BMS S02E19 STEVEN WILSON The Record Maker

swbmsThe founder of Porcupine Tree comes to us from London for an in depth, 75 minute talk about Progressive Rock, the joy of melancholy, comparisons to Pink Floyd, genres, making records, emotions, technology, Guthrie Govan’s insane talent, the preservation of sound quality and the splendor of albums. The focus is on his 2015 masterpiece Hand. Cannot. Erase. We listen to two of the beautiful tracks. Local listeners won’t want to miss his November 20 tour stop in Ft. Lauderdale.
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BMS S02E18 MITCH RYDER I’m From Detroit

mitch ryder interviewAfter a brief recap of the Button South Reunion I rewind my interview with the great Mitch Ryder. Mitch thoroughly “gets” the Rock and R&B industries and has lived and thrived through all of the great eras! We dabble a bit in the drama of the business as  well as the magic in the studio. In an added segment at the end we get an update on what Mitch has been up to since this chat including some upcoming show dates!


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steve_lukather_blue-_shirt_028Luke, Toto’s singer and songwriter gets into detail about studio sessions, Jeff Porcaro’s unmatched groove and meter, today’s music scene,  the accuracy of Wikipedia and way more! Three music tracks highlight this one hour episode, two of them from his 2011 solo effort. He’s quite humble about his stature as one of rock history’s most influential guitarists and brings a great deal of his witty sarcasm, humor and music insight to the conversation.
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photo by Larry DiMarzio

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BMS S02E16 CHRIS PRICE A Forced Creativity

Price300By deciding to make an entire album using only an iPhone to record it, Chris Price forced himself to be creative. Using authentic instruments in resonant locations and clever mic placement, the resulting collection, Homesick has an organic yet polished feel, both in its sound and message. It’s a set of heartfelt songs with twists and turns. The conversation gets specific about the idea, the process, influences and the business. And, we take a close listen to three of Homesick’s gems.
photo by Kyle Safieh

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10399481_1176848974309_3109663_nDennis DeYoung, the iconic Classic Rock voice opens up about his days with Styx and addresses some of the rumors that got out about the split up 17 years ago. In between the laughs, we get into technology, Progressive Rock, writing hits, traveling, caring for the vocal chords and we take a close listen to a couple of his solo tracks. This is a timeless encore of one of our greatest moments from 2010. Talent.
Insight. Knowledge. Grace. Dry sarcasm. He brings all of it. 
We close with an updated segment on Dennis, who’s still going strong!

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BMS S02E13 MADMAN MIKE Last Call At Button South

MadmanButton2In a Rock n Roll Radio Reunion of sorts, a fellow 97 GTR Rock n Roll Animal co-hosts a preview of the upcoming Button South Class Reunion in September in Ft. Lauderdale. We chat by phone with Tommy Vincent from Heartless and Markus Allen from Race, two of the ten bands reuniting this year. We share all of the details on the two-night event, plus some music clips and a ton of memories of an unforgettable South Florida music era. Gettin’ the bands back together for a special Music Friday episode. (mildly explicit content)

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BMS S02E12 SHEP HYKEN Smilin’ and Dialin’

Shep-Hyken-Headshot-Tie-LRShep Hyken says all the things we’ve been saying about the state of Customer Service.  But he says it to a big audience. He spreads his “do the right thing” ideal with high profile consultation, bestselling books, keynote speeches and corporate training. We discuss the impact that social media has in our efforts to hold companies and services accountable. Shep talks about his music experiences and we tie that in with a quick listen to the classic “United Breaks Guitars” by Dave Carroll.
Thanks for listening and have a great day!

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BMS S02E11 SCOTT MacGRAW Angry Republican

MacGrawIn Part Two of the experiment, I again try to remain neutral and let Scott have the chance  to let his opinions out and express some anger. As expected, there’s a fair share of Hillary bashing and frustration, but there’s also a slight degree of mellowing with age apparent in Scott’s tone. Nonetheless, there are some strong feelings here and I do my best to egg him on with some high-profile “Liberal talking heads” soundbites and a clip of a guy called The Liberal Redneck. Hi-fives to both Scott and Erik for being brave and honestly letting it all out!

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BMS S02E10 ERIK SZPYRA Angry Democrat

SzpyraIn these next two episodes, I try to remain neutral and listen to the things that are making both sides mad in the political circus. First up, it’s Erik calling from Chicago. He’s not shy at all about pointing out the hypocrisies in Washington politics and brings a modest dose of anger mixed with some concern for his own “side”. I use some soundbites to prod him and he uses some humor to make some thought provoking points. Here’s just one example of the many opinions coming from the Left. Tomorrow we’ll get it from the Right.

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BMS S02E09 ROBERT M KNIGHT Knight Visions

Rogue_KnightMusic and Photography come together in a special fashion in the documentary Rock Prophecies. Our guest, RMN is the focal point of the movie, as he recalls stories of his connections to Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimmy Page, Jimi Hendrix and countless others. In this candid conversation he goes into even more detail about his skills at gaining access and the resulting lifelong friendships he’s made.

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