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j. poet

j. poet

A San Francisco-based journalist whose main interests include World Music, Native American Music and Americana (folk, blues, singer/songwriter, traditional country), i.e. American Roots Music, j poet has been writing for close to 30 years. He has interviewed and reviewed most of the biggest names in World and Roots Music, including Dolly Parton, Merle Haggard, David Byrne, Baaba Maal, Thomas Mapfumo and more. In 1978 he initiated the first nationally-distributed World Music column in the US, for Pulse! Magazine. He has been a contributing editor at Pulse, Native Peoples, Grammy.com, Rhythm and SF Gate, and has contributed regularly to E!online, Drum, Folk Roots, San Francisco Chronicle, New York Times Syndicate, Wired, Performing Songwriter, Boston Phoenix, Earwax, Gallery of Sound and Stereotype.

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¡Cubanismo!, Jesús Alemañy: ¡Cubanismo!: Jesús Alemañy goes beyond Buena Vista

Report and Interview by j. poet, Boston Phoenix, The, April 2000

IT'S BEEN EASY to get the impression over the past couple of years that Cuban music starts and ends with the Buena Vista Social Club. ...

Mose Allison: Mose And His Muse

Profile and Interview by j. poet, San Francisco Chronicle, October 2005

MOSE ALLISON can be summed up in two words – Mose Allison. ...

Tywanna Jo Baskette: A Profile

Profile and Interview by j. poet, Harp, October 2003

NASHVILLE-BASED Tywanna Jo Baskette lives the life she sings about. ...

Harry Belafonte Follows New Rhythm

Profile and Interview by j. poet, San Francisco Chronicle, September 1997

Singer makes his first CD in nine years ...

Can, Irmin Schmidt: Irmin Schmidt: Confusion and Collaboration

Report and Interview by j. poet, Stereotype, 1999

THIRTY YEARS AGO a classically trained keyboard player and composer named Irmin Schmidt turned his back on the world of classical music and founded Can, ...

Fairport Convention: Fairport Still On Course At 40

Interview by j. poet, San Francisco Chronicle, June 2006

FAIRPORT CONVENTION kicked the British folk revival into high gear in 1969 when they released Liege and Lief, their first album with Sandy Denny as ...

The Gun Club: Miami

Review by j. poet, Creem, February 1983

THE GUN CLUB plays for keeps. Their songs crackle like dry corpse skin turning to parchment under the caress of a rattlesnake belly. Jeffrey Lee ...

Merle Haggard Flies

Interview by j. poet, Stereotype, November 2000

MERLE HAGGARD IS The Okie From Muskogee, the Untamed Hawk, the Poet of the Working Man. He has a reputation for honestly speaking his mind, ...

Wayne Hancock’s Real Country Music

Interview by j. poet, Stereotype, September 2001

WAYNE HANCOCK'S NO-NONSENSE approach to hardcore honky tonk, Texas swing and cowboy blues has made him a cult hero to alt.country fans and his latest ...

The Handsome Family: Singing Bones (Carrot Top)

Review by j. poet, Harp, December 2003

THE HANDSOME FAMILY - the duo of Brett Sparks, composer, singer and instrumental jack of all trades and Rennie Sparks lyricist, harmony vocalist and plucker ...

Heaven 17: Heaven 17 (Arista)

Review by j. poet, Creem, May 1983

BACK IN 1980, after producing two terminally grim LPs that delighted morbid brooders worldwide, Human League split up trumpeting the usual clichés, vis-a-vis artistic differences ...

Judy Henske: One Hot Mama

Profile and Interview by j. poet, San Francisco Chronicle, July 2005

LEGEND HAS it that when Marty Balin went looking for a singer to fill out the lineup of the Jefferson Airplane, he told people he ...

Salif Keita: Rockin' With Soul Of Africa

Profile and Interview by j. poet, San Francisco Chronicle, August 2006

SALIF KEITA grins when he says: "I love rock'n'roll." It may seem like an unlikely sentiment since Keita's last two albums, this year's M'Bemba (Ancestor) ...

Baaba Maal: Going Home: Baaba Maal Returns To The Roots Of His Music

Profile and Interview by j. poet, SF Gate, August 2001

WHEN BAABA MAAL comes to the Fillmore on Saturday, August 11, Bay Area audiences will get to hear a voice that is one of the ...

Scott McCaughey, Young Fresh Fellows: Head Fellow: Scott McCaughey

Report and Interview by j. poet, Stereotype, 2001

IN THE EYES of many, Scott McCaughey, the front man of Seattle’s infamous musical wise guys, The Young Fresh Fellows, has finally got it made. ...

The Moody Blues: Never Reaching The End

Interview by j. poet, San Francisco Chronicle, November 2005

THE MOODY Blues are a rock'n'roll band. That statement may come as a shock to fans who grew up with the lushly orchestrated psychedelic pop ...

Gary Numan: Numan Finds His Way

Profile and Interview by j. poet, San Francisco Chronicle, August 2006

"IN AMERICA I'm still the classic one hit wonder," Gary Numan says philosophically, via phone from his home outside of London. ...

Dolly Parton

Interview by j. poet, Stereotype, 2000

THE MUSIC BUSINESS IS FULL OF ironies and insane contradictions, and Dolly Parton – a savvy businesswoman as well as an all-round entertainer – is ...

The Persuasions: Perpetual Harmony

Profile and Interview by j. poet, San Francisco Chronicle, May 2006

"THE PERSUASIONS! Aren't you that old do-wop group?" ...

Pet Shop Boys: The Pet Shop Boys: Pet Peeves

Interview by j. poet, San Francisco Chronicle, November 2006

THE PET SHOP Boys – singer/lyricist Neil Tennant and keyboard player/composer Chris Lowe – are renowned for their intelligent songwriting. ...

Rodriguez: Coming in From the Cold

Retrospective and Interview by j. poet, Alarm, July 2008

RODRIGUEZ IS ON STAGE in a bar called The Sewer by the Sea. The club is filled with smoke, thick almost blinding smoke, as dense ...

P. F. Sloan: PF Sloan: Rising from 'Destruction'

Profile and Interview by j. poet, San Francisco Chronicle, September 2006

"PF SLOAN was born sometime between midnight and dawn on an inspired evening in 1964," PF Sloan says, from his small Los Angeles apartment. That ...

The Stranglers: Stranglers: Visas Revoked!

Live Review by j. poet, Creem, November 1978

HUGH CORNWELL and Jean Jacques Burnel, guitarist and bassist for the Stranglers, recently made headlines in Britain by beating the shit out of a critic ...

Martha Wainwright: Martha's Extending The Musical Family

Profile and Interview by j. poet, San Francisco Chronicle, October 2005

MARTHA WAINWRIGHT has a pedigree that could be daunting. She's the daughter of Loudon Wainwright III and Kate McGarrigle (of the McGarrigle Sisters), sister of ...

Rufus Wainwright: The Rueful Master Wainwright

Interview by j. poet, Stereotype, 2001

"A LOT OF SONGWRITING is revenge," Rufus Wainwright quipped, from his New York City hotel room. ...

Jesse Winchester: Taking Another Shot

Profile and Interview by j. poet, San Francisco Chronicle, January 2001

Eclectic singer-songwriter Jesse Winchester cuts his first new album in 11 years ...

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