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Demetrius Wainwright of Natty Nation

46th Annual Harvest Fest

A Preview of Madison's 46th Annual Midwest Marijuana Harvest Festival
by Mike Huberty
September 2016

The first time I attended Harvest Fest was during my Freshman year of college at UW-Madison. I was walking down State Street when I noticed way more hippies and much more marijuana smell in the air than usual. In 1995 and my first year of living in Madison, hippies and open pot smoking was still kind of a novelty for me, so I figured it was some kind of holiday. People were marching down State Street just toking in the streets while police watched. I had to ask one of the passersby what the Hell was going on, did I walk into some kind of universe where the Drug War never existed?

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Ari Herstand

Ari Herstand

Minneapolis songwriter from Madison
by Mike Huberty
August 2010

A Madison native that’s now based in Minneapolis, musician and songwriter, ARI HERSTAND, has been making his musical name touring on a remarkable solo live show that mixes the classic singer-songwriter elements of guitar and voice, that is infused with trumpets, live looping, and orchestration. His latest project is not only performing, but also conducting seminars in high schools where he discusses musical careers with students. To him, music education in school was key in creating his artistic identity and he wants to get that message across to the next generation.

He picked up the guitar for the same reason most guys do. “I’ve been playing the piano for as long as I can remember and I picked up the trumpet in the 5th grade for band class.”, Ari says. “The summer before my freshman year of college I was sitting around a living room with a few friends and my friend Danny came into the room with his guitar and played the room a song. When he finished, he set the guitar down and left the room. Two girls looked at each other - one of them my girlfriend at the time - and they said ‘guys who play guitar are so hot.’ And here we are.”

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Bart Harris

The Bart Harris

An interview with bassist/guitarist/singer Bart Harris of Bret Michaels Band
by Tina Ayres
January 2015

Bart Harris is the singer/guitarist for the band JunkFood which features Dan Anderson (Lead Guitar) and Van Swanson (Bass). He can also be found providing the bass for the Bret Michaels Band alongside Pete Evick (Lead Guitar), Mike Bailey (Drums), and Rob Jozwiak (Keyboard). Bart endorses Aurora strings. It was a pleasure to sit down with him and find out a little more about the man who helps bring the music.

Maximum Ink: Where are you from? What was it like growing up there?
Bart Harris: I was born and raised in Northern Virginia. I have a lot of family here and my family owns a business as well (Shannon Auto Sales). It used to be a small town where pretty much everybody knew everyone. It’s a little different now but it’s still home to me.

MI: Do you remember what the moment was like when you first discovered the power of music?
BH: I’m not sure if this is the single moment but my parents took me to see the Bee Gees live when I was about 6 or 7. I’d never been inside of an arena and I was overwhelmed by the energy. Then they had pyro which just completely sent me over the top. From that moment live music has had an effect on me.

MI: What was your very first favorite song?
BH: I’m not sure I can accurately answer that but I’m sure it was Elvis or the Beatles. In my house you either loved them or you found a new place to live. I also remember I Love Rock n Roll having a pretty big impact on me.

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Carl Harvey

The Carl Harvey

An interview with Toots & the Maytals guitarist and solo artist, Carl Harvey
by Tina Hall
February 2011

Carl Harvey has been playing the guitar since the age of 13. Although he has worked with bands like Crack of Dawn, Aggrovators, and Willi William, he is best known from his work in Toots and the Maytals, where he has worked for well over 25 years. He has also worked as a record producer, producing four albums for Messenjah (two of which gained Juno Award nominations). He also produced a recording from Juno-winning artist Kim Richardson and Sway. Harvey has won an Grammy for his work with Toots and The Maytals for the Best Reggae Album of the Year in 2004 on the album True Love. He is also a solo artist with The Carl Harvey Project. His solo album The Times is available now.

Maximum Ink: What is it like in Jamaica? Do you remember what it was like to relocate from there to Toronto?
Carl Harvey:  I have mixed memories about my life as a child in Jamaica. Some are happy and some very sad. My parents immigrated to the U.S. when I was very young and then to Canada. I went to join them in Toronto when I was 12 yrs old. Integrating into a whole new environment and being reunited with my parents along with my younger brother was a bit tough at first. I had to deal with a whole new social dynamic. I arrived in Toronto a day or two before having to go to a new school in a new country. It was scary and exciting at the same time.

