Episode 042 - Geri X

My holiday gift to you...The return of Geri X to the show! I first met Geri back in September, and I couldn't wait to catch up with her. We talked about her recent six week tour of Europe. She spent time in France, England, and Bulgaria. She shared some very cool stories of her experiences there. She also let me know that she was homesick, and her next tour abroad will not be quite so long. When she came back, she went straight to the Dark Songs Festival. She told me all about it. Geri will be in the studio in January to record her latest record. She is planning an April release. It was great to talk to Geri again. She always has so much to going on. Please visit her at her website http://gerixmusic.com/ and enjoy the interview!

Direct download: ArtCon_Ep042_Geri_X.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 1:54pm EDT

Episode 041 - Pieter "Big Pete" van der Pluijm

Big Pete is a blues singer/harp master from the Netherlands. He recently called me up and we had a great conversation about his new album "Choice Cuts". It is his debut album here in the US. I have it, and I told Big Pete how much I like it. He had the opportunity to work with several of his influences while recording the album. It has a real live and genuine feel to it, and you can tell that they had a fun time making it. We also talked about how we were both influences by our parents' record collection and our mutual love of the blues. Big Pete originally started out on guitar but moved to the harmonica. I am glad that he did! He has a great sound! Check him out at http://www.deltagrooveproductions.com/music/artists/big_pete/main.html. I hope you enjoy the interview. Pick up "Choice Cuts" today, and enjoy!

Direct download: ArtCon_Ep041_Big_Pete.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 6:47pm EDT

Episode 040 - Silas Siphan

I recently called Denmark to speak with singer/songwriter Silas Siphan. He has been a musician for over 20 years, and is currently putting the finishing touches on his latest EP. We talked his influences, his background, and our shared love of vinyl albums. He also told me about his heavy metal past. We have a lot in common, and it was great to speak with him. He has a positive energy and that really comes through in his songs. We also talked about the benefits and challenges of navigating through all of the places to connect with fans on the internet. Silas has a strong internet presence and is building quite a fan base throughout the world. You can hear some of his songs and watch his videos at http://www.reverbnation.com/silassiphan. Also look for him on Facebook and Twitter. Please tell him that you heard him here first! Enjoy!

Direct download: ArtCon_Ep040_Silas_Siphan.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 10:50pm EDT

Episode 039 - Brooke and Steve Shive

Brooke Shive & the 45's are about to release their debut album called Way Past Gone. I met with vocalist Brooke, and her father/drummer Steve. We talked about the new album and how it came together. They have been playing together for a few years now, and the time was right to put out an album. Brooke has a lot of experience with performing in front of an audience and Steve has been a professional musician for over 40 years. He has worked with some amazing people over the years, and was very eager to one day start a band with Brooke. They are billed as the only father/daughter act in popular music. We talked about that dynamic and what it adds to the band. The bond that they share is evident in their music and live shows. They have varied musical influences, but what comes out is 100% theirs. They do some covers, and Steve told me about the care they take when selecting those songs. They have to fit the band and the overall sound. I really enjoyed meeting with them. They are such nice and genuine people. That comes out in everything they do. You can visit them at http://www.brookeshive.com/. Be sure to tell them that Matt sent you. Enjoy!

Direct download: ArtCon_Ep039_Brooke_and_Steve_Shive.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 12:39pm EDT

Episode 038 - Tom Aczel

Tom Aczel is a world class harmonica player. He is in a band called Tavern Tan and has been one of my musical mentors for several years now. Tom, along with Doug Ashby and Dave Joachim, are the guys that convinced me that starting this podcast was something that I would be good at. Their encouragement gave me the confidence to go for it. He has been a strong supporter of the show, and I couldn't wait to have him on. He has so many cool stories. We talked about his approach to songwriting, growing up in New York, and the devastating illness that he has since recovered from. I learned a lot about Tom during this interview and I respect even more than I did before. He has such a strong knowledge of the blues and its impact on modern music. Tom and Doug also ran the monthly Blues Jam at Godfrey Daniels for many years, and we spent some time talking about the good times that we had there.  Tavern Tan plays out often in the Lehigh Valley area. Learn more about them at http://taverntan.com/home.html. Enjoy!

Direct download: ArtCon_Ep038_Tom_Aczel.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 4:22pm EDT

Episode 037 - Elvin Bishop

I was thrilled for the opportunity to speak with Elvin Bishop. His music has been a part of my life for so long. As a result, I was a bit nervous. He was very gracious though, and spent almost 30 minutes talking with me. Trying to fit 50 years worth of stories into that timeframe was a daunting task, but I did my best. We talked about his childhood, his National Merit Scholarship which led him to the University of Chicago, and his early days in music. He told me about the first time that he met Paul Butterfield. It was his first day in Chicago! I asked him about his guitars, and his 1976 hit song "Fooled Around and Fell in Love". That song is very near and dear to my heart. It reminds me of growing up in the 70s. You can learn more about Elvin at his website http://www.elvinbishopmusic.com/. Enjoy!

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Direct download: ArtCon_Ep037_Elvin_Bishop.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 1:41pm EDT

Episode 036 - Isabel Aimee

Isabel Aimee is a singer, songwriter, artist, owner of The Art Tree in Shepton Mallet in the UK...The list goes on and on! She was nice enough to meet with me after a showcase gig at her gallery. We talked about her background and influences, her music, and her art. She has such a positive energy about her. She is all about sharing her talents and knowledge of music with everyone. She told me about the origins of her musical project "Inspirition" and her future touring plans. She shared some of her songs with me, and her voice is beautiful. Please visit her at http://www.INSPIRITION.me.uk and http://www.the-art-tree.com/. Getting to know her was a very positive experience for me, and I can't wait for you to share in our conversation. Enjoy!!!

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Direct download: ArtCon_Ep036_Isabel_Aimee.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 10:08pm EDT

Episode 035 - Vern Mobley   Fusion Jazz Trio

Drummer Vern Mobley stopped by my house last weekend and we had a fantastic conversation. His band, Fusion Jazz Trio, is going to celebrate their 10th anniversary in 2012. He told me about the band from the early days to today, and the importance of the chemistry that he shares with his band mates. They have been playing together for so long that they know where each other is going in a song. This makes it a lot of fun for them as performers, and makes for an exciting show for their fans. Vern is very active in the local music scene. He wears many hats, and he talked with me about how he balances family and music. We also talked about his roots in gospel music, and how is father was a major musical influence in his life. Vern was a lot of fun to interview, and he shared many greats stories and insights. You can find him online at http://www.vernmobley.com/fr_thebeginning.cfm and http://www.fusionjazztrio.net/. I hope that you enjoy this as much as I did. Let me know!

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Direct download: ArtCon_Ep035_Vern_Mobley.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 3:16pm EDT





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