Terry Callier From 1998 and 2000 On This Week’s Anesthetic
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Terry Callier (May 24, 1945 – October 27, 2012) sang in the same voice Neil Young said of Bruce Berry; as real as the day was long. Coming out of the same ‘hood as Curtis Mayfield and the Impressions, Terry first broke on Chicago’s folk scene with Prestige issuing The New Folk Sound of Terry Callier in 1968. A number of sides for Chess subsidiary Cadet soon followed including the classic What Color Is Love in 1973. Terry continued performing and recording thru the ’70’s but left the music business in 1983 to raise his family and continue his education. As fate would have it, interest and fandom from British DJs and artists like Beth Orton led to Terry slowly reemerging in the 90’s and that led him to Local Anesthetic for a profile with the release of timePeace in 1998. You know, I’m sitting here listening to that album’s “Lazarus Man” and recall hearing it for the first time back then. Quickly, I had his manager on the line to ask “who is this guy and how much great material has he cut that I need to catch up on?” Plenty, as it turns out. Get introduced or reintroduced or just remember the man and his remarkable career as I highlight excerpts from two conversations (1998 and 2000) with the icon known as Terry Callier on this week’s Local Anesthetic, Sunday at 7:30pm here on XRT.