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Interview with Kevin Martin of Candlebox

28 May 2012 12 Comments

by: Darius

In early April, I attended the Candlebox record release show at 12th & Porter in Nashville, TN and wrote a review about the experience. The response has been unbelievable. I was actually startled when looking at the recent numbers. Therefore, having someone from Candlebox join our program was a no-brainer.

So lead singer Kevin Martin stepped up to the plate to talk about the band, talk about the tour, talk about the new record, Love Stories and Other Musings, and talk about a handful of other topics as well.


This was a refreshing conversation. Kevin was opinionated and sincere and basically everything we hope for in a guest. Personally, I got a kick out of his relief that the band did not get included in the Guitar Hero franchise, even though they went into the studio to re-record songs just for that purpose!

After talking with Kevin I did realize that the man is right about one thing: kids today aren’t learning how to play music from the true legends in music history. The Beatles, The Stones, and the mighty Led Zeppelin are bands that aren’t even being studied in books, since nobody reads anymore.

Nope. In this day and age, Steven Tyler is simply a judge on American Idol and the star of a terrible Burger King commercial, not one of the greatest rock n‘ roll singers of all time. Nobody even knows what the “M” in “MTV” is supposed to represent nor do they care.

This man sang on Rocks.

It’s a true shame but thankfully there are still a few bands like Candlebox. Playing good music in packed clubs and putting on a real show. Playing honest rock n’ roll with passion and the skills that hearken back to the true greats that came before us. You gotta love it.

After you listen to the audio, head on over to the Candlebox website, where tour dates are posted. If you didn’t see them live on this past run, then you’re in luck because the band just booked a slew of dates beginning June 19th in Fayetteville, Arkansas and through the rest of the summer.

You can download or stream the audio here. If you’d like to download, right click and Save As.

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