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Episode 260 - Rick Vito

2015-06-15
Length: 57s

My guest today is legendary guitarist Rick Vito! I have been a fan of his work for many years, and am honored to have him here. He has appeared on classic recordings by Todd Rundgren, Jackson Browne, John Mayall, and Bob Seger. He also replaced Lindsey Buckingham in Fleetwood Mac from 1987-1991. He started releasing solo records in 1992 which leads us to his brand new collection of songs called "Mojo On My Side". It is being released on June 16th 2015 on Delta Groove. Four new tracks are featured with this episode. I encourage you to buy the whole thing. It is so good! Learn more about Rick at www.rickvito.com and www.kingparis.com. If you reach out to Rick, please let him know that you heard him on my show. He has so many cool stories, and I hope to have him on again very soon. Enjoy!

We do not own any copyrights to the songs played on this episode. We have special permission by the artists themselves to play their music on the show for promotional purposes for the artists.

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Episode 259 - LAW

2015-06-08
Length: 49s

L*A*W is back! It is always good to catch up with him. Consider this part one of our conversation. Part two is coming soon. We talked about the passing of B.B. King, and our constant search for amazing music to enjoy. We also paid tribute to L*A*W's grandfather, the late great Sam "Bluzman" Taylor. Learn more about him at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sam_Taylor_(blues_musician). Two live L*A*W tracks are featured with this episode, along with two B.T. Express tracks that feature Sam Taylor. I encourage you to do more digging into both of their musical catalogs. L*A*W is very active on social media. Start with following him on Twitter. If you connect with him, please let him know how much you enjoy his guests spots on my show. Enjoy!

We do not own any copyrights to the songs played on this episode. We have special permission by the artists themselves to play their music on the show for promotional purposes for the artists.

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Episode 258 - Kyle Roberts

2015-05-30
Length: 53s

My guest today is the multi-talented Kyle Roberts! He is an Emmy Award winner and the Director/Producer of the film "The Posthuman Project". It is available now on Amazon, iTunes, and VOD. It is a family friendly superhero film that has something for everyone. I watched it and enjoyed everything about it. I was impressed with the soundtrack and the amount of attention that Kyle gave to selecting just the right songs. This episode starts out with the O Fidelis track "Up and Away". Learn more about the movie at www.posthumanmovie.com, and check out the band at Facebook and Bandcamp. Kyle and I also talked about crowd funding projects as well as how he got his start with creating brilliant stop motion shorts for YouTube. Special thanks to Tim Binder for making this episode possible! If you reach out to Kyle, please let him know that you heard him here first. Enjoy!

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Episode 257 - Taylor Dayne

2015-05-22
Length: 49s

My guest today is legendary singer Taylor Dayne! I have a been a fan of hers for close to 30 years and I was thrilled for the opportunity to interview her. With 18 songs in the Billboard Top Ten, her music is a big part of the soundtrack of our lives. She is currently on tour in the US, but took time out of her busy schedule to talk to me about her life and her music. I recently saw her perform in Orlando and she blew us all away. Her voice sounds amazing and her touring band is tight. Check for updated show dates at www.taylordayne.com. She is coming to Bethlehem in July and I can't wait to see her again. Her new single is called "Dreaming". I am featuring it along with three of her classic tracks on this episode. After you listen be sure to pick up a copy of her Greatest Hits Live album. I know that you are going to love my conversation with her as much as I did. If you reach out to Taylor, please let her know that you heard her on The Artist Connection Podcast! Enjoy!

We do not own any copyrights to the songs played on this episode. We have special permission by the artist herself to play her music on the show for promotional purposes for the artist.

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Episode 256 - Sugaray Rayford

2015-05-20
Length: 46s

I am pleased to introduce you to blues vocalist Sugaray Rayford! I have been a fan of his for quite some time and I am honored to have him as  a guest on this show. His brand new album is called "Southside", and it's out now on NimoySue Records. This is his third release since 2010. I have all of his records, including the ones where he added guest vocals. Having him there makes each record that much better, and I told him so during the interview. Three new songs are featured with this episode. You won't need all three to become a fan. You will be hooked by the end of the first one! Please pick up a copy of Southside and support this talented artist. Learn more at www.sugarayblues.com. We also discussed our mutual respect for two bluesmen that we recently lost. BB King died the day before we recorded this, and Randy Chortkoff from Delta Groove passed a couple of weeks back. They will both be missed. If you reach out to Sugaray, please let him know that you heard him here first. Enjoy!

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The Punk Meets the Podfather: Part Two

2015-05-17

I am hours away from striking an item off of my Bucket List that has been clanging around in there for many years. I am taking my family to see The Who on their “The Who Hits 50!” Tour!

My love for this band started very early. I already had a musical foundation courtesy of my Mom’s record collection. The Beatles, early Elvis 45s, Simon & Garfunkel, and The Incredible Jimmy Smith were all covered. Then I discovered what my Uncle was listening to. I spent many Saturday afternoons with his high tech stereo and headphones. He didn’t have many records, but what he did have was enough to set me on my way. I discovered Tom Petty, George Thorogood and the Delaware Destroyers, ZZ Top, the comedy of Steve Martin, and The Who. The soundtrack to “The Kids are Alright” was the first album that I purchased with my own money. It was the perfect primer for a young fan. It provided the hit songs that I was used to hearing on the radio, but it also had some tracks that were totally new to me. I had to learn more. I decided to begin at the beginning. I picked up a copy of “My Generation” from 1965. This sounded nothing like the mid 70’s Who that I was used to! The energy pouring out of the speakers was like nothing that I ever heard before.  I could tell that their roots were based in American R & B, but there was also something more. The “Maximum R & B” poster on my wall was finally making sense. The pieces were coming together. I made multiple trips back to the record store and filled in all of the blanks in my collection.

