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Episode 307 - Courtney Moorehead Balaker

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Welcome to Episode 307 of The Artist Connection Podcast! My guest today is Courtney Moorehead Balaker! She is an award-winning filmmaker, producer, director, writer, and co-founder of Korchula Productions. Her latest project “Little Pink House” is available now for streaming, VOD, and DVD. It tells the true story of one woman’s struggle to save her home from corporate redevelopment in her area. She is up against Pfizer and the government in this emotional tale of the importance of fighting for what you love, even if the odds are against you. I watched the film and thoroughly enjoyed it. I didn’t know anything about the story going into it, but I was instantly hooked. Courtney and I talked a lot about the film, as well the impacts of Eminent Domain on small communities. We also talked about her experiences as a theatre director in New York City, life in Los Angeles, and her studies in Colorado and London. If you reach out to Courtney, please let her know that you heard her here first. Enjoy!

Special Thanks:

To my good friend Tim Binder from New Ocean Media. I appreciate his support, and making episodes like this possible. Looking forward to many more in the future!

Hiyori from Hamburg, Germany. She is another good friend of mine, and a fantastic drummer. Her track “Funky Monkey” is the ACP theme song!

Courtney Moorehead Balaker Links:

Korchula Productions – http://www.korchulaproductions.com/

IMDB - https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0602055/

Little Pink House Links:

Official Website - http://www.littlepinkhousemovie.com/

Twitter - https://twitter.com/lphmovie

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/littlepinkhousemovie

Amazon - https://amzn.to/2LH9aCp

IMDB - https://www.imdb.com/title/tt3863632/

Artist Connection Podcast Links:

Main Site: http://artistconnectionpodcast.libsyn.com/

Website: http://www.artistconnectionpodcast.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ArtistConnectionPodcast/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/@artistconnect1

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.

Episode 306 - Ben Rauch

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Welcome to Episode 306 of The Artist Connection Podcast! My guest today is actor & musician Ben Rauch! His latest track “The Emoji Song” has recently won Best Comedy Song in the USA Songwriting Competition. It also won four Silver Medal awards for Outstanding Achievement in the Global Music Awards. This praise and recognition is well deserved. It is such a fun song! Be sure to check out the video, as well. Both “The Emoji Song” and Ben’s holiday hit “Jersey Christmas” are featured with this episode. Once you hear them, I know that you will want a copy for yourself. His full length album “Tales from the Turnpike” is due later this year. His acting credits span the stage, television screen, and the big screen. He is such a talented and versatile performer. I had a good time with Ben, and we shared a lot of laughs during our conversation. I hope to have him back very soon. If you reach out to him, please mention that you heard his interview and music on my show. Enjoy!

Special Thanks:

To my good friend Tim Binder from New Ocean Media. I appreciate his support, and making episodes like this possible. Looking forward to many more in the future!

Hiyori from Hamburg, Germany. She is another good friend of mine, and a fantastic drummer. Her track “Funky Monkey” is the ACP theme song!

Songs Heard on this Episode:

The Emoji Song (Video Link https://youtu.be/j5re7BRzZyI)

Jersey Christmas (Video Link https://youtu.be/ay8tclXaOEc)

Ben Rauch Links:

http://www.benrauchsite.com

https://www.facebook.com/BenRauchUpdates/

https://www.imdb.com/name/nm1895389

Song Links from Amazon:

The Emoji Song - https://amzn.to/2uYCDgN

Jersey Christmas - https://amzn.to/2K5EOn9

Artist Connection Podcast Links:

Main Site: http://artistconnectionpodcast.libsyn.com/

Website: http://www.artistconnectionpodcast.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ArtistConnectionPodcast/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/@artistconnect1

Please visit my daughter’s blog at melissakacar.blogspot.com.

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.

