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Col. Bruce Hampton Discusses Upcoming Star-Studded 70th Birthday Blowout In New Podcast Episode

The latest episode of Live For Live Music Presents: Inside Out with Turner and Seth should appeal to a wide variety of cerebral music fans. In this week’s episode hosts Rob Turner and Seth Weiner conduct interviews with members of Moon Taxi as well as Lotus drummer Mike Greenfield. In addition to all that, the new episode features conversations with the one and only Col. Bruce Hampton, who will celebrate his 70th birthday with Hampton 70–his star-studded Atlanta blowout on May 1st–and Matt Wilson, the man with the plan who put together the sold-out event.

You can listen to the new episode of Live For Live Music Presents: Inside Out with Turner and Seth below:

The show begins with Wilson, who explains how a conversation with Duane Trucks at last year’s Candler Park Festival in Atlanta turned out to be the genesis of this historic Fox Theater event. Wilson also announces the exciting addition of Hampton’s Aquarium Rescue Unit bandmate Jeff “Apt. Q258” Sipe to the Hampton 70 lineup, which includes members of the Rolling Stones, Widespread Panic, Phish and the Allman Brothers Band, as well as musicians accomplished in their fields outside of music, like A-list actor/director Billy Bob Thornton and future Hall of Fame pitcher/Major League Deadhead Jake Peavy.

Next, the Moon Taxi family graciously welcomes Seth and Rob onto their bus to explain how they got their shit together to self-release their debut CD while at Nashville’s Belmont University. “We recorded at a studio owned by some Belmont kids,” says front man Trevor Terndrup. “That’s why we got the ‘bro deal,’ goin’ in there. And we were all still in class.” The band talks extensively about songwriting, particularly on their song “Morocco,” and how their approach to writing songs as a band reflects the various styles of writers they have in their fold. They also discuss setlist strategies, “man-buns,” recording on vinyl, fan vocals, preparing for and performing full sets of Rage Against The Machine music, songwriting (particularly regarding “Morocco”) and having the opportunity to perform on the Late Show with David Letterman just weeks before Letterman retired. They also talk about how one of their original compositions led to them to sharing a stage with Derek Trucks at Bonnaroo, which in turn became one of the early highlights in the band’s career.

The Derek Trucks theme continues as Colonel Bruce joins the show and says of Trucks, “I’ve never heard anybody with more tone on any instrument including Pavarotti, Horowitz or Mstislav Rostropovich.” While Colonel admits that while he initially was not thrilled with having a large concert in his own honor, he is glad to have been talked into it. When asked if he feels he will be embarrassed all night at this event, he exuberantly responds, “I live in the theater of embarrassment.” How songs will be selected at this one-time event, who the musical directors will be, and how The Colonel plans on handling the fact that everyone will want to play with him, are all on the table during these two segments with The Colonel. He also takes us back to the days of the Fillmore East with stories involving Frank Zappa, Jimi Hendrix, and others.

In between segments with The Colonel, InsideOut WTNS shares a December interview with Mike Greenfield of Lotus, who walks listeners through the differences between gigging in the Dominican Republic and gigging in Japan, chats about Lotus’ new approach to marketing, and explains how their latest album (and first release to feature vocals), Eat The Light, represents a new chapter for the band. He also reflects on the unique experience of playing drums in Lotus: “Everyone (in Lotus) has a place…..and it comes together in this one sound. And you can’t do anything more. It’s cool.” Greenfield continues, “If they are paying attention to the guitar players, I feel like I’m doing my job. Because drums are a foundational instrument….especially in a band like this, it’s not my job to shine….if we’re doing one of the vocal songs, it’s my job to support the vocalist, if (guitarist, Mike) Rempel is soloing, it’s my job to make him sound better.” Greenfield also elaborates on playing with members of the Disco Biscuits in Electron, the trickiest things about joining an established band such as Lotus, and about how he found a way to be with his wife for their birth of their daughter while Lotus was out on tour.

Live For Live Music Presents: The Inside Out With Turner And Seth podcast is slowly but surely earning a reputation for delivering some of the most unique and in-depth music interviews in cyber-land. The program serves up behind-the-scenes “industry” perspectives with journalistic points of view and fan input to thoroughly tackle the vast world of organic music–with some laughs mixed in for good measure.

**For more Inside Out With Turner And Seth episodes, head to their SoundCloud or their page on iTunes. You can also email the Podcast here, and submit feedback which may be incorporated into future episodes!**