In a break with the regular show format, I’m bringing you a great conversation with legendary guitarist and bandleader Jimmy Vivino, backstage at the Conan, where he leads the Basic Cable Band. We taped this after our podcast on the classic ‘Super Session’ album (you can find that conversation here).
We talk about the origins and evolution of the Max Weinberg Seven (while Springsteen’s E Street Band were on hiatus) and its transformation into the Basic Cable Band, how he’s helped fellow “music head” Conan O’Brien develop as a guitarist during their 23 years of friendship, if he and Conan ever compete for rare guitars, how he looks back on the tumultuous split with NBC and how it reflects the changes in the music business.
We also chat about country music’s transformation into ‘AOR Rock’ and his concerns about the future of rock’n’roll, Jimmy tells a great Bill Monroe story from via Sam Bush, we discuss why music fans won’t let artists evolve, and why acoustic guitar legend Tommy Emmanuel makes him want to get a job at Starbucks.
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My Favorite Album is a podcast on the impact great music has on our lives. Each episode features a guest on their favorite album of all time - why they love it, their history with the album and how it's influenced them.
Jeremy Dylan is a filmmaker, journalist, concert promoter and photographer. He directed the the feature music documentary Jim Lauderdale: The King of Broken Hearts (out now!) and the film Benjamin Sniddlegrass and the Cauldron of Penguins.
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