The early 80’s brought us two new albums. “Face Dances” and “It’s Hard” featured Kenny Jones on the drums. I had been a fan of his since his tenure with The Faces. He wasn’t “Moon the Loon” (who was?), but he was just what the band needed at that time. They hit the road in 1982 for what was being billed as their Farewell Tour. It wrapped up on December 17 1982 in Toronto. That date has special significance in my life for a number of reasons. That was the day that my Grandfather took me to Hawk Music in the Westgate Mall to buy me my first amp. It was a Crate CR IIR in a wood cabinet. I still use it to this day, much to the chagrin of my good friend Matt Syverson (J).  There was a big 8th grade school dance that night. I went, but had to leave early because the local rock radio station was broadcasting The Who’s final show. I was in front of my boombox that night at 8:30 pm and taped every minute. I played it very often in the years that followed; so much so that you could practically see through it.

That farewell was short lived. The Who has hit the road many times since that night, but I was never able to go. All of that is about to change. The years of waiting are over. The passage of time has thrown a few curves at us: Roger’s voice understandably needs more rest to ensure that he can make the next town, Pete’s recent interviews indicate that the music doesn’t move him like it used to, The Ox is gone, and Keith is away from us longer than he was here. None of that matters to me. I am taking my family to a celebration of 50 years of The Who…Ups, downs, and everything in between. Their songs taught a young Matt Kacar the meaning of teen angst and how to work through it. Looking back, I am happy that my “Hope I Die before I get Old” badge that I wore in high school didn’t come true.

 

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Episode 255 - Davi

2015-05-15
Length: 49s

My guest today is Davi! He is a singer, songwriter, and all around entertainer that delivers edgy pop, dance, and heartfelt ballads. We met through my partnership and our mutual respect for T Dawn at Beyond the Dawn Radio (www.beyondthedawnstudios.com). Two of his tracks are featured with this episode. They have been getting a lot of radio attention. Davi and I talked through his musical career, his inspirations, and all of the things that he is up to now. Learn more about him at Reverbnation, Twitter, and Facebook. If you reach out to Davi, please let him know that you heard him here first. Enjoy!

We do not own any copyrights to the songs played on this episode. We have special permission by the artist himself to play his music on the show for promotional purposes for the artist.

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Episode 254 - Sam Gomm

2015-05-12
Length: 30s

Singer/Songwriter Sam Gomm returns to the show! It has been a year since we last spoke, and we had a lot to talk about.  The big news that he shared was his involvement with the band Hookstick. You can learn more about them at www.hook-stick.com. I started off this episode with their brand new track called "Taste Your Love". I end the show with Sam's solo contribution to The Pete Quaife Foundation's "Legends: Shoulder to Shoulder" series. Sam also talked about his move back to Wales after ten years in Holland, and his upcoming gigs. Sam knows how to keep his audience engaged via social media, and he told me about the importance of self promotion. Visit Sam at www.reverbnation.com/samgomm. If you reach out, please let him know that you heard him here first. Enjoy!

We do not own any copyrights to the songs played on this episode. We have special permission by the artist himself to play his music on the show for promotional purposes for the artist.

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Episode 253 - Matt Syverson

2015-05-06
Length: 1s

My good friend Matt Syverson returns to the show for another dual Artist Connection Podcast/Paperback Rocker episode!!!! You get twice the Matts for the price of one! What better way to start off the month of May? Listeners of this show know that I mention Matt on every episode. He is a musician, a podcaster, and the author of some incredible rock fiction. Amazon has some of his titles available right now, so please check them out. Look for Black Dog, Band on the Run, Running on Empty, and Blue Whiskey. It was great to catch up with Matt. We talked guitars, music, movies, classic television and all points in between. There are also a few musical surprises included. Learn more about him at www.paperbackrocker.com. If you reach out, please let him know that you heard him here first. Enjoy!

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Episode 252 - Deb Ryder

2015-04-24
Length: 1s

My guest today is powerhouse blues vocalist Deb Ryder! Her new album "Let it Rain" is available now! Three tracks are featured with this episode. After you hear them, I am sure that you are going to want to buy the rest! Deb was born in Illnois and was raised in the Chicago blues scene. Her father, Al Swanson, was a local singing sensation that exposed her to Jazz, Blues, and Gospel at a very young age. Her family later relocated to Los Angeles. She told me all about the time that she spent at her stepfather's famous club "The Topanga Corral". Deb has so many amazing stories about this time in her life. Her main influences include friend and mentor Etta James, Koko Taylor, BB King, and Taj Mahal. Learn more at www.debryder.com. If you reach out to Deb, please let her know that you heard her here first. Enjoy!

We do not own any copyrights to the songs played on this episode. We have special permission by the artist herself to play her music on the show for promotional purposes for the artist.

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Episode 251 - Igor Prado

2015-04-12
Length: 45s

I recently called down to Sao Paulo Brazil to speak with bluesman Igor Prado! He has a brand new album out now on Delta Groove called "Way Down South". The list of guest artists include Mud Morganfield, Sugaray Rayford, Kim Wilson, and Lynwood Slim to name just a few. Igor told me all about his recording approach, and how it gives the album a live feel. Three tracks are featured with this episode. Find additional details at www.deltagroovemusic.com. The Igor Prado Band is hitting the road to support it. They have many dates in the US through 2015 so catch them if you can. It was great to talk to Igor about his life, his influences, and Chuck Berry! Learn more at www.igorpradoband.com. Special thanks to Steve Dixon for making this interview possible. If you reach out to Igor on Facebook, let him know that you heard him here first. Enjoy! 

