Monday, July 09, 2007

Podcast: Col. Bruce Hampton (Ret.)

We talk with a master of musical mayhem

Col. Bruce Hampton (Ret.)

Col. Bruce Hampton (Ret.)



Col. Bruce Hampton says he's not good enough to be humble. Some of the musicians he's mentored are so good they don't have to be humble.

Think Derek Trucks, who Hampton has been hyping since the kid was 10, and was recently on the cover of Rolling Stone with John Mayer and John Frusciante — hailed as the greatest guitarists on the planet. Trucks has his own Derek Trucks Band on top of its game, and shares guitar duties with Warren Haynes in the Allman Brothers.

Or Oteil Burbridge, who makes jaws drop with his bass playing. Burbridge can be seen with the Allman Brothers, or with his own group, Oteil and the Peacemakers.

Take Jimmy Herring, now with Widespread Panic. Herring has also played with the Dead, Phil Lesh and Friends, and of course, the Allmans.

Jeff Sipe, drummer for Keller Williams, the Drew Emmitt Band and Susan Tedeschi, shared the stage with Hampton, Burbridge, Herring and others in Col. Bruce Hampton and the Aquarium Rescue Unit.

The ARU broke up years ago, but still reunites occasionally to blow minds. These days, though, Hampton is out with a new bunch of musical rowdies, the Quark Alliance.

We spent a bunch of time on the phone with Hampton last Friday (July 6, 2007), talking about all those musicians and more, plus other Hampton associates, such as Billy Bob Thornton, and Hampton's own inspirations, such as the Prophet Omega. We got so much information, it was best to make two podcasts — a short version for those of you who just can't handle so much info, and the full-on version, which includes more music and much more conversation. Take your pick. Then go see Col. Bruce Hampton and the Quark Alliance on Friday and Saturday at 202 Market, downtown Roanoke.

Music on these podcasts

Intro: "Planet Earth," from "Col. Bruce Hampton & the Aquarium Rescue Unit"

(on both versions) Quark Alliance: "Nicole"

(from the shorter 'cast) Col. Bruce Hampton and the Aquarium Rescue Unit: "Davy Crockett", and "Planet Earth" (outro)

(from the longer version) Col. Bruce Hampton and the Aquarium Rescue Unit: "Basically Frightened," "Davy Crockett" and "Planet Earth" (outro)

Host | Producer: Tad Dickens