The legendary brothers Johnny and Donnie Van Zant join us on a good ole Southern Rock show. Johnny took over from his late brother Ronnie as the frontman of Lynyrd Skynyrd in 1987, while Donnie was a co-founder of .38 Special back in 1974. With albums together as Van Zant, they added to the family legacy with dynamic Southern Rock and Country tunes. The brothers hooked up with award-winning program director Ray White in July of 2016 to talk about their latest album Red, White and Blue (Live) and the current status with their legendary bands. Up until his passing on October 2, 2017, Tom Petty was one of the most revered rock stars on Earth. His legacy lives on as he's featured in our "Showcase Segment." Tom's recent posthumous release is titled An American Treasure.
The BoDeans have been going strong since forming in the mid-1980's. Over a half dozen tunes have landed on the music charts and they have built a loyal fan base throughout the years. In 1987, a Rolling Stone magazine readers poll tapped the BoDeans as the Best New American Band. Award-winning program director, Ray White, catches up with BoDean's frontman Kurt Newmann in May of 2018, to talk about their latest album - Thirteen, and about working with some of the top recording producers in the industry. In our "showcase segment" we feature the long-time singer for Journey - Steve Perry, who's released his first solo album in nearly 25 years titled Traces. For more information about our show, visit www.classicartiststoday.com
Ed Toth (Doobie Brothers) and Keith Howland (Chicago) spent time hanging out as their bands toured together, throughout the years. Living in the Nashville area, they formed Button with the Doobie's John Cowan. Their music, in this new endeavor, leans towards progressive rock and expands the traditional recorded music horizons that they've been know for throughout the years. Ed joined award-winning program director Ray White in the Summer of 2017, as the Button project was nearing completion, and Keith sat down with Ray during the Summer of 2018, after the albums release, to talk about the unique project. Multi-platinum recording artist Kansas is featured in our "showcase segment." Check out our website at http://www.classicartiststoday.com for more information about our shows.
The legendary John McEuen is a multi-instrumentalist who played a major role in the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band for well over 3 decades. With over a dozen awards and nominations throughout the years, both in a band and solo, John last broke from the band in 2017. Award-winning program director, Ray White, talks with John about his new book, "The Life I've Picked," and about his latest solo album release - Made In Brooklyn. Grammy winner McEuen provides great stories about his life and times! In our showcase segment we feature The Father of the British Blues - John Mayall. Great musicians like Eric Clapton, Peter Green, Jack Bruce, John McVie, Mick Taylor and many others cut their teeth and launch their career as part of John's Bluesbreakers band. John Mayall's latest live release is titled Three For The Road. For additional information about our show visit www.classicartiststoday.com
Mark Andes legacy in the rock and roll music industry continues to grow as he joins award-winning program director Ray White in this June of 2018 interview about his latest work with Firefall. The band has just released it's first studio recording in 24 years, with a group that reunites Mark and original members Jock Bartley and Dave Muse. A new rendering of Spirit's Nature's Way is a superb song and features Timothy B. Schmit (Eagles, Poco) and John McFee (The Doobie Brothers) sitting in with the band. In our showcase segment, we focus on the latest by The Magpie Salute - a band led by Rich Robinson, a founding member of The Black Crowes, whose new album is titled High Water 1. For additional information on our show visit http://www.classicartiststoday.com
John Oates, half of the dynamic duo - Hall & Oates, co-wrote many of the Top 10 hits for the band and is their guitarist and vocalist, too. In 2014 John was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with Daryl Hall. Billboard magazine tapped the duo as #15 in their list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time and the #1 duo. As a solo artist, John utilizes his immense talents writing and recording albums that lean towards the realm of Americana and Rhythm & Blues. Award-winning program director Ray White catches up with John at a solo show in August of 2011 to talk about his solo band, musical interest and styles and his album during that time. His latest CD is titled, Arkansas and draws upon his interest in Americana and Roots music. For more information about our show, visit http://www.classicartiststoday.com
One of Folk/Rock's leading performers is Shawn Phillips. His career was launched in the 1960's playing the folk circuit and hooking up with Joni Mitchell, Tim Hardin and Donovan. Shawn's worked with numerous world-class musicians including Eric Clapton, Steve Winwood, George Harrison and Bernie Taupin, throughout his career. The late rock concert promoter, Bill Graham, called Shawn, "the best kept secret in the music business." Classic Artists Today's Ray White talks with Shawn about his latest album, Continuance, and about his early years with Donovan. In our showcase segment, we'll highlight Paul McCartney's latest release - Egypt Station.