Episode 305 - Jason Klahr

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At long last...The wait is over...Episode 305 of The Artist Connection Podcast is here! My guest today is musician Jason Klahr. We have been friends & brothers for 36 years and I am so excited to share his story with you. We start at the very beginning and discuss his earliest musical influences, his time in the US Navy, the places that he has called home, and his life in Hawaii. He is one of my favorite guitar players, and the first person to make music a tangible thing for me. Songs went from being something that only existed on vinyl and the radio to now coming alive through him and his Ibanez Roadstar. He has taught me so much over the years. The thumbnail pic for this episode is from one of our many jams way back in 1993. Those were great times! We talk often, and this interview gives you a glimpse into what those conversations sound like. I hope that you have as much fun with it as we did. I plan on having him back very soon to do a track by track of his latest album "God's Not Done Yet." If you reach out to Jason, please let him know that you heard his interview and music on my show. Enjoy!

Special Thanks:

Hiyori from Hamburg, Germany. She is a great friend of mine, and a fantastic drummer. Her track “Funky Monkey” is the ACP theme song!

To all my listeners...Thank you for your continued support through the years! If you like what you hear, please tell a friend!

Songs Heard on this Episode:

Kick Me When I'm Down

Lovers Lament

Jason Klahr Links:

https://soundcloud.com/user-837717526

Artist Connection Podcast Links:

Main Site: http://artistconnectionpodcast.libsyn.com/

Website: http://www.artistconnectionpodcast.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ArtistConnectionPodcast/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/@artistconnect1

Friends of the Show Links:

The Paperback Rocker – Where words and music collide: http://paperbackrocker.com/

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.

 

Episode 304 - Eric Walker

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Welcome to Episode 304 of The Artist Connection Podcast! My guest today is Actor-Musician-Producer Eric Walker. His latest album “Brand New Day” is available now. Three of his tracks are featured throughout this episode. After you listen to the interview, be sure to pick up your own copy. I will provide links below. Eric has the distinction of being my first guest from the Star Wars universe! As a child actor, Eric was cast as Mace Towani in “Caravan of Courage: An Ewok Adventure” & “Ewoks: The Battle for Endor.” He also appeared in “Less Than Zero” as Robert Downey Jr’s younger brother. It was cool to talk through those early roles with him. We also talked about growing up in Hollywood and his various experiences there. This conversation was a lot of fun. I hope to have him on again very soon. If you reach out to Eric, please let him know that you heard his interview and music on my show. Enjoy!

Special Thanks:

To my good friend, Tim Binder from New Ocean Media. I appreciate his support, and making episodes like this possible. Looking forward to many more in the future!

Hiyori from Hamburg, Germany. She is another good friend of mine, and a fantastic drummer. Her track “Funky Monkey” is the ACP theme song!

Songs Heard on this Episode:

Just For You single featuring ACM

The Funkness – from “Brand New Day” 2016

Brand New Day – from “Brand New Day” 2016

Eric Walker Links:

www.ericwalkermusic.com

https://www.facebook.com/OfficialEricWalker

https://twitter.com/ericwalkermusic

https://www.youtube.com/user/ericwalkermusic

Album Links from Amazon:

Just For You single - http://amzn.to/2fRrIks

Brand New Day album - http://amzn.to/2yZ0PzG

Artist Connection Podcast Links:

Main Site: http://artistconnectionpodcast.libsyn.com/

Website: http://www.artistconnectionpodcast.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ArtistConnectionPodcast/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/@artistconnect1

Friends of the Show Links:

The Paperback Rocker – Where words and music collide: http://paperbackrocker.com/

Mad Anvil – Beautiful Custom Jewelry: https://www.facebook.com/themadanvil/

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.

Episode 303 - Mark Slaughter

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Welcome to Episode 303 of The Artist Connection Podcast! My guest today is music legend Mark Slaughter! I have been a fan of his since the 80’s, so having the chance to speak with him was a real thrill for me. His new solo album “Halfway There” is available now. Three tracks from it are featured throughout this episode, along with a Van Halen cover that he recorded in 2007. After you listen to the interview, be sure to pick up your own copy of the album. I will provide links below. We also talked about his growing up in Las Vegas, the music business, and how important being a songwriter is to his life. For Mark, it all begins with the song. He shares some amazing advice during our conversation. I had so many things that I wanted to ask him about, and he was open to all of my questions. If you reach out to Mark, please let him know that you heard his interview and music on my show. Enjoy!

