Founded in 1972, Orleans were popular in the mid-to-late 1970's when 9 of their songs charted - 2 earning them Gold records. With over 12 studio albums, the band continues today led by original member Lance Hoppen. Multi-award winning program director Ray White caught up with Lance, before the bands show in August 2019, to talk about the paradigm shift that Orleans has experienced with the passing of his brother Larry and the retirement of John Hall. He also fills us in on the new band members and the recording of their latest effort - No More Than You Can Handle along with his first solo effort - Conjuring. Still going strong after forming 55 years ago, we also feature the latest from The Who, who just released Who. Closing out the year, and decade, Classic Artists Today brings you the latest music news and more from many of your favorite legacy bands.
Mark Wenner, The Nighthawks founder, harpmaster and singer, has been a mainstay in blues and roots music since forming the band in 1972. Throughout the bands' career, they have been tapped for numerous blues awards. The CAT's executive producer and host Ray White caught up with Mark backstage before his show in July of 2019 to talk about several of the bands highlights and about their latest release All You Gotta Do. In our "showcase segment" we look back at the career of the legendary drummer Ginger Baker. He co-founded rock's first super group - Cream, and went on to play in Blind Faith, before launching Ginger Baker's Air Force and delving into world music. Ginger passed away on October 6, 2019. Boogie, Blues and Drums... the best on Classic Artists Today's Sittin' In With The CAT!
Grammy winner Jim Peterik has been a force in popular music for over 55 years. Starting with the band The Ides of March, he's been cranking out the hits since the album Vehicle. His mark has not only been made as a vocalist, guitarist and keyboardist, but a songwriter who has co-written songs for numerous other bands. In the late 1970's, Jim was co-founder of Survivor. Today he keeps a full schedule still performing with The Ides of March and with his other bands World Stage and Pride of Lions. Award-winning program director Ray White talks with Jim about his illustrious career. His latest projects are Play On, Winds of Change and Fearless. In our showcase segment, we feature Jeff Lynne's ELO, today's version of Electric Light Orchestra that Jeff co-founded in 1970. His brand new release is From Out of Nowhere. From the 1960's until today, we take you on a ride like no other, on Classic Artists Today!
America was formed in London in 1970 by a trio of youngsters whose fathers were stationed there by the U.S. Air Force. America's Gerry Beckley sat down with multi-award winning program director Ray White, in August of 2019, to talk about the band's last studio album Here and Now, their Grammy award for Best New Artist in 1973 and his brand new solo project Five Mile Road. In our "Showcase Segment," we look back at several highlights of the career of Paul Barrere - songwriter/guitarist/vocalist of Little Feat. Paul passed away on October 26, 2019. His last studio album with Little Feat was Rooster Rag. Bringing you the latest inside scoop from your favorite classic bands and performers, we are... Classic Artists Today.
Multi-Grammy award musician Shawn Colvin kicked off her career performing in off-Broadway shows. Hooking up with Suzanne Vega shortly thereafter, she then signed with a major label in 1989. Right out of the gate she garnered fame as her Steady On album hit Grammy gold. Throughout her career she's been a premier singer-songwriter and musician. Shawn talks with multi-award winning program director Ray White , in September of 2014, about her early influences, time in Greenwich Village and other career highlights. Her latest solo project is Uncovered and in 2016 she teamed with Steve Earle on Colvin and Earle. In our Showcase Segment, we look back at the career of Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Famer with The Cars, Ric Ocasek, who passed away on September 15, 2019. For more information about our show, visit us at Classic Artists Today. Ray and his shows are on social media, too!
English rock guitarist Shane Fontayne , hit the international music scene in 1980 on an album by Steve Forbert. Since then he has recorded and/or toured with Joe Cocker, Richard Marx, Marc Cohn, Graham Nash, David Crosby and Crosby Stills & Nash. playing, vocals and sometimes production work landed him with work with over a dozen more musicians including Bruce Springsteen. In this March of 2019 interview with multi-award winning radio host & producer, Ray White, Shane talks about his latest project with Graham Nash titled - This Path Tonight and his years with Crosby Stills & Nash. In our featured segment, we spotlight the career of Eddie Money, who passed away on September 13, 2019. His last album was released just several months before his death - Brand New Day. For more information about our shows, visit us at Classic Artists Today.
Santana's Gregg Rolie, Leslie West of Mountain and the late Johnny Winter are featured on our celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Woodstock Music and Art Fair, which was held on August 15, 16 & 17, 1969 in Bethel, New York. The festival was a pivotal moment in music history and an event that defined a generation. The crowd was estimated to be 400,000 people. Award-winning program director Ray White, takes you on a trip celebrating the concert of the century. We'll look bank at several of the bands' that participated including Jimi Hendrix, Jefferson Airplane, Crosby Stills Nash & Young, Janis Joplin and Sly and the Family Stone. For more information about our show, visit us at Classic Artists Today.
