Chats with all sorts of people – musicians in particular – about their careers. People you know or didn't know you know. From Luc Anthony of Greatest Hits 98.1 radio in Eau Claire, WI, USA.
An interview with Matthew Nelson about his father, Ricky Nelson, on the occasion of what would have been Ricky's 82nd birthday. They talk about how Ricky's career would have progressed to this day and his approach to studio albums and music projects, Ricky's birthday traditions, and even a Luther College connection.
Shaun Johnson of Tonic Sol-fa talks about his April, 2022, Eau Claire, WI, performance of "Shaun Johnson + The Big Band Experience," plus his latest album "Made For Her," his family's talents, and more.
An interview with Sylvia about her 2022 album "Nature Child - A Dreamer's Journey." She talks about the inspiration for the album, the autobiographical nature of some of the songs, what it means to dream, her approach to lyrics, and also the 40th anniversary of her hit single "Nobody."
Patrick Myers, the frontman for Queen tribute band "Killer Queen," talks about how he came to perform with the group, the increasing popularity of Queen's music in America, what makes Queen significant, performing onstage as Freddie Mercury, and more.
Bill Champlin talks to Luc Anthony about the February 12, 2022, "We Will Yacht You" event, plus aspects of his career, including blues singing, keeping his voice in good shape, background vocals, his 2021 album "Livin' For Love," west coast pop/yacht rock, his best love song, and more.
Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull talks about the visual arts surrounding the band's 2022 album "The Zealot Gene," including Sam Chegini's direction of the video for "Sad City Sisters" and the most memorable visual elements in Anderson's career.
Don McLean talks about the 50th anniversary of "American Pie" hitting #1 on the Billboard Hot 100. He chats about finding out that the song hit #1, which version of the song was played on the radio, and chart accomplishments as an artist.
An interview with Karla Bonoff about her 2020 album "Silent Night," issued in 2021 with additional tracks. She talks about recording "The First Noel" in the 1980s and re-recording it for this project, the impetus for doing this album, the most challenging arrangement, collaborating with Michael McDonald on one of the songs, and more.
Two interviews with Peter Noone. First, from February of 2016 ahead of a show in Eau Claire, WI, talking about his career and coming to Wisconsin. Second, from December of 2021 ahead of an Eau Claire concert for "An Olde English Christmas with Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone," including where he got the idea for the show, his favorite Christmas songs and traditions, the best English Christmas food, and more.
Marshall Thompson of The Chi-Lites discusses their new release, a take on the Christmas classic "White Christmas," as well has his favorite Christmas traditions, the group's recent placement on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame, and much more.
In this interview, Debbie Gibson talks about her 2021 holiday release "Christmas Star," as well as classic and current Christmas music, musicianship, Hallmark movie locations, and her 2021 album "The Body Remembers."
An interview with longtime Eau Claire, WI, radio DJ Terry West after her retirement, talking about her career in radio and the numerous country music artists she has interviewed and interacted with over the years.
An interview with Dr. Timothy Mahr, conductor of the St. Olaf Band, chatting about their 2021 Midwest Fall Tour and their program "...with reverence and hope," including how students in the band have evolved since the start of the pandemic, the reason for the title of the program, the music selections, and the evolution of band music.
Larry Stewart of The Frontmen Of Country talks about the supergroup (with Richie McDonald of Lonestar; and Tim Rushlow, formerly of Little Texas), the music of Restless Heart, being back on the road, great frontmen, and more.
Touré talks about his 2021 book "Nothing Compares 2 U: An Oral History of Prince."
An interview with Michael Jahnz of Richrath Project 3:13 about their new album “L.A. Is Mine,” Gary Richrath’s musicianship, incorporating Richrath’s recordings into the new release, the music of REO Speedwagon, and more.
Steve Hackett talks about his 2021 album “Surrender Of Silence,” breaking down the background of many of album’s tracks. He also talks about the recent passing of Charlie Watts.
Mike Score of A Flock Of Seagulls discusses their new album "String Theory," including why the group is doing another album of orchestral arrangements, the video for first single "Say You Love Me," the process of arranging the band's songs for orchestra, how this album and 2018's "Ascension" influenced his musical creation, upcoming projects, and more.
A chat with Eric Levy -- keyboardist in Night Ranger -- ahead of their July 11th show in Wisconsin Dells, WI. He talks about the band getting back on the road, putting together their new album "ATBPO", highlights from the album and his favorite song from the release, and even a chat on young kids learning to play musical instruments!
Lawrence Gowan of Styx talks about the band's live shows in the summer of 2021, audience response to the concerts, playing original keyboard on the new album "Crash Of The Crown," playing new songs on tour, and listening to the album in order from start to finish.
Dave Moody of Hairball talks about the band's 2021 shows, being the new member of the band, his musical influences, playing the role of legendary rock singers, and much more.
Michael Bluestein, keyboardist in Foreigner, talks about the band's 2021 tour dates, their new member (Luis Maldonado), his favorite Foreigner song, how he plays the intro to "Feels Like The First Time," practicing keyboard technique, being in the band for over a decade, and his non-Foreigner music projects.
A chat with Danny Zelisko about his book "All Exce$$: Occupation: Concert Promoter" (released in January, 2021). He talks about the return of live shows in the wake of the pandemic, dealing with intense scenarios as a concert promoter, the best current bands, what made the legendary Bill Graham special, what a music fan can get from his book, and more.
A chat with John Lodge about his April, 2021, single "The Sun Will Shine," including the writing of the song, recording parts remotely with his 10,000 Light Years Band, the 40th anniversary of The Moody Blues's "Long Distance Voyager," technology in the studio, and more.
