Bruce McCabe – Blue’s Piano Great of Jonny Lang Fame Joins us for DIY 360
Having great piano player, singer and songrwiter Bruce McCabe join us for IPR’s DIY 360 interview and performance series was a truly unique experience. Bruce grew up in Clinton, IA, son to a guitarist and science teacher — he purchased his first guitar in 1968, a Martin D28, which he still owns today. He also began playing piano at a young age, taking classical lessons and composing music, and can still play his first classical composition from memory.
Bruce’s fascinating history and talent are displayed through this interview with host, Grammy award winning producer and songwriter Kevin Bowe. Prior to writing, recording and touring with the legendary young blues guitarist Jonny Lang, Bruce was a member of two influential Twin Cities bands, Lamont Cranston (touring with Bonnie Raitt) and The Hoopsnakes. Bruce talks about highlights in his career like opening for the Rolling Stones and his early influences including Otis Spann and Johnnie Johnston. Bruce’s performances include “Still Raining”, a song he wrote and played with The Hoopsnakes, and “Lie to Me”, a song he created for Johny Lang’s first album.
DIY 360 is a recurring event at IPR hosted by Kevin Bowe. The goal is to introduce students to professionals in the field who have been successful, frequently by adapting to changes in the business where they make use of multiple skill sets. Guests share information about their careers, their philosophies about professionalism and their art. Guests often give advice to budding artists, entertainment business professionals, producers and engineers. DIY 360 is an opportunity for students to network with those working in the field and with each other as they work toward career success.