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Corey Hart

Corey Hart

An interview with Corey Hart
by Hannah Becker
July 2014

With a mixture of folk, bluegrass, rock, and R&B, Corey Hart has a musical talent that is unique and memorable. Hart now lives in Madison with his family, but is originally from Milwaukee. At a young age, Hart knew music would be a big part in his life. After attending University of Wisconsin-Madison, Hart went on to Berklee School of Music for a short period of time but became too eager to pursue his music and left. Hart traveled, and with his experiences, he was able to write songs with vivid details and stories. 

Hart’s music is filled with energy, yet his vocals and use of banjos and fiddles give off a melodious vibe. His unique style won him Madison, WI Songwriter of the Year in 2007, which gave him recording time. Hart has so far recorded two albums: “Words Like Wildfire” released in May 2007 and a five-song EP “Winter Bones” released March 2011. He also lived in North Carolina and recorded “Wooden Houses” in July 2009 with musician Danny Johnson. His album “Winter Bones” earned him best male vocalist and best Folk/American album awards at 2012’s MAMAs. He was also nominated for best vocalist that year. Hart is still writing songs and performing across Wisconsin.

Maximum Ink: Who were some of your earliest influences?
Hart: Growing up in Milwaukee, I was a huge Willy Porter fan. I still am. I can’t wait to catch his show at the Shitty Barn this season. When I was really young, I remember my family listening to a lot of Paul Simon and James Taylor. The first concert that I ever attended was Paul Simon’s Rhythm of the Saints tour. That made a strong impression on me.

MI: What is your favorite part about recording an album?
Hart: I love the sense of focus and intensity it brings to the material. I enjoy figuring out arrangements and instrumentation. It’s also a lot of fun to make music in a space that is designed to make music sound good.

MI: With two MAMAs for “Winter Bones”, what do you think made this album so special?
Hart: I’m not sure that it was any more special than any of the other albums that came out that year, but I had a lot of fun making it. It was recorded very quickly, with most of the tracking done live. I think that gives the recordings a unique kind of energy. I was also lucky enough to have some really great players on that record.

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Dan Hicks & the Hot Licks in Maximum Ink in December 2007

Dan Hicks & the Hot Licks


by Brett Lemke
December 2007

Dan Hicks has been performing an eclectic mix of staccato, alt-jazz guitar over the brushed swagger of his swing band The Hot Licks for over 30 years. Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, Hicks has just released “Duets,” a download-only album featuring collaborations with Tom Waits, Bette Midler, Willie Nelson, and Rickie Lee Jones. Hicks spoke with Maximum Ink about the new incarnation of The Hot Licks, his first band The Charlatans, and working with filmmaker Ralph Bakshi.

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David 'Honeyboy' Edwards - photo by Dave Leucinger

David “Honeyboy” Edwards


by Dave Leucinger
November 2003

“I’ve got a good mind; I don’t forget nothing, you know?” That understated self-assessment by David “Honeyboy” Edwards is characteristic of the 88-year-old blues guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter. A native of Shaw, Mississippi, Edwards retains the purist links to seminal acoustic country blues. He’s witnessed or worked with virtually every blues musician of note since the late 1920s, from Delta legends Charley Patton, Tommy Johnson, and Robert Johnson to Chicago blues icons Little Walter, Sonny Boy Williamson #2 (Aleck “Rice” Miller), and the Myers Brothers (Louis and Dave). Beyond his eyewitness accounts, however, is the Edwards’ musical retention: subtle yet captivating in a manner that appears simple, but in reality belies awareness of musical intonation and interplay.

Music was a fundamental part of the rural southern culture in the early 20th century. “We had guitars, pianos, violins, mandolins; most of the string music,” he recalled. People used to give country dances on Saturday night, and the musicians would come out and play. Through the week they would sit around the house and learn how to play guitar, and what they could do with it.”

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