August is coming to a close, and I haven't posted any new episodes. Have no fear, there is no "pod fade" in this broadcaster's future! The last part of the summer just flew by! I have been busy making memories with my family and seeing some amazing concerts. I needed new experiences to talk about on the podcast, and I am ready to rock. We went to see Cheap Trick and Peter Frampton, Robert Plant, and ended the summer with a 5 Seconds of Summer show in Hershey, PA. We also spent a few days in NYC where we saw U2 at Madison Square Garden, Wicked, and Penn & Teller on Broadway. 

I have two new episodes ready to roll for early September, and some great guests lined up for the coming weeks and months. Many of you have been getting caught up on my previous 264 episodes, and I really appreciate that! Stay tuned for Episode 265 & beyond. Thank you for listening! If you like what you hear, please tell a friend!

 

Category:Music -- posted at: 9:01 PM

My guest today is the incredibly talented Yasmine Van Wilt! Where to begin? She is a singer/songwriter, classically trained actress, performance artist, activist, published author, and has a Ph. D. in Creative Writing! Our conversation covered many of those topics and I feel like I barely scratched the surface. I hope to have her on again very soon to learn more. Van Wild is the name of her Southern Blues-Pop solo project, and she was nice enough to allow me to include three tracks with this episode. I love her voice and the way she brings the songs to life with her delivery. Yasmine is very passionate about many things that impact the environment and society. We talked about the effects of the BP oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. She lived in England for quite a few years and she told me how that shaped her world view. Learn more about her at www.yasminevanwilt.com and www.musicbyvanwild.com. She is also active on Facebook and Twitter. If you reach out to Yasmine please let her know that you heard her here first. Enjoy!

 

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Direct download: ArtCon_Ep264_Yasmine_Van_Wilt.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 7:32 AM

My guest today is Michael Marquart. He is the musical mastermind behind "A Bad Think". I am such a huge fan of his work and it was an honor to speak with him. We talked about his life, music, and the state of the music business. Three songs from his latest album "Don't Forget Us" are featured here. Learn more at www.abadthink.com. Be sure to check out the video for "Save Us All", which was directed by Derek Borte. Special thanks to Tim Binder from New Ocean Media for making this possible. If you reach out to Michael, please let him know that you heard him here first. Enjoy!

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Direct download: ArtCon_Ep263_Michael_Marquart.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 3:22 PM

Guitarist Eric Brombacher returns to the show to catch up and give me an update on all of the things that Shattervox has been working on! They are a fantastic band out of Toronto, and have been very busy. The new single "Melody" has just been released and it is so good! Eric allowed me to feature it here, along with "Walk Away". Pick up your copy at Amazon (http://amzn.to/1Mq1H3s), iTunes, or Bandcamp (https://shattervox.bandcamp.com/). We also talked about our recent concert experiences and the latest Van Halen tour. Eric is not shy with sharing his opinions. I really enjoyed our conversation and I hope to have him on again very soon! He is a great guest. Learn more at www.shattervox.com. The episode is rounded out with two additional Shattervox tracks. If you reach out to Eric, please let him know that you heard him here first. Enjoy!

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Direct download: ArtCon_Ep262_Eric_Brombacher.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 3:25 PM

This episode marks the four year anniversary of my show, and I am happy that Jacob Bunton joined me to celebrate! He is the front man for two great bands...Adler and Lynam! We talked about life in Birmingham AL, our shared love of 80's hard rock, and the early days of his career. Adler is going out on the road in support of their "Back from the Dead" album. I am featuring a few tracks from that one, along with one from the Lynam EP "Halfway to Hell" Please pick up a copy of both and support the bands. Learn more about Jacob at http://adlerrocks.blogspot.com/ & http://lynammusic.blogspot.com/. Thanks to all of you for listening over the past four years. I am looking forward to many more! I also want to thank my family and friends for their support. If you reach out to Jacob, please let him know that you heard him here first. Enjoy! 

 

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Direct download: ArtCon_Ep261_Jacob_Bunton.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 6:32 PM

My guest today is legendary guitarist Rick Vito! I have been a fan of his work for many years, and am honored to have him here. He has appeared on classic recordings by Todd Rundgren, Jackson Browne, John Mayall, and Bob Seger. He also replaced Lindsey Buckingham in Fleetwood Mac from 1987-1991. He started releasing solo records in 1992 which leads us to his brand new collection of songs called "Mojo On My Side". It is being released on June 16th 2015 on Delta Groove. Four new tracks are featured with this episode. I encourage you to buy the whole thing. It is so good! Learn more about Rick at www.rickvito.com and www.kingparis.com. If you reach out to Rick, please let him know that you heard him on my show. He has so many cool stories, and I hope to have him on again very soon. Enjoy!

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Direct download: ArtCon_Ep260_Rick_Vito.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 1:57 PM

L*A*W is back! It is always good to catch up with him. Consider this part one of our conversation. Part two is coming soon. We talked about the passing of B.B. King, and our constant search for amazing music to enjoy. We also paid tribute to L*A*W's grandfather, the late great Sam "Bluzman" Taylor. Learn more about him at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sam_Taylor_(blues_musician). Two live L*A*W tracks are featured with this episode, along with two B.T. Express tracks that feature Sam Taylor. I encourage you to do more digging into both of their musical catalogs. L*A*W is very active on social media. Start with following him on Twitter. If you connect with him, please let him know how much you enjoy his guests spots on my show. Enjoy!

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Category:Music -- posted at: 7:03 PM

My guest today is the multi-talented Kyle Roberts! He is an Emmy Award winner and the Director/Producer of the film "The Posthuman Project". It is available now on Amazon, iTunes, and VOD. It is a family friendly superhero film that has something for everyone. I watched it and enjoyed everything about it. I was impressed with the soundtrack and the amount of attention that Kyle gave to selecting just the right songs. This episode starts out with the O Fidelis track "Up and Away". Learn more about the movie at www.posthumanmovie.com, and check out the band at Facebook and Bandcamp. Kyle and I also talked about crowd funding projects as well as how he got his start with creating brilliant stop motion shorts for YouTube. Special thanks to Tim Binder for making this episode possible! If you reach out to Kyle, please let him know that you heard him here first. Enjoy!

 

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Category:Cinema -- posted at: 2:17 PM

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!
 

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Direct download: ArtCon_Ep257_ver2_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!

 

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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



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