Keith Howland is guitarist and vocalist for Chicago, gracing the stage for nearly 25 years. Launching his career with Rick Springfield in the mid-1990's, Keith's life in music has taken off ever since. You'll find his guitar licks and singing on nearly a dozen albums from Chicago and has traveled the world with the band. When not touring or recording with Chicago, Keith has recorded several projects with his friends including members of The Doobie Brothers in the band Button. Chicago's latest studio release is Chicago XXXVI: Now. Multi-award winning program director Ray White, talks with Keith backstage about his big break in the music industry and the latest with Chicago. In our showcase segment, we feature former member of Humble Pie and The Herd - Peter Frampton. Peter's latest album debuted at number one on Billboard's Top Blues Album Chart and is titled All Blues. To learn more about our show, visit us at Classic Artists Today.
Pure Prairie League formed in 1970 and was among the leaders of the country rock movement. They featured awesome lead vocalists including Craig Fuller and Vince Gill. In their heyday, they scored five consecutive Top 40 LP's. In June of 2018, multi-award winning program director Ray White caught up backstage with co-founder John David Call, Mike Reilly and the bands current members for an impromptu interview to talk about their latest album All In Good Time, the great vocalists they've had throughout their history and favorite album from their extensive catalog. In our showcase segment, we feature Poco's Rusty Young and Black Oak Arkansas - who just released Underdog Heroes, their first studio album in nearly 30 years. For more information about our show, visit us at Classic Artists Today.
The legendary Beach Boys throughout the years have had over 85 songs chart worldwide, the most Top 40 songs from any U.S. rock band, sold over 100 million records and received numerous other accolades. They've also garnered 13 Grammy awards and/or nominations. Needless to say, they are worldwide popular music icons! Multi-award winning program director Ray White catches up with their legendary leader Brian Wilson and co-founder Al Jardine backstage before their show, in July 2012, to talk about the bands 50th Anniversary, their That's Why God Made The Radio album, and the rivalry between them and The Beatles in the 1960's. In our Showcase Segment, we feature 9-time Grammy winner Sheryl Crow, whose new album is Threads. The legends can be found on Classic Artists Today!
David Bromberg stands out among his contemporaries as a multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter. He's played with the worlds' most talented musicians and is tapped for many of their projects. He was nominated for a Grammy at the 50th annual Grammy Awards in 2008. Award winning program director Ray White, caught up with David backstage, in February of 2019, to talk about his career highlights with Ringo Starr and others and also about his latest album - The Blues, The Whole Blues and Nothing But The Blues. In our showcase segment, we feature Jesse Colin Young, who has just released Dreamers. Also, the Stray Cats , whose latest is 40. For more information about our show visit us at Classic Artists Today.
Multi-Grammy award winner Kenny Loggins has had tremendous success as a solo artist, part of the duo Loggins and Messina, and as a songwriter and collaborator. In recent years, Kenny has produced several "family" albums and is a member of the country trio Blue Sky Riders. Award-winning program director Ray White caught up with Kenny during his reunion tour with Jim Messina in August of 2009 to talk about his latest endeavors, including his last solo album - All Join In. In our Showcase Segment, we feature Kenny's good friend and 5-time Grammy winner Michael McDonald, who was in Steely Dan and The Doobie Brothers earlier in his career. His latest album is his first with original material in 17 years titled Wide Open. For more information about our show visit us at Classic Artists Today.
Ted Nugent, the Motor City Madman, has been rockin' the world since his days with The Amboy Dukes, in 1965. Launching his solo career in 1975, the guitarist/vocalist has continued to rock the world ever since. From the late 1980's until 2010, he hooked up with several other superstars from time-to-time as a member of Damn Yankees. Along with his music, Ted has written books, starred in television shows and shared his views on life, country and the American way wherever he goes. Award-winning program director Ray White, catches up with Ted to talk about his music influences and how they've affected his career and also his latest album - The Music Made Me Do It. In our Showcase Segment, we'll feature the internationally acclaimed rockers Whitesnake, whose latest project is Flesh and Blood. For more information on our show visit us at Classic Artists Today.
Dennis DeYoung was the was the primary lead vocalist and keyboardist for Styx for several decades. A founding member of the band, he penned 7 Billboard Top 10 singles and another as a solo artist. Award-winning program director, Ray White, speaks with Dennis, in November of 2014, about his live CD/DVD Dennis DeYoung and the Music of Styx and his last studio album One Hundred Years From Now. Dennis is also featured on the brand new album by Jim Peterik and World Stage - Winds of Change. In our "showcase segment" we feature the late Tom Petty, whose latest collection is titled, The Best of Everything. For more information visit us at Classic Artists Today.
Singer, Songwriter, Record Producer Wendy Waldman hit the Southern California music scene as a member of Bryndle - where other members included Karla Bonoff, Andrew Gold, and Kenny Edwards, back in 1970. In 1973 her solo career was launched when Rolling Stone named her "Singer-Songwriter Debut of The Year" after releasing her first album. As a songwriter, Wendy reached the pinnacle when she co-wrote "Save The Best For Last" for Vanessa Williams, which was nominated for a Grammy. Her credits as a record producer includes albums for Jonathan Edwards, New Grass Revival and Suzy Bogguss. Award-winning program director, Ray White, catches up with Wendy in January 2019 to talk about her years as part of the second wave of outstanding female musicians and her soon to be released album, Blue Balloon. In our showcase segment we feature long time lead guitarist for the Eagles, Don Felder, who is in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the iconic band, Don's latest solo release is American Rock 'n' Roll. For more information about our show visit us at Classic Artists Today.
