Happy Halloween! My guest today is Jillian Riscoe from Red Velvet Crush. They are an award winning band from Kansas City MO, and have been receiving a lot of media attention. They have worked with some big names in the music business, including Dave Percefull (Green Day, David Cook, Bowling for Soup). Jillian is also sponsored by Daisy Rock Guitars.  This interview was recorded in partnership with www.beyondthedawnstudios.com. T Dawn aired it last week on her Halloween Show and I happy to make it available to my listeners today. Learn more about the band at www.redvelvetcrushmusic.com. Two tracks from their debut EP "Smoke and Mirrors" are featured here. After you listen, be sure to download your own copy at Amazon. If you reach out, please let Jillian 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_Ep232_Jillian_Riscoe.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 4:46 PM

I recently called over to Glasgow to speak with musician Gareth Dickson! It was so cool to meet him. He just released an album called "Invisible String". It is a fantastic collection of live recordings taken from a 2012 tour of Europe. Two of the tracks are featured with this episode. It is available now in a number of formats, including a limited run of vinyl. Some of his earlier works are being released on vinyl, as well. Learn more about him at www.garethdickson.co.uk. Gareth and I talked through a number of diverse topics during our chat. I hope you like it as much as I did. If you reach out to Gareth, 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_Ep231_Gareth_Dickson.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 9:19 PM

My good friend L*A*W is back for his 5th appearance! To celebrate this milestone, I am making the episode available on his birthday! It has been a year since we spoke. He is very active on social media, so it didn't feel like we missed a beat. His brand new album is "Tha Planet 12 Live Sessions (Vol 1)", and it is available now! Two live tracks are featured with this episode. The energy on this record is incredible. You literally feel like you are at the show. Our interview is long. L*A*W and I committed when we first met to never edit or censor our conversations. I press "record", and off we go. No topics are off limits. We tackle race, cops, the music business, and so much more. Don't worry. We didn't forget about you, Chris Brown. L*A*W once compared our relationship to what Ali and Cosell had in their interactions. I like that analogy. I introduce topics, and L*A*W runs with them. Look for him online...Facebook, Twitter (www.twitter.com/planet12law) and You Tube. Check out our prior interviews to see where it all started. If you reach out to him, let me him know you heard him here first. Sit back, and 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_Ep230_LAW.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 7:50 PM

I am very excited to share my interview with Bradford Loomis & Beth Whitney! We recorded this in mid-August, as they were preparing to release their debut album "The Banner Days". We talked about how they approach songwriting, and how this casual musical experiement became the foundation of a beautiful record. Two songs are featured here and I encourage you to check out the rest. Their voices work so well together and they have heard comparisons to The Civil Wars, The Swell Season, and Robert Plant's collaboration with Alison Krauss. Learn more at www.thebannerdays.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  to play his music on the show for promotional purposes for the artist.

Direct download: ArtCon_Ep229_Bradford_Loomis_Beth_Wh.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 9:45 PM

My guest today is Mia Doi Todd! She is a musician from Los Angeles, CA. It was cool to speak with her about her life, music, and influences. She has a new album out now called "Floresta". It is a beautiful collection of her favorite Brazilian songs. Her classically trained voice is perfectly complimented by the acoustic guitar on the record. Two tracks are featured with this episode. I was not familiar with these folk songs, but I loved them from the first time I played the album. Finding familiar elements in new styles of music is what I appreciate the most. Mia has several other albums out since 1997, and I am looking forward to discovering more of her work. Learn more at www.miadoitodd.com. If you reach out to Mia, please let her know that Matt sent you!

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_Ep228_Mia_Doi_Todd.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 5:34 AM

Paul Osborne is my guest today! I have been looking forward to meeting with him. He is the Writer and Director of "Favor". I absolutely LOVE this movie. I can't say enough about it.  It has elements of a classic thriller, but is very much a film of today. There are enough twists and turns to keep you guessing through to the end. It is now available on Hulu, as well as Amazon, iTunes, VOD, and DVD. It was great to speak with Paul about the movies that he loves, our shared love of laserdiscs, and Hollywood in general. Learn more about him at www.FavorMovie.com, www.twitter.com/PaulMakesMovies, and Facebook. If you get a chance to speak with Paul, please let him know that you heard him here first. Enjoy!

Direct download: ArtCon_Ep227_Paul_Osborne.mp3
Category:Cinema -- posted at: 11:45 PM

My good friend Zak Smith returns to the show for his 5th appearance! It has been about a year, and I am happy to have him back. He just released a new album called "Signs of Life". Three tracks are featured with this episode. After you listen, be sure to pick up the whole thing. Zak is a fantastic storyteller, and you can tell that he lives what he writes. He is as real as it gets. We covered a lot of ground during this interview. We got caught up on the events over the past year, talked about the new album, and took a side trip into some social commentary. Zak doesn't shy away from any topic. That is what makes him such a great guest! Learn more about him at www.zaksmithband.com. If you like what you hear, please tell a friend. Enjoy! (ACP Graphics by Missy K)

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_Ep226_Zak_Smith.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 9:01 PM

I am very excited to have Lauren Wolf back on the show! She was first featured back on Episode 083 and the time was right to catch up. She has been very busy since we last spoke. The Lauren Wolf Band has just released a new album called "Rise Up". I have it, and is is fantastic from top to bottom. Lauren told me all about the work that went into it, as well as the inspiration behind some of my favorite tracks. She allowed me to feature three new songs on this episode, and you are going to love them. There are hints of blues, pop, soul, and even a little industrial in her music. There is something for everyone. The constant through all of these styles is her powerful voice. Learn more at www.reverbnation.com/laurenwolfmusic.  If you reach out, please tell Lauren 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_Ep225_Lauren_Wolf.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 3:29 AM

Douglas Coleman is a musician with an incredible story. If you are meant to make music, it will find you...no matter what turn your life takes. Douglas is a perfect example of this. He became a professional musician in the 80's until frustration set in. He went on to spend 20 years in the corporate world and wrote very few songs in that time. When it got to the point that he couldn't deny his muse any longer, he left his job, moved to Thailand, set up a studio and is now back to living his musical dream. Douglas told me all about it. Two of his songs are featured here. Learn more about him at www.douglascolemanmusic.com and www.reverbnation.com/douglascoleman. Special thanks to my friends at Lady Lake Music for introducing me to Douglas. 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_Ep224_Douglas_Coleman.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 4:47 AM

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



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