No musician embodies the depth and breadth of New Orleans music more than Mac Rebennack, better known as Dr. John. As a teenager in the 1950s, he played sessions with the city’s R&B giants. In the ’60s he brought the Crescent City sound to Hollywood, playing on countless sessions as part of the famed Wrecking Crew studio band. He also launched his solo career with Gris-Gris, an iconic album that fused roots music and psychedelia and introduced the Night Tripper, Rebennack’s voodoo-steeped alter ego.
Believe it or not, the Goo Goo Dolls are celebrating their 26th year together. Their latest release, Magnetic, is their tenth album. But bassist Robby Takac isn’t looking back. “I guess the tenth album is a landmark of sorts,” he says, speaking mid-tour from Kansas City. ”But as a band, the things we think about are, ‘How can we keep this thing rolling forward? And how can we make it good?’ Our thinking is more about that than any celebration of the past.”
Many of the musicians who play Yamaha drums chose them because one of their idols played them. But George Schwindt, drummer for the Celtic-punk band Flogging Molly, has a much more unique story that hits closer to home.
You’d be hard-pressed to find a modern R&B artist who doesn’t love the vintage sounds of the ’60s and ’70s. That love can take many forms: Some artists clone the classics in painstaking detail. Others water down the sound. But John Legend is one of the few who taps classic R&B’s emotional depths, while reinventing it for modern listeners.
There are many shades to Anders Osborne’s blues.

Three Free Amigos, the first disc released by the Swedish-born singer-guitarist, is a sunny set of laid-back roots rock. It’s quite a contrast from last year’s Black Eye Galaxy, which rages with the ferocity of a Category 5 hurricane.
Since the ’70s, David Sancious has been the keyboardist of choice for some of the world’s greatest recording artists.

He made his name as a member of Bruce Springsteen’s original E Street band, providing the virtuosic piano flurries that lent so much color and drama to the Boss’s early sound. That would have been enough to enshrine any player in the sideman’s hall of fame. But Sancious went on to perform with such musical giants as Aretha Franklin, Eric Clapton, Santana, and Jeff Beck. And for decades he’s been an on-and-off member of both Sting’s and Peter Gabriel’s bands.
In 1945, a teenager from Roxbury, Massachusetts, moved to New York City and helped revolutionize the sound of jazz. Then he did it again. And again. And again. And drummer Roy Haynes is still going strong at age 88.
How do you go from being a talented, but underappreciated new age, instrumentalist to a YouTube phenomenon whose videos have been viewed more than a quarter of a billion times?
Brett Tuggle has one of the most enviable sideman gigs in showbiz. As Fleetwood Mac’s touring keyboardist since 1997, his workday involves bringing some of rock’s best-loved songs to audiences around the world.

“When Christine McVie retired, everybody wondered if it would be the same,” Brett says. “Well, it’s really never going to be the same without her, but there are still a lot of chapters left in the book of Fleetwood Mac. Almost all the gigs are sold out, and at this point it transcends generations. The audience includes everyone from kids in their early 20s all the way up to people in their 70s!”