Ben Sidran is a polymath who holds a doctorate in American studies, has written several books, hosted and produced numerous radio and TV programs, and produced dozens of albums for artists as diverse as Diana Ross, Jon Hendricks, Van Morrison, and Rickie Lee Jones. The Wisconsin native (still Madison-based) is also a singer, keyboardist, vibraphonist, and songwriter with some 30 solo albums to his credit. Plus—drum roll—he co-wrote "Space Cowboy" (among other tunes) when he played with fellow Badger Steve Miller in his band of renown. Despite his legitimate rock legacy (including sessions with the Stones and Clapton), Sidran basically is a jazz hound from the hipster school of Mose Allison, or, as he once titled an album, on the cool side. Bringing it all back home on... More >>>