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SHOW # 162 - 05/06/13
From being the first African-American baby born in the Bledsoe County Hospital in Pikesville, TN to traveling the world with his military dad, to almost dying in an accident where he fell off a cliff, the history of Earl Thomas is found in his music and in his words.
What a fantastic talk I had with Earl. He is a funny guy, has so much passion for what he does and is serious about Raising The Roof! Find out why he stopped performing in public after a sixth grade show, until he returned to singing at 23 years old!
BAD INFLUENCE BAND - Segment Begins At The 1"00:39 Mark
The Bad Influence Band is Michael Tash, Roger Edsel, Bob Mallardi and David Thaler and they have been playing the Blues since 1998. They have been honored with numerous Wammie Award nominations. I sat with Michael and Roger and discussed their lives and careers and how the band has stayed together all these years. The guys are funny and you can tell they enjoy each other. We listened to music from their latest album, Under The Influence.
LISA BIALES - COUCH KID NEW MUSIC - Segment Begins At The 1:45:25 Mark
Lisa Biales first came and Sat On The Couch on September 24th, 2012 to discuss her career and music. Tonight, she came back to feature her latest album, Singing In My Soul, featuring Ricky Nye and The Paris Blues Band. The album is a collection of songs from the early part of the 20th century and features Lisa's takes on W.C. Handy, Sister Rosetta Tharpe and others.
GINA SICILIA - COUCH KID NEW MUSIC - Segment Begins At The 2:10:30 Mark
Gina Sicilia originally came and Sat On The Couch back in May of 2011 to discuss her sky-rocketing career. She even came by a few months back to pitch her Indiegogo campaign to raise funds to help promote her new album and tonight, she brought the album It Wasn't Real for us to check out.
SHOW # 163 - 05/13/13
Frank Bang spent 5 years touring with Buddy Guy, has played on stage with Eric Clapton, Dave Matthews and Carlos Santana to name a few. He released 4 albums, and then took time off to raise his family. Now he and his band Secret Stash are back making music. Frank joined me and we talked about his life and career. Did you know what sport Frank played that might have kept him from becoming a musician? he discussed meeting a famous musician who sent him heading back to his native Chicago to find 'the real blues'...and we listened to music from his latest album, Double Dare.
STERLING KOCH - Segment Begins At The 52:40 Mark
Sterling Koch is a nationally recognized lap steel guitarist who is a touring/recording solo artist and session musician. Sterling specializes in playing Chicago-style, slide guitar blues in a contemporary style on the lap steel guitar. His latest album, Let It Slide is a collection of some sweet music. He and I sat and discussed his early career where he was a stand-up rocking guitarist, who played in a multitude of bands before settling back in his home town in Pennsylvania. We talked about how he had to give up the guitar due to health issues and how the lap-steel came into his life.
SENA EHRHARDT - Segment Begins At The 1:36:47 Mark
Sena Ehrhardt grew up in Minnesota with a blues-loving, guitar-playing dad, so it is no surprise when she followed in his footsteps into music. Her first album, Leave The Light On, earned her a Blues Music Award Nomination for Best Debut Artist. Her second album, All In, was just released and it shows the growth she has gained in her songwriting, playing and singing. I sat with Sena and we talked about how she developed her love of the blues and her desires moving forward. You will also find out why Sena had to wait until after she graduated from college to follow her love of song.
KEATON SIMONS - COUCH KID NEW MUSIC - Segment Begins At The 2:18:55 Mark
Keaton Simons joined me back in June of 2012 to discuss his debut album. His new album Beautiful Pain was just released and he is bringing it to The Couch with him. This young man plays music of different genres, but it all falls under the Good Music label. We talked about the recording of this album, where Keaton is heading over the next months and we heard tracks from the new album.
SHOW # 164 - 05/20/13
Hilda Lamas began singing at the age of 4 and continued to do so in social settings. While in college getting her degree in Biology, music again came calling and this time Hilda answered.
I sat with Hilda and we traced her history from where she began, singing in that church at age 4 to today. We also had a chance to listen to songs from her latest album, Love Me Alone.
PATRICK MCLAUGHLIN - Segment Begins At The 49:15 Mark
Guitar lovers everywhere follow Patrick McLaughlin, the guitarist’s guitar player, who brings unique musicianship and electrifying songwriting to the blues experience. I got to sit with Patrick and discuss his career and his desires. We also got to sample some of the songs from Patrick's self-titled album.
RB STONE - Segment Begins At The 1:29:20 Mark
RB Stone is one heck of a musician and he is patient too! We have been circling each other for a year and finally got to do this interview - and perfect timing as RB's new album - his 16th, Loosen Up - is just hitting and it is special! RB and I discussed his long history, including performing on 5 continents and 32+ countries!
ISAIAH B BRUNT - COUCH KID NEW MUSIC - Segment Begins At The 2:16:30
Back In April of 2012, Isaiah B Brunt joined me for the first time and we discussed his life as a musician and producer in Australia and listened to music from his EP. On this night, Isaiah brought his latest release Nursery Rhyme Blues for us to hear and it is a collection of music that will transport you back to the blues of the 20's.
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