Mac McAnally has reached the pinnacle of an outstanding music career, being inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2007 and tapped as Country Music Associations' Musician of the Year 9 times! Most music lovers know Mac best as a member of Jimmy Buffett's - The Coral Reefer Band, since 1994. He has written and recorded several dozen songs with Jimmy, throughout the years. In our July of 2013 interview with Mac, award-winning syndicated radio show host, Ray White, talks with him about his early career, David Geffen and his live album - Live: In Muscle Shoals. Mac's latest release is titled Southbound: The Orchestra Project. In our Showcase Segment , we feature the legendary Willie Nelson. He's won over 37 music awards, and with his new project Last Man Standing, Willie now has 67 studio albums that he's recorded. Enjoy the songwriting and musicianship of two of the very best in the business, on this episode!! For additional information visit http://www.classicartiststoday.com
World-class drummer Jerry Marotta has played on well over 100 albums throughout his storied career. He was a member of Peter Gabriel's band, Hall & Oates, Indigo Girls and Orleans - just to name a few. In 2002, he was a GRAMMY nominee playing on Tony Levin's song "Apollo." Jerry is also a singer, composer and record producer. In our April of 2018 interview, award-winning program director, Ray White, talks with Jerry about his his new album with Flav Martin - Soul Redemption, and about his early career with Orleans. In our Showcase Segment, we'll feature Dave Matthews Band whose latest release is titled Come Tomorrow. For additional information on our show, visit http://www.classicartiststoday.com
Founded in 1975, The Motels were at the forefront of New Wave music in the late 1970's and 1980's. Lead singer, Martha Davis provided the band with a sultry style that drew a passionate following. Throughout their career, the band hit worldwide charts with their songs, over 15 times. Award-winning program director Ray White caught up with Martha before her show in August of 2015 who shared her personal thoughts about making her Beautiful Life album and new projects of the horizon. The Motels latest album - The Last Few Beautiful Days, is reminiscent of the sound that launched them to stardom. In our Showcase Segment, Steppenwolf celebrates 50 years in the music business with the release of a new box set including several unreleased songs from the vault. For more information about our show, visit http://www.classicartiststoday.com
Tommy Castro crosses the boundaries of Blues, Rock and R&B music as the leader of his own band since the early 1990's. He launched his career as a member of Warner Brothers' artists The Dynatones, in the late 1980's. Winning the 2008 Blues Music Award for Entertainer of the Year, Tommy's won numerous other awards and has played with many legends including B.B. King and John Lee Hooker. In our April of 2018 interview, Tommy talks with Classic Artists Today's Ray White about his latest album with his band The Painkillers - Stompin' Ground, touring with B.B. King, and changing up his styles of music. In our "showcase segment," we feature 2004 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee - Bob Seger, whose current album is titled I Knew You When. Lean more about our show at http://www.classicartiststoday.com
Glen Phillips, singer/guitarist/songwriter, launched his professional music career at the age of 15 forming Toad the Wet Sprocket. By the age of 17, he had a major label recording contract. Glen's released 6 studio albums with Toad and 4 full-length studio albums as a solo artist. In our November of 2015 interview, Classic Artists Today's Ray White talks with Glen about his collaboration with Art of Time Ensemble and his solo effort Coyote Sessions. His latest release is titled Swallowed By The New. In our showcase segment, we'll feature U2 whose current album is Songs of Experience, the follow up companion album to Songs of Innocence. For additional information about our show visit http://www.classicartiststoday.com
The legendary guitarist Robin Trower launched his music career by joining Procol Harum in 1967. After 5 albums, he formed his own band which universally is known as one of the premier "power trio" bands ever formed. Robin has recorded nearly two dozen studio albums and along the way recorded projects with Jack Bruce (Cream) and Bryan Ferry (Roxy Music). In March of 2018, Robin talked with two-time Program Director of the Year, Ray White, about his latest release Time and Emotion and much more! In our showcase segment, we feature the guitar master - Jimi Hendrix, who's recently released a new studio album - Both Sides of the Sky, which includes 10 previously unreleased studio recordings. Two awesome guitarists...One fantastic show! For additional information visit http://www.classicartiststoday.com
