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Lisa Torem


Robin Trower

British guitarist/songwriter Robin Trower speaks to Lisa Torem about his collaboration with vocalist Maxi Priest and producer/bassist Livingstone Brown on ‘United State of Mind’.

Joanna Connor
Kevin Godley
Sarah McLachlan

Guitarist Joanna Connor speaks to Lisa Torem about her new Joe Bonamassa-produced album, ‘4801 South Indiana Avenue’, the Chicago club scene and her blueprint for balancing artistic work and family.
10cc and Godley and Crème's Kevin Godley talks to Lisa Torem about his new interactive album project, ‘Muscle Memory,’ which asks pertinent questions about these unsettling times.
Originally published in Examiner.com in 2016, Lisa Torem talks to multi-platinum selling Canadian singer Sarah McLachlan about her most recent LP ‘Shine On’ and her role in co-founding hugely successful all-female touring festival Lilith Fair.

Allison Moorer
Graham Gouldman
Pete Berwick

Singer-songwriter, Alabama-born Allison Moorer talks to Lisa Torem about her new album ‘Blood’ and her memoir of the same title.
Lisa Torem catches up with Zombies co-founder Colin Blunstone about their upcoming UK tour and much more.
Lisa Torem speaks to award-winning British songwriter Graham Gouldman about his upcoming UK tour and new album, ‘Modesty Forbids’, his first full studio album in eight years.
Singer/songwriter/guitarist Pete Berwick’s triple-threat status is fully explored in his first Pennyblackmusic interview with Lisa Torem.

Michael Dorf
Brian Downey
One Man Bannister

Frontman Dave Wakeling reminisces on the 40th anniversary of the Beat’s fiery debut ‘I Can’t Help It’ and updates Lisa Torem about the band’s ambitious 2020 tour.
Lisa Torem speaks with American music entrepreneur and venue owner Michael Dorf about operating the City Winery, and his new memoir, 'Indulge Your Senses'.
Former Thin Lizzy drummer Brian Downey talks to Lisa Torem about his years with the band, and touring again with his current band Alive and Dangerous.
New Zealand singer-songwriter One Man Bannister tells Lisa Torem about his new interpretation of a classic Beatles record.

Earl Slick
James Williamson
Bill German
Adele Koltun

New York guitarist Earl Slick talks to Lisa Torem about performing with former Sex Pistol Glen Matlock, and his experiences working with David Bowie and John Lennon.
Former Stooges guitarist James Williamson speaks to Lisa Torem about several new projects that he is presently involved in, including a remake of 1960s girl-group classic, ‘Leader of The Pack’.
Lisa Torem speaks to Bill German, who spent seventeen years as a journalist during the heyday of the Rolling Stones, during which time his ‘zine, 'Beggars Banquet', became a “must-have” bible for many of the group's fans.
Oregon drummer Adele Koltun's youthful enthusiasm for playing live is contagious, even though she learned the instrument later in life. 'Crash' Koltun talks to Lisa Torem about overcoming fear and finding passion, whatever one's age.



Chicago-raised rap artist, Common, lays bare his spiritual growth in his sophomore book, ‘Let Love Have the Last Word’ in 'Raging Pages'.

Little Richard
Alice Cooper
Alice Cooper

Lisa Torem reminisces about one of her favourite rock ‘n’ roll heroes, Little Richard, who died in May.
Pennyblackmusic magazine editor John Clarkson talks to Lisa Torem on its twentieth anniversary about the formation and history of our website.
Brigs Jones is a musician, mastering engineer, a composer and arranger for eclectic, artistic clients – occasionally a bespoke guitarist and sound recording teacher, and looking forward to returning t
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the formation of the Alice Cooper Group, Pennyblackmusic has assembled greetings from essential friends and players.

Live Reviews

Tori Amos
John Prine

Although the popular Chicago Humanities Festival was cancelled due to Covid-19, featured guest/singer-songwriter Tori Amos agreed to a live-stream interview. Lisa Torem reviews the highlights.
Lisa Torem finds The Who’s 'Moving On!' tour at the Blossom Music Center at Cuyahoga Falls in Ohio, off the heels of a new release. drawing from seven albums and embellished by live, local orchestral arrangements.
Lisa Torem watches septuagenarian singer-songwriter John Prine at the Pavilion in Ravinia Park in Illinois play a life-affirming set.

Favourite Albums

Jefferson Airplane
Third Rail
Billy Idol

Lisa Torem finds that this Jefferson Airplane live album, which was recorded at the Fillmore East in New York in 1969 and features hits and fillers, exemplifies the Summer of Love experience.
Lisa Torem finds that the Third Rail’s 1967 only album ‘ID Music’ is somewhat dated, yet a fine period piece for those with fond memories of an earlier time.
In our 'Re:view' section, in which we look back at albums from the past, Lisa Torem examines ‘Vital Idol: Revitalized’, a new masterfully remixed edition of Billy Idol’s 1980’s classic ‘Vital Idol’.


