My guest today is legendary singer Taylor Dayne! I have a been a fan of hers for close to 30 years and I was thrilled for the opportunity to interview her. With 18 songs in the Billboard Top Ten, her music is a big part of the soundtrack of our lives. She is currently on tour in the US, but took time out of her busy schedule to talk to me about her life and her music. I recently saw her perform in Orlando and she blew us all away. Her voice sounds amazing and her touring band is tight. Check for updated show dates at www.taylordayne.com. She is coming to Bethlehem in July and I can't wait to see her again. Her new single is called "Dreaming". I am featuring it along with three of her classic tracks on this episode. After you listen be sure to pick up a copy of her Greatest Hits Live album. I know that you are going to love my conversation with her as much as I did. If you reach out to Taylor, please let her know that you heard her on The Artist Connection Podcast! 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_Ep257_Taylor_Dayne.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 7:15 PM

I am pleased to introduce you to blues vocalist Sugaray Rayford! I have been a fan of his for quite some time and I am honored to have him as  a guest on this show. His brand new album is called "Southside", and it's out now on NimoySue Records. This is his third release since 2010. I have all of his records, including the ones where he added guest vocals. Having him there makes each record that much better, and I told him so during the interview. Three new songs are featured with this episode. You won't need all three to become a fan. You will be hooked by the end of the first one! Please pick up a copy of Southside and support this talented artist. Learn more at www.sugarayblues.com. We also discussed our mutual respect for two bluesmen that we recently lost. BB King died the day before we recorded this, and Randy Chortkoff from Delta Groove passed a couple of weeks back. They will both be missed. If you reach out to Sugaray, 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_Ep256_Sugaray_Rayford.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 5:45 PM

I am hours away from striking an item off of my Bucket List that has been clanging around in there for many years. I am taking my family to see The Who on their “The Who Hits 50!” Tour!

My love for this band started very early. I already had a musical foundation courtesy of my Mom’s record collection. The Beatles, early Elvis 45s, Simon & Garfunkel, and The Incredible Jimmy Smith were all covered. Then I discovered what my Uncle was listening to. I spent many Saturday afternoons with his high tech stereo and headphones. He didn’t have many records, but what he did have was enough to set me on my way. I discovered Tom Petty, George Thorogood and the Delaware Destroyers, ZZ Top, the comedy of Steve Martin, and The Who. The soundtrack to “The Kids are Alright” was the first album that I purchased with my own money. It was the perfect primer for a young fan. It provided the hit songs that I was used to hearing on the radio, but it also had some tracks that were totally new to me. I had to learn more. I decided to begin at the beginning. I picked up a copy of “My Generation” from 1965. This sounded nothing like the mid 70’s Who that I was used to! The energy pouring out of the speakers was like nothing that I ever heard before.  I could tell that their roots were based in American R & B, but there was also something more. The “Maximum R & B” poster on my wall was finally making sense. The pieces were coming together. I made multiple trips back to the record store and filled in all of the blanks in my collection.

The early 80’s brought us two new albums. “Face Dances” and “It’s Hard” featured Kenny Jones on the drums. I had been a fan of his since his tenure with The Faces. He wasn’t “Moon the Loon” (who was?), but he was just what the band needed at that time. They hit the road in 1982 for what was being billed as their Farewell Tour. It wrapped up on December 17 1982 in Toronto. That date has special significance in my life for a number of reasons. That was the day that my Grandfather took me to Hawk Music in the Westgate Mall to buy me my first amp. It was a Crate CR IIR in a wood cabinet. I still use it to this day, much to the chagrin of my good friend Matt Syverson (J).  There was a big 8th grade school dance that night. I went, but had to leave early because the local rock radio station was broadcasting The Who’s final show. I was in front of my boombox that night at 8:30 pm and taped every minute. I played it very often in the years that followed; so much so that you could practically see through it.

That farewell was short lived. The Who has hit the road many times since that night, but I was never able to go. All of that is about to change. The years of waiting are over. The passage of time has thrown a few curves at us: Roger’s voice understandably needs more rest to ensure that he can make the next town, Pete’s recent interviews indicate that the music doesn’t move him like it used to, The Ox is gone, and Keith is away from us longer than he was here. None of that matters to me. I am taking my family to a celebration of 50 years of The Who…Ups, downs, and everything in between. Their songs taught a young Matt Kacar the meaning of teen angst and how to work through it. Looking back, I am happy that my “Hope I Die before I get Old” badge that I wore in high school didn’t come true.

 

Watch this space for my review of the show, and tell me about your Who memories in the Comments section!

