Black Stone Cherry was formed in 2001 by childhood friends who have released 8 rockin' studio albums every since. Nearly 20 singles have landed on Billboard's Mainstream Rock chart. Born and raised in Kentucky, their sound is Southern Rock with a harder edge. Multi-award winning program director Ray White caught up with co-founders Chris Robertson and John Fred Young on their tour bus before a show in June of 2023. The guys provided insights on their music career, the magic of June 4th and their brand new album Screamin' At The Sky. In our showcase segment, we feature the Blues Rock & Boogie band Foghat, who also have a new album, Sonic Mojo, dropping soon! We finish out our show remembering former UFO member and co-founder of Whitesnake, Bernie Marsden, who passed away on August 24, 2023. Get strapped in...we'll rock you on this episode of Classic Artists Today's "Sittin' in with the CAT"!
Artimus Pyle was inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2006 as the drummer for Lynyrd Skynyrd. His excellent, straight ahead, drumming can be found on 7 of the bands albums. In addition, Artimus has released a handful of solo albums with his Artimus Pyle Band. He was among the survivors of the tragic 1977 plane crash that killed the bands front man - Ronnie Van Zant and others. In Ray White's July of 2023 interview with Artimus, he talked about how he obtained his first name, his time with Skynyrd and his upcoming album. He wrote the documentary movie Steet Survivors: The True Story of the Lynyrd Skynyrd Plane Crash, that was released in 2020. In our showcase segment we pay tribute to Gary Rossington, Lynyrd Skynyrd's founding member and guitarist/songwriter, who passed away on March 5, 2023. He was the longest surviving original member of the band. Gary also led the Rossington - Collins Band who had a Top 20 Billboard album in 1980 titled Anytime, Anyplace, Anywhere, that garnered a Gold Record award. The icons of Southern Rock...we have them on The CAT!
David Pack was vocalist, guitarist and songwriter for Ambrosia for 23 years. Many of the bands' hits were written by him. As a solo artist, David has a handful of albums he's released. His other projects include producer for dozens of world-class artists. Together, all of his projects have sold over 50 million units globally. Multi-award winning program director Ray White sat down with David in July of 2011, who shared a highlight with Ambrosia, his work as producer, the diversity of the music projects he's been involved with and his The Secret of Movin' On album. You'll find him recently involved with Alan Parsons' From The New World album. In our showcase segment, we revisit a couple of highlights in the career of Randy Meisner, original member of the Eagles and Poco, who passed away on July 26, 2023. Yacht Rock...we have it on this episode, brought to you by your friends at Classic Artists Today.
Steve Kilbey, vocalist, multi-instrumentalist and co-founder of The Church has headed the Australian band since its formation in 1980. Releasing 25 albums throughout their career, the band was tapped for the Australian Recording Industry Association's Hall of Fame in 2010. Steve has also released over a dozen solo albums and is a prolific songwriter. The Church has landed on the U.S. singles charts on several occastions with "Under The Milky Way" garnering enormous international success. In our April of 2023 interview with Steve, multi-award winning program director Ray White talked in depth about The Church's latest album The Hypnogogue and the state of the music industry today. In our showcase segment, we feature a band that has had numerous Top 40 singles on the alternative rock charts - Blue October. Their latest album is Spinning The Truth Around - Part 2. Alternative music at its best from your friends at Classic Artists Today!
Keith Reid was best known as the co-founder of Procol Harum and their lyricist and songwriter. He's in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for the song "A Whiter Shade of Pale." Towards the end of his career, he led The Keith Reid Project, who released two albums, the last one titled In My Head. Keith passed away on March 23, 2023. Multi-award winning program director Ray White hooked up with Keith in April of 2009 to talk about his The Common Thread album, which included a highly-impressive group of singers including John Waite, Chris Thompson and Southside Johnny. His final release with Procol Harum was The Well's On Fire, in 2003.
Joseph Williams, lead vocalist for Toto, comes from a musicial family that includes his father - famed film composer John Williams. Growing up in the music industry introduced Joseph to many other musicians and styles of music. Throughout his career, he has released nearly a dozen solo albums, not to mention the half dozen with Toto and numerous guest appearences on several dozen more. He shares with CAT producer and host, Ray White, insights from his younger years, hooking up with Toto, his latest album Denizen Tenant and Toto's latest studio release - Old Is New. Be sure to check out more from his Toto bandmates on Episodes 52 and 148. A jam packed episode featuring one of todays top vocalists, check it out!
