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Artist Connection Podcast

The Artist Connection Podcast has been offering long form audio interviews with artists from the past, present, and future since 2011. Hear what inspires them to get out of bed each morning and practice the craft that they love. My guests include people that I truly respect from many different backgrounds. Each episode provides a unique mix of music and conversation. Enjoy!

Mar 19, 2013

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 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.