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

My guest today is musician Douglas Coleman! He returns to the show to talk about life in Thailand, the state of the music business, and his latest musical partnership. It is always nice to catch up with him and talk through a diverse list of topics. Three of his songs are featured with this episode. Learn more about him at www.douglascolemanmusic.com. Special thanks to Cindy and Jen at LadyLake for making this possible! Douglas and I stayed in touch after his first appearance, and I hope to have him on again very soon. He is a great guy with a wealth of knowledge and experience. If you reach out to him, 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_Ep248_Douglas_Coleman.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 12:15 AM

I am thrilled to have singer/songwriter Ed Roman back on the show! His first appearance here was in April of 2014, and the time was right to catch up. Ed has had quite a year with his latest album "Letters from High Latitudes". He told me all about it where he's been since we last spoke and where he is going in 2015. Ed is a great guest because of the diverse topics that we cover with each interview. This one is no exception. We talked about music, history, the benefits of growing your own food, and all points in between. Two of his songs are featured with this episode. Learn more at www.edroman.net. I hope that you love his latest appearance as much as I did. I have a feeling you will! If you reach out to Ed, 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_Ep247_Ed_Roman.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 10:51 PM

My guest today is the great Eddie Jemison!  He is the co-Director/co-Star/Writer of the film "King of Herrings". It is being released 1/20/15 on VOD, Amazon, iTunes, Google Play, You Tube, Vimeo, and many more. I had the opportunity to see it, and I love it. It is shot in crisp black and white, and the interplay between the characters is amazing. The fact that the actors have a rapport and friendship that goes back 25 years comes as no surprise. The film has been described as the bastard child of Woody Allen and Tom Waits. This is a brilliant description of what you'll find when you watch it. Eddie and I have so much in common. We had a lot to talk about during this interview. We covered movies, music, parenthood, getting older, and all points in between. Bud Lite fans will remember Eddie as the "Yes, I am" guy from the commercials in the 90s. Learn more at www.kingofherrings.com and
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0420646/. If you reach out to Eddie, please let him know that you heard him here first. Enjoy!

Direct download: ArtCon_Ep246_Eddie_Jemison.mp3
Category:Actor -- posted at: 4:07 PM

Today's guest is singer/songwriter Irene Rae! She is from the UK, and is working on a brand new EP. It will be her first band recording since 2009. She funded it through a Kickstarter campaign that raised 200% of her goal as of this writing! We talked about how grateful she is for the support from her fans, and how important it is to keep your goal modest when crowd funding. I had such a great time speaking with Irene, and I hope to have her on again very soon. Three songs from her 2009 release "End of Nothing...Beginning of Something" are featured with this episode. Her voice is amazing!  Learn more at www.irenerae.com. We shared a lot of laughs during this interview. I know that you will enjoy it as much as I did. If you reach out to Irene, please tell her that you heard her here first!

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_Ep245_Irene_Rae.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 4:33 PM

Mark Alberici is the guitarist for "The Killing Floor". They just released a brand new single called "Corruption Capital". It is featured with this episode! We had a great conversation about how he and his brother Oliver met Marco and Peter in NYC back in 2009. Their mutual passion for making music that matters brought them together as a band. Mark grew up in London and was amking sevral trips a year to the US. He eventually settled here, and divides his time between Nashville and NYC. The Killing Floor is working on a new album that will be relased in 2015. Learn moe about them at at www.tkfmusic.com. Please reach out to Mark 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_Ep244_Mark_Alberici.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 8:42 PM

New Year's Eve. The final day of 2014. This year seemed to move more quickly than most. Even though it flew by, the universe has a way of giving us reminders that time is indeed, passing. My reminder came in just under the wire. I was on my way to the Doctor for an annual check up. I was coming up to a busy intersection and noticed a punk rocker walking by. I don't see many locally, so I took notice. It was just long enough to think "cool, you don't see that every day". 

A few minutes later I was in the waiting room with the usual cast of characters. Ten minutes later, who walks in but the punk rocker! Now that I got a closer look at him, he was straight out of Central Casting...Mid 20's, purple spikey hair, Doc Martens up to his knees, studded jean jacket, face tattoos, and a nose ring. He sat acrosss from me. I was impressed with how quickly he made it over here. I thought that he would have surely noticed my purple Doc Martens and Rolling Stones pin on the lapel of my wool coat, so I struck up a conversation.  "You made good time!". He looked at me, puzzled.  "I saw you across the bridge before, and you made good time.  I used to walk a lot myself". He mumbled something, put his ear buds in, and never looked up from his iPhone.  Kids today. Hope I die before I get old, indeed.

Category:Music -- posted at: 4:42 PM



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