playing has been widely compared to the legendary John Bonham and he shares a ton of great advice and tips during this interview.
On episode 021, Jamie catches up with legendary jazz drummer Jeff Williams from his home in England to discuss his 50-year career behind the kit. Jeff has played with jazz greats such as Stan Getz, Dave Liebman, Richie Beirach, and Lee Konitz among others. Jeff talks about his formative years as a player, studying with the great Alan Dawson and landing some of his early gigs. Jamie and Jeff also discuss his group's new album, Lifelike, that was recorded live in London highlighting Jeff's abilities as a drummer, composer and bandleader. Jeff also offers loads of fantastic advice and insights on "letting go of thought" while playing.
Chad Gamble grew up in the Muscle Shoals region of Alabama playing drums from an early age. He paid his dues in the Beale Street blues clubs of Memphis before forming The Gamble Brothers Band with his brother Al. After three albums and extensive touring with GBB, he was asked to do some fill-in shows with former Drive-By Truckers guitarist Jason Isbell who was establishing himself as a solo artist. Soon after, Chad was asked to join Jason's band full-time. This band would eventually become known as The 400 Unit. On episode 020, Chad talks with Jamie about his early years, joining forces with Jason and recording quite possibly several of the greatest Americana albums of all-time. Chad is a monster groove machine and one of the most down-to-earth, nice guys in the music business. His story provides inspiration and a message of persistence for all musicians.
Mike Fraser has been a recording professional since the late 1970's. He literally started as a janitor at Little Mountain Sound Studios in Vancouver. He quickly moved his way up to assistant engineer helping a young Bob Rock with punk demos and the late Bruce Fairbairn on his sessions. Mike caught a lucky break when Bob Rock had to leave the studio for a tour and found himself in the engineer's chair on Aerosmith's comeback album "Permanent Vacation". Then, almost by accident, he ended up providing the final mixes on that great record as well. On episode 019, Jamie and Mike talk about his legendary career as an engineer and mixer recounting some of the great albums he has shaped sonically. A short list of credits include Aerosmith, Whitesnake, The Cult, Blue Murder, AC/DC, Coverdale/Page, Metallica, Blackberry Smoke, and The Wild. If you've ever wondered what it's like to be in the room when your favorite artist records a timeless album, this episode is for you.