Since their formation in 1969, Little Feat has captured the many music styles that is America's music. Founded by the late Lowell George and current member Bill Payne, the band continues to please music lovers today! In our August of 2009 interview, award-winning program director Ray White catches up with guitarist/vocalist Paul Barrere backstage and touches on his early years with the band, recording with Robert Palmer and with other Warner Bros. artists. We also talk about Little Feat's Join The Band album and much, much more! The band's latest studio recording is Rooster Rag. In our "showcase segment," we feature Shaun Murphy who was a member of Little Feat from 1993-2009 and has recorded and toured with Bob Seger throughout the years, starting in 1973. She's a powerful vocalist who has recorded numerous albums steeped in R&B and blues. Her latest album is title Mighty Gates. For more information about our show visit us at Classic Artists Today.
Formed in 1987, the Gin Blossoms ruled the pop rock/alternative rock genre in the mid-1990's. Two of their albums during this period reached the higher echelons of the music charts. 2017 and 2018 New Music Weekly's Program Director of the Year - Ray White, sits down with guitarist/vocalist Jesse Valenzuela in September of 2018 to talk about his song writing, transition from lead vocalist to lead guitarist, and the Gin Blossoms' latest album Mixed Reality. In our "showcase segment," we feature two multi-Grammy award winners - John Mayer and Bruce Hornsby, whose brand new CD is Absolute Zero. Bringing you the latest, from many of your favorite "classic" rock/pop bands & performers! Learn more at Classic Artists Today.
Drummer Chris Frantz co-founded the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band Talking Heads and the Tom Tom Club. Bassist Tina Weymouth, Chris' wife, joins him in both bands. While the Heads haven't played since 2002, Tom Tom Club still performs today. Award winning program director Ray White caught up with Chris in September of 2011, before his show by the ocean in Virginia Beach, to talk about the formation of the Tom Tom Club, the addition of Adrian Belew to the band, the movie Stop Making Sense and the making of the album Genius Of Live. In our "Showcase Segment," we pay homage to Peter Tork of The Monkees - who recorded two 5x Platinum albums and had nine Top 20 hits with the band. The Monkees lastest pop album was Good Times. Peter passed away on February 21, 2019 at the age of 77. For more information about our show visit us at Classic Artists Today.
Steve Morse has consistently been named one of the world's top guitarists during the past four decades. He was voted "Best Overall Guitarist," in Guitar Player magazine's reader's poll for five consecutive years - then inducted into their "Gallery of Greats." Steve is Deep Purple's longest-serving guitarist having been with the band since 1994. Along with his own band and solo work, he co-founded the Dixie Dregs and current pop/rock supergroup Flying Colors. Steve was also with Kansas in the late 1980's. Throughout his career, his work has received seven Grammy nominations. Multi-award winning program director Ray White, caught up with Steve in September of 2018 during Deep Purple's "The Long Goodbye Tour," to talk about his career highlights and Deep Purple's latest album Infinite. In our "Showcase Segment," we feature Ace Frehley of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band KISS! Guitar World named Ace as the 14th Greatest Metal Guitarist of all-time! His latest album is Spaceman. Learn more about our show by visiting our website at Classic Artists Today.
Formed in 1974, 38 Special is still led by co-founder Don Barnes. Guitarist and lead vocalist, he sang all the bands hits through 1987. Throughout the years the band has recorded a Double Platinum, 3 Platinum, and 2 Gold studio albums, which included 12 Top 10 hits! Their last studio release was Drivetrain. Award-winning Program Director Ray White, caught up with Don in July of 2018, at his hotel before a show to talk about being the heir apparent to lead the Southern Rock genre after the farewell tours of The Allman Brothers Band and Lynyrd Skynyrd. He also shares his insights into the making of his first solo album, Ride The Storm, that was released in 2017 after the tapes were lost in the record company's shuffle after it's 1989 recording. In our "showcase segment," we feature The Charlie Daniels Band - another leader in the Southern Rock movement, that hit its stride in the 1970's. Their last studio album was Nighthawk. For more information about our show, visit Classic Artists Today.
Rich Robinson has performed on albums that have sold over 30 million copies throughout his career. He's gained international notoriety as a founding member of The Black Crowes, a band formed in 1989. In 2016, Rich formed The Magpie Salute, which includes several band members from his days with The Black Crowes. Award-winning program director Ray White, catches up with Rich on his tour bus to talk about his latest album High Water 1, his stint with Bad Company and much more! In our showcase segment, we feature two music icons: Van Morrison, whose latest album is The Prophet Speaks and Joan Jett who's featured in the documentary Bad Reputation. For additional information about our show visit Classic Artists Today.