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1977,  The Fleetwood Mac album ‘Rumours’ went to No. 1 on the US album chart. It went on to win a grammy in 1978 and later sell over 45 million copies.

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Fleetwood Mac was formed in 1967 in London when Peter Green; (the guitarist who replaced Eric Clapton in the British blues band John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers) asked Mick Fleetwood to come in as drummer. The band took on many changes over the coming years as Fleetwood and John McVie combined talents with other musicians. It wasn’t until 1969 that Christine Perfect who was married to bassist John McVie made her first appearance with the band as Christine McVie. Together the existing band members went through some legal turmoil with their name and struggled to find their core. Changes were constant and Fleetwood began scouting a guitar replacement for the band. While Fleetwood was in Van Nuys, California someone played him a track titled ‘Frozen Love’ from a band called ‘Buckingham Nicks’.  Fleetwood liked it and was introduced to the guitarist from the band Lindsey Buckingham. Coincidentally on the day he was hearing the track at Sound City Studios, Buckingham was there recording some demos. Fleetwood soon asked him to join. Buckingham agreed on the condition that his musical partner and girlfriend also become part of the band; Fleetwood agreed. Buckingham and Nicks joined the band on New Year’s Eve 1974.

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Blow Out All Those Candles

‘If you pour some music on whatever’s wrong, it’ll sure help out.’  

– Levon Helm – May 26 1943

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‘I was not going to be a stupid girl singer. I was going to be way more than that.’

– Stevie Nicks – May 26 1948

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‘I am not trying to change the world. I am just offering my gift that God gave me, and if somebody is moved by it, that’s beautiful.’

– Lenny Kravitz – May 26 1964

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‘If you’re a painter, paint but you don’t have to put Jesus in every picture, and if you paint well enough they might ask you why you did that.’

– Isaac Slade – May 26 1981

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Katie Buchanan Kansas-NYC

Katie B

Sweet & Fresh with New Found Edge

Music found you through your Grandfather hence a longstanding line of musicians. What is the best advice your Grandfather has given you?

Always leave them wanting more (I had a problem with song length as a kid). Also: practice after every meal, you always have to eat so you always have to practice. That one was a fairly recent declaration, but it’s been his advice by example for years: practice your craft. 

You cite your musical influences as Fiona Apple, early John Mayer, Hanson, Sara Bareilles, Matt Nathanson, The Beatles, Aretha Franklin, and Fleetwood Mac. Have you witnessed any of these live shows? What did you take from them?

I’ve seen all but the Beatles (obviously) and Fleetwood Mac (hoping to make that happen this year). I mostly remember crowd interactions.  Aretha taking a second to joke about her less than practical dress as she took a seat at the piano.  It was the best part of amazing show by an amazing icon. Musically, though, the show that’s really stuck with me is Fiona Apple and Blake Mills “Anything We Want”. It was such a stunning display of reworking these famous, complicated productions into this minimalist live performance that felt even bigger and more resonant. The duo version of “I Know:” perfection.

‘Go’ is the title of your upcoming EP. You say it is a “Dark record in a  peaceful place” and you’re the songwriter,instrumentalist and producer of the record. In short: Take us on this organic experience.

Well it ends in a peaceful place, but it mostly reflects a dark time for me. It starts with “Shake Down” which explores the “you and me against the world” trope but from a very cynical place: “you won’t shake me down, you humble hoper” (poetic license on that last word).   That shifts immediately into “Go,” where the first line is “now I’m coming down.” So there’s definitely a lyrical through-line, the push and pull between the emotional and the rational.  “Casting Waves” sweeps it all together in this lovely little place of acceptance. 

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