We do not own any copyrights to the songs played on this episode. We have special permission by the artist himself to play his music on the show for promotional purposes for the artist.

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Episode 250 - Skyler Caleb

2015-03-25
Length: 56s

My guest today is Skyler Caleb! He is the writer, producer and lead actor in the film "Waking". The premise of the movie came to Skyler in a dream. It features a newly engaged man that meets a beautiful woman who he finds that he can connect with in his dreams. The blurred lines between the dream world and reality makes for a cool story! Skyler and I had a great time discussing the movie, as well as his time on the festival circuit promoting the movie. We also talked about some of the other podcasts that we listen to. Learn more about "Waking" at www.wakingmovie.com, and visit Skyler at www.skylercaleb.com. If you reach out, please let him know that you heard him here first. Enjoy!

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Episode 249 - Mos Bros

2015-03-05
Length: 1s

My guests today are Bobby and Will Mos...The Mos. Bros.! They are twin brothers originally from North Carolina, and now based out of Nashville. My first impression was that they are two of the nicest guys that you will ever meet, and my conversation with them was proof that I was correct! They have a brand new EP called "Three". It is being released on March 9, 2015. Three tracks are featured with this episode. After you listen, please consider buying your own copy and support the fabulous music that they are making. I can't wait to see what they have in store for us next! Find Mos. Bros. on Facebook, Twitter, ReverbNation, and www.mosbrosmusic.com. Special thanks to Cindy and Jen at LadyLake for pointing these talented musicians in my direction! If you reach out, please let them know that you heard them here first. Enjoy! 

We do not own any copyrights to the songs played on this episode. We have special permission by the artists themselves to play their music on the show for promotional purposes for the artists.

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Episode 248 - Douglas Coleman

2015-02-28
Length: 1s

My guest today is musician Douglas Coleman! He returns to the show to talk about life in Thailand, the state of the music business, and his latest musical partnership. It is always nice to catch up with him and talk through a diverse list of topics. Three of his songs are featured with this episode. Learn more about him at www.douglascolemanmusic.com. Special thanks to Cindy and Jen at LadyLake for making this possible! Douglas and I stayed in touch after his first appearance, and I hope to have him on again very soon. He is a great guy with a wealth of knowledge and experience. If you reach out to him, please let him know that you heard him here first. Enjoy!

We do not own any copyrights to the songs played on this episode. We have special permission by the artist himself to play his music on the show for promotional purposes for the artist.

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Episode 247 - Ed Roman

2015-02-03
Length: 1s

I am thrilled to have singer/songwriter Ed Roman back on the show! His first appearance here was in April of 2014, and the time was right to catch up. Ed has had quite a year with his latest album "Letters from High Latitudes". He told me all about it where he's been since we last spoke and where he is going in 2015. Ed is a great guest because of the diverse topics that we cover with each interview. This one is no exception. We talked about music, history, the benefits of growing your own food, and all points in between. Two of his songs are featured with this episode. Learn more at www.edroman.net. I hope that you love his latest appearance as much as I did. I have a feeling you will! If you reach out to Ed, please let him know that you heard him here first. Enjoy!

We do not own any copyrights to the songs played on this episode. We have special permission by the artist himself to play his music on the show for promotional purposes for the artist.

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Episode 246 - Eddie Jemison

2015-01-21
Length: 55s

My guest today is the great Eddie Jemison!  He is the co-Director/co-Star/Writer of the film "King of Herrings". It is being released 1/20/15 on VOD, Amazon, iTunes, Google Play, You Tube, Vimeo, and many more. I had the opportunity to see it, and I love it. It is shot in crisp black and white, and the interplay between the characters is amazing. The fact that the actors have a rapport and friendship that goes back 25 years comes as no surprise. The film has been described as the bastard child of Woody Allen and Tom Waits. This is a brilliant description of what you'll find when you watch it. Eddie and I have so much in common. We had a lot to talk about during this interview. We covered movies, music, parenthood, getting older, and all points in between. Bud Lite fans will remember Eddie as the "Yes, I am" guy from the commercials in the 90s. Learn more at www.kingofherrings.com and
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0420646/. If you reach out to Eddie, please let him know that you heard him here first. Enjoy!

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Episode 245 - Irene Rae

2015-01-19
Length: 1s

Today's guest is singer/songwriter Irene Rae! She is from the UK, and is working on a brand new EP. It will be her first band recording since 2009. She funded it through a Kickstarter campaign that raised 200% of her goal as of this writing! We talked about how grateful she is for the support from her fans, and how important it is to keep your goal modest when crowd funding. I had such a great time speaking with Irene, and I hope to have her on again very soon. Three songs from her 2009 release "End of Nothing...Beginning of Something" are featured with this episode. Her voice is amazing!  Learn more at www.irenerae.com. We shared a lot of laughs during this interview. I know that you will enjoy it as much as I did. If you reach out to Irene, please tell her that you heard her here first!

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Episode 244 - Mark Alberici

2015-01-10
Length: 42s

Mark Alberici is the guitarist for "The Killing Floor". They just released a brand new single called "Corruption Capital". It is featured with this episode! We had a great conversation about how he and his brother Oliver met Marco and Peter in NYC back in 2009. Their mutual passion for making music that matters brought them together as a band. Mark grew up in London and was amking sevral trips a year to the US. He eventually settled here, and divides his time between Nashville and NYC. The Killing Floor is working on a new album that will be relased in 2015. Learn moe about them at at www.tkfmusic.com. Please reach out to Mark and let him know that you heard him here first. Enjoy!

