At the top of the album-oriented rock charts during the 1970's you'd find the band Kansas. They appeared on the Billboard charts for over 200 weeks throughout the '70's and 80's. On this June of 2010 interview, the CAT's Ray White spends times with Kansas guitarist Richard Williams, who has been with the band since their debut album was released in 1974. Rich shares his insights into the 35th anniversary of the band, that features the release of their live CD/DVD - There's Know Place Like Home. Kansas' recent album is The Prelude Implicit, their first studio release in 16 years. Our showcase band on this episode is Mike and the Mechanics, who were formed by Genesis' co-founder Mike Rutherford in 1985. Their latest release - Let Me Fly, is their eighth studio album.
In part 2 of our interview with the phenomenal guitarist Allan Holdsworth, recorded in March of 2017 - several weeks before his passing, we talk about his last music projects and one of his hobbies outside of music. Allan was considered one of the best guitarists in the world by Carlos Santana, Joe Satriani and Eddie Van Halen and many others. His magical guitar work can be found on albums by Soft Machine, U.K., Jean-Luc Ponty, Bruford and many others. The SynAxe was a unique instrument that he mastered. Allan's music crossed music genres as his styles would open up new dimensions of sound, no matter what he was playing. Join award-winning host, Ray White, as he gives takes you on a brief journey into Allan's life and music. In our "Spotlight" segment we feature Boston, who's latest album is Life, Love and Hope. For additional information about our show, which features the latest from "classic" bands and performers visit www.classicartiststoday.com
Mark Andes was original member of three incredible bands - Spirit (1967), Jo Jo Gunne (1971) and Firefall (1974). A bassist and background vocalist, Mark also was with Heart during the height of their career (1983-1993). In 2014, Mark reunited with Firefall, which now has three original members in the band. Interviewing Mark backstage at an October of 2016 show, he talks about rejoining Firefall and provides insights into his days with Spirit. Your award-winning host, Ray White, features much more on Mark and his music and features Lindsay Buckingham & Christine McVie (Fleetwood Mac) in our "Showcase" segment. For additional information visit http://www.classicartiststoday.com
We feature singer/bassist John Wetton on this "special tribute" Sittin' In With The CAT show. John's handprint can be found on numerous bands from the early 1970's right up to his passing in January of 2017. Widely known for his work with Asia, King Crimson, U.K and Roxy Music, his singing and bass playing was among the best in progressive rock music history. In this tribute show, award-winning program director Ray White interviewed John in January 2009 after release of Asia's Phoenix album. That album was the first released by the original Asia members since 1983. John shares insights regarding the reunion of the band and details of his other music career highlights. We'll also include much more from this legendary British musician. For additional information about our show, visit http://www.classicartiststoday.com
Todd Rundgren launched his career in 1967 with his band the Nazz. From there he headed out on a music journey that touched on a diverse and eclectic range of recordings in several band configurations including Runt and Utopia. Throughout his career Todd's also been a sought after record producer having worked with The Band, Badfinger, New York Dolls, Grand Funk Railroad and Hall & Oates - just to name a few. On our May of 2017 interview, award-winning program director Ray White talks with Todd about several of his early career highlights and his latest album - White Knight. In our "Spotlight" segment, we feature Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band, Cheap Trick. Their latest project is titled, We're All Alright! Learn more about the latest from many of your favorite 'classic" rock and pop bands at http://www.classicartiststoday.com
Formed in 1972 in Chicago, Styx has had 4 consecutive multi-platinum albums as well as 16 Top 40 singles, 8 of which landed in the Top 10. After releasing six albums, their seventh - The Grand Illusion, launched the band towards superstar status. Founding members James Young and Chuck Panozzo carry the flame for the band today and just released their latest concept album - The Mission. Award winning program director, Ray White, is joined by long time Styx bassist, Ricky Phillips, in this June of 2010 interview. Ricky was a founding member of the supergroup Bad English and also played with The Babys, before joining Styx in 2003. In our "Spotlight" segment, we feature a 1990 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee as a member of The Kinks - Ray Davies. His latest solo album is titled Americana which compliments a DVD and book of the same name. His backing band on this release is The Jayhawks - an alt-country/country rock band which formed back in the mid 1980's.
