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Jill Sobuile

Jill Sobule

by David A. Kulczyk
June 2006

After a series of near failures with the record industry, Jill Sobule scored with the heavily played tongue-in-cheek MTV hit “I Kissed a Girl,” and followed up with “Supermodel,” which appeared on the Clueless soundtrack. Her first album was produced by Todd Rundgren, and she recently played lead guitar in Lloyd Cole’s band. The Denver-born singer/songwriter/guitarist has penned songs about such diverse subjects as the death penalty, anorexia, shoplifting, reproduction, the French resistance movement, adolescence and the Christian right, but a lot of her songs are about love. Sobule’s music secretes an aura of love, so instead of asking my heartthrob a bunch of questions that she has probably been asked a hundred times before, I asked her to ask herself the five questions that she has never been asked in an interview, that she always wanted to be asked, then answer them…


bassist Kasim Sulton

Kasim Sulton

by David A. Kulczyk
August 2001

Kasim Sulton has had quite a career.  He’s played bass with Todd Rundgren (both solo and with Utopia) for over a decade, recorded on Meatloaf’s “Bat Out of Hell” and on the critically acclaimed 1976 album release by Steve Hillage “L”, which is a favorite with English ravers 25 years after it’s release. A multi-instrumentalist, Sulton has also recorded or performed with The Tom Robinson Band, Rick Derringer, Frankie Eldorado, Shaun Cassidy, Joan Jett, Patti Smith, Akiko Yano, The Ricky Byrd Trio,  Blue Oyster Cult, Jackie DeShannon, Eileen Ivers, Celine Dion, The Indigo Girls, Steve Stevens, Mick Jagger, Jim Steinman and Daryl Hall and John Oates. To make a long discography short, Sulton has played on 102 albums. 

Kasim also has 3 Solo albums, “Kasim,” “The Bassment Tapes” and “Lights On” with Thommy Price. I interviewed Kasim on July 30th, 2001.

Maximum Ink: How did you start playing music?
Kasim Sulton: Staten Island, NY…. first band was Kastle. My fate was decided when I saw the Beatles on Ed Sullivan in 1964.


AtwoodFest 2014 - photo by Dan Schneiderman

Late Summer Festival Preview 2014

by Dave Leucinger
July 2014

Even if you didn’t get Lollapalooza tickets and are feeling left out, the next month is dense with great festivals that feature roots, blues, and more:


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classic Blue Cheer - photo by Herb Greene

Leigh Stephens

An interview with solo artist and guitarist from classic metal band Blue Cheer
by Tina Hall
September 2010

Leigh Stephens rose to fame as co-founder and lead guitarist of the psychedelic rock band Blue Cheer. He has also been called one of “The Top 100 Guitarist of All Time” by Rolling Stone. Aside from working as a musician he also works as a producer, illustrator, photographor, special effects, and is a senior digital media artist.

Maximum Ink: Who were some of the artists who have influenced your playing style?
Leigh Stephens: The early surf guys Dick Dale, The Ventures, Duane Eddy. Then Jeff Beck of course And Clapton as well as Hendrix.

MI: When did you first know you wanted to be a musician? Why do you love music as much as you do?
LS: I was an artist first. Then came music. Music is instant gratification. You can hear it now and if it works you know it right away.


Lou Shields

Lou Shields

An interview with Americana original, Lou Shields
by Mike Huberty
February 2017

Old-school Americana artist Lou Shields is a recent Wisconsin transplant who has been touring the world for years. Originally from Chicago, Lou recreates the sound of an era before Modern Pop and Rock n’ Roll. While originally influenced by modern artists from MISFITS to MY BLOODY VALENTINE, he’s taken up the mantle of a style that predates Billboard and American Bandstand, before superstars and music moguls. It’s the tradition of the traveling troubadour singing for his supper. While growing up in Chicago and spending much of his adult life on the road, he’s recently relocated to a cabin on a homestead in rural Wisconsin’s Driftless Region. His latest release, Bad Ax County comes out this month and people can pick up a copy for themselves at The Crystal Corner on February 18th or The Woodshed Ale House in Sauk City on February 26th.


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Michael Schenker

Michael Schenker

The Michael Schenker Fest is a "Resurrection" of all things Schenker!
by Sal Serio
March 2018

German guitarist Michael Schenker made a name for himself in the 70’s by playing on classic rock recordings by UFO and The Scorpions, before branching out on his own with the Michael Schenker Group. Schenker’s latest project is the Michael Schenker Fest, which features 3 vocalists from the classic 80’s line-up of MSG (Gary Barden, Robin McAuley, Graham Bonnet), as well as singer Doogie White, who performed with Schenker in the group Temple Of Rock. Also present will be the MSG rhythm section of Chris Glen and Ted McKenna. The Michael Schenker Fest comes to the Concord Music Hall in Chicago on March 17, and the Pabst Theater in Milwaukee on March 18.


MIchael Schenker

Michael Schenker Group

by Mike Huberty
July 2010

On tour now to celebrate the thirtieth(!) anniversary of his self-named group, German guitar wizard Michael Schenker has been shredding since first joining his older brother, Rudolf’s band, The Scorpions, in 1970. In the middle of that decade, British band UFO snapped him up and they went on to record a new wave of British Heavy Metal classics like “Lights Out” and “Too Hot To Handle”. With his signature Flying V guitar, Teutonic presence, and unique playing style, he took the band to the next level of popularity around the world despite the language gap between him and his English-speaking bandmates. After leaving the band, he struck out on his own to form MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP (better known as MSG and Schenker is known for being no stranger to “preservatives” himself) in 1980 and released hard rock anthems like “Armed and Ready” and “Gimme Your Love”. Throughout the 90’s and Aughts, Schenker reunited with UFO and continued MSG in various forms, revolving the door to bring musicians in. Currently, this tour brings him back together with original MSG vocalist Gary Barden as well as the guy who literally wrote the book on rock drumming (1972’s Realistic Rock Drum Method), Carmen Appice, who’s played with everyone from Ozzy to Rod Stewart, Vanilla Fudge to Jeff Beck.


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