Markey Blue is a fantastic band out of Nashville, TN. I called down there and spoke with vocalist Markey and guitarist Ric Latina. They have a brand new album out now called "Hey Hey". From the moment I heard it I knew that I had to have them on the show. Special thanks to Steve Dixon for making it possible! Ric and Markey met when their bands were playing at the same venue. They joined forces, and the rest is history. Lots of nominations and recognition from their peers quickly followed. The sound is described as high-energy "New Indie Soul/Blues". Call it what you will, they are amazing! The three songs that are featured with this episode will show you what I mean. Learn more at www.MarkeyBlue.com. If you reach out, please let them know that you heard them here first. Enjoy!

We do not own any copyrights to the songs played on this episode. We have special permission by the artist herself to play her music on the show for promotional purposes for the artist.

Direct download: ArtCon_Ep223_Markey_Blue.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 9:57 PM

My guest today is Adam Small. If you are a musician looking for the best way to navigate through show biz, Adam is your man! He has 20+ years of experience. He works as a touring/session bassist, a TV and Film Composer, and a Music Consultant. Adam is focused on decoding the music industry and teaching musicians how to make money and make a name for themselves in the somewhat crowded landscape. You can find him at www.mymusicmasterclass.com and www.adamsmallmusic.com. We talked about his brand new contest that will launch on 10/01/14. It is called "My Music Master Class 2014 Talent Contest" and video submissions are being accepted all through October. Learn more at www.facebook.com/MyMusicMasterclass. Do not miss this amazing opportunity! There are a lot of great prizes. If you reach out to Adam, please tell him that you heard him here first. Enjoy!

Direct download: ArtCon_Ep222_Adam_Small.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 9:18 PM

My guest today is vocalist Rudy Mallari. He is the singer for the Canadian rock band "Eleanor Rising". They formed soon after they met in 2011, and their common goals and interests made the perfect fit. Three songs are featured with this episode. I encourage you to learn more about this dynamic band. You can find them at www.eleanorrising.com, www.reverbnation.com/eleanorrising, and www.facebook.com/pages/Eleanor-Rising/339259772761604 This interview also marks my second contribution to T Dawn and Beyond the Dawn Radio. She has given me the unique opportunity to provide one interview per month to her show, and the partnership means the world to me. Learn more at www.beyondthedawnstudios.com. If you reach out to Rudy and T Dawn, please let them know that Matt sent you. Enjoy!

We do not own any copyrights to the songs played on this episode. We have special permission by the artist himself to play his music on the show for promotional purposes for the artist.

Direct download: ArtCon_Ep221_Rudy_Mallari.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 4:40 PM

My guest today is UK musician Steve Whalley. He is an amazing singer and guitarist with an impressive history. He fronted the band Slade for 16 years. He also worked with Chuck Berry, Taj Mahal, James Burton, and Cliff Richard to name just a few. He is also the nicest guy you will ever meet. It was great to speak with him about his many experiences in the music business. He has a brand new album called "Travelin' Soul". A few tracks are featured with this episode. It is great from top to bottom. After you listen, please pick up the whole thing. You are going to love it! There are many videos of Steve on YouTube. It is a great place to start if you aren't familiar with his work. Learn more about him on his Facebook page  www.facebook.com/pages/Steve-Whalley/131358276973290. Please reach out to Steve and let him know that you heard him here first. Enjoy!

We do not own any copyrights to the songs played on this episode. We have special permission by the artist himself to play his music on the show for promotional purposes for the artist.

Direct download: ArtCon_Ep220_Steve_Whalley.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 1:51 PM

My guest today is Art Salvagno. He has over 30 years of law enforcement experience, and many of those years took place in his hometown of Philadelphia. He is currently a 13 year veteran of the Special Victims Unit. His department handles over 2500 cases of child sexual abuse each year. Art is trying hard to turn things around in his community. One of the things that he started is an annual "Battle of the Christian Bands" which is now in its 4th year. This year's event takes place on 9/27/14 at the Temple Performing Arts Center in Philadelphia PA. It benefits the Philadelphia Children's Alliance (www.KidAlliance.org). There will be same amazing music and celebrity judges that night, so be sure to attend! Learn more at www.BOCB.org. If you are unable to go that day, please consider helping the cause with a donation. Every dollar counts. Special thanks to my good friend Ed Golden for making this episode possible. If you reach out to Art, please tell him that you heard him here first! 

Direct download: ArtCon_Ep219_Art_Salvagno.mp3
Category:Special Event -- posted at: 5:17 PM

Karen Haglof leads an amazing double life. By day she is Dr. Karen Haglof, a Hematologist/Oncologist in NYC. She is also an accomplished musician that has been playing since her early days in the Minneapolis & New York music scenes. She played with The Crackers and Band of Susans. Her musical career was briefly sidetracked when she went to medical school. Karen now has the best of both worlds. We talked about the two events in her life that brought her back to music. She just released an incredible album called "Western Holiday". I love it, and two of my favorite tracks are featured with this episode. Once you hear them, I know you will want the rest. Learn more at www.karenhaglof.com. When you reach out, please tell her that Matt sent you. Enjoy!

