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Blog entries by Jess Grant
Jess GrantJess is a music journalist based just outside of London, England. She started writing record reviews for her local newspaper at age 15, and has written for numerous arts publications, both online and in print. A fully fledged guitar geek, Jess plays music when she's not writing about it.
Larry John McNallyA top-tier songwriter, the Eagles, Bonnie Raitt, Rod Stewart and Chaka Khan have all recorded the songs of Larry John McNally. As he explains, it's all about translating the human experience. Jeff BerlinMeet the man Geddy Lee called "the greatest bass player on the planet," which no doubt explains why Rush, Yes and Frank Zappa have all collaborated with him. The Real Nick DrakeThe head of Drake's estate shares his insights on the late folk singer's life and music. John Wheeler of Hayseed DixieHayseed Dixie's front man, John Wheeler, hangs up his dungarees to tackle politics on his debut solo album, Un-American Gothic. Wheeler talks Barack Obama, Bob Dylan and not being the next Billy Bragg. Peter LordYou may not recognize his name, but you will certainly recognize Peter Lord's songs. He wrote the bevy of hits from Paula Abdul's second album, Spellbound. Gordon BaharyGordon was 15 when extreme persistence got him into Stevie Wonder's Songs in the Key of Life sessions. He would later teach Wonder how to work a synthesizer. Chad Urmston of DispatchChad tells the tales behind the band's first studio album in 12 years, Circles Around the Sun, and just why "The General" is more relevant now than it ever was.