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Nancy Wilson of Heart has a new band and project she's been working on called Roadcase Royale. Teaming with several members of Heart and Prince's New Power Generation bands, the sound combines Rock and R&B at its best! In this April of 2017 interview with New Music Weekly Magazine's 2017 Program Director of the Year, Ray White, Nancy talks about the new band, new record, and plans for the rest of the year. Her albums, throughout the years, have sold well over 35 million worldwide. Nancy's recordings have made it to the Top 10 on the charts during the 70's, 80's, 90's, 00's and 10's - making Heart and their music among the most commercially enduring rock bands in history! Another Rock and Roll Hall of Fame musician - Pink Floyd's Roger Waters , is in our "Spotlight" segment on this episode. He's just released his fifth studio album, Is This The Life We Really Want?"
Born out of the music mecca of San Francisco in 1982, Night Ranger has sold nearly 20 million albums throughout the years, and are led by original members Jack Blades, Brad Gillis and Kelly Keagy. In this August of 2011 interview with guitarist Brad Gillis, award-winning program director Ray White talks with him about their tour with Journey and Foreigner, early beginnings of the band, his career when Jack Blades joined Damn Yankees, their album Somewhere In California - and much more! Night Ranger's current album Don't Let Up gives you the connection with the band today, tied back to their strong Rock and Roll roots! In our "Spotlight" segment, we'll feature a pioneer of hard driving Rock and Roll - Deep Purple, who's latest album is titled Infinite. It's their 20th since 1968 and includes original members Ian Paice, Ian Gillan and Roger Glover driving their Rock and Roll Hall of Fame sound.
Allan Holdsworth, a phenomenal guitarist who was considered one of the best in the world by Eddie Van Halen, Carlos Santana & Joe Satriani, joins us on one of his last interviews in March, 2017 - before his passing on April 15th, 2017. You'll find his fusion-based guitar work featured in groups including Soft Machine and U.K. Allan's music is transcendent of many genres as his style would open up new dimensions of sound no matter what he was playing - many times utilizing the SynthAxe. Some of his many collaborations were with YES co-founder, Bill Bruford and jazz drummer Tony Williams. On this episode, we'll talk about his brand new compilation releases and much more. In our "Spotlight" is Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie, who have a brand new album out with Fleetwood Mac - Mick Fleetwood & John McVie joining them.
Inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of The Doors, Robby Krieger has developed a unique legacy as a guitarist and singer-songwriter on the global music scene. Rolling Stone magazine consistently includes Robby on their "Greatest Guitarists of All Time" listings. Since his days with The Doors, Robby has released nearly a dozen albums, mainly featuring his world-class guitar work. In this June of 2010 interview, just a couple years before the death of his bandmate - Ray Manzarek, award winning program director Ray White, talks with Robby about his 2010 solo release, "Singularity" and much more! In our Spotlight segment, we feature Heart's Nancy Wilson and Prince's Liv Warfield's new band - Roadcase Royale.
