Corin Tucker is best known for her role as singer, songwriter and guitarist for the band Sleater-Kinney. She’s also made albums under her own name and has collaborated with members of REM on a new project called “Filthy Friends.” She’s also the mother to two children, Marshall and Glory. In this episode we discuss the early days of the riot grrrl scene in Olympia, being mentored by Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth, balancing responsibilities with a creative husband and how motherhood has deepened Corin’s work. I spoke to Corin in Portland, OR in October of 2017.
Carol Kaye was a member of the “Wrecking Crew”, a group of top notch session musicians who played on many of the hit records of the 60s and 70s. Carol recorded with Simon and Garfunkel, Sonny and Cher, Ike and Tina Turner, Quincy Jones, Barbara Streisand, JJ Cale and many, many more. Carol accidentally became a studio musician when she was invited to record with Sam Cooke in 1957. She went on to play on over 10,000 recording sessions. Throughout her career, Carol was also a single mother of three children. Now an 82 year old grandmother, Carol still teaches bass and guitar and recently self-published her memoir. In this episode we discuss Carol’s first guitar, what it was like playing in the LA jazz clubs in the 50s, how music was a lifeline for Carol, and how she balanced her demanding studio schedule with raising three children. I spoke with Carol in her home north of LA in September 2017.
Over the course of ten solo albums, countless tours, and some high-profile collaborations, Laura Veirs has built a loyal audience and garnered the respect of critics and peers alike. Still, as the mother of two young boys, she struggles to juggle her responsibilities to her family and the demands of her art. This struggle led Laura on a quest to see how other musician mothers navigate through life and to document their stories for this podcast series, Midnight Lightning. Laura talks to her co-producer, Joe Wong, about her own story and she attempts to answer many of the same questions she poses to her guests. Topics include: partnership, parenthood, musicianship, fear and love. Stay tuned for Season One of Midnight Lightning, premiering January 3, 2018 with legendary bass player Carol Kaye.