We do not own any copyrights to the songs played on this episode. We have special permission by the artist himself to play his music on the show for promotional purposes for the artist.

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The Punk Meets the Podfather

2014-12-31

New Year's Eve. The final day of 2014. This year seemed to move more quickly than most. Even though it flew by, the universe has a way of giving us reminders that time is indeed, passing. My reminder came in just under the wire. I was on my way to the Doctor for an annual check up. I was coming up to a busy intersection and noticed a punk rocker walking by. I don't see many locally, so I took notice. It was just long enough to think "cool, you don't see that every day". 

A few minutes later I was in the waiting room with the usual cast of characters. Ten minutes later, who walks in but the punk rocker! Now that I got a closer look at him, he was straight out of Central Casting...Mid 20's, purple spikey hair, Doc Martens up to his knees, studded jean jacket, face tattoos, and a nose ring. He sat acrosss from me. I was impressed with how quickly he made it over here. I thought that he would have surely noticed my purple Doc Martens and Rolling Stones pin on the lapel of my wool coat, so I struck up a conversation.  "You made good time!". He looked at me, puzzled.  "I saw you across the bridge before, and you made good time.  I used to walk a lot myself". He mumbled something, put his ear buds in, and never looked up from his iPhone.  Kids today. Hope I die before I get old, indeed.

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Episode 243 - Holiday Thanks 2014

2014-12-25
Length: 48s

It was early Christmas morning, and all through the house, not a creature was stirring...expect for yours truly, preparing the 2014 Holiday Episode! I can't believe that the year is coming to a close. It feels like it was just getting started. I had the opportunity to meet and feature some amazing people this year and I am extremely grateful for those opportunities! Some old friends returned to catch up, and I made a lot of new ones along the way. I even had the chance to meet Hiyori in person. That was definitely a highlight! Special thanks to my family and friends for their never ending support, and thank you to my listeners for joining me on this journey. I will be featuring some of my favorite Christmas songs here to show my appreciation. If you like what you hear, be sure to learn more about these artists. You will hear songs from Rockaway Bitch (www.facebook.com/pages/Rockaway-Bitch/430226917122246), Shattervox (www.shattervox.com), Diane Cameron Elam (dianecameronartistry.com), Ilona (www.ilonamusic.com), Markey Blue (www.markeyblue.com), Mikayla (www.v2drecords.com), and many more. We may even get a visit from LAW! Enjoy!

We do not own any copyrights to the songs played on this episode. We have special permission by the artist themselves to play their music on the show for promotional purposes for the artists.

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Episode 242 - David Quaife

2014-12-23
Length: 59s

My guest today is David Quaife. He is the co-founding Executive Director of The Pete Quaife Foundation. As many long time fans know, his brother Pete was a founding member and bass player for The Kinks. He sadly passed away in 2010. David is continuing his legacy with the work he is doing with the foundation. David told me about how he and Penny Pound got started with it, and the amazing musicians that contribute tracks and performances to benefit them. We also talked about his life, and the early days of The Kinks as seen through his then teenage eyes. It sounds like those were great times! Three Kinks cover songs from "Pass it On Vol 1" are featured with this episode. Learn more at www.petequaifefoundation.com. Please consider doing what you can to help them out. If you reach out to David, please let him know that you heard him here. Enjoy! 

We do not own any copyrights to the songs played on this episode. We have special permission by the artist himself to play his music on the show for promotional purposes for the artist.

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Episode 241 - Blak Beast Producshunz

2014-12-21
Length: 57s

BBP is a hip hop crew based out of Pittsburgh, PA. I recently met with founder Chaoz Da General and VinnyBlaq. Their brand new single "Like a Gentleman" is featured with this episode. We had a great conversation about how BBP formed, their musical influences, and the state of hip hop music today. They are signed to the Rize Records label, and we talked about our shared respect for Omar Sistrunk. I have been fortunate to interview many acts associated with Rize, and I was thrilled for the chance to add BBP to that list. Learn more at http://rize-records.com/b-b-p-producshunz/,  and follow them on Twitter(www.twitter.com/blakbeast412). They can also be found on Facebook (www.facebook.com/pages/Blak-Beast-Producshunz/146378367380).  Please reach out and let BBP know that you heard them here first. Enjoy!

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Episode 240 - Shane Dwight

2014-12-18
Length: 1s

Shane Dwight is a musician that was born and raised in Northern California. He relocated to Nashville in 2009 and quickly built a reputation as a well respected guitar player in that town. He is kept busy by dividing his time between these two locations, as well as a full performance schedule. Shane has eight previous albums and two live DVDs available. We spoke about his brand new release called "This House". It is his first on the Eclecto Groove label. A few new songs are featured with this episode. Learn more about him at www.shanedwight.com. If you reach out, please let Shane know that you heard him here first. Enjoy!

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Episode 239 - LAW

2014-12-12
Length: 1s

L*A*W is back! There is so much going on in this country with recent Grand Jury decisions, police behavior, and the downstream effects of racism. L*A*W is not shy about sharing his views on social media, but he chose not to address these topics any further on Facebook and Twitter after his initial posts. He said that he would rather talk through them on my show. I am honored to be a part of this discussion with him. Talking about these things and being educated about the past is the only way things will change. Hopefully our discussion sparks some new thoughts with you. Two live tracks are featured here as well. Follow L*A*W on Twitter at www.twitter.com/planet12law. If you reach out to L*A*W, please let him know that you enjoy his appearances on The Artist Connection Podcast!  

