Episode 195 - Olivia Millerschin

Olivia Millerschin is a fantastic singer/songwriter from Detroit, Michigan! Her new EP, "Over the Weather", will be released on 5/12/14. Her recording career began four years ago and she has received a lot of attention and many accolades. They are all very well deserved. Olivia has a great attitude and she told me how she got her start. We also talked about Detroit, her family, and her influences. "We Know Not" is her brand new single, and it's featured with this episode! I close out the show with "Screw Valentine's Day". That is her trademark song and won her a John Lennon Songwriting Award. It was also featured in Kohl's locations across the US. Learn more about her at www.oliviamillerschin.com. If you reach out to Olivia, please mention that you heard her 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 herself to play her music on the show for promotional purposes for the artist.

Direct download: ArtCon_Ep195_Olivia_Millerschin.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 11:41am EST

Episode 194 - Ed Roman

Ed Roman is a cool musician from Ontario, Canada. This is an interview that has something for everyone. Ed and I discussed music, politics, the current state of the music business, and economics. You can tell that he genuinely cares about what happens in the world. It comes through in his music, as well. He has a brand new album called "Letters from High Latitudes". Ed plays 90% of the instruments and the lyrics make you think. Two songs are featured with this episode. I encourage you to seek out the rest of his music. Learn more about him at his brand new website www.edroman.net. I hope to have Ed on again very soon to continue our discussion. If you reach out, please tell him 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_Ep194_Ed_Roman.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 4:03pm EST

Episode 193 - David Uosikkinen

Today's guest is drummer David Uosikkinen. David is a music legend from Philadelphia and I am honored to have him here. I was in high school in the mid-80's, and his band "The Hooters" was all over the radio (and my record collection) the whole time. Songs like "All You Zombies", "And We Danced", and "Day by Day" dominated the airwaves. The Hooters opened for the Who, played at Live Aid & Amnesty International, and "The Wall" concert with Rogers Waters in Berlin! All of this success was the result of relentless touring, respect for their fans, and incredible songwriting. David told me all about where's he's been and where he is now. His latest album celebrates the essential music of Philadelphia, and it is fantastic. two tracks from "David Uosikkinen's In The Pocket: Sessions" are featured here, but you will want to buy the whole thing. It has great songs and so many guest artists, all held together by David's drums. He is such a talented guy. We also talked about his upcoming show at The Ardmore Music Hall on 4/18/14, and his success in Europe. Learn more at www.songsinthepocket.org. If you reach out to David, please let him know that you caught up with him here. 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_Ep193_David_Uosikkinen.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 5:07pm EST

Episode 192 - Stephen Bishop

My guest today is singer/songwriter Stephen Bishop. I have been a fan of his for many years, and it was an absolute thrill to interview him. I had so many questions for him and he was very generous with his time. We shared a lot of laughs during our conversation. His hits go all the way back to the mid-70's and his debut album "Careless". That record included the timeless "On and On" as well as "Save it for a Rainy Day". I had all of my vinyl copies in front of me during our talk, and Stephen was gracious enough to answer all of my questions about even the smallest detail. His other hits included "It Might Be You" from Tootsie and "Separate Lives" from White Knights. His brand new album is called "Be Here Then". It is his first studio release in seven years. It was worth the wait. It is so good from top to bottom. His voice is perfect and the songs are wonderful. Two tracks from it are featured here, as well as the song that started it all. Learn more at www.stephenbishop.com. If you reach out to him, please let him know that Matt sent you. 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_Ep192_Stephen_Bishop.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 6:08pm EST

Episode 191 - Mark Ashton

I recently called over to France to speak with musician Mark Ashton. His recording career goes back to the late 60s. His band back then was Rare Bird, and they had a huge international hit called "Sympathy". He later spent time in New York and Los Angeles to focus on his solo career. He rediscovered his love of painting during this time, and currently enjoys a successful career as an artist as well as a musician. He paints under the name Mark Ashton Vey, and took some time away from music. It wasn't long before Mark was encouraged to release a new album, and the Mark Ashton Project is the result. It is a fantastic record, and Mark told me all about it during the interview. Two tracks are featured with this episode. Learn more at www.markashtonproject.com and http://vey-art.wix.com/mark-ashton-vey-art. If you reach out to Mark, please tell him that Matt sent you! 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_Ep191_Mark_Ashton.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 3:56pm EST

Episode 190 - Kevin Gant

My guest today is Kevin Gant. I am honored to have the opportunity to share his story with you. Where to begin...To simply introduce him as a musician from Austin Texas is only telling part of the story. It is too simple of a description. He is so talented, but is also the most humble man you will ever meet. In addition to his exceptional guitar playing he is a poet, prophet, incredible lyricist, and the subject of the 2011 documentary "Kevin". That film was directed by Jay Duplass and chronicles the time that Kevin spent away from his music and his efforts to get back. That was released in 2011 and I am happy to say that Kevin is back! My conversation with him gives you a glimpse into his world and inspirations. Two of his tracks are featured with this episode. Please be sure to explore the rest of his music. I also encourage you to watch the film and reach out to him on Twitter (www.twitter.com/gantman). Please tell Kevin that you heard him here first. Special thanks to my good friend Damon Martin for pointing me in Kevin's direction! 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_Ep190_Kevin_Gant.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 11:50am EST

Episode 189 - Brandon Gibbs

Today's guest is musician Brandon Gibbs. Brandon and his twin brother Brent have been performing their whole lives. Their band, "The Gibbs Brothers", was very popular and it gave them the opportunity to hone their craft while opening for many national acts. Brandon eventually went out on his own in 2010. He now splits his time as a solo performer and as the frontman for the band Cheap Thrill. He is on the road through most of 2014, so be sure to catch him if you can. Two of his solo tracks are featured with this episode. Learn more at www.thebrandongibbsmusic.com. 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_Ep189_Brandon_Gibbs.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 10:07pm EST



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