Episode 274 - Bernie Worrell

Today's featured guest is music legend Bernie Worrell! The interview is not new, as I featured it in Episode 023. That was four years ago in October of 2011. My show was very new, and it was pretty basic. There was no music, no intros & outros, and no editing at all. The format was strictly the conversation that I recorded with my guest. I have been a fan of Bernie Worrell since I was young. The fact that he agreed to be on my show so early in its run blew me away. We spent an afternoon together at a very busy diner in New Jersey. Needless to say, there was a ton of background noise on that recording. I posted it as is, and have always regretted that. The recording that I shared that day did not match the magic that I felt while I was there with Bernie. I am here today to make it right. I cleaned up the original audio, boosted the levels, and added some classic songs to complement the interview. Think of this as an "Episode 023 Remix." I couldn't knock out all of the background noise, but I believe it is worlds apart from the original. Learn more about Bernie at www.bernieworrell.com, and look for his albums at Amazon. Please reach out and let me know what you think of the interview. Enjoy!

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Direct download: ArtCon_Ep274_Bernie_Worrell.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 11:08am EDT

Episode 273 - Donica Knight

My guest today is singer/songwriter Donica Knight! She recently called me from her home in Alabama to talk about her life, influences, and brand new single called "Love ain't a Prize". It is a great song and is featured with this episode! You can buy it now at www.donicaknight.com. Look for it on Amazon, iTunes, and several other outlets around the world on November 1st, 2015. Donica spends time between Alabama and Los Angeles and had some great things to say about the differences between the two places. This interview was a lot of fun. She had me laughing through most of it! She spends a lot of time on the road and has opened for some of the biggest names in music. Her EP "Can't Buy a Southern Girl" is scheduled to be released in January of 2016. I hope to have her back on soon after so she can tell me all about it. Please reach out to Donica and let her know that you heard her here first. Enjoy!

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Direct download: ArtCon_Ep273_Donica_Knight_Update.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 12:59am EDT

Episode 272 - Billy Grima

Today's guest is musician Billy Grima! He recently called me from his home in Canada to talk about his life, music, and influences. His latest album is "Sugar & Cream", and three tracks are featured with this episode. Billy grew up in Australia and moved to Canada as a teenager. We talked about how he dealt with that transition and the differences between the two places. He also told me about his musical roots in the church choir. It is a tradition that he still practices today. Learn more about Billy at www.billygrima.com. I hope to have him on again very soon. If you reach out, please let him know that you heard him here first. Enjoy!

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Direct download: ArtCon_Ep272_Billy_Grima.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 3:48pm EDT

Episode 271 - Pete Thompson

My guest today is musician Pete Thompson! He is the singer & guitarist for the UK band "The Magic Es". They just released a brand new single called "Melody Jane". It is the first of many great tracks of theirs that are coming our way over the next few months, and it is featured here today! This band delivers guitar driven pop and their influences are based on The Who, The Undertones, and The Jam to name just a few. I love this first track and can't wait to hear what's next. In addition to the band, Pete also runs "Oh Mercy! Records". He has some great artists on the label. We also talked about life in the UK and the state of the music business. Learn more at www.wearemagic.uk and their Facebook page. You can also follow the band on Twitter, and download your own copy of Melody Jane at Bandcamp. This is definitely a band to watch, and I am honored to be among the first to share them with you. If you reach out to Pete, please let him know that you heard him here. Enjoy!

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Direct download: ArtCon_Ep271_Pete_Thompson.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 9:59am EDT

Episode 270 - Steve Butler

My guest today is Steve Butler! He is the guitarist/vocalist for the band Smash Palace. They just released their 11th album called "Some Kind of Magic". It was released by Zip Records and includes four fantastic tracks. The first single, "Haddontown", is featured here. It was great to speak with Steve about his influences, the history of the band, working with his brother Brian, and some upcoming dates. He has been in the music business for over 35 years and has had his shares of ups and downs. Not one to dwell on the past, Steve shares those highs and lows with me with one eye on the future. He was in the studio the day we spoke, and I can't wait to hear what he has in store for us. I have been a fan of Smash Palace since the mid 80's and it was cool to meet with Steve and learn so much about his musical history. Learn more at www.smashpalacemusic.com, Twitter, and Facebook. We close out the show with another new song called "My Mistake". Please reach out to Steve and let him know that you heard him here first. Enjoy! 

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Direct download: ArtCon_Ep270_Steve_Butler.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 5:06pm EDT

Episode 269 - Christine Weatherup

My guest today is Christine Weatherup! She was born and raised in Los Angeles and has been acting professionally since she was a teenager. She joined me to talk about her starring role in the indie anti-romantic comedy "Bread and Butter". Christine's character is Amelia Karinksy. She's a 30 year old obsessed with her virginity and is struggling to navigate relationships with two men that fell for her at the same time. Christine brings equal measures of sweet, awkward, and laugh out loud funny to this part. I love this movie. The writing is smart and you can tell that the cast really clicked. It was written and directed by Liz Manashil. She did an amazing job with it! Experience it for yourself at Amazon, iTunes, and VOD. Learn more at www.breadandbuttermovie.com. Christine and I also talked about life in California, the artistic freedom of working on indie projects, and her studies at USC and the Upright Citizen's Brigade. Learn more at www.christineweatherup.com, her IMDB page, and follow her on Twitter. She would love to know what you think about the movie. When you reach out, please mention that you heard her here first. Enjoy!

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Direct download: ArtCon_Ep269_Christine_Weatherup.mp3
Category:Actor -- posted at: 1:45pm EDT



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