Special Thanks:

To my good friend, Tim Binder from New Ocean Media. I appreciate his support, and making episodes like this possible. Looking forward to many more in the future!

Hiyori from Hamburg, Germany. She is another good friend of mine, and a fantastic drummer. Her track “Funky Monkey” is the ACP theme song!

Songs Heard on this Episode:

Hey You – from “Halfway There” 2017

Turn It – from “Halfway There” 2017

I’m the One – from “Mark Slaughter Back in the Saddle” 2007

Halfway There – from “Halfway There” 2017

Mark Slaughter Links:

http://markslaughter.com/

http://www.slaughterusa.com/

Album Links from Amazon:

Halfway There - http://amzn.to/2gc3QHW

Back in the Saddle - http://amzn.to/2xA68Eo

Slaughter Catalog - http://amzn.to/2wbKTJy

Artist Connection Podcast Links:

Main Site: http://artistconnectionpodcast.libsyn.com/

Website: http://www.artistconnectionpodcast.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ArtistConnectionPodcast/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/@artistconnect1

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.

Stewart Kenny - Perfect Day

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Long time listeners to my podcast know that Dublin's own Stewart Kenny is one of my favorite singer/songwriters of the past six years. He has been on my show many times and I count him among my closest friends. He reached out to me this week to share his latest collection of songs. I was honored to be the first person to hear them in their completed form. It may sound like I'm bragging, but wait...there's more! He was kind enough to allow me to share the link with all of you. Please go to https://soundcloud.com/user-20051939/sets/perfect-day and give these tracks a spin. You'll be glad you did. Stew's playing is top notch and his production skills get better with each release. His Dad, Tommy Kenny, contributes throughout and his presence and guidance through the songwriting process always feels good. These two talented men make a great team. I feel lucky & blessed to know them and share their creations with you.

I know that there is a lot of music out there and only so many hours in a day, but do yourself a favor and listen. After you do, leave some comments and let them know what you think. Thank you in advance and have a fantastic day!

Episode 302 - Joie Calio

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Happy Independence Day to all of my fellow Americans celebrating on this beautiful 4th of July Weekend! I have a very special episode on deck today. Musician Joie Calio returns to the show to catch me up on all of the work that he’s been doing with dada and 7horse. He and his bandmates are about to kick off a new set of dates for the dada tour. I will be there when they come to Philadelphia in September. Learn more at www.dadaforever.com. Joie allowed me to feature some of my favorite dada & 7horse tracks with this episode. I provide a nice mix from both bands, and things close out with the brand new 7horse track called “Swagger.” Learn more at www.7horsemusic.com. Joie is a great guest and is always so generous with his time. If you reach out or catch Joie on tour, please let him know that you enjoy his appearances on my show. This is a big one. I hope you like it as much as I do!

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.

Episode 301 - Brad Williams

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It is hard to believe that the 6th anniversary of this podcast is only a few days away. I have met some amazing people along the way and I am honored to have the opportunity to share these conversations with you. Today’s episode starts off with “Swagger,” the brand new single from the band 7horse. Learn more about them at www.7horsemusic.com, and be sure to stop by Amazon or iTunes to grab your own copy of the song. After that you will hear my interview with comedian Brad Williams. I had so much fun with him and we covered many topics. Brad is out on the road now. Learn more at www.bradwilliamscomedy.com. Also look for the podcast that he does with Adam Ray called “About Last Night.” Thank you all for listening to each episode of my show and for all of your support through the years. Please reach out to me at www.artistconnectionpodcast.com and like my Facebook page. If you reach out to either 7horse or Brad, please let them know that you heard them 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.

Episode 300 - Stewart Kenny

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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.

Episode 299 - Jim McCarty

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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.