John Hall of Orleans talks about his May, 2021, solo release "Reclaiming My Time." He chats about songwriting and working with different collaborators, the inspiration for some of the songs, and more.
A chat with Tiffany about her 2021 projects, including her April 2021 blue vinyl release of new song "Hey Baby" (from her new "Shadows" album) with her recent re-recording of "I Think We're Alone Now," performing songs form the new album after pandemic delays, and the joys of barking dogs!
Annie Zaleski, author of "Duran Duran's Rio" (from the "33 1/3" book series from Bloomsbury), talks about the iconic Duran Duran album, including its place in music history, what she discovered while researching the book, the Kerschenbaum remixes that helped sell the album in the United States, and more.
An interview with Bill Schnee about his 2021 book "Chairman at the Board: Recording the Soundtrack of a Generation." Topics include drum sounds, working with members of The Beatles, digital vs. analog recording, his favorite work, and much more.
Mark Farner talks about the 2021 live DVD release from Mark Farner's American Band, "From Chile With Love," including the company that produced the project and two new music videos of his, writing the new song "Never And Always," tuning to 432 Hz, keeping his voice in shape, favorite places to perform, and much more.
Alan Hewitt talks about his latest project -- Alan Hewitt & One Nation and their upcoming album "2021" -- as well as his work with The Moody Blues, coming new music from John Lodge, his favorite keyboard to play, what he learned from working with Maurice White and Earth, Wind & Fire, a deep-dive into the writing of Warrant's "Cherry Pie," and more.
Luc Anthony interview Stacy Widelitz, including a deep-dive on the creation of "She's Like The Wind" (which he co-wrote with Patrick Swayze), his approach to writing songs and scores, doing the theme to "The Richard Simmons Show," his connection with the Nashville Opera, and more.
Albert Bouchard talks about his 2020 album "Re Imaginos," plus aspects of the history of the project, the two music videos made for the project, his all-time favorite drum track, his April 2021 live-stream event, music education, and much more.
A March, 2021, chat with Andrew Farriss about his self-titled debut solo album, including how the delay form the pandemic changed his perspective on the music, his favorite lyric, fan favorites, and more.
Joe Bonsall of The Oak Ridge Boys chats about the 40th anniversary of their 1981 smash version of "Elvira," including the song's growing popularity, how it's still well-known today, and more fun facts about the tune.
Patty Smyth talks about her 2020 album "It's About Time," including how she feels about the album several months since its release, the "Downtown Train" video, projects with "Spin" and Jimmy Fallon, working with Paul Shaffer on "Goodbye To You," her favorite music video shoot, writing new music, keeping her voice in shape, and more.
Brian Wheat of Tesla talks about his book "Son Of A Milkman: My Crazy Life With Tesla," discussing Beatles music and Paul McCartney's bass influence, his preferred studio, the essence of Tesla, his Jack Russell terriers, being in Italy, and more.
Joe Vitale and Richard Humann talk about the collaboration for "Running On An Empty Heart" by American Nomads, including how the project came together, new collaborative projects, lyricists admired by Joe, musicians admired by Richard, Joe's work on "Southern Cross" by Crosby, Stills & Nash, and Richard's work with MTV in the 1990s.
Steve Lukather & Joseph Williams of Toto released solo albums the same day (February 26th, 2021). In two interviews done that day, they talk about "I Found The Sun Again" and "Denizen Tenant," respectively.
Don McLean talks about the 50th anniversary of "American Pie" and its new rendition in collaboration with Home Free, as well as the effort to save independent music venues across the country, the legacy of "The Day The Music Died," what song of his he'd like covered by what artist, and the most special lyric to him of "American Pie."
Steve Hackett discusses track-by-track the songs and background of his January, 2021, album "Under A Mediterranean Sky".
Lilly Winwood talks about her debut album "Time Well Spent" (arriving January 29, 2021), including the songs on the album, her approach to songwriting, the Nashville music scene, the performers on the album, influences, the music of her father (Steve Winwood), and more.
Mark Kendall of Great White discusses their 2020 live release "Great White Live," working on new music for the band, inspiration for new music, Christmas music, and more.
Two interviews: first, with Gunnar Nelson from 2018 about "Christmas With The Nelsons" (including what Gunnar cooks for Christmas); second, with Matthew Nelson from 2020 about the virtual "Christmas With The Nelsons" (including how the two are engaging with fans online).
HBK of Hairball talks about their 2021 plans, re-creating classic music, Van Halen, AC/DC, and Christmas music.
Jock Bartley of Firefall discusses their 2020 album "Comet," including how the album came to be, the collaborators, the sound of the album, and more.
Brian Ray talks about his new song "Got A New Thing" (and b-side "Whiskey Train"), his musical inspiration, writing the lyrics for the new tune, the genre of garage rock, the most interesting Paul McCartney bass lines he's played, and how he's grown as a musician while working with McCartney since 2002, among other stuff.
Andrew Farriss talks about his new EP "Love Makes The World," how the songs relate to what's going on in the world, the creation of the project, the thread in his songwriting back to INXS, and more.
Neal Karlen talks about his October, 2020, book "This Thing Called Life: Prince's Odyssey, On and Off the Record." He talks about the Twin Cities' love for Prince and how Prince related to the Midwest, plus more.
Paul Carrack chats about his October, 2020, One Night Global Streaming Event from Victoria Hall in Leeds, his new release "Another Side Of Paul Carrack" with the SWR Big Band and Strings, writing new music, and some soccer talk.
Cindy Blackman Santana talks about her new solo album "Give The Drummer Some," including the message of the project, singing on the album, the guitarists (Carlos Santana, John McLaughlin, Vernon Reid, and Kirk Hammett), and the album in the context of the happenings of 2020.