In 'Raging Pages', her regular book column, Lisa Torem examines 'Dream Girl: My Life as a Supreme', the 1987 autobiography of Motown star and Supremes member Mary Wilson, who died in February.
In 'The Image That Made Me Weep, Lisa Torem writes of a life-sized statue of John Lennon that she discovered while visiting Havana.

Silas House
Fleetwood Mac
Charlie Watts

In her 'Raging Pages' book column Lisa Torem examines a comprehensive volume about the work of Irish rockers U2 recently penned by Pennyblackmusic writer Eoghan Lyng
In her 'Raging Pages' book column Lisa Torem examines award-winning novelist and music journalist Silas House's debut novel, 'Clay's Quilt'.
In her 'Raging Pages' book column Lisa Torem examines a new memoir by 'Tusk' producers/engineers Ken Caillat and Hernan Rojas
In her 'Raging Pages' book column Lisa Torem enjoys 'Sympathy for the Drummer: Why Charlie Watts Matters', a new book which pays tribute to the legendary Rolling Stones drummer.


Damn Truth
Nature's Neighbor
Joanna Connor

Explosive psychedelic rock on first-rate album from undiscovered Montreal-based band The Damn Truth
Well-researched three CD box set which provides to the listener with a compelling sonic history of 1970's rock's lesser-known acts as well as also its legends
Eclectic twelfth album from Chicago-formed band Nature’s Neighbor which reflects upon the current pandemic
Extraordinary album from Joanna Connor, which, produced by Joe Bonamassa, pays tribute to the Chicago blues club scene

Ace of Cups
Robin Trower, Maxi Priest, Livingstone Brown
Ronnie Earl and the Broadcasters
Kevin Godley

Fantastic psychedelic-influenced second album from 1960’s-era all-female band Ace of Cups
Memorable collaboration between guitarist Robin Trower, singer Maxi Priest and bassist/producer Livingstone Brown
Fantastic collection of reworked classics, original songs and live tracks from blues veterans Ronnie Earl and the Broadcasters
Singer/musician/producer Kevin Godley’s new album creates original lyrics and music against instrumental tracks sent in by fans.

Lawrence County
My Girl The River
Mandoki Soulmates
Soul Asylum

New album from Nottinhamshire-based sextet the Lawrence County is full of great vocal and instrumental solos and original ideas
Revealing and beautiful second album from My Girl The River’s , the project of American-born but British-based vocalist/guitarist Kris Wilkinson
Enthralling double album from prog rock supergoup and collective Mandoki Soulmates which is a cultural and musical revelation
Fantastic twelfth album from American alernative band Soul Asylum which serves up a ton of variety

Andrew Gold
Jah Wobble and the Invaders of the Heart
Sonny Landreth
Tami Neilson

Andrew Gold’s legacy is given its due in a new project rife with 16-original songs; some done as solo demos and a few more with a full band
British bassist Jah Wobble & The Invaders of the Heart explore multiple genres on their new album
Louisiana guitarist Sonny Landreth joins forces with a team of instrumental stalwarts on his new album
Strident and dramatic new album from award-winning Canadian but now New Zealand-based singer-songwriter Tami Neilson

Allison Moorer
David Latto
Stephen Wade
Bruce Cockburn

Honest and brave new album from Nashville-based singer-songwriter Allison Moorer, released to coincide with her memoir of the same name, which tells of her father's murder of her mother and suicide
Stunning EP from American singer-songwriter David Latto is rife with striking imagery, original ideas and his harmonic vocals
Storyteller/vocalist/instrumentalist Stephen Wade, originator of Chicago premiere ‘Banjo Dancing’, collaborates with iconic musicians in a rich tribute to traditional American music
Surprisingly all instrumental latest album from Canadian singer-songwriter and political activist Bruce Cockburn

Joe Bonamassa
Roger Reale And Rue Morgue
Patrick Samuel
One Man Bannister

Excellent new live album from American guitarist Joe Bonamassa features blistering solos and sincere sentiments
Riveting compilation from late 70's new wave artist Roger C. Reale, which includes several unheard recordings and guitar work by Mick Ronson
Convincing debut album from Patrick Samuel, which is a stunning tribute to the young musician’s father with its wide range of instrumentation and touching themes
Imaginative reworking of the Beatles 'Rubber Soul' by New Zealand singer-songwriter and musician One Man Bannister

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