Episode 298 - George Hrab

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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.

Episode 297 - Chris Butler

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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.

Episode 296 - Joie Calio

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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.

Episode 295 - Michael Des Barres

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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.

Episode 294 - Jade Starling

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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.

Episode 293 - LAW

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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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Episode 292 - Emily Capell

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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.

Episode 291 - Angela Elia

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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.

Episode 290 - Clay Snyder

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My guest today is singer/songwriter Clay Snyder! Clay grew up in Hawaii but is now living in Erie, PA. His musical mission is to “Spread the Aloha lifestyle, the positive vibes that heal” and he more than accomplishes that goal! Three of his songs are featured here to give you an idea of what this means. It was so cool to speak with him about his life, experiences, influences, and the importance of having the confidence to get on stage and perform. Clay is very active on social media, so be sure to reach out and let him know that you heard him here first. Find him at ReverbNationSoundcloudInstagramTwitter, and Facebook. 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.

Episode 289 - Cliff Hillis

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Today's guest is Philadelphia area singer/songwriter Cliff Hillis! His brand new EP "Love Not War" is being released today, and Cliff joined me to tell me all about it. I have been a fan of Cliff's music since seeing him open for Smash Palace last year and I'm happy to share his story with you on this special day. We had a great conversation about his early days, the musicians that he works with, our shared love of vinyl records, and our common influences from the late 70's and early 80's. Visit him at www.cliffhillis.com to stay current with his tour dates and learn more about him. Three of Cliff's songs are featured with this episode. Once you listen I'm sure you are going to want to buy the rest. If you reach out to Cliff, 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.

Episode 288 - Rachael Sage

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Today's guest is Rachael Sage! She is a vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, dancer, visual artist, songwriter, and producer. Rachael is no stranger to life on the road, performing over a 100 dates per year. Her latest tour begins in Austin on 3/16/16 at SXSW. Keep up to date with all of the tour stops at www.rachaelsage.com. We had a nice conversation about her life, music, and experiences. She has been releasing albums since 1996 and I am a huge fan of her work. Three of my favorite songs are featured with this episode, and I'm looking forward to the new album. Rachael has also studied at the School of American Ballet in her teens, and her music has been featured on the show "Dance Moms". I feel like I barely scratched the surface of her incredible career and hope to have her on again very soon so we can continue the story. Please reach out to Rachael 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.

Episode 287 - J Smith

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Today's episode features the long awaited return of J Smith to The Artist Connection Podcast! J first appeared back in July of 2012 for Ep 091. Since that time, he has been through some life changing experiences and has grown as a man and an artist. The good news is he is back with a brand new single and a new outlook on his future. J's music has always been positive but he went through some things that put his attitude to the test. He came out on the other side and is ready to impress us all over again. J's new track "MONEY" is featured here along with a new interview. Learn more about J Smith at Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube. If you reach out to J, 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.

Episode 286 - Jax

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Today's guest is Jax! Many of you know her from Season 14 of American Idol. She had so many cool musical moments that led to her strong finish. Her diverse song selections made her one of my all time favorites in the history of that show. It was great to speak with her about her influences and her brand new single "La La Land" which is featured here along with two tracks from the "American Idol Season 14-Best of Jax" album. Learn more about her atwww.jaxofficialx.com and watch for her on Facebook and Twitter. If you reach out, please let her know that you heard her right here on ACP. Enjoy! 

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Episode 285 - Brian Mackey

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NYC based singer/songwriter Brian Mackey joined me on the show for a fantastic conversation about his life and music. His various influences come through in his songs, and his writing style is very autobiographical. You can tell that he has lived every note. He is a classically trained pianist and was inspired by Bob Dylan & Jim Croce as much as Mozart & Beethoven. Brian brings it all together and has an amazing story to tell. His latest record is called "Broken Heartstrings." Two songs from that album are featured here, as well as one from his "Honest Love" EP. Be sure to check out the other songs that he has available. Learn more at www.brianmackeymusic.com. If you reach out to Brian, 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.