Category:Music -- posted at: 8:18 PM

My guest today is Davi! He is a singer, songwriter, and all around entertainer that delivers edgy pop, dance, and heartfelt ballads. We met through my partnership and our mutual respect for T Dawn at Beyond the Dawn Radio (www.beyondthedawnstudios.com). Two of his tracks are featured with this episode. They have been getting a lot of radio attention. Davi and I talked through his musical career, his inspirations, and all of the things that he is up to now. Learn more about him at Reverbnation, Twitter, and Facebook. If you reach out to Davi, 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_Ep255_Davi.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 1:41 PM

Singer/Songwriter Sam Gomm returns to the show! It has been a year since we last spoke, and we had a lot to talk about.  The big news that he shared was his involvement with the band Hookstick. You can learn more about them at www.hook-stick.com. I started off this episode with their brand new track called "Taste Your Love". I end the show with Sam's solo contribution to The Pete Quaife Foundation's "Legends: Shoulder to Shoulder" series. Sam also talked about his move back to Wales after ten years in Holland, and his upcoming gigs. Sam knows how to keep his audience engaged via social media, and he told me about the importance of self promotion. Visit Sam at www.reverbnation.com/samgomm. If you reach out, 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_Ep254_Sam_Gomm.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 1:31 PM

My good friend Matt Syverson returns to the show for another dual Artist Connection Podcast/Paperback Rocker episode!!!! You get twice the Matts for the price of one! What better way to start off the month of May? Listeners of this show know that I mention Matt on every episode. He is a musician, a podcaster, and the author of some incredible rock fiction. Amazon has some of his titles available right now, so please check them out. Look for Black Dog, Band on the Run, Running on Empty, and Blue Whiskey. It was great to catch up with Matt. We talked guitars, music, movies, classic television and all points in between. There are also a few musical surprises included. Learn more about him at www.paperbackrocker.com. If you reach out, please let him know that you heard him here first. Enjoy!

Direct download: ArtCon_Ep253_Matt_Syverson.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 5:38 AM

My guest today is powerhouse blues vocalist Deb Ryder! Her new album "Let it Rain" is available now! Three tracks are featured with this episode. After you hear them, I am sure that you are going to want to buy the rest! Deb was born in Illnois and was raised in the Chicago blues scene. Her father, Al Swanson, was a local singing sensation that exposed her to Jazz, Blues, and Gospel at a very young age. Her family later relocated to Los Angeles. She told me all about the time that she spent at her stepfather's famous club "The Topanga Corral". Deb has so many amazing stories about this time in her life. Her main influences include friend and mentor Etta James, Koko Taylor, BB King, and Taj Mahal. Learn more at www.debryder.com. If you reach out to Deb, 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_Ep252_Deb_Ryder.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 9:11 PM

I recently called down to Sao Paulo Brazil to speak with bluesman Igor Prado! He has a brand new album out now on Delta Groove called "Way Down South". The list of guest artists include Mud Morganfield, Sugaray Rayford, Kim Wilson, and Lynwood Slim to name just a few. Igor told me all about his recording approach, and how it gives the album a live feel. Three tracks are featured with this episode. Find additional details at www.deltagroovemusic.com. The Igor Prado Band is hitting the road to support it. They have many dates in the US through 2015 so catch them if you can. It was great to talk to Igor about his life, his influences, and Chuck Berry! Learn more at www.igorpradoband.com. Special thanks to Steve Dixon for making this interview possible. If you reach out to Igor on Facebook, 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_Ep251_Igor_Prado.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 5:48 PM

My guest today is Skyler Caleb! He is the writer, producer and lead actor in the film "Waking". The premise of the movie came to Skyler in a dream. It features a newly engaged man that meets a beautiful woman who he finds that he can connect with in his dreams. The blurred lines between the dream world and reality makes for a cool story! Skyler and I had a great time discussing the movie, as well as his time on the festival circuit promoting the movie. We also talked about some of the other podcasts that we listen to. Learn more about "Waking" at www.wakingmovie.com, and visit Skyler at www.skylercaleb.com. If you reach out, please let him know that you heard him here first. Enjoy!

Direct download: ArtCon_Ep250_Skyler_Caleb.mp3
Category:Cinema -- posted at: 10:59 PM

My guests today are Bobby and Will Mos...The Mos. Bros.! They are twin brothers originally from North Carolina, and now based out of Nashville. My first impression was that they are two of the nicest guys that you will ever meet, and my conversation with them was proof that I was correct! They have a brand new EP called "Three". It is being released on March 9, 2015. Three tracks are featured with this episode. After you listen, please consider buying your own copy and support the fabulous music that they are making. I can't wait to see what they have in store for us next! Find Mos. Bros. on Facebook, Twitter, ReverbNation, and www.mosbrosmusic.com. Special thanks to Cindy and Jen at LadyLake for pointing these talented musicians in my direction! 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 artists themselves to play their music on the show for promotional purposes for the artists.

Direct download: ArtCon_Ep249_Mos_Bros.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 2:37 PM



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