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

It was early Christmas morning, and all through the house, not a creature was stirring...expect for yours truly, preparing the 2014 Holiday Episode! I can't believe that the year is coming to a close. It feels like it was just getting started. I had the opportunity to meet and feature some amazing people this year and I am extremely grateful for those opportunities! Some old friends returned to catch up, and I made a lot of new ones along the way. I even had the chance to meet Hiyori in person. That was definitely a highlight! Special thanks to my family and friends for their never ending support, and thank you to my listeners for joining me on this journey. I will be featuring some of my favorite Christmas songs here to show my appreciation. If you like what you hear, be sure to learn more about these artists. You will hear songs from Rockaway Bitch (www.facebook.com/pages/Rockaway-Bitch/430226917122246), Shattervox (www.shattervox.com), Diane Cameron Elam (dianecameronartistry.com), Ilona (www.ilonamusic.com), Markey Blue (www.markeyblue.com), Mikayla (www.v2drecords.com), and many more. We may even get a visit from LAW! Enjoy!

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

Direct download: ArtCon_Ep243_Holiday_Thanks_2014.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 12:20 AM

My guest today is David Quaife. He is the co-founding Executive Director of The Pete Quaife Foundation. As many long time fans know, his brother Pete was a founding member and bass player for The Kinks. He sadly passed away in 2010. David is continuing his legacy with the work he is doing with the foundation. David told me about how he and Penny Pound got started with it, and the amazing musicians that contribute tracks and performances to benefit them. We also talked about his life, and the early days of The Kinks as seen through his then teenage eyes. It sounds like those were great times! Three Kinks cover songs from "Pass it On Vol 1" are featured with this episode. Learn more at www.petequaifefoundation.com. Please consider doing what you can to help them out. If you reach out to David, please let him know 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_Ep242_David_Quaife.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 6:40 PM

BBP is a hip hop crew based out of Pittsburgh, PA. I recently met with founder Chaoz Da General and VinnyBlaq. Their brand new single "Like a Gentleman" is featured with this episode. We had a great conversation about how BBP formed, their musical influences, and the state of hip hop music today. They are signed to the Rize Records label, and we talked about our shared respect for Omar Sistrunk. I have been fortunate to interview many acts associated with Rize, and I was thrilled for the chance to add BBP to that list. Learn more at http://rize-records.com/b-b-p-producshunz/,  and follow them on Twitter(www.twitter.com/blakbeast412). They can also be found on Facebook (www.facebook.com/pages/Blak-Beast-Producshunz/146378367380).  Please reach out and let BBP 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 himself to play his music on the show for promotional purposes for the artist.

Direct download: ArtCon_Ep241_BBP.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 6:04 PM

Shane Dwight is a musician that was born and raised in Northern California. He relocated to Nashville in 2009 and quickly built a reputation as a well respected guitar player in that town. He is kept busy by dividing his time between these two locations, as well as a full performance schedule. Shane has eight previous albums and two live DVDs available. We spoke about his brand new release called "This House". It is his first on the Eclecto Groove label. A few new songs are featured with this episode. Learn more about him at www.shanedwight.com. If you reach out, please let Shane know that you heard him here first. Enjoy!

Direct download: ArtCon_Ep240_Shane_Dwight.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 10:07 PM

L*A*W is back! There is so much going on in this country with recent Grand Jury decisions, police behavior, and the downstream effects of racism. L*A*W is not shy about sharing his views on social media, but he chose not to address these topics any further on Facebook and Twitter after his initial posts. He said that he would rather talk through them on my show. I am honored to be a part of this discussion with him. Talking about these things and being educated about the past is the only way things will change. Hopefully our discussion sparks some new thoughts with you. Two live tracks are featured here as well. Follow L*A*W on Twitter at www.twitter.com/planet12law. If you reach out to L*A*W, please let him know that you enjoy his appearances on The Artist Connection Podcast!  

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_Ep239_LAW.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 2:16 AM

I recently called over to Scotland to speak with musician Andy Gunn. An article about him by Donald Fraser in The Highland Times pointed me in his direction (http://www.thehighlandtimes.com/news/2014/11/20/the-andy-gunn-story/). Andy has overcome many challenges in his life. His story is inspirational on so many levels. We had a great conversation about his life, music, and his new album "Miracle of Healing". I love this record! Two tracks are featured with this episode. I highly encourage you to pick up a copy of your own and support this talented artist. We also talked about our shared respect of the blues and his travels to different parts of the US. I hope he returns here so I can catch one of his shows. Learn more at www.andygunn.net. If you contact Andy, please let him know that you heard him on the show. 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_Ep238_Andy_Gunn.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 9:52 PM



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