Tag Archives: Rock and Roll

Rusty Young

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.

 

Sam Moore

sam mooreRock 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.

Marc Almond

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.

Ray Parker Jr.

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.

Rudy Sarzo

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.

Mark Slaughter

Mark Slaughter’s new solo album is “Halfway There.”  He’ll be performing with Slaughter coming up on August 12th at the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles.   We talked about the writing and recording of the new album, the challenges and advantages of being a one-man band, and the constant search for honesty in music.

Liberty DeVitto

Legendary drummer Liberty DeVitto called in to chat about his appearance in a new documentary, “Hired Guns.”  We talked about his work with Billy Joel, the greatness of Ringo Starr, and messing up onstage in front of 19,000 people.  Plus: insider drummer discussions of paradiddles and buzz rolls.

Brian Southall

Brian Southall has worked in the music industry for over 50 years and is the author of a fab new book chronicling the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ masterpiece, “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band: The Album, The Beatles and the World in 1967.”  We had a great chat about the Beatles and the making of the record that could have gone on for hours.

Battle of the Garage Bands with Bill McCormick

World News Center Bureau Chief Bill McCormick called in to talk about a great new contest for independent musicians, “Battle of the Garage Bands,” sponsored by the fine folks at LiftMaster.  We chatted about the details of the promotion and shared stories of bad club gigs.  Also, due to some phone issues, I’ll finally get to use the Command-D function in Final Draft (for dual/overlapping dialogue) when this segment is eventually made into a web series.

Michael Nesmith

MIKE NESMITHOne of the greatest sentences ever spoken to me in my life happened just before this interview: “Ryan, I’ve got Michael Nesmith on the line for you.”  It was an absolute thrill to chat with Mike about his new book, “Infinite Tuesday:  An Autobiographical Riff.”