Dave Cousins, guitarist/singer/songwriter for the Strawbs founded the group in England in 1964 and they've had a presence on the British charts throughout their career. Their music is made a mark in the progressive and folk rock genres. We go back in our archives where producer and host Ray White features our June of 2009 visit with Dave. He shares his insights into being the first UK band signed to A&M Records, the bands' Dancing To The Devils Beat album and much more! The bands' upcoming release is titled The Magic Of It All. In our showcase segment we feature the Dave Matthews Band, a Grammy award winning group that's sold a combined total of over 39 million CD's and DVD's. Their latest album is Walk Around The Moon. Awesome British and American bands featured on this edition of the CAT!
The Refugees may be a relatively new band to many, but their members are longtime veterans of the music industry. Wendy Waldman (featured in Episode 60) is a composer/musician/singer who appeared on albums by artists including Linda Ronstadt, Jimmy Buffett and Maria Muldaur. She's released nine solo studio albums, too. Deborah Holland (featured on Episode 140) launched her career with the supergroup Animal Logic (including Stewart Copeland and Stanley Clarke) in 1987. Since then, she's released six solo albums and recently 2 new singles with Animal Logic. Touring and recording with Elton John and Rod Stewart, Cidny Bullens rounds out the trio. Multi-award winning program director Ray White shares insights from Wendy and Deborah talking about The Refugees and their other recent work. Their brand new album is California. In our showcase segment, we feature a tribute to the "Queen of Rock 'n' Roll," Tina Turner. Awards during her illustrious career have included selling well over 100 million records and receiving 12 Grammy awards. Tina passed away on May 24, 2023. The ladies rule on this episode, from Classic Artists Today.
Peter Mayer has been a member of Jimmy Buffett's Coral Reefer Band since 1989 as lead guitarist and background vocalist. He's co-written many songs with Jimmy throughout the years too! Also an accomplished musician with his own band, Peter's released 25 albums throughout the years with his latest being Songs For Birds. Multi-award winning program director Ray White hooked up backstage with Peter in December of 2022 to talk about his early career success when he had a chart-landing single with PM, working with Jimmy Buffett and insights on his latest release. Hear more from Jimmy and his bandmates on Episodes 39 and 142. In our showcase segment we honor the legendary Canadian singer/songwriter Gordon Lightfoot, who passed away on May 1, 2023. Gordon helped define the folk/pop sound of the 1960's and 1970's. His last album was Solo, released in 2022. Jumping right into Spring in this breezin' episode from your friends at the CAT!!
Poco, Santana, Journey, The Byrds...original members of these iconic bands, we have them on this "fan favorites" episode from our last 50 shows. Poco's Rusty Young (Episode 103) and Paul Cotton (Episode 110), Santana and Journey's Gregg Rolie (Episode 125), and The Byrds's Chris Hillman (Episode 104) join award-winning producer and host Ray White on this very special show. They share with us their best stories and yes, we have much, much more! A very special treat from your friends that bring you the very best today, from yesterday's top artists... Classic Artists Today!!
Marcy Levy aka Marcella Detroit returns for part 2 of our interview from January 2023. She's sang with the superstars of rock including Eric Clapton, Elton John and Bob Segar. On this episode, rock music guru Ray White continues his session with Marcy to talk more about her days with Eric Clapton, collaboration with Siobhan Fahey (Bananarama) in Shakespears Sister and a phenomenal recording session with Elton John. Marcella's latest album is called Gold. Be sure to listen to part 1 of our show with Marcy on Episode 146. In our showcase segment we feature the 2020 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee band Depeche Mode, who just released their Memento Mori album. Learn more about our shows at Classic Artists Today.
David Paich is the co-founder, keyboardist, principal songwriter, music director and a vocalist for the multi-Grammy award winning band Toto. Along with his work with Toto, David is in high-demand as a songwriter, producer and session musician, having played integral roles in projects by Michael Jackson, Boz Scaggs, Aretha Franklin, The Doobie Brothers and Rod Stewart - just to name a few. Throughout his career, David has won 1 Emmy and 6 Grammy Awards. In Februray 2023, David "Zoomed" with multi-award winning program director Ray White and provided his insights into his Silk Degrees project with Boz Scaggs, Toto's Old Is New album and the first solo album of his illustrious career, Forgotten Toys, that was recently released. David also shares his little known thoughts on his follow-up to his mega-hit Africa. You definitely want to check out this amazing interview and much more from Classic Artists Today! More from Toto on Episode 52, too!!