Formed in 1967, Jethro Tull's music has touched on a wide music spectrum - blues rock, folk rock, and progressive rock, just to name a few. The band has sold over 60 million records, and were awarded 11 Gold and 5 Platinum records. Throughout the years, Ian Anderson has been the heart and soul of the group. On this episode award-winning program director Ray White talks with Ian, during February of 2017, about Jethro Tull's latest release "The String Quartets," which features Ian with the Carducci Quartet - recorded in unique settings throughout England. In our "Spotlight" segment we feature Steve Hackett, a Rock and Rock Hall of Famer with the band Genesis, who has released over 2 dozen albums throughout his solo career. For additional information about our program, visit www.classicartiststoday.com
Originally formed in 1975, the Little River Band has sold over 30 million records throughout the years. The band has garnered ten Top 20 hits on Billboard's Hot 100 chart. On this episode, award-winning program director Ray White of Classic Artists Today, interviews band leader Wayne Nelson in September of 2016 on their tour bus as the band prepared for another show. This session centers around Little River Band's latest album, "Cuts Like A Diamond," and Wayne also provides insights regarding song selection for each show. In our "Spotlight" segment, we'll feature 4-time Grammy winner Pat Benatar, who's released her first rock/pop recording in over 10 years. Additional information about our program can be found at www.classicartiststoday.com
Guitarist/Vocalist Billy Thompson is featured in this show. His albums have included members of Little Feat, Bonnie Raitt & Crosby Stills & Nash. Some say his style is like Jimi Hendrix meets Little Feat. Billy has played with the great Blues artists including Little Milton, Albert King, Art Neville & Keb Mo. He has released 7 albums and was joined by the likes of Billy Payne (Little Feat/Doobie Brothers), Kenny Gradney (Little Feat), Mike Finnigan (Bonnie Raitt/Crosby Stills & Nash) on several including his latest - "Friends." Classic Artists Today's Ray White, in this January 2017 interview, talks with Billy about some of the awesome musicians he's played with throughout his career and also about his latest album and future project. Little Feat is featured in our "Spotlight" segment and there's much more, too!
Since 1980, The Smithereens have entertained us with their rhythmic pop and rock tunes that are heavily influenced by the legendary bands of the 1960's including The Beatles, Who and The Kinks. Throughout their career, The Smithereens have landed on the Top 10 Mainstream Rock chart 3 times with - "Only A Memory," A Girl Like You" and "Blues Before And After." In our August, 2015 interview with Vocalist/Guitarist Pat DiNizio, Classic Artists Today's Ray White talks with Pat about his extended Vegas gig, touring with Tom Petty and updates on the bands latest music and happenings. Our "Spotlight" segment features Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's Glen Hughes (Deep Purple/Black Sabbath/Black Country Communion). Learn more about our shows at www.classicartiststoday.com
On this episode, Classic Artists Today's Ray White interviews the Outlaws' vocalist/guitarist Henry Paul revisiting the days of being the first band to sign with Clive Davis new label in 1974. Throughout the years the band has had four songs on Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart including "There Goes Another Love Song," "Hurry Sundown," and (Ghost) Riders In The Sky. This September 2012 interview also has Henry talking about the Outlaws latest album It's About Pride, their first studio release in 18 years reuniting Henry Paul and drummer Monte Yoho. Other great Southern Rock insights, too! For more information about the show visit www.classicartiststoday.com
On this show Classic Artists Today's Ray White talks with Amy Holland, who was nominated for a GRAMMY Best New Artist award in 1981, after the debut of her self-titled album which included the Top 20 hit - "How Do I Survive." This December of 2016 interview includes highlights of Amy's career and she discusses her latest album, Light On My Path. This release features Amy's fluid and melodic vocals touching on pop, blues and jazz genres. She is joined on the album by her husband, Michael McDonald (Doobie Brothers/Steely Dan), David Crosby (Crosby, Stills & Nash), David Pack (Ambrosia) and Joseph Williams (Toto). More information about the show can be found at www.classicartiststoday.com
Ray White of Classic Artists Today interviews Jock Bartley, band leader of Firefall, in October of 2016 to discuss the current band, reunion of original members and plans for 2017 and beyond. The band had six Top 40 hits during the mid-to-late 1970's and early 1980's. The current group members include Jock Bartley, Mark Andes, Dave Muse, Sandy Ficca and Gary Jones. Their latest tune is Walk More Softly. Original members of the band were assembled from The Byrds, Flying Burrito Brothers, Spirit, Jo Jo Gunne and Zephyr. Firefall's latest album is "Firefall Reunion Live." More information about the show can be found at www.classicartiststoday.com