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Episode 238 - Andy Gunn

2014-12-09
Length: 42s

I recently called over to Scotland to speak with musician Andy Gunn. An article about him by Donald Fraser in The Highland Times pointed me in his direction (http://www.thehighlandtimes.com/news/2014/11/20/the-andy-gunn-story/). Andy has overcome many challenges in his life. His story is inspirational on so many levels. We had a great conversation about his life, music, and his new album "Miracle of Healing". I love this record! Two tracks are featured with this episode. I highly encourage you to pick up a copy of your own and support this talented artist. We also talked about our shared respect of the blues and his travels to different parts of the US. I hope he returns here so I can catch one of his shows. Learn more at www.andygunn.net. If you contact Andy, please let him know that you heard him on the show. Enjoy!

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Episode 237 - Eric Brombacher

2014-12-08
Length: 57s

My guest today is Eric Brombacher! He is the guitarist for the Toronto based band "Shattervox". My interview with Eric first aired on Beyond the Dawn Radio in November (www.beyondthedawnstudios.com). We talked about the history of the band, his musical influences, and the state of the music business. The latest Shattervox album "Sing To Me" is available now. Two tracks are featured with this episode. Learn more at www.shattervox.com. They have 4 other titles available online. I aso have "Bootleg Vol. 1 Live". It is a cool collection of live tracks, and the energy of their performance really shines through. If you are a fan of great music you are going to love this band as much as I do! If you reach out, please let them know that you heard them here first. Enjoy! 

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Episode 236 - JD Nash

2014-11-25
Length: 53s

My guest today is rocker JD Nash! He started out in Colorado and Arizona, but now calls Reseda CA home. He moved there with a goal of playing one show, and has since become a staple on the Sunset Strip. He has played at some of the most legendary venues in town...The Whiskey A Go-Go, House of Blues, The Viper Room, and the Rainbow to name just a few. JD has a reputation of being a hard worker and a very nice guy. This something that I can validate first hand. He is very supportive and has become a good friend of mine. Three of his songs are featured with this episode. Learn more about him at www.reverbnation.com/jdnash and www.twitter.com/JDNashRocker. He is represented by LadyLake Music, so you know he is in good hands! If you reach out to JD, please let him know that you heard him here first. Enjoy!

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Episode 235 - Charlie Leavy

2014-11-13
Length: 31s

I am honored to introduce you to today's guest, Charlotte "Charlie" Leavy! She is a singer/songwriter from the UK, and has accomplished more in her young life than most people do in their whole career. Charlie has a multitude of original songs, and is a tireless performer. It is an incredible balance when you factor in her school work. She got her start by recording one take acoustic performances in her bedroom. She has since moved things into the studio, and her brand new EP is available now! It's called "The Best Damn Ride". Two songs from it are featured with this episode. Learn more at www.charlieleavymusic.com. Special thanks to my good friend Tess Jones (www.tessofthecircle.com) for pointing me in Charlie's direction. I am truly a fan of her work, and I hope she joins me again to keep me posted on her career. Enjoy!

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Episode 234 - Matt Syverson

2014-11-08
Length: 1s

Need more Matt Syverson in your life??? Sure, we all do!!! You're in luck...The Paperback Rocker himself returns to The Artist Connection Podcast. Matt is a man of many talents. He is an author of some amazing rock fiction, he hosts a podcast of his own, and plays a mean guitar. He always has great stories to tell, and we talked a lot of guitar on this episode. Learn more at www.paperbackrocker.com. You can also fins his show on iTunes, and his books on Amazon. Please reach out to Matt and let him know that you heard him here first. Enjoy!

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Episode 233 - Arrica Rose

2014-11-04
Length: 43s

My guest today is Arrica Rose! She is a singer/songwriter from Los Angeles, CA. I am thrilled to have her back on the show. Long time listeners will remember her from Episode 018. I am a huge fan of her work. She has such a beautiful voice. Her brand new album is "Wavefunction", and it's available right now on Poprock Records. You can buy it on cd, download it, and find it on vinyl! Learn more about Arrica and her new music at www.arricarose.com and www.soundcloud.com/arricarose.  It was so cool to catch up with her. We talked about all things music, including U2's recent Apple giveaway. She has some shows coming up in the near future, so catch her if you can. If you reach out, please tell Arrica that you heard her here first. Enjoy! 

We do not own any copyrights to the songs played on this episode. We have special permission by the artist herself to play her music on the show for promotional purposes for the artist.

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Episode 232 - Jillian Riscoe

2014-10-31
Length: 32s

Happy Halloween! My guest today is Jillian Riscoe from Red Velvet Crush. They are an award winning band from Kansas City MO, and have been receiving a lot of media attention. They have worked with some big names in the music business, including Dave Percefull (Green Day, David Cook, Bowling for Soup). Jillian is also sponsored by Daisy Rock Guitars.  This interview was recorded in partnership with www.beyondthedawnstudios.com. T Dawn aired it last week on her Halloween Show and I happy to make it available to my listeners today. Learn more about the band at www.redvelvetcrushmusic.com. Two tracks from their debut EP "Smoke and Mirrors" are featured here. After you listen, be sure to download your own copy at Amazon. If you reach out, please let Jillian know that you heard her here first. Enjoy! 

We do not own any copyrights to the songs played on this episode. We have special permission by the artist herself to play her music on the show for promotional purposes for the artist.

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Episode 231 - Gareth Dickson

2014-10-29
Length: 59s

I recently called over to Glasgow to speak with musician Gareth Dickson! It was so cool to meet him. He just released an album called "Invisible String". It is a fantastic collection of live recordings taken from a 2012 tour of Europe. Two of the tracks are featured with this episode. It is available now in a number of formats, including a limited run of vinyl. Some of his earlier works are being released on vinyl, as well. Learn more about him at www.garethdickson.co.uk. Gareth and I talked through a number of diverse topics during our chat. I hope you like it as much as I did. If you reach out to Gareth, please let him know that Matt sent you. Enjoy!