Episode 284 - Michael Wechsler

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Today's guest is Michael Wechsler! He is the Writer/Director/Producer of "Altered Minds" which is out now on VOD. It is a psychological thriller about a tormented son who makes a desperate bid to save his sanity by unearthing family secrets before his father dies. It stars Judd Hirsch, Ryan O'Nan, Jaime Ray Newman, C.S. Lee, Joseph Lyle Taylor, and Caroline Lagerfelt. We talked about how this amazing cast came together and the locations that were used during filming. I love movies like this. Each actor brought so much to their character, and it keeps you guessing right up the final scene. This episode also features the song "Happy" from the soundtrack. The song was written by Patrick Kelly and Erin Sax. Learn more at www.altered-minds.com and watch it today! If you reach out to Michael, please let him know that you heard him here first. Enjoy!

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Episode 283 - Dani Rey

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My guest today is singer Dani Rey! We talked about her debut album "Yo!" as well as her life and inspirations. She is a proud Cuban that was raised between Washington DC and Miami. Dani recently moved to Los Angeles to focus on her music and acting career. At 17 years old, she is already a high school graduate and currently attends Penn State University World Campus. Three songs from "Yo!" are featured with this episode, including the title track. For that one, Dani teamed up with Grammy Award winning Latin artist Miguelito. After you listen, please pick up your own copy at Amazon or iTunes. Learn more at www.danireyofficial.com. If you reach out to Dani, please 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.

Episode 282 - Holiday Thanks 2015

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Welcome to my annual Christmas episode! 2015 was an amazing year for me both personally and professionally. I want to thank all of my guests that joined me, and thank you for listening! Special thanks to my family along with Hiyori, Matt Syverson, Tim Binder, Tommy Kenny, and Cindy & Jen at LadyLake for their endless support. I had some old friends stop by for this episode and it was great to catch up with them. I also have a few instant holiday classics to share with you. They are listed below in order of appearance. If you like what you hear, please reach out to the artists through the included links. I am working on making 2016 even better, so stay tuned! Sit back and enjoy!

Eryn Shewell - "Santa Baby" (http://www.erynshewell.com/)
Lez Zeppelin - "Stairway to Frosty" (http://www.lezzeppelin.com/)
Cliff Hillis - "Christmas Songs Tonight" (http://www.cliffhillis.com/)
Shattervox - "Home for Christmas" (http://www.shattervox.com/)
 

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.

Episode 281 - LAW

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Today's guest needs no introduction. LAW has been on this show so many times, and each appearance is as unique as he is! No scripts, no edits, and no agendas. We just talk about whatever is on our minds and happening right now. This episode covers topics like LAW's inspiration for his dance moves and style, James Brown, and the Amy Winehouse doc. Learn more about him at https://www.facebook.com/The-Official-Fan-Page-Of-LAW-Planet-12-Productions--189013589954/ and https://twitter.com/planet12law. Please reach out to LAW and let him know how much you enjoy his appearances on my show. He will be back in 2016 with some brand new music to share!

Episode 280 - Russell Sinclair

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Today's guest is UK musician Russell Sinclair! I recently called over to Plymouth to speak with him about his brand new debut album "Bought & Sold." It is a fantastic collection of songs, two of which are featured with this episode. Russell draws his inspiration from many styles of music. I first saw him online and checked out his website. I bought all of his music within minutes! He is the kind of artist that can instantly inspire you. I am also featuring songs from his Plymouth Tapes EPs so that you can discover his work at the same pace that I did. After you listen, I highly encourage you to buy the rest and support this talented singer/songwriter. He is also known for his energetic live performances. Search for him on YouTube and see what you're missing! Learn more at http://russellsinclair.co.uk/ and http://russellsinclair.bandcamp.com/. If you reach out to Russell, 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 artists themselves to play their music on the show for promotional purposes for the artists.