Billy Thompson has played with the legends; Albert King, Patrick Simmons, Billy Payne, Little Milton, Mike Finnigan and many more. He combines world-class slide guitar, searing licks and soulful vocals with a unique amalgamation of style including blues. rock, funk and soul. Two-time Program Director of the Year - Ray White, catches up with Billy in January 2017 to talk about his career highlights and his new CD, titled BT. In our showcase segment, we feature multi-Grammy award winner Toto, whose latest release is 40 Trips Around The Sun. Learn more about our show at http://www.classicartiststoday.com
An inductee in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Deep Purple, Glenn Hughes is known by many as the "Voice of Rock." Throughout his storied career as a bassist and vocalist, Glenn has fronted numerous other bands including Black Sabbath, Black Country Communion and Trapeze. Award-winning program director, Ray White, catches up with Glenn in March of 2018 to talk about his newest project, latest solo album Resonate, Deep Purple and you'll hear much more! Another member of the R&R Hall of Fame is our "showcase artist, in this episode. John Lodge, bassist/vocalist/songwriter of The Moody Blues! Live from Birmingham is his latest DVD/CD release. For additional information about our show, visit www.classicartiststoday.com
Poco formed in 1968, are a pioneer in country rock music being at the forefront of that genre of music every since. Throughout the years original members of the band have gone on to play with other iconic bands: the Eagles, Loggins & Messina and Souther-Hillman-Furay. Throughout their 50 year history co-founder Rusty Young still remains the patriarch of the band today. In this episode, he talks with award-winning program director Ray White, about Poco's last studio album, All Fired Up and much more! Since our interview, Rusty has released his first solo album ever, titled Waiting For The Sun. In our Showcase Segment, we feature Michael McDonald, who has just released his first new album of original tunes in 17 years - Wide Open. Michael was in The Doobie Brothers and Steely Dan, earlier in his career. For more information about our show visit http://www.classicartiststoday.com
In this special tribute to Pat DiNizio, we look back and share a great interview we had with him in August of 2010. Pat was the frontman of The Smithereens since the band was formed in 1980 until his passing on December 12, 2017. Award-winning program director, Ray White, talks with Pat about the 2009 release, The Smithereens Play Tommy and their upcoming album - 2011, plus much more! We'll relive many highlights of a stellar career and life of our good friend, Pat DiNizio of The Smithereens. You won't want to miss our Episode 004, when we showcase our last interview with Pat, too. For additional information about our show visit www.classicartiststoday.com
Gary Wright helped to establish the synthesizer as a leading instrument in rock and pop music in the mid 1970's. Before launching his solo career, he was an original member of Spooky Tooth with other musicians that went on to play with Foreigner, Humble Pie, and Mott The Hoople. Throughout his career, Gary played with others including his friend, George Harrison. Gary's career reached its pinnacle in 1975 with his The Dream Weaver album, which had two singles reach #2 on the charts. In October of 2010, Classic Artists Today's Ray White talked with Gary about his latest solo album - Connected, along with highlights from his early years. Gary re-released his 1972 album with Wonderwall titled Ring Of Changes, in the summer of 2016. In our Spotlight Segment, we feature Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Van Morrison, whose two 2017 albums were Roll With The Punches and Versatile. Learn more about our show at http://www.classicartiststoday.com
Nancy Wilson is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as the co-founder of Heart and now joins Liv Warfield from Prince's New Power Generation in a new band - Roadcase Royale. Their first album is titled, First Things First. In Part 2 of our April, 2017 interview with Nancy, 2017 New Music Weekly Magazine's award winning program director, Ray White, talks with her about launching the new band, induction into the Hall of Fame and Heart's last album - Beautiful Broken. In our "spotlight segment" we feature Canada's mega star, Bryan Adams, who has sold over 75 million records, been nominated for 15 Grammy Awards (taking home one as the winner), and winning 18 Juno Awards - Canada's top musical honor. Ultimate is the name of his latest album. Learn more about our program at http://www.classicartiststoday.com