We do not own any copyrights to the songs played on this episode. We have special permission by the artist himself to play his music on the show for promotional purposes for the artist.

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Episode 230 - LAW

2014-10-23
Length: 1s

My good friend L*A*W is back for his 5th appearance! To celebrate this milestone, I am making the episode available on his birthday! It has been a year since we spoke. He is very active on social media, so it didn't feel like we missed a beat. His brand new album is "Tha Planet 12 Live Sessions (Vol 1)", and it is available now! Two live tracks are featured with this episode. The energy on this record is incredible. You literally feel like you are at the show. Our interview is long. L*A*W and I committed when we first met to never edit or censor our conversations. I press "record", and off we go. No topics are off limits. We tackle race, cops, the music business, and so much more. Don't worry. We didn't forget about you, Chris Brown. L*A*W once compared our relationship to what Ali and Cosell had in their interactions. I like that analogy. I introduce topics, and L*A*W runs with them. Look for him online...Facebook, Twitter (www.twitter.com/planet12law) and You Tube. Check out our prior interviews to see where it all started. If you reach out to him, let me him know you heard him here first. Sit back, and enjoy! We do not own any copyrights to the songs played on this episode. We have special permission by the artist himself to play his music on the show for promotional purposes for the artist.

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Episode 229 - Bradford Loomis and Beth Whitney

2014-10-22
Length: 49s

I am very excited to share my interview with Bradford Loomis & Beth Whitney! We recorded this in mid-August, as they were preparing to release their debut album "The Banner Days". We talked about how they approach songwriting, and how this casual musical experiement became the foundation of a beautiful record. Two songs are featured here and I encourage you to check out the rest. Their voices work so well together and they have heard comparisons to The Civil Wars, The Swell Season, and Robert Plant's collaboration with Alison Krauss. Learn more at www.thebannerdays.com. If you reach out, please let them know that you heard them here first. Enjoy!

We do not own any copyrights to the songs played on this episode. We have special permission by the artist  to play his music on the show for promotional purposes for the artist.

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Episode 228 - Mia Doi Todd

2014-10-20
Length: 35s

My guest today is Mia Doi Todd! She is a musician from Los Angeles, CA. It was cool to speak with her about her life, music, and influences. She has a new album out now called "Floresta". It is a beautiful collection of her favorite Brazilian songs. Her classically trained voice is perfectly complimented by the acoustic guitar on the record. Two tracks are featured with this episode. I was not familiar with these folk songs, but I loved them from the first time I played the album. Finding familiar elements in new styles of music is what I appreciate the most. Mia has several other albums out since 1997, and I am looking forward to discovering more of her work. Learn more at www.miadoitodd.com. If you reach out to Mia, please let her know that Matt sent you!

We do not own any copyrights to the songs played on this episode. We have special permission by the artist herself to play her music on the show for promotional purposes for the artist.

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Episode 227 - Paul Osborne

2014-10-19
Length: 52s

Paul Osborne is my guest today! I have been looking forward to meeting with him. He is the Writer and Director of "Favor". I absolutely LOVE this movie. I can't say enough about it.  It has elements of a classic thriller, but is very much a film of today. There are enough twists and turns to keep you guessing through to the end. It is now available on Hulu, as well as Amazon, iTunes, VOD, and DVD. It was great to speak with Paul about the movies that he loves, our shared love of laserdiscs, and Hollywood in general. Learn more about him at www.FavorMovie.com, www.twitter.com/PaulMakesMovies, and Facebook. If you get a chance to speak with Paul, please let him know that you heard him here first. Enjoy!

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Episode 226 - Zak Smith

2014-10-07
Length: 42s

My good friend Zak Smith returns to the show for his 5th appearance! It has been about a year, and I am happy to have him back. He just released a new album called "Signs of Life". Three tracks are featured with this episode. After you listen, be sure to pick up the whole thing. Zak is a fantastic storyteller, and you can tell that he lives what he writes. He is as real as it gets. We covered a lot of ground during this interview. We got caught up on the events over the past year, talked about the new album, and took a side trip into some social commentary. Zak doesn't shy away from any topic. That is what makes him such a great guest! Learn more about him at www.zaksmithband.com. If you like what you hear, please tell a friend. Enjoy! (ACP Graphics by Missy K) We do not own any copyrights to the songs played on this episode. We have special permission by the artist himself to play his music on the show for promotional purposes for the artist.

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Episode 225 - Lauren Wolf

2014-10-06
Length: 48s

I am very excited to have Lauren Wolf back on the show! She was first featured back on Episode 083 and the time was right to catch up. She has been very busy since we last spoke. The Lauren Wolf Band has just released a new album called "Rise Up". I have it, and is is fantastic from top to bottom. Lauren told me all about the work that went into it, as well as the inspiration behind some of my favorite tracks. She allowed me to feature three new songs on this episode, and you are going to love them. There are hints of blues, pop, soul, and even a little industrial in her music. There is something for everyone. The constant through all of these styles is her powerful voice. Learn more at www.reverbnation.com/laurenwolfmusic.  If you reach out, please tell Lauren that Matt sent you. Enjoy!

We do not own any copyrights to the songs played on this episode. We have special permission by the artist herself to play her music on the show for promotional purposes for the artist.

