Andy Fraser was originial member and bassist for the band Free, who were formed in 1968. He was just 15 years old at the time. He wrote the mega-hit "All Right Now" for the band and also "Every Kinda People" that Robert Palmer recorded in 1978. Andy was also briefly in John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers group. Ray White, multi-award winning program director, reached back in CAT's archives to retrieve our interview with Andy from March of 2010, 5-years before his passing, to share insights from his musical career. Andy's last album was titled On Assignment. In our showcase segment we feature two monster bands - Def Leppard whose latest project is Diamond Star Halos and Red Hot Chili Peppers who released Unlimited Love in April of 2022. Tributes and rock's greatest bands - a super mix on the CAT!
Burleigh Drummond is co-founder of Ambrosia, a band launched in 1970. His drumming and percussion work has been a mainstay in the five-time Grammy nominated group throughout the years. In our interview with multi-award winning program director Ray White, Burleigh shares with us the transition of Ambrosia from a progressive rock band to one geared more towards popular music, the bands' latest work and his band Tin Drum, that includes his wife Mary Harris - a singer and keyboardist who was in Jimmy Buffett's Coral Reefer Band. You can listen to more from Ambrosia on Episode 94 where we feature co-founder Joe Puerta. In our showcase segment, we feature a 13-time Grammy nominated (and 3 time winner) singer/songwriter and keyboardist - Bruce Hornsby, whose new album is 'Flicted. We'll also feature a band whose new album is their first in 18 years - Tears For Fears who just dropped The Tipping Point. Some great talent that withstands the test of time...presented by Classic Artists Today.
John McFee of The Doobie Brothers is nearing nearly 30 years as a full-time member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band. This multi-instrumentalist was a co-founder of Southern Pacific and played with numerous notable musicians including Elvis Costello, Van Morrison, Huey Lewis and The Grateful Dead. In November of 2008 multi-award winning program director Ray White caught up with John at his hotel, before hitting the stage, to talk about several highlights of his musical career, life as a "Doobie," and the amazing craftmanship that only the band can deliver. The Doobie Brothers latest album is Liberte. In our "showcase segment" we feature another "brother" who played full-time with the band from 1974 to 1979 - Jeff "Skunk" Baxter. He was also in Steely Dan and has played on albums by over two dozen top performers. His brand new album is titled Speed of Heat. We close out this show with Joseph Williams who has been lead vocalist for Toto on over a half-dozen of their albums since 1986 and has nearly a dozen solo albums during his career, with the latest titled Denizen Tenant. World-class musicians...you'll find them Sittin' In With The CAT!
Bill Payne co-founded Little Feat back in 1969. Throughout the years his keyboard work, along with his excellent songwriting and singing skills, have been a mainstay of the band. These fantastic attributes has elevated him to one of the most sought after musicians in the world. You'll find Bill on records by The Doobie Brothers, Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Browne, Bob Seger, Emmylou Harris, Jimmy Buffett and dozens more. In Ray White's April of 2022 interview with Bill, he shares his insights on the newest members of Little Feat, the bands' "Waiting For Columbus - 45th Anniversary Tour 2022," relationship with The Doobie Brothers, key singers for Little Feat throughout the years and much, much more. Their tour this summer is a must see event - certainly a CAT favorite! In our showcase segment we feature two superstars of Rock: 9-time Grammy award winner Sheryl Crow whose "Sheryl" documentary was just released and Journey, a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band that has 25 Gold and Platinum albums since forming in 1973. Their latest album is titled Freedom. Nothing but the best...that's right, it's on the CAT!!
Zephyr was a rock band with blues and jazz undertones that emerged on the national music scene in 1969 and followed with 4 albums. Candy Givens' vocals were powerful and stood side-by-side with Janis Joplin and Grace Slick as the leading ladies fronting rock bands back in the day. The legendary guitarist Tommy Bolin, also helped launch the band as his career took off. Zephyr's co-founder David Givens and band member Jock Bartley (who co-founded Firefall) shares their unique insights about the band with Ray White on this special "Blast From The Past" edition of our show. Zephyr was on concert billings with Jim Hendrix and Led Zepplin and was tapped for inclusion in the Colorado Music Hall of Fame in 2019. To close out our show we look back to several highlights in the career of Taylor Hawkins of the Foo Fighters, who passed away on March 25, 2022. Taylor also fronted his own band, Taylor Hawkins and the Coattail Riders, whose last release was Get The Money in 2019. Legacy performances...Legacy musicians, right here on the CAT!
Gregg Rolie can be found in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice! Inducted in 1998 as a co-founder of Santana and again in 2017 as an original member of Journey. Throughout his career, Gregg sang and has been keyboardist in other groups including The Storm, Ringo Starr and his All-Starr Band and has released over a half-dozen solo albums since 1985. Award-winning program director Ray White caught up with Gregg in March of 2009 to talk about his music heritage, how the blues impacted the sound of Santana, the supergroup The Storm, life as a solo artist and much more. His latest release is Sonic Ranch. In our showcase segment we feature two of the elite guitar players...worldwide! Jeffrey "Skunk" Baxter could be found in several bands throughout his career including The Doobie Brothers (in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame), Steely Dan and Ultimate Spinach. Jeff's upcoming album is Speed of Heat. We close out our show with the amazing Joe Bonamassa. With 11 #1 albums on Billboard's Blues Chart, his talent elevates him among the very best guitarists of the 21st century. He's a "must see" live in concert, when he plays near your town. Joe's latest album is a dynamo, titled Time Clocks. Rock's elite musicians can be found on Classic Artists Today!