Dean Daughtry, keyboardist, was with the Classics IV during their heyday in the late 1960's when the band had three songs reach the Top 5 on the pop charts. In 1970, Dean was a co-founder of the Atlanta Rhythm Section (ARS) with other members of The Candymen, with whom Dean was also a member of in his early years. For nearly 50 years Dean was a mainstay in ARS, which has had six Top 20 hits. Dean passed away on January 26, 2023. On this episode multi-award winning program director Ray White reaches back in the archives and features his May of 2010 interview with Dean before he took the stage. He shared with us his insights into the Classics IV and the emergence of ARS and their then current album Eufala. We close out this episode with an icon in American music, David Crosby, who left this world on January 18, 2023. We take you back to his days with The Byrds, Crosby Stills & Nash and his solo work. Two artists in bands that played a key role in many lives are featured right here on the CAT!
Marcy Levy aka Marcella Detroit, singer/songwriter/muscian, launched her career on the national scene performing with Bob Seger in 1972. Touring with Leon Russell, she caught the attention of Eric Clapton and her career took off. You'll find her stellar vocal talents and songwriting skills on six of Clapton's albums from 1975-1985. While with Eric, in 1982, she signed with a major record label and since then went on to release 9 solo projects. You'll also find Marcy on several albums by the British duo Shakespears Sister. Multi award-winning program director Ray White "Zooms" with Marcy and revisits her early days with Seger, success of Lay Down Sally (which she co-wrote), her years with Clapton and fills us in on her latest album Gold. We close out this show with the legendary Graham Nash, who has just completed his latest album Now. Learn more about the latest from your favorite bands and performers of the 60's, 70's, 80's, 90's and early 2000's at Classic Artists Today.
Jim Babjak, guitarist/vocalist, co-founded The Smithereens in 1980. The band was inducted into the New Jersey Hall of Fame in 2018. Throughout the years, the band has released over a dozen studio albums. After lead singer/guitarist Pat DiNizio passed away in 2017, the other original members of the band have incorporated "guest vocalists," Marshall Crenshaw and Robin Wilson of the Gin Blossoms to help persevere and carry on the bands legacy. Ray White, multi-award winning program director, caught up with Jim in December of 2022 to talk about the latest studio release from the band - The Lost Album. The songs were recorded in 1993, but finally released in 2022. He also shared the latest about his entrepreneurial venture (you'll have to listen to find out.) Don't miss our tribute to Pat on Episode 30, too. In our showcase segment, we feature the latest from the bands' "guest vocalists." Marshal Crenshaw re-released Miracle of Science in 2020 with"new" songs and Robin Wilson with the Gin Blossoms released Mixed Reality in 2018. Rock 'n' Roll at its' finest on The CAT!
Kim Simmonds formed Savoy Brown in 1965 and was one of the pioneers in the Blues Rock genre. The bands' heyday was in the early 1970's. Considered one of the premier guitarists, Kim and Savoy Brown have released nearly 50 albums throughout his career. In this tribute to Kim, who passed away on December 13, 2022, we reach back in our archives and share our April of 2007 interview with him. Award-winning program director Ray White talked with Kim about his Steel album, performing as a power trio and touring throughout the world. In our showcase segment, we pay tribute to guitar guru Jeff Beck, who unexpectedly passed away on January 10, 2023. A two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee - with The Yardbirds and as a solo artist, Jeff also won 8 Grammy awards during his illustrious career. On the Top 10 on most everyones "greatest guitarist of all-time" lists, Jeff's last album released before his death was titled 18, and was joined by his friend Johnny Depp. Legendary musicians, who come along just once in a lifetime - you'll find them on Classic Artists Today.
Waddy Wachtel is recognized as one of the "go-to" guitarists in the rock world. He's also an elite composer and record producer. You'll find his work showcased on many albums by Linda Ronstadt, James Taylor, Stevie Nicks, Jackson Browne and Warren Zevon - just to name a few. In 2020, he co-founded a unique group of iconic musicians who have played together for decades but never had their own band, until The Immediate Family. Waddy shares his insights with multi-award winning program director Ray White on his start as a professional musician, and how he and his buddies - Danny Kortchmar, Leland Sklar, Russ Kunkel and Steve Postell, launched the new band. Their upcoming album is titled Skin In The Game. In our showcase segment we feature several top classic rockers in 2022. John Mellencamp who released Strickly A One-Eyed Jack and Fierce Bliss the latest from Heart's Ann Wilson. Musician's at the top of their game, on the CAT!