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Episode 224 - Douglas Coleman

2014-10-02
Length: 52s

Douglas Coleman is a musician with an incredible story. If you are meant to make music, it will find you...no matter what turn your life takes. Douglas is a perfect example of this. He became a professional musician in the 80's until frustration set in. He went on to spend 20 years in the corporate world and wrote very few songs in that time. When it got to the point that he couldn't deny his muse any longer, he left his job, moved to Thailand, set up a studio and is now back to living his musical dream. Douglas told me all about it. Two of his songs are featured here. Learn more about him at www.douglascolemanmusic.com and www.reverbnation.com/douglascoleman. Special thanks to my friends at Lady Lake Music for introducing me to Douglas. If you reach out, please tell him that you heard him here first. Enjoy!

We do not own any copyrights to the songs played on this episode. We have special permission by the artist himself to play his music on the show for promotional purposes for the artist.

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Episode 223 - Markey Blue

2014-09-30
Length: 58s

Markey Blue is a fantastic band out of Nashville, TN. I called down there and spoke with vocalist Markey and guitarist Ric Latina. They have a brand new album out now called "Hey Hey". From the moment I heard it I knew that I had to have them on the show. Special thanks to Steve Dixon for making it possible! Ric and Markey met when their bands were playing at the same venue. They joined forces, and the rest is history. Lots of nominations and recognition from their peers quickly followed. The sound is described as high-energy "New Indie Soul/Blues". Call it what you will, they are amazing! The three songs that are featured with this episode will show you what I mean. Learn more at www.MarkeyBlue.com. If you reach out, please let them know that you heard them here first. Enjoy!

We do not own any copyrights to the songs played on this episode. We have special permission by the artist herself to play her music on the show for promotional purposes for the artist.

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Episode 222 - Adam Small

2014-09-29
Length: 35s

My guest today is Adam Small. If you are a musician looking for the best way to navigate through show biz, Adam is your man! He has 20+ years of experience. He works as a touring/session bassist, a TV and Film Composer, and a Music Consultant. Adam is focused on decoding the music industry and teaching musicians how to make money and make a name for themselves in the somewhat crowded landscape. You can find him at www.mymusicmasterclass.com and www.adamsmallmusic.com. We talked about his brand new contest that will launch on 10/01/14. It is called "My Music Master Class 2014 Talent Contest" and video submissions are being accepted all through October. Learn more at www.facebook.com/MyMusicMasterclass. Do not miss this amazing opportunity! There are a lot of great prizes. If you reach out to Adam, please tell him that you heard him here first. Enjoy!

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Episode 221 - Rudy Mallari

2014-09-26
Length: 54s

My guest today is vocalist Rudy Mallari. He is the singer for the Canadian rock band "Eleanor Rising". They formed soon after they met in 2011, and their common goals and interests made the perfect fit. Three songs are featured with this episode. I encourage you to learn more about this dynamic band. You can find them at www.eleanorrising.com, www.reverbnation.com/eleanorrising, and www.facebook.com/pages/Eleanor-Rising/339259772761604 This interview also marks my second contribution to T Dawn and Beyond the Dawn Radio. She has given me the unique opportunity to provide one interview per month to her show, and the partnership means the world to me. Learn more at www.beyondthedawnstudios.com. If you reach out to Rudy and T Dawn, please let them know that Matt sent you. Enjoy! We do not own any copyrights to the songs played on this episode. We have special permission by the artist himself to play his music on the show for promotional purposes for the artist.

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Episode 220 - Steve Whalley

2014-09-23
Length: 1s

My guest today is UK musician Steve Whalley. He is an amazing singer and guitarist with an impressive history. He fronted the band Slade for 16 years. He also worked with Chuck Berry, Taj Mahal, James Burton, and Cliff Richard to name just a few. He is also the nicest guy you will ever meet. It was great to speak with him about his many experiences in the music business. He has a brand new album called "Travelin' Soul". A few tracks are featured with this episode. It is great from top to bottom. After you listen, please pick up the whole thing. You are going to love it! There are many videos of Steve on YouTube. It is a great place to start if you aren't familiar with his work. Learn more about him on his Facebook page  www.facebook.com/pages/Steve-Whalley/131358276973290. Please reach out to Steve and let him know that you heard him here first. Enjoy!

We do not own any copyrights to the songs played on this episode. We have special permission by the artist himself to play his music on the show for promotional purposes for the artist.

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Episode 219 - Art Salvagno

2014-09-19
Length: 24s

My guest today is Art Salvagno. He has over 30 years of law enforcement experience, and many of those years took place in his hometown of Philadelphia. He is currently a 13 year veteran of the Special Victims Unit. His department handles over 2500 cases of child sexual abuse each year. Art is trying hard to turn things around in his community. One of the things that he started is an annual "Battle of the Christian Bands" which is now in its 4th year. This year's event takes place on 9/27/14 at the Temple Performing Arts Center in Philadelphia PA. It benefits the Philadelphia Children's Alliance (www.KidAlliance.org). There will be same amazing music and celebrity judges that night, so be sure to attend! Learn more at www.BOCB.org. If you are unable to go that day, please consider helping the cause with a donation. Every dollar counts. Special thanks to my good friend Ed Golden for making this episode possible. If you reach out to Art, please tell him that you heard him here first! 

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Episode 218 - Karen Haglof

2014-09-17
Length: 41s

Karen Haglof leads an amazing double life. By day she is Dr. Karen Haglof, a Hematologist/Oncologist in NYC. She is also an accomplished musician that has been playing since her early days in the Minneapolis & New York music scenes. She played with The Crackers and Band of Susans. Her musical career was briefly sidetracked when she went to medical school. Karen now has the best of both worlds. We talked about the two events in her life that brought her back to music. She just released an incredible album called "Western Holiday". I love it, and two of my favorite tracks are featured with this episode. Once you hear them, I know you will want the rest. Learn more at www.karenhaglof.com. When you reach out, please tell her that Matt sent you. Enjoy!

