Best Interviews of 2011, Part 1: Chris Isaak, Charley Pride, & Ruthie Foster

Music vet and New Times scribe Lee Zimmerman shares observations, insights and updates relating to South Florida's musical environs. This week, cool conversations...

The start of a new year always seems to inspire a look back at the past 12 months, and while it may be self-indulgent to share certain triumphs, I'm not immune to the desire to indulge.

I had opportunity to interview a number of great artists in 2011 -- for New Times as well as for various other publications I write for -- and in the midst of those conversations, I managed to elicit several revealing quotes and comments. So here, for your reading pleasure, are some of the more intriguing excerpts I've culled from interviews I obtained over the past year.

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Lee Zimmerman