Welcome to Episode 300 of The Artist Connection Podcast! My guest for this milestone is my good friend Stewart Kenny. Stew is a singer/songwriter from Dublin Ireland, and longtime listeners know him from his many appearances over the past several years. It is always great to catch up with him. His brand new album “A Better Place” is available now at iTunes (https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/stewart-kenny/id327768932). Please check it out and pick up a copy of your own. If you connect with Stewart, please let him know how much you enjoy listening to him on this show!

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_Ep300_Stewart_Kenny.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 9:19pm EDT

The Artist Connection Podcast is back and bigger than ever! Today’s guest is musician Jim McCarty. He is best known as the drummer for The Yardbirds, but there is so much more to the story. We talked about his early double life as a London Stockbroker by day and drumming Mod by night, and his family’s reaction to his career in the music business. He shared stories about his life post-Yardbirds, and how it all came back around for him. Jim also has amazing solo albums available. I sprinkled in songs throughout the episode that fit in nicely with the conversation and really set the mood for the topics that we covered. I don’t throw around the word “legend” a lot, but Jim has certainly earned this distinction. It was an honor to speak with him. His music spans the decades, and his influence can be felt in many ways. Musicians like Jim set the tone early on, and many of us are still trying to catch up. Learn more about him at www.jamesmccarty.com and www.theyardbirds.com. If you reach out, please let Jim know that you heard him on my show. I hope that you enjoy this episode as much as I did!

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_Ep299_Jim_McCarty.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 12:10am EDT

Episode 298 - George Hrab

Today’s returning guest is a musician, podcaster, author, and world traveler. George Hrab does it all! He was one of my first guests back in 2011 and his podcast was a major inspiration behind my desire to start this show. He gave me advice in those early days that has stayed with me through the years. I was so happy that he took time out of his busy schedule to stop over and catch up. George shared some highlights of 2016, why he chose to plant roots in Bethlehem PA, and his thoughts on social media. You will find some fantastic music sprinkled throughout our chat. He gave me complete access to his catalog and allowed me to pick some favorites to share with you today. I selected songs from each of his six studio recordings, and you will get the added bonus of hearing the story behind the tracks. He may be influenced by Frank Zappa, Yes, King Crimson, and Talking Heads…but what comes through his work is a style that is unique and all his own. Learn more at www.georgehrab.com and be sure to pick up your copies of his solo work at www.cdbaby.com/Artist/GeorgeHrab. All things related to The Geologic Podcast can be found at www.geologicpodcast.com. If you reach out to George, please let him know that you heard him on The Artist Connection Podcast. Enjoy!

 

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_Ep298_George_Hrab.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 5:47pm EDT

Episode 297 - Chris Butler

I am very excited to share this episode with you! Today’s guest is musician Chris Butler. Even though this is his first appearance, he plays a big part in the history of the show. As I planned out the podcast back in 2011, Chris was on my original list of people that I wanted to speak with. I am thrilled that I now have the opportunity to feature this talented artist and share his story and music with you. I first learned about Chris back in 1982. He was the founder/guitarist/songwriter of The Waitresses. I have been a fan ever since, and it is where I start the interview. Chris told me about his early days in Ohio, what the music scene was like, his early bands, moving to NYC, and how The Waitresses got their start. The second part of our conversation focuses on the historic recording techniques that Chris has experimented with, and tasting success in Europe with Kilopop! Music from various eras of his career are mixed in throughout the conversation. We wrap things up in the final segment by talking about his childhood and the vibrant music scene that he was a part of during his college life in Kent, Ohio. Chris was in the crowd of students at Kent State University on May 4th 1970 when the National Guard opened fire on them, killing four of his friends and peers. Chris gave me the details of the events leading up to that fateful day, and how it felt to be there as it was happening. Needless to say, it had a profound impact on the rest of his life. This was a dramatic and emotional part of our conversation, and I am honored that he shared it with me. This lead into a conversation about the current state of affairs in American politics. We spoke for close to three hours that night, but there is so much more that I would like to discuss with him. Hopefully I can have him on again to continue the story. Learn more at www.futurefossilmusic.com and be sure to pick up your copies of his solo work at https://chrisbutler1.bandcamp.com/. If you reach out to Chris, please let him know that you heard him on The Artist Connection Podcast. Enjoy!

 

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_Ep297_Chris_Butler.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 12:12pm EDT

Episode 296 - Joie Calio

Today’s guest is Joie Calio! This episode explores the many sides of this cool musician through music and conversation. I am a huge fan of his band “7Horse”, and meeting him to talk through his life and musical career was a great experience for me. He shared stories about growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area, when music first took hold of him, and his many adventures in the 90's and beyond. Joie has been a working musician his whole life, and you can still hear the excitement in his voice when he talks about getting signed for the first time with his band Dada and what life on the road is like. He lives for this stuff. The new 7Horse album “Livin in a Bitch of a World” is out now. After you listen to this episode, be sure to pick up a copy and check out his other albums. He allowed me to play some of my favorite tracks from Dada, his solo work, and 7Horse to compliment the interview and give some added perspective to our chat. Learn more at www.7horsemusic.com. If you reach out to Joie, please let him know that you heard him on The Artist Connection Podcast. Enjoy!