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Episode 217 - Mike Watt

2014-09-09
Length: 1s

Punk Rock Royalty returns to The Artist Connection Podcast! Mike Watt first joined me on the show way back in Episode 17. Three years later finds him here again, and I couldn't be more excited! It was great to catch up with him. I have been a fan for so many years, and have followed his career through Minutemen, Firehose, dos, solo records, The Stooges, Missingmen, Secondmen, and now his latest three piece "il sogno del marinaio". They just released their second album called "Canto Secondo" and will hit the road for a 53 date tour in the US. This episode also serves as a musical tribute to Mike's music over the years. I am featuring songs from Minutemen's 1984 release "Double Nickels on the Dime, a solo track from "Ball-Hog or Tug Boat?" (with some VERY special guests), and two brand new songs from the latest album. These tracks barely scratch the surface of his musical output, but they are among my favorites. After you listen, please do some exploring of your own. You can start at www.mikewatt.com. The 2014 tour dates can also be found there. I plan on attending the Philadelphia show, and can't wait! If you reach out, please tell Mike that you heard him here. Enjoy! 

We do not own any copyrights to the songs played on this episode. We have special permission by the artist himself to play his music on the show for promotional purposes for the artist.

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Episode 216 - In The Mix Part Four

2014-09-01
Length: 57s

It is Labor Day here in the US, and the unofficial end of the summer season. I wanted to do something special to mark the occassion. My last "all music" episode was back in December of 2012 and the time is right for a new one. Here you will find tracks from my friends, both new and old. Half of the songs were submitted by my good friends at LadyLake Music (www.reverbnation.com/ladylakemusic). Cindy and Jen have been such huge supporters of my show from the start, and I can't thank them enough. You will also hear from some familiar names that have been featured with their own interviews over the past few years. There is something for everyone in this episode. Sit back and enjoy! (ACP Graphics by Missy K)

JD Nash - "Remember November" (www.reverbnation.com/JDNash)
Monster Track Supergroup - "Adrienne" (
www.facebook.com/monstertracksupergroup)
Mikayla - "Would You Like to Know" (
www.v2drecords.com)
American Beauties - Tell Me That You Love Me" (
www.americanbeauties.com)
Douglas Coleman - We Said to Them" (
www.reverbnation.com/douglascoleman)
Jade Starling - "Think About You" (
www.jadestarling.com)
David Martinez - "What You Need" (
www.reverbnation.com/davidmartinez)
Tess of the Circle - "No Place Like Home" (
www.tessofthecircle.com)
Torpedohead - "Shanghide" (
www.reverbnation.com/torpedohead)
The Dead End Drivers - "Paradise" (
www.reverbnation.com/thedeadenddrivers)
Frank Porter - "Fly" (
www.frankporteracoustic.com)
Jade Starling featuring Lee Dagger - "Subliminal" (
www.jadestarling.com) 

We do not own any copyrights to the songs played on this episode. We have special permission by the artists themselves to play their music on the show for promotional purposes for the artists.

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Episode 215 - Jennie Vee

2014-08-25
Length: 1s

My guest today is musician Jennie Vee! She was born in Toronto and currently lives in NYC. I first saw her while browsing Facebook one Sunday afternoon. The image of her playing a Rickenbacker on a NYC rooftop made me want to learn more. This is the kind of experience that makes me love the internet and social media. I reached out, and within a week I had the chance to interview her. Not only is Jennie a talented musician, she also has some amazing stories that she was happy to share with me. She has lived all over the world, has been in some incredible bands, and now writes and records songs that reflect those experiences. She even had the chance to show Joe Strummer around Toronto one night. That story alone is worth the price of admission! Two of her songs are featured here. Learn more about her at Facebook, www.twitter.com/jennieveenyc and www.soundcloud.com/jennieveenyc. If you reach out, please tell Jennie that you heard her here first. Enjoy!

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Episode 214 - Tommy Wallach

2014-08-19
Length: 35s

Tommy Wallach is a Brooklyn based writer and musician. His new record "I Meant It To Be Sweet" is out now on Rude Fox Records. Two songs from it, along with his cover of the classic Paul Simon track "Fifty Ways to Leave Your Lover" are featured with this episode. The cover song is from his 2008 ep. We talked about the new album, as well as his writing career. He strikes a nice balance between being a writer and a musician. These two passions will come together in 2015 when he releases his book "We All Looked Up" along with a companion cd. Learn more about him at www.tommywallach.com. If you reach out to Tommy, please let him know that you heard him here first. Enjoy!

We do not own any copyrights to the songs played on this episode. We have special permission by the artist himself to play his music on the show for promotional purposes for the artist.

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Episode 213 - Michael Butler

2014-08-08
Length: 1s

Today's show is a very special "Rock and Roll Geek Show" Episode of The Artist Connection Podcast! It features my interview with host Michael Butler, as well as music from bands that Michael and I share as influences. I had the opportunity to cohost an episode of his show a few months ago, and it is an honor to have him on mine. The Rock and Roll Geek Show is about to celebrate it's 10th Anniversary! That is a huge milestone, and the quality of the show is always consistent. I have been listening for most of that time and I am a huge fan! Michael is currently participating in the "Dog Days of Podcasting" where he is posting an episode a day for 30 days. Check him out at www.rockandrollgeek.com. You can also follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/rnrgeek and Facebook at www.facebook.com/rnrgeek. You can also subscribe to his show on iTunes. I close out the show with a brand new track from the band Torpedohead called "Shanghide". Learn more about them at www.reverbnation.com/torpedohead. Please reach out to Michael and tell him Matt sent you. Enjoy! 

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