Jimmy McDonough is a journalist and biographer best known for the bestselling Shakey: Neil Young’s Biography and his biographies of Russ Meyer, Andy Milligan and Tammy Wynette. He has written for a number of publications including The Village Voice, Film Comment, and Variety. McDonough lives in Portland, Oregon. Jimmy called in to talk about his latest book, Soul Survivor: A Biography of Al Green.Follow @bigwakeupcall
Holly Gleason is a critically-acclaimed music journalist who has written for Rolling Stone, Musician, CREEM, The Los Angeles Times, and many others. Holly called in to discuss her new book, Woman Walk the Line: How the Women in Country Music Changed Our Lives.Follow @bigwakeupcall
It was fun chatting with award-winning singer, guitarist, songwriter & producer Neil Giraldo about baseball and his new song to cheer on his hometown Cleveland Indians, “Liftin’ The Curse Of The Rock.”Follow @bigwakeupcall
Legendary Sex Pistols drummer Paul Cook called in to talk about a new album from his post-Pistols project The Professionals, What In The World, featuring an all-star lineup of guests including Pistol and Professional Steve Jones, along with Mick Jones, Phil Collen, Billy Duffy and more. Joining Paul was new Professionals lead singer Tom Spencer.
Dylan Jones is a multi-award-winning editor of British GQ magazine and was awarded an OBE in 2013 for services to publishing. (Sir) Dylan called in to discuss his new book David Bowie: A Life.
Rusty Young is a singer, songwriter, guitarist and founding member of rock legends Poco. Rusty called in to discuss his debut solo album (after 50 years!), Waitin’ For The Sun.
Rock and Soul legend Sam Moore returned to the show to talk about his new album, “An American Patriot.” We discussed how music should bring people together regardless of political affiliation, performing with the Blues Brothers, the secret to keeping his voice in incredible shape, and why “America the Beautiful” should be our national anthem.Follow @bigwakeupcall
Pop legend Marc Almond called in to talk about his new album, “Shadows and Reflections,” which is out on September 22. We discussed making a “traditional” torch song/orchestral pop record, the fun juxtaposition of upbeat melodies and depressing lyrics, the legend of Billy Fury, touring with an orchestra, and unfortunate impersonators.Follow @bigwakeupcall
Singer, songwriter, guitarist and producer Ray Parker Jr. is featured in the new documentary “Hired Guns: Out of the Shadow, Into the Spotlight,” which is in theaters tomorrow night (6/29/17) for one night only. We discussed the beginning of his career as a teenage session guitarist, getting a call from Stevie Wonder, and recording his first solo album in the middle of the night.Follow @bigwakeupcall
Rudy Sarzo has been a member of Whitesnake, Quiet Riot, and Dio. He toured with Ozzy Osbourne. He’s currently playing with The Guess Who. We discussed his impressive resume and the role of the so-called “hired gun” with his appearance in the new documentary “Hired Gun: Out of the Shadows and Into the Spotlight.” Plus: Rudy and I form a power trio with Mick Fleetwood and Rudy helps me go beyond root and fifth.Follow @bigwakeupcall