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!
Jim Babjak co-founded The Smithereens in 1980, and joins us on our Holiday Special! Jim just released the 45 single (and streaming of course) of his "It's Love on Christmas Day" tune. The Smithereens released their Christmas with the Smithereens album in 2007. Peter Mayer, lead guitarist and vocalist for Jimmy Buffett's Coral Reefer Band, also hangs out with us to talk about the season and holiday music on his A Junkman's Christmas and Stars and Promises releases. Jimmy, and his Coral Reefer buddies, released Tis the SeaSon album in 2016. Train is featured in our showcase segment, too! Their last christmas album was Christmas in Tahoe in 2015. Bringing you holiday cheer in 2022, from your friends at Classic Artists Today.
Billy Sherwood first started performing with YES back in 1994, becoming a full-time member in 2015. Billy's been involved with all aspects of the music business during his career and launched several other bands including Arc of Life, Circa, Lodgic, World Trade and The Prog Collective - just to name a few. He's performed on dozens and dozens of albums and led many tribute projects, too. Multi-award winning program director Ray White caught up with Billy in January 2021 to capture insights from him regarding his solo work, producing tribute albums, styles of music he performs and his wide spectrum of projects throughout his career. You'll find more from this amazing musician on Episode 98. In our "showcase segment," we feature the legendary Christine McVie of Fleetwood Mac, who passed away on November 30, 2022. Christine was an amazing songwriter, singer, keyboardist and the glue that kept Fleetwood Mac together throughout the decades. The ultimate from rock musicians today, we feature a wide spectrum right here on the CAT!
Deborah Holland along with music icons Stewart Copeland (Police) and Stanley Clarke formed Animal Logic back in 1987 and went on to record two albums over the next several years. After 30+ years...they're back! Singer/Songwriter Holland joins multi-award winning program director Ray White to share her insights on their new music , playing with the rock and jazz legends, and starring on the late night talk shows plus much more. Deborah's latest solo project was Fine, Thank You! She's also working on a new project with the Refugees, In our "showcase segment" we feature the latest on the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame members Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, whose latest album is Changeup. Also, eight-time Grammy nominee Avril Lavigne is in our spotlight. Her latest release is Love Sux. The world's greatest musicians and performers can be found right here...Sittin' in with the CAT!
John Wetton left his footprint on many of progressive rock's greatest bands: Asia, King Crimson, U.K., Roxy Music, Uriah Heep and Wishbone Ash, just to name a few. A singer, songwriter and bassist, his greatest fame came as frontman of the 1980's supergroup Asia. John passed away, much too young, on January 31, 2017. On this episode we celebrate John and the 40th anniversary of the debut Asia album that sold over 10 million albums worldwide and was Billboard magazine's #1 album of 1982. We feature multi-award winning program director Ray White interviewing John in May 2011, where he talks about Asia's Phoenix album, that brought together all four of the orginial members in the studio for the first time since 1983. John also shares his insights on fellow band member Steve Howe and his collaborations with another Asia band member, Geoff Downes, in the band Icon. You'll find more of our interview with John Wetton on Episode 14. In our showcase segment, we feature the British progressive rock stalwarts and Grammy winning band Jethro Tull, who recently released their first new original material album since 1999, titled The Zealot Gene. The premier British progressive rock bands, we have them on the CAT!
Robin Lane launched her career in the late 1970's fronting her band, The Chartbusters. Iconic music producer Jerry Wexler (Aretha Franklin, Allman Brothers, Led Zeppelin, Dire Straits), signed the band to Warner Brothers Records. Throughout the years Robin has released 13 albums - 5 with The Chartbusters and 8 as an solo artist. Her latest release is Dirt Road To Heaven. We talked with Robin about Jerry's work with the band, working with Neil Young and Susanna Hoffs of the Bangles, and her latest album. In our showcase segment, we keep the focus on the ladies of rock, featuring three of the best! Stevie Nicks, who has a new single out, Tedeschi-Trucks Band whose latest album is I Am The Moon and Kate Bush who updated past songs on Selections From The Other Side. Brought to you by multi-award winning program director Ray White and Classic Artists Today.
Brett Scallions was the original lead singer and guitarist for Fuel, who produced multi-platinum albums in the late 1990's and early 2000's. He was with the band for 23 years, until 2020. His latest band, Melody Brothers, are planning on releasing an album during the late Fall of 2022. Multi-award winning program director Ray White caught up with Brett before a show in June of 2014 to talk about Fuel's latest ablum, Puppet Strings, and the bands many songs featured in the movies along with meeting two of his favorite idols. Today, Fuel is led by founding member Carl Bell and their recent album is titled Anomaly. We have triple artists featured in our "showcase segment" on this episode. Billy Idol whose latest EP is The Cage, Nickleback who will be releasing Get Rollin' in November of 2022 and The Boss - Bruce Springsteen who also will be releasing an album of soul covers in November called Only The Strong Survive. Rock at its' best on Classic Artists Today!
David Freiberg took his music career to a higher level in San Francisco as a founding member of Quicksilver Messenger Service in 1965. A multi-instrumentalist and vocalist, David went on to spend a little time with Jefferson Airplane and ultimately co-founded Jefferson Starship in 1974. Multi-award winning program director Ray White hooked up with David in September of 2022 and ventured back to his early years - hooking up with members of Quicksilver, the transition to Jefferson Starship and the bands' latest album Mother of the Sun. In our showcase segment, we feature Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Ozzy Osbourne, who co-founded Black Sabbath in 1968. His latest album is Patient Number 9, which has been receiving many accolades from the music critics. We're back to the 60's on this episode, presented by Classic Artists Today.
Todd Park Mohr of Big Head Todd and the Monsters launched the band back in 1984. After releasing several albums the band hit it big with the Platinum selling release Sister Sweetly in 1993. Today, after producing over a dozen albums, the band is still playing dozens of shows each year and dropping new singles on a regular basis. Mult-award winning program director Ray White caught up with Todd backstage to talk about the bands rise to fame, insights into their million selling album Sister Sweetly, opportunity to write and perform a song for NASA, the role of Blues music in his career and insights into his Black Beehive album. The "Red Rocker," Sammy Hagar is featured in our showcase segment. Launcing his career in 1973 with Montrose, Sammy went on to join Van Halen in 1985 - serving as their frontman for over a decade. Sammy's released numerous solo albums with various line-ups throughout his career,with the latest including his band Circle. Their latest album is Crazy Time. The best in adult album alternative music, presented by Classic Artists Today.