Edwin McCain is a singer-songwriter and guitarist who hails from Charleston, SC. He hit the charts back in the late 1990's and early 2000's with four Top 40 songs. A good friend of Hootie and the Blowfish, they hit the charts about the same time. Multi-award winning program director Ray White caught up with Edwin in June of 2012 to talk about his Mercy Bound album, touring - being a "road warrior," and the importance of performing live and much more. Edwin's latest single is We're All In This Together. In our showcase segment, we're joined by Brownsville Station's guitarist Billy Craig. With the tragic situation in Ukraine, Billy's just released a song and video that's going viral throughout the world - Tears For Ukraine. Touching our hearts and soul on Classic Artists Today.
Bill Leverty co-founded FireHouse in the mid-1980's. The band, with Bill's great guitar work, was signed to Epic Records in 1989 and hit the big time with their double-platinum debut, self-titled album in 1990. The band garnered several music awards in 1991 including the American Music Award. FireHouse has released 8 albums throughout the years and Bill has recorded 5 solo projects with his latest titled, Divided We Fall in 2020. Multi-award winning program director and radio producer Ray White caught up with Bill in January of 2022 to talk about the bands rise to stardom, FireHouse's last studio album Prime Time and his solo work, too. In our "showcase segment," we honor and look back at the great career of Gary Brooker, the leader of Procol Harum, who passed away on February 19, 2022. Power ballads and powerhouse bands are featured on this episode, brought to you by Classic Artists Today - celebrating the latest from classic bands for over 15 years.
Dar Williams is one of the premier singer-songwriters in America today. You'll find her playing at many of the folk/americana festivals around the country, playing her guitar and singing her songs about life and the world we live in. She's released over 20 projects throughout her career and has contributed to over a half-dozen compilation albums. During 1995 she landed a song on the Top 20 of Billboard's Adult Album Alternative chart. Award-winning program director Ray White, "zoomed" with Dar to talk about her early interest in acting, establishing a friendship with Joan Baez, a new recording with Orleans' John Hall, and her latest album I'll Meet You Here. In our showcase segment we feature another fantastic pop/folk singer and Grammy award winner Janis Ian, whose latest release is The Light At The End Of The Line. Artists and their songs, delivered straight from their heart and soul... presented by Classic Artists Today.
Martin Turner co-founded Wishbone Ash in 1969 as their bass player and vocalist. The band was known for their twin lead guitars, melodic songwriting and complex musical arrangements. Martin's heydays with the band lasted through 1980. Award-winning program director and syndicated radio host, Ray White, caught up with Martin in June of 2013 to talk about his career highlights with Wishbone Ash, his solo career along with his book "No Easy Road - My Life and Times with Wishbone Ash and Beyond." Martin's released several studio albums and live projects thoughout the years. His latest studio album is Written In The Stars. In the CAT's showcase segment we remember Meat Loaf, who passed on Jaunuary 20, 2022. Along with his famed Bat Out of Hell albums - which sold over 65 million copies, he appeared in over 50 films and television shows. Meat Loaf's last studio album was released in 2016 and was titled Braver Than We Are. Covering the wide spectrum of rock music's heydays...and today, they're Sittin' In With The CAT!
Peter Rivera was the lead singer and drummer for Rare Earth, that was formed in the late 1960's. They had 12 singles land on the charts. This episode is part two of our conversation with Peter in February 2021. Part one can be found on Episode 099. He provides his insights into his days at Motown Records and the bands connection with Stevie Wonder, breaking barriers by recording longer songs, and his latest music - Encore. In our showcase segment, your award-winning host Ray White brings you the latest on two other legendary performers - Rod Stewart, who's latest album is The Tears of Hercules and also fellow British superstar Elvis Costello, who just released The Boy Named If. The artists who are the heart of Rock 'n' Roll, we have them right here on the CAT!
Henry Gross started as an original member of the 50's rock and roll revival group, Sha Na Na in 1969. In that same year, the band played Woodstock. After a year with them, Henry signed with a major record label and built his career ever since then. Along with his Top 10 hit "Shannon", Henry's singles have launched on the charts an additional 8 times. He has released nearly two dozen albums throughout his career. His One-Hit Wanderer show & album garnered marvelous reviews. In January of 2010, award-winning program director Ray White caught up with Henry to talk about his Sha Na Na days, highlights of his life as a solo artist and the One-Hit Wanderer production. In our showcase segment, we look back at the career of Michael Nesmith of The Monkees, who passed away on December 10, 2021. Mike had a wonderful life as a musician, singer/songwriter and media mogul. A blast from your past, right here on the CAT!