By Paul Freeman [June 2012 Interview] popcultureclassics – excerpt

For Mill Valley, California-based vocal great Lisa Kindred, the appeal of the blues was simple. “The songs just always touched me,” she says.

As a child in Buffalo, New York, Kindred’s musical fire was ignited by a local disc jockey known as The Hound Dog…

It was a very small village. All these places, you could go in, play three songs and pass the tip jar. First time I made a dollar, I thought I was going to fall over. I thought I was the richest person I’d ever met. It was exciting. You got to meet everybody who came through.”

Dave Van Ronk and Fred Neil were mentor figures to her. “Dave Van Ronk was the kindest person in the universe, as far as I was concerned. He was wonderful. He looked at me and said, ‘Kid, don’t sing a song, if you don’t like it, no matter how much they pay you.’

Fred Neil, there was a place called the Fat Black Pussycat and you could sit in the corner and play guitar and sing – as long as you didn’t interrupt everybody who was playing chess – all night long. And I got to play with him for hours and hours. And various other people would come in and play, just sit there and play. It was an amazing situation. And he was from Florida and had a lot of blues history. So all of these people sort of influence you without even knowing that they’re doing it. It was absolutely wonderful.”…

She’s putting her voice to work, completing a new album, tentatively titled ‘”Hello Stranger.” Guests include Charlie Musselwhite and Freddie Roulette(more)


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