Subscribe to the latest Off the Road episodes on Apple, Google and Spotify podcasts, and find the complete interview series archived here. It includes hours of interviews and exclusive musical performances connecting with artists around the world during the pandemic, including the complete, full-length interview session for each artist. Today HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence welcomes longtime Jethro Tull guitarist Martin Barre to our Off the Road series.
Martin Barre joined Jethro Tull after their first album, in late 1968, and played on every Jethro Tull album and tour through the band’s breakup at the end of 2011.
In our feature, we connect with Martin at his home in the south of the UK. He shared the details of how a solo tour of South America was impacted by the pandemic closures last year, as he and his band performed the last concerts to take place in a few of the countries they visited, with other dates blown out due to the virus. Martin also explained his recent 50 Years of Jethro Tull collection of new recordings of classic Tull songs. Among projects he’s engaged in outside of Jethro Tull, the time he got to work with Beatle Paul McCartney ranks among his all-time favorite experiences, and he told us the exciting story!
We’ve also included the nearly 50 minute complete interview below, filled with more stories of his years with Jethro Tull and some of their career highlights.
Off the Road started in April 2020 when the pandemic led to a halt in the touring entertainment industry. Connecting with artists around the world since, we’ve offered intimate conversations and many exclusive musical performances with some of the biggest names in music, spanning many genres, eras and styles. Some of the highlight artists we’ve welcomed so far include Carlos Santana, Linda Ronstadt, Al Di Meola, 10,000 Maniacs, Alice Cooper, Soul Asylum, John McLaughlin, Deep Purple, Third World, George Benson, Heart, Joe Satriani, The Doors, Randy Brecker, Peter Frampton and System of a Down.
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Stream the 50 Years of Jethro Tull album:
See a classic 1977 Jethro Tull concert: