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Sittin' In With The CAT

Classic Artists Today's "Sittin' In With The CAT" features interviews with legacy bands and performers from the Classic Rock, Alternative, Adult Contemporary, Pop and Oldies genres. Ray White, multi-award nominated host of Classic Artists Today and Coool CAT, internationally syndicated radio show, brings you the latest from the musicians from the 60's, 70's, 80's and 90's who have sold hundreds of millions of albums. We'll talk with them about the past...present...and future.
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May 16, 2024

In Part 2 of our interview and feature with the phenominal Jeff "Skunk" Baxter, we focus on his years with Steely Dan and talk about the multi-Grammy award winning album (Minute by Minute) by The Doobie Brothers.  We'll also get Jeff's insights on his awesome solo album Speed of Heat and dive into his thoughts on the music industry today.  Be sure to listen to our other shows featuring current and former Doobies on Episodes 18, 44, 75, 128 and 167.  In our showcase segment, we look back at the career of Electric Light Orchestra's keyboardist Richard Tandy who passed away on May 1, 2024.  Tandy's playing was an important part of ELO's sound, playing various keyboard instruments and adding vocals on many songs.    World-class musicians...world-class shows, from your friends at Classic Artists Today

Apr 26, 2024

Jai Johanny Johanson aka Jaimoe is the only living original member of the Allman Brothers Band, that was formed in 1969.  During his illustrious career he was also a member of Sea Level.  Jaimoe presently leads a jazz-rock group called Jaimoe's Jasssz Band.  In 1995, he was inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the Allman Brothers Band.  Award winning program director Ray White caught up with Jaimoe at his hotel in September of 2013 to talk about his early days as a musician, hooking up with Duane Allman and his most recent release Jaimoe's Jasssz Band's Renaissance Man.  In our showcase segment, we look back at the career of guitarist/singer/songwriter Dickey Betts who was a mainstay in the Allman Brothers Band for many years and launched several other bands after his departure.  Dickey passed away on April 18, 2024.  Two of Southern/Country Rock stalwarts are brought to you by your authority on the latest happenings about "classic" rock bands...the CAT!

Apr 12, 2024

Don Dokken launched Dokken in 1978.  The Grammy nominated band has had three Platinum albums and ten Top 40 hits on Billboard's Mainstream Rock charts.  Their latest studio release is 2023's Heaven Comes Down.  Multi-award winning program director Ray White caught up with Don in November of 2012, in this legacy edition of the CAT, to talk about their Broken Bones album and other key insights into the band's history.  In our "showcase segment" we feature Black Country Communion - a band made up of superstars Joe Bonamassa, longtime member of Deep Purple, Glenn Hughes, son of Led Zepplin drummer John Bonham, Jason, and former Dream Theater keyboardist Derek Sherinian.  Their latest release is titled V.  We conclude this episode with classic rock icons Blue Oyster Cult, whose latest album is Ghost Stories.  This show features Rock 'N' Roll to the core, brought to you by Classic Artists Today!

Mar 25, 2024

Paul Nelson, a guitarist/record producer/songwriter won a Grammy award for Best Blues Album in 2015 for Johnny Winter's Step Back release.  Paul's played with the elite guitarists in the world and was a phenomenal guitarist himself.  He produced albums and toured with Johnny Winter for several years until Johnny passed in 2014.  Working with many of the blues and rock greats, he also found time to release several of his own projects.  In November of 2023, multi-award winning program director Ray White hung out with Paul to talk about his guitar training, several of his projects and hooking up with Johnny Winter.  I was sad to learn that Paul passed away on March 10, 2024, while out on tour.  He was a great talent that will be missed by many.  We hope you'll enjoy one of his last interviews and the awesome work from Paul on this insightful episode.    

Mar 12, 2024

Fred LeBlanc is a co-founder of Cowboy Mouth, a Louisiana band formed in 1990.  Along with drumming, he's the vocalist for the band too.  Throughout the years the band has performed for over 10 million people.  Before forming Cowboy Mouth, Fred was in the "cowpunk" band Dash Rip Rock.  Multi-award winning program director Ray White caught up with Fred on a windy oceanfront day to talk about the band's unique sound, their relationship with their devoted fans, their latest music and support of worthy causes like Raising a Hand for Rhett.  In our showcase segment we feature Green Day whose latest album is Saviors, along with country rock stalwarts Blackberry Smoke, who just released Be Right Here.  We close out this episode featuring The Black Crowes, who are releasing their first studio album in 15 years titled Happiness Bastards.  Don't miss this awesome episode that'll rock your socks off, here on the CAT!

Feb 20, 2024

Better Than Ezra was formed in 1988 in Louisiana.  Their first major label album, Deluxe, went Platinum.  Throughout the years a dozen of their singles have landed on the charts.  Multi-award winning program director, Ray White, caught up with co-founders Kevin Griffin and Tom Drummond backstage at their show to talk about their All Together Now album, the early days of the band and their approach in writing songs and putting together albums.  Billboard tapped the band as one of the "100 Greatest Alternative Artists of All Time."  They've released several singles recently from their forthcoming album and have a full tour schedule in 2024.  In our showcase segment we feature the latest on Billboard Music Award multi-winners, The Goo Goo Dolls and Ambrosia members Burleigh Drummond and Mary Harris and their Tin Drum Family Band which just released Emerson Street.  Gotta dig it as they're Sittin' In With The CAT!!

Feb 10, 2024

Russ Kunkel is one of the most sought after drummers in the world.  A renowned session player, he has recorded or performed for the likes of Jimmy Buffett, CS&N, Stevie Nicks, Carole King, Dan Fogelberg and many more superstars in the music industry.  He's produced nearly two dozen albums, too!  He started to make a name for himself at L.A.'s Whiskey a Go Go, in the late 1960's.  Multi award-winning program director Ray White hung out with Russ in Charlottesville, VA during the Virginia Film Festival to preview the movie (Immediate Family) and talk about his new band The Immediate Family - which includes super session players Danny Kortchmar, Waddy Wachtel, Leland Sklar and Steve Postell.  We talked about the collaboration, his career, the film and their music including brand new album Skin In The Game - which now will be released on February 16, 2024.  We'll featue several of Russ's "friends" on this episode, too!!  Be sure to check out more about the band, their music and the film on Episodes 143 and 164 when Waddy Wachtel and movie director Denny Tedesco join us.  This musical story of our lifetime - we've got it on Classic Artists Today.

Jan 24, 2024

Jeff "Skunk" Baxter is one of the elite guitarists today.  He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of The Doobie Brothers.  His career on the national scene was launched in 1968 as a member of Ultimate Spinach.  In 1972, Skunk became a founding member of Steely Dan, playing on their first three albums.  Joining the Doobies in 1974, after doing session work on several of their earlier albums, he was with the band until 1979.  Most of his musical career was dedicated to doing session work for many other bands and artists.  In our November of 2023 interview, multi-award winning program director Ray White caught up backstage with Jeff before a show supporting his 2022 album Speed of Heat.  We touched on a series of highlights from his early days, stints with Steely Dan and The Doobie Brothers, and about his latest solo album and tour.  You won't want to miss this episode!  We close our show with the latest from The Doobie Brothers.  Their latest single is "Lahaina" was recorded to benefit families and individuals affected by the 2023 Hawaii wildfires.  Be sure to listen to our other shows featuring current and former Doobies' on Episodes 18, 44, 75 & 128.  World-class musicians (always) right here on the CAT!!  

Jan 14, 2024

Humble Pie came together in 1969 led by Steve Marriott and Peter Frampton.  Many regarded the band as the first supergroup in rock music.  Throughout the years the band has experienced numerous changes.  The current group is still led by originial member Jerry Shirley including members with impressive music resumes.  Multi award-winning program director Ray White caught up with Humble Pie bandmates Dave "Bucket" Colwell (Bad Company) and Jim Stapley to talk about the new "Legacy"  band, some history of the iconic group along with touching on their music careers.  In our showcase segment we feature Ian Hunter (Mott The Hoople) whose latest release is Defiance Pt. 1 and Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Joan Jett and the Blackhearts who recently recorded the EP Mindsets.  The heart of rock 'n' roll, brought to you by your friends at Classic Artists Today.

Dec 26, 2023

Ivan Neville, son of Aaron Neville and nephew of the other Neville Brothers, has been on the national music scene since 1983.  You'll find him on albums by his band Dumpstaphunk, his Dad, The Neville Brothers, Bonnie Raitt, The Rolling Stones and many others.  Ivan is a multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter.  Multi-award winning program director Ray White, sat down backstage with Ivan to talk about his new solo album - Touch My Soul, his collaborations, the possibility of a next generation Neville Brothers Band and much more.  In our showcase segment we close out 2023 with two other bands who had excellent albums during the year: Duran Duran with Danse Macabre and Ann Wilson (Heart) with Another Door.  Crusin' into the New Year with the CAT!

Dec 13, 2023

Denny Tedesco is director of the films The Wrecking Crew and the brand new release Immediate Family.  Both of these documentary films are about world-class musicians that you'll find on hundreds of albums and thousands of songs by artists who are in numerous Hall of Fame's and won hundreds of Grammy awards.  Played in film festivals around the United States, Immediate Family has garnered well over a dozen awards and is released to theaters everywhere on December 15, 2023.  Multi-award winning program director Ray White caught up with Denny at the Virginia Film Festival in October of 2023 before the viewing of this fantastic film.  They talked about his background growing up (son of The Wrecking Crew member Tommy Tedesco), briefly on The Wrecking Crew film and various aspects of the brand new Immediate Family (Danny Kortchmar, Leland Sklar, Russ Kunkel, Waddy Wachtel & Steve Postell) film.  We'll take you on a journey back to the heyday of Rock and Pop music on this episode.  Be sure to listen to Episode 143 too, where we're joined by Waddy Wachtel of The Immediate Family!  Don't miss this show (or film)!!

Nov 26, 2023

Jeff Berlin is known among bass players as one of the elite.  His one-of-a-kind tone, jaw dropping techniques and highly advanced harmonic approaches to the bass puts him near the top.  In addition to his 12 solo albums, you'll find him on recordings and live performances with Anderson/Bruford/Wakeman/Howe, Allan Holdsworth, Bruford, David Sancious, Janis Ian and dozens more.  Multi award-winning program director Ray White caught up with Jeff in November of 2022 to talk about his start in the music business, his early years playing progressive rock, and his latest album Jack Songs - featuring a "who's who" of rock musicians paying homage to the legendary Jack BrucePeter Gabriel, former frontman for Genesis, who's in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, is our "showcase artist."  His latest album is I/O.  The best in progressive rock...we've got 'em on the CAT!  

Nov 8, 2023

Felix Cavaliere co-founded The Young Rascals in 1965.  As singer/songwriter/keyboardist, they had nine Top 20 hits from 1966-1968.  Throughout the years, Felix has released several solo albums, launched a band called Treasure, and recorded several releases with Steve Cropper.  You'll find him in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Songwriters Hall of Fame and tapped for numerous other awards, too.  Multi-award winning program director Ray White caught up with Felix in September 2023 to talk about the early years with The Young Rascals, playing the Hammond B-3, a highlight of touring with the Rascals, his most cherished music award and insights on his new album - Then and Now.  In our showcase segment we continue our "Back from the 60's" theme featuring the lastest from The Beatles, Paul McCartney -whose most recent album is McCartney III, Ringo Starr - who just released his Rewind Forward EP and Dolly Parton, a 2022 inductee in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame whose brand new album is Rockstar.   Featuring the lastest from many of your favorite legendary bands and performers on Classic Artists Today!

Oct 19, 2023

Anthony Rosano guitarist/singer/songwriter, and his band The Conqueroos have been at the top of several blues rock charts during the past 5+ years and are a rising star in this genre.  They've opened shows for Bob Seger, ZZ Top, Styx, Gov't Mule, Humble Pie and other classic rock bands.  In this special edition of our show, multi-award winning program director Ray White caught up with Anthony and talked about influences that shaped his songwriting and guitar playing along with insights into his latest album Cheat The Devil - which reached the top of many Blues and Blues Rock charts.  In our showcase segment, we feature three of the legends of rock, who have recently released new albums.  Robin Trower's latest album is No More Worlds To ConquerBad Company's Paul Rodgers  new project is Midnight Roses.  We close out our show with a band that was formed in 1962 - The Rolling Stones, who just released Hackney DiamondsThe CAT features old guard and new blood on this episode!

Oct 2, 2023

Jimmy Buffett was a icon in the world of popular music.  The king of feel good, partytime music, he released over 30 albums during his musical career - including 8 Gold and 9 Platinum or Multi-Platinum albums.  His music put us all in a certain carefree state-of-mind.  Besides his music, Jimmy was a best-selling author and an entrepreneur who launched numerous multi-million dollar business ventures.  Jimmy passed away on September 1, 2023 but leaves behind a legacy that will live for many decades to come.  In this tribute, multi-award winning program director Ray White is joined by two of Jimmy's long time friends and members of his Coral Reefer Band - Mac McAnally and Peter Mayer.  We'll revisit many of Jimmy's highlights as we travel through time, and provide unique insights into the type of person that Jimmy was.  His last studio album was Equal Strain On All Parts.  Celebrating the life and times of the one and only Jimmy Buffett from your friends at Classic Artists Today.

Sep 22, 2023

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"!

Sep 5, 2023

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!

Aug 5, 2023

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.

Jul 29, 2023

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

Jul 11, 2023

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.

Jun 28, 2023

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!

Jun 10, 2023

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!

May 31, 2023

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.

May 7, 2023

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!!

Apr 23, 2023

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!!

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