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Matt Hensley of Flogging Molly: Hot Hot Music Interview

February 20, 2011

In March of 2010, I had the pleasure of interviewing one of the finest surviving accordionists in today’s music business. I’m talking of course about Matthew Hensley; the squeezeboxin’ rebel who pumps the life into the sounds of Irish-punk veterans Flogging Molly.

Hensley, who is also infamous for his Carlsbad, California pub, “Hensley’s Flying Elephant,” shared with me some unforgettable stories of his former career as a professional street skater, dropping out of med school and receiving some of the greatest words of his life by a curbside Joe Strummer.

This article was originally published in The Weekly Hangover, Knoxville, Tennessee in February 2010.

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