Back in the 90's, The Squirrel Nut Zippers helped create a new wave of swing-inspired, New Orleans magic onto the national airwaves, in the meantime going platinum as they sold millions of albums. After releasing Beasts of Burgundy, their first album in 17 years, the Zippers aren't just back - they're bigger and better than ever. I talk with Jimbo Mathus as the band prepares to kickoff their Holiday Caravan tour in Plattsburgh's Strand Center Theatre this week.
Riding high on the success of Middle of the Road and Bookends, Eric Gales' return to the blues rock scene has electrified the world of electric guitar. While he's been one of the most versatile and intuitive guitarists his entire life, several legal hurdles put his career on hold for a time, With his subsequent sobriety, Gales talks about how he's playing better than ever now - this time with nothing left to slow him down.