We do not own any copyrights to the songs played on this episode. We have special permission by the artist herself to play her music on the show for promotional purposes for the artist.

Direct download: ArtCon_Ep218_Karen_Haglof.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 11:48 PM

Punk Rock Royalty returns to The Artist Connection Podcast! Mike Watt first joined me on the show way back in Episode 17. Three years later finds him here again, and I couldn't be more excited! It was great to catch up with him. I have been a fan for so many years, and have followed his career through Minutemen, Firehose, dos, solo records, The Stooges, Missingmen, Secondmen, and now his latest three piece "il sogno del marinaio". They just released their second album called "Canto Secondo" and will hit the road for a 53 date tour in the US. This episode also serves as a musical tribute to Mike's music over the years. I am featuring songs from Minutemen's 1984 release "Double Nickels on the Dime, a solo track from "Ball-Hog or Tug Boat?" (with some VERY special guests), and two brand new songs from the latest album. These tracks barely scratch the surface of his musical output, but they are among my favorites. After you listen, please do some exploring of your own. You can start at www.mikewatt.com. The 2014 tour dates can also be found there. I plan on attending the Philadelphia show, and can't wait! If you reach out, please tell Mike that you heard him here. Enjoy! 

We do not own any copyrights to the songs played on this episode. We have special permission by the artist himself to play his music on the show for promotional purposes for the artist.

Direct download: ArtCon_Ep217_Mike_Watt.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 10:37 PM

It is Labor Day here in the US, and the unofficial end of the summer season. I wanted to do something special to mark the occassion. My last "all music" episode was back in December of 2012 and the time is right for a new one. Here you will find tracks from my friends, both new and old. Half of the songs were submitted by my good friends at LadyLake Music (www.reverbnation.com/ladylakemusic). Cindy and Jen have been such huge supporters of my show from the start, and I can't thank them enough. You will also hear from some familiar names that have been featured with their own interviews over the past few years. There is something for everyone in this episode. Sit back and enjoy! (ACP Graphics by Missy K)

JD Nash - "Remember November" (www.reverbnation.com/JDNash)
Monster Track Supergroup - "Adrienne" (
www.facebook.com/monstertracksupergroup)
Mikayla - "Would You Like to Know" (
www.v2drecords.com)
American Beauties - Tell Me That You Love Me" (
www.americanbeauties.com)
Douglas Coleman - We Said to Them" (
www.reverbnation.com/douglascoleman)
Jade Starling - "Think About You" (
www.jadestarling.com)
David Martinez - "What You Need" (
www.reverbnation.com/davidmartinez)
Tess of the Circle - "No Place Like Home" (
www.tessofthecircle.com)
Torpedohead - "Shanghide" (
www.reverbnation.com/torpedohead)
The Dead End Drivers - "Paradise" (
www.reverbnation.com/thedeadenddrivers)
Frank Porter - "Fly" (
www.frankporteracoustic.com)
Jade Starling featuring Lee Dagger - "Subliminal" (
www.jadestarling.com

We do not own any copyrights to the songs played on this episode. We have special permission by the artists themselves to play their music on the show for promotional purposes for the artists.

Direct download: ArtCon_Ep216_In_The_Mix_Part_Four.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 7:33 AM

My guest today is musician Jennie Vee! She was born in Toronto and currently lives in NYC. I first saw her while browsing Facebook one Sunday afternoon. The image of her playing a Rickenbacker on a NYC rooftop made me want to learn more. This is the kind of experience that makes me love the internet and social media. I reached out, and within a week I had the chance to interview her. Not only is Jennie a talented musician, she also has some amazing stories that she was happy to share with me. She has lived all over the world, has been in some incredible bands, and now writes and records songs that reflect those experiences. She even had the chance to show Joe Strummer around Toronto one night. That story alone is worth the price of admission! Two of her songs are featured here. Learn more about her at Facebook, www.twitter.com/jennieveenyc and www.soundcloud.com/jennieveenyc. If you reach out, please tell Jennie that you heard her here first. Enjoy!

We do not own any copyrights to the songs played on this episode. We have special permission by the artist herself to play her music on the show for promotional purposes for the artist.

Direct download: ArtCon_Ep215_Jennie_Vee.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 11:20 PM

Tommy Wallach is a Brooklyn based writer and musician. His new record "I Meant It To Be Sweet" is out now on Rude Fox Records. Two songs from it, along with his cover of the classic Paul Simon track "Fifty Ways to Leave Your Lover" are featured with this episode. The cover song is from his 2008 ep. We talked about the new album, as well as his writing career. He strikes a nice balance between being a writer and a musician. These two passions will come together in 2015 when he releases his book "We All Looked Up" along with a companion cd. Learn more about him at www.tommywallach.com. If you reach out to Tommy, please let him know that you heard him here first. Enjoy!

We do not own any copyrights to the songs played on this episode. We have special permission by the artist himself to play his music on the show for promotional purposes for the artist.

Direct download: ArtCon_Ep214_Tommy_Wallach.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 9:26 PM



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