Episode 126 - Tommy James

My guest today is music legend Tommy James! I have been a fan of his my entire life, and it was an absolute thrill to interview him. His songs have been a part of my musical DNA from the start. Tracks like Crystal Blue Persuasion, Mony Mony, Hanky Panky, I Think We're Alone Now, Crimson and Clover, Draggin' the Line...the list goes on and on. His music is timeless. We talked about the early days of rock and roll all the way through to Tommy James in 2013. He has some amazing stories. We also talked about his book "Me, the Mob, and the Music". It is a fascinating read. Once I started it I could not put it down. I suggest you read it with a copy of his cd "Tommy James and the Shondells 40 Years: The Complete Singles Collection (1966-2006)". The songs really brought the book to life for me. In addition to being very generous with his time, he also allowed me to feature two of his songs with this episode. It was a challenge to pick just two, but they are my personal favorites. You can learn more at www.tommyjames.com. If you reach out, please tell him that Matt sent you! 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_Ep126_Tommy_James.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 12:40pm EST

Episode 125 - Sam Batt

Sam Batt is a talented singer/songwriter from the UK. She is also the founder of Battfest, an annual "virtual" music festival that she started in 2011. The next one is scheduled for August 9th through the 11th. She is very busy planning the event and scheduling all of the acts. Sam's music has been featured on this show several times, and I was happy to have the opportunity to interview her about Battfest and her music career. Sam has a strong online presence, and she works very hard to learn all aspects of the music business. I hope to have her on again throughout the year to get Battfest updates. Two of her songs are also featured with this episode. You can learn more at www.battfest.com. If you reach out to Sam, please tell her Matt sent you. Enjoy!

Direct download: ArtCon_Ep125_Sam_Batt.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 11:14pm EST

Episode 124 - Kevin Selfe

Kevin Selfe is an amazing blues musician! He is currently based out of Portland, OR. He has won multiple awards and is a fan favorite on the blues circuit. His new album "Long Walk Home" is out now on Delta Groove. I have had the honor of interviewing several great acts on that label, and Kevin is no exception. He is extremely talented, yet down to earth. We talked about how he first picked up the guitar in college and his original career aspirations. I am happy that he followed his muse and became a full time musician! Two tracks from the album are featured here. After you listen to this episode, please buy the album. You'll be glad you did. Learn more at www.kevinselfe.com. Please reach out to Kevin and let him know that you heard him here first. He is a great guy!  Enjoy!

 

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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_Ep124_Kevin_Selfe.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 9:00pm EST

Episode 123 - Rob Jones

Rob Jones is the singer/guitarist/songwriter in the UK band Driven Serious. Their new album "The Importance of Being Serious" is about to be released. We had a great conversation about his influences, the music business, religion, and philosophy. In other words, something for everyone! As an added bonus, five Driven Serious songs are featured in this episode. Rob gives me the stories behind each. You can learn more at www.drivenserious.com. If you reach out to Rob, 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 artists themselves to play their music on the show for promotional purposes for the artists.

Direct download: ArtCon_Ep123_Rob_Jones.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 4:46pm EST



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