 

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_Ep296_Joie_Calio.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 1:27pm EDT

Episode 295 - Michael Des Barres

Today’s guest is Actor/Rocker/Renaissance Man Michael Des Barres! This episode gave me the opportunity to explore the many sides of this legendary performer through music and conversation. I have been a fan of his for as long as I can remember, and meeting him was an absolute thrill! He doesn’t normally talk about the past in great detail, but he gave me a glimpse during our hour together because he knew how much it meant to me. He has contributed so much to the pop culture landscape and I wanted to hear about the experiences that got him to where he is today. He opened up his musical vaults and allowed me to play some of my favorite tracks to compliment the interview and give some added perspective to the topics that we were discussing. Be sure to check out “The Michael Des Barres Program” on SiriusXM Radio as part of “Little Steven’s Underground Garage.” He is also very active on social media, so please look for him at his website (http://michaeldesbarres.com/) Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/MDesBarres/), Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/mdesbarres/), Twitter (https://twitter.com/MDesbarres?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor), and all points in between. Michael never stops creating. He is currently working on some new music that promises to blow us away! If you reach out, please let him know that you heard him on The Artist Connection Podcast. Enjoy!

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_Ep295_Michael_Des_Barres.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 6:04pm EDT

Episode 294 - Jade Starling

The Artist Connection Podcast is back! My good friend Jade Starling returns to the show to break my summer long hiatus, and it was great to speak with her again. She has a brand new single out now on Tazmania Records. Jade joined Mike Ferullo on "Party 2 Life." Two versions of this high energy track are featured here. I love it, and I know you will, too. Jade and I covered some heavy topics in this interview. We talked through some recent events that are happening in the world which haven't been so bright. I appreciate her for being so open with her opinions, and for always being so positive with her music. It's artists like Jade that give you hope when things seem darkest. Visit her online at www.jadestarling.com, Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/LikeJadeStarling/?fref=ts), Twitter (https://twitter.com/JadeStarling?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor), and Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/jadestarling/). If you reach out, please let Jade know that you heard her here first. Enjoy!

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_Ep294_Jade_Starling.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 3:48pm EDT

Episode 293 - LAW

Today's guest is my good friend LAW! He's been featured here many times and we always have a lot to talk about. It's been about six months since we last spoke, and we lost many musical greats in that time. We paid tribute to many of them during our conversation, but our primary focus was on Prince. His music meant so much to both of us and it was nice to share our memories and favorite musical moments. LAW has such respect for the people that came before him and influenced what he is doing today. We also talked about David Bowie, LAW's upcoming shows in NYC, and setting the record straight on the cultural impact of "Uptown Funk." Follow LAW on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. If you reach out to him, please let him know that you heard him here first. Enjoy!

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Direct download: ArtCon_Ep293_LAW.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 1:29am EDT

Episode 292 - Emily Capell

Introducing UK singer/songwriter Emily Capell! This episode mixes music and my conversation with this dynamic performer. Her songs are catchy but also make you think. These are the same qualities that attracted me to The Clash in the early 80's. Through Emily, I learned about Winston Silcott and Smiley Culture. These may not be household names in the States, but they are very significant in England. Five of Emily's songs are featured with this episode, as well as the story behind each. We also covered Northern Soul, Frank Sinatra, the East Coast/West Coast Rap feuds of the 90's, and all points in between. Her knowledge of music and music history blew me away. I have many more topics to cover with her, so hopefully this episode will serve as an introduction with many more appearances in the future. Learn more at www.emilycapell.com and follow her on Twitter (https://twitter.com/emily_capell). Please reach out to Emily and let her know 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 artists themselves to play their music on the show for promotional purposes for the artists.

Direct download: ArtCon_Ep292_Emily_Capell.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 5:54pm EDT

Episode 291 - Angela Elia

My guest today is singer/songwriter Angela Elia! She lives in NYC and we had a lot to talk about! We covered topics as varied as social media, life in the Big Apple, technology, and various social issues. The thing that linked everything together is music. Even though we just met, it was if I'd known Angela for years. Her single is called "Be Okay" and it is featured with this episode. After you hear it, I know you will want your own copy. Angela has an active presence on Instagram, and Twitter. You can also stay up to date with all of her projects and appearances atwww.angelaeliamusic.com. Please reach out to Angela and let her know 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 artists themselves to play their music on the show for promotional purposes for the artists.

Direct download: ArtCon_Ep291_Angela_Elia.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 1:42pm EDT



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