Friday, March 21, 2008

Interview with Richie Havens

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March 20, 2008

Interview and Photos by Scott Preston

Richie Havens is gifted with one of the most recognizable voices in popular music. His fiery, poignant, always soulful singing style has remained unique and ageless since he first emerged from the Greenwich Village folk scene in the early 1960’s. It’s a voice that has inspired and electrified audiences from the Woodstock Music & Arts Fair in 1969, to the Bill Clinton Presidential Inauguration in 1993 -coming full circle with the 30th Woodstock Anniversary celebration, "A Day In The Garden", in 1999.

For over three decades, Richie has used his music to convey messages of brotherhood and personal freedom. With more than twenty-five albums released and a touring schedule that would kill many a younger man, he continues to view his calling as a higher one. As he told The Denver Post, "I really sing songs that move me. I’m not in show business, I’m in the communications business. That’s what it’s about for me". (from

I have had the pleasure to see Richie perform a few times over the years. The last time was in 2005 at Peach's Grill in Yellow Springs, OH. Peach's doesn't hold a lot of people, I'm guessing but probably no more than 200. When Richie started performing there was complete silence. No one spoke a word, everyone was focused on Richie. This just proves the respect he has earned over the years from everyone that has heard him perform. On top of that he generally will come out after his show is over and will sign autographs and take photos with the fans. Which is something he doesn't have to do, but I believe he really enjoys interacting with people. Richie will be making a return performance to Peach's Grill in Yellow Springs, OH on March 29, 2008.

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