Some musicians consider the stage a bully pulpit for pounding ideas into people's minds. Pearl Jam and Rage Against the Machine are two groups who've often used their stage time to rail against the evils of capitalism and the corporate structure -- while reaping the benefits of both. But, while Cheryl Wheeler is a politically minded artist with plenty of her own opinions, the last thing she'll do is inflict her politics on an audience. When you're a performer on a stage, says the folk-leaning singer-songwriter, "It's your job to entertain. You're not there to give them a heavy dose of your political views. It's about them -- not you." That said, such rules don't apply during a phone interview from a Texas hotel room, where she's more than happy to share her political thoughts -- including those involving the new guy who will be holing up at 1600... More >>>