Episode 279 - Judy Chaikin

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My guest today is Judy Chaikin! She is the Writer/Producer/Director of "The Girls in the Band." It is out now on DVD and VOD. I LOVED this movie. It was so exciting to have been given the opportunity to speak with Judy about it and feature her story of how the project came together. It is a documentary that details the journey of female jazz musicians from the 1930's through today. I am a huge fan of music, and thought I knew most of the highlights of 20th century musical history. I was wrong. This was an entire branch of the musical family tree that I was not aware of. The ladies featured here had to endure a career full of racism, sexism, and segregation...all while being world class musicians and entertainers. Their story may have been completely forgotten if not for the efforts of Judy and other likeminded film makers. We learn more about the past through interviews with the musicians, and a something about ourselves when we see the effect that prejudices and certain laws can have on people. To call it "compelling" isn't enough. It held me from start to finish and left me with the desire to learn more. One of the bands that Judy featured was "The International Sweethearts of Rhythm." I tracked down a few of their recordings and have included them with this episode. Learn more and buy your own copy of the movie at www.thegirlsintheband.com, and learn more about Judy at www.onestepproductions.com. When you reach out to Judy, please 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. The music featured with this episode is part of the public domain.

Episode 278 - Luke Wade

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My guest today is musician Luke Wade! Many of you know him from Season 7 of "The Voice." One of his performances caused Adam Levine to stand on his chair! We talked about his time on that hit show, as well as his life before and after the time that he spent there. Luke also told me about his recent tour and his plans to record a new album in 2016. He currently has a PledgeMusic Campaign which allows you to contribute towards the creation of the album. Learn more at http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/lukewade and visit him at his website www.lukewademusic.com. Three of Luke's songs are featured with this episode, including his cover of "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" where he duets with Mia Z. If you reach out, please let Luke know how much you enjoyed his appearance on this show. Enjoy!

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Episode 277 - Lauren Carter

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Today's guest is award winning singer/international model/actress Lauren Carter! She just released a brand new single called "American Dream." We talked about a number of topics including her songwriting process, traffic in LA, and navigating the waters of social media. Lauren has a Master's Degree in music and also gives voice lessons. Three of her songs are featured with this episode which will give you an idea of her many styles and vocal talents. The show starts off with her cover of "Graceless" by The National. We also get to hear "American Dream," then close out the show with a live opera classic called "Standchen." Prepare to be amazed! Learn more at www.laurencarteronline.com. If you reach out to Lauren, please let her know that you heard her here first. Enjoy!

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Episode 276 - Olivia Millerschin

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Singer/songwriter Olivia Millerschin returns to the show for her second appearance! She was originally featured on Episode 195 back in April of 2014. A lot has been going on since then so this was the perfect opportunity to catch up with her. We talked about her appearances on America's Got Talent, her 40 city tour that followed, and her visit to the UK. Olivia also has a PledgeMusic campaign happening now to support the creation of her new album. You can learn more about this exciting project at www.pledgemusic.com/projects/mynewrecord. Three of my favorite Olivia Millerschin songs are featured with this episode. I am looking forward to the new tracks as well. Find out more at www.oliviamillerschin.com. Please reach out to Olivia and let her know that you heard her here first. Enjoy!

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Episode 275 - Lydia Chase

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                           I recently called over to the UK to speak with singer Lydia Chase! Her debut single is called "Ultimate Drive", and it's available now. I found it online a few weeks ago and loved it immediately. Lydia told me the story and motivation behind it, and gave me a sneak peek at the title of her next single. She has been paying her dues by singing cover songs for the last 11 years, and recently decided to share her original music with the world. Lydia is off to a strong start with "Ultimate Drive." It is the kind of track that has something for everyone. I have it featured here along with her acoustic cover of "Locked Out of Heaven." You are going to love her voice! Learn more at her Facbook page (https://www.facebook.com/iamLydiaChase?_rdr=p), follow her on Twitter, and listen to more at SoundCloud. If you reach out, please let Lydia know that you heard her here first. Enjoy!

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Episode 274 - Bernie Worrell

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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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