After a brief recap of the Button South Reunion I rewind my interview with the great Mitch Ryder. Mitch thoroughly “gets” the Rock and R&B industries and has lived and thrived through all of the great eras! We dabble a bit in the drama of the business as well as the magic in the studio. In an added segment at the end we get an update on what Mitch has been up to since this chat including some upcoming show dates!
Luke, Toto’s singer and songwriter gets into detail about studio sessions, Jeff Porcaro’s unmatched groove and meter, today’s music scene, the accuracy of Wikipedia and way more! Three music tracks highlight this one hour episode, two of them from his 2011 solo effort. He’s quite humble about his stature as one of rock history’s most influential guitarists and brings a great deal of his witty sarcasm, humor and music insight to the conversation.
photo by Larry DiMarzio
By deciding to make an entire album using only an iPhone to record it, Chris Price forced himself to be creative. Using authentic instruments in resonant locations and clever mic placement, the resulting collection, Homesick has an organic yet polished feel, both in its sound and message. It’s a set of heartfelt songs with twists and turns. The conversation gets specific about the idea, the process, influences and the business. And, we take a close listen to three of Homesick’s gems. thisischrisprice.com
photo by Kyle Safieh
Dennis DeYoung, the iconic Classic Rock voice opens up about his days with Styx and addresses some of the rumors that got out about the split up 17 years ago. In between the laughs, we get into technology, Progressive Rock, writing hits, traveling, caring for the vocal chords and we take a close listen to a couple of his solo tracks. This is a timeless encore of one of our greatest moments from 2010. Talent.
Insight. Knowledge. Grace. Dry sarcasm. He brings all of it. We close with an updated segment on Dennis, who’s still going strong!
Shep Hyken says all the things we’ve been saying about the state of Customer Service. But he says it to a big audience. He spreads his “do the right thing” ideal with high profile consultation, bestselling books, keynote speeches and corporate training. We discuss the impact that social media has in our efforts to hold companies and services accountable. Shep talks about his music experiences and we tie that in with a quick listen to the classic “United Breaks Guitars” by Dave Carroll.
Thanks for listening and have a great day!
Music and Photography come together in a special fashion in the documentary Rock Prophecies. Our guest, RMN is the focal point of the movie, as he recalls stories of his connections to Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimmy Page, Jimi Hendrix and countless others. In this candid conversation he goes into even more detail about his skills at gaining access and the resulting lifelong friendships he’s made. RobertMKnight.net
This Law Enforcement veteran joins me for one of the most important and topical episodes this show has published. While we were recording this, another tragedy was taking place in Louisiana. Officer Braga spent 30 years in many roles from Detective to Crisis Intervention to Patrol Officer and Security detail. His somber tone for the current culture we are in is apparent and we cover everything from guns to traffic stops, social media’s influence and more. And, we take a surprising musical turn near the end!
Thank you for your service, Officer.
He’s as much a part of South Florida’s entertainment history as Jimmy Buffett, Vanilla Ice or Esther Rolle. Gene Merola’s character and humor became a huge part of Fort Lauderdale’s nightlife in its grandest era. We spend time on the personal, soothing and therapeutic qualities of comedy, the experience of running a club, Staten Island and much more and have a couple of much needed laughs. Plus, hear the details on a couple of upcoming gigs July 16 and 21!