Today's guest is drummer David Uosikkinen. David is a music legend from Philadelphia and I am honored to have him here. I was in high school in the mid-80's, and his band "The Hooters" was all over the radio (and my record collection) the whole time. Songs like "All You Zombies", "And We Danced", and "Day by Day" dominated the airwaves. The Hooters opened for the Who, played at Live Aid & Amnesty International, and "The Wall" concert with Rogers Waters in Berlin! All of this success was the result of relentless touring, respect for their fans, and incredible songwriting. David told me all about where's he's been and where he is now. His latest album celebrates the essential music of Philadelphia, and it is fantastic. two tracks from "David Uosikkinen's In The Pocket: Sessions" are featured here, but you will want to buy the whole thing. It has great songs and so many guest artists, all held together by David's drums. He is such a talented guy. We also talked about his upcoming show at The Ardmore Music Hall on 4/18/14, and his success in Europe. Learn more at www.songsinthepocket.org. If you reach out to David, please let him know that you caught up with 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_Ep193_David_Uosikkinen.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 9:07 PM

My guest today is singer/songwriter Stephen Bishop. I have been a fan of his for many years, and it was an absolute thrill to interview him. I had so many questions for him and he was very generous with his time. We shared a lot of laughs during our conversation. His hits go all the way back to the mid-70's and his debut album "Careless". That record included the timeless "On and On" as well as "Save it for a Rainy Day". I had all of my vinyl copies in front of me during our talk, and Stephen was gracious enough to answer all of my questions about even the smallest detail. His other hits included "It Might Be You" from Tootsie and "Separate Lives" from White Knights. His brand new album is called "Be Here Then". It is his first studio release in seven years. It was worth the wait. It is so good from top to bottom. His voice is perfect and the songs are wonderful. Two tracks from it are featured here, as well as the song that started it all. Learn more at www.stephenbishop.com. If you reach out to him, please let him 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_Ep192_Stephen_Bishop.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 10:08 PM

I recently called over to France to speak with musician Mark Ashton. His recording career goes back to the late 60s. His band back then was Rare Bird, and they had a huge international hit called "Sympathy". He later spent time in New York and Los Angeles to focus on his solo career. He rediscovered his love of painting during this time, and currently enjoys a successful career as an artist as well as a musician. He paints under the name Mark Ashton Vey, and took some time away from music. It wasn't long before Mark was encouraged to release a new album, and the Mark Ashton Project is the result. It is a fantastic record, and Mark told me all about it during the interview. Two tracks are featured with this episode. Learn more at www.markashtonproject.com and http://vey-art.wix.com/mark-ashton-vey-art. If you reach out to Mark, please tell him 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_Ep191_Mark_Ashton.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 7:56 PM

My guest today is Kevin Gant. I am honored to have the opportunity to share his story with you. Where to begin...To simply introduce him as a musician from Austin Texas is only telling part of the story. It is too simple of a description. He is so talented, but is also the most humble man you will ever meet. In addition to his exceptional guitar playing he is a poet, prophet, incredible lyricist, and the subject of the 2011 documentary "Kevin". That film was directed by Jay Duplass and chronicles the time that Kevin spent away from his music and his efforts to get back. That was released in 2011 and I am happy to say that Kevin is back! My conversation with him gives you a glimpse into his world and inspirations. Two of his tracks are featured with this episode. Please be sure to explore the rest of his music. I also encourage you to watch the film and reach out to him on Twitter (www.twitter.com/gantman). Please tell Kevin that you heard him here first. Special thanks to my good friend Damon Martin for pointing me in Kevin's direction! 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_Ep190_Kevin_Gant.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 3:50 PM

Today's guest is musician Brandon Gibbs. Brandon and his twin brother Brent have been performing their whole lives. Their band, "The Gibbs Brothers", was very popular and it gave them the opportunity to hone their craft while opening for many national acts. Brandon eventually went out on his own in 2010. He now splits his time as a solo performer and as the frontman for the band Cheap Thrill. He is on the road through most of 2014, so be sure to catch him if you can. Two of his solo tracks are featured with this episode. Learn more at www.thebrandongibbsmusic.com. 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_Ep189_Brandon_Gibbs.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 2:07 AM

Kristia Di Gregorio is a singer with a warm and wonderful voice. Her style takes you back to a different time. It was created through a love of Canadian folk songs and jazz standards. Her own songs pull from a well of personal experience and historical references. She has a brand new album out now called "The Whiplash Curve". Two songs are featured with this episode, but you need to experience the whole thing. It is an album with a cast of characters that are ready to take you on a musical journey. Learn more at www.kristia.ca. She is also on Facebook, Twitter, and Reverbnation. Please reach out to Kristia and let her know 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.

 

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Direct download: ArtCon_Ep188_Kristia_Di_Gregorio.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 12:07 AM

My guest today is singer/songwriter Sam Gomm. I recently called over to Holland to speak with him about his life, music, and The Goonies! Sam's music keeps him very busy with a full performance schedule, as well as frequent radio & TV appearances. He has been at it since he's 16 years old and is proudly carrying on his musical family tradition. His father is the legendary Ian Gomm (ACP Episode 183). He produced Sam's EP "Great!" and wrote two of the tracks. We also talked about Sam performing the John Lennon track "Imagine" for the first time, as well as some of his other influences. Learn more about Sam at www.reverbnation.com/samgomm and follow him on Twitter @samgomm1. Two of his songs are featured here. Please reach out to Sam 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_Ep187_Sam_Gomm.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 10:54 PM

Today's episode features singer Aiden Leslie. He has been an entertainer his whole life and has done it all! He called me from NYC to talk about his childhood in Ohio, his performing arts school background, and his new remix album. It was a great time! Aiden moved to New York City just days after his high school graduation and has built an amazing career for himself. He told me about his early days in the underground club scene and how that differs from today. We also talked about the many talented DJs shaped and influenced his style. Our shared love of going to record stores and digging through the vinyl was also a fun topic during our chat. Two songs are featured with this episode. Think of that as a glimpse into his world, but you need to explore it even further. He has so much cool music available. Learn more at www.aidenleslie.com. If you reach out, please tell him 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_Ep186_Aiden_Leslie.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 2:59 AM

It is St. Patrick's Day 2014, and I have a very special episode to mark the occasion! My guest today is singer/songwriter Tommy Kenny! I called over to Ireland to speak with him, but it felt as though we were sitting across the table chatting. Long time listeners of this show have heard his name mentioned several times, and his music was featured on the Holiday Episode from 2013. I have been friends with Tommy since I first interviewed his son, Stewart Kenny, back in 2012. He has been a constant source of inspiration for me since that time. We talked through topics like family, music, and our mutual respect for each others work. Three of Tommy's original songs are featured with this episode. He also shared the inspirations behind the music. Tommy's music can be found on SoundCloud, YouTube, and Facebook. Please reach out to him and tell him what you think. 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_Ep185_Tommy_Kenny.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 2:03 PM

Alexis Keegan is a fantastic singer/songwriter. I caught up with her on her recent tour. She was travelling from New Orleans to Texas and she took the time to tell me all about it. Her debut EP "Clean Slate" was released on 2/25/14. It is a great introduction to her music and leaves you wanting more! Two of the songs are featured with this episode. Be sure to pick up the rest. Learn more about her at www.alexiskeegan.com. If you reach out to Alexis, please let her know 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_Ep184_Alexis_Keegan.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 7:55 PM



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