Country Music Hall-of-Famer Emmylou Harris called in to talk about her appearance in a new holiday special, “A Nashville Christmas,” premiering December 7th on Get TV. We also discussed Emmylou’s Bonaparte’s Retreat dog rescue and our mutual love for shelter dogs.
It was a thrill to chat with the legendary Herb Alpert about his new album The Christmas Wish and his two shows at City Winery in Chicago. Despite some pesky phone gremlins, we had a fun talk about recording an album in 2017 vs 1967, how the trumpet turned on him for a while, and how he’s always searching for new sounds.
It was pleasure to chat with music legend Petula Clark about her new album Living For Today and her upcoming tour that will bring her to the Chicago area on December 17th. We discussed how she keeps her voice in such amazing shape (at age 84, soon to be 85!), and what it’s like to make a record in 2017 versus 1967. Plus: Petula tells the story of how she wound up singing on the “Give Peace a Chance” record with John & Yoko.
Laurie Berkner is a legend in the world of children’s music. Her first album of all-new original material in 8 years is “Superhero.” We had a very fun conversation about her influence on a whole generation of young musicians, finding time to write while also owning her own record label, and sharing memories of classic ’70s kids television.
Vanessa Williams is a Tony and Emmy nominated actress, a Grammy nominated singer, a best-selling author, a designer, and a busy mom. Vanessa called in to share some tips on squeezing in some last minute summer fun. We also talked about her recent appearance on “Broad City” and how the kids are bringing the ’80s back whether we like it or not.
Diane Warren is a member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame. She was the first person to have SEVEN songs (by seven different artists!) on the Billboard singles chart at one time. Most recently, her song “Till It Happens To You” was the first song ever nominated for an Oscar, a Grammy and an Emmy. It was a thrill to be able to talk to her about the songwriting process and her amazing career.
Corey Feldman and I were born two days apart in the same year, so I’ve always felt a bit of a connection to him, especially growing up and watching him in 80s classics like “The Goonies” and “Gremlins.” We talked about our star sign similarities and then discussed his music career (and how Weird Al Yankovic was a huge influence in how to write concise lyrics) and his new double album, “Angelic 2 The Core.”
Harry Wayne Casey is of course “KC” from KC and the Sunshine Band, who have sold over 100 million records. The band is about to begin a summer tour and will play at Rivers Edge Park in Aurora on July 3. We discussed the longevity of his music, how he keeps a live performance fresh despite doing 100 dates a year, and why he decided to put his own spin on a signature Bob Dylan song. We also compared the sizes of our respective songwriting royalty checks (KC’s might be slightly larger).
Jon Mikl Thor is a former champion bodybuilder turned musician, actor, screenwriter, songwriter and hockey historian. Jon called in to talk about a new documentary 15 years in making “I Am Thor,” following his return to show business after retiring in 1987. The film will be screened tonight at Reggie’s Rock Club in Chicago, followed by Jon doing a live set of his music.